Timeline 2021 January - March
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2021        Jan 1, The US Senate voted 81-13 to override President Trump's veto of the $741 billion defense authorization bill. This was Congress' first veto override of Trump's presidency.
    (The Week, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 1, The United States effectively banned anonymous shell companies from operating in the country with the passing of a new anti-corruption law described by campaigners as historic. The new legislation was included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act.
    (The Independent, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a package of ethics and legislative reforms for the new Congress set to convene on Jan. 3, including barring former lawmakers convicted of federal crimes from the House floor.
    (Reuters, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, A federal appeals court cleared the way for the only woman on federal death row to be executed before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. A three-judge panel concluded that a lower court judge erred when he vacated Lisa Montgomery's execution date in an order last week. Her legal team said it would ask for the full appeals court to review the case and said Montgomery should not be executed on Jan. 12.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 1, The US Coast Guard suspended its search for a boat with about 20 people on board that was three days overdue to arrive in Florida after leaving the Bahamas earlier this week.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, An int'l. agreement on export limits of plastic waste from richer countries to poorer ones took effect under a framework of rules known as the Basel Convention adopted in 2019. Exports from the US, which has not ratified the ban, increased to 48 million tons this month, up from 45 million tons last January.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A16)
2021        Jan 1, In central California seven children and two adult drivers were killed in head-on collision in Fresno County.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021         Jan 1, California to date had 2,297,064 cases of coronavirus and 25,987 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 264,986 cases and 2,587 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 20,037,736 with the death toll at 346,687.   
    (sfist.com, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, In Maine Glenn Adams (780), a reporter who chronicled state government, politics and breaking news for The Associated Press for over three decades, died of complications after heart surgery at Maine Medical Center.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 1, In Texas Drill Sgt. Jessica Mitchell (30) was found around 2 a.m. with multiple gunshots to the driver's side door and window of her car along Interstate 10 in San Antonio. Mitchell had been shot several times and was taken to a nearby hospital, but died later from her injuries.
    (CBS News, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 1, Australia changed a lyric in its national anthem from we are young and free to we are one and free to recognize Indigenous populations that have lived on the continent for more than 60,000 years.
    (NY Times, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, The Bosnian military set up tents for hundreds of migrants who have been stuck in a burned-out refugee camp that has no facilities to fend off freezing winter weather.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, Bosnian police said 8 young men and women have died in a cottage in the southwest, apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning during a New Year's Eve celebration.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, Britain became the latest country to abolish the so-called "tampon tax, eliminating sales taxes on women's sanitary products.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the British government has decided to close all primary schools in London for the next two weeks to counter the rapid spread of a more infectious variant of the COVID-19 virus.
    (Reuters, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, Chad locked down its capital N'djamena for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and has declared a dusk to dawn curfew due to a rise in infections.
    (Reuters, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, In China a new civil code took effect requiring employers to prevent sexual harassment at work.
    (Econ., 12/19/20, p.76)
2021        Jan 1, In Egypt a roadside bomb went off in the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing two members of the country's security forces and wounding five.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 1, French officials said ravers at an underground, curfew-busting New Years Eve party that drew at least 2,500 people in Lieuron, Brittany, attacked the police sent to shut them down, torching one of their vehicles and injuring officers with volleys of bottles and stones.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, Experts at India's drugs regulator recommended for emergency use two coronavirus vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and the other backed by a state-run institute.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 1, Iranian Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi (85), a prominent hard-liner and supporter of the country's ex-president, died in Tehran.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, Iraqi explosives experts worked to defuse a large mine discovered on an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf and evacuate its crew. A limpet mine was found a day earlier on the MT Pola, a Liberian-flagged tanker in the waters off the Iraqi port of Basra.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, Ireland said it had under-reported coronavirus cases in recent days by thousands more than previously known as its system came under strain, suggesting the EU's fastest growing outbreak is worsening even more rapidly than figures showed.
    (Reuters, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, Israel forces tried to stop Palestinians building a house in a village in southern Hebron and seized an electricity generator belonging to Abu Aram (24). Aram was shot in the neck and was left quadriplegic.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 1, In Lebanon celebratory gunfire to ring in the New Year killed a Syrian woman living as a refugee in eastern Lebanon and struck an airplane parked at Beirut's airport in two separate incidents.
    (AP, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, In Mexico a female doctor (32) was hospitalized in Nuevo Leone after she experienced seizures, difficulty breathing and a skin rash upon receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 1, Farmers digging in a citrus grove near Mexicos Gulf coast found a striking, six-foot-tall statue of a female figure who may represent an elite woman rather than a goddess. The National Institute of Anthropology and History later said the carved statue, found in a region known as the Huasteca, may date to around 1450 to 1521.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 1, Portuguese singer Carlos do Carmo (81) died. He was one of the country's most beloved artists, known as the "Sinatra" of the soulful, melancholic fado music.
    (Reuters, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, The Thai capital of Bangkok said it will close all schools for two weeks after the New Year holiday as it tightens measures to control a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 1/1/21)
2021        Jan 1, The 47-member UN Human Rights Council now included China and Russia.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Human_Rights_Council)(Econ., 12/19/20, p.76)

2021        Jan 2, President Trump pressured Georgias Republican secretary of state to find him enough votes to overturn the presidential election and vaguely threatened him with a criminal offense during an hourlong telephone call.
    (NY Times, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 2, A coalition of 11 Republican senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, announced it will challenge the outcome of the presidential election by voting to reject electors from some states when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden won.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, It was reported that researchers are scrambling to learn why some coronavirus patients lose their sense of smell and taste. Some experts fear huge numbers of people may lose them permanently.
    (NY Times, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, In southern California counsellor David Mcknight-Hillman (25) died after allegedly being attacked by seven teenagers at Wayfinder Family Services. Mcknight-Hillman was assaulted by seven people when he intervened to break up a fight. Six of the suspects, including the two 18-year-olds, were arrested and booked on suspicion of murder.
    (The Independent, 1/5/21)
2021         Jan 2, California to date had 2,326,383 cases of coronavirus and 26,366 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 270,122 cases and 2,634 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 20,396,243 with the death toll at 349,933.   
    (sfist.com, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Brian Urquhart (101), a troubleshooting British diplomat who joined the UN at its birth in 1945, died at his home in Tyringham, Mass. He was best known for creating and directing the UNs peacekeeping operations in conflict-filled areas around the world.
    (AP, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 2, In Michigan a plane flying from Georgia crashed into a house in southeastern Lyon Township, killing the pilot and two people aboard.
    (AP, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 2, Mary Catherine Bateson (81), cultural anthropologist, died in Lebanon, NH. She was the author of quietly groundbreaking books on womens lives the only child of Margaret Mead. Her book Composing a Life (1989) is an examination of the stop-and-start nature of womens lives and their adaptive responses.
    (NY Times, 1/14/21)
2021        Jan 2, Rhonda Lee Walker (40), a US Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas, used another officers computer login information to help a woman enter the United States through the Laredo Port of Entry. Walker intended the woman work for her as a housekeeper and nanny. On May 14 Walker pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring the woman into the country.
    (AP, 5/15/21)
2021        Jan 2, Digital currency Bitcoin extended its record smashing rally, beginning the year with a surge over $30,000 for the first time, with ever more traders and investors betting that it is on its way to becoming a mainstream payment method.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Tesla said that it delivered 499,500 for the year, including 180,570 SUVs and sedans for the October through December period. CEO Elon Musk had set a goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, It was reported that a retrial of the powerful brother of Algeria's deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika cleared him of charges of conspiracy for which he was serving a 15-year jail sentence. He still faced corruption charges.
    (BBC, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Mainland China reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 2, up from 22 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, French police detained five people in an investigation into an underground New Year's Eve rave party that drew at least 2,500 people at Lieuron despite a coronavirus curfew and other restrictions. France has reported more than 64,000 virus-related deaths.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, France recorded 3,466 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, below the 19,348 reported a day earlier. This brought the cumulative total to 2,643,239. The COVID-19 death toll was up by 157 to 64,921.
    (Reuters, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 2, Iran said it plans to enrich uranium up to 20% at its underground Fordo nuclear facility as soon as possible, pushing its program a technical step away from weapons-grade levels as it increases pressure on the West over the tattered atomic deal.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Iraq's military said explosives experts with its naval forces successfully dismantled a mine that was discovered stuck to an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Thousands of Israelis protested again against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that the long-serving leader resign over corruption charges against him and for allegedly mishandling the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Italy reported 364 coronavirus-related deaths against 462 the day before,, while the daily tally of new infections plunged to 11,831 from 22,211, with far less testing than normal carried out on New Year's day. Italy has registered 74,985 COVID-19 deaths since its outbreak came to light on Feb. 21.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, In Mali two French soldiers died when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. This came days after 3 other French soldiers died in a similar way.
    (BBC, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 2, In Niger suspected Islamist militants attacked two villages, with reports of dozens of civilians killed. Around 49 died and 17 were injured in the village of Tchombangou, while another 30 died in Zaroumdareye, both near Niger's western border with Mali. PM Brigi Rafini later said 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in Zaroumdareye.
    (BBC, 1/3/21)(BBC, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 2, Pakistan arrested Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, a man accused of being a leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an Islamist militant group blamed by the US and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, In Somalia a suicide bombing in Mogadishu killed five people including two Turks. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. The attack took place 15 km (8 miles) away from a Turkish military base, Turkey's largest military installation abroad.
    (AP, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, South Korea said it will expand a ban on private gatherings larger than four people to include the whole country, and extend unprecedented social distancing rules in Seoul and neighboring areas until Jan. 17.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)
2021        Jan 2, Syria lambasted the US government for sanctions it has imposed on Damascus, following a UN special rapporteur's statement that called on Washington to remove unilateral sanctions against the war-torn country.
    (AP, 1/2/21)

2021        Jan 3, All 10 living former secretaries of defense cautioned against any move to involve the military in pursuing claims of election fraud, arguing that it would take the country into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 3, The 117th Congress convened for the first time and re-elected Nancy Pelosi as House speaker. Democrats control 222 of 435 seats, the slimmest majority either party has held in two decades.
    (NY Times, 1/3/21)
2021         Jan 3, California to date had 2,356,544 cases of coronavirus and 26,547 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 273,843 cases and 2,635 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 20,439,674 with the death toll at 350,267.   
    (sfist.com, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, In Minnesota hundreds of protesters marched in Minneapolis to demand justice in the fatal police shooting of a 23-year-old man, the citys first police-involved death since George Floyd died after being restrained by officers in May. Dolal Idd was killed on Dec. 30 during an attempted felony traffic stop.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 3, The Wall Street Journal reported that in recent days Icahn had sold about 10% of his stake back to Herbalife Nutrition, a multi-level marketing company, whose products include dietary supplements. Icahn sold more than half his stake in Herbalife Nutrition back to the company for $600 million at $48.05 a share and has given up the five seats on the firm's board held by his representatives.
    (Reuters, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, Australia's New South Wales state recorded eight new local cases. There are 161 active cases in the state, most of them in the northern beaches of Sydney, and 13 emanating from liquor store that are not connected to the beaches cluster. More Australian states and territories are reimposing travel restrictions to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus from new outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria states.
    (AP, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, British PM Boris Johnson warned that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely in the coming weeks as the country reels from a new coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest recorded levels.
    (AP, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, It was reported that rebel forces have seized Bangassou, a south-eastern city in the Central African Republic. The rebels have accused the government of holding a fraudulent election on 27 December.
    (BBC, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, Mainland China reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, up from 24 cases a day earlier. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,150, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
    (Reuters, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, It was reported that two men convicted over the assassination of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Pres. Laurent Kabila 20 years ago have been pardoned. Col Eddy Kapend and Georges Leta, implicated in the killing, had their death sentences commuted last June.
    (BBC, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan resumed their years-long negotiations over the controversial dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.
    (AP, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, India's drugs regulator granted emergency authorization for the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, but on the condition that Serum Institute doesn't export the shots to ensure that vulnerable populations in India are protected. Serum Institute of India has been contracted to make 1 billion doses of the vaccine for developing nations. COVAXIN, made by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, received emergency use approval from India's drugs regulator.
    (AP, 1/3/21)(4, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 3, In India hundreds of Tibetans in exile voted in Dharmsala for their new political leader and parliament. A 2nd round will take place in April.
    (SFC, 1/4/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 3, Indonesia approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for immediate emergency use.
    (Econ., 1/23/21, p.27)
2021        Jan 3, Tens of thousands of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans streamed to Baghdad's central square to mark the anniversary of the US killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
    (AP, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, Italy reported 347 coronavirus-related deaths against 364 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 14,245 from 11,831.
    (Reuters, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, In Mali more than 20 people, including children, were reported killed when an airstrike hit a wedding party in a remote village. The French military, which has troops in the region, said it carried out a strike on jihadist militants in central Mali, but that no wedding was involved. Defense Minister Florence Parly later said no helicopters were engaged in the strike that eliminated several dozen jihadis. A UN report later said the airstrike by the French Army killed 19 civilians.
    (AP, 1/6/21)(AP, 1/10/21)(NY Times, 3/30/21)
2021        Jan 3, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a group of minority Shiite Hazara coal miners after abducting them in southwestern Baluchistan province. 11 miners were killed. The Islamic state claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 1/4/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 3, A South Korean health official said that a third wave of the novel coronavirus is being contained, as it reported the lowest number of new infections in nearly four weeks with the help of tougher restrictions during the New Year holiday season. South Korea expanded a ban on private gatherings larger than four people to the whole country, and extended unprecedented social distancing rules in greater Seoul as the number of daily cases bounced back to more than 1,000 in four days.
    (Reuters, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, It was reported that Swiss regulators have allowed contract manufacturer Lonza Group to start producing Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at a plant in Switzerland.
    (Reuters, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, In central Syria militants ambushed buses traveling down a highway late today, killing nine people, including a 13-year-old girl.
    (AP, 1/3/21)
2021        Jan 3, Zimbabwe imposed curbs to slow the spread of the coronavirus as Information Minister Nick Mangwana warned that the country was being overwhelmed.
    (SFC, 1/4/21, p.A4)

2021        Jan 4, President Trump gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Nunes was one of the president's biggest allies in his effort to undermine the Justice Department's investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    (The Week, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 4, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said he has finalized a rule to limit what scientific research the agency can use to formulate regulations, in a concession to big business weeks before President Donald Trump leaves office. Under the rule, the EPA will no longer be able to rely on scientific research that is underpinned by confidential medical and industry data.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, US President Donald Trump's administration announced that it has made final its plan to open up vast areas of once-protected Arctic Alaska territory to oil development.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Enrique Tarrio (36), the chairman of the Proud Boys, was arrested by the Washington DC Metropolitan Police on suspicion of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn from a historic Black church in Washington during protests last month.
    (NY Times, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, The US Department of Homeland Security said a US-funded center in Cyprus will help train officials from countries in the eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East on the latest techniques in border, customs, maritime and cyber security.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, More than 225 Google engineers and other workers said they have formed a union, called the Alphabet Workers Union, capping years of growing activism at one of the worlds largest companies and presenting a rare beachhead for labor organizers in California's staunchly anti-union Silicon Valley. Initial membership was over 400.
    (NY Times, 1/4/21)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet_Workers_Union)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.60)
2021        Jan 4, It was reported that Rabble Wines of Paso Robles has been sold to O'Neill Vintners and distillers, one of the largest wine companies in California.
    (SFC, 1/4/21, p.C1)
2021         Jan 4, California to date had 2,378,980 cases of coronavirus and 26,637 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 277,146 cases and 2,637 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 20,805,262 with the death toll at 353,371.   
    (sfist.com, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, The New York Stock Exchange withdrew plans late today to delist shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers. The shares were to be removed under an order from President Donald Trump, a move Beijing had warned might lead to retaliation.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, In South Carolina Jamal Sutherland (31), a Black man with mental health issues, died under police custody in Charleston County. Video later showed deputies repeatedly deploying stun guns and kneeling on the man's back before he stops moving. In May the two deputies involved in his death were fired. On May 25 the Charleston County Council agreed to pay Sutherland's family $10 million.
    (SFC, 5/18/21, p.A5)(SFC, 5/27/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 4, BioNTech and partner Pfizer warned that they had no evidence that their jointly developed vaccine will continue to protect against COVID-19 if the booster shot is given later than tested in trials.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Slack, the messaging service used by millions of people for work and school, suffered a global outage, the first day back for most people returning from the New Year's holiday. The outage comes as Slack is in the process of being acquired by Salesforce.com for $27.7 billion.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, SkyBridge, a fund of hedge funds, announced it had started the Skybridge Bitcoin Fund with $310 million in assets under management invested from its $3 billion flagship fund. SkyBridge founder and managing partner Anthony Scaramucci previously served a short stint as US President Donald Trump's communications director.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Australia's New South Wales (NSW) sate reported zero local coronavirus cases for the first time in nearly three weeks, as Sydney battled multiple outbreaks and authorities urged tens of thousands of people to get tested.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Britain ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the shot developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, UK scientists expressed concern that COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out in Britain may not be able to protect against a new variant of the coronavirus that emerged in South Africa and has spread internationally.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, A British judge ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US, giving him a victory against the American authorities who accused him of conspiring to hack government computers and releasing confidential documents.
    (NY Times, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, In China it was revealed that a female employee (23) of Pinduoduo had collapsed on Dec 29 while walking home after an overtime shift. She died hours later in a hospital.
    (https://www.shine.cn/biz/tech/2101042698/)(Econ., 2/6/21, p.33)
2021        Jan 4, Advaccine Biopharmaceuticals Suzhou Co Ltd said it will manufacture and sell Pennsylvania-based Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc's COVID-19 vaccine candidate in China. Inovio's vaccine candidate, INO-4800, is being tested in two trials, a mid-stage study in China in partnership with Advaccine and a mid-to-late stage trial in the United States.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, It was reported that cash-strapped Chinese startup Byton, Apple assembler Foxconn and the Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone have agreed to start building electric sport-utility vehicles in 2022.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Mainland China reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, with 14 of the 17 local cases recorded in Hebei and 16 cases imported from overseas.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 4, Officials in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, said they aim to vaccinate all 1.3 million residents against COVID-19 and will set aside at least 200 million emalangeni ($14 million) to do so.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, It was reported that some EU specialist online retailers have said they will no longer deliver to the UK because of tax changes which came into force on 1 January.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, The center-right government in Greece named Nicholas Yatromanolakis (44), the country's first openly gay minister, as the new deputy minister of culture in a Cabinet reshuffle.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Greece started vaccinating elderly care home residents against COVID-19 in the next phase of its inoculation campaign begun nine days ago.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Representatives of the Indian government and protesting farmers failed again to reach agreement on the farmers' demand that new agricultural reform laws be repealed.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Iran said it has resumed enriching uranium up to 20 percent in the countrys biggest breach yet of the landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Irans revolutionary guard seized a South Korean-flagged ship carrying thousands of tons of ethanol in the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, It was reported that millions of mask-wearing pupils in Kenya have returned to school nine months after they were closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Kenya has reported almost 97,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 1,600 deaths since the start of the outbreak in March last year.
    (BBC, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Elias Rahbani (82), a Lebanese composer and lyricist, died after battling COVID-19. He wrote the music for some of the Arab worlds top performers, including Lebanons diva Fairouz.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Mexico approved the Oxford-Astra-Zeneca vaccine for emergency use.
    (SFC, 1/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 4, A court in Lahore, Pakistan, abolished so-called virginity tests for women in sexual assault cases, saying the practice is humiliating and casts suspicion on victims rather than the accused.
    (NY Times, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 4, In Pakistan hundreds of Shiites blocked a key highway on the outskirts of Quetta for a 2nd straight day to protest the killing of 11 coal miners by the Islamic State group.
    (SFC, 1/5/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 4, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte directed the head of his military detail to ignore a legislative summons, foiling the Senate's attempt to probe his guards for inoculating themselves with an unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Saudi Arabia opened its land, sea and air borders to Qatar late today, allowing Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to attend a regional summit and sign a new stability and solidarity agreement.
    (The Telegraph, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 4, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a new lockdown in response to a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus. Sturgeon said the new COVID-19 variant accounts for nearly half of new cases in Scotland, and is 70% more transmissible.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Singapore said its police will be able to use data obtained by its coronavirus contact-tracing technology for criminal investigations, a decision likely to increase privacy concerns around the system.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Spain's region of Catalonia announced a tightening of restrictions to tackle an uptick in COVID-19 infections, banning people from leaving their municipality, closing gyms and shopping malls, and allowing only essential shops such as pharmacies to open at the weekend. The new restrictions in Catalonia, which has Spain's second-highest number of infections and deaths after Madrid, will start on Jan. 7 and last until Jan. 17.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Thailand registered 745 new coronavirus cases, with a new death reported in Bangkok, where a semi-lockdown went into effect. The new infections bring the total number since last January to 8,439, while the death toll has climbed to 65.
    (AP, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, Turkish police clashed with hundreds of students protesting President Recep Tayyip Erdogans appointment of a figure with ties to his ruling party as rector to Bogazici University, one of Turkeys most prestigious universities.
    (AP, 1/4/21)

2021        Jan 5, It was reported that Donald Trump has signed an executive order that asks secretary of state Mike Pompeo to assess actions of Antifa activists, stop its members from entering the United States, and see whether it can be classified as a terrorist organization.
    (The Independent, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, The US Justice Department said the government collected $7 million in Iranian assets for victims of state-sponsored terrorism.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, US District Judge Mark Cohen rejected President Trump's latest lawsuit seeking to decertify Georgia's presidential election results.
    (The Week, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 5, The US Justice Department tapped a new federal prosecutor to lead the Atlanta office, a day after the Trump-appointed US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung J. BJay Pak, abruptly resigned. It was later reported that the White House pushed the prosecutor to resign before Georgia's US Senate runoff because President Donald Trump was unhappy that he wasn't doing enough to investigate Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 5, The Trump administration finalized changes that weaken the government's enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species.
    (SFC, 1/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 5, Voters streamed to polling sites in Georgia in a pair of runoff elections that will determine control of the US Senate. The Democrats won both Senate runoffs in Georgia, giving them control of the Senate. Rev. Raphael Warnock will be the first Black senator in the state's history. Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly led Republican Sen. David Perdue.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)(NY Times, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 5, DeVonta Smith, the wide receiver whose speed and acrobatics electrified Alabamas offense and helped the Crimson Tide to reach next weeks national championship game against Ohio State, won the Heisman Trophy.
    (NY Times, 1/6/21)
2021         Jan 5, California to date had 2,453,115 cases of coronavirus and 27,016 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 283,057 cases and 2,703 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 21,042,929 with the death toll at 357,132.   
    (sfist.com, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Louisville police fired two detectives, one who shot Breonna Taylor and another who sought the warrant that led to the deadly raid last March 13.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 5, A Wisconsin prosecutor said that police officers involved in the Aug. 23 Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting that left Jacob Blake paralyzed will not face charges.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Afghan negotiators resumed talks with the Taliban aimed at finding an end to decades of relentless conflict.
    (SFC, 1/6/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 5, Britain began its third COVID-19 lockdown with citizens under orders to stay at home and the government calling for one last major national effort to stem the virus before mass vaccinations turn the tide. The UK recorded more than 60,000 COVID-19 cases in daily figures for the first time as the government struggles to deal with a more infectious variant of the virus.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, In China Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of one of the country's largest state-controlled asset management firms, was sentenced to death for soliciting $260 million in bribes, corruption, and also bigamy.
    (The Telegraph, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, China's official media said the fight to contain the coronavirus in northern Hebei province has entered "wartime mode." Hebei reported 19 local infections and 40 asymptomatic cases between Jan. 2 and Jan. 4.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, It was reported that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Chinese firm Stemirna Therapeutics has obtained approval to conduct human testing from China's medical products regulator. Tibet Rhodiola Pharma is jointly developing the candidate with Stemirna.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, President Ivan Duque said Colombia's food and drug regulator authorized emergency use of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Denmark imposed new lockdown measures aimed at curbing the rapid spread of a new coronavirus variant that is believed to be more transmissible. Authorities said they expected the new virus variant, first detected in Britain, to be the dominant one in Denmark by mid-February.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Ethiopian police released Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu (38) after detaining him without charge for 12 days.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, The European Union said it would redouble its efforts to save the Iran nuclear agreement despite what it calls Tehrans important breach of commitments made in the 2015 deal by starting to enrich uranium to new levels.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Germany's disease control center reported 944 more COVID-19 deaths. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she has agreed with state governors to extend the country's current lockdown by three weeks until Jan. 31.
    (AP, 1/5/21)(SFC, 1/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 5, The Iranian government accused South Korea of holding more than 5 billion of its money hostage in its banks, a day after its revolutionary guards stormed and captured a Korean tanker in the Persian Gulf.
    (The Telegraph, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, An Israeli security officer shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to carry out a stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, A senior official said Italy will invest in local biotech company ReiThera to support the development of its COVID-19 vaccine, after the government called results of a Phase 1 trial encouraging. ReiThera is developing the vaccine with Germany's Leukocare and Belgium's Univercells.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, A Milan-based appeals court ordered Facebook to pay 3.83 million euros ($4.70 million) in damages to an Italian software development company for copying an app.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, In Lebanon a bronze bust of Gen. Qassem Soleimani was erected by the Ghobeiry municipality in a Hezbollah stronghold near Beirut's airport to commemorate the slain general's supportive role in Lebanon's wars with Israel.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 5, It was reported that Malaysian researchers have developed a method to transform the fiber found in normally discarded pineapple leaves to make a strong material that can be used to build the frames for unmanned aircraft, or drones.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un opened the nation's first full ruling party congress in five years with an admission that his economic plans have failed.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, In Pakistan dozens of Kashmiri activists rallied in Islamabad to urge the UN to ensure Kashmir's right to self-determination under a decades-old resolution on the disputed region.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Portugal started consultations with other European Union countries to find common ground for a new policy on migration, which has caused humanitarian crises and deep political divisions in the bloc over how to respond.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, In Saudi Arabia Gulf Arab leaders signed a declaration to mark a new page in relations following the kingdom's decision to end a 3 1/2-year embargo of Qatar, easing a rift that deeply divided regional US security allies and frayed social ties across the interconnected Arabian Peninsula.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, said it would voluntarily reduce its production by 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in February and March, after Russia pushed to increase output, worried about US shale capitalizing on the group's cuts.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 5, In South Korea the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus passed 1,000, while an increasing number of gym owners said they would reopen in protest against strict social distancing rules.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Authorities said three men died in a boat carrying more than 40 migrants and another died upon reaching shore on Tenerife in Spains Canary Islands. 23,000 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands in 2020, up from some 3,000 in 2019. More than 500 died in the attempt.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Syria and close ally Russia clashed with the US and other nations over a Western initiative to suspend Syrias voting rights in the global chemical weapons watchdog for failing to provide details of three chemical attacks in 2017 that investigators blamed on President Bashar Assads government.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Thailand confirmed 527 new coronavirus cases, most of them migrant workers who already were isolated, and the government said it was tightening movements of people around the country.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, Ukrainian officials said they have seized about 1 metric ton (1.1 tons) of heroin that smugglers intended to take into European Union countries and that four Turkish citizens have been detained in the case. The heroin originated in Pakistan and came into the country via the Black Sea port of Odesa.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 5, Venezuela's Nicols Maduro was set to extend his grip on power as the ruling socialist party assumed the leadership of Venezuelas congress, the last institution in the country it didnt already control.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, A court in Vietnam sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of government to between 11 and 15 years in prison, after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state propaganda. Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan were convicted of "making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the state" at a one-day trial in Ho Chi Minh City.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)

2021        Jan 6, The US Congress met today to certify the Electoral College results. President Trump has pressured Vice President Mike Pence, who presides over the ceremony, to overturn the result. But Pence told Trump yesterday that he does not have that power. The US Capitol was overrun by a pro-Trump mob. A woman died after she was shot by the police inside the Capitol, during the mayhem. Three other people also died in the area around the Capitol from separate medical emergencies. A bomb squad destroyed a pipe bomb that was found at the Republican National Committee headquarters. Protesters backing President Donald Trump massed outside statehouses from Georgia to New Mexico, leading some officials to evacuate. The woman shot dead was soon named as Ashli Babbitt (35), a Donald Trump supporter from San Diego, California, who had served in the United States Air Force. QAnon conspiracists helped lead the assault on Capitol Hill.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)(NY Times, 1/6/21)(AP, 1/6/21)(The Telegraph, 1/7/21)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.24)
2021        Jan 6, Facebook, Twitter Inc and Snap Inc temporarily locked Trump's accounts as the siege of the Capitol escalated.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 6, A sober, shaken Senate returned to its hallowed chamber late today to slap away a frivolous election challenge. Nearly 15 hours after lawmakers first gathered in joint session, they accepted the final state tally and certified Bidens victory.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, US health officials said they have reports of at least 29 people developing severe allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccines.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 6, The US government held its first oil and gas lease sale for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Major oil companies stayed on the sidelines and the sale garnered bids on just half the tracts that were listed. The state of Alaska and two small local companies were the only bidders.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.A3)(Econ., 1/9/21, p.56)
2021         Jan 6, California to date had 2,496,990 cases of coronavirus and 27,519 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 287,346 cases and 2,772 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 21,279,163 with the death toll at 360,741.   
    (sfist.com, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Atlanta police and US Marshals arrested Daquan Reed (24) in Hampton Roads, Virginia, a suspect in connection with the death of Kennedy Maxie (7), a Georgia girl who was struck and killed by an apparent stray bullet after Christmas shopping with her family.
    (NBC News, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 6, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth said that it will spend $8 billion to add Change Healthcare to its OptumInsight segment and boost its ability to provide data analytics and revenue cycle management support, among other offerings.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, In Missouri the Kansas City Star published an editorial under the headline: "Assault on democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt." Hawley, a Missouri Republican, was at the forefront of a bid to block congressional certification of the Electoral College vote.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, The New York Stock Exchange said it is going ahead with plans to delist shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers under an executive order from President Donald Trump, reversing course just days after saying they wouldn't be delisted. Trading in China Telecom Corp. Ltd., China Mobile Ltd. and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd., will be suspended on Jan. 11. The Chinese government has accused Washington of misusing national security as an excuse to hamper competition and has warned that Trumps order would hurt US and other investors worldwide.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Amazon.com Inc said it would spend $2 billion to create affordable homes in Washington state, Virginia and Tennessee, where three of its major US employment hubs are located.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, US startup Eat Just Inc said that Dicos, one of China's largest fast food chains, has added plant-based egg product supplied by the San Francisco firm to menus at more than 500 outlets across China.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Impossible Foods Inc, maker of the plant-based Impossible Burger, said it would cut prices for foodservice distributors in the United States by about 15% amid increasing demand for its burgers.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Walgreens Boots Alliance will sell its pharmaceutical wholesale business to AmerisourceBergen in a $6.5 billion cash and stock deal. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. runs more than 21,000 stores mainly in the United States and the UK.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro accused syringe makers of pushing up their prices after the government failed to buy hundreds of millions of syringes via auction for its COVID-19 vaccination drive, leading it to requisition surplus supplies.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, British PM Boris Johnson warned parliament that ending England's latest lockdown would require a "gradual unwrapping" over time, pledging that schools would be the "very first things to reopen." The UK recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 daily deaths for the first time since April as the government struggles to deal with a new, more infectious variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Britain, France and Germany pressed Iran to reverse a decision to start enriching uranium to levels beyond the limits of a 2015 nuclear agreement, a move which they said risks compromising chances of diplomacy with the incoming US administration.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, London-listed specialist investment firm Hipgnosis Songs Fund said singer-songwriter Neil Young has sold it a half share of the rights to his entire catalogue of 1,180 songs.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Authorities in eastern Congo fear more than 40 people are dead after a motorized wooden boat capsized overnight on Lake Kivu.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, A senior Ethiopian military official confirmed the presence of security forces from neighboring Eritrea in the deadly conflict in his countrys northern Tigray region, contradicting the Ethiopian governments denials.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 6, Thirteen of the EU's foreign ministers said in a joint letter to the bloc's executive saying the EU should send coronavirus vaccines to its Balkan neighbors and do more to combat the virus in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, French chef Albert Roux (85) died. He and his brother Michel brought Paris-style fine dining to London in the 1960s and inspired generations of chefs. Michel died aged 78 in March last year.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Germany's cabinet approved legislation to force larger listed companies to have at least one woman on their boards, following years of debate over the issue.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, In Guatemala Mynor Padilla was found guilty of homicide for the 2009 fatal shooting of Adolfo Ich, a Maya Qeqchi teacher and community leader who opposed the Fenix mine outside the town of El Estor. German Chub was shot and paralyzed by mine security personnel on September 27, 2009, the same day Ich was killed.
    (The Guardian, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 6, Hong Kong police arrested 55 pro-democracy officials and activists over an effort to choose candidates for city elections. It was the largest roundup since Beijings crackdown began. The EU called for their immediate release. 52 people were granted bail on Jan. 8.
    (NY Times, 1/6/21)(AP, 1/6/21)(SFC, 1/9/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 6, HKChronicles, a Hong Kong website that publishes material mainly related to anti-government protests in 2019, was blocked by the city's internet service providers (ISPs). Hong Kong police had invoked the city's national security law for the first time to block HKChronicles.
    (Reuters, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 6, Indonesia recorded a new daily record of 8,854 coronavirus cases as Pres. Joko Widodo announced the start of a vaccination program.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 6, Irish official data showed number of patients in hospitals with COVID-19 has exceeded the peak set during the first wave of infections, ahead of a government meeting to consider new public health restrictions.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, An Israeli military court found Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian activist, guilty on six charges related to his participation in demonstrations in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron against Jewish settlements and alleged human rights violations.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Italy reported 548 coronavirus-related deaths against 649 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 20,331 from 15,378.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Tokyo reported a daily record of 1,591 coronavirus cases. Japan has confirmed more than 250,000 cases including over 3,700 deaths.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 6, The Netherlands began its COVID-19 vaccination program, with nursing home staff and front-line workers in hospitals first in line for the shot.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un vowed to strengthen the country's military defenses in a speech at a major ruling party meeting. Kim presented goals for developing the Norths transport, construction, commerce and other industries and proposed ways to expand production in agriculture, light industry and fishing to improve public livelihoods.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, It was reported that Peru passed one million confirmed cases of the coronavirus a few days ago.
    (SFC, 1/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 6, Portugal approved an extension of a state of emergency as the daily number of COVID-19 cases in the nation of around 10 million people reached a record high of 10,027, putting increasing pressure on the health system.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Senegalese Pres. Macky Sall put the country's capital and surrounding region on curfew as coronavirus cases surged.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 6, Top Serbian politicians urged greater international acceptance of Russia's coronavirus vaccine as they joined the front of their country's queue for shots.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, South Korea rolled out mass testing for 52 prisons in the country after a massive prison outbreak and decided to extend flight suspensions from Britain for two weeks as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Sudan said it had signed an agreement with the US that paves the way for the cash-strapped African nation to normalize relations with Israel and help clear some of its massive debt to the World Bank. Sudan has more than $60 billion in foreign debt.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, Some Ukrainian media outlets reported that a clinic in Kyiv had begun inoculating people, probably with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, at a charge of up to 3,000 euros ($3,683) per dose. Ukraine has yet to approve any of the newly developed vaccines.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)

2021        Jan 7, In a video on Twitter, Pres. Donald Trump did not give up his false claims of election fraud, but finally conceded defeat.
    (NY Times, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 7, The chief of the Capitol Police and the sergeants-at-arms for the House and Senate announced their resignations. Officials said the Capitol Police turned down support from the National Guard before the riots and rebuffed help from the FBI as the mob descended. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick died late today from injuries sustained while physically engaging with pro-Trump rioters who descended on the US Capitol the day before. A medical examiner later said Sicknick died from two strokes he suffered the day after he was sprayed with a strong chemical irritant during the assault on the Capitol.
    (NY Times, 1/8/21)(Washington Post, 4/19/21)
2021        Jan 7, US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution to immediately remove Trump from office, saying that if he does not act, Congress should impeach the president.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, It was reported that top national security aides and other staffers have resigned from President Donald Trump's administration over the storming of Capitol Hill by his supporters. Officials said more departures are expected soon.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, The US government said Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to resolve a Justice Department investigation into safety issues with its 737 MAX plane.
    (NY Times, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Arizona reported nearly 300 coronavirus deaths, a pandemic high, and nearly 10,000 new infections.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.A7)
2021         Jan 7, California to date had 2,534,673 cases of coronavirus and 28,079 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 291,865 cases and 2,831 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 21,543,310 with the death toll at 364,734.   
    (sfist.com, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda (93), who spent 20 seasons as the skipper of the Los Angeles Dodgers, died at his home in Fullerton, California.
    (ESPN, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 7, British filmmaker Michael Apted (79), the man behind the "Up" documentaries that chronicled the lives of a group of British children for more than 50 years, died at his home in Los Angeles. Apted also directed Hollywood movies ranging from the 1999 James Bond blockbuster "The World is Not Enough" to the Loretta Lynn country singer biography "Coal Miner's Daughter" and dozens of TV shows.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 7, Neil Sheehan (84), Vietnam War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, died in Washington DC. In 1971 he obtained the Pentagon Papers, telling the secret government history of the Vietnam War. Sheehan had smuggled the papers out of the apartment in Cambridge, Mass., where Daniel Ellsberg had stashed them; then he copied them illicitly, just as Mr. Ellsberg had done, and took them to The Times.
    (NY Times, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 7, In New York City Andrei Tyurin (37), a prolific Russian hacker, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting involvement in one of the biggest thefts of consumer data from a US financial institution. Tyurin was extradited from the country of Georgia in Sept. 2018.
    (SFC, 1/9/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 7, Wall Street hit record levels as market participants bet on more coronavirus relief aid under a Democrat-controlled US Congress to help the economy ride out a steep pandemic-led downturn.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Facebook Inc said it will block US President Donald Trump's accounts, silencing him for at least the next two weeks until the presidential transition is completed.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, It was reported that E.&J. Gallo has completed the acquisition of 30 low-priced brands from Constellation Brands for some $810 million.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.C1)
2021        Jan 7, Study results showed that treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with Roche's Actemra or Sanofi's Kevzara arthritis drugs significantly improves survival rates and reduces the amount of time patients need intensive care.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, PayPal Holdings Inc's venture arm said it has made an investment in Salt Lake City, Utah-based tech startup Taxbit, which helps consumers and businesses calculate the taxes owed on cryptocurrency holdings.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Quantum Metric, a startup that provides customer analytics and improvement tools for online businesses, said it raised $200 million in its latest financing round, which values the firm at over $1 billion.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Attacks in Afghanistan over the last two days left at least 23 civilians and security forces dead.
    (SFC, 1/7/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 7, Argentina said it would restrict the movement of people in the country during night hours, in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic during the Southern Hemisphere summer vacation season.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan reported its first COVID-19 death some 10 months after initially detecting the virus and managing to keep the disease under control by largely sealing off the tourism-dependent country.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 7, A Chinese court jailed Hu Huaibang, a former party secretary and chairman of the China Development Bank, for life for earning up to 10 million in bribes, the second high-level graft conviction to hit the country's financial sector this week.
    (The Telegraph, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, China National Biotec Group (CNBG) said it has administered more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Jan. 4 via China's emergency use program.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, It was reported that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech was 78% effective in a late-stage Brazilian trial and entirely prevented severe cases, boosting Chinese efforts to catch up with Western vaccine makers.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, It was reported that Cuba is partnering with Iran to produce a COVID-19 vaccine developed by scientists on the island, the latest example of how the two US-sanctioned nations are building closer ties.
    (Miami Herald, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, The Czech Republic has registered 794,740 confirmed cases and 12,621 deaths. November was the deadliest month with 4,937 deceased. All three cremation chambers were working round the clock, while storage capacity for caskets has been repeatedly boosted.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 7, German company CureVac, that is in the advanced stages of producing a vaccine against COVID-19, said it is linking up with pharmaceutical giant Bayer to help develop and distribute the product. CureVac said last month that it expects first results by the end of March from its phase 3 clinical study of the mRNA-based vaccine candidate called CVnCoV.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Daimler AG's unveiled a new display screen that will cover almost the entire dashboard of its luxury Mercedes-Benz models, in a bid to outdo Tesla Inc's hallmark touchscreen infotainment system.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in for a second term as Ghana's president, a day after scuffles between rival politicians broke out in parliament.
    (BBC, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong's most high-profile democracy activists, who is already serving a 13-and-a-half-month jail sentence for illegal assembly, was arrested again on suspicion of violating the citys controversial national security law.
    (The Telegraph, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds morning as hundreds more residents were evacuated from its fertile slopes.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, In Iraq a judge in Baghdad's investigative court issued an arrest warrant for outgoing President Donald Trump in connection with the killing of an Iranian general and a powerful Iraqi militia leader last year.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Israel's government prepared for a two-week shutdown as the countrys infection rate soared again.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Lebanon began a 25-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus as infections hit a record high in the tiny Mediterranean nation and patients overwhelmed the health care sector.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Human Rights Watch urged Libya's UN-backed government to investigate the fate of at least 338 people missing from the town of Tarhuna. Dozens of mass graves were found there after the withdrawal of he notorious al-Kaniyat militia last summer.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Malaysia reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases as the government considered imposing restrictions in some areas, while businesses warned that another nationwide lockdown would further batter the economy.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, In New Zealand a woman died of a shark attack at Waihi Beach.
    (SFC, 1/9/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 7, Pakistan's counter-terrorism police and intelligence agency raided hideouts of an outlawed Shiite militant group in the eastern Punjab province and arrested seven suspects over the last 24 hours who allegedly wanted to attack leaders of rival Sunni Muslims' groups. Shiites continued their protest for the straight fifth day in Quetta over the Jan. 3 killing of coal miners.
    (AP, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, It was reported that many Scottish fishermen have halted exports to European Union markets after post-Brexit bureaucracy shattered the system that used to put fresh langoustines and scallops in French shops just over a day after they were harvested.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, South Africa said it will vaccinate 40 million people, or two-thirds of its population, against COVID-19 in order to achieve herd immunity, as a mutant variant drove daily new cases above 21,000 for the first time.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Sweden registered 12,536 new coronavirus cases since Jan. 5. The country registered 277 new deaths, taking the total to 9,262.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, Police in Uganda confronted opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine during an online press conference. Wine said they fired tear gas and bullets as they swarmed his car.
    (AP, 1/7/21)

2021        Jan 8, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he will not attend the inauguration of his successor, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, later this month, hours after promising a peaceful transition of power.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Gen. Mark A. Milley called Gen. Li Zuocheng of China two days after Mr. Trumps supporters stormed the Capitol to try to stop the certification of his election loss and said: "Things may look unsteady." In a 2nd call he said "Everythings fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes. This was made public in September in a new book: Peril, by the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Gen. Milley was so concerned about Mr. Trump that later that day he convened a meeting with top commanders to remind them that the procedures for launching a nuclear weapon called for his involvement in such a decision.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)
2021        Jan 8, Washington imposed sanctions on Faleh al-Fayyad, head of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The US Treasury accused him of leading militia that killed hundreds of protesters with live ammunition during a 2019 crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 8, Alphabet Inc's Google suspended Parler, a social media platform popular with conservatives for its hands-off approach to content moderation, citing posts inciting violence. Apple Inc gave the service 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan.
    (AP, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 8, Twitter Inc deleted new tweets posted by US President Donald Trump on official government account @POTUS and suspended the account of his presidential campaign, after booting his personal account off the platform permanently.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, The Labor Department said the US economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, the first monthly loss since April. The unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq scaled new highs, as hopes of more economic stimulus to ride out a pandemic-led downturn eclipsed concerns over a significant loss of pace in a labor market recovery. Wall Street bankers warned of toppy stock markets and a looming near-term retreat after exuberance from unprecedented economic stimulus has led to "frothy" asset prices.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, A US federal judge in California blocked the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would have dramatically reshaped the US asylum system and restricted asylum eligibility for immigrants seeking refuge in the United States.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021         Jan 8, California to date had 2,574,314 cases of coronavirus and 28,565 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 296,976 cases and 2,916 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 21,846,815 with the death toll at 368,685.   
    (sfist.com, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, In southern California 8 gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first cases among such primates in captivity.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yxcwcttz)(SFC, 1/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 8, Bitcoin jumped more than 5% to fresh record highs of $41,530, reversing losses from earlier in the session.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Tesla Inc launched a cheaper variant of the Model Y, bringing its sports utility vehicle's price closer to that of its Model 3 sedan, the electric-car maker's least expensive car. Shares of Tesla Inc jumped as much as 5.6%, pushing the electric-car maker's market capitalization to more than $800 billion. The rally has helped Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk surpass Amazon.com Inc's top boss Jeff Bezos to become the world's richest man.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Video-streaming device maker Roku Inc said it had acquired the global distribution rights to Quibi's content library, nearly three months after the short-form video streaming app was shut down following an unsuccessful run.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Afghanistan, Britain, Canada, Sweden and Ukraine said they want Tehran to provide a complete and thorough explanation of the events and decisions that led to this appalling plane crash, on the one-year anniversary of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crash.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, In northwest Bosnia a fresh spate of snowy and freezing winter weather brought more misery for hundreds of migrants and refugees who have been stuck for days in the burnt-out Lipa camp while waiting for heating and other facilities.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, The Brazilian production partner for a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech filed for emergency use authorization with health regulator Anvisa, the day after announcing results from a late-stage trial.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Brazilian researchers said they have identified the concerning new coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa in a woman who contracted COVID-19 for the second time, and said it was the first such case reported in the world.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Britain reported 1,325 new deaths from COVID-19, its highest daily figure since the outbreak of the pandemic, with another 68,053 additional cases. The official death toll stood at 79,833, the highest in Europe. Britain's medical regulator approved Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for use. The health ministry said that it had agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses as it eyed a spring rollout of the shot.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)(SFC, 1/9/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 8, It was reported that the bee-killing pesticide Cruiser SB neonicotinoid, which is banned by the EU, has been approved for use by sugar beet farmers in England.
    (The Telegraph, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Logistics group DFDS said a high number of vehicles travelling from Britain to France have been refused entry or delayed due to having the incorrect paperwork after Brexit.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, China's National Health Commission reported 33 new COVID-19 cases for the mainland, down from 53 reported a day earlier. The authority said 14 of the 17 locally transmitted infections were in Hebei province.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 8, It was reported that 23 accused of being behind the 2001 assassination of Laurent Kabila, the former president of Democratic Republic of Congo, have been released after spending nearly two decades behind bars.
    (BBC, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, The European Union's drug agency approved doctors drawing one more dose from each vial of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech, in a move that combined with the purchase of 300 million extra shots of the serum could speed up the pace of vaccinations in the 27-nation bloc.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said EU countries are not allowed to negotiate separate vaccine deals with pharmaceutical companies in parallel to the efforts of the European Union as a whole.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Data published by the EU climate monitoring service said 2020 was the warmest year in Europe since records began.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie said France is to extend mass culling of poultry as it faces a "race against time" to contain a bird flu virus sweeping through a duck-breeding area in the southwest.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Germany reported a record 1,188 daily COVID-19 deaths. Trial organizers at university hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) said coronavirus vaccine developed by the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) and vaccine maker IDT Biologika did not prompt the hoped-for immune reaction in early-stage testing on humans.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, In Indonesia Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir (82), former spiritual leader of the clandestine Jemaah Islamiyah group, was released from prison after serving more than ten years of a 15-year sentence for helping establish a terrorist training camp.
    (SFC, 1/9/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 8, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banned Iran from importing of American Pfizer-BioNTech and Britains Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccines, a reflection of mistrust toward the West.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Italy reported 620 coronavirus-related deaths up from 414 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 17,533 from 18,020.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Portugal reported record increases in the number of COVID-19 infections and the death toll, a day after the prime minister warned the country may need to go into a new lockdown next week if contagion continues to surge.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, In Siberia at least three people were killed late today when an avalanche swept over several buildings at the Otdelnaya Mountain ski complex outside Norilsk just before midnight.
    (SSFC, 1/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 8, It was reported that South African scientists are testing whether vaccines will be less effective against a COVID-19 variant, known as 501Y.V2, first detected locally and hope for initial results within two weeks.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, A South Korean court ordered Japan to compensate 12 South Korean women forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese troops during WWII. Compensation was set at $91,360 for each of the 12 women, seven of whom have died while waiting for the ruling. Japan immediately protested the ruling saying all compensation issues were resolved under a 1965 treaty that restored diplomatic ties.
    (SFC, 1/9/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 8, The United Arab Emirates announced that it would reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar after boycotting the tiny energy-rich country alongside its Gulf allies since 2017.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, The United Nations said it fears massive community transmission of COVID-19 in Ethiopias troubled Tigray region, fueled by displacement and the collapse of health services, as humanitarian workers finally begin to access the region two months after fighting began. A UN report said fighting is still going on in several parts of the northern Tigray region and almost 2.3 million people, or nearly half of the population, need aid.
    (AP, 1/8/21)(Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Zimbabwe police arrested prominent journalist Hopewell Chinono for the third time in six months. Chin'ono had tweeted that police had beaten an infant to death while enforcing COVID-19 lockdown rules this week. Police later said the information was false.
    (AP, 1/8/21)

2021        Jan 9, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how US diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan. China's state media quickly lashed out at the move.
    (AP, 1/9/21)(AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 9, Off-duty US Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood (51) died of an apparent suicide. He was among the officers who clashed with a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol last week.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y3mlca6q)(The Week, 1/11/21)
2021         Jan 9, California to date had 2,661,646 cases of coronavirus and 29,241 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 301,773 cases and 2,991 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 22,129,231 with the death toll at 372,384.   
    (sfist.com, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Jason Nightengale (32) killed three people and wounded four others in a series of shootings over roughly four hours that started on Chicago's South Side and ended with his death in a shootout with police in a parking lot just north of the city. On Feb. 2 Damia Smith (15) died due to her injuries.
    (AP, 1/10/21)(Chicago Tribune, 2/3/21)
2021        Jan 9, Ved Mehta (86), a celebrated blind writer for The New Yorker, died in Manhattan. He was best known for exploring the history of modern India through 12 volumes of memoir.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ved_Mehta)(NY Times, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 9, In North Carolina Johnny Autry Jr. (44), an inmate at Pamlico Correctional Institution, died from methamphetamine intoxication.
    (AP, 8/21/21)
2021        Jan 9, Australia's health officials said they are on high alert after cases of highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus, discovered in Britain and South Africa, have made it into the country.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, It was reported that British PM Boris Johnson has secretly ordered civil servants to strip references to the EU from tens of thousands of laws to stop Labour reversing Brexit after the next general election in a plan known by some in Whitehall as Operation Bleach.
    (The Telegraph, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Chinese authorities halted public transport in a provincial capital near Beijing in an effort to stamp out a new cluster of coronavirus infections. Government authorities said China will provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge once they become available to the general public.
    (AP, 1/9/21)(Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc launched its first sedan model ET7, eyeing a greater share of the world's largest car market. Nio's new battery technology will give the ET7 a drive range of over 1,000 km (621 miles) between charges.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Cuba's top epidemiologist said irresponsible partying over year-end, often with relatives from abroad, fueled a surge in coronavirus infections and he warned of a crackdown to prevent the spread of the disease.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, In western India a fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a government-run hospital in Bhandara, Maharashtra state. Ten infants were reported killed.
    (SSFC, 1/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 9, In Indonesia a passenger plane carrying 56 passengers and six crew members lost contact shortly after taking off from Jakarta. The 26-year-old Boeing 737-500 Sriwijaya Air flight went missing over the Java Sea while en route to Pontianak.
    (AP, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, In Indonesia two landslides triggered by heavy rain left at least 11 people dead and 18 injured in West java province.
    (SFC, 1/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 9, Iraq denounced as "unacceptable" a US decision to blacklist the leader of a state umbrella group for mainly Iran-backed Shi'ite militia.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Thousands of Israelis renewed weekly demonstrations against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for the long-serving leader to resign over corruption charges against him and his alleged mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Italy reported 483 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 620 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 19,978 from 17,533. Italy has registered 78,394 COVID-19 deaths since its outbreak came to light on Feb. 21.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Osaka and its surrounding prefectures asked Japan to expand a state of emergency to the western cities in an effort to contain the latest COVID-19 outbreak. Tokyo's new daily infections kept above 2,000 cases.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, The Korean Central News Agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called the US his biggest enemy and vowed to advance Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.
    (AP, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Lebanon reported a record 5,400 coronavirus infections.
    (SFC, 1/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 9, A major technical fault in Pakistan's power generation and distribution system caused a massive power outage late today that plunged the country into darkness. The Ministry of Energy said restoration of power to all areas of the country would take some time.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 9, The Philippine government signed a deal to secure the supply of 30 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Covovax from Serum Institute of India (SII).
    (Reuters, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 9, In the Philippines more than 400,000 Catholics in Manila celebrated a feast for a centuries-old wooden statue of Jesus Christ, despite health experts warning it could turn into a super-spreader event for coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, In Spain a persistent blizzard has blanketed large parts of the country with 50-year record levels of snow, killing at least four people and leaving thousands trapped in cars or in train stations and airports that had suspended all services as the snow kept falling.
    (AP, 1/9/21)

2021         Jan 10, California to date had 2,684,516 cases of coronavirus and 29,927 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 305,334 cases and 3,030 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 22,385,975 with the death toll at 374,072.   
    (sfist.com, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Memphis police officer Patric Ferguson (29) was taken into custody on charges of kidnapping and shooting 30-year-old Robert Howard after forcing him in the backseat of a squad car. Howard was last seen at his home on January 5. A second person, Joshua Rogers (28), was arrested for allegedly assisting Ferguson to relocate the victims body.
    (NBC News, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 10, In Texas Patrick Lynn Warren (52) was fatally shot by Killeen Officer Reynaldo Contreras, who was responding to what has been termed a psychiatric call. Warren's family soon called for the officer to be arrested and charged for the shooting.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 10, Marriott International and Blue Cross Blue Shield said that they would temporarily stop donating to House members and senators who voted last week against certifying President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.
    (The Week, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 10, Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state recorded three new coronavirus cases as a three-week lockdown for about quarter million of people in Sydney's northern beaches suburbs eased.
    (Reuters, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, David Barclay (86), one of the billionaire identical twins whose business empire includes Britains Daily Telegraph newspaper, died.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 10, In Canada a curfew took effect across Quebec province in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus infections.
    (SFC, 1/11/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 10, In eastern China a mine explosion trapped 22 workers. Managers waited more than a day before reported that the explosion in violation of rules saying accidents must be reported within an hour. Days later their condition remained unknown.
    (SFC, 1/15/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 10, In eastern Congo gunmen killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the latest attack in the area that is home to some of the world's last mountain gorillas.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia said they have failed to achieve a breakthrough in the African Union-led talks to revolve their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Indonesian authorities located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta, as human body parts and pieces of the plane were retrieved.
    (Reuters, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Israeli military jets carried out several low flying flights over Beirut as reconnaissance drones also buzzed overhead in what has become a daily occurrence.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Israel's coronavirus vaccination campaign, the world's fastest per capita, shifted to booster shots in a bid to protect the most vulnerable citizens by next month and ease curbs on the economy.
    (Reuters, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Italy reported 361 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 483 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 18,627 from 19,978.
    (AP, 1/10/21)   
2021        Jan 10, In Kazakhstan five parties competed for seats in the lower house of parliament, but all are loyal to the government. The countrys only registered opposition party declined to field candidates. Dozens of people protesting the opposition-free election were detained in the countrys capital and in its principal city, but were released without charges after several hours.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Kyrgyzstan voters gave Sadyr Zhaparov, nationalist politician who was released from prison amid protests that overthrew Pres. Sooronbai Jeenbekov last year, a landslide 79% victory and approved a referendum to change the constitution to give the presidency more power.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, New Zealands central bank said that one of its data systems has been breached by an unidentified hacker who potentially accessed commercially and personally sensitive information.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Syrias petroleum ministry blamed US sanctions for forcing it to cut by up to 24% its distribution of fuel and diesel because of delays in arrival of needed supplies.
    (AP, 1/10/21)
2021        Jan 10, Zimbabwe recorded 21,477 cases and 507 deaths, up from the slightly more than 10,000 cases and 277 deaths at the beginning of December.
    (AP, 1/11/21)

2021        Jan 11, The Trump administration re-designated Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, hitting the country with new sanctions that could hamstring President-elect Joe Biden's promise to renew relations with the communist-governed island.
    (AP, 1/11/20)
2021        Jan 11, A US federal judge late today put a temporary stop to the scheduled execution of Lisa Montgomery (52), pending a mental competency review.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021         Jan 11, California to date had 2,692,542 cases of coronavirus and 30,019 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 311,012 cases and 3,061 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 22,591,369 with the death toll at 375,903.   
    (sfist.com, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Sheldon Adelson (87), US billionaire casino magnate, died in malibu, Ca. He was a staunch supporter of Israel's PM Netanyahu and a driving force in pushing President Donald Trumps strong pro-Israel agenda.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Adelson)(AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 11, In Iowa three people died in a crash early today of a stolen car that reached speeds of more than 100 mph (161 kph) while fleeing police in the Des Moines suburb of Clive.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Mississippi hoisted its new state flag after Gov. Tate Reeves signed its new design into law.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y5362b9x)(SFC, 1/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 11, A Black man who spent 26 years in prison on charges of raping and killing an 84-year-old white woman from Mississippi, was exonerated after new evidence ruled out his involvement in the crimes. Eddie Lee Howard (67) was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of Georgia Kemp several times, and was first sentenced to death in 1994. Mr Howards case marked the 28th exoneration in the United States based on bite mark comparison.
    (The Independent, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 11, The American Library Association, sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York, announced the 10 winners of this year's I Love My Librarian Awards.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, In Bellingham, Wa., Margo St. James (83), proud prostitute and union organizer, died. She is best known for the creation of COYOYE, which stood for Cast Off Your Old Tired Ethics, to fight for the rights of sex workers.
    (SFC, 1/16/21, p.B1)
2021        Jan 11, Amazon, AT&T, Comcast, Airbnb, Mastercard, Verizon and Dow, the chemical company added their names to a suspension of donations to members of Congress who voted against election certification. Hallmark has even asked for its money back from two of the senators who opposed certification, Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall.
    (NY Times, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 11, Eli Lilly and Co said a trial of its experimental Alzheimer's drug donanemab showed it slowed by about a third the rate of decline in a combined measure of cognition and function in early-stage victims of the disease.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Facebook said it has taken down a network in Uganda linked to the country's ministry of information for using fake and duplicate accounts to post ahead of this week's presidential election. A Ugandan official accused Facebook of meddling in the East African country's election.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)(AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, It was reported that Novavax Chief Executive Stanley Erck and three of his top lieutenants have sold roughly $46 million of company stock since the start of last year, capitalizing on a near 3,000% rally in Novavax shares fueled by investors betting on the success of the shot under development. Novavax has yet to bring a vaccine to market.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, REMAP-CAP investigators said that an international trial testing convalescent blood plasma on COVID-19 patients with moderate and severe illness has halted enrolment of severely ill COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care after it found no benefit.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Ford Brazil said it will close its factories, laying off 5,000 workers, as supply and demand were hurt by the pandemic.
    (Econ., 1/16/21, p.24)
2021        Jan 11, The British government said that as of tomorrow Britons will be able to apply for a new global health insurance card, a post-Brexit replacement offering emergency healthcare to those travelling in the EU.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, In London Khairi Saadallah (26), a Libyan man who stabbed three friends to death as they sat in an English city park on a summer evening, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Friends James Furlong (36), David Wails (49) and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett (39) were stabbed to death last June 20 in Reading.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, China lashed out at the United States for lifting decades-long curbs on interactions between American and Taiwanese officials, a move which Taiwans foreign minister embraced as a sign of global partnership.
    (The Telegraph, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, A Chinese official denied Beijing has imposed coercive birth control measures among Muslim minority women, following an outcry over a tweet by the Chinese Embassy in Washington claiming that government polices had freed women of the Uighur ethnic group from being baby-making machines.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Egypt hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, France led a coalition of at least 50 countries that committed to protect 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the decade in efforts to halt species extinction and address climate change issues, during a global summit aimed at protecting the world's biodiversity. About 30 leaders, government officials and heads of international organizations participated in the One Planet Summit videoconference.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, German prosecutors took down what they believe was the biggest illegal marketplace on the darknet and arrested its suspected operator, an Australian man (34). The darknet is a part of the web accessible only with specialized identity-cloaking tools.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 11, Hong Kongs new top judge warned that the semi-autonomous Chinese territorys courts need to show they are impartial amid a flurry of politically charged cases or risk losing public trust.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Indonesia gave Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine its first emergency use approval outside China as the world's fourth most populous country launches nationwide inoculations to stem surging infections and deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Irans foreign minister told a visiting South Korean delegation that the release of its vessel and crew, seized by Iranian forces on Jan. 5, is a matter for the courts and out of the government's hands. Iranian officials have been pressing South Korea to release some $7 billion in assets tied up in the countrys banks due to American sanctions.
    (AP, 1/11/20)
2021        Jan 11, Young people in Yokohama marked Japan's Coming of Age Day, even though the city is under a state of emergency. The ceremonies were cancelled in many cities and parties were discouraged to stem a rise in COVID-19 infections.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, North Korean media reported that leader Kim Jong Un has been given the title of general secretary of the ruling Workers Party formerly held by his late father and grandfather, in a move apparently aimed at bolstering his authority amid growing economic challenges.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Omans Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said announced a shake-up of the Gulf countrys constitution with changes that include the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and steps to boost government transparency.
    (AP, 1/11/20)
2021        Jan 11, Pakistan announced a new government-run instant digital payment system in a bid to boost financial inclusion and government revenue in the country where only a fraction of economic transactions occur on the books. The new system, called "Raast" or "direct way", will be rolled out in three phases culminating in early 2022.
    (Reuters, 1/11/20)
2021        Jan 11, It was reported that Philippine mobile wallet GCash has raised more than $175 million in capital from New York-based private equity fund Bow Wave Capital Management.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss reopening transport routes in the region that have been paralyzed for nearly three decades amid a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Russia's sovereign wealth fund said the Palestinian health ministry has approved the main Russian vaccine against COVID-19, known as Sputnik V, for use in Palestinian self-ruled territory.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Authorities said that Russia will conduct a clinical trial of a one-dose "Sputnik-Light" version of its coronavirus vaccine, describing it as a possible "temporary" solution to help countries with high infection rates make it go further.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, In Serbia, authorities started clearing up tons of garbage that was clogging a southwestern lake after it was swept off from landfills by overflowing rivers. Days of heavy rain and snow across the Balkans left homes and fields flooded.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, President Wavel Ramkalawan said Seychelles has started vaccinating its population against COVID-19 with doses from China's Sinopharm vaccine.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, South Korea reported fewer than 500 new coronavirus infections for the first time since record high daily case numbers over the Christmas holiday period. Pres. Moon Jae-in said the country will offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to all its people in phases.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)(SFC, 1/12/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 11, At least five Sudanese women and a child were reportedly killed in an attack inside Sudan by Ethiopian militias.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 11, A Swedish court sentenced a man and a woman to 10 years and eight years in prison respectively for attempted murder and accessory to attempted murder in a February hammer attack on a blogger and critic of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Sweden's Telecoms operator Tele2 said it will partner with Finland's Nokia for the deployment of its 5G core network in Sweden and the Baltics.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Swiss drugmaker Roche said the European Commission approved its Xofluza to treat influenza in patients aged 12 years and above, the first new influenza antiviral for patients in almost 20 years.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Turkey invited Greece to resume talks designed to reduce tensions between the neighbors, following this summer's dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Greece said that it plans to extend territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles, a move that could impact its dispute with Turkey.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, The Turkish Competition Board said it has launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook Inc after the messaging app asked users to agree to let Facebook collect user data including phone numbers and locations.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, A Turkish court sentenced cult leader Adnan Oktar to over 1,000 years in jail for for fraud, torture and sexual abuse.
    (Econ., 1/30/21, p.42)
2021        Jan 11, The authorities in Uganda investigated the cause of a large-scale death of fish on Lake Victoria. Lifeless fish had washed up ashore at Lake Victoria, as well as Lake Kyoga and River Nile. It was suspected that the recent storms on the lakes caused mixing of the different waters thereby reducing the oxygen levels in the lake.
    (BBC, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Pope Francis changed its law to allow women to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion. With the change in the Code of Canon Law, conservative bishops will not be able to block women in their diocese from those roles.
    (AP, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, Zimbabwe banned families from transporting their dead relatives between cities, as part of new measures stop traditional funeral rites that are believed to be increasing the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 1/11/21)

2021        Jan 12, President Donald Trump blamed Big Tech companies for dividing the country days after Twitter and Facebook banned him on their platforms for encouraging the attack on the US Capitol building.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, US Pres. Donald Trump traveled to the US-Mexico border in Texas to extol his border wall, likely to reach 475 miles by Joe Biden's inauguration.
    (SFC, 1/13/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 12, Within a span of about 24 hours, three House Democrats have announced they tested positive for COVID-19, prompting concern that last weeks insurrection at the Capitol has also turned into a super-spreader event threatening the health of lawmakers and their staffs.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, The Trump administration ordered states to use Covid-19 vaccines set aside for second doses to get the shots to more people more quickly.
    (NY Times, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, The US DOJ said Visa had pulled out of a $5.3 billion deal to acquire Plaid, a Japanese fintech firm.
    (Econ., 1/16/21, p.50)
2021        Jan 12, YouTube said that it had suspended President Trumps channel over concern about ongoing potential for violence, the latest move by one of the large technology companies to limit the president online.
    (NY Times, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 12, The US Supreme Court ordered that women must visit a doctor's office, hospital or clinic in person to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, though similar rules for other drugs have been suspended during the public health emergency.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, A new US tariff of 25% took effect on French and German wines designed to penalize the EU as part of an ongoing dispute over aircraft subsidies that has dragged on for more than 16 years.
    (SFC, 1/13/21, p.C1)
2021         Jan 12, California to date had 2,799,189 cases of coronavirus and 31,156 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 315,614 cases and 3,148 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 22,846,796 with the death toll at 380,796.   
    (sfist.com, 1/12/21)
2021        Jan 12, General Motors Co shares jumped to their highest level since the company's post-bankruptcy IPO in 2010, as the automaker announced its entry into the growing electric delivery vehicle business.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, The Google News Initiative launched a global open fund to fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, worth up to $3 million.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Johnson & Johnson said tis new one-shot COVID-19 vaccine generated a long-lasting immune response in an early safety study.
    (SFC, 1/14/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 12, Local partners in Brazil said CoronaVac, a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac, showed "general efficacy" of 50.4% in a late-stage trial.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, The UK's foreign secretary said British companies will face fines unless they meet new government requirements showing their supply chains are free from forced labor, as he announced measures aimed at tackling human rights abuses against the Uighur minority in Chinas Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, It was reported that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who was knighted for inventing the internet navigation system known as the World Wide Web, wants to re-make cyberspace once again with a new startup called Inrupt.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, PM Justin Trudeau said Canada has ordered an additional 20 million doses of Pfizer Inc's coronavirus vaccine after provinces complained about inadequate supplies.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates signed their first military cooperation agreement as the eastern Mediterranean island nation seeks to bolster relations with nearby countries in the Middle East.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Egypt reopened its airspace to Qatar flights after regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia reopened its airspace and border with the Gulf Arab state last week.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, In Ethiopia over 80 civilians were reportedly killed early today in the latest massacre in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 12, French drugmaker Sanofi said its active pharmaceutical ingredients business being carved out will be called EUROAPI, confirming it would decide whether to list the business by next year.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Germany-based Volkswagen said its namesake brand sold 134,000 battery-powered cars last year, up from 45,000 in 2019.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, India's highest court halted the implementation of new laws that would reshape farming in the country. The laws had sparked huge protests outside New Delhi.
    (SFC, 1/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 12, India's Bharat Biotech said it has signed an agreement with a medicine distributor to supply its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin to Brazil, even as the shot's emergency use approval in its home country has faced criticism.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Indonesian navy divers recovered the flight data recorder from a Sriwiyaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea on Jan. 9.
    (SFC, 1/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 12, Iraq found an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in the city of Samaraa in the center of the country. The virus killed 63,700 birds in the 68,800-strong flock. The remaining birds were culled.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 12, In Ireland a government-commissioned report published today found an "appalling" mortality rate of around 15% among children born at a network of so-called Mother and Baby homes, reflecting brutal living conditions. Around 9,000 children died in all.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 12, Leading Israeli human rights group BTselem said that while Palestinians live under different forms of Israeli control in the occupied West Bank, blockaded Gaza, annexed east Jerusalem and within Israel itself, they have fewer rights than Jews in the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Israel's Biond Biologics Ltd said it had forged an exclusive global license agreement, potentially worth more than $1 billion, with French drugmaker Sanofi for the development and commercialization of its BND-22 cancer drug.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Italy reported 616 coronavirus-related deaths, up from 448 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 14,242 from 12,532.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, A Jordan court sentenced Mustafa Abu Tuameh to death by hanging for a 2019 stabbing attack at a popular tourist site that wounded eight people, including foreign tourists and their guide. The court sentenced another man to life in prison and a third to seven years for allegedly aiding in the attack.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Kuwaits Cabinet submitted its resignation. The decision to reinstate the old parliament speaker, who hails from an elite merchant family, stirred anger among new lawmakers skeptical of corruption and the countrys patronage system.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Lebanon said it will file an urgent complaint with the UN against Israel's daily violations of its airspace amid intensifying drone reconnaissance and mock raids around the country.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported that Interpol has issued a wanted notice for two Russians and a Portuguese man over explosive material that had been shipped to Beirut and stored at the citys port for six years until it exploded in August.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Malaysia's king approved a coronavirus emergency that will suspend parliament and hold off calls for elections in a political reprieve for embattled PM Muhyiddin Yassin.
    (SFC, 1/13/21, p.A4)   
2021        Jan 12, Micronesia reported its firstcase of the coronavirus after a crew member on an arriving ship tested positive.
    (SFC, 1/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 12, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said that Russia's prison authority has asked a court to jail him for having allegedly broken the terms of a suspended sentence he has been serving.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, An appeals court in Slovakia upheld a lower court ruling from last February that sentenced businessman Marian Kocner, allegedly linked to the slaying of an investigative journalist in Slovakia, to 19 years in prison in a separate case of forgery. The same charge and sentence against former Economy Minister Pavol Rusko was also upheld.
    (AP, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, Switzerland approved Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second shot after Pfizer and BioNTech's to be approved in the country and clearing the way to get up to 1.5 million doses from the firms through February.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)

2021        Jan 13, The US House of Representatives moved toward a vote on impeaching President Donald Trump. Republican leaders in the Senate weighed whether to launch a trial on Jan. 15 on whether to remove him from office.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, The Trump administration executed Lisa Montgomery (52) early today in Terre Haute, Ind., the only woman on federal death row. Montgomery had been sentenced to death for murdering a pregnant woman in 2004 and abducting the unborn child.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, US government officials said the US is banning all imports of cotton and tomato products originating in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
    (South China Morning Post, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 13, The United States imposed sanctions on an influential Iraqi militia leader and Abdulaziz al-Mohammadawi, known as Abu Fadak, deputy of a powerful Iran-backed umbrella of mostly Shiite paramilitary groups, designating him a global terrorist figure.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, A US appeals court ordered that the last two scheduled federal executions under President Donald Trump's outgoing administration could proceed on Jan. 14 and 15, overturning a stay from a lower court delaying them until March to allow the two condemned men to recover from COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 13, US ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said the United States stands by Taiwan and always will, following a call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who told her the island would continue to seek access to UN meetings.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, The United States said it has cancelled its observation of Uganda's presidential election because most of its accreditation requests were denied and said tomorrow's vote would lack accountability and transparency.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, It was reported that US Census Bureau statisticians are under significant pressure from Trump political appointees to figure out who in the US is in the country illegally, and they're worried that any such report they produce in the waning days of the Trump administration will be inaccurate.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Major US insurers decided to suspend contributions to political campaigns for the next few months, following last week's violence at the US Capitol and challenge to President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021         Jan 13, California to date had 2,815,944 cases of coronavirus and 31,255 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 319,465 cases and 3,193 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 23,047,409 with the death toll at 384,277.   
    (sfist.com, 1/13/21)
2021        Jan 13, In Delaware Lymond Moses (30) was killed around 1 a.m. in Wilmington during an encounter with three New Castle County police officers, two of whom fired into his car nine times, with the fatal shot striking his head. Video footage from all three officers' body cameras contradicted initial press reports.
    (Reuters, 4/28/21)
2021        Jan 13, In Hawaii Selena Roth (25) was found dead in a trash can at Schofield Barracks after concerned family members requested a welfare check. Army Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez was later charged with murder. The couple had filed for divorce in October.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Jan 13, In Minnesota Abdelhamid Al-Madioum (24) pleaded guilty in US District Court to one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He had traveled to Syria and Iraq where prosecutors say he became a soldier for the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Siegfried Fischbacher, who worked with Roy Horn to create the famous animal training and magic duo of Siegfried & Roy, died (81) in Las Vegas.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y3gvzfls)(Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 13, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said NYC will sever three contracts with the Trump Organization, accusing outgoing President Donald Trump of inciting the crowds that stormed the US Capitol last week.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, In South Carolina a small plane crashed in dense fog into a neighborhood near an airport in Columbia, setting a home on fire. There was no immediate word about deaths or injuries.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Airbnb says it will be blocking and cancelling all reservations in the Washington, D.C. area during the week of the presidential inauguration.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Apple Inc said it was putting $60 million into a fresh round of projects aimed at challenging systemic racism, including its first foray into venture capital funding to back entrepreneurs of color.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Qualcomm Inc said it will acquire Nuvia Inc, a chip startup founded by Apple Inc veterans, for $1.4 billion, with plans to put the firm's technology into its smartphone, laptop and automotive processors.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Australias financial intelligence agency admitted it vastly misreported the amount of money transferred from the Vatican to Australia over the past six years by nearly $1.5 billion. The miscalculation was believed to have resulted from a computer coding error.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Britain's Food and Drink Federation has warned that Brexit red tape is likely to increase food supply chain costs. The UKs biggest supermarket chains warned that food supplies in Northern Ireland face disruption because of new checks imposed by Britains departure from the European Union.
    (BBC, 1/13/20)(AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Britain reported 1,564 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, a record daily toll.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, China's environment ministry said China will promote large-scale carbon capture projects and track methane emissions from coal and oil and gas extraction, as part of its contribution to global efforts to limit temperature rises. China has promised carbon neutrality by 2060.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)(Econ., 1/16/21, p.8)
2021        Jan 13, It was reported that Colombian pop superstar Shakira has become the latest artist to sell the rights to her catalogue of 145 songs to London-listed Hipgnosis Songs Fund, as the coronavirus crisis crushes concert earnings.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Estonia's PM Juri Ratas resigned over a corruption scandal involving a key official in his Center party suspected of accepting a private donation for the party in exchange for a political favor on a real estate deal.
    (SFC, 1/14/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 13, Thousands of households across southern Finland and northern Sweden were without power after a heavy snowfall, and forecasters warned that particularly icy temperatures lay ahead for the Baltic Sea region.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Authorities in Germany said about 37,000 chickens will be slaughtered after bird flu was found on a farm in the east of the country.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Iran said it has started research on uranium metal-based fuel for its research reactor in Tehran.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Irelands PM Micheal Martin issued a formal state apology to the thousands of unmarried women and their children who endured pain, shame and stigma at church-run institutions, saying his government was determined to start righting the countrys wrongs. The apology came a day after the final report of an inquiry said 9,000 children died in 18 mother-and-baby homes, which housed women and girls who became pregnant outside marriage, mostly during the 1960s and 1970s.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Dozens of Israeli protesters carrying lit torches, megaphones and flags gathered at dawn outside PM Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence to highlight his corruption trial, which is set to resume next month.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria early today, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert. At least 57 fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring group.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, One of Italy's biggest ever mafia trials in history kicked off in southern Italy. Hundreds of defendants were accused of working for a heinous criminal enterprise with tentacles reaching so far around the world, it reportedly makes more money selling drugs than McDonald's does selling burgers.
    (CBS News, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Italy reported 507 coronavirus-related deaths, against 616 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 15,774 from 14,242.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Jordan began a coronavirus vaccination program intended to inoculate one in four of its ten million population over coming months.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, In Mali a detachment of Ivorian peacekeepers was traveling between Douentza and Timbuktu in the northwest when it hit one or more roadside bombs before coming under fire. Three peacekeepers were killed in the attack, and a fourth died of his wounds the next day.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 13, Russias President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to expand the vaccination effort.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said he plans to go home to Russia on January 17 despite the authorities' threats to put him once again behind bars.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, It was reported that the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Brazilian pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica have agreed on supplies of 10 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine to Brazil in the first quarter of 2021.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, The Spanish regions of Galicia, La Rioja and Cantabria became the latest to tighten coronavirus restrictions amid a spiraling national infection rate that officials have blamed on lax adherence to the rules over Christmas. Spain reported 38,869 new coronavirus infections and 195 deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)(SFC, 1/14/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 13, A Sudanese military helicopter loaded with weapons and ammunition crashed, shortly after taking off from an airport in an eastern province bordering Ethiopia. The three-person crew survived the crash.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Switzerland announced stricter measures including store closures in a bid to reduce contacts amid fears that the British and other variants could rapidly spread and overwhelm hospital and healthcare infrastructure.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 13, Thailand's Red Cross Society appealed for people to give blood as donations hit a record low, with volumes collected halved amid public concern about getting infected with the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Turkish authorities gave the go-ahead for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinas Sinovac Biotech Ltd., paving the way for the rollout for Turkeys vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups.
    (AP, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, It was reported that Uganda has ordered internet service providers to block all social media platforms and messaging apps. ahead of a contentious election.
    (BBC, 1/13/20)(Econ., 1/16/21, p.9)
2021        Jan 13, The Vatican began its COVID-19 vaccination program, but it was not clear when Pope Francis would get his shot.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)

2021        Jan 14, The outgoing Trump administration issued new rules that would allow manufacturers of automated vehicles to bypass crash standards required of conventional vehicles, cutting production costs.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, The Trump administration added China's CNOOC to a US economic blacklist, accusing the oil giant of helping Beijing intimidate neighbors in the South China Sea and ratcheting up tension days before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, The US Supreme Court said that when a person's car has been impounded and they file for bankruptcy, the car does not have to be immediately returned. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that despite the court's ruling, bankruptcy courts are not powerless to facilitate the return of vehicles. And she said Congress could pass legislation that helps speed vehicles' return.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021         Jan 14, California to date had 2,839,166 cases of coronavirus and 31,676 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 324,710 cases and 3,237 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 23,121,192 with the death toll at 385,855.   
    (sfist.com, 1/13/21)
2021        Jan 14, Convicted murderer Corey Johnson was executed in an Indiana prison for his role in a 1992 Virginia gang violence rampage that ended with 11 people killed in 45 days.
    (TheGrio, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 14, In New York historic the Halloween House north of New York City was set ablaze this week by an unidentified arsonist. The historic home, built in 1900, served as an Addams Family-style hub for local adherents of the Church of Satan, a religion based not on devil worship, but on atheist philosophies of individualism, liberty and self-fulfillment.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 14, In the US a powerful storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest killing one person in Spokane, Wa., and leaving a trail of damage. Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward declared a civil emergency.
    (SFC, 1/15/21, p.A8)
2021        Jan 14, Mick Fleetwood (73) has become the latest in a series of rock musicians to cash in on their work by agreeing to sell his back catalogue to music major BMG.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, It was reported that Toyota Motor Corp has settled a lengthy US Justice Department civil probe into its delayed filing of emissions-related defect reports for $180 million, the government said in a court filing.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Alphabet Inc's Google said it has removed some lending apps aimed at consumers in India from Play Store in an attempt to safeguard users.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Google.org announced that it would donate nearly $250,000 to cover application fess for immigrants brought to the US illegally who are seeking protection from deportation under an Obama-era program.
    (SFC, 1/14/21, p.C1)
2021        Jan 14, PM Boris Johnson's spokesman said Britain's government is looking to compensate those in the fishing industry which have been impacted by post-Brexit trade changes. He described the problems as temporary.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Bulgaria began anti-COVID-19 inoculations with its first batch of Moderna's vaccine, amid concern over the slow pace of the rollout.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, China's state media reported that President Xi Jinping has asked former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz to help promote trade between Washington and Beijing in a rare missive to a foreign business figure.
    (AFP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, It was reported that more than 22 million people in China have been ordered to remain inside their homes due to coronavirus flareups in cities near Beijing and a county in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.
    (SFC, 1/14/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 14, A team from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan to investigate the source of the virus. Chinese authorities barred two scientists because of positive antibody tests.
    (NY Times, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Europes top human rights court (ECHR) agreed to look into Ukraines complaint against alleged human rights violations in the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, In France a Tintin drawing by the Belgian artist Herge sold in Paris for 2.6 million euros ($3.1 million), breaking the record for the most expensive comic book art in history.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Gambia said it has recorded its first two cases of the highly infectious coronavirus variant first found in Britain, in what appears to be the first confirmation of the variant's presence in Africa.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, DB Schenker, owned by national rail firm Deutsche Bahn, said that for the time being, it was not accepting new UK-bound consignments. The German company said "enormous bureaucratic regulations" linked to post-Brexit trading arrangements were to blame.
    (BBC, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, In Germany figures published today showed the highest number of daily deaths since the start of the pandemic. The Robert Koch Institute said 1,244 deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed in one day up to today, taking the total number to 43,881. There were also 25,164 newly confirmed cases, putting Germanys total known infections close to 2 million.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Police in Greece used tear gas to disperse crowds at a rally in Athens organized to protest plans to set up a state security division at university campuses.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Hong Kong internet service provider Hong Kong Broadband Network said it had blocked access to a pro-democracy website to comply with the citys national security law.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Hungary's food safety authority NEBIH ordered the slaughter of 101,000 chickens because of a bird flu outbreak. Wild birds were suspected to be spreading the disease.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Hungary's government said it has reached a deal with China's Sinopharm to buy its coronavirus vaccine. Under European Union rules it would have to give an ultra-fast emergency use approval.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, A petition filed in an Indian court said that WhatsApp's updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India's security, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, In India the 45-day Hindu bathing festival began in the northern city of Prayagraj, where devotees take a dip at Sangam, the sacred confluence of several rivers. The festival was set to end on Feb 27.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Jan 14, Italy reported 522 coronavirus-related deaths, against 507 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 17,246 from 15,774.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, In Japan an executive at the Nissan carmaker told a Tokyo court at a trial of Nissan executive Greg Kelly that Carlos Ghosn hid part of his compensation because he feared the French government would force him out of Renault if it discovered how much he earned. Kelly is charged with helping Ghosn hide 9.3 billion yen ($89 million) in compensation over eight years through deferred payments after Japan introduced new rules requiring executives to disclose payments above 1 billion yen.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Lebanese authorities began enforcing an 11-day nationwide shutdown and round-the-clock curfew, hoping to blunt the spread of coronavirus infections spinning out of control after the holiday period.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Mexicos attorney generals office announced it was completely absolving Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, the defense chief under the former president Enrique Pea Nieto between 2012 and 2018. It claimed its investigators had found the 72-year-old general had neither met nor communicated with any criminal group.
    (The Guardian, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 14, North Korea late today displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader Kim Jong Uns defiant calls to expand the country's nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 1/14/21)
2021        Jan 14, Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said it will focus on European destinations and close its long-haul operations as it struggles with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and debt restructuring.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Dakar Rally racer Pierre Cherpin (52), who was badly injured after crashing his motorbike four days earlier, died late today aboard a medical flight from Saudi Arabia to France.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 14, South Korea's top court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for former President Park Geun-hye on graft charges that led to her downfall, bringing an end to the legal process and for the first time raising the possibility of a pardon.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Dozens of Sudanese rallied in Khartoum to demand the closure of illegal detention centers following the alleged torturing and killing of Bahaa el-Din Nouri by a paramilitary force whose members once formed the backbone of a militia accused of war crimes in Darfur.
    (AP, 1/14/21)
2021        Jan 14, Sweden-based Ingka Group, the owner of most IKEA stores, said it had acquired more forest land in the United States as part of the world's biggest furniture group's goal to become carbon neutral by 2030.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Sweden reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths for a single day, taking the total toll above 10,000, although new infections appear to be easing. Some 10,185 people have now died in Sweden from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, A Swiss regional government said three-quarters of a nursing home's residents and half its workers have been infected with the coronavirus variant first found in Britain.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) increased its planned capital spending for 2021 from $17.2 billion to as much as $28 billion.
    (Econ., 1/23/21, p.49)
2021        Jan 14, Turkey began administering COVID-19 shots developed by China's Sinovac to health workers, as it vaccinated more than 260,000 people as part of a nationwide program against the virus.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, Uganda held elections. Robert Kyagulanyi (38), known by his stage name Bobi Wine, challenged Pres. Yoweri Museveni (76).
    (BBC, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, The United Nations' atomic watchdog agency confirmed that Iran has informed it the country has begun installing equipment for the production of uranium metal, which would be another violation of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, The UN chief and top officials urged the United States to reverse its decision to declare Yemens Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group to prevent massive famine and death in the conflict-torn Arab nation but the Trump administration in its final days stood by its action.
    (AP, 1/14/21)
2021        Jan 14, The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said half of the world's climate change financing should go to helping poorer nations adapt to the effects of global warming, such as droughts, rising seas and floods.
    (AP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, The Vatican said both Pope Francis (84) and ex Pope Benedict (93) have received the first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)

2021        Jan 15, US President Donald Trump directed government departments to look at ways to minimize procurement of Chinese goods and services to reduce the risks from espionage.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, It was reported that President Donald Trump has awarded The Legion of Merit to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, citing his decision to begin normalization of relations with Israel.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, President Donald Trump's administration said Vietnam's actions to push down the value of its currency are "unreasonable" and restrict U.S. commerce, but did not take immediate action to impose punitive tariffs.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 15, It was reported that Pres. Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its global command structure to include Israel in the military sphere managed by the head of US Central Command.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities. Washington blacklisted seven entities and two individuals in sanctions related to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Iranian shipping entities, as well as slapping sanctions on Iranian entities for activities related to conventional arms proliferation.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, The US Bureau of Land Management issued a record of decision on Trumps final Friday in office for an open-pit lithium mine at Thacker Pass, which is roughly 53 miles (85 km) north of Winnemucca, Nevada.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 15, It was reported that the FBI is investigating 37 people in the killing of Brian Sicknick, a police officer who died a day after physically engaging with a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the US Capitol last week.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Daniel Alan Baker (33) of Tallahassee, Florida, was arrested for plotting an attack against supporters of Donald Trump in the days before the inauguration of Joe Biden. On May 6 Baker was convicted of two counts of threatening to kidnap or injury of another person.
    (The Independent, 5/7/21)
2021        Jan 15, Wesley Allen Beeler (31) of Virginia was arrested at a Washington checkpoint near the Capitol with an "unauthorized" inauguration pass, a gun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 15, The USDA said Nestl Prepared Foods is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets due to possible contamination with extraneous materials, like glass and hard plastic.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 15, The National Rifle Association said that it has filed for bankruptcy and will move from New York, where it's currently based, to Texas.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021         Jan 15, California to date had 2,919,040 cases of coronavirus and 32,990 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 329,778 cases and 3,287 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 23,503,736 with the death toll at 391,631.   
    (sfist.com, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, It was reported that the US Federal Aviation Administration has granted Massachusetts-based American Robotics Inc permission to operate automated drones.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, The US Army Corps of Engineers gave the green light to long-debated flood control project in Mississippi. But the project still needs federal funding, and the start of construction could be years away.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Amazon Inc's cloud computing division opened its first office in Greece to support what it said was a growing number of companies and public sector agencies using its cloud services.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, US pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, It was reported that a Chainalysis investigation found that a Frenchman (35) sent 28.15 Bitcoins, worth about $522,000 to 22 addresses, including many belonging to American far-right activists and organizations. The Frenchman posted a suicide note on his blog the day after the Dec. 8 transactions, saying he was chronically ill and wanted to leave his wealth to certain causes and people. A majority of the 22 transactions on Dec. 8 went to Nick Fuentes, a far-right Internet influencer who was in the protest crowd but denies being part of the deadly mob at the Capitol building.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Brazil's Air Force delivered emergency supplies of oxygen to the jungle state of Amazonas, where hospitals overwhelmed by resurging coronavirus cases were airlifting patients to other states to save them from dying of suffocation.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, British transport minister Grant Shapps said a Brazilian variant of the coronavirus is significant enough to justify stopping flights from South America as a precaution.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Britain recorded 55,761 new cases of COVID-19, an increase on the 48,682 cases recorded the previous day, as the number of infections rises despite hopes that lockdowns across the country could start to help push rates down.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, In the Central African Rep. at least one peacekeeper was killed and another two were injured in two successive attacks by armed rebels near the town of Grimari.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, China's state media reported that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a Sinopharm subsidiary, is safe in those aged between three and 17, based on clinical data obtained by the company.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Chinese lawyer Lu Siwei, who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was stripped of his law license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, The European Union's drug regulator said that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers in a cyberattack have been not only leaked to the web, but manipulated" by hackers.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Fiji, the favorite of Western nations, won the presidency of the UN Human Rights Council, in a secret ballot that resolved a tense deadlock over the selection.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, German authorities gave permission for work to resume on a subsea pipeline bringing natural gas from Russia that's been the target of US sanctions threats.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Honduran migrants began walking toward the Guatemalan border before dawn, driven by deepening poverty and the hope of a warmer reception if they can reach the US border. Guatemalan officials estimated around 6,500 people to be heading north to the US.
    (AP, 1/15/21)(Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 15, Talks between the Indian government and representatives of tens of thousands of protesting farmers remained deadlocked, with the government refusing to scrap new agricultural reform laws which the farmers say will benefit large corporations.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, In Indonesia a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Sulawesi island early today, killing at least 42 people, destroying houses, flattening a hospital and setting off landslides.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Italy reported 477 coronavirus-related deaths, against 522 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections declined to 16,146 from 17,246.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Mexico's President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador said that the US Drug Enforcement Administration had fabricated the accusations against retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, one day after Mexicos Attorney Generals Office announced it was dropping the drug trafficking case against its former defense secretary. Mexico published 751 pages of evidence it received from the US against Mexicos former Defense Secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, whom US prosecutors had charged with drug trafficking.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Nepal granted approval for AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD vaccine against the coronavirus, the government said, following a meeting with neighboring India, a major manufacturer of the shot.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Netherlands' PM Mark Rutte and his Cabinet resigned over a report finding systemic failure by his government to protect thousands of families from overzealous tax inspectors. Rutte and his Cabinet will continue in a caretaker capacity with general elections set for March.
    (SFC, 1/16/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 15, It was reported that Pakistani authorities have sacked a local police chief and 11 other policemen for failing to protect a Hindu temple that was set on fire and demolished last Dec. 30 by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a radical Islamist party.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Pakistan reported a total of 514,338 coronavirus infections and 10,863 confirmed deaths.
    (SFC, 1/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 15, The Philippines extended by two weeks a ban on travelers from more than 30 territories and countries where a more transmissible COVID-19 variant has been detected, with the restriction also now covering Filipinos who want to come home.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Russia said that it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities after the US exit from the pact, compounding the challenges faced by the incoming administration of president-elect Joe Biden.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund said Paraguay has become the latest Latin American country to approve emergency use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, The Saudi government said Chinese technology firm Huawei plans to establish a flagship store in Riyadh, the largest such store outside China.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, It was reported that South African scientists have discovered chemical compounds that could potentially be used for a new line of drugs to treat malaria and even kill the parasite in its infectious stage, which most available drugs do not.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, In Sudan violence erupted in Genena, when an Arab man was stabbed to death at a market in the Krinding camp for internally displaced people.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 15, Benjamin de Rothschild (57), who oversaw the banking empire started by his father in 1953, died of a heart attack at his home in Pregny, Switzerland.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 15, Syrian Air conducted its first flight in a decade between the northern city of Aleppo and Lebanons capital Beirut early today, resuming a round-trip route that's been halted since Syrias conflict began in 2011.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Scores of Thai protesters briefly scuffled with police, saying they feared another student activist would be charged with insulting Thailand's king. Police and the lawyer for activist Chaiyapon Danothai said he did not face lese majeste charges.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Tunisia said it recorded 4,170 new confirmed coronavirus cases, a record since the start of the pandemic. Infections have now reached 175,065 cases and 5,528 deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)

2021        Jan 16, The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates major security partners" early today, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, US National Guard troops poured into the nation's capital, as governors answered the urgent pleas of US defense officials for more troops to help safeguard Washington even as they keep anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own states.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, California congressman Rep. Lou Correa said he has contracted the coronavirus before he could get a second dose of vaccine that would have improved his immunity. He received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 19.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021         Jan 16, California to date had 2,930,881 cases of coronavirus and 33,113 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 331,971 cases and 3,320 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 23,669,315 with the death toll at 394,413.   
    (sfist.com, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Dustin Higgs (48) was executed early today at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. He was sentenced to death for the 1996 killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge, a crime that led to a life sentence for the man who fired the fatal shots. This was the 13th federal death row inmate to be executed since the Justice Department resumed federal capital punishment in July 2019 after a 17- year gap.
    (SSFC, 1/17/21, p.A7)
2021        Jan 16, Rock producer Phil Spector (81), who changed the sound of pop music in the 1960s with his "Wall of Sound" recordings, died of COVID-19 in Stockton Ca. He was serving a 19 years-to-life sentence of murder for the 2003 murder of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson.
    (Reuters, 1/17/21)(SFC, 1/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 16, A storm lashed parts of New England with heavy rain, snow and wind, leading to power outages and slick roads. More than 15,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Vermont, the hardest-hit state.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, It was reported that General Motors plans to spend $800 million to turn a Canadian SUV plant into one that will make electric delivery vans.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, In Afghanistan at least two members of an Afghan militia opened fire on their fellow militiamen in western Herat province, killing 12, in what was described as an insider attack. In western Kabul a sticky bomb attached to an armored police vehicle killed two police officers.
    (SSFC, 1/17/21, p.A7)
2021        Jan 16, The newspaper Estado de S. Paulo reported that Brazil's government will not seek to bar Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from 5G network auctions slated for June this year.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Britain, France and Germany pressed Iran to back off the latest planned violation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, saying that Tehran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, An effort by Mu Sochua, a self-exiled senior member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, to return to her homeland failed after Singapore airlines refused to carry her.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 16, China's National Health Commission (NHC) said recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the northeast have come from travelers entering the country or contaminated frozen food imports.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Denmark found its first case of a more contagious coronavirus variant from South Africa, and saw a rise in the number of infections with the highly transmissible B117 variant first identified in Britain.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Dubai unveiled the signature pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, the world's fair that is scheduled to open later this year even as the global pandemic that forced its postponement continues to rage.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, New satellite images of a refugee camp in Ethiopias embattled Tigray region showed more than 400 structures have been badly damaged in what research group UK-based DX Open Network believes is the latest intentional attack by fighters.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Germany's center-right Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, elected Armin Laschet, the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, as its new leader. Laschet won a narrow runoff over Friedrich Merz by 53% to 47%.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)(Econ., 1/23/21, p.40)
2021        Jan 16, Germany recorded 18,678 confirmed cases in the previous 24 hours and another 980 deaths. Germany has carried out more than a million vaccinations as new infections and deaths remain high.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, India began what is likely the world's largest coronavirus vaccination rollout when the country's first dose was administered to a sanitation worker at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesias most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 km (nearly 3 miles).
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, In Israel hundreds of protesters braved a cold night in Jerusalem to press on with their calls for PM Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over corruption charges against him.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Italy reported 475 coronavirus-related deaths, against 477 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 16,310 from 16,146.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, It was reported that suicide rates in Japan have jumped in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among women and children, even though they fell in the first wave when the government offered generous handouts to people.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, The top UN official for Libya said an advisory committee for representatives of Libya's different regions has proposed a way forward for choosing a transitional government that would lead the war-torn country to elections late this year.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Malaysia reported 4,029 new coronavirus cases, the biggest daily increase recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic, bringing the total number of infections to 155,095. Eight new deaths took the total number of fatalities to 594. Malaysia's Top Glove Corp, the world's largest medical grade glove maker, said some employees at four factories had tested positive for COVID-19 recently.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Mexico registered its worst week yet of the pandemic, with a record number of infections from the new coronavirus and more than 7,000 COVID-19 deaths.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Pakistan said AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use, making it the first coronavirus vaccine to get the green light for use in the South Asian country.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, In Pakistan a team of Nepalese climbers made history by scaling K2, the world's 2nd highest peak, in the winter season.
    (SSFC, 1/17/21, p.A7)
2021        Jan 16, A plane carrying one million doses of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine arrived on in Serbia, making it the first European country to receive the Chinese vaccine for mass inoculation programs.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Sudanese authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew in the entire West Darfur province after tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least 48 people and wounded at least 28 others.
    (AP, 1/16/21)(BBC, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 16, Uganda's electoral officials said long-time President Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected, amid accusations of vote rigging by his main rival Bobi Wine. Officials said Mr Museveni won almost 59% of the vote, with Bobi Wine trailing with about 35%.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza criticized a US court ruling authorizing a sale of the shares in the parent company of US refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp, calling it the result of a "fraudulent judicial process." A federal court in Delaware this week approved the sale as a way for Canadian gold miner Crystallex to collect on a $1.4 billion judgment for expropriation of its assets, though US sanctions currently bar the transaction.
(AP, 1/17/21)

2021        Jan 17, The US military said its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trumps presidency.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021         Jan 17, California to date had 2,951,771 cases of coronavirus and 33,418 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 336,222 cases and 3,350 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 23,819,290 with the death toll at 396,549.   
    (sfist.com, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed. The two-stage LauncherOne rocket carried a cluster of very small satellites known as CubeSats developed and built as part of a NASA educational program involving US universities. One small satellite, called CAPE-3, carried a chip designed and built by students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to detect radiation, with an eye to keeping astronauts safe. Eight of the other nine were built by students at other schools. The tenth was built by NASA.
    (AP, 1/18/21)(AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 17, Junior Mance (92), bluesy jazz pianist, died at his home in Manhattan. He worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley and Dinah Washington, before establishing himself as the leader of his own groups.
    (NY Times, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 17, Twitter Inc locked the account of Republican US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a political newcomer known for promoting the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)   
2021        Jan 17, In Afghanistan unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from the country's Supreme Court in Kabul.
    (The Week, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the coronavirus lockdown will be extended until Feb. 7 and that social distancing rules will be toughened.
    (SFC, 1/18/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 17, Authorities in China reported 109 new COVID-19 cases, most of them in Hebei province surrounding Beijing. China has in the past week seen the number of daily cases jump to an over 10-month high.
    (Reuters, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, In China 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week by an explosion in a gold mine sent a note saying they are alive, as hundreds of rescuers sought to bring them to safety.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 17, It was reported that Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the temple of Queen Neit, wife of King Teti, the first king of the Sixth Dynasty that ruled from 2323 BC till 2150 BC.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, The French navy seized a huge consignment of cocaine off the coast of Barbados. It was destined for the UK and Europe. The boat and her eight crew were apprehended and handed over to the Venezuelan authorities.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y5twxk86)(The Telegraph, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 17, German pharmaceutical giant Bayer said it is examining whether it can help CureVac to produce its experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants huddled overnight on a highway in eastern Guatemala after domestic security forces used sticks and tear gas to halt the passage of a US-bound caravan just days before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
    (Reuters, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Indonesian rescuers retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by a strong earthquake, raising the death toll to 77, while military engineers managed to reopen ruptured roads to clear access for relief goods.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Lebanon finalized a deal with Pfizer for 2.1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine amid surge in infections that has overwhelmed the country's health care system.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, In the Netherlands several thousand people held an unauthorized protest in Amsterdam against a national lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, before being dispersed by riot police.
    (Reuters, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, North Koreas rubber-stamp parliament passed decisions made by a major ruling party meeting where leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his nuclear deterrent and established plans to salvage the country's battered economy.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Alexey Navalny, a Russian opposition leader and fierce Kremlin critic, departed Berlin and headed for Moscow several months after he was nearly killed following an alleged poisoned by Russia's FSB spy agency. Upon arrival home Navalny was immediately detained.
    (The Week, 1/17/21)(NBC News, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 17, In Sudan the death toll from tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in West Darfur province climbed to at least 83, including women and children, a doctors union and aid worker said, as sporadic violence continued.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Police in Tunisia used tear gas to disperse violent protests led by disgruntled youths in several cities overnight, including in Tunis and in the seaside city of Sousse. Tunisians in general are angry that the country is on the verge of bankruptcy and has dire public services.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Uganda's opposition party dismissed election results as fraud and called for the release of their leader, Bobi Wine, who has been under house arrest for several days.
    (AP, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that a convoy of trucks carrying emergency oxygen supplies for Brazil's northern Amazonas state, where a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit hard, has departed and is set to arrive at the border by tomorrow morning.
    (AP, 1/18/21)

2021        Jan 18, The US White House released the report of the presidential 1776 Commission, a sweeping attack on liberal thought and activism that calls for a patriotic education, defends Americas founding against charges that it was tainted by slavery and likens progressivism to fascism.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Pres. Donald Trump ordered an end to the ban on travelers from Europe and Brazil as of Jan 26. The ban had been aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus to the US and applied to non-citizens.
    (SFC, 1/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 18, Steven Dillingham resigned as director of the Census Bureau, bringing an early end to a tumultuous tenure that culminated this month in charges that he had allowed politics to override policy at the nations premier statistical agency.
    (NY Times, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, The United States called on China to allow an expert team from the World Health Organization (WHO) to interview "care givers, former patients and lab workers" in the central city of Wuhan, and ensure its access to medical data and samples.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, It was reported that Sen. Josh Hawley has found a new publisher after his book was dropped by Simon & Schuster in the wake of the siege of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. The conversative publisher Regnery announced hat Hawley's The Tyranny of Big Tech will come out this spring.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) launched a $40 million scholarship program to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers, dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South, following a gift from a single anonymous donor.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021         Jan 18, California to date had 2,975,078 cases of coronavirus and 33,613 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 340,174 cases and 3,378 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 24,062,465 with the death toll at 398,879.   
    (sfist.com, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Joe Scheidler (93), the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died at his Chicago home.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, a political scientist and author, was arrested by FBI agents at his home in Watertown, Mass., for secretly working for the government of Iran while lobbying US officials on issues like nuclear policy.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 18, In New York a pair of men in ski masks broke through a window of a suburban Rochester home, duct-taped a woman and two of her foster children and then fled with two other children: a 5-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 18, In Tennessee the National Museum of African American Music opened with a virtual ribbon-cutting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the heart of Nashvilles musical tourism district.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Jan 18, Facebook said it has begun the process of assigning a legal entity in Turkey to comply with a controversial law governing social media companies.
    (SFC, 1/19/21, p.C1)
2021        Jan 18, British seafood haulers descended on roads near 10 Downing Street today, saying they were being "tied in knots with paperwork" by the Brexit fishing deal. Metropolitan Police confirmed that 14 people had been issued with fines for making unnecessary journeys. PM Boris Johnson said the fishing industry is being hamstrung "in large part" by the pandemic. Johnson unveiled a 23 million fund to compensate the fishing industry for losses caused by Brexit red tape as Scottish seafood haulers descended on Downing Street to protest.
    (The Telegraph, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, British drugmaker said AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo's breast cancer drug has been approved as a treatment for a certain type of advanced gastric cancer in the US. AstraZeneca made a $7-billion bet on the treatment, Enhertu, when it partnered with Daiichi in 2019 in a direct challenge to Roche.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Central African Republic's constitutional court upheld President Faustin Archange Touaderas Dec. 27 re-election, raising the specter of more violence days after rebels attempted to overtake the capital.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, China's Sinovac Biotech said that a clinical trial in Brazil showed its COVID-19 vaccine was almost 20 percentage points more effective in a small sub-group of patients who received their two doses longer apart.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, An Egyptian woman was arrested reportedly on charges of violating family values after photos of her cupcakes bearing iced genitals went viral on Facebook. She was later released on bail worth EGP 5,000 (233).
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 18, Hong Kong reported 107 new coronavirus cases, the highest toll in nearly a month as authorities tested thousands of residents after an outbreak in an old residential building located in a busy commercial and residential area last week.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Israeli military aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early today in response to two rockets fired from the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Stellantis, the carmaker created by combining Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot-owner PSA, enjoyed a positive start, its shares rising 8% on their market debut in Milan and Paris, valuing the business at around 42 billion euros ($51 billion).
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, PM Erna Solberg said Norway will ease some coronavirus restrictions as extra measures in place for two weeks seem to have had the desired effect, although she added that infection rates remained too high for comfort.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, In the Philippines coronavirus infections rose to 502,736, the 2nd highest in Southeast Asia.
    (SFC, 1/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 18, Portugal's daily death toll from the new coronavirus reached a record high of 167, bringing the total to 9,028 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, A Russian judge ruled that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny should be held in custody for 30 days. Navalny slammed the proceedings as a mockery of justice, criticized President Vladimir Putin's 20-year rule, and called on his supporters in Russia to take to the streets in protest.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)(CBS News, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Slovakia said it is seeking to test almost all citizens for the coronavirus by Jan. 27.
    (SFC, 1/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 18, In South Korea Samsung's vice chairman and de facto leader, Jay Y. Lee, was sent back to prison with a 2-1/2-year sentence over bribery charges. Lee was originally given a five-year sentence in 2017, and spent a year in jail, but that punishment was cut short and suspended in 2018.
    (Business Insider, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Tunisia's defense ministry said that army units deployed overnight and police have quelled days-long social unrest that saw violent protests by young people in various cities across the North African country.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, The opposition party of Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine said that police have prevented top officials from going to their headquarters in the capital, Kampala, as they prepare to launch a legal challenge to Wine's house arrest.
    (AP, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, Ugandans celebrated the resumption of internet services after a shutdown was imposed ahead of last week's election. However, social media platforms remain blocked and are only accessible using Virtual Private Networks (VPN).
    (BBC, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, The Vatican abruptly abandoned its extradition request for Italian woman Cecilia Marogna wanted on embezzlement-related charges in a case that could have tested whether Italy considers the Vatican a place where someone can get a fair trial.
    (AP, 1/18/21)

2021        Jan 19, The US State Department declared that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity through its wide-scale repression of Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in its northwestern region of Xinjiang, including in its use of internment camps and forced sterilization.
    (NY Times, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 19, The Trump administration issued a parting shot to Venezuela's Pres. Nicolas Maduro with stiff financial sanctions on three individuals, 14 business entities and six ships accused of assisting oil firm PDVSA of outmaneuvering earlier US sanctions.
    (SFC, 1/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 19, US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell explicitly blamed President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was fed lies and the president and others provoked those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Bidens election.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the Trump administration's plan to relax restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
    (SFC, 1/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 19, The US said that member states must lead efforts to reform the World Health Organization (WHO), including any decision to provide additional funding to the UN agency.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, The US said it has placed visa restrictions on unnamed Tanzanian officials who it says were responsible or complicit in undermining the countrys election last year.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, The US Department of Treasury website posted that the US has exempted various aid groups, including the UN and the Red Cross, from Yemen-related sanctions.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Janet Yellen, US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Treasury Secretary, urged lawmakers to "act big" on the next coronavirus relief package, adding that the benefits outweigh the costs of a higher debt burden.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021         Jan 19, California to date had 3,037,066 cases of coronavirus and 34,278 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 345,688 cases and 3,436 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 24,230,850 with the death toll at 401,361.   
    (sfist.com, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Oklahoma reported an increase of 43 deaths due to COVID-19 raising the number of total fatalities to 3,037.
    (SFC, 1/21/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 19, Britain reported a record number of deaths from COVID-19 with 1,610 people dying within 28 days of positive coronavirus test, exceeding the previous peak set last week. Britain said it would give COVID-19 shots to up to 2,000 people working in vaccine supply chains, after AstraZeneca requested protection for its workers trying to deliver an ambitious vaccine rollout program.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, It was reported that Beijing-based ByteDance has recently launched its own third-party payment service for Douyin, the Chinese version of its hit short video app TikTok, as it presses to expand into the e-commerce business in China.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, China's antitrust regulator approved Cisco Systems Inc's purchase of Acacia Communications Inc on condition that the companies ensure fair competition.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, China reported 118 more coronavirus cases with 43 in Jilin province, 35 in Hebei province reported 35 and 27 in Heilongjiang province.
    (SFC, 1/20/21, p.A9)
2021        Jan 19, In China Tenzin Nyima (19), a Tibetan monk, died from injuries apparently sustained while in custody in a Tibetan area of Sichuan province. He had been detained in August for spreading news about his earlier arrest for distributing leaflets and shouting slogan for Tibet's independence.
    (https://tinyurl.com/uvhtvmt4)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.43)
2021        Jan 19, The European Unions top migration official criticized Bosnian authorities for failing to properly care for hundreds of migrants living in sub-zero temperatures on its territory, warning the Balkans country of its obligations if it hopes to join the EU.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Unions at French drug maker Sanofi held a one-day strike at the lab where it is developing a COVID-19 vaccine and some other sites, to protest job cuts the company plans despite a boost in investment amid the pandemic.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers agreed to extend a lockdown for most shops and schools until Feb. 14 as part of a package of steps to try to rein in the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Iran imposed sanctions on President Donald Trump and a number of members of his administration over their alleged role in support of terrorism," according to its foreign ministry website.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, An Israeli watchdog group said that the government approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte won a crucial confidence vote in the Senate (156-140), keeping his wobbly coalition afloat for now.
    (SFC, 1/20/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 19, Italy reported 603 coronavirus-related deaths, against 377 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 10,497 from 8,824.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Japan's health minister watched a demonstration of a prototype automated COVID-19 testing machine that uses a robotic arm to take a sample from a person's nose and can deliver the results in about 80 minutes.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, A court in Kosovo acquitted a dozen former government officials of misusing public money in benefits payments to people who hadn't fought during the 1998-1999 war.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Kuwait said it has registered its first cases of a more contagious coronavirus variant in two Kuwaiti women who had been in Britain. The Gulf Arab state has recorded a total of 158,244 COVID-19 infections and 948 deaths since the coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Libyan officials from rival administrations began talks in an Egyptian Red Sea resort on constitutional arrangements laying the legal groundwork for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, A boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, drowning at least 43 people.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 19, Malaysia said it would extend lockdown restrictions across most of the country as it grappled with a rise in coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Portugal recorded 218 new COVID-19 fatalities, up from 167 a day earlier, pushing the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 9,246. Doctors warned of a healthcare system nearing collapse as the daily death toll from COVID-19 reached a new record high.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, In Russia Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) released an extensive report and a nearly two-hour-long video starring Navalny about a palace built for Pres. Putin near Gelendzhik on the Black Sea at a cost of $1.35 billion filched from taxpayers.
    (Business Insider, 1/20/21)(Econ., 1/23/21, p.39)
2021        Jan 19, Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said a candidate COVID-19 vaccine known as EpiVacCorona, Russia's second to be registered, has proved "100% effective" in early-stage trials.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Rwanda re-introduced tough lockdown measures in its capital Kigali after a surge in coronavirus cases. Rwanda has recorded 11,259 cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus and 146 deaths.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Serbia became first European country to use Chinese COVID vaccine for mass rollout. Serbia last week received one million doses of Chinese Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Spain said it will sell 30,000 doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to microstate Andorra, as part of its plan to redistribute excess vaccines. Andorra less than 80,000 inhabitants has reported 9,145 infections and 92 deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Some 150 people from sub-Saharan countries attempted    to scale the double frontier fence to enter Spains North African city enclave of Melilla from Morocco. 87 succeeded. Spain's Interior Ministry reported this week that migrant arrivals to the Canary Islands were up by more than 230% to 1,069 in the first two weeks of the year.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, In Sudan hospitals in West Darfur province received at least 29 more bodies, bringing the tally from clashes between Arab and non-Arab tribes to some 160 dead, including women and children.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Sweden said has seen a decline in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, but its Health Agency warned it was too early to say if it represented a lasting slowdown.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Thailands government defended its coronavirus vaccine strategy against opposition criticism that it is too reliant on Siam Bioscience, a company owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, A court in Thailand sentenced former civil servant Anchan Preelert to 43 years and six months in prison for insulting the countrys royal family on Facebook and YouTube.
    (AP, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Police in Tunisia said they have arrested more than 600 people as a fourth night of violent protests saw protesters return to the streets.
    (BBC, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, Turkey slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country.
    (AP, 1/19/21)

2021        Jan 20, President Trump used his final hours in office to wipe away convictions and prison sentences for a roster of corrupt politicians and business executives and bestow pardons on allies like Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist, and Elliott Broidy, one of his top fund-raisers in 2016. Donald Trump departed Washington this morning ahead of the inauguration rather than accompany his successor to the Capitol.
    (NY Times, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Joe Biden swore the oath of office at noon to become the 46th president of the United States. Kamala Harris was sworn in as the nation's first female vice president.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Pres. Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations signed hours after his inauguration. These included an order requiring masks where he has the authority to do so in federal buildings, for example as well as a separate order creating a White House position to improve the governments response to the virus. Biden also signed a letter to re-enter the United States in the Paris climate accords, which it will officially rejoin 30 days from now. Biden began the reversal of a slew of the Trump administrations environmental policies, including revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline; reversing the rollbacks to vehicle emissions standards; undoing decisions to slash the size of several national monuments; enforcing a temporary moratorium on oil and natural gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and re-establishing a working group on the social costs of greenhouse gasses. A pause on all border wall work within a week was among the 17 orders.
    (NY Times, 1/20/21)(SFC, 1/23/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 20, Amanda Gorman (22) was the youngest person to deliver an inaugural poem. Her new work titled The Hill We Climb".
    (NY Times, 1/21/21)
2021         Jan 20, California to date had 3,073,223 cases of coronavirus and 35,059 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 348,340 cases and 3,503 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 24,421,994 with the death toll at 405,630.   
    (sfist.com, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen was released from prison after he was included on a list of more than 140 people who were either pardoned or had their sentences commuted by President Donald Trump during his last hours in the White House. Melgen was convicted in April 2017 on 67 counts, including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying patient records. A judge put Melgen, now 66, in prison for 17 years.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 20, In New York state three National Guard members died when their UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in rural Mendon, south of Rochester this evening.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 20, Antifascist and racial-justice protesters in Portland, Ore., and in Seattle smashed windows, marched through the streets and burned an American flag, saying that the Biden administration wont save us.
    (NY Times, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 20, Lab tests released today showed that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is likely to protect against a more infectious variant of the virus discovered in Britain which has spread around the world.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Amazon offered to help the Biden administration meet its goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in President Biden's first 100 days in office.
    (NBC News, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Merck said its KGaA's drug development program has suffered a setback with its most important experimental drug, cancer treatment bintrafusp alfa, failing early in its lead trial.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Britain reported a record number of deaths from COVID-19, with 1,820 people dying within 28 days of positive coronavirus test, surpassing the previous peak set a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline said it has suspended work on the pipeline in anticipation of Pres. Joe Biden's revoking its permit to carry oil from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast.
    (SFC, 1/21/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 20, Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader said that his forces have killed six suspected militants, including warlord Aslan Byutukayev accused of organizing a 2011 suicide attack at a Moscow airport.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, China said three drugmakers had submitted applications to supply their COVID-19 vaccines to global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX in the country's first formal move to provide locally developed shots to the initiative. Sinovac Biotech, China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and CanSino Biologics have applied to join the scheme.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, The EU's executive Commission said it has issued fines to Valve Corp., owner of a US video game platform and five game makers, after they blocked players from buying cheaper copies of the games in other countries in the bloc.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Germany's Cabinet approved legislation that will prohibit the killing male chicks after they hatch from Jan. 1 next year. In a second step, the killing of chick embryos in the egg will be prohibited after the sixth day of incubation starting on Jan. 1, 2024.
    (AP, 1/20/21)   
2021        Jan 20, Authorities in Germany said another 30 cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been found in wild boars in Brandenburg state, in a continuing outbreak among wild animals which has halted German pork exports to Asia. This brought Germany's total reported cases to 544.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Germany-based Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQA, a new electric compact SUV as part of plans to take on rival Tesla Inc and offer more emission-free vehicles to consumers to meet targets in Europe and China.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, India began supplying coronavirus vaccines to its neighboring countries.
    (SFC, 1/21/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 20, Italy reported 524 coronavirus-related deaths, against 603 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 13,571 from 10,497.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, In western Libya a fire, followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in Janzur killed three people, including two officers.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Portugal's number of daily coronavirus cases rose from 10,455 to 14,647, a 40% jump as hospitals struggle to cope with a surge in infections and deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)   
2021        Jan 20, Russia filed for registration of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the EU bloc.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 20, In Spain a powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid, killing four people and ripping the facade off the structure.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, In Sudan armed men opened fire overnight, trying to storm the residence of a provincial governor in West Darfur province but were repelled by guards.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, United Nations agencies warned that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific region are going hungry as the coronavirus pandemic destroys jobs and pushes food prices higher.
    (AP, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, The World Health Organization said that three COVID-19 vaccines were in the late stages of review for possible emergency use listing, in addition to the one made by Pfizer and BioNTech already approved. The WHO said shots from Moderna, AstraZeneca and China's Sinopharm and Sinovac could win emergency go-ahead in coming weeks or months.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, The Vatican began offering free vaccinations against COVID-19 to Rome's homeless.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)
2021        Jan 20, Zimbabwe's Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo (b.1960) died after succumbing to Covid-19.
    (BBC, 1/20/21)

2021        Jan 21, The Biden administration proposed to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty limiting strategic nuclear weapons, due to expire on Feb 5.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A4)(Econ., 1/23/21, p.7)
2021        Jan 21, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Bidens top adviser on the pandemic, said the United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Alabama's Gov. kay Ivey announced an extension of a statewide ordnance requiring facemasks in public through March 5 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A5)   
2021         Jan 21, California to date had 3,090,663 cases of coronavirus and 35,551 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 351,303 cases and 3,616 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 24,614,129 with the death toll at 409,794.   
    (sfist.com, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Washington state chiropractor Austin Hsu (46) admitted to fraudulently claiming more than $700,000 in Covid-19 relief funds meant for struggling small businesses.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 21, Alphabet, Google's parent company, announced the end of Loon, its internet-beaming balloon company, that was providing online access from the stratosphere.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 21, It was reported that Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, It was reported that Google and Facebook Inc have granted an Australian local government news provider status, drawing questions about the internet giants' efforts to curate news media.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, The drug maker Eli Lilly said that a treatment usually used to fight Covid-19 symptoms also prevented healthy people in nursing homes from contracting the virus. The drug, bamlanivimab, already has an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration that allows Eli Lilly to provide it to symptomatic patients early in the course of their infection.
    (NY Times, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, The head of Africa's disease control body said the continent's coronavirus case fatality rate has risen alarmingly to 2.5%, higher than the global level of 2.2%.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, It was reported that Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the EU by declining to grant the blocs first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. The British government says the EU is an international organization, rather than a country, and has not given Vale de Almeida the full rights accorded to ambassadors under the Vienna Convention, including immunity from taxation and prosecution.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, UK prosecutors said day trader Walid Choucair, who was convicted of insider trading along with a UBS Group AG compliance official, agreed to forfeit 3.9 million pounds ($5.4 million). The sum also included the money Choucair had made in 15 other trades.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Britain's foreign secretary announced that his government would offer more than $50 million to help poor Sudanese families as their government embarks upon major austerity measures to revive its battered economy.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, London's metropolitan police officers found 150 people packed into the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School with blacked-out windows for a wedding despite a nationwide lockdown that bars households from mixing.
    (AP, 1/22/21)(SFC, 1/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 21, The death toll from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom hit 94,580 after the country recorded another 1,290 fatalities, while official data showed medics had delivered a new high of 363,508 vaccines in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Britain's health minister Matt Hancock said data supports the country's decision to move to a 12-week dosing schedule for Pfizer's COVID vaccine, adding details on efficacy gathered during the rollout would be published as soon as possible.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, The Central African Republic (CAR) declared a state of emergency as the army and UN forces try to repel advancing rebel groups who want to overthrow the government. Anti-government fighters, who now control two-thirds of the country, have surrounded Bangui.
    (BBC, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 21, China fired a parting shot at the Trump administration by announcing unprecedented sanctions against 28 Americans, including outgoing Cabinet officials and advisers and former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, as it extended a rhetorical olive branch to newly installed President Biden.
    (Washington Post, 1/21/21)(Econ., 1/23/21, p.31)
2021        Jan 21, China reported its first cluster of COVID-19 cases among workers in a meat processing plant in the northeastern city of Harbin, raising fears among local consumers who have until now mainly worried about the safety of imported foods.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Dubai's tourism department announced an immediate halt to all live entertainment at hotels and restaurants as COVID-19 cases increased.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 21, In Egypt the Islamic State blew up a roadside bomb in the restive northern Sinai peninsula, killing one member of Egypt's security forces and wounding three others.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Europe's top human rights court found Russia responsible for a swath of violations in Georgia's breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Georgia hailed the verdict by the European Court of Human Rights as a major victory.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, EU government officials said Pfizer has slashed in half the volume of COVID-19 vaccines it will deliver to some EU countries this week, as frustration over the US drugmaker's unexpected cut in supplies grows.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Europe's disease surveillance agency said that the three mutant variants of the coronavirus that emerged in Britain, South Africa and Brazil pose a high risk in Europe as they have led to increased transmissibility.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, The French government pledged to toughen laws on the rape of children after a massive online movement saw hundreds of victims share accounts about sexual abuse within their families over the past week.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 21, It was reported that German researchers have enabled mice paralyzed after spinal cord injuries to walk again, re-establishing a neural link hitherto considered irreparable in mammals by using a designer protein injected into the brain.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, It was reported that members of an alleged "baby-harvesting" and child-trafficking syndicate have been arrested in Ghana. The 11 suspects included two doctors, four nurses, two mothers, two social welfare officers, and a traditional birth attendant.
    (BBC, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, In India farmer leaders rejected an offer from the government to suspend contentious agricultural reform laws for 18 months and set up a committee to look into their concerns about the legislation that have triggered the biggest farmers protests in years.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Government sources said India will give millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Asian countries in the next few weeks, drawing praise from its neighbors and pushing back against China's dominating presence in the region.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, In India at least five people were killed in a fire that broke out at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India in southern Maharashtra state.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 21, Indonesia reported 346 deaths from COVID-19, hitting a new record for the second time this week, as hospitals in the Southeast Asian nation come under increasing strain from the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, It was reported that Iran's government has launched a wide-ranging crackdown on Bitcoin processing centers, which require immense amounts of electricity to power their specialized computers and to keep them cool a burden on the nation's power grid.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 21, In Iraq twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in Baghdad, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens. The Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 1/21/21)(SFC, 1/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 21, Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said food supply problems in Northern Ireland are due to Brexit because there are now a certain amount of checks on goods going between Britain and Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Italy reported 521 coronavirus-related deaths, against 524 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 14,078 from 13,571.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Authorities in Lebanon extended a nationwide lockdown by a week, to Feb. 8, amid a steep rise in coronavirus deaths and infections that has overwhelmed the health care system.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Mongolia's PM Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh announced the resignation of his entire government following a protest over a hospital's treatment of a new mother who tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (https://tinyurl.com/2cm3u43p)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.29)
2021        Jan 21, Northern Ireland extended its COVID-19 lockdown for an additional four weeks to March 5 and its deputy first minister said the measures might have to be extended again.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Norways government said it will help ailing low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle - a U-turn from its previous refusal to do so - as long as the company manages to raise 4.5 billion kroner ($529 million) from other investors.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that China has agreed to provide half a million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 free of cost to Pakistan by January 31.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Portugals government ordered the closure of schools for two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 infections that PM Antnio Costa blamed on the rise of a more contagious variant.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Russia said it could supply Hungary with its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine from next month, after Budapest gave initial approval to the shot.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 21, In Switzerland local officials said mass COVID-19 testing of thousands of people in the resort of St Moritz, where luxury hotels were placed under quarantine, found 53 coronavirus infections, including 31 cases of a fast-spreading variant.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, It was reported that Thailand's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use approval for the COVID-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca Plc.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, In Ukraine a fire at a private nursing home in the city of Kharkiv killed 15 people and injured five others.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, The United Arab Emirates registered Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for domestic use. New daily cases in the Gulf state of about 9 million people tripled in the past month to about 354 per million this week.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning damage and destruction of religious sites and asking the secretary-general to convene a global conference to spearhead public support for safeguarding places of religious heritage.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, The UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict said serious allegations of sexual violence have emerged in Ethiopias embattled Tigray region, while women and girls face shortages of rape kits and HIV drugs amid restrictions on humanitarian access.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 21, The Vatican's criminal tribunal convicted Angelo Caloia (81), the former head of the Vatican Bank, and his lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo (97), of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds and money laundering between 2001 and 2008 when the bank sold off a sizeable chunk of its real estate assets.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 21, A Venezuelan navy vessel detained two Guyanese vessels that were fishing in Guyana's exclusive economic zone, the latest dispute in a long-running border conflict between the two South American nations.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)

2021        Jan 22, The US Senate (90-2) confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee, retired Army General Lloyd Austin, to serve as Secretary of Defense - the first Black American in the role.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, The US Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved Janet Yellen's nomination as the first woman Treasury secretary, indicating that she will easily win full Senate approval, but Republicans called for her to work with them in developing economic policies.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Kelu Chao, the acting chief of the US Agency for Global Media, fired the leaders of multiple federally funded news outlets as part of the Biden administrations sweeping effort to clear the agency of allies of former President Donald Trump.
    (NY Times, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 22, The FBI said 33 children were rescued in a trafficking operation, including eight who were being sexually exploited at the time of recovery. "Operation Lost Angels" began on Jan. 11 during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
    (NBC News, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 22, The US Census Bureau said that it would discontinue efforts to create citizenship tabulations at the city-block level using 2020 census data combined with administrative records.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 22, A US official said between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, DC, to provide security for President Joe Biden's inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Legal sales of recreational marijuana started in Arizona, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold that joins 14 other states that have broadly legalized pot.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, In Arizona a Las Vegas tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over killing one person and critically injuring two others.
    (SFC, 1/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 22, Researchers said new variant of the coronavirus appears to account for the recent surge of cases in southern California. The variant, called CAL.20C, accounted for fewer than one in every 1,000 COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles county in July. It was not detected again until October, but by December accounted for 36% of cases.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, California's top prosecutor opened an investigation into the scandal-plagued Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, probing accusations the agency had engaged in a long pattern of excessive force, illegal shootings and abuse of jail inmates.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, In the SF Bay Area Derick Almena, the remaining defendant in Oakland's 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, avoiding a second trial.
    (SFC, 1/23/21, p.C1)
2021         Jan 22, California to date had 3,108,076 cases of coronavirus and 35,925 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 353,546 cases and 3,701 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 24,806,034 with the death toll at 413,818.   
    (sfist.com, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who recently had his 28-year prison sentence commuted by now-former President Donald Trump in his terms final hours, returned to family in Georgia following his release from prison. He and his associates are said to have defrauded the Motor Citys pension funds for more than $95 million through shady investment deals that never materialized.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Hank Aaron (86), who faced down racism to become one of baseballs greatest players and its home run king, died in Atlanta, Ga.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Aaron)
2021        Jan 22, The third-largest lottery prize in US history went to one winning ticket sold in Michigan for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot. Weeks later a four-member suburban Detroit lottery club claimed the $1.05 billion jackpot and opted to receive $557 million after taxes.
    (AP, 1/23/21)(AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Jan 22, It was reported that three US ticket brokers, all based in Great Neck, New York, have agreed to settle civil charges that they cheated consumers by illegally purchasing tens of thousands of tickets for concerts, theater, sports and other events, and reselling them at substantial markups.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, It was reported that Dupont Co. and its spinoff business Chemours have agreed to resolve legal disputes over environmental liabilities for pollution related to man-made chemicals associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health problems.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 22, Twitter suspended an account linked to Irans Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei after it made a post apparently threatening former US president Donald Trump.
    (The Telegraph, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world's nuclear-armed nations. The treaty, approved in 2017, received its 50th ratification on Oct. 24, 2020, triggering a 90-day period before its entry into force on Jan. 22. None of the nine countries known or believed to possess nuclear weapons the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel supported it and neither did the 30-nation NATO alliance.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Former presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition challenger in Belarus disputed presidential election urged the UN to call for a halt to violence and lawlessness in the country, including media censorship, internet shutdowns, website blockages and cancellation of accreditation for journalists.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, PM Alexander De Croo said Belgium is banning all leisure travel abroad for its citizens as of next week and until March, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its virulent variants.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, A survey showed that Britain's relapse into a third national COVID-19 lockdown has sparked the sharpest drop in business activity since May, with services companies hit hardest.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, China premiered a patriotic documentary film to mark the one-year anniversary of Wuhan's coronavirus lockdown, part of a broader effort by authorities to cast the government's early response to COVID-19 in a positive light.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, China passed a Coast Guard law empowering its coast guard to take all necessary measures including the use of weapons, when its jurisdiction is infringed by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.
    (SFC, 1/28/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 22, China's central bank said it will require non-bank payment institutions, with Ant Group's Alipay as the leading player, to set up bank accounts to deal with fund product transactions for customers. The new rules will take effect from March 1.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Beijing ordered more coronavirus tests for about 2 million people in its downtown area after new cases were reported in the Chinese capital. China's National Health Commission announced 103 new cases had been detected over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, In CongoDRC several hundred members of parliament left the majority political grouping (FCC) affiliated with former president Joseph Kabila. Most joined two of the largest opposiiton parties in supporting a new majority called the "Sacred Union" set up by Pres. Felix Tshisekedi.
    (Econ., 2/13/21, p.47)
2021        Jan 22, Denmark said it has halted all flights arriving from the United Arab Emirates for five days due to potentially unreliable coronavirus tests in Dubai.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, EU Council President Charles Michel told Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone to release opposition politician Alexei Navalny and insisted on an investigation into his August poisoning.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, The Finnish government said it would put in place stricter regulations from Jan. 27 for entering the country, due to new variants of the coronavirus spreading within its borders.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, France registered a further 23,292 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 649 more deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours as President Emmanuel Macron's government fought against the possibility of a third national lockdown.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Chancellor Angela Merkels center-right party said that Armin Laschet (59), the governor of Germanys most populous state, has been confirmed as its new leader.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, In Germany 859 coronavirus deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, taking the total so far to 50,642.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Hungary said it has signed a deal to buy Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, the first European Union country to do so.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, PM Narendra Modi said India was completely self-reliant on coronavirus vaccine supplies as the world's second-most populous country inoculated more than one million people within a week of starting a massive campaign.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Talks between leaders of protesting farmers and the Indian government ended abruptly in a stalemate when the Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he had nothing more to offer than an 18-month suspension of contentious agricultural reform laws.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, In Israel ultra-orthodox Jews attacked an unmarked Israeli police vehicle overnight, pelting it with stones and smashing the windows while officers were inside, and igniting a riot in which at least six people were arrested.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early today, killing a family of four including two children and wounding four other people. The Israeli military said it downed a drone that had crossed into Israel from Lebanon.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video app TikTok to block the accounts of any users in Italy whose age it could not verify following the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the Chinese-owned app. The girl had reportedly been participating in a so-called blackout challenge on TikTok, putting a belt around her neck and holding her breath while recording herself on her phone.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Japanese carmaker Nissan confirmed that it will maintain its operations in Britain in the wake of the post-Brexit trade deal between the country and the European Union.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda said the country would receive enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate 70% of its population by early July, and that this would achieve herd immunity.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Morocco received 2 million doses of Astrazeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first African country to get a large enough shipment to roll out a nationwide immunization program.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine supplied by India to inoculate 750,000 people, the first vaccine batch delivered to the Southeast Asian country as it fights one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the region.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Drug kingpin Tse Chi Lop (57), the alleged ringleader of Asias biggest crime syndicate and one of the worlds most wanted men, was arrested in the Netherlands. Lop is the suspected leader of the Asian mega-cartel known as "Sam Gor", a major producer and supplier of methamphetamines globally.
    (The Telegraph, 1/23/21)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.30)
2021        Jan 22, Paraguay said it has signed agreements with two pharmaceutical companies to buy 3 million doses of coronavirus vaccines and plans to start vaccinations in the second half of February. Paraguay has registered 125,518 cases of coronavirus and 2,570 deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, In Russia several leading opposition activists and Navalny associates were detained over the last 24 hours ahead of the rallies scheduled for tomorrow. Russia said that TikTok had deleted some of what it called illegal posts promoting weekend protests aimed at securing the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
    (AP, 1/22/21)(Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, South Korea reported 346 new coronavirus cases, down from a Christmas day high of 1,241. The national total rose to 74,262 cases and 1,328 deaths.
    (SFC, 1/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 22, Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants for 44 judges and prosecutors suspected of links to the group Ankara blames for the 2016-coup attempt.
    (SFC, 1/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 22, Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine accused the country's longtime president of staging a "coup in last week's election and urged people to protest his loss through nonviolent means.
    (AP, 1/22/21)

2021        Jan 23, Newly appointed US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued his first directive in the role late today, giving the Pentagon's senior leaders two weeks to gather reports on sexual assault prevention programs in the military and send him assessments of what has worked and what hasn't.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 23, A US State Department statement said Washington will continue to deepen ties with Taiwan and ensure its defense from Chinese threats, while supporting a peaceful resolution of issues between the sides.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, Larry King (87), who quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers for CNN and other news outlets in a career spanning more than six decades, died in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized with a COVID-19 infection.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, Arizona Republicans voted to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP members who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021         Jan 23, California to date had 3,140,710 cases of coronavirus and 36,785 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 354,499 cases and 3,738 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 24,985,689 with the death toll at 417,339.   
    (sfist.com, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, Hal Holbrook (95), American film and TV star, died at his home in Beverly Hills. He carved out an acting career in television and film but achieved his widest acclaim onstage, playing Mark Twain in a one-man show for decades.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Jan 23, A weeklong strike at New York Citys Hunts Point Produce Market, the nations largest wholesale produce market, ended after workers overwhelmingly approved a deal that includes their largest pay increase in decades and more money for health coverage.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, US Navy SEAL Tony DeDolph was sentenced in Virginia to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2017 hazing death of US Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, while the men served together in Mali. DeDolph is one of four service members two SEALs and two Marines to be charged in Melgar's death.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 23, Belarus police arrested about 100 people in Minsk who formed human chains in demonstrations calling for authoritarian Pres. Alexander Lukashenko to resign.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, Brazil's health regulator Anvisa approved a second emergency use request of China's CoronaVac vaccine, which will allow for the distribution of 4.8 million new doses that were partly manufactured in Brazil.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 23, China reported 80 new COVID-19 cases, mostly in the northeast where some residents complained they were short of food amid an ongoing local lockdowns, down from 107 a day earlier. The financial hub of Shanghai imposed new restrictions, as the country marked the anniversary of the world's first coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan city, where the disease emerged in late 2019. 107 new COVID-19 cases had been identified in the mainland, up from 103 cases the day before.
    (Reuters, 1/23/21)(AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 23, Hong Kong's government locked down an area of Kowloon peninsula after an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, saying 10,000 residents must stay home until they have been tested and the results largely determined.
    (Reuters, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, In Israel over a thousand protesters gathered in Jerusalem for weekly demonstrations demanding PM Benjamin Netanyahu step down over corruption charges, as smaller protests were staged at intersections and bridges across the country.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, Mexico's President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador said that Pres. Joe Biden told him a day earlier that the US would send $4 billion to help development in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala nations whose hardships have spawned tides of migration through Mexico toward the US.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 23, Mexican authorities said 19 shot and burned bodies were found outside Camargo, Tamaulipas state, across the Rio Grande from Texas.
    (SFC, 1/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 23, In Mexico an anti-dam activist was killed in the southern state of Oaxaca. Fidel Heras Cruz had opposed plans to build dams on the Rio Verde river, and reportedly received a death threat two days before he died. On Jan. 27 the UN human rights office in Mexico called for justice in the case.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 23, Pirates off Nigeria's coast kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish container ship in the Gulf of Guinea in a brazen and violent attack. One sailor was killed. the 15 sailors arrived back in Turkey on Feb. 14. Pirates in the Gulf, which borders more than a dozen countries, kidnapped 130 sailors in 22 incidents last year, accounting for all but five of those seized worldwide.
    (Reuters, 1/23/21)(Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Jan 23, In Nigeria seven children and a man were abducted by a large group of armed men who broke into Rachel's Orphanage Home in Abuja.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 23, Norway's capital Oslo and nine neighboring municipalities imposed some of their toughest lockdown measures yet after an outbreak of a more contagious coronavirus variant, first identified in Britain.
    (Reuters, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, In the southern Philippines security forces killed 12 people during a drug raid in Maguindanao province. One police officer was also killed at a residential compound tied to Pendatun Adsis Talusan, who was suspected of involvement in illegal drug trade. Talusan was among those killed in the gunbattle.
    (SFC, 1/25/21, p.A4)    
2021        Jan 23, In Russia protests erupted across the country to demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin's most prominent foe. The protests moved across time zones and more than 3,000 people were arrested in at least 109 cities
    (AP, 1/23/21)(NY Times, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 23, Anti-apartheid jazz trombonist and composer Jonas Gwangwa (83) died. He was nominated for an Oscar for music he composed for the 1987 movie Cry Freedom, which starred Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Gwangwa)(AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 23, In Saudi Arabia three drones struck the royal palace in Riyadh. It was later reported that they were launched from Iraqi-Saudi border areas by a relatively unknown Iran-backed faction in Iraq, exacerbating regional tensions.
    {Saudi Arabia, Iraq}
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Jan 23, Spain's top General Miguel Angel Villaroya resigned after allegations he had received the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of priority groups, one of a number of public officials who have sparked public anger because of reports they have jumped the vaccination queue.
    (Reuters, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, The UN refugee agency said tribal clashes in Sudans Darfur region have killed at least 250 people and displaced more than 100,000 people since erupting earlier this month.
    (AP, 1/23/21)
2021        Jan 23, Zimbabwe recorded a total of 31,007 cases, including 974 deaths, up from the slightly more than 10,000 cases and 277 deaths at the beginning of December. Four Cabinet ministers have died of COVID-19, three within the past two weeks.
    (AP, 1/24/21)

2021        Jan 24, A White House official said Pres. Joe Biden will ban travel by noncitizens into the US from South Africa as of Jan. 30 because of concern about a coronavirus variant spreading in that country.
    (NY Times, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, It was reported that former US President Donald Trump's administration in its final week in office, eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler that were imposed for alleged corruption in Congo. The license was not announced publicly. Anti-graft campaigners urged President Joe Biden's Treasury to revoke the license.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.38)
2021         Jan 24, California to date had 3,144,592 cases of coronavirus and 36,844 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 357,949 cases and 3,818 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 25,109,148 with the death toll at 418,982.   
    (sfist.com, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, The Chicago Teachers Union said that its members have voted to defy an order to return to classrooms before they are vaccinated.
    (SFC, 1/25/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 24, In Indiana five people and an unborn child were shot and killed in Indianapolis. A juvenile suspect was arrested the following day. Raymond Ronald Lee Childs III (17) was soon charged as an adult with six counts of murder.
    (AP, 1/25/21)(AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 24, The NY Times reported that Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania arranged for Donald Trump earlier this month to meet Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a Justice Department official who Trump considered naming to replace Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Protesters set a large fire, damaged buildings and marched with signs late today in response to a police car driving through a crowd in Tacoma, Washington, the day before, leaving at least two people injured.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 24, Australia recorded no new local coronavirus cases, maintaining a recent run of success in keeping the virus at bay, but nevertheless is keen to press on with its vaccination campaign from next month.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Britain said it is expanding a coronavirus vaccination program that has seen almost 6 million people get the first of two doses, even as the countrys death toll in the pandemic approached 100,000.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, In China rescuers brought 11 workers trapped for two weeks to safety. Rescue operations continued for 10 other miners, whose fates are unknown, inside the Hushan gold mine in Shandong province.
    (BBC, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Egypt launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, with the first shots of Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharms vaccine given to healthcare workers in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Kaja Kallas (43), the chair of Estonia's center-right Reform Party, was tasked with forming a Cabinet in the next 14 days, which would make her the country's first female prime minister.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, It was reported that Germany has asked Taiwan to persuade Taiwanese manufacturers to help ease a shortage of semiconductor chips in the auto sector which is hampering its fledgling economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Indonesian authorities said that they have seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country's waters. 36 Iranian and 25 Chinese crew members were detained.
    (AP, 1/24/21)(AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 24, Indonesia deported Sergei Kosenko, a Russian social media celebrity, after he held a Jan. 11 party at a luxury hotel on Bali attended by more than 50 people despite coronavirus restrictions.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Israel's Labor Party chose Merav Michaeli (54), a veteran lawmaker and former journalist, as its new leader ahead of March elections.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Israel said it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, following through on last years US-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country. The UAE cabinet approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Italy reported 299 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 488 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 11,629 from 13,331.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Kuwait's emir reappointed Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as prime minister after the cabinet resigned last week in a standoff with parliament over its vote to question the premier on issues including his choice of ministers.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, It was reported that Mexicos antitrust watchdog has fined seven banks a total of $1.5 million, only 4% of potential penalties, after finding evidence of price-rigging in the peso bond market early last decade.
    (Bloomberg, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Cyclone Eloise left parts of central Mozambique flooded after it struck near the port city of Beira. Four people were reported killed as the cyclone headed towards Zimbabwe and northern South Africa. The death toll was later raised to 21.
    (BBC, 1/24/21)(AFP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 24, In the Netherlands rioters set fires in the center of the southern city of Eindhoven and pelted police with rocks at a banned demonstration against coronavirus lockdown measures, while officers responded with tear gas and water cannons, arresting at least 30 people.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Portuguese headed to the polls to vote for the largely ceremonial post of president even as coronavirus cases reach record levels. Polls showed that incumbent, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of the center-right Social Democratic Party, is likely to win with ease.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US Embassys statements about the nationwide protests, in which more than 3,500 people reportedly were arrested, interfere in the countrys domestic affairs and encourage Russians to break the law.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said the first case of a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Serbia in a woman who arrived from London, but that no new lockdown is planned.
    (Reuters, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Taiwan said it will more than double the number of people who have to quarantine at home to more than 5,000 as it seeks to contain a rare domestic cluster of COVID-19 connected to a hospital. Taiwan only has 95 active cases being treated in hospital.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, The United Nations launched "Reset Earth," an animated film and game aimed at engaging Gen Z teenagers on the importance of protecting the ozone layer.
    (AP, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Yemens warring sides resumed UN-backed negotiations in Amman, Jordan, over a prisoner swap.
    (AP, 1/24/21)

2021        Jan 25, President Joe Biden signed an executive order meant to pull more of the $600 billion of annual federal procurement spending into American hands.
    (Econ., 1/30/21, p.59)
2021        Jan 25, President Joe Biden signed an order reversing a Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from joining the military.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, President Joe Biden reimposed travel restrictions on non-US travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the UK and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, The Biden administration suspended some of the terrorism sanctions that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemens Houthi rebels in his waning days in office.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, The US Senate approved President Joe Bidens nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nations 78th treasury secretary, making her the first woman to hold the job in the department's 232-year history.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, The US House of Representatives formally charged ex-President Donald Trump with inciting insurrection in a fiery speech to his followers before this month's deadly attack on the Capitol, signaling the start of his second impeachment trial.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, The US Supreme Court brought an end to lawsuits over whether Donald Trump illegally profited off his presidency.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, A tornado barreled through a suburb of Birmingham, Ala. late today, trapping people in their homes and setting off frantic rescue efforts. At least one person was killed.
    (NY Times, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 25, Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander was sentenced to 14 months in prison for lying to federal investigators about his dealings with a businessman who provided him $15,000 in secret cash payments during a night out in Las Vegas.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 25, The peer review journal Science published a paper that confirms the drug Plitidepsin (aka Aplidin), manufactured by the Spanish pharmaceutical company PharmaMar, has a "potent preclinical efficacy" against COVID-19. The drug, already authorized in some markets to treat tumors, blocks a protein associated with the COVID-19 virus. A UCSF-led team identified the anti-cancer drug.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)(SFC, 1/26/21, p.A1)
2021         Jan 25, California to date had 3,176,457 cases of coronavirus and 37,369 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 360,731 cases and 3,857 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 25,258,210 with the death toll at 420,830.   
    (sfist.com, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, California lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the state in response to improving coronavirus conditions, returning the state to a system of county-by-county restrictions.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Minnesota confirmed that a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus (Brazil P.1) was recently identified in a person who returned home to the Twin Cities area and became ill the first week of January.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yyb3durf)(SFC, 1/27/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 25, In Oregon Paul Rivas (64) of Oregon City repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring nine other people. Rivas ran away before a group of people corralled him.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 25, The Seattle City Council approved legislation requiring grocery companies with more than 500 employees to pay an extra $4 an hour in hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y63av3a5)(SFC, 1/27/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 25, CVS Health Corp said it has completed the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations at about 8,000 US skilled nursing facilities that were part of a federal program.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Drugmaker Merck & Co said it would stop development of its two COVID-19 vaccines and focus pandemic research on treatments, with initial data on an experimental oral antiviral expected by the end of March. Merck said it would focus COVID-19 research and manufacturing efforts on two investigational medicines: MK-7110 and MK-4482, which it now calls molnupiravir.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Moderna said it believes its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the South Africa variant after concluding that the antibody response could be diminished.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Australia's medical regulator approved use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
    (SFC, 1/26/21, p.A7)
2021        Jan 25, In Bosnia hundreds of health workers took to the streets of the southern town of Mostar in protest over a long-delayed collective bargaining deal, threatening a hunger strike amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Around 25,000 UK retailing jobs remained under threat even as it emerged that online fashion firm Boohoo has bought Debenhams, one of the country's oldest department store chains, and rival ASOS confirmed it wants to pick up parts of Arcadia Group.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Bulgaria said it will make everyone coming into the country take COVID-19 tests to stop the spread of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Chinese rescuers found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine on January 10, raising the death toll to 10. One person remained missing.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, The EU said it will require pharmaceutical companies producing COVID-19 vaccines inside the bloc to register in advance any exports of doses to third countries.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Greece signed a 2.3 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) deal with France to purchase 18 Rafale fighter jets, as tensions remain high with neighbor Turkey.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Hong Kong said it has formally approved use of the Fosun Pharma-BioNTech vaccine, the first COVID-19 vaccine to be accepted in the Asian financial hub.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Thousands of tractors lined up on the outskirts of New Delhi, ready to swarm the Indian capital in a protest against new agriculture reform laws that have triggered a growing farmer rebellion that has rattled the government.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Iranian users of the Signal messaging service said they have lost access to the app on their mobile devices. They could use the system through virtual private networks, services that shield internet users by encrypting their data traffic. Some still had access through desktop version of the app.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Israeli authorities extradited Malka Leifer (54), a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her former students in Australia, capping a six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two governments and antagonized Australia's Jewish community.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, It was reported that Italys interior minister has intervened in a row in Naples over the painting of giant murals that pay tribute to the blighted lives and violent exploits of teenage criminals. Authorities in Naples want to scrub out or paint over two large murals that depict Ugo Russo and Luigi Caiafa, who were shot dead in separate incidents last year by police officers during robbery attempts.
    (The Telegraph, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, In Lebanon dozens of protesters, enraged at a nearly month-long lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus, took to the streets of Tripoli and pelted security forces with stones.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Mexico's coronavirus death toll passed 150,000 following a surge in infections in recent weeks.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, New Zealand confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the community in months in a woman (56), but said close contacts of the recently returned traveler had so far tested negative.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Heavy fighting broke out overnight in a Somali town near the Kenyan border between Somali forces and those from the state of Jubbaland, as Somalias election troubles spilled over into violence. five children were reported killed and their mother wounded when a mortar round landed on their house.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, The G20 World Economic Forum began a virtual gathering that in lieu of the annual in-person meetings in Davos, Switzerland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. China's President Xi Jinping called for unity in fighting the coronavirus and climate change. He also called on Joe Biden to end America's trade war against Beijing.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Delegations from Syrias government, opposition and civil society began a new round of meetings in Geneva aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, Thailand's Parliament voted to legalize abortion in the first trimester, though women who end a pregnancy after 12 weeks could still face prison or fines.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 25, The first high-level talks aimed at reducing tensions between Turkey and Greece in five years took place behind closed doors in Istanbul.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, A Ugandan court ordered the military and police to leave the home of opposition politician Bobi Wine.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, A group of UN experts criticized Sri Lanka's requirement that those who die of COVID-19 be cremated, even it goes against a family's religious beliefs.
    (AP, 1/26/21)

2021        Jan 26, The Biden administration announced that the US is restoring relations with the Palestinians and will resume supporting assistance programs that deliver humanitarian aid to refugees, a reversal from former President Donald Trump's policies.
    (The Week, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, US President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts. Biden pressed the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on US government agencies. Biden and Putin agreed to extend the New Start Treaty for five years.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.9)
2021        Jan 26, President Joe Biden told the Justice Department to stop using private prisons, as part of his administration's effort to create a more just and equitable society.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 26, The US Justice Dept. rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a "zero tolerance" enforcement policy for migrants crossing the US-Mexico border illegally.
    (SFC, 1/28/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 26, The US Senate voted 55-45 to clear the way for Trump's second impeachment trial to begin in February, but with the support of only five Republicans.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 26, A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration's order for a moratorium on deportations.
    (The Week, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 26, The San Francisco school board voted 6-1 to rename 44 schools it deemed were associated with slavery, oppression, genocide and colonization. On April 7 the board voted unanimously to reverse the renaming decision.
    (https://tinyurl.com/fcud5v33)(SFC, 4/8/21, p.A1)
2021         Jan 26, California to date had 3,202,938 cases of coronavirus and 37,699 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 363,237 cases and 3,911 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 25,433,812 with the death toll at 425,036.   
    (sfist.com, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, A major winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of Nebraska and Iowa, disrupting traffic and shuttering some schools.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, In Texas two people were found dead in a medical office in Austin late today after a hostage standoff that lasted more than five hours.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 26, Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart launched a line of cannabis-infused oil drops and soft-baked chews for dogs, months after the successful release of her cannabidiol (CBD) gummie treats for humans hit shelves in the United States. Stewart is banking on a nearly one-year partnership with Canada's Canopy Growth Corp, the world's top pot producer by market value.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Eli Lilly and Co said it combination antibody drug helped reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in COVID-19 patients by 70%, citing early data from a late-stage study.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, A study released today based on laboratory tests said COVID-19 antibody drugs developed by Eli Lilly and Co and Regeneron may be weaker against a new coronavirus variant found in South Africa.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 26, US gay dating app Grindr was notified that it faces a fine of more than $10 million from Norwegian regulators for failing to get consent from users before sharing their personal information with advertising companies, in breach of stringent European Union privacy rules.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, PepsiCo and Beyond Meat said they are creating a joint venture to develop snacks and drinks made from plant-based proteins.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said its antibody cocktail was found effective in preventing COVID-19 in people exposed to those infected with the new coronavirus in an ongoing late stage trial.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents gave their backing to a vaccination program to which the World Health Organizations COVAX program has pledged $112 million.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, The government of Central African Republic said its soldiers killed at least 44 rebels in an offensive against the fighters that have been launching attacks against the government of the newly re-elected President Faustin-Archange Touadera.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, China and New Zealand signed a deal upgrading a free trade pact to give exports from the Pacific nation greater access to the world's second-largest economy.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, It was reported that China is constructing a quarantine center in response to a coronavirus outbreak in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province.
    (SFC, 1/26/21, p.A7)
2021        Jan 26, The Global Times reported that China's COVID-19 vaccines based on the inactivated virus can be upgraded to cope with new variants in about two months, citing an expert with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, The Czech Ministry of Agriculture shut poultry markets and exhibitions and banned farmers from keeping flocks of fowl outside after fresh cases of bird flu were detected in the country's south.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, In Estonia a new two-party coalition government was sworn in led by Kaja Kallas, the first woman prime minister since the Baltic nation regained independence in 1991.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, In France schoolteachers and university students marched together in protests or went on strike around the country to demand more government support amid the pandemic.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, French IT consulting group Atos and OVHcloud said they are partnering to offer fully European-led cloud computing services.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Greeces center-right government imposed a weeklong ban on public protests attended by more than 100 people as part of a campaign to contain the coronavirus pandemic, angering left-wing political opponents.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, In India tens of thousands of farmers marched, rode horses and drove tractors into New Delhi, breaking through police barricades to storm the historic Red Fort a deeply symbolic act that revealed the scale of their challenge to PM Narendra Modis government.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Indonesia surpassed a million confirmed coronavirus cases. The country has recorded 1,012,350 cases and deaths from the respiratory disease now totaled 28,468.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Iran said it has approved Russia's Sputnik V vaccine and plans to both import it and produce it, giving the Middle East's worst-hit country a tool to fight the spread of COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, It was reported that Iran has sentenced Mahdi Jahangiri, the brother of the countrys senior vice president, to two years in prison on corruption charges.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, It was reported that Emad Shargi, an Iranian-American, has been sentenced by Iran to 10 years in prison on spying charges, despite his family alleging he never had a trial or an opportunity to defend himself.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian suspected of trying to attack a female soldier at a West Bank intersection. The alleged attacker was identified as Atallah Mohammad Riyan (17), a resident of the nearby village of Qarawat Bani Hassan.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Israel said it has not registered a single serious COVID-19 case among the 6% of citizens already given a full set of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations, even as infections surge in the wider population.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, PM Giuseppe Conte of Italy offered his resignation, plunging the country deeper into political chaos.
    (NY Times, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Japanese drugmaker Shionogi & Co SAID IT has sold the development and marketing rights for a COVID-19 treatment to California-based biotech BioAge Labs Inc. The drug, known as BGE-175, was developed to treat allergic rhinitis.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Lebanon hit a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities, registering 73 deaths as protesters took to the streets for a second day to denounce strict lockdown measures put in place to curb an exhausting surge in infections.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Malaysia said it had signed deals with two domestic companies to purchase 18.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines produced by Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute and China's Sinovac.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, It was reported that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the heads of the country's armed forces whom he appointed when he first took office in 2015.
    (BBC, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Norway said it has called off two military exercises involving primarily NATO troops in its Arctic region in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, In Portugal COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours reached a record of 291, bringing the country's total to 653,878 cases and 11,012 deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, The Swiss-based World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh clinical advice for treating COVID-19 patients, including those displaying persistent symptoms after recovery, and also said it advised using low-dose anti-coagulants to prevent blood clots. The WHO also issued recommendations on the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and said it was working with the company to accelerate its approval of the shot for WHO emergency use listing.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky in a drill to simulate a war scenario, showing its fleet's battle readiness after dozens of Chinese warplanes flew into the island's air defence zone over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, Thailand police raided a party at the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan and arrested 89 foreigners for violating coronavirus regulations.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 26, UN experts said economic profiteering is fueling the catastrophe in Yemen, where a six-year war has involved attacks on civilians, forced disappearances and other violations of human rights and international law.
    (AP, 1/26/21)

2021        Jan 27, President Joe Biden signed a package of executive orders on climate change, including electrifying the governments vast fleet of vehicles.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, The US State Department said it is pausing some arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia that the Trump administration approved. Democrats have opposed the sales because of the countries involvement in Yemens civil war.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, The US called for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
    (BBC, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, A federal judge blocked a last-minute rule issued by the Trump administration to limit what evidence the EPA may consider as it regulates pollutants to protect public health. US District Judge Brian Morris in Montana delayed the rule until at least Feb. 5, giving the new Biden administration time to assess whether to go forward with it or make changes.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 27, It was reported that Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Nurses across the US from various unions participated in dozens of strikes and protests. National Nurses held a day of action with demonstrations in more than a dozen states and Washington, DC, as it starts negotiations at hospitals owned by big systems like HCA, Sutter Health and CommonSpirit Health.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 27, Cloris Leachman (94) best known for getting laughs, notably in Mel Brooks movies, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Malcolm in the Middle, died at her home in Encinitas, Calif. Her role in The Last Picture Show (1971), won her the Oscar for best supporting actress.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021         Jan 27, California to date had 3,220,247 cases of coronavirus and 38,440 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 365,697 cases and 3,996 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 25,583,630 with the death toll at 428,791.
    (sfist.com, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Michigan man, Ty Garbin (25), pleaded guilty to participating in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Photographer Corky Lee (73) died in Queens. He was determined both to restore the contributions of Asian-Americans to the historical record and to document their present-day lives and struggles, especially those living in New York.
    (NY Times, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 27, It was reported that the Oklahoma attorney general's office is attempting to return $2 million worth of a malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as an effective treatment for COVID-19. It was acquired in April from California-based supplier, FFF Enterprises.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Alphabet unit Google opened a center in Dublin to tackle harmful online content, in a move also designed to ease regulatory concerns about how the company and other tech giants police a growing problem on the internet.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Google said its iPhone apps such as Maps and YouTube will stop using a tool from Apple Inc that allows them to personalize ads, avoiding a new Apple warning that informs users their browsing is being tracked.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Shares of GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings soared for a fourth day running, forcing hedge funds to retreat from heavy losses and sparking calls for scrutiny of a social media-driven trading frenzy. The share price of GameStop spiked from a few dollars in 2020 to a peak of more than $350.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.60)
2021        Jan 27, Intel Corp said it has invested an additional $475 million in its plant in Vietnam to improve technologies and boost production of its 5G products and core processors.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Electric carmaker Tesla reported its first profitable year, and Apple said it had surpassed $100 billion in quarterly sales.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Bahrain said it will suspend dine-in services at restaurants and cafes and move public and private schools to remote learning for three weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Bahrain registered 459 new cases, adding to a total of nearly 100,000 since the start of the pandemic, with 370 deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, In Cameroon at least 53 people died and 21 others were injured when a bus collided with a truck early today in a village in the western part of the country. A speeding truck illegally transporting fuel ran into the 70-seat bus.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Chile's health regulator approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use among its population by a unanimous vote of its advisory board.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, China said that the Indian government's decision to keep a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization's fair rules of business and would hurt Chinese firms. The ban dates from last year when political tension between the neighbors rose over their disputed border.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Cyprus announced a staggered easing of lockdown measures following a fall in the number of COVID-19 infections, including the reopening of primary schools and shopping malls on Feb. 8.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, European Union police and judicial agencies Europol and Eurojust said that investigators took control of infrastructure behind a botnet called EMOTET. A botnet is a network of hijacked computers used to carry out cyberattacks. The malware was first discovered in 2014 and evolved into the go-to solution for cybercriminals over the years.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, French drugmaker Sanofi said it will help bottle and package 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by its rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Indian drugmaker Dr. Reddy's Laboratories said it had terminated its clinical study of Fujifilm Holdings' COVID-19 treatment Avigan in patients with moderate to severe symptoms in Kuwait. Data showed that the difference in time taken by Avigan and placebo to resolve a sustained absence of oxygen in the tissues was not significant enough to continue the trial.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, It was reported that the COVAXIN vaccine, developed by India's Bharat Biotech and a government research institute, is likely to be effective against the UK strain of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Indonesias Mount Merapi erupted with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) down its slopes. No casualties were reported.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Iranian and Taliban officials met in Tehran and accused the US of provoking the continuation of war in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, In northern Iraq airstrikes in a joint US mission with Iraqi forces killed Jabar Salman Ali Farhan al-Issawi (43), aka Abu Yasser, near Kirkuk. Nine other Islamic State fighters were killed in the operation.
    (SFC, 1/30/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 27, The Luxembourg government signed a deal with the World Jewish Restitution Organization to pay reparations and to restitute dormant bank accounts, insurance policies as well as looted art to Holocaust survivors.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Mali said its army and French forces have killed at least 100 Islamic extremists so far this year. At least six soldiers were killed in attacks on two localities over the weekend.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Morocco received half a million doses of Chinas Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine as it prepares to be the first African country to roll out a national immunization campaign.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Dutch police said that the fourth night of the Netherlands' coronavirus curfew passed more peacefully than the previous three nights marred by rioting. Even so, officers arrested 131 people, mainly for public order offenses and incitement.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, In Poland a near-total ban on abortion went into effect, despite rampant opposition from hundreds of thousands of Poles who began protesting last fall.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Russian lawmakers quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-US arms control treaty, a fast-track action that comes just days before its due to expire. The Kremlin said they agreed to complete the necessary extension procedures in the next few days.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Serbias Pres. Aleksandar Vucic attended the unveiling of a grandiose monument to Stefan Nemanja, a medieval monk and legendary founder of the Serbian state, which has come under fire from critics who call it oversized and kitschy.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, South Africa said it has given fast-track approval to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use and is reviewing applications by rival manufacturers Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Switzerland said it will require negative coronavirus tests from people entering the country from high-risk areas as of February 8. The government extended unemployment benefits by three months and said the federal government would finance around 6 billion francs in extra spending to compensate workers on shortened working hours.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Tanzania's President John Magufuli said that no lockdown was planned because God would protect people from COVID-19 while homespun precautions such as steam inhalation were better than vaccines. WHO data showed that Tanzania has officially reported a total number of 509 COVID-19 infections and 21 deaths, but the figures have not been updated for more than six months.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, The UN appealed for $100 million to help it boost support for refugees fleeing escalating conflicts and crises in Africa who embark on risky migration routes to Europe.
    (AFP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, A UN Human Rights Committee said Italy failed to protect the right to life of over 200 migrants who died in October, 2013, when the boat they were on sank in the Mediterranean Sea. The committee called on Italian authorities to proceed with an independent and timely investigation and to prosecute those responsible for the deaths.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Pope Francis marked Holocaust Remembrance Day by warning that warped ideologies can pave the way to another genocide.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Senior Yemeni security official Brig. Ibrahim Harad was found dead in the southern port city of Aden, a day after unknown armed men abducted him outside his home.
    (AP, 1/27/21)
2021        Jan 27, Zimbabwes High Court freed on bail journalist Hopewell Chinono who had spent nearly three weeks in prison his third detention in five months.
    (AP, 1/27/21)

2021        Jan 28, US Pres. Joe Biden signed an executive order to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 1/28/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 28, President Joe Biden rescinded a regulation that barred US foreign aid from being used to perform or promote abortions.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 28, The United States called on Russia, Turkey and the UAE to immediately halt their military interventions in Libya as demanded in a cease-fire agreement, and accept Libyan sovereignty as it moves to unify its government, hold elections and end years of fighting.
    (AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, California's state auditor reported that fraudulent unemployment claims have caused the state to pay at least $10.4 billion to scammers.
    (SFC, 1/29/21, p.A1)
2021        Jan 28, California state legislators approved SB91 extending the state's partial eviction moratorium through the end of June and creating a program to distribute $2.6 billion in emergency rental assistance received through a federal coronavirus aid package passed last month.
    (SFC, 1/29/21, p.B1)
2021         Jan 28, California to date had 3,233,942 cases of coronavirus and 38,991 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 368,285 cases and 4,068 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 25,736,789 with the death toll at 432,603.
    (sfist.com, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, In Georgia a liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in Gainesville killed six people. Union officials said the accident raised questions about safety protocols at the plant.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, In Ohio the police chief of Columbus was forced out after Mayor Andrew Ginther, who hired him, said he'd lost confidence in the chief's ability to make needed changes to the department, weeks after the police killing of Andre Hill.
    (AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, American actress Cicely Tyson (96) died. She broke ground for Black actors by refusing to take demeaning parts. She won three Emmys, an honorary Oscar, and at 88 she became the oldest person to win a Tony.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, General Motors said it will sell only electric vehicles by 2035, phasing out the gas-powered pickup trucks and SUVs that today earn billions for the company.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Facebooks quasi-independent oversight board issued its first rulings, overturning four out of five decisions by the social network to take down questionable content.
    (AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Novavax, a little-known company supported by the federal governments Operation Warp Speed, said that its coronavirus vaccine was almost 90 percent effective. But its only about 50 percent effective against the variant that was first found in South Africa.
    (AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, The maritime law tribunal of the UN ruled that Britain has no sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and criticized London for its failure to hand the territory back to Mauritius. The decision confirmed a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and a vote in the UN General Assembly. The ruling should enable Mauritius to start settling its new maritime borders.
    (BBC, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said it has raised $300 million for its autonomous driving unit, tapping investors to expand its technological know-how in the field for a second time since last year.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Colombia's "special jurisdiction for peace" (JEP) indicted eight FARC leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ruling disclosed details of how the FARC kept some 21,396 hostages they took from 1990 to 2016.
    (Econ., 2/6/21, p.25)
2021        Jan 28, CongoDRC's National Assembly passed a motion of no confidence in the cabinet of PM Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, effectively forcing its resignation.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvestre_Ilunga)
2021        Jan 28, Human Rights Watch accused the government of Congos Pres. Felix Tshisekedi of having arbitrarily detained and prosecuted journalists and activists.
    (Econ., 2/13/21, p.48)
2021        Jan 28, The European Union's drugs regulator approved the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine after the pharma giant published its contract with the EU, amid a row over whether it broke its vaccine commitments.
    (The Telegraph, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Qualcomm lost its fight against a data demand from EU antitrust regulators after Europe's top court reaffirmed the regulators' right to see it, in a case that has already landed the company a 242-million-euro ($292.60 million) fine.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, In France an unemployed engineer, suspected of attacking three human resources workers and a job center employee, was taken into custody in Valence.
    (The Telegraph, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 28, Germany's vaccine committee recommended that AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine should only be given to people aged between 18 and 64.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, A court in Frankfurt convicted Stephan Ernst (47), a German neo-Nazi, of murdering local politician Walter Lbcke in 2019 and sentenced him to life in prison for what the prosecutor called the countrys first political assassination by far-right extremists since the end of World War II.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)(SFC, 1/29/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 28, Paul Crutzen (87), Dutch atmospheric chemist, died in Germany. In 1995 he shared a Nobel Prize with Sherry Rowland and Mario Molina for work on the ozone destroying effects of nitrogen oxide.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_J._Crutzen)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.86)
2021        Jan 28, Indias PM Narendra Modi invited foreign investors to take advantage of the countrys $26 billion incentive-linked program and help the country become a manufacturing hub.
    (AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, India's health minister declared its COVID-19 epidemic contained as, with most of the country's active patients concentrated in two states, a fifth of districts completed a week with no new cases.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, In Indonesia two men were publicly caned each 77 times after neighbors reported them to islamic religious police for having sex.
    (SFC, 1/29/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 28, State TV reported that Iran has exceeded 17 kg of 20% enriched uranium within a month's time, moving its nuclear program closer to weapons-grade enrichment levels amid heightened tensions with the US.
    (AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Mexicos death toll became the worlds third highest. Cases have surged in the country since December, and its hospitals are struggling.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Pakistan's supreme ordered the immediate release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (47) after dismissing appeals to reinstate his conviction for killing Daniel Pearl in 2002.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, A Russian court rejected opposition leader Alexei Navalny's appeal against his arrest while authorities detained several of his allies and issued warnings to social media companies after tens of thousands swarmed the streets in over 100 Russian cities last weekend demanding his release.
    (AP, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Russia dispatched 240,000 doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, with most heading to Argentina and the rest bound for Bolivia.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, It was reported that South Africa's military has changed its dress policy to allow Muslim women to wear hijabs with their uniforms.
    (BBC, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, Vietnam reported 82 new coronavirus cases, hours after confirming the first two infections in nearly two months. Vietnam has so far reported 1,553 cases.
    (AP, 1/28/21)

2021        Jan 29, The United States extended the temporary legal residency status for nearly 7,000 people from Syria because of the countrys civil war. Temporary protected status would be extended for 18 months. It was set to expire on March 31.    
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a sweeping order late today requiring the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation as of Feb. 2 as the country continues to report thousands of daily COVID-19 deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, In southern California Dr. Mario Rosenberg pleaded no contest in 2014 to felony insurance fraud and was given three years of probation and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay $2.9 million in restitution. Authorities said he performed unnecessary surgeries on patients in one of the nation's largest medical insurance fraud schemes.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 29, In San Francisco private detective Jack Palladino (76) was knocked unconscious in front of his Haight-Asbury home during an attempt to steal his camera. Suspects Lawrence Thomas (24) and Tyjone Flournoy (23) were soon arrested. Palladino suffered a massive head injury and died on Feb. 1.
    (SSFC, 1/31/21, p.A9)(SFC, 2/1/21, p.A1)(SFC, 2/2/21, p.A1)
2021         Jan 29, California to date had 3,273,718 cases of coronavirus and 40,231 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 370,521 cases and 4,166 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 25,932,791 with the death toll at 436,799.
    (sfist.com, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Michigan's environmental agency said it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes in the Straits of Mackinac.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he has named a former state comptroller as an independent investigator into allegations that inmates in a state women's prison were beaten and sexually assaulted by corrections officers, adding that a criminal investigation is underway.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, In northwestern Oklahoma two firefighters were among four people killed early today in a house fire in Waynoka.
    (AP, 1/29/21)   
2021        Jan 29, US Scientists, who normally focus on fixing defective genes, said that up to $2.1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help them move their COVID-19 vaccine candidate toward 2021 human trials. Harvard Univ. scientist Luk Vandenberghe and Univ. of Pennsylvania gene therapy head James Wilson said primate safety and efficacy tests have proven promising for their single-dose candidate, targeted for room-temperature storage.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Biogen Inc and partner Eisai Co Ltd said the US Food and Drug Administration has extended the review period for their experimental Alzheimer's disease treatment by three months from March.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Johnson & Johnson said that its single-dose vaccine was 66% effective in preventing COVID-19 in a large global trial against multiple variants, giving health officials another weapon to tackle the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, United Airlines said it has warned some 14,000 employees that they might be furloughed, and aviation unions made a new request to Congress and Pres. Joe Biden for another $15 billion in government assistance to keep workers on the payroll through at least Sept. 30.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, An Afghan official said Manghal Bagh, a fugitive militant leader from Pakistan, was killed by a roadside bomb along with two associates in Afghanistan. Bagh led the outlawed Lashkar-e-Islam (Army of Islam) and carried a $3 million US bounty.
    (SFC, 1/30/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 29, Bangladesh moved another group of Rohingya Muslims to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal, despite concerns over the risk of storms and floods lashing the site, even as some refugees despaired of finding solutions to their plight.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The UK instituted a travel ban barring direct flights to the UAE over the spread of a South African variant of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Canada's PM Justin Trudeau announced stricter restrictions on travelers in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 1/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Jan 29, China said it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document of form of identification. This came hours after the UK said it would begin taking applications for what are called BNO visas beginning late Jan. 31. As many as 5.4 million Hong Kong residents could be eligible to live and work in the UK for five years and then apply for citizenship
    (SFC, 1/30/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 29, In China Lai Xiaomin (58), the former head of state-owned China Huarong Asset Management Co, was executed on charges of taking bribes in an unusually severe penalty for a recent corruption case. This was the largest bribery case since the 1949 founding of the People's Republic of China.
    (AP, 1/29/21)(Econ., 2/6/21, p.52)
2021        Jan 29, Mainland China reported 52 new coronavirus cases, unchanged from a day earlier.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The president of Cyprus unveiled anti-corruption measures to counter a groundswell of public disenchantment following a scandal involving the countrys defunct citizenship-for-investment program.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The European Union introduced tighter rules on exports of COVID-19 vaccines that could hit shipments to nations like the United Kingdom, deepening a dispute with London over scarce supplies of potentially lifesaving shots.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Authorities in Germany said about 20,000 turkeys will be slaughtered after bird flu was found on another poultry farm in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Hungarys medicine and food safety regulator approved China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the first country in the EU to do so.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, India's Haryana state blocked mobile internet across most of its districts, following clashes between protesting Indian farmers and groups of men shouting anti-farmer and pro-police slogans.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Italy said it has stopped the sale of missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in an effort to impede their involvement in the war in Yemen, which has left 80 percent of its people in need of emergency aid.
    (The Telegraph, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, A Dutch appeals court ruled that the Nigerian branch of oil giant Shell is responsible for damage caused by leaks in the Niger Delta.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, In Poland several thousand people marched through cities across the country in a third day of protests against a near-total ban on abortion since it was put into effect by the conservative government earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Portugals parliament approved the final wording of legislation allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people. The law now goes to the countrys president, who could try to block it.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, In Romania a fire killed five patients at the COVID-19 Matei Bals hospital in Bucharest and 102 others were evacuated.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill extending the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the US a week before the pact was due to expire.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, A Moscow court put the brother and several allies of opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest for two months in an effort to stymie more protests over the jailing of the top Kremlin foe.
    (SFC, 1/30/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 29, In South Korea an AI system performed a new song cover by folk rock singer Kim Kwang-seok, who died in 1996. Singing Voice Synthesis (SVS) learned 20 songs of Kim based on training tool with over 700 Korean songs to improve accuracy, so that the system can mimic a new song in Kim's own style. the AI company Supertone recreated the dead singer's voice.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Spain's death toll from COVID-19 rose by 513 to 58,319, in one of the highest one-day increases since the first wave of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Sri Lanka began inoculating front-line health workers, military troops and police officers against COVID-19 amid warnings about infections among medical workers.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, In Geneva five days of meetings between delegations from the Syrian government, opposition and civil society groups, aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country, ended without progress.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The United Arab Emirates called for an urgent renewal of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Libya and said it is ready to work with the new US administration and all other members of the UN Security Council to restore peace in the oil-rich north African nation.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The UN counterterrorism chief urged countries to repatriate the 27,000 children stranded in a massive camp in northeastern Syria, many of them sons and daughters of Islamic State extremists who once controlled large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Vietnam's health minister said a new COVID-19 outbreak was "basically under control" in the most exposed areas affected by the latest infections.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Zimbabwe's VP Constantino Chiwenga said it was likely that more transmissible variants of COVID-19 were now circulating in Zimbabwe and the government was investigating. More than half of Zimbabwe's 32,646 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two-thirds of its 1,160 deaths were recorded this month.
    (Reuters, 1/29/21)

2021         Jan 30, California to date had 3,283,850 cases of coronavirus and 40,603 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 372,007 cases and 4,198 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,052,135 with the death toll at 439,347.   
    (sfist.com, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, In northern New Jersey a huge fire engulfed a recycling plant overnight and raged as firefighters battled flames, wind and frigid cold that turned the water from their hoses into treacherous ice. Officials warned it could burn for days.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, In northeastern Oklahoma a couple and their two young children were found dead in a home in a mobile home park in what police said appears to be a triple murder-suicide.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, South Carolina Republicans formally censured Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) after he voted to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this month.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 30, Algeria launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign in Blida, where the country's first COVID-19 case was confirmed in March.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, China National Nuclear Corp. said its first nuclear power unit that uses Hualong One, a third-generation nuclear reactor, has started commercial operations southeastern Fujian province. The reactor was designed to have a 60-year lifespan.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, Cuba's government announced that most travelers entering Cuba as of Feb. 6 will be quarantined for up to a week, and that flights from the US and some other countries would be reduced to no more than one per week per airline. COVID-19 cases have surged in the country since airports began reopening in November.
    (Reuters, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, Tigray-allied media outlet Dimtsi Weyane posted audio comments late today by Debretsion Gebremichael, the fugitive leader of Ethiopias embattled Tigray region, urging the international community to investigate alleged genocide and other abuses by forces including those from neighboring Eritrea.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, In Greece Sophie Xeon (34), a Grammy-nominated Scottish disc jockey, producer and recording artist who had worked with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX, died following an accident in Athens.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, Iran imposed mandatory quarantine for travelers from Europe.
    (Reuters, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, Israeli police sprayed a crowd of protesters with a water cannon late today as they tried to disperse demonstrators calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation over corruption charges.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, In Norway two civilian employees of the Norwegian military were killed and a third one injured in an avalanche on the remote Arctic Jan Mayen island. The only inhabitants on Jan Mayen, part of Norway since 1930, are the staff of the Norwegian military and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 30, Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg said he owns the huge palace in southern Russia which jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has linked to Pres. Vladimir Putin.
    (Reuters, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, In northern Syria a car bomb killed at least killed four Turkey-backed opposition fighters and wounded others in the rebel-held town of Afrin.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, In Turkey two students were arrested on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values for a poster depicting Islams most sacred site with LGBT flags.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 30, The United Arab Emirates announced plans to grant some foreigners citizenship to this oil-rich nation home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 1/30/21)
2021        Jan 30, Vietnam's health ministry approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for domestic inoculation, the first coronavirus vaccine to be approved in the country. Vietnam has kept its tally to a low 1,739 infections and 35 deaths.
    (Reuters, 1/30/21)

2021        Jan 31, Former President Donald Trump announced that former Pennsylvania prosecutor Bruce Castor Jr. and Alabama lawyer David Schoen would serve as his lead defense lawyers at his Senate impeachment trial, which is due to start next week.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, US Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) announced that he was launching a political action committee called Country 1st that will be focused on challenging former President Donald Trump's dominance of the Republican Party.
    (The Week, 2/1/21)
2021         Jan 31, California to date had 3,297,726 cases of coronavirus and 40,869 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 373,706 cases and 4,239 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,185,357 with the death toll at 441,319.   
    (sfist.com, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Chicago Public Schools teachers to return to the classroom on Feb. 1, unless they have permission to stay home because of medical concerns.
    (The Week, 2/1/21)
2021        Jan 31, The Lincoln Project, an influential anti-Donald Trump group, in a statement called co-founder John Weaver (61) a predator, a liar, and an abuser following reports that he repeatedly sent unsolicited and sexually charged messages online to young men, often while suggesting he could help them get work in politics.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, It was reported that Melvin Capital, the hedge fund at the center of the GameStop drama, lost 53% in January but received commitments for fresh cash from investors in the last days of the month. The firm, founded in 2014 by Gabe Plotkin, had bet that ailing video game retailer GameStop's stock, which traded at less than $5 five months ago, would fall. A wave of retail investors, comparing notes on social media platform Reddit and using online trading app Robinhood, took the other side of Plotkin's trade to send the stock up 1,625% this month to close at $325 on Jan. 29.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Four senior NATO officials said there will be no full withdrawal" of international troops from Afghanistan by the end of April.
    (Reuters, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, The United Kingdom opened applications for a new visa scheme that provides eligible Hong Kong residents the right to live, work, and study in the country for five years before eventually applying for citizenship.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Denmark extended restrictions that closed schools and stores, except for grocery stores and pharmacies, and banned public gatherings of more than five people until the end of February to help slow the spread of the coronavirus..
    (SFC, 2/1/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 31, France closed all large shopping centers and closed its borders to people arriving from outside the EU to try to stop the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 2/1/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 31, In Hungary police dispersed protesters at a demonstration in Budapest where workers in the country's struggling hospitality sector demanded civil disobedience and a rethinking of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Israel said it has agreed to transfer 5,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinians to immunize front-line health workers.
    (SFC, 2/1/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 31, In Israel thousands of ultra-Orthodox thronged the funeral of Rabbi Meshulam Soloveitchik, a prominent rabbi in Jerusalem, flouting the country's ban on large public gatherings during the pandemic. media said Soloveitchik (99), a leading religious scholar who headed a number of well-known seminaries, had recently suffered from COVID-19.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, An Israeli soldier shot dead a Palestinian suspected of attempting an attack on troops in the West Bank. The army said that an armed assailant with three knives connected to a stick attempted to attack soldiers at a West Bank junction south of Bethlehem.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, In Israel Abraham J. Twerski (90), an esteemed Hassidic rabbi and acclaimed psychiatrist who championed treatment for substance abuse and authored over 80 books on subjects both spiritual and scientific, died in Jerusalem after suffering from COVID-19.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Jan 31, The Qatari government said it would provide $360 million in assistance for the Gaza Strip during the coming year, renewing a program that has helped reduce fighting between Israel and the territory's militant Hamas rulers. Qatar has been providing $20 million to Gaza each month since 2018.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Thousands of supporters of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny once again took to the streets across Russia. More than 5,000 people were detained in at least 85 cities across Russia, including Navalny's wife, Yulia Nalvanaya, who was also detained last week.
    (AP, 1/31/21)(NY Times, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, It was reported that Russia has begun supplying its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to the rebel-controlled region of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite a ban by Kyiv.
    (Reuters, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Saudi Arabia's health minister said that complacency around coronavirus restrictions had led to a notable increase in daily cases. The kingdom has recorded more than 367,800 cases and 6,370 deaths so far, the highest tally in the region.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, In Somalia a vehicle loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of the Afrik hotel, near Mogadishu's strategic K-4 junction. Four rebel attackers during an 8-hour gunbattle as well as retired Gen. Mohamed Nur Galal, who lived in the hotel. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility. Separately at least 8 children died and scores of others were wounded when a bomb went off in the Golweyn area, about 40 km (25 miles) north of the coastal town of Merca.
    (AP, 1/31/21)(SFC, 2/2/21, p.A3)
2021        Jan 31, One Syrian was killed and four injured after Kurdish security forces opened fire at pro-government demonstrators in the northeastern city of Hassakeh. Two car bombs went off two hours apart in the northwestern town of Azaz and another village some 50 km (30 miles) away. The explosions in the areas controlled by Syrian opposition fighters allied with Turkey killed six civilians, including one child in Azaz, and six fighters at a checkpoint in a village near the town of al-Bab.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Pope Francis announced that every year, on the fourth Sunday of July, the Roman Catholic Church will pay tribute to older adults who have "thoughts and words of wisdom" to offer.
    (AP, 1/31/21)
2021        Jan 31, Vietnam's Communist party reelected Nguyen Phu Trong, making him the de facto leader for a third five-year term.
    (SFC, 2/1/21, p.A3)

2021        Jan, Exports from Britain to the European Union reportedly fell by 68% this month as trade was disrupted after the end of a transition period following Britain's departure from the EU.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)
2021        Jan, A massacre in northern Ethiopia was carried out by members of the Ethiopian military. In early March, a series of five video clips surfaced on social media showing armed, uniformed men leading a group of unarmed men to the edge of a cliff, shooting some at point blank range, and pushing dead bodies over the cliff. On April 2 it was reported that an investigation by BBC Africa Eye had uncovered evidence of the massacre in which at least 15 men were killed.
    (BBC, 4/2/21)
2021        Jan, Israeli billionaire Benny Steinmetz was convicted in a Swiss court of paying bribes to gain access to Simandou, an iron ore seam in Guinea.
    (Econ., 1/30/21, p.38)

2021         Feb 1, California to date had 3,323,013 cases of coronavirus and 41,336 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 376,297 cases and 4,244 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,317,525 with the death toll at 443,361.   
    (sfist.com, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Jamie Tarses (56), Hollywood executive, died in Los Angeles. She had an eye for TV hits (Friends, Mad About You). At 32, she became the president of entertainment at ABC, the first woman to become a networks top programmer.
    (NY Times, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, TV actor Dustin Diamond (44) died in Florida. He played Screech Powers, a sweet-natured, geeky underdog, on the NBC high school sitcom Saved by the Bell from 1989 to 1992.
    (NY Times, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, In Georgia rapper Silento (22), born Richard Hawk, was arrested and charged with the murder of Frederick Rooks, his cousin, in DeKalb County.
    (The Grio, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 1, John Sweeney (86), president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009, died in Maryland. He who spent 14 years steering the AFL-CIO through a time of declining union membership and rising internal dissent.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sweeney_(labor_leader))(AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 1, Patricia Ashton Derges (63), a newly elected Missouri state representative, was charged by a federal grand jury in a 20-count indictment unsealed today, which alleged that she administered the fake treatments to clients at the Ozark Valley Medical Clinic. Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo removed Derges from all her committee assignments.
    (The Independent, 2/3/21)(AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 1, Two police officers in Rochester, New York, were placed on administrative leave and another suspended after video footage showed a nine-year-old girl being handcuffed and pepper-sprayed during a Jan. 29 demonstration.
    (The Guardian, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 1, The American Civil Liberties Union announced the election of Deborah Archer, a professor at New York Univ. School of Law, as president. She became the first Black person to lead the 101-year old organization.
    (SFC, 2/2/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 1, Activists from Palestine Action and Extinction Rebellion chained the gates of the Israeli-owned Elbit Ferranti factory in Greater Manchester early today, where they claim deadly weapons are made.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Iranian state TV aired the launch of the country's newest satellite-carrying rocket, which it said was able to reach a height of 500 km (310 miles). The report did not say when the launch happened.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Kosovo and Israel formally established diplomatic ties in a ceremony held digitally due to the pandemic lockdown.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Lebanons militant Hezbollah group said its fighters shot down an Israeli drone today over a southern village near the border with Israel.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Lebanon's caretaker government raised the price of subsidized bread and flour for the fourth time in less than a year amid a crippling economic crisis.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Myanmars military launched a coup against the countrys elected government and detained the civilian leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. A military television network announced a one-year state of emergency with ultimate authority transferred to the army chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Turkish police stormed the campus of the pre3stigious Bogazici Univ. and detained dozens of students who were protesting about Pres. Erdogan's appointment of Melih Bulu, a government loyalist, as their rector.
    (Econ., 2/13/21, p.51)
2021        Feb 1, The UN said violence-torn Central African Republic is facing an increasingly dire humanitarian situation with high insecurity on the main supply route from Cameroon blocking humanitarian deliveries and prices for basic food prices soaring.
    (AP, 2/1/21)
   
2021        Feb 2, President Biden moved cautiously to confront the most intractable immigration issues that his predecessor left behind: reuniting migrant children separated from their families, rebuilding a working asylum system and restoring opportunities for foreign workers and students to enter the country.
    (NY Times, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 2, The US Senate confirmed former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (39) as President Biden's transportation secretary. Buttigieg is the first openly gay Cabinet member in US history to win Senate confirmation. Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security secretary.
    (ABC News, 2/2/21)(SFC, 2/3/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 2, The remains of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died after being injured during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, arrived to lie in honor in the building's Rotunda.
    (NY Times, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Two FBI agents were fatally shot and three were wounded while serving a warrant in a "violent crimes against children" case in Sunrise, Florida. The alleged gunman was reported dead.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, A study published today said far-right backers of Donald Trump are drumming up support on social media for the idea of a "Patriot Party," using references to militia groups and promoting a mix of conspiracy theories.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, US cities are underestimating their carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 18%, according to a study released today, potentially hindering their efforts to craft effective policies to combat climate change.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, In Alaska an avalanche slide near Anchorage claimed the lives of three men hiking near Bear Mountain. The bodies of Thomas Devine (54) of Chugiak; Matthew Nyman (43) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Edward Watson (50) of Miami, were found the next day.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021         Feb 2, California to date had 3,323,013 cases of coronavirus and 41,342 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 378,021 cases and 4,296 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,432,150 with the death toll at 446,807.
    (sfist.com, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Rennie Davis (79), a convicted member of the Chicago Seven anti-war activists, died at his home in Colorado.
    (SFC, 2/4/21, p.A8)
2021        Feb 2, Three Idaho Army National Guard members were killed late today when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine training flight just east of Boise.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 2, In eastern Oklahoma five children and a man, all related, were killed in an early morning shooting that ended with relative Jarron Deajon Pridgeon (25) in custody in Muskogee. Pridgeon was the father of three of the slain children.
    (NBC News, 2/2/21)(AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 2, Pennsylvania's famous groundhog emerged from his tree stump to predict another six weeks of winter, just as the northeastern US got blanketed with its second day of snow.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, It was reported that Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon and will become executive chairman. Andy Jassy, who runs Amazons cloud computing division, will succeed him.
    (NY Times, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Amazon revealed plans for the next phase of its headquarters redevelopment in Virginia, featuring a signature 350-foot (107-meter) helix-shaped office tower that can be climbed from the outside like a mountain hike.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, ExxonMobil booked its first-ever annual net loss, a staggering $22 billion.
    (Econ., 2/6/21, p.55)
2021        Feb 2, Facebook Inc said it had removed a page linked to Myanmar's military-owned TV network after a coup this week by the country's military leaders.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, The Federal Trade Commission said that Amazon didn't pass on tips to drivers for more than two years, even though it promised shoppers and drivers it would do so. Amazon is paying nearly $62 million to settle charges that it took tips from its delivery drivers.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Astra, a startup that makes small rockets to send satellites into orbit, said it is going public at a valuation of $2.1 billion through a deal with blank-check company Holicity Inc.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Bristol Myers Squib said deucravacitinib, its experimental oral drug for plaque psoriasis, significantly reduced the extent and severity of the skin condition and was more effective than a placebo and Amgen Inc's Otezla.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Facebook removed the page of Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu for violating its rules on harm and hate speech. Kanu had posted a video of a militia group attacking and killing cattle in a herders' settlement. He also used the live broadcast to accuse herders of destroying farmlands in eastern Nigeria. The Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) said it will appeal the ban.
    (BBC, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 2, GameStop shares were down 40% to $136 in morning trading, following a 31% decline a day earlier.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, It was reported that Google will pay more than $2.5 million to settle allegations it discriminated against Asian and female employees and job candidates in software engineering positions.
    (SFC, 2/2/21, p.C4)
2021        Feb 2, It was reported that Tesla Inc has agreed to recall 134,951 Model S and Model X vehicles with touchscreen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash after US auto safety regulators sought the recall last month.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler and other major automakers said they were joining General Motors in abandoning support for former President Donald Trump's effort to bar California from setting its own zero emission vehicle rules.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Politicians in Britain, Northern Ireland and the European Union condemned threats against border staff that prompted authorities to suspend checks at ports and underscored the tremors Brexit has sent through Northern Ireland's peace process.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, A British study said the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be less able to protect against infection with a South African variant of the virus that has a worrying mutation.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, It was reported that the UK variant, E484K, of the coronavirus has developed a new, concerning mutation in a small number of cases, which scientists said makes it similar to the South African and Brazilian variants and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Britain's Captain Tom Moore, the World War Two veteran who lifted a nation's spirits by raising millions of pounds for health service workers battling the coronavirus, died aged 100 after he contracted COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Canada's PM Justin Trudeau said the Novavax Inc vaccine, still awaiting approval from Canadian regulators, would be produced in a new government facility in Montreal that is due to be finished later this year. Canada has a deal to buy 52 million doses of the Novavax vaccine.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, In Colombia Yordan Eduardo Guetio, a champion of the rights of the indigenous Nasa people, was stopped by men in military fatigues on the outskirts of Corinto while riding a motorcycle with his father. The father was released but Yordan was shot dead. Yordan belonged to the FENSUAGRO agricultural union, which has seen more than 35 members killed since the signing of the 2016 peace agreement.
    (https://tinyurl.com/7at3rxj4)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.34)
2021        Feb 2, Denmarks Parliament overwhelmingly voted to try Inger Stoejberg, a former immigration minister, at the rarely used Court of Impeachment over a 2016 order aimed at separating asylum-seeking couples where one partner is under 18. She reportedly misled parliamentary committees on four separate occasions when informing them of her decision. The court will convene for the first time in 26 years.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, A trio of opposition parties in Ethiopias embattled Tigray region estimated that more than 50,000 civilians have been killed in the three-month conflict, and urged the international community to intervene before a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportion will become a gruesome reality.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Indian authorities heavily increased security at three main protest sites outside New Delhis border, adding iron spikes, steel barricades and hundreds of riot police in an attempt to stop tens of thousands of demonstrating farmers from entering the capital.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, An Indian court blocked Future Group's sale of a swathe of assets to rival Reliance Industries after Amazon raised objections to the $3.4 billion deal. Future has said it could face liquidation if the deal falls through.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Iran's hardliner-dominated parliament rejected a draft state budget presented by pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's government as factional tensions rise ahead of presidential elections next year.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Irans state TV said the 19 sailors from a South Korean tanker seized in the Persian Gulf by Iranian troops last month are free to leave the country on humanitarian grounds.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Kurdish forces in northern Syria ended a weekslong siege of government-held neighborhoods in the northeastern cities of Hassakeh and Qamishli.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Eight Lebanese citizens who had been detained in the United Arab Emirates returned home after mediation efforts by a Lebanese official led to their release.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Mexican authorities announced that a dozen state police officers have been arrested for allegedly killing 19 people, including Guatemalan migrants, whose bodies were found shot and burned near the US border late in January.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Mexico's Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said the Latin American nation had signed a contract for Russia's Sputnik V vaccine and would likely issue an emergency use authorization for it within hours.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, The Netherlands said new coronavirus infections fell 20% over the last week but more transmissible variants now account for two-thirds of Dutch infections.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, The Palestinian Authority administered its first known coronavirus vaccinations after receiving thousands of doses from Israel, which launched its own vaccination campaign in December and has already inoculated more than a third of its population.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, In Portugal daily infections and deaths from COVID-19 retreated further from last week's records and fewer patients were in intensive care, easing pressure on overstretched hospitals. Deaths rose by 260 to 13,017.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny denounced a Moscow court hearing on whether he should be sent to prison for years, calling it a vain attempt by the Kremlin to scare millions of Russians into submission. More than 200 supporters of Navalny were arrested outside his trial hearing. Navalny's prison term was shortened for time he had served earlier under house arrest. He sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison.
    (AP, 2/2/21)(NBC News, 2/2/21)(Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Russian scientists said the country's Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published today in a British medical journal. Researchers said that based on a fall trial involving about 20,000 people in Russia, the vaccine is about 91% effective and appears to prevent inoculated individuals from becoming severely ill with COVID-19.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, It was reported that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has eased some restrictions imposed due to coronavirus, including lifting an unpopular ban on alcohol sales.
    (AP, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, Sweden said it has seen an increased spread of the British COVID-19 variant, with 11% of randomly screened positive tests last week showing the mutation, thought to be a more contagious form of the virus.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)
2021        Feb 2, The WHO said that breast cancer has overtaken lung cancer as the most common form of the disease, accounting for nearly 12% of new cases each year worldwide.
    (Reuters, 2/2/21)

2021        Feb 3, The United States and Russia said they had extended the New START arms control treaty for five years, preserving the last treaty limiting deployments of the world's two largest strategic nuclear arsenals.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, The US Justice Department filed a forfeiture claim, in the US District Court for the District of Columbia targeting all the oil aboard a Liberian-flagged vessel, the M/T Achilleas. The US had seized the MT Achilleas off the coast of the Emirati port city of Fujairah under American anti-terrorism statues as Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard tried to use it to sell crude oil to China.. The US government brought the Achilleas to Houston, Texas, where it sold the just over 2 million barrels of crude oil within it for $110 million, or at around $55 a barrel.
    (https://tinyurl.com/dtvfkfcp)(AP, 5/31/21)
2021        Feb 3, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced an agreement with Republicans to organize the evenly split chamber, ending a weekslong standoff that prevented the new Democratic majority from setting up some operations and soured relations at the start of the congressional session.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, More than 370 Democratic congressional aides issued a public appeal imploring senators to convict former Pres. Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
    (SFC, 2/4/21, p.A8)
2021        Feb 3, The US Supreme Court (9-0) delivered a setback to a bid by the heirs of Jewish art dealers to win restitution from Germany in American courts for what they called a coerced sale forced by the former Nazi government in 1935 of a collection of precious medieval religious art.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, It was reported that the US government has awarded a $231 million contract to scale up production of a COVID-19 test from Australian manufacturer Ellume that allows users to swab themselves at home and check their status in about 20 minutes.
    (SFC, 2/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 3, San Francisco city officials announced an unusual move: legal action against its own Board of Education to push the district to reopen schools more quickly.
    (NY Times, 2/4/21)
2021         Feb 3, California to date had 3,336,176 cases of coronavirus and 41,903 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 378,536 cases and 4,355 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,545,905 with the death toll at 450,273.   
    (sfist.com, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Australian authorities said more than 70 homes have been lost in a wildfire outside the western city of Perth that is expected to continue burning for days.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, The BBC reported that Britain has asked for an extension until 2023 of a grace period on checks that would be conducted on trade moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom to soften the Brexit impact on the province.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, It was reported that Kameel Ahmady, an academic renowned for researching child brides and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iran, has returned to the UK after fleeing Iran in a daring escape across the mountainous border to Turkey. He was arrested in August 2019 and sentenced last November for "seeking to undermine Iran" by advocating an increase to the legal age for marriage.
    (The Telegraph, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Canada formally designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist group under its criminal law, a move that could lead to financial seizures and allow police to treat any crimes committed by members as terrorist activity.
    (NY Times, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, It was reported that Chinese police have arrested more than 80 suspected members of a criminal group that was manufacturing and selling fake COVID-19 vaccines.
    (SFC, 2/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 3, In Croatia thousands of small business owners rallied against government lockdown measures. Croatia has registered more than 230,000 confirmed cases and 5,088 deaths.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, The Czech Republic health authorities said the country has reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases. The country has registered 16,683 deaths.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Denmark's government said it is joining forces with business to develop a digital passport that would show whether people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, allowing them to travel and help ease restrictions on public life.
    (SFC, 2/4/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 3, A Paris court ruled that the French state failed to take sufficient action to fight climate change in a case brought by four nongovernmental organizations.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, About 200 supporters of Indian farmers scuffled with police after being blocked from marching to an area for protests near the Parliament building in the Indian capital.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, It was reported that about one in four of India's 1.35 billion people may have been infected with the coronavirus, said a source with direct knowledge of a government serological survey, suggesting the country's real caseload was many times higher than reported.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Israel said it will expand COVID-19 vaccinations to include anyone over the age of 16, after turnout for shots ebbed.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, An Israeli drone reportedly came under anti-aircraft fire during a routine operation over the skies of Lebanon, but the aircraft was not hit and continued on its mission.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Italy's President Sergio Mattarella tapped Mario Draghi, a former European Central Bank chief, to form a broad-based government after squabbling among coalitions parties over the virus response led Premier Giuseppe Conte to resign.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, A court in Myanmar charged the countrys deposed leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with an obscure infraction that could land her in prison for up to three years: illegally importing at least 10 walkie-talkies.
    (NY Times, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Polish women's rights organizations and left-wing lawmakers presented a plan on to collect signatures in support of proposed reforms to legalize abortion in the predominantly Catholic country.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Puerto Ricos new Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said that modernizing government services, repairing roads and increasing the salaries of certain public workers are among the priorities in the US territorys proposed $10.7 billion budget.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Qatar announced new coronavirus restrictions on daily life, though not as severe as other Arab countries.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 3, Russian authorities shrugged off the massive rallies against the jailing of top Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny and rejected Western criticism as hysterics as activists reported more than 1,400 new arrests in the crackdown on protesters.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, A Moscow court ordered the jailing of one of the countrys leading independent journalists, Sergey Smirnov, editor-in-chief of Mediazona. His supposed crime? Retweeting a joke on Twitter.
    (The Daily Beast, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, The Kremlin said Russia would supply the rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine with its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 despite Kyiv's ban on using the Russian shots.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Switzerland said it has withheld approval for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, demanding more efficacy and quality data before greenlighting a shot that won European Union approval last week. The country separately announced it had ordered millions more COVID-19 vaccine doses from other manufacturers.
    (Reuters, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Tunisia reported that four soldiers were killed when a land mine hit their vehicle while carrying out a sweep for Islamist extremists in a mountainous region near the Algerian border. The Jound Al Khalifa brigade, close to al Qaida's North African branch, was said to be responsible.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced student protesters as terrorists" and vowed to crackdown on demonstrations opposing the appointment of a government loyalist to head Istanbuls most prestigious university.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, It was reported that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the suspension of a multimillion-dollar fund backed by European nations that supports the work of local groups focusing on democracy and good governance. The Democratic Governance Facility, or DGF, was launched in 2011 by Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and the EU as a five-year program to support government and non-governmental groups working to promote human rights, deepen democracy and improve accountability.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, Ukraine said it has shut several television channels owned by Russia-linked magnate Viktor Medvedchuk in what President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described as a necessary move to fight Kremlin propaganda.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, A new UN report said nearly a third of all detainees held in Afghan detention centers say they have suffered some form of torture or ill-treatment.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, COVAX, a UN-backed program to deploy COVID-19 vaccines to the neediest people worldwide, especially in poor countries, announced plans for an initial distribution of 100 million doses by the end of March and 200 million more by July.
    (AP, 2/3/21)
2021        Feb 3, The United Nations humanitarian chief privately told the UN Security Council that Ethiopia may not have control of up to 40% of the territory in its embattled Tigray region and does not have full command of forces from neighboring Eritrea operating there.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 3, The United Nations highest court ruled that it can hear a case brought by Iran against the United States. It seeks to end sanctions the administration of former President Donald Trump re-imposed in 2018 after pulling out of an international deal aimed at curtailing Tehrans nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/4/21)

2021        Feb 4, In his first foreign policy address, US President Joe Biden described China as the "most serious competitor" to the United States and vowed to confront Beijing on various fronts, including human rights, intellectual property and economic policy.
    (South China Morning Post, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 4, President Biden ordered an end to arms sales and other support to Saudi Arabia for a war in Yemen that he called a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe and declared that the United States would no longer be rolling over in the face of Russias aggressive actions.
    (NY Times, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, The US House stripped Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) of her committee assignments as punishment for past remarks endorsing fatal violence against Democrats. Few Republicans voted to discipline her.
    (NY Times, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, A US House Oversight subcommittee said in a report released today that congressional investigators have found "dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals" in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage. The panel examined baby foods made by Nurture Inc, Hain Celestial Group Inc, Beech-Nut Nutrition and Gerber, a unit of Nestle, it said, adding that it was "greatly concerned" that Walmart Inc, Campbell Soup Co and Sprout Organic Foods refused to cooperate with the investigation.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, The US Securities and Exchange Commission sued two associates of Rudy Giuliani, the former NYC mayor and lawyer for Donald Trump, alleging they defrauded investors of $2 million in a company that never got off the ground. Lev Parnas and David Correia allegedly raised the money for their company, Fraud Guarantee, but used it to pay for "lavish personal expenses unrelated to the company".
    (Bloomberg, 2/4/21)
2021         Feb 4, California to date had 3,355,649 cases of coronavirus and 42,764 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 380,957 cases and 4,355 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,671,333 with the death toll at 455,555.   
    (sfist.com, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In Georgia it was announced that the billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Dezman Ellis (17) was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Jan. 31 fatal shooting at a shopping mall in Wisconsin. Ellis was extradited to Wisconsin the next day.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 4, New Jersey officials said a female inmate was punched 28 times and pepper-sprayed when guards attacked her and at least five other women in January, bringing misconduct charges against three male prison guards at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott was fatally shot while making a traffic stop on a highway. The attacker, identified as Omar Felix Cueva (39), was chased and later killed by authorities in a shootout.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 4, In NYC GPB Capital Holdings chief David Gentile was indicted for allegedly taking part in a years-long Ponzi-like scheme that raised more than $1.7 billion and defrauded thousands of investors across the US.
    (Bloomberg, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask order, an hour after the Republican controlled Legislature voted to repeal his previous mandate.
    (SFC, 2/5/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 4, Cryptocurrency Dogecoin surged more than 60% after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted about it, two days after he said he was to take a break from Twitter "for a while." Dogecoin was created largely as a satirical critique of the 2013 crypto frenzy, but can still be bought and sold on digital currency exchanges. Dogecoin jumped 67.99% to $0.054496.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Johnson & Johnson asked US regulators to clear the worlds first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, an easier-to-use option that could boost scarce supplies.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Consulting firm McKinsey & Company said it has agreed to pay nearly $600 million to resolve investigations by most US states into its alleged role in "turbocharging" sales of opioids, fueling a nationwide epidemic. McKinsey allegedly contributed to the opioid crisis by helping drug manufacturers including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, owned by Sackler family members, design marketing plans and boost sales of painkillers.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In Belgium Iranian diplomat Assadolah Assadi (49) was sentenced to 20 years in jail for plotting to bomb an Iranian exile opposition meeting in France that was attended by five British MPs. Three co-defendants were also found guilty of conspiring to attack a 2018 rally of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). They were given jail terms of between 15 and 18 years and stripped of their Belgian citizenship.
    (The Telegraph, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, It was reported that Bosnia's most popular rock band, Dubioza Kolektiv, has a new recruit who sings and plays musical instruments - a humanoid robot called Robby Megabyte.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Burundi became at least the second African country to say it doesnt need COVID-19 vaccines. Health minister Thaddee Ndikumana told reporters that prevention is more important. Burundi now has well over 1,600 confirmed coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 4, New research published today found that a pro-China network of fake and imposter accounts found a global audience on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to mock the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the deadly riot in Washington that left five dead.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Denmark said it has agreed to build an island in the North Sea that would gather and distribute electricity from wind energy farms.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, French President Emmanuel Macron said he wants the generation that will turn 20 in 2030 to be the first tobacco-free one, and also promised to do more to warn about the dangers of alcohol, as part of a 10-year strategy to fight cancer.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In India a government serological survey released today said more than a quarter of Indian children aged between 10 and 17 may have already contracted COVID-19, higher than the 21.5% of the overall population found to have been infected.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Iran received its first batch of foreign-made coronavirus vaccines, 500,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East. Iran has ordered 5 million doses from Russia.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu said vaccination of Israelis over the age of 60 has reduced the rate of that age group getting COVID-19 by almost half and the number of serious cases in that cohort by more than a quarter in the last two weeks.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, The Joint List alliance of Arab parties in Israel finalized its breakup, setting up the possibility that a small Islamist party could hold the key to PM Benjamin Netanyahu remaining in office and avoiding prosecution on corruption charges.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Italy reported 421 coronavirus-related deaths against 476 the day before, taking the official toll since the epidemic emerged a year ago to 90,241.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, It was reported that the number of people infected by the novel coronavirus in Tokyo may have increased nine-fold since last summer, antibody tests showed, as Japan tries to rein in the country's third and most lethal wave of the pandemic ahead of the Olympics in July.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In south Lebanon Lukman Slim (58), a prominent Lebanese critic of the militant Shiite group Hezbollah, was found dead with six bullets in his body, prompting diplomats to call for a transparent investigation.
    (The Telegraph, 2/4/21)(AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 4, It was reported that Malawi is facing a resurgence of COVID-19. The country has more than 23,000 confirmed cases and 702 deaths.
    (SFC, 2/4/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 4, Malaysia's government said it expects to complete its COVID-19 immunization program by February next year, covering 80% of its population of about 32 million people.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Malaysia's Solution Group Bhd said it has signed a term sheet agreement with the government to supply 3.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by China's CanSino Biologics Inc and Beijing Institute of Biotechnology under the Academy of Military Medical Sciences.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Myanmar's government t blocked access to Facebook as resistance to the Feb. 1 coup surged amid calls for civil disobedience.
    (SFC, 2/5/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 4, In the Netherlands ex-Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen was convicted of war crimes at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
    (BBC, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Portugal's chief health officer sought to reassure people angry about vaccine delays and queue-jumping that they will get vaccinated, while the number of daily new coronavirus cases and deaths edged down.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, The Kremlin strongly rebuffed Western criticism and described the thousands of arrests at protests against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a necessary response to the unsanctioned rallies.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In Russia members of the security service in black uniforms arrested ethnic Chechen gay men. Security agents detained two brothers, Ismail Isayev (17) and Salekh Magomadov (20), in a shelter in Nizhny Novgorod in central Russia. Police brought both back to Chechnya by force.
    (The Daily Beast, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 4, Saudi Arabia closed down all shopping malls, gyms and other locations for 10 days, as well as indoor dining. Authorities warned the new measures could be extended. Gulf Arab states launched new restrictions over fears of the coronavirus resurging across their countries.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Sudan's state news agency reported that three representatives of armed rebel groups have been appointed to top posts in the country's interim government as part of a peace deal signed last year.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Sweden registered 89 new COVID-19 related deaths, taking its total to 12,028. The Health Agency said it had registered 3,758 new cases over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Taiwan said it will get a share of 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccine shots produced by AstraZeneca Plc from the COVAX global vaccine program.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Thailand said it will import the first doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine from Asia after Europe enforced export controls.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In Ukraine three coronavirus patients and a doctor died in a fire at a hospital in Zaporizhzhia.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, The United Nations Security Council "expressed deep concern at the declaration of the state of emergency imposed in Myanmar by the military" and called for the immediate release of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others who have been detained.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, Vietnamese kicked off preparations for the Lunar New Year festival by releasing ornamental carp into rivers and lakes - an age-old ceremony held one week before the "Tet" holiday officially begins.
    (Reuters, 2/4/21)

2021        Feb 5, President Joe Biden said that Donald Trumps erratic behavior should prevent him from receiving classified intelligence briefings, a courtesy that historically has been granted to outgoing presidents.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, The US State Department confirmed that the Biden administration has formally notified Congress of its intention to revoke the terrorist designation for Yemens Houthi rebels.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 5, The Pentagon said the US State Department has approved the first potential sales of weapons under the Biden administration, including communications equipment for NATO and missiles for Chile, in deals with a combined value up to $150 million.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, The US Supreme Court said that for now, California can't ban indoor worship as it had in almost all of the state because virus cases are high. The justices said the state can cap indoor services at 25% of a building's capacity.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 5, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Bristol-Myers Squibb's cell-based gene therapy, Breyanzi, to treat adults with a type of cancer that starts in certain cells of the immune system.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, It was reported that federal executions in the last months of the Trump administration likely served as a COVID superspreader. Employees at the Indiana prison complex where the 13 executions were carried out over six months had contact with inmates and other people infected with the coronavirus.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 5, American Christian missionary Gregory Dow was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for abusing underage girls in an orphanage in Kenya between 2013 and 2017. Last year, Dow pleaded guilty in the US to four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.
    (BBC, 2/5/21)
2021         Feb 5, California to date had 3,362,768 cases of coronavirus and 43,118 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 382,609 cases and 4,522 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,796,013 with the death toll at 459,030.
    (sfist.com, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Canada-born actor Christopher Plummer (91) died at his home in Connecticut. His films included "Sound of Music" (1965), "The Insider" (1999), "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (2011).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Plummer)    (SFC, 2/6/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 5, Hackers changed the level of sodium hydroxide the main ingredient in drain cleaner from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million in Oldsmar, Florida, a city of 15,000 people in the Tampa Bay area. The attack was caught before it could inflict harm.
    (NY Times, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 5, In Nevada Clark County District Court Judge Tierra Jones sentenced Krystal Whipple (23) to 10-25 years in prison for the 2018 death of Nhu "Annie" Ngoc Nguyen (51). Whipple had tried to leave a nail salon without paying. She hit Nguyen with her car while fleeing.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 5, Leon Spinks (67), former world heavyweight champion, died in Nevada with his wife and a few close friends and family by his side. He was best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978.
    (The Week, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 5, Lawmakers in Virginia voted to make it the first Southern US state to abolish the death penalty, a significant sign of waning support for capital punishment across the country as the practice is weighed at the federal level. Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, said he will sign the repeal into law.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, AstraZeneca said its Imfinzi drug did not prolong survival in a trial testing it as an initial treatment of head and neck cancer, a setback in its push to widen use of the immunotherapy beyond lung cancer.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Bristol-Myers Squibb's cell-based gene therapy, Breyanzi, to treat adults with a type of cancer that starts in certain cells of the immune system.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Fox Corp's Fox Business Network said it has canceled "Lou Dobbs Tonight," a weekday program hosted by the business journalist and vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump. This came one day after Dobbs (75) was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by voting machine maker Smartmatic.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Supermarket chain Kroger Co said it would give $100 to workers who get a COVID-19 vaccination, joining a growing list of US retailers incentivizing employees to get inoculated against the novel coronavirus as soon as possible.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, In Australia Tech giant Google launched a platform offering news it has paid for, striking its own content deals with publishers in a drive to show legislation proposed by Canberra to enforce payments, a world first, is unnecessary.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Britain said it had agreed on a deal with German biotech firm CureVac to work to develop vaccines against coronavirus variants, placing an initial order for 50 million doses in case they are needed.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Oxford university said AstraZeneca and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine has similar efficacy against the British coronavirus variant as it does to the previously circulating variants.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Foreign ministers of the Britain, France, Germany and the US secretary of state held virtual talks on topics that included Iran, China, Russia, Myanmar, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, In southern Chile protests erupted in Panguipulli, a popular lakeside resort, after a policeman shot and killed a street performer in the normally sleepy village, prompting the government of President Sebastian Pinera to call an emergency meeting.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 5, China formally arrested Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian journalist for CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, on suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 5, China published a new list of moral guidelines for actors and other performers, saying they could face a permanent ban from their profession if they fail to comply. The new rules will come into force on a trial basis on March 1.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, China's the space agency said its maiden space exploration mission to Mars has captured its first image of the red planet, some six months after the probe left Earth.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, It was reported that Chinese scientists have found a natural mutation in the African swine fever virus they say could be less deadly than the strain that ravaged the world's largest pig herd in 2018 and 2019.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, China gave broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk and priority groups already allowed under an emergency clearance. Sinovac Biotech said late-stage trial data of its COVID-19 vaccine from Brazil and Turkey showed it prevented hospitalization and death in COVID-19 patients, but had a much lower efficacy rate in blocking infections.
    (AP, 2/6/21)(Reuters, 2/5/21)   
2021        Feb 5, Mainland China reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, down from 20 cases a day earlier and the lowest daily increase since Dec. 17.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Germany ducked an appeal by Taiwan for its help to supply COVID-19 vaccines, as the Asian tech powerhouse's request for assistance following Berlin's plea to ease a semiconductor supply crunch in the auto industry risked provoking China's ire.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Guatemala's foreign ministry said the US government has ended a controversial deal with Guatemala that sent asylum-seekers processed at the US-Mexico border to the Central American country to await hearings.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, The Israeli military shot and killed Khaled Nofal (34), an unarmed Palestinian man, in a West Bank settlement after he allegedly tried to break into a home and fought with a guard.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Ruth Dayan (103), Israeli fashion designer and peace activist who was married to one of the country's most revered generals, died. Dayan founded the Maskit fashion house in 1954, whose designs were inspired by the cultural heritage of Jewish immigrants as well as Israel's Arab community.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Delegates from Libyas warring factions selected four leaders to guide the North African country through to national elections in December, seen as a major if uncertain step toward unifying a nation with two separate governments in the east and west. Abdul Hamid Dabaiba, one of the country's richest men, became the new prime minister.
    (AP, 2/5/21)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.46)
2021        Feb 5, A Montenegrin court overturned the 2019 convictions of two Russians and eleven others over an attempted coup against the pro-Western government in 2016, and ordered a retrial. Among those convicted of the thwarted coup were two top politicians of the now-ruling coalition.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, In Myanmar hundreds of students and teachers took to the streets to demand the military hand power back to elected politicians, as resistance to a coup swelled with demonstrations in several parts of the country, even in the tightly controlled capital.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was poised to become the first African and first woman to lead the embattled World Trade Organization, after a South Korean rival withdrew and the United States reversed its previous opposition.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, In Pakistan three climbers were declared missing while attempting to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain. On Feb. 18 officials said Ali Sadpara, Jon Snorri and Juan Pablo Morh should now be considered dead.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Sadpara)(SFC, 2/19/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 5, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it was expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany for attending a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, Madrid health authorities confirmed the first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 in the region, three days after Spain restricted air travel with Brazil and South Africa to curb the spread of virulent new strains.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reappointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy on climate ambition and solutions "to mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action" ahead of a global summit in November.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, The UN migration agency said over 800 hundred Europe-bound migrants were intercepted in the Mediterranean sea off Libya's coasts and taken into detention over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, The United Nations kicked off the selection of its next secretary-general, asking the 193 UN member states to submit candidates to be the world organizations chief diplomat and operating officer.
    (AP, 2/5/21)

2021        Feb 6, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration has notified El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that the US has suspended, with immediate effect, the Asylum Cooperative Agreements and will begin the process of terminating them.
    (AP, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason issued an order barring ConocoPhillips from starting planned gravel mining and gravel-road construction at its Willow project on Alaska's North Slope.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said state coronavirus guidelines will be revised for indoor worship services after the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled a full ban was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, It was reported that "Operation Reclaim and Rebuild," a statewide operation to fight human trafficking in California, has led to 450 arrests and the rescue of dozens of victims.
    (SFC, 2/6/21, p.A3)
2021         Feb 6, California to date had 3,379,596 cases of coronavirus and 43,683 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 384,257 cases and 4,548 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 26,908,962 with the death toll at 461,910.
    (sfist.com, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, George P. Shultz (100), influential cabinet official Under Nixon and Reagan, died at his home in Stanford, Ca. He had served Republican presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower and presided with a steady hand over the beginning of the end of the Cold War as President Ronald Reagans often embattled secretary of state.
    (NY Times, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, In Connecticut Kevin Jiang (26), a second-year graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment, was shot and killed outside his car in New Haven late today. MIT graduate Qinxuan Pan (29) of Malden, Massachusetts, was later named as a person of interest.
    (NBC News, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 6, In Kansas Kevin Palmer (34) stole a family;s SUV in Wichita. A girl (13) in the back seat tried to get out but was caught in the seat belt and dragged for several miles. Palmer was captured by police and the girl was pronounced dead.
    (SFC, 2/8/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 6, In Missouri 117 inmates took over a section of the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis, injuring a corrections officer at the facility. Officials have said inmates were upset about conditions in the jail amid the pandemic. By 10 a.m. the situation had been contained after sheriff's deputies and police assisted.
    (AP, 2/6/21)(NBC News, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, It was reported that a Nabisco plant in New Jersey will close for good by summer's end after 63 years of operation, leaving as many as 600 people without jobs.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, In Ohio Michael McDaniel (55), a Black inmate, died under police custody while being taken to a medical facility. In August seven employees at the prison were terminated following an investigation in McDaniel's death.
    (SFC, 8/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 6, In Utah four skiers were killed and four others were rescued near Salt Lake City in the deadliest snowslide in the United States in seven year.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, The Wyoming State Republican Party voted to formally censure Rep, Liz Cheney, the state's lone representative, and called for her to resign "immediately" because she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump last month.
    (AP, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, Australia's foreign ministry said in a statement late today that it was "deeply concerned about reports of Australian and other foreign nationals being detained arbitrarily in Myanmar." Sean Turnell, an Australian economic adviser to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a message that he was being detained.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, It was reported that corpses in Bolivia have begun to pile up as a fierce second wave of the coronavirus has overwhelmed funeral homes and cemeteries. Bolivia has reported 225,910 infections and 10,687 deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak began.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said Pfizer Inc has applied for full regulatory approval in Brazil of its COVID-19 vaccine developed with BioNTech Se.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Bulgarian veterinary officials said more than 160,000 ducks will be culled after an outbreak of bird flu on two duck farms.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, It was reported that private social audio app Clubhouse is attracting masses of new users from mainland China, where the US app remains uncensored by authorities despite flourishing discussions on rights, national identity and other sensitive topics.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Sinovac Biotech said that its unit's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use by the general public by China's medical products regulator. A vaccine developed by a Beijing institute affiliated with state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) was approved in December.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Cuba's state-run media reported that the government will allow small private businesses to operate in most fields, eliminating its limited list of activities. The measure will expand the field from 127 activities to more than 2,000.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Egyptian authorities freed Al-Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after more than four years in detention. Egyptian authorities have blocked Al-Jazeeras news website since 2017, along with dozens of other news sites deemed too critical of the government.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, In southern France waters started to recede after the worst flooding in 40 years. PM Jean Castex promised support for farmers and residents whose land was devastated.
    (SSFC, 2/7/21, p.A8)
2021        Feb 6, France reported a fall in new COVID-19 infections and in the number of patients being treated in hospital, slightly easing pressure on the health system as the country rolled out shots with a third approved vaccine.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Work on the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a Russian-German underwater gas pipeline thats been the target of US sanction threats, was resumed.
    (AP, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, It was reported that Hong Kong has ordered schools to adopt a new national education curriculum that aims to instill "affection for the Chinese people" and weed out teachers who breach a security law imposed by Beijing last year.
    (SFC, 2/6/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 6, India's government urged states and union territories to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations after a review found "substantial" room for speeding up the program.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Thousands of protesting Indian farmers blockaded highways across the country for several hours to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws that have led to months of massive protests.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, In Israel thousands of Arab citizens demonstrated in Tamra to protest a rising crime wave and what is seen as poor police protection in Israel's Arab community. The protest came in the wake of the death of nursing student Ahmad Hejazi (22), a passerby who was killed in a shootout between police and criminals after he walked out of his home.
    (AP, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 6, Italian Premier-designate Mario Draghi secured preliminary support from two key parties for forming a new government that will decide how to spend more than 200 billion euros ($240 billion) in EU funds to help relaunch Italy's pandemic-ravaged economy.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, Myanmar's new military junta cut all internet access. The junta had ordered the blockage of Facebook and other social media platforms in recent days. Facebook called on authorities to unblock access to social media services.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, A meeting on Somalias troubled election has ended in failure as the federal government and regional states could not reach agreement on remaining issues two days before the scheduled vote. Pres. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed blamed unnamed foreign interventions.
    (AP, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, South Korea eased curfews on more than half a million restaurants and other businesses outside the capital Seoul, letting them stay open an hour later, amid a public backlash over tight curbs to contain COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, It was reported that Turkeys Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the establishment of two new departments (law and communications) in the countrys most prestigious university, which has been rocked by weeks of protests. Critics said that would allow the presidentially appointed rector to staff them with government loyalists.
    (AP, 2/6/21)

2021        Feb 7, President Biden said the US will not lift sanctions against Iran unless the country stops enriching uranium, continuing a standoff with the country's supreme leader, who has demanded that sanctions be lifted before the country returns to its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal.
    (CBS News, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, In Super Bowl LV the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 31 to 9, giving Tom Brady (43) a record seventh Super Bowl title. Tampa Bays defense was dominant..
    (NY Times, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, S. Clay Wilson (79), the most scabrous and rollicking of the underground cartoonists, died at his home in San Francisco. He first achieved notoriety as contributors to Zap Comix in the late 1960s.
    (NY Times, 2/9/21)(SSFC, 2/14/21, p.E1)
2021         Feb 7, California to date had 3,395,017 cases of coronavirus and 44,153 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 385,713 cases and 4,565 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,006,413 with the death toll at 463,470.
    (sfist.com, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, A new study reported that the B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus first found in Britain is spreading rapidly in the US, doubling roughly every 10 days.
    (SFC, 2/8/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 7, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that a tentative deal has been reached with the Chicago Teachers Union to partially reopen the citys schools for in-person classes starting this week.
    (NY Times, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, US Representative Ron Wright (67) died after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, making him the first member of the US Congress to die from the pandemic disease that has claimed nearly 464,000 American lives. The Texas Republican had also been battling cancer.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 7, Bangladesh launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive with the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, aiming to inoculate 3.5 million people in the first month.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, Britain's vaccine deployment minister said a COVID-19 booster in the autumn and then annual vaccinations are very probable. A lead researcher for the Oxford team said developers of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine expect to have a modified jab to cope with the South Africa coronavirus variant by autumn.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)(AP, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, Ecuador held presidential elections. Andres Arauz, a former minister under Rafael Correa, won 33% of the vote and faced a runoff on April 11.
    (AP, 2/21/21)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.35)
2021        Feb 7, It was reported that the French Labor Ministry says it will allow employees to eat lunch at their desks in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, a practice previously forbidden under Article R.4428-19 of the 3,324-page French labor code, or Code du Travail.
    (NY Times, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, Ten hostages were kidnapped off the Atlantic coast of the West African country, Gabon. They included six Chinese nationals, three Indonesians and a Gabonese, all thought to be fishermen. On March 6 the victims were released unharmed by Nigerias security forces in Rivers state, after Nigerian mediators paid a $300,000 ransom for their freedom.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, Haitian President Jovenel Moise refused to step down, the day the opposition, backed by the judiciary branch, said his five-year term ended. Moise has ruled by decree since last year, when he suspended most of the country's lawmakers. Moise announced the arrests of 23 people including a former presidential candidate, a high-ranking police inspector and a judge on the countrys highest court, all accused of plotting a coup to overthrow him and take his life as the nations political crisis deepens. Supreme Court Judge Yvickel Dabrsil (53) was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. for allegedly trying to overthrow and kill Pres. Jovenel Moise. Dabrsil, along with two other justices, was soon removed from the bench by Moise.
    (NY Times, 2/7/21)(Miami Herald, 2/8/21)(Miami Herald, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 7, In Honduras Kelly Martnez (26), a trainee nurse from La Esperanza, died in police custody last weekend after being detained for breaching a coronavirus curfew. A preliminary autopsy found she had died from mechanical asphyxiation and prosecutors announced they were investigating her death as a murder.
    (The Guardian, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 7, India sent 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Afghanistan, the first to arrive in the war-ravaged country, which is still waiting for emergency approval from the World Health Organization to administer them.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, In India as many as 150 people were feared dead after a Himalayan glacier in the northern state of Uttarakhand broke apart before crashing into a dam. At least 19 people were killed, and at least 180 more remained missing. About 2,500 people in 13 villages were trapped by the floods. More than 200 people were killed when rock and ice broke loose due to glacial melt brought about by global warming.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)(The Week, 2/8/21)(SSFC, 5/2/21, p.A16)
 2021        Feb 7, Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Myanmar for the second consecutive day to protest last week's military coup and show support for the country's elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest. Internet access was restored.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)
2021        Feb 7, South Africa halted its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after a study showed "disappointing" results against its new Covid variant. Scientists say the variant accounts for 90% of new Covid cases in South Africa.
    (NY Times, 2/7/21)

2021        Feb 8, President Joe Biden spoke with Indian PM Narendra Modi, with the leaders of the world's two biggest democracies agreeing to strengthen their nations' partnership at a moment when both countries face strained relations with China. Biden and Modi did not discuss the massive farmer protests in India.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Bitcoin took another large stride toward mainstream acceptance after billionaire Elon Musk's electric vehicle company Tesla Inc revealed it had purchased $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency and would soon accept it as a form of payment.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021         Feb 8, California to date had 3,400,070 cases of coronavirus and 44,232 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 387,919 cases and 4,575 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,083,278 with the death toll at 464,831.
    (sfist.com, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, In Ohio Anthony Sowell (61), sentenced to death for killing 11 women and hiding their remains in and around his home, died in prison of an illness.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 8, Mary Wilson (76), a founding member of the Supremes, died at her home in Henderson, Nev. The trailblazing group from the 1960s, formed in Detroit as the Primettes in 1959, was known for hits like Where Did Our Love Go? and Baby Love. Members included Florence Ballard and Diana Ross and helped develop Motowns legendary sound.
    (NY Times, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 8, Facebook anounced that it would remove posts and block groups that claim vaccines make people ill or cause autism. Previously the company had only demoted such claims.
    (Econ., 2/13/21, p.24)
2021        Feb 8, Argentina said it has detected the first cases of two Brazilian variants of the coronavirus in travelers from the neighboring nation.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Austria issued a warning against travel to its Tyrol province amid concerns over cases of a coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa, even as the country eased its third lockdown by reopening schools, shops, hairdressing salons, museums and zoos.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, It was reported that nearly five million EU citizens, more than all the people who live in Croatia, have applied for settled status in Britain after Brexit.
    (The Telegraph, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 8, The British government said migrants living in Britain will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines regardless of whether they have the legal right to live and work in the country, adding that getting the shot would not trigger immigration checks.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Royal Dutch Shell and renewables firm Eneco, owned by Japan's Mitsubishi Corp, said they will provide Amazon.com Inc's European facilities with electricity from an offshore wind farm off the Dutch coast.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Chinese users lost access to Clubhouse, adding it to thousands of websites and social media apps the ruling party blocks the public from seeing using the world's most extensive system of internet filters.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, It was reported that Chinese government officials have met representatives from US electric carmaker Tesla Inc over reports from consumers about battery fires, unexpected acceleration and failures in over-the-air software updates.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, President Ivan Duque said Colombia will provide temporary protective status to undocumented Venezuelan migrants. Colombia offered residency rights for 10 years to nearly one million Venezuelan migrants.
    (AP, 2/8/21)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.34)
2021        Feb 8, The Czech Health Ministry said it will recommend the use of COVID-19 therapies that contain casirivimab/imdevimab and bamlavinimab antibodies ahead of standard approval.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said that he continued to support the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, arguing it provided sufficient protection against "nearly all the variants" of the virus.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Germany, Poland and Sweden each declared a Russian diplomat in their country persona non grata, retaliating in kind to last weeks decision by Moscow to expel diplomats from the three European Union countries over the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Greeces PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that its unlikely substantial talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus could resume if Turkey and Turkish Cypriots insist on pursuing a two-state accord that defies a UN and EU-endorsed framework for federation.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Indonesia started vaccinating its elderly medical workers against the coronavirus for the first time.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Iran unveiled its second homegrown coronavirus vaccine project, the day before the launch of a vaccination campaign to combat the Middle East's deadliest Covid-19 outbreak.
    (AFP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, The IAEA confirmed that Iran has begun production of uranium metal, a further violation of Tehrans 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 8, Laos received 300,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, It was reported that Mexican drug cartels are using TikTok to entice young people into organized crime.
    (USA Today, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, In Morocco at least 28 people died after heavy rain flooded an illegal underground textile factory in Tangier.
    (SFC, 2/9/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 8, Myanmar's military leader said his junta would hold a new election and hand power to the winner as tens of thousands of people took to the streets for a third day to protest against the coup that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing repeated claims that last November's poll, won by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, had been fraudulent. The military outlawed rallies and gatherings of more than five people, along with motorized processions. An 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew was imposed for areas of Yangon and Mandalay, where thousands of people have been demonstrating since Feb. 6.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)(AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 8, The Dutch government suspended adoptions from foreign countries after an investigative committee report criticized past ruling coalitions for being too passive in the face of years of reported abuses including impoverished mothers being coerced into putting up their children for adoption.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Pakistan's health minister said CanSino Biologics Inc's (CanSinoBIO) COVID-19 vaccine showed 65.7% efficacy in preventing symptomatic cases and a 90.98% success rate in stopping severe disease in an interim analysis of global trials.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Portugal's health ministry said the AstraZeneca vaccine should preferably be used on under-65s, the latest European country to express reservations about its efficacy on older people.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Russia issued updated statistics on coronavirus-linked deaths showing that 162,429 people died last year with COVID-19.
    (SFC, 2/9/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 8, South Africa said it will roll out the AstraZeneca vaccine in a "stepped manner" to assess its efficacy in preventing severe illness.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co said it is not now in talks with Apple Inc on autonomous electric cars, just a month after it confirmed early-stage talks with the tech giant, sending the automaker's shares skidding.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Sudans PM Abdalla Hamdok announced a Cabinet reshuffle to add rebel ministers as part of a peace deal that transitional authorities struck with a rebel alliance last year. The new Cabinet includes ministers from the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of armed groups.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported that an Iraqi man (27) and a Syrian man 20 were killed in the Al-Hol displacement camp. In January Syria 20 Iraqis and Syrians were reportedly killed in the camp including a guard from the SDF that maintains the detention facility. Guards suspected Islamic State sleeper cells of the executions. The Rojava Information Center estimated 35 people were killed in the camp in all of 2020.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, United Nations data showed food prices hit six-year highs in January after rising for eight consecutive months.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, UN agencies received approval from Ethiopias government to send 25 more staff members to embattled Tigray, a region where the United Nations says hunger is growing and much of the area has been inaccessible to humanitarian workers.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, A United Nations panel reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has relied on government hackers to upgrade his country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 8, Vietnam said it has culled more 100,000 poultry so far this year in a bid to contain the spread of bird flu in the Southeast Asian country. The country has reported outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 and H5N6 bird flu strains in 14 provinces.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Vietnam's first domestic car manufacturer, Vinfast, said it had obtained a permit to test autonomous vehicles on public streets in California. Vinfast said two models would be sold in the US, Canadian and European markets from 2022.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)

2021        Feb 9, The US Senate began Trumps second impeachment trial. Six Republicans joined with Democrats to vote to proceed with the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but the 56-44 vote was far from the two-thirds threshold of 67 votes that would be needed for conviction.
    (NY Times, 2/9/21)(AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 9, The FDA approved a Covid-19 therapy by the drug maker Eli Lilly, giving doctors another option for patients who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill.
    (NY Times, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Michelle Obama posted that she is launching a Netflix childrens food show with a pair of puppets to bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world. The show called Waffles + Mochi launches March 16.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021         Feb 9, California to date had 3,422,171 cases of coronavirus and 45,007 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 389,334 cases and 4,646 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,190,160 with the death toll at 468,106.
    (sfist.com, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Chick Corea (79), an architect of the jazz-rock fusion boom in the 1970s, died at his home in Tampa, Fl. He spent more than a half-century as a top jazz pianist, but never abandoned his first love, the acoustic piano.
    (NY Times, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 9, In Minnesota Gregory Paul Ulrich (67), unhappy with the health care he'd received, opened fire at a clinic, killing one person and wounding four others before being arrested. Bomb technicians were investigating a suspicious device left there and others at a motel where he was staying.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Coca-Cola Co said it will sell its popular sodas in bottles made from 100% recycled plastic material in the United States, in a major shift to combat plastic waste and reduce its carbon footprint.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Qualcomm Inc released a new chip for connecting devices to 5G networks that it hopes will be adopted for home internet use and inside businesses as a competitor to Wi-Fi.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Walgreens and Uber Technologies Inc said they will team up to provide educational programs and free transportation to US COVID-19 vaccine clinics to underserved communities and people in rural areas.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that people will have to produce a negative coronavirus test to leave the country's Tyrol province as authorities try to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Police in the UK arrested eight men as part of an international investigation into a gang that's been hacking celebrities and stealing their cryptocurrency.
    (Business Insider, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 9, PM Justin Trudeau said Canada will ramp up its fight against COVID-19 by obliging citizens returning home from the US by land to show a negative COVID-19 test.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Canadian satellite company Telesat tapped Thales Alenia Space to build 300 low earth orbit (LEO) telecommunications satellites in a contract worth about $3 billion, saying the first launch would be in about two years.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, In Egypt Islamic State group militants killed at least six Bedouins in an ambush for their alleged collaboration with the military in the countrys restive part of Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Ethiopia said it has secured nine million doses of COVID-19 vaccines up until April and hopes to inoculate at least a fifth of its 110 million people by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, German authorities said prosecutors have charged a 100-year-old man with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations he served during World War II as a Nazi SS guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Volkswagen said it is conducting a feasibility study in China about flying cars, joining a growing number of companies looking into the potential technology.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Ghanas parliament was suspended for at least three weeks following a surge in COVID-19 cases among parliament members and staff. Ghanas Health Services confirmed that there have been 73,003 cases, including 482 deaths since the outbreak began last year.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 9, It was reported that the Indian army is training dogs to find COVID-19 in its ranks by sniffing human sweat and urine.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Iran launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East with its death toll nearing 59,000.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Pakistan said it has approved Russia's Sputnik-V making it the third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for emergency use after China's Sinopharm and the ones developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, The presidents of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia gathered in northern Poland for two days of debates to mark the 30th anniversary of the Visegrad Group.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Poland's video games maker CD Projekt said a cyber attack will slow fixes to its flagship Cyberpunk 2077 game and other development work.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Health experts said Portugals COVID-19 infection rate has dropped sharply after a lockdown aimed at addressing a devastating January pandemic surge, but it is still recording the most daily deaths in the world by size of population.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, An ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny urged Russians to gather near their homes fora brief Valentine's Day protest this weekend, shining their mobile phone torches and lighting candles in heart shapes to flood social media.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Prosecutors in Thailand charged four prominent pro-democracy activists with sedition and defaming the monarchy for their protest activities.
    (SFC, 2/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 9, A United Arab Emirates spacecraft entered Marss orbit, the first interplanetary mission by an Arab nation. The unmanned craft, called Amal, Arabic for Hope, had reached the end of its nearly seven-month, 300-million-mile journey and had begun circling the red planet.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, It was reported that a preliminary UN inquiry into the theft of $281 million worth of assets from a cryptocurrency exchange last September "strongly suggests" links to North Korea. Industry analysts pointed to Seychelles-based KuCoin as the victim of one of the largest reported digital currency heists.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, A World Health Organization expert said the coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and most probably jumped to humans via an intermediary species.
    (AP, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, Yemeni officials heavy fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels has killed at least 29 people in the past three days in the central Marib province.
    (AP, 2/9/21)

2021        Feb 10, In Washington, DC, opening arguments begin in Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Larry Flynt (78), the pornographer and self-promoting free-speech champion, died at his home in Los Angeles. He was a ninth-grade dropout who built an empire of publications, strip clubs and adult shops around his sexually explicit magazine Hustler, which debuted in July, 1974.
    (NY Times, 2/10/21)
2021         Feb 10, California to date had 3,425,087 cases of coronavirus and 45,178 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 390,331 cases and 4,697 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,280,775 with the death toll at 471,195.
    (sfist.com, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, It was reported that prosecutors in Georgia have started a criminal investigation into former President Donald J. Trumps attempts to overturn Georgias election results, including a phone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Mr. Trump pressured him to find enough votes to help him reverse his loss.
    (NY Times, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, The Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota said it has reached a $21.5 million settlement with 145 individuals who were sexually abused by its clergy members.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 10, Researchers reported that a drug has been shown so effective against obesity that patients may dodge many of its worst consequences, including diabetes. The drug, semaglutide, made by Novo Nordisk, already is marketed as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes.
    (NY Times, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, It was reported that David Wilson (36), one of Britain's most prolific pedophiles, has been jailed for 25-years. He used fake Facebook profiles to blackmail children into sending indecent images of themselves.
    (The Telegraph, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Authorities reported that the share of people infected with the more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain is on the rise in Denmark.
    (Reuters, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, China's space agency said an uncrewed Chinese spacecraft has successfully entered orbit around Mars after a 6-1/2-month journey from Earth, in the country's first independent mission to the red planet. In May or June, the Tianwen-1 will attempt to land a capsule carrying a 240-kg rover in a rapid seven-minute descent onto a massive plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars known as Utopia Planitia.
    (Reuters, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, China and India began to disengage their troops at the southern and northern banks of Pangong Lake in the Ladakh region.
    (SFC, 2/12/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 10, It was reported that the hippo population at Hacienda Napoles Park in Colombia, once the private estate of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, now numbered between 65 and 80. Escobar had imported 3 female hippos and one male decades ago. Scientists now warned that the hippos pose a major threat to the areas biodiversity.
    (SFC, 2/10/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 10, In Congo DRCs North Kivu province a second case and death of Ebola was recorded in the health zone of Biena. Health officials had confirmed a case of Ebola Feb. 7 in another woman who was from the village of Biena and died in Butembo.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 10, Cuba published a new list of trades open to self-employed entrepreneurs. It specified 124 sectors reserved for the state (or entirely banned).
    (Econ., 2/13/21, p.33)   
2021        Feb 10, Equatorial Guinea received 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses developed by China's Sinopharm, the latest in a series of donations to countries on the continent struggling to procure shots.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 10, Red Cross officials said Many, many severe cases of malnutrition are being reported in Ethiopias embattled Tigray region. 80% of Tigrays 6 million people were unreachable in the fourth month of fighting and "emaciated women and children fill displacement camps.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, The EU police agency Europol said police have arrested 10 people in the UK, Belgium and Malta for allegedly hijacking mobile phones belonging to US celebrities including internet influencers, sports stars and musicians to steal personal information and millions in cryptocurrency.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Irans President Hassan Rouhani urged the West to restore the 2015 nuclear deal as the nation marked the anniversary of the countrys 1979 Islamic Revolution.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, It was reported that Italian police have intercepted cocaine worth 228 million. The cocaine was hidden in containers full of exotic fruit from Ecuador and coffee and frozen meat from Brazil.
    (The Telegraph, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, In central Mali an attack on a UN base in Kerena injured at least 20 peacekeepers.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Palestinian poll workers fanned out across the Gaza Strip, where they found voters eager to register ahead of elections that could serve as the first referendum on Hamas' rule since the militant group seized power more than a decade ago.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Independent media outlets in Poland suspended news coverage and other programming to protest a planned new advertising tax that they view as an attempt by the country's right-wing government to undermine press freedoms.
    (AP, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, best known for challenging the ban on women driving, was released after the kingdom had jailed her for nearly three years on charges that Western governments and rights groups roundly dismissed as politically motivated.
    (NY Times, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Hundreds of Thai protesters gathered in Bangkok to demand the release of four activists remanded in custody pending trial on charges of insulting Thailand's king, a crime punishable by 15 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, Two Turkish soldiers were killed in a new Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. A 3rd soldier died of his wounds the next day.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 10, A UN report said that a recovery in global trade is expected to slow again in the first quarter of 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic keeps disrupting the travel industry after world trade contracted 9% in 2020.
    (Reuters, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, The UN counter-terrorism chief urged the repatriation of tens of thousands of women and children suspected of links to the Islamic State extremist group, warning that many are being radicalized in deteriorating detention camps in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 10, Yemens Houthi rebels targeted an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia with bomb-laden drones, causing a civilian plane on the tarmac to catch fire at Abha airport.
    (AP, 2/10/21)

2021        Feb 11, Progressive Democrats in Congress called for an overhaul of US sanctions on other nations which they argue have catastrophic humanitarian consequences on the global effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
    (The Guardian, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, The Dow hit a record high while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hovered near all-time highs as investors bet on more fiscal stimulus to ride out a coronavirus-driven recession with data showing a stalling recovery in the labor market.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021         Feb 11, California to date had 3,430,592 cases of coronavirus and 45,496 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 391,718 cases and 4,747 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,383,639 with the death toll at 475,040.
    (sfist.com, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Isadore Duncan, winner of the National Medal of Science (1983) and the Abel Prize (2004), died at his home in Massachusetts. He and British mathematician Michael Atiyah created the Atiyah-Singer Index theorem, an unimagined link between the mathematical subfields of analysis and topology.
    (SSFC, 2/14/21, p.A11)
2021        Feb 11, Anna Sorokin (29), a grifter convicted of paying for a lavish lifestyle by impersonating a wealthy German heiress, was released on parole from a New York prison.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 11, In Texas at least six people were killed in crashes that involved up to 100 vehicles on I-35 in Fort Worth, as a slurry of winter weather made for slick roads.
    (SFC, 2/12/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 11, Amazon.com Inc and Italian fashion group Salvatore Ferragamo jointly sued several individuals and entities, mainly based in China, for allegedly selling counterfeit Ferragamo belts on its online retail store.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Pfizer filed a registration application for the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in Ukraine. Authorities there have said the country expects to receive its first batch of 117,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in February within the framework of the COVAX program.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Trial results showed that Roche's arthritis drug tocilizumab cuts the risk of death among patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19, also shortening the time to recovery and reducing the need for mechanical ventilation.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Twitter Inc said it has suspended the account of conservative activist group Project Veritas for repeated violations of its private information policy, which prohibits sharing, or threatening to share others' private information without consent.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 11, In Afghanistan attackers killed five Afghan policemen escorting a UN convoy on the main highway heading east from Kabul before escaping.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, The authoritarian leader of Belarus slammed six months of demonstrations against him as a foreign-directed rebellion, and he announced plans for constitutional reforms, which the opposition has rejected as window dressing.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Bolivia said it had inked an agreement with Chinas Sinopharm locking in an initial supply of half a million doses of the companys vaccine against coronavirus by the end of February. The country has reported 232,500 cases of the virus and 11,000 deaths to date.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Ethiopia's minister for women said rape has occurred conclusively and without a doubt in the embattled Tigray region in a rare government acknowledgement of the toll on civilians during 100 day of fighting.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 11, The EU and the World Health Organization said they would spend 40 million euros ($48.48 million) over three years to ensure better access to COVID-19 vaccines in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, It was reported that sewage samples from a new nationwide COVID-19 monitoring system show that in some French cities traces of coronavirus are spiking above levels seen during the second wave of the epidemic in the autumn.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, A senior Israeli military commander said the Hamas militant group ruling Gaza has replenished its arsenal since a 2014 war with Israel and now has a vast collection of rockets, guided missiles and drones.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Japan reported its worst one-day death toll for the pandemic. 21 people died from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours.
    (SFC, 2/12/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 11, In Japan thousands of people from Myanmar sang songs and waved glow sticks as they gathered in Tokyo to protest the military coup in their home country.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Mexican President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador said many migrants believe the doors are open to the United States following the election of President Joe Biden. Lpez Obrador said that wasnt true, and urged migrants not to believe traffickers who tell them they could get legal status immediately.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Royal Dutch Shell predicted that its oil production had peaked and would never again reach its 2019 level.
    (NY Times, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ripped into the performance of his Cabinet and fired a senior economic official he appointed a month ago, saying they'd failed to come up with new ideas to salvage an economy in decay.
    (AP, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, It was reported that Pakistan is to allow private companies to import coronavirus vaccines and has agreed to exempt such imports from price caps, even as the nation scrambles to secure supplies.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, A scandal in Peru erupted after ousted former President Martin Vizcarra said he too had received an early vaccination of China's Sinopharm vaccine. Two top government officials soon resigned upon acknowledging they had also taken the Chinese shot months ago, well before they were widely available in the country.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 11, Portugal's parliament voted to extend a state of emergency due to the pandemic through March 1.
    (SFC, 2/12/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 11, Thailand announced plans to inoculate 1 million of its most vulnerable people against COVID-19 by May and start mass vaccinations in June, with the aim of administering 10 doses a month.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)

2021        Feb 12, The Biden administration announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, The United States announced it is revoking the designation of Yemens Houthi rebels as a terrorist group effective Feb. 16, a reversal by the Biden administration welcomed by the United Nations and humanitarian groups.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, The US Interior Department said that it is postponing onshore and offshore oil lease sales planned for next month in line with Pres. Joe Biden's Jan. 27 executive order on climate change.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 12, A US federal judge has rejected a request from a group of Apaches to keep the US Forest Service from transferring a parcel of land to a copper mining company in eastern Arizona. The land known as Oak Flat is set to be transferred to Resolution Copper by March 16.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, A US federal appeals court ruled that Arkansas' law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel is unconstitutional.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 12, A White House official said the Biden administration has launched a formal review of the future of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the controversial facility.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, It was reported that the "Joker's Stash" marketplace, the kingpin or kingpins of the world's biggest illicit credit card marketplace, have retired after making an estimated fortune of over $1 billion in cryptocurrency. The marketplace reportedly went offline on Feb. 3.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Actors Ali MacGraw (81) and Ryan O'Neal (79), who starred as the ill-fated young couple in the 1970 romantic drama "Love Story," were honored just ahead of Valentine's Day with stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021         Feb 12, California to date had 3,441,028 cases of coronavirus and 46,020 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 393,007 cases and 4,841 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,477,820 with the death toll at 480,446.
    (sfist.com, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Frederick K.C. Price (89), televangelist, died after being hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19. He built his Los Angeles ministry into one of the nation's first Black megachurches.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 12, Mayor Francis Suarez said the city of Miami is seeking to embrace bitcoin in its operations, a move that could bring dividends in terms of attracting technology companies.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, It was reported that Florida property insurers are jacking up rates by double-digit percentages, blaming the hikes on lingering damage from past hurricanes, a wave of litigation, and a law that encourages lawyers to sue by allowing courts to award them big fees.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Maryland lawmakers voted to override the state's governor veto of a measure to tax the revenue from digital advertisements sold by companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The money would go to schools.
    (SFC, 2/13/21, p.C1)
2021        Feb 12, New York state Gov. and his top aides faced new allegations that they covered up the scope of the coronavirus death toll in the state's nursing homes. Deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities have ballooned to about 15,000 confirmed and presumed deaths from 12,743 in late January.
    (SFC, 2/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 12, British engineer Arthur Rupert Neve (1926-2021) died in San Marcos Texas. In 1964 he delivered his first custom-made transistor console to Phillips Studios in London.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.F8)
2021        Feb 12, Citigroup Inc said that outgoing Chief Executive Officer Mike Corbat's compensation for 2020 would be $19 million, a 21% decrease from 2019.
    (Reuters, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 12, It was reported that Facebook Inc is building a smartwatch that will let users send messages and also offer health and fitness features.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said that a referendum on changing the country's constitution would be held no later than Jan. 18, 2022.
    (SFC, 2/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 12, Brazil's health regulator Anvisa approved a request by biomedical institute Fiocruz to import more doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford from the Serum Institute of India.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Britains Supreme Court ruled that a group of Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue Royal Dutch Shell PLC in English courts over pollution in a region where the Anglo-Dutch energy giant has a subsidiary.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Britain registered 15,144 new coronavirus cases to surpass 4.0 million. Another 768 deaths raised the official death toll to 116,287. Britains scientific advisers said they are confident the coronavirus outbreak is shrinking across the country for the first time in more than six months.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, It was reported that Burkina Faso is on the brink of becoming a protracted crisis after extremist violence displaced over 1 million people.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, It was reported that Canada's main securities regulator has cleared the launch of the world's first bitcoin exchange traded fund, providing investors greater access to the cryptocurrency that has sparked an explosion in trading interest. The Ontario Securities Commission has approved the launch of Purpose Bitcoin ETF, a Toronto-based asset management company.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, China reported 8 new coronavirus cases in the mainland, compared to 12 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Czech firearms company Ceska Zbrojovka Group SE said that it has purchased all the shares in Colt Holding Company LLC, the parent company of Colts Manufacturing Company LLC and its Canadian subsidiary, Colt Canada Corp.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, It was reported that 14 people have been arrested in joint police operations in Denmark and Germany on suspicion of planning an Islamist terror attack.
    (The Telegraph, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Frances highest health authority recommended that people who have had COVID-19 receive only one dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus. France's pace of infection with the coronavirus again slowed, with 20,701 new confirmed COVID-19 cases compared to 21,063 a day earlier.
    (AP, 2/12/21)(Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Iranian media reported. that 10 southwestern communities have been declared as high-risk COVID-19 "red" zones as a consignment of 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Mario Draghi accepted the Italian president's bid to form a new government, announcing a Cabinet of experts mixed with experienced political hands, at once seeking to reassure financial markets and tame a potentially unruly coalition of former rivals.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Italy's health ministry said the highly contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus first found in Britain accounts for some 17.8% of all new infections in Italy, with the infection rate ticking up in many parts of the country.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, In Mexico prosecutors in Jalisco state said police have found 18 plastic bags full of hacked-up body parts on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Jalisco state is home to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. A total of 189 corpses were discovered in the town of El Salto, just outside Guadalajara, throughout 2020.
    (SFC, 2/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 12, In Myanmar supporters of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi clashed with police as hundreds of thousands joined nationwide pro-democracy demonstrations in defiance of the junta's call to halt mass gatherings. A group of 50 businesses in Myanmar criticized new cyber laws proposed by the junta, saying they would contravene human rights, violate data privacy and curtail innovation.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, In Nepal hundreds of womens right activists and their supporters rallied in Kathmandu to call for an end to violence and discrimination against women and the scrapping of a proposed law that would restrict travel for many women.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, At The Hague member states of the International Criminal Court elected British barrister Karim Khan the next prosecutor of the war crimes tribunal. He will replace incumbent Fatou Bensouda when her nine-year term expires later this year.
    (AP, 2/12/21)(The Telegraph, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, The government of North Macedonia said plans to receive 8,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from neighbor Serbia this week had been held up for technical reasons with additional documentation needed for the transfer.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Pakistan approved China's CanSino Biologics Inc's (CanSinoBIO) COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Poland said it is raising the maximum age limit for people receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to 65. The country had previously said that the vaccine would be used for people aged 18-60.
    (AP, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, In Russia jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny appeared in court on slander charges he denounced as politically motivated amid mounting tensions between Russia and the West over his treatment.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)
2021        Feb 12, Spain's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 530 to 64,747, while the tally of cases climbed by 14,581 to 3.06 million. The government said more than 1 million people had already received two shots.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 12, The 47-member UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi and other officials from detention and refrain from using violence on protesters. The UN human rights office said more than 350 people, including officials, activists and monks, have been arrested in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 12, Four UN agencies said more than 2 million Yemeni children under the age of 5 are expected to endure acute malnutrition in 2021.
    (AP, 2/12/21)

2021        Feb 13, The US Senate acquitted Donald Trump of inciting the Capitol Hill riot despite the strongest bipartisan support for conviction in US history.
    (NY Times, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the extradition of an American father and son wanted by Japan in the escape of former Nissan Motor Co. boss Carlos Ghosn.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021         Feb 13, California to date had 3,458,774 cases of coronavirus and 46,871 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 394,231 cases and 4,914 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,574,207 with the death toll at 484,200.
    (sfist.com, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, In NYC stabbings on the subway system left two people dead and two people injured in separate attacks over the last 24-hours. Rigoberto Lopez (21) was arrested the next day and charged with multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder for the attacks that left two people dead on the A line in upper Manhattan and Queens.
    (The Independent, 2/14/21)(The Independent, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 13, A winter storm blanketed the Pacific Northwest with ice and snow, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power and disrupting travel across the region. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, A fuel tanker exploded at the Islam Qala crossing in Afghanistan's western Herat province on the Iranian border, injuring at least seven people and causing a massive fire that consumed more than 500 trucks carrying natural gas and fuel.
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, It was reported that China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of the pandemic, potentially complicating efforts to understand how the outbreak began.
    (Reuters, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, A top antiquities official said American and Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed what could be the oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient Egypt. The factory apparently dates back to the region of King Narmer, who is widely known for his unification of ancient Egypt at the beginning of the First Dynastic Period (3150 BC- 2613 BC).
    (AP, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, French drugmaker Sanofi said its COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Sanofi and US group Translate Bio "will not be ready this year".
    (Reuters, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, French conglomerate Vivendi said it planned to distribute 60% of Universal Music's capital to investors, subject to shareholder approval, and aimed to list its most-prized asset, home to singers such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 2/13/21)
2021        Feb 13, In eastern Japan a magnitude 7.3 earthquake off the coast of Fukushima shook a broad area late today, leaving nearly a million households without power. More than 100 people were injured.
    (NY Times, 2/14/21)(SFC, 2/15/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 13, Mass street demonstrations in Myanmar entered their second week, with neither protesters nor the military government they seek to unseat showing any signs of backing down from confrontations. Military leaders suspended a law that limits security forces and ordered the arrests of prominent backers of the anti-coup protests taking place across the country.
    (AP, 2/13/21)(Reuters, 2/13/21)

2021         Feb 14, California to date had 3,460,774 cases of coronavirus and 46,994 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 394,615 cases and 4,916 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,625,859 with the death toll at 485,029.
    (sfist.com, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Montana's new Gov. Greg Gianforte lifted the state's mask mandate, citing the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines as he reversed his predecessor's order.
    (SFC, 2/15/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 14, Bitcoin hit a new record high and approached $50,000, building on its record rally as Wall Street and Main Street increasingly adopt the world's biggest cryptocurrency. The cryptocurrency is up around 70% year to date.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Microsoft Corp President Brad Smith said a hacking campaign that used US tech company SolarWinds Corp as a springboard to compromise a raft of US government agencies is "the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen".
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Argentine ex-President Carlos Menem (90) died after battling long-term health problems. He pushed Argentina to an economic boom, but his two-term 1989-1999 presidency crumbled under the weight of corruption scandals.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Menem)(AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, It was reported that parts of southeastern Australia have been overrun by mice. The pests in rural New South Walews have spread into Queensland, Victoria and South Australia dued to abundant rainfall and a good harvest.
    (SSFC, 2/14/21, p.B8)
2021        Feb 14, It was reported that Australia's Seven West Media Ltd has become the country's first major news outlet to strike a licensing deal with Google, as the government pushes ahead with a law that would force the internet giant to pay media companies for content.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Bangladesh said it is moving 3,000-4,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to Bhasan Char island over the next two days, despite concerns about the risk of storms and floods lashing the site.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, The UK government said that it reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to the most vulnerable people in the country, increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a lockdown imposed in early January.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, In Congo DRC suspected Islamists killed three soldiers and 13 civilians and burnt down a church in a raid on Ndalya village in northeastern Ituri province.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 14, In Congo DRC at least 60 people drowned after a boat capsized on the Congo River. Some 300 people were rescued but as many as 200 others remained unaccounted for.
    (BBC, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 14, Cyprus and Israel announced a tourism agreement to allow citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel between the countries without the need to quarantine. Israel reached a similar deal with Greece last week.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, The Czech government re-declared its state of emergency for next two weeks to be able to effectively tackle the coronavirus pandemic in one of the hardest hit European countries.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, In France activists rallied in Paris to demand that the French government abandon a bill aimed at rooting out Islamist extremism that the protesters say could trample on religious freedom and make all Muslims into potential suspects.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Le Journal Du Dimanche reported that the French Health Ministry has asked regional health agencies and hospitals to go into "crisis organization" from Feb. 18 to prepare for a possible surge in coronavirus cases due to highly contagious variants.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Germany closed its borders with the Czech Republic and the Austrian region of Tyrol in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus mutations.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 14, Guinea confirmed that at least three people have died of Ebola, with five others testing positive for the virus.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, In Indonesia torrential rains triggered a landslide on Java killing at least 10 people. Nine remained missing.
    (SFC, 2/16/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 14, Japan's Health Ministry said it has officially approved Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine, the first such approval in the country as it steps up efforts to tame a third wave of infections in the run-up to the Summer Olympic Games.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Kosovos voters defied freezing weather to vote in a parliamentary election to form a new government amid the coronavirus pandemic, an economic downturn and stalled negotiations with wartime foe Serbia. The left-wing main opposition Determination Movement Party had 48% support and won a clear victory. The Self-Determination Movement, or Vetevendosje!, led by Albin Kurti won 58 seats in the 120-seat Parliament.
    (AP, 2/14/21)(AP, 2/15/21)(AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Feb 14, Lebanon administered its first jabs of COVID-19 vaccine, a day after receiving the first batch of the vaccine, 28,500 Pfizer-BioNTech doses from Brussels.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Mexico received a shipment of 870,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine from India, as the country prepares to prioritize older adults in the next phase of its vaccination campaign.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, In Myanmar sightings of armored personnel carriers Yangon and leaked orders of an impending internet shutdown raised political tensions late today, after vast numbers of people around the country flouted orders against demonstrations to protest the militarys seizure of power. Myanmars military sent soldiers into the streets to shut down anti-coup protests and surround the houses of government workers who had joined the demonstrations.
    (AP, 2/14/21)(NY Times, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, New Zealand's city of Auckland entered a 3-day lockdown after reporting three new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, the country's first since late January, when a returned traveler tested positive after leaving quarantine.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)(SFC, 2/15/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 14, Oman pushed forward its program of replacing foreign workers with locals with a decision to allocate many jobs at higher education establishments to citizens.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, A Hamas-run Islamic court in the Gaza Strip ruled that women require the permission of a male guardian to travel, further restricting movement in and out of the territory that has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since the militant group seized power.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 14, In Russia supporters of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny gathered across the country and shined their cell phone flashlights in a display of unity.
    (SFC, 2/15/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 14, Serbia donated a first batch of 8,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to North Macedonia, which is yet to deliver its first jabs.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, In Spain the strength of the separatist movement in northeastern Catalonia was tested as 5.3 million voters were called to cast ballots in a regional election held under tight restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Sudan's foreign ministry said Ethiopian troops have crossed into Sudan and warned about grave repercussions on the regions security and stability.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 14, The Thai government defended its decision not to join the WHO-sponsored coronavirus vaccine program, saying that to do so would risk the country paying more for the shots and facing uncertainty about delivery times. Thailand reported 166 new coronavirus cases, taking its total of infections to 24,571, with a death toll of 80.
    (Reuters, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, Turkey said its troops have found the bodies of 13 Turkish citizens abducted by Kurdish insurgents in a cave complex in the Gara region of northern Iraq. They were found during the Claw-Eagle 2 operation launched on Feb. 10.
    (AP, 2/14/21)
2021        Feb 14, In Yemen heavy fighting between forces of the internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels raged again, extending a week of violence in the strategic province of Marib. More than 48 fighters were killed and over 120 were wounded in the past two days.
    (AP, 2/14/21)

2021        Feb 15, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Congress would establish an independent commission to investigate the "facts and causes" of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a "terrorist mob" of former President Donald Trump's supporters.
    (The Week, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 15, US Navy officials said three sailors have tested positive for coronavirus aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021         Feb 15, California to date had 3,463,286 cases of coronavirus and 47,054 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 395,878 cases and 4,926 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,682,645 with the death toll at 486,111.   
    (sfist.com, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) conceded that his administration failed to provide full disclosure of coronavirus-related deaths at the state's nursing homes.
    (The Week, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 15, In New York a new surrogates' bill of rights took effect providing the nation's strongest protections for women serving as surrogates.
    (SFC, 2/16/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 15, A rare deep freeze in Texas that raised demand for power forced the US state's electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts that left more than 2 million customers without electricity.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, It was reported that Google has agreed to pay a fine of 1.1 million euros ($1.3 million) after French authorities concluded the search engine displayed misleading rankings for French hotels.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Social media site Parler said relaunched after a monthlong service disruption.
    (The Week, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 15, Oil prices soared to their highest in about 13 months as vaccine rollouts promised to revive demand and producers kept supply reined in.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, A massive fire at a major crossing in Afghanistans western Herat province on the Iranian border was brought under control, after three days of efforts by firefighters from both countries. At the time of the blaze the crossing point was overcrowded with more than 2,500 trucks.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Albania received a shipment of 7,020 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines late today and the Balkan country expects a batch of 360,000 AstraZeneca vaccines in April.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 15, Australia received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine as more than 142,000 doses arrived at Sydney airport.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Britain's luxury car brand Jaguar said it will be fully electric by 2025 as it outlined a plan to phase out internal combustion engines.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, The World Health Organization (WHO) said an Ebola vaccination campaign has begun in the city of Butembo, in eastern Congo DRC. Congo has confirmed four cases of Ebola since a resurgence of the virus was announced on Feb. 7 in Butembo.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, In Egypt an apartment building in Cairo partially collapsed overnight, killing at least three people.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, France's largest bank BNP Paribas pledged to stop financing firms producing or buying either beef or soybeans cultivated on land in the Amazon cleared or converted after 2008.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, In India dozens of people holding placards assembled in Bangalore to protest against the arrest a day earlier of Disha Ravi (22), a young climate activist. Delhi Police issued arrest warrants against two Mumbai-based activists for creating and circulating the so-called toolkit shared by Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg on Indian farmers protests.
    (The Telegraph, 2/15/21)(SFC, 2/16/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 15, It was reported that coronavirus infections in India began to plummet in September, and now the country is reporting about 11,000 new cases a day, compared to a peak of nearly 100,000, leaving experts perplexed.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 15, In northern Iraq a rocket attack on a US base killed a contractor and wounded eight people including a US serviceman.
    (The Telegraph, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 15, Israel fired several missiles early today targeting areas near Damascus. An opposition war-monitoring group said the strikes killed nine Iran-backed fighters.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, The Israel-based Dan David Foundation named Dr. Anthony Fauci (80) as the winner of one of three prizes for defending science and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Japan's Nikkei share average rose above the 30,000 level for the first time in more than 30 years, as it regained the ground lost during decades of economic stagnation.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Malaysia's government said it will repatriate 1,200 Myanmar migrants next week despite a military coup in their home country, but has assured that they will not include minority Muslim Rohingya refugees or those registered with the UN refugee agency.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, The government of Namibia closed the southern African country's state-owned airline, Air Namibia, saying that it can no longer afford the financial losses.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (66) was appointed to head the World Trade Organization, becoming the first woman and first African to take on the role amid disagreement over how the body decides cases involving billions in sales and thousands of jobs.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, In north-central Nigeria about 20 people who were returning from a wedding ceremony were abducted after an attack on their bus in Niger state. Their fate is unclear.
    (BBC, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 15, Norway's $1.3 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, said it wants the companies it invests in globally to boost the number of women on their boards and to consider setting targets if fewer than 30% of their directors are female.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, The Kremlin says it is considering Elon Musk's offer to chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Clubhouse. Musk tweeted at the Kremlin on Feb 13 asking Vladimir Putin to join him on Clubhouse.
    (Business Insider, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the "phased and gradual return to school" will go ahead in Scotland as planned from Feb 22.
    (The Telegraph, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa whose nearly decade-long tenure was tainted by breathtaking corruption scandals, refused to appear before an inquiry panel, raising the possibility that he would be imprisoned for contempt.
    (NY Times, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, South Africa reopened at least 20 border posts with neighboring countries after closing them last month to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, South Africa's drugs regulator SAHPRA said it has approved an implementation study of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way to start the country's first inoculations among health workers.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine released a list of 243 people who have allegedly been abducted by the security forces, piling pressure on the government to find those missing amid continuing political tensions after last month's elections.
    (AP, 2/15/21)
2021        Feb 15, A plane carrying Zimbabwe's first coronavirus vaccines, 200,000 doses donated by China, arrived in the capital Harare.
    (Reuters, 2/15/21)

2021        Feb 16, The US White said Pres. Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 2/17/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 16, The US Navy announced that it seized a large cache of weapons last week being smuggled by two small ships off the coast of Somalia. The arms were reportedly bound for war-torn Yemen.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Nigerian businessman Obinwanne Okeke, who once appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine, was jailed for 10 years in the US over a cyber fraud scam that led to the theft of about $11m (8m). Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi, used Nigerian-based companies to defraud people in the US.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 16, Arizona reported 1,132 new voc cases and three additional deaths bringing overall cases to 799,740 and total deaths to 14,981.
    (SFC, 2/17/21, p.A5)
2021         Feb 16, California to date had 3,480,319 cases of coronavirus and 47,509 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 397,180 cases and 4,953 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,726,970 with the death toll at 487,109.   
    (sfist.com, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, American fashion designer Jessica McClintock (b.1930) died in San Francisco. She was the founder, President and CEO of Jessica McClintock, Inc., an American retail company based in San Francisco. Her romantic, lacy confections dressed generations of women for their weddings and proms.
    (SFC, 3/15/21, p.B1)(NY Times, 3/23/21)
2021        Feb 16, Hawaii Payroll Services LLC discovered its servers and databases had been breached over the last 24 hours by an unauthorized user. The attack enabled the intruder to disable and remove security software and encrypt all data residing in Hawaii Payroll's servers. About 4, 500 customers of the company were potentially affected by the ransomware attack.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Feb 16, Dr. Bernard Lown, the Harvard cardiologist who invented the first effective heart defibrillator (1962), died at his home in Chestnut Hill, Mass. He was one of a group of co-founders of an international organization that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for its campaign against nuclear war.
    (NY Times, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In Nevada the Clark County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a name change from McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid International Airport.
    (SFC, 2/17/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 16, Killer tornadoes in the Southeast and historic subzero cold as far south as Texas were blamed for seven deaths and massive power outages. In North Carolina at least three people were found dead early today after a tornado tore through a seaside town at the rough edge of a blast of winter weather across the US.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)(AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The seemingly unstoppable rise of Bitcoin continued with the cost of a single unit of the digital currency rising above $50,000 for the first time.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Marriott Chief Executive Arne Sorenson (62) died. He grew the company into the worlds largest hotel chain and steered it through a global pandemic that has been catastrophic in the travel industry in the past year.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In Algeria thousands from all walks of life thronged to Kherrata, a town 200km (120 miles) east of Algiers, a continuation of the anti-government movement, known as the Hirak.
    (BBC, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 16, Authorities in Belarus raided homes and offices of journalists and human rights activists in the latest move to squelch protests against authoritarian Pres. Alexander Lukashenko.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The British government said health authorities in England have identified 38 cases of a new coronavirus variant which has a key mutation that is thought to reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. The variant, known as B.1.525, has the E484K spike protein mutation, which is also present in the South African variant.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, It was reported that Bulgarian customs officials have confiscated more than 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of heroin from a ship transporting goods from Iran.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Denmark said it registered the more contagious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, first detected in Britain, in close to half of all positive tests in the second week of February.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, A daughter of Dubai's powerful ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 only to be detained by commandos in a boat off India has re-emerged in new videos published today, saying she doesn't know if she's going to survive this situation. Her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also serves as the prime minister and vice president in the hereditarily ruled UAE.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, France and leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Mauritania agreed to step up the fight against Islamic extremists in the Sahel by maintaining a strong French military presence, deploying a new Chadian battalion and gradually building up a European task force.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, A Hong Kong government advisory panel on COVID-19 vaccines said it would recommend China's Sinovac vaccine for emergency use, a move that brings it a step closer to being formally greenlighted in the Asian financial hub.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The first 550,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Budapest, as Hungary prepares to become the first EU country to roll out the Chinese vaccine. Hungary has reported 389,622 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 13,837 deaths.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In India a bus drove off a bridge near Patna village, Madhya Pradesh state, killing at least 45 people.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yax65cd6)
2021        Feb 16, Iraq recorded a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections with 3,332 confirmed in the past 24 hours, after the country confirmed infections of one of the newer variants of the novel coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Suspected Israeli settlers vandalized several vehicles belonging to Palestinian workers in the occupied West Bank in broad daylight in an incident caught by security cameras.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Italy reported 336 coronavirus-related deaths against 258 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 10,386 from 7,351 the day before.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, It was reported that police in Myanmar have filed a new charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a move that may allow her to be held indefinitely without trial as part of an intensifying crackdown by authorities who seized power in a coup.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Polands right-wing government said it will redraw its proposed media advertising tax to make it fairer after it led to a media protest and condemnation from a coalition partner and critics abroad.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Russian prosecutors asked a Moscow court to fine jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny (44) on charges of defaming a World War II veteran, maintaining pressure on the top Kremlin foe.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Russia extended a ban on flights to and from Britain until the end of March 16 due to a new variant of the coronavirus first detected in the UK.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, It was reported that Slovakia has become the nation with most COVID-19 deaths by size of population in the world amid a surge of cases from a highly contagious coronavirus variant.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, South Koreas intelligence service said that North Korea has attempted to hack Pfizer and steal COVID-19 vaccine technology.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In Spain anti-riot officers arrested Spanish rap artist Pablo Hasl, who had barricaded himself at northeastern Lleida University with dozens of supporters to avoid prison and defend his fight for free speech. He was taken to prison to serve a 9-month sentence for insulting the monarchy and glorifying terrorism in a song about former King Juan Carlos I and in 64 tweets. Violent street protests soon followed in several cities.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to expand cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, following the killing of 13 Turkish soldiers, police and civilians who had been abducted by Kurdish insurgents.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The Ukrainian health minister said that Kyiv's vaccine purchases were being hampered by "dirty information attacks" that had triggered a corruption investigation against his ministry.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The UN announced it is releasing $15 million from its emergency relief fund to help Guinea and Congo combat new outbreaks of Ebola.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Zimbabwe said the coronavirus variant first discovered in neighboring South Africa now makes up more than 60% of cases within its borders.
    (BBC, 2/16/21)

2021        Feb 17, President Joe Biden approved Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitts request for a disaster declaration in response to a winter storm.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 17, US federal prosecutors said 3 North Koreans have been indicted in the crippling 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and a wide-ranging scheme to steal and extort more than $1 billion in cash and cryptocurrency from banks and companies based across the globe.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, California 's Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders agreed to a $9.6 billion coronavirus aid package that would provide $600 checks to millions of low-income state residents, as well as grants a tax deductions to businesses struggling through the pandemic.
    (SFC, 2/18/21, p.A1)
2021         Feb 17, California to date had 3,480,997 cases of coronavirus and 47,647 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 398,030 cases and 4,990 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,820,237 with the death toll at 490,160.       
    (sfist.com, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Rush Limbaugh (70), right-wing radio megastar, died from complications of lung-cancer at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. His scathing style made him a talk-radio star and helped mold conservative politics.
    (NY Times, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed three deaths related to winter weather this week.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, In Minnesota Isaiah L. Goodman (33) pleaded guilty in US District Court in Minneapolis to mail fraud in connection with the alleged scheme that stretched for roughly three years until November. He reportedly stole more than $2.25 million from nearly two dozen clients, then using the money to feed his lavish lifestyle.
    (Tribune Publ., 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 17, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines showed reduced effectiveness against the new, more infectious strain first detected in South Africa.
    (NY Times, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, In New Jersey the shuttered Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City was demolished by implosion.
    (SFC, 2/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 17, The South Carolina House passed a bill banning nearly all abortions, joining several other Republican-dominated states seeking to tighten abortion restrictions.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, In Texas inmate Jaquaree Simmons (23) was found unresponsive in his cell following fights with detention officers a day earlier. On May 29 eleven sheriff's workers were fired and six others suspended for violating various policies related to Simmons' death.
    (SSFC, 5/30/21, p.A9)
2021        Feb 17, Scientists said they have recovered the oldest DNA on record, extracting it from the molars of mammoths that roamed northeastern Siberia up to 1.2 million years ago in research that broadens the horizons for understanding extinct species.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, It was reported that Amazon has for years given preferential treatment to a small group of sellers on its India platform, publicly misrepresented its ties with the sellers and used them to circumvent increasingly tough foreign investment rules that affect e-commerce.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Coinbase said it has appointed former Stripe executive Melissa Strait as chief compliance officer, as the US cryptocurrency exchange prepares for a direct listing.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Ford Motor said it will phase out gasoline-powered vehicles in Europe by 2030.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, GlaxoSmithKline and San Francisco-based Vir Biotechnology Inc said they will expand an existing partnership developing antibody therapies for COVID-19 to other diseases.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Medical device maker Medtronic Plc said it is recalling all unused batches of its Valiant Navion thoracic stent graft system after the death of a patient in a clinical trial.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, News Corp, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company, said it has struck a global news deal with Alphabet Inc's Google, in one of the most extensive deals of its kind with big tech.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Online brokerage Public.com, which competes with Robinhood, said it had raised $220 million in fresh funds from new and existing investors, lifting its valuation to $1.2 billion.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Cuba said it has developed a Covid-19 vaccine and will soon begin mass production.
    (NY Times, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, The attorney for Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum (35), a daughter of Dubais ruler, urged the Gulf emirate to release the young woman from almost three years of detention and avoid further international scandal after a videotaped plea for freedom spurred the UNs human rights body to seek information about her status.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Estonias foreign intelligence agency said that Russia is counting on the COVID-19 pandemic to weaken unity in the West which would help Moscow gain a more prominent role in international affairs and lead to declining Western influence on the global stage.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Europe's top human rights court ordered Russia to release jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a ruling that will be unlikely to soften the Kremlin's determination to isolate its most prominent foe.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, In France Georges Tron (63), a former Sarkozy minister and the mayor of Draveil since 1995, was found guilty of rape and sexual assault and sentenced to five years in prison. Under French law he is allowed to hold his post until a final verdict is reached due to presumption of innocence.
    (https://tinyurl.com/n5ve4htv)(The Telegraph, 5/15/21)
2021        Feb 17, Greece called in the armed forces to help repair widespread damage caused by heavy snowfall in Athens, while blizzards continued to cause havoc in neighboring Turkey and with the snow reaching as far as Libya.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, An Israeli healthcare provider said that Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective in a trial of 602,000 people, reinforcing the drugmaker's efficacy findings.
    (Reuters, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Japan launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign.
    (SFC, 2/18/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 17, In Myanmar tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Yangon, in one of largest protests yet of a coup, despite warnings from a UN human rights expert that recent troop movements could indicate the military was planning a violent crackdown.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, In Nicaragua 76 legislators approved a new National Minsitry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Othe Celestial Bodies. 15 opposition legislators abstained.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 17, In north-central Nigeria gunmen killed a school pupil overnight and abducted 27 other children in a night-time raid on their boarding school in Niger state. On Feb 27 a total of 42 people including 27 students, kidnapped from the boarding school in Kagara were freed.
    (BBC, 2/17/21)(AP, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 17, The Palestinian Authority sent the first shipment of vaccines to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. 2,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine were sent.
    (SFC, 2/18/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 17, Senegal received 200,000 doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm. Senegal has recorded more than 31,000 cases, including 760 deaths, and contaminations have increased in the past few months.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Slovakia said it will ask other EU member countries for medical staff to help with the surge in COVID-19 cases. Coronavirus infections were on the rise in Slovakia with nearly 2,000 new cases reported on average each day.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, South Africa started Covid-19 vaccinations following the suspension of an earlier plan to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. South Africa is using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which is administered as a single dose.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Bank of Spain figures released today showed the countrys public debt was equivalent to 117% of GDP at the end of 2020.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem, living in northwestern Syria for nearly a decade, was released, six months after he was captured by an al-Qaida-linked militant group.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 17, Seif Sharif Hamad (77), the vice-president of Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, died, nearly three weeks after his party said he had contracted Covid-19.
    (BBC, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, Thailands government warned users of the recently introduced Clubhouse voice chat app that they must be careful not to misuse it or face possible legal consequences.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, The United Arab Emirates, a key international travel hub, announced it has lifted its ban on Boeings 737 Max, allowing the plane to return to its skies after being grounded for nearly two years following a pair of deadly crashes.
    (AP, 2/17/21)

2021        Feb 18, The Biden administration revoked a Trump administration policy that aimed to prevent federal agencies from weighing climate change impacts in their decision-making around major projects like pipelines and highways.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, The Biden administration sent generators, blankets, and other supplies to Texas to help people struggling without power or running water after a brutal blast of extreme winter weather. President Biden also approved emergency declarations for Oklahoma and Louisiana, two other states hit hard by the storm.
    (The Week, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 18, The White House announced that the US is committing $2 billion for the global COVAX vaccine initiative within days (using funds already allocated by Congress), plus an additional $2 billion over the next two years.
    (Axios, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, The Biden administration rescinded former president Donald Trumps restoration of UN sanctions on Iran. Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced that the US is willing to open discussions with Iran about returning to the 2015 nuclear deal.
    (AP, 2/18/21)(Axios, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 18, Former US Republican Senator Bob Dole (97), who unsuccessfully ran for president in 1996, said that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and will undergo treatment beginning next week.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Arkansas state Sen. Jim Hendren said that he's leaving the GOP, citing Donald Trump's rhetoric and the deadly riot at the US Capitol by the former president's supporters.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, California venture capitalist Imaad Shah Zuberi was sentenced to 12 years in prison for unregistered foreign lobbying, illegal campaign contributions and obstruction of justice. The obstruction of justice charge against Zuberi stemmed from an investigation into a $900,000 contribution he made to former President Trump's inaugural committee.
    (Axios, 2/19/21)
2021         Feb 18, California to date had 3,485,284 cases of coronavirus and 47,934 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 398,739 cases and 5,029 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,881,728 with the death toll at 492,646.       
    (sfist.com, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Prince Markie Dee (52), a member of the trio Fat Boys, died in Miami. The group released some of hip-hops most commercially successful albums of the 1980s and helped speed the genres absorption into pop culture.
    (NY Times, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 18, Nevada health officials confirmed the first known case of in the state of a coronavirus variant that was first identfied in South Africa. The variant has now been found in 10 states.
    (SFC, 2/19/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 18, Gordon Caplan, the former co-chairman of a major New York law firm, was suspended from practicing law for two years after pleading guilty and spending time in prison over his role in the US college admissions scandal.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 18, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed a restrictive "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban bill into law. The controversial legislation, passed by the state House a day earlier, requires doctors to search for a fetal heartbeat using ultrasound before performing an abortion, and outlaws the procedure if one is found, with exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or in cases when the woman's health is in danger.
    (The Week, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 18, Utility crews rushed to restore power to nearly 3.4 million customers around the US, most of them in Texas, after an extreme winter storm slammed states from the Southwest to the Northeast. At least 30 people have died in connection with the weather, which brought record cold to many areas.
    (The Week, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Fox News reported that US Senator Ted Cruz flew to the Mexican resort city of Cancun with his family, as millions of his fellow Texans struggled through a deadly deep freeze.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, NASA landed its Perseverance rover on Mars this afternoon, searching for fossils of ancient microbial life.
    (NY Times, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Facebook blocked all news in Australia as the country prepared to make tech companies pay for the news on their platforms.
    (NY Times, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, A top Pfizer Inc scientist said the company is in intensive discussions with regulators to test a booster shot version of its coronavirus vaccine specifically targeted for a highly contagious variant that is spreading widely in South Africa and elsewhere.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Africa's total reported death toll from COVID-19 approached 100,000, a fraction of those reported on other continents but rising fast as a second wave of infections overwhelms hospitals.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Algeria's President Tebboune announced widely anticipated snap legislative elections and a cabinet reshuffle.
    (BBC, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 18, A court in Belarus handed two local journalists two-year prison sentences for their live coverage of an anti-government rally in the capital Minsk late last year. Katerina Andreeva (27) and Daria Chultsova (23) who both work for Poland-based television network Belsat, were convicted of fomenting protest with their live-streamed coverage of a demonstration against autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko.
    (CBS News, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, The European Union took an important step toward fining Hungary for refusing to lift restrictions on the financing of non-governmental organizations from abroad.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, It was reported that health authorities in some European countries are facing resistance to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after side-effects led hospital staff and other front-line workers to call in sick, putting extra strain on already-stretched services.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a plan to better arm public facilities and private companies against cybercriminals following ransomware attacks at two hospitals this month and an upsurge of similar cyber assaults in France.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, The WHO said it will send more than 11,000 Ebola vaccinations from Geneva to Guinea in the coming days to combat the recent epidemic. An additional 8,600 doses will be shipped from the US.
    (SFC, 2/19/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 18, New satellite images published by the International Panel on Fissile Material (IPFM), an independent expert group, indicated that Israel is carrying out a major expansion of its Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev desert.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, Italy reported 347 coronavirus-related deaths against 369 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 13,762 from 12,074 the day before. Italy has registered 94,887 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, It was reported that Italian middlemen allegedly pocketed 70 million (60 million) in illicit commissions from Chinese companies in return for helping to negotiate contracts for Italy to buy 1.25 billion worth of face masks.
    (The Telegraph, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, It was reported that in Mexico City tampons with plastic applicators, that many women rely on as a monthly necessity, are gradually disappearing from the shelves following a ban on single-use plastics.
    (Reuters, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, State railway workers in Myanmar continued to strike despite a police rampage the previous night targeting them in a sign of the military junta's concern over growing civil disobedience by public workers protesting the coup. Tom Andrews, the independent UN human rights expert on Myanmar, said three-quarters of the countrys civil servants were on strike, all private banks were closed and the protests have weakened the economy significantly.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO is planning to scale up its mission training Iraq's security forces with thousands of new personnel as the military alliance seeks to help keep the Islamic State group at bay.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced that the nation's schools would offer free sanitary products to students starting in June.
    (The Week, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 18, Mohammed Dahlan, a rival to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, announced that the UAE is sending 20,000 doses of the Russian coronavirus vaccine to the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, It was reported that Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has approved an amnesty program for Muslim and communist rebels who agree to surrender their weapons as they return to normal life.
    (SFC, 2/18/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 18, A Russian court handed a suspended sentence to an activist accused of membership of an undesirable organization, part of the authorities effort to tighten control over the nation's political scene. Anastasia Shevchenko (41) was accused of engaging in political activities under the aegis of Open Russia, a group funded by self-exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, It was reported that Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ordered that the EU flag is flown from Scottish government buildings every day, despite Britain no longer being a member of the bloc.
    (The Telegraph, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, In Spain more than 40 people were arrested and dozens injured during the second night of unauthorized demonstrations across Spain over the jailing of rapper Pablo Hasel.
    (AP, 2/18/21)
2021        Feb 18, A UN report titled "Making Peace With Nature" combined three intertwined environment crises and called for dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life.
    (SFC, 2/19/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 18, Zimbabwe started giving COVID-19 vaccinations, with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga volunteering for the first jab at a hospital in the capital, Harare.
    (AP, 2/18/21)

2021        Feb 19, The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate accord, 107 days after former President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the landmark treaty took effect.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, President Biden committed the US to "working in lockstep with our allies and partners" to protect democracy and promote prosperity.
    (Axios, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, The US Department of Defense's inspector general announced that it was reviewing the Trump administration's Jan. 13 decision to relocate US Space Command from Colorado to Alabama.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, The Biden administration added a layer of sanctions to a Russian vessel and the shipowner for their work on a new gas pipeline from Russia that is strongly opposed in the US and eastern Europe.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, The US Treasury Department said BitPay, one of the biggest cryptocurrency payment processors, will pay $507,375 to settle its potential civil liability for apparent violations of US sanctions on countries like Cuba, North Korea and Iran.
    (AP, 2/1921)
2021        Feb 19, The United States said it has decided to de-link its suspension of millions of dollars of aid to Ethiopia from that countrys dispute with Egypt over a massive hydroelectric dam project. The State Department said humanitarian assistance remains exempt from the aid suspension.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, In Alabama a military plane crashed near Montgomery Regional Airport this evening killing two people aboard.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A8)
2021         Feb 19, California to date had coronavirus 48,616 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 399,581 cases and 5,135 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,971,377 with the death toll at 495,470.       
    (sfist.com, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Johnson & Johnson said it had submitted data to the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use listing of its COVID-19 vaccine, which would allow for wider access of the one-dose shot.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Pfizer and BioNTech submitted new temperature data to the US health regulator which could allow their vaccine to be stored in pharmacy freezers rather than in ultra-cold storage facilities.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Lyft Inc and CVS Health Corp said they would team up in the United States to provide access to COVID-19 vaccinations among under-served communities by arranging rides and scheduling appointments.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Brazil's health ministry said it intends to buy 30 million doses of China's Sinovac vaccine to be produced locally by the Butantan public health institute and delivered between October and December. The ministry said it has already ordered 100 million of the vaccine together with Butantan to be delivered by September.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, British PM Boris Johnson opened the Group of Seven virtual leaders meeting by calling for a plan to rebuild the global economy after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. G7 leaders released a joint statement following their virtual summit, pledging to help low-income countries gain access to coronavirus vaccines and to deliver a green transformation by making environmentally conscious investments during the economic recovery.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)(Axios, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, The head of Britains MI6 intelligence service apologized to gay spies and aspiring agents who were fired or denied jobs because of their sexuality.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will not be returning to royal duties. Harry will give up his honorary military titles.
    (SFC, 2/20/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 19, A peer-reviewed study published in The Lancet medical journal showed that AstraZeneca and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine is more effective when its second dose is given three months after the first, instead of six weeks.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, The Czech government dropped plans to open all retail shops from next week due to a surge in coronavirus cases as hospitals struggle with a continued influx of patients and a dwindling number of available beds.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, The European Commission said Britain's data protection laws were in line with the European Union's despite Brexit and it would start a process to allow a continued flow of police and financial data from the EU to Britain for the next 4 years.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, It was reported that the European Union has agreed to pay about 870 million euros ($1.06 billion) for its supply of 300 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and to receive them by June. The contract was signed on Aug. 27, 2020. AstraZeneca revised down the timetable last month because of production issues, leading to a bitter fight with the EU over delayed supplies.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, In France a Sudanese refugee stabbed and killed the director of an asylum center in the southern city of Pau after his request for political asylum was rejected.
    (The Telegraph, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Germany said it will contribute an additional 1.5 billion euros to support global COVID-19 vaccination efforts and other programs to fight the pandemic, increasing its overall pledge to 2.1 billion euros.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Greece extended lockdown restrictions to more areas of the country to stem the spread of COVID-19 infections but lifted it in others where infections receded.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Tehran repeated its assertion that the United States must lift sanctions before Iran will return to the 2015 nuclear accord, but said it was ready to comply immediately once this was done.
    (The Telegraph, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Equatorial Guinea would move its embassy to Jerusalem in the latest sign of improving ties with African nations.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said cooling water levels have fallen in two reactors at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant since a powerful earthquake hit the area last weekend, indicating possible additional damage.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Jordanian troops clashed with drug smugglers on the border with Syria, killing two people and seizing a shipment of hashish and amphetamines.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, In Indian controlled Kashmir rebels killed two police officers in Srinagar. Elsewhere in the region three suspected rebels and a police officer were killed in firefights.
    (SFC, 2/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 19, In Lebanon Judge Fadi Sawwan was formally notified that he would no longer lead the probe into last years massive explosion in Beirut. Families of the victims denounced the court decision, calling it an execution of justice by a politicized judiciary.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, In Myanmar Mya Thwet Khine (19) died from her wounds after being shot in the head by police on Feb. 9. This was the first confirmed death among thousands of protesters who have faced off against security forces since the junta took power on Feb. 1.
    (SFC, 2/20/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 19, The death toll in Peru continued to mount as a relentless second wave of the coronavirus left many hospitals short of oxygen for critical patients even as daily infections continued to climb.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Polish health minister Adam Niedzielski said the first case of a variant first found in South Africa had been discovered in Poland, and that some 10% of all cases now involve the variant that emerged in England.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Portugal said it will refocus its COVID-19 inoculation campaign towards vulnerable groups and away from some key state workers such as police and firefighters owing to scarce vaccine supplies.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, It was reported that Moscow plans to nearly quadruple the number of electric buses it operates in coming years and replace all petrol or diesel-powered public transport vehicles with greener alternatives by 2030.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Arturo Di Modica (80), the sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue (1989), died in his home town of Vittoria, Sicily.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 19, In Somalia heavy gunfire broke out in Mogadishu as opposition leaders defied a ban on public gatherings to protest about delayed elections. Militiamen overnight attacked army positions close to the presidential palace. At least five soldiers were killed and more than a dozen people, mostly civilians, were wounded in violence related to protests over the countrys delayed election.
    (BBC, 2/19/21)(AP, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 19, Two of the South African government's top advisers on COVID-19 backed Pfizer's vaccine, despite a study earlier this week showing that the dominant local coronavirus variant may reduce protective antibodies it triggers.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez condemned the riots that have rocked major cities after the arrest and imprisonment of a rapper for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs, as rallies went into their fourth day.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Turkey said it aims to procure 105 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of April. Ankara would also receive some 800,000 doses of the shots developed by Pfizer and BioNTech this month.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, Ukraines national security council placed sanctions on Viktor Medvedchuk, a politician and tycoon who is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, freezing his assets for three years and preventing him from doing business in the country.
    (AP, 2/20/21)     
2021        Feb 19, The UN Security Council gave a green light to keep the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanons former prime minister Rafik Hariri operating and funded for at least this year.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, A UN commission announced that the scale of violence in South Sudan is a lot worse than during the countrys five-year civil war.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, The Vatican said it expects a deficit of nearly 50 million euros ($60.7 million) this year because of pandemic-related losses, a figure that grows to 80 million euros ($97 million) when donations from the faithful are excluded.
    (AP, 2/19/21)
2021        Feb 19, In Yemen armed rebels, led by Houthi leader Abu Khalid al-Raei, gunned down Sheikh Ali Abu Nashtan along with three of his sons and a sister outside their house in the Arhab district in northern Sanaa.
    (AP, 2/20/21)

2021        Feb 20, FEMA said Pres. Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas which has suffered widespread power blackouts and water shortages during a deadly deep freeze.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, The US Department of the Interior said plans for seismic surveys to help find oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have fizzled due to a lack of protection for polar bears.
    (Reuters, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 20, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered the loosening of pandemic restrictions on businesses after a decline in coronavirus deaths and cases.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A14)
2021        Feb 20, Billionaire CEO Elon Musk said the price of bitcoin and ethereum seemed high, at a time when the cryptocurrencies have hit record highs, with bitcoin crossing the $1 trillion market-capitalization threshold.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, Friedrich Karl Berger (95), a former Nazi concentration camp guard, arrived in his native Germany and was held by police for questioning after being deported from the US. Berger had lived in the US since 1959.
    (AP, 2/20/21)
2021         Feb 20, California to date had 3,500,505 cases of coronavirus and 48,833 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 400,626 cases and 5,161 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,017,934 with the death toll at 496,144.   
    (sfist.com, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, A Boeing 777-200, headed from Denver to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard, suffered a catastrophic failure in its right engine and flames erupted under the wing as the plane began to lose altitude. The plane landed safely at Denver International Airport, and no one on board or on the ground was hurt.
    (AP, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, In Louisiana Herbert Noah Fischbach (47), of Jefferson, Veronica Billiot (59), of Belle Chasse, and Joshua Jamal Williams (27), of New Orleans were killed in a shootout at Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie. The shooting began when Williams, a customer, refused to unload his weapon.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 20, Members of Malcolm X's family made public what they described as a letter written by a deceased police officer stating that the New York Police Department and FBI were behind the 1965 killing of the famed Black activist and civil rights advocate.
    (Reuters, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 20, Electricity was restored to most Texans who had lost power after a winter storm, but water systems for nearly two-thirds of residents were disrupted, leaving millions without drinkable water. At least 70 people have died in a storm-battered region that stretches to Ohio, and the final tally could be much higher.
    (NY Times, 2/21/21)(AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 20, In Afghanistan three sticky bomb attacks killed at least 5 people in Kabul. The dead included two soldiers and two police officers.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A8)
2021        Feb 20, Argentina's new Health Minister Carla Vizzotti was sworn in after the country was rattled by a scandal over VIP coronavirus vaccine access, pledging to strengthen oversight and transparency of the inoculation program.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, In Iraq at least four rockets struck the Balad airbase late today. One person was wounded at the base where an American defense company services combat aircraft.
    (AP, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, Hundreds of volunteers took part in a cleanup operation of the Israeli shoreline as investigations are underway to determine the cause of an oil spill that threatens the beach and wildlife.
    (AP, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, At least 41 migrants fleeing conflict-stricken Libya drowned when their boat capsized in the Central Mediterranean.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 20, In Myanmar two anti-coup demonstrators were shot dead by riot police in Mandalay. Several other serious injuries were also reported.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 20, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree ordering the respect of freedom of expression ahead of legislative elections in May, a step demanded by Palestinian factions who discussed the polls in Egypt-hosted talks this month.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 20, It was reported that Russia has registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named A(H5N8) being passed to humans from birds and has reported the matter to the World Health Organization.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, PM Mikhail Mishustin said Russia has approved a third coronavirus vaccine for domestic use, though large-scale clinical trials of the shot, labelled CoviVac and produced by the Chumakov Center, have yet to begin.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, Taiwan's government granted emergency use authorisation for AstraZeneca Plc's COVID-19 vaccine, with shots expected to be administered as soon as within seven days of arrival.
    (Reuters, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 20, The Vatican said that Pope Francis had approved a decree recognizing the "heroic virtues" of George Spencer, a priest of the Passionist religious order who lived from 1799 to 1864. Spencer had left the Anglican Church taken the name "Ignatius of St. Paul" after he became a Catholic priest.
    (AP, 2/20/21)

2021        Feb 21, It was reported that cases of a coronavirus-linked inflammatory syndrome in kids have risen. In the US 2,060 children have been diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) and 30 have died.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.H4)
2021        Feb 21, In San Francisco the 139 year-old-home at 807 Franklin St., a two-story Victorian house, was moved to 635 Fulton St. SF broker Tim Brown, will pay about $400,000 in fees and moving costs.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021         Feb 21, California to date had 3,505,880 cases of coronavirus and 49,117 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 401,280 cases and 5,187 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,085,723 with the death toll at 497,957.   
    (sfist.com, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, Boeing recommended the grounding of its 777 jets with a particular engine model until the Federal Aviation Administration determines how best to inspect them.
    (NY Times, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 21, Facebook deleted the main page of the Myanmar military under it standards prohibiting the incitement of violence, a day after two protesters were killed when police opened fire at a demonstration against the Feb 1 coup.
    (Reuters, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, It was reported that a lockdown and stay-at-home order is being extended in Toronto, Canada, until at least March 8.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A14)
2021        Feb 21, It was reported that Denmark has closed some border crossing points with Germany and stepped up checks at others due to a spike in COVID-19 cases and a rise in virus variants in the northern German town of Flensburg.
    (SSFC, 2/21/21, p.A14)
2021        Feb 21, Final results from a Feb. 7 presidential election in Ecuador confirmed that former banker Guillermo Lasso came second behind leading candidate Andrs Arauz, meaning the two will contest a runoff vote in April. Just 32,600 votes separated the two candidates.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, French lawyers said 10 French women who joined the Islamic State have started a hunger strike in their detention camp in Syria in a bid to pressure France to bring them and their children back.
    (The Telegraph, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 21, Israel lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and started reopening its economy as the country's vaccination drive and third nationwide lockdown have started to bring down infections.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, Israel closed all its Mediterranean beaches until further notice, days after an offshore oil spill deposited tons of tar across more than 100 miles (160 km) of coastline in what officials are calling one of the country's worst ecological disasters.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, It was reported that Israel paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with coronavirus vaccines as part of a deal that secured the release of an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus. Israel announced on Feb. 19 it had reached a Russian-mediated deal to bring home a young woman who had crossed into Syria earlier this month.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported that Fujifilm Holdings Corp will restart a clinical trial in Japan of its antiviral drug Avigan for the treatment of COVID-19. A health ministry panel said in December that trial data was inconclusive.
    (Reuters, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, The motorcade of Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister of Libyas UN-backed government, came under attack in Tripoli. His guards chased the assailants, killing one and detaining two others.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, Libyan authorities raided a secret prison in Kufra, a southeastern city used by human traffickers, and freed at last 156 African migrants - including 15 women and five children.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 21, Malaysia moved up its COVID-19 inoculation drive by two days as the first batch of vaccines arrived today in the Southeast Asian nation.
    (Reuters, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, In Myanmar a call for a general strike was made by the Civil Disobedience Movement, a loosely organized group leading resistance to the army's coup. Protesters gathered at rallies across the nation.
    (SFC, 2/22/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 21, Polls opened in Niger for the second round of voting in the countrys presidential elections. None of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in Decembers vote. Former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum, who received about 39% of the vote in the first round, ran against former president Mahamane Ousmane, who won nearly 17% of the vote. Seven members of Niger's electoral commission were killed in a landmine explosion in the southwestern Tillaberi region. Mohamed Bazoum won the presidential election with 55.75% of the vote.
    (AP, 2/21/21)(BBC, 2/21/21)(BBC, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 21, In Nigeria 7 people died after a Nigerian Air Force plane crashed short of a runway in Abuja this morning.
    (BBC, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, 20,000 doses of Russias Sputnik V, donated by the United Arab Emirates and organized by Abbas rival Mohammed Dahlan, entered the Gaza through its border with Egypt.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, In South Africa leading Rwandan opposition politician Seif Bamporiki was shot dead. He ran a bed shop in Cape Town and was making a delivery in Nyanga township when he was shot after being confronted by two men in an apparent robbery.
    (BBC, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 21, In Spain protests in support of jailed rapper Pablo Hasel turned violent for a sixth consecutive night in barcelona.
    (SFC, 2/22/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 21, Tanzania's President John Magufuli encouraged people to wear masks to avoid infection as the World Health Organization urged Tanzania to start reporting coronavirus cases and share its data.
    (BBC, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, Major arms makers descended on a convention center in Abu Dhabi, hoping to make deals with militaries across the Middle East. The UAE unveiled $1.36 billion in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces.
    (AP, 2/21/21)

2021        Feb 22, The US Supreme Court brought a formal end to eight lingering disputes pursued by former President Donald Trump and his allies related to the Nov. 3 presidential election including a Republican challenge to the extension of Pennsylvania's deadline to receive mail-in ballots. Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented from the decision not to hear the Pennsylvania case.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, The US Supreme Court rejected adult film actress Stormy Daniels' bid to revive her defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump over a Twitter post in which he accused her of a "con job" after she described being threatened over publicizing her account of a sexual relationship with him.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, The US Supreme Court paved the way for a New York City prosecutor to obtain former Pres. Donald Trump's tax returns and other records as part of an accelerating criminal investigation.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Emma Coronel Aispuro (31), the wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested at Dulles Airport in Virginia and charged with helping Guzman continue to run his drug cartel during his incarceration.
    (Reuters, 2/23/21)(SFC, 2/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 22, San Francisco scientists reported that a California-bred variant of the coronavirus is now dominant in many parts of the state, and that it is more infectious than other versions of the virus.
    (SFC, 2/23/21, p.A1)
2021        Feb 22, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (101), the spiritual godfather of the Beat movement, died at his home in San Francisco. He inspired generations of artists and writers through his poetry and his celebrated bookstore, City Lights.
    (NY Times, 2/23/21)
2021         Feb 22, California to date had 3,512,298 cases of coronavirus and 49,477 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 401,706 cases and 5,192 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,174,133 with the death toll at 500,071.   
    (sfist.com, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Illinois became the first state to eliminate cash bail, which often forces poor people to remain in jail while awaiting trial. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the legislation would transform the states legal system and increase accountability measures for police officers, such as requiring the use of body-worn cameras by police departments statewide.
    (NY Times, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 22, New Jersey became the 14th states where marijuana is legal for recreational use. Legislation decriminalizes the use or possession of up to six ounces of cannabis, ending an era of disproportionate arrests in communities of color. Sales are probably months away.
    (NY Times, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Virginia state lawmakers gave final approval to legislation that will end capital punishment in the state. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Facebook said that it would restore the sharing and viewing of news links in Australia after gaining more time to negotiate over a proposed law that would require it to pay for news content that appears on its site.
    (NY Times, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, It was reported that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is acquiring Cooper in a deal with an equity value of $2.8 billion that will combine the two century-old Ohio manufacturers.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Drug developer Novavax Inc said it has completed enrolling 30,000 volunteers in a late-stage study of its COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and Mexico.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Sensor maker Velodyne Lidar Inc said it had removed founder David Hall as chairman and his wife Marta Thoma Hall as marketing chief following an investigation into their dealings with the board and company practices.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, In Algeria thousands of protesters, marking the second anniversary of their pro-democracy movement, took to the streets in Algiers, where a wall of security forces stepped aside to let marchers pass.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Britain's foreign secretary Dominic Raab denounced torture, forced labor and sterilizations that he said were taking place against Muslim Uighurs on an "industrial scale" in China's Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi said they had started a new clinical trial of their protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, reviving their efforts against the pandemic after a setback in December delayed the shot's launch.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, China rejected" slanderous attacks" about conditions for Muslim Uighurs and other minorities living in its Xinjiang region, insisting that they enjoyed freedom of religion and labor rights.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Luca Attanasio (43), Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, died following an attack near Goma, North Kivu province. An Italian military police officer travelling with the WFP envoy and a Congolese driver were also killed.
    (BBC, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, In Ecuador prison riots broke out at prisons in three cities. By the next day 62 inmates died as a result of fights between rival gangs and an escape attempt.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 22, In Egypt a boat carrying at least 19 people capsized on a lake near the Alexandria. So far, 9 people, including 3 children, were known to be dead. Five people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 22, Estonian tech company Respiray launched a wearable air purifier it says can kill more than 99% of viruses and bacteria in the air inhaled by the wearer using ultraviolet light. The device consists of a plastic box, worn around the neck, with an optional clear face screen extending upwards and allowing the face to remain fully visible. It is powered by a battery, with a charge lasting around 8 hours.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, The EU imposed sanctions on 19 more officials in Venezuela accused of undermining democracy or rights abuses in the crisis-torn South American country. A total of 55 Venezuelan officials are now subject to EU sanctions.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, French authorities said the Riviera between Menton and Theoule-sur-Mer will locked down over the next two weekends in an attempt to fight a sharp spike in coronavirus infections, The French Riviera has the country's highest infection rate.
    (SFC, 2/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 22, It was reported that Moet Hennessy is acquiring a 50% stake in rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Zs Champagne brand in an effort to up its cool factor and expand distribution. Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, bought Armand de Brignac in 2014 for an undisclosed sum.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Elementary students in more than half of Germanys 16 states returned to school after more than two months at home, the first major relaxation of the country's pandemic measures since before Christmas. Kindergartens also reopened their doors for pre-school children.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, India confirmed over 14,000 cases of the coronavirus with nearly 7,000 coming from Maharashtra state over the last 24 hours. Lockdowns were reimposed in some parts of the state along with other virus restrictions.
    (SFC, 2/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 22, The Indian coastguard reached a drifting boat carrying 90 Rohingya refugees in the Andaman Sea and gave some food and water. Passengers said at least eight people had died onboard over the weekend.
    (The Telegraph, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 22, In Indonesia thousands of residents were evacuated on the outskirts of Jakarta amid flooding after the Citarum River embankment broke following heavy rain.
    (SFC, 2/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 22, Iran's Revolutionary Guards were alleged to have shot and killed at least 10 fuel couriers, known as sookhtbar, in Sistan and Baluchistan province at the border with Pakistan, after a two-day stand-off triggered by the Guard Corps blocking the road to the city of Saravan. The killings triggered demonstrations in several cities across the province and some unconfirmed reports estimated that as many as 23 people may have been killed.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Feb 22, The Israeli government approved a plan to offer $50 million in compensation to the families of hundreds of Yemenite children who disappeared in the early years of the countrys establishment.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Israeli researchers said Chinese spies used code first developed by the US National Security Agency to support their hacking operations.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Italy reported 274 coronavirus-related deaths against 232 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 9,630 from 13,452 the day before.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, In Myanmar more than a thousand protesters gathered in Yangon, but left after 20 military trucks with riot police arrived. Factories, workplaces and shops were shuttered across the country in response to a call for a nationwide strike.
    (SFC, 2/23/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 22, It was reported that three rare, Rothschild's giraffes have died after being electrocuted by low-hanging power lines in Soysambu conservancy in Nakuru, Kenya. Conservationists have estimated there are fewer than 1,600 in the wild with about 600 in Kenya.
    (BBC, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, In the Netherlands the national association of restaurants and catering businesses said it will sue the Dutch state to overturn lockdown measures it fears will lead to many bankruptcies.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, In New Zealand volunteers tried to save 28 stranded long-finned pilot whales by refloating them on the high tide. Dozens of whales had already died on Farewell Spit.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 22, In Pakistan suspected militants ambushed a vehicle in Mir Ali carrying women aid workers from a non-governmental organization in the North Waziristan district, killing four of them and wounding the driver.
    (AP, 2/22/21)(SFC, 2/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Feb 22, The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip began its coronavirus vaccination drive following the arrival of the first vaccines to the blockaded coastal area.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Polish historian Tomasz Greniuch resigned from the government's historical institute after controversy erupted over his past ties with a far-right organization and photos of him making the stiff-armed fascist salute.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Anis Naccache (69), a former pro-Palestinian militant who participated in the 1975 kidnapping of oil ministers in Vienna, died in Damascus after battling COVID-19. Naccache and four other men were convicted in the July 1980 attack in France on Shahpour Bakhtiar, Irans prime minister before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In 1990 France pardoned Naccache and his four accomplices were expelled to Tehran.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko for talks, amid media reports suggesting that the leader of Belarus was coming to Russia to secure another loan.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine says he will withdraw a legal petition that sought to overturn the victory of President Yoweri Museveni in last month's presidential election. Wine said he will soon inform his supporters what his next steps are.
    (AP, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Ukraine accused unnamed Russian internet networks of massive attacks on Ukrainian security and defence websites, but gave no details of any damage done or say who it believed was behind the assault.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)

2021        Feb 23, President Biden and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau unveiled a "US-Canada Partnership roadmap," as the pandemic forced their meeting to go virtual.
    (Axios, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 23, A US federal judge late today indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. Texas argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Andy Teuber (52), head of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, resigned from the health care organization and as a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Soon after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him. On March 2 he disappeared while piloting a helicopter to Kodiak Island.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Feb 23, In the SF Bay Area the Berkeley City Council adopted sweeping reforms for the city's Police Department that will require written consent for police searches, the firing of racist officers, and elimination of police stops for low-level offenses.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.A1)
2021         Feb 23, California to date had 3,515,320 cases of coronavirus and 49,538 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 402,697 cases and 5,220 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,257,466 with the death toll at 502,517.   
    (sfist.com, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a $107.9 million fine to settle federal charges it conspired to fix chicken prices and passed on the costs to consumers and other purchasers.
    (https://tinyurl.com/dd84w4na)(Reuters, 7/29/21)
2021        Feb 23, It was reported that a new class of US Navy vessel is expected to be deployed for the first time in Hawaii as part of a sweeping force redesign. The Light Amphibious Warship can pull onto beaches and costs between $100 million and $130 million.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, New York Attorney General Letitia James said the owner of the Tether cryptocurrency and Bitfinex trading platform will pay an $18.5 million fine to settle charges it commingled client and corporate funds to cover up $850 million that went missing. Tether is the world's third-largest cryptocurrency, after Bitcoin and Ethereum, according to CoinMarketCap. Its market value was about $34.8 billion.
    (Reuters, 2/23/21)   
2021        Feb 23, A sixth member of the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's power grid operator, resigned in the wake of a massive failure of the state's power network. Randal Miller represented independent retail power providers.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 23, Shares of Churchill Capital IV Corp fell more than 40%, a day after it agreed to merge with Lucid, which makes luxury electric vehicles but is still yet to formally start producing cars or generate meaningful revenue.
    (Reuters, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 22, Nikola Corp disclosed details on its hydrogen fuel-cell-powered product lineup that will include vehicles with a driving range of up to 900 miles.
    (Reuters, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Twitter said it had taken down 373 accounts which it said had ties to Russia, Armenia and Iran and had breached its platform manipulation policies.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Ahmed Zaki Yamani (90), Saudi Arabias powerful oil minister (1962-1986) and architect of the Arab worlds drive to control its own energy resources in the 1970s and its subsequent ability to affect oil production, fuel prices and international affairs, died in London.
    (NY Times, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Egyptian authorities released Hazem Hosny, a university professor and activist, after he spent about a year and a half in pre-trail detention. Hosny is required to stay at home as part of his conditional release pending an investigation into allegations he disseminated false news and joined an outlawed group.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 23, An EU official said AstraZeneca expects to deliver less than half the COVID-19 vaccines it was contracted to supply the European Union in the second quarter.
    (Reuters, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, In Greece more than 5,000 university students and other protesters have gathered outside a courthouse in Thessaloniki to rally against a new campus security law. Police access to universities had previously been restricted for decades. The protest was held in support of 31 people arrested a day earlier when a demonstration against the law turned violent.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, A special plane carrying a consignment of Ebola vaccines landed in Guinea, which will allow a vaccination campaign to begin.
    (BBC, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijings control over the semi-autonomous Chinese citys politics.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, In southeastern Iran an angry mob stormed a district governors office in Serevan, footage widely circulating on social media showed. The outrage stemmed from the shooting of several fuel smugglers on the Pakistani side of the border near Saravan the day before.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, It was reported that Israeli, Palestinian, Qatari and European interests have converged in recent weeks with the aim of getting gas flowing to Gaza in 2023.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Italy reported 356 coronavirus-related deaths against 274 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 13,314 from 9,630 the day before.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, The World Bank threatened to suspend financing for coronavirus vaccines in Lebanon over what it said were violations by members of parliament who were inoculated without registering in advance. Lebanon has so far received nearly 60,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, In Mozambique 86 dolphin carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the capital Maputo, after a first group of 14 was washed ashore two days earlier. Last week Cyclone Guambe caused unrest in the waters off the island of Bazaruto.
    (BBC, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 23, Nepal's Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of Parliament. PM Khadga Prasad Oli had dissolved it last December.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 23, The Netherlands's public health institute announced that confirmed coronavirus infections in the country rose by nearly 19% over the past week as more people got tested following a week of icy conditions.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, In Nigeria at least 10 people were killed and about 60 others injured in an attack by suspected jihadist rebels on the northern city of Maiduguri.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 23, A Covid-19 antibodies survey in Nigeria suggested that four million people in Lagos state alone have had the virus, more than has been officially recorded for the whole of Africa. The official figure for Nigeria is 153,000 cases with 1,862 deaths.
    (BBC, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, San Marino received its first 7,500 Sputnik V vaccine doses. The city-state, surrounded by Italy, with a population of some 33,800 has confirmed 3,538 COVID-19 cases and 73 deaths.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 23, Senegal launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Dakar, where the Health Minister received the first jab of the Sinopharm vaccine.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, The UN refugee agency said at least 7,000 people who fled escalating ethnic violence in western Ethiopia have sought asylum in neighboring Sudan.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, Ukraine received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine, a consignment of 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, raising hopes that authorities can start beating back the virus' spread in a country where cases have strained the fragile health care system.
    (AP, 2/23/21)
2021        Feb 23, The annual UN report on the human rights situation in Colombia found that violence is intensifying in some rural areas where state presence is weak and armed groups are fighting for territorial control following the 2016 demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group.
    (AP, 2/23/21)

2021        Feb 24, President Joe Biden reopened the country to people seeking green cards, ending a ban on legal immigration that Pres. Donald J. Trump imposed last spring.
    (NY Times, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, The US Department of Homeland Security announced it would begin processing asylum seekers with registered cases who have been living in a tent encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, In Los Angeles a 30-year-old man was walking three of Lady Gaga's dogs when an unknown male shot him about in the 1500 block of North Sierra Bonita Avenue. The dog walker was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Lady Gaga soon offered $500,000 for the return of her two French bulldogs. On Feb. 26 a woman brought the dogs into a Los Angeles police station.
    (NBC News, 2/26/21)(The Independent, 2/27/21)
2021         Feb 24, California to date had 3,522,869 cases of coronavirus and 49,941 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 403,521 cases and 5,246 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,330,141 with the death toll at 505,796.
    (sfist.com, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Kevin Marsh (65), the former CEO of the now-defunct SCANA electric utility, pleaded guilty in federal court to an array of conspiracy fraud charges involving a cover-up of financial troubles connected to the failure of the South Carolina companys $10 billion nuclear project.
    (Raleigh News & Observer, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, It was reported that the price of an average new vehicle in America has jumped 6% over the last year to $40,578.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.B2)
2021        Feb 24, It was reported that ExxonMobil is selling most of its drilling and exploration assets off the coast of the UK in the North Sea for more than $1 billion.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, GameStop shares doubled, lifting their year-to-date gain to over 380% and the video game chain's market value to $6.4 billion. That puts GameStop, whose shares are in the iShares Micro-Cap ETF, above the value of some S&P 500 companies.
    (Reuters, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 24, A new analyses released by Johnson & Johnson and the Food and Drug Administration said the coronavirus vaccine made by J&J provides strong protection against severe disease and death from Covid-19, and may reduce the spread of the virus by vaccinated people.
    (NY Times, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Major bitcoin corporate backer MicroStrategy Inc said it bought another 19,452 bitcoin, worth around $1.03 billion, at an average price of about $52,765 each, swelling its holdings of the cryptocurrency and sending the company's shares 8% higher in premarket trading.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Environmental activists in Bosnia warned that tons of garbage floating down the Balkan countrys rivers are endangering the local ecosystem and peoples health. The Drina River, located on the border between Bosnia and Serbia, has been covered for weeks with trash that has piled up faster than the authorities can clear it out.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, It was reported that women now hold more than a third of the seats on the boards of Britains biggest companies, meeting a government target set five years ago.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, China hit back at growing criticism by Western powers of its treatment of ethnic minorities in the regions of Xinjiang and Tibet and of citizens in the former British colony of Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, It was reported that a divorce court in China has ordered a man to pay his wife 5,500 as compensation for the housework she did during their five-year marriage, in what is believed to be a landmark legal first.
    (The Telegraph, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, The Colombian justice ministry authorized the extradition of Elkin Javier Lpez Torres, who goes by the Spanish aliases La Silla and Doble Rueda, respectively The Chair or Double Wheels, both references to his wheelchair. Lpez Torres is of particular interest in Florida because his cartel lords over territory in La Guajira, a dry scrub area that was used for training camps as part of a failed coup in Venezuela last May.
    (Miami Herald, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 24, A German court in a landmark ruling convicted Eyad al-Gharib, a former members of Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad's secret police, of facilitating the torture of prisoners and sentenced him to 4.5 years in prison. Judges took in mitigating factors.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 24, Ghana became the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative as a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Accra.
    (BBC, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Greek authorities said a 6-year-old boy from Iran died of burns suffered during an overnight fire at a migrant camp northwest of Athens.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, It was reported that Iran has detained a French tourist for nine months. A French citizen named Benjamin had reportedly been operating a helicam, or a remote-controlled mini helicopter outfitted with a camera, a commonplace practice among youth in Iran.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 24, Iranian authorities began shutting down the mobile data network in the restive province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Rights groups called the disruptions an apparent tool to conceal the governments harsh crackdown on protests convulsing the area.
    (AP, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 24, It was reported that Israel is to donate nearly 100,000 surplus doses of Covid-19 vaccine to nearly 20 countries, apparently as a reward for diplomatic support in its ongoing bid to have Jerusalem recognized as its capital by the international community.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Portugal said it will send 5% of its COVID-19 vaccine shots to a group of Portuguese-speaking African countries and to the tiny nation of East Timor in the second half of the year. Portugal's former African colonies include Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, and Sao Tome and Principe.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered the nation's top counterintelligence agency to redouble its efforts to address what he described as Western attempts to destabilize the country.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Sadyr Zhaparov (52), the newly elected president of Kyrgyzstan, voicing hope for political stability in the Central Asian nation that recently saw a violent change of government for the third time in 15 years.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, South Africa said it plans to spend $712 million to vaccinate some 67% of its 60 million people to control the country's COVID-19 battle and get the economy to rebound from its decline of 7.2% last year.
    (AP, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, A Turkish court convicted an executive of Turkish jet company MNG and two pilots for migrant smuggling over their role in flying former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan during his escape to Lebanon just over a year ago.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Swiss engineering company ABB unveiled two additions to its robot family, which it expects will tap into increased demand for automated production after the COVID-19 crisis.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, In Thailand three Cabinet ministers were forced to leave their posts after a court found them guilty of sedition for talking part in sometimes-violent protests in 2013-2014. About two dozen other defendants in the case were also found guilty in the case launched in 2018.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.A2)   
2021        Feb 24, Yemen's supreme national emergency committee for the internationally recognized government reported 34 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily number since July. Yemen's government has reported 2,187 coronavirus infections, including 620 deaths. Houthi authorities, who control most large urban centers, have not provided figures since May when they said there were four cases and one death.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Zimbabwe said it will buy an additional 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from China at a preferential price, after Beijing agreed to give more free doses to the southern African country.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)

2021        Feb 25, Pres. Joe Biden ordered an airstrike in Syria, bombing a cluster of buildings that the Pentagon said belonged to Iran-backed militias responsible for a recent attack on American troops and contractors. This was in response to the rocketing in Iraq and to continuing threats to American and coalition personnel there.
    (NY Times, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, The US Senate parliamentarian ruled that Democrats could not increase the federal minimum wage using a fast-track process known as budget reconciliation, potentially killing the measure from Bidens pandemic relief plan.
    (NY Times, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, California's Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 14 and 15-year-olds cannot be prosecuted in adult court, upholding a 2019 state law that was challenged by prosecutors.
    (SFC, 2/26/21, p.B1)
2021        Feb 25, San Francisco city leaders unveiled a road map to shift $60 million in local law enforcement funding into the city's Black neighborhoods over the next year.
    (SFC, 2/26/21, p.B1)
2021         Feb 25, California to date had 3,547,591 cases of coronavirus and 50,992 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 404,415 cases and 5,296 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,409,391 with the death toll at 508,084.
    (sfist.com, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, The former US Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert (63) died by suicide hours after Michigan prosecutors charged him with human trafficking and sexual crimes.
    (NY Times, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, A compound in South Dakotas Black Hills that was owned by a secretive polygamous cult was sold at auction to three former members who broke with the sect years ago. Blue Mountain Ranch LLC paid $750,000 for the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints' 140-acre (57-hectare) compound at a Custer County sheriff's auction. The county had valued the nine-parcel property at more than $9 million.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 25, Coinbase, the biggest US cryptocurrency exchange, moved a step closer to listing on the Nasdaq with a filing to go public, revealing that it had swung into profit last year as bitcoin surged.
    (Reuters, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Twitter Inc said it expects to double annual revenue to at least $7.5 billion and reach 315 million users in 2023, sending its shares up more than 8%.
    (Reuters, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Armenia's PM Nikol Pashinyan accused top military officers of attempting a coup after they demanded he step down, adding fuel to months of protests calling for his resignation following the country's defeat in a conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Bahrain said it has approved Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the first country to do so.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, A Bosnian court sentenced a man to six years in prison on charges that he fought for the Islamic State group in Syria. Jasmin Keserovic was also charged with inciting others to take part in terrorist activities.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Brazils COVID-19 death toll surpassed 250,000. It is the worlds second-highest for the same reason the second wave has yet to fade: Prevention was never made a priority.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared his country had achieved the "human miracle" of eliminating extreme poverty, though questions continue to surround the Communist Partys criteria for making the claim.
    (The Telegraph, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, It was reported that China has approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use, adding to its growing arsenal of shots. A vaccine from CanSino Biologics and one from state-owned Sinopharm were already being used among select groups of people under an emergency use authorization.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Czech PM Andrej Babis said the Czech Republic will get 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine from France by mid-March.
    (Reuters, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Frances nuclear safety authority agreed to extend the operational lifetime of the countrys 32 oldest nuclear reactors by a decade to as much as 50 years.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, In Haiti more than 400 inmates escaped from a prison in Port-au-Prince. 25 people died in the breakout. Gang leader Arnel Joseph was killed the following day.
    (SFC, 2/27/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 25, India and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to a ceasefire along their troubled border.
    (SFC, 2/26/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 25, Italys northern Lombardy region, where Europe's coronavirus outbreak erupted last year, asked the national government for more vaccines to help stem a surge of new cases that are taxing the health system in the province of Brescia.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Libyan television journalist Ziyad al-Warfali and a video journalist disappeared after the conference with newly appointed PM Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah late today. Both men were released on Feb. 28.
    (AP, 2/27/21)(AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 25, It was reported that the number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year. Four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Morocco said it plans to allow the farming, export and domestic sale of cannabis for medical and industrial use. The cabinet is expected to give approval next week.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, In Myanmar supporters of the militay junta attacked people protesting the Feb. 1 coup. Several demonstrators were injured.
    (SFC, 2/26/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 25, Qatar pledged $60 million to help construct a natural gas pipeline running from Israel into the Gaza Strip. The project aims to ease the energy crisis that long has afflicted the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, South Africa said it aims to vaccinate around 1.1 million people against COVID-19 by the end of March as it ramps up its immunization program.
    (Reuters, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Sri Lankas government changed its policy of allowing only cremations for COVID-19 victims and will allow burials, after months of protests by Muslims and others that it is insensitive toward religious beliefs.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 25, Syria's health minister said his government procured coronavirus vaccines from a friendly country which he declined to name, adding that frontline health workers would be the first to be inoculated starting next week.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, The UN Secretary General extended the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanons former PM Rafik Hariri for two years and reaffirmed the UN commitment to support its work in bringing to justice those responsible for major crimes.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 25, The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on a top police security official in Sanaa, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, citing his prominent role in intimidations, systematic arrests, detentions, torture, sexual violence "and rape against politically active women".
    (AP, 2/26/21)

2021        Feb 26, President Joe Biden reaffirmed US support for the people of Ukraine and vowed to hold Russia accountable for its aggression in a statement on the 7th anniversary of Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea.
    (Axios, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, The United States praised Tanzania for finally acknowledging the resurgence of COVID-19 after claiming for months it had defeated the pandemic through prayer. But the US urged the country to share infection data and accept vaccines.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, The US Justice Department said it would investigate the rising tide of hate crimes in America, as Asian Americans have experienced a growing number of racially motivated attacks since former President Donald Trump began referring to COVID-19 as a "China virus".
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, A US federal judge approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, The US Army will now allow female soldiers to wear ponytails and several other hairstyles in addition to the traditional tight bun a response to the growing number of women, particularly Black women, in its ranks.
    (NY Times, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced travel restrictions on people coming to the US from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, both of which are fighting outbreaks of the Ebola virus.
    (Axios, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 26, Experts advising the US FDA endorsed Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (SFC, 2/27/21, p.A5)
2021         Feb 26, California to date had 3,535,175 cases of coronavirus and 51,473 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 405,380 cases and 5,336 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,481,239 with the death toll at 510,134.
    (sfist.com, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Colorado Richard Holzer (28), a self-described white supremacist, was sentenced to 19.5 years in federal prison for conspiring to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colorado in 2019.
    (Axios, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 26, The record-breaking Japanese anime film "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" carried over its box-office buzz to the United States, captivating Florida fans in its first screening. The film has grossed over $350 million at theaters in Japan.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Louisiana a police officer working security at a high school basketball game in New Orleans was shot in the chest by a man who was denied entry into the game. The officer was taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he later died. The shooter was quickly arrested.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Oregon's Gov, kate Brown extended the state's declaration of emergency until May 2 as confirmed COVID-19 cases dropped but hundreds of new cases continued to be reported daily.
    (SFC, 2/27/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 26, It was reported that Bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other "meme" stocks, according to an analysis by Massachusetts-based cyber security company PiiQ Media, suggesting organized economic or foreign actors may have played a role in the Reddit-driven trading frenzy.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Algeria protesters took to the streets of Algiers and other cities in a bid to restart weekly pro-democracy demonstrations. Activists pressed for a full makeover of the opaque system governing Algeria, with the military in the shadows.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, An Argentine laboratory has struck a deal to help produce Russia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, according to a company statement shared by the country's government, helping boost the local firm's share price.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Bangladesh said it is under "no obligation" to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighboring India.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Belgium put on hold an expected relaxation of coronavirus restrictions after hospital admissions of people infected with COVID-19 spiked.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Canadian regulators authorized AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine for people 18 and over.
    (SFC, 2/27/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 26, The Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), gathered in a virtual assembly, unanimously voted a resolution to adopt Joyce's Principle. Inspired by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, this Principle aims to guarantee all Indigenous peoples the right of equitable access, without any discrimination, to all health and social services, as well as the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
    (Cision, 3/1/21)
2021        Feb 26, China's top court awarded a record 159 million yuan (US$24.6 million) compensation payout to a chemical producer in a trade secrets case, a ruling that comes after Beijing has repeatedly vowed to improve protection of intellectual property rights in the country.
    (South China Morning Post, 3/3/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Germany a 33-year-old Italian man was convicted of attempted extortion for threatening to blow up a British National Health Service hospital unless he was paid off with 10 million pounds ($13.2 million) in crypto currency. Defendant Emil A., a resident of Berlin, was sentenced to three years in prison.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Hong Kong began administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its program offering free vaccinations to all 7.5 million residents.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition into a crowd of anti-government protesters in southern Iraq, killing three people. Protesters also injured security forces in reaction to the use of live fire.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, The MV Helios Ray, an Israeli-owned cargo ship, suffered a mysterious explosion in the Gulf of Oman. On Feb 28 it arrived in Dubai for repairs.
    (AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 26, Moldova's medical agency said it had approved Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, despite President Maia Sandu saying it could not be registered until the World Health Organization had done so.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Myanmar's UN Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, speaking for the country's elected civilian government ousted in a military coup on Feb. 1, appealed to the United Nations "to use any means necessary to take action against the Myanmar military" to restore democracy to the Southeast Asian country.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Myanmar at least three people there were injured, including two who were shot in the chest by rubber bullets and another who suffered what appeared to be a bullet wound to his leg.
    (AP, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 26, In northern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped 317 schoolgirls early today in Jangebe town, Zamfara state. This was the second abduction in a little more than a week.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Pakistan signed a landmark deal with Qatar for liquefied natural gas. The lower rates will save Islamabad a total of about $3 billion over the next 10 years.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Feb 26, South Korea administered its first available shots of coronavirus vaccines to people at long-term care facilities, launching a mass immunization campaign that health authorities hope will restore some level of normalcy by the end of the year.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Spain said it will give a single vaccine dose to under 55-year-olds who have already been infected with COVID-19 in the latest update of its national inoculation strategy.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Sudan about 100 vehicles gathered for the first time in a Khartoum parking lot across from giant screens showing Sudanese and European films, the start of a week-long festival organized by the British Council.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Thailand more than 200,000 Buddhist devotees gathered via Zoom video link to attend an annual prayer and lantern ritual held to mark Makha Bucha Day, one of the religion's holiest holidays.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said that people were unlawfully held in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet cited the need for an independent and comprehensive assessment of the rights situation in Chinas Xinjiang region, while emphasizing that activists, lawyers and rights defenders face unfair charges, detention and trials in China.
    (AP, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, Agnes Callamard, the UN human rights expert who led a UN investigation into the 2018 death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, called on the United States to take the lead in ensuring justice is served for his murder.
    (Reuters, 2/26/21)
2021        Feb 26, In Yemen heavy fighting between rebels and government forces in oil-rich Marib killed at least 27 people over the last 24 hours, amid a resurgence of violence in the area.
    (AP, 2/26/21)

2021        Feb 27, The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnsons one-shot vaccine for emergency use, making a third vaccine available in the US.
    (NY Times, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a decision to lift most of the state's coronavirus safety restrictions, except for it mask mandate.
    (SFC, 2/27/21, p.A12)
2021         Feb 27, California to date had 3,542,567 cases of coronavirus and 51,909 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 406,331 cases and 5,362 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,544,890 with the death toll at 511,776.
    (sfist.com, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for an outside review following a report of sexual misconduct allegations against him by a second former aide, compounding problems for one of America's most well-known Democratic politicians.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, It was reported that India's conglomerate Reliance Industries has partnered with Facebook Inc, Google and fintech player Infibeam to set up a national digital payment network.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, In Armenia about 15,000 protesters calling for the resignation of PM Nikol Pashinyan marched through the capital as pressure on the leader intensified after the country's president rejected his order to dismiss the chief of the military general staff.
    (AP, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, President Luis Abinader said the Dominican Republic will begin constructing a fence along its 376-km (234 mi) border with Haiti later this year to curb unauthorized migration and illicit trade.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, Pro-independence rebels fighting Morocco for Western Sahara said the UN was responsible for "political deadlock" over the disputed territory, on the 45th anniversary of their unilateral declaration of independence.
    (AFP, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, Kyaw Moe Tun, Myanmar's United Nations envoy in New York, vowed to fight after the junta fired him for urging countries to use "any means necessary" to reverse a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the nation's elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of nationwide protests against military rule, arresting hundreds of people and shooting and wounding at least one person.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern announced that Auckland is returning to lockdown for seven days after a new unexplained coronavirus infection emerged.
    (SFC, 2/27/21, p.A12)
2021        Feb 27, Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh announced a 12-day lockdown in the Israeli-occupied West Bank following a surge in coronavirus cases.
    (SFC, 2/27/21, p.A12)
2021        Feb 27, Romania shipped its first donation of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to neighboring Moldova to allow Moldova to start vaccinating frontline medical workers next week.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, Russian researchers said a trial testing the effectiveness of revaccination with the Sputnik V shot to protect against new mutations of the coronavirus is producing strong results.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults it has blamed on Yemens rebel Houthis.
    (AP, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, In Spain protests again turned violent in Barcelona as supporters of rap artist Pablo Hasl, imprisoned for glorifying domestic terrorist groups and insulting Spain's monarch, returned to the streets.
    (AP, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, A confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians said more than 850 cows that spent months aboard a ship wandering across the Mediterranean are not fit for transport anymore and should be killed.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)
2021        Feb 27, Attackers struck a gas pipeline in eastern Syria, leaving it ablaze but causing no casualties. An anti-tank mine exploded in the central province of Hama, killing five and wounding 13 people who had been driving to collect truffles near the town of Salamiyeh. A fire in the al-Hol Camp housing families of members of the Islamic State group killed three children and injured 15 others.
    (AP, 2/27/21)(AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 27, Tunisia's biggest political party assembled an immense crowd of supporters in the capital in a show of strength that could fuel a dispute between President Kais Saied and PM Hichem Mechichi. Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party, backed the prime minister.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)

2021        Feb 28, It was reported that the CIA has set up a task force bringing together experts to advance the investigation into a series of mysterious attacks on American in Havana.
    (SSFC, 2/28/21, p.A6)
2021        Feb 28, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, said he would take the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, as he encouraged Americans to accept any of the three approved shots.
    (Reuters, 2/28/21)
2021         Feb 28, California to date had 3,544,034 cases of coronavirus and 51,983 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 406,983 cases and 5,365 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,597,609 with the death toll at 513,065.
    (sfist.com, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, In his first public appearance since leaving office, former President Donald Trump called for GOP unity, even as he exacerbated intraparty divisions by attacking fellow Republicans and promoting lies about the election at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida. Trump suggested he may run for president in 2024.
    (NY Times, 2/28/21)(AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, Federal agents in Fort Lauderdale arrested Peter G. Gerace Jr. (53), a nephew of reputed Buffalo mob boss Joseph A. Todaro Jr., on drug-related conspiracy charges.
    (Miami Herald, 3/1/21)
2021        Feb 28, Tina Fey live from the Rainbow Room in New York and Amy Poehler from the Beverly Hilton hosted the Golden Globes awards. "Nomadland" won for best picture and best director, Chlo Zhao. "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," an Amazon Studios release, won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture for a musical or comedy. The late Chadwick Boseman won best actor in a drama for "Mar Rainey's Black Bottom." Andra Day won best actress for her lead role in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday."
    (NY Times, 2/28/21)(SFC, 3/1/21, p.D1)
2021        Feb 28, Irv Cross (81), a Pro Bowl defensive back with two N.F.L. teams who later made history as the first Black full-time television analyst for a network television sports show, died in a hospice in North Oaks, Minn.
    (NY Times, 3/1/21)
2021        Feb 28, In Croatia Milan Bandic (65), the controversial long-serving mayor of Zagreb, died from a heart attack.
    (AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, El Salvador held legislative elections. Pres. Nayib Bukele's New Ideas party and a coalition partner won control of congress.
    (SFC, 3/2/21, p.A2)
2021        Feb 28, Germany announced that travelers from Frances northeastern Moselle region will face additional restrictions because of the high rate of variant coronavirus cases there.
    (AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, In Hong Kong 47 pro-democracy activists and opposition figures were charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, in the largest single crackdown on the opposition under the national security law imposed by Beijing last year.
    (NBC News, 2/28/21)(SFC, 3/1/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 28, A Hong Kong man (63) died two days after receiving China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine shot. It was uncertain if there was a direct ink between his death and the shot for coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Feb 28, Iran rejected an offer by the European Union to set up direct talks with the United States on reviving a nuclear deal with Tehran.
    (WSJ, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, Iran reported 93 new coronavirus deaths and more than 8,000 new infections. The country has now surpassed 60,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
    (SFC, 3/1/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 28, Israel announced plans to vaccinate tens of thousands of Palestinians who work inside Israel and its West Bank settlements, at a time of vast disparities in access to vaccines between the Israeli and Palestinian populations.
    (AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, Italy reported 192 coronavirus-related deaths, while the daily tally of new infections declined to 17,455. Italy has registered 97,699 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Feb 28, Jordan's interior and justice ministers were fired for attending a dinner party at a restaurant that violated the coronavirus restrictions that their own ministries are supposed to enforce.
    (Reuters, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, At least 15 Africans drowned when their boat capsized off Libya. A rubber boat carrying at least 110 migrants had embarked from the Libyan coastal town of Zawiya on Feb. 26.
    (AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, Myanmar police fired on protesters earlier today in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a coup and at least 18 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, The Philippines received its initial batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac in a shipment donated by China, a day before its inoculation drive is due to begin. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, who turns 77 next month, told a news briefing that, though he wants to be vaccinated, his doctor wants a different Chinese brand of vaccine for him.
    (Reuters, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, Russia launched its space satellite Arktika-M on a mission to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic amid a push by the Kremlin to expand the country's activities in the region.
    (Reuters, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, Spanish authorities said nearly 900 cattle that have been on a ship traveling the Mediterranean Sea for two months will be sacrificed after veterinarians deemed them no longer fit for export.
    (AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, In northeast Syria a Russian military helicopter made an emergency landing for technical reasons while patrolling Hassakeh province. One crew member was killed and others were wounded.
    (AP, 2/28/21)
2021        Feb 28, A UN humanitarian agency warned that more than 16 million people in Yemen would go hungry this year, with already some half a million people in the war-torn country living in famine-like conditions.
    (AP, 2/28/21)

2021        Feb, The Virginia Theological Seminary began handing out cash payments to the descendants of Black Americans who were forced to work there during the time of slavery and Jim Crow.
    (NY Times, 5/31/21)
2021        Feb, It was reported that Thermo Fisher, an American chemical supplies company, has spent $200 million on a new facility in Lithuania to make nucleotides, the monomeric units of the nucleic acid polymers deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA).
    (Econ., 2/6/21, p.64)
2021        Feb, It was reported that periodontitis, a gum disease, is linked to arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and over 50 other conditions.
    (Econ., 2/13/21, p.75)
2021        Feb, The coronavirus extinguished a centuries-old tribe in Brazil's Amazon region. The last member of the Juma people died from Covid this month.
    (NY Times, 3/14/21)
2021        Feb, In Brazil the government of Pres. Jair Bolsonaro offered companies the chance to "adopt" a patch of the Amazon rain forest to help preserve the forest.
    (SFC, 5/27/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb, In Colombia a special peace tribunal, known as the JEP, found that at least 6,402 people were killed as the "false positives." False positives were innocent people extrajudicially killed by members of the Colombian army, and then falsely labelled as enemy combatants. The vast majority of the false positive killings took place between 2002 and 2008, when the government of then-president lvaro Uribe was waging war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In August Gen Mario Montoya faced murder charges after he was alleged to have overseen the abduction and execution of up to 104 civilians including five children who were falsely described as rebels to boost statistics, in a scandal known in Colombia as the false positives.
    (The Guardian, 8/4/21)
2021        Feb, Ethiopias leaders in closed-door talks with a European Union special envoy said they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years. This was made public in June by envoy Pekka Haavisto, Finland's foreign minister, who warned that such an aim looks for us like ethnic cleansing.
    (AP, 6/18/21)
2021        Feb, India announced the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code, aimed at pushing Big Tech firms such as Facebook to comply with content takedown orders. However, it also extends to news websites.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Feb, Nigeria barred its banks and financial institutions from dealing in or facilitating transactions in cryptocurrencies after exponential growth in monthly cryptocurrency transfers to and from Africa.
    (Reuters, 6/18/21)

2021        Mar 1, An American father and son wanted by Japan for aiding former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from the country in a box were handed over to Japanese custody, ending their months-long battle to stay in the US.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Automaker FCA US pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting that it paid off leaders of the United Auto Workers to try to win concessions in negotiations covering thousands of factory workers. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is now part of Stellantis, a company created by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, It was reported that the US government is investigating complaints of engine compartment fires in nearly 1.9 million Toyota RAV4 small SUVs. 11 fire complaints have been received involving the 2013 through 2018 model years.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the states legislative leaders announced a new deal in which Californias public schools could get $6.6 billion from the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021         Mar 1, California to date had 3,546,837 cases of coronavirus and 52,212 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 407,627 cases and 5,371 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,657,233 with the death toll at 514,302.
    (sfist.com, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Vernon Jordan (85), who grew up in the segregated South to become an influential leader in the American civil rights movement, Washington politics and Wall Street, died in Washington, DC.
2021        Mar 1, Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students, kindergarten through the fifth grade returned to school. Some 5,000 pre-kindergarten students had returned to school last month when in-person learning became available.
    (SFC, 3/2/21, p.A4)
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Jordan)(AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 1, Massachusetts eased some coronavirus restrictions.
    (SFC, 3/2/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 1, It was reported that North Carolina has agreed to release 3,500 prison inmates early to reduce the risk that they will catch or spread the coronavirus. The inamtes will be rleased over the next six months to finish out their sentences in home confinement.
    (SFC, 3/1/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 1, It was reported that abuse allegations against New Hampshires state-run youth detention center now span six decades. Of the 150 accused staffers, more than half are accused of sexual abuse.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that hes suing electricity provider Griddy for passing along massive bills to its customers during February's winter storm. The lawsuit accuses Griddy of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and seeks refunds for customers. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative said it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing last month's winter storm that left millions without power.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Bitcoin rose nearly 6% as risk assets rallied after last week's bond rout cooled, and Citi said the most popular cryptocurrency was at a "tipping point" and could become the preferred currency for international trade.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Tyson Foods Inc, the largest US meat processor, said it would offer COVID-19 vaccinations to thousands of its frontline workers at its Iowa meat processing plants this week.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, US drug distributor McKesson Corp said it had begun distribution of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, In Armenia political tensions heightened, with supporters of the embattled prime minister and the opposition each staging massive rallies in the capital.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that Austria would work with Israel and Denmark on second generation coronavirus vaccines and no longer rely on the EU in the future.
    (The Telegraph, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 1, In Canada Montreal's cavernous Olympic Stadium, which once hosted young athletes during the 1976 summer games, began welcoming residents aged 85 and over for vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, China said it plans to inoculate 40% of its population by June. China has been slow to vaccinate its people relative to other countries.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Cyber intelligence firm Cyfirma said Chinese state-backed hacking group has in recent weeks targeted the IT systems of two Indian vaccine makers whose coronavirus shots are being used in the country's immunization campaign.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Colombia became the first country in the Americas to receive a shipment of coronavirus vaccines from the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, It was reported that three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing to 11 the number of cases since authorities declared a resurgence of the virus last month.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Police and military forces in the Czech Republic set up 500 checkpoints across the country as one of the European Union's hardest-hit nations marked the first anniversary of its coronavirus outbreak by significantly limiting free movement.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Girmay Gebru, a BBC reporter in Ethiopia's conflict-hit region of Tigray, was detained by the military. A local journalist, Tamirat Yemane, and two translators - Alula Akalu and Fitsum Berhane, who were working for the Financial Times and the AFP news agency, respectively - have also been detained in recent days. Gebru, Yemane, and two translators were released two days later.
    (BBC, 3/1/21)(BBC, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 1, The Finnish government declared a state of emergency due to rising COVID-19 infections, a step that would allow the Nordic country to shutter restaurants and to impose other measures to blunt the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, A Paris court found French former President Nicolas Sarkozy (66) guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to a year in prison. He can ask to serve that time at home and also plans to appeal.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders filed a criminal case against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and others in the Saudi hierarchy in a German court for the brutal 2018 murder, dismemberment, and disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 1, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, a mysterious explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is looking to buy 36 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, three times the number it has already bought, in case booster shots are needed later in the year.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Israel's Supreme Court banned the government from sweeping use of mobile phone tracking of coronavirus carriers, calling the measure a grave infraction of civil liberties.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Israel's Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the country's powerful Orthodox establishment, ruling that people who convert to Judaism through the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel are also Jewish and entitled to become citizens.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Italy's island of Sardinia earned "white zone" status allowing for the lifting of coronavirus curbs.
    (SFC, 3/2/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 1, Ivory Coast, one of the first to benefit from the UN-backed Covax distribution initiative, began vaccine injections.
    (BBC, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Jamaica, which won praise for containing its coronavirus outbreak last year, now has patients overflowing into corridors on chairs and stretchers in some hospitals, prompting the Caribbean nation to open three emergency field hospitals. Deaths have risen 1.4 times since the end of the year and now stand at 422.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Toko Shinoda, one of the foremost Japanese artists of the 20th century, died at a hospital in Tokyo. Her work married the ancient serenity of calligraphy with the modernist urgency of Abstract Expressionism.
    (NY Times, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 1, Myanmar police fired tear gas at defiant crowds in Yangon who returned to the streets to protest last month's coup, despite reports that security forces had killed at least 18 people a day earlier.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, The Philippines kicked off its vaccination program, with health workers the first to be inoculated. The country has reported 576,352 COVID-19 cases overall, including some with the more infectious British coronavirus variant. It has recorded 12,318 deaths.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, It was reported that Ukrainian medical facilities have thrown away some unused COVID-19 vaccines after doctors failed to show up for their own appointments to be vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Two top UN human rights experts urged an international probe into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release from prison.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Russian news outlets reported that Aleksei A. Navalny, the opposition politician, is going to serve his prison sentence in a penal colony notorious for disciplinary measures considered harsh even by Russian standards.
    (NY Times, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, A UN commissioned report said tens of thousands of civilians in Syria were arbitrarily detained" in enforced disappearances during the country's 10-year conflict.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, The UN launched an appeal for countries to fund its response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where more than six years of war has created the worlds worst humanitarian disaster.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of new coronavirus infections globally rose last week for the first time in seven weeks.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Zimbabwe eased a coronavirus lockdown and overnight curfew imposed in January by allowing businesses to fully re-open after the rate of new infections slowed in the last two weeks.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)

2021        Mar 2, President Biden said the US would have enough vaccine doses by the end of May to cover every American adult, two months earlier than he previously estimated.
    (NY Times, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, The United States demanded that the status of tens of thousands of civilians detained in Syria during the countrys 10-year conflict be made public, and that the bodies of those who died be returned to their loved ones.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, The US announced sanctions on seven Russian government officials and 13 Russian and European companies in response to the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which a US intelligence assessment confirmed to be the work of the FSB.
    (The Guardian, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, The United States imposed sanctions on two military leaders of the Iran-backed Houthi movement in Yemen, accusing them of prolonging the country's civil war and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, A White House official said Merck & Co Inc will help make rival Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Felix Cisneros Jr. (46), a former US Dept. of Homeland Security agent, was arrested on charges that he took at least $112.000 in bribes from an organized crime figure in 2015 and 2016 in return for help evading authorities.
    (SFC, 3/3/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 2, The company set up to preserve the legacy of Theodor Geisel said six Dr. Seuss children's books written by Geisel between 1937 and 1976 will no longer be published because they contain racist and insensitive imagery.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021         Mar 2, California to date had 3,551,757 cases of coronavirus and 52,490 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 408,195 cases and 5,396 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,717,134 with the death toll at 516,456.
    (sfist.com, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 2, In southern California at least 13 people died in a collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV on State Route 115. The victims included migrants from Guatemala and Mexico. One of the vehicles was carrying 25 people when it was hit by the semitruck near Holtville, California. Another SUV was carrying 19 people. It caught fire. All the passengers got out and were taken into custody.
    (NY Times, 3/3/21)(The Week, 3/4/21)(SFC, 3/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 2, A judge in Mississippi ordered the state to pay Curtis Flowers $500,000, the maximum the law allows, for wrongfully imprisoning him for more than 20 years.
    (NY Times, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, South Carolina state senators added a firing squad to the electric chair as alternatives if the state cannot kill condemned inmates with lethal injection. The state's current supply of lethal injection drugs has expired and it has not been able to buy any more.
    (SFC, 3/3/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 2, Amazon.com Inc's Prime Video streaming service issued a rare apology to its Indian viewers for some scenes in its original political drama series "Tandav", which allegedly offended Hindu religious beliefs.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Fox News said that it had signed former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany as a contributor to offer commentary on various network programs.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Hertz said that it may sell a controlling stake in the company to two investment firms for $4.2 billion. Knighthead Capital Management and Certares Opportunities will have the chance to buy the entire reorganized car rental company, but no less than a majority of its shares.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Scientists said a highly transmissible COVID-19 variant that emerged in Brazil and has now been found in at least 20 countries can re-infect people who previously recovered from the disease. Scientists estimated that the P.1 variant was 1.4 to 2.2 times more transmissible than the initial form of the virus.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, The COVAX vaccine-sharing program said it will deliver 237 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot to 142 countries by the end of May as it steps up the global roll-out of its vaccine supplies.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Three female media workers in Afghanistan were killed on their way home from work in Jalalabad.
    (NY Times, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, A court in Belarus handed a half-year prison sentence to journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich on charges of revealing personal data in her report on the Nov. 12 death of protester Raman Bandarenka, part of authorities crackdown on demonstrations against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Bosnia received 10,000 vaccines from neighboring Serbia amid a dispute with the international COVAX mechanism over a delay in planned shipments.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, The EU imposed sanctions on four senior Russian officials over the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putins most high-profile political foe.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Guatemalas Congress began reshaping the countrys highest court, selecting a new magistrate and an alternate in decisions that could have grave consequences for the battle against corruption and impunity.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, In India Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecoms company backed by billionaire Mukesh Ambani and tech giants Facebook and Google, won airwaves worth about $8 billion in a $10.6 billion spectrum auction that closed today.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, transport minister Nitin Gadkari India is ready to offer incentives to ensure Tesla Inc's cost of production would be less than in China if the carmaker commits to making its electric vehicles in the south Asian country.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Iraq launched its coronavirus inoculation program just hours after 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, gifted by China, arrived.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Defence Minister Benny Gantz said Israel estimates that hundreds of its citizens might be subject to war crimes probes by the International Criminal Court, whose jurisdiction it rejects, and is working on how to protect them.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, An Israeli military court sentenced prominent Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar to two years in prison in a plea bargain that convicted her of belonging to an outlawed group. But the court found insufficient evidence to press more serious charges against her.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Malaysia granted conditional approval for the use of vaccines made by UK firm AstraZeneca and China's Sinovac, just days after launching its nationwide COVID-19 inoculation program.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, International rights group Amnesty International said war crimes have been committed by all sides fighting in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province, including jihadi rebels, government forces and a South African mercenary outfit that provides helicopter support to government troops.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations in New York formally staked his claim as the country's legitimate representative in letters to the UN General Assembly president and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
    (Reuters, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, It was reported that kidnappers in Nigeria released 279 of girls they abducted last week from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state. The total number of girls kidnapped was corrected down from 317.
    (NY Times, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Nearly 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Nigerias capital, Abuja, the third and largest delivery so far to an African country by the global COVAX initiative.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Serbian health experts urged the government to introduce a state of emergency and a strict lockdown to halt a surge in coronavirus infections that they say threaten the Balkan nation's health care system. New infections reached over 4,000. Serbia has recorded nearly 4,500 virus-related deaths.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Sri Lanka's government said it will allow India and Japan to develop a new container terminal at the country's main port, several weeks after scrapping a deal with the two countries to develop one of the key terminals at the same port.
    (AP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, Sweden-based Volvo said it will sell only electric vehicles by 2030.
    (NY Times, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, The United Nations launched an appeal for $266 million (221 million euros) to help feed more than three million refugees and asylum seekers across East Africa, suffering extra hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic. A funding shortfall has led the WFP to slash its monthly assistance for refugees in Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda.
    (AFP, 3/2/21)
2021        Mar 2, The Cyprus-flagged oil tanker Berlina was physically spotted loading crude oil in Venezuela despite US sanctions against such trading. Off-ship agents at the same time were using distant computers to show the ship near the Caribbean island of Dominica.
    (https://tinyurl.com/3pdhs4xs)(SFC, 5/31/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 2, Aid organizations working in Yemen said their programs will be severely cut after a UN appeal for aid to the worlds worst humanitarian disaster fell well short of its goal. Despite repeated warnings that a large-scale famine is looming, the amount raised a day earlier was about $1.7 billion.
    (AP, 3/2/21)

2021        Mar 3, Pres. Biden agreed to reduce stimulus checks that will go to some families, cutting the combined cost of the program by a few percent. Most Americans will still receive $1,400. The Senate bill would make individuals earning up to $80,000 and couples earning up to $160,000 eligible for the stimulus checks.
    (NY Times, 3/3/21)(SFC, 3/4/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 3, President Biden harshly criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves for lifting coronavirus restrictions.
    (The Week, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 3, A report by the US Transportation Departments inspector general concluded that Elaine Chao, while serving as transportation secretary during the Trump administration, repeatedly used her office staff to help family members who run a shipping business with extensive ties to China.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021         Mar 3, California to date had 3,559,682 cases of coronavirus and 52,846 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 408,642 cases and 5,414 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,780,950 with the death toll at 519,064.
    (sfist.com, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized for making several women feel uncomfortable with unwanted advances, but said he would not resign.
    (NY Times, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Facebook announced that it had deleted 77 accounts, 72 pages, 18 groups and 18 instagram accounts allegedly engaged in an information influencing operation in Thailand run by the military.
    (SFC, 3/5/21, p.B2)
2021        Mar 3, Citing a global chip shortage General Motors Co extended production cuts at three North American plants and add a fourth to the list of factories hit, and Stellantis to warn the pain could linger far into the year.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3,The SpaceX Starship SN10 rocket exploded after landing at the Boca Chica, Florida landing pad. The rocket landed and stood at an angle before exploding.
    (SFC, 3/5/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 3, It was reported that Twitter has begun labeling tweets that include misleading information about coronavirus vaccines and using a "strike system" to eventually remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rules.
    (SFC, 3/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 3, Vir Biotechnology and Britain's GSK said they would pause enrollment into a study testing their experimental COVID-19 antibody therapy, which is a part of a large US trial.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Zynga Inc said it had acquired San Francisco-based game studio Echtra Games Inc, taking the mobile-game maker a step closer to its goal of developing a portfolio of new titles that users can play across platforms.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, It was reported that scientists now believe that SARS-CoV-2 will not only remain with us as an endemic virus, continuing to circulate in communities, but will likely cause a significant burden of illness and death for years to come.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Austrian officials said that they plan to offer vaccinations to most residents in a district that has seen significant numbers of infections with the South African coronavirus variant.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Sarah Everard (33) vanished while walking home in London. Her body was found a week later. Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens (48), was later charged with the kidnap and murder. On March 13 hundreds defied coronavirus restrictions to gather and protest violence against women. The event ended with clashes between police and those attending. In June Couzens pleaded guilty to her kidnap and rape. In July Couzens admitted to her murder.
    (AP, 3/14/21)(AP, 6/8/21)(Axios, 7/9/21)
2021        Mar 3, It was reported that China's vaccine diplomacy has pledged roughly half a billion doses of its vaccines to more than 45 countries. Four of China's vaccine makers claimed they are able to produce at least 2.6 billion doses this year.
    (SFC, 3/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 3, Interpol said police in China and South Africa have seized thousands of doses of counterfeit Covid-19 vaccine and made dozens of arrests. The discovery in South Africa was reported by the country's Sunday Times newspaper at the end of December.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 3, Colombia said it will grant legal status to all Venezuelan migrants who fled there since 2016 to escape their countrys economic collapse and political crisis.
    (https://tinyurl.com/2v4j3vwe)
2021        Mar 3, It was reported that the Cypriot church has gone into battle against "The Devil", denouncing the country's pick for this year's Eurovision Song Contest as glorifying Satan. Dance number "El Diablo" - Spanish for the Devil - is the island nation's offering to the annual music contest for 2021.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Smugglers reportedly threw 80 migrants overboard during a voyage from Djibouti to Yemen. At least 20 migrants were reported drowned.
    (SFC, 3/5/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 3, Arab foreign ministers reappointed veteran Egyptian diplomat as the secretary general of the Cairo-based Arab League.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, German media reported that the domestic security service has placed the far-right Alternative fr Deutschland (AfD) party under surveillance for suspected extremism.
    (Axios, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Germany's financial watchdog BaFin said that it had imposed a moratorium on Greensill Bank. The Bremen-based bank is part of the British fund Greensill Capital, which is in talks to sell large parts of its business after losing the backing of two asset managers who had underpinned parts of its supply chain financing model.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Greece extended a lockdown and tightened restrictions in Athens and other affected regions to stem a surge in new COVID-19 infections. Authorities reported 2,702 daily infections, up from 2,353 the previous day.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban pulled his party Fidesz out of the largest political group in the European Parliament before they could be expelled over EU concerns over Budapests respect for democracy and the rule of law. The EPPs 180 members voted by 148 to 28 in favor of the new rules, with four abstentions.
    (The Telegraph, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Indian police northern state of Uttar Pradesh arrested Sarvesh Kumar and accused him of decapitating his own teenage daughter in a rage over her relationship with another man he didn't like.
    (CBS News, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 3, The Indian drug company Bharat Biotech said that initial results from clinical trials showed its coronavirus vaccine to be safe and effective.
    (NY Times, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 3, In Iraq a US contractor died of a "cardiac episode" after least 10 rockets hit the Al Asad Airbase in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Israeli authorities said that a Libyan-owned tanker suspected of smuggling oil from Iran to Syria was responsible for spilling tons of crude into the eastern Mediterranean last month, causing one of Israel's worst environmental disasters.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Bunny Wailer (73), the co-founder of the groundbreaking Jamaican reggae group the Wailers, died after frequent hospitalizations for a stroke he suffered last year.
    (The Guardian, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Kuwaits new Cabinet was sworn in, weeks after the government quit amid a deepening deadlock with parliament that has blocked badly needed reforms in the tiny oil-rich Gulf Arab state.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Malaysian police said they were investigating Tawfiq Ayman, the husband of the country's former central bank head, for allegedly receiving funds linked to 1MDB, a state fund at the center of a massive corruption scandal.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, In Myanmar a military crackdown against protesters killed at least 38 people, the deadliest day since last months coup.
    (NY Times, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 3, Tin Maung Naing, Myanmar's deputy UN ambassador, resigned. He was assigned by the military to head the countrys mission to the United Nations after the ambassador strongly opposed their recent coup.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Blacklist Myanmar was launched on Android as a guidebook for shoppers who want to avoid firms whose sales benefit Myanmars armed forces. Blacklist Myanmar also allows users to submit new suggestions for businesses to boycott via an in-app email function.
    (The Daily Beast, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 3, Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV said it has extended a deal to sell chip manufacturing equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, China's largest chipmaker, until the end of this year.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, The Hague-based International Criminal Court prosecutor said her office will formally investigate war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, a move welcomed by the Palestinian Authority and denounced by Israel.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Poland's north-eastern lake district, region of 1.4 million, saw 1,132 new daily coronavirus cases. Last week, Poland's government increased restrictions on the region, closing shopping centers, hotels, cinemas and museums and sending children in the first three years of primary school back to remote learning after having lifted restrictions only two weeks earlier.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, Senegals main opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested on charges of disturbing the public order after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police while he was heading to the court to face rape charges.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, The president of the Seychelles said he hopes enough residents will soon be vaccinated to stop the spread of the coronavirus by herd immunity. By the end of February about 44% of its 100,000 inhabitants had gotten a 2nd shot. Seychelles has had 2,592 confirmed cases including 11 deaths.
    (SFC, 3/4/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 3, It was reported that research by South African scientists suggests that antibodies triggered by exposure to the country's dominant coronavirus variant, known as 20H/501Y.V2 or B.1.351, can prevent infection by other variants.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.18) f
2021        Mar 3, In Spain more than 2,000 food delivery riders gathered to protest in at least 10 cities, urging the government to approve a promised law granting them the right to choose between being company staff or self-employed.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, In Sudan tribal clashes in North Darfur province killed at least 10 people. Security forces arrested a number of suspects and authorities imposed a curfew in the town of Saraf Omra.
    (AP, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, In Sweden an Afghan man stabbed seven men and left three of them in critical but stable condition. The suspect had been waiting to see if he would be issued a residence permit. On July 14 Tamin Sultani (23) was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
    (AP, 3/4/21)(AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Mar 3, Turkey recorded 11,520 new COVID-19 cases, amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country. Sixty-five people died because of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 28,771.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)
2021        Mar 3, A court in Ukraine rejected a US extradition request for Craig Lang. The US Army veteran and North Carolina native traveled to Ukraine in 2015 and joined a right-wing paramilitary unit fighting the Russians. He has been charged in the US in connection with a 2018 double murder in Florida.
    (SFC, 3/4/21, p.A3)

2021        Mar 4, The United States accused Syrian President Bashar Assad and his close ally Russia of trying to block all efforts to hold Damascus accountable for using chemical weapons during attacks on civilians.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, The US House canceled today's session due to a warning by security officials that an unnamed militant group was plotting to breach the Capitol.
    (The Week, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, The US agreed to suspend millions of dollars' worth of tariffs for four months on UK exports including Scotch whisky as part of an effort to resolve a long-running trans-Atlantic trade dispute over aerospace subsidies.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover successfully completed its initial test drive on the surface of the red planet, two weeks after touching down.
    (CBS News, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 4, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended her state's mask order for another month.
    (SFC, 3/5/21, p.A7)
2021         Mar 4, California to date had 3,560,426 cases of coronavirus and 53,082 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 409,056 cases and 5,480 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,820,172 with the death toll at 520,080.
    (sfist.com, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he has turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, favoring shots from Pfizer and Moderna for now. His comments conflicted with guidance from top state and federal health officials.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 4, Officials announced that the American Civil Liberties Union has named a project addressing LGBTQ and HIV issues after a Michigan native and his husband. The project was created in 1986. Its name change follows a $15 million gift from Stryker and Randjelovic to the ACLU Foundation.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, The North Dakota House voted 69-25 to expel Rep. Luke Simmons (43) for threatening and sexually harassing women at the state Capitol.
    (SFC, 3/5/21, p.A10)
2021        Mar 4, Dallas police Officer Bryan Riser was arrested on two counts of capital murder and taken to the Dallas County Jail. The Dallas Police Department allowed Riser to continue patrolling for more than a year while investigating whether he ordered two people to be killed because it didn't want to tip him off.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 4, Drugmaker Amgen Inc said it is buying Five Prime Therapeutics for about $1.9 billion and adding a late-stage gastric cancer drug candidate to its line of cancer treatments.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Chevron Corp said it is partnering with Microsoft Corp, oilfield services firm Schlumberger NV and privately held Clean Energy Systems to build a carbon capture plant in Mendota, California, as the US oil major expands investments in renewable technology.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Qualcomm Inc announced a new line of chips for connecting wireless speakers and headphones designed to help Android phones rival the ease-of-use of Apple Inc's headphones.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, It was reported that a shipment of a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been blocked from leaving the EU in the first use of an export control system instituted by the bloc to make sure big pharma companies would respect their contracts.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Austria, Denmark and Israel said they would set up a joint research and development fund and possibly production facilities for COVID-19 vaccines to ensure they had long-term supplies for booster shots or to contend with virus mutations.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, It was reported that Cuba has begun late stage trials of its most advanced experimental COVID-19 vaccine, edging closer to a potential home-grown inoculation that could help the Caribbean island nation contain infections and ease its economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, The European Court of Justice said the UK has "systematically and persistently" broken air pollution laws in its first ruling against the UK since Brexit.
    (The Telegraph, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Germany made the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine available to over-65s, in a reversal of its previous policy.
    (The Telegraph, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, It was reported that SAP Chief Executive Christian Klein's fixed and variable pay jumped 67% to 9.2 million euros ($11.1 million) last year, under German disclosure rules, although he took home less after a tough year for the business software group.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, President Joko Widodo said Indonesia plans to inject one million people per day with the coronavirus vaccine and 40 million people by June as part of a mass vaccination drive targeting 181.5 million people.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Iraq said it has signed an agreement with Russia to import 1 million doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Nine Yazidi women from Iraq were reunited with their children in Syria. The women had survived sexual enslavement by their Islamic State captors and had to cut ties with their families in order to rejoin their children.
    (NY Times, 3/12/21)(SFC, 3/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 4, Protesters in Lebanon burned tires and closed several major roads as the severe economic crisis gripping the country continued to spiral out of control with no progress on the formation of a new Cabinet.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Malta ordered restaurants and all other catering establishments to close again, in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The island saw a record 362 new COVID-19 cases, with authorities blaming the so-called UK variant of the virus for the surge.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Political leaders in New Caledonia agreed new terms for the sale of Vale's nickel business, including a majority stakeholding for local interests, seeking to resolve unrest over the planned sale.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, The Philippines received its first delivery of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots, secured through the vaccine-sharing COVAX facility.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, In Senegal one person was killed as police clashed with protesters in Bignona town in the Casamance region. A 2nd person was killed in the Pikine area of Dakar and an 3rd in the Keur Massar suburb of Dakar.
    (SFC, 3/6/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 4, Slovak PM Igor Matovic said Slovakia will get 15,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from France as a donation. Slovakia has reported the world's highest number of COVID-related deaths per capita over the past week. The country of 5.5 million has reported 7,560 coronavirus deaths.
    (AP, 3/4/21)(Reuters, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Prominent South African journalist Karima Brown (54) died of COVID-19. Brown's lively television show, The Fix, about South Africa's politics, was widely watched and she was known for pithy, outspoken comments on corruption, women's rights, racial inequality, and other issues.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, A military helicopter crashed in eastern Turkey killing 11 military personnel in the town of Tatvan.
    (SFC, 3/5/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 4, Ukraine's military accused pro-Russian forces of shelling its positions to provoke them into returning fire. It said Russian-backed forces had violated the ceasefire four times within 24 hours.
    (The Telegraph, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 4, The head of the UN atomic watchdog (IAEA) said Iran has agreed to sit down with international technical experts investigating the discovery of uranium particles at three former undeclared sites in the country.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, A UN report estimated that 17% of the food produced globally each year is wasted. That amounts to 931 million metric tons (1.03 billion tons) of food.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned that a campaign of destruction is taking place in Ethiopias embattled Tigray province, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance and demanding that forces from neighboring Eritrea accused of committing atrocities in Tigray leave Ethiopia.
    (AP, 3/4/21)
2021        Mar 4, Yemen's Houthi rebels said they have attacked a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah using a new Quds-2 cruise missile.
    (SFC, 3/5/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 5, The US government said it had released all families detained at the 96-bed Berks County family detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania. The detention center will instead be used by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold adults.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, YouTube said it has removed five channels run by Myanmars military for violating its guidelines.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, John McAfee, the eccentric founder of the cybersecurity company McAfee, was indicted on charges related to securities fraud and money laundering. McAfee and his adviser Jimmy Watson have been accused by federal prosecutors in New York of using McAfee's Twitter account to promote cryptocurrencies to his 1 million+ followers in order to artificially inflate their market price.
    (Axios, 3/5/21)
2021         Mar 5, California to date had 3,567,188 cases of coronavirus and 53,670 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 410,043 cases and 5,500 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,886,283 with the death toll at 522,610.
    (sfist.com, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted mandates on face coverings in the state's government office buildings and restaurants, leaving it up to administrative officials and restaurant operators to develop their own guidelines for the pandemic.
    (SSFC, 3/7/21, p.A7)
2021        Mar 5, Abbott Laboratories said the US health regulator has granted emergency use authorization for its molecular test to detect and distinguish the coronavirus and two types of flu viruses with a single test.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, It was reported that preliminary data from a study conducted at the University of Oxford indicates that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca PLC is effective against the P1, or Brazilian, variant.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Albania's government selected a Swiss-based corporation to build a 104-million-euro ($125 million) new international airport near the southwestern town of Vlore in an effort to promote tourism and economic development.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Britain said it would require people travelling abroad from March 8 to carry a new form setting out why their trip was permitted under strict lockdown restrictions.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Canada's drug regulator said it has approved Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the fourth such shot to be given the green light, amid frustration over the slow pace of inoculations.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, China's highly anticipated 5-year plan was revealed. It provided little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.
    (Axios, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, It was reported that the allegedly Chinese group that Microsoft dubs "Hafnium" has been breaking into email servers since January, remotely and silently draining inboxes of their messages without having to send a single malicious email or rogue attachment.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, The Czech Republic said it has asked Germany, Switzerland and Poland to take in dozens of COVID-19 patients as the situation in its own hospitals has reached a critical point.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, In Egypt a trailer-truck crashed into a microbus, killing at least 18 people and injuring five others south of Cairo late today.
    (AP, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 5, Japan's PM Yoshihide Suga announced an extension of the state of emergency in the Tokyo region for another two weeks because medical systems there are still strained by COVID-19 patients.
    (SFC, 3/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 5, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda started inoculating frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable citizens against COVID-19 as Africa, the world's poorest continent and home to 1.3 billion people, stepped up its vaccination campaigns.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, The Irish transport government said France will no longer require proof of a negative coronavirus test result from haulers travelling directly from Ireland, citing very low positivity rates among commercial vehicle drivers.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Italy reported 297 coronavirus-related deaths against 339 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 24,036 from 22,865 the day before.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Lithuania refused to extradite to Belarus opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, with the Baltic nation's foreign minister saying hell will freeze over first" before the demand by Belarus' authoritarian leader is granted.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Demonstrators defied growing violence by Myanmar security forces and staged more anti-coup rallies. It was reported that at least 19 Myanmar police officers have crossed the border into India in the latest sign of growing dissent within the security forces and civil service officials who are opposed to the military coup. Zaw Myo was fatally shot in Mandalay as the 26-year-old and other residents sought to protect a march by a group of engineers.
    (AP, 3/5/21)(The Telegraph, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Myanmar authorities asked India to return several police officers who sought refuge to avoid taking orders from a military junta that seized power in the Southeast Asian country last month.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, In Nepal rebel leaderNetra Bikram Chand, aka Biplav, emerged from hiding after the government lifted a ban on the Nepal Communist group so it could take part in the signing of a peace agreement. Nepal's government and Chand's communist rebel group signed a peace agreement aimed at ending violent attacks, extortion and bombings by the rebels.
    (SSFC, 3/7/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 5, Poland's Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said a variant of COVID-19 first identified in Britain now accounts for 25% of the reported cases in Poland.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, Demonstrators clashed with police in Senegal and one person was killed as protests continued for the third straight day following the arrest of Ousmane Sonko, a popular opposition leader. Internet access has reportedly been restricted. Total deaths reached four during what's considered Senegal's most significant political unrest in several years.
    (The Week, 3/6/21)(SFC, 3/6/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 5, In Somalia at leat 10 people were killed when a car packed with explosives rammed into a popular restaurant in Mogadishu. The death toll soon rose to at least 20.
    (SFC, 3/6/21, p.A5)(SSFC, 3/7/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 5, In northern Syria a suspected missile strike on an oil-loading facility used by Turkey-backed opposition forces sparked a massive blaze across a large area where oil tankers are normally parked. Opposition groups and at least one war monitor blamed Russia for the strike The massive blaze killed at least four people and left 24 wounded.
    (AP, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 5, Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad for a three-day visit to Iraq, undeterred by suggestions that his trip might fuel a surge in coronavirus cases, and committed to offering support to a Christian community decimated by years of war.
    (NY Times, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, An attempt to get UN Security Council approval for a statement calling for an end to violence in Ethiopias embattled Tigray region and to spotlight the millions in need of humanitarian assistance was dropped late today after objections from India, Russia and especially China.
    (AP, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, The UN special envoy for Myanmar called for urgent Security Council action to reverse Myanmars military coup, saying about 50 peaceful protesters were killed in the militarys worst crackdowns this week and scores more were seriously injured.
    (AP, 3/5/21)

2021        Mar 6, US President Joe Biden said that Senate passage of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill means that $1,400 payments to most Americans will start to go out this month and the bill's provisions will speed up manufacturing and distribution of vaccines.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, It was reported that more than 20,000 businesses, government offices, and schools in the United States have been compromised during a cyberattack on Microsoft's Outlook email software. Multiple hacking groups with links to the Chinese government have reportedly been identified as the culprits behind the hack.
    (The Week, 3/6/21)
2021         Mar 6, California to date had 3,571,430 cases of coronavirus and 53,971 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 410,430 cases and 5,519 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,938,762 with the death toll at 524,066.
    (sfist.com, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, Carla Wallenda (85), a member of The Flying Wallendas high-wire act and the last surviving child of the famed troupe's founder, died in Sarasota, Fl.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 6, In Idaho at least 100 people gathered at the front of the Capitol in Boise to burn masks in a protest against measures taken to limit infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 3/8/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 6, US drugmaker Merck & Co Inc said the experimental antiviral drug molnupiravir it is developing with Ridgeback Bio showed a quicker reduction in infectious virus in its phase 2a study among participants with early COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, In Australia the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sidney went ahead at the Sidney Cricket Ground. Up tp 23,000 spectators were allowed in the stands while performers paraded on the field.
    (SSFC, 3/7/21, p.A7)
2021        Mar 6, China said it has confirmed outbreaks of African swine fever in its key pork producing provinces of Sichuan and Hubei.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, Pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker Martin Liao said China's proposal for Hong Kong electoral reforms could prevent a "dictatorship of the majority." The Chinese parliament is discussing plans to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure Beijing loyalists are in charge.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, India's federal government asked local authorities to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations in several districts of eight states including New Delhi that have seen a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, In India thousands of farmers blocked a major expressway on the edges of New Delhi to mark the 100th day of protests against agricultural laws they say will devastate their income.
    (SSFC, 3/7/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 6, Ivory Coast voted on in a legislative election, with President Alassane Ouattara's allies facing a combined challenge from opposition parties led by two of his predecessors. The poll comes only months after Ouattara won a third term in an election marred by unrest that killed at least 85 people.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, Lebanon's caretaker PM Hassan Diab warned that the country was quickly headed toward chaos and appealed to politicians to put aside differences in order form a new government that can attract desperately needed foreign assistance.
    (AP, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, Myanmar police reportedly used tear gas and stun grenades to break up an anti-coup protest in Yangon, one of several sporadic demonstrations across the country.
    (AP, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, Dance music lovers in Amsterdam were offered a short relief from COVID-19 lockdown, treated to their first live show in over a year while serving as guinea pigs in a research project. All guests needed to test negative for coronavirus 48 hours in advance and were urged to take another test five days after the event.
    (Reuters, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 6, President Muhammadu Buhari had his first COVID-19 vaccine shot, part of a bid to boost public confidence as Nigeria attempts to inoculate 80 million people this year.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, In Senegal a teenager in the southern city of Diaobe became the fifth person known to have died in clashes with security forces in various parts of the country.
    (BBC, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 6, Spanish authorities said the culling of nearly 900 cattle that were deemed unfit after spending more than two months at sea and on a ship has begun in the Mediterranean port of Cartagena.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 6, Pope Francis met with Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. After the meeting al-Sistani issued a statement affirming that Christians should "live like all Iraqis, in security and peace and with full constitutional rights," adding that religious authorities should play a role in protecting them. Chaldean Catholics are believed to represent around 80 percent of the estimated 300,000 Christians left in Iraq.
    (The Week, 3/6/21)(AP, 3/6/21)

2021        Mar 7, US Pres. Joe Biden issued an executive order directing federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access.
    (SFC, 3/8/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 7, The US and South Korea announced they've reached an agreement "in principle" on a new cost-sharing plan for the American troop presence on the Korean Peninsula.
    (Axios, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, A highly anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan aired on US television. Meghan spoke of feeling suicidal, and accused the royal family of racism, while Harry said his father, Prince Charles, had let him down.
    (Reuters, 3/7/21)(Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021         Mar 7, California to date had 3,574,949 cases of coronavirus and 54,131 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 411,036 cases and 5,523 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 28,956,440 with the death toll at 524,463.
    (sfist.com, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, It was reported that COVID-19 insurance policies are increasingly joining passports and sunscreen as vacation staples, creating opportunities for insurers as more countries require mandatory coverage in case visitors fall ill from the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Austrian authorities said they have suspended inoculations with a batch of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigating the death of one person and the illness of another after the shots.
    (Reuters, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, It was reported that Canada's red-hot housing market has become a bonfire, spurring comparisons to earlier bubbles and prompting calls for cooling measures. But policymakers are standing back, unwilling to intervene for fear of undermining Canada's still-fragile economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, A series of explosions in Equatorial Guinea killed at least 31 people at the Nkoantoma military base in Bata. President Obiang Nguema said the blasts had been caused badly stored dynamite along with stubble burning by nearby farmers. The death toll from the explosions soon rose to 105.
    (BBC, 3/8/21)(BBC, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 7, German lawmaker Nikolas Loebel, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, said he will give up his seat in parliament and leave politics after it emerged that his company profited from deals to procure masks early in the pandemic.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman held in an Iranian prison for five years on widely refuted spying charges, ended her sentence. She still faces a new trial and cannot yet return home to London.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Israel reopened most of its economy as part of its final phase of lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions, some of them in place since September. Nearly 40% of its population has been immunized in just over two months.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Italys national geophysics and volcanology institute INGV said the powerful explosion of Mt. Etna at 2 a.m. was the 10th such big blast since Feb. 16, when Europe's most active volcano started giving off an impressive demonstration of nature's fire power.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Police in Myanmars ancient former capital, Bagan, opened fire on demonstrators protesting last months military takeover, wounding several people. Khin Maung Latt (58), a ward chairman from Aung San Suu Kyis National League for Democracy party, which was ousted from power in the coup, was found dead in a military hospital this morning by fellow residents of his Pabedan neighborhood.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Three Palestinian fishermen were killed after a blast ripped through their boat off the Gaza shore, in what appeared to be an explosion caused by a misfired rocket launched by the ruling Hamas militant group.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, In Romania around 3,000 anti-vaccination protesters converged outside the parliament building in Bucharest to demand that lawmakers not make innoculations compulsory.
    (SFC, 3/8/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 7, Russia's organization For Human Rights said in a statement that it was disbanding, citing the inclusion of its leader, Lev Ponomarev, on the Justice Ministrys list of foreign agents. Ponomarev founded the organization in 1997.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen said that it had launched a new air campaign on the countrys capital and other provinces, in retaliation for missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia. The Houthi-run al-Masirah satellite TV channel reported at least seven airstrikes on Sanaa's districts of Attan and al-Nahda.
    (AP, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Swiss voters approved a proposal to ban face coverings, both the niqabs and burqas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters.
    (AP, 3/7/21)(NY Times, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, The first independent digital banking platform in the United Arab Emirates was launched, a neobank hoping to become a leader in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Dubai-based YAP partnered with RAK Bank which provides international bank account numbers for YAP users and secures their funds under its own banking license.
    (Reuters, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, Pope Francis ended his 3-day tour of Iraq with an open-air Mass before 5,000 faithful in Erbil.
    (NY Times, 3/7/21)
2021        Mar 7, In Yemen a fire broke out in a detention center for migrants south of Sanaa, killing at least 45 people, mostly Ethiopian migrants, and injuring more than 170 others. On March 20 Houthi rebels broke their silence on the cause of the fire saying guards fired three tear gas canisters into a crowded hangar in Sanaa, trying to end a protest by the migrants.
    (AP, 3/7/21)(AP, 3/13/21)(AP, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 8, The Biden administration reversed a policy imposed under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened the government's power to enforce a century-old law that protects most US bird species.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, The US Department of Homeland Security announced that Venezuelans living in the United States will be eligible to receive temporary protected status for 18 months.
    (Axios, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 8, The US Supreme Court disposed of the last of three cases brought to the justices by former President Donald Trump challenging his election loss, bringing a muted end to his futile quest in the courts to hold onto power.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021         Mar 8, California to date had 3,578,646 cases of coronavirus and 54,314 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 411,753 cases and 5,533 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,041,230 with the death toll at 525,728.
    (sfist.com, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, PayPal Holdings Inc said it would buy Israel-based digital asset security provider Curv, as the payments processor looks to strengthen support to cryptocurrencies.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, In Bangladesh Tashnuva Anan Shishir debuted as the country's first transgender news anchor on the Dhaka-based Boishakhi TV.
    (SFC, 3/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 8, A Supreme Court justice in Brazil tossed out several criminal cases against former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, allowing him to challenge President Jair Bolsonaro in next years election.
    (NY Times, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Brazil's Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said that Pfizer Inc will deliver an additional 5 million COVID-19 vaccination doses, which would increase the number of shots expected from the drugmaker by the end of June to 14 million.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Cyprus, Greece and Israel signed an agreement to speed up technical work a 2,000 megawatt undersea electricity cable.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, The government of East Timor said it will put its capital city on a lockdown for the first time, amid fears it could be facing its first local coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, The European Commission expressed its astonishment following a decision by Belgian authorities to prolong a ban on all non-essential travel as part of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Attorneys for four jailed Ethiopian opposition figures say they will end their hunger strike today after 39 days. They were arrested along with at least 16 others following the killing of a renowned singer, Hachalu Hundessa, in June 2020.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, In France activists laid flowers near the Iranian Embassy in Paris to show support for a women's rights campaigner sentenced to prison after handing out flowers to women on the Tehran metro in 2019 while not wearing a headscarf.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, The French oil company Total said it will limit its work to extract oil from a Ugandan national park to less than 1% of the protected area, seeking to assuage the concerns of activists who oppose the project. Total also announced that it would take steps to minimize damage to the lives of people disrupted by a pipeline that will run from Uganda to Tanzania.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Israel started vaccinating Palestinians who work inside the country and its West Bank settlements, more than two months after launching an immunization blitz of its own population.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Italy recommended the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for those aged over 65, overcoming previous doubts that the drug might not be very effective on the elderly.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, In Italy a surge in the UK coronavirus variant has filled 90% of hospital beds in Brescia province, bordering both Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions, as Italy crossed the grim threshold of 100,000 pandemic dead.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 8, It was reported that Telecom Italia (TIM) plans to cut up to 1,300 jobs in Italy this year through a voluntary scheme, as the country's biggest phone group revamps its business amid the COVID-19 crisis.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Protesters angry with Lebanon's ruling class blocked major roads leading to the capital, causing traffic jams and prompting the head of the country's hospital union to warn they were preventing oxygen supplies from reaching medical centers treating coronavirus patients.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Libyan lawmakers began consultations aimed at confirming a newly appointed government that would lead the war-wrecked country through elections by the end of the year.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, In Morocco dozens of migrants scaled a double fence and entered the Spanish enclave of Melilla early today. Officials said that 59 out of around 150 migrants were able to get through.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, In Myanmar three people were killed at demonstrations against last month's military coup. The United Nations human rights office voiced deep concern at the fate of 200 peaceful protesters trapped by Myanmar's security forces in Yangon and called for them to be allowed to leave in safety without reprisals.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, At The Hague International Criminal Court judges awarded $30 million (25.3 million euros) in reparations to victims of crimes for which Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was convicted including child soldiers and victims of rape and sexual slavery.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, New data by the non-profit Rainforest Foundation Norway revealed that humans have degraded or destroyed roughly two-thirds of the world's original tropical rainforest cover, raising alarm that a key natural buffer against climate change is quickly vanishing.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Pakistani security forces, acting on intelligence, raided a suspected hideout of a separatist group in Baluchistan province, triggering a shootout that killed five insurgents. The raid came hours after insurgents killed a sailor and wounded two others in an attack on a Pakistani Navy vehicle in Baluchistan.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, Philippines police said nine people were killed over the weekend in a series of raids against suspected communist insurgents. Six suspects were arrested and nine escaped.
    (SFC, 3/9/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 8, Women's rights activists in Poland marked International Women's Day caught between reasons to celebrate and a heavy sense that they are facing a long battle ahead.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, A film was released by the Poland-based opposition news service NEXTA accusing Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on gilded residences, planes and Rolls-Royce and Maybach cars. It quickly gained millions of YouTube views.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEbKtZRAGGI)(Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 8, Puerto Rico filed a framework that outlines how the US territory will restructure at least $35 billion in public debt and more than $50 billion in public pension liabilities. The plan threatens a 10% cut to public pensions if no agreement is reached with retirees.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 8, Russia accused Facebook of violating citizens' rights by blocking some media outlets' content in the latest standoff between a government and Big Tech. Russia has in recent months taken steps to regulate and curb the power of big social media companies.
    (Reuters, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, A judge in Senegal charged opposition leader Ousmane Sonko (46) with rape and released him on bail, after days of deadly protests sparked by his arrest last week. Sonko, accused of assaulting a woman who worked in a beauty salon, says the case is politically motivated. Sonko called for more protests against President Macky Sall after being released on a rape charge. At least eight people have been killed in recent protests, the most serious Senegal has seen in several years.
    (AP, 3/8/21)(BBC, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 8, A Swedish court sentenced a woman to three years in prison for taking her 2-year-old son to Syria in 2014, to an area that was then controlled by the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, It was reported that Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad (55) and his wife (45) have tested positive for the coronavirus, with both having only mild symptoms of the illness. Syria has recorded nearly 16,000 virus cases in government-held parts of the country, including 1,063 deaths.
    (AP, 3/8/21)
2021        Mar 8, In Ukraine thousands of women marched through the center of Kyiv on International Women's Day to draw attention to domestic violence, which has risen sharply amid restrictions imposed to block the spread of coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/8/21)

2021        Mar 9, A landmark report was released by the Washington-DC based Newlines Institute for Strategy condemning Beijing for its treatment of the estimated 12 million Uighurs in Xinjiang province.
    (The Telegraph, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Alaska became the first US state to make COVID-19 vaccines available to anyone age 16 or older, eliminating eligibility requirements for people who work or live in the state.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 9, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state.
    (SFC, 3/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 9, Police in Oakland, Ca., announced an arrest in an assault and robbery that critically injured Pak Ho (75), an Asian-American man. An official in Oakland's Chinatown community said the victim was brain dead from the critical injuries he suffered in the attack. Teaunte Bailey (26) faced murder charges after Pak Ho died on March 11.
    (CBS News, 3/10/21)(NBC News, 3/12/21)
2021         Mar 9, California to date had 3,581,587 cases of coronavirus and 54,376 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 412,196 cases and 5,552 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,092,305 with the death toll at 527,612.
    (sfist.com, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Conductor James Levine (77), who ruled over the NYC Metropolitan Opera for more than four decades before being eased aside when his health declined and then was fired for sexual improprieties, died in Palm Springs, Ca.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 9, Roger Mudd (93), the anchorman who delivered the news and narrated documentaries with an urbane edge for three decades on CBS, NBC and PBS, died at his home in McLean, Va.
    (NY Times, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Boeing Co. said that it received more new orders than cancellations for commercial airplanes in February for the first time in 15 months.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, In Belgium the rainbow flag of the LGBT community flew outside PM Alexander De Croo's office as suspicions remained that anti-gay motives may have been at the core of a brutal weekend killing. Investigators were homing in on three minors they believe could be linked to the killing of the 42-year-old gay man.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Bosnia reported a record number of daily deaths from COVID-19 with the capital Sarajevo going into lockdown next weekend for the first time since last May to combat a spike in coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, The UK promised to return to Nigeria 4.2m ($5.8m) which was stolen by a former governor. Former Delta State Governor James Ibori was convicted of money laundering in the UK in 2012. He is thought to have stolen around 50m from the oil-rich state.
    (BBC, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, China and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding to set up an international lunar research station.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, The government of ethnically split Cyprus came under fire over a decision to lay razor wire along a section of a UN controlled buffer zone. Crews began laying the razor wire on the southern side of the buffer zone earlier this week.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, In Germany doors were opened to limited numbers of guests, after authorities eased restrictions to allow some museums, galleries and certain other cultural venues to begin receiving visitors again.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Germany's Federal Court of Justice upheld the conviction of Omaima A., the wife of German rapper Denis Cuspert, for membership in a terrorist organization as well as charges of failing to properly care for her children, weapons offenses and aiding in the enslavement of a Yazidi girl. She was given a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence. In 2018, the Islamic State group announced the Cuspert had been killed in an airstrike in Syria.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 9, Hungary said COVID-19 admissions are putting its hospital system under increasing strain and infections are expected to rise further in coming days as the variant first identified in Britain spreads.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, A peer-reviewed study showed that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by India's Bharat Biotech is safe and has shown high levels of antibody response in a mid-stage trial, but follow-on studies are needed to evaluate the shot for children and older people.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Italy said it strongly disapproves of any deal to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus that doesnt conform to an already agreed-upon federal framework thats spelled out in United Nations resolutions.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, The Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce announced that Russia has signed a deal to produce its Sputnik V vaccine in Italy.
    (SFC, 3/10/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 9, Japan-based Nissan said it is recalling more than 854,000 cars in the US and Canada because the brake lights might not come on when the driver presses on the pedal.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla (37), Kosovos foreign minister, resigned following allegations she had rigged the vote to win a seat in the new parliament. She also asked prosecutors to investigate the allegations.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Mexico said it aims to acquire an additional 22 million doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines during the coming months.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, In Myanmar about a thousand demonstrators emerged cautiously onto the streets of Yangon. Zaw Myat Lin, a school principal involved in the protest movement, died from unknown causes after being taken into custody by security forces. More than 1,850 people have been arrested in connection with the protests.
    (SFC, 3/10/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 9, In Myanmar Nathan Maung, a US citizen, and Hanthar Nyein, co-founders of the Myanmar news website Kamayut Media, were arrested by the military junta.
    (SFC, 6/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 9, It was reported that Niger's former President Mahamadou Issoufou has won the 2020 Ibrahim award for African leadership, and the $5m (3.6m) prize attached to it. Issoufou had to leave office to win the award, has not been awarded in some years because of the lack of a suitable winner.
    (BBC, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, It was reported that Russia accounts for about 7% of the world's bitcoin mining. The figure does not include grey-market players and those illegally connecting to power grids. Kazakhstan is responsible for a similar figure, while China is the market leader.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Sudan launched a coronavirus vaccination roll-out, giving priority to medical workers. The first phase of the roll-out will be expanded from March 15 to May 15 to include people aged 45 or older with chronic conditions.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Switzerland reported a total of 1,378 new infections, well below the 10,000-plus record from Nov. 2. Another 13 deaths were reported. Switzerland expects to vaccinate all of its 8.6 million residents who want a COVID-19 shot by summer.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, A Turkish court sentenced five people to life prison terms over the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey on Dec. 19, 2016. Prosecutors concluded that a network led by US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind Karlovs slaying. The defendants have rejected all accusations against them and are expected to appeal the ruling.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine called for peaceful protests in the aftermath of presidential elections, charging that electoral authorities are grappling with forged results that showed victory for President Yoweri Museveni.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, Ukraine said it has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac. Ukraine started COVID-19 vaccinations in late February but only 19,118 first shots had been given by March 9. Ukraine has reported more than 1.4 million coronavirus cases with 27,204 deaths.
    (Reuters, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, The UN WHO and its partners reported in a new study that nearly one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.
    (AP, 3/9/21)

2021        Mar 10, Pres. Joe Biden directed his administration to order another 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.
    (SFC, 3/11/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 10, The US government designated al-Shabaab in Mozambique as a "foreign terrorist organization", describing it as an IS-affiliate.
    (BBC, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 10, Officials said the United States and South Korea have agreed Seoul will pay 13.9% more this year for hosting American troops as part of a multiyear deal crafted to keep Seoul's share of the overall cost within historical norms.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, The US House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote precisely seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill. Republicans in both chambers opposed the legislation unanimously.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021         Mar 10, California to date had 3,585,766 cases of coronavirus and 54,621 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 412,576 cases and 5,581 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,149,380 with the death toll at 529,067.
    (sfist.com, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Atlanta-based International Ministries (RZIM), founded by the late Ravi Zacharias, said it will suspend fundraising, lay off 60% of its staff and overhaul its mission in the wake of revelations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarital relationships via texts and email.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, In Missouri Sean Lannon (47) was arrested in St. Louis. He was wanted in connection with a March 8 slaying in New Jersey and in the deaths of his ex-wife and three men whose bodies were found last week in New Mexico.
    (SFC, 3/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 10, Shares of Roblox Corp, a video game platform, rose almost 55% on its stock market debut. Well-known stock picker and exchange-traded fund operator Cathie Wood bought into the company. California-based Roblox was founded in 2004 by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel (d.2013), although its journey began in 1989 when Baszucki and Cassel programmed a 2D simulated physics lab Knowledge Revolution that would later lay the groundwork for the company.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 10, Researchers at cybersecurity company ESET reported that at least 10 different hacking groups are using a recently discovered flaw in Microsoft Corp's mail server software to break in to targets around the world.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Bridgestone tire company said it will offer its 33,000 US employees $100 payments to get vaccinated against COVID-19, joining a group of large companies offering incentives for the shots.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva blasted the government of President Jair Bolsonaro for mishandling the pandemic and economy in a speech marking a return to the political stage after his graft convictions were overturned.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Preliminary data from a study in Brazil indicates that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd is effective against the P1 variant of the virus first discovered in Brazil.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that new COVID-19 cases infections are still rising in Latin America, particularly in Brazil where a resurgence has caused record daily deaths.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, The European Parliament overwhelming adopted a resolution declaring the entire 27-member European Union a freedom zone for LGBT people, an effort to push back on rising homophobia in Poland and elsewhere.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 10, In Indonesia a tourist bus plunged into a ravine late today on Java island killing at least 27 people and injuring 39 others.
    (SFC, 3/12/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 10, In Iraq Jasb Hattab Aboud, father of a missing Iraqi anti-government activist who waged a public campaign trying to bring to account a militia suspected of abducting him, was shot and killed in Amara. His son Ali Jasb, a lawyer, was one of a number of activists who vanished at the height of Iraq's mass anti-government demonstrations in October 2019.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Italy reported 332 coronavirus-related deaths against 376 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 22,409 from 19,749 the day before.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Ivory Coast PM Hamed Bakayoko (56) died in a hospital in Germany while receiving treatment for cancer.
    (BBC, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 10, Libyan lawmakers confirmed a newly appointed interim government, in the hopes it will help unify the divided, war-wrecked North African country, and shepherd it through to elections at the end of the year.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, A Malaysian court ruled that non-Muslims can use the word Allah to refer to God, in a major decision in a divisive issue for religious freedom in the Muslim-majority country. The decision squashed a 35-year-old government ban on the usage of Allah and three other Arabic words by Christian publications.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Lawmakers in Mexico approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, a milestone for the country, which is in the throes of a drug war and could become the worlds largest cannabis market, leaving the United States between two pot-selling neighbors.
    (NY Times, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Rakuten-owned messaging app Viber said it was stopping all advertising in Myanmar temporarily, after a Reuters story found it had recently run adverts for a military-backed telecoms firm there.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Norway officials said hackers have infiltrated the Parliament's computer systems and extracted data, just six months after a previous cyber attack was made public. The attack by unknown hackers was linked to a "vulnerability" in Microsoft's Exchange software.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, It was reported that Norway's $1.3 trillion wealth fund will probe whether companies it is invested in may be using the labor of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims linked to China's internment camp system in the country's Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, Hamas firebrand Yehiyeh Sinwar (58) was re-elected as the Palestinian militant groups leader in the Gaza Strip, leaving a figure closely aligned with the hard-line military wing in charge of the group's strategy in its main stronghold.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, The presidents of Russia and Turkey remotely inaugurated the construction of a third nuclear reactor at the Akkuyu power plant in southern Turkey, vowing to continue their close cooperation.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, A special chamber of Rwanda's High Court ruled that Paul Rusesabagina (66), the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda," was tricked into coming back to Rwanda but not kidnapped and the countrys laws are silent on arrests under such circumstances. He now faces a criminal trial on terrorism charges.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, In South Africa at least one person has died and two students have been injured in clashes between university students and police over tuition fees at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, It was reported that John Magufuli, Tanzania's COVID-19-denying president, has not been seen since Feb. 27. Kenyas leading newspaper, The Nation, reported that an African leader had been admitted to a hospital in Nairobi.
    (AP, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, It was reported that hundreds of people in Uganda are still missing after being detained following raids on their homes in the aftermath of January election campaign rallies.
    (BBC, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, The UN Security Council agreed on a statement that condemns violence against Myanmar protesters and urges military restraint, but dropped language condemning the army takeover as a coup and threatening possible further action due to opposition by China, Russia, India and Vietnam.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)
2021        Mar 10, The UN childrens agency said Syrias 10-year-long civil war has killed or wounded almost 12,000 children and left millions out of school in what could have repercussions for years to come in the country.
    (AP, 3/10/21)

2021        Mar 11, Pres. Joe Biden directed states to make all adult Americans eligible to receive a Covid vaccine by May 1. He announced several new actions to speed up vaccinations, including the use of dentists, veterinarians, medical students and others to give the shots.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 11, Top US and Israeli national security officials met by secure video conference for their first round of talks on Iran and other regional issues as the Biden administration looks to avoid antagonizing Israel while attempting to resurrect the US-Iran nuclear deal.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, A US official said more than 3,600 migrant children were being held in US border facilities as of this morning, more than four times the number in late February.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Merrick Garland was sworn in as US attorney general. He pledged that the Justice Department would adhere to "norms" to earn the trust of the American people, alluding to Democratic complaints of its politicization under Republican former President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, A digital artwork sold for $69,346,250 at Christie's, in the first ever sale by a major auction house of a piece of art that does not exist in physical form. "Everydays - The First 5000 Days," a digital work by American artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, is a collage of 5,000 individual images, which were made one-per-day over more than thirteen years. It is authenticated by blockchain, which certifies its originality and ownership.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, The music industry body IFPI said South Korea's K-pop sensation BTS dominated world music sales in 2020 by putting out the year's best-, and second-best selling albums.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Arizona reported 60 additional deaths from COVID-19 and 1,835 new cases after three straight days of fewer than 1,000 cases. Total state cases stood at 830,465 with 16,464 deaths.
    (SFC, 3/12/21, p.A5)
2021         Mar 11, California to date had 3,589,208 cases of coronavirus and 54,887 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 412,768 cases and 5,600 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,240,643 with the death toll at 529,377.
    (sfist.com, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Chicago-based Molson Coors Beverage Co said is has been hit by a cyber-attack that disrupted its brewing operations and shipments.
    (SFC, 3/13/21, p.B2)
2021        Mar 11, In Minnesota Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill reinstated a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd on may 25, 2020.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi signed a bill to bar transgender women and girls from competing in womens sports, a move Idaho made last year and one that has been recently considered by lawmakers in two dozen other states.
    (NY Times, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Malaysia King (24) was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of pepper-spraying Uber driver Subhakar Khadkas in San Francisco, who was coughed at and insulted after he demanded a passenger wear a mask. Arna Kimiai (24), who also was sought in connection with the March 6 attack, indicated through legal counsel that she intended to turn herself in soon.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 11, A group of 59 Democratic lawmakers demanded New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation in the wake of an allegation that he groped an aide at the Executive Mansion last year.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Coupang, the South Korean equivalent of Amazon in the US, or Alibaba in China, began trading on the NYSE under the ticker CPNG." Coupang priced 130 million shares at $35 each, valuing the company at about $60 billion. The company raised around $4.6 billion in the biggest US initial public offering this year. The company was founded in 2010 by Korean-American billionaire Bom Suk Kim.
    (NY Times, 3/11/21)(AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 11, It was reported that a rumbling political crisis in Belarus has spilled over into the Eurovision Song Contest this week, as the country's state broadcaster nominated a band that has released songs mocking protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. The entry, by Galasy ZMesta, has received 5,800 likes and 40,000 dislikes on the competition's official YouTube page since March 9, with more than half a million views.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XohDxCXOsdI)(Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Britain delayed the introduction of a range of post-Brexit import checks on goods from the European Union by around six months, saying businesses needed more time to prepare because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, The UK's medicine regulator said that Britons should keep on getting their COVID-19 vaccines, including the shot developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca, after Denmark and some other countries restricted their use of it.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Public Health England (PHE) said a new coronavirus variant had been identified in the UK in two people who had recently been in Antigua, adding that it shared some traits of others but would not be categorized as concerning for now.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Cambodia confirmed its first death from COVID-19. The country has confirmed only 1,163 coronavirus cases. A new local outbreak has infected several hundred people.
    (SFC, 3/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 11, China's ceremonial legislature endorsed the ruling Communist Party's move to tighten control over hk by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory's leaders.
    (SFC, 3/12/21, p.A2)   
2021        Mar 11, In Egypt a fire at a garment factory near Cairo killed at least 20 people and injured 24 at a four-story plant in Obour.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Europe approved Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for the first shots to be delivered in a month as the bloc seeks to speed up a stuttering inoculation campaign and boost its supplies.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, It was reported that Italian health authorities have ordered the withdrawal of a batch of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine following the deaths of two men in Sicily who had recently been inoculated.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Greece's PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlined a new $3 billion package of relief measures for businesses and workers affected by the coronavirus and related lockdowns.
    (SFC, 3/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 11, In Greece extensive clashes broke out between police and protesters in Thessaloniki, after authorities ended an occupation by students and other demonstrators at the citys main university building. The occupation was to protest a decision by the center-right government to start police patrols of university campuses.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, The Wall Street Journal reported that since 2019, Israel has been targeting ships carrying Iranian oil and other cargo. At least a dozen ships were bombed, the newspaper added, citing US and regional officials.
    (The Telegraph, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 11, Italy reported 373 coronavirus-related deaths against 332 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 25,673 from 22,409 the day before.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Myanmar security forces fatally shot at least 10 people protesting against last months military coup.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Nasser al-Qudwa, the nephew of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, was ejected from the West Bank's ruling party after criticizing its leadership in an interview with The Telegraph and announcing plans to form a new political movement.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, A spokesman for Pakistan's telecoms regulator said it will block the popular social media app TikTok after a court order over a complaint that it runs "indecent" content.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Palestinians received 40,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, a donation by the UAE that could boost a long-time rival of President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of an election. Mohammad Dahlan took credit for securing the shipment to Gaza from the UAE, where he lives in exile.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, Former Catalan government member Meritxell Serret handed herself into Spains Supreme Court, three years after she fled to Belgium along with other associates who led Catalonias failed secession attempt. Serret (45), the former head of agriculture for Catalonia, faces charges of disobedience and misuse of public funds. So far investigations haven't linked Serret to any financial irregularities.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, South Africa's Education Minister Blade Nzimanede said that the education budget will reallocate funds to ensure that all qualifying students are allowed to register for their studies. The government pledge came a day after Mthokozisi Ntumba (35) was allegedly shot and killed by the police when they opened fire on protesting students.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, South Korea-based LG announced plans to build at least two new plants and spend more than $4.5 billion to make electric vehicle batteries in the United States, in addition to a plant it already operates in Holland, Michigan, one it's building in Lordstown, Ohio, and one it could build in Spring Hill, Tennessee. All those plants are in partnership with General Motors.
    (AP, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 11, The director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that South Sudan is a forgotten conflict facing a humanitarian crisis made worse by the pandemic.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, It was reported that More than 60 North African migrants are living in tents in the mountains of Spain's Gran Canaria island with no access to running water after leaving a Red Cross center which they say crammed dozens of them into squalid conditions.
    (Reuters, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an urgent appeal for $5.5 billion to prevent a catastrophe for 34 million people in over three dozen countries who are just one step away from famine driven by conflict.
    (AP, 3/11/21)
2021        Mar 11, David Beasley, the head of the UN food agency, (WFP) said children in Yemen are dying at a rate of one every 75 seconds with the country at risk of suffering the biggest famine in modern history.
    (The Telegraph, 3/12/21)

2021        Mar 12, The US condemned China's treatment of Uighurs and other minorities at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, citing "crimes against humanity and genocide" in the province of Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, The US State Department announced that the US will restore full humanitarian assistance funding to areas of rebel-held northern Yemen to help millions on the brink of famine.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021         Mar 12, California to date had 3,592,727 cases of coronavirus and 55,155 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 413,727 cases and 5,636 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,340,202 with the death toll at 532,326.
    (sfist.com, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police last May.
    (The Independent, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, In Oregon about 100 people were detained in Portland late today. Police say they surrounded protesters after some began to break windows.
    (CBS News, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, In western Afghanistan a powerful car bomb killed at least eight people and wounded 47 in Herat province.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said it has given final approval for AstraZeneca Plc's COVID-19 vaccine developed with Oxford University, which will be manufactured domestically by the Fiocruz biomedical institute. The government said it has reached a deal to purchase 10 million doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)(SFC, 3/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 12, It was reported that crooks in Brazil have infiltrated the country's four largest gasoline chains, where they are estimated to control hundreds, if not thousands, of stations.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, It was reported that Britains military is to get an 80 billion upgrade as the Government announces a modernization drive this month to get the Armed Forces ready for the wars of the future.
    (The Telegraph, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Bulgaria temporarily halted COVID-19 inoculations using the AstraZeneca vaccine after a woman died hours after receiving a shot, and said it wanted the European Medicine Agency (EMA) to dispel all doubts about the vaccine's safety.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Chinas market regulator said that it fined a dozen companies, including games company Tencent Holdings and Chinese search engine firm Baidu Inc., for not disclosing past deals as authorities step up anti-monopoly scrutiny in the internet sector.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, In China The Polar Bear Hotel, part of the Harbin Polarland theme park in Heilongjiang's capital and largest city, Harbin, opened its doors with the promise of round-the-clock polar bear viewing from all 21 guest rooms.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, Colombia confirmed its first death from the P1, or Brazilian, variant of coronavirus. The victim who died in January was older and had various comorbidities.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, In Haiti four members of the security forces in Village de Dieu, Village of God, were killed and 8 wounded during a police operation. The Officers were ambushed by an armed gang under the command of a leader in a slum run by a guy who goes by the name Izo and 5 Seconds.
    (Miami Herald, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, India registered its worst single-day increase in coronavirus cases since last December. India has so far reported more than 11.3 million cases.
    (SFC, 3/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 12, In southern Iran protesters attacked a coast guard station after a patrol from the force shot and killed a fuel smuggler. The coast guard has confiscated more than 10 million liters (2.6 million gallons) of fuel from smugglers over the past 11 months.
    (AP, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, Italy reported 380 coronavirus-related deaths against 373 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 26,824 from 25,673 the day before.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, In Malaysia emergency ordinance took effect that makes it an offence to publish or reproduce any "wholly or partly false" content related to the pandemic or the emergency declaration, prescribing hefty fines and jail terms of up to six years. Critics warned it could be used to silence dissent and curtail free speech.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, It was reported that more than half a million people in the Palma region of northern Mozambique have been driven from their homes in the past 12 months as al-Shabab militants terrorized the area.
    (BBC, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Police in Myanmar fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in the country's two largest cities and elsewhere, as authorities continued their harsh crackdown on opponents of last month's military coup.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, It was reported that Myanmar's first satellite is being held on board the International Space Station following the Myanmar coup, while Japan's space agency and a Japanese university decide what to do with it.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, In Nigeria gunmen overnight abducted dozens of students from a college in the northern state of Kaduna. State authorities said that 180 students and staff were rescued by the Nigerian army early today, but 39 students remained missing.
    (BBC, 3/12/21)(Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, In South Africa King Goodwill Zwelithini (72) of the Zulu nation died in hospital where he was being treated for diabetes-related issues. He was named successor to the throne at just 20 years old in 1968, but was not crowned until 1971 because he went into hiding after receiving death threats.
    (BBC, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, In South Korea a second senior official from Korea Land and Housing Corp (LH) was found dead in Paju, north of Seoul, in an apparent suicide amid a growing insider property speculation scandal.
    (AP, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, Spanish police announced that they seized a homemade narco-submarine last month able to carry up to 2 metric tons (2.2 tons) of cargo. The vessel had never sailed.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Swiss authorities raided the apartment of Tillie Kottmann (21), a hacker who claimed credit for breaching the Silicon Valley security camera company Verkada and gaining access to its customers surveillance feeds.
    (Bloomberg, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Thailand joined a handful of European countries in suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, following scattered reports of blood clots in people who had received it.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined a series measures that he said would lift the country's economy, and pledged to bring the inflation rate back down to single digits.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, Top Turkish officials said Turkey and Egypt have started holding diplomatic talks.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, The UN Security Council approved an increase of nearly 3,700 military and police to the UN peacekeeping force in Central African Republic to help reverse the deteriorating security situation in the conflict-torn nation where violence has increased since last Decembers presidential election.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, The UN Security Council urged countries with troops and mercenaries in Libya to withdraw them without delay as demanded in the cease-fire agreement between the countrys warring parties.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, The WHO granted an emergency use listing for the coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson.
    (SFC, 3/13/21, p.A4)

2021         Mar 13, California to date had 3,596,881 cases of coronavirus and 55,453 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 414,100 cases and 5,634 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,357,116 with the death toll at 532,671.
    (sfist.com, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 13, Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental Alzheimers drug donanemab slowed the rate of decline in a measure of cognition and function by 32% compared with a placebo in a mid-stage trial of patients at an early stage of the mind wasting disease.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, In Bolivia ex-Pres. Jeanine Inez, the conservative one-year interim president, was arrested on terrorism and sedition charges over what the government says was a coup attempt against former socialist leader Evo Morales.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 13, Britain's foreign secretary Dominic Raab criticized China for continuing to violate the Sino-British Joint Declaration as Beijing further tightens control over Hong Kong.
    (AP, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, The British government admitted for the first time that Uighurs are being targeted by China on British soil "in an effort to intimidate them into silence".
    (The Telegraph, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, In France the number of new coronavirus cases neared 30,000 while the number of people to receive their first vaccine injection topped 5 million.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Georgia received its first batch of coronavirus vaccines. First shots will be given to medical workers as it becomes the last European country to start a COVID-19 vaccination program.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A13)
2021        Mar 13, In Hong Kong some law firms and banks faced compulsory testing for coronavirus as most of the 47 news cases recorded today were linked to a gym used by the financial and expatriate community.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Hungary reported a record-breaking 9,444 new coronavirus cases. The country's COVID-19 related deaths reached 16, 790 since the start of the pandemic.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A13)
2021        Mar 13, It was reported that the Iranian government is ordering teachers to identify children of the persecuted Baha'i minority to convert them to Islam.
    (The Telegraph, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Jordans health minister stepped down after at least seven patients in a hospital COVID-19 ward died due to a shortage of oxygen supplies. PM Bisher al-Khasawneh ordered an investigation into the deaths.
    (AP, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Mexico's foreign ministry said a shipment has been received of a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Security forces in Myanmar again met protests against last months military takeover with lethal force, killing at least 11 people by shooting live ammunition at demonstrators.
    (AP, 3/13/21)(Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Norwegian health authorities said three health workers in Norway who recently received the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 are being treated in hospital for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of blood platelets.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Pakistan's Punjab province announced the closure of 15 famous shrines amid a third wave of the coronavirus.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A13)
2021        Mar 13, In Romania Austrian Prince Emanuel von und Liechtenstein killed a 17-year-old brown bear during a 4-day hunt in Covasna County for which he reportedly paid $8,400. Romania officially banned trophy hunting in 2016 , but hunting permits for "problematic" could be issued as a last resort. In May an investigation was opened for possible poaching.
    (SFC, 5/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 13, Russia accused the United States of using IT opportunities to engage in unfair competition and of social media platforms arbitrarily and indiscriminately censoring content.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Russian police detained about 200 participants at a forum in Moscow of independent members of municipal councils. They were detained for taking part in an event organized by an "undesirable" organization and violating coronavirus restrictions.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 13, Sri Lanka's minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera said Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, the latest actions affecting the country's minority Muslim population. Weerasekera signed a paper a day earlier for cabinet approval to ban the full face covering on "national security" grounds.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Tanzanian police said a man has been arrested for circulating posts saying that President John Magufuli is in ill health. PM Hassan Majaliwa has denied that Magufuli is unwell or battling COVID-19.
    (AP, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 13, Thailand celebrated Elephant Day and held a fruit banquet for dozens of elephants in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)

2021        Mar 14, It was reported that the US Border patrol currently has a record high of more than 3,000 children in detention and that the number is rising almost daily.
    (SSFC, 3/14/21, p.A14)
2021         Mar 14, California to date had 3,598,593 cases of coronavirus and 55,637 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 414,512 cases and 5,641 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,407,413 with the death toll at 534,395.
    (sfist.com, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Almost all polling stations in Central African Republic were able to open for a second round of parliamentary elections, amid heavy security to deter rebels who disrupted polls in December.
    (Reuters, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, In eastern Congo DRC attackers killed at least a dozen villagers in raid late today on the village of Bulongo. Rights groups blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia active in eastern Congo since the 1990s.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 14, In Germany Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union was handily defeated in elections by two popular incumbent state governors: the Green party's Winfried Kretschmann in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the center-left Social Democrats' Malu Dreyer in Rhineland-Palatinate.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 14, Carmaker Volkswagen said it plans to cut up to 4,000 jobs at its plants in Germany by offering early or partial retirement to older employees in a move that could cost several hundred million euros.
    (Reuters, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Ireland temporarily suspended AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine "out of an abundance of caution," citing reports from the Norwegian Medicines Agency regarding a cluster of serious blood clotting in some recipients there.
    (Reuters, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Italy's northern region of Piedmont said it would temporarily suspend AstraZeneca coronavirus shots after a teacher from the town of Biella died following his vaccination a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Kosovos Foreign Ministry said it has formally opened its embassy to Israel in the disputed city of Jerusalem.
    (AP, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Kuwait's constitutional court ordered Bader al-Dahoum, the countrys most outspoken opposition lawmaker, expelled from parliament citing an old conviction for insulting the late emir. The decision sparked instant fury among his fellow lawmakers, given that the country's highest appeals court had since acquitted al-Dahoum on the defamation charges.
    (AP, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Forces of Libya's eastern military strongman announced the arrest of Mohammed Miloud, a suspected senior local Islamic State fighter in a southwestern town known to be a militant hideout.
    (AP, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, In Myanmar thousands of people gathered to protest in Yangon. They scattered and ran as the sound of gunfire rang out yet again. At least 38 people were reported killed. Myanmar's ruling junta declared martial law late today in six townships of Yangon.
    (CBS News, 3/14/21)(SFC, 3/16/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 14, Dutch police used a water cannon and officers on horseback across a park in The Hague to break up a protest against the government and its tough coronavirus lockdown.
    (SFC, 3/15/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 14, Oman authorities said they have blocked US audio app Clubhouse because it did not have the right permit. Some activists described the move as a further erosion of freedom of expression in the Gulf state.
    (Reuters, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, The Philippines' Department of Health reported 4,899 new coronavirus cases, a day after recording the largest single-day increase in more than six months with 5,000 additional infections. The government said it is on track with its COVID-19 inoculation drive.
    (Reuters, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Spanish authorities said police have arrested 12 people and seized about 600 kg of cocaine in an operation that dismantled what investigators describe as the largest drug distribution network in the countrys capital.
    (AP, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, The United Nations says more than 80% of Syrians now live in poverty, and 60% are at risk of hunger. The currency has crashed, now at 4,000 Syrian pounds to the dollar on the black market, compared to 700 a year ago and 47 at the beginning of the conflict in 2011.
    (AP, 3/14/21)
2021        Mar 14, Officials and tribal leaders forces of Yemens internationally recognized government managed to retake swaths of territory from the Houthi rebels in the past days.
    (AP, 3/14/21)

2021        Mar 15, President Joe Biden's administration told the US Supreme Court that it thinks low-level crack cocaine offenders should be among the beneficiaries of a federal law that reduced certain prison sentences, reversing the position taken under his predecessor Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, The US Senate confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for nearly two centuries.
    (SFC, 3/16/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 15, It was reported that the US-based branch of the Jesuits has unveiled plans for a "truth and reconciliation" initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved by the Roman Catholic order. The Jesuits planned to raise $1 billion within five years in pursuit of racial justice and racial healing.
    (NY Times, 3/17/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 15, The US embassy in Mozambique said US special operations forces will support Mozambique's efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism".
    (BBC, 3/21/21)
2021         Mar 15, California to date had 3,600,364 cases of coronavirus and 55,815 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 414,922 cases and 5,656 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,492,614 with the death toll at 535,597.
    (sfist.com, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, In San Francisco Stephen Bechtel Jr. (95), philanthropist and retired CEO of the Bechtel construction company (1960-1990), died at his home in Pacific Heights.
    (SFC, 3/16/21, p.B1)
2021        Mar 15, In Florida the body of Neil Clark (67), a longtime Ohio lobbyist who had pleaded not guilty in a sweeping $60 million federal bribery investigation, was found dead in Collier County.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 15, County officials in coastal North Carolina voted on whether to raise property taxes to help save a main road from rising seas.
    (NY Times, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Eight migrants died in a car crash in Texas on US Highway 277, about 30 miles north of the border city Del Rio.
    (NY Times, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 15, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah in a public letter urged American spectators, companies and diplomats to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, to punish China for its human rights abuses. He favored that approach over an athlete boycott.
    (NY Times, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, It was reported that a new feature has appeared at smoke shops in Montana, gas stations in the Carolinas and delis in far-flung corners of New York City: a brightly-lit bitcoin ATM, where customers can buy or sell digital currency, and sometimes extract hard cash. There are now bitcoin ATMs in every state except Alaska.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Billionaire hedge fund investor William Ackman said he donated 26.5 million shares in newly public South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang Inc to three entities, including his foundation.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Advanced Micro Devices Inc released a new data center chip aimed at taking away more market share from rival Intel Corp. California-based AMD designs the chip but taps Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd to fabricate the chip using TSMC's 7-nanometer chipmaking process.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is adding informational labels to posts about vaccines as it expands efforts to counter COVID-19-related misinformation flourishing on its platforms.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, General Motors Co said that due to the global semiconductor chip shortage the US automaker is building certain 2021 light-duty full-size pickup trucks without a fuel management module, hurting those vehicles' fuel economy performance.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Gilead Sciences Inc and rival Merck & Co Inc said they will test a combination of their experimental HIV drugs to develop a long-acting treatment for the infection that affects millions worldwide.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Moderna Inc said it had dosed the first patients in an early-stage study of a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate for evaluation as a next-generation shot. The new candidate, mRNA-1283, could potentially be stored in refrigerators instead of freezers.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Purdue Pharma submitted its bankruptcy restructuring plan just before midnight. The blueprint requires members of the billionaire Sackler family to relinquish control of the company and transforms it into a new corporation with revenue directed exclusively toward abating the addiction epidemic that its signature painkiller, OxyContin, helped create.
    (NY Times, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 15, In Australia more than 100,000 people took to the streets in dozens of rallies across the country to protest violence against women and the governments handling of two rape cases involving high-level political figures.
    (The Telegraph, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Britain said it was imposing new sanctions on Bashar al-Assads regime, including asset freezes and travel bans on the Syrian dictators close allies.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Rogers Communications Inc said it was buying rival Shaw Communications Inc for about C$20 billion in a deal that would create Canada's second-largest cellular and cable operator but might attract stiff regulatory scrutiny.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, A regional court in West Africa ordered the immediate release of a Venezuelan businessman close to President Nicols Maduro, finding that his arrest in Cape Verde on US money laundering charges was unlawful. The court also instructed Cape Verde to cease all extradition proceedings against Alex Saab and compensate him $200,000 for damages. Federal prosecutors in Miami indicted Saab in 2019 on money laundering charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme that pocketed more than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government that was never built.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, It was reported that 25% of Chile's population has received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine.
    (SFC, 3/15/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 15, China said it will simplify visa applications for foreign nationals who have been inoculated with Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines, its latest small step towards normalizing international travel.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, China reported a new COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine, jointly developed by Anhui Jifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical Co. and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is the fifth coronavirus vaccine developed and approved in China and the 4th to be given emergency use approval.
    (SFC, 3/17/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 15, The largest sandstorm in a decade swept across northern China and Mongolia, grounding flights and closing schools. At least 10 people were killed and nearly 400 left missing.
    (NY Times, 3/15/21)(SSFC, 3/21/21, p.B8)
2021        Mar 15, Attacks on Chinese-run factories in Myanmar's biggest city drew demands from Beijing for protection for their property and employees.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, A report by medical charity MSF has found that nearly 70% of health facilities in Ethiopia's conflict-hit northern region of Tigray have been vandalized and equipment looted.
    (BBC, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, The European Union launched legal action against Britain for unilaterally changing trading arrangements for Northern Ireland that Brussels says breach the Brexit divorce deal agreed with London last year.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, The French government said it will return a Nazi-looted Gustav Klimt landscape painting (Rosebushes under the Trees) to the family of Nora Stiasny, a Holocaust victim who was dispossessed of the 1905 painting in 1938.
    (SFC, 3/16/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 15, Germany, France, Italy and Spain said they would stop administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after several countries reported possible serious side-effects.
    (AP, 3/15/21)(SFC, 3/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 15, Germany's IDT Biologica said it would make Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine using capacity previously reserved by Japan's Takeda, helping to ease concerns about the US drugmaker's ability to meet its production goals.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Hong Kong authorities said that the city's vaccine scheme would be widened to include those aged between 30-60 years old and domestic helpers, as they aim to increase take up amongst residents in the Asian financial hub.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, In Hungary demonstrators in Budapest broke a ban on public gatherings to demand an end to the country's lockdown restrictions, even as a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations sweeps the country.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Indonesia said it will delay the administering of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of blood clots among some recipients in Europe and would await a review from the World Health Organization (WHO).
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard inaugurated a new underground facility designated for missile storage.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Iran charged a French tourist with spying and spreading propaganda against the system. Benjamin Berier was arrested some 10 months ago after taking pictures in a desert area where photography is prohibited.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Italys top administrative court ruled against a conservative think tank affiliated with former White House adviser Steve Bannon over its use of a hilltop monastery to train future populist leaders.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 15, Most of Italy entered a new lockdown today. Cases have risen over the past three weeks, driven by the spread of the variant first found in Britain and a slow vaccination campaign.
    (NY Times, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Libya's first unity government in years was sworn in in the eastern city of Tobruk, charged with unifying the country after years of violence and division and overseeing the run-up to national elections.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, The Netherlands began 3 days of general elections.
    (SFC, 3/16/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 15, In Nigeria gunmen on motorcycles stormed the primary school in Rama village in Birnin Gwari local government area as children were arriving for classes. Three teachers were abducted.
    (BBC, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Yaphet Kotto (b.1939), African-American actor, died near Manila in the Philippines. His films included "Nothing But a Man" (1964), "Live and Let Die" (1973), "Blue Collar" (1978), "Alien" (1979), "Running Man" (1987) and "Midnight Run" (1988).
    (SFC, 3/17/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 15, Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund said Russia has vaccinated 3.5 million people with both shots of its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, which puts it ahead of all countries in Europe in terms of the absolute number of people fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, In Thailand six pedigree cats valued at thousands of dollars were confiscated in a Thai drug network raid on suspicion they were being used to launder money.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 15, It was reported that Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine has been arrested while leading a protest in Kampala.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
 2021        Mar 15, The Vatican decreed that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God cannot bless sin.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, It was reported that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is pressing banks to implement digital payment systems as hyperinflation prompts chronic shortages of cash in the bolivar currency.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)

2021        Mar 16, President Joe Biden called for changes to the filibuster to require lawmakers to speak on the floor of the Senate to hold up a bill, while the chamber's Republican leader warned of scorched-earth tactics if Democrats use their new majority to bring an end to the legislative roadblock entirely.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, A declassified US intelligence report found that Russia tried to influence the 2020 election in Trumps favor. The assessment found broad efforts by the Kremlin and Iran to shape the outcome of the race but ultimately no evidence that any foreign actor changed votes or otherwise disrupted the voting process.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded that a surge in the number of children, mostly from Central America, is a challenge for the Border Patrol and other agencies amid the coronavirus pandemic. But he rejected a Trump-era policy of sending them immediately back to Mexico or other countries.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats that doing away with the chamber's filibuster rule would lead to a "completely scorched earth" Senate, in which Democratic President Joe Biden would have a much harder time moving his agenda.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021         Mar 16, California to date had 3,603,528 cases of coronavirus and 55,942 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 415,395 cases and 5,658 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,545,555 with the death toll at 536,826.
    (sfist.com, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, In Georgia a gunman killed eight people, seven of them women, in an attack on three massage parlors in the Atlanta area. Six of the people killed were Asian, and two were white. Suspect Robert Aaron Long (21) of Woodstock, Ga., was captured in Crisp County. Long soon told investigators he had a sexual addiction and saw the businesses as a temptation that he needed to eliminate.
    (NY Times, 3/17/21)(NBC News, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, Public health experts in several states warned that coronavirus cases were rising in several new hot spots after weeks of declining coronavirus infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. Numbers have risen in Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, and New Jersey. New coronavirus cases have stopped falling in New York City and neighboring counties despite ramped up vaccination efforts.
    (The Week, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, All Mississippi residents became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine today following an announcement a day earlier by Gov. Tate Reeves.
    (SFC, 3/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 16, Nadine Consuelo Jackson (32) of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to 24 months in prison after fraudulently obtaining more than $2.5 million in pandemic relief, and the acting United States attorney for the region said authorities are working to hold others accountable.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, Michelle Obama launched a nonprofit campaign that aims to provide more than 1 million meals to food-insecure families in connection with the debut of her childrens food show on Netflix.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Applied Materials said its new semiconductor manufacturing technology uses artificial intelligence, or AI, to spot mistakes in chips more effectively.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Moderna announced it has started conducting a study of its COVID-19 vaccine in children between the ages of 6 months and 11 years.
    (The Week, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, Researchers said that somewhere between about 30% and 99% of it may now be trapped within minerals in the Martian crust, running counter to the long-held notion that it simply was lost into space by escaping through the upper atmosphere. Mars has been a dry planet for the past 3 billion years.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, Uber is giving its UK drivers the minimum wage, pensions and holiday pay, following a recent court ruling that said they should be classified as workers and entitled to such benefits.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, In northern Afghanistan gunmen opened fire at a minibus belonging to a university, killing at least two people and wounding six on the outskirts of Puli Khomri, Baghlan province. A Taliban spokesman said the militant group was not involved.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field's highest honor, was awarded to the Paris-based duo of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal for prioritizing the enrichment of human life," especially in the context of public housing.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, PM Boris Johnson said Britain will grow its nuclear warhead stockpile by more than 40% to ensure its security in a more risky global environment and as it faces new technological threats. The government said it would create a new homeland security headquarters as part of plans to improve its response to the "major threat" from terrorism, saying a successful chemical, biological or nuclear was likely by the end of the decade.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Britains financial regulator said National Westminster Bank has been charged with violating money laundering laws in relation to 365 million pounds ($505 million) deposited into a single customers accounts over a period of five years.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, It was reported that Chinese app stores have removed Alibaba Group's UC Browser for mobiles, after it was criticized on Chinese state television's annual consumer rights show for including medical ads by unqualified companies.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, An Ethiopian official said that his government opposes calls by Sudan for outside mediators including the United States in the ongoing dispute over its construction of a massive hydroelectric dam on the Nile River.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, An expert at the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said coronavirus infections are again rising exponentially in Germany.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, India reported 24,492 new cases, the sixth straight day of more than 20,000 infections, as curbs to try to stop the spread were expanded in parts of the country that have recorded a surge.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Iranian health authorities announced that the country's third homegrown vaccine has reached the phase of clinical trials.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, The Israeli Defense Ministry announced it has completed an upgrade of the country's Iron Dome rocket-defense system to cope with an additional array of aerial threats.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, The Israeli Antiquities Authority said archeologists racing against treasure hunters to search caves near the Dead Sea have discovered a trove of artefacts, including fragments of a biblical text, the like of which has not been seen for decades. The parchment fragments, about 2,000 years old, bear biblical verse, written in Greek, and match a scroll discovered about 60 years ago called the "Book of the 12 Minor Prophets".
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Latvia and Sweden suspended the use of AstraZeneca's vaccine pending the outcome of an investigation by the EU's medicines regulator into isolated cases of bleeding, blood clots and low platelet counts.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, In Lebanon outraged protesters returned to the streets of Beirut, blocking roads with burning tires and garbage containers as the currency continued to plummet to all-time lows and the countrys financial crisis intensified.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, A transitional government in conflict-stricken Libya took power in Tripoli, officially beginning a tenure designed to end with democratic elections late this year.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, In northern Mali about 100 suspected Islamic extremists on motorcycles ambushed a military convoy near Tassit, killing at least 33 people in the deadliest attack of its kind since the president was overthrown in a coup last year.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, Authorities in Mexico said that 20 migrants were caught at a highway checkpoint using falsified paperwork with letterheads from the UN refugee agency, UNCHR.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, It was reported that Morocco is further ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program than any other African country, but undocumented migrants are not a part of its plans, potentially undermining efforts to come to grips with the disease.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Aid agency Save the Children said Islamist militants are beheading children as young as 11 in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado.
    (BBC, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, In Myanmar at least two people protesting last month's military coup were reported shot and killed by security forces after a morning of peaceful marches in parts of the country. The families of dozens of people killed in demonstrations against military rule attended their funerals.
    (AP, 3/16/21)(Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Dutch health authorities said the number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands increased by 24% over the last week, the biggest weekly jump since mid-December.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, In Niger gunmen on motorcycles killed at least 58 people as they were returning home from a livestock market in the volatile Tillaberi region.
    (The Week, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 16, Somalia launched COVID-19 vaccinations with the inoculation of the health minister, who received the jab publicly to reassure the nation about its safety.
    (AP, 3/16/21)
2021        Mar 16, Sri Lanka said a call to ban the wearing of the burqa was "merely a proposal", following criticism from regional allies ahead of a crucial United Nations vote on human rights in the island nation.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)

2021        Mar 17, President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin will face consequences for directing efforts to swing the 2020 US presidential election to Donald Trump, and that they would come soon.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, The US government said it is investing $12.25 billion on ramping up COVID-19 testing in the country to help schools reopen safely and promote testing equity among high-risk and underserved populations. The funds will be taken from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that was signed into law last week.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, The US State Dept. announced sanctions on 24 Chinese officials for undermining Hong Kong's democratic freedoms.
    (SFC, 3/18/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 17, The IRS said filers will have until May 17 to file their tax returns. The extra time is intended to ease the burden on Americans dealing with the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic.
    (NY Times, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, US Federal Reserve officials signaled that they are in no rush to dial back support for a pandemic-damaged economy, releasing a fresh set of projections that showed the central banks policy interest rate on hold at near zero for years to come.
    (NY Times, 3/17/21)
2021         Mar 17, California to date had 3,605,719 cases of coronavirus and 56,097 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 415,829 cases and 5,701 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,602,809 with the death toll at 537,945.
    (sfist.com, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Sean Lannon (47) was arrested in St Louis, Missouri driving the stolen car of his alleged New Jersey victim, Michael Dabkowski. Lannon said Dabkowski had sexually abused him as a child. Lannon soon claimed responsibility for 15 killings in New Mexico.
    (The Independent, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 17, Abbvie Inc said the US Food and Drug Administration has extended the review period for expanded use of its rheumatoid arthritis drug Rinvoq by three months, citing the need for more time to assess the drug's benefit-risk profile.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, CNBC reported that Morgan Stanley has become the first big US bank to offer its wealth management clients access to bitcoin funds.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Facebook Inc said it is starting to remove the recommendations it gives global users for political and social issue Facebook groups, a move it has billed as turning down tension on the site.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Australia said it will send COVID-19 vaccines from its own supply to Papua New Guinea and will ask AstraZeneca to send 8,000 doses to contain a concerning wave of infections.
    (SFC, 3/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 17, It was reported that interest in cybersex is soaring as the pandemic has left people subject to lockdowns and travel bans and unable to seek intimacy in the usual ways. In London Angelina Aleksandrovich runs a collective called Raspberry Dream Labs which creates multi-sensory cybersex experiences which allow people to enjoy intimate moments together even when they are not in same place.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Cape Verdes Supreme Court ruled that Alex Saab, a businessman close to Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro who was arrested last year in the West African country, can be extradited to the United States to face money-laundering charges.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Researchers in a large study from Denmark reported that the vast majority of people who recover from Covid-19 remain shielded from the virus for at least six months.
    (NY Times, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 17, An Egyptian court convicted prominent human rights activist Sanaa Seif of spreading false news, and insulting a police officer, sentencing her to 18 months in prison.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, The European Union criticized Turkish authorities for stripping a prominent pro-Kurdish legislator of his parliamentary seat and seeking to shut down his political party, saying these moves add to concerns over the backsliding of rights in Turkey.
    (AP, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 17, It was reported that Finland-based Nokia plans to cut up to 10,000 jobs as it tries to cement its role as a key supplier of 5G technology. Nokia said the restructuring should reduce costs by $715 million by 2023.
    (SFC, 3/17/21, p.B2)
2021        Mar 17, Greece launched a 30-year government bond auction, hoping to take advantage of low interest rates to improve its debt profile and offset some of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the countrys public finances.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Indian health officials said about 6.5% of coronavirus vaccine doses in India are going to waste, urging states to manage their immunization drives better to optimize use of what one called "this elixir-like precious commodity".
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Iran's state TV reported that mishaps during the annual Nowruz fire festival have left at least 10 people dead and hundreds more injured around the country. The deaths happened over a period of several weeks.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, In Italy Eni SpA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and several of their current and former executives were acquitted of corruption charges related to a Nigerian oil deal by a court in Milan. Sentences in Italy arent definitive until appeals are exhausted. It could take years before a final decision.
    (Bloomberg, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, A Japanese court for the first time ruled that same-sex marriage should be allowed under the country's constitution, a moral victory that does not have any immediate legal consequence but could bolster efforts for legalization.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Kenya's high court upheld a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) in a landmark ruling welcomed by campaigners seeking to eradicate the internationally condemned procedure.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Two Polish government websites were hacked today and used briefly to spread false information about a non-existent radioactive threat, in what a Polish government official said had the hallmarks of a Russian cyberattack.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Syria has registered 16,656 cases of coronavirus, including 1,110 deaths in government-held areas. The numbers are believed to be much higher because of limited testing being done. President Bashar Assads office said the first couple are on their way to recovery nine days after testing positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Tanzania's Pres. John Magufuli (61) died from reported heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan (61) will be sworn in as the new president within 24 hours and should serve the remainder of Mr Magufuli's five-year term which he began last year.
    (BBC, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 17, Tunisias president met with Libya's newly appointed government officials in Tripoli, becoming the first head of state to visit the war-torn country a day after an interim administration took power.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, Turkish authorities stripped Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, a prominent legislator and human rights advocate, of his parliamentary seat and took a step toward disbanding the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party. On March 21 around 100 police officers entered parliament to detain him. He was released after questioning several hours later.
    (AP, 3/17/21)(AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 17, A UN spokesman said human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has agreed to Ethiopia's request for a joint investigation into the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in the country's northern Tigray region.
    (AFP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, The United Nations' nuclear watchdog (IAEA) said it has confirmed that Iran has begun operating a cascade of advanced centrifuges at an underground site.
    (AP, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, A UN team of investigators on Myanmar appealed for people to collect and preserve documentary evidence of crimes ordered by the military since a Feb. 1 coup, in order to build future cases against its leaders.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)
2021        Mar 17, A World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine safety panel said that it considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue.
    (Reuters, 3/17/21)

2021        Mar 18, President Joe Biden met virtually with the UN Security Council and reaffirmed his determination to restore Americas global leadership and re-engage with global institutions including the United Nations.
    (AP, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, The United States warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that the Biden administration will not recognize the result of its upcoming presidential election unless the voting is free, fair, supervised by the United Nation and represents all of Syrian society.
    (AP, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, The Biden administration said it is in the process of finalizing efforts to distribute 2.5 million doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada as a "loan".
    (SFC, 3/19/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 18, The US Senate confirmed veteran diplomat William Burns as CIA director, giving him control of the nation's premier spy agency.
    (AP, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said James Roland Jones (33), a SpaceX engineer, has pleaded guilty to charges of insider trading on the dark web. Jones bought and sold personally identifiable information on the dark web and used this information from 2016-2017 to open up fake accounts to conduct trades on material, non-public information.
    (Business Insider, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 18, The US International Trade Commission released a report saying the United States imported $2.4 billion worth of seafood from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in 2019, representing 11% of total US imports.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, The US government said that US land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least April 21.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., reinstated the conviction of Bijan Kian, a one-time business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, for acting as an unregistered agent of the Turkish government.
    (AP, 3/18/21)
2021         Mar 18, California to date had 3,610,073 cases of coronavirus and 56,479 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 416,325 cases and 5,732 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,663,132 with the death toll at 539,320.
    (sfist.com, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, In Nevada, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov (27), a Russian man, pleaded guilty to offering a Tesla employee $1 million to get computer malware into the electric car companys massive electric battery plant in Nevada for a ransomware attack that never happened. Kriuchkov is expected to face no more than 10 months in prison under terms of his plea agreement.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 18, Alphabet Inc's YouTube said it is rolling out a short-form video-streaming service on its platform in the United States as it looks to better compete with rival TikTok in the hugely popular category.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Facebook Inc said it is developing a wristband that would be able to control its augmented reality (AR) glasses that are expected to be launched this year.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky said Johnson & Johnson is developing several next generation COVID-19 vaccines against the emerging variants of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, In Afghanistan a bombing in Kabul killed four state employees. The defense ministry said a helicopter crash in a central province killed 9 people.
    (SFC, 3/19/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 18, In Brazil 4 protesters were arrested as police started to employ a dictatorship-era national security law against critics of President Jair Bolsonaro. Lawyers and activists rallied to provide them with legal help and accused the government of trying to silence dissent.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 18, Britain's medicines regulator said there had been five cases of a rare type of blood clot in the brain among 11 million given AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine but said that it found the benefits of the shot far outweighed any possible risks.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Denmark's Medicines Agency said it had registered ten reports of blood clots in people who received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, including one that led to death.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Finlands domestic security agency said that the cybergroup APT31, which is generally linked to the Chinese government, was likely behind a cyberspying attack on the information systems of the Nordic countrys parliament.
    (AP, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, India put a temporary hold on all major exports of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot made by the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine-maker, to meet domestic demand as infections rise.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 18, In Myanmar Maung Waik, a construction magnate with links to the military rulers, said he personally gave more than half a million dollars to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a broadcast on state TV aimed a discrediting the ousted civilian government.
    (SFC, 3/19/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 18, The process of forming a new Dutch governing began after PM Mark Rutte's conservative VVD party won 35 of the 150 seats in the lower house of parliament. The centrist D66 garnered 24 seats. The far-right populist Forum for Democracy rose from 2 to 8 seats.
    (SFC, 3/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 18, A top North Korean diplomat acknowledged that the United States had recently tried to initiate contact, but blasted the attempts as a "cheap trick" that would never be answered until Washington dropped hostile policies.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to President Biden's comment calling him a "killer," by challenging the US leader to a debate.
    (Axios, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 18, The Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is responsible for exports of the COVID-19 vaccine, said Mexican authorities have seized a batch of fake doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Lawmakers voted 202-140 to make Spain the sixth country in the world, and the fourth in Europe, to allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients with incurable diseases and for people with unbearable permanent conditions.
    (AP, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Syria's health ministry said intensive care units in public hospitals in Damascus have reached full capacity due to a sharp rise of coronavirus infections, leading doctors to transfer patients to hospitals in other provinces.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 18, It was reported that Thai authorities are bracing for a surge of refugees from Myanmar and have set aside areas to shelter more than 43,000 people in Mae Sot district. Myanmar's security forces have killed at least 217 people in their crackdown against opposition to last month's coup.
    (Reuters, 3/18/21)
2021        Mar 18, Ukraine registered 15,053 new coronavirus cases surpassing 1.5 million in total. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the capital will go into a lockdown on March 20 until April 9 because of the surge in cases.
    (SFC, 3/19/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 18, A UN report, released this week, sketched a grim picture of conflict-wrecked Libya, accusing several foreign governments of turning the oil-rich country into a stage to play out rivalries and ignoring UN sanctions and a decade-long arms embargo.
    (AP, 3/18/21)

2021        Mar 19, US Pres. Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Bill Nelson (78), a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle just days before the Challenger launch accident, to lead NASA.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, US and Chinese officials wrapped up their talks in Alaska without reaching any diplomatic breakthroughs. That was to be expected, but both sides suggested that, despite a contentious start to the high-profile meeting, there were some positives.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, The US Justice Department announced charges against 10 Iranian nationals for running a nearly 20-year-long scheme to evade US sanctions on the government of Iran.
    (Axios, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch or chorus practice.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, The US Food and Drug Administration approved J&J's treatment, Ponvory, as a daily oral drug to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Johnson & Johnson said it will launch its newly approved drug for adults with relapsing MS in the United States in early April 2021 at a similar price point to rival treatments.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)
2021         Mar 19, California to date had 3,613,880 cases of coronavirus and 56,734 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 416,787 cases and 5,749 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,723,741 with the death toll at 540,950.
    (sfist.com, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, The Idaho Legislature voted to shut down for several weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was hit with four lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct, bringing the total number of such suits filed this week to seven.
    (The Week, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 19, It was reported that the Louis Tussaud's Waxworks Museum in San Antonio has removed a waxwork of Donald Trump because people kept punching it.
    (Business Insider, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Qualcomm Inc CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he is "seeing improvement" in efforts to ease chip shortages that have caused disruptions across several industries, and that demand for older chips is easier to respond to.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Twitter announced it will establish a legal entity in Turkey in order to continue operating in the country, which passed a controversial social media law last year.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 19, Bosnian officials denounced a Russian warning that it will take action if the country takes steps toward NATO membership.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Bulgaria's Prosecutor Generals spokeswoman, Siika Mileva, said several acting and retired members of the Bulgarian armed forces have been detained on suspicion of passing classified information to a foreign state. The officials allegedly spied for Russia.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, It was reported that the Chinese military has banned Tesla cars from entering its housing complexes, citing security concerns over the cameras installed on the vehicles.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Denmark, Sweden and Norway said they needed more time to decide whether to use AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while Finland joined them in putting the shots on hold, even though the EU drug watchdog said the benefits outweighed any risks.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Several French regions, including the Paris area, went under new coronavirus restrictions for at least a month to stop a rise in COVID-19 infections.
    (SFC, 3/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 19, France's agriculture ministry said it is to allow poultry farms in southwestern areas hit by a severe strain of avian influenza to resume production after a sharp fall in new cases of the disease.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Georgia's health ministry said that coronavirus vaccinations with the AstraZeneca shot would continue only in full-fledged medical centers following the death of a nurse (27).
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, In Iceland the Fagradalsfjall volcano awoke from a slumber that has lasted about 6,000 years. A long-dormant volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland flared to life after tens of thousands of earthquakes were recorded in the area in the past three weeks. It was the areas first volcanic eruption in nearly 800 years.
    (AP, 4/5/21)(AP, 5/15/21)
2021        Mar 19, Indonesian authorities approved the use of AstraZeneca's vaccine after reviewing reports that it had caused blood clots among some recipients in Europe. Indonesias highest Muslim clerical council, the Indonesia Ulema Council, said on its website that the AstraZeneca vaccine is "haram" because the manufacturing process uses "trypsin from the pork pancreas." On March 21 AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine contains no pork-derived ingredients.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 19, Israeli troops shot and killed Atef Hanaisheh (45), a Palestinian protester, during clashes in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Dagan.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Premier Mario Draghi said Italy aimed to administer 500,000 shots a day by next month, from a current daily level of about 165,000. Italy has recorded more than 104,000 confirmed deaths, the sixth-highest tally in the world.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 19, Malaysia said it will order all North Korean diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours, an escalation of diplomat brawl over Malaysias move to extradite a North Korean suspect to the United States for money laundering charges.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, In Myanmar two more journalists were detained as part of the junta's efforts to choke off information about the resistance to last month's coup. Protester's were back on the streets a major media group reported that 7 people were killed in the town of Aungban.
    (SFC, 3/20/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 19, Nepal emergency authorisation to India's COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN, becoming only the third country to approve the shot, developed by Bharat Biotech and a state research institute.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, In the Netherlands coronavirus cases jumped by around 7,400 in the past 24 hours, marking the biggest increase since early January.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, The Philippines reported its highest daily jump in coronavirus cases at more than 7,100. Total infections passed 648,000 with 12,900 confirmed deaths.
    (SFC, 3/20/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 19, In Saudi Arabia a drone attack struck an oil installation in of Riyadh, igniting a blaze at the facility deep in the kingdom's territory. A few hours earlier, Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yehia Sarie reported the group had fired six drones at an Aramco facility in Riyadh.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Switzerland's government postponed plans to relax its COVID-19 restrictions, citing increasing coronavirus cases and insufficient progress on vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, Samia Suluhu Hassan made history when she was sworn in as Tanzanias first female president after the death of her controversial predecessor, John Magufuli, who denied that COVID-19 is a problem in the East African country.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, It was reported that Turkish authorities have asked three Istanbul-based Egyptian opposition TV channels to soften their critical political coverage of Egypts government, as Turkey seeks to repair frayed ties with Cairo.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 19, A UN spokesman said the world body in North Korea has been left with no international staff, who are now working remotely.
    (AP, 3/19/21)

2021         Mar 20, California to date had 3,615,597 cases of coronavirus and 56,833 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 417,426 cases and 5,753 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,742,662 with the death toll at 541,259.
    (sfist.com, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Australia's east coast was smashed by heavy rains, sparking dangerous flash flooding that forced the evacuation of multiple regions as the fast-moving waters unmoored houses, engulfed roads, stranded towns and cut power lines.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev marked the Nowruz holiday by lighting a ceremonial fire outside Shusha, a culturally revered city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces in last autumns war.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, China said it had agreed with the US to take up climate change and a handful of other issues, a sign of small but possible progress at recently concluded talks that were otherwise marked by acrimonious public exchanges over the divisions between the world's two largest economies.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Denmark said that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral hemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Egypt received a second shipment of 300,000 coronavirus vaccine doses donated by China, as the Arab country tries to speed up its vaccination campaign. Egypt had previously received 350,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as well as a shipment of 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Egypt has reported more than 194,127 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 11,512 deaths, but the actual number is thought to be far higher.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, France and Poland became the latest European countries to enter some form of pandemic lockdown amid a rise in coronavirus infections that officials worry could turn into a third wave.
    (The Week, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, In Germany some 20,000 people clashed with police in Kassel over coronavirus measures. Marchers gathered despite a court ordered ban.
    (SSFC, 3/21/21, p.A9)
2021        Mar 20, Meeting in New Delhi Top defense officials from India and the United States pledged to expand their military engagement.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, India reported 40,953 new coronavirus cases, the biggest daily jump in nearly four months, with its richest state and economic backbone Maharashtra accounting for more than half the infections. Deaths rose by 188 to 159,404.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of PM Benjamin Netanyahu late today, calling for the longtime prime minister's ouster in a final show of force ahead of this weeks parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, The International Olympic Committee and local organizers announced that foreign spectators will not be allowed at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which are scheduled to begin July 23, because of coronavirus restrictions.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off northern Japan, shaking buildings even in Tokyo and triggering a tsunami advisory for a part of the northern coast. No major damage was reported.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Hundreds of health workers from Kosovo travelled to Albania to be inoculated against COVID-19 after the neighboring country offered to donate some of its supplies.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Pakistani PM Imran Khan (68) tested positive for COVID-19, two days after receiving his first vaccine dose. Government officials urged people not to be deterred from getting vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, In Pakistan two men were sentenced to death for gang-raping a woman on the side of a highway in Punjab last September, an attack that triggered nationwide protests and calls for tougher laws.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Papua New Guinea reported rising coronavirus infections, continuing a surge that highlights the need for tougher social distancing restrictions taking effect on March 22. Confirmed cases reached 3,085 with 36 deaths. Health experts believed the true numbers are much higher.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, In Thailand police in Bangkok used water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets late today to break up a rally by pro-democracy protesters calling for the release of detained activists, constitutional changes and reform of the nation's monarchy.
    (SSFC, 3/21/21, p.A8)
2021        Mar 20, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan abruptly sacked the central bank chief, two days after a sharp interest rate hike to head off inflation, replacing him with a former ruling party lawmaker and critic of tight monetary policy. Outgoing governor Naci Agbal, appointed less than five months ago, had won market praise by aggressively raising the policy rate by 875 basis points to 19%, the highest of any big economy.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan annulled the Istanbul Convention, a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence. Turkey was the first country to sign it 10 years ago. Rights groups say violence against and the killing of women is on the rise in Turkey.
    (AP, 3/20/21)
2021        Mar 20, The UN childrens agency said a surge of fighting in war-torn Yemen has been particularly brutal for children this month, with at least eight killed and 33 wounded.
    (AP, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 21, The USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, named one of its cannons Perfectus in honor of Loretta Perfectus Walsh, the first woman to serve as a chief petty officer in the Navy. The ceremony in Boston in Boston marked Women's History Month. Walsh was sworn in as the US Navys first chief petty officer on march 21, 1917.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 21, Today is World Down Syndrome Day, a day intended to raise awareness and spread education about the condition, as well as a day for those affected by the condition to celebrate themselves. World Down Syndrome Day was observed for the first time 2006. The day of observation was officially declared by the United Nations in December 2011, and has been globally recognized since 2012.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Today is World Water Day. CEOs from 16 corporations pledged in an open letter to improve the way they use and manage water to ensure ample and resilient freshwater resources for all. This year the focus is on the theme of valuing water.
    (https://unglobalcompact.org/news/4694-03-21-2021)
2021         Mar 21, California to date had 3,617,846 cases of coronavirus and 56,921 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 417,707 cases and 5,766 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,787,742 with the death toll at 541,984.
    (sfist.com, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Australia's most populous state of New South Wales issued more evacuation orders following the worst flooding in decades.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Protests continued across the UK against a proposed law that would increase police powers. Clashes between some demonstrators and police in the city of Bristol left 20 officers injured, two of them seriously.
    (CBS News, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 21, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said it has agreed to buy Kansas City Southern for $25 billion in a cash-and-shares deal to create the first rail network connecting the United States, Mexico, and Canada, betting on a pick-up in North American trade.
    (Reuters, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Congo-Brazzaville held elections. President Sassou Nguesso was expected to win as the leading opposition candidate Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas (61) was hospitalized with COVID-19. Kolelas died on a plane taking him to France for treatment. Congo-Brazzaville has officially recorded more than 9,000 cases of Covid-19 and 130 deaths.
    (BBC, 3/21/21)(BBC, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 21, Dr. Nawal el Saadawi (89), Egyptian author, physician and advocate for womens rights in the Arab, died in Cairo. She told her own story of female genital mutilation in her memoirs.
    (NY Times, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, In Germany Alfred Sauter, an influential figure in Bavaria's Christian Social Union, resigned all party offices. He is at least the third conservative politician to have resigned in the scandal over mask procurement kickbacks.
    (Reuters, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Israel revoked the VIP permit of Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki after he returned to the West Bank from a trip to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Demonstrators in Myanmar maintained their dogged opposition to military rule despite a rising death toll, with two more people killed as the junta appeared equally determined to resist growing pressure to compromise.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, The death toll from coordinated raids on three villages in Niger by suspected jihadists left at least 60 people dead. The death toll soon rose to 137.
    (BBC, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 21, North Korea fired short-range missiles, just days after the sister of Kim Jong Un threatened the United States and South Korea for holding joint military exercises.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 21, The Palestinian Health Ministry began administering the first doses of coronavirus vaccines it received from the global COVAX initiative to health care workers and older residents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, The Philippine defense chief demanded that more than 200 Chinese vessels leave a South China Sea reef claimed by Manila, saying their presence was a provocative action of militarizing the area. He said they were manned by militias. About 220 Chinese vessels were seen moored at Whitsun Reef, which Beijing also claims, on March 7.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, The Philippines said it will expand tighter COVID-19 rules to include four provinces surrounding the capital Manila, and restrict travel to and from these areas for two weeks beginning March 22, as the country battles a renewed surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Romania recorded its highest number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units since the pandemic began. Over the past week some days saw more than 6,000 new cases.
    (SFC, 3/22/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 21, Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco reported a steep slide in net profit for 2020 on Sunday and scaled back its spending plans. The company said it is betting on an Asian-led rebound in energy demand this year.
    (Reuters, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, South Africa's health ministry said it has concluded the sale of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines it had acquired but did not use to other African Union (AU) member states.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, In northwestern Syria artillery shells fired from government areas hit a hospital in a rebel-controlled town, killing at least five civilians and wounding medical staff. Airstrikes late today on several locations in northwest Syria near the border with Turkey killed at least one person and set afire several trucks used to distribute aid. Turkey had asked Russia to secure an immediate end to the strikes.
    (AP, 3/21/21)(AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 21, In Tanzania a woman and four children died after a stampede as people mourned former President John Magufuli. 45 people died in the stampede during a public viewing of the body of Magufuli.
    (BBC, 3/22/21)(AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 21, Uganda reported that six lions have been found in Queen Elizabeth National Park with their heads and paws hacked off, and their bodies surrounded by dead vultures.
    (BBC, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, The UN marked International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, Pope Francis urged people to fight organized crime groups such as the mafia around the world, warning that the criminals were using the COVID-19 pandemic to further enrich themselves. Francis also denounced racism and urged more efforts to ensure all people have access to drinking water.
    (Reuters, 3/21/21)(AP, 3/21/21)

2021        Mar 22, It was reported that former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has jumped into the fray for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund with his SkyBridge Capital joining forces with First Trust Advisors. His stint at the White House lasted 11 days in 2017.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, The US Department of Agriculture announced a 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September, providing about $3.5 billion of assistance to people affected by food insecurity.
    (Axios, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, It was reported that new cases of COVID-19 in the United States rose 5% to more than 394,000 last week, the first increase after declining for nine straight weeks.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Tests results announced that the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford provided strong protection against Covid-19 in a large clinical trial in the United States, completely preventing the worst outcomes from the disease while causing no serious side effects.
    (NY Times, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, California's State Water Board began sending notices to the state's 40,000 water users telling them to brace for cuts in an effort to keep reservoirs from emptying out.
    (SFC, 3/23/21, p.A1)
2021         Mar 22, California to date had 3,620,124 cases of coronavirus and 57,114 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 418,275 cases and 5,780 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,861,965 with the death toll at 542,872.
    (sfist.com, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Elgin Baylor (86), the Lakers Hall of Fame forward who became one of the N.B.A.s greatest players, died in Los Angeles. He displaying acrobatic brilliance that foreshadowed the athleticism of later generations of stars.
    (NY Times, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 22, A gunman killed 10 people at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. Police Officer Eric Talley (51), who responded to the scene, was among the fatalities. A suspect was arrested after being injured during the shooting. Police soon identified the gunman as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa (21). The gunman used a Ruger AR-556 pistol, purchased six days earlier. The gun is a shortened version of an AR-15 style rifle.
    (NY Times, 3/23/21)(The Independent, 3/23/21)(SFC, 3/27/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 22, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh resigned to become Pres. Joe Biden's labor secretary. City Council Pres. Kim Janey became the city's first female and first person of color to take office as acting mayor.
    (SFC, 3/24/21, p.A7)
2021        Mar 22, Minnesota health officials reported no new deaths due to COVID-19 for the first time in nearly a year.
    (SFC, 3/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 22, It was reported that the complaint records of 83,000 active and former New York City police officers have been added to a searchable public database justice advocates hope will help citizens and activists identify problem officers and trends in police abuse.
    (The Guardian, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22 West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state will immediately open coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older.
    (SFC, 3/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 22, In southern Bangladesh a devastating fire raced through the sprawling Rohingya refugee Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar district, destroying hundreds of shelters and leaving thousands homeless.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Bosnia reported a record daily number of 73 deaths from COVID-19 as medical staff said the health system was in danger of being overwhelmed. Bosnia reported 818 new coronavirus cases as demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the closure of bars and restaurants.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Hundreds of Brazilian business leaders and economists blasted President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus crisis and called for a new policy approach as the country enters a critical phase of its COVID-19 outbreak.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, It was reported that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has agreed to help Brazil acquire sedatives and other drugs it urgently needs for the intubation of patients seriously ill with COVID-19 due to a shortage in the current surge of serious cases.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, UK defence minister Ben Wallace said Britain will reduce the size of the army from 76,500 to 72,500 by 2025.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Bulgarias foreign ministry announced two Russian diplomats accused by Bulgarian prosecutors of espionage will be expelled from the country. The suspects could not be charged with espionage because of their diplomatic immunity.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, In China a man (59) detonated explosives in the outskirts of southern Guangzhou city, killing himself and four others.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, China's JD.Com said it would invest $800 million in on-demand delivery platform Dada Group, following which the e-commerce firm will own about 51% of Dada.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, The European Council confirmed that EU officials have approved sanctions against four Chinese officials and one Chinese entity for the "large-scale arbitrary detentions" of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, The European Union imposed sanctions on Eritrea over human rights violations and blacklisted the country's National Security Office which is tasked with intelligence gathering, arrests and interrogations.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, France added 344 confirmed deaths, increasing the total to 92,650 deaths.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 22, Germanys agriculture ministry said the governments of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have agreed that intensified hunting of wild boar is needed to combat an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) among wild animals.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Hungary became the first European Union (EU) country to approve for emergency use China's CanSino Biologics coronavirus vaccine and CoviShield, the Indian version of the AstraZeneca shot.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, It was reported that Israel is preparing for another tender to allocate more fifth generation (5G) mobile frequencies as soon as late 2021. Fifth-generation technology, which is 10 times faster than widespread 4G, is expected to power everything from high-speed video transmissions to self-driving cars.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, It was reported that Israel and New Zealand have given interim approval for the sale of Canada-based biotech firm SaNOtize Research and Development's Nitric Oxide Nasal Spray (NONS) which could help prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, In Italy Amazon workers took strike action in the first protest involving the US group's entire logistics operations, including third-party delivery service providers. Unions sought tighter rules on workloads and shifts for drivers who they say deliver as many as 180-200 parcels a day.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Kosovos newly-elected parliament held its first session and nominated Albin Kurti as the country's new prime minister. Vetevendosje!, his left-wing Self-Determination Movement, won 58 of 120 seats, but the party still needs the votes of non-Serb minority parties to create a new Cabinet.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Talks on the formation of a new Cabinet in Lebanon collapsed, heralding more economic and financial collapse for the small Arab country.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, In Myanmar security forces clashed with protesters. Social media suggested that several protesters were killed and numerous others injured. The BBC said journalist Aung Thura, detained on March 19, has been released.
    (SFC, 3/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 22, Russia said it has completed clinical trials for its one-shot "Sputnik-Light" version of its COVID-19 vaccine. Pres. Vladimir Putin said that 4.3 million Russians had received both shots of the vaccine and that he would get vaccinated on March 23.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Saudi Arabia proposed a ceasefire deal to Yemen's Houthi rebels in the hopes of halting the country's civil war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
    (AFP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Saudi Arabias state-backed oil giant Aramco said it paid the Saudi government 30% less in taxes in 2020. The kingdom on the energy sector for 80% of its exports and two-thirds of its financial revenues.
    (AP, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co said it has won a contract from Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo Inc to supply 5G network equipment, as the company positions itself as a challenger in the telecoms gear business.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Switzerland reported 3,643 new infections over the previous three days, with 12 newly confirmed deaths from the disease. Swiss drugs regulator Swissmedic approved Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the third shot to be approved by the country with vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech and from Moderna.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, Yemen's emergency coronavirus committee reported 98 confirmed and 168 suspected infections.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)

2021        Mar 23, President Biden called on Congress to ban assault weapons and strengthen background checks for gun buyers.
    (NY Times, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to bring to the Senate floor legislation passed by the House that would require background checks for most gun sales and transfers.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, The US Postal Service (USPS) outlined a proposed 10-year strategic plan that would slow current first-class delivery standards and raise some prices to stem $160 billion in forecasted red ink over the next decade.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, American federal health officials said results from a US trial of AstraZenecas COVID-19 vaccine may have included outdated information and that could mean the company provided an incomplete view of efficacy data.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021         Mar 23, California to date had 3,622,711 cases of coronavirus and 57,224 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 418,599 cases and 5,787 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 29,924,024 with the death toll at 543,798.
    (sfist.com, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, American actor George Segal (87) died in Santa Rosa. Ca. He began his career in serious drama but became one of Americas most reliable and familiar comic actors. Most recently he played Pops on the sitcom The Goldbergs.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 23, A fire swept through, a suburban New York assisted living home early today, killing one resident in Spring Valley, leaving another resident and a firefighter missing, and sending two firefighters and multiple residents to hospitals.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Texas health officials COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will be expanded to all adults as of March 29.
    (SFC, 3/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 23, The boss of Fidelity Investments' institutional arm said most wealth managers and financial advisors are still in "education mode" on cryptocurrencies but demand for the emerging asset class among larger investors has grown.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Frontier Airlines said it expects to raise about $630 million from an initial public offering of a small portion of its stock, a deal that it hopes will value the budget airline at about $4.5 billion.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Lockheed Martin Corp said it had teamed up with communications provider Omnispace LLC to develop a space-based 5G network for both commercial and government use.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Pfizer Inc said it has started an early-stage US trial of an oral COVID-19 antiviral therapy that could be prescribed to patients at the first sign of infection.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, In southern Bangladesh rescuers recovered at least 15 charred bodies from a Rohingya refugee camp after a devastating fire destroyed thousands of shelters. At least 400 people were still missing and around 560 were injured by the fire.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Carissa Etienne, the WHO's regional director for the Americas, warned that the coronavirus is surging "dangerously" across Brazil, urging all Brazilians to adopt preventive measures to stop the spread.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, A Banksy painting showing a boy playing with a toy nurse as a superhero sold for more than $20 million, setting an auction record for the elusive British street artist.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, A subsidiary of Livzon Pharmaceutical Group Inc said China's medical products regulator has approved clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate it has developed.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, China and Russia lashed out at the destructive behavior of the United States and called for a UN Security Council summit to establish stability between global superpowers. Their statement also urged other countries to refrain from politicizing human rights issues in a clear reference to the deplorable human rights record of both Moscow and Beijing.
    (The Telegraph, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, In Egypt the MV Ever Given container ship, nearly a quarter-mile long, became stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking a vital shipping lane. After two days the number of stacked-up vessels climbed to 150.
    (NY Times, 3/24/21)(SFC, 3/26/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 23, It was reported that Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed has acknowledged for the first time that troops from neighboring Eritrea have been in the Tigray region following the outbreak of conflict in November.
    (BBC, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, In Ethiopia an MSF team and two public minibuses were stopped by soldiers in the aftermath of an apparent ambush on an army convoy on a main road. The passengers had to leave the buses; four men were separated from women and shot dead.
    (BBC, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 23, EU ministers agreed to extend to the end of July temporary EU catch limits for fish stocks shared with Britain, to ensure fishing can continue uninterrupted while Brussels and London seek a full-year deal.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, European Union lawmakers refused to sign off on the budget of the EUs border and coast guard agency over concerns about allegations of rights violations, hiring failures and harassment by senior Frontex staff.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a lowering of the age group for those eligible for COVID-19 shots from 75 to 70 years starting this weekend.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would extend its lockdown until April 18 and called on citizens to stay home and reduce contacts as much as possible for five days from April 1. lobby groups said the decision could drive more businesses to bankruptcy and be counterproductive by encouraging people to flock to the shops beforehand.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
 2021        Mar 23, In southeastern Iran a road accident killed at least 14 people, including eight children.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Israelis began voting in the country's fourth parliamentary election in two years a highly charged referendum on the divisive rule of PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Israelis vote for parties, not individual candidates. PM Benjamin Netanyahus party held a lead in Israels fourth election in two years, but its unclear if he will have enough votes to form a majority government.
    (AP, 3/23/21)(NY Times, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 23, Lithuania's parliament approved regular mandatory COVID-19 testing for some workers and anyone refusing to be tested must work remotely or be suspended without pay.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, North Korea's official Central News Agency said that leader Kim Jong Un called for stronger unity and cooperation with China in the face of challenges posed by hostile forces while exchanging messages with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke ground for 10,000 new apartments in the capital city of Pyongyang, despite economic crises that have left other signature construction projects stalled.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 23, Three members of a Russian bomber's air crew died when their ejection seats accidentally activated during preflight checks at an airbase in the Kaluga region.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny announced plans to stage the biggest anti-Kremlin street protest in modern Russian history this spring, in a new push to win the opposition's politician's freedom.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Russian developers of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 said they have applied for domestic approval of a single-dose "light" version, and that trials of it in Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Ghana have already begun. The slimmed-down shot is not expected to be as effective as the original vaccine.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Russia's communications watchdog accused Twitter of deleting banned content too slowly in the latest dispute between a major government and Big Tech.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Turkish markets whip-sawed and offshore lira rates sky-rocketed as investors, banks and locals sought to predict whether President Tayyip Erdogan had reset the economy on an easy-month path after the weekend's abrupt leadership overhaul.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, The World Health Organization said it will oversee a coronavirus vaccination campaign in war-torn Syria that is expected to start in April with the aim of inoculating 20% of the population by the end of 2021.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, The United Nations, United States, Russia and the European Union met virtually to discuss relaunching their long-stalled effort to get Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a two-state solution to their decades-old conflict.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling on the office of the UN human rights chief to step up its monitoring of the situation in Sri Lanka regarding all alleged crimes linked to rights violations.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling on the office of the UN human rights chief to urge Israel's government to ensure that Palestinian areas have non-discriminatory access to COVID-19 vaccines.
    (AP, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, Pope Francis ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other clerics, including priests and nuns, who work at the Holy See, in an effort to save jobs as the pandemic pummels Vatican revenues.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 23, Yemen's internationally recognized government declared a health emergency in areas under its control, as infections in a second wave of a coronavirus epidemic surge.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)

2021        Mar 24, US Pres. Joe Biden appointed VP Kamala Harris to lead the response to the surge in migrants at the border, with a focus on improving conditions in Central American countries.
    (NY Times, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 24, The US Senate voted 52-48 to confirm former Pennsylvania Health Sec. Rachel Levine as the top assistant secretary for health, making her the highest ranking openly transgender person to serve in the US government.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Thirteen Republican-leaning states, led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, sued the Biden administration to end a suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water and to reschedule canceled sales of leases in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska waters and western states. Wyoming filed a its own lawsuit in federal court.
    (AP, 3/24/21)(Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, The top US securities regulator adopted measures that would kick foreign companies off American stock exchanges if they do not comply with US auditing standards, and require them to disclose any governmental affiliations. The Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act was signed into law by then-President Donald Trump in December.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021         Mar 24, California to date had 3,625,208 cases of coronavirus and 57,423 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 419,031 cases and 5,802 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,009,386 with the death toll at 545,237.
    (sfist.com, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Victor Rivera, the former head of one of the largest homeless shelter networks in New York City, was arrested on federal charges that he pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from contractors working with his organization. The announcement came less than two months after a New York Times investigation found that he had engaged in a long pattern of sexual abuse and financial impropriety that stretched back almost a decade. Mr. Rivera was fired by the nonprofit last month.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 24, Actress Jessica Walter (80), whose six-decade acting career included roles ranging from an obsessed radio fan in Clint Eastwoods directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, to the cutting, martini-swilling matriarch of the dysfunctional Bluth family on Arrested Development, died at her home in Manhattan.
    (NY Times, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 24, Virginia's Gov. Ralph S. Northam signed a bill that abolished the death penalty, making it the first Southern state and the 23rd overall to end capital punishment amid rising opposition to the practice.
    (NY Times, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Massachusetts' top court reversed an order requiring Facebook Inc to turn over to state Attorney General Maura Healey records identifying apps the company suspected had misused customer data, but the justices said she ultimately could obtain some materials.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said that Germany has committed millions of dollars in extra funding to help ensure all Holocaust survivors are able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, A federal indictment said that Christopher D. Casamento (42), the University of Pittsburghs former director of emergency management, stole more than 13,600 face masks meant for school employees and students and sold them online in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, GlaxoSmithKline said it is firing Moncef Slaoui from his position as board chair at Galvani Bioelectronics, effective immediately, after its investigation substantiated a complaint about his conduct toward an employee several years ago when Slaoui worked for the drugmaker.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Albania's Defense Ministry said the US has provided 29 new Humvees to bolster the country's military capabilities ahead of military exercises in southeastern Europe.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, President Luis Arce said Bolivia aims to have vaccinated its adult population against COVID-19 by October.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Brazil topped 300,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, becoming the second country, after the US, to do so amid a spike in infections that has seen the South American country report record death tolls in recent days. The health ministry reported 2,009 daily COVID-19 deaths, bringing its pandemic total to 300,685.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 24, It was reported that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum (75), the deputy ruler of Dubai and an internationally renowned horseman, has died.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, German Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped plans for a five-day shutdown over Easter, which had prompted confusion and criticism. She called the idea a mistake and apologized to Germans.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved a debt-financed supplementary budget of 60 billion euros ($71 billion) which will lift annual new borrowing to a record high of more than 240 billion euros this year.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Hong Kong suspended use of the Pfizer vaccine after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Hungary's surgeon general said the country's hospitals are under "extraordinary" pressure from rising coronavirus infections, as the country became a hotspot in the third wave of a pandemic that has hit Central Europe especially hard.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Health officials said a new and potentially troublesome variant of the coronavirus has been detected in India. The new variant found has two mutations in the spiky protein that the virus uses to fasten itself to cells.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Italy reported 460 coronavirus-related deaths against 551 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 21,267 from 18,765 the day before.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Japanese automakers Toyota, Isuzu and Hino said they are setting up a partnership in commercial vehicles to work together in electric, hydrogen, connected and autonomous driving technologies.
    (SFC, 3/25/21, p.B2)
2021        Mar 24, In Kenya five passengers died and dozens were severely injured morning after a bus they were traveling in ran over a roadside improvised bomb on Lafey-Mandera road near the Kenya-Somali border in Mandera County.
    (SFC, 3/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 24, In Libya Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a commander in the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces, was killed by assailants who opened fire on his car in a busy street in Benghazi. Al-Werfalli was wanted by the ICC for his alleged role in executing or ordering the executions of 33 captives in the eastern city of Benghazi in 2016 and 2017.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Myanmar's ruling military junta released hundreds of people arrested in its crackdown on protesters demanding a return to democratic rule. Several buses took prisoners out of Yangon's Insein Prison. AP journalist Thein Zaw has been released from custody in Myanmar after he was arrested three weeks ago while covering a protest against the coup.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)(Axios, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, The Philippine military said its troops have killed at least 16 Muslim rebels aligned with the Islamic State in a series of clashes over the past week in Maguindanao province.
    (SFC, 3/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 24, Marko Cadez, the head of Serbia's Chamber of Commerce, said his organization had 10,000 shots for business people across the region. "We are all one region and only together we can beat this scourge," he told reporters.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 24, Thousands of Spaniards lined up to get shots of AstraZeneca as the European country became the latest to restart the vaccine whose credibility has suffered a series of setbacks recently.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Sweden-based E-sports and gaming group MTG said it has agreed to buy mobile games developer Ninja Kiwi for about 1.6 billion crowns ($186 million) to broaden its gaming portfolio.
    (Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, The UN Security Council criticized the protracted political, constitutional, humanitarian and security crises in Haiti and again urged the government to hold long-delayed legislative elections and prepare for presidential elections this year.
    (AP, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 24, Zimbabwes Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa received his first shot of the Chinese Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, a move the government hopes will encourage more people to seek the Chinese vaccines, which are the only ones currently available in the country.
    (AP, 3/24/21)

2021        Mar 25, In his first presidential news conference President Joe Biden misstated the reality at the US-Mexico border when he asserted that nothing has changed when it comes to the number of children coming to the United States since his predecessor, Donald Trump, was in office. Biden also offered a misleading account of who's getting the most benefits from the Trump tax cuts.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, The US White House announced that it is dedicating $10 billion to try to drive up vaccination rates in low-income, minority and rural enclaves throughout the country.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 25, The United States said it is giving $15 million to vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a sharp reversal from the Trump administration which cut off almost all aid to the Palestinians.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Albuquerque woman who was shot in the back by New Mexico State Police while fleeing officers in 2014.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, The United States imposed what it calls its most significant sanctions to date over the military coup in Myanmar, restricting American dealings with two giant Myanmar military holding companies that dominate much of that country's economy.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, The US Supreme Court made it easier for consumers to sue companies that have a nationwide presence and to hold police accountable for excessive use of force.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021         Jul 25, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,432,351 with the death toll at 610,854.
    (sfist.com, 7/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, The US National Weather Service recorded 24 tornadoes across Alabama and Georgia, killing five people in Alabama.
    (NY Times, 3/26/21)(SFC, 3/27/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 25, Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey lifted COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and events and prohibited government mask mandates and allowed bars and nightclubs to open their doors without restrictions.
    (https://tinyurl.com/3p9pds94)(SFC, 3/27/21, p.A7)
2021        Mar 25, The California Supreme Court struck down large parts of the cash bail system in the state. The court said judges in most cases must consider a defendant's ability to pay before setting bail in any amount.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.B1)
2021        Mar 25, The University of Southern California announced that it will pay more than $1.1 billion to the former patients of campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, accused of preying sexually on hundreds of patients, marking what university officials called the end of a painful and ugly chapter in the history of our university.
    (NY Times, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, SF Mayor London Breed announced an income program to give 130 local artist $1,000 for six months under a pilot program set to launch in May.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.B1)
2021         Mar 25, California to date had 3,628,724 cases of coronavirus and 57,792 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 419,402 cases and 5,831 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,072,022 with the death toll at 546,352.
    (sfist.com, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Beverly Cleary (104), the beloved and award-winning author of dozens of children's books, died in Carmel, California. Her work included eight books on Ramona between Beezus and Ramona in 1955 and Ramonas World in 1999. Others included Ramona the Pest and Ramona and Her Father. In 1981, Ramona and Her Mother won the National Book Award.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 25, Republican governor of Georgia signed a bill that will make voting there more difficult. Georgia Republicans passed a sweeping law to restrict voting access in the state, introducing more rigid voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, limiting drop boxes and expanding the Legislatures power over elections. The new law makes it a misdemeanor to hand out any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink to anyone standing in line to vote. The prohibition extends 150 feet from a polling place and 25 feet from any person standing in line. A coalition of civil rights groups quickly filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new voting restrictions, arguing that the Republican-backed law is intended to make it harder for people particularly Black voters to cast ballots.
    (NY Times, 3/26/21)(Reuters, 3/26/21)(AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Missouri, police fatally shot Malcolm Johnson (31) inside a Kansas City gas station. Officers were there to arrest Johnson in connection to a previous shooting.
    (Kansas City Star, 6/3/21)
2021        Mar 25, It was reported that relatives of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others with connections to him received special access to coronavirus tests a year ago when testing was scarce.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, New York lawmakers in Albany struck an agreement with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older.
    (AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, Texas officials raised the death toll from February's winter storm and blackouts to at least 111 people nearly doubling the state's initial tally following one of the worst power outages in US history.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Larry McMurtry (84), an award-winning novelist and screenwriter, died at his home in Archer city, Texas. His work included Lonesome Dove (1985), the novel that won him the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as "The Last Picture Show (1966)" and "Terms of Endearment" (1975).
    (NY Times, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 25, Novavax said it is delaying signing a contract to supply its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union, as the US biotech company warned it was struggling to source some raw materials.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature said increasing threats of poaching and loss of habitat have made Africa's elephant populations more endangered. The African forest elephant is now critically endangered, and the African savanna elephant is endangered. The IUCN said Africa currently has 415,000 elephants, counting the forest and savanna elephants together.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Belgium an exhibition of work by British street artist Banksy opened in Brussels with 17 original artworks brought together for the first time.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Britain announced sanctions against the Myanma Economic Holdings Public company Limited, which provides financial sustenance to Myanmar's army regime.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 25, British lawmakers agreed to prolong coronavirus emergency measures for six months. Britain has recorded more than 126,000 coronavirus deaths.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 25, Britain unveiled a new 50-pound note featuring WWII codebreaker Alan Turing. The bank note will be formally issued on June 23, Turing's birthday.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 25, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that PM Justin Trudeaus national carbon price is entirely constitutional.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, It was reported that China is orchestrating a boycott of H&M over the Swedish fashion giants decision to stop sourcing cotton from Xinjiang because of forced labor concerns.
    (The Telegraph, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In France an 1887 Vincent Van Gogh painting of a Paris street scene, held in a private collection for over a century, sold for 14 million euros ($16.50 million) at a Sotheby auction in Paris.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (79) died. He directed acclaimed movies such A Sunday in the Country, Captain Conan and The Judge and the Assassin. His 1987 feature film about a fictional jazz musician, Round Midnight, won Herbie Hancock an Oscar for best original score.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Germany the number of new confirmed coronavirus cases jumped by 22,657 to 2.713 million, the biggest increase since Jan. 9. The reported death toll rose by 228 to 75,440.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Gibraltar said masks will also no longer be mandatory in all outdoor areas starting at midnight March 27. Its hospital was free of COVID-19 patients and only one new coronavirus infection was reported in a full week. The southern Spanish region of Andalucia, which provides most of Gibraltar's workforce, recorded more than 1,000 new daily infections for the second day in a row.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Iceland gym classes, happy hours and the near-normal life enjoyed so far by the people ended abruptly, when the government ordered new restrictions after detecting six coronavirus cases believed to be the variant first found in Britain. Iceland has had just 5,384 cases and 29 deaths from COVID-19, according to official figures.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, India said it has not imposed a ban on coronavirus vaccine exports and New Delhi will continue to supply vaccines in a phased manner.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Israel's final election results showed political deadlock with PM Netanyahu's Likud party and allies winning 52 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. A diverse array of parties committed to ousting him won 57 seats.
    (SFC, 3/26/21, p.A6)
2021        Mar 25, The Olympic torch relay started in Japan, though questions linger about whether the Games should go ahead.
    (NY Times, 3/24/21)
2021        Mar 25, In central Kenya a fire, blamed on a British military exercise, broke out at the privately owned Lolldaiga conservancy. The 4-day destroyed about 12,000 acres of land. Linus Murangiri was crushed to death by a vehicle as he rushed to help put out the fire.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)(AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Mar 25, Former Mexican governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He told a federal judge in Texas he accepted $3.5 million in bribes in Mexico and used the money to fraudulently purchase property in the US.
    (Axios, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, Mexicos elections agency has withdrawn ballot registration for a ruling-party state candidate who was nominated despite accusations of rape against him. The National Electoral Institute ruled that Felix Salgado had failed to report the money he spent during the primary process President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador has defended candidate Salgado and criticized women's groups who objected to his candidacy.
    (AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, Mexico surpassed 200,000 test-confirmed deaths from COVID-19. President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador framed ramped-up vaccination efforts as a race against time.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Myanmar 11 people were killed as protests continued against the military coup.
    (SFC, 3/27/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 25, North Korea decided not to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made public on April 6.
    (NY Times, 4/6/21)
2021        Mar 25, North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into its eastern waters. The new solid-fuel missiles demonstrated low-altitude, maneuverable flight and accurately hit a sea target 600 kilometers (372 miles) away.
    (SFC, 3/25/21, p.A4)(AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Romania hundreds of police protested in Bucharest over cutbacks and poor working conditions. The demonstrations were held on Romanian Police Day, which this year marked 199 years since its formation.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Officials said Russia has started producing CoviVac, its third vaccine against COVID-19, and will soon make it available for use in its regions, though phase three trials are still under way.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, OneWeb launched 36 satellites into orbit from a cosmodrome in the far east of Russia as part of the satellite firm's plans to deliver global high-speed internet access. OneWeb resumed flights in December after emerging from bankruptcy protection with $1 billion in equity investment from a consortium of the British government and India's Bharti Enterprises.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Saudi Arabia a barrage of bomb-carrying drones launched by Houthi rebels struck an oil distribution center in Jizan. Houthis reportedly targeted several Aramco sites 18 drones and 8 ballistic missiles. Rebels also said drones and missiles struck military sites in Asir and Najran provinces.
    (SFC, 3/27/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 25, A party in Slovakias ruling coalition completed its withdrawal from the government amid a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russias coronavirus vaccine. Former deputy prime minister Richard Sulik said his Freedom and Solidarity party is withdrawing from the coalition until PM Igor Matovic resigns.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, Sweden registered 7,706 new COVID-19 cases, its highest number of new cases since the end of last year, amid what authorities said was flagging compliance with the mainly voluntary recommendations to curb the spread of the virus. 16 new deaths took the total to 13,373. Sweden said it would resume use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over 65.
    (Reuters, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Turkey hundreds of Uyghurs staged protests in Ankara and Istanbul, denouncing Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yis visit to Turkey and demanding that the Turkish government take a stronger stance against human rights abuses in Chinas far-western Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, The United Nations and an Ethiopian rights agency said they had agreed to carry out a joint investigation into abuses in the embattled region of Tigray, where fighting persists as government troops hunt down the region's fugitive leaders.
    (AP, 3/25/21)

2021        Mar 26, The White House said President Biden has invited 40 world leaders to take part in a virtual summit on the climate crisis.
    (The Week, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 26, A linguist for the Department of Defense pleaded guilty to passing classified information about US human intelligence sources to an individual with ties to Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist organization. Mariam Taha Thompson (63) began sending the information after the US killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military commander, in an airstrike in early 2020.
    (CBS News, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, US Senate Democrats introduced their second resolution to undo Trump-era rules that curbed shareholder voting rights, a move that advocates would herald as a win for investors.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021         Jul 26, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,453,851 with the death toll at 610,912.
    (sfist.com, 7/27/21)
2021        Mar 26, Dominion Voting Systems Corp said it has filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit in Delaware against Fox News, accusing Fox of trying to boost its ratings by falsely claiming the company rigged the 2020 US presidential election against Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021         Mar 26, California to date had 3,630,385 cases of coronavirus and 57,935 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 419,474 cases and 5,862 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,137,807 with the death toll at 547,812.
    (sfist.com, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, A powerful tornado touched down in Newnan, Ga., early today, killing at least one person.
    (NY Times, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, New Mexico said it is planning to close Springer Correctional Center, a boys school-turned-women's prison near the Colorado border that has been plagued with sexual assault claims since female inmates were moved there in 2016.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 26, New York-based Chainalysis, a startup that allows companies and government agencies to analyze and investigate blockchain transactions, said it had raised $100 million from investors at a valuation of more than $2 billion.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Lee signed a law banning transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports, making it the third state this year to approve such a measure.
    (SSFC, 3/28/21, p.A10)
2021        Mar 26, In Virginia two people were killed late today and at least eight others wounded in multiple shootings in Virginia Beach.
    (The Week, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 26, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and bluebird bio said the US Food and Drug Administration has approved their multiple myeloma therapy, ide-cel, acquired as part of its $74 billion buyout of Celgene.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, It was reported that Novartis is laying off 400 people and closing a US gene therapy location in Colorado that it bought only two years ago to make its $2.1 million per patient treatment Zolgensma as sales momentum for the most expensive one-time treatment stalled last year. Commercial production locations will shift to plants in Illinois and North Carolina.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, WeWork said it has agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check firm BowX Acquisition Corp, enabling the office-sharing company to complete a stock market listing two years after its failed first attempt.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, In Bangladesh at least 4 people were killed and scores injured in protests set off by Indian PM Narendra Modi's arrival to celebrate Bangladesh's 50 years of independence.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 26, Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is no longer falling and has levelled off at an estimated 1 in 340 people.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, In Britain over 1,000 protesters demonstrated in Bristol against a new policing bill. A minority showed hostility to police later in the evening. Police in riot gear beat back crowds of protesters with shields and batons and 10 people were arrested.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 26, The China branch of the cotton trade body Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) said it had not found signs of forced labor related to cotton production in Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone, in the largest incursion yet reported by the island's defence ministry and marking a dramatic escalation of tension across the Taiwan Strait.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, A Sinopharm affiliate said two COVID-19 vaccines developed by subsidiaries of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) have hit a combined 100 million doses of supply around the world.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Tencent-backed Waterdrop said it would shut down its online healthcare mutual aid program at the end of March amid China's tightening of financial technology regulations.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, In central Egypt at least 32 people were killed and 108 injured when two trains collided close to the Nile-side town of Tahta, about 365 km (230 miles) south of Cairo. The numbers were soon adjusted to at least 19 people dead and 185 injured.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)(AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 26, Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed announced the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray region. No date has been set.
    (BBC, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, The European Unions medicines regulator said it has approved new manufacturing sites for coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, in a move that could significantly boost Europes supply of the shots and speed vaccination efforts across the continent.
    (AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Europe's drug regulator said regdanvimab, the South Korean drugmaker Celltrion's COVID-19 treatment, can be considered for patients at high risk of severe illness, but added that the monoclonal antibody's benefits were not entirely clear so far.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Der Spiegel reported that German security officials have detected another cyber attack on the email accounts of members of the federal parliament.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Kenya's biggest telecoms operator Safaricom started trials for 5G high-speed internet network using technology from Nokia and Huawei. Safaricom is part owned by South Africa's Vodacom and Britain's Vodafone.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, In Lebanon the first batch of 50,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines arrived, making it one of few nations where the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is being boosted by private sector initiatives. Lebanon is currently in the grips of the worst economic and financial crisis in its modern history. The local currency has lost 90% of its value against the dollar.
    (AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, In Mozambique insurgents attacked a convoy of civilians as they attempted to flee a hotel in Palma, killing several people and injuring dozens of others. The dead included Adrian Nel of South Africa and six others, who were in a convoy of vehicles that was apparently ambushed.
    (NY Times, 3/27/21)(BBC, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 26, Serbia became the first European country to vaccinate people living in its refugee camps and asylum centers.
    (AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, A survey by Spain's Observatory for Drugs and Addiction found that Spaniards cut back on alcohol and almost halved their binge-drinking during the pandemic as the lockdown shuttered bars and nightclubs.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, The Sudanese government said it has cleared all of its overdue payments to the World Bank, a move that gives the highly-indebted country access to new types of international financing for the first time in decades.
    (AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Taiwan and the US signed their first agreement under the administration of new president Joe Biden, establishing a Coast Guard Working Group to coordinate policy, after China's passing of a law that allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked for a phone call with Russias President Vladimir Putin about the Russian troop buildup across his country's border and the escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine. The request was lodged when four Ukrainian troops were killed in a mortar attack in the east.
    (AP, 4/12/21)
2021        Mar 26, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of UN experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea hours after members met to discuss Pyongyangs latest test firings of banned ballistic missiles.
    (AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Venezuelans fleeing to Colombia to escape clashes between the Venezuelan military and irregular armed groups accused soldiers of abuses, including killing civilians.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)

2021        Mar 27, It was reported that the US has for the first time extradited North Korean national Mun Chol Myong (55) to face a criminal trial in America. An indictment unsealed this week alleged that Myong defrauded banks and laundered money in an attempt to skirt US and UN sanctions on North Korea. He was detained by local authorities in Malaysia in May 2019.
    (Business Insider, 3/27/21)
2021         Mar 27, California to date had 3,633,771 cases of coronavirus and 58,178 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 420,413 cases and 5,871 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,162,813 with the death toll at 548,336.
    (sfist.com, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Howard Schnellenberger (87), football coach, died in Boca Raton, Florida. He built the offense for the Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins in 1972, then revived football programs at the Universities of Miami and Louisville.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Schnellenberger)(NY Times, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, New York lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of marijuana for recreational use. It has been estimated that legalization could bring the state $350 million annually.
    (SFC, 3/29/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 27, It was reported that Volkswagen has issued a recall for more than 150,000 Audi vehicles in the United States on concerns that their passenger air bags might not activate.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Facebook said it has frozen Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's page for violating policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19 by promoting a remedy he claims, without evidence, can cure the disease.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Belarus police arrested more than 100 people who assembled for a protest march in Minsk to call for the resignation of the country's authoritarian president.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Thousands of Bhutanese travelled to schools and public buildings for vaccination as the Himalayan kingdom launched its biggest inoculation drive against COVID-19 with the AstraZeneca shots provided by neighboring India.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, It was reported that organizers of this year's Eurovision Song Contest have disqualified Belarus, ruling that its entry song - by a band whose lyrics have been deemed in the past to mock anti-government protests - is in breach of competition guidelines.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, China and Iran signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling US sanctions on Iran.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, In Egypt a nine-story apartment building collapsed in Cairo early today, killing at least five people and injuring about two dozen others. The death toll was soon raised to 18.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Voters in India's Assam and West Bengal cast their ballots in elections that will indicate how PM Narendra Modi's support is holding up after a year of the coronavirus pandemic and months of protests against his farm reforms.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, India gave 1.2 million free doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh. PM Narendra Modi made the offering at the end of a two-day tour of Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Japan-based Honda said it has agreed to sell its only British car plant at Swindon in southern England to logistics giant Panattoni, as the new owner reportedly plans to make a large investment at the sprawling site.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Mexico's government acknowledged that the country's true deatrh toll from the coronavirus pandemic now likely stands above 321,000.
    (AP, 3/28/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 27, In Mexico Victoria Esperanza Salazar, a Salvadoran woman, died after a female police officer was seen kneeling on her on a street in the resort of Tulum. An autopsy found that the womans neck was broken.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 27, In Mozambique an attack by hundreds of militants trapped nearly 200 people, including foreign workers, in a hotel in Palma, site of a major gas project. A three-day siege has left at least several people dead and hundreds of other civilians unaccounted for. Throughout the three-day siege, insurgents set government buildings ablaze and detonated explosives at three banks and the health clinic in town.
    (NY Times, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Myanmar's security forces shot and killed at least 64 people across the country during protests today as the military celebrated Armed Forces Day. The online news site Myanmar Now reported that the death toll had reached 114.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)(AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, The defense chiefs of 12 countries, including the US, issued a joint statement condemning Myanmar's military and security forces for its crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators.
    (Axios, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 27, North Korea announced it will continue to expand its nuclear weapons program after President Biden criticized Pyongyang's most recent missile test this week.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Panama's government said it would from next week temporarily suspend the entry of people to the country who have been in South America in the previous 15 days after local health authorities detected a case of the Brazilian strain of COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, Philippine officials said Manila and nearby provinces will return to stricter quarantine measures on March 29, as the country battles to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that has strained hospitals.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, In Poland a new set of pandemic related restrictions took effect to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has taken more than 51,700 lives in the country.
    (SSFC, 3/28/21, p.A13)
2021        Mar 27, Syria said it has begun rationalizing the distribution of fuel amid concerns of delays of shipments arrivals resulting from a giant cargo ship wedged in Egypts Suez Canal.
    (AP, 3/27/21)
2021        Mar 27, In Turkey hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan that affect students, women and the LGBT community.
    (AP, 3/28/21)

2021        Mar 28, In Alaska five people were killed on a heli-skiing excursion when their chopper crashed. Czech billionaire, Petr Kellner (56), whose net worth has been estimated at $17.5 billion by Forbes, was aboard the Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter when it went down near Knik Glacier. One survivor was listed in serious but stable condition.
    (NY Times, 3/29/21)
2021         Mar 28, California to date had 3,635,640 cases of coronavirus and 58,348 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 420,547 cases and 5,873 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,255,303 with the death toll at 549,288.
    (sfist.com, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In southern California Krys Brandon Ruiz (26), a transgender male, died from a fatal gunshot wound following an altercation with Lompoc Police officers minutes after they received a report of a person walking northbound on H Street with a handgun shortly after 8 p.m. An hour before the shooting, Ruiz was dropped off at his apartment by his mother after dinner, blocks away from the shooting location.
    (Tribune Publ., 4/17/21)
2021        Mar 28, In Indiana serial killer Joseph Edward Duncan III (58) died in US prison, having admitted to slaughtering seven people including five children in Idaho, Washington state, Montana and California.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 28, In Maryland Joshua Green (27) shot three people at a Royal Farms convenience store in Essex, killing two of them. Police believed Green had also shot and killed his parents in Baldwin before killing himself.
    (SFC, 3/30/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 28, A year after becoming a global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York and New Jersey were back atop the list of US states with the highest rates of infection. New Jersey has been reporting about 647 new cases for every 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. New York has averaged 548.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In Tennessee powerful rainstorms flooded roads and houses across Nashville, killing at least four people.
    (NY Times, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, Albania started a mass inoculation campaign ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, Armenias embattled PM Nikol Pashinyan confirmed that he will step down from the post in April in order to allow for an early parliamentary election.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment was unable to air its news bulletin from its Sydney headquarters due to "technical difficulties" which a source with knowledge of the matter blamed on a suspected cyber attack.
    (Reuters, 3/28/21)   
2021        Mar 28, In eastern Bangladesh three people were killed in two separate clashes between Hefajat-e-Islam activists and police in Sarail upazila and Brahmanbaria district town. Hundreds of members of a hardline Islamist group attacked Hindu temples and a train, as violence spread across the country in the wake of a visit by Indian PM Narendra Modi. At least 11 protesters have been killed over the last two days.
    (https://tinyurl.com/4e5k3r35)(Reuters, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In Canada a man went on a stabbing spree in North Vancouver killing one woman and injuring six other people. A suspect in his 20s was arrested.
    (SFC, 3/29/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 28, It was reported that a digital illustration by a prominent Chinese propaganda artist mocking Western governments, media and businesses critical of labor conditions in Xinjiang has gone viral on China's social media. The digital art by Wuheqilin, named after a one-horned Chinese mythical beast, shows two figures with white pointed hoods interviewing a scarecrow in a field of cotton and Black slaves.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In France critical care doctors said surging coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm their ability to care for the sick in Paris hospitals.
    (SFC, 3/29/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 28, It was reported that Agnes Callamard, a French human rights expert who led a UN investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has been appointed the new leader of Amnesty International.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In Indonesia two suicide bombers believed to be members of an Islamist militant group attacked a Catholic church in city of Makassar on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, wounding 19 people. A recently married couple with suspected militant links used pressure cooker bombs to blow themselves up outside the Roman Catholic cathedral.
    (Reuters, 3/28/21)(AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 28, Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher opened to the public on Palm Sunday, allowing Christians to attend mass at the start of Holy Week on the site where they believe Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead.
    (Reuters, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In Mozambique rebels fought the Mozambican army for the fifth straight day for control of the strategic northern town of Palma, as reports came in that dozens of civilians have been killed and bodies were littering the streets.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In Myanmar at least nine people were killed as protests continued against the Feb. 1 military coup. About 3,000 villagers from territory controlled by the Karen fled across the border to Thailand after Myanmar military aircraft dropped bombs on a Karen guerrilla position.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 28, Sudans interim government and the main rebel group in the country agreed to re-start peace talks.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, In northeast Syria thousands of Kurdish-led forces, with assistance from the US-led coalition, launched a military operation at the sprawling Al-Hol camp, in a new effort to identify and arrest Islamic State militants and tamp down escalating killings and violence in the camp. The camp houses some 62,000 people, including wives and children of IS members.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations is holding "serious negotiations" with China for unfettered access to the Xinjiang region to verify reports that Muslim Uighurs are being persecuted.
    (Reuters, 3/28/21)

2021        Mar 29, The Biden administration announcing a suspension of trade with Myanmar. Activists and witnesses said at least three more people were killed amid news protests in Yangon. At least 462 civilians have been killed since the generals seized control of the country.
    (CBS News, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, President Biden said that 90 percent of US adults aged 16 and up will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine within the next three weeks. Administration officials pleaded with Americans to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amid an increase in cases across the country.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)(The Week, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 29, The Biden administration said it was taking the first steps toward signing off on a massive wind farm off the New Jersey coast as part of a push to produce enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes by 2030.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the two vaccines available since December Pfizer and Moderna were 90% effective after two doses. In testing, the vaccines were about 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended through June 30 a nationwide order to prevent millions of US renters from being evicted amid the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In May a federal judge ruled that the CDC exceeded its authority when it imposed a federal eviction moratorium.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)(SFC, 5/7/21, p.A5)
2021         Mar 29, California to date had 3,636,923 cases of coronavirus and 58,437 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 421,553 cases and 5,886 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,331,029 with the death toll at 550,003.
    (sfist.com, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Critics of Georgia's new Republican-backed election law issued fresh calls to boycott some of the states largest businesses for not speaking out more forcefully against the law, a day after advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging it.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Police in Chicago shot dead Adam Toledo (13) as they chased the boy down a dark alleyway. Video later showed the boy had dropped a gun and was raising his hands. Thirty-six people were wounded, four of them fatally, in shootings across Chicago this weekend.
    (https://tinyurl.com/25bf5czw)(NY Times, 4/15/21)
2021        Mar 29, In Minnesota the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd went on trial, with prosecutors showing the jury video of Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on the Black man's neck for several minutes as onlookers yelled at him repeatedly to get off and Floyd gasped that he couldn't breathe.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Kelly Thomas Jackson (21) of Edmonds, Washington, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for using Molotov cocktails to burn two Seattle police vehicles during protests following the death of George Floyd last May.
    (NBC News, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 29, Results from a mid-stage trial showed that antibody treatments from Eli Lilly and Vir Biotech reduced viral load in low-risk COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, GlaxoSmithKline said it has agreed in principle to handle the final part of the manufacturing process for up to 60 million doses of Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine for use in Britain, widening the company's role in the fight against the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Humanigen Inc said its experimental COVID-19 drug met the main goal of improved survival without the need for mechanical ventilation in hospitalized patients in a late-stage trial, sending its shares soaring 60% before the opening bell.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Johnson & Johnson said its agreed to provide up to 400 million doses of its one-dose COVID-19 vaccine to African countries, starting this summer.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, US robotics company Boston Dynamics unveiled a new robot called Stretch, designed to perform one very specific warehouse job: moving boxes.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, US budget carrier Southwest Airlines Co said it had reached a deal with plane maker Boeing Co for an order for 100 aircraft of 737 Max variant, with the first 30 jets scheduled for delivery in 2022.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, In Algeria Walid Kechida (25), a supporter of the Hirak protest movement, was sentenced to three years in jail for satirical social media posts mocking the government and religion, sparking condemnation from rights groups.
    (AFP, 4/1/21)
2021        Mar 29, Australia's professional sports leagues scrambled to put contingency plans in place after Queensland authorities announced a snap three-day lockdown in state capital Brisbane to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, In Brazil Foreign Minister Ernesto Arajo (53), a career diplomat famed for his bashing of Xi Jinpings China and devotion to Donald Trump, tendered his resignation, ending what critics call the most calamitous chapter in the history of Brazilian diplomacy. Defence minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva also announced he was leaving the government.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Britain's HSBC said it is banning customers of its online share-trading platform from buying or moving into their accounts MicroStrategy Inc stock. While HSBC will allow the holding, sale and outgoing transfer of MicroStrategy shares, it will forbid new purchases or incoming transfer. MicroStrategy has along with Tesla Inc and payments firm Square Inc become one of several publicly listed US companies to buy large amounts of bitcoin for its treasury.
    (Reuters, 4/12/21)
2021        Mar 29, Canada suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for people under age 55 following concerns it might be linked to rare blood clots. New data from Europe suggested the risk of blood clots is now potentially as high as one in 100,000, much higher than the one in one million risk believed before.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, England's stay-at-home lockdown order ended with people allowed to meet up outside in groups of six for the first time in nearly three months, though PM Boris Johnson urged caution due to rising cases in Europe.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Egypts chief prosecutor ordered eight rail employees, including two train drivers, to remain in custody for their alleged roles in the March 26 deadly crash in the countrys south. General Prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy revised downward the number killed to 18 and 200 injured, including children.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, In Egypt Salvage teams managed to free the Ever Given. By evening convoys of ships resumed running both ways through the canal.
    (AP, 3/29/21)(Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, It was reported that tens of thousands of Tigrayans are again being driven from their homes as regional forces and militiamen from neighboring Amhara sought to settle a decades-old land dispute. Amhara officials say the disputed lands, equal to about a quarter of Tigray, were taken during the nearly three decades that the TPLF dominated central government before PM Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, A Paris court found French drugmaker Servier guilty of manslaughter and deception over weight-loss pill Mediator, and fined it 2.7 million euros ($3.18 million). The court also fined France's drug regulator ANSM 303,000 euros.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, India reported the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in five months, with the second wave of the disease driven by surging infections in the country's richest state Maharashtra. 68,020 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Daily deaths rose by 291 and the virus has so far killed 161,843 people in India.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Israel's National Security Agency advised tourists against travel to the UAE and other countries across the region, citing the threat of attack by arch-enemy Iran.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 29, Israeli police shot and killed Munir Anabtawi (33), a disabled Arab man, who appeared to be wielding a knife, drawing renewed accusations that law enforcement officers use excessive force against Arab suspects.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, The Japanese government said it has decided to temporarily halt its use of popular messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp's Z Holdings, to handle sensitive information. This followed domestic media reports this month that four engineers at a Line affiliate in Shanghai were allowed to access servers in Japan from 2018 that contained the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of users.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Pakistan launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio despite facing another surge of coronavirus cases, the second anti-polio drive in 2021 as the country struggles to eradicate the crippling childrens disease.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Palestinians received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to help broaden an initial campaign to vaccinate medical staff, the elderly and the chronically ill.
    (Reuters, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Spain launched a diplomatic push into Africa, marking out the continent as a political priority with an ambitious plan to build closer economic and institutional ties. PM Pedro Sanchez unveiled his Africa Focus 2023 plan at a formal event in Madrid attended by the President of Ghana, Nana Auko-Addo, the foreign ministers of Ghana and Senegal, Kenyas head of trade, and the president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Swiss bank Credit Suisse said it may have suffered a highly significant loss from a default by a US-based hedge fund on margin calls that it and other banks made last week, while Japan's Nomura said it could face a loss of $2 billion due to an event with a US client. News reports identified the hedge fund as New York-based Archegos Capital Management.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, Thai soldiers began sending home people from Myanmar who had crossed the border fleeing air strikes by the Myanmar military. Thousands of people had fled to northern Thailand following the air strikes.
    (SFC, 3/30/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 29, A joint WHO-China study concluded that it is "extremely unlikely" that the coronavirus pandemic started with a leak from a Chinese lab and that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, A United Nations working group said scores of Chinese and foreign companies producing "well-known global brands" may be involved in human trafficking, forced labor and other human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.
    (South China Morning Post, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 29, The UN child welfare agency said that the number of child migrants passing through the perilous Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama has risen dramatically.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, The UN panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Yemen pulled back from its claims of corruption and money laundering by the government, central bank and a UAE-based holding corporation, saying a preliminary review of new information has found no evidence.
    (AP, 3/29/21)

2021        Mar 30, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state will drop its mask mandate immediately and open up coronavirus vaccinations to anyone 16 and older.
    (SFC, 3/31/21, p.A4)
2021         Mar 30, California to date had 3,643,279 cases of coronavirus and 58,676 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 421,893 cases and 5,891 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,391,227 with the death toll at 550,951.
    (sfist.com, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law that will eliminate certain fines and fees for juvenile offenders.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 30, Virgin Galactic rolled out its newest spaceship as the company looks to resume test flights in the coming months at its headquarters in the New Mexico desert.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, New York state's highest court cleared the way for Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," to sue Donald Trump for defamation, after the former US president called her a liar for accusing him of sexual assault.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, An uncrewed SpaceX Starship prototype rocket failed to land safely after a test launch from Boca Chica, Texas, and engineers were investigating.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, G. Gordon Liddy (90), cloak-and-dagger lawyer who concocted the 1972 bungled burglary that led to the Watergate scandal and the resignation of Richard Nixon, died in Mount Vernon, Va.
    (NY Times, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Cisco Systems Inc announced new products to help mobile network operators manage increased data traffic generated by homeworking because of the pandemic and as the 5G rollout connects billions more devices to the internet.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Microsoft Corp said that it aims to place 50,000 people in jobs that require technology skills as part of a broader push being undertaken with its professional networking website LinkedIn to help workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic move into new fields.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, In eastern Afghanistan attackers gunned down three women working to administer the polio vaccine in Jalalabad, a day after authorities launched a new campaign against the crippling children's disease.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Britain accused China of breaching the joint declaration guaranteeing Hong Kongs freedoms after Beijing passed a law that would bar candidates from elections on the grounds of insufficient patriotism.
    (The Telegraph, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Britain cut humanitarian funding to Syria by nearly a third at a major United Nations donor conference, a reduction which aid agencies working in the conflict-wracked country said will put lives at risk.
    (The Telegraph, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, In the Central African Rep. President Faustin Archange Touadera was sworn in for a second term as he faces a growing threat from an armed rebellion linked to the country's former strongman Francois Bozize.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, China announced the reduction of the number of directly elected seats in Hong Kong's legislature following a 2-day meeting of its top legislature. Hong Kong's legislature will be expanded to 90 seats with only 20 elected by the public.
    (SFC, 3/31/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 30, The EU and UN hosted dozens of nations and international organizations in virtual talks to help tackle the humanitarian crisis deepening in Syria and neighboring countries as the civil war there entered its 11th year without a political solution in sight.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Armin Laschet, the new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party pledged to restore voters' confidence after discontent over Germany's pandemic management and a scandal over lawmakers enriching themselves in mask-procurement deals led to a sharp drop in its approval ratings.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Germany's vaccine regulator said it has recorded 31 cases of a rare blood clot in the brain, nine of which resulted in deaths, after people received a COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Indian payments firm MobiKwik said it will get an independent forensic audit but assured customers their information was safe after allegations emerged of a breach that exposed the data of millions of its users.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, It was reported that India's drug regulator has allowed the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to be used for up to nine months from its manufacture date, as opposed to the prescribed six months.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Iran said it will not stop its 20% uranium enrichment before the US lifts all sanctions, after a US media report said Washington would offer a new proposal to jump-start talks.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Iran said a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic had taken hold in western and central areas of the country, triggered by widespread travel and celebrations during the current Iranian New Year holidays.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Israel's Health Ministry said on new coronavirus strain has been identified in Israel, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, used primarily in a swift nationwide inoculation drive, appeared to be effective against it.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Japan-based Lexus, a luxury auto brand owned by Toyota Motor Corp, said it plans to introduce 20 new or improved models by 2025, of which more than 10 will be electric.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Two women and three children drowned when a boat carrying dozens of Europe-bound migrants capsized off Libya. A total of 400 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya late today.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 30, In eastern Myanmar air raids left six civilians dead and 11 wounded. The Karen National Union said government troops are advancing into its territory on all fronts. Thailand denied that its security forces had forced villagers back to Myanmar.
    (SFC, 3/31/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 30, Netherlands's health authorities said new coronavirus cases in the country increased for a seventh consecutive week, despite lockdown and social distancing rules aimed at curbing the virus' spread.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Pakistan said it will import Chinese Cansino Biologics COVID-19 vaccines in bulk to package 3 million doses locally. Coronavirus cases have soared with PM Imran Khan, Pres. Arif Alvi and Defense Minister Pervez Khattak all testing positive. The country has recorded 14,356 deaths and 663,200 infections since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)(SFC, 3/31/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 30, Papua New Guinea PM James Marape received the first COVID-19 shot in the Pacific Island country under a small vaccination program aimed at curbing soaring infections. Australia sent Papua New Guinea 8,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine last week after warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, A Russian health official said a third wave of coronavirus infections was emerging in the country, which has recorded more than 4.5 million cases since the start of the pandemic. Russia reported 8,277 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, including 1,291 in Moscow. The country also reported 409 deaths, raising the official toll to 98,442.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Slovakia's PM Igor Matovic and his government resigned to ease a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russias Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. President Zuzana Caputova accepted the resignation and asked Eduard Heger from Matovics Ordinary People party to form a new government. Hegers Cabinet is expected to be the same as Matovics.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, In South Africa Ace Magashule, secretary-general of South Africa's African National Congress (ANC), was given a 30-day ultimatum to step down after being charged with embezzling public funds while he was premier of the Free State province. He refused to resign voluntarily, which resulted in the ANC suspending him.
    (BBC, 5/6/21)
2021        Mar 30, South Korea's K-pop music group BTS called for an end to anti-Asian racism and said it had also suffered racist abuse which had made them feel powerless and hurt their self esteem.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Health officials said number of Swedes needing intensive care as a result of COVID infection increased 9% compared to last week as the country grapples with a third wave of the virus.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, In Syria the president's office said Bashar Assad and his wife have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to their regular duties, three weeks after they had tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
 2021        Mar 30, The WHO and more than 20 heads of government and global agencies called for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations.
    (AP, 3/30/21)

2021        Mar 31, US Pres. Joe Biden unveiled the details of his $2 trillion plan to repair and upgrade the countrys infrastructure, calling it a once-in-a-generation investment in America.
    (NY Times, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, The United States renewed a waiver allowing Iraq to pay for electricity imported from Iran, this time giving Baghdad 120 days to reduce its energy dependence on neighboring Tehran.
    (Reuters, 4/1/21)
2021        Mar 31, The Pentagon swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, The FDA said Abbotts BinaxNow and Quidels QuickVue COVID-19 tests can now be sold without a prescription.
    (AP, 4/1/21)(SSFC, 4/4/21, p.A9)
2021        Mar 31, In southern California four people, including a child, were killed in a shooting at an office building in Orange. Suspect Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez (44) was hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound.
    (NY Times, 3/31/21)(SFC, 4/2/21, p.A4)
2021         Mar 31, California to date had 3,644,616 cases of coronavirus and 58,769 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 422,237 cases and 5,916 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 30,452,058 with the death toll at 551,863.
    (sfist.com, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Georgia-based Delta and Coca-Cola, expressed crystal clear opposition to the states new law to restrict voting access.
    (NY Times, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, New Mexico's Legislature approved the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older.
    (SFC, 4/1/21, p.A5)
2021        Mar 31, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that will end the use of long-term solitary confinement in prisons and jails.
    (NY Times, 4/1/21)
2021        Mar 31, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill allowing New Yorkers to possess and use up to 3 ounces of cannabis. Sales of recreational-use marijuana wont become legal for an estimated 18 months until the state draws up regulations.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, NYC police said Brandon Elliot (38), a parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago, has been arrested on charges including felony assault as a hate crime for attacking an Asian American woman two days earlier near Times Square.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, It was reported that dozens of Black business leaders, including the CEO of Merck and the former head of American Express, urged corporations to fight a wave of Republican-backed bills that would limit voting access.
    (NY Times, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Apple Inc said that it will build a battery-based renewable energy storage facility in Central California near a solar energy installation that already provides energy for all of its facilities in the state.
    (Reuters, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Data firm IHS Markit said a recent fire at a Japanese semiconductor factory and severe weather in parts of the United States in February have exacerbated an ongoing chip shortage plaguing the global auto industry. The chip-making factory owned by Renesas Electronics Corp accounts for 30% of the global market for microcontroller units used in cars.
    (Reuters, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Johnson & Johnson said a batch of its COVID-19 vaccine failed quality standards and cant be used. An ingredient made by Emergent BioSolutions, one of about 10 companies that Johnson & Johnson is using to speed up manufacturing of its recently approved vaccine, did not meet quality standards. Emergent had to jettison between 13 million and 15 million doses of the J&J vaccine.
    (AP, 3/31/21)(SFC, 4/8/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 31, Pfizer said a clinical trial had showed that its Covid vaccine was extremely effective in 12- to 15-year-olds, with no symptomatic infections among children who received it.
    (NY Times, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, It was reported that Taliban envoys have requested the release of 7,000 prisoners and the cancelling of UN sanctions, as they consider an American request to keep troops in Afghanistan in the coming months.
    (The Telegraph, 4/1/21)
2021        Mar 31, A Brussels court ruled that the Belgian state should either lift all coronavirus measures within 30 days or frame them properly as law.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, The Canadian government said France-based Sanofi will build a $925 million flu vaccine manufacturing facility in Toronto, creating 1,225 jobs and boosting Canada's access to vaccines in the event of a flu pandemic.
    (Reuters, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Diplomates said the EU will target eight Iranian militia and police commanders and three state entities with sanctions next week over a deadly crackdown in November 2019 by Iranian authorities.
    (Reuters, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, The European Medicines Agency says there is no evidence that would support restricting use of AstraZenecas coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot. The Europe's drug regulator said it is investigating 62 cases worldwide of a rare blood clotting condition which has prompted some countries to limit the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (AP, 3/31/21)(Reuters, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, President Emmanuel Macron of France announced the start of a third national lockdown in a desperate move to halt a new deadly wave.
    (NY Times, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, In Georgia an angry mob laid siege late today to an upscale hotel in central Tbilisi where Vladimir Pozner (87), a prominent Russian TV host, was having dinner the night before his birthday. Several Georgian politicians had insisted that the journalist was not welcome in Georgia after he said in 2010 that people of the breakaway region of Abkhazia do not seem to want to be part of Georgia.
    (The Telegraph, 4/1/21)
2021        Mar 31, Italian secret service agents backed by Carabinieri military police swooped in on a clandestine meeting in a Roman parking garage early today just as an Italian navy officer named as Walter Biot was handing a secret dossier of Italian state secrets and classified NATO documents to a Russian spy who had a reportedly paltry sum of 5,000 ($5,863) in cash ready to swap for the documents.
    (The Daily Beast, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Forces in western Libya released more than 100 prisoners who had been captured while fighting under the banner of the country's eastern-based Khalifa Hifter, in a gesture of reconciliation following recent accords.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, In northern Mozambique hundreds of militants stormed Palma, targeting shops, banks and a military barracks. Dozens of people were reported dead following the attack.
    (BBC, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, At The Hague International Criminal Court appeals judges upheld the acquittals of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and former minister Charles Ble Goude on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, In Niger a unit from a nearby air base tried to seize the presidential palace in Niamey. The assailants were pushed back amid shelling and gunfire by the presidential guard. Niger is the world's poorest nation.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Qatar's cabinet ordered a halt to non-urgent medical services at private health facilities as of April 2 as coronavirus cases rise in the Gulf Arab state.
    (Reuters, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, Aleksei A. Navalny, the imprisoned Russian opposition leader, declared a hunger strike in protest over what he said was prison officials failure to provide him with proper medical care for severe pain in his back and his right leg.
    (NY Times, 4/1/21)
2021        Mar 31, It was reported that the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of Sri Lanka formally established diplomatic relations last week.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, It was reported that Syrias Kurdish-led forces have arrested 71 suspected militants, including a religious leader and a militant recruiter, in an ongoing security sweep at a sprawling camp that houses families and supporters of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended against using generic anti-parasite drug ivermectin in patients with COVID-19 except for clinical trials, because of a lack of data demonstrating its benefits.
    (Reuters, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, The UN's sexual and reproductive health agency pushed international allies to provide $26.7 million in funding that would go toward "life-saving sexual and reproductive services and a multi-sectoral response to gender-based violence" in Venezuela.
    (Axios, 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 31, The UN special envoy for Myanmar warned that the country faces the possibility of civil war at an unprecedented scale and urged the UN Security Council to consider potentially significant action to reverse the Feb. 1 military coup and restore democracy.
    (AP, 3/31/21)     

2021        Mar, Idaho's Gov. Brad signed into law the state's Little Wrongful Conviction Act. Exonerees will receive $62,000 from the state for each year they spent in prison, while those who served on death row will receive $75,000 per year.
    (Idaho Statesman, 6/18/21)
2021        Mar, China said that it would gradually delay the legal retirement age over the next five years, in an attempt to address one of the countrys most pressing issues. Its rapidly aging population means a shrinking labor force.
    (NY Times, 4/27/21)
2021        Mar, In Cyprus new digital registry went online bolstering transparency in what is often a murky web of false fronts behind which money-laundering and other illicit activities can take place. It obliged Cyprus-based companies to declare their true owners putting the east Mediterranean island nation in line with EU regulations against terror financing and organized crime
    (AP, 4/6/21)
2021        Mar, A record 18,890 teens and children without parents arrived at the Mexican border trying to get into the United States. Authorities took a total of 172,331 migrants into custody during the month, the busiest at the southern border in nearly two decades.
    (The Week, 4/9/21)
2021        Mar, Mexico bulldozed a large migrant camp in Metamoros following the election of US Pres. Joe Biden. A new camp soon formed in Reynosa and by August was overcrowded with over 2,000 people.
    (SFC, 8/27/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar, Vladyslav Yesypenko, who worked for the Ukrainian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), was apprehended by Russias Federal Security Service (FSB) after covering an event honoring Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in Simferopol on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. During his first closed-door court appearance, the journalist declared that he was beaten and tortured with electric shocks in order to procure a false confession.
    (The Daily Beast, 5/28/21)

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