Timeline 2020 October - December
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2020        Oct 1, US President Donald Trump signed a stopgap funding bill that would keep the federal government open through December 11.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, US President Donald Trump said he was beginning a quarantine process after Hope Hicks, a top adviser and trusted aide, tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, The Trump administration said it is dropping the cap on the number of refugees it will let into the United States in the next fiscal year to 15,000, the lowest since the 1980 Refugee Act was enacted.
    (The Week, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 1, The US Environmental Protection Agency reversed a Clinton administration-era policy that required major US sources of hazardous air pollution like arsenic and lead to maintain pollution control technology throughout the lifetime of their operation, enabling them to meet less stringent standards.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, A US federal judge ordered the Census Bureau to text every 2020 census worker by the next day, letting them know the head count of every US resident is continuing through the end of the month and not ending next week, as the agency previously had announced in violation of her court order.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 1, A US court ordered Iran to pay $1.45 billion to the family of a former FBI agent who is believed to have been detained by the Iranian government while on a secret CIA mission to an Iranian island. Robert Levinson, who disappeared aged 58 on Kish island in March 2007, is believed by his family and the US government to have died in Iranian custody.
    (The Telegraph, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 1, Former US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said President Trump is "aiding and abetting" efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to interfere in the US presidential election.
    (The Week, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, The “Newsroom for American and European Based Citizens" (NAEBC) was exposed as a Russian front reportedly linked to the Internet Research Agency—the Kremlin-backed troll farm behind much of the interference in the 2016 US election. Reuters news agency reported the FBI has been investigating the pretend pro-Trump media outlet. It’s only been a month since the FBI exposed the fake left-wing news organization, Peacedata, as another project run by Putin’s internet troll army.
    (The Daily Beast, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, More than 50 Republican former national security officials endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, joining one of several Republican organizations opposing the re-election of President Donald Trump. The group, called Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, launched in August with 70 members.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020         Oct 1, California to date had 820,614 cases of coronavirus and 15,936 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 103,811 cases and 1,535 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,276,938 with the death toll at 206,869.   
    (sfist.com, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks (71) was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for running a rogue crew of cops who robbed drug dealers and stash houses and resold stolen narcotics on the street. A warrant for his arrest was issued on June 9, 2003, the day he failed to appear for his trial. Hicks was arrested in 2017 living in Detroit under a stolen identity.
    (Chicago Tribune, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, In Michigan Tukoyo Moore, his son (6), and his father’s girlfriend, Isis Rimson (28), were found shot to death in the basement of their house in Warren, a Detroit suburb. A falling-out over drug deals allegedly led to the slayings. On Oct. 13 Nicholas Raad Bahri (37) was arraigned on three homicide charges.
    (TheGrio, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 1, The Diocese of Rockville Centre, a Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members.
    (AP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, The Pennsylvania House of Representatives canceled its floor session on the news that a second Republican member had tested positive.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott limited each county to one drop-off location for completed mail ballots. The move would force Harris County, which is larger than Rhode Island, to abandon 11 locations. Abbott cited election security; Democrats said he was trying to reduce voter turnout.
    (NY Times, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 1, Kim Richardson (63), a Dallas resident, pleaded guilty in December and was ordered today to serve 54 months in federal prison for selling shoplifted merchandise on eBay for 19 years. She was also ordered to pay $3.8 million in damages.
    (Business Insider, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 1, Wisconsin registered a record increase in new COVID-19 cases. Governor Tony Evers issued an emergency order easing licensing rules in a bid to bolster the number of healthcare workers able to deal with the mounting crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 1, Amazon reported that 19,816 of its workers, 1.4 percent of its workforce, were infected with the coronavirus between March 1 and Sept. 19. The employees who tested positive were among the nearly 1.4 million front-line Amazon and Whole Foods Market workers the company has in the United States.
    (The Week, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 1, Solid Biosciences Inc said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted the clinical halt placed on a trial of its experimental gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a muscle-wasting disorder.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, The ozone hole over Antarctica swelled to its largest size and deepest level in 15 years.
    (SFC, 10/7/20, p.A2)(SSFC, 10/18/20, p.B10)
2020        Oct 1, Argentina's coronavirus death toll leapt above 20,000 as a large number of previously untallied fatalities were added to the total, emphasizing how the country has gone from regional role model to one of the worst-hit in the world.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Armenia and Azerbaijan rejected calls for a ceasefire and accused each other of targeting civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh, as Russia and France repeated calls for peace talks amid the worst fighting in the breakaway region since the 1990s. Azerbaijan said 16 people killed following Armenian shelling of densely populated areas. Armenia has reported the deaths of 104 soldiers, alongside seven civilians killed and 31 wounded.
    (The Telegraph, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Belarus started giving shots to volunteers in human trials of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, which received Russian government approval in August but drew considerable criticism from experts, as it had only been tested on several dozen people. Belarus has reported 78,631 confirmed coronavirus cases and 833 deaths. It is one of the few countries in the world that didn't impose a lockdown and continued to hold mass public events during the pandemic.
    (AP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Belgium's new government under PM Alexander De Croo (44) promised to do "whatever it takes" to overcome the coronavirus crisis. The government formation took close to 500 days since the May 26, 2019, elections.
    (SFC, 10/2/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 1, Britain, France, Germany, Estonia and Belgium wrote in a letter to the United Nations Security Council that the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny "constitutes a threat to international peace and security."
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, In China a fire at the Taitaishan theme park on the outskirts of Taijuan city, Shanxi province, killed 13 people.
    (SFC, 10/3/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 1, The Czech Republic recorded 3,493 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily count since the global pandemic reached the country in March. The overall number of confirmed cases grew to 74,255, where 678 people have died in connection with the illness.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian police of arbitrarily arresting and torturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and urged authorities to end prosecutions for adult consensual sexual relations.
    (SFC, 10/2/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 1, The EU launched legal proceedings in response to the British government's attempt to overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
    (AFP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, In Germany two more cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern state of Brandenburg. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 40 since the first one on Sept. 10.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, About 2,000 Honduran migrants hoping to reach the United States entered Guatemala on foot this morning, testing the newly reopened frontier that had been shut by the coronavirus pandemic. Guatemala’s Pres. Alejandro Giammattei quickly vowed to detain them and return them to Honduras.       
    (AP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Israel and Lebanon said they have reached an agreement on a framework of indirect, US-mediated talks over a longstanding disputed maritime border between the two countries.
    (AP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Lebanon reported 1,248 new coronavirus cases over 24 hours as well as seven deaths.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 1, In Mexico gunmen ambushed a security convoy in El Mezquital, Durango state. Six police officers were killed along with at least two other people.
    (SFC, 10/5/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 1, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said at least 10,000 people in the country of 17 million are likely to have died of COVID-19 during the first wave of infections between March and June. Health authorities had reported a total of 6,406 deaths as a result of confirmed coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Pakistan’s ailing former PM Nawaz Sharif (70) accused the country's powerful military of political interference, saying in a televised speech from exile in London that the military had rigged the 2018 vote that brought the country's current prime minister to power.
    (AP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accused President Vladimir Putin of being behind his poisoning, as he vowed to return to Russia to press on with his opposition campaign. The Kremlin accused opposition leader Alexei Navalny of working with the CIA and making "groundless and unacceptable statements."
    (AP, 10/1/20)(AFP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, South Africa reopened to international flights, ending a more than six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.
    (AP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, In South Africa Brendin Horner (21) was reportedly killed by suspected stock thieves in the rural town of Senekal in Free State province. His body was found the next day tied to a pole on the farm he managed. On Oct. 6 white farmers stormed a court building and burned a police vehicle demanding that suspects Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa be handed over to them.
    (BBC, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 1, In Sweden prominent Belarus opposition figure Ales Bialiatski (58) and imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (57) were awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel," together with US activist Bryan Stevenson (60) and Nicaraguan activist Lottie Cunningham Wren (61).
    (AP, 10/1/20)
2020        Oct 1, UN shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said its website and intranet had been disabled by a sophisticated cyber attack and its IT specialists had shut down key systems to prevent further damage.
    (Reuters, 10/1/20)

2020        Oct 2, President Donald Trump (74) and his wife, Melania (50), said they have tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House said that Trump was suffering “mild symptoms" of COVID-19. White House officials said President Donald Trump has been treated with an intravenous dose of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's dual antibody, an experimental cocktail for COVID-19, and is moving to a military hospital as a precautionary measure.
    (NY Times, 10/2/20)(AP, 10/2/20)(AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, The United States and Morocco signed an accord that aims to strengthen military cooperation and the North African kingdom's military readiness over the next decade.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, A US federal appeals court reinstated a 2017 jury verdict ordering Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to pay GlaxoSmithKline Plc $235.5 million for selling a generic version of Glaxo's heart drug Coreg.
    (Reuters, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Los Angeles prosecutors filed new charges against disgraced movie producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, accusing him of sexually assaulting two more women.
    (NBC News, 10/2/20)
2020         Oct 2, California to date had 822,779 cases of coronavirus and 15,993 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 104,296 cases and 1,545 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,325,715 with the death toll at 208,600.   
    (sfist.com, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, In Kentucky hours of grand jury proceedings were made public in the case of Breonna Taylor’s fatal shooting by police, a rare release of such material. Attorney General Daniel Cameron, whose office led the investigation into police actions in the Taylor shooting, has acknowledged that he did not recommend homicide charges for the officers involved.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee, both Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that they had tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Republicans who control the Louisiana House of Representatives supported a package of measures aimed at unraveling the state’s coronavirus restrictions imposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 2, Michigan's state Supreme Court, which has a Republican majority, struck down months of orders by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, including a mask mandate, that were aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. It said she illegally drew authority from a 1945 law that doesn’t apply.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 2, Rochester, NY, Mayor Lovely Warren was indicted on charges she broke campaign finance rules and committed fraud during her reelection campaign three years ago, adding another layer of crisis in a city that has been reeling over its handling of a police killing.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Northrup Grumman launched a cargo capsule to the Int'l. Space station from Wallops Island, Va.
    (SSFC, 10/4/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 2, Wisconsin Republicans, who control the Legislature, filed a court motion in support of a lawsuit seeking to repeal a mask mandate under Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 2, A US federal appeals court reinstated a 2017 jury verdict ordering Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to pay GlaxoSmithKline Plc $235.5 million for selling a generic version of Glaxo's heart drug Coreg.
    (Reuters, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Officials in Armenia said the country is ready to discuss a cease-fire in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has continued for six straight days, killing dozens and leaving scores wounded.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Mainland China reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, the same as a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, EU leaders finally agreed to hit Belarus with sanctions early today before warning Turkey it faced the same punishment if it continued oil and gas drilling in disputed areas of the Mediterranean. Cyprus had vetoed agreement on the sanctions, which do not hit President Alexander Lukashenko personally, until it was satisfied the EU's condemnation of Turkey was strong enough.
    (The Telegraph, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, It was reported that unlisted biotech firm IDT Biologika has won approval from Germany's vaccine regulator to become the third German company after BioNTech and CureVac to launch human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in the country.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, In India hundreds of protesters demanded the dismissal of the government of northern Uttar Pradesh state where a woman (19) was raped and died last month.
    (SFC, 10/3/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 2, Asaf Zamir, Israel's tourism minister, resigned from the fractious government, saying he doesn't have an “ounce of trust" in PM Benjamin Netanyahu and accusing him of putting his personal and legal issues ahead of the response to the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Authorities in Lebanon ordered the lockdown of more than 100 towns and villages across the country after hundreds of people tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days and amid a shortage of hospital beds. The country has registered more than 40,000 cases since February and 374 deaths so far.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Northern Ireland reported 934 new cases of COVID-19, more than double the previous record daily total rate registered two days ago in the British-run region.
    (Reuters, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Qatar Airways examined a number of female passengers bound for Sydney and nine other unnamed destinations after a newborn baby was found abandoned. The forced vaginal examination triggered outrage in Australia.
    (AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 2, Russian journalist Irina Slavina, editor-in-chief of the Koza Press news website in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, set herself on fire and died outside police headquarters in an apparent protest against months of official harassment. A day earlier, police raided her home in connection with an investigation into a man linked to an organization bankrolled by exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. “They took away everything they could find. They left me with no means to work."
    (The Telegraph, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, The global chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW) said that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemicals were used as weapons in attacks in Saraqib in the Idlib region on Aug. 1, 2016, and in Aleppo on Nov. 24, 2018.
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, Amnesty International said at least three people have died in detention centers housing thousands of Ethiopian migrants in Saudi Arabia. some 2,000 Ethiopians remain stranded on the Yemeni side of the border, without food, water or healthcare.
    (BBC, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, The Turkish Defense Ministry announced that the United Nations has registered a maritime delineation deal reached between Turkey and Libya’s UN-backed government (GNA).
    (AP, 10/2/20)
2020        Oct 2, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing member nations to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya suspected of smuggling migrants or engaging in human trafficking from the north African nation for another year.
    (AP, 10/2/20)

2020        Oct 3, US Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said that the Senate would not meet as planned next week after three senators tested positive for the coronavirus, even as he pledged to press ahead to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
    (NY Times, 10/3/20
2020         Oct 3, California to date had 826,725 cases of coronavirus and 16,073 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 104,905 cases and 1,554 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,351,767 with the death toll at 208,940.   
    (sfist.com, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3 Thomas Jefferson Byrd (70), a Tony-nominated actor known for roles in various Spike Lee films, was found shot to death in Atlanta. On Oct. 16 suspect Antonio Demetrice Rhynes was arrested in an early-morning raid.
    (NY Times, 10/5/20)(NBC News, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 3, In Augusta, Georgia, Felycya Harris (33) was shot and killed in Meadowbrook Park. She became at least the 31st transgender or gender-nonconforming person to die by violence in the US this year.
    (NBC News, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 3, Baseball pitcher Pack Robert Gibson (84), St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Fame right-hander known as Bob, died in Omaha.
    (NY Times, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 3, A federal judge halted new North Carolina absentee voting rules that gave voters more leeway to fix witness problems and extended the period when election boards could accept mailed-in ballots.
    (SSFC, 10/4/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 3, In Texas Jonathan Price (31) was fatally shot when he intervened to break up a domestic violence situation. Wolfe City Police officer Shaun David Lucas was later arrested and charged with murder.
    (NBC News, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 3, Heavy fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued in their conflict over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev criticized the international mediators who have tried for decades to resolve the dispute.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, China had 16 new coronavirus cases in the mainland, compared with 10 cases a day earlier. China's death toll from the COVID-19 remained at 4,634.
    (Reuters, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 3, Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minster said archaeologists have unearthed at least ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo. Initial studies showed that the decorated coffins were made for priests, top officials and elites from the Pharaonic Late Period (664-525 BC).
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, Egyptian authorities detained local journalist Basma Mostafa after she traveled to the southern city of Luxor to cover the alleged killing of a man during a police raid last week. Mostafa was freed on Oct 6, a day after prosecutors ordered her release pending an investigation into accusations that she disseminated false news through social media.
    (AP, 10/4/20)(AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 3, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, celebrated the annual Thanksgiving festival of Irreecha amid tight security and a significantly smaller crowd due to political tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of people were arrested ahead of the festival, some accused by authorities of plotting terror attacks and a new wave of unrest.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, Flooding from record rains in the mountainous region that spans France and Italy killed two people in Italy and left at least 24 people in the two countries missing.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, Thousands of demonstrators in southern Germany protested against coronavirus restrictions, although organizers failed to mobilize enough people for a planned human chain around Lake Constance.
    (Reuters, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 3, Hundreds of US-bound Honduran migrants, who had entered Guatemala this week without registering, were bused back to their country's border by authorities who met them with a large roadblock.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, India's coronavirus death toll passed 100,000, only the third country in the world to reach that milestone, after the US and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.
    (Reuters, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrated in hundreds of locations across Israel against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, pressing ahead with their campaign against the Israeli leader late today after the government banned large, centralized demonstrations as part of a new coronavirus lockdown.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, The Philippines' health ministry reported 2,674 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in five days, and 62 additional deaths. Total confirmed cases increased to 319,330, the highest in Southeast Asia, while deaths have reached 5,678.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, Russia reported 9,859 new coronavirus cases, the highest number of daily infections since May 15, when the outbreak was at its peak.
    (Reuters, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, Sudan’s transitional authorities and a rebel alliance signed a peace deal initialed in August that aims to put an end to the country's decades-long civil wars, in a televised ceremony marking the agreement.
    (AP, 10/3/20)
2020        Oct 3, The head of Thailand's state zoological agency was shot dead amid an investigation into the disappearance of rare animals from a zoo in Khao Rup Chang. The suspect, one of four officials being investigated, fled the scene and later killed himself.
    (SSFC, 10/4/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 3, Yemeni officials and tribal leaders said fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels has killed at least two dozen people in the past three days in Marib province and the key port city of Hodeida.
    (AP, 10/3/20)

2020        Oct 4, Dr. Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, acknowledged that Mr. Trump had a high fever and saw his oxygen drop on Oct 2. Conley acknowledged that he had provided a rosy version of events to please his notoriously sensitive patient. Mr. Trump made an unannounced exit from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the early evening, climbing into his armored Chevrolet Suburban to ride past supporters holding Trump flags gathered outside the building.
    (NY Times, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 4, Democrat Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the US presidential race after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and a majority of Americans think Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously.
    (Reuters, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton won this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus.
    (AP, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, California set a grim new record when officials announced that the wildfires of 2020 have now scorched a record 4 million acres — in a fire season that is far from over. There have been 31 deaths and more than 8,400 buildings have been destroyed.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020         Oct 4, California to date had 829,561 cases of coronavirus and 16,121 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 105,310 cases and 1,566 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,416,126 with the death toll at 209,787.   
    (sfist.com, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, The Great Barrington Declaration, a statement written by three public health experts from Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford, encouraged governments to lift lockdown restrictions on young and healthy people while focusing protection measures on the elderly. It was signed in Great Barringtron, Mass.
    (https://gbdeclaration.org/)(Econ., 10/24/20, p.70)
2020        Oct 4, It was reported that Cineworld, the world's second-biggest cinema operator, will close all its screens in the United States, Britain and Ireland this week after studios pulled major releases such as the latest James Bond film.
    (Reuters, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, In Belarus more than 100,000 marched in Minsk calling for the resignation of Pres. Lukashenko. 317 people were reported detained in Minsk and other cities. More than 10,000 people have been detained since the last election with at least 244 implicated in criminal cases related to the protests.
    (SFC, 10/5/20, p.A2)(SFC, 10/6/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 4, Mainland China reported 20 new COVID-19 cases, up from 16 reported a day earlier. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mainland China now stands at 85,470, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
    (Reuters, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, In northeastern China a highway crash killed at least 18 people in Fuyu, Jilin province.
    (SFC, 10/5/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 4, It was reported that at least eight migrants have drowned and 12 are missing after smugglers forced them off a boat near the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said some 2,000 migrants have arrived in Djibouti from Yemen in the past three weeks alone.
    (AP, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, French authorities deployed about 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters and troops to search for at least eight people who were missing after devastating floods hit a mountainous border region with Italy, where at least four people were killed.
    (AP, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, France reported 12,565 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, falling from the previous daily toll that had a set a new record.
    (Reuters, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, The two visitors from western Germany were attacked and wounded in downtown Dresden. One of them died later at a hospital. On Oct. 20 a young Syrian (20) was arrested over the attack.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 4, Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada (81), better known as Kenzo, who created his label in Paris in the 1970s, died of complications linked to COVID-19 at the American Hospital of Paris.
    (Reuters, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, New Caledonia islanders rejected an initiative (53.3% v 46.7%) to sever ties with France. The South Pacific archipelago numbered about 270,000 inhabitants.
    (SFC, 10/5/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 4, Nigeria's inspector general of police banned a notorious unit from carrying out stop and search duties and setting up roadblocks amid growing anger at routine harassment and atrocities allegedly committed by its officers. The ban was triggered by the alleged killing of a young man by officers from the unit in the city of Lagos a day earlier.
    (BBC, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, Oman became the first Gulf Arab state to reinstate its ambassador to Syria since the eruption of the country's ruinous civil war. Syria was expelled from the 22-member Arab League in 2011, and Arab countries have sanctioned Damascus and condemned its use of military force against the opposition.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 4, Pakistan's military killed two militants in a shootout in the North Waziristan district.
    (SFC, 10/5/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 4, The Saudi government started allowing a maximum of 6,000 pilgrims a day to enter the sprawling Grand Mosque in Mecca. Only Saudi citizens and residents will be permitted to enter the mosque during this first phase of reopening, and each person has up to three hours to complete the pilgrimage.
    (AP, 10/4/20)
2020        Oct 4, Lee Hyo-jae (95), South Korean champion of women’s rights, died in Changwon.
    (NY Times, 11/14/20)

2020        Oct 5, Pres. Donald Trump returned to the White House after three days at Walter Reed Hospital. “Don’t be afraid of Covid," Trump tweeted, on the same day that the White House outbreak spread further and another several hundred Americans died from virus complications.
    (NY Times, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 5, The White House confirmed that it has blocked new Food and Drug Administration guidelines on bringing potential vaccines for COVID-19 to market that would almost certainly have prevented their introduction before the Nov. 3 election.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, The US Justice Department said John McAfee (75), an antivirus software pioneer, has been arrested in Spain on tax evasion charges. In 2012, he disappeared from his home in Belize after the local police sought him for questioning over the death of his neighbor.
    (NY Times, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 5, The US Space Development Agency (SDA) said Elon Musk's SpaceX won a $149 million contract to build missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon, in the company's first government contract to build satellites.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, A US federal judge ruled that a sprawling collage of salt ponds in Redwood City, Ca., is subject to protection under the 1972 Clean Water Act.. A previous EPA decision would have eased development along the SF Bay. The 1,365 acres at the western foot of the Dunbarton Bridge, owned by Cargill Inc., has been considered for development.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.B1)
2020        Oct 5, In California the August Complex in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon border surpassed 1 million acres.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020         Oct 5, California to date had 835,811 cases of coronavirus and 16,179 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 105,752 cases and 1,569 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,454,943 with the death toll at 210,155.   
    (sfist.com, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, Firefighters at the Mullen Fire (14% contained) on the Wyoming-Colorado line and the Cameron Peak Fire (42% contained) in northern Colorado struggled as winds picked up in the afternoon as expected.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, In Minnesota three people died early today when a stolen vehicle in which they were riding crashed while being chased by police in Minneapolis.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 5, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was cleared to return to work after battling the coronavirus. He and his wife tested positive on Sept. 23.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 5, In Texas three workers were killed when a stairwell collapsed inside a high-rise building under construction in Houston.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 5, It was reported that Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $100 million to settle over 1,000 lawsuits that allege the company's Baby Powder caused cancer.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, Armenia accused Azerbaijan of firing missiles into the capital of the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, while Azerbaijan said several of its towns and its second-largest city were attacked. Armenia and Azerbaijan fired large-caliber rockets, bombarding Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave. At least 250 people have died in the recent fighting, including dozens of civilians on both sides.
    (AP, 10/5/20)(NY Times, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 5, China and 25 other nations called for the immediate lifting of sanctions by the US and Western countries to ensure an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, The Czech Republic instituted new restrictive measures under a new state of emergency to curb a spike in coronavirus infections.
    (SFC, 10/5/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 5, Finland reported its highest daily number of infections since the pandemic began, exceeding the rate Helsinki sets for citizens of other countries to visit without quarantine.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor's office said eight people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a complex scheme financing Islamic extremists in Syria through the use of cryptocurrencies.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 5, Germany's federal agriculture ministry confirmed three more cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in the eastern state of Brandenburg.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, The UN envoy for Haiti warned that Latin America’s poorest country has seen increasing violence in recent months, with gangs challenging the authority of the state and political divisions blocking movement toward legislative elections.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, In India authorities in New Delhi began an anti-pollution campaign in an attempt to curb air pollution levels ahead of winter, when the capital is regularly covered in toxic haze.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 5, Iran registered a record high 3,902 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, In Israel thousands of people showed up for the funeral of a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi who died of COVID-19, ignoring social distancing rules and clashing with police who tried to disperse the mass gathering.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, An Israeli aircraft struck what the army said was a Hamas military target in the southern Gaza Strip late today, shortly after Gaza militants fired a rocket into Israel.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, Lithuania and Poland recalled their ambassadors from neighboring Belarus, where hundreds of people have been detained during massive protests against the authoritarian president who won a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 5, Mali released scores of suspected Islamist insurgents in a prisoner exchange for opposition leader Soumaila Cisse and French aid worker Sophie Petronin.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, In Mexico 13 bodies were found stuffed into two SUVs in the northern state of San Luis Potosi. A shooting attack on a funeral in Guanajuato state killed five people.
    (AP, 10/6/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 5, Mexico reported a record jump of 2,789 deaths and 28,115 cases due to what the government said was a change in methodology. Total confirmed cases reached 789,780, with a reported death toll of 81,877.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, Tropical Strom Gamma weakened to a tropical depression after leaving six people dead in southeastern Mexico.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 5, Students in the Philippines began taking classes at home after the pandemic forced its struggling school system to turn to remote learning.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 5, Russia reported nearly 11,000 new infections, the most since mid-May. Only around a third were in Moscow.
    (Bloomberg, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 5, In South Africa car and villa seizures were accompanied by seven arrests, of businessmen and provincial government officials and bureaucrats, charged with multiple counts of wrongdoing in relation to a huge asbestos-removal contract - counts that all boil down to the fundamental, and seemingly ubiquitous, crime of insider trading on state procurement deals.
    (BBC, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 5, The Kurdish-led authority in northeast Syria said it will allow Syrian citizens to leave a sprawling camp that houses tens of thousands of women and children, many of them linked to the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 5, Ukraine reported 3,774 new coronavirus cases. A total of 226,462 cases had been registered in Ukraine with 4,397 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/5/20)

2020        Oct 6, Pres. Donald Trump abruptly ended talks with Democrats on an economic stimulus bill. If he sticks to that position, it would extinguish hope for another pandemic aid bill before the election. The announcement sent markets falling, and airline stocks fared particularly poorly.
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, The White House reversed course and allowed the release of new safety guidelines that make it unlikely a vaccine will be authorized by Election Day.
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, It was reported that another two US White House staffers have tested positive for COVID-19. Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and speechwriter, tested positive for the coronavirus. Miller is an architect of the president’s “America First" foreign policy and restrictive immigration measures.
    (Reuters, 10/6/20)(AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, The Department of Homeland Security warned that violent white supremacy was the “most persistent and lethal threat in the homeland" in an annual assessment that a former intelligence chief had accused the agency of withholding in deference to President Donald Trump.
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, Top US military leaders, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went into quarantine after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the virus. The official, Adm. Charles Ray, had attended a White House reception with Trump 10 days ago, where people sat close together and without masks.
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, The US, many European countries, Japan and others called on China to allow “unfettered access" to Xinjiang for independent observers including UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, and to urgently refrain from detaining Uighurs and members of other minorities. The 39 countries also urged China, in a joint statement read at a meeting of the General Assembly’s human rights committee, to uphold autonomy, rights and freedoms in Hong Kong.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, It was reported that a ruling late last month from US District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton gives the IRS until Oct. 24 to reconsider the payments for those who were denied or had their money intercepted solely because of their incarceration.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020         Oct 6, California to date had 837,102 cases of coronavirus and 16,199 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 106,094 cases and 1,583 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,495,674 with the death toll at 210,155.   
    (sfist.com, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp approved a plan to put up a tall metal fence around the state capitol part as of a $5 million package that includes other security improvements at the building. Democrats swiftly condemned the plan, saying it shows a Republican leadership afraid of its own people.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, The director of Michigan's state health department issued more orders reinstating coronavirus restrictions negated by a state Supreme Court ruling, saying he has "broad" legal authority to deal with the pandemic.
    (SFC, 10/7/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 6, A New York City neighborhood erupted in protests after Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved to reinstate restrictions on houses of worship, schools and businesses in areas where coronavirus cases are spiking. Hundreds of Orthodox Jewish men gathered in the streets of Borough Park, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, in some cases setting bonfires by burning masks.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, Guitar player Eddie Van Halen (65) died of cancer. In 2012, Guitar World Magazine ranked him No. 1 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, American singer Johnny Nash died at his home in Houston. His song "I Can See Clearly Now" topped the 1972 Billboard charts.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 6, Three scientists were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics today for their work on understanding black holes, which the committee called “one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe." The prize was awarded half to Roger Penrose of Britain for showing how black holes could form and half to Reinhard Genzel of Germany and Andrea Ghez of UCLA for discovering a supermassive object at the Milky Way’s center.
    (NY Times, 10/6/20)(SFC, 10/7/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 6, It was reported that Tasmanian devils, the carnivorous marsupials whose feisty, frenzied eating habits won the animals cartoon fame, have returned to mainland Australia for the first time in some 3,000 years. The 11 most recently released devils began exploring their new home at the nearly 1,000-acre Barrington Tops wildlife refuge in New South Wales state.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it would ban the sale to retail investors of products tracking the price of crypto assets like Bitcoin, arguing that most people lost money on them. The ban, which prompted surprise and anger in the sector, will come into force on Jan. 6, 2021.
    (Reuters, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, Cyprus and Lebanon reaffirmed an agreement for Lebanese authorities to take back migrants aboard boats trying to reach Cypriot shores.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, French rescuers continued searching for 21 people missing flood victims in Alpine villages and on nearby French and Italian coasts. Authorities said corpses from cemeteries have been found around the Mediterranean shore, apparently swept down by violent rains.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, Germany's government released a report saying its security services recorded mote than 1,400 cases of suspected far-right extremism among soldiers, police officers and intelligence agents in the three years ending in March.
    (SFC, 10/7/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 6, A neo-fascist party in Greece, Golden Dawn, was found guilty of running a criminal organization. A criminal court tied the party to multiple attacks, including the fatal stabbing of a left-wing rapper in 2013.
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, It was reported that about 200 workers have been infected with coronavirus at Hungarian energy group MOL's polyol plant being built in the eastern town of Tiszaujvaros.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, Iran registered a record 4,151 new cases over the past 24 hours, a period in which 227 patients died. Iran has now reported 479,825 COVID-19 cases and 27,419 deaths.
    (The Telegraph, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, In southern Iraq dozens of people were wounded in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters during the annual Shiite Muslim pilgrimage of Arbaeen.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, The Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan declared the results of the Oct. 4 parliamentary election invalid a day after having awarded the majority of seats to two political parties with ties to the president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov sparking mass protests in Bishkek, and other cities. Opposition groups seized physical control of Parliament in protest of parliamentary elections they called rigged.
    (AP, 10/6/20)(NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, In Libya a migrant worker from Nigeria was burned to death in Tripoli, the latest in abuses that migrants and refuges face in the conflict-stricken country. The alleged perpetrators, all in their 30s, were arrested and referred to prosecutors for investigation.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, In Malaysia coronavirus cases spiked to a new daily record with 691 cases an d four new deaths.
    (SFC, 10/7/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 6, West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS lifted sanctions against Mali after PM Moctar Ouane announced the rest of the transitional government positions nearly two months after a military coup.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, The Russian military launched a successful test of the new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, giving Russian President Vladimir Putin something to smile about on his 68th birthday.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, It was reported that tens of thousands of Muslims are descending upon Senegal's holy city this week for the annual Grand Magal pilgrimage, a tradition in West Africa that some fear could become a super-spreader event for COVID-19. The country has had more than 15,000 confirmed cases and 312 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, Sri Lanka said 321 cases of coronavirus have been identified among garment workers in the suburbs of Colombo. The country has reported 3,471 infections and 13 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/7/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 6, In northern Syria an explosives-laden truck ignited on a busy street in the town of al-Bab controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens.
    (AP, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) passed a resolution calling for the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reestablish formal diplomatic relations with the United States.
    (The Daily Beast, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 6, The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean must continue to ratchet up stimulus to beat back the devastating economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/6/20)
2020        Oct 6, UN figures showed that the number of people hit by seasonal flooding in East Africa has increased more than five fold in four years. Nearly every state in Sudan has experienced heavy flooding and in neighboring South Sudan, 800,000 people have been affected with 368,000 people forced from their homes.
    (BBC, 10/6/20)

2020        Oct 7, The White House tried to salvage its favorite items lost in the rubble of COVID-19 relief talks that President Donald Trump blew up, with his administration pressing for $1,200 stimulus checks and a new wave of aid for airlines and other businesses hard hit by the pandemic.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala debated in Salt Lake City. Pence and Harris traded barbs through plexiglass shields in a debate dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. Pence echoed many of President Donald Trump’s falsehoods in the one and only debate with Democratic rival Kamala Harris.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 7, The US Justice Department said it had taken control of 92 domains used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to pose as independent media outlets targeting audiences in the United States, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 7, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, Islamic State militants from Britain, were brought to the US to face charges in a gruesome campaign of torture, beheadings and other acts of violence against four Americans and others captured and held hostage in Syria.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, A federal appeals court said Manhattan's district attorney can enforce a subpoena seeking Donald Trump's tax returns and other financial records for a criminal probe into the US president and his businesses. The president planned an appeal to the US Supreme Court, and seek a stay against enforcing the subpoena.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order setting a target to conserve 30% of the state's land and coastal waters by 2030 in an effort to preserve biodiversity and prevent species loss.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.C1)
2020         Oct 7, California to date had 839,546 cases of coronavirus and 16,305 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 106,489 cases and 1,617 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,544,612 with the death toll at 211,694.   
    (sfist.com, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, It was reported that parents who sued a school district after their children died in a mass shooting at a Florida high school are being asked to turn over their psychiatric records to prove they have suffered mental anguish.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Florida's death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 15,000 people as the state detected more than 2,500 new cases and 139 new deaths.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 7, Oklahoma reported 738 people hospitalized for confirmed or suspected COVID-19, a new record one-day high.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 7, The Texas Supreme Court ruled that 2 million Houston voters cannot receive unsolicited mail ballot applications from local elections officials who are dramatically expanding ways to vote in November in the nation's third-largest county, a key battleground in Texas.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, In Utah tech worker Ayoola A. Ajayi (32) pleaded guilty to strangling college student Mackenzie Lueck (23), whose disappearance over a year ago sparked a search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his backyard.
    (NBC News, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 7, Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer A. Doudna of the USA were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. They developed the Crispr tool, which can alter the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision.
    (NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Abbott Laboratories released early data from a study on the accuracy of its ID NOW COVID-19 test, which is used in the White House, that could help alleviate concerns the diagnostic frequently fails to detect the virus. Interim data showed that its test correctly identified positive COVID-19 cases 95% of the time when used within seven days of symptom onset.
    (Reuters, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Ovannisian said that Stepanakert was being targeted once again by Azerbaijan along with other settlements. Nagorno-Karabakh officials said that non-military facilities in Stepanakert have been hit with missiles and drones.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Brazil surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases late today and verged on 150,000 dead, the second-most in the world.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 7, Denmark summoned the Iranian ambassador over reports the diplomatic mission had allegedly pressured Iranian women living in the Scandinavian country to accept divorce terms drawn up by local imams.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, French Pres. Emmanuel Macron said it will take months for an area in the Alps to get back to normal following devastating floods that left at least 13 dead and others missing.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 7, France recorded 18,700 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours along with 80 new deaths. Total deaths linked to the coronavirus now numbered 32,445.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 7, Germany's coalition government agreed a package of reforms to financial and accounting rules aimed at avoiding another Wirecard scandal, but opposition lawmakers said it lacked detail on scope and timing.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Iranian hit its highest number of daily deaths from the coronavirus, with 239 new fatalities over the last 24 hours. This brought the total number of fatalities to 27,658. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 483,844.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Iran freed human rights activist Narges Mohammadi late today after serving 8 1/2 years in prison. She was sentenced to 10 years in 2016 while already incarcerated.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 7, The Israeli government extended an emergency provision that bars public gatherings, including widespread protests against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, for an additional week.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 7, Israeli police clashed with hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews overnight as they sought to enforce restrictions on public gatherings during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Police said 17 people were arrested.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Italy recorded 3,678 new coronavirus infections and 31 deaths, its highest increase in new cases since April. A nationwide outdoor mask mandate went into effect with fines up to $1,163 for violators.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 7, In Kenya a court found Mohammed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa guilty of helping Islamist militants to attack an upmarket shopping mall in Sept. 2013. At least 67 people died in the assault by al-Shabab on the Westgate shopping complex in Nairobi. A third man, Liban Abdullahi Omar, was found not guilty. A day later he was abducted by unknown gunmen.
    (BBC, 10/7/20)(BBC, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 7, Kuwait’s deputy chief of the National Guard, Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Saba (80), was nominated as crown prince. He has spent years in the oil-rich country’s security services.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 storm just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun, downing trees and knocking out power along the northeastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula, but without immediate reports of deaths or injuries.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, In Mexico Mario Molina (77), winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 and the only Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, died in Mexico City.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, Romania reported a record 2,985 coronavirus infections. Hospital workers in Bucharest protested accusing the governmentof failing to protect their industry from the pandemic's economic fallout.
    (SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 7, A South Korean MP confirmed that North Korea's former acting ambassador to Italy defected to the South after disappearing from the mission in Rome two years ago. Senior diplomat Jo Song-gil vanished with his wife in November 2018 and reportedly sought asylum, while his daughter was said to have been repatriated to the authoritarian state.
    (AP, 10/7/20)
2020        Oct 7, In Yemen fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels in Hodeida continued for a 5th day. Officials said the death toll in Hodeida had reached 52 and that around 70 people were wounded, including two dozen civilians.
    (AP, 10/8/20)(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A2)

2020        Oct 8, President Donald Trump said he would skip next week's debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden after organizers said it would be held virtually because of health concerns, further disrupting the president's efforts to shift focus away from a virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans this year. Vice President Joe Biden said he will follow the recommendations of the debate commission on how to proceed.
    (AP, 10/8/20)(Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, President Donald Trump's administration imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran's banking sector, taking a major new step to cripple the arch-rival's already struggling economy weeks ahead of US elections. The move could largely cut off the nation of 80 million people from the world's financial system just as it tries to cope with the Middle East's worst Covid-19 outbreak.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, The US Congressional Budget Office reported a $3.1 trillion deficit that equaled 15% of the US economy. It said the government spent $6.6 trillion last year and borrowed 48 cents of every dollar it spent.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A7)
2020        Oct 8, The US Department of Treasury said the government will greatly simplify the process by which borrowers of a $525-billion-pandemic-relief fund do not have to repay some of the smallest loans.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 8, US federal prosecutors charged Elliott Broidy, a top fund-raiser for Donald Trump, with violating foreign lobbying laws to benefit Chinese and Malaysian interests.
    (NY Times, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 8, Suspended officials at the agency that runs the Voice of America news outlet filed suit against it, accusing its CEO and his top aides of trying to turn it into a vehicle to promote President Donald Trump's agenda.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, American poet Louise Gluck (77) won the Nobel Prize in Literature for her 12 collections of poetry characterized as candid and uncompromising.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 8, The US Midwest reported the most new case of COVID-19 in a single day since the pandemic started, straining hospitals.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020         Oct 8, California to date had 843,251 cases of coronavirus and 16,395 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 106,913 cases and 1,627 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,598,280 with the death toll at 212,632.   
    (sfist.com, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, In Michigan 13 men were arrested on federal and state charges in connection with an alleged foiled plot to kidnap the state's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. The arrests grew out of an FBI-led inquiry that began in March and focused on militia groups' discussing the "violent overthrow" of certain government and law enforcement officials. Among those arrested were members of the Wolverine Watchmen, a Michigan militia.
    (NBC News, 10/8/20)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.25)
2020        Oct 8, In Michigan a judge set bond at $100,000 for two conservative political activists who are accused of using false robocalls to dissuade Black residents in Detroit and other Democratic-leaning US cities from voting by mail. The magistrate entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of Jack Burkman (54) of Arlington, Virginia, and Jacob Wohl (22) of Los Angeles.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Missouri reported an increase of more than 1,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Total cases now numbered 137, 156 and 2,259 deaths since March.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 8, A US federal appeals court blocked a decision in Wisconsin to extend the deadline for counting as many as 2 million absentee ballots by six days.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 8, Gilead Sciences Inc said its antiviral drug remdesivir showed the treatment cut COVID-19 recovery time by five days compared with patients who got a placebo, one day faster than indicated in preliminary data.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Facebook said it had closed accounts in multiple countries, from government or military-linked networks it said were spreading disinformation. This included 17 pages, 50 accounts and six Instagram accounts from Myanmar.
    (AFP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 8, Morgan Stanley announced that it was buying Eaton Vance, an asset manager, for $7 billion. This came days after it completed its purchase of E*Trade, an online trading platform.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.60)
2020        Oct 8, Twitter said it has closed an Iran-based network of accounts fanning the flames around racial justice protests in the US sparked by the death of George Floyd. Twitter also said it had closed more than 900 accounts linked to the Thai army for attacking prominent opposition figures and diffusing pro-government and military propaganda.
    (AFP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 8, The Afghan Taliban welcomed a tweet from Pres. Donald Trump in which he promised to have the last US troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 8, It was reported that protests have been held in several cities in Algeria to demand action to stop violence against women following the rape and murder of a teenager. The charred body of Chaïma (19) was found in a deserted petrol station in Thenia, 80 km (50 miles) east of the capital Algiers, this month. Her killer reportedly confessed to the crime and is under arrest.
    (BBC, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shelling a historic cathedral in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where nearly two weeks of heavy fighting has killed hundreds of people. According to the Nagorno-Karabakh military, 350 of its servicemen have been killed since Sept. 27. Azerbaijan hasn't provided details on its military losses.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Austria recorded 1,209 new cases in the past 24 hours, clearly surpassing the previous record set in March during the first wave of infections.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned that some businesses will be "legally shut" again as he set out his new support for jobs ahead of Boris Johnson's next address to the country on Oct. 12. Sunak confirmed that businesses forced to close under the new traffic light system will have two thirds of their workers’ wages paid for by the Government.
    (The Telegraph, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 8, A study showed that people who were asymptomatic accounted for 86% of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 in a UK sample population during lockdown, meaning the current policy of testing people with symptoms might miss many cases.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, China's Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group said an experimental antibody treatment for COVID-19 being developed by its unit had been approved for human testing in the United States and the trial was expected to start soon.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, It was announced that the European Union has sealed a deal with Johnson & Johnson to supply up to 400 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine, as the bloc builds up stocks amid a global scramble to secure shots.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Europe surpassed 100,000 daily reported COVID-19 cases for the first time.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 8, Finland's public health authority THL said the country likely had up to five times more COVID-19 cases than its official numbers showed during the first wave of the pandemic between March and May.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, French police said they have arrested 61 people suspected of involvement in a vast child pornography network in 30 regions of the country over the last four days.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 8, Germany reported three more cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar the eastern state of Brandenburg. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 53 since the first one on Sept. 10.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Germany reported 4,058 new coronavirus infection and 16 deaths over the last 24 hours. Total confirmed cases rose to 310,1544 with 9,578 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 8, India's total coronavirus cases rose by 78,524 in the last 24 hours to 6.84 million. Deaths from COVID-19 infections rose by 971 to 105,526.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, In Indonesia protests in many cities turned violent as thousands of enraged workers and students criticized a new law they say will cripple labor rights and harm the environment.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 8, Indonesia reported a record high 4,850 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 320,564.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Mohammad Reza Shajarian (80), Iran's most celebrated musician and a critic of the government, died after a long battle with cancer.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.78)
2020        Oct 8, Israeli drugmaker Redhill Biopharma Ltd said it has signed a manufacturing deal with two companies in Europe and Canada to ramp up production of its coronavirus treatment candidate. Opaganib is being currently tested in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19 pneumonia in two mid-stage trials.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 8, Malaysia reported 375 new cases, the second straight day of falling infections as the Southeast Asian country moved to impose targeted lockdowns to rein in a fresh surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Malian authorities announced the release of a dozen political and military figures arrested during the coup. Mali also released opposition leader Soumaila Cisse (70), French aid worker Sophie Petronin and Italian hostages Pierluigi Maccalli, a missionary priest who was kidnapped in 2018, and Nicola Chiacchio, who was believed to have been captured while travelling in the region as a tourist. Those released included members of Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), a group linked to al-Qaida.
    (BBC, 10/9/20)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.40)
2020        Oct 8, In the Netherlands appeals judges at the International Criminal Court upheld the detention of Ali Mohammed Ali Abdul Rahman Ali (aka Ali Kushayb), an alleged Sudanese militia leader charged with more than 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Darfur conflict.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, A Dutch court convicted six men of plotting a large-scale jihadi attack on a public event and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from 10 to 17 years. The suspects were arrested by heavily armed police in September 2018.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Pakistan's terrorism police arrested two suspected militants on charges of collecting funds for outlawed charities of radical cleric Hafiz Saeed, founder and chief of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement calling for a break in the fighting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces that have raged for nearly two weeks over the region. Putin invited their foreign ministers to visit Moscow for peace talks.
    (AFP, 10/8/20)(AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 8, The Kremlin said that a rise in new cases in Russia was a cause for serious concern and warned that numbers could rise even quicker unless people took heed of the situation and protected themselves.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Switzerland reported nearly 1,200 new cases over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, In Tunisia governors of four provinces that make up greater Tunis called for action to halt a surge in coronavirus infections.
    (AP, 10/8/20)
2020        Oct 8, Ukraine registered a record 5,397 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from the previous record of 4,753 new cases reported a day earlier. The country's health minister warned that Ukraine's medical system could break down because of a surge in new coronavirus cases and the number of hospitalized people.
    (Reuters, 10/8/20)

2020        Oct 9, It was reported that US and Russian negotiators have agreed in principle to continue freezing their nuclear warhead stockpiles in a bid to salvage their last remaining arms control pact before it expires next year.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, A US federal appelate court ruled that Pres. Donald Trump could not use his emergency powers to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funding to build a wall on the southern US border.
    (SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 9, The US government signed an agreement with AstraZeneca Plc worth $486 million to develop and secure supplies of up to 100,000 doses of COVID-19 antibody treatment, a similar class of drugs that was used to treat President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020         Oct 9, California to date had 845,816 cases of coronavirus and 16,435 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 107,325 cases and 1,638 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,650,825 with the death toll at 213,430.   
    (sfist.com, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, A US federal judge has denied a motion to extend voter registration in Florida even though a computer meltdown on the final day of registration might have prevented thousands of potential voters from taking part in November’s presidential election.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Kansas' top pulbic health official warned that the state is losing the battle with the coronavirus. Total cases rose to 65,807 with 763 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/10/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 9, Hurricane Delta hit Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane with top winds of 100 mph (155 kph) before rapidly weakening over land.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 9, Ohio elections officials said nearly 50,000 voters received incorrect absentee ballots in Franklin county, home to the state capital and largest city, as they promised corrected ballots would be mailed within 72 hours.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Oklahoma reported a record high of 749 new coronavirus cases. The state total rose to 97,088 with 1,091 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/10/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 9, A US federal judge blocked an order from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott limiting the number of drop-off sites allowed for absentee ballots statewide to just one per county, a constraint Democrats denounced as blatant voter suppression.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, A federal judge handed a nearly six-year prison term to Nathan Brasfield, of Edmonds, Wa., who had amassed an arsenal of homemade “ghost guns" despite being on federal supervision for an earlier firearms conviction.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Pfizer Inc said its cancer drug Ibrance did not meet the main goal in a late-stage trial in patients with a type of breast cancer, the latest setback in the company's attempt to expand the use of the drug to treat early stages of the disease.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, In Australia a surfer vanished in a suspected shark attack at Kelp Beds Beach near the town of Esperance.
    (SFC, 10/10/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 9, It was reported that Tara Hanlon (30) was traveling through London's Heathrow Airport on her way to Dubai when authorities discovered about 2 million pounds, or about $2.6 million, in her suitcases. Hanlon was charged with money laundering and could spend up to 14 years behind bars if she's convicted.
    (Insider, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 9, The largest study on prevalence of the coronavirus in the population said there are as many as 45,000 new COVID infections in England each day, adding that a resurgence in the north of the country could be replicated elsewhere in weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, China said it has joined a global scheme for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine backed by the World Health Organization (WHO), giving a major boost to an initiative shunned by US President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, China's agriculture ministry confirmed African Swine Fever in piglets illegally transported to the southwestern city of Chongqing, the first reported outbreak since July 25.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, The Czech Republic's daily count of new coronavirus cases rose to 8,618, the fourth record tally in a row.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, An Ethiopian security official said an attack this week killed 14 civilians and that security forces killed 14 militia members in the Western Benishangul-Gumuz region.
    (SFC, 10/10/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 9, France's health and environment agency announced restrictions on weedkiller glyphosate in farming, but stopped short of a full ban in the European Union's top agricultural producer due to a lack of non-chemical alternatives in some areas.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the federal government will offer German cities the help of soldiers and public health experts to battle a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, It was reported that Angela Merkel’s government has warned Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn not to try to rule his country remotely from Germany.
    (The Telegraph, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, In Germany police in heavy riot gear began clearing out a notorious Berlin leftist Liebig 34 squat in the capital's Friedrichshain neighborhood, encountering only passive resistance from residents as they carried them individually down a firetruck ladder.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, India's Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd said its clinical trial testing a combination of the antiviral drugs umifenovir and favipiravir in moderate hospitalized COVID-19 patients did not show any significant benefit. Total coronavirus cases in India rose to 6.91 million.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, In Iraq Park Chul-Ho, director for the South Korean Daewoo E&C Iraq office implementing the construction of the lucrative Fao port, was found dead this morning. His hanging corpse was discovered by a worker in the company compound in the oil-rich province of Basra several km away from the port site. Iraqi lawmakers soon cast doubt over initial reports deeming the incident a suicide.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 9, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told his Ethiopian counterpart that his country has the intention to “immediately" bring over some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 9, Italy registered 5,372 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the first time the country has exceeded 5,000 cases in a single day since March. There were also 28 COVID-related deaths on Friday against 22 the day before.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said an alliance of drug makers it spearheads has enrolled its first patient in a global clinical trial of a blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 after months of regulatory delays.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov ordered a nearly two-week state of emergency in Bishkek in a bid to end turmoil sparked by a disputed parliamentary election as clashes between rival factions escalated and gunshots were fired at several political leaders. But just hours after the presidential decree, the Interior Ministry said the state of emergency in the capital would only be introduced the following day.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, In Lebanon a diesel tank exploded inside a Beirut building late today, killing four people and injuring several others.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Lithuania said it had decided to recall five diplomats from Minsk, the capital of Belarus, with a government spokeswoman saying Belarus had demanded that 11 diplomats be sent home.
    (AP, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Malaysia reported 354 new coronavirus cases, the third consecutive fall in daily infections, as the country expands targeted lockdowns to curb the outbreak. This raised the cumulative tally to 14,722 cases. 6 new deaths raising that toll to 152.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Nepal’s total coronavirus infections passed 100,000. Infections were rising at a faster rate than both Pakistan and Bangladesh which have far larger populations. Nepal reported 2,059 new daily cases and ten deaths after performing 13,279 tests. Nepal has 100,676 total cases of coronavirus and 600 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, In Nigeria police fired tear gas at a protest against police brutality in Abuja. This followed the alleged killing of a young man by officers from the Sars unit on Oct. 9.
    (BBC, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Russia reported a record 12,126 new coronavirus infections, pushing the overall total to 1,272,238. Officials said 201 people had died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 22,257.
    (Reuters, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, It was reported that Saudi Arabia served the Palestinian leadership with a writ of divorce this week and a stinging bill of particulars that explained the break-up. This was delivered by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the country’s leading elder statesman.
    (Bloomberg, 10/9/20)
2020        Oct 9, Spain declared a state of emergency in Madrid to control the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 10/10/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 9, The World Food Program, a United Nations agency, won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 10/9/20)

2020         Oct 10, California to date had 849,527 cases of coronavirus and 16,504 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 107,668 cases and 1,643 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,696,917 with the death toll at 214,120.   
    (sfist.com, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, In Colorado Lee Keltner (49) was fatally shot during dueling protests by left-wing and right-wing groups in Denver. Security guard Matthew Dolloff (30) was booked into jail for investigation of first-degree murder following the clash near the city's Civic Center Park.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)(AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 10, Missouri reported 5,066 new coronavirus cases and 27 more deaths. Total confirmed cases reached 144,230 with 2,422 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/12/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 10, Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he has been discharged from a New Jersey hospital where he spent a week, following his announcement that he had contracted the coronavirus.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, New Mexico reported a record 488 new cases of the coronavirus and three deaths. Total fatalities passed 900.
    (SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A7)
2020        Oct 10, A federal judge in Pennsylvania emphatically rejected the Trump campaign’s attempt to limit the availability of drop boxes, saying that Republicans had failed to make the case that their use could lead to fraud.
    (AP, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 10, A US federal appeals court issued a temporary stay that allows the Republican governor of Texas to continue limiting counties to a single drop-off site for absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, In Washington state human remains were found this morning in a secluded wooded area near Snohomish during a search for Kenna Harris (25) of Monroe, missing since March 31.
    (NBC News, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 10, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting at noon, after two weeks of heavy fighting that marked the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region in more than a quarter-century. Shortly after the truce took force, the Armenian military accused Azerbaijan of shelling the area near the town of Kapan in southeastern Armenia, killing one civilian.
    (AP, 10/10/20)(SFC, 10/10/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 10, Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko visited a prison to talk to opposition activists, who have been jailed for challenging his re-election that was widely seen as manipulated and triggered two months of protests.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Brazil registered 559 additional coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 26,749 new cases. It has now registered 5,082,637 confirmed cases and 150,198 total deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 10, The Red Cross said more than 1,000 migrants from Senegal and The Gambia have arrived in the Spanish Canary Islands over the last 48 hours. Between January and the end of July this year, 3,269 migrants made the crossing from West Africa to the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, It was reported that the Tuber app launched this week in China allows access to some content on Western social media sites long banned domestically such as YouTube, marking the first product by a major Chinese tech firm that helps internet users bypass the Great Firewall.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, In Colombia a judge ruled that former Pres. Alvaro Uribe be freed from house arrest while he is investigated for possible witness tampering.
    (SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 10, Coronavirus cases in Colombia topped 900,000, as deaths from COVID-19 closed in on 27,700.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, It was reported that Egypt’s Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified a maritime deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights, in a move that has angered Turkey.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, The French health ministry reported 26,896 new infections, taking the cumulative total to 718,873 since the start of the year. The number of deaths from the virus increased by 54 to 32,684.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Hong Kong police said they have arrested nine people on suspicion of providing funds and other assistance to a group of 12 who sought to flee the territory by boat in August, but were intercepted by Chinese authorities.
    (SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 10, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced fines for breaches of health regulations in Tehran after daily coronavirus infections hit a record high this week. The virus in Iran has now killed more than 28,000 people and infected more than 496,000.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Ireland reported 1,012 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number in a day since the start of the pandemic and almost double the average for the past week.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Tens of thousands of Israelis calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated across the country this evening, saying he is unfit to rule while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the nation’s coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Authorities in Kyrgyzstan arrested former president Almazbek Atambayev, banned rallies and imposed a curfew in Bishkek, seeking to end a week of turmoil sparked by a disputed parliamentary election. Atambayev was arrested on charges of organizing riots.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, In Myanmar new coronavirus exceeded 2,000 for the first time. the 2,158 cases raised that total to 26,064 since March with 598 total deaths.
    (SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A7)
2020        Oct 10, North Korea showed off a gigantic new intercontinental ballistic missile that analysts described as the biggest of its kind in the world, as the nuclear-armed country defied the coronavirus threat with thousands of maskless troops taking part in a military parade.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Poland announced new measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic after reporting record infections for a fifth straight day, but it stopped short of introducing mandatory distance learning for schools.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Portugal reported 1,646 new cases of coronavirus, the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic. The country has seen a total of 85,574 coronavirus cases and 2,067 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, In Russia police in a far eastern city of Khabarovsk detained several dozen protesters, the first such crackdown since rallies against the arrest of the provincial governor started three months ago. Police didn't intervene while thousands of protesters marched across the city, but later detained about 30 demonstrators when they set up tents on the central square.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, It was reported that Singapore ride hailing app Grab has grown into the country's most popular mobile wallet with over 60 bank tie-ups.
    (Econ., 10/10/20, p.62)
2020        Oct 10, It was reported that fires in war-torn Syria have killed two people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Ukraine's national security council said a total of 256,266 coronavirus cases had been registered in Ukraine as of today, with 4,887 deaths. Daily virus deaths exceeded 100 for the first time since the epidemic began, jumping to 108.
    (AP, 10/10/20)
2020        Oct 10, Pope Francis issued an urgent call to action to defend the planet and help the poor in his second TED talk.
    (AP, 10/10/20)

2020        Oct 11, President Donald Trump declared he was ready to return to the campaign trail despite unanswered questions about his health on the eve of a Florida rally meant to kick off the stretch run before Election Day. Trump insisted he was now “immune" from the virus. Twitter flagged the tweet by Donald Trump in which he claimed he was immune to the coronavirus, saying it violated the social media platform's rules about misleading information related to COVID-19.
    (AP, 10/11/20)(Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 11, Today is the International Day of the Girl Child. In 2011 the UN declared Oct. 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to promote girls’ rights and address the challenges girls face around the world.
    (AP, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, The latest NY Times investigation into the president’s tax data and other records found that more than 200 companies, special-interest groups and foreign governments had patronized Mr. Trump’s properties, funneling in millions of dollars, while reaping benefits from him and his administration.
    (NY Times, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship. The Lakers, led by LeBron James, beat the Miami Heat to cap off an unusual but exhilarating postseason inside the Disney World “bubble." It was James’s fourth title.
    (NY Times, 10/12/20)
2020         Oct 11, California to date had 853,061 cases of coronavirus and 16,574 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 108,357 cases and 1,638 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,756,846 with the death toll at 214,742.   
    (sfist.com, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, Joe Morgan (77), one of the best second basemen in Major League Baseball history, died at his home in Danville, Ca.
    (NY Times, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 11, In Louisiana Hurricane Delta left some 600,000 in the state were without power, with thousands more reported in Texas and Mississippi. Many homes were inundated, drainage systems were overwhelmed. Two people died as a result of the storm.
    (NY Times, 10/11/20)(SFC, 10/12/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 11, Minnesota reported 1,450 new coronavirus infections and 10 deaths. Statewide totals reached 112,268 cases and 2,141 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/12/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 11, A federal judge ruled that Minnesota balots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be counted even if they are received up to a week after election day.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 11, Protesters in Portland, Ore., swept through the city late today, toppling statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and damaging the entrance to the Oregon Historical Society in a demonstration against colonization and the treatment of Native Americans.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 11, In Afghanistan the Taliban opened an offensive in Lashkar Gah, overunning some of the surrounding security checkpoints and largely cutting it off.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yxblyfk4)(SFC, 10/13/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 11, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of attacking large cities overnight in violation of the cease-fire deal brokered by Russia that seeks to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. Nine civilians were reported killed and over 30 wounded after Armenian forces fired missiles overnight on Ganja.
    (AP, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, Belarus detained 713 people in rallies across the country. An estimated 100,000 people took part in the Minsk rally. By the next day 570 of them remained in custody awaiting a court hearing.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 11, It was reported that the widely used BCG tuberculosis vaccine will be tested on frontline care workers in Britain for its effectiveness against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, In the French Open Iga Swiatek (19) of Poland won her first tour title — and her country’s first Grand Slam singles title — with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Sofia Kenin, the reigning Australian Open champion and No. 4 seed at Roland Garros.
    (NY Times, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, Police in Greece found 102 kilograms (225 pounds) of heroin in a vacation-rental apartment in central Athens.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 11, India’s confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million with a number of new cases dipping in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of mask and distancing fatigue setting in. The Health Ministry registered another 74,383 infections in the past 24 hours and 918 additional deaths, taking total fatalities to 108,334.
    (AP, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, Iraqi militias backed by Iran agreed to temporarily halt attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq on the condition that US-led coalition troops withdraw from the country in line with a parliamentary resolution.
    (AP, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, The Israeli military opened a new coronavirus unit in a converted parking garage at a hospital in northern Israel, in a first-of-its-kind effort by the army to assist the country’s overloaded health care system.
    (AP, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament installed Sadyr Japarov, a convicted kidnapper, as the country’s new prime minister less than a week after protesters broke him out of prison. Immediately after Mr Japarov called for President Sooronbai Jeenbekov to resign. This would allow him to consolidate power and complete Kyrgyzstan’s third revolution in 15 years.
    (AP, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, Lebanon said it will close bars and nightclubs to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak which has killed more than 450 people in a country also reeling from financial crisis and an explosion in Beirut two months ago.
    (Reuters, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, In Libya an armed group released seven Indian workers after their Sept. 14 abduction at Al-Shwerif.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 11, In Lithuania polls opened for the first round of parliamentary elections. voters will choose 141 national lawmakers and the ruling four-party Farmers and Greens Union coalition is facing a stiff challenge from the opposition conservative Homeland Union-Christian Democrats, the Social Democrats, the populist Labor party and the center-right Liberal Movement. Lithuania's center-right opposition conservative Homeland Union party won 23 seats in 141-seat parliament and appeared on track to win the vote, defeating the ruling four-party coalition. 68 lawmakers will be elected in a proportional vote on Oct. 25.
    (AP, 10/11/20)(AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 11, It was reported that Nigeria has dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), the police force at the center of protests against police brutality. The officers from the controversial unit will be redeployed. It was unclear where to.
    (BBC, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, Russia recorded a fresh record increase in daily coronavirus cases, pushing the world's fourth highest infection tally towards 1.3 million.
    (Reuters, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, It was reported that single men who became fathers via surrogacy are fleeing Russia as conservative politicians seek to entrench big heterosexual families with two parents as the only socially approved form of household.
    (The Telegraph, 10/11/20)
2020        Oct 11, In Tanzania a fire started in the Whona area of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Days later the fire had burned 28 square km (11 square miles) of vegetation and is very active in an area known as Kifunika Hill.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 11, In central Thailand a bus-train collision killed 17 people in Chacheongsao.
    (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-54497497)

2020        Oct 12, Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, both of Stanford University, were awarded the Nobel in economic science today for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.
    (NY Times, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, California's chief elections official ordered Republicans to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes from churches, gun shops and other locations and Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned those behind the “vote tampering" could face prosecution..
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020         Oct 12, California to date had 855,622 cases of coronavirus and 16,585 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 108,712 cases and 1,641 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,802,822 with the death toll at 214,045.   
    (sfist.com, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Long lines of people eager to cast ballots formed as early in-person voting began in Georgia. Problems soon developed in the state's most populous county. By mid-morning, the problem appeared to have been resolved and the lines had cleared at the arena, which is the largest early voting site in the state with 300 voting machines.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, It was reported that Nicholas Beauchene (26), a US postal worker in New Jersey, has been arrested after he threw almost 2,000 pieces of mail, including election ballots, in dumpsters. Some 1,875 pieces of mail were recovered, including 600 first-class items and 99 ballots for November's election.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals late today put on hold a lower court ruling that had blocked the Texas governor's order on ballot drop-off sites from taking effect, saying the decision would not hinder Texans from exercising their right to vote.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 12, Bernard S. Cohen (b,1934), a co-counsel in Loving v. Virginia (1967), died in Virginia. The US Supreme Court ruling struck down bans on interracial marriage.
    (NY Times, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 12, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would ban content that “denies or distorts the Holocaust." Two years ago, Zuckerberg cited Holocaust denial as an example of permissible free speech.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 12, Johnson & Johnson said a late-stage study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused due to the unexplained illness of a study participant.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 12, Microsoft announced legal action seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than a 1 million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware. The Trickbot malware, created in 2016 by a loose consortium of Russian-speaking cybercriminals, is a digital superstructure for sowing malware. Cybersecurity firm Intel 471 reported no significant hit on Trickbot operations.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.C1)
2020        Oct 12, In Slovakia Marian Kotleba, the leader of the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia, was convicted of illegal use of neo-Nazi symbols and sentenced to four years and four months in prison. The verdict was not final.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 12, Mallinckrodt filed for bankruptcy protection, saddled with lawsuits alleging it helped fuel the US opioid epidemic. Mallinckrodt said it had agreed to pay $1.6 billion over several years to settle opioid-related litigation.
    (Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Argentina surpassed 900,000 cases of coronavirus, with strong growth of infections in large, populated centers in the interior of the country after months of the virus being concentrated in Buenos Aires and its suburbs.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 12, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh despite a cease-fire deal brokered by Russia in an effort to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the region in decades.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Australian researchers said the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days.
    (Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Bangladesh's government approved the use of the death penalty in rape cases. Led by PM Sheikh Hasina, the cabinet met online and approved changes to a law that will enable courts to sentence any convicted rapist to execution.
    (CBS News, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, The British government announced new restrictions on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates. But pubs, restaurants and other businesses pushed back, arguing that they are not to blame for a resurgent outbreak.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, It was reported that recent flooding in several provinces of Cambodia has killed at least 11 people dead.
    (SFC, 10/12/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 12, The Chinese city of Qingdao said it will test its entire population of more than 9 million people for coronavirus, after discovering 12 new infections that appeared to be linked to a hospital treating imported infections. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China stood at 85,578. The death toll remained at 4,634.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Cuba relaxed coronavirus restrictions in hopes of boosting its economy.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 12, EU foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions on Russian officials and organizations blamed for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a Soviet-era nerve agent.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, The RV Polarstern icebreaker, carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic, returned to its home port in Germany carrying a wealth of data that will help researchers better predict climate change in the decades to come.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Iran shattered its single-day record for new deaths and infections from the coronavirus, with 272 people confirmed dead among more than 4,200 new cases.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, The Israeli government unanimously approved the country's recently signed normalization agreement with the UAE ahead of a ratification vote by parliament.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Japan vowed to bolster its missile deterrence capability to respond to threats by North Korean weapons that are becoming “more diverse and complex," as displayed during a military parade held by the North over the weekend.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, It was reported that Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co-led group, that is developing a blood plasma treatment for COVID-19, has started manufacturing while the late-stage trial to determine whether it works is ongoing.
    (Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Jordan's King Abdullah II swore in a new prime minister and Cabinet, tasking the new government to manage the country through an economic and health crisis as it faces a growing wave of coronavirus infections. The king appointed Bisher al-Khasawneh as the new prime minister after his predecessor, Omar Razzaz, resigned last week.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Lebanon announced the names of its delegation that will hold indirect talks later this week with Israel over the disputed maritime border between the two countries.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, In Mexico at least 14 suspected gunmen were killed and three police officers wounded in a massive shootout near Calera, Zacatecas state.
    (SFC, 10/14/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 12, The New Zealand government signed a deal to buy 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc and Germany's BioNTech, with delivery as early as the first quarter of 2021.
    (Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, In Nigeria two people were killed in Lagos as protests continued against police brutality for a sixth day.
    (BBC, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Russia said human trials of its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine have begun in the United Arab Emirates. Russia reported 13,592 new coronavirus cases, almost the most recorded in a single day since the pandemic began, pushing the national tally to 1,312,310. Officials said 125 people had died in the previous 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 22,722.
    (AP, 10/12/20)(Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, In central Russia a gunman opened fired at a bus and a bus stop in a village in the Nizhny Novgorod region, killing three people and wounding three more.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, In Slovakia Marian Kotleba, the leader of the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia, was convicted of illegal use of neo-Nazi symbols and sentenced to four years and four months in prison. The verdict was not final.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 12, South Korean drugmaker Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said that it had received regulatory approval for Phase 1 clinical trials of its anti-parasitic niclosamide drug to treat COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, South Korean drugmaker Celltrion Inc said it has received regulatory approval for Phase 3 clinical trials of CT-P59, an experimental COVID-19 treatment. The drug is directed against the surface of the virus and designed to block it from locking on to human cells.
    (Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Swiss drugmaker Roche said it plans to start selling a higher-volume COVID-19 antigen test for laboratories by the end of the year as it expands diagnostics for the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, Amnesty International said Tanzanian authorities have intensified repression to muzzle the opposition, civil society and the news media ahead of elections on October 28, where the incumbent President John Magufuli is seeking a second term.
    (AP, 10/12/20)
2020        Oct 12, The Vatican said four Swiss Guards have tested positive for the coronavirus. Three other Vatican residents have tested positive in recent weeks.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 12, In Yemen a man killed at least a dozen people, including his wife and three children, in a family dispute in the country's central province of Bayda.
    (AP, 10/13/20)

2020        Oct 13, It was reported that federal payments to American farmers was projected to hit a record $46 billion as the White House funnels money to Trump's rural based in the South and Midwest before election day.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 13, Financial leaders of the world's seven biggest economies vowed to fight rising ransomware attacks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and said no stable coin operation should start until it is properly regulated.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by 215 Senate and House of Representatives Democrats of a lower court ruling that found that the lawmakers lacked the necessary legal standing to bring the case that focused on the Republican president's ownership of the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, The US Supreme Court turned away South Carolina's bid to cut off public funding to Planned Parenthood.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, The US Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to halt the 2020 census count ahead of schedule, effectively shutting down what has been the most contentious and litigated census in memory and setting the stage for a bitter fight over how to use its numbers for the apportionment of the next Congress.
    (NY Times, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 13, The US Justice Department sued Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a onetime close friend and aide to first lady Melania Trump, to try to recoup the profits from a tell-all book that disclosed embarrassing details about her, the third lawsuit in recent months where the department has taken on a White House antagonist.
    (NY Times, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 13, It was reported that a group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at Christian support for President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said it has started a study to evaluate two antibody treatments in COVID-19 patients. The trial will test AbbVie Inc's psoriasis drug risankizumab along with Gilead Sciences' antiviral remdesivir, compared to a placebo and remdesivir to help tackle the new coronavirus.. The study will also test Humanigen's experimental drug lenzilumab with remdesivir.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Int'l. arbitrators said the EU can impose tariffs and other penalties on up to $4 billion of US goods and services over illegal American support for plane maker Boeing.
    (SFC, 10/14/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 13, Arizona health officials reported more than 680 new coronavirus and eight death. Statewide totals rose to more than 226,000 cases and 5,767 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/14/20, p.A6)
2020         Oct 13, California to date had 860,111 cases of coronavirus and 16,600 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 109,267 cases and 1,643 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,850,829 with the death toll at 215,775.   
    (sfist.com, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, North Dakota officials recorded a sixth straight day of record COVID-19 cases. 517 positive tests And 12 deaths in the last 24 hours put the state's total cases at 4,600 and 357 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 13, Ohio State Univ. said it will pay $5.8 million to settle lawsuits by about two dozen more survivors over decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss, bringing total settlement so far to $46.7 million.
    (SFC, 10/14/20, p.A3)
2020        Oct 13, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time from a remote corner of Texas, testing new lunar-landing technology for NASA that could help put astronauts back on the moon.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, In Virginia an accidentally severed fiber optic cable shut down the state's online voter registration system for several hours, the last day to register before the November general election. This prompted a lawsuit from a civil rights organization.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Texas began in-person voting.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Apple introduced the iPhone 12, but the faster internet speeds it promises may take years to develop.
    (NY Times, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 13, Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said that they will donate an additional $100 million to support election officials and fund infrastructure for the US election in November.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Ford Motor Co said it was moving production of its plug-in Escape sport utility vehicle to next year as it reviews its vehicles with the same engine and battery parts that were recalled in Europe. The automaker said it recalled 20,500 Kuga PHEV vehicles in Europe last month and suspended their sale as it looks into potential concern with the high voltage battery, which in certain cases could result in a fire.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, It was reported that Johnson & Johnson has paused the late-stage clinical trial of its vaccine because of an “unexplained illness" in one of the volunteers.
    (NY Times, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Novavax Inc said it has set up a team of company veterans as it seeks US. regulatory approval for its seasonal influenza vaccine and to help develop a combined influenza/COVID-19 vaccine for use after the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Vaxart Inc said it had begun an early-stage study testing its oral tablet COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which the drug developer hopes would be a viable alternative to injectable vaccines.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Two Afghan helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers in Helmand province. Nine service members were killed.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 13, Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces raged for a third week over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, and the United States urged both sides to adhere to a cease-fire reached over the weekend. Nagorno-Karabakh military officials said 16 servicemen were killed, bringing the total number of dead among troops to 532 since Sept. 27, when the fighting flared up. Azerbaijani authorities said 42 civilians have been killed on their side since the start of the fighting.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, said it will ease restrictions despite reporting the biggest one-day jump in new COVID-19 cases in six weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Bangladesh said it will not co-fund a late-stage domestic trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech. The country reported 22 deaths and 1,537 new COVID-19 infections, taking the total number of reported cases in the country to 381,275, and the death toll to 5,577.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)   
2020        Oct 13, Britain reported 17,234 new confirmed cases and 143 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily figure since June, as parts of the country were facing tougher social distancing restrictions under a new three-tiered alert system. Total deaths reached 43,018.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, It was reported that police in China have used a drone to capture footage of an alleged drug deal taking place.
    (BBC, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, China was reelected to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), alongside Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Nepal. Saudi Arabia was the only country up for election that failed to be elected, mustering only 90 votes. Fifteen positions were up for grabs on the 47-seat body.
    (AFP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 13, French researchers say they have had encouraging initial results from trials of a COVID-19 testing system that, they say, can deliver results in 40 minutes with no swab and no need to send off samples to a lab. The French system showed 87.5 percent accuracy for detecting positive results when tested on a sample of 220 people.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Indonesia reported 3,906 new coronavirus infections and 92 new deaths. The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 340,622, while the death tally rose to 12,027.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte imposed new restrictions on gatherings, restaurants, sports and school activities in an attempt to slow a recent surge in coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Japan launched its latest three-yearly energy policy review, with the country grappling with a need to cut greenhouse gas emissions even as the public remains wary over nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, In central Mali suspected Islamic extremists have carried out a series of attacks killing at least 22 people. Ten civilians died when a car near a military convoy was ambushed between Bandiagara and Bankass. At least 12 soldiers died in two separate attacks elsewhere.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 13, Nigeria's police chief ordered the unconditional release of all demonstrators arrested during protests against police brutality.
    (BBC, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Norway's government said it will provide a vaccine against COVID-19 free of charge to its inhabitants when one becomes available.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, In Poland angry farmers protested in Warsaw against draft legislation that would ban fur farms, religious slaughter for export and the use of animals for entertainment and in circuses. The government has proposed to ease restrictions, offer copmpensation for closed farms and to delay the bill.
    (SFC, 10/14/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 13, Poland's Health Ministry reported 5,068 new coronavirus cases, only the second time the figure has passed 5,000 in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. The country of 38 million has now reported a total of 135,278 cases of the novel coronavirus and 3,101 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Romania's centrist minority government introduced new progressive restrictions to stem a rise in new coronavirus infections and will extend a state of alert until mid-November. The total number of confirmed cases has risen to 160,461 since the pandemic reached the country in late February. 5,535 people have died.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, Russia reported record high daily coronavirus cases and deaths, pushing total infections to 1,326,178, but authorities said they do not plan to impose lockdowns across the vast country.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, South Korea reported 102 new cases of the coronavirus brining its total cases to 24,805 and 434 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/14/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 13, In Spain hundreds of primary care doctors went on strike in the region of Catalonia calling for better working conditions as coronavirus cases rise. With close to 900,000 registered cases and more than 33,000 deaths, Spain has become the pandemic's hotspot in Western Europe with the capital Madrid and nearby suburbs on lockdown since last week.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, A judge in Spain allowed an alleged leading member of the ’Ndrangheta mafia organization to walk free after failing to realize that the arrested man was a most-wanted suspect in his native Italy. Vittorio Raso was arrested in Barcelona earlier this month after a two-year police operation to track him down following a tip from the Italian authorities.
    (The Telegraph, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 13, It was reported that more than 4,500 people in Sudan's South Darfur province have been displaced in the past week by ongoing clashes between factions of a rebel group boycotting a recent peace deal between the transitional government and a rebel alliance.
    (AP, 10/13/20)
2020        Oct 13, In Tunisia hundreds of stone-throwing protesters clashed with police in a provincial town after authorities bulldozed an unlicensed cigarette kiosk, killing its owner sleeping inside.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)

2020        Oct 14, The US State Department appointed Robert Destro to oversee US policy on Tibet, the latest sign of the Trump administration's growing outspokenness on Chinese human rights issues as relations between Washington and Beijing continue to deteriorate.
    (South China Morning Post, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 14, The US Postal Service agreed to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, It was reported that researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in eastern Arizona. The new species was named Skybalonyx skapter, a part of a group known as drepanosaurs from the Triassic Period, about 220 million years ago. They found the fossils in the summers of 2018 and 2019 using a screen-washing technique.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020         Oct 14, California to date had 863,469 cases of coronavirus and 16,727 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 109,558 cases and 1,656 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,904,168 with the death toll at 216,597.   
    (sfist.com, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, A US federal judge ordered North Carolina to ensure that absentee ballots have a witness signature in a mixed ruling that allows voters to fix other minor problems without casting a new ballot from scratch.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 14, Ohio executed Robert Van Hook (58), a man convicted of a brutal 1985 murder, in the state's third execution since it lifted a temporary halt last year on carrying out death sentences. Van Hook was sentenced to death three decades ago for the murder of David Self, who he picked up at downtown Cincinnati's Subway Bar on Feb. 18, 1985.
    (Reuters, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 14, Twitter and Facebook restricted sharing of a New York Post article alleging that Hunter Biden had abandoned a Mac laptop at a Delaware repair shop, and it had damning emails on its hard drive. Facebook said it would fact-check the story and Twitter blocked it because it violated the company's policy on hacked material.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 14, G20 nations agreed to extend the suspension of debt payments by an additional six months to support 73 of the most vulnerable countries in their fight against the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.A8)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.61)
2020        Oct 14, In Afghanistan at least six security forces and eight civilians were killed in Tqaliban attacks in different parts of Helmand province.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 14, Researchers said half the coral that makes up Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has died since 1995 and that the decline would continue if no drastic action is taken on climate change.
    (NY Times, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Bosnia saw a daily record 482 new cases and 11 deaths, bringing the total number of registered cases in the country of about 3.3 million to 31,655, with 958 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, A British royal navy vessel seized 450 kg (990 pounds) of methamphetamine in the northern Arabian Sea in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime operation in the region.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 14, Herbert Kretzmer (95), a lyricist and a song writer from South Africa, died at his home in London. In 1985 he was asked to reimagine an obscure French musical, “Les Misérables." He wrote the English lyrics and turned it into one of the most successful and longest-running theater productions.
    (NY Times, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, It was reported that Roma communities in Bulgaria were sprayed with disinfectant from crop dusters this spring as coronavirus cases surged in the country. In Slovakia, their villages were the only ones where the army conducted testing. And across Central and Eastern Europe, reports of police using excessive force against Roma spiked as officers were deployed to enforce lockdowns in their towns.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, The UN envoy for Colombia called for improved protection for former combatants who continue to be killed “in alarming numbers." He complained of rising violence and massacres by other groups that have cropped up since the 2016 peace accord and said the latest killings bring the total number of former combatants killed so far this year to 50, including two women.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Croatia's health authorities reported 748 new COVID-19 infections, a daily record, with the capital Zagreb also registering a record of 211 new cases.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, The Czech Republic opted to close schools to lower an accumulated rate of 521 virus cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days, the highest national level in Europe. The Czech Republic has overtaken Spain as Europe’s biggest hot spot during the COVID-19 resurgence.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, French president, Emmanuel Macron said “the virus is everywhere in France," said, while imposing a nighttime curfew in major cities.
    (NY Times, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 14, In France a Paris court jailed Farid Ikken (43) of Algeria for 28 years after convicting him of attempted terrorist murder for attacking police guarding Notre Dame Cathedral with a hammer in 2017.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 14, It was reported that Germany has agreed to provide more than a half billion euros to aid Holocaust survivors struggling under the burdens of the coronavirus pandemic. The payments will be going to approximately 240,000 survivors around the world over the next two years.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Germany confirmed four more cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenburg. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 69 since the first on Sept. 10.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, A Greek court sentenced Nikos Michaloliakos and five other former lawmakers of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. A seventh leading party member received 10 years.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Hungary reported 40,782 total coronavirus infections and 1,023 total deaths. Scientists warned insufficient testing meant steeper increases and a possible lockdown loomed.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Iran's health ministry reported 279 deaths from the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, the highest daily tally recorded since February, bringing total fatalities to 29,349 in the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country. 4,830 new cases, also a record high, were identified in the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of cases to 513,219.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Israel and Lebanon held productive talks on their disputed maritime border.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Italy posted its highest ever daily total of new infections at 7,332 — surpassing the previous high of 6,557, recorded during the virus's most deadly phase in March. In northern Italy Coronavirus infections were surging anew in the Lombardy region where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, putting pressure again on hospitals and health care workers.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, In Kazakhstan a trio of space travelers blasted off to the International Space Station, using for the first time a fast-track maneuver that allowed them to reach the orbiting outpost in just a little over three hours. NASA’s Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility for a six-month stint on the station.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Kyrgyzstan's Pres. Sooronbai Jeenbekov endorsed the appointment of Sadyr Zhaparov as prime minister. The former lawmaker was freed from jail by demonstrators last week. Jeenbekov also approved Zhaparov's new Cabinet.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 14, Libya's internationally-recognized government announced the detention of Abd al-Rahman al-Milad, known as Bija. In 2018, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions against Mr Milad and five other men over people smuggling in the North African country.
    (BBC, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 14, Mexico's health ministry reported 4,056 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 478 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 829,396 cases and 84,898 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, In Myanmar three elections candidates from the ruling national league for Democracy were abducted by an unknown armed group in Rakhine state.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 14, Nigeria announced that the new Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team will fill the gaps left from the dissolution of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (Sars).
    (BBC, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Norway's foreign minister said Russia is behind a break-in into the Norwegian Parliament’s email system in August, calling the intrusion “a serious incident that affects our most important democratic institution."
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Poland reported a record 6,526 new coronavirus infections and 116 deaths and doctors warned the healthcare system was becoming overloaded. The country of 38 million has now recorded 141,804 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,217 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Slovenia, with around 2 million people, reported a record-high number of new infections, reaching 707 daily cases.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, It was reported that heavily armed Ugandan police have “besieged" the campaign headquarters of Bobi Wine, a pop star and politician who is seeking Uganda's presidency in elections set for 2021.
    (AP, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Wales announced that it intended to ban people living in areas with high rates of COVID-19 infections in the rest of the United Kingdom from entering the country, in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease.
    (Reuters, 10/14/20)
2020        Oct 14, Houthi fighters in Yemen released American hostages Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada after the US brokered a deal to return scores of Houthi fighters being held in Oman. The Iran-backed rebels also released the remains of Bilal Fateen who had died in captivity.
    (NY Times, 10/14/20)

2020        Oct 15, US President Donald Trump said he is willing to raise his offer of $1.8 trillion for a COVID-19 relief package to get a deal with House of Representatives Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a move likely to raise concern among his fellow Republicans in the Senate.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Pres. Donald Trump and Joe Biden held competing televised events, with Biden’s on ABC and Trump’s on NBC. Democrats and media analysts criticized NBC for scheduling the Trump event at the same time as Biden’s, making it impossible for Americans to watch both candidates live. It happened because Trump, who rejects so many of the traditions of American politics, had pulled out of a scheduled debate. Each candidate instead spoke to an audience that was probably dominated by his own supporters.
    (NY Times, 10/15/20)(NY Times, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, Nearly half of the continental US is in a drought. It’s the most severe US drought since 2013, and could lead to more wildfires.
    (NY Times, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, As coronavirus cases across the United States climbed toward a third peak, the country surpassed a total of eight million total known cases. Reports of new cases trended upward in 41 states over the last two weeks. Nine states held case numbers roughly steady.
    (NY Times, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, In southern California former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos (72), who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, was arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at the LA International Airport.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020         Oct 15, California to date had 866,431 cases of coronavirus and 16,799 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 109,931 cases and 1,655 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,972,886 with the death toll at 217,721.   
    (sfist.com, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, In Colorado the Cameron Peak Fire, became the largest in state history as it burned 256 square miles north of Grand Junction.
    (SFC, 10/16/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 15, Hawaii launched a pre-travel testing program to reignite the state's tourism decimated economy. The island of Kauai went from having no infections to at least 84 new cases in the next seven weeks. From March through September Kauai had only 61 known coronavirus cases.
    (SFC, 12/21/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 15, In Minnesota Seyed Sajjad Shahidian (33), the founder and CEO of an Iranian financial services firm accused of conspiring to violate US sanctions against Iran, was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison. He was arrested in London in November 2018 but wasn't extradited to the US until this past May.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Federal prosecutors charged Houston software executive Robert Brockman with multiple counts of tax evasion, money laundering, and wire fraud for allegedly hiding $2 billion in income over 20 years.
    (The Week, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, Prosecutors said Robert Smith (57), the Texas billionaire who last year promised to pay off the debt of the graduating class of Morehouse College, has admitted to tax evasion through an illegal scheme that used offshore banks for 15 years.
    (The Independent, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, YouTube said it will prohibit videos promoting conspiracy theories that “justify real-world violence." In effect, it is banning QAnon, the sprawling pro-Trump conspiracy that found much of its audience through the site.
    (NY Times, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Afghan officials said more than 5,600 families have been froced to flee their homes in southern Helmand province due to renewed fighting between government forces and the Taliban.
    (SFC, 10/16/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 15, Austria ordered the first local quarantine of its second wave of coronavirus infections, in a town near Salzburg, as cases nationally hit a new high.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, London and seven other areas will face further restrictions after the British government raised their coronavirus risk levels in an effort to slow the exponential rise in infection rates across the country.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, The cabless trailer of an articulated lorry, known as the Pod, ran the Dunsfold test track in Surrey at over 80 mph. The vehicle was made by Einride, a Swedish firm founded in 2016 by Robert Falck.
    (Econ., 10/24/20, p.72)
2020        Oct 15, Scientists from Britain's University of Oxford said they have developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, China's eastern city of Jiaxing's center for disease control and prevention (CDC) said in a statement on WeChat that two doses of Sinovac Biotech's vaccine candidate, called CoronaVac, will cost 200 yuan ($29.75) per dose and that vaccinations for key groups including medical professionals have begun.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, Croatia reported 793 new cases of COVID-19, a daily record. Croatia, with some 4 million people, has reported 22,534 cases with 344 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, European Union leaders agreed to keep on talking to Britain to get a new trade agreement "in the coming weeks" but also decided to step up their contingency preparations should the troubled negotiations fail.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, The European Union slapped sanctions on Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian tycoon, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and is accused of interfering in a US election, for helping undermine the security of Libya and breaking the UN arms embargo on the conflict-torn north African country. The EU and Britain imposed sanction on six Russians, some among the highest-ranked officials in the nation.
    (AP, 10/15/20)(SFC, 10/16/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 15, The European-Japanese probe BepiColombo took a black-and-white snapshot of Venus from a distance of 17,000 km (10,560 miles), as it used Earth's neighbor to adjust its course on the way to Mercury, the solar system’s smallest and innermost planet.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai (71).
    (SFC, 10/16/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 15, Movie theatres in some parts of India opened for the first time in eight months, but with no major Bollywood releases likely any time soon.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Iran's cybersecurity authority acknowledged cyberattacks on two governmental departments. The cyberattacks occurred on Oct. 13-14 and were under investigation.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Israel decided to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Israel pressed forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes, making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, In Italy Cecilia Marogna (39) was arrested in Milan. She was accused of taking more than $500,000 from Pope Francis' charity fund and spending it on luxurious goods.
    (Insider, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Italy registered 8,804 new coronavirus infections and 83 COVID-19-related deaths over the past 24 hours, the highest daily tally since the start of the country's outbreak. Italy has recorded 36,372 fatalities since the outbreak flared in February.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, In Japan sexual minority groups and human rights activists started a petition calling for an LGBT equality law in hopes that it can be enacted next year.
    (SFC, 10/16/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 15, Kyrgyzstan’s embattled Pres. Sooronbai Jeenbekov said he was resigning following protests over a disputed parliamentary election, the third time in 15 years that a leader of the Central Asian country has been ousted by a popular uprising.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, In northern Mali a UN peacekeeper was killed in the Kidal region and others injured in Timbuktu in attacks by suspected Islamic extremists.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, The Netherlands hit a new record in daily coronavirus cases with 7791 infections in 24 hours. Local hospitals said they would ask their German counterparts to take patients after the number of those hospitalized with coronavirus doubled in the past week, to 1,526.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Nigeria's government announced a ban on all protest in Abuja, saying the demonstrators were violating public safety measures introduced to tackle Covid-19. The military has issued a warning to "subversive elements and trouble makers" to desist after a week of protests about police brutality. Amnesty International said at least 10 people have been killed and hundreds injured.
    (BBC, 10/15/20)(AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, In North Macedonia ten men were arrested for running a smuggling ring that brought in migrants from neighboring Greece. They had allegedly brought at least 100 migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere into the country over a 10-month period.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, In Pakistan militants attacked a convoy of the country's biggest oil and gas exploration company in Baluchistan province. Seven soldiers and seven private security guards were killed. The Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 15, Poland announced new restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, including limits on opening hours for bars and restaurants, sports events and schools in some areas as it faced another daily record spike in infections.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Slovenia, a country of some 2 million people, reported a new record of 745 daily infections in the last 24 hours, up from 707 a day before.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Human Rights Watch released a 167-page report titled “Targeting Life in Idlib," in which the group names 10 senior Syrian and Russian civilian and military officials — including Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad as well as defense ministers and top generals — who may be implicated in war crimes as a matter of command responsibility.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Somalia's military said extremist rebels have killed at least eight soldiers in an ambush in the country's south. Al-Qaida linked al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The extremist group said it killed at least 25 soldiers, a claim dismissed by the Somali military.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Shares of Big Hit Entertainment, the company that manages the boy band BTS, began trading in South Korea. Last year the company reported a profit of $86 million.
    (SFC, 10/15/20, p.C1)
2020        Oct 15, In northern Syria Kurdish-led authorities released hundreds of militants from the Islamic State group, as part of a general amnesty in the region controlled by the US-backed fighters.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Thailand's government declared a strict new state of emergency for Bangkok, a day after a student-led protest against the country’s traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which demonstrators heckled a royal motorcade. Several top leaders of the protest movement were taken into custody.
    (AP, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, Turkey identified 1,693 new symptomatic cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The total number of patients increased to 324,143, while the death toll increased by 66 to 9,080.
    (Reuters, 10/15/20)
2020        Oct 15, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the UN Security Council that aid agencies had just 42 percent of their programs funded in Yemen, meaning key services were being axed.
    (The Telegraph, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 15, Yemen's warring sides kicked off a long-awaited prisoner exchange.
    (AP, 10/15/20)

2020        Oct 16, US President Donald Trump approved California's request for additional wildfire recovery relief, reversing his administration's earlier denial after intervention from the state's governor and a key Republican lawmaker.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said it has started a late-stage trial to evaluate if immune-modulating therapies from three drug makers can help reduce the need for ventilators for COVID-19 patients and shorten their hospital stay. The NIH said it has selected three agents for the study: Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Research's Remicade, Bristol Myers Squibb's Orencia and Abbvie Inc's experimental drug cenicriviroc.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, In California rapper Fontrell Antonio Baines (31), aka known as Nuke Bizzle, was arrested for an alleged unemployment benefits fraud scheme — after he had boasted about that type of fraud in a YouTube music video. Bizzle allegedly applied for $1.2 million in jobless benefits and used stolen identities.
    (NBC News, 10/18/20)
2020         Oct 16, California to date had 869,722 cases of coronavirus and 16,856 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 110,320 cases and 1,667 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,039,642 with the death toll at 218,448.   
    (sfist.com, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, In Florida three men died and one was injured in an early morning shooting sparked by a confrontation at a warehouse in Orlando used by a motorcycle club.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 16, Michigan said it will prohibit the open carrying of firearms at polling stations, clerk's offices and other places where absentee ballots are tabulated to prevent voter intimidation.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, The Michigan Court of Appeals said that absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to be counted, blocking a 14-day extension that had been ordered by a lower court.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, North Dakota confirmed 877 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 more deaths. In total the state has confirmed 30,000 cases and 388 deaths.
    (SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A9)
2020        Oct 16, A Texas state judge in Travis County issued an injunction blocking enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's Oct. 1 order limiting counties to one mail-in ballot drop-off location.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A4) 
2020        Oct 16, It was reported that federal authorities in Utah have charged 21 white supremacist gang members and associates with distributing drugs and firearms around the state.
    (NY Daily News, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, In Texas arson investigator Lemuel Bruce (44) and an arson suspect were killed during a shootout early today in Houston after the investigator pursued the suspect.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, The Taliban said they have agreed to suspend attacks in southern Afghanistan that have displaced thousands this week — but only after the Americans promised to halt all strikes and night raids in keeping with the peace agreement the US signed with the insurgents in February.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Azerbaijani authorities accused Armenia of expanding the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh by shelling a different region in Azerbaijan, a claim rejected by Armenian officials. Armenia, in turn, charged that the Azerbaijani troops executed two Armenian war prisoners.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Bosnia's new COVID-19 infections hit a record high for the third day in a row with 621 cases. Authorities warned that the healthcare system could collapse if the trend continued. The country of around 3.3 million people has so far recorded 32,845 cases of the coronavirus with 980 deaths.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, British PM Boris Johnson's spokesman said talks to agree a Brexit trade deal with the European Union are over, saying there was no point carrying on unless the bloc fundamentally changed its stance.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, UK data showed that a further 136 people died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total official toll to 43,429.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 16, GlaxoSmithKline Plc said an injection of its cabotegravir drug given every two months, in combination with Johnson & Johnson's rilpivirine, was recommended for approval to treat HIV infections by a panel of the European health regulator.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, The government of Burkina Faso said at least 20 people were killed, injured or remain missing after attacks this week by extremist rebels on three villages in the country's Sahel region.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, China defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Croatia reported 1,131 COVID-19 cases, the first time the Adriatic country of four million people has exceeded 1,000 infections a day. Croatia has recorded 23,665 cases so far with 345 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Denmark convicted two suspected neo-Nazis, members of the Nordic Resistance Movement, of desecrating Jewish graves last year, as well as other acts of vandalism and racism.
    (SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 16, The European Union imposed sanctions on seven ministers recently appointed to the Syrian government, blaming them for playing a role in the continued crackdown on civilians in the war-ravaged country.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, In France history teacher Samuel Paty (47) was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. A Chechen refugee (18), unknown to intelligence services, posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack. The suspect was shot dead about 600 meters (yards) from where Paty died. Police arrested nine suspects.
    (AP, 10/17/20)(Econ., 10/24/20, p.82)
2020        Oct 16, Germany said one more case of African swine fever (ASF) has been found in the wild boar population in Brandenburg. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 70 since the first on Sept. 10.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Greece recorded 508 new confirmed coronavirus infections, topping the 500 daily mark for the first time, as health authorities urged compliance with mask wearing and social distancing.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, In Guinea the minister of defence issued a statement saying that a group of soldiers had entered a military camp in Kindia, a city 130km (80 miles) east of the capital Conakry, and killed its commander, Col Mamady Condé.
    (BBC, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 16, In Hungary the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus hit a record 33. Total cases reached 41,732 with 1,085 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 16, Japan-based Fujifilm Holdings Corp said it was seeking approval for its flu drug Avigan as a treatment for COVID-19 in Japan, a move that comes after a late-stage study showed reduced recovery time for patients with non-severe symptoms.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Kyrgyzstan's PM Sadyr Zhaparov (Japarov) became the acting head of state in the wake of Pres. Sooronbai Jeenbekov's resignation.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.33)
2020        Oct 16, It was reported that experts in Mexico this week have detected more than 2,000 pre-Hispanic ruins or clusters of artifacts along the proposed route of the controversial "Maya Train" project on the Yucatan peninsula.
    (SFC, 10/16/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 16, Nicaragua's National Assembly approved a law that would give the government of Pres. Daniel Ortega more power to monitor people, businesses and organizations that receive funding from abroad.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 16, Nigerian protests against police brutality continued for the ninth day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to be backed by the police, warnings from the Nigerian military, and a government order to stop because of COVID-19.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Poland reported a new daily record of 132 coronavirus-related deaths and counted 7,705 new confirmed cases, amid fears the pandemic is testing the country's supply of hospital beds and ventilators.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a strong call to save the last existing nuclear arms control pact between his country and the United States, proposing to extend it at least for one year. The United States called President Vladimir Putin's proposal for an unconditional one-year extension a non-starter.
    (AP, 10/16/20)(AFP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Russia reported a record high of 15,150 new cases in the previous 24 hours, including 5,049 in the capital Moscow. The Kremlin said it was worried by a record surge in COVID-19 cases but that the situation was still under control. Russia has the world's fourth highest infection tally.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Serbia ordered mandatory wearing of masks at all times outside the home and introduced other measures to deal with the spread of coronavirus. Serbia has so far reported 35,454 cases and 770 fatalities, with 203 new cases reported a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Slovakia reported 2,075 new daily cases of the novel coronavirus, meaning the country now has one of the fastest infection rates in Europe. This brought the total in the country of 5.5 million to 26,300 since March. 71 people have died.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Slovenia reported a record number of daily coronavirus infections, reaching 834 cases in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Spanish pharmaceutical company PharmaMar said a clinical trial of its cancer drug Aplidin to treat adult patients with COVID-19 was successful and it now aims to start phase III trials.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, In Spain some 1,000 hospitality workers rallied in Barcelona's Old City to protest against a 15-day shutdown of bars and restaurants ordered by the Catalan regional government to contain a surge in COVID-19 infections.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Swiss drugmaker Novartis grabbed a key European panel's recommendation for its prospective cholesterol drug Leqvio, clearing the way for its approval in the next couple of months.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Switzerland reported another daily record of 3,105 new coronavirus cases as a second wave of infection gripped the country. The public health agency reported a total of 74,422 confirmed cases in Switzerland and neighboring principality Liechtenstein. The death toll rose by five people to 1,823.
    (Reuters, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Riot police in Thailand cracked down on thousands of student-led protesters who rallied in Bangkok in defiance of a strict state of emergency, while PM Prayuth Chan-ocha rejected calls for his resignation.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, A senior Turkish government official said a man has been arrested suspected of spying on Arab dissidents in Turkey on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Turkey's military test-fired its Russian made S-4000 air defense system.
    (SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 16, It was reported that rescuers in Vietnam have recovered the bodies of 11 army personnel and two other people who were buried in a landslide while trying to reach victims of a separate landslide in Thua Thien-Hue province. Flooding in central Vietnam has killed at least 36 people since last week.
    (SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 16, A large study led by the World Health Organization suggested that the antiviral drug remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients, in contrast to an earlier study that made the medicine a standard of care in the United States and many other countries.
    (AP, 10/16/20)
2020        Oct 16, Yemen’s warring sides completed a major, UN-brokered prisoner swap, a development that could revive the country’s stalled peace process after more than five years of grinding conflict.
    (AP, 10/16/20)

2020        Oct 17, Women’s March protesters took to the streets in Washington DC, galvanized by their opposition to Mr. Trump and his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The march was met with a counterprotest in support of Judge Barrett.
    (NY Times, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 17, Early US voting continued to break records, with more than 26 million people having cast their ballots in the presidential election as of today.
    (The Week, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 17, A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco after several hundred counter protesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020         Oct 17, California to date had 871,656 cases of coronavirus and 16,908 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 110,703 cases and 1,680 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,069,856 with the death toll at 218,812.   
    (sfist.com, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone performed a short exorcism ceremony outside a Catholic church where protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra, saying the ceremony was intended to drive out evil and defend the image of Serra.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Bob Biggs (74) founder of Slash Records (1979), one of the most successful independent record labels of its era, died of Lewy body dementia at his ranch in Tehachapi, Ca.
    (NY Times, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 17, In Colorado the CalWood Fire began burning about 50 miles southeast of the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest in state history.
    (The Week, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 17, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) slammed President Trump for his "rhetoric" after he took aim at her during his rally in the state.
    (The Week, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 17, Austria reported 1,747 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a new record.
    (Reuters, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of striking its second-largest city with a ballistic missile that killed at least 13 civilians and wounded 50 others in a new escalation of their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani officials said the Soviet-made Scud missile destroyed or damaged about 20 residential buildings in Ganja overnight. Pres. Ilham Aliyev announced that Azerbaijani forces have taken the town of Fizuli and seven villages around it.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, A new cease-fire agreement was announced between Armenia and Azerbaijan, effective at midnight, following Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s calls with his counterparts, in which he strongly urged them to abide by the Moscow deal.
    (AP, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 17, The Standing Committee of China's congress passed amendments to a law that will criminalize the intentional insulting of the national flag and emblem. The law will take effect on January 1.
    (SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 17, Egyptian authorities released comedian Shady Abu Zaid, who was working for a popular satirical television program, after more than two years in prison without trial. He must still report to a police station twice a week as part of his terms of release.
    (AP, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 17, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The country's disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, reported 7,830 cases overnight, a new record.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Iran announced that its death toll from the coronavirus has passed the milestone of 30,000, in what has been the Mideast region's worst outbreak. More than 526,000 confirmed cases to date. The death toll reached at least 30,123.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu late today, resuming the weekly protest against the Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Italy registered a record 10,925 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. There were also 47 COVID-related deaths. Total fatalities reached 36,427.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, The house of former Ivory Coast PM Pascal Affi Nguessan was burned down in his stronghold of Bongouanou during clashes less than two weeks before bitterly contested elections.
    (BBC, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 17, New Zealand held elections. PM Jacinda Ardern (40) won a second term in office in an election landslide of historic proportions. With most votes counted, Ardern's liberal Labour Party was winning 49% of the vote compared to 27% for its main challenger, the conservative National Party. New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum, but preliminary results released on Oct. 30 showed they likely would not legalize recreational marijuana use.
    (AP, 10/17/20)(AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 17, It was reported that the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd have received renewed approval to conduct late-stage clinical trials in India of Sputnik V, the Russian COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in Bangkok, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city's mass transit systems.
    (AP, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Ukraine registered a record 6,410 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from a previous record of 5,992 reported a day earlier. 109 patients had died in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic. A total of 293,641 cases had been registered in Ukraine as of today, with 5,517 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/17/20)
2020        Oct 17, Pope Francis permanently removed Polish bishop Edward Janiak (68) following a probe into allegations he covered up cases of sexual abus by his priests in Kalisz.   
    (SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)

2020        Oct 18, A US federal judge blocked the Trump administration's effort to end food stamp benefits for nearly 700,000 unemployed people.
    (The Week, 10/19/20)
2020         Oct 18, California to date had 873,637 cases of coronavirus and 16,941 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 111,296 cases and 1,671 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,123,273 with the death toll at 219,466.   
    (sfist.com, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 18, Father Bill Moore (71), a Catholic priest and prominent abstract expressionist who spent decades spreading spiritualism through his paintings, died at a Southern California hospice.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 18, Missouri and Vermont were alone in recording a more than 10 percent improvement in the average number of cases reported over the last week. Cases rose between 10 and 50 percent in 27 other states, and increased by more than 50 percent in Connecticut and Florida.
    (The Week, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 18, Twitter blocked a post by President Trump's science adviser, Scott Atlas, that said masks don't work to curb coronavirus infections.
    (The Week, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 18, Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of violating the new truce in their destructive conflict over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 18, Bahrain and Israel agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations in a US-brokered agreement , making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel.
    (AP, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 18, Bolivians voted in a high-stakes presidential election meant to end a year of political turmoil. Council President Salvador Romero promised a safe and transparent official count, which could take five days.
    (AP, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 18, In Chile protesters burned two churches and looted stores in Santiago, as tensions rise ahead of a referendum on scrapping a dictatorship-era constitution. About 25,000 people gathered in Plaza Italia with banners calling for a new constitution.
    (The Week, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 18, China's experimental $1.5 million (1.16 million pounds) giveaway of digital yuan to Shenzhen citizens ended today with acclaim from currency analysts - and skepticism from some users saying they preferred existing shopping tools like the ubiquitous Alipay app.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 18, Guinea held elections as President Alpha Condé (82) sought a third term. Police trucks surrounded the house of opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo and kept him trapped for over a week.
    (BBC, 10/18/20)(Econ., 10/31/20, p.43)
2020        Oct 18, India's health minister said Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech are expected to pursue late stage clinical trials of intranasal COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months once they receive regulatory approval.
    (Reuters, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 18, Iran said a 2007 UN embargo on arms sales to and from the Islamic republic expired today in line with a 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers from which Washington has withdrawn. Washington argued that arms sales to Iran would still violate UN resolutions and threatened sanctions on anyone making such sales. Restrictions on the development of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles will remain in place until 2023.
    (AP, 10/18/20)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.41)
2020        Oct 18, Italy registered a record 11,705 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. The country has recorded 36,543 fatalities since the outbreak flared in February. Italian PM Giuseppe Conte gave mayors the power to shut public squares from 9 p.m. to halt gatherings as he announced a further package of measures to try to halt a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 10/18/20)(Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 18, Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth labelled the British and Americans "hypocrites" and "champions of double talk" for the way they have behaved over the Chagos Islands.
    (BBC, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 18, Thailand reported three additional locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus, a day after reporting its first local infections in more than a month.
    (Reuters, 10/18/20)
2020        Oct 18, In central Vietnam a landslide buried at least 22 army personnel in Quang Tre province as heavy rains continued to pound the region.
    (SFC, 10/19/20, p.A2)

2020        Oct 19, Pres. Donald Trump announced that Sudan has agreed to pay $335 million to US terror victims and families. Trump has said Sudan will come off a list of state sponsors of terror if it pays compensation of $335m (£259m).
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 19, The US Justice Department unsealed charges accusing six Russian military intelligence officers of an aggressive worldwide hacking campaign that caused mass disruption and cost billions of dollars by attacking targets like a French presidential election, the electricity grid in Ukraine and the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
    (NY Times, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 19, It was reported that President Donald Trump is assuring a bumper year for farmers as the Nov. 3 election approaches, with record government subsidies projected to make up more than a third of farm income in 2020.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, In Alabama Ruthie Brown (36), a mother of four boys from Jasper, died after being mauled by a pack of five dogs.
    (Miami Herald, 10/20/20)
2020         Oct 19, California to date had 876,260 cases of coronavirus and 16,975 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 111,900 cases and 1,678 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,208,831 with the death toll at 220,088.   
    (sfist.com, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Spencer Davis (81), the leader of a rock group under his name that had some of the most propulsive and enduring hits of the 1960s, including “Gimme Some Lovin’," “I’m a Man" and “Keep On Running" — all sung not by him but by a teenage Steve Winwood — died in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 19, An oil spill was detected at Broadkill Beech in Delaware. Over the next weeks crews removed an estimated 75 tons of oily sand and debris. The source of the spill was under investigation.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 19, Florida started in-person voting and broke records. The number of ballots cast — including by mail — already exceeds 30 percent of the state’s final 2016 tally.
    (NY Times, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 19, The US Supreme Court in a 4-4 vote allowed Pennsylvania to count mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election, rejecting a Republican plea in the presidential battleground state.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, A Wisconsin judge reimposed an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor venues to 25% of capacity.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, US pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp said it will hire 15,000 employees in the fourth quarter of this year as the onset of winter could fuel a resurgence in the spread of COVID-19 and flu cases.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Argentina passed 1 million coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Governments began a two-week meeting in Buenos Aires of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Austria will limit private gatherings to a maximum of six people indoors and 12 outside starting later this week to help curb a steady resurgence of coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, In Bolivia two independent surveys of selected polling places showed Evo Morales’ handpicked successor, Luis Arce, with a lead of roughly 20 percentage points over his closest rival — far more than needed to avoid a runoff. Luis Arce, the winner, has said he would carry on the vision of his predecessor, Evo Morales.
    (AP, 10/19/20)(NY Times, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 19, Prosecutors in Brazil leveled charges against Sen. Flavio Bolsonaro, the son of Pres. Jair Bolsonaro, with commanding a criminal organization and laundering money when he was a state lawmaker between 2007 and 2018. 16 others were also charged.
    (SFC, 11/5/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 19, British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said the European medicines watchdog has recommended approving its Forxiga and Trixeo Aerosphere treatments for a form of heart failure and a lung disorder.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, China's industry ministry said it welcomes US companies to actively participate in its market and will strive to create a fair and just environment, citing a meeting it held with firms such as Qualcomm Inc and General Motors.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, China reported 19 new coronavirus cases in the mainland, up from 13 cases a day earlier. Mainland China had 85,704 confirmed coronavirus cases. The COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement that archaeologists found the collection of colorful, sealed sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago at the Saqqara necropolis.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, It was reported that a new book by an investigative journalist has drawn fresh attention to police brutality and racism in France, after protests against the deaths of Black people at the hands of American law enforcement swept across the world. Valentin Gendrot’s book “Flic," meaning cop, chronicles the author’s training and the six months he spent as a police officer in one of Paris’ poorest districts.
    (NBC News, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, German biotech company Evotec said it had received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help identify and develop potential monoclonal antibody drugs for the prevention of severe COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Greece’s government said it has finalized plans to extend a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the European Union country.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Guinea's opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo declared himself the winner of the West African country's presidential election before the official results have been announced.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Iran’s single-day death toll from the coronavirus smashed a record set less than a week ago, with 337 dead confirmed as a resurgence of infections is overwhelming hospitals.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Israeli biopharmaceutical firm Kamada Ltd said it will supply Israel's Health Ministry with its experimental plasma-derived immunoglobulin COVID-19 treatment for 500 patients in Israel.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met in Geneva in hopes of a UN-brokered breakthrough that could pave the way for a “complete and permanent cease-fire" in the conflict-ridden North African country.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Mexico's health ministry reported 3,699 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 171 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 854,926 and the death toll to 86,338.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Human Rights Watch said torture, humiliation and coerced confessions are rampant in North Korea's pretrial detention system which treats people as worth "less than an animal," in a report on the country's opaque legal processes.
    (AFP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, It was reported that archaeologists discovered a giant, 2,000-year-old image of a cat etched onto a hillside at a UNESCO heritage site known as the Nazca Lines in Peru. Experts said the catlike geoglyph dates to 200 BC to 100 BC.
    (NY Times, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 19, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go to jail.
    (The Telegraph, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 19, Portugal's coronavirus cases passed 100,000, with nearly 2,000 new infections in the past 24 hours, days after tough new measures to contain the disease came into force. Portugal has recorded a comparatively low 101,860 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,198 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Romania said its number of new daily coronavirus infections has risen by about 4,000 over the past week, taking the cumulative total to 182,854. Bucharest closed schools, restaurants and theatres from Oct. 20 and widened the compulsory use of face masks to all outdoor spaces across the city as infection rates soared. Since the outbreak began in February, 5,931 people have died in the country of 20 million.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Russia's daily tally of coronavirus cases surged to a record high of 15,982, including 5,376 in the capital Moscow, pushing the national case total to 1,415,316 since the pandemic began. Authorities reported 179 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 24,366.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Slovenia's government declared a 30-day state of emergency after cases of COVID-19 more than doubled in the past week from the previous week.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Thai authorities worked to stem a growing tide of protests calling for PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators.
    (AP, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Ukraine said its total number of coronavirus cases has reached 303,638, while the death toll is at 5,673. Ukraine registered 4,766 new cases in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, Wales said it would impose a 2-week sharp "firebreak" lockdown from Oct. 23 in which everybody apart from essential workers would have to stay at home.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)
2020        Oct 19, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Kim Sledge of the band Sister Sledge will donate proceeds from a cover of the band's classic song "We Are Family" to the World Health Organization Foundation.
    (Reuters, 10/19/20)

2020        Oct 20, The US Treasury Department said that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc has agreed to pay $4.14 million to settle allegations that a Turkish subsidiary may have violated US sanctions against Iran.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, The US Justice Dept. alleged that Google ties up phone-makers, networks and browsers in deals that make it the default search engine.
    (Econ., 10/24/20, p.11)
2020        Oct 20, Elliott Broidy (63), a former top fund-raiser for Trump, admitted to accepting millions of dollars from a fugitive Malaysian businessman to lobby the White House in his favor. Broidy agreed to forfeit $6.6 million to the federal government and to cooperate with prosecutors on a range of potential investigations related to his fellow conspirators and others.
    (NY Times, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Arizona reported 1,040 coronavirus cases and seven more deaths increasing statewide totals to 232,937 cases and 5,837 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/21/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 20, A California state appeals court ordered at least half of the 2,900 prisoners at San Quentin to be transferred or released. 75% of the prisoners have tested positive for the coronavirus and 28 have died.
    (SFC, 10/21/20, p.A1)
2020        Oct 20, California said major theme parks including Disneyland would not be opening anytime soon.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved hate crime legislation giving the targets of those calls the ability to sue the caller. They approved the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, also known as the CAREN legislation.
    (NBC News, 10/21/20)
2020         Oct 20, California to date had 881,677 cases of coronavirus and 17,012 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 112,407 cases and 1,686 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,266,357 with the death toll at 220,921.   
    (sfist.com, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, James Randi (92), Canadian-American magician and professional sceptic, died in Florida. His work included ten books on psychics, faith healers, extrasensory perception nd the  mask of Nostradamus.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.82)
2020        Oct 20, In Illinois Marcellis Stinnette (19), a Black teen, was killed and a young Black woman injured in a police shooting late today in Waukegan that authorities said is under investigation and which has left families of the pair seeking answers. On Oct. 23 the Waukegan Police Chief said the officer who shot the Black couple has been fired.
    (NBC News, 10/22/20)(CBS News, 10/23/20)(AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 20, Jalajhia Finklea (18) was last seen getting into the car of a man identified as Luis Zaragoza (37) in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Mr Zaragoza was killed in a shootout with US Marshals in Crestview, Florida, on 5 November when officers attempted to apprehend him. On Nov. 25 police found Finklea's body in a field off the side of Route 95 in Fellsmere.
    (The Independent, 11/26/20)
2020        Oct 20, The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s coronavirus dashboard posted a message that the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 has been underreported since Oct. 17. The note blamed “challenges entering data" to the portal used by the US Department of Health and Human Services for collecting daily hospitalizations around the country.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 20, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut urged their residents to not travel between the three states as the US Northeast sees a rise in COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, A US federal appeals court left in place North Carolina's plan for counting absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day, dealing a setback to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft descended to the Bennu asteroid and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. On Oct. 23 scientists said the spacecraft was stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s lid was jammed open and precious particles were drifting away in space.
    (AP, 10/20/20)(AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 20, Armenia and Azerbaijan reported more fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where clashes have continued for over three weeks despite two attempts at establishing a cease-fire.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Australian officials evacuated workers from a Kuwaiti-flagged livestock ship docked off the country's west coast after at least half the 52 crew tested positive for COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Australian scientists found a detached coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef that exceeds the height of the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 20, In Bosnia deaths from the novel coronavirus passed a fresh threshold above 1,000 with 20 new fatalities. The daily number of cases hit a new record of 728. The country has so far recorded 35,389 cases of the coronavirus with 1,017 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Imperial College London and a group of researchers said they are preparing to infect 90 healthy young volunteers with the coronavirus in an effort to potentially speed up development of a vaccine that could help end the pandemic.
    (SFC, 10/21/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 20, Bulgaria said it will make wearing protective masks obligatory in all outdoor spaces from Oct. 22, as coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours hit a new record. Bulgaria reported 1,024 new infections, the highest since the first cases were reported in March. The Balkan country of 7 million people now has 30,527 confirmed cases including 1,008 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, It was reported that China is minting new billionaires at a record pace despite an economy bruised by the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to booming share prices and a spate of new stock listings.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, It was reported that more than 1,300 prisoners have escaped from Kangbayi prison in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Beni city after suspected Islamist rebels attacked the facility. Two inmates were shot dead during the raid. The Allied Defence Forces (ADF) was thought to have launched the assault to free its members.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, The Czech Republic reported 11,984 new cases of coronavirus, the highest daily tally on record, as the country is struggling with a surge in recent weeks. The number of people who died of the COVID-19 disease rose to 1,619 from 1,513 over the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Denmark in partnership with Germany, the European Union and the UN hosted a conference on the Sahel in a bid to instill a more acute sense of urgency. International donors agreed to give $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to the central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger), after the United Nations said the northern African region plagued by violence and climate change was at "breaking point".
    (AFP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said one more case of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in a wild boar in the eastern region of Brandenburg. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 71 since the first one on Sept. 10.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Berlin's municipal government made it compulsory to wear masks at markets, in queues and on 10 busy shopping streets, but stopped short of imposing another lockdown to curb a new wave of coronavirus infections in the German capital.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Greece recorded a new daily record of coronavirus cases, topping the 600 mark for the first time, with younger people accounting for a majority of the new infections. There were 667 new confirmed infections and eight new deaths. Greece's total tally of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic has reached 26,469, with 528 deaths.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, The UN human rights chief urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Iran reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections. The health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pushing the death toll over 31,000.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, The Israeli military said that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensors. Later in the day Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters “struck an underground infrastructure" for the militant Hamas group. There were no reports of casualties in either attack.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 20, Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE announced the start in Japan of combined Phase I and Phase II clinical trials of their mRNA vaccine candidate against the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, At least 15 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 20, Mexico's health ministry reported 5,788 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 555 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 860,714 and the death toll to 86,893.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Montenegro has become the country recording one of the highest numbers of cases relative to its population, with over 4,232 active cases among its 620,000 people. 240 people in Montenegro have died from the disease, while 15,760 have fallen ill.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, New Zealand reported two new cases of COVID-19 in the community linked to a port worker who tested positive over the weekend, and 23 imported cases. This took New Zealand's total confirmed cases to 1,556.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Nigeria's police chief ordered the nationwide deployment of anti-riot officers to quell violence following protests against police brutality. The announcement came as an indefinite 24-hour curfew was imposed in the commercial hub of Lagos. Some 1,000 protesters gathered at the Lekki toll gate to prevent cars using a major motorway. Soldiers were reportedly seen barricading the protest site moments before shooting started. Amnesty International later said 12 people were killed. The Nigerian army rejected the claim.
    (BBC, 10/20/20)(NY Times, 10/21/20)(BBC, 10/22/20)(BBC, 11/15/20)
2020        Oct 20, Poland reported 9,291 new coronavirus infections, its second steepest daily rise in the number of cases since the start of the pandemic. The country has now recorded 192,539 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,721 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Russia said it’s ready to accept a US proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warheads and extend the two nations’ last arms control pact for one year and Washington responded that it's prepared to make a quick deal.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Sweden said it would impose a ban on Hauwei's 5G technology. The Chinese firm's products were considered to much of a security risk to be used in the new 5G mobile networks.
    (Econ., 11/7/20, p.16)
2020        Oct 20, It was reported that Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, In Ukraine the number of daily coronavirus deaths jumped to 113 from the previous record of 109 deaths registered last week. A total of 309,107 cases had been registered in Ukraine as of today, with 5,786 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, Ibrahim al-Abed (78), the founder of the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency and a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, died. Al-Abed created the WAM news agency in 1977.
    (AP, 10/20/20)
2020        Oct 20, President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela plans to vaccinate citizens with Russian and Chinese coronavirus vaccines, which could arrive in the South American nation in December or January.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)

2020        Oct 21, US officials said Iran and Russia have both obtained American voter registration data, and Iran used the information to send threatening, faked emails to voters.
    (NY Times, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 21, It was reported that the parents of 545 migrant children have not been located after the Trump administration separated them at the US-Mexico border. The government deported most of the parents, while many of the children are still in the US.
    (NY Times, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, It was reported that 18 Yemeni and one Russian Guantanamo detainees were promised they were being sent to a Muslim country for rehabilitation that would help integrate them into society. Instead, the detainees, swept up from Afghanistan and Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks, have languished in custody in the United Arab Emirates for as long as five years. Now there are plans to send them to Yemen.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, The five US Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices blocked curbside voting in Alabama; the three Democratic-appointed justices dissented.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 21, It was reported that nearly 300,000 more Americans have died this year than in a typical year. The official coronavirus death count is 220,000.
    (NY Times, 10/21/20)
2020         Oct 21, California to date had 886,607 cases of coronavirus and 17,174 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 112,917 cases and 1,704 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,327,531 with the death toll at 221,930.   
    (sfist.com, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Albert Jonsen (89), bioethicist and ex-president of the Univ. of San Francisco, died at his home in SF. The doctor of religious studies was widely acclaimed for his 1982 work "Clinical Ethics," which became a standard for physicians in all fields.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.B3)
2020        Oct 21, A federal judge sentenced Kentucky bank teller Rebecca Teegarden to three years in prison for targeting seniors in a scheme to steal nearly $80,000. She must serve at least 85% of the sentence and remain on probation for five years after her release.
    (Miami Herald, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Boston's public school system announced that students will shift to remote learning beginning tomorrow due to the rising COVID-19 infection rate in the city.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, A Minnesota judge dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 21, In Mississippi the body of Jackson County Justice Court Judge Sheila Jackson Osgood was found in her home. Gregory Jackson Jr. (45), her son and a possible suspect in her death, was shot dead by police as he reportedly charged toward them with a knife.
    (TheGrio, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 21, Purdue Pharma, the drugmaker blamed for helping to unleash America's staggering opioid crisis, agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over its marketing of OxyContin in a massive deal with the Justice Department.
    (NBC News, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Quibi, the beleaguered short-form content company started by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, announced that it was shutting down just six months after the app became available.
    (NY Times, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, In Afghanistan at least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to leave the country.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, The head of NATO said that the military alliance will not leave Afghanistan until security conditions allow, even as some US troops might be hoping to be back home in time for Christmas.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Armenia's PM Nikol Pashinian said that Azerbaijan's aggressive stance in the 25-day fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh leaves no room for diplomacy, and urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to protect their country. According to Nagorno-Karabakh officials, 834 of their troops have been killed, and more than 30 civilians. Azerbaijan hasn’t disclosed its military losses, but says 63 civilians have died and 292 have been wounded.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, It was reported that fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has diverted the scarce resources in the Nagorno-Karabakh region from containing the virus, which spread unchecked amid artillery fire and drone attacks that have people spending many hours in overcrowded bunkers, whether they are sick or healthy. Contact tracing has ground to a halt.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled that a government policy that gave migrants as little as 72 hours’ notice before they are deported is unlawful.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, A British scientist on the government's advisory committee for the pandemic said the coronavirus will be around for "evermore" as it is unlikely it will be eradicated.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Croatia posted a record high of 1,424 new coronavirus infections. Croatia so far has had 28,287 cases and 393 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, During a trilateral regional summit in Nicosia, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Ankara to end its “aggressive" actions related to Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 21, Paris hospitals group AP-HP said a drug that fights inflammation made by Switzerland's Roche limits the need for a transfer to intensive care units for patients suffering from moderate to severe COVID-19 related pneumonia. Roche's Actemra, also called RoActemra, is a rheumatoid arthritis medicine that fights inflammation.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, In Georgia an armed assailant took several people hostage at a bank in the town of Zugdidi in the ex-Soviet nation. The hostage-taker was armed with a hand grenade and was demanding $500,000 in cash.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Germany’s agriculture ministry said nine more cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern region of Brandenburg.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, In Indonesia intense rains caused a landslide at a coal mine on Sumatra island that killed 11 miners at Tanjung Lalang village.
    (SFC, 10/23/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 21, Iran's health ministry reported 5,616 new coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours, the highest daily number since February, bringing the national tally to 545,286 in the Middle East's hardest-hit country. 312 people died from the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing total fatalities to 31,346.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Officials said Ireland's system for tracing contacts of COVID-19 cases has been overwhelmed by a surge in cases forcing the health service in recent days to advise infected individuals to identify their own close contacts and tell them to get tested.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Jordan reported 2,648 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily number since the start of the pandemic as the country faces a major outbreak with a tripling of deaths in just the last two weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, It was reported that a new law in Mexico requires property owners to allow access through their land for the public to reach beaches. The Environmental Dept. said land owners would be compensated for access.
    (AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 21, In Nigeria unrest saw buildings torched and looted, and police shooting into the air to enforce a curfew in Lagos.
    (BBC, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 21, A group of nurses from the Gaza Strip staged a protest in a public square, saying an Israeli travel ban has led the Jerusalem hospital where they worked for many years to fire them.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Polish activists dressed as security guards hung a banner over the Education Ministry building early today to protest the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and universities. Przemyslaw Czarnek, a member of the ruling conservative party, has said that LGBT people aren't equal to “normal people," women were created to produce children and has voiced support for corporal punishment.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Slovenia reported a record 1,503 daily cases of COVID-19. Slovenia has altogether had 15,982 cases of COVID-19 and 200 fatalities.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Spain’s National Court acquitted the heads of Catalonia’s regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region’s 2017 secession attempt.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Sudanese protesters took to the streets in the capital and across the country over dire living conditions and a deadly crackdown on demonstrators in the east earlier this month.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Swiss drugmaker Novartis said it is seeking to repurpose its investigational oral spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) drug branaplam to treat Huntington's disease, as it plans a clinical trial after winning US orphan drug designation.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Syria's president decreed a new income tax exemption intended to provide relief to low-income earners at a time of deepening economic hardship in the war-ravaged country.
    (AP, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, In Tunisia coronavirus infections reached 45,000 cases and 740 deaths. Beds in intensive care units (ICU) in its public hospitals were about 80% full as COVID-19 cases surged. PM Hichem Mechichi said he will not impose another lockdown.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, In Ukraine the number of daily coronavirus deaths jumped to 141 from the previous record of 113 deaths registered a day earlier. A record 6,719 new coronavirus cases were registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 315,826 cases with 5,927 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/21/20)
2020        Oct 21, Pope Francis voiced support for civil unions for same-sex couples, breaking with the Roman Catholic Church’s longtime position.
    (NY Times, 10/21/20)

2020        Oct 22, In their final debate Pres. Donald Trump and Joe Biden squared off on the pandemic, the economy, climate change and race — and the nature of presidential leadership itself.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, Pres. Donald Trump posted his full, unedited interview with "60 Minutes" on Facebook before the show's scheduled Oct. 25 broadcast and criticized CBS anchor Lesley Stahl after she pressed him on a host of topics.
    (SFC, 10/23/20, p.A7)
2020        Oct 22, Washington announced it was placing sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran’s elite Quds force, the Bayan Rasaneh Gostar Institute and three news outlets.
    (The Telegraph, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, A second federal court blocked the Trump administration's attempt to change census numbers used to divvy up congressional seats by excluding undocumented immigrants.
    (The Week, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, US cybersecurity officials said that Russian hackers have tried to steal data from dozens of U.S. state and local governments in recent days, stoking fears of foreign interference in the looming November election.
    (The Week, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, The US Food and Drug Administration said that it had formally approved remdesivir as the first drug to treat Covid-19, a move that indicated the government’s confidence in its safe and effective use for hospitalized patients.
    (NY Times, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay nearly $3bn (£2.3bn) in the US to end a probe of its role in Malaysia's 1MDB corruption scandal.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, An appeals court in California ruled that Uber and Lyft must treat their drivers as employees, not independent contractors. But Californians are about to vote on a ballot initiative, sponsored by the companies, that would exempt them from the same law.
    (NY Times, 10/23/20)
2020         Oct 22, California to date had 887,614 cases of coronavirus and 17,192 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 113,337 cases and 1,704 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,404,528 with the death toll at 221,930.   
    (sfist.com, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Scenes of panic and destruction played out across Northern Colorado as a late-season wildfire exploded through the parched woods and valleys around Rocky Mountain National Park. The East Troublesome Fire had burned about 170,000 acres.
    (NY Times, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, Utah reported a new record number of COVID-19 cases. Gov. Gary Hart again pleaded with people to adhere to mask mandates in place in 21 of the state's 29 counties.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yypqx3hx)(SFC, 10/26/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 22, The University of Utah acknowledged for the first time that the 2018 on-campus murder of track star Lauren McCluskey was “preventable" and agreed to pay her family $13.5 million to settle a lawsuit in the case.
    (NY Daily News, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Hackers reportedly stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. The attack began as a phishing attempt and no data appeared to have been stolen.
    (AP, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 22, A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, The Albanian Parliament passed a resolution joining global efforts to combat anti-Semitism.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Heavy fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continued with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading blame for new attacks, hostilities that raised the threat of Turkey and Russia being drawn into the conflict.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Austria's daily tally of coronavirus cases jumped past 2,000 to a new high of 2,435.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Bosnia reported a record 999 new infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country of about 3.3 million to 37,314, with 1,051 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Croatia reported its biggest rise in daily new COVID-19 infections with 1,563 new cases, nearly half of which were in its capital Zagreb, where they more than doubled.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, The Czech Republic adopted exactly the same massive restrictions it slapped on citizens in the spring. The measures include limits on free movement and the closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels. They will remain in place until at least Nov 3.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Human Rights Watch condemned Egypt's execution of 49 people so far this month and urged authorities in Cairo to grant fair retrials to those on the death row.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, European Union negotiators headed to London to resume Brexit trade talks after Britain called off a boycott, with both sides vowing to work round the clock to seal a deal in the slender time left.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, The European Union awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for their challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko’s long, hard-line reign.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, French PM Jean Castex announced a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus, saying “the second wave is here".
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, In Germany the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by more than 10,000 in a single day for the first time. The reported death toll rose by 30 to 9,905.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Indian PM Narendra Modi's party promised free doses of any future COVID-19 vaccine for the residents of eastern Bihar state if it wins local elections there, drawing accusations of playing politics with the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Indian drugmaker Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd said it had isolated all its data center services as a preventive measure following a cyberattack.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Iran and Russia strongly denied US allegations of having taken actions to influence public opinion ahead of the November 3 US presidential election.
    (AFP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Lebanon’s Pres. Michel Aoun tasked former PM Saad Hariri (50) with forming a new government.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Mexico's health ministry reported 6,612 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 479 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 874,171 and the death toll to 87,894.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Health authorities in North Macedonia reported 6,552 active cases. So far 874 people have died and 25,473 have fallen ill with the infection.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, In Nigeria plumes of smoke rose from a prison in Lagos and gunfire could be heard as people ran through streets in the area, signs of continued unrest in the West African nation that has been gripped by protests against police brutality.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Poland's Constitutional Court ruled that a law allowing the abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 10/23/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 22, Poland's health ministry reported a record 12,107 new coronavirus infections and 168 deaths in the space of 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Moscow's deputy mayor said Russia has started opening temporary clinics and repurposing hospitals in the capital to cope with the rising numbers of coronavirus patients, as the nationwide death toll from the virus passed 25,000. Authorities reporting 15,971 coronavirus cases, taking the nationwide total to 1,463,306, the fourth highest in the world.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that weeks of fighting over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh province had left close to 5,000 people dead as world leaders scrambled to broker a truce.
    (AFP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Former US security contractor Edward Snowden was granted permanent residency in Russia. The former contractor with the US National Security Agency has been living in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the US after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Russia's agriculture safety watchdog said it had found traces of African swine fever in pork products in several regions earlier this year, urging producers to step up controls and make sure they don't use ill or infected pigs for production.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Serbia reported an increase of 416 cases, bringing total infections to 37,536. So far 783 people have died.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, Slovakia recorded 2,581 new coronavirus cases . It also reported a record number of COVID-19 related deaths for a second successive day, with 19.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, Slovenia, with two million people, reported a record-high number of daily cases, reaching 1,663 infections.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, It was reported that Spain this week became the first country in western Europe to record more than 1 million confirmed infections, as it struggles to contain a resurgence of the new coronavirus. Spain has recorded more than 34,000 deaths attributed to the disease.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Sweden's government said its senior citizens no longer need to isolate themselves, pointing to lower COVID infection rates than in spring and a growing toll on the mental health of its elderly as behind the new recommendation.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, In Syria a roadside bombing killed Damascus Mufti Mohammed Adnan Afiouni, who played a key role in government deals with rebel fighters.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Tanzania’s government acknowledged an attack last week inside the country by Islamic extremists based in neighboring Mozambique. Some 300 attackers were involved in the assault on Kitaya, a riverside border village in the Mtwara region.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 22, Thailand’s government canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy reforms.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt that condemns Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and numerous “provocations" that they maintain are threatening regional peace.
    (AP, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, Ukraine registered a daily record of 7,053 COVID-19 cases, up from a previous record of 6,719 a day earlier. The total number of cases climbed to 322,879. 116 new coronavirus-related deaths were registered in the past day.
    (Reuters, 10/22/20)
2020        Oct 22, The Vatican and China jointly announced a two-year extension to the 2018 agreement, which expired today. This came despite strong opposition from the White House and conservative Catholics given Beijing's crackdown on religious believers.
    (AP, 10/22/20)

2020        Oct 23, President Donald Trump announced that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, The US State Department suspended all training programs for employees related to diversity and inclusion, after President Donald Trump directed federal agencies last month to end programs deemed divisive by the White House.
    (Reuters, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 23, The US Postal Service (USPS) told a US judge it has returned 137 mail processing machines to service since August and approved thousands of daily extra delivery trips this month as it works to deliver millions of ballots.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Heavy fighting raged over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan visited Washington for negotiations on settling the neighboring countries' decades-long conflict.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, The US Treasury sanctioned two high-ranking Hezbollah officials in Lebanon, including a former military commander in the country's south.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, A study by researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said more than a half million people in the United States could die from COVID-19 by the end of February next year, but around 130,000 of those lives could be saved if everybody were to wear masks.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, More than 85,000 new coronavirus cases were reported across the US, breaking the single-day record set on July 16 by about 10,000 cases.
    (NY Times, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 23, A US Border Patrol agent investigating suspected human smuggling with other agents in Texas fatally shot a person driving a vehicle carrying people believed to be in the country illegally.
    (AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 23, In Alabama a 115-year-old Confederate monument that was the subject of protests this year was removed from outside a county courthouse in Huntsville early today. The monument was first erected in 1905 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It is expected to be moved to a cemetery.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, A US Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020         Oct 23, California to date had 894,938 cases of coronavirus and 17,281 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 113,938 cases and 1,735 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,472,847 with the death toll at 223,752.   
    (sfist.com, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Enrique Marquez Jr. (28), the man who bought two rifles that husband-and-wife assailants used to kill 14 people in a Southern California terror attack on Dec. 2, 2015, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ruled that mail-in ballots cannot be refused because a voter's signature does not appear to match the one on file, a decision that could help Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Two Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, men and a company that ran hotels in Stroudsburg and Bartonsville were convicted of sex and drug trafficking offenses by a jury in federal court in Scranton in a case the US Attorney’s Office said is precedent setting.
    (USA Today, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 23, In South Dakota the Oglala Sioux Tribe ordered a one-week lockdown of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in response to a surging number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
    (AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 23, A Texas appeals court ruled the Republican governor cannot limit drop-off sites for mail ballots to one per county, a setback for US President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Ivan Harrison Hunter (26), a Texas member of the Boogaloo Bois," was charged with spraying 13 rounds from a kalashnikov rifle toward the Minneapolis Police Dept.'s Third Precinct building on May 28.
    (SFC, 10/24/20, p.B1)
2020        Oct 23, Officials in Washington state said scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States. Scientists removed 98 of the hornets a day later in an effort to protect native honeybees.
    (AP, 10/23/20)(SFC, 10/27/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 23, Johnson & Johnson said it was preparing to resume a large clinical trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the United States after an independent safety panel recommended enrollments for the study.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, The Austrian Post said it has united two aspects of the coronavirus pandemic in a stamp printed on toilet paper that people can also, at a push, use for social distancing. The 2.75 euro "corona stamp" comes in sheets 10 cm wide.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Lufthansa's Austrian Airlines said it is offering rapid pre-boarding coronavirus tests free to passengers on one of its routes as part of a group-wide plan to make such tests standard.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Belgium, one of the European countries worst hit by the new coronavirus, tightened restrictions on social contacts by banning fans from sports matches, limiting the number of people in cultural spaces and closing theme parks.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Brazilian pharmaceutical company União Quimica said it has signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 starting in the second half of November. This is the second agreement to produce the Russian vaccine in Brazil, where four other vaccines are already being tested.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Brazilian regulator Anvisa authorized a biomedical center to import 6 million doses of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, one day after President Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil would not buy the Chinese vaccine.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal said leftist Luis Arce won 55% of the votes against six rivals on the ballot, a vindication for the Movement Toward Socialism party. The runner-up was centrist former President Carlos Mesa with just under 29%.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Bosnia reported a record high of 1,169 infections in the past 24 hours, and 14 deaths, bringing its total cases to 38,493.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Chinese leader Xi Jinping condemned “unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism" in a jab at the United States made during a rally to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the 1950-53 Korean War.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Mainland China reported 28 new coronavirus cases up from 18 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, In Croatia coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours hit a record high of 1,867, while seven people died. Croatia has recorded 31,717 total cases with 413 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Danish aid workers stationed in the Balkans said dozens of migrants have alleged they were brutalized by Croatian law-enforcement officers when they tried to cross into the European Union nation, before being summarily expelled back to Bosnia.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Cuba's foreign minister said political hostility has reached "feverish levels" as the country lost $5.6 billion between April 2019 and March 2020 due to economic sanctions imposed by the Pres. Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 10/24/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 23, It was reported that the Dubai is building a $3.4 billion coal-fired power plant in an effort to diversify its energy resources.
    (SFC, 10/23/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 23, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said five more cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern region of Brandenburg. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 91 since the first one on Sept. 10.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, German biotech company CureVac said its potential vaccine against the coronavirus triggered an immune response in pre-clinical animal studies. CureVac is using the so-called messenger RNA approach, the same as rivals BioNTech and its partner Pfizer as well as Moderna, which have started testing on humans.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, In Guinea three police officers died in clashes in Conakry, where the army has been called in to support the police in maintaining order. At least 30 people have died since the Oct. 18 presidential vote.
    (BBC, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 23, Italy's Campania region, based on the southern city of Naples, said it would impose a lockdown to tame the coronavirus and urged the whole country to follow suit as new infections hit a record high.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Libya's two warring factions signed a "permanent" ceasefire agreement in Geneva after five days of talks at the UN, which hailed the deal as a historic moment following years of turmoil and bloodshed. The UN said all mercenaries and foreign fighters are supposed to depart from Libya within three months of the signing of the nationwide ceasefire.
    (AFP, 10/23/20)(Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, In Liechtenstein coronavirus cases rose by 6,634 to 103,653. The death toll rose by 10 to 1,877.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, The mayor of Mexico City called on residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people as the capital grapples with a surge of coronavirus hospitalizations. The pandemic has led to more than 874,000 infections and killed nearly 87,900 people in Mexico.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Dutch poultry farmers were keeping their birds indoors to comply with a government order after a highly contagious form of the H5N8 bird flu was found in two dead swans this week.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said 69 people have been killed in protests against police brutality that have rocked the country. A group that has been key in organizing the demonstrations has now urged people to stay at home.
    (BBC, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his government will pay the 931 million pesos ($19.25 million) it owes the Red Cross after the humanitarian agency stopped conducting COVID-19 tests. With 365,799 confirmed infections and 6,915 deaths, the Philippines has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki said restaurants and bars will close for two weeks and public gatherings will be limited to five people, after new coronavirus infections hit a daily record of more than 13,600.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Portugal's parliament decided that face masks will have to be worn in crowded outdoor areas across the country, in a scramble to contain the surge in coronavirus cases.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Romania's number of new coronavirus infections rose by a daily record of 5,028 in the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 201,032 and 6,245 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Slovenian PM Janez Jansa endorsed US President Donald Trump’s reelection on Friday, saying Joe Biden would be a weak leader. Slovenia is the birthplace of US first lady Melania Trump.
    (AP, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Sweden registered 1,870 new coronavirus cases, its highest since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 23, Switzerland set a record for new COVID-19 infections with cases passing the 100,000 mark as a second coronavirus wave engulfs the country.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)
2020        Oct 23, Ukraine registered a daily record of 7,517 COVID-19 cases. The total number of cases climbed to 330,396.
    (Reuters, 10/23/20)

2020        Oct 24, The United States reported 79,852 new coronavirus infections, close to the previous day's record of 84,244 new cases.
    (Reuters, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 24, It was reported that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing accounts for a staggering 20-50% of the global catch.
    (Econ., 10/24/20, p.14)
2020         Oct 24, California to date had 901,234 cases of coronavirus and 17,327 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 114,437 cases and 1,739 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,567,396 with the death toll at 223,752.   
    (sfist.com, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, In Colorado residents remaining in Estes Park, in the Rocky Mountain National Park, were told to evacuate their homes as wind gusts fanned the second largest wildfire in state history and the blaze claimed the lives of an elderly couple. The East Troublesome Fire was 4% contained.
    (Reuters, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, In Indiana, a vehicle struck three Univ. of Notre Dame students in South Bend, killing two of them.
    (SSFC, 10/25/20, p.A8)
2020        Oct 24, The Texas Supreme Court temporarily reinstated the governor's ban on multiple drop-off sites for mail ballots, in a short-term victory for President Donald Trump. The ban will remain in effect while the state supreme court fully reviews an appeals court ruling that overturned the order by Governor Greg Abbott.
    (Reuters, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber, who was stopped by guards from entering an education center near Kabul, killed 24 and wounded 57 — many of them young students.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 24, Rocket and artillery barrage hit residential areas in Nagorno-Karabakh on hours after the United States hosted top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks on settling their decades-long conflict over the region.
    (AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, A police force in England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus infections.
    (AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, In Bulgaria Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said Sofia will close nightclubs and discos for two weeks as of tomorrow as it grapples to contain a surge in coronavirus infections straining its health system.
    (Reuters, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, In southwestern Cameroon attackers armed with guns and machetes killed at least eight children in a raid on a bilingual school in Kumba.
    (AFP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, Chile said it identified 500,542 cases of the new coronavirus since the outbreak began in March. 1,631 cases were added in the past day and 48 deaths, taking fatalities to a total of 13,892.
    (Reuters, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, Egyptians began voting in the first stage of parliamentary elections, a vote that is highly likely to produce a toothless lower chamber packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
    (AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, France reported 45,422 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, a new record. 138 people died from coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 34,645. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 1,086,497.
    (Reuters, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 24, Guinea's electoral commission said President Alpha Condé (82), an ethnic Fulani, had taken 59.5% of the Oct. 18 vote. The victory still required confirmation by the Constitutional Court. Opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, an ethnic Mandinka, was reported to have garnered just over 33 per cent of the vote. Diallo urged his followers to take to the streets after he proclaimed the vote rigged and himself the rightful winner.
    (BBC, 10/24/20)(TT, 10/26/20)(Econ., 10/31/20, p.43)
2020        Oct 24, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged authorities to prioritize public health above any economic or security concerns, amid the Mideast's worst outbreak of the coronavirus. The Iranian health ministry put the official death toll from COVD-19 at 32,320, adding 335 casualties from the past twenty-four hours.
    (AP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated late today outside the official residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding the Israeli leader’s resignation.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 24, Nigeria's chief of police ordered the immediate mobilization of all police resources to put an end to days of street violence and looting.
    (BBC, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 24, It was reported that Poland's President Andrzej Duda (48) has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling well.
    (AP, 10/24/20)   
2020        Oct 24, At least 140 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned off the coast of Senegal when their boat caught fire and capsized.
    (CBS News, 10/29/20)(BBC, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 24, The 3-day Seychelles elections ended. The opposition took power for the first time since 1977, following its victory in the presidential election.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Seychellois_general_election)(BBC, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 24, The UN turned 75. It officially came into existence on October 24, 1945, when the UN Charter, agreed four months earlier, came into force.
    (AFP, 10/24/20)
2020        Oct 24, The United Nations announced that 50 countries have ratified a UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers.
    (AP, 10/24/20)

2020        Oct 25, President Trump's campaign appealed to the US Supreme Court seeking to block North Carolina's plan to extend the counting of absentee ballots.
    (The Week, 10/26/20)
2020         Oct 25, California to date had 904,820 cases of coronavirus and 17,347 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 114,871 cases and 1,741 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,633,174 with the death toll at 225,215.   
    (sfist.com, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, In Chicago Jessica Hill (21) and her sister, Jayla (18), initially got into a verbal altercation with a guard (32) at a shoe store in Chicago after they refused to wear a mask. they allegedly stabbed the security guard 27 times after he asked the women to wear a mask and use the store-provided hand sanitizer. On Oct. 27 the women were charged with first-degree attempted murder and ordered to be held without bond.
    (NBC News, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 25, A fire was set in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what Massachusetts election officials said appears to have been a “deliberate attack," now under investigation by the FBI. 87 of them were still legible and able to be processed.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 25, New York, the former epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic, became on the fourth US state to surpass half a million coronavirus cases amid a nationwide surge in infections. New York has reported over 33,000 deaths, the most in the country.
    (Reuters, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, US coal baron Robert Murray (80), an ally of President Donald Trump and a leading industry voice who called global warming a hoax, died in Ohio.
    (Reuters, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 25, Afghanistan claimed it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as US forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed. Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri, was reportedly killed a week earlier during a raid in Kunsaf, Ghazni province.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, Belarusian police used stun grenades against protesters as tens of thousands of people headed towards Independence Palace in Minsk demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko resign. Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Minsk, pressing for the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader in what human rights activists described as the largest anti-government rally since late August.
    (Reuters, 10/25/20)(AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, The UK military seized control of an oil tanker that dropped anchor in the English Channel after reporting it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 25, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov (61) tested positive for the virus.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 25, Chileans voted to scrap the dictatorship-era Constitution and write a new one — a process that could transform the politics of a country that has long been regarded as one of the most stable and prosperous in Latin America.
    (NY Times, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 25, Egyptians trickled into polling stations on the second day of voting for the country’s parliamentary election amid a slight uptick in daily recorded coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, Egyptian security and medical officials said more than a dozen civilians, including women and children, were killed in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula over the past two weeks from explosive devices laid down in their homes by militants.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, In Egypt a young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 25, Guinean soldiers fired on protesters with automatic rifles after the controversial re-election of the country's president last week.
    (The Telegraph, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 25, In Iraq thousands of protesters took to the streets to mark one year since mass anti-government demonstrations swept Baghdad and Iraq's south, sparking calls to end to rampant corruption.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, Italy announced new restrictions to fight the spread of the coronavirus, becoming the latest European government to respond to surging new infections across the continent.
    (The Week, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 25, At least 11 migrants trying to reach Europe, including a pregnant woman, drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, Lithuanians voted in a parliamentary runoff where the winner will have to tackle a growing health crisis and high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. 68 of the 141 seats in the legislative assembly, the Seimas, are up for grabs. The other seats were allotted after the first round.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, Malaysia's Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah rejected a proposal by embattled PM Muhyiddin Yassin to declare a state of emergency to fight a new outbreak of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, In Nigeria there were reports of government warehouses being ransacked in the central city of Jos, as well as in Adamawa and Taraba states, with people taking away food and agricultural supplies.
    (BBC, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, A Palestinian (18) died early today after being chased by Israeli troops in the West Bank, but the circumstances of his death remain in dispute. Relatives of Amer Snobar said that Israeli troops had beaten him to death, while the Israeli army said the man fell and hit his head while troops were chasing him.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, It was reported that Qatar has signed an agreement with drugmaker Moderna Inc to buy its potential COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is approved and released for global use.
    (Reuters, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, In South Korea Lee Kun-hee (78), head of Samsung, died. He had turned the maker of knock-off electronics into a technology powerhouse.
    (Econ., 10/31/20, p.57)
2020        Oct 25, Spain declared a state of emergency and ordered a nationwide curfew to begin after PM Pedro Sánchez warned that the country was facing an increasingly dire situation. Mr. Sánchez has said the number of coronavirus cases may be as high as three million people. As of today, 34,752 people had died.
    (NY Times, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 25, In Thailand thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Bangkok again, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day before a special session of Parliament that was called to try to ease political tensions.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, Ukrainians voting in local elections that are considered a test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
    (AP, 10/25/20)
2020        Oct 25, Pope Francis named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black US prelate to earn the coveted red hat. Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
    (AP, 10/25/20)

2020        Oct 26, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the latest US Supreme Court Justice. The Republican-appointed justices now hold a 6-to-3 majority and will probably control the court for years to come.
    (NY Times, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, The US Department of Justice announced that DeShawn Bojgere (30), a former US Postal Service worker in Kentucky, has been charged "with the delay or destruction of mail." He was accused of throwing away "approximately" 111 absentee ballots along with other mail in a construction dumpster in early to mid-October.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, The US Supreme Court refused to revive a trial court ruling that would have extended Wisconsin’s deadline for receiving absentee ballots to six days after the election. The vote was 5 to 3, with the court’s more conservative justices in the majority.
    (NY Times, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, Large swaths of California had no electricity as utilities tried to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires while the fire-weary state was buffeted by powerful winds and dangerously dry weather conditions. New wildfires in Southern California burned thousands of acres over a matter of hours, forcing more than 90,000 people to evacuate.
    (AP, 10/26/20)(NY Times, 10/27/20)
2020         Oct 26, California to date had 907,514 cases of coronavirus and 17,368 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 115,515 cases and 1,746 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,698,699 with the death toll at 225,677.   
    (sfist.com, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, The Philadelphia police fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, who they said was armed with a knife, touching off protests and violent clashes hours later. More than a dozen people were arrested and more than 30 officers injured in the protests.
    (NY Times, 10/27/20)(AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, the superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, resigned after Gov. Ralph Northam ordered an independent investigation of systemic racism at the state-supported military college.
    (SFC, 10/27/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 26, Scientists said that lunar water is more widespread than previously known, with water molecules trapped within mineral grains on the surface and more water perhaps hidden in ice patches residing in permanent shadows.
    (Reuters, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a third cease-fire announced the day before in a bid to halt the fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that has killed hundreds, and possibly thousands, in just four weeks.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, In Belarus factory workers, students and business owners in Belarus began a strike to demand that authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko resign after more than two months of continuing mass protests following a disputed election.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, In Belgium new figures showed almost 12,500 new coronavirus cases were being reported daily as the death toll rose to 10,810.
    (SFC, 10/27/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 26, In Bosnia masks became obligatory outdoors at all times in Bosnia's autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation, where all non-urgent medical treatments will be suspended for the next two weeks and all health institutions obliged to allocate 30% of their capacity for COVID-19 patients. In Bosnia's Serb Republic primary and secondary schools were ordered to switch to online classes for a week.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, British high-street pharmacy chain Boots said it was launching in-store COVID-19 testing at 120 pounds ($156) per test for asymptomatic people, and that a 12-minute test would be launched within weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, China's Communist leadership began talks on the country's economic strategy for the next five years to take effect from 2021.
    (AFP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, Croatia, a nation of about 4 million people, reported 828 new coronavirus infections. From this week Croats will have to wear face masks outdoors whenever it is not possible to maintain the required physical distance.
    (Reuters, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, A French doctor warned that his country has “lost control of the epidemic," a day after health authorities reported more than 52,000 new coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, In Germany, the rising coronavirus numbers prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party to delay for the second time a decision on who will become its new leader.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, Japan said it will not sign a UN treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into force next year, rejecting the wishes of atomic bomb survivors in Japan who are urging the government to join and work for a nuclear-free world. PM Suga Yoshihide promised to reduce Japan's net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050.
    (AP, 10/26/20)(Econ., 10/31/20, p.36)
2020        Oct 26, Malaysia extended a partial lockdown on its capital Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding state of Selangor for another two weeks, as the country recorded the biggest jump in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The health ministry reported 1,240 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily rise on record. Malaysia has reported a total of 27,805 infections, including 236 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, Hurricane Zeta hit the Yucatán’s northeastern coast as a Category 1 hurricane, the 27th named storm of a season that is far from over.
    (NY Times, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, Gunmen in Niger kidnapped American citizen Philipe Nathan Walton early today and demanded a ransom from his relatives. This kidnapping brings to seven the number of foreign hostages believed to be held by extremist groups in Niger.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, Gaza's Hamas authorities released three Palestinian peace campaigners who were jailed last April for holding an online video conference with Israeli participants.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, Paraguayan officials said the remains of seven people were found in a shipment of fertilizer from Serbia.
    (SFC, 10/27/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 26, Fast-moving Typhoon Molave blew away from the Philippines after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety and flooding rural villages.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, In Poland women's rights activists and thousands of supporters held a fifth day of protests across the country to express their anger at a top court ruling that tightens the nation's already strict abortion law.
    (SFC, 10/27/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that NATO and Russia should conduct mutual inspections of each other's military bases to secure a moratorium on the deployment of new missiles in Europe following last year’s demise of a US-Russian nuclear arms pact.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, In the Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan (58), an Anglican cleric, was sworn in as president ending decades in opposition.
    (BBC, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, South Korea's Celltrion Inc said it has received emergency use authorisation (EUA) from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its rapid COVID-19 testing kit Sampinute, which boosted shares of the company and its affiliates.
    (Reuters, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria killed more than 50 Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many. The opposition vowed to retaliate for the attack on Faylaq al-Sham, blaming Russia for the daytime airstrike.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, Tanzania's police arrested 42 people in connection with violence on Pemba island, part of Tanzania's Zanzibar Archipelago. Police reportedly shot dead at least nine citizens amid unrest over alleged fraud ahead of the country’s presidential election.
    (BBC, 10/27/20)(AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 26, Thailand's Parliament began a special two-day session to address political tensions resulting from the near-daily pro-democracy protests demanding the prime minister’s resignation, constitutional changes and reforms to the monarchy. Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, Turkey’s Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ersin Tatar, the newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader, voiced their support for the resumption of peace talks for Cyprus based on a solution envisioning two separate states — departing from a formula followed for decades.
    (AP, 10/26/20)
2020        Oct 26, In Turkey a suspected Kurdish militant killed himself by detonating explosives following a police chase near the Syrian border. A second suspect was slain by security forces.
    (AP, 10/26/20)

2020        Oct 27, Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in as the Supreme Court's ninth justice, her oath administered in private by Chief Justice John Roberts. The Democratic minority in the Senate represented about 15 million more Americans than the Republican majority that confirmed Judge Barrett.
    (AP, 10/27/20)(Econ., 9/26/20, p.17)
2020        Oct 27, A US federal judge denied President Donald Trump's request that the United States replace him as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by the columnist E. Jean Carroll, alleging he raped her woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, A revised lawsuit was filed by the National Urban League; the city of San Jose, California; and others claimed that census takers were pressured to falsify data as the statistical agency cut corners and slashed standards.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 27, In Texas the Los Angeles Dodgers, after years of near misses, beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, to win their first World Series title since 1988. The 2020 series, capping a coronavirus-shortened season, was the first played entirely at a neutral field.
    (NY Times, 10/28/20)
2020         Oct 27, California to date had 913,237 cases of coronavirus and 17,430 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 116,019 cases and 1,751 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,766,984 with the death toll at 226,524.   
    (sfist.com, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker banned indoor dining and bar services and limited to 25 the number of people gathering indoors in one place following a surge in COVID-19 cases.
    (SFC, 10/28/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 27, In Michigan a conservative judge yesterday overturned an order by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, and ruled that people could carry unconcealed guns at polling places on Election Day.
    (NY Times, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 27, Former police captain Philip Cooke (55), who went on to work for eBay Inc, pleaded guilty to participating in a cyberstalking campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter was viewed as critical of the e-commerce company. He was the third former eBay employee to plead guilty in the case.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, In New York state nearly 40% of inmates housed at the Elmira Correctional Facility, a state prison in Elmira, were COVID-19 positive as of today — 588 out of a population of 1,515.
    (CBS News, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 27, A judge in Brooklyn sentenced Keith Raniere, the leader of the cultlike group Nxivm, to life in prison for sex trafficking, racketeering and other crimes.
    (NY Times, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, The Texas Supreme Court upheld a policy announced by Greg Abbott, the Republican governor, which limits each county to a single drop-off box for mailed ballots. The state’s largest county — Harris, which includes Houston — is home to 4.7 million people.
    (NY Times, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, In Utah the 170-year-old Deseret News said it will stop daily publishing starting next year. A day earlier the Salt Lake Tribune made a similar announcement.
    (SFC, 10/28/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 27, Advance Micro Devices announced an all stock $35 billion deal to acquire chipmaker Xilinx.
    (SFC, 10/28/20, p.C1)
2020        Oct 27, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc said it plans to reopen eight theaters in California, one of its key markets, providing some much needed hope to an industry that has been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Eli Lilly and Co aimed to ease investor concerns about its COVID-19 antibody treatment after a trial of the therapy failed to show a benefit in hospitalized patients.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Four children and a woman related to Albanian nationals killed fighting with Islamic extremist groups in Syria were repatriated to Albania. Relatives who remained in Albania say 52 children are still in Syria.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Armenia and Azerbaijan exchanged more accusations of shelling, with fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in its fifth week and largely unhindered by a US-brokered cease-fire that was announced over the weekend.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, In Bangladesh around 10,000 people rallied in Dhaka to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko urged authorities to take action against plant workers and students who participate in a strike called by the opposition as the authoritarian leader made another attempt to halt protests of his reelection.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, London's Metropolitan Police said thousands of prints by popular London street artist STIK that he wanted to give to his local community as a gesture of solidarity during the COVID crisis have been stolen. STIK, known internationally for his distinctive stick figures, had arranged for 100,000 prints of a work entitled "Holding Hands" to be distributed to residents of Hackney, the east London neighborhood where he lives and works.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, A study found that antibodies against the novel coronavirus declined rapidly in the British population during the summer, suggesting protection after infection may not be long lasting and raising the prospect of waning immunity in the community.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Britain recorded a further 22,885 new COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, At least four people, including two young children, died when a boat carrying at least 19 migrants capsized off France while trying to cross the English Channel to Britain.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Mainland China reported 42 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily toll in more than two months due to a rise in infections in the northwestern Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Greece recorded a new daily peak of 1,259 confirmed coronavirus infections. Greece's total tally of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic was now 32,752, with 593 deaths.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Hong Kong’s new national security unit arrested three pro-democracy activists, including Tony Chung Hon-lam (19), a leading figure of a now-defunct political group that had called for independence. Mr Chung was near the US consulate where he reportedly intended to seek asylum when he was apprehended by police officers.
    (The Telegraph, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, India's government announced a set of new measures for Jammu and Kashmir, unilaterally revoking a dozen local laws and modifying another 26.
    (Econ., 10/31/20, p.35)
2020        Oct 27, Indonesia reported 3,520 new coronavirus infections, taking the total to 396,454. The data added 101 new deaths, taking the total to 13,512.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Italy's main medicines regulator gave the go-ahead for human clinical trials on raloxifene, a generic osteoporosis drug that researchers hope may also help reduce COVID-19 symptoms and make patients less infectious.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Italy registered 21,994 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the highest daily tally since the start of the country's outbreak. A total 37,700 people have now died in Italy because of coronavirus. 564,778 cases of the disease have been registered to date.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Japan's cabinet approved a plan to use public funds to provide novel coronavirus vaccines to the public for free.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, It was reported that soldier and police in Mexico seized an industrial scale methamphetamine and fentanyl lab last week on the outskirts of Mexico City that could process 11,000 pounds of raw material at a time.
    (SFC, 10/27/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 27, Mexico's health ministry reported 5,942 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 643 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 901,268 and the death toll to 89,814.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, In Pakistan a powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of Peshawar, killing at least eight students and wounding 136 others.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Peru reported its first case of diphtheria after 20 years following warnings by international health organizations that the coronavirus pandemic would hamper routine vaccination programs, particularly for children.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 27, Russian authorities ordered people across the country to wear facemasks in some public places and asked regional authorities to consider shutting bars and restaurants overnight after a surge in coronavirus cases. Health authorities registered 16,550 new cases and 320 deaths, the country's highest daily toll since the beginning of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)(SFC, 10/28/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 27, The Hiraal Institute reported that Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab raises as much revenue as the country's authorities. The militants collect at least $15m (£11m) a month, with more than half the amount coming from the capital, Mogadishu. Businesspeople in government-controlled areas complain they have to pay both the militants and the government.
    (BBC, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Swedish security firm Gunnebo said it was in contact with customers after hackers had released sensitive information about their accounts after its system was compromised two months ago.
    (Reuters, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Syrian opposition groups lobbed hundreds of missiles and artillery rockets at government posts in northwestern Syria, in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed dozens of their fighters a day earlier.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, A Turkish court convicted Mete Canturk, a local employee of the US Consulate in Istanbul, of aiding a terrorist organization and sentenced him to five years and two months in prison. Prosecutors accused him of holding frequent contacts with police officers who were also accused of links to US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. Canturk will remain free pending an appeal.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Ukraine's constitutional court struck down the anti-corruption authorities' power to punish anyone for lying to it. Four of the court's 18 justices were being investigated by those same authorities.
    (Econ., 11/14/20, p.48)
2020        Oct 27, The United Nations canceled all in-person meetings for this week after a UN member nation reported five cases of COVID-19 among its staff.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Inspectors from the UN's atomic watchdog have confirmed Iran has started building an underground centrifuge assembly plant after its previous one exploded in what Tehran called a sabotage attack over the summer.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Vietnam scrambled to evacuate more than a million people in its central lowlands as Typhoon Molave approached.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, In Yemen armed men shot dead Hassan Zaid (66), a rebel official, as he was heading to his office in Sanaa, the most senior Houthi to be killed in more than two years. The minister’s daughter, who was driving the car, was also wounded.
    (AP, 10/27/20)
2020        Oct 27, Zanzibar's main opposition leader Maalim Seif Sharif was arrested a day before local and national elections.
    (BBC, 10/27/20)

2020        Oct 28, It was reported that President Trump will open up more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development, stripping protections that had safeguarded one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests for nearly two decades.
    (NY Times, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, US President Donald Trump greeted Britain's Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage at one of his final reelection rallies in Arizona, bestowing on him the title "king of Europe".
    (AFP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, The United States and Israel amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, The US Supreme Court allowed election officials in two battleground states, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, to accept absentee ballots for several days after Election Day.
    (NY Times, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, Five people, including three Chinese nationals, were arrested in the United States for their alleged involvement in an illegal scheme to force a US resident to return to China to face prosecution. DOJ officials said that they believe those arrested were part of China's "Operation Fox Hunt", ostensibly an anti-corruption effort to track down fugitives overseas.
    (South China Morning Post, 10/29/20)
2020         Oct 28, California to date had 917,346 cases of coronavirus and 17,496 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 116,550 cases and 1,766 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,848,875 with the death toll at 227,604.   
    (sfist.com, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Cecilia Chiang (100), whose San Francisco restaurant, the Mandarin, introduced American diners in the 1960s to the richness and variety of authentic Chinese cuisine, died at her home in San Francisco.
    (NY Times, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Zeta churned toward the Gulf Coast. Zeta made landfall in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 2 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour, causing widespread power outages.
    (NY Times, 10/28/20)(NY Times, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, Former Roman Catholic street priest Paul Shanley (89) died in Ware, Mass. He had played a pivotal role in the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Archdiocese of Boston. In 2005, he was convicted of raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Oct 28, Philadelphia enforced a 9 p.m. curfew amid protests after the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man. In the days since the shooting, people have set fire to cars, and the police have arrested dozens of people.
    (NY Times, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, Texas deputies busted a massive theft ring that was run out of a five-bedroom home that had been transformed into a makeshift warehouse in the Houston suburb of Katy. Inside the house was floor-to-ceiling stolen Home Depot merchandise estimated to be worth than more than $1 million.
    (Miami Herald, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 28, It was reported that the US government has agreed to pay $375 million to Eli Lilly and Co for 300,000 doses of its experimental COVID-19 antibody treatment, a drug similar to a treatment that US President Donald Trump received. The drug had a recent setback after it failed to show benefits in hospitalized patients, but has shown success in earlier use in patients.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Albania held an online forum against anti-Semitism, the first time such a meeting has been staged in the Balkans, with PM Edi Rama calling anti-Semitism “a threat to our own civilization".
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Deadly fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh showed no signs of abating. According to Nagorno-Karabakh officials, 1,068 of their troops and 39 civilians have been killed in the clashes so far, while 122 civilians have been wounded. Azerbaijani authorities haven’t disclosed their military losses, but say the fighting has killed 69 civilians and wounded 322.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, In Australia Melbourne’s pandemic lockdown was largely lifted after 111 days.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, It was reported that Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini (56) has been crowned the world's best pastry chef by a jury of independent reporters, helping consolidate Belgium's reputation as a producer of top class chocolate.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, It was reported that China's Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products has begun a mid-stage human trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, Mainland China reported 47 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Oct. 28, up from 42 a day earlier and marking the highest daily increase in more than two months.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, President Ivan Duque said Colombia will extend a so-called selective quarantine until the end of November.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France is returning to a nationwide lockdown amid rising coronavirus infections.
    (The Week, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, With coronavirus infections on the rise, German officials announced new restrictions and a partial lockdown for the month of November to try and bring COVID-19's spread back under control. Germany reported a new daily record of almost 15,000 new coronavirus infections. Cases rose by 14,964 to 464,239 in the last 24 hours. The number of infections was currently doubling in seven days.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)(CBS News, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, Customs agents in Hong Kong seized 100,000 counterfeit face masks with a market value of $400,000. One manager of a trading company was arrested.
    (SFC, 10/31/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 28, In Hungary the number of coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals rose above 3,000 for the first time, as the country prepared to hold a UEFA Champions League game in front of thousands of spectators later in the day.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, In Iran the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 6,824 in the past 24 hours to 558,648. Total fatalities from the disease have reached 33,714.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Italy registered a new record high of 24,991 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. A total 37,905 people have now died in Italy because of coronavirus, while 589,766 cases of the disease have been registered to date.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Lebanon and Israel held a second round of US-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed to continue discussions on the next day. The talks were held in a tent at a UN post along the border known as Ras Naqoura.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, A Mexican search group said that the bodies of at least 59 individuals have been found in mass graves within the town of Salvatierra in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. State and federal security institutions excavations began a week ago.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 28, Mexico's health ministry reported 5,595 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 495 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 906,863 and the death toll to 90,309.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, In Poland tens of thousands of people protested against a top court’s decision to ban nearly all abortions. The leader of the country’s ruling party accused demonstrators of seeking to destroy the nation and urged his supporters to “defend Poland".
    (AP, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, Poland reported a record 18,820 new coronavirus infections and 236 deaths, as hospitals faced shortages, in some cases turning patients away, while mass protests against an abortion ruling continued.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on his website that remote working period for businesses in Moscow will be extended until Nov. 29, and online learning for secondary school students will continue until Nov. 8. Russia's the defence ministry said it will send army medics to a region in the Urals hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Spanish officials said that police have arrested 21 people with links to the Catalan separatist movement on suspicion of corruption and promoting public disorder.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 2,820 new coronavirus cases, the highest since the pandemic began and the third record number in a matter of days.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 28, Switzerland tightened nationwide restrictions to contain the country's rising wave of COVID-19 cases, ordering dance clubs to be closed from Oct. 29, halting in-person university classes starting early next month, and placing new limits on sporting and leisure activities.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, It was reported that Swiss drugmaker Novartis is buying US-based Vedere Bio, hoping gene therapy technology that has helped blind mice to see will produce similar results in people with inherited conditions that cause them to lose their sight.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Tanzania held elections. The main opposition leader said there has been "shameless" widespread vote rigging in the elections. Results were expected within a week.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Tunisia said that the coronavirus pandemic had become "very dangerous" with 2,125 new infections and 52 deaths recorded in the past 48 hours, and new restrictions were expected to be announced within hours. The total death toll now exceeds 1,150 with 55,000 cases.
    (Reuters, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Turkish officials railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused it of sowing “the seeds of hatred and animosity." The cartoon depicted Erdogan in his underwear holding a drink and lifting the skirt of a woman wearing an Islamic dress.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 28, Typhoon Molave slammed into Vietnam with destructive force, killing at least two people and sinking two fishing boats with 26 crew members in what was feared to be the most powerful storm to hit the country in 20 years.
    (AP, 10/28/20)

2020        Oct 29, The United States announced a new policy that will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents.
    (AP, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, The Trump administration announced that the gray wolf will lose endangered species protection.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.A1)
2020        Oct 29, It was reported that sixty people have been indicted in a nationwide telemarketing scheme in which US federal prosecutors say people were tricked into signing up for expensive magazine subscriptions they could not afford, did not want and often did not receive, and in which more than 150,000 people were defrauded of more than $300 million.
    (NY Times, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, The US recorded more than 90,000 new coronavirus cases yesterday, a new daily high. That’s more than one new case every second.
    (NY Times, 10/30/20)
2020         Oct 29, California to date had 921,594 cases of coronavirus and 17,562 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 117,102 cases and 1,772 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 8,941,770 with the death toll at 228,627.   
    (sfist.com, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, A Miami-Dade police officer was taken into custody by federal law enforcement early today. Officer Rod Flowers, the son the of Bal Harbour Police Chief Raleigh Flowers, was being investigated as part of a sting conducted by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
    (Miami Herald, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, In Florida the body of Lora Grace Duncan (18) was found at a Palm Beach County hotel. Michael Troy Hutto (54), the founder of the Salt Life clothing brand, was soon arrested in connection with her death. Hutto and friends started Salt Life in 2003 and sold the company for almost $40 million in 2013.
    (SFC, 11/2/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 29, A federal appeals court ruled that election officials in Minnesota have to set aside ballots that arrive after 8 p.m. on Election Day, reversing the state’s seven-day grace period that had been in place for ballots postmarked by Election Day.
    (NY Times, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 29, Hurricane Zeta sped across the southeastern US, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2.5 million homes and businesses without power in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes. Zeta left six people dead. A man was electrocuted in New Orleans, and four people died in Alabama and Georgia when trees fell on homes. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a man drowned when he was trapped in rising seawater.
    (AP, 10/29/20)(AP, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, Two Ohio political operatives pleaded guilty to racketeering for their roles in a scheme aimed at bailing out two aging state nuclear power plants. Former Republican House Speaker Larry Householder and four others were charged in the scheme.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.16)
2020        Oct 29, More looting was reported across Philadelphia overnight despite a citywide curfew in the wake of the deadly police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. More than half the stores in a northeast Philadelphia strip mall were vandalized.
    (CBS News, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, In Vancouver, Washington, Kevin E. Peterson Jr. (21), a Black man and father of an infant daughter, was shot and killed. A narcotics task force said it had contacted a man suspected of selling illegal drugs in a motel parking lot and that he fled on foot with officers following. The man reportedly produced a handgun and the officers backed off. A short time later, the man encountered three Clark County deputies, all of whom fired their pistols at the man. Deputies fired a total of 34 rounds at Patterson who died after being struck four times following the attempted drug arrest.
    (AP, 10/31/20)(AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Oct 29, Fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh ground on for a fifth week as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan prepared for more talks on a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
    (AP, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, An Australian judge ruled that a Adriana Rivas, a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating to Pinochet's military dictatorship in the 1970s, can be extradited. She was wanted for kidnapping seven people in 1976 and 1977, including Communist party leader Victor Diaz. The alleged victims have never been found.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 29, Australia's COVID-19 hotspot state Victoria reported only one new infection, a day after it lifted a four month lockdown in the city of Melbourne.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, Belarus shut its borders with Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine for most visitors. Lukashenko also reshuffled his top officials this week, appointing Interior Minister Yuri Karayev and Security Council Secretary Valery Vakulchik his envoys to the westernmost Grodno and Brest regions bordering Poland and Lithuania.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 29, China’s leaders vowed to become a “self-reliant" technology power and to continue defence capabilities as Communist Party leader Xi Jinping closed a four-day government meeting aimed at outlining policy plans for the next five years.
    (The Telegraph, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 29, In Dubai Sindika Dokolo (48), a Congolese art dealer who married Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos in 2002, died while free diving near Umm al-Hatab Island.
    (AP, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 29, In El Salvador a landslide on the San Salvador volcano left nine people dead following torrential rains.
    (SSFC, 11/1/20, p.A6)
2020        Oct 29, Finland's government said it would ease its restrictions on opening hours for restaurants serving mainly food but kept stricter rules on bars and nightclubs in place, as the COVID-19 pandemic showed signs of slowing down in the Nordic country. The new rules will take effect on November 1.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, In France an attacker armed with a knife killed three people inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice. Tunisian assailant Ibrahim Issaoui (b.1999) was seriously wounded by police and hospitalized. Investigators soon detained two more suspects.
    (AP, 10/29/20)(AP, 10/30/20)(CBS News, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 29, It was reported that France's will pay slightly less to acquire US jeweler Tiffany & Co after the two companies agreed to end a bitter dispute triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and salvage the luxury sector's biggest-ever deal. The new takeover price was set at $131.5 a share, down from $135.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million. The Health Ministry reported another 49,881 coronavirus infections and 517 fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 120,527.
    (AP, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said it would import and distribute 50 million doses of Moderna Inc's novel coronavirus vaccine candidate.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, In Japan total confirmed cases of COVID-19 exceeded the 100,000 mark, as the number of daily infections has crept up in recent weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, It was reported that a court in Mali has sentenced two men to death over attacks that targeted foreigners in the capital in 2015. At least 25 people died when gunmen stormed a nightclub in Bamako in March 2015, and the Radisson Blu hotel in November.
    (BBC, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, The Marshall Islands reported its first cases of the coronavirus after two people who flew from Hawaii to a US military base tested positive.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.A9)
2020        Oct 29, Mexico's health ministry reported 5,948 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 464 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 912,811 and the death toll to 90,773.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, The Dutch government said animal health authorities will cull 35,700 broiler chickens after a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found on a farm in the central Netherlands. The discovery came just days after a pair of wild swans tested positive for the H5N8 virus.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, North Macedonia reported 862 new coronavirus cases with hospitals stretched to their limits. NATO has sent 60 respirators to help its newest member cope with the crisis, and the government has made wearing face masks mandatory in public.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 29, Poland reported another daily record of coronavirus infections and deaths with new 20,156 cases and 301 deaths related to COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was facing challenges scaling up production of its main COVID-19 vaccine due to problems with equipment availability, but hoped to start mass vaccinations by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, In Russia Vitaly Antipov (16) threw a Molotov cocktail at the police station in the town of Kukmor in the predominantly Muslim region of Tatarstan late today and stabbed a police officer who tried to detain him. The teenager reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar!" and threatened to kill “enemies of Allah".
    (The Telegraph, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 29, In Saudi Arabia a Saudi man stabbed and slightly wounded a guard at the French Consulate in the city of Jiddah.
    (AP, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, Serbia reported 1,384 new coronavirus infections and 44 deaths. Officials, wary of further economic damage from the crisis, said new restrictions would not be introduced as yet.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 29, It was reported that a company in Singapore has developed a breathalyser test for the new coronavirus which it says will enable people to know whether they are infected in under a minute. Breathonix, a startup firm from the National University of Singapore, said its test achieved more than 90% accuracy in a pilot clinical trial of 180 people.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, South Korea's top court upheld a 17-year prison sentence for former President Lee Myung-bak (78) in a final ruling for a range of corruption crimes before and during his 2008-2013 presidency.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 29, Taiwan hit 200 days without any domestically transmitted coronavirus cases. Taiwan has recorded 553 infections and just seven deaths.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.A9)
2020        Oct 29, Tundu Lissu, Tanzania's main opposition presidential candidate, rejected the Oct. 28 presidential vote after alleging widespread irregularities.
    (AP, 10/28/20)
2020        Oct 29, Tunisia banned travel between the country's regions, suspended schools and public gatherings and extended a curfew, as it tried to contain a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases with hospitals nearly full.
    (Reuters, 10/29/20)
2020        Oct 29, In Vietnam state media said at least 35 people were killed and more than 50 were missing in the aftermath of Typhoon Molave.
    (AP, 10/29/20)

2020        Oct 30, A federal judge found that tweets by President Donald Trump helped incite improper conduct by federal officers responding to racial justice demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and directed both sides in a lawsuit to determine “rules of engagement" for officers acting outside a U.S. courthouse.
    (AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, A new study of US plastic trash said more than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways.
    (AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, The United States set a new all-time high for coronavirus cases confirmed in a single 24-hour period, reporting just over 100,000 new infections to surpass the record total of 91,000 posted a day earlier.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 30, It was reported that the 1972 Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco has been sold to New York investor Michael Shvo, Deutsche Finance America and other investors for $650 million. The deal includes two nearby buildings at 505 Sansome and 545 Sansome St.
    (SFC, 10/30/20, p.D1)
2020         Oct 30, California to date had 927,673 cases of coronavirus and 17,615 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 117,767 cases and 1,778 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,034,957 with the death toll at 229,585.   
    (sfist.com, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Connecticut reported seven more virus-related deaths bringing the state's total to 4,616. More than 71,000 have tested positive.
    (SFC, 11/4/20, p.A5)
2020        Oct 30, In Florida former Venezuelan treasurer Claudia Patricia Díaz Guillén, a former naval officer, and her husband, Adrián Velásquez Figueroa, a former presidential security guard, were charged with accepting tens of millions of dollars from the billionaire, Raul Gorrín, in a foreign corruption and money laundering case.
    (Miami Herald, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Sebastian Ahmed (42), a former South Florida operator of “sober homes" for drug addicts, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of bilking healthcare insurers while taking advantage of patients at his chain of treatment facilities.
    (Miami Herald, 11/2/20)
2020        Oct 30, Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Illinois resident charged in the shooting death of two protesters, was extradited in Wisconsin where the crimes took place.
    (SFC, 10/31/20, p.A4)
2020        Oct 30, In Louisiana Quawan ‘Bobby’ Charles (15) went missing after reportedly leaving his home in Baldwin with a woman and her 17-year-old son. His body was spotted Nov. 2 in a sugarcane field by an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office drone near Loreauville, about 20 miles away.
    (The Grio, 11/11/20)
2020        Oct 30, Dunkin' Brands agreed to be acquired by Inspire Brands, a private US holding company, for $11.3 billion in one of the largest restaurant deals in a decade.
    (SFC, 11/2/20, p.C1)
2020        Oct 30, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said it would stop enrolling patients receiving advanced COVID-19 care in a trial testing its experimental antibody treatment in hospitalized patients, based on the recommendation of an independent safety board.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Austria recorded 5,627 new coronavirus infections, a jump by more than a quarter from a day earlier, to a new record.
    (AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Azerbaijani forces pushed deeper into Nagorno-Karabakh as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan attended talks in Geneva intended to help broker an end to more than a month of heavy fighting over the separatist territory. Armenia and Azerbaijan pledged to avoid targeting residential areas and to exchange the remains of soldiers left on the battlefield.
    (AP, 10/30/20)(SFC, 10/31/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 30, Bosnia reported 1,449 new cases and 30 deaths with officials warning hospital capacities especially in the capital Sarajevo were almost full and the system could face collapse.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Britain's data watchdog said it has fined Marriott International 18.4 million pounds ($23.98 million) in a six-year old cyber attack on its Starwood hotels reservation system in one of the largest data breaches in history.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, AstraZeneca Plc said it would sell commercial rights for two of its drugs to a German pharmaceutical company for $400 million as the British drugmaker looks to focus on newer medicines in new therapy areas.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Authorities in Croatia reported 2,776 infections and 20 deaths over the past 24 hours. Epidemiologists warned numbers could rise to up to 4,000 a day in the coming weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, France reported 49,215 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours. A new national lockdown came into effect in an effort to put the brakes on a COVID-19 epidemic that officials say risks spiraling out of control.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, French military forces fighting Islamic extremists in West Africa “put away" more than 50 jihadists in an operation in Mali's Barkhane region.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Oct 30, Mexico received the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Chinese pharmaceutical company CanSino Biologics Inc. for a late stage-trial on between 10,000 and 15,000 volunteers.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Oct 30, Mexico's health ministry reported 6,000 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 516 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 918,811 and the death toll to 91,289.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, In the Netherlands the number of new coronavirus infections rose by 11,119 over the past 24 hours, a new record.
    (AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, In Pakistan demonstrations in Islamabad turned violent as some 2,000 people who tried to march toward the French Embassy were pushed back by police firing tear gas and beating protesters with batons. Tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services to join anti-France protests, as the French president's vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world.
    (AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, In Poland women's rights activists staged a major protest in Warsaw against new restrictions on abortion rights.
    (SFC, 10/31/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 30, In Portugal a five-day movement ban began contain the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases reached a record high. Portugal has recorded a comparatively low 137,272 cases and 2,468 deaths but today it reached 4,656 cases.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Russian authorities reported 18,283 new infections, the highest tally recorded since the pandemic began, and 355 deaths high amid a shortage of doctors across the country. Authorities in Moscow were preparing for mass vaccinations against COVID-19. Russia's COVID-19 death toll stood at 27,656. It has reported 1,599,976 infections.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Slovenia reported 1,798 new cases and a new record of 23 deaths in a day.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, In Spain the number of coronavirus infections rose by 25,595, the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic. The death toll went up by 239, bringing the total number of fatalities to 35,878. The official cumulative number of infections now stands at 1,185,678, but PM Pedro Sanchez has said the real total is likely above 3 million based on prevalence studies and estimates.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Sudan signed an agreement with the US that included compensation settlement for victims of the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole at Yemen’s southern port of Aden which killed 17 Marines, and for the killing of John Granville, an official with the US Agency for International Development, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Khartoum in 2008. Sudan said the agreement could effectively stop any future compensation claims being filed against the African country in US courts, following Washington's decision to remove the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The deal would enter into force after US Congress passes legislation needed to implement the agreement.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 30, In Switzerland coronavirus infections rose by 9,207. Switzerland has one of the highest infection rates in Europe, prompting Berne to introduce new nation-wide measures aimed at slowing transmission.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, In Taiwan two women became the first military officers to marry their same-sex civilian partners at a mass military wedding, marking another landmark for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia.
    (Reuters, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, Tanzania's electoral commission said populist President John Magufuli has 83% of votes with 60% of ballots counted.
    (AP, 10/30/20)
2020        Oct 30, A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing buildings in the city of Izmir In western Turkey. At least 93 people were killed more than 900 others injured. The quake also killed at least two people in Greece.
    (AP, 10/31/20)(SFC, 10/31/20, p.A3)(AP, 11/1/20)(AP, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 30, Mesut Yilmaz (72), a former Turkish prime minister and veteran politician who served as premier three times during a tumultuous political era in his country, died. Yilmaz led the now-defunct center-right Motherland Party or ANAP from 1991 to 2002 and served as prime minister three times in the 1990s.
    (AP, 10/30/20)

2020        Oct 31, Pres. Donald Trump declared that 1 November will be marked nationwide as a “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens".
    (The Independent, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, Dr. Scott W. Atlas, the White House coronavirus adviser, appeared on a Russian state-sponsored news show that has been instrumental in an effort by the Russian government to spread false health information during the pandemic. Atlas apologized the next day for appearing on the show, but not for the content of the interview, where he continued a pattern as Mr. Trump’s adviser of downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020         Oct 31, California to date had 928,862 cases of coronavirus and 17,627 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 118,260 cases and 1,780 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,053,220 with the death toll at 229,768.   
    (sfist.com, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, Armenia’s PM Nikol Pashinian urged Russia to consider providing security assistance to end the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, the biggest escalation in the decades-long conflict between his country and Azerbaijan. The request came as Azerbaijani troops forged deeper into Nagorno-Karabakh and both sides accused each of breaking a mutual pledge not to target residential areas hours after it was made.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, Austria announced a nighttime curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants to all but take-away service as a surge in coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm its hospitals.
    (Reuters, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 31, Sean Connery (90), cinema’s first James Bond, died overnight in Nassau, the Bahamas, where he had a home. Connery was the top box-office star in both Britain and the United States in 1965 after the success of “From Russia With Love" (1963), “Goldfinger" (1964) and “Thunderball" (1965). But he grew tired of playing Bond after the fifth film in the series, “You Only Live Twice" (1967), and was replaced by George Lazenby. In 1967 he directed "The Bowler and the Bunnet." Connery also starred in "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975) and "The Untouchables" (1987), for which he won his only Oscar.
    (NY Times, 10/31/20)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.80)
2020        Oct 31, Britain announced expansive new restrictions that effectively establish a national lockdown to try to keep their hospitals from being overwhelmed amid vast second-wave surges in coronavirus infections.
    (NY Times, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, In Canada a man dressed in medieval clothing and armed with a Japanese sword killed two people and injuring five others on Halloween near the historic Château Frontenac hotel in Quebec City. Suspect Carl Girouard (24) was arrested on Nov. 1.
    (AP, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/2/20, p.A2)
2020        Oct 31, China suspended imports from FIREXPA S.A., an Ecuadorian seafood product manufacturer, after the novel coronavirus was found on the packaging of a batch of imported frozen fish, according to a notice by the General Administration of Customs.
    (Reuters, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, Eritrea's government declared that Ethiopia's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) was "on its deathbed".
    (Econ., 11/7/20, p.41)
2020        Oct 31, In France a Greek Orthodox priest was shot outside his church in the city of Lyon, and police hunted for the assailant. The priest was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit in the abdomen.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, In Germany a first case of African swine fever (ASF) was reported found in a wild boar in the eastern region of Saxony. This brought the total number of confirmed cases to 117 since the first one on Sept. 10.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, In Germany the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt opened, nine years late and far above its original budget. Ground was broken for BER in 2006.
    (SSFC, 11/1/20, p.A6)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.45)
2020        Oct 31, In Iran total COVID-19 deaths rose by 386 over the past 24 hours to reach 34,864. Total cases rose by 7,820 to 612,772. Police said weddings, wakes and conferences will be banned in Tehran until further notice as the Middle East’s hardest-hit nation battles a third wave of COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, Iraqi security forces cleared out sit-in tents from Baghdad's central square that has been the epicenter of the anti-government protest movement, a year after the eruption of demonstrations against corruption led to months of clashes with authorities across the country.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, Thousands of Israelis protested in Jerusalem in the latest weekly demonstration against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his handling of the coronavirus crisis and the corruption charges he faces.
    (AP, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 31, Ivory Coast began its controversial presidential election. At least two people were killed during the vote. Several polling stations were ransacked in opposition strongholds and election materials were burned. Riots had broken out in August after President Alassane Ouattara said he would run again following the sudden death of his preferred successor.
    (AP, 10/31/20)(AP, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 31, The Dutch government put on hold its plan to bail out KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France, after pilots rejected a wage-freeze until 2025.
    (Reuters, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 31, In Niger US special forces rescued American citizen Philipe Nathan Walton, who was abducted earlier this week.
    (AP, 10/31/20)
2020        Oct 31, Portugal's government announced new lockdown restrictions from Nov. 4 for most of the country, telling people to stay at home except for outings for work, school or shopping, and ordering companies to switch to remote working.
    (Reuters, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 31, Slovakia launched a huge logistical operation to test most of its population over the weekend to reverse a rise in the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/1/20)
2020        Oct 31, Tanzania's two main opposition parties demanded fresh elections, after denouncing last week's presidential vote as fraudulent.
    (BBC, 10/31/20)

2020        Oct, Production shipments of the Solo, a single-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle made by Canadian designer ElectraMeccanica, arrived in the US. The $18,500 car, categorized as a motorcycle, is manufactured in China and has a range of 100 miles.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.C2)
2020        Oct, In Bangladesh brothers Sajjad Hossain and Imtiaz Hasan faced charges of money laundering. They had headed the local branch of the ruling Awami League and over the last 7 years had acquired more than 300 hectares of land at rock-bottom prices. A recent criminal investigation had found that some $340 million had passed through the brothers' 49 accounts.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.33)
2020        Oct, A court in Lesotho barred the prime minister from using the COVID-19 virus as an excuse to close parliament.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.52)
2020        Oct, In the Philippines the government ombudsman decreed that it is not the public's business to see the declared assets of officials.
    (Econ., 10/24/20, p.32)
2020        Oct, In South Africa Fikile Ntshangase (65), who was fighting a plan to start an opencast mine on the site of her village, was shot dead. Tendele's Somkhele mine in KwaZulu-Natal has been open since 2006. The company wants to expand its operations by 22,000 hectares and this would mean about 200 families in the villages of Ophondweni and Emalahleni would need to be relocated.
    (BBC , 11/23/20)
2020        Oct, Zambia's annualized inflation reached 16% vs. 11% a year ago.
    (Econ., 11/14/20, p.44)

2020         Nov 1, California to date had 932,841 cases of coronavirus and 17,667 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 118,699 cases and 1,781 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,189,785 with the death toll at 230,870.   
    (sfist.com, 11/1/20)
2020        Nov 1, The Texas Supreme Court denied a request by conservative activist Steven Hotze and others for an order that drive-through voting violates Texas election law. The court rejected a bid to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast in drive-through lanes. A similar challenge was still pending.
    (Reuters, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/2/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 1, In Texas actor Eddie Hassell (30), best known for his roles on the TV show Surface and the movie The Kids Are All Right, died in a hospital after being shot in a Dallas suburb. On Nov. 4 police arrested D'Jon Antone (18) on a capital murder charge.
    (BBC, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 1, Algerians voted in a referendum that is meant to cement changes made possible after long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to resign last year.
    (BBC, 11/1/20)
2020        Nov 1, Fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh entered sixth week, with Armenian and Azerbaijani forces blaming each other for new attacks.
    (AP, 11/1/20)
2020        Nov 1, In Belarus thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Minsk to demand the resignation of longtime President Alexander Lukashenko — the 13th straight Sunday marked by demonstrations against his rule. Police used stun grenades and fired warning shots in the air to break up the crowds.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 1, In Brazil small groups of protesters gathered in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to demonstrate against any mandate for the taking of a coronavirus vaccine, supporting a rejection campaign encouraged by President Jair Bolsonaro.
    (AP, 11/1/20)
2020        Nov 1, China began its ten-yearly census. It was expected to conclude on Dec. 10.
    (Econ., 10/31/20, p.39)
2020        Nov 1, In western Ethiopia gunmen killed 54 people and set fire to homes in a "horrendous" attack in Oromia state. Survivors said ethnic Amharas were targeted. Local authorities blamed the rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA).
    (AP, 11/2/20)(BBC, 11/3/20)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.14)
2020        Nov 1, Veteran British journalist Robert Fisk (74), one of the best-known Middle East correspondents who spent his career reporting from the troubled region and won accolades for challenging mainstream narratives, died in Dublin after a short illness.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 1, India's Bharat Biotech said it is planning to launch its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the second quarter of 2021 if it gets approval from Indian regulatory authorities.
    (Reuters, 11/1/20)
2020        Nov 1, Iran recorded another single-day record with 434 coronavirus deaths. Total deaths passed 35,000 with more than 620,000 confirmed cases.
    (SFC, 11/2/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 1, In Kashmir Indian forces killed Saifullah Mir, a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, during a gunbattle in Srinagar.
    (SFC, 11/2/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 1, In Pakistan hundreds of protesters burned effigies of France's leader and chanted anti-French slogans, as President Emmanuel Macron tried to send a message of understanding to Muslims around the world.
    (AP, 11/1/20)
2020        Nov 1, Typhoon Goni made landfall in the Philippines. At least 20 people were killed as the storm triggered volcanic mudflows that engulfed about 150 houses before weakening as it blew away from the country.
    (AP, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/3/20, p.A3)

2020        Nov 2, US federal Judge Gary Feinerman struck down a key immigration rule that would deny green cards to immigrants who use food stamps of other public benefits.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y3rlr2j5)(SFC, 11/4/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 2, Georgia’s highest court found that a lower court was wrong to grant immunity from prosecution to three sheriff’s deputies facing murder charges in a stun gun death dating to July 2017. They were charged with murder and other crimes in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, a 58-year-old Black man with a history of mental illness.
    (NBC News, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 2, In Louisiana Holden Matthews was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a federal court in Lafayette, Louisiana after he pleaded guilty to setting three historically Black churches on fire in 2019. Matthews was given 18 months credit for the time he has already spent in jail.
    (Reuters, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Baron Wolman (83), the first staff photographer for the Rolling Stone magazine, died at his home in Santa Fe, NM.
    (SFC, 11/5/20, p.B5)
2020        Nov 2, A small plane from North Carolina crashed in western New York near the town of Ellicott killing all three people aboard.
    (SFC, 11/3/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 2, A federal judge in Texas ruled that 127,000 votes that were already cast at drive-through voting sites in the Houston area would be counted after Republicans tried to disqualify them.
    (NY Times, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 2, US mall operators CBL and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust filed for bankruptcy. They said their malls will remain open as they go through the bankruptcy process. CBL, which operates 107 malls, said more than 30 of its tenants have filed for bankruptcy protection this year and are shutting stores. PREIT, based in Philadelphia, has more than 20 properties.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, In Afghanistan gunmen stormed the Kabul University as it hosted a book fair attended by the Iranian ambassador, sparking an hours-long gun battle and leaving at least 19 dead and 22 wounded at the country's largest school. Most of the casualties were students. Three attackers were involved in the assault, all of whom were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. The Islamic State group was suspected.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, In Austria a gunman opened fire in Vienna, killing at least four people and injuring more than a dozen. Suspect Kujtim Fejzulai (20) had previously been sentenced to 22 months in prison for trying to join ISIS in Syria, but was released early. He was killed by the police nine minutes after the assault began.
    (NY Times, 11/3/20)(The Insider, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 2, Western nations decried arbitrary arrests and other forms of repression in Belarus during a review of its record at the UN’s top human rights body.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Britain said it confirmed H5N8 bird flu at a chicken farm near Frodsham in Cheshire, England, but said the risk to public safety from the virus was "very low."
    (Reuters, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Sterling fell to an almost four-week low against the dollar after England announced a new national lockdown, but analysts said hopes for a Brexit deal prevented a bigger drop for the currency.
    (Reuters, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Johnny Depp lost his court case against a British newspaper that called him a “wife beater" and claimed there was “overwhelming evidence" that he had assaulted the actress Amber Heard repeatedly during their marriage.
    (NY Times, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, China's central bank and banking regulator published new draft rules for online micro-lending, which looked almost perfectly tailored to undercut Ant Group. Regulators told Ant Group Co Ltd's founder Jack Ma and two top executives that the company's lucrative online lending business faces tighter government scrutiny as Beijing published new draft rules for online micro-lending.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.64)
2020        Nov 2, German biotech firm CureVac said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine triggered an immune response in humans, putting it on track to start mass testing this year as the race to end the pandemic heats up.
    (Reuters, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Israeli military troops demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli in a stabbing attack earlier this year. Palestinian Khalil Dweikat (46) was accused of stabbing to death an Israeli man (39) in Petah Tikva in August.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, The Ivory Coast opposition said it was creating a transitional government which would organize a new election. Main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N'Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié had urged their supporters not to vote in the Oct. 31 poll.
    (BBC, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 2, Japan's Sosei Group Corp said t is allying with a US biotech run by former Novartis AG executives to commercialize a neurological drug pipeline.
    (Reuters, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met in the oasis town of Ghadames for the first face-to-face talks inside Libya since last year's months-long attack on the capital by forces loyal to the country's east-based military commander.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, It was reported that Paul Gicheru, a Kenyan lawyer wanted by International Criminal Court prosecutors for allegedly bribing witnesses, has surrendered to authorities in the Netherlands. Prosecutors alleged that Gicheru and another lawyer, Philip Kipkoech Bett, corruptly influenced six witnesses in their investigations into deadly violence that erupted after Kenya's 2007 elections. Bett was not in custody.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Russia's only major independent pollster, the Levada Center, said a growing number of Russians are unwilling to be inoculated against COVID-19 once a vaccine becomes widely available.
    (Reuters, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Russian investigators said Vladimir Marugov, an oligarch reportedly nicknamed the "Sausage King," was killed with a crossbow in his sauna after masked robbers broke into his home outside of Moscow. One suspect was soon arrested.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 2, South African pharmaceutical firm Aspen Pharmacare announced a deal with US firm Johnson & Johnson to manufacture its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, if it is approved in South Africa and internationally.
    (AP, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, Police in Tanzania arrested Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of the main opposition party in the wake of a disputed election. Mbowe was detained overnight, along with two other Chadema leaders, for allegedly planning violent protests.
    (BBC, 11/2/20)
2020        Nov 2, At a UN plenary meeting on the ICC 71 nations voiced strong opposition to what they consider threats to the International Criminal Court and decried sanctions on its top officials, issuing a statement that did not name any country but was clearly aimed at the US.
    (AP, 11/2/20)

2020        Nov 3, The US held presidential elections. The outcome was unclear in six swing states — Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — and all were still counting votes. Democrats had a disappointing election night as Republicans swatted down an onslaught of challengers and fought to retain their majority.
    (NY Times, 11/4/20)(AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, A federal labor authority ruled to strip the collective bargaining powers of a national union representing more than 450 US immigration judges that has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s policies.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, The number of coronavirus patients in US hospitals breached 50,000, the highest level in nearly three months, as a surge in infections threatens to push the nation's health care system to the edge of capacity. Texas reported the highest number of currently hospitalized patients with 5,936.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Alabama voters reversed themselves from a few years ago and removed racist vestiges of segregation from the state constitution that courts long ago ruled unconstitutional.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 3, Democrat Mark Kelly won the Arizona Senate seat once held by John McCain. The former astronaut defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed to the seat after McCain’s death in 2018.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, Arizona reported 38 more confirmed coronavirus deaths raising that total to 6,020 and 249,818 confirmed cases.
    (SFC, 11/4/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 3, California voted to allow workers for companies like Uber or Lyft to be independent contractors, instead of employees.
    (NY Times, 11/4/20)
2020         Nov 3, California to date had 946,141 cases of coronavirus and 17,752 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 120,013 cases and 1,796 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,379,590 with the death toll at 232,553.   
    (sfist.com, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Florida voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026, getting support from 61 percent of voters.
    (NY Times, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories in a series of online videos, won a US House seat representing northwest Georgia.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Maine's US Sen. Susan Collins defeated Sara Gideon and was re-elected to a 4th term. Spending on the race for this seat passed $100 million, the most expensive in sate history.
    (Econ., 10/17/20, p.24)
2020        Nov 3, Mississippi voted to adopt a new state flag that does not feature the Confederate Battle Flag.
    (NY Times, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, In Montana Republican US Rep. Greg Gianforte defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney. The job was up for grabs as the incumbent, Democrat Steve Bullock, reached his term limit.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Residents of Nebraska and Utah decided to strip their constitutions of unenforceable provisions that allowed slavery as a punishment for criminal convictions.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 3, New Jersey, South Dakota and Arizona voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
    (NY Times, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice defeated Democratic congresswoman Kendra Horn and taken back the only Democratic-held seat in the state’s congressional delegation.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possessing a small amount of any street drug.
    (NY Times, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, Oregon's Multnomah County passed one of the most progressive universal preschool policies in the nation, to be paid for by a large tax on high earners. The measure will provide free preschool for all children ages 3 and 4.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 3, Rhode Island voters approved a statewide referendum to strip the words “and Providence Plantations" from the state's formal name.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, In Tennessee Republican Eddie Mannis, who is gay, and Democrat Torrey Harris, who identifies as bisexual, won seats in the state House to become the first openly LGBTQ members of that legislature.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, Texas voters backed US President Donald Trump over Democrat Joe Biden and sent Republican John Cornyn to his fourth US Senate term.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, In Texas Spc. Corey Grafton (20), an active-duty soldier at Fort Hood, was arrested for the July 2019 death of Chelsea Cheatham (32). DNA from the murder scene led to the arrest.
    (CBS News, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 3, In Washington state police arrested eight people in Seattle after late night demonstrations and marches in the city on US Election Day.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, Bristol Myers Squibb Co said its experimental plaque psoriasis oral drug proved more effective in clearing moderate to severe cases of the skin condition than placebo or Amgen Inc's Otezla in a late-stage study.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Cruise Lines Int'l. Association voluntarily opted to maintain the current suspension of cruise operations in the US through the end of the year.
    (SFC, 11/4/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 3, Bahrain announced that it convicted 51 people, more than half of them abroad, on charges of belonging to a militant group. It was the latest mass trial conducted in this island kingdom amid a yearslong crackdown on all dissent. The arrests took place last year. Bahrain described those convicted as belonging to an unnamed militant group that received orders from Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Bahrain state news said the government has granted emergency approval for the use of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine candidate currently in phase III trials on frontline workers.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, It was reported that Brazilian health regulator Anvisa has authorized resumption of a clinical trial of Johnson & Johnson's experimental COVID-19 vaccine. J&J's trial in Brazil had been suspended since Oct. 12, so a safety panel could evaluate an unexplained illness of a participant in its planned 60,000-person Phase III study.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Britain reported 397 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily figure since May 27. Government data showed 20,018 new confirmed case.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, China reported 128 new asymptomatic patients, more than doubling from 61 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, France's daily COVID-19 death toll spiked by 854, an increase unseen since April 15, while the number of people hospitalized for the disease went up by more than a 1,000 for the fifth time in nine days.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Hong Kong police arrested Choy Yuk-ling, a prize-winning journalist whose work had exposed the authorities' delayed response to a mob attack on anti-government protesters last year.
    (SFC, 11/4/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 3, Israel demolished most of the Bedouin village in the village of Khirbet Humsah in the occupied West Bank, displacing 73 Palestinians - including 41 children - in the largest such demolition in years.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 3, Italy reported 353 COVID-related deaths, the highest daily figure since May 6. Some 28,244 new coronavirus infections were recorded over the past 24 hours. A total 39,412 people have now died in Italy because of coronavirus, while 759,829 cases of the disease have been registered to date.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Ivory Coast riot police surrounded the house of opposition candidate Henri Konan Bédié (86) and used tear gas to disperse journalists before carting away some 20 people, including a former minister of health.
    (Econ., 11/7/20, p.43)
2020        Nov 3, Kenya and Britain said they have agreed in principle the text of a new trade agreement to safeguard annual trade, estimated at 200 billion shillings ($1.84 billion), after Brexit.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Libya’s rivals wrapped up their military talks with a call to the UN Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to implement a cease-fire deal inked last month.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, In Nicaragua Hurricane Eta came ashore south of Bilwi after stalling just off the coast for hours.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 3, In Nigeria Ipob activists were accused of burning down three police stations in southern Rivers state. and killing three policemen, after one of them was killed during a protest at a police station in Oyigbo.
    (BBC, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, The Norway-based Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) said it will fund the development of the protein-based S-Trimer COVID-19 vaccine candidate by China's Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, A Polish official said the government is delaying the publication and implementation of a high court ruling that tightens the abortion law. Unpublished, the new law has no legal power.
    (SFC, 11/4/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 3, A slim majority of Puerto Ricans voted that the island territory should become a state, with 52 percent backing a nonbinding referendum. Puerto Rico elected Pedro Pierluisi of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, as governor. Pierluisi received nearly 33% of the vote compared with nearly 32% for Carlos Delgado of the Popular Democratic Party, which supports the current territorial status.
    (NY Times, 11/5/20)(SFC, 11/9/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 3, Russia reported 18,648 confirmed coronavirus cases. Confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic neared 29,000.
    (SFC, 11/4/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 3, Russia's top diplomat said that about 2,000 fighters from the Middle East have joined the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, PM Stefan Lofven said COVID-19 cases are increasing fast in Sweden, as he announced stricter recommendations for another three regions amid signs the resurgence was beginning to lift deaths from the disease.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Police in Tanzania arrested opposition leader Zitto Kabwe.
    (Econ., 11/7/20, p.42)
2020        Nov 3, Rescuers in the Turkish city of Izmir pulled a young girl out alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building Tuesday, four days after a strong earthquake hit Turkey and Greece as the death toll in the earthquake climbed to 111.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, The Baba Selavi tour boat, with 33 Russian tourists on board, capsized near the Turkish Mediterranean coast of Alanya, killing one of the tourists.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Ugandan police again arrested Bobi Wine, a popular singer and opposition presidential hopeful, just after he was successfully certified as a candidate in next year's election.
    (AP, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Ukraine's health minister Maksym Stepanov said the situation with the coronavirus in Ukraine is close to catastrophic and the nation must prepare for the worst. Ukraine registered a record 8,899 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. Total infections stood at 411,093 with 7,532 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/3/20)
2020        Nov 3, Zimbabwe police arrested investigative journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono on contempt of court charges. He was charged with contempt of court for making a post on Twitter that allegedly impaired the dignity of Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice Luke Malaba.
    (AP, 11/3/20)

2020        Nov 4, The United States formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. 189 countries remained committed to the 2015 Paris accord.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Pres. Donald Trump prematurely claimed he carried Georgia. He also said he planned to contest the US presidential election before the Supreme Court. Trump's reelection campaign said it had filed a lawsuit in Georgia to require that Chatham County separate and secure late-arriving ballots to ensure they are not counted.
    (AP, 11/4/20)(Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, The US recorded more than 100,000 new virus cases for the first time. Hospitalizations have topped 50,000 for the first time since early August.
    (NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020         Nov 4, California to date had 951,561 cases of coronavirus and 17,817 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 120,891 cases and 1,803 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,499,459 with the death toll at 233,836.   
    (sfist.com, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, New Jersey released more than 2,200 inmates to reduce the risks of infection in crowded prisons.
    (NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 4, City officials in Philadelphia released officer body camera footage and 911 calls in the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. The 27-year-old's shooting last week led to demonstrations and unrest in the city. City officials said the Philadelphia Police Department will take a number of steps to train officers to respond better to situations involving mental health crises after the death of Walter Wallace Jr.
    (Insider, 11/4/20)(CBS News, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 4, British PM Boris Johnson said his government would roll out new types of COVID-19 testing "on a scale never seen before" to stem the growing pandemic when a new lockdown in England expires on Dec. 2.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Denmark said it will cull its entire herd of up to 17 million mink after a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans, posing risk to any possible future vaccine.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said they have failed to agree on a new negotiating approach to resolve their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Estonian health officials said 208 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, putting the cumulative total to 5,333 cases with 73 deaths.
    (SFC, 11/5/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 4, Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive to subdue the authorities in Tigray state, following an alleged attack on an army base. Internet and phone networks in Tigray were cut off.
    (BBC, 11/4/20)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.40)
2020        Nov 4, The French government banned the Grey Wolves, the militant wing of Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party, that it accused of leading violent actions and inciting hatred speech in France.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, The Israeli military said that troops killed a Palestinian man who had shot at soldiers near an army checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Italy registered 30,550 new coronavirus infections and 352 COVID-related deaths over the past 24 hours. A total of 39,764 people have now died in Italy because of COVID-19, while 790,377 cases of the disease have been registered to date. Italy imposed a nationwide 10 p.m. curfew and closed museums and high schools. In six hard-hit regions, including Sicily and the city of Milan, the government will shutter restaurants and limit travel.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)(NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 4, Government officials said Japan's Kagawa prefecture will cull 330,000 chickens at a farm after the country's first bird flu outbreak in poultry in more than two years.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Latvian health officials said 313 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, putting the cumulative total to 6,572 cases with 85 deaths.
    (SFC, 11/5/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 4, It was reported that at least 40 people fleeing extremist violence in northern Mozambique drowned when their boat sank.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, In Nicaragua floodwaters from Tropical Storm Eta, isolated already remote communities and set off deadly landslides that killed at least three people.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, North Korea introduced smoking bans in some public places to provide citizens with “hygienic living environments," raising questions about whether the nation’s chain-smoking supreme leader may kick the habit himself.
    (The Telegraph, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 4, Poland announced further restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus and said it would impose a full national lockdown if COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Spanish emergency services said one migrant died on a boat carrying around 70 others that was intercepted today off Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, The Swiss government authorized deploying up to 2,500 military personnel to help the country's hard-pressed health care system handle a second wave of coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, The Syrian government shelled the last rebel last enclave in the country’s northwest, killing at least seven people, including four children.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, The death toll in last week’s Aegean Sea earthquake rose to 116 as rescuers in the Turkish city of Izmir finished searching buildings that collapsed in the quake.
    (AP, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Ukraine registered a record 9,524 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, a day after its minister described the situation in the country as verging on catastrophic.
    (Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020        Nov 4, Pope Francis tightened oversight on creating new religious orders. The new law requires written Vatican approval before a bishop can approve a new order.
    (SFC, 11/5/20, p.A2)

2020        Nov 5, President Donald Trump's campaign prepared to ramp up legal efforts to challenge vote counts in closely-contested states in the US election, announcing a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in Nevada as the state continued counting ballots.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Twitter Inc flagged a post by President Donald Trump that said votes received after Election Day in the United States would not be counted.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, President Donald Trump demoted Neil Chatterjee, the Republican head of a US energy regulation panel, after Chatterjee had promoted the use of carbon markets to curb climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, Steve Bannon, Former White House Chief Strategist, said President Trump should behead government employees he perceives as disloyal. "I'd put the heads on pikes," he said on his podcast. "I'd put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats."
    (Business Insider, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, The US Justice Department announced it has seized nearly 70,000 Bitcoins from a person the agency would describe only as “Individual X." The haul was worth around $1.05 billion based on today’s Bitcoin price of $15,000. According to a Justice Department complaint, the digital wallet holding the Bitcoins belonged to a hacker who stole them from the operator of the Silk Road in 2012.
    (Fortune, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The Washington Post reported that more than 150,000 ballots were caught in US Postal Service processing facilities and not delivered by Election Day. As a result, some ballots could arrive after their states’ deadlines.
    (NY Times, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, The US recorded more than 121,000 new virus cases, breaking the record of 100,000 from a day earlier.
    (NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The US Postal Service (USPS) said about 1,700 ballots had been identified in Pennsylvania at processing facilities during two sweeps today and were being delivered to election officials.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, A US federal judge ruled that the government in 2015 illegally approved a breed of genetically engineered salmon because it failed to assess the harm the fish might cause if they escaped their confines and interbred with other salmon species. The fish, engineered by AquaBounty Technologies, grow twice as fast as others, but are not yet available for sale.
    (SFC, 11/9/20, p.B4)
2020        Nov 5, Arizona state officials said there are about 450,000 ballots still to be counted in the Western battleground. Joe Biden holds a 2.35 percentage point lead over Trump in Arizona, an advantage of about 68,000 votes.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, In New Jersey former guard Dante McCluney and two others stole more than $1.7 million from an armored car parked outside Bally's casino in Atlantic City.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 5, Merck & Co Inc said it has agreed to acquire privately held VelosBio for $2.75 billion in cash, in a move that will help it strengthen its cancer drug portfolio.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Bangladesh signed a deal with the Serum Institute of India to buy 30 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, PM Boris Johnson ordered England back into lockdown. Britain has the highest death toll in Europe and has passed the milestone of 1 million cases. A second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm its national health service.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 5, Geoffrey Palmer (93), British character actor, died at his home in Buckinghamshire. His career had peeked during the long run of "As Time Goes By," the romantic BBC sitcom in which he and Judy Dench played lovers reunited after 38 years apart.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.C14)
2020        Nov 5, In Cameroon retired cleric Christian Tumi (90) was driving from the capital city, Yaoundé, to Kumbo alongside ten others when they were abducted. Tumi was soon released but the whereabouts of 10 other people were still unknown.
    (BBC, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, China reported 36 new coronavirus cases in the mainland compared to 28 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, It was reported that more than 6,000 people in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province in northwest China, have tested positive for a bacterial disease called brucellosis, in an outbreak caused by a leak at a vaccine plant over a year ago. A factory had used expired disinfectants during July to August 2019 to manufacture brucellosis vaccines, leaving the bacteria in its polluted waste gas. Humans get brucellosis with flu-like symptoms through direct contact with infected animals, by eating or drinking contaminated animal products, or by inhaling airborne agents.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The Czech Republic reported 13,231 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total tally in the country since the pandemic started to 391,945 after several days of slowdowns in infections. The Health Ministry also reported 220 new deaths. Total deaths rose to 4,133.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)(AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, A Paris criminal court sentenced Algerian Sidi Ahmed Ghlam (29) to life in prison for killing a woman and trying to bomb a church near the French capital in a failed April, 2015, attack that investigators said was plotted by Islamic State group extremists in Syria. Seven other defendants found to have helped him were sentenced to between three and 30 years in prison. Abdelnasser Benyoucef and Samir Nouad were sentenced in absentia to life in prison. They are believed to have died in suicide attacks in Syria.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Germany's daily new coronavirus infections hit a record high as data showed shoppers had stocked up on toilet paper, hand sanitizer and baking ingredients ahead of new lockdown measures that took effect this week.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, It was reported that bird flu of the type H5N8 has been found on a poultry farm in Germany's northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, after it has already spread among the wild bird population in the region.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The rain-heavy remains of Hurricane Eta flooded homes in Honduras as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 13. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said at least 50 people had been killed in landslides in his own country adding to seven victims in Honduras and two in Nicaragua. Guatemala’s national emergency agency later said only that at least 50 people were missing in San Cristobal Verapaz. .
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, It was reported that Hong Kong police have launched a hotline to report behavior suspected to breach national security as Chinese authorities continue to crack down on dissent in the territory.
    (The Telegraph, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, India's New Delhi, the capital city with the worst air quality worldwide, suffered its most toxic day in a year, recording the concentration of poisonous PM2.5 particles at 14 times over the World Health Organization safe limit.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Iraq's President Barham Saleh ratified a new election law aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament, paving the way for early elections next year.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Italy registered 34,505 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, its highest ever daily tally.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci (52), a guerrilla leader during Kosovo's war for independence from Serbia in the late 1990s, resigned and will face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based in The Hague.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture ordered the culling of 200,000 chickens after highly pathogenic bird flu was found at a farm in the eastern town of Puiflijk.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, PM Erna Solberg told Norwegians to avoid travelling domestically and instead stay at home as much as possible, as part of a new round of recommendations and restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Poland reported a record 27,143 new coronavirus infections, approaching a threshold at which the government has said it could be forced to impose a nationwide lockdown. The country also reported 367 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Russia reported 19,404 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, close to a record high that included 5,255 infections in Moscow and took the national tally to 1,712,858. The Kremlin said that the coronavirus situation in Russia was alarming, but that it was nonetheless still under control. A health official said Russia's coronavirus tests give false negative results up to 40% of the time.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Sweden reported a record increase in new COVID-19 cases as health officials said it was seeing a marked rise of patients in intensive care. Sweden registered 5 new deaths, taking its death toll during the pandemic to 6,002. Sweden's pandemic strategy of avoiding lockdowns has gained international attention.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, In Switzerland coronavirus infections rose by 10,128. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Switzerland and neighboring Liechtenstein increased to 202,504. The death toll rose by 62 to 2,337. The government announced it was cutting the number of trains to neighboring Italy, Germany and France amid partial lockdowns in each of the countries and as travelers avoid cross-border public transportation.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)

2020        Nov 6, Joe Biden overtook Donald Trump in the number of ballots counted in Pennsylvania, which Trump must win to have a shot at reelection. Biden now holds a nearly 6,000-vote advantage. Votes in the state were still being counted.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Joe Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in Georgia, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, The US Treasury slapped sanctions on Lebanon’s ex-foreign minister and a leading Christian political ally of the militant Hezbollah group.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Police Chief Lang Holland of Marshall, Ark., advocated online that Democrats should be attacked and summarily executed. He resigned soon after his comments were made public.
    (NY Times, 11/9/20)
2020         Nov 6, California to date had 960,570 cases of coronavirus and 17,888 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 122,184 cases and 1,832 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,727,345 with the death toll at 235,071.   
    (sfist.com, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Republican US Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue’s Senate seat, one of two high-profile contests in the state that could determine which party controls the upper chamber. Democrat Raphael Warnock and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Republican appointed last year after Sen. Johnny Isakson retired, will also compete in a runoff on the same day. The twin races in Georgia are likely to settle which party controls the Senate.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, In Georgia Rapper King Von (26), aka Dayvon Bennett, and another man were fatally shot after gunfire erupted outside an Atlanta hookah bar early today. Timothy Leeks (22) was soon charged with murder in Bennett's death.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)(SFC, 11/9/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 6, In Illinois the death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 10,000.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 6, It was reported that Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the commanding officer of the NYPD's workplace discrimination office, has been relieved of his command and placed on modified duty as the department investigates allegations that he posted a slew of racist, sexist and homophobic comments on a message board for police officers.
    (CBS News, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Wisconsin police arrested Nathanael Benton (23), suspected of shooting two police officers earlier in the day in Waukesha County. Benton was also wanted in Fargo, North Dakota, for attempted murder.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 6, A panel of outside advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted that a potential Alzheimer’s treatment from Biogen Inc has not been proven to slow progression of the disease, a sharp rebuke to agency staff who earlier this week praised the drug. The FDA still could decide to approve the drug, aducanumab.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Humanigen Inc said it has partnered with the US government to help advance development of its drug candidate as a potential COVID-19 treatment following positive response in hospitalized patients in a late-stage study.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, At least three civilians were killed in the latest shelling of Nagorno-Karabakh cities as Azerbaijan pushed its offensive to reclaim control over the separatist territory for a sixth straight week.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, In Burkina Faso an unknown assailant threw a flammable bottle into a mosque in Ouagadougou, wounding six people.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 6, Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed said air strikes have been carried out in the well-armed Tigray region.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A3)
2020        Nov 6, The European Union imposed sanctions on the president of Belarus and 14 other officials over their roles in the security crackdown launched during protests of the country's contested August presidential election.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said that the government is sending 1.6 million rapid virus tests to care homes across the country to allow them to test personnel. More than 400 people with COVID-19 have died in the past week and some residents are again being confined to their rooms and cut off from their families. France hit a record 60,486 new confirmed coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 11/6/20)(NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 6, In Greece Friday prayers were held for the first time in capital’s first state-sponsored mosque, which opened this week after years-long delays. Athens’ Muslim population numbered around half a million people. The new mosque’s capacity was 300 men and 50 women.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, India recorded 47,638 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking its total to 8.41 million. Deaths rose by 670 in the last 24 hours, taking total mortalities to 124,985.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Iraqi security forces opened fire during clashes with hundreds of protesters in the southern city of Basra, killing demonstrator Omar al-Thiabi (29) and wounding several others as tensions flared once again.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, It was reported that Natan Zach (89), an Israeli writer who had a major impact on the development of modern Hebrew poetry, has died.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Italy registered 37,809 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the country's highest ever daily tally. A total of 40,638 people have now died because of COVID-19 in Italy, which has registered some 862,681 coronavirus infections since the start of its outbreak. New coronavirus restrictions came into force.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)(NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 6, Italian drinks group Campari said checks conducted after a hacking attack showed data on some of the company's servers had been encrypted and some information had been lost. Earlier this week the Milan-based group famous for its red aperitif said it had been targeted by hackers around Nov. 1.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Norway's capital Oslo said it will shut down theatres, cinemas, training centers and swimming pools to contain the spread of the coronavirus, with bars and restaurants no longer able to serve alcohol for three weeks as of Nov 9.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Maher al-Akhras (49), a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel, agreed to end more than 100 days of hunger strike. His family and a prisoner rights’ advocate said he had received assurances from Israeli authorities that his open-ended detention wouldn't be extended beyond the end of November.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Poland reported a record 445 new coronavirus-related deaths, as the healthcare system faced shortages in hospital beds, equipment and medics. The country also reported 27,086 new COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Romania's government said it will impose a nationwide nighttime curfew and close all schools for 30 days from Nov. 9 after seeing the number of daily coronavirus infections double in two weeks. A record 9,714 infections were confirmed in the last 24 hours. More than 7,500 people have died since the beginning of the outbreak in late February.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Russia reported 20,582 new coronavirus infections, including 6,253 in Moscow.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 6, South African authorities said they have begun deporting 20 refugees and asylum seekers who were part of a months-long sit-in protest against xenophobia. More migrants were expected to be deported.
    (BBC, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, It was reported that criminals, dressed in the uniforms of a well-known South African security company, attacked guards collecting cash in daylight from a takeaway in Johannesburg. After stealing the guards' van, they blew it up with explosives, extracted the cash and sped off in a Porsche and a Volvo SUV.
    (The Telegraph, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Spanish officials said Supreme Court prosecutors have opened a third corruption investigation involving former monarch Juan Carlos I.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 6, Sweden registered 4,697 new coronavirus cases, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. Sweden also registered 20 new deaths from COVID-19, taking the total to 6,022 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Sweden raised its assessment of the risk level for bird flu to elevated from low, after outbreaks registered elsewhere in Europe.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, The Swiss General Prosecutor’s office said it plans to return 99 percent of the frozen assets belonging to one alleged Russian fraudster and 100 percent of the assets belonging to an alleged Russian crime syndicate boss.
    (The Daily Beast, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 6, The Vatican embassy in Poland said sanctions have been imposed on retired Archbishop Henryk Gulbinowicz (97) after he was accused of sexually abusing a seminarian and of covering up abuse in another case.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 6, Vietnam said it will stick to its strategy of containing COVID-19 rather than rush to secure a supply of a vaccine that could be financially risky.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)

2020        Nov 7, Joe Biden (77) crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. It was unclear whether Trump would publicly concede. Mr. Biden won the popular vote with a record-breaking 74 million votes. Mr. Trump received more than 70 million votes, the second-highest tally on record. Kamala Harris became the first woman, as well as the first Black person, first Indian-American, and first Asian-American, to be elected to the vice presidency.
    (AP, 11/7/20)(NY Times, 11/8/20)(The Week, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 7, Pres. Donald Trump persisted in misrepresenting developments at ballot-counting centers, falsely tweeting that campaign observers in Pennsylvania were blocked from seeing what was going on as Biden overtook him in the vote count, which continues. Twitter flagged a series of Trump's tweets as dubious.
    (AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, US President Donald Trump's campaign said it had filed a lawsuit in Arizona, its latest legal challenge over the results of the presidential election.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 7, It was reported that North Dakota and South Dakota have the nation's worst rate of deaths per capita over the last 30 days. Despite advances in treating COVID-19 patients, hundreds more people have died in recent weeks than during any other period — a grim exclamation point on the virus outbreak slamming the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
    (AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko formally opened the country’s first nuclear power plant, a project sharply criticized by neighboring Lithuania. The Russian-built and financed Astravyets plant is located about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Vilnius.
    (AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Jonathan Sacks (72), the former chief rabbi in the UK who reached beyond the Jewish community with his regular broadcasts on radio, died.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 7, Egyptians began voting in the second and final stage of the country’s parliamentary elections, after a relatively low turnout in the first round that embarrassed the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
    (AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Ethiopia's parliament has voted to dissolve the government of the northern Tigray region, amid a dispute which has escalated into armed conflict. In an emergency session, parliament declared the Tigray administration illegal and voted to replace it. Tigray's leader told the African Union that the federal government was planning a “full-fledged military offensive."
    (BBC, 11/7/20)(AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, France reported 828 new deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Germany followed several European countries by reporting a record number of daily coronavirus cases, as a second wave of infections sweeps through the continent as winter approaches. The Robert Koch Institute, reported 23,399 new cases in the last 24 hours.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Greece began a three-week nationwide lockdown, its second this year. Greece has now reported 52,254 cases and 715 deaths.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Searchers in Guatemala dug through mud and debris looking for an estimated 100 people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide, as the remnants of Hurricane Eta strengthened and the storm churned toward Cuba. 44 people were confirmed dead.
    (AP, 11/7/20)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.32)
2020        Nov 7, Iran announced new lockdown curbs after registering a record daily number of COVID-19 cases and another 423 deaths from the disease in the Middle East's worst-hit country. Iran registered 9,450 new infections in the last 24 hours. This took the total number of confirmed cases to 673,250 and raised the death toll to 37,832.
    (Reuters, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Iran's state-run news agency reported that Nasrin Sotoudeh (57), a leading human rights lawyer, has been released from prison, after she was earlier hospitalized amid a hunger-strike conducted from her cell.
    (AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, It was reported that Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N'Guessan has been arrested for announcing the creation of a parallel government after boycotting last month's presidential election.
    (BBC, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Lebanon's President Michel Aoun asked his foreign ministry to make the necessary contacts to secure any evidence and documents that prompted the US Treasury sanctions on Gebran Bassil, who leads the largest bloc in parliament and is also the president's son-in-law.
    (AP, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, Slovakia held a second round of nationwide coronavirus testing in an effort to curb increasing infections, with more than half a million people screened by noon. Slovakia reported 2,579 COVID-19 cases through PCR testing, bringing the total to 73,667, with 351 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 7, The United Arab Emirates announced a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings." The changes would take immediate effect.
    (AP, 11/7/20)

2020        Nov 8, The United States became the first country to surpass 10 million novel coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 11/8/20)
2020         Nov 8, California to date had 973,210 cases of coronavirus and 17,977 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 123,937 cases and 1,839 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,961,320 with the death toll at 237,566.   
    (sfist.com, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Alex Trebek (80), host of “Jeopardy!" since 1984, died in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer. He hosted more than 8,000 episodes, breaking a record set by Bob Barker of “The Price is Right" for hosting the most episodes of a single game show.
    (NY Times, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 8, Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on the central part of the Florida Keys, bringing strong winds and heavy rains.
    (NY Times, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 8, It was reported that Honolulu doesn’t have enough money to finish building a new 20-mile rail line, one of the nation’s most expensive per capita, that began in 2011.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to celebrate a wedding inside a cavernous hall in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. On Nov. 23 Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $15,000 fine after video of the wedding drew backlash online.
    (NY Times, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 8, Seymour Topping (98), among the most accomplished foreign correspondents of his generation for The Associated Press and the New York Times and later a top editor at the Times and administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, died in White Plains, NY. His books included "Journey Between Two Chinas" (1972), a memoir of his reporting career in Asia.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Utah state Gov. Gary Herbert declared a new state of emergency to address hospital overcrowding in response to weeks of stress on its hospital networks due to a surge of novel coronavirus cases.
    (Reuters, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, President Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijani forces have taken control of the strategically key city of Shushi in Nagorno-Karabakh where fighting with Armenia has raged for more than a month.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, In Belarus club-swinging police went after demonstrators in Minsk who were demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president, the 90th consecutive day of protests. Nearly 400 people were reportedly arrested including 9 journalists and well-known model Olga Khizhinkova, a former Miss Belarus.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Belarus' first nuclear power plant stopped generating electricity a day after it was formally opened by President Alexander Lukashenko and some of its equipment needs to be replaced.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 8, Bolivia's new leftist Pres. Luis Arce took office.
    (SFC, 11/9/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 8, Canary Islands authorities said more than 1,600 migrants have either been rescued at sea or reached Spain’s in small boats over the weekend. The body of one person who had died during the perilous journey was recovered by rescuers in waters near the island of El Hierro.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Tropical Storm Eta has made landfall in Cuba and is expected to head toward South Florida, making its closest approach to the state late today.
    (The Week, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed announced major changes to his government's military and intelligence leadership as he sought to defend a growing military action against the country's defiant Tigray region, and urged citizens not to target the ethnic Tigrayan people amid fears of civil war.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, A Hungarian teachers' union asked parents not to send their children to school and kindergarten to protect teachers and parents from the coronavirus pandemic, clashing with the government which has vowed to keep schools open.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 8, India reported 45,674 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, with the capital coping with a sharp surge of nearly 7,000 cases a day this week. The Health Ministry reported 559 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 126,121.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Israel allowed most retail stores to reopen for the first time in nearly two months, in the latest phase of its exit from a second coronavirus lockdown.
    (SFC, 11/9/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 8, Lebanon’s former foreign minister said that last week’s US sanctions targeted him over alleged corruption because he repeatedly refused Washington’s calls to severe ties with Iran-backed Hezbollah, a powerful Lebanese militant and political group.
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, Myanmar held general elections, just the second democratic vote since military rule ended in the country in 2011. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party of Myanmar’s civilian leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, won the country’s elections. Officials prevented many voters from ethnic minority groups from casting ballots.
    (AP, 11/8/20)(NY Times, 11/11/20)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.37)
2020        Nov 8, The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching recognition of guilt for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II and even for the church’s role in preparing "the ground in which the seeds of anti-Semitism and hatred could grow."
    (AP, 11/8/20)
2020        Nov 8, In Thailand pro-democracy protesters were confronted by riot police and sprayed by water cannons as they tried to approach Bangkok's Grand Palace to deliver letters about their political grievances addressed to the country's king.
    (AP, 11/8/20)

2020        Nov 9, Pres. Donald Trump fired his defense secretary, Mark Esper. Trump has been unhappy with Esper since this summer, when he said he would refuse to use active-duty troops to control protests.
    (NY Times, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the US to pursue “substantial allegations" of voting irregularities. The order goes against a longstanding Justice Department policy not to investigate elections until their results have been certified. There continues to be no evidence of meaningful fraud.
    (NY Times, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 9, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to Eli Lilly & Co's bamlanivimab based on trial data showing that a one-time infusion of the treatment reduced the need for hospitalization or emergency room visits in high-risk COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, The US Census Bureau denied any attempts to systemically falsify information during the 2020 head count used to determine the allocation of congressional seats and federal spending.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 9, The IRS announced that former Microsoft software engineer Volodymyr Kvashuk was sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing over $10 million in store credit and selling it for Bitcoin. The court ordered that Kvashuk must pay back $8,344,586. He may also face deportation to his home country of Ukraine.
    {USA, IRS, Robbery}
    (Business Insider, 11/13/20)
2020         Nov 9, California to date had 982,666 cases of coronavirus and 18,006 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 125,177 cases and 1,842 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 9,961,320 with the death toll at 237,566.   
    (sfist.com, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, A California snowplow driver discovered the bodies of two murder victims while clearing a remote highway in the Sierra Nevada.
    (The Independent, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 9, Suzette Penton, a librarian in Polk City, Florida, was run over by a van carrying 18-year-old Elijah Stansell and three other teens, ages 14, 15 and 16. Penton died later this month. The teens were initially charged with attempted murder. Deputies said upgraded charges were pending following Penton's death.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Nov 9, A new study found that a shot of cabotegravir, an experimental medicine, given every two months works better than daily pills to help keep women from contracting HIV from an infected sex partner. The drug was being developed by ViiV Healthcare, Pfizer Inc and Shionogi Limited.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 9, US biotech firm Arcturus Therapeutics said it expects to start distributing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the first quarter of next year after early stage trials showed promising results.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc on said it expects the US Food and Drug Administration to decide this month whether to allow an advanced trial of the company's experimental COVID-19 vaccine to move forward.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Pfizer announced promising results from a vaccine trial. The company, which developed the vaccine with the German drugmaker BioNTech, said it is on track to file an emergency use application with US regulators later this month. BioNTech's co-founder and chief executive said he was optimistic that the protective effect of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, co-developed with Pfizer, would last for at least a year.
    (AP, 11/9/20)(Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, A new report released today documents the use of incendiary weapons and their horrific human cost on civilians over the past decade in conflict zones like Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and Syria, with Human Rights Watch and Harvard’s human rights clinic calling on nations to close loopholes in international law and stigmatize their use.
    (AP, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, McDonald's announced that it will introduce a crispy chicken sandwich early next years and that it is developing its own plant-based category, called McPlant, starting with a faux meat burger next year.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.C3)
2020        Nov 9, Novavax Inc said it was on track to begin a delayed US-based late-stage study of its experimental coronavirus vaccine later this month.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, The spokesman for the president of the separatist government in Nagorno-Karabakh confirmed that Azerbaijani forces have taken control of Shushi, a strategically key city, and said they were nearing Stepanakert, the region’s capital. Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered deal to end the war in the border region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The agreement calls for Armenia’s army to withdraw from the region and to be replaced by Russian peacekeepers, and gives Azerbaijan what it has sought for years in negotiations.
    (AP, 11/9/20)(NY Times, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 9, Austrian investigators carried out raids early today in several regions on people and organization suspected of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas groups.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 9, Former Pres. Evo Morales returned to Bolivia following an election that returned his socialist party to power.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 9, In Brazil Governor João Doria said São Paulo has begun building a facility to produce 100 million doses a year of China's Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19, which will be ready by September next year.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Finance Minister Martin Helme, the leader of Estonia’s far-right populist party and a key Cabinet member, survived a vote of confidence at the country's Parliament despite uproar over his statements that the U.S. presidential elections were rigged and undemocratic — comments that were seen as jeopardizing the Baltic nation's ties to key ally Washington. A day earlier Martin Helme said in a local talk show that “there is no question that these (US presidential) elections were falsified."
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 9, An Ethiopian military official said the air force is “pounding targets with precision" as the federal government continues its offensive against the defiant northern region of Tigray and no clear route to peace is yet seen. There was a massacre of ethnic Amharas in Mai-Kadra town in the Tigray region. Scores, perhaps hundreds, of civilians were reportedly “hacked to death" in the streets of the town.
    (AP, 11/9/20)(AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 9, The EU said it would begin imposing sweeping tariffs on around $4 billion worth of American aircraft, food, drinks and other products beginning Nov. 10.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.C1)
2020        Nov 9, German authorities said type H5N8 bird flu has been confirmed in another poultry farm in north Germany.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, India's Tata Group launched a COVID-19 test kit that it says will process results more easily and faster than the RT-PCR method considered the gold standard for detection, at a time when cases are still rising in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Iran reported a rise of 10,463 in the number of daily coronavirus cases, bringing total cases in the Middle East's worst-affected country to 692,949. The health ministry said 458 people had died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 38,749.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Italy registered 25,271 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. The health ministry also reported 356 COVID-related deaths, up from 331 the day before. A total of 41,750 people have now died because of COVID-19 in Italy, which has registered some 960,373 coronavirus infections since the start of its outbreak.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Mexican reporter Israel Vázquez Rangel (31), who wrote about violent crime in the central state of Guanajuato, was shot dead while investigating the reports of human remains left in a plastic bag in the city of Salamanca. Vázquez was at least the third journalist to be killed in Mexico the past two weeks.
    (The Independent, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 9, Mozambique state media reported that more than 50 people have been beheaded in northern Cabo Delgado province by militant Islamists over the few days.
    (BBC, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Peruvian lawmakers voted to remove Pres. Martin Vizcarra from office, expressing anger at his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and citing alleged but unproven corruption allegations during his term as governor of Moquegua (2011-2014). Opposition lawmaker Manuel Merino will take his place.  The shock vote drew condemnation from international rights groups who warned that the powerful legislature may have violated the constitution and jeopardized Peru’s democracy.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.A2)(AP, 11/14/20)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.31)
2020        Nov 9, Portugal entered a state of emergency for at least two weeks in areas hit worst by the pandemic.
    (SFC, 11/10/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 9, A representative of Russia's health ministry said its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 is more than 90% effective, citing data collated from vaccinations of the public rather than from an ongoing trial. Russia reported a record high of 21,798 new coronavirus infections as authorities called for stricter measures to contain the virus in certain regions.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Russia said that one of its military helicopters was shot down in Armenia, near the border with Azerbaijan, killing two servicemen.
    (AP, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, The Kremlin said it would wait for the official results of the US presidential election before commenting on its outcome, and that it had noted incumbent Donald Trump's announcement of legal challenges related to the vote.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, In Sweden local authorities said hospitals in Stockholm are struggling to cope with a surge in new cases of COVID-19 after seeing an increase of around 75 patients requiring hospital care since the end of last week.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, Swiss drugmaker Vifor Pharma agreed to pay United States-based Angion Biomedica up to $80 million for rights to experimental kidney drug ANG-3777.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)   
2020        Nov 9, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be working in self-isolation while being treated.
    (AP, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, The United Nations opened talks on Libya's future in Tunisia aimed at ending nearly a decade of chaos and bloodshed by arranging elections, but obstacles remain despite progress in cementing last month's ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees announced that it has run out of money to pay the salaries of its staff across the Middle East, after two years of funding cuts by the United States and some other donors.
    (Reuters, 11/9/20)
2020        Nov 9, The United States faced its first review in five years at the UN’s main human rights body, with the detentions of migrant children and the killings of unarmed Black people during the Trump administration’s tenure among issues high on minds.
    (AP, 11/9/20)

2020        Nov 10, The United States announced plans to sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as an apparent reward for the Gulf state agreeing to normalize ties with Israel.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, Gov. Gavin Newsom commuted the sentences of 13 people in California prisons and granted four medical reprieves for older inmates with health conditions that his office said put them at high risk for Covid-19. Newsom also issued 22 pardons, 10 of which involve people who face possible deportation — including one who is in an ICE detention facility.
    (Politico, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, California made history when it confirmed its first openly gay state Supreme Court justice. Associate Justice Martin J. Jenkins, 66, is also the third-ever Black man to serve on the Golden State's highest court.
    (CBS News, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, An Indianapolis police officer who fatally shot a Black man after a high-speed chase earlier this year was cleared by a grand jury. The group, which was empaneled to investigate the May 6 killing of Dreasjon Reed, 21, returned a “no bill," concluding that officer Dejoure Mercer should not face criminal charges.
    (NBC News, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Former North Miami Beach Commissioner Frantz Pierre pleaded guilty to 11 felony counts including bribery, grand theft and money laundering in connection with shaking down a strip club operator in exchange for votes and pocketing money from a school program that did not exist.
    (Miami Herald, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, Tommy Heinsohn (86), Boston Celtics player, coach and broadcaster, died.
    (SFC, 11/11/20, p.D6)
2020        Nov 10, Missouri woman Sedina Unkic Hodzic (41) was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for conspiring and providing material support to terrorists.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y5b7pxx8)(SFC, 11/12/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 10, In North Carolina Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded to incumbent Republican US Sen. Thom Tillis, saying “the voters have spoken" and it was clear Tillis had won.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, A first of its kind assessment of coral reefs in US waters sounded the alarm again over the continued decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world's oceans amid the environmental effects posed by human activity and climate change.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Bosnia, which also includes the autonomous Serb Republic, reported 1,605 new COVID-19 infections and 46 deaths. Officials said the Bosniak-Croat Federation will introduce an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew from tomorrow after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, An English study said high levels of so-called "T cells" that respond to the coronavirus could be sufficient to offer protection against infection, adding to the evidence of the crucial role they play in immunity to COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Ethiopia’s deadly conflict with its northern Tigray region spilled over borders as several thousand people fled into Sudan, while the Tigray regional leader accused Eritrea of attacking at the request of Ethiopia’s federal government. PM Abiy Ahmed said in a series of tweets that he wanted "to assure Ethiopians again" that there would be no dialogue until after rule of law was achieved.
    (AP, 11/10/20)(BBC, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, Hungarian lawmakers granted PM Viktor Orban's government a special 90-day mandate to rule by decree in an effort to curb a spiking coronavirus pandemic, and they approved new restrictions amounting to a partial lockdown.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, India's stock market roared to a record high after news that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was proving more effective than expected.
    (Econ., 11/14/20, p.67)
2020        Nov 10, Iran imposed a nightly curfew on businesses in Tehran and other cities. Iran said it plans to more than double the number of coronavirus tests it carries out daily to 100,000, as the total number of detected cases surpassed 700,000 in the Middle East's worst-affected country.
    (AP, 11/10/20)(Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Iran pardoned 157 people held on charges stemming from their alleged participation in antigovernment protests, the biggest such release of those swept up in the harsh crackdowns.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he made no distinction between Democrats and Republicans and intended to stand up for Israel’s interests in the face of a new American administration.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Israel's parliament ratified (62-14) the country's recent agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations with the Gulf state of Bahrain.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, In Japan data showed that the number of suicides in the country rose in October for the fourth month in a row to the highest level in more than five years. Preliminary police data showed that the total number of suicides for October was 2,153, an increase of more than 300 from the previous month and the highest monthly tally since May 2015.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Jordanians began voting to elect a new parliament in the country that has long been a close Western ally in a volatile region and is now struggling to contain a coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Lebanon ordered a full lockdown for around two weeks to stem a rise in COVID-19 infections and allow a badly strained health sector to bolster capacity as the country buckled under a financial meltdown.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, In eastern Libya armed men in Benghazi shot dead Hanan al-Barassi, a lawyer and activist who was a vocal critic of authorities. She was known for livestreaming on social media platforms, revealing alleged corruption of security and military officials.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, Lithuania reported 1,433 new cases, bringing its total so far to 28,262 cases and 235 deaths. Lithuania's capital Vilnius prepared to set up a 700-bed makeshift hospital in its largest exhibition center, as the city fears its health system may soon get overloaded by coronavirus cases.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, In Mali French ground forces and military helicopters killed a jihadi commander linked with al-Qaida along with four others. Bah ag Moussa, military chief for the RVIM Islamic extremist group, had been on a UN sanctions list and was believed responsible for multiple attacks on Malian and international forces.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 10, Nepal will provide free COVID-19 tests and treatment, an aide to the prime minister said, as the total number of infections was set to cross the 200,000 mark.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, In the Netherlands a bird flu outbreak prompted Dutch health officials to cull of chickens.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Norway recalled Home Guard forces to patrol its land border as neighboring Sweden reported another surge in COVID-19 cases that is straining hospitals and stretching testing to the limit. Sweden tightened recommendations for three more regions, meaning inhabitants in 13 out of 21 regions now are advised to work from home, avoid public transport and limit social interaction outside the family as much as possible.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Saeb Erekat (65), a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died in Jerusalem, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, South African authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ace Magashule, the secretary-general of the ANC, on corruption charges related to a contract to remove asbestos from roofs in Free State province.
    (Econ., 11/14/20, p.43)
2020        Nov 10, South Korea's agriculture ministry said t had confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu in samples from wild birds in the central west of the country and issued its bird flu warning. The virus was discovered in samples collected from wild birds last week.
    (Reuters, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, Media activists said Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have pulled out of a second military base in the area that had been surrounded by Syrian government forces.
    (AP, 11/10/20)
2020        Nov 10, The UN called on Mozambique to investigate reports that militants had massacred villagers and beheaded women and children in a restive northern region.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 10, A two-year Vatican investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick found that a series of bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed reports that he slept with seminarians, and determined that Pope Francis merely continued his predecessors’ handling of the predator until a former altar boy alleged abuse.
    (AP, 11/10/20)

2020        Nov 11, Donald Trump's presidential campaign sued Michigan to block the state from certifying last week's election results, where the president has trailed Democrat Joe Biden. The president recently trailed Biden in Michigan by more than 148,000 votes, or 2.6 percentage points.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, US President Donald Trump endorsed Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel to stay on in her position, in what one source said could be a prelude to Trump's announcing plans to run for president in 2024.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, President-elect Joe Biden chose his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an aide with decades of experience in the top role in his White House.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 11, It was reported that the Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center. ICE has already deported six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin, who has been accused of operating on migrant women without their consent or performing procedures that were medically unnecessary and potentially endangered their ability to have children.
    (NBC News, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, US Republican Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska won re-election, leaving control of the Senate to be determined in January by two runoff elections in Georgia.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020         Nov 11, California to date had 993,096 cases of coronavirus and 18,082 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 126,678 cases and 1,852 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 10,392,672 with the death toll at 240,918.   
    (sfist.com, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Eta regained hurricane strength this morning as Florida braced for a second hit from the storm along the Gulf of Mexico coast near the heavily-populated Tampa Bay region.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Texas became America's first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    (SFC, 11/12/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 11, Dallas rapper Mo3 (28), born as Melvin Noble, was reportedly gunned down in broad daylight in a drive-by shooting and died from his injuries. In December police arrested Kewon Dontrell White (21) in connection with the killing.
    (AP, 11/12/20)(AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Nov 11, US satellite TV provider Dish Network said it has signed up Qualcomm as its latest partner in efforts to build its 5G network using open and cloud-based platforms by 2023.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Police in the Angolan capital, Luanda, used tear gas to disperse demonstrators. They were protesting against rising living costs, unemployment and the postponement of local elections due to coronavirus.
    (BBC, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In Armenia thousands of people gathered in Yerevan to protest the country's agreement with Azerbaijan to halt weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. The deal calls for the deployment of nearly 2,000 Russian peacekeepers and territorial concessions.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's Cabinet agreed on a wide range of anti-terrorism measures meant to plug perceived security flaws identified after a deadly attack by an Islamic extremist in Vienna last week.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Bahrain's Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa (84), one of the world's longest serving prime ministers, died. He had been receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in the US.
    (SFC, 11/12/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 11, Belize held parliamentary elections. The People's United Party swept 26 of the 31 seats that were up for grabs.
    (SFC, 11/13/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 11, Brazil's health regulator Anvisa allowed resumption of late-stage clinical trials for China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, which had been suspended due to the death of a study subject that was registered in Sao Paulo as a suicide.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Britain reported a total of 50,365 deaths due to COVID-19, making it the fifth country to pass the 50,000 mark.
    (SFC, 11/12/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 11, Britain's environment department said the H5N8 bird flu has been identified in a small number of wild birds in southwest England.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In Burkina Faso 14 soldiers were killed and others were injured in an extremist attack in Oudalan province in the country's Sahel region. At least 20 gunmen were seen on motorbikes in the nearby town of Gorom Gorom, burning a bar and frightening civilians.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 11, Cambodia banned all state-organized events in the capital and a neighboring province for two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 11/12/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 11, China moved to quash one of the last vestiges of democracy and dissent in Hong Kong, forcing the ouster of four pro-democracy lawmakers from their elected offices in a purge that prompted the rest of the opposition to vow to resign en masse.
    (NY Times, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, China's Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical Holding announced a deal to sell, test and manufacture Russia's COVID-19 vaccine in China, hours after interim results showed it was 92% effective at protecting people from the disease.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In Iran a total of 462 people died from the new coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a record daily toll. The figures brought the total official death toll to 39,664 and the total number of recorded infections to 715,068.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, The nongovernmental organization Open Arms recovered the bodies of five people after a boat in distress fell apart, sending 116 people overboard including two infants. 263 migrants who had fled Libya hoping to reach Europe on unseaworthy boats were rescued by Open Arms over the last 24 hours from three different shipwrecks in the Mediterranean. The rescue ship headed towards Italian territorial waters.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 11, It was reported that medical drugs have disappeared from shelves around Lebanon in a shortage exacerbated by panic buying and hoarding.
    (SFC, 11/12/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 11, A new Mexican law shifted responsibility for housing child migrants and their families to the country’s family development agency and away from the National Immigration Institute, which is responsible for immigration enforcement and runs the detention centers.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 11, Mongolia recorded its first domestic coronavirus transmission following hundreds of imported cases. A woman in Ulaanbaatar had been infected by her husband, a truck driver delivering goods from Russia who tested positive after 21 days in quarantine.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In Myanmar the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) demanded that the election commission "hold a new election again, cooperating with the military."
    (Econ., 11/14/20, p.38)
2020        Nov 11, In Nepal total coronavirus infections crossed 200,000, as health workers say the Himalayan nation was facing a "catastrophic" situation. In the last 24 hours there were 2,569 new cases and 26 deaths. That takes the Himalayan nation to a total of 202,329 cases and 1,174 deaths overall.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In the Philippines Judge Maria Theresa Abadilla (44) was fatally shot in her office at Manila’s city hall. Police named a court clerk as a suspect in the shooting.
    (NY Times, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In Poland dozens of riot police and a photographer were injured in clashes with participants in the annual Independence Day march in Warsaw that was organized by far-right groups. The ruling right-wing party soon blamed the violence, injuries and damage on hooligans and provocateurs.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 11, Election officials in Puerto Rico said they found almost 200 boxes of uncounted votes, dealing another black eye to the mistrusted government. Puerto Rico doesn’t vote in the US presidential election. Officials acknowledged that the votes could change the results of particularly narrow races that had already been preliminarily certified.
    (NY Times, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In Saudi Arabia three people were wounded when an improvised explosive device targeted a ceremony of French, American, British, Italian and Greek officials commemorating the end of World War I at a cemetery in Jiddah. The Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 11/11/20)(AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 11, Slovakia's government said it will extend its state of emergency powers for the rest of the year to battle a surge in new coronavirus cases.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa has opened up international travel to visitors from all countries. Cases of the disease were slowly increasing in the country.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 11, In South Africa armed men broke into a farm belonging to Mark Regal and his wife in Free State province. Mrs. Regal returned fire and killed one of the intruders. But Mr Regal (50) was overpowered and killed, the seventh farmer to be murdered in the province in six weeks.
    (The Telegraph, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 11, Sweden's government said it planned to ban the sale of alcohol in bars, restaurants and night clubs after 10 p.m. as it fights to contain a surge in COVID-19 infections that has seen record numbers of new cases registered in recent days.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, In Switzerland an extremely rare, purple-pink diamond mined in Russia, which Sotheby's described as "a true wonder of nature", sold for 24.4 million Swiss francs ($26.6 million).
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, President Bashar Assad said the Syrian government is working to secure the return of millions of refugees who fled war in their country, but Western sanctions are hindering the work of state institutions, complicating those plans. His comments came at the opening session of a Russia-organized two-day international conference in Damascus on the return of refugees.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, A Turkish fishing boat capsized after colliding with a Greek-flagged tanker off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Four people on board the boat were killed while one other person was reported missing.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's cabinet voted to impose a national lockdown at weekends from Nov. 14-30 to strengthen steps to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, A report by the UN atomic watchdog (IAEA) said Iran has installed a first cascade of advanced centrifuges in the underground Natanz uranium enrichment plant that its deal with major powers says can only be used for first-generation IR-1 machines.
    (AP, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Uzbekistan said it will carry out a phase III trial of a coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by China's Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical Co.
    (Reuters, 11/11/20)
2020        Nov 11, Pope Francis pledged to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offered prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a day after the Vatican released a detailed report into the decades long church cover-up of his sexual misconduct.
    (AP, 11/11/20)

2020        Nov 12, It was reported that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has narrowly won Arizona, capturing the state’s 11 electoral votes and strengthening his Electoral College margin as President Trump continues to make baseless attacks on the vote counts favoring Mr. Biden.
    (NY Times, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, The US recorded more than 160,000 new coronavirus cases, a record.
    (NY Times, 11/13/20)
2020         Nov 12, California to date had 1,001,155 cases of coronavirus and 18,111 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 127,587 cases and 1,868 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 10,526,906 with the death toll at 242,621.   
    (sfist.com, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Julio Manuel Reyes Zuniga (48), a California man imprisoned in Mexico, was extradited from Mexico to the US. He had allegedly used smuggled cellphones that duped dozens of American into paying ransoms to free family members.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y3ovp97l)(SSFC, 11/15/20, p.A11)
2020        Nov 12, Tropical Storm Eta made a second landfall in Florida, causing a dangerous storm surge. Tens of thousands of people are without power.
    (NY Times, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, A new report from the Louisville Courier-Journal alleged that corruption within the department reportedly extends to at least 738,000 sexual abuse complaints against officers.
    (TheGrio, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, An FBI fugitive task force arrested Leonard Rayne Moses without incident at his home in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Moses was 16 when he was convicted in the 1968 killing of Mary Amplo during civil unrest in Pittsburgh following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Authorities said Moses and his friends fire-bombed Amplo’s house. Badly burned, Amplo (72) died a few months later. Moses had escaped from custody while attending his grandmother’s 1971 funeral in Pittsburgh.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 12, In North Carolina at least seven people died in flash floods, as the same weather system driving Tropical Storm Eta dropped 10 inches of rain on some parts of the state.
    (The Week, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 12, Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court barred county election officials from counting provisional ballots that were cast on Election Day by voters whose absentee or mail-in ballots were received on time.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, AstraZeneca said its blood cancer treatment, Calquence, failed to improve survival rates and prevent lung failure in patients hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19, citing results from mid-stage trials. Its other efforts to combat the pandemic - a possible vaccine developed with Oxford University, and an experimental antibody-based COVID-19 treatment - were not affected.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, 48 environmental, conservation and forest business leaders today announced an agreement of principles on the important role of sustainably managed forests and forest products can play in mitigating climate change.
    (Global Newswire, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, The Elders, a group of prominent former world leaders, voiced concern at US President Donald Trump's refusal to concede electoral defeat, saying it showed disrespect for the integrity of American democracy.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Austria's daily tally of new coronavirus infections surpassed 9,000 for the first time, with the government coming under growing pressure to introduce tougher measures to bring the outbreak under control.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Bangladesh said it is extending its closure of all schools and other educational institutions until Dec. 19 amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections during the winter.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, In Belarus Raman Bandarenka (31) died at a Minsk hospital after several hours of surgery due to serious injuries by police inside a van.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 12, In Belize John Briceno was sworn in as prime minister.
    (SFC, 11/13/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 12, The United Kingdom reported 33,470 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily total to date, as the government struggles to control a second wave of infections going into the winter.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Croatia reported 3,082 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since the global pandemic hit the country nine months ago. PM Andrej Plenkovic said the overall rate of increase was slowing.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, It was reported that Communist-run Cuba already has two of its own COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel agreed to step up military cooperation they said will keep their armed forces better prepared, help create more jobs and bolster security in a fraught region.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, It was reported that a potential vaccine candidate being developed in Denmark has in early animal trials proven effective against a mutated novel coronavirus strain from mink discovered in the country.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, The European Union unveiled its first strategy for improving the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex and queer people, amid deep concern about widespread discrimination, notably in Poland.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, The EU said it is prolonging sanctions against dozens of Venezuelan officials for another year over allegations that they are undermining democracy in the country or are linked to rights abuses.
    (SFC, 11/13/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 12, The international force that monitors the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement said that eight peacekeepers, including six Americans, were killed when one of its helicopters crashed during a routine mission on Tiran Island off the southern coast of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. A ninth peacekeeper was badly injured.
    (AP, 11/12/20)(The Week, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 12, The government of Finland said it was preparing legislation that would allow citizens to change their personal identity codes in cases of gross data breaches that carry a high risk of identity theft.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Germany reported 21,866 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 727,553 and jumping back above 20,000 after four days below that figure.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Ghana's former President Jerry John Rawlings (73) died in Accra after a short illness. He led two coups, first in 1979, before twice being elected president in multiparty polls.
    (BBC, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, India reported 47, 905 new cases of the coronavirus with a record 8,593 in New Delhi as people crowd shopping areas ahead of the Diwali holiday.
    (SFC, 11/13/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 12, Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine producer, said it has made 40 million doses of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine, and would soon begin making Novavax's rival shot, as they both seek regulatory approval.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Iran's state-run new said the intelligence ministry has arrested Farajollah Cha’ab, a leader of a separatist group allegedly involved in the killing of dozens of people during a military parade in 2018.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Iran passed the grim milestone of 40,000 coronavirus deaths, with the latest 10,000 added in less than a month. The health ministry announced 457 new fatalities, along with 117,517 new infections, pushing the total case count past 726,000.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, The already small number of female legislators in Jordan's parliament dropped even further, while Islamist opposition parties also lost seats as officials announced results from this week's parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, A wooden boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized off the coast of Libya and 20 of them drowned. Only three women could be rescued by local fishermen.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 12, At least 74 people died after a rubber raft carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Libya. The rubber raft was crowded with at least 120 migrants.
    (NY Times, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, It was reported that archaeologists using radar technology have discovered a millennium-old ship burial in southeastern Norway, at a site that they hope will offer clues about life during the period after the fall of the Roman Empire through the end of the Viking Age. Researchers made the discovery in April 2018 in Gjellestad.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Italy registered 37,978 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. The health ministry also reported 636 COVID-related deaths, the highest figure since April 6.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Police in Peru repressed mobilizations against a congressional move to removed Pres. Martin Vizcarra from office with tear gas and rubber bullets. 19 people, including officers and civilians, were injured at a large protest. 18 protesters were detained.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 12, In the Philippines Typhoon Vamco killed at least 42 people and caused extensive flooding that sent people fleeing to their roofs.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, The RIA news agency reported that Russia's supreme court has ruled that US investor Michael Calvey and other executives of private equity firm Baring Vostok be released from house arrest.
    (Reuters, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Serbia amended legislation meant to combat contagious diseases. authorities will fine anyone not wearing a face mask indoors or who fails to maintain social distancing indoors or outdoors.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 12, Taiwan's government said posts in support of Taiwan on the WHO's Facebook page were being censored by the WHO and blocked. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said this ran contrary to the neutrality the WHO should be upholding.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, Turkey's interior minister banned smoking in public places across the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 11/13/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 12, The UN Security Council voted to prevent the sale or shipment to Somalia of components of improvised explosive devices if there is “significant risk" they may be used to manufacture the often deadly devices that are increasingly being used in attacks by al-Shabab extremists.
    (AP, 11/12/20)
2020        Nov 12, A Zimbabwean magistrate denied bail to investigative journalist Hopewell Chin'ono who has been in detention for more than a week for alleging corruption in the country’s prosecuting agency.
    (AP, 11/12/20)

2020        Nov 13, The 2020 presidential election's final states were called, with President-elect Joe Biden winning Georgia, and President Trump winning North Carolina. The results bring Biden's total Electoral College win to a margin of 306-232, the exact number Trump won in 2016.
    (The Week, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 13, The United States broke another daily record after reporting more than 181,000 coronavirus infections, bringing the seven-day average to 140,000 cases.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020         Nov 13, California to date had 1,015,765 cases of coronavirus and 18,218 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 129,018 cases and 1,876 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 10,736,082 with the death toll at 244,304.   
    (sfist.com, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, In Connecticut an apparent steam explosion in a maintenance building at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Haven killed a VA employee and a contractor and left a third person missing.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, The Miami Marlins announced Kim Ng has been hired as the team's general manager, making her the first female Major League Baseball GM.
    (The Week, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 13, In Cocoa, Florida, two Black teenagers, Angelo Crooms (16) and Sincere Pierce (18), were fatally shot in a moving car during an encounter with law enforcement.
    (NY Times, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 13, The Republican National Committee said it is funding more than 600 staffers in Georgia with an investment of at least $20 million ahead of the Jan. 5 runoffs for the seats held by GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, North Dakota became the 35th US state to require face coverings be worn in public, as governors across the country grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections that threatens to swamp their healthcare systems. North Dakota has critically understaffed hospitals and the highest per capita rates for new coronavirus cases and deaths in the US. Gov. Doug Burgum put in place a mask mandate and new limits on indoor dining.
    (Reuters, 11/14/20)(NY Times, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 13, The governors of Oregon and New Mexico ordered near-lockdowns in the most aggressive response yet to the latest wave of coronavirus infections shattering records across the US, even as many of their counterparts in other states show little appetite for reimposing the hard-line restrictions of last spring.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, A federal court judge for the second time in two years blocked drilling on more than 300,000 acres in Wyoming because the government failed to adequately consider its impact on climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Microsoft said hacker groups backed by Russia and North Korea have targeted seven companies in the US, Canada, France, India, and South Korea. It blocked the "majority" of the attacks, but Microsoft acknowledged that some were successful.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Argentina's Pres. Alberto Fernandez issued a decree authorizing people to grow marijuana at home and allowing pharmacies to sell cannabis-derived oils, creams and other products. The decree also orders insurance systems to cover such medications for patients who obtain a prescription.
    (SFC, 11/14/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 13, In Belarus thousands of people rallied following the death of a 31-year-old opposition supporter who died in a hospital after he was reportedly beaten by security forces. The European Union condemned the continued violent crackdown that Belarusian authorities have waged on peaceful protesters.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, It was reported that Nigel Farage's new political party already has more than 3,000 applicants to stand as candidates in May's local elections, in a move which will alarm Conservatives. Reform UK, renamed from the Brexit Party, was setup 11 days ago.   
    (The Telegraph, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Britain reported 27,301 new COVID-19 cases, a slight fall from the previous day's all-time high but the second-highest daily figure recorded.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Peter Sutcliffe (74), the British serial killer known as the “Yorkshire Ripper," died at a hospital in Yorkshire. He was serving concurrent life sentences for killing 13 women in Yorkshire and northwest England between 1975 and 1980.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, China became one of the last major countries to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to make few changes to US policy in conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and security.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, The Chinese city of Wuhan said it had detected the novel coronavirus on the packaging of a batch of Brazilian beef, as it ramped up testing of frozen foods this week as part of a nationwide campaign. The beef had entered the country at Qingdao port on Aug. 7 and it reached Wuhan on Aug. 17, where it remained in a cold storage facility until recently.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region fired rockets late today towards the cities of Bahir Dar and Gondar, in Amhara state.
    (BBC, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 13, The German government criticized an announcement by Russia's foreign minister that Moscow is imposing sanctions against German and French officials in response to EU measures taken over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, A Greek agriculture ministry official said the new coronavirus has been found in mink at two farms in northern Greece. A cull of the 2,500 mink at one farm was due to begin shortly.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Unknown gunmen killed three Iranian border guards near the country's northwestern border with Turkey.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has signed a deal with Pfizer Inc to receive 8 million doses of the drugmaker's potential COVID-19 vaccine, enough to cover close to half of Israel's population.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Italy registered a record 40,902 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. The health ministry also reported 550 COVID-related deaths. 44,139 people have now died in Italy because of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Lebanon recorded 21 coronavirus deaths over 24 hours, making it one of the highest daily death tolls for the country.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 13, Montenegro introduced a two-week overnight lockdown to rein in a major spike in coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, The Moroccan military launched an operation in a UN-patrolled border zone in the disputed Western Sahara to clear a key road it said had been blockaded for weeks by supporters of the pro-independence Polisario Front.
    (AP, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Confirmed coronavirus cases in Portugal pushed past the 200,000 mark as the number of new daily infections reached a record high, putting increasing pressure on an already fragile health system. Portugal has recorded 204,664 cases and 3,250 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Russia reported a record 21,983 new coronavirus infections as Moscow prepared to close restaurants and bars overnight in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, South Korea began fining people who fail to wear masks in public as it reported 191 new coronavirus cases, with daily infections continuing to creep higher. South Korea reported 205 new coronavirus cases as of midnight. The total number of infections now stood at 28,338 with 492 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Ukraine registered a record 11,787 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. new cases TOOK the total confirmed infections to 512,652, with 9,317 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/13/20)
2020        Nov 13, Zambia defaulted on its debt. Zambia said it will not pay an overdue Eurobond coupon before a 30-day grace period expires at the end of the day.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y97bm7hf)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.44)

2020        Nov 14, In Washington DC several thousand supporters of President Donald Trump protested the election results and marched to the Supreme Court. Nighttime clashes with counterdemonstrators led to fistfights, at least one stabbing and more than 20 arrests.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020         Nov 14, California to date had 1,023,818 cases of coronavirus and 18,254 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 130,004 cases and 1,881 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 10,903,890 with the death toll at 245,598.   
    (sfist.com, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico announced the nation’s most sweeping statewide measure of the fall season, issuing a two-week “stay at home" order to begin on Nov 16.
    (NY Times, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 14, A federal judge in New York ruled that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young people from deportation.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota, which has critically understaffed hospitals and the highest per capita rates for new coronavirus cases and deaths in the US, put in place a mask mandate and new limits on indoor dining.
    (NY Times, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 14, In Azerbaijan kilometers-long (miles-long) columns of cars and trucks jammed the road to Armenia as residents fled Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, The western Chinese city of Lanzhou said it had detected the new coronavirus on the packaging of a batch of shrimp imported from Saudi Arabia, as China ramps up testing of frozen foods. The shrimp entered the country on Oct. 21 and reached Lanzhou on Nov. 8. The WHO says the risk of catching COVID-19 from frozen food is low.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside, and around 40 gilded statues in a vast Pharaonic necropolis south of Cairo. The discovered items date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for some 300 years — from around 320 BC to about 30 BC, and the Late Period (664-332 BC).
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Egypt and Sudan launched joint military exercises, in the latest sign of deepening security ties between the Nile Valley neighbors.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, In Ethiopia gunmen killed at least 34 people on a passenger bus in the western region of Benishangul-Gumuz. Residents of Asmara, the capital of Eritrea's, reported hearing loud explosions, amid reports of rockets landing near the city's airport. No casualties were yet reported. Tigrayan leader Debretsion Gebremichael has suggested that his forces have been fighting 16 divisions of the Eritrean army on several fronts for the past few days.
    (BBC, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 14, The IAEA verified that Iran has begun feeding uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas feedstock into the advanced IR-2m uranium-enriching centrifuges installed at its underground plant at Natanz.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 14, In Israel several thousand protesters gathered outside PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem late today in what has become a weekly demonstration calling for the Israeli leader to resign.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Lebanese police patrolled the streets of the capital Beirut, ordering shops to close as the country began a two-week lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus that has killed dozens of people over the past days in the small Mediterranean country. Lebanon has registered 102,607 cases and 796 deaths since the first case was reported in late February.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Mexico topped 1 million registered coronavirus cases and nearly 100,000 test-confirmed deaths, though officials agree the number is probably much higher.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Poland reported a record high 548 new coronavirus-related deaths, taking the country's total above 10,000. The country of 38 million has reported a total of 691,118 coronavirus cases and 10,045 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, In northeastern Romania a fire at a hospital treating COVID-19 patients killed 10 people and injured 10 others, seven of them critically, in the city of Piatra Neamt. Prosecutors quickly opened a criminal investigation.
    (AP, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 14, Well-known Christian millionaire preacher Shepherd Bushiri skipped bail in South Africa and fled to Malawi, his home country. Bushiri is accused of money laundering and fraud along with his wife and two others.
    (BBC, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 14, In Thailand numerous groups of pro-democracy protesters rallied in a "Mob Fest" calling for PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down.
    (SSFC, 11/15/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 14, Istanbul's mayor called for a lockdown of at least two weeks to contain an "out of control" rise in coronavirus cases, and said virus-related deaths in the city alone outstrip reported nationwide figures.
    (Reuters, 11/14/20)

2020        Nov 15, President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House, but made clear he would not concede and would keep trying to overturn the election result. Trump's statements came in tweets that included several baseless claims about the Nov. 3 vote, which state and federal officials say was safe and secure.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020         Nov 15, California to date had 1,028,462 cases of coronavirus and 18,262 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 130,925 cases and 1,883 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 11,032,095 with the death toll at 246,206.   
    (sfist.com, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, Michigan and Washington joined several other states in announcing renewed efforts to combat the coronavirus as more than 11 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in the United States — with the most recent million coming in less than a week.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, Oklahoma's Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an 11pm curfew for bars and restaurants across the state, effective as of Nov. 18, in an attempt to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y3yg7eha)(SFC, 1/11/21, p.A6)
2020        Nov 15, Dustin Johnson, a golfer with a history of blowing late leads in big tournaments, held onto his lead this week and won his first Masters, by five strokes.
    (NY Times, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, A SpaceX rocket launched four astronauts into orbit for a six-month stay on the International Space Station. NASA designated the launch as the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft built and operated by SpaceX, the rocket company started by Elon Musk.
    (NY Times, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a China-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
    (Reuters, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, It was reported that Anis Rahmani (aka Mohamed Mokaddem), the head of a major Algerian media group, has been jailed for five years. He was accused of recording and broadcasting a phone conversation with a senior intelligence officer without his consent.
    (BBC, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, Azerbaijan postponed taking control of a territory ceded by Armenian forces in a cease-fire agreement, but denounced civilians leaving the area for burning houses and committing what it called "ecological terror." Azerbaijan agreed to delay the takeover until Nov 25 after a request from Armenia.
    (The Telegraph, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, In Belarus more than 500 people were reported arrested in protests around the country calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. The Viasna human rights organization said the nationwide arrest total was at least 928 and that some of those detained were beaten by police.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, Bosnians voted in nationwide municipal elections amid concerns that the turnout will be hurt by a major surge in coronavirus infections and deaths. Opposition candidates won council seats and mayoral posts in Bosnia’s biggest cities, dealing a painful blow to the long-entrenched nationalists in nationwide municipal elections held amid a major surge in coronavirus infections and deaths.
    (AP, 11/15/20)(AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 15, Bulgarian journalist Maxim Minchev (67), who was at the helm of the Bulgarian news agency BTA, passed away. In 2016, he was elected secretary-general of the News Agencies World Congress and president of the Association of Balkan News Agencies.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, A wealthy Chinese pigeon racing fan put down a record price of 1.6 million euros ($1.9 million) for a Belgian-bred bird, at the end of a two-week auction at the Pipa pigeon center.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, The Czech Republic reported 1,887 new cases, its lowest daily tally since Oct. 4. The total number of deaths has doubled to 6,208 since Oct. 29.
    (Reuters, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, In Hong Kong at least seven people were killed and 11 injured in a fire at an apartment building that may have started at a gathering of people from the city's Nepalese community.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, The Israeli military struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early today after militants fired two rockets from the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, A settlement watchdog group said Israel is moving ahead with new construction of hundreds of homes in a strategic east Jerusalem settlement that threatens to cut off parts of the city claimed by Palestinians from the West Bank.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, Moldovans returned to the polls for a presidential runoff, facing a stark choice between President Igor Dodon, the staunchly pro-Russian incumbent, and his popular challenger, former PM Maia Sandu, a pro-Western former World Bank economist. Sandu won the presidential runoff vote over 57% of the vote.
    (AP, 11/15/20)(AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 15, Peru's interim leader Manuel Merino quit and Congress couldn’t decide on his replacement. That left Peru rudderless and in crisis less than a week after legislators ignited a storm of protest by removing President Martín Vizcarra, an anti-corruption crusader highly popular among Peruvians.
    (AP, 11/15/20)
2020        Nov 15, Sudan’s rebel leaders returned to Khartoum, signaling the first major steps toward implementing a peace agreement with the government that aims to end the country’s decades-long civil war.
    (AP, 11/15/20)

2020        Nov 16, The Trump administration announced that it would begin the formal process of selling leases to oil companies in a last-minute push to achieve its long-sought goal of allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
    (NY Times, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, It was reported that President Trump plans to make significant troop reductions in Afghanistan and smaller cuts in Iraq before he leaves office in January.
    (The Week, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 16, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and "obviously things look like that now."
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 surged to close at record highs after drug maker Moderna announced that its potential COVID-19 vaccine proved nearly 95 percent effective in late-stage trials.
    (The Week, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 16, Some 88,500 claims of sexual abuse have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America as the deadline arrived for submitting claims in the organization's bankruptcy case.
    (SFC, 11/17/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 16, The prestigious University of California system filed a proposed $73 million settlement with seven women who accused former gynecologist Dr. James Heaps of sexual abuse. As part of the class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of the settlement. A federal judge must still approve the deal.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020         Nov 16, California to date had 1,044,001 cases of coronavirus and 18,304 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 132,342 cases and 1,885 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 11,202,980 with the death toll at 247,202.   
    (sfist.com, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said that Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have been pushing him to question the validity of absentee ballots that were legally cast.
    (The Week, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 16, Peter Brand, a former Harvard University fencing coach, and Jie "Jack" Zhao, the chief executive of a telecommunications company, were arrested on charges that they engaged in a bribery scheme aimed at securing the admission of the businessman's two sons to the Ivy League school.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced stricter capacity restrictions for both indoor and outdoor gatherings as more US states took steps to combat the latest coronavirus surge.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Home Depot Inc said it would buy HD Supply Holdings Inc in a deal valued at about $8 billion, setting itself up to regain control over the industrial materials wholesaler after spinning it off over a decade ago.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said it has received US health regulator's clearance to begin a mid-stage study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. INO-4800 is administered through a device called Cellectra, which sends out an electrical pulse to open pores in a cell so DNA molecules can enter.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Johnson & Johnson launched a new large-scale late-stage trial to test a two-dose regimen of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine and evaluate potential incremental benefits for the duration of protection with a second dose.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Moderna Inc delivered the latest good news from COVID-19 vaccine developers, saying its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing the disease based on interim data from a late-stage trial. Moderna's interim analysis was based on 95 infections among trial participants who received either a placebo or the vaccine.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station, their new home until spring.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, South Australia reported 14 new coronavirus cases, a rapid spike in the state's first outbreak since April, prompting officials to impose social distancing restrictions.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, In Belarus crowds of retirees marched in Minsk, marking 100 days since mass protests began and became an almost-daily feature of life in the country after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term in a widely disputed election.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Amnesty International said Belgian authorities “abandoned" thousands of elderly people who died in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic and did not seek hospital treatment for many who were infected, violating their human rights. Belgium has reported more than 531,000 confirmed virus cases and more than 14,400 deaths linked to the coronavirus.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Germany ordered around 16,100 turkeys to be slaughtered after the H5N8 bird flu was found on another poultry farm.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Hungary and Poland blocked the adoption of the EU 2021-2027 budget and recovery fund at a meeting of ambassadors, over a clause making access to money conditional on respect for the rule of law.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, New Delhi's top health official said the latest surge of coronavirus infections in the Indian capital, that has swamped its intensive care wards and killed hundreds of people, has passed its peak.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Iran reported a record 13,053 new coronavirus infections and 486 deaths over the past 24 hours as the government planned tougher restrictions to curb the pandemic in the Middle East's worst-affected country. The total number of infected cases reached 775,121, while total fatalities had increased to 41,979.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Iraq hanged 21 prisoners in Nasiriyah Central Prison. Among them were men with suspected IS-links convicted under a 2005 counter-terrorism law. They had been charged with detonating explosives in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar during battles to dislodge the militant group. Amnesty International soon called the executions “an outrage".
    (AP, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 16, Italy registered 27,354 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, down from 33,979 the day before, with the fall reflecting the usual drop in the number of swabs conducted on Sundays. The ministry also reported 504 COVID 19-related deaths, down from 546 the previous day.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Libya's rival sides wrapped up a week of UN-brokered talks without agreeing on a transitional government that would lead the county to an election in December next year.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, An Amsterdam appeals court upheld the terror conviction of an Afghan asylum-seeker who stabbed two American tourists, seriously injuring them, at Amsterdam’s main railway station in 2018. Judges slightly reduced the sentence of the attacker, who has been identified only as Jawed S. (21), from nearly 27 years to 25 years based on sentences in similar cases and on his young age.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Hurricane Iota, the 13th of the Atlantic season, made landfall in northeastern Nicaragua at 10:40 p.m. Eastern time as a Category 4 storm, with wind speeds of up to about 155 miles per hour.
    (SFC, 11/16/20, p.A2)(NY Times, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 16, Pakistan banned public political rallies after recording its highest daily coronavirus infections since July for four days running.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Peru's Congress chose Francisco Sagasti (76), an engineer from the centrist Purple Party, as the legislature's new president. By law the head of Congress should become the country's new interim president.
    (SFC, 11/17/20, p.A3)
2020        Nov 16, The Philippines' health ministry recorded 1,738 new coronavirus infections and seven additional deaths, the lowest daily increase in casualties in nearly three months. Total confirmed cases increased to 409,574, while deaths reached 7,839.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Pres. Vladimir Putin approved the creation of Russia’s first naval base in the Indian Ocean, expanding his country’s global military footprint and cementing its defence ties with African nations. The facility in Sudan, which will be able to accommodate up to four military vessels and 300 personnel.
    (The Telegraph, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 16, Russia reported a record 22,778 new daily coronavirus cases as the authorities in Moscow turned to a temporary hospital built inside an ice rink to handle the influx of COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Russia resumed the vaccination of new volunteers in its trial for its flagship COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine after a short pause.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 16, The UN refugee agency said Ethiopia’s growing conflict has resulted in more than 25,300 refugees fleeing the Tigray region into Sudan.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, The Swedish government moved to cut the size of public gatherings sharply as it sought to come to grips with a second wave of the pandemic that has seen record daily numbers of new cases and growing pressure on hospitals.
    (Reuters, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (79), a career diplomat who became one of the country’s most prominent faces to the outside world during the uprising against President Bashar Assad, died.
    (AP, 11/16/20)
2020        Nov 16, Kurdish-led authorities released 120 Syrian families from one of the largest camps in northeastern Syria holding tens of thousands of women and children, many of them linked to the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 11/16/20)

2020        Nov 17, US Attorney General William Barr and Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said the US wanted to drop criminal charges against Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda so that he "may be investigated and, if appropriate, charged, under Mexican law". Cienfuegos had been accused of helping one of Mexico's drug cartels "operate with impunity" while using the Mexican military to hurt its rivals.
    (NBC News, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 17, The Food and Drug Administration authorized the first at-home coronavirus test. The test, developed by the California-based company Lucira Health, requires a prescription from a health care provider. People under the age of 14 also cannot perform the test on themselves. But with a relatively simple nasal swab, the test can return results in about half an hour, and is projected by the company to cost $50 or less.
    (NY Times, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 17, "Black Panther" actor Michael B. Jordan (33) was named People's magazine's 'sexiest man alive', the third Black actor in a row to be given the annual pop culture honor.
    (Reuters, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Drug stocks largely outperformed, a day after Warren Buffett's conglomerate, long underweight in the healthcare sector, revealed $5.7 billion of new investments in Abbvie Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc, whose vaccine has demonstrated effectiveness in late-stage studies against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/17/20)
2020         Nov 17, California to date had 1,048,394 cases of coronavirus and 18,317 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 133,697 cases and 1,892 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 11,342,495 with the death toll at 248,468.   
    (sfist.com, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker join other governors of Great Lakes states — Democrats and Republicans alike — in calling for help with testing, contact tracing and hospital staffing, in addition to more money for businesses, schools and the unemployed because of COVID-19.
    (AP, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (87), the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Iowa surpassed 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 11/18/20)(SFC, 11/18/20, p.A7)
2020        Nov 17, Amazon opened an online pharmacy that allows customers to order medication or prescription refills, and have them delivered to their front door.
    (SFC, 11/18/20, p.C2)
2020        Nov 17, Drugmaker Alkermes said the US Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, citing concerns related to a tablet coating process at its manufacturing site.
    (Reuters, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Mars, the company behind M&M’s and Snickers, said it is acquiring the maker of Kind bars, the snacks that celebrate their lack of artificial flavors and preservatives.
    (NY Times, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Quest Diagnostics Inc said the nationwide surge in coronavirus cases has led to a slight increase in turnaround time for its COVID-19 testing.
    (Reuters, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Twitter launched these ephemeral tweets, dubbed "fleets", after having tested the feature in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 17, German police said that they had three suspects in custody almost a year after what may have been the biggest jewel heist in history. Two more people were still being hunted in connection with the brazen theft of an estimated $1 billion worth of treasure from the Green Vault of Dresden Castle.
    (CBS News, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Authorities said bird flu has been found on another chicken farm in Germany and a program to slaughter up to 70,000 poultry is being prepared.
    (Reuters, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, German authorities seized 10.2 metric tons (11.2 tons) of water pipe tobacco they say was being smuggled into Berlin from the Mideast to avoid import taxes. A 35-year-old accused of being the ringleader is an alleged member of a known Berlin crime family.
    (AP, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 17, In Greece police detained several people and fired tear gas during scuffles in Athens as hundreds of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than three people to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973 student uprising against a military junta.
    (AP, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, In Iraq seven rockets struck Baghdad, four of them exploding inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to the US Embassy. The rockets killed a child and wounded five other civilians. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 17, Italy registered 32,191 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, up from 27,354 the day before. The health ministry also reported 731 COVID 19-related deaths, the highest daily toll since April 3.
    (Reuters, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, It was reported that Kenya's government has ordered an investigation into the theft and sale of babies following a BBC investigation into the black market trade. Police soon arrested three senior medical officers for allegedly running a child-trafficking syndicate following a BBC investigation into the theft and sale of babies.
    (BBC, 11/17/20)(BBC, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 17, Palestinian officials said the PA would restore all cooperation with Israel, including security coordination, and that meetings would be held in the coming days to facilitate the tax transfers.
    (AP, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, In Somalia five people were killed when a suicide buyer detonated an explosives belt near the police academy in Mogadishu.
    (SFC, 11/18/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 17, South Korea said it will impose stricter social distancing rules for the greater Seoul area a month after easing them. Officials warned of an even bigger crisis if anti-COVID-19 efforts fail to dampen a spike in new cases.
    (Reuters, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, Turkey’s parliament granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government permission to deploy peacekeepers to Azerbaijan to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia that aims to end the conflict in the region.
    (AP, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, The UN said that thousands of people were fleeing northern Ethiopia's conflict-torn Tigray region and the border area with Sudan now faced a full-blown refugee emergency.
    (AFP, 11/17/20)
2020        Nov 17, It was reported that fierce fighting in southern Yemen between Emirati-backed separatists and the country’s internationally recognized government killed nearly 50 fighters this week on both sides.
    (AP, 11/17/20)

2020        Nov 18, A US federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, The United States hit Iran with new sanctions, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the case that undoing the actions of the Trump administration would be foolish and dangerous. The Treasury and State departments announced they had targeted Iran's leading Mostazafan Foundation and numerous of its affiliates for human rights violations. Also targeted was Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, who it said “played a central role in the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses against Iranian citizens."
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, President Donald Trump's campaign said it has paid $3 million for a recount of two heavily Democratic Wisconsin counties, saying that they were the sight of the “worst irregularities" although no evidence of wrongdoing has been presented and state elections officials have said there was none.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, The US Senate confirmed James Story of South Carolina as the new ambassador to Venezuela. He will work from Colombia as Venezuela endures an economic and political crisis.
    (SFC, 11/20/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 18, The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan to allow a growing number of wireless devices to use part of a spectrum previously set aside for automakers to develop methods for vehicles to communicate with each other, a decision that the Transportation Department warned could result in "thousands of accidents".
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, A US federal judge granted the Justice Department's request to drop criminal charges against Mexico's former defense secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who had been accused of helping one of Mexico's drug cartels "operate with impunity" while using the Mexican military to hurt its rivals.
    (NBC News, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, The Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max to fly again. The plane had been grounded for 20 months after two fatal crashes.
    (NY Times, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 18, Charles Yu won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel “Interior Chinatown." Les Payne and Tamara Payne won the nonfiction prize for their Malcolm X biography, “The Dead Are Arising".
    (NY Times, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, A Northern California jury deliberated just 2½ hours before convicting serial rapist Roy Waller (60), aka the NorCal Rapist, on all 46 charges, bringing him to justice for a series of terrifying home attacks between 1991 and 2006.
    (NBC News, 11/19/20)
2020         Nov 18, California to date had 1,059,076 cases of coronavirus and 18,359 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 134,753 cases and 1,901 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 11,517,455 with the death toll at 250,426.   
    (sfist.com, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, It was reported that Colorado investigators were searching for Andre Baroz (26), a felon nicknamed "Psycho," in connection with the discovery of three human bodies on two rural properties near the state's New Mexico border. Baroz was arrested the next day at a motel in Gallup, NM.
    (Independent, 11/18/20)(SFC, 11/21/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 18, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, in a painful about-face for one of the first big US school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, The University of Michigan said it will pay $9.25 million to eight women who reported emotional or sexual abuse by Martin Philbert, a man who became the school's chief academic officer. Philbert was fired in March, weeks after being put on leave by President Mark Schlissel. He quit as a faculty member in June.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota ordered all restaurants, bars, fitness centers and entertainment venues closed, and all youth sports canceled, for four weeks.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 18, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, in a painful about-face for one of the first big US school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, New York's Department of Financial Services announced that the National Rifle Association has agreed to a five-year ban on doing insurance business in New York state and will pay a $2.5 million civil fine to settle charges it offered insurance to members without a license and concealed how it routinely kept some premiums for itself.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, A Utah Department of Public Safety showed a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock. It disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 18, Former Army Green Beret Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins (45) of Gainesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to a charge under the federal Espionage Act at a hearing in US District Court in Alexandria. Debbins, a Minnesota native, had a 15-year relationship with Russian intelligence, dating back to 1996 when he was an ROTC student at the University of Minnesota.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, It was reported that Apple will pay $113 million to settle the latest case alleging the trend-setting company duped consumers by deliberately slowing down older iPhones to help extend the life of their batteries.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a New York state judge to pay $120 million, reduced from $325 million, in damages to a Brooklyn woman and her husband, after she blamed her cancer on asbestos exposure from using the company's baby powder.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 18, US drugmaker Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE released final late-stage trial data that showed their shot was 95% effective at stopping COVID-19, the highest efficacy rate so far.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Group video chat app Houseparty said that it has partnered with popular video game "Fortnite" to let friends video chat while playing the game, as people seek various sources of entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Australia’s military said Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan over an 11-year period (2005-2016). It is a rare public accounting of abuses in distant war zones. Commanders had ordered junior soldiers to execute prisoners so they could record their first “kill." Adolescents, farmers and other noncombatants were shot dead in circumstances clearly outside the heat of battle.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, South Australia declared a six-day lockdown to stamp out what the state premier described as a highly contagious outbreak of the coronavirus disease that officials linked to a returned traveler from Britain.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, In Bosnia several hundred people rallied in a suburb of Sarajevo demanding that authorities move migrants from the streets and into camps following a fight and stabbing that killed a local man and wounded two others.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, RSA Insurance, one of the UK's oldest insurance companies, agreed to a takeover by Canadian and Danish buyers in a cash deal that values it at 7.2 billion pounds ($9.4 billion).
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of its 11th Ebola outbreak in the Equateur province as health authorities looked to apply lessons from the successful response to the fight against COVID-19 in Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)(SFC, 11/19/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 18, The Czech Republic, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, reported 5,515 new cases. The health ministry also reported 66 new deaths, which including revisions for previous days, took the total to 6,740. The country of 10.7 million has reported 475,284 cases of the novel coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, It was reported that Ethiopia has issued arrest warrants for 76 army officers accused of being linked to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). PM Abiy Ahmed said that his army is advancing on Tigray's capital, Mekelle.
    (BBC, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, In Ethiopia Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) leader Debretsion Gebremichael said his forces were inflicting "heavy defeats on all fronts against the forces that came to attack us". He called on all Tigrayans including children to mobilize and join the "struggle".
    (BBC, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, The European Commission recommended the use of rapid COVID-19 antigen tests mostly on people already showing symptoms because it said the kits were deemed less accurate in detecting the virus in asymptomatic cases.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, In Germany several thousand people banging saucepans and blowing whistles gathered in central Berlin to protest against Angela Merkel's plans to give her government powers to enforce restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Police fired water cannons as the crowd refused to war masks and maintain social distancing.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)(SFC, 11/19/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 18, Hong Kong police arrested three former opposition lawmakers for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago.
    (SFC, 11/19/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 18, Iraqi officials said the Arar crossing to Saudi Arabia, the main border crossing for trade between the two nations, has been reopened after three decades of closure.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Israel said its warplanes hit multiple targets in Syria overnight, including a secret facility in Damascus. Syrian state media reported that the airstrikes left three Syrian soldiers dead and a fourth wounded.
    (The Week, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Italy registered 34,283 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, up from 32,191 the day before. The health ministry also reported 753 COVID 19-related deaths, the highest daily tally since April 3.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Coronavirus infections in Tokyo hit a record daily high of 493 cases, as local media reported the Japanese capital was preparing to raise its alert level for infections to the highest of four stages.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, In Malawi fugitive Pastor Shepherd Bushiri and his wife surrendered to police after South Africa issued a warrant of arrest against him for skipping bail and fleeing home.
    (BBC, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Malaysia said it has signed an agreement with China to cooperate on the development of a safe and efficacious vaccine, as part of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, In Nicaragua the death toll from Hurricane Iota rose to 16 people.
    (SFC, 11/19/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 18, In Northern Ireland police arrested a man (65) in connection with the Nov. 21, 1974, bombings of two pubs that killed 21 people and injured more than 200 in Birmingham, England.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Poland reported a record 603 new coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, but a senior official expressed optimism over a fall in new infections since restrictions were tightened.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Russia reported a new record daily high of 456 coronavirus-related deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, It was reported that the Rwandan diaspora faced pledging loyalty oaths to the governing party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).
    (BBC, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, South Korea reported 313 new daily COVID-19 cases, the highest number since August, as cluster infections continued to emerge from offices, medical facilities and small gatherings, prompting authorities to tighten social distancing rules.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, Sweden said it has culled 3,200 turkeys after finding bird flu, effectively bringing to a halt the country's poultry exports to markets outside the EU for at least three months.
    (Reuters, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, The United Nations humanitarian office said it is releasing $100 million in emergency funding to seven countries at risk of famine in Africa and the Middle East amid conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement overnight said $80 million of the money will go to Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. Another $20 million has been set aside for "anticipatory action to fight hunger in Ethiopia.
    (AP, 11/18/20)
2020        Nov 18, It was reported that Zimbabwean authorities have closed a boarding school in the west of the country after at least 100 students tested positive for coronavirus. Zimbabwe has so far recorded 8,945 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 260 deaths.
    (AP, 11/18/20)

2020        Nov 19, The United States slapped sanctions on two companies it accused of being involved in exporting forced labor from North Korea and warned countries still using workers from the country to send them home.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Steven Mnuchin, the US Treasury secretary, said he did not plan to extend several emergency loan programs that are set to expire at the end of the year. The Federal Reserve said it preferred that the programs continue.
    (NY Times, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, The US Justice Department executed Orlando Cordia Hall late today for his role in the 1994 kidnapping and killing of a 16-year-old girl, after the Supreme Court cleared the way earlier in the night. His execution, by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., was the eighth by the Trump administration since this summer.
    (NY Times, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 19, The director of the Census Bureau said that irregularities have been found during the numbers-crunching phase of the 2020 census, a development that jeopardizes the statistical agency’s ability to meet a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats.
    (AP, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, US District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington blocked the federal Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year after her attorneys contracted the coronavirus visiting her in prison. She was scheduled to be put to death on Dec. 8 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004, using a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then using a kitchen knife to cut the baby girl from the womb, authorities said.
    (AP, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli (57) reported to prison to begin serving his 5-month sentence for bribing his daughters' way into college. Hi wife, Lori Loughlin, began serving her -2-month term last month.
    (SFC, 11/20/20, p.A5)
020        Nov 19, Omaha police killed Kenneth Jones (35) late today while responding to a traffic stop. People gathered outside police headquarters on the next two nights to protest the killing.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 19, In Ohio Alexander Sittenfeld (36), the front-runner to be Cincinnati’s next mayor, was arrested at home this week by federal agents for allegedly accepting $40,000 in bribes, casting his once-bright political future into doubt and further tainting a city council beset by corruption charges.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yxkfb5en)(NBC News, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 19, US grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland Co and French biotech company InnovaFeed announced plans to build the world's largest insect protein plant in Decatur, Illinois.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 19, The US Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use of Eli Lilly and Co's arthritis drug, baricitinib, in combination with Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir, to treat COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Tyson Foods Inc said it suspended employees without pay and hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an investigation in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges managers at an Iowa pork plant took bets on how many employees would catch COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, The US National Science Foundation announced that it will close the huge telescope at the renowned Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in a blow to scientists worldwide who depend on it to search for planets, asteroids and extraterrestrial life.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the 54-nation continent has seen more than 48,000 deaths from COVID-19. Its infections and deaths make up less than 4% of the global total. Africa has surpassed 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Asia-Pacific (APEC) leaders called for open and multilateral trade to support a global economy battered by the novel coronavirus, and some hoped for more engagement with the United States under a Joe Biden administration.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Belarus' nuclear power plant, which went out of service a few days after it started operating, resumed producing electricity at 40% capacity. Lithuanian authorities have said construction of the Russian-built and -financed plant was plagued by accidents, stolen materials and the mistreatment of workers.
    (AP, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, In Brazil a Black man died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the city of Porto Alegre on the eve of Black Consciousness Day observations, sparking outrage after videos of the incident circulated on social media. Carrefour soon released a statement lamenting the “brutal death" of João Alberto Silveira Freitas, and said it will end its contract with the security company, fire the store manager who was on duty and close the Porto Alegre store out of respect for the victim.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 19, The first 120,000 doses of CoronaVac, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech that is being tested in Brazil, arrived at São Paulo's international airport.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for his autobiographical novel “Shuggie Bain," the story of the lonely gay son of an alcoholic mother in 1980s Scotland.
    (NY Times, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 19, Egyptian security forces arrested Gasser Abdel Razek, a veteran human rights advocate and the EIPR executive director, from his home in Cairo. A day earlier, Karim Ennarah, the head of the group's criminal justice unit was arrested while on vacation in the Red Sea resort of Dahab in South Sinai. Ennarah’s arrest came three days after security forces in Cairo detained Mohamed Basheer, EIPR's administrative director. All three were released on Dec. 3.
    (AP, 11/20/20)(AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Nov 19, It was reported that Ethiopia's army chief has accused the head of the World Health Organization of procuring weapons for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which is fighting federal troops. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is Tigrayan and was health minister in a previous Ethiopian government, which was led by the TPLF.
    (BBC, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, In Ethiopia an IRC staff member was killed in Hitsats Refugee Camp in Shire, two days before government troops took control of the town.
    (BBC, 12/11/20)
2020        Nov 19, Greece said it will shut one border crossing with Albania and conduct rapid COVID-19 tests on all visitors at its land borders, as cases in northern Greece continue to rise unabated.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, India recorded 45,576 new cases of the coronavirus, taking total infections in the country to 8.96 million. Deaths rose by 585, with the total now at 131,578.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, In India-controlled Kashmir four suspected militants were killed and two Indian police officers were wounded in a gunfight on the outskirts of Jammu.
    (SFC, 11/20/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 19, Iranian media reported that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa banning male surgeons from performing cosmetic procedures on women.
    (The Telegraph, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Iran's death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak rose to 43,418, with 476 deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of infections reached 815,117. The health ministry said 13,223 new cases had been identified in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Italy registered 36,176 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. Italy has seen 47,870 COVID-19 fatalities since its outbreak emerged in February. It has also registered 1.309 million cases.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Tokyo raised its coronavirus alert to the highest level as its daily tally of new infections rose to a record 534 and its governor called for maximum caution as the year-end party season approaches. Japan's nationwide tally also hit a new high of 2,259.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in confirmed COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors.
    (AP, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Poland reported a new daily high of coronavirus-related deaths for the second day in a row, as fatalities mounted despite stabilizing numbers of new infections. The health ministry reported 23,975 new cases and 637 coronavirus-related deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Russia's COVID-19 case tally passed the 2 million mark as the number of daily deaths and infections hit new highs.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Maleilegaoi appealed for calm after her country reported its first positive test for the coronavirus. A 2nd test returned a negative result on a sailor who had flown in from New Zealand.
    (SFC, 11/20/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 19, Spain's health ministry lowered a price cap on health masks used to curb COVID-19 contagion to 0.62 euros ($0.73) per mask to take into account a cut in value-added tax announced this week.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, A trial's lead investigator said Roche's Actemra, aka tocilizumab, helped the sickest COVID-19 patients in a 303-patient study, bolstering what has been mixed evidence that the arthritis drug can be repurposed to help in the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)
2020        Nov 19, Uganda police said the death toll from protests over the latest arrest of opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine has risen to 16, as a second day of demonstrations continued in the country's worst unrest in a decade.
    (AP, 11/19/20)

2020        Nov 20, President-elect Joe Biden turned 78. He will enter office as the oldest president in the nation’s history.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, The US Justice Department announced that Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s, had completed his parole, freeing him to move to Israel. He was arrested in 1985 after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington and pleaded guilty.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 20, A US federal judge ruled against Michael Pack, the head of the agency that runs the Voice of America and other US-funded news outlets. He was accused of trying to turn it into a propaganda vehicle to promote President Donald Trump’s agenda.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 20, US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a trip to Israel. He announced a new policy allowing settlement products to be labeled "made in Israel" and a new initiative to combat the Palestinian-led international boycott movement.
    (SFC, 11/21/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 20, California authorities said they have dismantled the senior leadership of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood as part of a statewide takedown of the notorious prison gang and its associates in the Fresnecks street gang in Fresno County. Half of the suspects were arrested a day earlier in California and others remained at large.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, US officials arrested three Mexican nationals "suspected of trafficking huge quantities of illicit drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel" into southern California. The arrests included the seizure of $3.5 million in cash and a significant haul of cocaine, fentanyl and large-caliber ammunition.
    (CBS News, 11/25/20)
2020         Nov 20, California to date had 1,085,719 cases of coronavirus and 18,586 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 137,529 cases and 1,919 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 11,895,876 with the death toll at 254,297.   
    (sfist.com, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, In south Florida a divided federal appeals court (2-1) struck down laws that prohibited therapists from offering so-called conversion therapy to children struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) certified the state's presidential election results after a hand recount was completed. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) did the same, meaning Georgia's 16 electoral votes will go to President-elect Joe Biden.
    (The Week, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 20, Michigan's Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R), the two state GOP lawmakers who met with President Trump at the White House, issued a joint statement following the encounter that they "have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan" and, therefore, they will "follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors".
    (The Week, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 20, A federal appeals court ruled that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as well as prohibit the procedure if it's based on the race or gender of the fetus.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two men and wounding a third at a demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was released on a $2 million bond.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Asia Pacific leaders put aside differences over trade to endorse their first joint communique in three years, calling for free and predictable trade to help support a global economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), who included US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping, also said they would not resort to protectionist trade policies.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Azerbaijani forces entered the war-ravaged ghost town of Aghdam, regaining a once-beloved city over a quarter of a century after being driven out by Armenian forces.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Brazil surpassed 6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, becoming the third country in the world to pass that milestone after the United States and India. Brazil recorded 38,397 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 552 deaths from COVID-19. The official death toll has risen to 168,613.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, A British study reported that people who've had COVID-19 are highly unlikely to contract it again for at least six months after their first infection.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, It was reported that GHB, the club and party drug, is to be reclassified to increase the penalties to up to five years in jail for possession after British Government advisers uncovered a “concerning increase" in the harm it causes. Reynhard Sinaga, the UK's most prolific rapist, was jailed earlier this year for drugging and raping more than 40 men, with his trials hearing that he laced his victims' drinks with drugs like GBH to render them unconscious.
    (The Telegraph, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, It was reported that Burundi is no longer welcoming the UN special envoy to the East African nation, asserting that peace has been achieved after a deadly political crisis. The office had opened in 2016 in the wake of deadly political unrest around former President Pierre Nkurunziza’s ultimately successful decision to pursue another term.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, In China nine people were killed after a truck plowed into a funeral procession in Huabin County, Henan province.
    (SFC, 11/21/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 20, In Ethiopia the TPLF was accused of firing rockets into the city of Bahir Dar in the neighboring Amhara region. The Amhara government said there were no casualties and no damage caused. Aid agencies called for an immediate temporary ceasefire to allow aid to reach civilians affected by the fighting. Tigray's leader confirmed the losses of two towns but said it was a temporary setback and vowed to defeat the government.
    (BBC, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, It was reported that Germany will make it compulsory for most listed and cooperative companies to have at least one woman on their boards after representatives of the ruling conservative and Social Democrat (SPD) parties reached agreement on the long-sought measure.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Germany reported a record number of new coronavirus cases, upping the pressure on leaders of the country's 16 federal states to implement stricter restrictions favored by Chancellor Angela Merkel to tame a second wave before Christmas.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, German prosecutors said there is evidence of "cannibalism" in the killing of a 44-year-old man whose remains were found on the northern edge of Berlin earlier this month. A day earlier a 41-year-old high school teacher was arrested on suspicion of murder with sexual motives at his home close to the site where the victim's bones were found.
    (The Telegraph, 11/20/20)(Insider, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 20, Hong Kong reported a spike in daily coronavirus cases to 26, two days before an arrangement with Singapore to allow a limited number of passengers to fly both ways without having to go through quarantine kicks in.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, India crossed the grim milestone of 9 million coronavirus cases, with 45,882 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours. Deaths rose by 584, with the total now at 132,162.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Italy registered 37,242 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. The health ministry also reported 699 COVID 19-related deaths. Italy has seen 48,569 COVID-19 fatalities since its outbreak emerged in February.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Japan's Kagawa prefecture said it will cull 850,000 chickens at two poultry farms after the country detected a bird flu outbreak earlier this month. These will be the sixth and seventh cases of the avian flu in western Kagawa prefecture and the biggest culling to be done at one time since the country's first bird flu outbreak in more than two years was found in the poultry this month.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Portugal's parliament approved a 15-day extension of a state of emergency from next week to allow continuation of coronavirus measures as the government considers fresh steps.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Russia said it has sent troops to reinforce its border guards in Armenia and secure a peace settlement with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia planned to deploy a 2,000 strong peacekeeping force for the next 5-10 years.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.48)
2020        Nov 20, Russian authorities reported 24,318 new coronavirus infections and 461 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 35,311. Developers of Russia's second vaccine against COVID-19 said mass production would begin in 2021.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, The leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej (90), who often criticized Western policies toward Serbia and urged close relations with Slavic ally Russia, died after testing positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, It was reported that Swiss-based Novartis aims to boost its respiratory treatment portfolio with a $50 million deal for an off-the-shelf cell therapy from Australia-based Mesoblast that it hopes to deploy for COVID-19 patients as well as others suffering from respiratory distress.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Turkey's daily coronavirus death toll hit a record high 141, as the country introduced new nationwide curbs amid a surge in cases in recent weeks. Health Ministry data showed 435,273 total COVID-19 cases as the overall death toll rose to 12,084.
    (Reuters, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine (38) was released on bail after being charged with spreading coronavirus. Police said the death toll from protests over the arrest of Bobi Wine has risen to 37.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Ukraine reported 14,575 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours. Total cases climbed to 598,085, with 10,598 deaths. Ukraine said it hoped to receive 8 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the first half of next year.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, The United Nations refugee agency said about 32,000 people have fled Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region into neighboring Sudan, and it is preparing to take in up to 200,000 in the next six months if necessary.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 20, Jan Morris, British author, journalist and transgender movement leader, died in Wales. Her books included the best-selling memoir "Conundrum" (1974).
    (SSFC, 11/22/20, p.C7)

2020        Nov 21, The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for Regeneron's antibody cocktail, a treatment that was given to President Trump in October after he tested positive for COVID-19. Regeneron has received more than $500 million from the federal government to develop and manufacture the treatments.
    (Bloomberg, 11/21/20)(SFC, 11/23/20, p.A9)
2020         Nov 21, California to date had 1,098,195 cases of coronavirus and 18,670 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 138,699 cases and 1,927 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 12,051,253 with the death toll at 255,588.   
    (sfist.com, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying a US-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights.
    (SSFC, 11/22/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 21, The Trump campaign formally requested a recount in Georgia. The next recount is expected to begin next week.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, In Nebraska two employees were shot and killed in an attack at a fast food restaurant. Two others were wounded and officers responding to a report of a possible bomb inside a moving truck in the parking lot arrived to find the vehicle on fire. Roberto Carlos Silva Jr. (23), of Omaha, was booked into Sarpy County jail early the next day on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 21, US District Court Judge Matthew Brann threw out yet another lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign seeking to block the certification of the presidential election results in Pennsylvania.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, Guitar Center Inc, the largest US retailer of music instruments and equipment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as music lovers moved their shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, The G20 summit began virtually, with Saudi Arabia serving as host. The two-day meeting of the world's wealthiest nations focused on the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, Al-Qaida’s North African branch said it has appointed a new leader after confirming the death of its former chief, who was killed in June by French forces. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said that Yazid Mubarak, also known as Abu Ubaida Yusuf al-Annabi, is the new leader.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 21, In Afghanistan nearly two dozen rockets hit Kabul's heavily fortified Green Zone, where many embassies and international firms are based, reportedly killing at least eight civilians and wounding at least 31 others.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, Britain and Canada struck a continuity trade deal to maintain the flow of goods and services worth $27 billion between the two countries after Brexit, and vowed to deepen ties with talks on a bespoke agreement next year.
    (Reuters, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, In Burkina Faso an American citizen was shot outside of the Baba Sy military camp on the outskirts of Ouagadougou after trespassing and ignoring a warning shot by soldiers to stop advancing. The man died from gunshot wounds.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 21, President Xi Jinping said that China is ready to step up global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation, and called for better international coordination on policies to facilitate movement of people.
    (Reuters, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, Mainland China reported 17 new COVID-19 cases, up from 16 the previous day. China so far reported an accumulated total of 86,431 COVID-19 cases, with the official death toll at 4,634.
    (Reuters, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 21, The Czech Republic's recorded coronavirus fatalities reached 7,021.
    (Reuters, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, In France music producer, Michel Zecler, was violently arrested in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. videos showed officers repeatedly punching him, using a truncheon and tear gas against him for no apparent reason. Nine others who were recording music in the studio basement were also beaten. The officers involved in the case were soon suspended and charged with assault.
    (AP, 11/26/20)(SFC, 12/1/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 21, Protesters in Guatemala set fire to part of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala building, and participants in a student-led march set up a guillotine outside. The demonstrators had taken to the street in response to a controversial budget bill passed this week that will make cuts to health care, education, human rights programs, and the judiciary, while increasing lawmakers' stipends for meals and other expenses.
    (NY Times, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 21, Iran shuttered businesses and curtailed travel between its major cities, including the capital of Tehran, as it grapples with the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Mideast region. Iran's total number of confirmed cases has risen to above 840,000.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, Italy registered 34,767 new coronavirus infections in the space of 24 hours. The health ministry also reported 692 COVID-19-related deaths. Italy has suffered 49,261 deaths from COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February and has registered 1.38 million cases.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, It was reported that police in Kenya are investigating an "online cartel" that targets girls stuck at home because of coronavirus and lures them under false pretenses to what officers describe as orgies.
    (BBC, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, In Lebanon 69 inmates broke out of a prison in Baabda, a suburb of Beirut, after smashing their cell doors and attacking prison guards. Five of the escaped inmates died when a car they stole while fleeing crashed into a tree during an ensuing police chase.
    (AP, 11/21/20)
2020        Nov 21, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward Israel late today, setting off air-raid sirens in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 21, Sudan boycotted talks between Nile Valley countries over Ethiopia's controversial mega-dam, calling on the African Union to play a greater role in pushing forward the negotiations that have stalled for years.
    (AP, 11/20/20)
2020        Nov 21, Turkey reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus patients since the outbreak started. 5,532 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 symptoms in the previous 24 hours. The daily death toll from the coronavirus was 135, bringing the cumulative total to 12,219.
    (Reuters, 11/21/20)

2020        Nov 22, President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the US economy, not save the planet.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, The Trump administration officially withdrew from the Open Skies treaty. The decades-old, 34-nation pact was meant to reduce the chances of an accidental war by letting the participating countries conduct reconnaissance flights over allies' territory.
    (The Week, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 22, Trump campaign lawyers filed an appeal of a federal judge's decision to throw out Trump's effort to block the certification of Pennsylvania's election results.
    (The Week, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 22, The US Rhodes Scholars for 2021 were elected virtually this year for the first time as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe. Winners included 22 students of color. Ten are Black, which ties the record for the most Black students elected in a single year.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, Taylor Swift was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards and won two other trophies in a ceremony held live in Los Angeles amid tight coronavirus curbs.
    (Reuters, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, In San Jose, Ca., two people were fatally stabbed late today and others were wounded at the Grace Baptist Church, which was being used as a homeless shelter. A suspect was soon arrested.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020         Nov 22, California to date had 1,105,022 cases of coronavirus and 18,709 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 139,279 cases and 1,927 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 12,210,237 with the death toll at 256,671.   
    (sfist.com, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, Helen LaFrance (101), a self-taught artist whose vibrant and intimate “memory paintings" of scenes from her childhood in rural Kentucky brought her renown late in life, died at a nursing home in Mayfield, Ky.
    (NY Times, 12/8/20)
2020        Nov 22, Pat Quinn (37), a co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, died in Yonkers, NY. The Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $200 million for ALS research.
    (NY Times, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 22, G20 leaders vowed to ensure affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines as they wrapped up their annual summit.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, In Belarus demonstrations that attracted thousands were the 16th consecutive Sunday of large protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. More than 140 people were reported arrested and many of them beaten by police during the protests.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, Burkina Faso held president elections, although polls are closed in parts of the north and east because of fears of jihadist violence. President Roch Kaboré, who has governed Burkina Faso since 2015, is seeking a second term.
    (BBC, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, It was reported that Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, An Ethiopian military spokesman said that the government's troops are planning to surround the Tigray region's rebel-held capital city, Mekelle, with tanks and may shell the city to force surrender. PM Abiy Ahmed announced a 72-hour deadline for the region's fighters to surrender.
    (Reuters, 11/22/20)(BBC, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 22, The French agriculture ministry said mink infected with coronavirus have been found at a farm in the Eure-et-Loire region of western France, and 1,000 mink at the farm will be culled.
    (Reuters, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, In Honduras thousands of victims from hurricanes Eta and Iota have taken shelter under highway overpasses or bridges as shelters became overcrowded.
    (SFC, 11/23/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 22, Israeli aircraft struck multiple sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired earlier from the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly made an unprecedented clandestine visit to Saudi Arabia late today, fuelling speculation that the Gulf state might be the next to normalize relations with Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 22, Italy registered 28,337 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, down from 34,767 the day before. The health ministry also reported 562 COVID 19-related deaths, down from 692.
    (Reuters, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, Mexico's health ministry reported 9,187 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, only the third time it has recorded more than 9,000 new infections in a single day.
    (Reuters, 11/22/20)
2020        Nov 22, In Taiwan thousands of people marched in Taipei demanding the reversal of a decision to allow US pork imports with residues of ractopamine, a drug added to animal feed that promotes the growth of lean meat.
    (SFC, 11/23/20, p.A2)

2020        Nov 23, More than 100 former Republican national security officials demanded that party leaders denounce President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the presidential election, calling it a dangerous and anti-democratic assault on US institutions.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee who runs the agency in charge of presidential transitions, formally designated Joe Biden as the election’s apparent winner. Murphy’s move provides Biden with federal funds for his transition and authorizes Biden’s aides to begin working with Trump administration officials.
    (NY Times, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, Bruce Carver Boynton (83), a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides" of 1961, died.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020         Nov 23, California to date had 1,130,311 cases of coronavirus and 18,777 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 140,928 cases and 1,929 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 12,417,009 with the death toll at 257,657.   
    (sfist.com, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Florida confirmed 6,331 additional cases of COVID-19. 94 virus-related deaths brought the death toll to 18,085.
    (SFC, 11/25/20, p.A5)
2020        Nov 23, US federal prosecutors announced that more than 30 people were charged for their participation in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at a United States Coast Guard exam center in Louisiana.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Louisiana and Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics, reversing earlier decisions.
    (SFC, 11/24/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 23, The Emmy Rose, an 82-foot Maine fishing boat, sank off of Massachusetts with four people aboard.
    (SFC, 11/24/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 23, David Dinkins (93), a barber’s son who became New York City’s first Black mayor, died at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
    (NY Times, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, Oklahoma City officers fatally shot Stavian Rodriguez (15) who had tried to rob a convenience store at gunpoint. Rodriquez had dropped the weapon as ordered by officers before the shooting, but appeared to be reaching for perhaps another weapon when he was shot.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, In Oregon Robert Keegan (47) confronted Aidan Ellison (19) in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn in Ashland because of the volume of his music. Keegan was soon charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.
    (Insider, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 23, The Seattle City Council approved the city’s 2021 budget with reductions to the police budget by about 18%. This was not as much as activists sought amid mass demonstrations against police brutality over the summer.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, It was reported that Wales-based DST Innovations plans to build a new facility in West Virginia that is expected to create 1,000 new manufacturing and technology jobs.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, A US judge voided permits needed for a massive methanol plant on the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, agreeing with conservation groups that the project needs a more thorough environmental review.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, General Motors dropped its support for a Trump administration lawsuit challenging California’s stricter fuel economy rules. The company also signaled that it would work with Biden to reduce climate-warming emissions from cars and trucks.
    (NY Times, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, The top US infectious disease medical association said that Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir should be used for hospitalized COVID-19 patients despite a World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation last week against its use.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, It was reported that Merck & Co Inc has agreed to acquire drugmaker OncoImmune in a deal that will give it control of a drug that could help ease symptoms and reduce deaths in patients with severe or critical cases of COVID-19. Merck is paying $425 million for the private company, in addition to extra payments for regulatory milestones and sales.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Small launch firm Rocket Lab said it was able to safely recover from the ocean a rocket it sent to space, a key test of the company's strategy to slash rocket launch costs via reusability. California-based Rocket Lab's 16th mission to space using its Electron rocket took off on Nov. 19 from the company's New Zealand launch site, with its four-storey-tall booster stage returning back to Earth under parachutes for the first time instead of burning up in the atmosphere.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Australian scientists pushed to list the platypus as a vulnerable species after a report showed the habitat of the semi-aquatic native mammal had shrunk more than a fifth in the last 30 years.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, In Belarus over 2,000 retirees staged a protest in Minsk to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth terms in office in a disputed election.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, British-Swedish company AstraZeneca became the third major vaccine developer to announce promising results, saying that its coronavirus vaccine is 70.4 percent effective on average. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is expected to come with relatively simple storage requirements. AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine could be as much as 90% effective, giving the world's fight against the global pandemic a new weapon, cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.
    (NY Times, 11/23/20)(Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang said China's move to draft rules aimed at preventing monopolistic behavior by internet platforms is "timely and necessary".
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Ntabo Ntaberi, a former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was sentenced in Goma to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including mass rape.
    (BBC, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, In Paris, France, police officers were filmed tossing migrants out of tents while evacuating a makeshift camp on the Place de la Republique.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, A speedboat that appeared to have been smuggling migrants to the Greek island of Rhodes from nearby Turkey partially sank before reaching land, leaving one person dead.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Guatemala's Congress backed down on a federal budget that slashed social spending and drew angry protests.
    (SFC, 11/24/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 23, Hong Kong reported 73 new coronavirus cases as the government warned the epidemic in the densely populated city is rapidly worsening with silent transmission chains feared amid a rise in asymptomatic infections. Hong Kong has recorded 5,702 COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, India said it plans to put off the winter session of parliament due to the rising number of coronavirus infections. India recorded 44,059 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking its total to 9.14 million.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Indonesia surpassed more than half a million cases of the coronavirus, as hospitals across the country's most populated province edged closer towards capacity. Indonesia now has 502,110 infections and 16,002 deaths from COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Italy reported 630 COVID 19-related deaths, rising from 562 the day before and taking the official toll since its outbreak began in February to 50,453.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, In northern Lebanon a Syrian citizen allegedly shot dead a local man in a personal dispute. After the killing, church bells tolled and some residents went down to the streets demanding that all Syrian citizens be evicted.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, Libya’s rivals began a second round of talks on a mechanism to choose a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation of what’s considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage, for the Virgin of Guadalupe, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, It was reported that Roberto González Montes, the alleged leader of La Línea cartel, was arrested as part of a multi-agency investigation in the killing of a Mormon family in Mexico on November 4, 2019. He was arrested alongside other suspected cartel figures Eulalio Domínguez Alanís and Santiago Casavantes Radovich.
    (The Independent, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 23, In Poland police detained several people, including a photo reporter, as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again in Warsaw and elsewhere.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Russia reported a record 25,173 new coronavirus infections as the Kremlin said it was up to regional authorities to decide what measures needed to be imposed in their regions to curb its spread. The country's coronavirus task-force reported 361 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 36,540.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, In Saudi Arabia a cruise missile attack struck an oil facility in Jeddah. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility.
    (The Week, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, South Korea reported another daily rise of more than 200 new coronavirus cases, a day before tighter social distancing rules to blunt a third wave of infections take effect.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, In northern Syria clashes between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed opposition gunmen left at least 11 fighters dead in some of the most intense fighting in weeks. The clashes were reportedly triggered by an assault from Turkey-backed gunmen on SDF positions.
    (AP, 11/24/20)(SFC, 11/25/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 23, Turkey's daily coronavirus death toll reached a record 153, as citizens adapted to new nationwide curbs and weekend curfews following a rise in infections in recent weeks.
    (Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, The United Nations weather agency said a slowdown in industrial activity linked to the coronavirus pandemic has cut emissions of pollutants and heat-trapping greenhouse gases, but hasn't reduced their record levels in the atmosphere.
    (AP, 11/23/20)
2020        Nov 23, Uganda police said the death toll from last week’s protests over the arrest of opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine has risen to 45 with more than 800 people arrested.
    (AP, 11/24/20)

2020        Nov 24, According to court papers filed the US government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, The Dow Jones Industrial Average breached the 30,000-mark for the first time, as optimism that COVID-19 vaccines will open the way to economic recovery next year fueled Wall Street's rebound from a pandemic-driven crash this year.
    (Reuters, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Beyonce dominated nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards in a field that favored alternative artists over mainstream musicians, topped by a stunning snub for Canadian singer The Weeknd, who called the process "corrupt".
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 24, Fox News reached a settlement with the parents of Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee staff member who was killed in an apparent botched robbery. The network had falsely cast Rich’s 2016 death as a political conspiracy.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Purdue Pharma, owned and operated by the Sackler family while it pushed the painkilling opioid to addicts, formally admitted to the federal charges as part of a plea agreement signed in October.
    (NY Daily News, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 24, Local and federal prosecutors said California's system for paying unemployment benefits is so dysfunctional that the state approved more than $140 million for at least 20,000 prisoners.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020         Nov 24, California to date had 1,147,392 cases of coronavirus and 18,873 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 142,843 cases and 1,934 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 12,555,729 with the death toll at 259,477.   
    (sfist.com, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, It was reported that Illinois state officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home at the state-run LaSalle Veterans Home that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Democrat Joe Biden was certified as winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, In Tennessee a 12-year-old was behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck traveling on an interstate near Nashville when shots rang out early today. The driver and a 14-year-old passenger were killed, and two other teens were injured. Police said they believe a 16-year-old is responsible for the shooting, striking the driver and the 14-year-old in the backseat.
    (Charlotte Observer, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 24, The Montana ACLU announced a settlement against the US Customs and Border Protection agency for the detention in May, 2018, of two women for speaking Spanish while shopping at a convenience store in Havre.
    (SFC, 11/25/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 24, In Afghanistan roadside bombs killed at least 13 civilians and traffic policemen in Bamiyan province. The Taliban said they were not involved.
    (SFC, 11/25/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 24, Cambridge Univ. launched an appeal to find two valuable notebooks written by Charles Darwin that have been missing since 2000.
    (SFC, 11/25/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 24, At least eight people died after a migrant boat carrying more than 30 people hit rocks late today close to a small port on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 24, China's Chang'e 5 mission to the moon began as the four modules of the spacecraft blasted off atop a massive Long March-5Y rocket from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan island. The mission’s main task is to drill 2 meters (about 7 feet) into the moon’s surface and scoop up about 2 kg (4.4 pounds) of rocks and other debris.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, In Denmark a hacker attack against the country's biggest news agency called for a ransom to release locked data. Ritzau's CEO rejected the ransom demand.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 24, The EU, the US and other donors pledged billions of dollars in new funding for Afghanistan, hoping to salvage years of work aimed to foster peace and stability in the country and coax along uncertain peace talks between Taliban rebels and the Afghan government.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Italy reported 853 COVID 19-related deaths, soaring from 630 the day before and the highest daily toll since March 28.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Mexico's health ministry reported 10,794 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 813 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 1,060,152 and the death toll to 102,739.
    (Reuters, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Poland reported some 10,139 new COVID-19 cases and 540 related deaths as the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections passed 900,000.
    (Reuters, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Russia announced that its coronavirus vaccine was 95 per cent effective on par with two other leading vaccines - but the lack of full scientific data has left some questions unanswered. Financial backers and developers said Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine will cost under $20 per person on international markets and Moscow aims to produce more than a billion doses at home and abroad next year. Russian authorities reported a record 491 deaths linked to COVID-19 as well as 24,326 new infections.
    (AP, 11/24/20)(Reuters, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, It was reported that Russian authorities have carried out dozens of raids and detained several people as they pursue a new criminal case accusing the country's Jehovah's Witnesses of extremism.
    (CBS News, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, The acting head of a big Russian state fur company floated the idea of vaccinating minks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after millions of infected minks were destroyed in Denmark and cases of the disease were found elsewhere.
    (Reuters, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, It was reported that several policemen serving in the Russian drugs control department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Surgut, Siberia, have been arrested for allegedly selling a bad batch of a psychotropic drug that has killed several of their clients.
    (The Daily Beast, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Singapore has all but eradicated the virus after reporting 14 days without any new local cases today, and saying it had snuffed out the last cluster of infection at a worker dormitory.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 24, South Korean boy band BTS snagged the first ever Grammy nomination for a K-pop band, taking the worldwide sensation a step closer to winning the music award.
    (Reuters, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, In Sudan a head-on collision late today between a bus and a truck in West Kordofan province killed at least nine people and injured more than three dozen others.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 24, Swedish pharmaceuticals maker Recipharm said it had agreed a preliminary deal with Moderna Inc to fill and seal the packaging for the US drugmaker's new COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Syria's military said suspected Israeli warplanes struck locations south of the capital Damascus late today, causing only material damage.
    (AP, 11/24/20)
2020        Nov 24, Taiwan's Pres. Tsai Ing-wen inaugurated the production of domestically made submarines.
    (SFC, 11/25/20, p.A4)

2020        Nov 25, President Trump pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat.
    (NY Times, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, The US Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 vote, barred restrictions on religious services in New York that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had imposed. Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a decisive role.
    (NY Times, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 25, It was reported that the US will temporarily require visitors from Iran, Myanmar and a number of African nations to pay up to $15,000 in visa bonds in a new hardline immigration measure enacted late in Donald Trump's presidency. The rule takes effect December 24 for a duration of six months.
    (AFP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, most likely killing the project. Opponents of the mine said it would have irreversibly harmed salmon breeding grounds.
    (NY Times, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, The NASDAQ composite index hit a record high gaining 57.62 points to close at 12,094.40.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.C2)
2020        Nov 25, In Arizona hundreds of inmates at Eyman prison in Florence were involved in unrest that reportedly involved teargas and pepper spray being deployed against them.
    (The Guardian, 11/27/20)
2020         Nov 25, California to date had 1,154,031 cases of coronavirus and 18,919 deaths. The SF Bay Area had     144,148 cases and 1,941 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 12,759,949 with the death toll at 262,080.   
    (sfist.com, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, A statewide order by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly requiring facemasks went into effect. 62 counties joined the rule and 43 opted out.
    (SFC, 11/28/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 25, It was reported that the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation's largest tribal national park (444 acres) on a forested bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people. The new Ioway Tribal National Park will overlook a historic trading village where the Ioway people bartered for buffalo hides and pipestones with other tribes during the 13th to 15th centuries.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, James Wolfensohn (86), two-term president of the World Bank, died at his home in Manhattan. He had escaped a financially pinched Australian childhood to become a top Wall Street deal maker.
    (NY Times, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Pennsylvania will not allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol after 5 p.m. today, in an effort to dissuade gatherings on what is usually one of the busiest bar nights of the year.
    (NY Times, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, In Texas police shot and killed a man who fired on officers and set his trailer on fire in San Antonio.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 25, Tesla Inc issued two recalls covering about 9,500 vehicles for roof trim that may separate and bolts that may not have been properly tightened.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Diego Maradona (60), the Argentine soccer star with other worldly footwork, died of a heart attack in Tigre. He was ranked with Pelé among the best, and his ability to surprise and startle won over fans and even critics.
    (NY Times, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev vowed to rebuild and revive the Kalbajar region, the latest territory that Armenian forces have ceded in a truce that ended six weeks of intense fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Britain unveiled plans for more massive state spending despite soaring debt on coronavirus fallout, including pay rises for nurses to support the ravaged economy as the nation embarks on its post-Brexit future.
    (AFP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, AstraZeneca acknowledged a key mistake in the vaccine dosage received by some study participants, adding to questions about whether the vaccine’s apparently spectacular efficacy will hold up under additional testing.
    (NY Times, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 25, The Canadian Museum announced the winners of its national Nature Inspiration Awards for 2020. These annual awards, which began in 2014, recognize individuals, groups and organizations whose leadership, innovation and creativity connect Canadians with nature and the natural world.
    (Global Newswire, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden and expressed hope for “win-win cooperation" amid conflicts over trade, technology and security that have plunged Sino-American relations to their lowest level in decades.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, China's top diplomat told Japan's leader that Beijing wants the two Asian powers to have good relations and cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, but the two sides remained at odds over an island dispute.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, It was reported that an inventor in Egypt is trialing a remote-control robot which can test for COVID-19, take the temperature of patients, and warn them if they don't wear masks at a private hospital north of Cairo.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Germany's Cabinet approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military before a change of policy 20 years ago.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Germany reported a record 410 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 18,633 to 961,320. The reported death toll rose by a record 410 to 14,771.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, India's ruling Hindu BJP nationalist party approved legislation in Uttar Pradesh state that lays out a prison term for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The party describes such marriages as "love jihad," an unproven conspiracy theory used by its leaders and Hindu hard-line groups to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 25, Indonesian authorities arrested Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo as he arrived in Jakarta following a working visit to the US. He was suspected of taking bribes related to exports of lobster larvae.
    (SFC, 11/27/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 25, Iran released Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the British-Australian academic who has been detained in the country for over two years on espionage charges, in exchange for three Iranian prisoners who were being held abroad.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who police say tried to carry out a car-ramming attack at a West Bank checkpoint.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Italy reported 722 COVID 19-related deaths, down from 853 the day before, and 25,853 new infections.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Poland reported a new daily record of 674 coronavirus-related deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Poland said it will cull over 900,000 hens in a farm in the village of Wroniawy due to an outbreak of the H5N8 bird flu, which was discovered the previous evening.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Thousands of people in Russia's Far East region of Primorye remained without heating or electricity, as local authorities and emergency services wrestled with the consequences of an unprecedented ice storm that hit the region last week.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Russia reported a record 507 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its national death toll to 37,538 since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, A mine in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia's coast near Yemen exploded and damaged an oil tanker near Shuqaiq.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Scotland's Parliament passed legislation making sanitary products free to all girls and women. Scotland became the first country to make period products freely available.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.A3)
2020        Nov 25, A UN report said Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing.
    (AP, 11/25/20)
2020        Nov 25, Pope Francis called for global action to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
    (AP, 11/25/20)

2020        Nov 26, President Donald Trump said he will "certainly" leave the White House if the Electoral College, as expected, casts its votes for President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 14, formalizing his victory.
    (The Week, 11/27/20)
2020         Nov 26, California to date had 1,161,749 cases of coronavirus and 18,980 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 144,439 cases and 1,943 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 12,795,581 with the death toll at 262,446.   
    (sfist.com, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was confined to a single city block, only a snippet of its traditional 2.5-mile route. There were no high school bands, and about 130 balloon handlers instead of the usual 2,000.
    (NY Times, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, "Henri’s Armchair," a painting by famed Australian artist Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) sold at auction for A$6.25 million ($4.6 million), setting a new record in the country and underscoring the appeal of art investments amid the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 26, Britain defended swingeing cuts planned to its overseas aid budget after an outpouring of protests that it marks a life-threatening retreat on the government's ambitions to play a global role after Brexit.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Britain's 100-year-old charity hero Captain Tom Moore and motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton have topped GQ magazine's Men of the Year Awards at a virtual ceremony broadcast via GQ's YouTube channel.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said the company is likely to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, after questions over the results from its late-stage study.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s president, according to provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission. Kabore won with nearly 58% of the vote, beating 12 opponents.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, In Canada a one-year-old boy was fatally shot after Ontario police officers opened fire on a pick-up truck while investigating an alleged kidnapping incident.
    (Insider, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 26, In the Canary Islands Onalia Bueno, mayor of Mogán in Gran Canaria island, said the government should remove 3,471 migrants, including unaccompanied minors, from 10 hotels in her area by the year's end, when hoteliers' contracts expire, and take them to government facilities, including in the mainland.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Cuban officials raided a house where activists and artist were staging a sit-in to demand the release of rapper Dennis Solis, who had been sentenced to prison for insulting a police officer.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 26, The low-cost carrier FlyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv, the latest sign of the normalization deal taking hold between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed said he is launching the "final phase" of the army's operation in the northern region of Tigray after weeks of fighting. The TPLF party, which controls Mekelle, has vowed to keep fighting.
    (BBC, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, The European Space Agency said it is signing a 86 million-euro ($102 million) contract with ClearSpace SA, a Swiss start-up company, to bring a large piece of orbital trash back to Earth.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that France will again levy a special tax on Big Tech companies like Amazon and Facebook despite the threat of US retaliatory tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags and other goods.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germans will face restrictions on public life for the foreseeable future as the country tries to suppress the spread of the coronavirus and prevent the health system becoming overburdened.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Greece said it will extend its nationwide lockdown by a week until Dec. 7 as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the country.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Italy reported 822 COVID 19-related deaths, up from 722 the day before, and 29,003 new infections, up from 25,853.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Rebels in India-controled Kashmir killed two soldiers in an attack on the outskirts of Srinagar.
    (SFC, 11/27/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 26, Officials in Kenya arrested 21 people accused of attempting to use fake "Covid-free certificates" to travel from Kenya to the United Arab Emirates. This came after the UAE issued a visa ban on Kenyans, allegedly after visitors were found using forged certificates.
    (BBC, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 26, It was reported that feminist activists and crime victims have settled in after nearly three months of occupying the headquarters of Mexico's National Human Rights Commission. The women said they took over the building because the government has been slow to protect or support women who have suffered abuse.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a pharmaceutical plant in Siberia that will manufacture drugs to treat COVID-19. Russia reported a record high of 25,487 new coronavirus infections and 524 deaths in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, In South Korea the Seoul Central District Court found Cho Ju-bin (25) guilty of violating laws to protect minors from sexual abuse and of making a profit from producing and selling abusive footage. He had overseen a group of 38 accomplices who befriended and then blackmailed at least 74 women into sharing explicit videos that were then posted in pay-per-view internet chat rooms. Cho was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    (The Telegraph, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Sadiq al-Mahdi (84), Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, died of COVID-19 in a hospital in the UAE.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Thailand said it has transferred three Iranians involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot back to Tehran, as Iran released an Australian academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, A Turkish court sentenced several military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in a failed coup attempt in 2016.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Ukraine said it is seeking a $100 million loan from the World Bank to buy doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as the number of new infections in the country hit a daily record high. Ukraine has registered 677,189 coronavirus cases, with 11,717 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, United Nations experts said police and border guards must combat racial profiling and ensure that their use of "big data" collected via artificial intelligence does not reinforce biases against minorities.
    (Reuters, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, A Venezuelan judge found six American executives guilty, sentencing them to lengthy prison terms three years after they were arrested on corruption charges. The defendants are all employees of the Houston-based refining company Citgo.
    (The Week, 11/27/20)

2020        Nov 27, The Trump campaign suffered another legal defeat when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt to challenge a lower court loss. The original lawsuit, based on unfounded claims of voter fraud, sought to stop or reverse the certification of Pennsylvania's vote.
    (The Week, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 27, The Trump administration took a step toward rolling back protections for migratory birds and reducing penalties for companies that inadvertently kill them.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, The US Justice dept. amended its execution protocols allowing the government to conduct executions by lethal injectiuon or use any other manner prescribed by the law of the state in which sentence was imposed.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A16)
2020        Nov 27, President-elect Joe Biden picked up 257 votes in Wisconsin's Milwaukee County after the Trump campaign demanded a recount there. President Trump also picked up 125 votes, giving Biden a net gain of 132.
    (The Week, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 27, The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite closed at record highs when Wall Street shuttered early at the end of the holiday week, adding 0.2 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.
    (The Week, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 27, Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order as coronavirus cases surged out of control in the nation’s most populous county, banning most gatherings but stopping short of a full shutdown on retail stores and other non-essential businesses. The three-week “safer at home" order takes effect Nov. 30.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, In California a gunman shot and killed two teens at the Arden Fair Mall In Sacramento in the midst of Black Friday sales. On Nov. 30 Damario Beck (18) was held for the attack that killed Sa’Quan Reed-James (17) and Dewayne James Jr. (19).
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A12)(AP, 11/30/20)
2020         Nov 27, California to date had 1,171,604 cases of coronavirus and 19,035 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 146,691 cases and 1,956 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 13,072,584 with the death toll at 264,764.   
    (sfist.com, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, In Connecticut former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh (46) died of injuries from a house fire in New London. Hsieh had sold his LinkExchange online advertising network to Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million. Zappos began selling shoe online in 1999. Hsieh invested in the company in 2000 and became co-CEO.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A16)
2020        Nov 27, In Maryland the bodies of Timothy Eugene Francis (50) and Christina Lynn Francis (41) were found in their home. The veteran Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department detective was reportedly shot to death by his wife, who then killed herself. They had been married for three years.
    (TheGrio, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 27, A "Make Amazon Pay" campaign was launched on this annual Black Friday shopping bonanza by a coalition of over 50 organizations, with demands including improvements to working conditions and full tax transparency.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Nov 27, Biogen Inc said it will take a $650 million stake in Sage Therapeutics and pay $875 million in upfront payment as they jointly develop and sell treatments for depression and other neurological disorders.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said that he would not remain in the post he has held for more than 26 years if his country adopts a new constitution. However, Lukashenko did not describe the amendments he is seeking or give a timeline for when a new constitution might be adopted.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Belgium has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N5 bird flu on a poultry farm. The outbreak killed 600 birds and led to the destruction of the other 151,000 birds in the flock.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said North Korea authorized a state-sponsored cyber gang to pose as headhunters in an attempt to steal Britain's Covid-19 vaccine secrets.
    (The Telegraph, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Priti Patel, Secretary of State for Britain's Home Department, hit back at attempts by 82 black public figures to halt the deportation of up to 50 Jamaican criminals next week, saying she was "unapologetic" about removing people who posed a risk to the public.
    (The Telegraph, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 27, British scientists said anti-inflammatory colchicine will be tested as a possible COVID-19 treatment in one of the world's biggest trials, the latest effort to repurpose existing medicines to fight the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, The Danish Mayfly was selected by an international group of entomologists and others as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but it won't have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region but said he was willing to speak to representatives "operating legally" there during his meeting with three African Union special envoys trying to end the deadly conflict between federal troops and the region's forces.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, In Germany the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 22,806 to 1,006,394. The reported death toll rose by 426 to 15,586.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, In India thousands of angry farmers protesting new agricultural laws were allowed to enter New Delhi late today after they clashed with police who had blocked them at the outskirts of the city.
    (SFC, 11/28/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 27, It was reported that Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero will manufacture over 100 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine per year under the terms of a deal unveiled today between it and Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, In Indonesia suspected militants killed four people in Lemban Tongoa village in Central Sulawesi province.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 27, Iran said Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, one of its most prominent nuclear scientists, was assassinated in an attack on his car outside Tehran. Iran accused arch foe Israel of being behind the attack.
    (AFP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Iran announced that all government offices will effectively close and operate with only essential staff, further tightening coronavirus measures as the country struggles to contain its most widespread wave of infection yet. Iran again set a record for new virus cases in a single day with 14,051 cases, bringing the total to 922,397. The death toll reached 47,095, after 406 people died over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Thousands of Iraqis, most of them not wearing protective masks, took to the streets in Baghdad in a show of support for radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ahead of elections next year, stirring fears of a spike in coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Mexico's Health Ministry reported 12,081 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 631 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of infections to 1,090,675 and the death toll to 104,873.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, It was reported that Norwegian officials are asking the public for helping cleaning up and mapping “large amounts" of paraffin wax found at the entrance to the Oslo Fjord, a narrow inlet south of Norway’s capital.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Russia said it plans to vaccinate more than 400,000 military personnel against COVID-19, as authorities reported a record 27,543 new coronavirus cases.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, In Somalia a suicide bombing at an ice cream shop in Mogadishu killed at least seven people. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage.
    (AP, 11/27/20)
2020        Nov 27, Turkey's daily COVID-19 death toll hit a record high for a fifth consecutive day at 177. A new high of 29,845 coronavirus infections was recorded in the last of 24 hours. The total number of deaths stood at 13,191.
    (Reuters, 11/27/20)

2020         Nov 28, California to date had 1,185,632 cases of coronavirus and 19,035 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 148,953 cases and 1,962 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 13,155,569 with the death toll at 265,394.   
    (sfist.com, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, Alonzo “Lon" T. Adams II, the man who created the formula for Slim Jim beef jerky sticks, died in Raleigh, North Carolina, from complications of COVID-19.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Nov 28, The British government appointed a vaccines minister as it prepares to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus, potentially starting within days. Conservative lawmaker Nadhim Zahawi will oversee the country’s biggest vaccine program in decades.
    (AP, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, A new Anglo-French deal to prevent Channel migrant crossings was signed this evening, as France agreed to double police beach patrols but continued to resist taking back arrivals.
    (The Telegraph, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, David Prowse (85), the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, died in London. The champion weightlifter-turned-actor starred as the body, but not the voice, of one of cinema's best-known villains.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Prowse)(Reuters, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 28, In Cambodia seven people died and more than 130 were hospitalized after drinking adulterated rice wine at a funeral ceremony.
    (SFC, 12/2/20, p.A2)
2020        Nov 28, Cuban artist and intellectuals said that have won an unusual government vow of greater tolerance for independent art.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A8)
2020        Nov 28, In Ethiopia TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael said that Mekelle was under "heavy bombardment", and said that government forces had started an operation to capture it. Ethiopia's army chief of staff said the military has control of Mekele.
    (BBC, 11/28/20)(AP, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, France partially reopened following a month-long coronavirus lockdown.
    (Reuters, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, Thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict sharing images of police officers in France gathered across the country in protest. Officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters in the largely peaceful crowd.
    (AP, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, Greece announced limits on how much private medical facilities can charge for coronavirus tests. The caps would be 40 euros ($48) for PCR tests and 10 euros ($12) for rapid tests.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A10)
2020        Nov 28, In Hungary Szilard Demeter, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote an opinion article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 28, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to retaliate, a day after the dramatic assassination of the country's leading nuclear scientist in a roadside attack and pledged to continue Iran's nuclear work. Pres. Hassan Rouhani also said Iran will retaliate for the killing.
    (NBC News, 11/28/20)(Reuters, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, Iran reduced government offices to essential staff as total coronavirus infections rose to more than 935,000.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A10)
2020        Nov 28, In southern Iraq supporters of a firebrand Iraqi cleric shot dead five people in overnight clashes with anti-government protesters in Nasiriya.
    (AP, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, About 1,000 protesters gathered outside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem late today, pressing ahead with their months-long campaign demanding his resignation.
    (AP, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, In Mexico the bodies of French-Mexican restaurateur Baptiste Lormand (45) and business partner Luis Orozco were found bound in an empty car park south of Mexico City. The were reportedly murdered over a plot to steal five bottles of expensive wine.
    (The Independent, 12/2/20)
2020        Nov 28, Montenegro’s outgoing cabinet proclaimed the Serbian diplomat persona non grata, citing his “long and continuous meddling in the internal affairs of Montenegro."
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 28, In Nigeria attackers tied up agricultural laborers working in rice fields and slit their throats near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. More than 43 people were killed. About 15 women were kidnapped.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 28, Protesters marched in Warsaw and other Polish cities against an attempt to restrict abortion rights and the police violence that occurred in response to other recent protests over reproductive rights.
    (AP, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, Russia reported more than 27,000 new coronavirus cases raising its total to more than 2.2 million. Total deaths reached 38,676.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A10)
2020        Nov 28, The Sardinian town of Bitti was partially buried by mudslides after torrential rainfall. Two bodies were soon found and a 3rd was recovered the next day.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 28, In Ukraine the total number of novel coronavirus cases climbed to 709,701 as it registered a record daily tally of 16,294 new infections in the past 24 hours. 184 patients died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 12,093.
    (Reuters, 11/28/20)
2020        Nov 28, Pope Francis bestowed red hats on 11 of 13 new cardinals symbolizing they are now so-called princes of the church. Two of the new cardinals couldn’t make it to Rome because of pandemic travel complications. Francis immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 11/28/20)

2020         Nov 29, California to date had 1,207,881 cases of coronavirus and 19,149 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 150,379 cases and 1,962 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 13,383,320 with the death toll at 266,873.   
    (sfist.com, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, Kurt Phelps, a former New York-based Bank of America executive, was arrested and charged with bank bribery and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Federal prosecutors said he received tens of thousands of dollars at a time in cash bribes, in exchange for fraudulently helping a New Jersey firm get a line of credit at the bank.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 29, Police in the West Texas community of San Angelo fatally shot Adam Lee Mendez (38) early today after he approached officers with a knife during a domestic violence call. Mendez was taken to a hospital, where he died.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, In Afghanistan at least 34 people were killed in two separate suicide bombings that targeted a military base and a provincial chief. In eastern Ghazni province, 31 soldiers were killed and 24 others wounded when the attacker drove a military humvee full of explosives onto an army commando base before detonating the car bomb. Another suicide car bomber targeted the convoy of a provincial council chief in Zabul province, killing at least three people and wounding 21 others.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, Argentine authorities searched the home and offices of Diego Maradona’s doctor as part of an investigation into the soccer star’s death last week.
    (NY Times, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, In Belarus over 180 people were reported detained during protests across the country against authoritarian Pres. Alexander Lukashenko.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, Brazil completed municipal elections. Pres. Jair Bolsonaro suffered big losses with only five candidates he supported winning their races, none of them in major cities.
    (SFC, 12/1/20, p.A3)
2020        Nov 29, The British government said H5N8 bird flu has been found at a turkey farm in northern England. All 10,500 birds at the farm would be humanely culled to limit the spread of the disease.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, A Chinese factory owned by South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix Inc halted operations after a plant worker was found to have an asymptomatic infection of the novel coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, It was reported that El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of US-backed "Operation Regional Shield." Arrest warrants had been issued for 1,152 suspects of whom 572 were arrested in a week-long effort.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 29, In India protesting farmers rejected a government offer to hold talks if they end their blockade of key highways. The farmers have been protesting new agricultural laws they sau that could devastate crop prices.
    (SFC, 1/30/19, p.A4)
2020        Nov 29, Indonesia reported its record daily rise in coronavirus infections with 6,267 cases, bringing the total to 534,266. Total fatalities rose to 16,815 with 169 new coronavirus deaths.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, In Sri Lanka several inmates attempted to escape Mahara prison amid fears of the spread of the disease, with guards shooting and killing one prisoner and wounding several more.
    (The Telegraph, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 29, An air strike reportedly killed an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander and three others. Their vehicle was struck shortly after crossing into Syria with a load of weapons from Iraq. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman on Dec. 1 denied knowledge of the strike.
    (The Telegraph, 12/1/20)
2020        Nov 29, In Thailand pro-democracy activists took to Bangkok's streets again, this time to protest the army as they push forward with their campaign for sweeping reforms, including to the nation's monarchy. The protesters believe that the army undermines democracy in Thailand, and that King Maha Vajiralongkorn wields too much power and influence in what is supposed to be a democratic constitutional monarchy.
    (AP, 11/29/20)
2020        Nov 29, In Yemen artillery fire killed at least 11 civilians, including four children, near the strategic port city of Hodeida. Yemen's internationally recognized government blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels for the attack.
    (AP, 11/30/20)

2020        Nov 30, In Alaska a shooting spree north of Anchorage left four people dead. Malachi Maxon (18), just out of jail for assault, was soon charged with killing four members of his family, including two cousins ages 7 and 10.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Nov 30, Arizona and Wisconsin certified their presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden, even as President Donald Trump's legal team continued to dispute the results.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Phoenix police shot and killed ex-NFL player Ekom Udofia. Video footage showed officers deploying stun bags, pepper balls and a dog on Udofia after responding to a call that a man was acting erratically near traffic.
    (TheGrio, 12/15/20)
2020        Nov 30, In northeastern Arkansas two people were killed when a small airplane crashed in the town of Franklin.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Nov 30, San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission chief Harlan Kelly resigned after federal prosecutors charged him with accepting bribes in exchange for insider information on city contracts. Kelly is married to Naomi Kelly, who oversees more than two dozen city departments.
    (SFC, 12/1/20, p.A1)
2020         Nov 30, California to date had 1,211,705 cases of coronavirus and 19,160 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 152,899 cases and 1,963 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 13,529,961 with the death toll at 267,969.   
    (sfist.com, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, In Maryland public schools in Baltimore County were closed following a cyber attact that forced the district to cancel remote classes for its 115,000 students.
    (SFC, 12/1/20, p.A4)
2020        Nov 30, North Carolina man Timothy Dalton Vaughn (22), a member of the “Apophis Squad" hacker collective and involved in threats to dozens of school districts and other crimes, was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison.
    (NBC News, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Amgen Inc, UCB SA and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc launched a global trial to identify whether any of three different drugs can reduce the severity of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients by moderating the immune system's response to the disease.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Exxon Mobil Corp said it would write down the value of natural gas properties by $17 billion to $20 billion, its biggest ever impairment, and slash project spending next year to its lowest level in 15 years.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Moderna Inc applied for US and European emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Tesla Inc shares jumped 4% in extended trade after S&P Dow Jones Indices said it would add one of Wall Street's most valuable companies to the S&P 500 index all at once on Dec. 21.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Bitcoin hit a record high of $19,864, breaking its prior record set in Dec. 2017 as its 2020 rally powered on.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Algeria's energy minister said OPEC members have reached a consensus on the need to extend existing oil production cuts for three months from January and will work on convincing their allies in the wider OPEC+ group to support such a move.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, In southern Brazil some 30 bank robbers armed with “bazookas" took over the city of Criciúma, Santa Catarina state, late today setting cars on fire, starting gun fights with police and eventually leaving money strewn across the streets to encourage residents to run into the road – enabling their getaway.
    (The Independent, 12/1/20)
2020        Nov 30, A large-scale study of more than 100,000 volunteers showed that COVID-19 infections have fallen by 30% during England's month-long national lockdown and the virus is now in retreat.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Cambodian PM Hun Sen banned wedding parties and gatherings of more than 20 people, as authorities moved quickly to try to thwart a coronavirus outbreak after announcing rare cases of community transmission. Cambodia has just 323 cases so far and no deaths reported.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, In Ethiopia Debretsion Gebremichael, who leads the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said they are still fighting near the city of Mekelle, which was seized by government troops at the weekend. He called on PM Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness" and withdraw troops from the region and also said his fighters have retaken another key city.
    (BBC, 11/30/20)(AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Healthcare companies Sanofi and Regeneron said that their Dupixent product has won approval from the European Commission to treat children aged 6-11 suffering from severe atopic dermatitis, often known as eczema.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Iran’s defence minister vowed to double spending on the nuclear research organization once headed by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during a fiery speech at the funeral for the assassinated scientist described as Iran’s nuclear weapons guru.
    (The Telegraph, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Italy reported 672 coronavirus-related deaths, against 541 a day earlier, and 16,377 new infections, down from 20,648.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, In northern Mali the cities of Kidal, Gao and Menaka were hit by simultaneous attacks against military camps housing international forces.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Pakistani opposition supporters rallied in Multan, calling on PM Imran Khan to resign over alleged bad governance and incompetence. Police earlier in the day acknowledged arresting over 370 people, while opposition groups put the number at more than 1,800.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, It was reported that thousands of volunteers in Pakistan are being recruited to trial a vaccine from Chinese manufacturer CanSinoBio in return for sharing the finished drugs when they are available.
    (The Telegraph, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Russian authorities confirmed 26,338 new coronavirus cases taking the national total to 2,295,654 since the pandemic began. They also reported 368 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 39,895. Russia delivered the first known batch of Sputnik V vaccines for civilian use to a hospital just south of Moscow and began vaccinating the local population last week.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)   
2020        Nov 30, It was reported that Spanish authorities have dismantled a makeshift camp for migrant processing that for over three months was known as the “dock of shame" for holding thousands of Africans in squalor after they arrived in the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Sri Lankan special forces surrounded a prison in Colombo as eight prisoners died and the facility was set alight in rioting over an outbreak of coronavirus.
    (The Telegraph, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, In Switzerland delegations from Syria’s government, opposition and civil society began meeting in Geneva for the latest round of talks toward revising the war-battered country’s constitution.
    (AP, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Taiwan said it will restrict the number of Indonesian workers coming to the island from this week, following a spike in the number of coronavirus infections among migrant workers arriving from the southeast Asian country.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will impose curfews on weekdays and full lockdowns over weekends to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)
2020        Nov 30, Vietnam confirmed its first locally transmitted case of the coronavirus in nearly three months, after the infection of a man related to a flight attendant who had tested positive after returning from Japan two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 11/30/20)

2020        Nov, British mobile phone operator Vodafone said it would use a technology called Openran to replace some gear made by Hauwei, a Chinese firm whose products are considered to much of a security risk to be used in the new 5G mobile networks.
    (Econ., 11/7/20, p.16)

2020        Dec 1, The Trump campaign said it filed a petition challenging Wisconsin's results in the 2020 presidential election with the state's Supreme Court.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, US Court documents released today indicated that the Justice Department is investigating a bribery scheme that directed money to the White House or used political contributions in exchange for a presidential pardon. Pres. Donald Trump wrote late today that the “Pardon Investigation is Fake News", hours after federal court documents revealed his own Justice Department was investigating a possible scheme to lobby White House officials for presidential pardons.
    (CBS News, 12/2/20)(The Independent, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 1, Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had not uncovered any evidence of voter fraud that could have changed the outcome of the presidential race, contradicting President Trump’s false assertions.
    (NY Times, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 1, A US federal judge blocked a Trump administarion's planned restrictions on H-1B visas for skilled workers from foreign countries.
    (SFC, 12/2/20, p.C1)
2020        Dec 1, The US State Department accused China of "flagrant violation" of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea and said Washington would offer rewards of up to $5 million for information about sanctions evasions.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, A US analyst claimed that China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine.
    (The Telegraph, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Former Arizona politician Paul Petersen, who admitted running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands, was sentenced in Arkansas to six years in federal prison. It was the first of three punishments he’ll face for arranging adoptions prohibited by an international compact.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020         Dec 1, California to date had 1,233,439 cases of coronavirus and 19,228 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 154,443 cases and 1,971 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 13,706,356 with the death toll at 270,450.   
    (sfist.com, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Norman Abramson, pioneering electrical engineer, died at his home in San Francisco. During the late 1960s he spearheaded the development of AlohaNet, a broadcast network technology that is widely credited as being the foundation for wireless communication systems like cell phones and Wi-Fi.
    (SSFC, 12/13/20, p.C14)
2020        Dec 1, Authorities said the Roman Catholic Church has paid out $7.3 million to more than 70 people sexually abused during their youth by priests in Colorado parishes, settling claims dating back over two decades.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, In Louisiana an FBI agent was wounded, Ohio homicide suspect James Hawley (47) was killed and the woman he was accused of abducting was found safe following a shooting at a hotel In Pineville.
    (SFC, 12/3/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 1, Massachusetts lawmakers approved a major police reform bill in the wake of protests over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis that creates a new system for officer accountability, restricts no-knock warrants and bans chokeholds.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Salesforce said it plans to buy Slack, the maker of popular workplace chat software, for $27.7 billion. It’s part of a run of acquisitions by tech companies hoping to capitalize on the shift to remote work.
    (NY Times, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 1, It was reported that C2N Diagnostics of St. Louis has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzeimer's disease. The company is charging $1,250 and offers discounts based on income.
    (SFC, 12/1/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 1, Australia national science agency said a powerful new telescope in the outback has mapped vast areas of the universe in record-breaking time, revealing a million new galaxies and opening the way to new discoveries.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said the opposition will compile a register of law enforcement officers accused of abuses against peaceful demonstrators protesting the reelection of the country's authoritarian leader.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, The British government said a type of COVID-19 test that can be taken without the need for a nose or throat swab has been found to be highly effective in identifying infectious cases, including for people not showing symptoms. The RT-LAMP tests, made by privately-held British company OptiGene, have been studied in a pilot program in the southern English city of Southampton.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, AstraZeneca said it would sell rights to its erstwhile blockbuster cholesterol drug, Crestor, to German pharmaceutical company Gruenenthal GmbH for an upfront payment of $320 million as the British drugmaker focuses on its cancer treatments portfolio.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, China landed a robotic spacecraft on the moon to collect rocks and dirt. China would be the third nation to bring back lunar samples, after the US and the former Soviet Union. The spacecraft, Chang’e-5, was the third successful uncrewed moon landing by China since 2013.
    (NY Times, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, In Germany more than 180 police officers raided homes in three states early today after the government banned a far-right group. The homes of 11 members of the far-right group Wolfsbrigade 44, founded in 2016, were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia to confiscate the group's funds and far-right propaganda material. The 44 in their name stands for the fourth letter in the alphabet, DD, and is an abbreviation for Division Dirlewanger. Oskar Dirlewanger was a known Nazi war criminal and commander of a Nazi SS special unit.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, In Germany a car drove at high speed into a pedestrian zone in the city of Trier, killing five people and seriously more than a dozen others before being stopped by police. The driver (51) was arrested at the scene and the vehicle was impounded.
    (AP, 12/1/20)(AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 1, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged residents of the densely populated city to stay at home and avoid unnecessary family gatherings as the global financial hub scrambles to contain a new rise in COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Iran’s parliament approved a bill that would suspend UN inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all nuclear policies.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Global consumer goods giant Unilever said it was poised to try out a four-day working week for all its New Zealand employees. After 12 months, Unilever will assess the outcome of the move and look at how it could work for the rest of its 155,000 employees globally.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, It was reported that a new official biography of Kim Jong-un published to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s Workers’ Partyhas been criticized for major omissions, including that his mother is half-Japanese.
    (The Telegraph, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Russian authorities detained a long-wanted serial killer, known as the "Volga maniac," suspected of murdering at least 26 elderly women between 2011 and 2012. Radik Tagirov (38) was arrested in the city of Kazan. He was identified using DNA evidence and shoe prints obtained from the crime scenes.
    (CBS News, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, In South Africa a PowerBall lottery saw the numbers five, six, seven, eight and nine drawn, while the Powerball itself was 10. Some South Africans have alleged a scam and an investigation was under way.
    (BBC, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 1, South Korea’s parliament passed a new law to allow globally renowned pop stars to postpone their mandatory military service and avoid disrupting their careers at the height of their game.
    (The Telegraph, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Turkey's daily COVID-19 death toll hit a record high for a ninth consecutive day, with 190 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The number of new coronavirus cases, including asymptomatic ones, recorded over the past 24 hours stood at 30,110. Total deaths rose to 13,936.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, said thousands of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's conflict-hit northern region of Tigray have run out of food.
    (BBC, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, In her World AIDS Day message, UNAIDS executive director Winnie Byanyima lamented the fact that more than 12 million people are still waiting to get on HIV treatment, while 1.7 million people were infected with HIV in 2019 because of lack of access.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, The 193-member UN General Assembly urged all countries to designate seafarers and other marine personnel as key workers after travel restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 have left hundreds of thousands stranded at sea for months.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, The UN children’s agency said at least 11 children, including a 1-month-old, were killed in Yemen in two separate attacks in the past three days.
    (AP, 12/1/20)
2020        Dec 1, Vietnam reported two more coronavirus cases linked to a rare domestic infection in its commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City. The government urged public vigilance and tighter enforcement of health measures.
    (Reuters, 12/1/20)

2020        Dec 2, President Donald Trump stood before a White House lectern and delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election results that produced a win for Democrat Joe Biden, unspooling one misstatement after another to back his baseless claim that he really won. Trump called his address, released only on social media and delivered in front of no audience, perhaps "the most important speech" of his presidency.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, The US Transportation Dept. issued a final rule saying only dogs can be service animals on airlines, and companions used for emotional support don't count.
    (SFC, 12/3/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 2, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a shorter quarantine period of seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and 10 days without a test would work for individuals showing no symptoms after virus exposure, providing alternatives to the current 14-day standard. The US recorded its single worst daily death toll with at least 2,760 deaths due to COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)(SFC, 12/3/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 2, In Alaska six people were missing after a mudslide measuring an estimated two football fields across slammed into a neighborhood in the southeastern community of Haines.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned that the city was nearing "a devastating tipping point" and ordered residents to stay in their homes and avoid social gatherings in new lockdown measures to rein in a surge in COVID-19 infections.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020         Dec 2, California to date had 1,255,846 cases of coronavirus and 19,369 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 156,829 cases and 1,985 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 13,805,853 with the death toll at 273,181.   
    (sfist.com, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, In southern California a house fire in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon spread to dry brush by fierce winds. Some 25,000 people were ordered to flee their homes, although some evacuations orders were later lifted.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 2, Rafer Johnson (b.1934), the first Black captain of a US Olympic team (1960), died at his home in the Sherman Oaks, Ca. He is remembered especially for helping to wrestle the Sen, Robert F. Kennedy's assassin to the ground in Los Angeles in 1968.
    (NY Times, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 2, A US federal grand jury indicted Maryland attorney Jeremy Wyeth Schulman (45), on charges including wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. He reportedly engaged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $12.5 million in Somali government assets from financial institutions and was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a law firm that kept more than $3 million of the money.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 2, A US appeals court ruled that a federal judge wrongly blocked North Carolina's latest voter identification law. The decision improved the position of GOP lawmakers, who for years have sought IDs for voting.
    (SFC, 12/3/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 2, In North Carolina the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Police Department seized over 27 pounds of the opioid painkiller fentanyl, one of the largest seizures of the narcotic in the county’s history.
    (Charlotte Observer, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 2, Christopher Allen Whiteley (28) was last seen early today in Lipan, Texas. Whiteley’s body was found days later in a nearby wooded area after a search. A preliminary report found that he likely died of a mountain lion attack.
    (NBC News, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 2, Boeing Co's 737 MAX took off on its first public appearance with media onboard since being grounded over fatal crashes, as one of its biggest customers, American Airlines, seeks to prove it is safe for passengers.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Eli Lilly and Co said the US government has purchased 650,000 additional doses of its COVID-19 antibody drug for $812.5 million. Lilly's bamlanivimab is a treatment similar to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's COVID-19 antibody therapy that President Donald Trump received in October during his illness.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Belarusian media reported two cases of people jailed for flying a pre-Lukashenko national flag – a red horizontal strip between two white ones – from their balconies. The flag is seen as a symbol of nationalist opposition to Mr Lukashenko.
    (The Telegraph, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Britain approved Pfizer’s vaccine, making it the first Western country to allow mass inoculations against Covid-19.
    (NY Times, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Beijing and Moscow announced an expansion of their cooperation in space exploration and related technologies, boosting their alliance as the China-US rivalry continues.
    (South China Morning Post, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 2, Amnesty International said Egypt has embarked on a “horrifying execution spree", carrying out at least 57 death sentences in the past two months.
    (The Telegraph, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, In Egypt an apartment building collapsed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing at least six people.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Ethiopia and the UN agreed to allow aid into the country's conflict-torn Tigray region.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (94), president of France (1974-1981), died from Covid-19 at his family home in the Loir-et-Cher area of central France. During his 7-year term he allowed young people to vote from the age of 18, women to legally terminate unwanted pregnancies, divorce by mutual consent and new rights for people with disabilities.
    (AP, 12/2/20)(SFC, 12/4/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 2, A search and rescue operation was underway in the eastern Aegean Sea after a dinghy carrying migrants either sank or overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos. The body of one woman was recovered from the sea. Another woman was listed as missing.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Three prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to jail for a protest outside police headquarters as authorities stepped up a crackdown on opposition to tighten control by Beijing over the territory: Joshua Wong (13.5 months), Agnes Chow (10 months) and Ivan Lam (7 months).
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, In Hong Kong Jimmy Lai (73), the founder of Next Digital, which publishes Hong Kong’s best-selling tabloid, Apple Daily, was arrested late today. He was charged with fraud and denied bail until a court hearing in April. Senior executives Royston Chow and Wong Wai-keung were also arrested, but granted bail.
    (The Telegraph, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 2, India's daily coronavirus cases continued to stay below the 50,000 mark for the 25th straight day, with 36,604 new infections reported.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Iran's watchdog body approved a law that obliges the government to halt UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions are not eased in a month.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Israel transferred over $1 billion in taxes and customs duties it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority after a six-month hiatus in which the Palestinians had severed ties with Israel over its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Italy reported 684 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 785 a day earlier, and 20,709 new infections, compared with 19,350.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Lebanon's health ministry said 1,842 COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours. Recorded deaths due to COVID-19 total 1,055 in the country of 6 million, where healthcare is deteriorating.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 2, Mexico's health ministry reported 11,251 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 800 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,133,613 cases and 107,565 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, New Zealand promised its public sector would become carbon neutral by 2025 as it declared a climate emergency, a symbolic move that critics said needed to be backed with greater actions to reduce emissions.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, It was reported that suspected North Korean hackers have recently tried to break into at least nine health organizations, including pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and vaccine developer Novavax Inc, revealing a broader effort to target key players in the race to develop treatments for COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte issued an executive order granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to clear COVID-19 drugs and vaccine for emergency use.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, The number of coronavirus cases recorded in Poland passed 1 million as the government said it has agreed to buy 45 million vaccine doses, amidst a second wave of the pandemic that is proving more serious than the first. A further 13,855 coronavirus cases and 609 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 1,013,747 confirmed cases and 18,208 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “large-scale vaccination" campaign using the Russian Sputnik 5 vaccine as early as late next week. Developers, however, have yet to release full clinical data of their Phrase III trials.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Thailand’s highest court acquitted Prayuth Chan-ocha of breaching ethics clauses in the country’s constitution, allowing him to stay in his job.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered another urgent appeal to curb climate change highlighting new reports of 2020's record-breaking weather and growing fossil fuel extractions that trigger global warming.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, Officials said that the UN agency for Palestinian refugees paid the salaries of 30,000 Palestinian staff across the Middle East for last month, but a funding shortfall may still hinder payment in December.
    (Reuters, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world's most dangerous drugs, which could impact the global medical marijuana industry.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, The top UN official for Libya said there are at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries in the war-torn nation, and warned of a “serious crisis" as weapons continue pouring into the North African country.
    (AP, 12/2/20)
2020        Dec 2, The International Union for Conservation of Nature said climate change is increasingly damaging the UN’s most cherished heritage sites, reporting that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and dozens of other natural wonders are facing severe threats.
    (AP, 12/2/20)

2020        Dec 3, The US government stepped up a feud with Beijing over security by adding Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp. to a blacklist that limits access to American technology and investment.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Joe Biden said that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the nationwide mandate he's pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, US officials said the US is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad and temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, The US Supreme Court ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices' recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, The US Census Bureau said the data irregularities that are putting in jeopardy a year-end deadline for turning in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats affect only a tiny percentage of the records and are being resolved as quickly as possible.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Alaska's state official overseeing elections said personal data such as driver’s license numbers and birth dates for tens of thousands of Alaskans was breached in an online voter database. Election results were not compromised because the online registration and vote tabulation systems are not connected. He became aware of the breach on Oct. 27.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020         Dec 3, California to date had 1,255,846 cases of coronavirus and 19,369 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 156,829 cases and 1,985 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 14,023,237 with the death toll at 276,060.   
    (sfist.com, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, In Chicago Dwain Williams (65), a retired firefighter, was sot and killed as he exchanged gunfire with three youths in a carjacking attempt. On Dec. 16 police announced murder charges against a teen (15), saying he was known to authorities as a member of a “crew" that stole cars in the south suburbs. Dwain Johnson (18) was also soon charged in the botched carjacking.
    (Chicago Tribune, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 3, Nevada reported 48 new coronavirus deaths, marking its deadliest day since the onset of the pandemic.
    (SFC, 12/4/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 3, North Carolina reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,600 people testing positive.
    (SFC, 12/4/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 3, Researchers In the Pacific Northwest published a report that identified a toxic material from tire treads as the killer of as many as 90% of the coho salmon in parts of the Puget Sound.
    (SFC, 12/4/20, p.A1)
2020        Dec 3, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said Japan's Kaneka Corp has entered into a deal to manufacture its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Authorities in Bangladesh have begun relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char, an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Brazil's São Paulo's Butantan Institute biomedical center received 1 million doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd that is undergoing late-stage testing by the institute at 16 locations in Brazil.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, A London ceremony announced that this year's Global Teacher Prize has been awarded to Ranjitsinh Disale (32) for his work helping girls, most of then from poor tribal communities, at a village school in western India. Disale immediately announced he would share the $1 million prize money with the nine other finalists.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, In Britain four people died following an explosion at a waste water treatment plant near the southwest England city of Bristol.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, The UK became the fifth country to officially record more that 60,000 coronavirus-related deaths. 414 new deaths took the confirmed total to 60,013.
    (SFC, 12/4/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 3, Chile extended a state of catastrophe that allows for the control of movement of people through curfews and lockdowns.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Denmark's Parliament voted to end all oil and gas activities in the North Sea by 2050. The county had started its North Sea gas and oil extraction in 1972.
    (SFC, 12/5/20, p.A3)
2020        Dec 3, Some three hundred Ethiopian immigrants arrived to a festive ceremony at Israel’s international airport, as the government took a step toward carrying out its pledge to reunite hundreds of families split between the two countries.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, French drug maker Sanofi said it will announce the price of the potential COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline following the release of results from the Phase I/II clinical trials this month.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Authorities in Germany said about 29,000 chickens will be slaughtered after H5N8 bird flu was found on another poultry farm in the eastern area of Mecklenburgische Seenplatte.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Germany's Merck KGaA said it has agreed a three-year strategic research deal worth up to $6.8 billion with Artios Pharma Limited to develop up to eight potential drugs for cancer by targeting DNA repair mechanisms inside cells.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Hungary reported 182 new COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest daily toll since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This brought the total number of deaths to 5,324, while infections rose by 6,635 to 231,844.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Indonesia posted a record 8,369 new cases. Local news has run headlines of more regional hospitals reaching full capacity. In the last ten days Indonesia has posted four daily record high numbers.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Iran's Pres. Hassan Rouhani rejected a bill that would have suspended UN inspections and boosted uranium enrichment saying it was harmful to diplomatic efforts to ease US sanctions.
    (SFC, 12/3/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 3, Italy reported a record 993 coronavirus-related deaths, against 684 a day earlier, and 23,225 new infections, compared with 20,709.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said its last remaining foreign staff have left North Korea, the latest in a mass exodus of foreigners amid strict coronavirus lockdowns.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, South Korean drugmaker Daewoong Pharma said it had sought regulatory approval for Phase II trials of its anti-parasite niclosamide drug to treat COVID-19 patients, sending its shares up nearly 6%.
    (Reuters, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, Sudanese forces said Ethiopian forces have blocked people from the country’s embattled Tigray region from crossing into Sudan at the busiest border crossing point for refugees. More than 45,000 Ethiopians have fled into the remote area of Sudan.
    (AP, 12/3/20)
2020        Dec 3, UN agencies warned that the window to prevent a famine in war-torn Yemen is narrowing, with a new study showing that millions of people in the country will face some form of food crisis next year.
    (AP, 12/3/20)

2020        Dec 4, US Judge Nicholas Garaufis directed the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, which was designed during the Obama administration to protect younger undocumented immigrants from deportation.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, A US federal appeals court ruled that a lower court was wrong to bar the Trump administration from taking $3.6 billion from military construction projects for a border wall.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, The Pentagon announced that it will remove all troops from Somalia by Jan. 15, five days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said the suspension of federal student loans payments and accruing interest set to end on Dec. 31 will be extended another month as the pandemic presents financial challenges to borrowers.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to always wear masks indoors when they're not in their homes. It's the first time the CDC has made this recommendation.
    (The Week, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 4, Courts in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin ruled against President Trump and his allies in several lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election.
    (The Week, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 4, California certified its presidential election and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said she and political leaders across the Bay Area were imposing new lockdown orders and business restrictions in the face of a surge in COVID-19 infections.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020         Dec 4, California to date had 1,302,561 cases of coronavirus and 19,729 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 161,534 cases and 2,020 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 14,337,640 with the death toll at 278,594.   
    (sfist.com, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, David Lander (73), the actor best known for his role as Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling multiple sclerosis for many years.
    (The Week, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 4, In NYC fugitive Andre Sterling (35), who shot a Massachusetts state trooper in the hand during a traffic stop two weeks ago, was killed early today during a gunfight with US marshals in the Bronx that left two of the officers wounded.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, In Ohio a Franklin County sheriff's deputy shot and killed Casey Goodson (23), a black man. Goodson's family said he was shot three times in the back. Law enforcement alleged he was waving a gun, but the family said Goodson was only holding a sandwich from Subway.
    (Insider, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 4, Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co and insurer UnitedHealth Group said they have partnered to conduct a study of Lilly's COVID-19 antibody treatment bamlanivimab in high-risk Medicare patients.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Former Austrian finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser was sentenced to eight years in prison in the country’s biggest corruption trial since World War Two. He and two co-defendants were convicted of accepting kickbacks of €9.6m (£8.6m) for passing insider information on the privatization of public housing.
    (The Telegraph, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Three of Austria's nine provinces kicked off a national effort to test as much of the population as possible before Christmas, to limit infections when families meet.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, The island kingdom of Bahrain said it has become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Britain's government reported the highest daily number of new COVID cases since Nov. 26, after the number of new positive test reports rose to 16,298 from 14,879 the day before.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson (62) was arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a long-running police investigation into fraud in the city. Merseyside Police said five men had been arrested as part of an investigation into building and development contracts in Liverpool.
    (The Telegraph, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Hargobind Tahilramani (41) of Indonesia, suspected of being the "Con Queen of Hollywood", appeared in court in London. He was arrested last week and is alleged to have swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars out of hopeful actors. The US has made a provisional application for his extradition.
    (BBC, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, In China at least 18 coal miners were killed by high levels of carbon monoxide in the Diaoshidong mine in Chongqing.
    (SFC, 12/5/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 4, China's Clover Biopharmaceuticals said its two coronavirus vaccine candidates triggered strong immune responses in an early-stage human trial and appeared to be safe. The vaccine candidates, one containing an adjuvant from GlaxoSmithKline and the other from Dynavax, induced strong immune responses including neutralizing antibodies and cell-mediated immunity in a Phase 1 clinical trial.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, In France the latest case of H5N8 bird fly discovered at a farm of about 6,000 ducks due to be force-fed - a technique used to make foie gras - in the town of Benesse-Maremne, near the city of Biarritz and the Spanish border. France has already detected the H5N8 virus on birds sold in three pet stores.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 4, Luxury brand Gucci, owned by French group Kering, said it will give at least $500,000 to UNICEF to help supply and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable people around the world.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Veteran German diplomat Helga Schmid, a key behind-the-scenes negotiator of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, was named as the new administrative head of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Hungary reported 189 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest daily toll since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total death toll to 5,513.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, India's daily coronavirus cases rose by less than 40,000 for the fifth straight day, with 36,595 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, In Indonesia torrential rains in Medan, south Sumatra province, caused four rivers to overflow killing at least five people.
    (SFC, 12/5/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 4, It was reported that Iran has told the UN nuclear watchdog it plans to install three more cascades, or clusters, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its underground uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Israeli police arrested a Jewish man after he poured out a “flammable liquid" inside the Catholic Church of All Nations, built on the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane, in what they described as a "criminal" incident.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank killed Ali Abu Alia (13) in the Almugayer village, where the Palestinian youth was hit in the stomach and died later at a hospital.
    (AP, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 4, Italy reported 814 coronavirus-related deaths, against a record 993, and 24,099 new infections, up from 23,225 the day before.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga pledged a 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) fund to promote ecological businesses and innovation to achieve his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's office said Kazakhstan will start producing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the novel coronavirus this month and begin a mass vaccination campaign next year.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, Montenegro’s parliament voted to approve a new conservative, pro-Serb coalition government, which will succeed a pro-Western party that has ruled the small Balkan nation for almost three decades.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, In southern Nicaragua an unregulated gold mine collapsed killing two miners and trapping as many as 13 others.
    (SSFC, 12/6/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 4, In South Africa seven people were hospitalized after an early-morning explosion and fire at an oil refinery near the harbor in the city of Durban.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, South Korea's capital, Seoul, announced unprecedented restrictions shuttering most establishments and shops at 9 p.m. and cutting back public transportation operations by 30% in the evenings, as daily coronavirus cases hit a nine-month high. South Korea recorded 62 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours bringing its total to 36,332 and 536 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)(SFC, 12/5/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 4, Switzerland said it has approved an agreement to allow free movement of service workers between the country and Britain after Brexit.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, The UN said continued fighting in many parts of Ethiopia's Tigray region is hindering efforts to deliver aid.
    (BBC, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, The UN World Food Program (WFP) said Southern Madagascar is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.
    (AP, 12/4/20)
2020        Dec 4, The UN refugee agency said Rohingya refugees must be able to make free and informed decisions about relocating to Bangladesh's Bhashan Char island, as naval vessels began carrying some 1,600 towards the remote site.
    (Reuters, 12/4/20)

2020        Dec 5, Pres. Trump reportedly called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and requested that he call a special session of the state legislature to get lawmakers to override the presidential election results and appoint electors to vote for him instead of President-elect Joe Biden. Kemp reportedly declined. Trump flooded his first postelection political rally in Georgia with debunked conspiracy theories and audacious falsehoods as he claimed victory in an election he decisively lost.
    (AP, 12/5/20)(The Week, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 5, A US federal appeals court rejected a bid by a conservative lawyer to block President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Georgia and left in place procedures that will make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots in January when two Senate seats are up for grabs.
    (Reuters, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, In southern California more than 150 people were arrested and a juvenile sex trafficking victim was rescued after Los Angeles County authorities shut down a massive underground party.
    (NBC News, 12/9/20)
2020         Dec 5, California to date had 1,315,805 cases of coronavirus and 19,810 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 163,760 cases and 2,028 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 14,521,676 with the death toll at 280,634.   
    (sfist.com, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, It was reported that South Korea-based Kia is recalling nearly 295,000 vehicles in the US because the engines can stall or catch fire. Engine failure and fire problems with Hyundais and Kias have plagued the companies for more than five years.
    (AP, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, In Armenia tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched across Yerevan to push for the resignation of PM Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in southern England was closed to visitors after dozens of protesters staged a trespass against the British government's road-building plans, including a new tunnel near the World Heritage Site.
    (AP, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, Protests over a controversial French draft security bill that would make it illegal to film and identify police officers with malevolent intent took place again. 95 people were arrested and 67 police officers were reportedly injured.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 5, The Indian government and protesting farmers failed to break their deadlock in talks over new agricultural laws. Farmers continued to block key highways around New Delhi.
    (SSFC, 12/6/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 5, In India an unidentified infection began causing over 500 people to fall unconscious following seizures and nausea in Eluru Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 5, Iran's death toll from the global pandemic rose above 50,000, as the country grapples with the worst outbreak in the Middle East. over 12,150 new cases brought the total of confirmed cases to above 1,028,980.
    (AP, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, Kuwaitis elected a new parliament in an election that saw two-thirds of lawmakers and the country's only female legislator lose their seats.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 5, Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians erupted, at the funeral of a 13-year-old killed by Israeli gunfire a day earlier in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, Italian police arrest 19 suspects, dismantling what authoritie3s said was a criminal organization that moved migrants via Greece and Turkey to Italy and then into northern Europe.
    (SSFC, 12/6/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 5, It was reported that Colonel Malick Diaw, one of the key figures behind the August coup in Mali, has been chosen to lead the interim legislative body, the National Transition Council, despite concern over the military's continued influence in the country.
    (BBC, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, Russia launched its nationwide coronavirus immunization effort in Moscow, where thousands of workers in the city's health and education systems have signed up to receive the Sputnik V vaccine at 70 vaccinations facilities throughout the capital.
    (The Week, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, The MV Hasan, a cargo ship flagged out of Sierra Leone, was attacked while traveling past Yemen in the Gulf of Aden. It had been on its way to Salalah, Oman, and ended up off the small port city of Nishtun in Yemen's far east.
    (AP, 12/5/20)
2020        Dec 5, In Thailand thousands of monarchy loyalists greeted King Maha Vajiralongkorn as he led a birthday commemoration for his revered late father. In recent days at least 12 protest leaders have been charged with royal defamation under lese-majeste laws.
    (SSFC, 12/6/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 5, In southern Yemen Khalid al-Hameidi, a university professor and secular thinker, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Al-Hameidi was a harsh critic of religious extremism, and encouraged his students to organize and take part in mixed-gender cultural and artistic activities in Dhale University.
    (AP, 12/5/20)

2020        Dec 6, President Donald Trump said his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the latest in Trump's inner circle to contract the disease that is now surging across the US.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, President-elect Joe Biden chose California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his secretary of health and human services. If confirmed, Becerra would be the first Latino to run the department.
    (NY Times, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, warned that some governors and local officials were ignoring coronavirus mitigation efforts that are proven to work, putting residents in danger.
    (The Week, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 6, SpaceX launched a newer, bigger version of its Dragon supply ship to the Int'l. Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
    (SFC, 12/7/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 6, Individual US states scrambled to impose lockdowns to stem coronavirus spikes amid a lack of national leadership on how to curb infections until vaccines are widely available in the spring.
    (Reuters, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, A long-awaited report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that has been obtained by news organizations has found that the mysterious neurological symptoms American diplomats experienced in China and Cuba are consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy, making it the most likely cause behind the illnesses that first struck people working at the US embassy in Havana in 2016.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, California reported more than 25,000 new confirmed COVID-19 infections, the state's highest number since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations also hit a record high with more than 10,200. Tens of millions of Southern California and San Joaquin Valley residents will be under stay-at-home orders beginning this evening after intensive care units in the two state regions, which include Los Angeles and San Diego, fell below 15 percent capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    (The Week, 12/6/20)
2020         Dec 6, California to date had 1,351,199 cases of coronavirus and 19,938 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 166,764 cases and 2,028 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 14,610,367 with the death toll at 281,347.   
    (sfist.com, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, Former US Sen. Paul Sarbanes (87) died in Baltimore. He represented Maryland for 30 years in the Senate as a leader of financial regulatory reform and drafted the first article of impeachment against Republican President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal as a congressman.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 6, Japan retrieved a capsule of asteroid dust from Australia's remote outback after a six-year mission that may help uncover more about the origins of the planets and water. The capsule lit up on re-entry into the atmosphere early today and landed in the Woomera restricted area, about 460 km (285 miles) north of Adelaide.
    (Reuters, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, In Belarus more than 300 people were detained in Minsk, where crowds of people took to the streets for the 18th consecutive weekend, demanding the ouster of the country's authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, British negotiators arrived in Brussels for a last-ditch attempt to strike a Brexit trade deal with the European Union and avert a chaotic parting of ways at the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, An Egyptian court upheld a prosecutors’ decision to freeze the assets of Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammed Basheer, one of the country’s most prominent human rights groups. The EIPR rights workers were freed on Dec 3 after being arrested last month and slapped with terrorism-related charges.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, Ethiopian troops shot at and detained UN staff after they drove through check-points in the conflict-hit northern Tigray region. The UN team had reportedly ignored instructions not to be in the area.
    (BBC, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 6, It was reported that Bayer AG has struck a deal with Atara Biotherapeutics to jointly work on Atara's CAR-T cell anti-tumor treatments, as the German group firms up its commitment to build a specialist cell and gene therapy development platform.
    (Reuters, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, Indonesia's anti-corruption commission formally detained Juliari Batubara, the country's social affairs minister, after he surrendered in Jakarta to face charges of taking $1.2 million in bribes related to the government's COVID-19 aid distribution.
    (SFC, 12/7/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 6, In Japan Shoko Arai, the only female assembly member in the town of Kusatsu, was voted out of office in a recall election orchestrated by the mayor and other assembly members. Last November she had accused mayor Nobutada Kuroiva of forcing her into sexual relation in 2015.
    (SFC, 12/10/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 6, Thousands of Moldovans protested outside the parliament building in Chisinau demanding the resignation of the country’s Russia-backed government and a new election.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, Romania held elections.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 6, Russia reported a record daily increase of 29,039 new cases, taking the national total to 2,460,770 since the pandemic began, while the official national death toll rose to 43,141. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said his city wants to vaccinate up to seven million people.
    (Reuters, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, The main opposition party in Tanzania's semiautonomous Zanzibar archipelago announced it will join a coalition government with the islands' ruling party, after a disputed poll in October in which some of its supporters were allegedly killed and its leaders arrested.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, Uruguay's first socialist president, Tabaré Vásquez (80), a popular figure who was returned to office for a second term, died of cancer, a disease the oncologist dedicated much of his life to fighting.
    (AP, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 6, Venezuelans headed to the polls, with President Nicolás Maduro and his loyalists reportedly set to take back control of the National Assembly after the opposition won a majority of seats in 2015. Opposition supporters, many of whom are planning to boycott the voting booth, have called it fraudulent.
    (NY Times, 12/6/20)

2020        Dec 7, A US federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's attempts to ban TikTok, the latest legal defeat for the administration as it tries to wrest the popular app from its Chinese owners.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 7, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions on 14 high-level officials in China's legislature for the body's enforcement of a controversial national security law imposed on Hong Kong.
    (South China Morning Post, 12/8/20)(SFC, 12/9/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 7, A US judge rejected a bid to decertify President-elect Joe Biden's election victory in Michigan because of alleged irregularities and to have President Donald Trump declared the winner, the latest failed legal attack on the vote.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, A report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, said the US air pollution monitoring network has fallen into disrepair after years of budget cuts and neglect, leaving tens of millions of Americans vulnerable to undetected bad air quality from events like wildfires to industrial pollution.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, California compelled much of the state to close shop and stay at home, when some of the harshest coronavirus restrictions in the United States came into effect one day after the state set a record with more than 30,000 new COVID-19 cases.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Chuck Yeager (97), the first pilot to break the sound barrier and a central figure in the book “The Right Stuff," died in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 12/7/20)
2020         Dec 7, California to date had 1,351,199 cases of coronavirus and 19,882 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 170,707 cases and 2,039 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 14,949,299 with the death toll at 283,703.   
    (sfist.com, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Airbnb, the US home rental firm, said plans to sell 51.6 million shares at between $56 and $60 apiece later this week. It had earlier targeted a price range of between $44 and $50 per share for 51.9 million shares.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals said the US Food and Drug Administration had placed a clinical hold on patient enrollment and dosing in an early-stage trial of its cancer treatment, after the death of a patient. The company said the death was unrelated to the treatment, BPX-601, but that it would work with the FDA to resume the trial.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said it has dosed the first participant in a mid-stage clinical trial testing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, INO-4800.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Britain reported 14,718 new cases of COVID-19, down from 17,272 cases a day earlier. The United Kingdom has recorded a total of 1.738 million cases of the disease and 61,434 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Doug Scott (79), part of the first British team to climb Mount Everest in 1975, diedat his home in the Lake District in northern England.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 7, Chinese vaccine company Sinovac announced that it is planning to complete a new facility to double its annual vaccine production capacity to 600 million doses by the end of the year, while also securing a $500 million investment in a boost to its COVID-19 vaccine development efforts.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, It was reported that Congo’s Pres. Felix Tshisekedi has announced an end to the coalition between his party and that of former president Joseph Kabila. Kabila’s supporters make up a majority in Congo's legislature, which Tshisekedi threatened to dissolve if the crisis persists.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, An Egyptian court extended the detention of Patrick George Zaki (28), an activist and researcher who previously worked for one of the country’s most prominent rights groups. Zaki worked as a gender rights researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, or EIPR, which provides him legal representation.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged “disagreements" with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi over human rights, but said it will not prevent France from reaching economic and defense deals with the North African country, which has seen the heaviest crackdown on dissent in its modern history.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Ghana held elections. Eleven candidates were in the race to unseat President Nana Akufo-Addo (76), who is running for his second term. At least five people were killed and a dozen injured in violence related to the presidential and legislative elections. Days later official results showed that Mr Akufo-Addo obtained 51.6% of the vote, compared with 47.4% won by his main rival, ex-President John Mahama.
    (BBC, 12/7/20)(AP, 12/9/20)(BBC, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 7, Hong Kong authorities arrested 8 people in connection with an unauthorized protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus last month.
    (SFC, 12/8/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 7, A senior Indian health department official said one person has died and more than 400 have been hospitalized in Andhra Pradesh state due to an unidentified infection that caused many to fall unconscious following seizures and nausea. Authorities were investigating water supplies at 20 locations within the city of Eluru where the outbreak was first reported.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, In Indonesia six followers of divisive cleric Rizieq Shihab were shot and killed by police officers on the outskirts of Jakarta. The officers were tailing the men as part of an investigation.
    (SFC, 12/8/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 7, In northern Iraq protester Adham Suliman was shot and killed during a rally late today in Chamchamal, a town in northern Sulimaniyah province. For days, hundreds have been protesting in the streets of Sulimaniyah against two main Kurdish political blocs over public salary payment delays and perceived corruption. A total of eight protesters were killed in the areas of Chamchamal, Kefri Darbendikan, Khormal and Saidsadiq.
    (AP, 12/8/20)(AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 7, Japan's agriculture ministry said bird flu has been detected in a fifth Japanese prefecture, as a wave of infections at poultry farms sparks the Japan's worst outbreak in more than four years.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, seized the Mabrouka, a Turkish cargo vessel heading to the western town of Misrata. The Jamaica-flagged cargo vessel was let go days later after local authorities questioned its crew and had them pay a fine for violations of sailing rules in Libyan waters.
    (AP, 12/8/20)(AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 7, Romania's PM Ludovic Orban claimed victory in his country's Dec. 6 elections. With 95% of ballots counted, the populist, corruption-prone and fiscally reckless Social Democrat Party (PSD) had around 30% of the vote, with the reformist center-right National Liberal Party of PM Orban trailing them by about 5%. Only 33% of potential Romanian voters went to the polls. Orban resigned after voters delivered a nominal victory to the left-leaning, populist opposition party.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)(SFC, 12/8/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 7, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for expanded coronavirus testing and more thorough tracing as the country struggles to control its latest and largest wave of infections.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Swiss authorities said a 3,500-ton stockpile of munitions sitting in an underground depot in the Bernese Alps since World War II must be cleared for safety reasons, advancing toward a giant project that could cost billions and require the evacuation of local residents from their homes for a decade — though likely not before 2030.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Two UN agencies said that the removal of subsidies in Lebanon without guarantees to protect the vulnerable would amount to a social catastrophe.
    (Reuters, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, The UN General Assembly approved a resolution urging Russia to immediately withdraw all its military forces from Crimea “and end its temporary occupation of the territory of Ukraine without delay." The vote was 63-17 with 62 abstentions, close to the vote on a similar resolution adopted last year.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro declared victory after his allies swept congressional elections boycotted by the opposition and considered fraudulent by international critics.
    (AP, 12/7/20)
2020        Dec 7, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida militants targeted a checkpoint in southern Abyan province, killing at least six Yemeni troops.
    (AP, 12/8/20)

2020        Dec 8, The US imposed terrorism-related sanctions on Hasan Irlu, Iran's envoy in Yemen, Iran's Al-Mustafa International University and an Iran-based Pakistani citizen Yousef Ali Muraj.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, The Trump administration escalated steps to rein in North Korea’s efforts to evade international sanctions with new penalties.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, The US Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch request from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn the state’s election results.
    (NY Times, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, The US-based Watson Institute of Int'. and Public Affairs warned of a dramatic increase in air strikes by Afghan government forces in the third quarter resulting in a sharp rise in civilian casualties. 70 civilians were reported killed as compared to 86 for the first six months of the year.
    (SFC, 12/9/20, p.A2)
2020         Dec 8, California to date had 1,385,689 cases of coronavirus and 20,054 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 173,936 cases and 2,049 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 15,163,285 with the death toll at 286,232.   
    (sfist.com, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, The Supreme Court of Nevada rejected an appeal late today from President Donald Trump's campaign to overturn the election results in the state, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's win in one of the battleground states that gave him overall victory.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 8, Ohio's Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said that lethal injection is no longer an option for the state's executions, and lawmakers must choose a different method of capital punishment before any inmates can be put to death in the future. He said Ohio has an “unofficial moratorium" on capital punishment.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, An investigative panel looking into a pattern of violent crimes at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas says they found a command structure that was "permissive" of sexual assaults. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced 14 firings and suspensions among commanders and lower-level leaders as a result of an investigation into a pattern of sexual assault, harassment, suicides and murder at the post in Killeen, Texas.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)(CBS News, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 8, A Wisconsin fighter pilot died after a plane crashed during a training flight in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
    (SFC, 12/11/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 8, Documents released by US regulators confirmed that Pfizer's vaccine was strongly protective against COVID-19 and appeared safe, offering the world’s first detailed look at the evidence behind the shots.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, FireEye’s chief executive officer, Kevin Mandia, disclosed that his company’s servers had been hacked. FireEye is a go-to enterprise for governments and corporations bloodied by their own hacks, and rely on FireEye to defend or rescue them by identifying and blocking breaches.
    (Bloomberg, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 8, It was reported that Goldman Sachs Group Inc has signed a pact to buy out its China joint venture partner to make it the most advanced foreign bank to take full ownership of a mainland securities business.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, In Albania Klodian Rasha (25) was shot and killed by police after he reportedly ignored officers' calls to stop and ran away. One policeman was soon detained over the incident, pending an investigation. Protests followed the next day as hundreds of people clashed with police and tried to enter government buildings. Authorities said 16 police and two demonstrators were injured.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 8, Scientists in an annual assessment of the region said the Arctic continued its unwavering shift toward a new climate in 2020, as the effects of near-record warming surged across the region, shrinking ice and snow cover and fueling extreme wildfires.
    (NY Times, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, In Armenia crowds of protesters took to the streets of Yerevan, demanding the resignation of the country’s PM Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Britain became the first country in the world to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, initially making the shot available at 50 hospitals. The vaccine begins conferring some protection after the first shot and reaches full effectiveness about a week after the second shot, which follows the first after three weeks.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Peer-reviewed data published in The Lancet showed that AstraZeneca and Oxford University have more work to do to confirm whether their COVID-19 vaccine can be 90% effective, potentially slowing its eventual rollout in the fight against the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, China and Nepal jointly announced a new official height for Mount Everest, ending a discrepancy between the two nations. The new height of the world's highest peak is 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet).
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, The Egyptian military said forces have killed at least 40 militants over the past three months in raids and airstrikes against an Islamic insurgency in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, in clashes that also left at least six casualties among its troops.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France will build a new, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to replace its Charles de Gaulle carrier by 2038.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, German prosecutors said there is compelling evidence the German prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann killed her but it cannot be shared with the public. Christian Brückner (43), a convicted pedophile and rapist, was named as a suspect in the toddler’s disappearance in June.
    (The Telegraph, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, In Germany an official said authorities, churches and Jewish communities in the southern state of Bavaria have agreed that anti-Semitic statues and carvings dating back to the Middle Ages shouldn't be removed from churches.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Hong Kong said the city would once again ban dining in restaurants after 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) and close all gyms and beauty salons, to curb a rise in coronavirus cases in the densely packed financial hub.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Indonesia's state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma said late today that the efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac could not yet be determined, after previously saying that interim data showed 97% efficacy.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Iranian media reported that the Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty of Ruhollah Zam, a once-exiled journalist, over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests three years ago. Zam has another chance to appeal.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Myanmar has seen a spike in infections with total cases topping 100,000 this week and over 2,000 deaths, adding to pressure on a health system heavily dependent on volunteers.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, The Dutch public health institute reported a “worrying rise" in the number of coronavirus infections in the last week, as the government prepared to announce whether it will allow any relaxations over the Christmas holidays of its partial lockdown.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Netherlands-based biopharmaceutical firm Halix said AstraZeneca has signed an agreement with Halix B.V. for manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the British drugmaker and the University of Oxford.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Amnesty International charged that at least 10,000 civilians have died in Nigerian military custody since 2011 after being detained in connection with the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing Russia's national legislation precedence over international treaties and rulings from international bodies in cases when they conflict with the Russian constitution.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, A Senegalese court sentenced three fathers to a month in prison for paying smugglers to take their sons to Europe. One of the boys, Ousmane Faye (15), died at sea in October.
    (BBC, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, Spanish veterinary authorities said four lions at Barcelona Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, in only the second known case in which large felines have contracted coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, State-run media reported that Turkey has ordered the detention of 304 members of the military in an operation targeting the group that the government claims to be behind a 2016 coup attempt.
    (AP, 12/8/20)
2020        Dec 8, The UN said over 50 donors pledged $370 million to the UN fund to finance humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict, climate change, natural disasters, the coronavirus pandemic and gender-based violence.
    (AP, 12/8/20)

2020        Dec 9, US President Donald Trump issued a formal threat to veto congressional efforts to block his plans for $23 billion in military sales to the United Arab Emirates. US law requires congressional review of major arms deals, and lets senators force votes on resolutions of disapproval.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, President Donald Trump vowed to intervene in a long-shot lawsuit by the state of Texas filed at the US Supreme Court trying to throw out the voting results in four states he lost to President-elect Joe Biden as he seeks to undo the outcome of the election.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, The Trump administration said that it will allow migrants from six countries to extend their legal US residency under a temporary status for nine months while courts consider its effort to end the program.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, The US Senate fell short in trying to halt the Trump administration's proposed $23 billion arms sales to the United Arab Emirates, despite bipartisan objections to the package of F-35 fighter jets and drones stemming from a broader Middle East peace agreement.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Federal regulators and 46 states accused Facebook of illegally stifling competition by buying up rivals like Instagram and WhatsApp. Prosecutors called for Facebook to sell those services — and for restrictions on future deals.
    (NY Times, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 9, The United States' daily death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 3,000 for the first time, prompting pleas for Americans to scale back Christmas plans even with vaccines on the cusp of winning regulatory approval.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020         Dec 9, California to date had 1,421,089 cases of coronavirus and 20,273 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 177,593 cases and 2,058 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 15,371,953 with the death toll at 288,889.   
    (sfist.com, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, A federal judge in Maryland denied the Trump administration's request to reinstate a rule that would require women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that public health risks for patients only have grown worse.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 9, The speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Richard Hinch (71), died suddenly of Covid-19. Hinch recently attended an indoor meeting with his Republican colleagues where several members contracted the virus.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 9, The New York state pension fund committed to help curb climate change by transitioning its investments to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, making it the first pension fund to set the goal by that date.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas, but the 6 1/2-minute test flight ended in an explosive fireball at touchdown.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, The S&P 500 and the Dow scaled record highs as hopes of a working COVID-19 vaccine and fresh economic stimulus before the end of the year lifted demand for economically sensitive energy and financial shares.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Researchers said a poorly understood Triassic Period reptile group called lagerpetids, known from a few partial skeletons from the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Madagascar, appears to have been the evolutionary precursor to pterosaurs. Lagerpetids, first appearing about 237 million years ago, were generally small and may have been bipedal insect-eaters. They could not fly. Pterosaurs became Earth's first flying vertebrates, with birds and then bats appearing much later.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, In Armenia thousands of protesters converged on the parliament building in Yerevan to push for the resignation of the ex-Soviet nation's PM Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of the fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, In Brussels Vivendi's pay-TV arm Canal+ won its court fight against a deal between EU competition regulators and Paramount Pictures in which the US studio agreed to scrap movie-licensing deals with British pay-TV group Sky UK.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Brazil reported 53,453 more confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rate since mid-August, and 836 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Brazil’s Gol Airlines became the first in the world to return the Boeing 737 Max jetliners to its active fleet, using a 737 MAX 8 on a flight from Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Britain's medicine regulator has advised that people with a history of significant allergic reactions do not get Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine after two people reported adverse effects.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Canada approved its first COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for doses of the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE shots to be delivered and administered across the country.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, It was reported that the restored flagship of former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito is being converted in Croatia into a hotel and a museum devoted to its turbulent history, from banana boat to meeting place for world statesmen.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed shifted his focus away from war, opening a cross-border highway to Kenya at the opposite end of his country, while the United Nations voiced alarm over ongoing fighting in the northern Tigray region.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, France reported that the H5N8 bird flu has been detected at a second farm in the Landes region, as the disease continues to spread across Europe.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 9, Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics said the US-China trade war and a near-embargo on Huawei, one of its biggest clients, would slow growth and affect profitability even if demand rebounds after a COVID-afflicted year.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded tougher curbs to halt coronavirus infections, as the German death toll reached a daily record of nearly 600 people.
    (AFP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Indonesia reported 171 more deaths from the coronavirus, marking the Southeast Asian country's highest daily rise in fatalities and taking the total number of deaths to 18,171. Total number of infections rose to 592,900 with 6,058 new cases.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that US sanctions are making it difficult for Iran to purchase medicine and health supplies from abroad, including COVID-19 vaccines needed to contain the worst outbreak in the Middle East. Iran has reported more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus out of more than a million confirmed cases.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Iran said a number of people have been detained for involvement in the Nov. 27 assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
    (SFC, 12/10/20, p.A2)   
2020        Dec 9, The prime minister of Iraq's northern Kurdish-run region blamed the federal government in Baghdad for delaying crucial budget transfers as violent protests over salary payments left eight dead in the past week.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said she is closing a preliminary probe into allegations of killings and torture of Iraqi prisoners by British troops from 2003-2008 and will not open a full-scale investigation because UK authorities have investigated the allegations.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Israel received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines and a distributor predicted the country would have enough for about a quarter of the population by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Italy reported 499 coronavirus-related deaths against 634 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 12,756 from 14,842.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Mexican photojournalist Jaime Castaño Zacarías happened upon dead bodies with their hands bound in northern Zacatecas state, following a clash between drug cartels in the city of Jerez. When Castaño left the scene on a motorcycle, he was pursued by gunmen, who shot him dead.
    (The Guardian, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 9, Nearly 1,700 passengers on a Royal Caribbean 'cruise-to-nowhere' from Singapore remained confined in their cabins for more than 14 hours after a COVID-19 case was detected on board, forcing the ship back to port.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, South Africa recorded 6,700 new cases of the coronavirus. The country has reported a total of 828,598 cases, including 22,574 deaths.
    (SFC, 12/11/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 9, South Korea reported 590 deaths related to COVID-19 over the last 24 hours as well as 20,815 new daily infections.
    (SFC, 12/10/20, p.A7)
2020        Dec 9, In northeastern Spain a fire engulfed the abandoned industrial complex where he and over 100 African migrants lived in precarious conditions. At least three people were killed. Workers clearing the rubble soon found a 4th body.
    (AP, 12/10/20)(AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 9, Swiss drugmaker Roche said it is partnering with Moderna to include a COVID-19 antibody test in the mRNA specialist's ongoing vaccine trials, potentially demonstrating if the vaccine is working.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, Turkey ruled out buying the Russian coronavirus vaccine since its development lacked "good practice," as Ankara steps up efforts to inoculate 50 million citizens by spring.
    (AP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, The United Arab Emirates approved a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, citing preliminary data showing that it was 86 percent effective.
    (NY Times, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, The UN hit out at violence that erupted in DR Congo's parliament, pitting backers of President Felix Tshisekedi against supporters of his predecessor Joseph Kabila.
    (AFP, 12/9/20)
2020        Dec 9, A UN report showed that greenhouse gas emissions reached a new high last year, putting the world on track for an average temperature rise of 3 degrees Celsius.
    (Reuters, 12/9/20)

2020        Dec 10, US Pres. Donald Trump has announced that Morocco has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, as a part of a deal which sees the US recognize its claim over the disputed Western Sahara region.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The United States sanctioned alleged human rights abusers in Russia, Yemen and Haiti including Ramzan Kadyrov, who is the leader of Russia's Muslim-majority Chechnya region and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The Trump administration finalized a regulation that greatly restricts access to asylum in the United States, part of a last-minute immigration crackdown that incoming President-elect Joe Biden will likely try to reverse.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The Trump administration sold oil and gas leases on federal land in California for the first time in eight years despite widespread opposition to the auction in the Democratic state, including from its governor. Seven parcels covering 4,100 acres (16.6 square km) brought in just over $46,000 in high bids. All of the acreage sold with the average price per acre was $11.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it has begun the process of revoking China Telecom's authorization to operate in the United States as it took further steps to crack down on China's role in US telecommunications.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The US Supreme Court let three American Muslim men sue several FBI agents who they accused of placing them on the government's "no-fly list" for refusing to become informants, rejecting a challenge to the lawsuit by President Donald Trump's administration.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Time magazine named its 2020 person — in this case, people — of the year: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
    (NY Times, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 10, An FDA advisory panel voted in favor of Pfizer’s vaccine, clearing one of the final hurdles before the agency authorizes the drug. It is likely to do so within days.
    (NY Times, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Todd Gloria took office as San Diego's first openly gay mayor.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020         Dec 10, California to date had 1,452,878 cases of coronavirus and 20,468 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 180,495 cases and 2,076 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 15,586,978 with the death toll at 291,929.   
    (sfist.com, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, San Francisco-based Airbnb made its long-awaited debut on the public market. Shares traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol ABNB. Airbnb ended with a market capitalization of $101 billion. The company’s shares skyrocketed on their first day of trading, rising 113 percent above the initial public offering price of $68 to close at $144.71.
    (AP, 12/10/20)(NY Times, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, San Francisco-based startup Nesos raised $16.5 million to fund a medical device that it hopes can train parts of the brain to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The company's experimental device, which resembles a pair of wireless earbuds, uses electric fields to make changes, or 'hack' the brain.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, A US sailor (20) reportedly fell overboard from the USS Theodore Roosevelt off the coast of Southern California. search and rescue efforts for as Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Ethan Goolsby of San Antonio were called off on Dec. 12.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 10, In Indiana Brandon Bernard (40) was put to death for his part in a 1999 killing of a religious couple from Iowa after he and other teenage members of a street gang abducted and robbed Todd and Stacie Bagley in Texas. Bernard, who was 18 at the time of the killings, was a rare execution of a person who was in his teens when his crime was committed.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 10, Actress Carol Sutton (76), a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans, died from complications from COVID-19. She had built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy “Steel Magnolias" and the TV series “Queen Sugar".
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 10, Massachusetts’ highest court said Gov. Charlie Baker didn’t overstep his authority with orders to close businesses and limit gatherings to control the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, It was reported that the Minneapolis City Council has voted (7-6) to defund its police department by $7.77 million. The city’s 2021 budget will redirect those funds to other programs.
    (TheGrio, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, In Nevada about 20 bicyclists were riding on US Highway 95 south of Boulder City when a box truck allegedly hit a safety escort vehicle that was following the cyclists. Five cyclists were killed in the crash. It was later reported that truck driver Jordan Alexander Barson (45) of Arizona had a high level of methamphetamine in his system. He was arrested on Dec. 16 and faced 12 felony charges.
    (AP, 12/11/20)(SFC, 12/17/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 10, In Oregon a gentrification protest that has blockaded several city blocks in Portland, entered its third day as people dressed in black and wearing ski masks continued to build makeshift barriers.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged an additional $250 million to support the development of low-cost and easier to deliver treatments and vaccines against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Biogen said it has filed for regulatory approval in Japan for an Alzheimer's disease drug it developed with local partner Eisai Co.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Mastercard and Visa said they had prohibited the use of their cards on the adult website Pornhub, after the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that the platform included videos of child abuse and rape.
    (NY Times, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Moderna Inc said it had dosed the first participants in a mid-to-late stage study testing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in adolescents aged 12 to less than 18, and aims for data ahead of the 2021 school year.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Newsmax, a conservative cable news channel promoted by President Donald Trump, said it plans to expand in the United States and Britain.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The leaders of Afghanistan and Iran inaugurated the first railway link between the two countries, expressing hope it would enhance trade links across the region. The $75 million project began in 2007.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, In Afghanistan gunmen shot and killed Malala Maiwand, a female TV anchor and women's rights activist, as she left her home in Nangarhar province.
    (SFC, 12/11/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 10, Australian scientists said they had developed a rapid genome sequencing method that would cut to within four hours the time taken to trace the source of coronavirus cases, helping to quickly contain any future outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, In Azerbaijan More than 3,000 troops took part in a military parade to celebrate reclaiming control over broad swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding lands in a conflict with Armenia.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Bahrain announced plans to give the public free coronavirus vaccines.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Bhutan's Parliament voted to decriminalize same-sex relations.
    (SFC, 12/12/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 10, The EU's Bosnia mission warned in a statement that current weather conditions are putting at risk the lives of more than 3,000 people who have been sleeping rough or staying in inadequate conditions in the country.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Brazil's São Paulo state started producing the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech, Governor João Doria said, even though the federal government of President Jair Bolsonaro has yet to approve its use.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Britain signed a free trade deal with Singapore. The deal came as PM Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen tried to seal a new trade pact and avert what some fear will be a chaotic end to the five-year Brexit process.
    (The Telegraph, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, England's COVID test and trace system said it is making a 500 pound ($665) support payment available for people who self-isolate after receiving a notification via its app.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Canadian police Officer Alex Dunn was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm after slamming Dalia Kafi, a handcuffed black woman, against a cement floor in a “judo-style" throw. Video footage of the assault, shared widely on social media, was seen as emblematic of systemic racism in Canada’s policing.
    (The Guardian, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 10, China's Foreign Ministry said that two Canadians held for two years in a case linked to a Huawei executive have been indicted and put on trial. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been confined since December 10, 2018, just days after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Canada said that it has confirmed with China that two Canadians held for two years in China in a case linked to a Huawei executive have not been put on trial, contrary to remarks by a Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
    (The Telegraph, 12/10/20)(AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, China said it is imposing restrictions on travel to Hong Kong and Macau by some US officials and others in retaliation for similar measures imposed on Chinese individuals by Washington.
    (AP, 12/10/20)(Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Egypt received its first shipment of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, which was tested in the United Arab Emirates and is said to be 86% effective.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, The EU Central Bank unleashed another $600 billion of stimulus as a surge in COVID-19 infections shut down large parts of the economy.
    (SFC, 12/11/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 10, France's data privacy watchdog said it has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Alphabet's Google for breaching the country's rules on online advertising trackers (cookies). The CNIL said it had also fined e-commerce giant Amazon 35 million euros for breaking the same rules.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, It was reported that a German court has ruled that automaker Tesla Inc. has to stop clearing trees on the site where it's building its first electric car factory in Europe. The ban would last until a decision was made on the appeal by the environmentalist groups NABU and Gruene Liga.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Honduran authorities began trying to break up a caravan of hundreds of people who set off for the United States to escape the impact of back-to-back hurricanes, testing efforts to stem immigration from the battered region.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, It was reported that top executives of Carlsberg, SABMiller and India's United Breweries (UB) exchanged commercially sensitive information and colluded to fix beer prices in India over 11 years.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Italian prosecutors formally put three high-ranking members of Egypt’s national security force and one police officer under investigation in the 2016 kidnapping, torture and killing of Giulio Regeni, an Italian youth doing doctoral research in Cairo.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, A bird flu outbreak in Japan worsened with farms in two more prefectures slaughtering chicken in a record cull of poultry as the government ordered the disinfection of all chicken farms.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, In Kenya four women subjected to sexual assault in the violence that followed the disputed 2007 election were set to receive compensation. The government was ordered to pay $36,000 (£27,000) to each one.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, A Lebanese prosecutor placed the caretaker prime minister and three former ministers under investigation in connection with Beirut’s August devastating port explosion.
    (The Telegraph, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Two Russian citizens who had been held by the UN-backed government in Libya for more than 1 1/2 years on spying charges were released from captivity. Maxim Shugalei and Samir Seifan were detained in May 2019 by the UN-backed government in Tripoli on charges of espionage.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Saudi Arabia said it has approved an inoculation by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Advanced MedTech, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore state investor Temasek, said Singapore has approved its COVID-19 kit for use in testing saliva from deep within the throat.
    (Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, In Thailand pro-democracy demonstrators in Bangkok marked UN Human Rights Day with rallies calling for the abolition of Thailand’s strict royal defamation law, which was recently revived to prosecute more than 20 of the protest movement’s leaders.
    (AP, 12/10/20)
2020        Dec 10, Turkish police shot and killed a suspected Kurdish militant who was allegedly planning to detonate a bomb that was strapped to his body at a checkpoint near the town of Viransehir, Sanliurfa province.
    (AP, 12/10/20)

2020        Dec 11, President Donald Trump, facing a midnight deadline, signed a one-week extension of expiring federal funding to avoid a government shutdown and to provide more time for separate talks on COVID-19 relief and an overarching spending bill.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, The US Senate approved a wide-ranging defense bill, despite Pres. Trump's threat to veto the measure because it does not clamp down on big tech companies he claims were biased during the election. The House and Senate have enough votes to override a veto. U.S. Trump has until Dec. 23 to decide whether to veto the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act or allow the annual measure setting policy for the Department of Defense to become law.
    (SFC, 12/12/20, p.A4)(Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 11, The US Supreme Court threw out a complaint filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that directly attacked four other states that President-elect Joe Biden won.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, The Trump administration continued its unprecedented series of post-election federal executions by putting to death in Indiana Alfred Bourgeois (56), a Louisiana truck driver who severely abused his 2-year-old daughter for weeks in 2002, then killed her by slamming her head repeatedly against a truck’s windows and dashboard.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, President Donald Trump's administration moved forward with $1 billion in sales of drones and precision-guided weapons to Morocco, sending a notice to Congress about the potential deals.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, The FDA granted emergency use for the vaccine produced by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech. Hours before the FDA authorization, a high-ranking White House official told the agency’s chief he could face firing if the vaccine was not cleared by day’s end.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 11, It was reported that a team of codebreakers has deciphered an encrypted 340 character message sent 51-years ago by the so-called Zodiac killer, who was responsible for at least five murders in northern California: "I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me. I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradice (sic) all the sooner because I now have enough slaves to work for me where everyone else has nothing when they reach paradice so they are afraid of death. I am not afraid because I know that my new life will be an easy one in paradice death."
    (SFC, 12/12/20, p.A1)
2020         Dec 11, California to date had 1,497,623 cases of coronavirus and 20,700 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 184,154 cases and 2,098 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 15,817,169 with the death toll at 294,690.   
    (sfist.com, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he possessed a weapon despite being a convicted felon following a 2019 search of a private plane in the Miami area.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, In North Carolina Tyler Avery (25), a Mount Holly Police officer, died following an exchange of gunfire early today during a break-in at a car wash in the Belmont area of Gaston County. Joshua Tyler Funk (24) was soon arrested and charged with murder.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, In Ohio hundreds of people peacefully demonstrated in Columbus late today to protest the December 4 death of Casey Goodson Jr.
    (Insider, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 11, It was reported that Global fund managers are reducing their holdings in US-listed Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Netease and JD.com as risks grow they will be forced off American exchanges, switching instead into shares of the companies listed in Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Scientists said five key genes are linked with the most severe form of COVID-19 in research that also pointed to several existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat people who risk getting critically ill with the pandemic disease.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Australian researchers announced they had abandoned development of a potential vaccine because the false positive results to HIV tests undermined public confidence.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, The Azerbaijani military reportedly launched an attack late today that left three local ethnic Armenian servicemen wounded in Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 11, Brazil's Health Ministry said it is studying 58 suspected cases of COVID-19 re-infection after confirming the first case of a person getting re-infected with the illness caused by the coronavirus. The pathogen of the sample collected in June belonged to the B.1.1.33 strain and the October sample was from the B.1.1.28 strain.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Britain and Vietnam finalized a free trade agreement, the second deal London has reached in Southeast Asia in as many days while deadlock continues over post-Brexit European Union arrangements.
    (AFP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Canadian federal health authorities said longer-range forecasts project the second wave of the coronavirus spreading rapidly through Canada, and all the major provinces need to impose more restrictions.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said US claims about risks to national security were completely false, following a US decision to halt China Telecom US operations.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Ethiopia said it is returning thousands of refugees who ran from camps in its Tigray region, putting them on buses back to the border area with Eritrea, the country the refugees originally fled. Ethiopia's government denied that the war in its northern Tigray region was preventing aid reaching civilians, as two foreign aid agencies confirmed some staff had been killed there and urged all sides to do more to protect non-combatants. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) reported the deaths of three security guards in Ethiopia's Tigray region over the last month.
    (AP, 12/11/20)(Reuters, 12/11/20)(BBC, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot pledged an extra 35 million euros ($42 million) to bail out museums, cinemas and theatres left "stunned" by an extension of COVID-19 restrictions.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, France reported 13,406 new coronavirus infections, while intensive care cases dropped again and are now well below a government target. The number of deaths rose by 627 to 57,567.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, France-based Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said clinical trials of their COVID-19 vaccine showed an insufficient immune response in older people, delaying its launch to late next year and marking a setback in the global fight against the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Construction of Nord Stream 2, a German-Russian pipeline that the United States has vehemently opposed, resumed after nearly a year.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, City leader Carrie Lam said Hong Kong has ordered 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, split between China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Pfizer/BioNTech, twice the number of its residents.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, In India around a million doctors went on a day-long strike amid the coronavirus pandemic to protest against a new federal government rule that allows practitioners of the traditional science of Ayurveda to perform minor surgeries.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Mexico became the fourth country to approve emergency use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, following authorization from health regulator Cofepris.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, In north-western Nigeria hundreds of students were feared missing after gunmen raided a secondary school in Katsina state. On Dec. 15 the Islamist militant group Boko Haram said it was behind the kidnapping.
    (BBC, 12/12/20)(AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 11, Eight mainly Western nations accused North Korea of using the pandemic “to crack down further on the human rights of its own people," pointing to reports of an uptick in executions related to the coronavirus and strict controls on movements in and around the capital.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Pakistan's foreign minister called for the UN and the EU to investigate a recent report exposing a 15-year disinformation campaign that Islamabad alleges was designed to serve India's interests and discredit Pakistan. New Delhi denied the claims.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Philippines-based Asian Development Bank said it has launched a $9 billion facility to help nations access and deliver COVID-19 vaccines. The Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX) will provide support for procurement and transporting of vaccines from place of purchase to ADB's developing members.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Portugal reported 95 deaths linked to COVID-19, its worst daily toll since the pandemic started, as countries across Europe struggled to contain a second wave of infections.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Russia reported its highest COVID-19 daily death tally, a day after official data revealed a surge in excess deaths in October that made it the most deadly month in a decade.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Russia's sovereign wealth fund said AstraZeneca is to start clinical trials to test a combination of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine with Russia's Sputnik V shot to see if this can boost the efficacy of the British drugmaker's vaccine.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, It was reported that South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Group and its chairman have agreed to buy a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank Group Corp in a deal that values the US-based robot maker at $1.1 billion. The deal would give the company and its chief a combined 80% stake in Boston Dynamics, while Softbank will retain 20%.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, A new report by international food security experts said South Sudan's western Pibor county is feared to have reached famine level, the result of massive flooding and deadly violence that has prevented access to aid.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Swiss-based Novartis said it has received approval from the European Commission for Leqvio, also known as inclisiran, a drug to lower cholesterol that the drugmaker bought last year in a deal worth nearly $10 billion and expects to be a top seller.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, The global chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW) criticized Syria for failing to declare a chemical weapons production facility and respond to 18 other issues. Russia accused the watchdog of conducting a “political crusade" against its close ally, the Syrian government.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Taiwan commissioned the first of a new fleet of coastguard ships, an advanced catamaran that can be armed with missiles during war, as the island bolsters its defenses in the face of what it sees as a growing threat from Beijing.
    (Reuters, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, Ukraine reported 13,514 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 872,228 cases with 14,755 deaths.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 11, A UN-backed tribunal sentenced fugitive Hezbollah member, Salim Ayyash, to five concurrent terms of life imprisonment in absentia over his involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
    (AP, 12/11/20)

2020        Dec 12, Thousands of President Trump’s supporters marched in Washington and several state capitals to protest what they contended, against all evidence, was a stolen election. Four people were stabbed in DC, and the police declared a riot in Olympia, Wash., where one person was shot.  Vandalism targeted two historic Black churches during clashes between supporters of President Trump and counter protesters.
    (NY Times, 12/13/20)(The Week, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 12, President Donald Trump lost his latest legal challenge seeking to overturn Georgia's election results, with the state Supreme Court's rejection late today of a case from Trump's campaign and Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer.
    (AP, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 12, US President-elect Joe Biden pledged to rejoin the Paris climate accord on the first day of his presidency, as world leaders staged a virtual gathering to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the international pact aimed at curbing global warming.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by pilots and air traffic controllers.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, It was reported that Oracle Corp., based in Redwood City, Ca., is moving its headquarters to Austin, Texas.
    (SFC, 12/12/20, p.A1)
2020         Dec 12, California to date had 1,486,873 cases of coronavirus and 20,857 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 187,086 cases and 2,102 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 16,045,596 with the death toll at 297,789.   
    (sfist.com, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Ann Reinking (b.1949), Broadway star and Tony-award winning choreographer, died in Seattle. She was known as the star of such musicals as: "Sweet Charity" and "Chicago."
    (SFC, 12/16/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 12, A Virgin Galactic test flight ended prematurely as the spacecraft's rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller made history again, when she knocked through an extra point during the Commodores' SEC matchup with in-state rival Tennessee. Last month, Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five game when she took the second half kick off against Missouri.
    (The Week, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 12, Charley Pride, described as "the first Black superstar in country music," died due to complications from COVID-19 in Dallas, Texas.
    (The Week, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 12, In Afghanistan an alleged airstrike late today killed around a dozen civilians in southern Kandahar province. The government later insisted that seven civilians were killed when the Taliban detonated a bomb in the area.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 12, In Albania demonstrators in the northern city of Shkodra damaged the left-wing governing Socialist Party's offices and injured a police officer, as part of ongoing protests this week after a fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Austrian officials said authorities in recent days have seized a large cache of weapons and ammunition that were intended to be sold to far-right extremists in Germany. The seizure included 70 automatic and semi-automatic firearms, more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition and explosives.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, The Brazilian government unveiled its long-awaited national vaccination plan against COVID-19 with an initial goal of vaccinating 51 million people, or about one-fourth of the population, in the first half of 2021.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Britain's AstraZeneca said it has agreed to buy US drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion in its largest ever deal, diversifying away from its fast-growing cancer business in a bet on rare-disease and immunology drugs.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, John le Carré (89), the best-selling British author of Cold War spy thrillers, including “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," died in Cornwall, England. Graham Greene described le Carré's best-selling novel “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" (1963), “the best spy story I have ever read.
    (NY Times, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 12, China pledged to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by "at least" 65 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, raising the target slightly from the country's previous goal of "up to" 65 per cent.
    (South China Morning Post, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 12, An Egyptian court sentenced nine police officers to three years in prison after their conviction for beating to death street vendor Magdy Maken (53) in November, 2016, at a Cairo police station. The verdict can be appealed before a higher court.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, In France police in Paris took 142 people into custody at what quickly became a tense and sometimes ill-tempered protest against proposed security laws, with officers wading into the crowds of several thousand to haul away suspected trouble-makers.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Indonesian police said they have arrested Aris Sumarsono, aka Zulkarnaen, on Sumatra island. He is believed to be the military leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network and has eluded capture since 2003.
    (SSFC, 12/13/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 12, Indonesia said US automaker Tesla will send delegations to Indonesia next month to discuss potential investment in a supply chain for its electric vehicles.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Iran executed Ruhollah Zam (47), a once-exiled journalist, over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017, just months after he returned to Tehran under mysterious circumstances.
    (AP, 12/11/20)
2020        Dec 12, Italy reported 649 new coronavirus-related deaths compared with 761 the day before. The daily tally of new infections was 19,903, up from 18,727.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Japan saw more than 3,000 new infections of the novel coronavirus for the first time in one day, as the number of cases continues to rise in the winter.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Mexico City's government said shops in the center of the capital and other busy areas would temporarily have to close at 5 p.m. to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection as authorities battle a surge in cases.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, A Russian nuclear submarine successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles in a show of readiness of Moscow's nuclear forces amid tension with the US.
    (AP, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, In South Korea protests erupted as sex offender Cho Doo-soon (69) was released from prison at the end of his sentence for raping and seriously injuring a young girl in 2008, a crime which caused revulsion across the country.
    (The Telegraph, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 12, South Korea reported a record 950 daily coronavirus cases, exceeding the late February peak of 909, with the president calling the country's third wave of COVID-19 an "emergency".
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, South Korea's agriculture ministry issued a temporary nationwide standstill order for poultry farms and related transport in a bid to contain a wider spread of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, It was reported that Switzerland has frozen the financial assets of the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, following the violent aftermath of the elections in the east European country.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Jack Steinberger (99), who shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988 for expanding understanding of the ghostly neutrino, died at his home in Geneva.
    (NY Times, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 12, United Nations' Climate Ambition Summit was held on the fifth anniversary of the international Paris climate. At the virtual gathering UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said world leaders should declare states of "climate emergency" in their countries to spur action to avoid catastrophic global warming.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Pope Francis urged countries to work towards net zero carbon emissions and committed Vatican City - the world's smallest state - to reaching the target by 2050.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, Venezuela's opposition, led by Juan Guaido, concluded a "popular consultation" to repudiate President Nicolas Maduro's government after boycotting a Dec. 6 congressional vote. The opposition said just under 6.5 million people participated. The Maduro government has said 5.2 million Venezuelans voted in the election.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)
2020        Dec 12, The bodies of 11 migrants, traveling by boat from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago, were found at sea. Nine more bodies were found the next day.
    (SFC, 12/15/20, p.A4)

2020         Dec 13, California to date had 1,573,639 cases of coronavirus and 20,976 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 190,605 cases and 2,102 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 16,240,370 with the death toll at 299,101.   
    (sfist.com, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, The New York Times reported that the Cleveland Indians baseball team has decided to change its name, which Native American groups for years criticized as racially insensitive.
    (NY Times, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, New York City police fatally shot Luis Vasquez (52) after he began firing two semiautomatic handguns at the end of a Christmas choral concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. A note in his pocket said he planned to take hostages to get US aid for Latin America.
    (AP, 12/13/20)(SFC, 12/17/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 13, In West Virginia four family members, including a 3-year-old and a 12-year-old, were found dead in a home in the Elkview community near Charleston. A juvenile was charged with murder in connection with the case.
    (Charlotte Observer, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 13, IT company SolarWinds said that monitoring products it released in March and June of this year may have been surreptitiously tampered with in a "highly-sophisticated, targeted and manual supply chain attack by a nation state."
    (Reuters, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, Pfizer began shipping its vaccine across the US, the first of nearly three million doses.
    (NY Times, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 13, Social network firm Reddit said it would buy short-video platform Dubsmash, becoming the latest company to expand in a space dominated by Chinese-owned TikTok.
    (Reuters, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, Bahrain said it has approved the use of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
    (Reuters, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, In Belarus crowds of people took to the streets in Minsk in a weekly protest against the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in a disputed election. Nearly 170 people were reportedly detained.
    (AP, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, PM Boris Johnson said that Britain and the European Union remained very far apart on key issues in Brexit trade talks so people should be prepared for a no-deal on Dec. 31.
    (Reuters, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, It was reported that hundreds of senior employees at British banks HSBC and Standard Chartered have been members of the Chinese Communist Party.
    (The Telegraph, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) PM Ambrose Dlamini (52) died in hospital in South Africa, four weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus.
    (BBC, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 13, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany will enact a nationwide lockdown over Christmas, closing most stores and schools and strictly limiting gatherings. Starting on December 16, most stores, schools and hairdressers will be required to close, and gatherings over the holidays will be restricted.
    (NY Times, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 13, Indian workers smashed windows, broke office furniture, and set fire to a sign at a Wistron Corp. factory that makes iPhones during a protest over wages and working hours. Police said that they had detained 100 people.
    (The Week, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 13, In Indonesia police arrested a cleric who is accused of inciting people to ignore Covid-19 restrictions by holding sermons with tens of thousands of his followers. Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, turned himself in to a Jakarta police station. The Islamic Defenders Front wants Islamic Shariah law to apply to Indonesia’s 230 million Muslims.
    (The Telegraph, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, Iranian news reported that Kameel Ahmady, a British-Iranian anthropologist who has studied child marriage and female genital mutilation, has been sentenced to nine years in jail and fined him over $700,000 in cash. Ahmady has the right to appeal within 20 days.
    (AP, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, Italy reported another 17,938 coronavirus infections to raise its official tally to 1.84 million. 484 deaths pushed Italy's official toll up to 64,520, making it the nation with the worst official coronavirus death toll in Europe.
    (AP, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, In Japan 3,030 new coronavirus cases, including 621 in Tokyo, took the national tally to 177,287 with 2,562 deaths.
    (AP, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, In Poland large numbers of people marched in Warsaw to protest the right-wing government, the latest demonstration after a high court ruled to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law.
    (AP, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, In Saudi Arabia the Singapore-flagged BW Rhine was hit “by an external source" while discharging refined oil products at Jeddah. The incident did not result in any casualties, and there was no damage caused to the unloading facilities.
    (The Telegraph, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 13, South Korea set another record for its daily coronavirus tally with 1,030, as authorities struggle to suppress the virus's spread.
    (AP, 12/13/20)
2020        Dec 13, Sudan's PM Abdalla Hamdok made a brief visit to Ethiopia, amid a growing refugee crisis that has seen more than 50,000 Ethiopians flee conflict in the Tigray region into neighboring Sudan.
    (AP, 12/13/20)

2020        Dec 14, Pres. Donald Trump tweeted that Attorney General Bill Barr will leave his post next week, after tension between the two men over Barr’s refusal to echo Trump’s falsehoods about voter fraud. Jeffrey Rosen, Barr’s deputy, will become the acting attorney general.
    (NY Times, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, The US Electoral College formally designated President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the election.
    (NY Times, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, US officials announced that two members of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) would be sanctioned for their alleged role in the kidnapping and detention of former FBI agent Robert Levinson. The Treasury Department identified Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai as senior Iranian intel officials involved in Levinson’s kidnapping and disappearance. The Trump administration told family members in 2020 that Levinson had likely died in Iranian custody at some point prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (The Daily Beast, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, The US Embassy in Khartoum said that President Donald Trump's administration has removed Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. President Donald Trump gave Congress the statutory 45-day notice of this move in October as part of a deal that involved Sudan paying $335m to US victims of terror attacks.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, California-based video games maker Electronic Arts said it had reached an agreement to buy Codemasters in a deal worth $1.2 billion, trumping an earlier agreement between the British company and rival Take-Two Interactive Software.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Zoox of Foster City, Ca., unveiled a next-generation robot taxi. Founded in 2014, Zoox is now owned by Amazon, which bought it in June for $1.2 billion.
    (SFC, 12/15/20, p.C1)
2020        Dec 14, It was reported that San Francisco's historic Cliff House will close on Dec. 31. The feds bought the property in 1977 and have failed to renew a long-term lease. Dan and Mary Hountalas have run the restaurant since 1973.
    (SFC, 12/14/20, p.A6)
2020         Dec 14, California to date had 1,573,639 cases of coronavirus and 21,045 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 196,526 cases and 2,112 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 16,517,256 with the death toll at 300,477.   
    (sfist.com, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, The US state of Georgia began early voting in a pair of US Senate races that will determine control of the chamber in a contest that ends on Jan. 5.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Argentina said that it had now recorded 1.5 million cases of coronavirus, making it the ninth country in the world to reach the milestone. The Ministry of Health said there had been 1,503,222 people infected so far with COVID-19 and 41,041 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said China's health authorities are not transparent in their authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Britain reported that over 1,000 cases of a new coronavirus variant have been identified in the past few days in England, predominantly in the south of the country where it could be connected to a surge in cases. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the variant is more likely to cause serious disease, and the latest clinical advice is that it's highly unlikely that this mutation would fail to respond to a vaccine.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, A single-patient study conducted by British scientists has found that Gilead's antiviral drug remdesivir could be highly effective against COVID-19, raising questions about previous studies that found it had no impact on death rates from the disease.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Codagenix Inc and India's Serum Institute said they have received regulatory approval in the United Kingdom to begin an early-stage trial of their single-dose, intranasal COVID-19 vaccine.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Canada kicked off its inoculation campaign against COVID-19 by injecting frontline healthcare workers, becoming just the third nation in the world to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Canadian fashion executive Peter Nygard (79) was arrested in Winnipeg at the request of the US. His arrest on sex trafficking, racketeering and related charges came after the FBI raided Nygard’s Manhattan offices earlier this year.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 14, It was reported that Chinese authorities have locked down an area near the Russian border after half a dozen coronavirus were confirmed in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang.
    (SFC, 12/14/20, p.A7)
2020        Dec 14, The EU announced that an agreement has been reached on setting up the 27-nation bloc’s first ever fund to support defense research and development.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, German biotech firm CureVac said it has started a large Phase 2b/3 clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, banking on the same technology that has allowed rivals BioNTech and Moderna to lead the development race.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Tens of thousands of protesting Indian farmers called for a national farmers' strike, the second in a week, to press for the quashing of three new laws on agricultural reform that they say will drive down crop prices and devastate their earnings.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Indian ride-hailing firm Ola, backed by Japan's SoftBank Group, said it planned to invest 24 billion rupees ($326 million) to set up a factory in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to produce electric scooters.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Two prominent Italian intellectuals announced they were returning their Legion of Honor awards to France to protest that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was given the prize despite his government's human rights abuses.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Italian police officers hailed their Albanian counterparts for their fight against drug production and trafficking in the western Balkan country.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Italy reported 491 coronavirus-related deaths against 484 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections declined to 12,030 from 17,938.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara was inaugurated for a third term in office amid ongoing outcries from opposition parties.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Japan selected the "mitsu" kanji character, meaning "congested" or "dense" and used to encourage social distancing, as its defining symbol for 2020.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Japan said its worst bird flu outbreak on record has spread to new farms and now affects more than 20% of the country's 47 prefectures, with officials ordering cullings after more poultry deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, A military court in Lebanon sentenced a political activist to three years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel. Kinda El-Khatib was sentenced for allegedly visiting Israel, contacting Israeli agents and providing them with security information.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Moroccan authorities dispersed a group of activists who tried to hold a protest outside the parliament building in the capital to denounce the country's recent decision to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Fatou Bensouda, the outgoing prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, hit out at sanctions slapped on her by the Trump Administration in her final speech to an annual gathering of the court's member states before she leaves office next year.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, PM Jacinda Ardern announced that the New Zealand government intends to establish a travel bubble with Australia in the first quarter of next year.
    (NY Times, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Russia successfully test-launched its heavy lift Angara A5 space rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome for the second time.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Russian developers published fresh trial results for their Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine based on new data, and said the shot had again been found to be 91.4% effective in providing protection from COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Russian authorities said they are investigating the death of nearly 300 endangered seals, including pregnant females, that have been found washed up on the Caspian Sea shores of Dagestan since December 6. The Caspian seal was included in Russia’s Red Data Book of rare and endangered species this year.
    (The Telegraph, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Singapore became the first Asian country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine and said it expects to start receiving shots by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, South Africa's pharmaceutical regulator SAHPRA said it has received its first application to register a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, South Korea’s parliament approved contentious legislation criminalizing the flying of propaganda leaflets by balloon toward North Korea, despite fierce criticism that the country is sacrificing freedom of expression to improve ties with the rival North.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Human Rights Watch said South Sudan's security agency has used electric shocks, gang rapes, abductions and killings since the country gained independence in 2011. Acting army spokesman Santo Domic Chol dismissed the report.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, The Swiss government acknowledged that authorities in the Alpine nation had failed to prevent the illegal adoptions of children from Sri Lanka up until the 1990s. Switzerland only recently acknowledged the suffering of Swiss children who were taken away mainly from poor families and single mothers, and were made to work on farms as late as the 1960s.
    (AP, 12/14/20)
2020        Dec 14, Swiss-based Novartis said a late-stage clinical trial of ruxolitinib on top of standard therapy showed no significant reduction in severe complications of COVID-19, including death, respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation or admission to the intensive care unit.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)

2020        Dec 15, The Trump administration slapped sanctions on an alleged Iranian-backed Shiite group in Bahrain that it accuses of trying to overthrow Bahrain’s government and plotting terrorist attacks on Americans in the country, which is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, A US Food and Drug Administration review released today concluded that Moderna's coronavirus vaccine "was highly effective" at preventing COVID-19 symptoms after trial participants received a second dose.
    (NY Times, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the first over-the-counter, fully at-home COVID-19 test. The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test will likely be sold at pharmacies, and it won't require a prescription.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, It was reported that US regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, making it the second such animal to get the green light for human consumption. But the company behind it says there are no imminent plans to sell it for meat. The pig is genetically engineered to eliminate the presence of alpha-gal, a type of sugar found in many mammals, and can cause allergic reactions in some people.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, US federal officials declared the monarch butterfly “a candidate" for threatened or endangered status, but said no action would be taken for several years because of the many other species awaiting that designation.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Arizona reported 4,134 new cases of the coronavirus and 64 deaths. Total cases reached 424,000 and 7,422 deaths.
    (SFC, 12/16/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 15, SF Mayor London Breed announced that Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia plans to donate $25 million to help two organizations combat homelessness and help people suffering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (SFC, 12/16/20, p.B2)
2020         Dec 15, California to date had 1,615,692 cases of coronavirus and 21,200 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 196,526 cases and 2,112 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 16,517,256 with the death toll at 300,477.   
    (sfist.com, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Shares of Eli Lilly climbed after the drugmaker laid out a better-than-expected revenue forecast and plans to buy a young company developing a potential Parkinson’s disease treatment.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, In Afghanistan a bombing and a shooting attack in Kabul killed at least three people, including a deputy provincial governor. A deputy provincial council chief was killed in western Ghor province.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, British PM Boris Johnson repeated to his top ministers that the most likely outcome of post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union was no deal, but that his team would still try to reach agreement.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, British scientists said they are trying to establish whether the rapid spread in southern England of a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is linked to key mutations they have detected in the strain.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announced that the government has reached an agreement with Moderna Inc to receive the first deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine within 48 hours of regulatory approval.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, US college student Skylar Mack (21) and her boyfriend were sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman Islands for violating strict COVID-19 measures. The ruling will be appealed. On Dec. 22 their four-month sentences were reduced to two months.
    (AP, 12/17/20)(AP, 12/23/20)
2020        Dec 15, It was reported that China's residential property market rose for the 33rd straight month in November, prompting the government to continue its drumbeat of market-cooling measures to stave off the kind of risk that led to the 2008 subprime lending crisis in the US.
    (South China Morning Post, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, A cross-border attack by Ethiopian forces and militias reportedly left causalities among Sudanese troops, a development that could strain ties between the two neighbors.
    (AP, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 15, The EU's anti-fraud body said almost 140,000 liters of dangerous hand sanitizer have been seized across the region since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The product originated from Turkey and was contaminated with dangerous levels of methanol, a substance likely to create headaches, blurred vision and that can sometimes lead to blindness when used in hand sanitizers.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Hungary amended the definition of family in its constitution to allow an effective ban on adoption by same-sex couples, another win for the ruling conservatives but decried by one pro-LGBTQ group as "a dark day for human rights".
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, India reported 22,065 new coronavirus infections, taking its total to 9.9 million, making it the lowest daily rise since July 4. Deaths rose by 354, taking the total to 143,709.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, In Indonesia official data showed that burials in Jakarta were 61% higher in the first 10 months of 2020 than in the past five years. The new study suggested that Indonesia's real coronavirus death toll is far higher than the 2,963 reported deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Indonesia said China's Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) plans to invest $5 billion in a lithium battery plant in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Ireland's data regulator has fined Twitter 450,000 euros ($547,000) for a bug that made some private tweets public, the first sanction against a major US tech firm under a new EU dispute mechanism, but much less than some EU states demanded.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Italy reported 846 coronavirus-related deaths against 491 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose to 14,844 from 12,030. Italy has registered 1.871 million cases to date.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, A Japanese court sentenced Takahiro Shiraishi (30), known as the "Twitter killer," to death for killing and dismembering nine people, most of whom had posted suicidal thoughts on social media. Police arrested Shiraishi in 2017 after finding the bodies of eight females and one male in cold-storage cases in his apartment.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, The Lithuanian and Polish governments said they have been the target of a cyber disinformation attack that appears aimed at undermining relations between the two NATO allies. Polish government official, Stanislaw Zaryn, said Russia appeared to be the culprit.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, It was reported that the government of Lithuania has extended a nationwide quarantine until jan. 31 and tightened existing lockdown measure as it tries to flatten a spike in coronavirus cases.
    (SFC, 12/15/20, p.A9)
2020        Dec 15, The Int'l. Criminal Court issued a preliminary report saying there was evidence to show crimes against humanity committed in the Philippines under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. His bloody drug war has left thousands dead since 2016.
    (SFC, 12/16/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election after weeks of holding out.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, In Russia a fire in a private retirement home in the southern Urals killed 11 people while three more were hospitalized with injuries in the Bashkiria region.
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Somalia's government said it has severed ties with strategic neighbor Kenya "to safeguard the unity, sovereignty, stability of the country."
    (AP, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, South Korean health authorities said doctors can administer pharmaceutical maker Celltrion Inc's candidate COVID-19 antibody treatment to patients with life-threatening conditions. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety approved CT-P59 under its patient treatment scheme on Dec. 11.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, It was reported that the share of the Spanish population that contracted coronavirus has nearly doubled to almost 10%, or about 4.7 million people, in the second wave of contagion since late summer.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Spanish pharmaceutical Reig Jofre said it had agreed with Johnson & Johnson to produce the US company's COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the third Spanish company to be chosen to take part in manufacturing coronavirus vaccines.
    (Reuters, 12/15/20)
2020        Dec 15, Sri Lanka authorities said that more than 3,000 COVID-19 have been detected in the country's highly congested prisons.
    (SFC, 12/16/20, p.A6)

2020        Dec 16, It was reported that the US Treasury Department has branded Vietnam and Switzerland as currency manipulators while putting China and nine other countries on a watch list in an annual report designed to halt countries from manipulating their currencies to gain unfair trade advantages.
    (AP, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, A bipartisan US congressional investigation released today found that key players in the nation’s opioid industry have spent $65 million since 1997 funding nonprofits that advocate treating pain with medications, a strategy intended to boost the sale of prescription painkillers.
    (AP, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, Major League Baseball said it will add seven Negro leagues that operated from 1920 to 1948 to its official records, granting recognition to more than 3,400 players and shaking up the game’s record books.
    (NY Times, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, The price of bitcoin rose above $20,000 for the first time.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.C1)
2020        Dec 16, The Trump administration said it would withhold $200 million in federal health care funding from California because the state requires that insurance providers cover abortions.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.B1)
2020        Dec 16, A California judge extended an order exempting San Diego strip clubs from state pandemic-related restrictions.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 16, US Attorney announced that seven members of a crime family in the East Bay were arrested on suspicion of supplying a stream of illegal drugs to San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.B1)
2020         Dec 16, California to date had 1,647,554 cases of coronavirus and 21,495 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 204,307 cases and 2,189 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 16,931,636 with the death toll at 307,076.   
    (sfist.com, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, Tyson Foods said it has fired seven top managers at its pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa, following an investigation that they bet on how many workers would test positive for the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 16, Brazil's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surged past 7 million, with an all-time high of more than 70,000 cases and 936 deaths.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 16, Germany entered a strict lockdown in an effort to get soaring coronavirus cases under control as the number of registered deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 952, the highest daily increase yet.
    (Reuters, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet passed new legislation to introduce all-electronic securities as part of its wider blockchain strategy.
    (Reuters, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, A French court found 14 people guilty of aiding the 2015 attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo, by supplying the attackers with cash, weapons and vehicles.
    (NY Times, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, French model agent Jean-Luc Brunel (74), accused of supplying underage girls to Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested by detectives at Charles de Gaulle airport, who are questioning him on his links to British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 16, In India a Sikh priest (65) committed suicide at an agricultural protest site. Farmers have called for a 24-hour rotating hunger strike from Dec. 21 among protesters at home and abroad.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 16, Israel’s justice minister said he has signed an extradition order to send former teacher Malka Leifer to Australia to face charges of child sex abuse.
    (AP, 12/16/20)
2020        Dec 16, In Sudan Bahaa el-Din Nouri (45) was taken on from the Kalakla neighborhood in the southern part of Khartoum, by men wearing plain clothes and riding in a vehicle without license plates. Five days later, his body appeared at a hospital morgue in the city of Omdurman with apparent beating and torture. An initial investigation showed that Nouri died while being interrogated by the Rapid Support Forces.
    (AP, 12/27/20)
2020        Dec 16, Sweden's king said his country had failed in its handling of COVID-19, in a sharp criticism of a pandemic policy partly blamed for a high death toll among the elderly.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 16, The UN has warned that about 2.3 million children in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region are cut off from humanitarian assistance as violence continues.
    (BBC, 12/16/20)

2020        Dec 17, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said nearly 6 million doses of Moderna Inc's experimental COVID-19 vaccine were poised to ship nationwide as soon as it secures Food and Drug Administration approval.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, US federal prosecutors charged Cholo Abdi Abdullah (30) of Kenya with plotting to hijack an airplane and crash it into a building in the US and said he was an operative for the Shabab, a Qaeda branch in East Africa. Mr. Abdullah was arrested by the Philippine authorities last year and was brought to the United States on Dec. 15.
    (NY Times, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The federal government granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetland development, a move that came under immediate fire by environmentalist who worry that the country's largest network of wetlands could be at risk of being further destroyed.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, It was reported that the federal government must pay some landowners along the lower Missouri River for flooding damage caused by changes the Army Corps of Engineers made to the river to protect endangered species, according to a ruling this week.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The US Securities and Exchange Commission said that Robinhood, a fast-growing financial app, had misled its customers about how it was paid by Wall Street firms for passing along customer trades and that the start-up had made money at the expense of its customers. Robinhood agreed to pay a $65 million fine to settle the charges, without admitting or denying guilt.
    (NY Times, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, NASA and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging cooperation in areas of science and technology to support the peaceful use of outer space.
    (PR Newswire, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 17, The organizers of the Grammy awards launched an initiative to elevate Black voices at all levels of the music industry and ensure that Black artists are fairly compensated for their work.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, Technology shares pushed the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq to record highs as optimism grew over a coronavirus stimulus bill.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that runs the early education TV show “Sesame Street" and operates in more than 150 countries, unveiled Aziz and Noor as the latest Muppets in their cast of characters. The six-year-old twins Noor and Aziz are Rohingya Muslims and live in the largest refugee camp in the world.
    (NY Times, 12/20/20)
2020         Dec 17, California to date had 1,699,276 cases of coronavirus and 21,887 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 205,549 cases and 2,206 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 17,176,796 with the death toll at 310,291.   
    (sfist.com, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A British man was jailed for two-and-a-half years in Florida for attempting to smuggle industrial equipment to Iran against a US embargo. Colin Fisher (45) pleaded guilty at Pensacola federal court in September to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).
    (The Telegraph, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, In Florida a fire early today killed as many as 240,000 chickens at a farm operated by operated by Mississippi-based Cal-Maine, one of the nation's largest egg producers.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A winter storm piled historic amounts of snow onto parts of the US Northeast and wreaked havoc throughout the region. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker encouraged drivers to stay off the road.
    (AP, 12/17/20)   
2020        Dec 17, Cpl. Hayden Allen Harris (20), a Fort Drum soldier, was meeting someone in Watertown, N.Y., “for some type of vehicle transaction" when he was last heard from. Authorities said his body was found in a remote part of New Jersey and that Pfc. Jamaal Mellish (23) was arrested in Jefferson County, N.Y., over the weekend in connection with the death. Private Jamaal Mellish (23) and a 16-year-old were later charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and second-degree weapons charges.
    (NY Times, 12/20/20)(The Independent, 12/31/20)
2020        Dec 17, Alphabet's Google won EU antitrust approval for its $2.1 billion bid for Fitbit after agreeing restrictions on how it will use customers' health related data.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, It was reported that Austrian scientist Josef Aschbacher has been appointed to head the European Space Agency as the organization grapples with the fallout from Brexit and the rise of commercial rivals outside of Europe.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A politician in Belgium published the price per dose of COVID-19 vaccines ordered by the country. The Belgian government paid 12 euros ($14.7) per dose to buy about five million shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The Belgian price does not factor in unrefundable downpayments of hundreds of millions of euros that the EU has made to many vaccine makers to secure their shots.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 17, The British government extended its salary support program by another month through to the end of April as it tries to keep a lid on unemployment as coronavirus restrictions slam businesses.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, Oxford University said its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, licensed to AstraZeneca, has a better immune response when a two full-dose regimen is used rather than a full-dose followed by a half-dose booster.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A Chinese capsule returned to Earth landing in Inner Mongolia with about 4.4 pounds of fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.A2)
2020        Dec 17, Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian authorities of making modifications to a notorious Cairo prison, known as “Scorpion Prison," that amount to “collective punishment" of inmates following an escape attempt that left four policemen dead.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, An Egyptian criminal court acquitted three Muslim men accused of stripping naked an elderly Coptic Christian woman (70) and parading her through the streets of a village in southern Egypt in May 2016.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 17, In Egypt two roadside bombs exploded in restive northern Sinai Peninsula late today killing three members of the security forces and wounding 10 others.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 17, The European Parliament has issued a three-day ultimatum to Brexit negotiators to strike a trade deal, warning that MEPs won't have time to ratify an agreement this year unless it is ready by the end of Dec 20.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The EU imposed a new round of sanctions on Belarus, targeting dozens more officials over their role in the security crackdown launched after the contested presidential elections in August.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The EU formally prolonged for six months economic sanctions against Russia over the country's failure to live up to commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The EU's top court upheld a Belgian law requiring animals to be stunned before slaughter, rejecting challenges from Jewish and Muslim groups and opening the way for other countries to bring in similar restrictions.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The EU’s top court ruled that Hungary has failed to respect EU law by denying people entering the country without authorization the right to apply for asylum and unlawfully detaining them in “transit zones" on its border with Serbia.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The EU said it has concluded preliminary talks with US firm Novavax to secure up to 200 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The French presidency said President Emmanuel Macron (42) has tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (NY Times, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A French court convicted Ayoub El Khazzani, a Morocco-born Islamic State operative, to life in prison, with 22 years guaranteed behind bars. Five years ago his train attack was foiled by three American passengers. Clint Eastwood turned the incident into a movie, "The 15:17 to Paris" (2018).
    (SFC, 12/18/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 17, A plane carrying 88 asylum-seekers, including 19 sick children, arrived in Germany as part of the country's pledge to take in migrants from camps in Greece.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, German firm BioNTech's chief medical officer said Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine has been given to 140,000 people in Britain, and the feedback on side effects and tolerability has been reassuring.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A leaked draft of Iraq's state budget sent Iraqis into a panic as it confirmed the government's intentions to devalue the national currency, the Iraqi dinar, and cut salaries to cope with the impacts of a severe economic crisis.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The Italian government announced that 18 Italian fisherman, who were seized in September by Libyan authorities in a fishing dispute, have been freed.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, In Nigeria the governor of Katsina state announced that all of the boys, abducted on Dec. 11, had been released, and would be reunited with their parents the next day. The governor of Katsina has insisted bandits were responsible for the recent attack.
    (NY Times, 12/17/20)(BBC, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 17, Panamanian health authorities reported 3,348 new coronavirus cases and 42 deaths, a daily record for both new infections and deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin (68) said that he has yet to receive the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine because it has not yet been approved for anyone over 65. He also brushed off accusations that the Russian state was behind the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny earlier this year.
    (NBC News, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A South Korean man who spent 20 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit cleared his name in court after one of the country’s most notorious serial killers confessed to the 1988 rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl. Yoon Seong-yeo (53) had been sentenced to life in prison and was released on parole in 2009.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 17, Switzerland’s postal supervisory authority, PostCom, announced that food delivery service Uber Eats counts as a postal service provider, and needs to be regulated as such.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, A Swiss court cut Russia’s four-year doping ban from global sports in half. Russia’s teams will still miss the 2021 and 2022 Olympics.
    (NY Times, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, Turkey recorded 27,515 new coronavirus cases. The death toll hit a record high of 243 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total so far to 17,364. The country has registered 1,955,680 COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic in March.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, The UN announced a $35.6 million emergency aid package for civilians caught up in fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
    (AP, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, It was reported that the UN has reached an agreement with the Taliban leadership to set up thousands of schools inside Afghanistan's insurgent-controlled territory.
    (The Telegraph, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 17, Pope Francis urged world leaders to divert funds used for armaments to confront problems such as the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure vaccines reach the poor and most vulnerable nations.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)

2020        Dec 18, President Donald Trump signed legislation that would kick Chinese companies off US stock exchanges unless they adhere to American auditing standards. The act would also require public companies to disclose whether they are owned or controlled by a foreign government.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, In a last-minute change, the Trump administration cut about 30 percent of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge territory that it plans to auction off for oil exploration.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 18, The US House passed a temporary government funding bill by a 320-60 vote. The Senate approved it by voice vote almost immediately afterward, and President Donald Trump signed it.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russia was responsible for a cyber attack that embedded malicious code inside US government software systems and those of other governments and companies across the world.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 18, The US Department of Justice filed charges against Zoom executive Xinjiang Jin (39), accusing the software engineer of using the company's systems to censor speech. Prosecutors charged the former China-based executive with disrupting video meetings commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown at the request of the Chinese government.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, US regulators authorized Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The US Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating around five allergic reactions that happened after people were administered Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine in the United States this week.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The US Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, threw out a lawsuit seeking to block President Donald Trump's plan to exclude immigrants living illegally in the United States from the population count used to allocate congressional districts to states.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, It was reported that one in every five state and federal prisoners in the US has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Alaskan race officials announced that the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the state will not run to Nome in 2021, a drastic change called necessary to protect the mushers from the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce its spread in rural Alaska. The new route will take racers and dogs to the halfway point, the abandoned gold-mining town of Iditarod for which the trail is named, then they will double back to the starting point.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, In California Roy Charles Waller (60), the notorious NorCal rapist, was sentenced to 897 years in state prison. He had attacked, kidnapped and sexually assaulted nine women in Northern California over a 15-year period.
    (SFC, 12/119/20, p.B1)
2020         Dec 18, California to date had 1,751,091 cases of coronavirus and 22,176 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 212,316 cases and 2,206 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 17,442,180 with the death toll at 313,246.   
    (sfist.com, 12/17/20)
2020        Dec 18, Michigan's state Senate and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a $465 million pandemic spending plan, including relief payments to businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat because of the coronavirus and government restrictions to curb its spread. The legislation is expected to win House passage on Dec. 21 before legislators adjourn for the year.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y7mlxfnw)(SSFC, 12/20/20, p.A11)
2020        Dec 18, Roger Berlind (90), a producer of more than 100 Broadway plays and musicals and the winner of 25 Tony Awards, died at his home in Montana. The death of his wife and three of four children in a June 1975 plane crash in New York City changed the trajectory of his life.
    (AP, 12/26/20)
2020        Dec 18, The New York Film Critics Circle voted Kelly Reichardt's Western fable “First Cow" the best film of 2020, while also giving special honors to Spike Lee and the art-house distributor Kino Lorber for their roles in a movie year deeply marred by the pandemic.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, New York City officials announced a series of admissions changes for hundreds of middle and high schools in one of the most significant steps the nation's largest school system has taken in years to address racial segregation.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced that it has suspended three fraternities that have been linked to a drug trafficking ring that federal prosecutors say funneled large amounts of drugs into three college campuses.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints added new language to the faith's handbook imploring members to root out prejudice and racism, adding significance and permanence to recent comments by top leaders on one of the most sensitive topics in the church's history. The faith’s past ban on Black men in the lay priesthood, which stood until 1978, was disavowed in a 2013 essay. The church never issued a formal apology.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Shares of Tesla gained in a busy day for the electric car maker's stock ahead of its much-anticipated grand entrance into the benchmark S&P 500 index.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said it had begun administering Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff at US long-term care facilities.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The British Office for National Statistics said the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in England has risen sharply and is back above 500,000 infections in the latest weekly data, after dropping in the three previous weeks.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, OneWeb, the satellite firm rescued by the British government and India's Bharti Group, resumed flights in its push to provide global broadband coverage as 36 of its satellites blasted off into orbit from Russia's Far East. The launch was the first fully commercial flight from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The Channel Tunnel remained clogged with queues at Dover stretching back 20 miles, as business leaders warned they had run out of time to prepare for no-deal.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, China ended the Central Economic Work Conference. A statement led with the message that China was the only major economy to post positive growth, saying it could "satisfy the people, catch the world's attention and make history".
    (South China Morning Post, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 18, President Ivan Duque said Colombia said it has inked deals with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca to provide 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Daily confirmed cases reached 13,277. Colombia has nearly 1.5 million confirmed cases.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 18, Croatia reported 3,272 cases of new infections and banned movement of people between various parts of the country, tightening measures against the COVID-19 epidemic before the Christmas and New Year holidays. Between Dec. 23 and Jan. 8, citizens will not be allowed to leave the county of their residence.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Ethiopia offered a reward of more than $250,000 for information on the whereabouts of Tigray’s rebellious leaders who fled the regional capital Mekele three weeks ago.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, A cross-border attack by Ethiopian forces and militias killed at least four Sudanese troops and wounded a dozen others in the Abu Tyour area in eastern Sudan's al-Qadarif province.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 18, In Fiji Cyclone Yasa destroyed about 20 homes in Tiliva and left at least 2 people dead after hitting the island nation overnight.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.A3)
2020        Dec 18, A German court ruled Tesla could partially proceed with clearing a forest to build a manufacturing site near Berlin.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, One woman died and another two were rescued from the sea off the eastern Greek island of Lesbos in an incident involving an inflatable dinghy carrying Somali migrants.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, India's health ministry reported 22,890 new coronavirus infections, taking its total to just shy of 10 million.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Indonesia and a unit of South Korean firm LG Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a $9.8 billion electric vehicle (EV) battery investment deal.
    (Reuters, 12/29/20)
2020        Dec 18, Satellite photos showed that Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the US over its atomic program.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Italy reported 674 coronavirus-related deaths against 683 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections decreased to 17,992 from 18,236.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Japan’s Cabinet adopted a plan to enhance the country's missile deterrence, including development of new cruise missiles, to counter potential threats from China and North Korea.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Russia began vaccinating its cosmonauts and staff at Star City, the closed town near Moscow that is home to the country's space program.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, South Africa first reported a new, faster-spreading variant of the coronavirus. The new strain (known as 501.V2), different from the one in Britain, appears to be more infectious than the original virus. South African scientists are studying if the vaccines against COVID-19 will also offer protection against the new strain.
    (AP, 12/21/20)(Reuters, 12/24/20)
2020        Dec 18, South Korea reported 1,062 new cases of the coronavirus, its third straight day over 1,000. The national caseload rose to 47,515 with 645 deaths.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 18, Sweden introduced its toughest measures yet in the face of soaring COVID-19 infections, including a recommendation to wear masks at peak hours on public transport, but stopped short of ordering a general lockdown of society. Sweden registered a record 9,654 new coronavirus cases. Total number of deaths reached 7,993.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Swiss-based Novartis AG said the US health regulator declined to approve inclisiran, the drugmaker's potential treatment for elevated low-density cholesterol in adults, citing unresolved facility inspection issues. The European Commission last week approved the drug, branded Leqvio.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Thailand said it has four new local coronavirus infections, just as the country has started reopening for tourists after months of keeping the virus at bay.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Ukrainian state security service SBU said the country is facing almost daily hacker attacks on its government resources and intends to sharply strengthen its cyber security.
    (Reuters, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The United Nations’ highest court (ICJ) ruled that it will intervene to settle a decades-old border dispute between South American neighbors Guyana and Venezuela.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, The UN said it had deployed peacekeeping forces to the Central African Rep.
    (BBC, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 18, Officials said the World Health Organization program to help get COVID-19 vaccines to all countries in need has access to nearly 2 billion doses of “promising" vaccine candidates. WHO's partners in COVAX, a UN-backed program, include the Gavi vaccine alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.
    (AP, 12/18/20)
2020        Dec 18, Yemen’s embattled Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in exile in Saudi Arabia, announced a Cabinet reshuffle in a major step toward closing a dangerous rift between his internationally recognized government and southern separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 12/18/20)

2020        Dec 19, President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that China, not Russia, may be behind the cyber espionage operation against the US and tried to minimize its impact.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccination and made recommendations on how people with histories of allergies should proceed. The agency said anyone who had a severe reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine should not get the second dose.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, The Army general in charge of getting COVID-19 vaccines distributed across the United States apologized after many governors said they had been shorted on anticipated shipments. Gen. Gustave Perna said he made mistakes by citing numbers of doses that he believed would be ready for delivery.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had approved the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by pilots and air traffic controllers.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, The US State Department said it is halting work at two consulates in Russia, citing safety and security issues at the facilities where operations had been curtailed over COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, It was reported that a record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020         Dec 19, California to date had 1,804,417 cases of coronavirus and 22,441 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 216,480 cases and 2,269 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 17,631,293 with the death toll at 316,006.   
    (sfist.com, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Apple Inc said it has temporarily shut all of its 53 stores in California because of a coronavirus outbreak and 16 stores in the United Kingdom following restrictions introduced by the government in London.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Apple Inc placed supplier Wistron Corp on probation, saying it would not award the Taiwanese contract manufacturer new business until it addressed the way workers were treated at its southern India plant.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Global coronavirus infections surpassed the 75 million mark, as several nations around the world begin vaccinating against the virus.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, In Armenia both opponents and supporters of PM Nikol Pashinyan rallied as the nation paid tribute to the thousands who died in fighting with Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Critics demanded that the leader resign and tried to pelt him with eggs.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, In Australia a quarter million people in Sydney's northern beach suburbs were ordered into a strict lockdown until Christmas Eve to help contain a coronavirus cluster with authorities fearing it may spread across Australia's most populous city.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has refused to take any coronavirus vaccine, said that he did not think the world's rush for a vaccine was justified because the pandemic is in his view coming to an end. Brazil registered 50,177 new cases, bringing the total to 7,213,155. Deaths rose by 706 to 186,356.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, British PM Boris Johnson imposed tighter coronavirus controls on millions of people in England and drastically scaled back plans to ease restrictions over Christmas, seeking to curb a new more infectious strain of the virus.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said a new strain of COVID-19 identified in the United Kingdom can spread more quickly and urgent work is under way to confirm that it does not cause a higher mortality rate.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, In the Central African Rep. the three main rebel groups announced that they had formed an alliance called the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), accusing President Touadéra of trying to rig the 27 December election. Authorities said forces loyal to former president François Bozizé were near the city of Bossembélé and planned to march on Bangui. Spokesman Christian Guenebem said Bozize was in his house in Bossangoa.
    (BBC, 12/19/20)(BBC, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 19, A German court ruled that automaker Tesla has to stop clearing trees on some parts of the site outside Berlin where it is building the company's first electric car factory in Europe.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Germany's daily Rheinische Post reported that authorities have broken up an international crime ring that duped elderly people into handing over their money and valuables to criminals posing as police officers. German police busted a call center in the southwestern Turkish city of Izmir where suspects allegedly phoned retirees in Germany and talked them into handing over their valuables to fake officers. 38 people were arrested earlier this month and 48 locations were searched in addition to the call center.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Germany organized the return of three women and 12 children from camps in northeastern Syria for humanitarian reasons.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 19, India reported 25,152 new infections and 347 deaths in the past 24 hours. The virus has so far killed 145,136 people in the country. India took 30 days to add the last million cases, the second slowest since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Iraq's Central Bank announced it will devalue the Iraqi dinar by over 20 percent in response to a severe liquidity crisis brought on by low oil prices, a measure that has sparked public outrage as the government struggles to cover its expenses.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Italy announced sweeping travel restrictions and bans on large family gatherings, becoming the latest European nation to introduce some form of Christmas lockdown.
    (The Telegraph, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Malaysia said it has secured coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca PLC, on the heels of news it will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in February as it grapples with a surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, In Nigeria 84 schoolchildren were seized by gunmen late today as they returned home to Mahuta village after taking part in a religious ceremony. The children were soon released following a gun battle between the abductors, security forces and local vigilantes.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 19, In Russia the number of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 50,000 as the country continued to fight stubbornly high numbers of new infections daily. 585 people died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the country's official death toll to 50,347. The country also recorded 28,209 new infections, bringing the national tally to 2,819,429.
    (Reuters, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, In Sudan protests in Khartoum and across the country demanded a faster pace to democratic reforms, in demonstrations that marked the two-year anniversary of the uprising that led to the military’s ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, Thailand reported 548 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily tally in a country that had largely brought the pandemic under control. Most of the cases were connected to a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province, near Bangkok.
    (AP, 12/19/20)
2020        Dec 19, In southern Turkey a fire broke out at an intensive care unit treating COVID-19 patients after an oxygen cylinder exploded, killing nine people at the privately-run Sanko University Hospital unit in Gaziantep.
    (AP, 12/19/20)

2020        Dec 20, Congressional US Democrats and Republicans reached a deal late today on a new $900 billion coronavirus relief package. The legislation will include stimulus checks of $600 per person, with smaller benefits for those who earned more than $75,000 last year.
    (The Week, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 20, It was reported that 6.7 million adults are likely to face eviction or foreclosure in the next two months, according to the US Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey.
    (SSFC, 12/20/20, p.A7)
2020         Dec 20, California to date had 1,839,294 cases of coronavirus and 22,594 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 219,893 cases and 2,269 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 17,667,545 with the death toll at 316,298.   
    (sfist.com, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Chad Stuart (79), half of the musical duo Chad and Jeremy, died at his home in Idaho. The British duo's songs included "Yesterday's Gone" (1963) and "A Summer Song" (1964).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_%26_Jeremy)(SFC, 12/26/20, p.B3)
2020        Dec 20, Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner, Chicago's top attorney, resigned in the fallout of a February 22, 2019, botched police raid  on the home of Anjanette Young, who was not allowed to put on clothes before being handcuffed.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yde3dypj)(SFC, 12/21/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 20, The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted late today, followed by magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck at the volcano's south flank.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 20, In Missouri the Kansas City Star's top editor apologized for past decades of racially biased coverage and the newspaper has posted a series of stories examining how it ignored the concerns and achievements of Black residents and helped keep Kansas City segregated.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 20, Lockheed Martin said it is buying rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings for $4.4 billion in a deal that brings together companies that already had been working together in the aeronautics industry.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, In Afghanistan a car bomb blast rocked Kabul this morning killing at least nine people. The Afghan Defense Ministry in a statement confirmed that a suicide car bomber tried to attack an army checkpoint in Helmand province, but was identified and shot by soldiers.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Sydney was isolated from the rest of Australia after all of the country's states and territories imposed travel restrictions on its residents as a coronavirus cluster in the city grew to around 70. New South Wales recorded 30 new coronavirus cases overnight.
    (Reuters, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, In Belarus around 100 people were detained in Minsk during the anti-government protests that were prompted by the reelection of the country’s authoritarian leader and continued for over four months. The Viasna human rights center released the names of 141 people detained in Minsk and other cities.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, In Bosnia polls opened in the southern city of Mostar for the first local election in over a decade. The city is famed for its picturesque Ottoman architecture and deep ethnic divisions.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Canada joined a growing number of European countries late today and banned passenger flights from Britain, effective as of midnight, as southern England grapples with a new variant of COVID-19. The ban will be in place for 72 hours.
    (The Week, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Chinese adventurer and environmentalist Wang Xiangjun, nicknamed “Glacier Bro" by his fans, went missing and was presumed dead after falling into a glacial waterfall in Tibet.
    (The Telegraph, 12/31/20)
2020        Dec 20, Meraas Holding, a Dubai government-backed holding company, made a formal bid to buy out DXB Entertainment, the city's struggling theme park operator.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, In Ethiopia three people were killed and five others wounded after an abandoned bomb exploded in Addis Ababa.
    (BBC, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Several European countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, imposed bans on flights and ferries from the United Kingdom, after reports that a new, more infectious variant of the coronavirus is spreading in southeast England.
    (The Week, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, The Finnish government said the repatriation of its citizens from the al-Hol camp in Syria was done for humanitarian reasons and because of the country's legal obligations for its citizens. Finnish media said two returning women, both known to be radicalized IS sympathizers, will face thorough screening by security officials upon return.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, In Iraq an "outlaw group" fired at least eight Katyusha rockets into Baghdad's Green Zone, causing minor damage to the US Embassy.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Israel's Justice Ministry said Facebook has taken down content that spread lies in Israel against coronavirus vaccinations as the government seeks to drum up support for the program.
    (Reuters, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Israeli woman Esther Horgen 52) a mother of six from Tal Menashe, disappeared. Her body was soon found with signs of violence in a forest near a West Bank settlement. On Dec. 24 Israel's internal security agency said it detained a Palestinian suspected of killing Horgen. Suspect Muhammad Cabha (40) was detained on Dec. 24.
    (AP, 12/21/20)(AP, 12/24/20)(AP, 1/4/21)
2020        Dec 20, Israel began its coronavirus inoculation drive, seeking to vaccinate some 60,000 people a day in a bid to stamp out the illness.
    (SFC, 12/21/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 20, In Japan Harley Davidson bikers dressed in Santa Claus costumes rode through the streets of central Tokyo for their annual parade against child abuse.
    (Reuters, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Kuwait’s Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Sabah (72), the eldest son of the late emir, died. He had emerged as an influential reformer in the oil-rich Gulf sheikhdom.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, In southern Mexico rain unleashed a surge of water that swept away most of a 21-member group on a conyoning expedition. At least 4 people were killed and 3 left missing in the Rio Oro canyon of Veracruz state.
    (SFC, 12/22/20, p.A3)
2020        Dec 20, Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved Parliament after PM Khadga Prasad Oli recommended the move amid an escalating feud within his Communist Party that is likely to push the Himalayan nation into a political crisis.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman said they are closing their borders and suspending commercial flights over fears about a new coronavirus strain.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 20, South Korea reported a record 1,097 new coronavirus cases, including an outbreak in a Seoul prison that infected 188 as the country's latest wave of COVID-19 worsens.
    (Reuters, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Sudan’s PM Abdalla Hamdok met his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed in Djibouti, as Sudanese forces continued their advances to reclaim territories controlled by Ethiopian militias along the two countries' shared border.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, Thailand’s Disease Control Department said that they found 141 more cases linked to a shrimp market outbreak in Samut Sakhon province. Thousands of people lined up for coronavirus tests in the province.
    (AP, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 20, The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat publicly acknowledged a so-far unexplained ban on visitors from Pakistan, which travel agents say also targets tourists and laborers from a dozen Muslim-majority countries amid the pandemic and the UAE's normalization of ties with Israel.
    (AP, 12/21/20)

2020        Dec 21, The US Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus bill to provide a lot of help to the economy. But many economists believe that it also has major flaws. Among them: It isn’t especially targeted at the parts of the economy that need help. A provision in the bill allows businesses that that get government money in the Paycheck Protection Program to deduct from their taxes expenditures used with that money.
    (NY Times, 12/22/20)(SFC, 12/24/20, p.A4)
2020        Dec 21, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said dozens of email accounts at the Treasury Department were compromised in a massive breach of US government agencies being blamed on Russia, with hackers breaking into systems used by the department's highest-ranking officials.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, The US Justice Department announced new charges against Abu Agela Masud Kheir Al-Marimi, a Libyan bombmaker in the 1988 explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, an attack that killed 259 people in the air and 11 on the ground. Mr Masud is in custody in Libya. It is not yet known if he would be brought to the US for trial.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, DC officials said a statue of Black civil rights activist Barbara Johns, who played a key role in the desegregation of the public school system, will be installed in the US Capitol Rotunda, replacing one of General Robert E. Lee, a leader of the pro-slavery Confederacy.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Officials said the US Military Academy at West Point is confronting its biggest academic scandal in nearly five decades after more than 70 cadets were accused of cheating on a calculus exam last spring.
    (NY Times, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (76) pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to resolve misdemeanor drunken driving charges stemming from his arrest nearly 10 months ago on a freeway in metro Phoenix. He was sentenced to one day of home detention, fined nearly $1,400 and was required to complete 20 hours of community service.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020         Dec 21, California to date had 1,866,392 cases of coronavirus and 22,676 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 225,228 cases and 2,295 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 18,011,849 with the death toll at 319,255.   
    (sfist.com, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Kennedy Maxie (7) was fatally shot while Christmas shopping with her family in Atlanta. Daquan Reed (24) of Virginia was later identified as the suspect responsible for the shooting. A $15,000 reward was offered leading to Reed’s arrest.
    (TheGrio, 12/29/20)
2020        Dec 21, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said British Airways has agreed to allow only passengers who test negative for the novel coronavirus to fly to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, as international leaders reacted to news of a highly infectious new strain.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Hank Adams (77), one of Indian Country’s most prolific thinkers and strategists, died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Adams was involved with nearly every major event in American Indian history from the 1960s forward.
    (AP, 12/24/20)
2020        Dec 21, It was reported that International Business Machines (IBM) will acquire Finland-based startup Nordcloud, the latest in a series of acquisitions for the 109-year old firm preparing a mega spin-off to focus on cloud computing.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Jupiter and Saturn appeared as one bright planet in the night sky. The last time they came this visibly close to each other was in the year 1226.
    (NY Times, 12/20/20)
2020        Dec 21, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents launched attacks against security checkpoints in northern Baghlan province, killing two security officers and wounding two others. Four Taliban were also killed while two others were wounded in the battle. In northern Faryab province, at least two security officers were killed and five others were wounded when Taliban militants detonated a vehicle full of explosives in a market. Journalist Rahmatullah Nekzad was gunned down in Ghazni City.
    (AP, 12/22/20)(SFC, 12/22/20, p.A3)
2020        Dec 21, Australia said it had detected cases of the new fast-spreading coronavirus strain identified in the UK, while Hong Kong and India said they would suspend flights from Britain. Authorities say a new strain of the coronavirus in Sydney's north most likely originated in the United States, but how it got from the airport to the community remains a puzzle.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, A virulent new coronavirus strain (the B.1.1.7 lineage) in the UK prompted a London lockdown and widespread travel restrictions against Britons. Supermarkets warned that supplies of fresh produce could run short within days. “French borders closed,“ signs on roads approaching the English Channel port of Dover flashed, steering truck drivers away as traffic backed up.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)(AP, 12/21/20)   
2020        Dec 21, AstraZeneca Plc said that the US drug regulator had approved Tagrisso, the British drugmaker's top selling treatment for another type of lung cancer when diagnosed at an early stage, pushing its potential sales higher.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Denmark agreed on a temporary ban on mink breeding, leaving little hope to rebuild the industry, which pioneered the global fur trade.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, The EU gave official approval for the coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer to be used across the 27-nation bloc.
    (SFC, 12/22/20, p.A5)
2020        Dec 21, A German court sentenced Stephan Balliet (28), a far-right terrorist, to life in prison on a double murder charge after he attempted to storm a small town synagogue in a gun rampage on Yom Kippur last year.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, It was reported that death threats linked to police computers and the discovery of far-right chat groups in police departments across Germany have fed concerns about far-right infiltration.
    (NY Times, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian attacker who opened fire at a group of officers in Jerusalem's Old City.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, In south-central Italy an explosion in a gunpowder processing factory killed three people in Casalbordino, Chieti province.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Italy added 415 deaths to what is Europe’s highest national toll of pandemic dead, raising to 69,214 the known total to date of COVID-19 deaths. 10,872 confirmed COVID-19 cases were registered in the last 24-hour period.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Japan's national associations of doctors, nurses and seven other medical groups declared a state of medical emergency, urging the government to support the nation's medical system creaking under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Kenyan doctors and other crucial medical personnel in public hospitals started a nationwide strike to protest the lack of personal protective equipment and health insurance for frontline workers fighting against the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) named Mexico as the most dangerous country for journalists worldwide.
    (The Independent, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 21, Myanmar closed off public gardens, parks and a lake in its biggest city Yangon, hoping to prevent a spike in coronavirus cases during year-end holidays. Myanmar has recorded more than 116,000 infections and 2,443 deaths.
    (Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Pakistan reported 1,792 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths in the past 24 hours. There have been 9,392 deaths among 458,968 COVID-19 cases since February when the first infection was detected in the country.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny released a recording of a phone call he said he made to an alleged state security operative who revealed details of how the politician was supposedly poisoned. Bellingcat and other media outlets have identified the man Navalny said he spoke with as Konstantin Kudryavtsev, a trained chemical-weapons specialist.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, It was reported that Rwanda has deployed what it called a "protection force" to the Central African Republic after its peacekeepers there were attacked by rebels advancing to the capital, Bangui.
    (BBC, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, South Korea reported 24 more virus-related deaths in the country’s highest daily fatalities since the pandemic began. The government added a total of 926 new cases, taking the country’s total to 50,591 including 698 deaths. Gatherings of more than five people will be banned in the capital region from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, as an elevated step to suppress what authorities call an “explosive" surge in coronavirus infections.
    (AP, 12/21/20)(Reuters, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Thailand's PM Prayuth Chan-ocha called for calm and said there were no immediate plans for a wider lockdown after 382 new coronavirus infections were confirmed, the majority linked to the country's worst outbreak yet.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, The Vatican said it’s “morally acceptable" for faithful to receive COVID-19 vaccines whose research used cell lines from tissue obtained from abortions.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 21, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels shot down a Chinese-made, Saudi drone along the border with Saudi Arabia over the Madghal district, Marib province.
    (AP, 12/22/20)

2020        Dec 22, President Donald Trump signed a stopgap measure to fund US agencies for another week.
    (AP, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, Outgoing President Donald Trump, angry at his fellow Republicans in Congress, threatened not to sign a $2.3 trillion government funding and coronavirus aid package. Trump demanded the bill be revised to include $2,000 payments to each American, more than triple the $600 per person included in it.
    (Reuters, 12/23/20)
2020        Dec 22, Pres. Donald Trump issued 20 pardons and commutations, including to two people who pleaded guilty in the special counsel’s Russia inquiry and to four Blackwater guards convicted in connection with the 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians.
    (NY Times, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, The Trump administration announced more sanctions on Syria, intensifying pressure on President Bashar Assad to end the country’s vicious, nearly decade-long conflict. The sanctions target Syria's central bank, an aide to Assad and others.
    (AP, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, San Francisco-based Ouster Inc, a US startup that makes lidar sensors for self-driving cars and smart cities, said it has agreed to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Colonnade Acquisition Corp. Ouster is fifth lidar manufacturer this year to agree a SPAC merger to go public, following on from Velodyne Lidar Inc, Luminar, Innoviz and Aeva.
    (Reuters, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat.
    (NY Times, 12/22/20)
2020         Dec 22, California to date had 1,929,053 cases of coronavirus and 22,928 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 229,223 cases and 2,334 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 18,202,019 with the death toll at 322,345.   
    (sfist.com, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, In Connecticut UPS driver Nathan Burk (28) of Waterbury was fatally stabbed by a co-worker. Elijah David Bertrand (19) of Bristol, who was working as Burk's “helper/runner," was arrested the next day in Plymouth.
    (AP, 12/24/20)
2020        Dec 22, In Yonkers, NY, a car speeding away from police late today barreled into another car, splitting that vehicle in half and killing five people. The driver (36) of the speeding car and four 18-year-old men, who were ejected from the other vehicle, died in the crash.
    (AP, 12/23/20)
2020        Dec 22, In Ohio a police officer fatally shot a Black man (47) early today in Columbus, three weeks after a county sheriff’s deputy killed a Black man in the state capital, which ignited a round of protests against police brutality. The officer did not activate his body camera until after the shooting.
    (AP, 12/23/20)
2020        Dec 22, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a vehicle in Kabul, killing at least five people, three of them doctors.
    (AP, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, British PM Boris Johnson's government was working with France in an attempt to find a way to lift border closures that have snarled one of Europe's most important trade routes just days before the Brexit cliff edge. Britain agreed late today to conduct mass coronavirus tests on truck drivers as part of a deal with France to reopen the border to some travelers and to freight trucks, raising hopes of relief for hundreds of drivers stuck near British ports and for supermarkets warning that they could soon run short of fruit and vegetables.
    (Reuters, 12/22/20)(NY Times, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, It was reported that the mutation of the virus found in Britain appears to be up to 70 percent more contagious than earlier strains. Britain reported a record number of new COVID-19 infections.
    (NY Times, 12/22/20)(Reuters, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, Britain and Canada said they struck a short-term deal to ensure that free trade between the two after Brexit can continue until the Canadian parliament approves a new bilateral agreement.
    (Reuters, 12/22/20)
2020        Dec 22, Stella Tennant (22), one of Britain's top models, died. Her unconventional, androgynous looks helped her break into the world of fashion in the 1990s.
    (Reute