Timeline 2021 July - September
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2021        Jul 1, US and British agencies disclosed details of methods they say have been used by Russian intelligence to break into the cloud services of hundreds of government agencies, energy companies and other organizations.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, US officials announced that a Homeland Security Investigations-led operation into human trafficking in Kansas and Missouri (June 17 to June 26) arrested 82 suspects and rescued 31 victims of sexual exploitation.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The US State Dept. named more than 50 current and former officials in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for suspected corruption.
    (SFC, 7/2/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 1, The Biden administration designated 17 countries as not doing enough to combat human trafficking and warned them of potential sanctions.
    (SFC, 7/2/21, p.A9)
2021        Jul 1, US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland imposed a moratorium on federal executions pending a review of the Justice Departments policies and procedures, reversing the Trump administrations decision to resume executions of federal death row inmates last year after a nearly two-decade hiatus.
    (NY Times, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The US Supreme Court voted 6-3 to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona, further weakening the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In a separate ruling, the court said charities were not obligated to reveal the identities of their major donors.
    (NY Times, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of two conservative groups that challenged a California requirement that tax-exempt charities provide the state the identities of their top financial donors in a decision that also could imperil some political donor disclosure laws.
    (Reuters, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, US District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that Libyan military commander Khalifa Hifter cannot claim either head-of-state immunity or the political-question doctrine as a defense in lawsuits accusing him of atrocities in his country's civil war.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The Boy Scouts of America filed an $850 million agreement to compensate sex-abuse victims. The agreement prompted outrage the next day from some survivors and their advocates, while others were encouraged and saw it as the best outcome that could be achieved under the circumstances.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021         Jul 1, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,667,324 with the death toll at 604,753.
    (sfist.com, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 1, Yogi Berra became the first player in nine years to appear on a USPS stamp.
    (NY Times, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 1, The Los Angeles City Council passed a sweeping anti-camping measure to remove widespread homeless encampments. The ordnance would not take effect until a second vote later this month.
    (SFC, 7/2/21, p.A10)
2021        Jul 1, In Florida as of this morning, the bodies of 18 people have been discovered and 145 remain missing in the unprecedented condo collapse. Rescue work was halted early today over concerns that the remaining structure could topple. a Miami-Dade judge acknowledged that the buildings $48 million in total insurance coverage likely wont be enough.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, A judge ordered Minneapolis to hire more police officers after residents banned together and sued the city in August 2020.
    (Washington Examiner, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 1, It was reported that the 12-square-mile Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, belonging to deceased financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is on the market for $27.5 million. Proceeds from the sale would go toward compensating those who filed claims against Epstein and paying taxes and creditors.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The Trump Organizations chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, surrendered to the Manhattan district attorneys office as he and the Trump family business prepare to face criminal charges in a tax-related investigation.
    (The Guardian, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Charlotte, North Carolina, based Krispy Kreme returned to Wall Street for a 2nd time. "DNUT" shares opened at $17 and closed at $21 .
    (SFC, 7/2/21, p.B2)
2021        Jul 1, In Tennessee a law went into effect requiring businesses to post signs if they allow transgender people to use the restrooms of their choice. On July 9 a federawl judge halted enforcement of the law.
    (SSFC, 7/11/21, p.A9)
2021        Jul 1, Blue Origin said Amazon's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos will be joined by Wally Funk (82), one of the 13 women who passed NASA's astronaut training program in the 1960s, on the first crewed flight into space from his rocket company later this month.
    (Reuters, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Johnson & Johnson said its coronavirus vaccine protects against the Delta variant.
    (NY Times, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, In Canada Premier Jason Kenney promised Albertans the "best summer ever" as he lifted most COVID-19 public health restrictions. By September a surge in infections overwhelmed the province's hospitals and left him fighting to save his political career.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Jul 1, Chinas ruling Communist Party kicked off a tightly choreographed ceremony celebrating its 100th anniversary with a 100-gun salute as thousands of performers assembled on Tiananmen Square. Party leader Xi Jinping called for further development of Chinas military, the worlds largest, and reiterated Beijings determination to bring self-governed Taiwan under its control.
    (NY Times, 7/1/21)(AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, CongoDRC officials said at least 9 civilians, including women, were killed in an attack by rebels in the eastern city of Beni. This was the third such attack in the Beni area this week.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Ethiopia's government urged Tigrayan rebels to join a unilateral ceasefire in their conflict as aid agencies struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of people facing famine.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The EU digital COVID-19 travel certificate came officially into effect even though many member states had started introducing it over the past month.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, France and Mexico signed an agreement Thursday on cooperating against the trafficking of cultural artifacts.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Irans supreme leader appointed Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi (64), a hard-line cleric sanctioned by the West, as the country's new judiciary chief, replacing the president-elect who previously held the powerful post.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Diplomats said Iran has been restricting UN nuclear inspectors' access to its main uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, citing security concerns after what it says was an attack on the site by Israel in April.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Japan-based Nissan Motor Co bet on Britain to supercharge its European electric future, pledging $1.4 billion with its Chinese partner to build a giant battery plant that will power 100,000 vehicles a year including a new crossover model.
    (Reuters, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The mayor of Amsterdam apologized for the extensive involvement of the Dutch capital's former governors in the global slave trade, saying the moment had come for the city to confront its grim history.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS), a security agency, raided the residence of Sunday Igboho (aka Sunday Adeyemo) in the southwestern city of Ibadan and reportedly found a stockpile of weapons there. Igboho has risen to prominence in recent months with calls for herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group to be driven out of Yoruba lands in the southwest of the country.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 1, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said hell push to further upgrade relations with China, his main ally, as he struggles to navigate his country out of a deepening crisis linked to the pandemic.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said some 130 countries have backed a global minimum tax as part of a worldwide effort to keep multinational firms from dodging taxes by shifting their profits to countries with low rates.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Russian health authorities launched booster vaccination for those who had been sick with COVID-19 or immunized more than six months ago, an effort that comes amid a surge in new infections and deaths.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Serbia's health ministry said two people have been diagnosed with the more infectious Delta coronavirus variant, the country's first such cases.
    (Reuters, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Slovenia it took over the EUs rotating presidency for six months. The EU presidency is largely about acting as an honest broker to find consensus among the 27 nations and ensure the smooth adoption of policies ranging from the environment to migration.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 1, Thailand embarked on an ambitious but risky plan that it hopes will breathe new life into a tourism industry devastated by the pandemic, opening the popular resort island of Phuket to fully vaccinated foreigners from lower-risk countries.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Turkey formally withdrew from a landmark international treaty protecting women from violence. Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted it wont be a step backwards for women. Erdogan ended the countrys participation in the Council of Europes Istanbul Convention through a surprise overnight decree in March.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, Turkey eased nearly all pandemic restrictions on businesses and events. Only 18% of Turkey's nearly 84 million population has been fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 7/2/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 1, The food assistance agency of the UN announced that its first shipments of supplies for vulnerable Venezuelan school children have arrived in the troubled South American country.
    (AP, 7/1/21)
2021        Jul 1, The World Health Organization said that any COVID-19 vaccines it has authorized for emergency use should be recognized by countries as they open up their borders to inoculated travelers.
    (AP, 7/1/21)

2021        Jul 2, The Biden administration hit 22 senior Myanmar officials and family members with sanctions over the governments crackdown on democracy protests after the coup. The action was accompanied by the removal of sanctions on three Iranian industrial executives whom the Trump administration penalized for supporting Irans ballistic missile program.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021         Jul 2, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,681,563 with the death toll at 605,072.
    (sfist.com, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 2, Newly released records show the top Republicans in Arizona's largest county dodged calls from Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of the 2020 election, as the then-president sought to prevent the certification of Joe Biden's victory in key battleground states.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, In Florida the bodies of six more victims were found, bringing the total to 24. As many as 121 people are still unaccounted for.
    (NY Times, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 2, The record heat in the northwest US and Canada has left hundreds dead. The death toll in Oregon reached 79. British Colombia reported at least 486 sudden deaths. More than a billion seashore animals were also killed due to the heat wave.
    (SFC, 7/2/21, p.A8)(SSFC, 7/11/21, p.B8)
 2021        Jul 2, In Afghanistan the US military handed over Bagram Airfield to the Afghan National Security and Defense Force. This was the epicenter of its war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. The US is already committed to paying nearly $4 billion annually until 2024 to finance the Afghani national security forces.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Albanian authorities said some 38 Albanian nationals including a prosecutor, a government department head and three senior police officers have been arrested for drug trafficking, corruption, abuse of post and money laundering.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Elsa, the 1st hurricane of the Atlantic season, hit Barbados and then St. Vincent and the Grenadines as it headed for Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Florida.
    (SFC, 7/3/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 2, Bosnia confirmed its first case of the Delta coronavirus variant, contracted by a visiting Spanish pilgrim. Bosnia has recorded the total of 205,047 coronavirus cases so far, with 9,667 deaths.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Ethiopias government rejected accusations that its trying to suffocate the Tigray people by denying them urgently needed food and other aid, even as transport and communications links remained severed to the region that faces the world's worst famine crisis in a decade.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced measures to boost the effectiveness of the country's vaccination program against an expected wave of the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is more infectious.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Christos Pappas (59), the fugitive deputy leader of Greeces extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party, was jailed, hours after his capture by the polices anti-terrorism division.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban accused European leaders of acting like colonialists" in their criticism of a controversial law that's seen as limiting the rights of LGBT people in that country.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, India confirmed a total of over 400,000 COVID-19 deaths, half of them in the past two months. Less than 5% of the population was fully immunized.
    (SFC, 7/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 2, A widespread power outage hit Iraq as temperatures reached scorching levels, affecting millions of Iraqis, including those in affluent areas in the capital of Baghdad and stirring concerns of widespread unrest.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Ireland said it has agreed in principle to buy one million COVID-19 vaccines from Romania, just days after Romania agreed to offload over 1 million excess shots to fellow EU member Denmark.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Kaseya, an Ireland-based software provider that provides services to more than 40,000 organizations, said that it was investigating the possibility that it had been the victim of a cyberattack. About the same time Russian hackers breached Synnex, a third-party IT contractor that works with Microsoft accounts. The hackers are part of a group known as APT 29 or Cozy Bear, which has been linked to Russia's foreign intelligence service.
    (NY Times, 7/2/21)(AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 2, Israel said its fighter jets struck a weapons manufacturing site in Gaza overnight in response to incendiary balloons launched over the frontier.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Italy's National Health Institute (ISS) said the Delta variant accounted for some 22.7% of cases as of June 22.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Pakistan said it has received 2.5 million doses of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine from the United States.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, The Philippines raised an alert to level three on a 5-level scale after the Taal Volcano, near Manila, blasted a dark gray plume into the sky a day earlier. Level 3 means magma is near or at the surface. Thousands of people were evacuated from villages near the volcano.
    (SFC, 7/3/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a revised version of a national security strategy that envisages symmetrical and asymmetrical measures in response to foreign states' unfriendly actions that threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 2, Russian authorities reported a record-breaking 679 new coronavirus deaths, a fourth day in a row with the highest daily death toll in the pandemic. The Kremlin said no plans for a lockdown are being discussed.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Slovakia's parliament approved a plan to launch a lottery with weekly prizes of up to 2 million euros for vaccinated people and offer bonuses to those who convince others to get COVID-19 shots to boost interest.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, South Africa reported more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases. The WHO said coronavirus case numbers are doubling every three weeks in Africa.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Spain reported 12,563 new coronavirus infections and 28 deaths, up from 12,345 cases and eight deaths a day earlier, as cases continue to spike mainly due to the more contagious Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, In northwestern Syria hundreds of humanitarian workers formed a human chain stretching from a border crossing with Turkey toward a rebel-held city to protest Russias attempts to close the only remaining border crossing that allows aid into areas held by Syrian insurgents.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of Taiwan's Foxconn, and TSMC reached initial agreements to buy 5 million doses each of BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Ukraine's health ministry said it is investigating why a 47-year old man died just four hours after he received a shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. About 2 million of 41 million people in Ukraine have received their first shot since February, but no deaths caused by vaccination have been reported.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, UN-sponsored talks aimed at paving the way for elections in Libya in late December failed to find common ground after weeklong talks near Geneva.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, A UN human rights agency in a report released today said prisoners taken in the years-long conflict in eastern Ukraine have experienced systematic torture, sexual violence and other abuses.
    (AP, 7/2/21)
2021        Jul 2, Vietnam confirmed its first outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza at a chicken farm in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Around 200 chickens had been found dead at the farm last month.
    (Reuters, 7/2/21)

2021        Jul 3, US White House officials said one million donated doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc's and BioNTech will arrive in Malaysia on July 5.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)
2021         Jul 3, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,711,612 with the death toll at 605,578.
    (sfist.com, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 3, In Florida officials reduced the number of missing from 145 to 126 after duplicate names were eliminated and some residents reported missing turned up safe.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, In Georgia three men were killed earlier this week at the Pinetree Country Club golf course. Bryan Anthony Rhoden (23), a rapper who rhymes as B. Rod, was soon arrested and charged for the murders.
    (The Grio, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 3, Massachusetts law enforcement agencies arrested a group of armed men clad in tactical gear who fled into the woods during a stand-off early today. The men identified themselves as being part of a group known as Rise of the Moors.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Tyson Foods Inc said it is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken over fears of possible exposure to a harmful bacteria. The products were made at a plant in Missouri between Dec 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, It was reported that Nevada this week saw the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the country, hospitalizations are on the rise again, and the highly contagious delta variant has become the most prevalent form of the virus in the state, adding urgency to the campaign to get more people vaccinated. In Las Vegas tourists were streaming in again and gambling revenue has hit an all-time high.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Environmentalists and activists claimed victory after the Byhalia Connection company canceled plans to build an oil pipeline through southwest Tennessee and north Mississippi, and over an aquifer that provides drinking water to 1 million people.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Afghan Health Minister Wahid Majroh said a deadly fungal infection known as "black fungus," that first surfaced in Indian COVID-19 patients, has been detected. 1,272 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the past 24 hours and 92 deaths. Barely 2.5% of the country's over 36 million people have been vaccinated.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Brazilians protested President Jair Bolsonaro over a vaccine scandal. A day earlier the attorney generals office opened an investigation into Mr. Bolsonaros role in the vaccine corruption scheme. The president is under scrutiny in a deal to secure 20 million doses of a vaccine that had not yet completed clinical trials or been approved by regulators.
    (NY Times, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, It was reported that Morrisons, the UKs fourth-largest supermarket chain, has accepted a 6.3 billion-pound ($8.7 billion) takeover bid from a group of buyers led by NY-based Fortress Investment Group, a private equity firm.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Croatian police detained several people over incidents during and after today's Pride march in the capital of Zagreb.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 3, Egypts Pres. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi inaugurated a new naval base on the Mediterranean Sea, the latest example of the governments military build-up.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, India-based Bharat Biotech said phase-III trials of its vaccine showed it was 93.4% effective against severe symptomatic COVID-19, a finding that could boost people's acceptance of Covaxin. Data demonstrated 65.2% protection against the Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Iranian officials said the death toll from COVID-19 rose by 111 over the previous 24 hours, putting the countrys total at 84,627 since the pandemic broke out last year. President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran may face another wave of coronavirus infections.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Israeli forces killed Mohammad Fareed Hassan (20), a Palestinian man, this evening during clashes in the occupied West Bank. Hassan was shot in the chest as residents confronted settlers who stormed Qusra village from a nearby settlement.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Italian police said they had broken up a number of online schemes offering to sell fake EU digital COVID-19 status certificates or purported coronavirus vaccines.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, In Japan a powerful mudslide carrying a deluge of black water and debris crashed into rows of houses in a town west of Tokyo following heavy rains. At least 4 people were killed and 20 people left missing. As many as 80 homes in Atami were completely buried. After two days 80 people remained unaccounted for.
    (AP, 7/3/21)(SFC, 7/5/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 3, Malaysia's nationwide lockdown to curb a coronavirus surge was tightened further, banning people in certain areas from leaving their homes except to buy food and necessities.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 3, In Myanmar protesters burned mock coffins and pictures of army ruler Min Aung Hlaing in the latest demonstrations against the coup over five months ago that has plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to demonstrate against President Mahmoud Abbas, hoping to inject new momentum into a protest movement sparked by the death of an outspoken critic in the custody of security forces.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 3, Donald Tusk (64), a former EU leader and ex-prime minister of Poland, said that he is returning to Polish politics and the the opposition Civic Platform to fight the "evil" of the current right-wing government.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 3, Russia reported 697 coronavirus-related deaths, the most confirmed in a single day since the pandemic began and the fifth day in a row it has set that record.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, South Africa's acting health minister said China's Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 has been approved. The country faces a crippling third wave of infections that has paralyzed hospitals and brought its death toll to 60,000. South Africa hit a record of 26,000 fresh COVID-19 cases, its second record-breaking tally in as many days, as a rampant third wave of infections coursed through a largely unvaccinated population.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, One of Swedens largest grocery chains, Coop, said it had to close at least 800 stores following a cyberattack a day earlier that targeted software from Kaseya an Ireland-based software provider. A Swedish railroad and a major pharmacy chain were also hit.
    (NY Times, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 3, In Syria artillery fire from government-controlled territory and airstrikes killed at least eight civilians in Ibleen, Idlib province, most of them children. The shelling was followed by airstrikes by suspected Russian warplanes that hit areas west of Idlib city.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, The Tunisian Red Crescent said 43 migrants have drowned after their boat sank off the Tunisian coast. A further 84 were rescued by the Tunisian navy.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, Turkish national Mehmet Aydin (30), on the run after allegedly embezzling money from thousands of people in a Ponzi scheme, was extradited from Brazil to Turkey and detained. Aydin is thought to have collected the equivalent of more than $131 million in Turkish lira from over 130,000 people through an online scheme called Ciftlik, or Farm Bank, an online game inspired by FarmVille.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 3, UN officials recent fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has resulted in a famine that is now affecting more than 400,000 people.
    (AP, 7/3/21)
2021        Jul 3, A Vatican judge indicted 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal, on charges including embezzlement, abuse of office, extortion and fraud in connection with the Secretariat of States 350 million-euro investment in a London real estate venture.
    (AP, 7/3/21)

2021         Jul 4, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,715,256 with the death toll at 605,499.
    (sfist.com, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 4, Hackers suspected to be behind a mass extortion attack that affected hundreds of companies worldwide late today demanded $70 million to restore the data they are holding ransom, according to a posting on a dark web site.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, In northern California fire crews contained 59% of the 24,752-acre Lava Fire in the Shasta-Trinity national Forest. The 10,407-acre Tenant Fire in Klamath National Forest was 29% contained. In Shasta County the 9,162-acre Salt Fire was 15% contained.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.B1)
2021        Jul 4, In Florida demolition crews set off explosives late today to bring down the damaged remaining portion of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building in Surfside.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, In Chicago dozens of arrests were made downtown after a crowd of young adults and juveniles launched fireworks at officers and danced on police cruisers. Over 100 people were shot this weekend including 18 homicides.
    (Washington Examiner, 7/6/21)(SFC, 7/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 4, It was reported that Des Moines, Iowa, has become an extreme example of the conflict over clean water between agriculture and cities in farm states with minimal regulation. Des Moines Water Works is now paying the US Geological Service $770,000 to evaluate spots to drill wells just north of the city.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, American geneticist Richard Lewontin (92) died at his home in Cambridge, Mass. His books included "It Ain't Necessaarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions" (2000) and "The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism and Environment" (2000).
    (SSFC, 7/11/21, p.F4)
2021        Jul 4, Matiss Kivlenieks (24), a goalie with the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team, died in Novi, Michigan, as a result of a fireworks mortar that struck him in a hot tub.
    (NY Times, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut broke his own record winning his 14th men's Nathan Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest downing 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. Michelle Lesco took the women's title.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 4, Rick Laird (80), a bassist and founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra (1971), died of lung cancer in NYC.
    (SFC, 7/22/21, p.B4)
2021        Jul 4, GETTR, a Twitter-style platform social media site, was launched today by Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former US President Donald Trump. It was briefly hacked as more than 500,000 people registered to use the site.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 4, It was reported that birds from Washington, DC, to Kentucky have been found suffering from a mysterious illness that causes them to have crusty eyes and swollen faces that prevent them from flying.
    (SSFC, 7/4/21, p.B8)
2021        Jul 4, Afghan officials said more than 300 military personnel have crossed from Badakhshan province into Tajikistan as Taliban fighters advanced toward the border. The Taliban now control a third of all 421 districts in Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 4 2021 Jul 6, In Afghanistan the Taliban reportedly killed nine ethnic Hazara men in the village of Mundarakht. Six of the men were shot, and three were tortured to death.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Jul 4, Australia's New South Wales state reported a fall in new daily coronavirus cases, following two days of record 2021 infections. Officials implored Sydney residents to follow rules so they could end a lockdown next week.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, China's cyberspace regulator said that it had ordered smartphone app stores to stop offering Didi Global Inc's app after finding that the ride-hailing giant had illegally collected users' personal data.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Two Chinese astronauts made the first spacewalk outside Chinas new orbital station to set up cameras and other equipment using a 15-meter-long (50-foot-long) robotic arm.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Cuban officials evacuated 180,000 people as a precaution against the possibility of heavy flooding from Tropical Storm Elsa that already battered several Caribbean islands, killing at least three people.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, In Cyprus 4 people were found dead today as a huge fire raged for a second day, razing tracts of forest and gutting dozens of homes. The blaze affected at least 10 communities over an area exceeding 50 square km (19 square miles) in the foothills of the Troodos mountain range. On Jul 5 more than 600 people managed to contain the blaze after it scorched more than 55 square km.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)(AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 4, In Egypt the Suez Canal Authority said it has reached an agreement with the Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., the Japanese owner of the Ever Given, to settle a financial dispute with the owners of the container ship that blocked the waterway for nearly a week earlier this year.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Rebels in Ethiopia's Tigray region said they must be recognized as its legitimate government before they accept any ceasefire.
    (BBC, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, In India more than a million people began planting 250 million saplings in northern Uttar Pradesh state in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of global climate change.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 4, Iran announced that it was reimposing coronavirus restrictions on major cities, as the spread of the highly contagious delta variant spurred fears of another devastating surge. Iran ordered the closures of non-essential businesses in 275 cities, including Tehran.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, An Israeli court sentenced Yasmine Jaber, a Palestinian woman from east Jerusalem, to 30 months in prison, probation and a fine after she acknowledged aiding Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group over several years.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Israeli forces detained Farid al-Atrash, a Palestinian human rights lawyer, early today after he took part in a protest in the occupied West Bank against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Tropical Storm Elsa brought more heavy rain to Jamaica, flooding parts of the Caribbean island nation, while the weather along the southern parts of neighboring Cuba's east coast had also started to deteriorate.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Authorities in Kuwait deported a Kuwaiti-born, Jordanian national for joining an unauthorized protest last week. The man had vented his anger over Kuwaits decision to ban the unvaccinated from public places.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 4, It was reported that senior foreign executives of major telecommunications firms in Myanmar were told by the junta in mid-June that they must not leave the country without permission. A week later, telecom companies were sent a second letter telling them they had until July 5 to fully implement intercept technology they had previously been asked to install to let authorities spy on calls, messages and web traffic and to track users.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Myanmar's health ministry reported a daily record of 2,318 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 35 deaths.
    (Reuters, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, In Nigeria gunmen kidnapped at least 140 schoolchildren in the north-west of the country. At least eight people were also abducted from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Center in Zaria.
    (BBC, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 4, Two Norwegian teenage sisters, aged 18 and 12, were killed when struck by lightning during a hike on Melshorn mountain in the area of Hareid. More than 800 lightning strikes were recorded in the area this afternoon and early evening.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 4, In the Philippines a C-130 aircraft carrying 96 mostly combat troops assigned to fight Muslim militants crashed and exploded while landing outside the Jolo airport in Sulu province. At least 52 people were killed including three civilians on the ground.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A2)(SFC, 7/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 4, Serbian police said they have discovered an illegal migrant camp near the borders with Hungary and Romania, and detained suspected people smugglers.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, South African ex-President Jacob Zuma refused to go to jail as supporters formed what they say is a human shield outside his home to try to prevent his arrest.
    (BBC, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, The United Arab Emirates pushed back against a plan by the OPEC oil cartel and allied producing countries to extend the global pact to cut oil production beyond April 2022, a rare statement revealing the countrys frustration with the group.
    (AP, 7/4/21)
2021        Jul 4, Pope Francis (84) underwent a three-hour operation at Romes Gemelli Polyclinic that involved removing half his colon.
    (AP, 7/5/21)

2021         Jul 5, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,718,894 with the death toll at 605,535.
    (sfist.com, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 5, It was reported that the delta variant of the coronavirus in California accounted for 35.6% of cases sequenced in June. In May it was 5.6%.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.B3)
2021        Jul 5, In northern California fire crews contained 71% of the 24,752-acre Lava Fire in the Shasta-Trinity national Forest. The 10,407-acre Tenant Fire in Klamath National Forest was 53% contained. In Shasta County the 9,162-acre Salt Fire was 20% contained.
    (SFC, 7/6/21, p.B3)
2021        Jul 5, In San Francisco looters were captured on video ransacking a Neiman Marcus at about 6PM. At least nine suspects smashed display cases, snatched handbags, and jetted out of the building before law enforcement arrived to the scene.
    (Washington Examiner, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 5, In Florida 3 more bodies were found in the debris of the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South complex in Surfside, bringing the total confirmed dead to 27, after the remaining parts of the complex were demolished overnight.
    (Reuters, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, University of Wisconsin scientists said as many as one-third of the state's gray wolves likely died at the hands of humans in the months after the federal government in January announced it was ending legal protections.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, American film director Richard Donner (91) died. He made Christopher Reeves Superman fly, Mel Gibsons deranged detective lethal and the young stars of The Goonies (1985) adorable.
    (NY Times, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stepped down as CEO, handing over the reins to Andy Jassy, as the company navigates the challenges of a world fighting to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Egypt accused Ethiopia of violating international law after it received a notice saying that Ethiopia's dam upstream on the Nile is now filling up with water for a second year.
    (BBC, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 5, Fiji's health ministry said that the mortuary at the largest hospital in Suva is now full, as the Pacific island nation logs record daily coronavirus cases. A day earlier a new daily high of 522 new infections was recorded. About 54% of Fijians have received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca or Sinopharm vaccines.
    (Reuters, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Finlands northernmost Arctic Lapland region recorded its hottest temperature for more than a century at 33.6 degrees Celsius (92.5 F), during a heatwave that's been afflicting the entire Nordic country for weeks.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 5, Renowned French winemaker Moet Hennessy said that its champagne shipments to Russia were suspended after President Vladimir Putin signed a law on July 2 saying the term "champagne" is allowed to be used only for "Russian champagne".
    (Fox News, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, In Tbilisi, Georgia, a protest against a planned LGBT march turned violent as demonstrators attacked and injured some 20 journalists covering the event. Organizers cancelled the event, that was to take place this evening, saying authorities had not provided adequate security guarantees.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders put Hungarian PM Viktor Orban on its list of predators, the first time a Western European leader has been placed in the line-up of heads of state or government who crack down massively on press freedom. The list published today includes 37 leaders. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were listed among this year's most effective "press freedom predators".
    (AP, 7/5/21)(Washington Examiner, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 5, Italy's data protection authority ordered the delivery firm Foodinho, owned by the Spanish start-up Glovo, to change the computer algorithms used to manage staff to avoid any discrimination, after finding breaches of privacy and labor laws.
    (Reuters, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Kuwait's Ministry of Interior announced the government had deported over 7,800 foreigners in the first half of 2021 alone for various violations.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Security forces in Kuwait late today detained Jamal al-Sayer, a prominent poet, on charges of insulting the countrys ruler and spreading fake news.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 5, The World Bank said Lebanon's financial crisis could rank among the worlds three worst since the mid-1800s. Its currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value and unemployment has skyrocketed.
    (NY Times, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 5, It was reported that New Zealand has recorded its warmest June since recordkeeping began, as ski fields struggled to open and experts predict shorter southern winters in the future.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Nicaraguan police arrested six more opposition figures in a crackdown that started last month.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 5, Norway announced the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions but delayed the final phase of reopening the economy until the end of this month at the earliest because of concerns about the Delta coronavirus variant.
    (Reuters, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, South Korea reported 711 new coronavirus cases. This was the 3rd day cases topped 700. Around 550 of the cases came from the densely populated Seoul area.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 5, It was reported that some Spanish regions, faced with soaring numbers of new coronavirus infections among unvaccinated young people, are rolling back curbs on nightlife only weeks after dropping them.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, Taiwan's Cabinet said that with COVID-19 cases abating there is room to ease restrictions and ministries and officials should make preparations for doing so, as the island begins emerging from the worst of its pandemic.
    (Reuters, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, In Thailand a huge explosion at the Ming Dih Chemical factory on the outskirts of Bangkok killed at least one person.
    (SFC, 7/5/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 5, Turkey said it has identified three cases of the new Delta Plus COVID-19 variant in three provinces. The separate Delta variant had also been identified in some 284 cases across 30 provinces.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 5, A UN report said Venezuelan security forces carried out fewer extra-judicial killings in the 12 months through April, but it accuses them of a continued pattern of torture or cruel treatment of individuals as well as enforced disappearances and incommunicado detentions.
    (AP, 7/5/21)
2021        Jul 5, In Yemen government forces and allied tribesmen, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, reclaimed large swaths of territory in Bayda province.
    (AP, 7/5/21)

2021        Jul 6, The Pentagon canceled a $10 billion cloud-computing contract with Microsoft, after Amazon accused the Trump administration of interfering with the bidding process.
    (NY Times, 7/6/21)
2021         Jul 6, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,737,982 with the death toll at 605,799.
    (sfist.com, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 6, A bloody Fourth of July weekend ended with at least 150 people killed in more than 400 shootings that occurred across the country, according to data compiled throughout the weekend.
    (Fox News, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, In northern California fire crews contained 71% of the 25,000-acre Lava Fire in the Shasta-Trinity national Forest. The 10,600-acre Tenant Fire in Klamath National Forest was 57% contained. In Shasta County the 12,00-acre Salt Fire was 20% contained.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.B2)
2021        Jul 6, A federal court ruled that a Massachusetts school can continue using electric shock devices to enforce corrective behavior in students with intellectual disabilities. Judges ruled 2-1 that a 2020 federal ban interferes with doctors' ability to treat patients at the school.
    (Axios, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 6, A grizzly bear attacked and killed a person who was camping in western Montana early today, after previously wandering into the campsite. Leah Lokan (65) of Chico, Ca., was killed while sleeping in her tent on a bicycle camping trip. The bear was shot dead e days later.
    (AP, 7/6/21)(SFC, 7/9/21, p.B1)(SFC, 7/10/21, p.B4)
2021        Jul 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York declared surging gun violence a statewide emergency and allocated $76 million to create jobs for at-risk youth.
    (NY Times, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Blackstone Group Inc said it will buy Sphera, a Chicago-based environmental, social and governance (ESG) software, data and consulting services provider, from private equity firm Genstar Capital in a $1.4 billion deal.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Didi Global Inc shares fell as much as 25% in early US trading in the first session since Chinese regulators ordered the company's app to be taken down days after its $4.4 billion listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Nextdoor, a social network that connects neighbors, said it will go public through a merger with a blank-check company backed by Khosla Ventures in a deal valued at $4.3 billion.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, The former Austrian vice chancellor and ex-leader of Austrias right-wing Freedom Party went on trial for corruption charges at a Vienna court. Heinz-Christian Strache is accused of trying to change laws in order to favor a private hospital in exchange for donations.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Bangladesh reported 11,525 positive coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours including 163 deaths. Total deaths rose to 15,392.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 6, The highest court in Belarus convicted Viktor Babariko, an aspiring rival to the nations authoritarian president, on corruption charges that he rejects as politically motivated and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, The Belgian government said its Africa Museum, once a celebration of the country's colonial rule, will begin a multi-year process of returning stolen art to Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Stellantis, Vauxhalls parent company announced that it will invest 100 million pounds ($138 million) to make electric vans and cars at its factory in northwestern England.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Chinese leader Xi Jinping attacked calls from some in the US and its allies to limit their dependency on Chinese suppliers and block the sharing of technologies.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, An Egyptian court lifted a three-month long judicial seizure of a hulking shipping vessel that had blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year, paving the way for it to leave Egypt.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, In France the 74th Cannes opened with as much glitz as it could summon. Annette, a fantastical musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and scored by the musical duo Sparks, was to debut in the evening. Spike Lee, the first Black person to head up the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, denounced the state of race relations in the United States.
    (AP, 7/6/21)(Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, German security officials said more than 750 people have been arrested and large amounts of drugs seized as part of an investigation that started in 2020.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 6, Greece reported a jump in daily COVID-19 infections after many weeks of declining numbers that prompted authorities to lift most of the country's coronavirus restrictions. Public health authorities reported 1,797 new daily cases bringing the total number of infections to 429,144. COVID-related deaths have reached 12,754.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Irans outgoing Pres. Hassan Rouhani offered a rare apology for the countrys most severe summer power outages in recent memory, as blackouts cripple businesses and darken homes for hours a day. Iran accused Israel of mounting a sabotage attack on a nuclear facility near Tehran last month.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, In Iran an explosion ripped through oil and gas pipelines at a pump house in the southwest, killing three oil workers and injuring four others.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, In Israel David Bitan, a close political ally of former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was indicted on a raft of corruption offenses allegedly committed while serving as a Likud party lawmaker in parliament.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Israels parliament failed to renew a law that bars Arab citizens from extending citizenship or residency rights to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in a tight vote that raised doubts about the viability of the countrys new coalition government. The law is now set to expire at midnight. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law was enacted as a temporary measure in 2003, at the height of the second intifada.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, In Japan rescued workers recovered three more bodies from the July 3 mudslide in Atami bringing the death toll to seven. More than 20 people were still missing.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 6, Lebanons caretaker PM Hassan Diab warned that the country is hurtling toward a social explosion and appealed on the international community for assistance to prevent the demise of the nation facing multiple crises.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, In the Netherlands journalist Peter R. de Vries (64), known for reporting on the Dutch underworld, was shot in the head in downtwon Amsterdam. Two suspects were soon taken into custody as de Vries struggled to survive.
    (SFC, 7/8/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 6, Portugal's PM Antonio Costa urged the citizens to keep up their guard up against a fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, with the more infectious Delta variant causing nearly 90% of new cases. Only 38% of the population have so far been vaccinated.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Russia reported a record 737 deaths and 23,378 coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours as the country stepped up efforts to vaccinate its population of more than 144 million people.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)(SFC, 7/7/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 6, Russian tech giant Yandex said driverless robots will soon deliver food to students on college campuses in the United States after Yandex and online food-ordering company GrubHub agreed a multi-year partnership.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, In eastern Russia a Soviet-made An-26 passenger plane carrying 28 people crashed in the Sea of Okhotsk. There were no survivors.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 6, Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, a prominent Turkish opposition legislator, was released from prison, days after the countrys top court ruled his rights to freedom and to exercise politics had been violated.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet praised the incredible resilience of Myanmars people in helping each other in the wake of a military takeover and violent crackdown, while calling on the international community to keep up pressure on the junta to halt violence and restore democracy.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, The United Nations top nuclear watchdog announced that Iran has taken steps to enrich uranium metal to a 20 percent purity and manufacture nuclear reactor fuel.
    (AP, 7/6/21)
2021        Jul 6, Vietnam halted dozens of flights in and out of Ho Chi Minh City to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, after reporting more than 1,000 new cases for a second successive day.
    (Reuters, 7/6/21)

2021        Jul 7, Former President Donald Trump announced he is filing suits against three of the country's biggest tech companies: Facebook, Twitter and Google, as well as their CEOs in class-action suits, claiming he has been wrongfully censored by the companies.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021         Jul 7, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,751,942. The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million.
    (sfist.com, 7/8/21)(SFC, 7/8/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 7, The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said they have seized more than 16 tons of marijuana worth an estimated $1.19 billion in a 10-day sting. The operation resulted in 22 felony arrests, 109 misdemeanor arrests, and 19 arrests from water theft enforcement teams.
    (CBS News, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 7, In Florida search and rescue workers recovered 10 more bodies from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside that collapsed last month, bringing the death toll to 46. 94 people remained unaccounted for. Rescuers said their mission was no longer one of rescue, but had shifted to recovery. There were no survivors. Authorities said they have recovered 54 bodies. Another 86 people remain missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 7/7/21)(Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 7, Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall today on the Gulf Coast of northern Florida. Elsa dumped heavy rain across the Southeast and warnings were issued as far north as Massachusetts. At least one person was killed in Jacksonville.
    (NY Times, 7/7/21)(NY Times, 7/8/21)(SFC, 7/8/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 7, In Florida the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens to keep the Stanley Cup. The last Canadian team to win the Cup was Montreal, in 1993, the same year Tampa Bay, heralding the N.H.L.s Sun Belt expansion, completed its inaugural season.
    (NY Times, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 7, Film director Robert Downey Sr. (85) died at his home in Manhattan. He made provocative movies, like Putney Swope, that avoided mainstream success but were often critical favorites and were always attention getting. Other films included Pound (1970) and Greasers Palace (1972).
    (NY Times, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 7, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharmas plan to reorganize into a new entity that helps combat the US opioid epidemic got a big boost as 15 states that had previously opposed the new business model now support it.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, In Afghanistan insurgents attacked Qala-i-Naw, the capital of Badghis province, from several sides. The fighting killed at least two civilians and wounded 28 others, including women and children.
    (AP, 7/7/21)(SFC, 7/8/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 7, Sydneys two-week lockdown was extended for another week due to the vulnerability of an Australia population largely unvaccinated against COVID-19.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Britain said it would provide genomic sequencing support to Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan to help identify, assess and track new variants of the novel coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the highly contagious Delta variant now represents around 40% of new COVID-19 infections in France.
    (Reuters, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Haitian President Jovenel Moise (53) was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early today. First lady Martine Mose was shot in the attack and hospitalized. Police reportedly killed four people and arrested two others suspected in the assassination of President Jovenel Mose, but didnt name them. Interim PM Claude Joseph said he would run the country and placed Haiti under a form of martial law. Leon Charles, interim police director, said police killed seven of the assailants during a firefight and have arrested six other people suspected of being involved in the assassination.
    (AP, 7/7/21)(NY Times, 7/8/21)(Miami Herald, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 7, Haiti requested the United Nations send troops to help secure the country.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 7, In India Bollywood star Dilip Kumar (98) died in a hospital in Mumbai. In 1998 the Pakistani government conferred on him its highest civilian honor, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz. Kumar authored his autobiography "The Substance and the Shadow" in 2014.
    (SSFC, 7/11/21, p.F2)
2021        Jul 7, Indonesia reported more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time and a record 34,379 infections. Novilia Sjafri Bachtiar, the lead scientist on China's Sinovac vaccine trials in Indonesia, died of suspected COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Iran hosted the first significant talks in months between the Taliban and Afghan government representatives.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, In Iraq rockets hit a base housing US troops, inflicting two minor injuries.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Isaac Herzog (60) pledged to heal deep divisions in Israeli society as he took the oath of office to become Israel's 11th president.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Israel demolished the Bedouin herding community of Khirbet Humsu in the occupied West Bank, the latest chapter in the military's attempts to uproot the Palestinian village of makeshift homes. At least 65 people, including 35 children, were displaced. The demolitions left the villagers homeless for at least the fifth time in the past year.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, It was reported that Myanmar's military has issued arrest warrants for 400 doctors and 180 nurses for supporting and talking part in the civil disobedience movement.
    (SFC, 7/7/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 7, Portugal reported more than 3,000 daily coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours for the first time since February. 3,285 new cases brought the total number of infections in Portugal to 896,026 since the pandemic started.
    (Reuters, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, The developer of CoviVac, one of Russia's vaccines against COVID-19, said it is effective against the highly infectious Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Jacob Zuma (79), South Africa's former president turned himself over to police to begin his jail term at a prison in KwaZulu-Natal province. A court had sentenced him on June to 15 months in prison for failing to appear before a corruption inquiry.
    (BBC, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, In eastern Syria US-backed Syrian fighters and American troops foiled an attack with drones on a base housing members of the US-led coalition.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, WHO officials said coronavirus infections have been on the rise in the 22 countries of the eastern Mediterranean region after two months of steady decline because of increased international travel, low protection and limited vaccination.
    (AP, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Jacob Zuma (79), South Africa's former president turned himself over to police to begin his jail term at a prison in KwaZulu-Natal province. A court had sentenced him on June to 15 months in prison for failing to appear before a corruption inquiry.
    (BBC, 7/7/21)
2021        Jul 7, Syrian state TV reported that Ahmed Jibril (83), leader of a breakaway Palestinian faction that carried out hijackings, bombings and other attacks against Israeli targets in the 1970s and 1980s, has died in Damascus.
    (AP, 7/78/21)

2021        Jul 8, US Senator Elizabeth Warren warned of the growing risks posed to consumers and financial markets by the "highly opaque and volatile" cryptocurrency market and blasted its lack of regulation as unsustainable.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, The US Justice Dept. said Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson (47), a Swedish national, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding thousands of people in a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. He had pleaded guilty to various securities fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering charges on March 4 for his role in the scheme.
    (Washington Examiner, 7/10/21)
2021         Jul 8, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,774,402 with the death toll at 606,000.
    (sfist.com, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 8, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom asked residents to voluntarily cut their water usage by 15% and extended an emergency drought declaration to nearly every Bay Area
county.
    (SFC, 7/9/21, p.A1)
2021        Jul 8, California state regulators denied a string of applications to drill for oil using hydraulic fracking in Kern County. The Dept. of Conservation cited a need to protect public health and address climate change.
    (SFC, 7/10/21, p.A1)
2021        Jul 8, California lawyer Michael Avenatti (50) was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening the company with bad publicity.
    (SFC, 7/9/21, p.A8)
2021        Jul 8, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis lifted his pandemic state of emergency and rescinded all related executive orders.. More than 70% of adults in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 8, Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from Louisiana, became the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winning word: murraya. (Zaila has also set Guinness world records for her basketball skills.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 8, Wall Street's main indexes fell as the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant cast doubts over an economic recovery, while a rout in Chinese tech stocks appeared to have spilled across markets.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, It was reported the Missouri is now leading the nation in new coronavirus cases averaging 1,000 a day. 45% of state residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
    (SFC, 7/8/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 8, It was reported that more than 125 children and adults who atternded a religious camp in Texas last month have now tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 7/8/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 8, Biogen Inc said the US Food and Drug Administration has narrowed use of its Alzheimer's drug after the agency drew sharp criticism for its broad approval of the drug last month without proof of clear benefit against the disease.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, The Taliban seized another key Afghan border crossing, this time with Iran. It was the third border crossing the insurgents have taken in the past week. A delegation of the Taliban visited Moscow to offer assurances that their quick gains on the ground in Afghanistan do not threaten Russia or its allies in Central Asia.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, In Bangladesh a fire engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Dhaka, killing at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door. Eight people were soon arrested on murder charges.
    (AP, 7/9/21)(SSFC, 7/11/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 8, Belarusian authorities blocked the website of a leading online media outlet and detained several of its journalists, the latest move in a sweeping crackdown on dissent and independent media in the ex-Soviet nation.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, The EU said that Britain is liable to pay 47.5 billion euros ($56.2 billion) to the EU as part of its post-Brexit financial settlement.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 8, The EU handed down $1 billion in fines to major Germany car manufacturers, saying they colluded to limit development and rollout of emission-control systems.
    (SFC, 7/9/21, p.B2)
2021        Jul 8, It was reported that French movie director Francois Ozon tackles the thorny issue of euthanasia in his latest movie, "Everything Went Fine," at the Cannes Film Festival, with a story of two sisters grappling with their sick father's desire to end his life.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, France's Sanofi SA and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline Plc said they have received an approval from Indian authorities for a late-stage clinical trial of their protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Haitian authorities said they have arrested at least 17 people, including two American citizens and 15 Colombians, in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Mose.
    (NY Times, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 8, Hong Kong Media group Next Digital, publisher of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, said it had received an email from the solicitors of its chief executive officer, Cheung Kim-hung, stating that he had resigned, as the company faces investigations under the national security law.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, PM Viktor Orban said that EU efforts to force Hungary to abandon a new law banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools would be in vain. Activists erected a 10-meter-high rainbow-colored heart opposite the country's neo-Gothic parliament, vowing to wage a civil disobedience campaign against a new law that they say discriminates against LGBT people and that has raised questions about what values the European Union stands for.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)(AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, East Kalimantan on Borneo island, Indonesia's biggest coal-producing province, reported 979 coronavirus infections, the highest number outside the densely populated island of Java. A local official said so far there has been no disruption to coal operations.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Israel demolished the family home of a Palestinian-American man accused of carrying out a deadly attack on Israelis in the occupied West Bank, rejecting pleas from his estranged wife that he rarely lived in the house, which she shared with their three children.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Israels Supreme Court upheld a controversial law that defines the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, rejecting claims by opponents that it discriminates against minorities.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Israel said it will begin seizing cryptocurrency accounts used by the Palestinian Hamas group to raise money for its armed wing.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Israel released Ghadanfar Abu Atwan (28) an Israeli hospital and transferred to a hospital in Ramallah, where the Palestinian Authority is headquartered. Atwan has been on a hunger strike for more than two months.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, In Italy coronavirus cases topped 1,000 for a 2nd straight day.
    (SFC, 7/9/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 8, Olympic organizers said they would not allow spectators at most events as the games are set to open in two weeks in Japan in response to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases.
    (NY Times, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Jordan reached an agreement to purchase an additional 50 million cubic meters of water from Israel and to increase its exports to the occupied West Bank from $160 million a year to around $700 million.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Norwegian company Telenor said it has agreed to sell its entire operations in Myanmar to the M1 Group, a Lebanon-based investment firm, for 105 million.
    (SFC, 7/9/21, p.B2)
2021        Jul 8, The World Bank said rebuilding Gaza after the latest devastating war between Israel and the territory's militant Hamas rulers will cost up to $485 million.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Russia said its airlines can resume charter flights to Egyptian resorts, which had been banned for more than five years after the suspected bombing of a Russian airliner in which 224 people died.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Russia's coronavirus task force reported 24,818 new cases in the last 24 hours, including 6,040 in the capital. Russia also reported 734 coronavirus-related deaths, close to a record daily high.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, In Sweden a small plane carrying skydivers crashed outside the city of Orebro, killing all nine people on board.
    (SFC, 7/10/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 8, Tunisia's health ministry said its health care system is collapsing due to the coronavirus, with intensive care departments full and doctors overburdened by a rapid outbreak of cases and deaths. Total cases have climbed to around 465,000 and more than 15,700 deaths.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, The United Nations' nuclear watchdog said it reached an agreement with Japan on helping monitor and review the release of treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima plant into the Pacific Ocean.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, It was reported that Venezuela has paid its financial commitments to the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility and will be allocated COVID-19 vaccine doses upon availability.
    (AP, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, In Venezuela gang members walking through western Caracas' El Cementerio barrio with megaphones told residents to leave and that shooting would not soon stop in gun battles between police and a collection of gangs. Unrelenting gunfire continued for the next 48 hours. The government later reported 26 dead.. NGO Victim's Monitor documented 37 deaths, including four officers and 22 alleged non-gang members killed by stray bullets or police.
    (Reuters, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 8, Vietnam's capital Hanoi imposed movement restrictions to try to keep at bay an expanding coronavirus outbreak. The country hit a record 1,314 cases, most of those in the southern economic hub.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)
2021        Jul 8, Zimbabwe received 2 million COVID-19 vaccines from China's Sinovac as infections increased to 60,227.
    (Reuters, 7/8/21)

2021        Jul 9, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that the White House bills as an effort to target anticompetitive practices in tech, health care and other parts of the economy while boosting workers' wages and consumer protections.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, President Joe Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that he must take action against cybercriminals acting in his country and that the US reserves the right to defend its people and its critical infrastructure" from future attacks.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, President Joe Biden fired Andrew Saul, the commissioner of Social Security after the official refused to resign. Biden accepted the resignation of deputy commissioner David Black. Ralph de Juliis, spokesperson for the American Federation of Government Employees SSA General Committee and Council 220 President, said employee morale and agency operations had suffered under Saul and Black's leadership.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 9, The White House said Pres. Joe Biden has nominated LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India.
    (SFC, 7/10/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 9, US federal authorities unsealed a criminal indictment against Apostolos Trovias (30) of Athens, Greece, charging him with securities fraud and money laundering. They said he sold inside information on stocks since December 2016, when he registered a Dark Web" internet site known as AlphaBay Market where he charged individuals $99.95 weekly or $299 monthly subscriptions to get access to inside information on stocks.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021         Jul 9, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,799,322 with the death toll at 606,616.
    (sfist.com, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 9, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks inside school buildings. The CDC updated its guidance to help reopen schools in the fall, including recommending masking indoors for everyone who is not fully vaccinated and three feet of distance within classrooms.
    (AP, 7/9/21)(Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, A US donation of more than 1.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Afghanistan, the first of two shipments this month.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, The United States sent 1.5 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal and 500,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to Bhutan.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, The 150-acre Legoland theme park officially opened in Goshen, NY.
    (https://tinyurl.com/4f9vcwn2)    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.A12)
2021        Jul 9, Death Valley National Park in California recorded a staggering high of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 Celsius). If verified, it would be the hottest high recorded there since July 1913, when the same Furnace Creek desert area hit 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.6 degrees Celsius), considered the highest reliably measured temperature on Earth.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 9, In California the Beckwourth Complex, a merging of the lightning-caused Sugar and Dotta fires in the Sierra Nevada forest region, doubled in size. The blaze was only 11% contained. The Lava Fire held mostly steady at 25,159 acres and 79% containment.
    (AP, 7/10/21)(SFC, 7/10/21, p.B4)
2021        Jul 9, In Colorado police arrested four people and seized more than a dozen weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition late today at a downtown Denver hotel close to several events planned in conjunction with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
    (The Guardian, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 9, The death toll in the collapse of a Miami-area condo building rose to 79 as recovery workers toiled for a 16th day to find victims in the rubble. 61 people remained unaccounted for.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Idaho's Gov. Brad Little declared a wildfire emergency and mobilized the states National Guard to help fight fires sparked after lightning storms swept across the drought-stricken region.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 9, Louisiana police Officer William "Billy" Collins died in a hospital late today after suffering a gunshot wound to his head during a confrontation with a suspect near a local high school in Webster Parish. A suspect was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
    (Fox News, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, The storm Elsa lashed New York City and New England with heavy rains and high winds. Commuter rail lines were snagged across the NYC region.
    (SFC, 7/10/21, p.A5)   
2021        Jul 9, The 150-acre Legoland theme park officially opened in Goshen, NY.
    (https://tinyurl.com/4f9vcwn2)    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.A12)
2021        Jul 9, In Oregon two men from Albany, Oregon, were killed when a homebuilt trike aircraft they were in crashed near Millersburg. A trike is an ultralight aircraft composed of a robust hang-glider and a powered tricycle.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 9, In Oregon a wildfire in Klamath County grew from nearly 26 square miles (67 square km) to nearly 61 square miles (158 square km) over the last 24 hours in the Fremont-Winema National Forest and on private land.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 9, United Auto Workers officials said a tentative agreement between Volvo Trucks North America and a union representing nearly 3,000 workers who have gone on strike twice this year at a southwest Virginia truck plant has been rejected by the striking workers.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, The Wisconsin diocese of La Crosse said Bishop William Patrick Callahan has removed Rev. James Altman as pastor of St. James the Less for a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic. Altman has said Catholics cannot be Democrats and has criticized COVID-19 vaccination efforts as "Nazi-esque controls'.
    (SSFC, 7/11/21, p.A10)
2021        Jul 9, Short-video sharing app TikTok said it will use more automation to remove videos from its platform that violate its community guidelines.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $650 billion expansion in resources to support economically vulnerable nations as they battle the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Britain said it did not recognize European Union's estimate of the overall Brexit settlement cost, and that the total bill remained within the government's original projections.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Canada ordered trains to cease operations for 48 hours in areas of British Columbia hit by a recent spate of wildfires, including one that wiped out an entire town and killed two people. There are currently 210 wildfires burning in BC, an increase of 26 from two days ago.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, In Chile police shot dead a Mapuche man in Araucania province, stoking tensions with the group and striking a potential blow to attempts to improve relations between the state and the Andean country's indigenous people.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Chinese battery maker EVE Energy said it would take a stake in a small lithium producer and establish a joint venture to build a lithium chemicals project costing up to 1.8 billion yuan ($277.8 million).
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Visegrad members (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) gathered in Slovenia and voiced concern over a potential migration rush from Afghanistan as US and NATO forces pull out from that country. They also complained that a small group of powerful countries within the EU continue to call the shots without input from smaller or less wealthy member states.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Europe's drug regulator said it has found a possible link between very rare heart inflammation and COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, stressing that the benefits of the shots outweighed any risks. Such cases primarily occurred within 14 days of inoculation.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Germany declared all of Spain a coronavirus risk area after Spanish COVID-19 infection rates more than doubled in a week as the Delta variant spread rapidly among unvaccinated young adults. Spain's Canary Islands and its Mediterranean region of Valencia have asked the government to bring back curfews to counter a soaring COVID-19 infection rate among unvaccinated youngsters.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Haitis interim government said it has asked the US and UN to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare for elections in the aftermath of President Jovenel Moses assassination. The Biden administration has so far given no indication it will provide military assistance.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, In Hungary residents over 60 were offered 20,000 free tests, came after many fully vaccinated people reported that tests they had undergone at private laboratories indicated that they hadn't developed antibodies to defend against COVID-19. Those reports came primarily from people who received China's Sinopharm vaccine.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Indonesia, the worlds fourth-most populous country, has reported more than 2.4 million infections and 64,631 fatalities from COVID-19. A shipment of more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators and other health devices arrived from Singapore, followed by another 1,000 ventilators from Australia.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Irans railroad system came under cyberattack with hackers posting fake messages about alleged train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the country. It came after the electronic tracking system on trains across Iran failed.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 9, Lithuania began to erect a fence along its border with Belarus to deter third country migrants from entering, a week after Vilnius declared a state of emergency to address a sharp rise in migratory flows, which it says Belarusian authorities are encouraging.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Thirty-two percent of Russians support the extremism ban on jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's political network while 27% oppose it, according to an opinion poll by the Moscow-based Levada Center.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said the gap between the two shots of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine can be extended up to 180 days and it will remain effective.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, In South Africa Geoff Makhubo, the mayor of Johannesburg, died after contacting the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 7/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 9, South Korea reported 1,378 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight, up from the previous record of 1,316 a day earlier. About 11% of South Korea's 52 million population has completed vaccination.
    (Reuters, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Sweden's caretaker PM Stefan Lofven unveiled a two-party, minority coalition government just two days after garnering support in Parliament to cobble together a new team. This is Lofven's third government since he first became prime minister in Sweden in 2014.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, Officials in Thailand announced a seven-hour curfew and other restrictions for the capital and nine other provinces to try to slow a growing number of cases and deaths in a coronavirus surge that began in early April.
    (AP, 7/9/21)
2021        Jul 9, The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution extending the delivery of humanitarian aid for a year from Turkey to rebel-held northwest Syria, where the UN says 3.4 million people are in desperate need of food and other assistance.
    (AP, 7/9/21)

2021         Jul 10, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,845,368 with the death toll at 607,070.
    (sfist.com, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 10, US Embassy officials in Moldova said half a million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be donated to help the small nation combat the coronavirus pandemic. Moldova has reported more than 257,000 coronavirus infections and 6,207 deaths. The doses were sent on July 12.
    (AP, 7/10/21)(Reuters, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 10, In Arizona two firefighters died after a aircraft they were in to respond to a wildfire crashed in Mohave County.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, DC Metropolitan Police Officer Kyle DeFreytag, who served in the Fifth District and responded to the Capitol riot, was found dead. His death marked four suicides by officers who defended the US Capitol on January 6.
    (Axios, 8/3/21)
2021        Jul 10, In South Florida the confirmed death toll from the Champlain Tower South condominium complex tragedy stood at 86, with another 43 people still missing.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 10, In California the Beckwourth Complex a merging of two lightning-caused fires showing no sign of slowing its rush northeast from the Sierra Nevada forest region after doubling in size only a few days earlier. The blaze was only 11% contained.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, In Iowa former MMA fighter Travis Fulton, indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography and the sexual exploitation of minors, was found dead in his jail cell after an alleged suicide bid.
    (The Independent, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 10, In Virginia a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted away from its place of prominence in Charlottesville and carted off to storage, years after its threatened removal became a rallying point for white supremacists and inspired their violent 2017 rally that left a woman dead and dozens injured.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, It was reported that finance chiefs of the G20 large economies endorsed a landmark move to stop multinationals shifting profits to low-tax havens at talks where they will also warn that coronavirus variants threaten the global economic recovery.
    (Reuters, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, Results of a poll in Brazil said a majority of Brazilians support impeaching President Jair Bolsonaro, as serious graft allegations related to vaccine procurement hit the right-wing leader's already battered image.
    (Reuters, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, Ashleigh Barty, the world No. 1, claimed her first Wimbledon title, and became the second Indigenous Australian to do so, when she defeated Karolina Pliskova in the womens singles final.
    (NY Times, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, China's cyberspace regulator said any company with data for more than 1 million users must undergo a security review before listing its shares overseas, broadening a clampdown on its large "platform economy".
    (Reuters, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, Ethiopia's election board said PM Abiy Ahmed has won the country's delayed elections with an overwhelming majority.
    (BBC, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 10, The European Unions border agency said it is pledging to significantly step up its support to Lithuania in the coming days due to the growing migratory pressure at Lithuanias border with Belarus that the Baltic nation is trying to contain.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 10, In Germany former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Iranian dissidents to "keep up the fight" against the hardline regime in Tehran as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gathered in a summit to renew calls for a secular and democratic Iran in a largely virtual event.
    (Fox News, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 10, It was reported that the men, who assassinated Haiti's Pres. Jovenel Moise, claimed to have been recruited to do work in Haiti by an under-the-radar firm in Doral, Florida, called CTU Security, run by a Venezuelan migr, Antonio Enmanuel Intriago Valera.
    (Miami Herald, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, Websites of Irans transport and urbanization ministry went out of service after a cyber disruption in computer systems of its staff.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, Lebanons economy ministry announced new prices for bread for the 7th time in a year, slowly removing subsidies as the country sinks deeper into a dire economic and political crisis.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, In Somalia a large explosion in Mogadishu killed at least nine people and injured eight others. The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, Spains PM Pedro Snchez overhauled his Cabinet, forming what he called the government of the recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 7/10/21)
2021        Jul 10, Syria doubled the price of bread, the countrys main staple, and increased by 180% the price of diesel fuel. Nearly 80% of Syrians live in poverty, and 60% are food insecure.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 10, Turkmenistans autocratic Pres. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promoted his only son, Serdar (39), as deputy prime minister in charge of economic and financial issues, a development seen as laying the foundation for a political dynasty in the Central Asian nation.
    (AP, 7/10/21)

2021        Jul 11, The Biden administration upheld a Trump-era rejection of nearly all of China's significant maritime claims in the South China Sea. The US repeated a warning to China that an attack on Philippine armed forces in the South China Sea would trigger a 1951 US-Philippines mutual defense treaty.
    (AP, 7/11/21)(Reuters, 7/11/21)
2021         Jul 11, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,849,107 with the death toll at 607,135.
    (sfist.com, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 11, In southern California a flood of raw sewage began inundating the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant and triggered a huge discharge of partially treated wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. The damaged facility continued to release millions of gallons of partially treated wastewater over the next weeks.
    (SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A11)
2021        Jul 11, Death Valley, Ca., measured a daily average temperature of 118.1 degrees, the highest ever recorded on the planet.
    (SSFC, 7/18/21, p.B10)
2021        Jul 11, American actor Charlie Robinson (75) died in Los Angeles. He was best known for for his role as Mac, the court clerk on the long-running NBC sitcom "Night Court" (1984-1992).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Court)(SSFC, 7/17/21, p.F8)
2021        Jul 11, James Kallstrom (78), former head of the New York FBI, died at his home in Fairfield, Conn. Kallstrom had spent 16 months investigating the TWA Flight 800 that exploded 12 minutes after taking off from Kennedy Int'l. on July 17, 1996.
    (SFC, 7/12/21, p.B4)
2021        Jul 11, In southern Florida the death toll in the collapse of a Miami-area condominium rose to 90 from 86, as crews continued their grim search for human remains in the building's wreckage. 31 people were still unaccounted for.
    (Reuters, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Richard Branson, the British billionaire who leads a galaxy of Virgin companies, took off from New Mexico as a crew member on a test flight for Virgin Galactics space plane.
    (NY Times, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Australia reported its first locally contracted COVID-19 death of the year and a 2021 record 77 new cases of the virus in the state of New South Wales, which is battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon mens final, giving him a record-tying 20 Grand Slam titles.
    (NY Times, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 11, Italy won the Euro 2020 soccer tournament, beating England in a penalty shootout.
    (NY Times, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 11, Bangladesh recorded a single-day record of 11,874 new coronavirus cases and a single-day record of 230 deaths.
    (SFC, 7/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 11, Bulgarians voted in a snap poll after a previous election in April produced a fragmented parliament that failed to form a viable coalition government. There is Such a People party of popular TV entertainer Slavi Trifonov earned 23.9% of the vote, edging out the center-right GERB party of former PM Boyko Borissov by a mere 0.2%.
    (AP, 7/11/21)(AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 11, China said it "resolutely opposes" the addition of 23 Chinese entities to a US economic blacklist over issues including alleged human rights abuses and military ties.
    (Reuters, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Thousands of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years.
    (NY Times, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 11, Egypt's highest appeals court upheld the sentencing of ten leaders of Egypts outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including the group's head Mohamed Badie, to life imprisonment.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Christian Emmanuel Sanon (63), a Haitian-born doctor based in Florida, was arrested in Haiti as a key suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Mose of Haiti, and the national police chief suggested at a news conference that he believed the suspect was plotting to become president.
    (NY Times, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, The Iranian government expressed anger over the appearance of senior European and US politicians at a rally in support of an opposition group that has long sought to overthrow Iran's theocratic rulers.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Israel's Security Cabinet froze nearly $200 million in tax transfers to the Palestinians that it said represented the amount of money the Palestinians transferred to the families of alleged attackers last year.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Israels Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex couples to have children through surrogate mothers, a move hailed by lawmakers and activists as a victory for LGBTQ rights.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Voters in Moldova cast their ballots in a snap parliamentary election that is a choice between East and West. The Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), took almost 53% of all votes. The electoral bloc of Communists and Socialists took 27%.
    (AP, 7/11/21)(AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 11, Myanmar has recorded a total of 192,213 coronavirus cases and 3,338 deaths.
    (SFC, 7/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 11, The North Korean and Chinese leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen their ties as they exchanged messages marking the 60th anniversary of their countries defense treaty.
    (Axios, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Omans sultan arrived in Saudi Arabia, starting the first visit by an Omani ruler to the kingdom in years against the backdrop of intensified efforts to end the war in Yemen and the sultanates worsening economic woes.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Russia's daily tally of coronavirus cases exceeded 25,000 for a 3rd day in a row. 749 new deaths were registered today. Oficials blamed the surge on the delta variant.
    (SFC, 7/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 11, Slovenians voted in a referendum on changes to the country's water management law, in a test for the government of right-wing PM Janez Jansa. Ecologists have pushed through the referendum, saying the changes threaten the environment and water quality.
    (AP, 7/11/21)   
2021        Jul 11, In South Africa protesters with sticks, golf clubs and branches were seen marching through Johannesburg's central business district following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. Police said criminals are taking advantage of the chaos.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree giving hundreds of thousands of civil servants and military members a 50% salary increase amid a harsh economic and financial crisis and price increases for vital products.
    (AP, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Thailand's health ministry said more than 600 medical workers who received two doses of China's Sinovac vaccine have been infected with COVID-19, as authorities weigh giving booster doses to raise immunity.
    (Reuters, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, It was reported that Ukraine police last week seized around 9,000 games consoles and computers in an illegal crypto mine in Vinnytsia. The mine was reportedly stealing as much as $259,300 in electricity each month. Police said it was the largest underground crypto mine to have been discovered in Ukraine.
    (Business Insider, 7/11/21)
2021        Jul 11, Vietnam's health ministry reported 1,953 new infections, the seventh straight day of more than 1,000 cases. The government said it will impose movement restrictions in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho for 14 days starting on July 12.
    (Reuters, 7/11/21)

2021        Jul 12, The US FDA said Johnson & Johnsons vaccine can increase the risk of Guillain-Barr syndrome, a rare neurological condition, though the shots benefits still far outweigh the dangers.
    (NY Times, 7/12/21)
2021         Jul 12, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,855,918 with the death toll at 607,160.
    (sfist.com, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 12, Firefighters worked in extreme temperatures across the US West and struggled to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region. The Beckwourth Complex raged along the Nevada state line and burned more than 90,000 acres. It was 26% contained. Oregon's Bootleg Fire exploded to 224 square miles.
    (AP, 7/12/21)(SFC, 7/13/21, p.B1)
2021        Jul 12, It was reported that the unprecedented heat wave and ongoing drought in the US Pacific Northwest is damaging white wheat coveted by Asian buyers and forcing fruit farm workers to harvest in the middle of the night to salvage crops and avoid deadly heat.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, In southern Florida confirmed deaths in the partial collapse of a condominium near Miami rose by four to 94 as identifying remains became progressively difficult with the recovery effort in its 19th day.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Edwin Edwards (93), former Louisiana governor, died. The roguishly charming Louisiana politician had scoffed at the clouds of corruption that shrouded his four terms as governor until he went to prison in 2002. Edwards was convicted in May 2000 of extortion in the awarding of state casino licenses.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Oklahoma's State Board of Education approved rules to comply with a bill approved by the Republican-led Legislature that purports to ban "critical race theory." The new law prohibits teachers of grades K-12 from teaching eight different concepts about race. CRT is not typically taught in K-12 schools.
    (SFC, 7/13/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 12, Democrats in the Texas Legislature bolted for Washington DC to prevent a GOP overhaul of election laws. Gov. Greg Abbott soon slashed the salaries of some 2,000 legislative workers as punishment for the walkout.
    (SFC, 7/13/21, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A8)
2021        Jul 12, Moderna Inc said it had signed a supply agreement with the government of Argentina for 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine or its updated variant booster vaccine candidate.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Nordstrom said it's acquiring a minority interest in four fashion brands owned by Asos, a British company, as the store chain aims to attract more customers in their 20s.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Australian health officials reported yet another record daily rise in COVID-19 cases for the year, fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant. New South Wales state reported 112 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, almost all of them in Sydney, despite the country's biggest city entering its third week of lockdown. Case numbers have been at record levels for at least three days.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, In Canada a crane toppled off a 25-story residential tower in Kelowna, BC. Five people were killed.
    (SFC, 7/14/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 12, In eastern China the Siji Kaiyuan Hotel collapsed in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province. 23 people were pulled from the rubble. The death toll soon rose to 17. The three-floor, 54-room hotel opened in 2018.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 12, Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and US group Verizon Communications said they have agreed to settle a pair of lawsuits alleging patent infringement.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) said it had signed two advance purchase agreements with Chinese drugmakers Sinopharm and Sinovac to provide up to 550 million COVID-19 vaccines to the COVAX program.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Large contingents of Cuban police patrolled the capital of Havana following rare protests around the island nation against food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered all French health care workers to get virus vaccine shots by Sept. 15 and urged all of his compatriots to get vaccinated as soon as possible, to fight resurgent infections that are threatening the countrys economic recovery.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Officials in India said lighting has killed at least 38 people in Rajasthan and Uttar Predesh states over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 7/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 12, Iran inaugurated a matchmaking application designed to promote marriage in the country, where authorities concerned about the divorce rate.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, In Iraq a fire swept through a coronavirus ward in Nasiryah. The death toll soon rose to 64. Days later the Health Ministry put the death toll at 60, local health officials said 88 and state news reported 92 dead.
    (SFC, 7/13/21, p.A5)(SFC, 7/14/21, p.A4)(SFC, 7/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 12, Israel began offering a third Pfizer dose to citizens with severely weakened immune systems.
    (NY Times, 8/3/21)
2021        Jul 12, Italy's hopes of producing its own COVID-19 vaccine were given a boost when local biotech firm ReiThera said its vaccine candidate showed a strong immune response and no major side effects in intermediate Phase II clinical trials.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, A Jordanian state security court sentenced two former officials to serve 15 years in prison over an alleged plot against the Western-allied monarchy involving the half-brother of King Abdullah II.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Lithuania's foreign minister accused Belarus of using illegal migrants as a political weapon to put pressure on the EU because of the bloc's sanctions on Minsk. Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said Belarus was flying in migrants from abroad and sending them over the border into EU countries.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Dutch PM Mark Rutte conceded that coronavirus restrictions had been lifted too soon in the Netherlands and he apologized as infections surged to their highest levels of the year. The government cancelled all multi-day festivals and events with large crowds until Aug. 14.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, In South Africa shops were looted and buildings set on fire in Pietermaritzburg, former Pres. Zuma's home province of KwaZulu-Natal, as Zuma challenged his sentence at a top court hearing. The military said troops were being deployed to assist law enforcement agencies. Six people died and 219 were arrested during riots and looting sprees over the weekend. Ten people were killed in a stampede during looting late today at a shopping center in Soweto.
    (BBC, 7/12/21)(Axios, 7/12/21)(AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 12, South Korea reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases for the sixth straight day as the greater capital area entered stringent social distancing restrictions to slow transmissions. South Korea has added more than 12,100 cases this month alone, brining its caseload to 169,146, including 2,044 deaths.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Spain's PM Pedro Snchez said his government will invest 4.3 billion euros ($5.1 billion) from its share of European pandemic recovery funds to revamp its automobile industry and steer it toward manufacturing electric vehicles and their components.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, Authorities in Melilla said that 119 African men have entered the autonomous city from a group of over 200 who tried to jump over the double fence that separates the Spanish enclave in northern Africa from Morocco.
    (AP, 7/12/21)
2021        Jul 12, In Sri Lanka teachers in government-run schools withdrew from online teaching to protest the detention of union leaders and others in quarantine centers under pandemic laws. Union leaders had protested against a proposed law that they say will lead to privatization and militarization of universities.
    (SFC, 7/13/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 12, A UN report said world hunger and malnutrition levels worsened dramatically last year, with most of the increase likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 7/12/21)

2021        Jul 13, US federal prosecutors unveiled indictments charging four Iranian intelligence operatives with plotting to kidnap Masih Alinejad, a Brooklyn author and human rights activist, for mobilizing public opinion in Iran and around the world against the Iranian governments laws and practices..
    (NBC News, 7/14/21)(AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 13, It was reported that US consumer prices increased by the most in 13 years in June amid supply constraints and a continued rebound in the costs of travel-related services from pandemic-depressed levels as the economic recovery gathered momentum.
    (Reuters, 7/13/21)
2021         Jul 13, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,892,364 with the death toll at 607,486.
    (sfist.com, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 13, In Alabama retired Army Sgt. Kenneth Paschal was elected to fill a legislative seat in Shelby County, becoming the only Black Republican in the state legislature.
    (SFC, 7/15/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 13, In California the 93,000-acre Beckwourth Complex was 66% contained.
    (SFC, 7/14/21, p.A1)
2021        Jul 13, In California a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Monterey killing the pilot, Ellen Carlin (74) and passenger Alice Emig (61).
    (SFC, 7/15/21, p.B6)
2021        Jul 13, In Florida the death toll in the Miami-area condominium building collapse climbed to 95 as crews worked for a 20th day to find victims in the rubble. 14 people remained unaccounted for in the June 24 collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, Mississippi's Dept. of Health said it is now blocking comments on its Facebook posts that relate to COVID-19 because of a rise of misinformation about the virus and vaccinations. Only about 31% of the state's residents have been fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 7/14/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 13, In South Carolina a three-judge panel of the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional federal laws that prohibit people under 21 from buying handguns from federally licensed gun dealers.
    (The State, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 13, In Tennessee Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the state's top former vaccinations officil, said she was fired this week amid scrutiny from Republican state lawmakers over her department's efforts to vaccinate teenagers against COVID-19.
    (SFC, 7/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 13, Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging network funded with money paid by Volkswagen as punishment for its emissions cheating scandal, says it plans to more than double its number of charging stations throughout the United States and Canada by 2025.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, The Bank of England ditched limits on banks to pay dividends to their shareholders that were first introduced at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic as part of a package of measures to shore up the British economy.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, It was reported that tech experts in China who find a weakness in computer security would be required to tell the government and couldnt sell that knowledge under rules further tightening the Communist Partys control over information effective Sept. 1.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, It was reported that thousands of Tigrayans are being detained and their businesses closed in cities across Ethiopia in a new wave of ethnic targeting by authorities over the eight-month conflict in the Tigray region.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, EU finance ministers approved the EU-funded recovery plans of a dozen of the 27 member states. The decision will allow the member states concerned to start unlocking funds for pre-financing of a great many projects that should make the EU's economy greener and more digitally advanced.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, France urged all of its citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately given growing security risks.
    (SFC, 7/14/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 13, France's competition regulator fined Google $592 million for failing to negotiate in good faith with French publishers in a dispute over payments for their news.
    (SFC, 7/14/21, p.B2)
2021        Jul 13, Germany-based Volkswagen raised its long-term profitability target in a sign of the automaker's growing confidence in managing the shift to electric and self-driving vehicles.
    (Reuters, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, Italy banned mammoth cruise liners from sailing into the lagoon city as of August 1, declaring Venice's waterways a national monument. UNESCO recommended last month placing Venice on the agency's list of World Heritage in Danger sites.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, In Kosovo the mayor of the municipality of Decan declared a state of emergency after hundreds of residents experienced vomiting and diarrhea in recent days. Media reported two deaths possibly linked to whatever caused the sickening of residents from six Decan villages.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, Lithuanias parliament passed new legislation aimed at curbing an influx of migrants crossing its borders that it accused neighboring Belarus of orchestrating. The amendments included a fast-track procedure enabling the speedier deportation of migrants and slashing the processing time of asylum applications from as many as several months to 10 days.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, Health authorities said in the Netherlands said almost 52,000 infections were confirmed in the country of 17.5 million in the week through today. New coronavirus cases jumped more than six-fold in the past week, mainly among young adults, following a decision to largely scrap restrictions.
    (Reuters, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin hosted Belarus Pres. Alexander Lukashenko, who has increasingly relied on Moscow's support amid increasing tensions with the West.
    (AP, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, The Russian REvil group, short for Ransomware evil, went offline early today. It had been identified by US intelligence agencies as responsible for the attack on one of Americas largest beef producers, JBS. It was not clear who made that happen.
    (NY Times, 7/13/21)
2021        Jul 13, In South Africa at least 45 people have now died in the violence that has been engulfing parts of the country since the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma last week. Police said that they had identified 12 people suspected of provoking the riots, and that a total of 1,234 people had been arrested. South Africa's biggest oil refinery announced that it was suspending its operations, blaming civil unrest in the country and disruption of supply routes in and out of KwaZulu-Natal.
    (BBC, 7/13/21)(BBC, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 13, Yemeni officials said fighting raged between government forces and Houthi rebels, killing 320 fighters from both sides in central Bayda province since the weekend.
    (AP, 7/14/21)

2021        Jul 14, New US data showed that a record number of Americans died of drug overdoses last year as pandemic lockdowns made getting treatment difficult and dealers laced more drugs with a powerful synthetic opioid.
    (Reuters, 7/14/21)
2021         Jul 14, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,921,025 with the death toll at 607,863.
    (sfist.com, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, A Los Angeles judge ruled that Britney Spears can choose her own lawyer in her fight to end a controversial conservatorship controlled by her father.
    (BBC, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, Sally Miller Gearhart (90), a feminist, lesbian activist and prominent opponent of anti-gay policies, died in Ukiah, Calif. Her writings included a classic of lesbian science fiction about a women-only society, much like the one she later founded in Northern California.
    (NY Times, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 14, In Florida the death toll in the partial collapse of Champlain Towers South near Miami rose by two to 97 as the number of people unaccounted for in the disaster dropped to eight.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, "Gone Girl" actress Lisa Banes (65) died after she was hospitalized in early June following a hit-and-run in New York City. On August 5 Brian Boyd (26) was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to yield to a pedestrian.
    (The Independent, 8/6/21)
2021        Jul 14, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that researchers have tapped into the speech areas of his brain, allowing a man to produce comprehensible words and sentences simply by trying to say them.
    (NY Times, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, Johnson & Johnson said it is voluntarily recalling five Neutrogena and Aveeno brand aerosol sunscreen products after detecting a cancer-causing chemical in some samples.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, Self-driving sensor maker AEye Inc said it had struck deals with German automotive supplier Continental AG and autonomous trucking firm TuSimple related to its lidar technology.
    (Reuters, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, The Taliban pressed on with their surge in Afghanistan, saying they seized a strategic border crossing with Pakistan. Over the past 15 days Taliban advances have driven more than 5,600 families from their homes.
    (AP, 7/14/21)(SFC, 7/14/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 14, Argentina reported more than 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Some 614 people died from the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 100,250.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Authorities in Belarus raided offices and homes of dozens of human rights activists and journalists in a crackdown that comes just a day after the country's authoritarian president promised to deal with non-governmental organizations he accuses of fomenting unrest.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, In southern China 14 construction workers were trapped by an overnight flood in a tunnel being built in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.
    (SFC, 7/15/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 14, Danish toymaker Lego said it had asked Provo-based Culper Precision, a Utah-based gun company, to stop producing a product that makes a pistol look like it is covered with the famous multi-colored building brick. Lego they have agreed to remove the product from their website and not make or sell anything like this in the future.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard (86) died. His image of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb as a turban was at the center of widespread anti-Danish anger in the Muslim world in 2005.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 14, Ethiopias government accused humanitarian aid groups working in its war-hit Tigray region of arming Tigray fighters and threatened to halt some groups operations there.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, European Union policymakers unveiled their most ambitious plan yet to tackle climate change, aiming to turn green goals into concrete action this decade and set an example for the world's other big economies to follow.
    (Reuters, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, The European Central Bank said it is launching a two-year investigation on whether to introduce a digital version of the euro that would complement cash.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, French installation artist Christian Boltanski (76) died in Paris.
    (SFC, 7/16/21, p.B6)
2021        Jul 14, Haitian authorities sought four fugitives as part of their investigation into the July 7 assassination of Pres. Jovenel Moise. The suspects included former Sen. John Joel Joseph; Joseph Felix Badio, a fired government official; Rodolphe Jaar, a cocaine smuggler; and Reynaldo Corvington, owner of a private security firm.
    (SFC, 7/15/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 14, Haiti received its first coronavirus vaccine since the pandemic began, welcoming 500,000 doses as the country battles a spike in cases and deaths.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Indonesia reported more than 54,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time, surpassing recent daily infections in India, whose disastrous outbreak is declining, and becoming Asia's new virus hotspot.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Iraq reported more than 9,600 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, its highest one day total since the pandemic began.
    (SFC, 7/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 14, Israel said it has arrested dozens of Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank who are linked to the Hamas militant group.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, Italy reported 23 coronavirus-related deaths against 20 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose to 2,153 from 1,534.
    (Reuters, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, In Myanmar 7,083 people tested positive for Covid and 145 died, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. medical workers and others say the military has ordered oxygen withheld from private clinics and even stopped charities from giving it away.
    (NY Times, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, In Pakistan a bus fell into a ravine in the district of Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Authorities said a gas leak in the vehicle caused an explosion. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese, were killed and at least 36 people were injured. Traces of explosives were found at the site and terrorism became a possibility.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 14, Portugal reported more than 4,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time since February, as hopes of a robust, tourism-driven economic recovery fade amid a surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Moscow reported 3,966 new COVID-19 cases out of 23,827 new infections nationwide. Food delivery service Delivery Club said it has started offering Moscow residents temporary tattoos of QR codes, needed for entry into restaurants and bars, to try and encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and support the sector.
    (Reuters, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Senegal said it is experiencing an "unprecedented" surge in COVID-19 infections, after reporting a new daily record of 733 cases. Senegal has reported 47,596 cases and 1,203 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Just 590,969 people have been inoculated out of population of more than 16 million.
    (Reuters, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Spains Constitutional Court in a split decision ruled that last years stay-at-home lockdown order by the government under a state of emergency was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, Rioting continued in parts of South Africa, in unrest sparked by the imprisonment last week of ex-President Jacob Zuma that has spiraled into days of looting in two of the country's nine provinces. The deployment of 2,500 soldiers to support the police has helped to slow down the rampant looting.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, The United Arab Emirates formally opened its embassy in Israel, inaugurating its diplomatic offices in Tel Aviv less than a year after the two countries announced they would establish open relations.
    (AP, 7/14/21)
2021        Jul 14, The UN migration agency said the number of migrants and refugees who died while attempting to reach Europe on sea crossings more than doubled so far this year compared to the first six months of 2020. At least 1,146 people perished between January and June.
    (AP, 7/14/21)

2021        Jul 15, The US government unveiled an online hub, www.StopRansomware.gov, for the victims of ransomware attacks, saying it will make it easier for companies and municipalities to find resources and get assistance if they are targeted by cyber hackers, an initiative led by the Justice and Homeland Security departments.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, The US Labor Dept. reported that the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level since the pandemic struck last year.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, The United States said it has started shipping 3.2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021         Jul 15, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,953,628 with the death toll at 608,167.
    (sfist.com, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 15, In Arizona contractors hired by state Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election said they don't have enough information to complete their report. Cyber Ninjas, a small cybersecurity consulting firm led by Trump supporters, was hired by the state Senate to oversee the audit.
    (SFC, 7/17/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 15, Los Angeles County announced that it will require masks to be worn inside regardless of vaccination status, as the highly contagious Delta variant continued to spread throughout California.
    (NY Times, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Miami-Dade police identified six more victims of last months Surfside condo collapse, meaning that 92 of the 97 confirmed dead have been identified. A few were still classified as missing.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 15, Rabbi Yoel Kahn (91), a leading disciple of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the revered leader of the Lubavitch Hasidim, died in Manhattan. He had the uncanny ability to memorize virtually verbatim the grand rabbis hour-long speeches and discourses, which he then compiled into roughly 150 published volumes.
    (NY Times, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 15, A Texas SWAT commander was killed and three other officers were wounded after a suspect opened fire on law enforcement and commenced a standoff that lasted over 10 hours. Suspect Omar Soto-Chavira (22) was transported to a hospital for unspecified injuries following the standoff.
    (Washington Examiner, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 15, The UN humanitarian chief in Afghanistan appealed for $850 million to help the war-torn country cope with the impact of the Taliban offensive.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, In Angola a reservoir used to store mining pollutants was breached. Tailings were later seen to have leaked into the Lova river following a rupture in a spillway for the mine waste dam of Catoca Mining Company, Angola's biggest diamond mine. The pollution caused by the leak turned rivers red and caused fish to die in Congo's southern Kasai province. By Aug. 9 the breach was sealed. On Sept. 2 the country's environment minister it would seek compensation from the company for the leak that caused 12 deaths and left thousands of people ill.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)(Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Jul 15, Australia's state of Victoria was ordered into a five-day lockdown following a spike in COVID-19 infections, joining Sydney as the country's two main population hubs battle an outbreak of the Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, In Belgium and Germany more than 20 people have died and dozens of people were missing after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing buildings to collapse.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, The British governments top medical adviser warned that the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus could reach quite scary levels within weeks as cases soar as a result of the more contagious delta variant and the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 15, Cambodian health authorities called for urgent public action to slow the spread of the coronavirus and avert a health and economic tragedy, after the country reported a daily record 39 COVID-19 deaths.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Chinas government rejected US accusations of forced labor in Xinjiang and accused Washington of hurting global trade after lawmakers endorsed import curbs and American companies were warned they face legal risks if they do business with the region.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Bishijie, a Chinese cryptocurrency community and information provider, ceased operation of its app and website in mainland China, saying it violated central bank regulations.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, The European Unions top court ruled that employers may forbid the wearing of visible symbols of religious or political belief, such as headscarves.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, The European Commission launched legal action against Hungary over measures it said discriminated against LGBT people, stepping up a battle over values with PM Viktor Orban that could hold up EU funding for Budapest.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, German authorities said late today that after confirming scores of deaths, they were unable to account for at least 1,300 people. Strong rains caused rivers to burst their banks and wash away buildings in Belgium and Germany. Homes and streets in the Netherlands and Switzerland also flooded.
    (NY Times, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 15, In southwestern Iran protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets late today in oil-rich and restive Khuzestan province. Online videos showed police apparently firing weapons to disperse the crowds.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Iraq's foreign minister pledged that his country will investigate human trafficking networks responsible for smuggling hundreds of Iraqis into Europe, specifically to Lithuania from Belarus.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, In Japan coronavirus cases surged to 1,308 in Tokyo, a 6-month high. New daily cases have been climbing since mid-June.
    (SFC, 7/16/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 15, Lebanons PM-designate Saad Hariri stepped down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament, citing key differences" with the country's president.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Malaysia's health ministry said the country will stop administering the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac once its supplies end, as it has a sufficient number of other vaccines for its program.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, It was reported that Namibia, with a population of 2.5 million, currently has the world's highest daily death rate, at 22 per million people. Tunisia was second with 13 per million and Suriname third at 10 per million.
    (BBC, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Russian authorities outlawed the publisher of an investigative media outlet and listed its journalists as foreign agents, the latest move in a series of steps to raise pressure on independent media. Russian authorities also designated Proekt's chief editor Roman Badanin and several of his journalists foreign agents. Project Media Inc., the US-based publisher of Proekt, was labeled an undesirable organization.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Russia reported 25,293 new infections, and set a grim new record for daily deaths with 791 confirmed fatalities. Overall, Russia has officially identified more than 5.8 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Just 19.5% of Russia's 146 million population have received at least one shot of a vaccine.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, South Africa began deploy 25,000 troops following days of widespread looting and violence. At least 72 people have died and more than 1,700 have been arrested in the country's worst unrest in years.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, It was reported that Barcelona and the surrounding northeast corner of Spain are curtailing public activity again to stem an outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus that is running wild among unvaccinated younger people and placing hospitals under growing pressure.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Syrian government rockets hit two villages in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Idlib province, killing at least nine civilians, including three children.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed Melih Bulu, the rector of Istanbuls most prestigious university, whose appointment seven months ago led to relentless daily protests and hundreds of arrests.
    (AP, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data on the first days of spread there and urged it to be more transparent.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, Vietnam approved Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, as the country tries to boost supplies at a time of record numbers of new infections.
    (Reuters, 7/15/21)
2021        Jul 15, In Zimbabwe Anna Machaya (15) died during childbirth at a church shrine in the eastern region of Marange. The baby survived the birth. The case sparked outrage among citizens and rights activists. Police later arrested her parents and Hatirarami Momberume (26). The parents were accused of lying about her age and also pledging their nine-year-old daughter to the same man.
    (BBC, 8/8/21)(BBC, 8/19/21)

2021        Jul 16, It was reported that President Joe Biden's administration is reversing a Trump-era rule approved after the former president complained he wasnt getting wet enough because of limits on water flow from showerheads.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, A US federal judge ruled illegal the Obama-era DACA program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The ruling left the program intact for existing recipients, but barred the government from approving any new applications.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021         Jul 16, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 33,980,758 with the death toll at 608,432.
    (sfist.com, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 16, Hawaii's Gov. David Ige said new coronavirus cases have exceeded 100 during the three of the last five days and said he will keep a requirement that people wear masks indoors as the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant fuels a spike in infections.
    (SFC, 7/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 16, Firefighters scrambled to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon thats spreading miles a day in windy conditions. The Bootleg Fire has already destroyed 21 homes.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, In Utah a group of millennials, who helped run a dark-web, multimillion-dollar online opioid drug operation, based in suburban Salt Lake City, were sentenced to prison. Drew Crandall, who helped start the operation, pleaded guilty to drug distribution and money laundering charges and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 16, A new study published in the journal Science Advances said just 7% of our genome is uniquely shared with other humans, and not shared by other early ancestors.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, The 21 Asia Pacific Rim leaders (APEC) gathered virtually to discuss strategies to help economies rebound from a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Afghan government forces battled to retake a border crossing with Pakistan from Taliban insurgents. Embedded Reuters news agency photographer Danish Siddiqui (38) was killed as a commando unit sought to recapture Spin Boldak. The body of Siddiqui was later found badly mutilated in the custody of the Taliban.
    (AP, 7/16/21)(NY Times, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 16, Authorities in Belarus raided the homes and offices of independent media outlets and civil society activists, widening a crackdown on opposition in the ex-Soviet nation.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, In Belgium and western Germany more than 1,000 people were missing in flood-stricken regions, where waters were still rising with the death toll already well over 100 and communications in some areas cut.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Botswana said about 15,000 people will not be able to get their second dose of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in time and will be vaccinated with either Pfizer or Moderna.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, The UK government announced late today that people arriving from France must self-isolate for 10 days on entering Britain, even if they are fully vaccinated.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 16, Britain reported its highest number of new COVID cases in more than six months, days before the government plans to relax curbs on pubs, restaurants and nightclubs in England and ease requirements to wear masks.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Chinese researchers reported that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by a unit of China's Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products largely retained its neutralizing effect against the Delta variant but there was a slight reduction.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, China reported 30 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland, compared with 36 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Chinese power companies bid for credits to emit carbon dioxide and other climate-changing gases as trading on the first national carbon exchange began in a step meant to help curb worsening pollution.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, A Chinese spacecraft capable of flying to the edge of the atmosphere took off and returned to Earth on the same day in what China said was a big step towards developing reusable space transportation technology.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region said they have released around 1,000 low level government soldiers captured during recent fighting. More than 5,000 soldiers reportedly remained in their hands.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 16, Indonesia reported a record 1,205 deaths, bringing the countrys official toll from the pandemic to more than 71,000.
    (NY Times, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 16, In Italy the median age of people infected with COVID-19 fell last week to 28, a record low, according to data released by national health authorities.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Malaysia reported 12,541 new coronavirus cases, bringing total infections to 893,323, including 6,728 deaths. Malaysia approved the Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use and said it would soon be open for private purchase.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Namibia, whose COVID-19 inoculation program was halted by a lack of vaccines, received a boost with the arrival of 250,000 Sinopharm doses bought from China.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, A Dutch court convicted a Syrian man (49) of committing a war crime in his country for his role in the 2012 summary execution of a prisoner. The court sentenced the man to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Thousands of people fled their homes in the southern Netherlands as rising waters swamped cities and broke through a dyke. Flooding that raged through the tourist town of Valkenburg caused around 400 million euros ($470 million) in damage to homes and businesses.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)(AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 16, Russia registered a fourth straight day of record-high daily COVID-19 deaths, with the authorities reporting 799 fatalities, including 105 in Moscow. Authorities in Moscow canceled their order that restaurants only admit customers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from the virus or have had a recent negative test. The move takes effect on July 19.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, The Paris Club of creditor nations announced that it has agreed to cancel $14.1 billion of Sudans international debts and rescheduled the remaining $9.4 billion in debt to the group. The group held out the possibility of more debt relief in the future.
    (AP, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, In South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to restore order to the country. The official death toll from rioting stood at 91 in KwaZulu-Natal, and 26 in Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg. Ramaphosa said the violence that has rocked the country was pre-planned as the death toll rose to 212. Police officers were protecting deliveries of food and supplies to supermarkets after days of widespread looting.
    (AP, 7/16/21)(BBC, 7/16/21)
2021        Jul 16, Sweden's Ericsson, caught in the middle of a geopolitical battle between Beijing and the West, said it was no longer banking on previously anticipated contract wins for 5G tenders in China, sending its shares down more than 8%.
    (Reuters, 7/16/21)

2021         Jul 17, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,060,313 with the death toll at 608,841.
    (sfist.com, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 17, Britney Spears (39) said she would not perform again while her father retains control over her career. The pop star's father, Jamie Spears, has sole control of his daughter's $60 million estate under the court-appointed conservatorship that he set up in 2008.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, In Florida protesters marched along Tampa Bay to call for state assistance in dealing with a growing outbreak of harmful red tide. Hundreds of tons of dead marine life has been removed from Tampa Bay in recent weeks because of red tide. Many experts say blame for the large outbreak rests with the old Piney Point phosphate operation in Manatee County.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, In Illinois a teenager (17) killed four teenagers while trying to go airborne over a hill in Hickory Hills, as his car crashed into a tree and split in half. The driver and another passenger were released from a hospital after treatment.
    (The Independent, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 17, In southern Louisiana spectators cheered as a stone statue of Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton was hoisted by a crane and removed from a pedestal where it stood for 99 years in front of Lafayette city hall.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, In southern Michigan at least four people died while attending the 3-day Faster Horses music festival at Michigan International Speedway, including three men who likely succumbed to carbon monoxide exposure inside a travel trailer.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, In Texas a chemical leak at a Houston-area water park left dozens suffering from minor skin irritation and respiratory issues. 29 people were taken to local hospitals following the incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, British health minister Sajid Javid said he had tested positive for COVID-19, but added that his symptoms were mild and he was thankful to have had had two doses of vaccine against the disease. He had taken a rapid lateral flow test, and was awaiting confirmation from a PCR test, which needs processing in a laboratory.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Britain reported 54,674 new COVID-19 cases, a rise on the 51,870 new cases reported on the previous day to post a fresh highest daily total in six months.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Cuban officials rallied tens of thousands of supporters onto the streets of Havana. Pres. Miguel Diaz-Canel made an impassioned speech blaming recent unrest on the US and its economic embargo.
    (SSFC, 7/18/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 17, In France "Titane," a wildly imaginative film about a serial killer by French director Julia Ducournau (37), won the top Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. This was prematurely announced by jury head Spike Lee.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, France said it will allow international travelers who have had AstraZenecas Indian-manufactured vaccine into the country starting July 18. At the same time, France is tightening border checks to control the spread of the delta variant and protect hospitals.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, In France more than 100,000 people joined rallies across the country to protest mandatory vaccinations for healthy care workers and COVID-19 passes that will be required to enter restaurants and other venues.
    (SSFC, 7/18/21, p.A7)
2021        Jul 17, In Germany police estimated that at least 133 people have died in flooding, including some 90 people in the Ahrweiler district south of Cologne. Hundreds of people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, In southwestern Germany a small plane crashed shortly after taking off and three bodies were found at the crash site near Steinenbronn.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said that the next round of talks in Vienna must wait until the new Iranian administration takes office in early August.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, It was reported that thousands of Iranians are flocking to neighboring Armenia where authorities have been doling out free COVID-19 vaccine doses to foreign visitors. In Iran less than 2% of the country's 84 million people have received both doses.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Italy reported 13 coronavirus-related deaths against 11 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose to 3,121 from 2,898.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Six men, one woman and four children arrived in Kosovo from conflict zones in Syria. The repatriation of the citizens from Syria was made in close cooperation with the US.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 17, A Lutheran church in Norway held a name change ceremony for Elin Stillingen (49), a transgender person, in what officials said marked the first such event in a place of worship in the Nordic country. Stillingen had legally changed her name and gender last year.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 17, Russia reported 25,116 new COVID-19 cases, including 4,561 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 5,933,115. The government coronavirus task force said 787 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 147,655.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Russia's Defense Ministry said the military has used its heavy-lift transport planes to help douse wildfires in Siberia. More than 300 fires had engulfed about 857,000 hectares (over 2.1 million acres).
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Senegal's daily COVID-19 cases nearly doubled overnight to its highest since the outbreak began, just one day after President Mackey Sall threatened to reimpose strict safety measures if cases continued to increase.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a fourth seven-year term in the war-torn country, pledging to overcome the impact of Western economic sanctions and retake territory still out of his control after 10 years of fighting.
    (AP, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Thailand reported 10,082 new coronavirus cases and 141 additional deaths, both daily records and bringing total infections to 391,989 cases and fatalities to 3,240 since the pandemic started.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)
2021        Jul 17, Tunisia reported more than 17,000 coronavirus deaths and more than 533,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. The government has deployed the armed forces to vaccinate people in regions with the worst infection rates and particularly low vaccination rates.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 17, Vietnam reported 3,718 new infections, the highest daily increase and the third straight day it has recorded more than 3,000 cases. The government said it will impose restrictions on movement in 16 southern provinces for two weeks from July 19 as the country faces its worst COVID-19 outbreak so far.
    (Reuters, 7/17/21)

2021         Jul 18, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,072,914 with the death toll at 609,003.
    (sfist.com, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 18, Chicago police said at least 11 people were killed and 45 others were injured in shootings across the city this weekend.
    (Fox News, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Two more Texas lawmakers, who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions, have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 18, Zoom Video Communications Inc said it has struck a $14.7 billion all-stock deal to buy cloud-based call center operator Five9 Inc in its largest-ever acquisition, as it looks to expand beyond its core video-conferencing services.
    (Reuters, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Maulawi Hibatullah Akhunzada, the leader of the Taliban, said that his movement is committed to a political settlement to end decades of war in Afghanistan, even as the insurgents battle in dozens of districts across to country to gain territory.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Bangladesh reported 225 deaths and 11,758 coronavirus infections, as the government allowed a controversial eight-day pause, July 15-23, in the country's strict lockdown for the Islamic festival Eid al-Adha.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Egyptian authorities released three activists and three journalists after months in pre-trial detention, pending ongoing investigations into charges against them.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, A WFP convoy bearing food for Ethiopia's war-hit Tigray came under attack at the weekend, dealing a further blow to aid distribution in a region threatened with famine. The Tigray conflict had pushed 400,000 people into famine and that another 1.8 million people are on the brink of famine.
    (AFP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 18, Tadej Pogacar (22) of Slovenia won his second straight Tour de France, entering a new era of dominance after reigning over his adversaries.
    (NY Times, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, At least 184 people have died in Germany and Belgium amid a rare flood event that has devastated the region with 157 died in Germany and 27 dead in Belgium.
    (Reuters, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, In India at least 20 people were killed in landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in the Indian city of Mumbai.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Iranian police opened fire late today amid protests against water shortages in in Susangerd, Khuzestan province, the latest unrest after days of demonstrations that have seen at least one person killed.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims visited a contested Jerusalem holy site under heavy police guard, shortly after Muslim worshippers briefly clashed with Israeli security forces at the flashpoint shrine.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, A major Israeli cyber-surveillance company, NSO Group, came under heightened scrutiny after an international alliance of news outlets reported that governments used its software to target journalists, dissidents and opposition politicians. NSO strongly denied the claims.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 18, In western Kenya a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire in Siaya County. People rushed to the scene with jerrycans to siphon off the fuel from the overturned tanker when it exploded. At least 13 people were killed.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Myanmar health ministry figures showed deaths from COVID-19 stood at 231 from a record 233 a day earlier, but medics and funeral services say the real toll is much higher, and crematoriums are overloaded.
    (Reuters, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Bandits in Nigeria shot down an air force plane in a rare case of a military jet being brought down by a criminal gang in the country. Flight Lt Abayomi Dairo ejected and used "survival instincts" to avoid capture and find shelter, before rejoining his comrades.
    (BBC, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 18, OPEC+ ministers agreed to boost oil supply from August to cool prices which have climbed to 2-1/2 year highs as the global economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. From August until December 2021 the group will increase supply by a further 2 million bpd or 0.4 million bpd a month.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command said Talal Naji (b.1946), was elected during a meeting in Damascus. He will replace Ahmed Jibril, who died on July 7 after being sick for months. Khaled Jibril, the son of the late leader, was named deputy.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, In Russia heavy smoke from raging wildfires covered the city of Yakutsk and 50 other Siberian towns and settlements, temporarily halting operations at the city's airport. Local emergency officials said 187 fires raged in the region.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, In Saudi Arabia tens of thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam's holiest site in Mecca, but remained socially distanced and wore masks as the coronavirus takes its toll on the hajj for a second year running.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa went to Johannesburg's Soweto township to view badly damaged shopping centers where people were trampled to death in rioting sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. He said all those behind the damage will be arrested.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, In eastern Syria a US drone attack targeted a truck for an Iran-backed militia, destroying the vehicle without causing any casualties. The truck belonged to Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, which is active along the Iraq-Syria border.
    (AP, 7/18/21)
2021        Jul 18, Thai police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters who held a rally in Bangkok despite coronavirus restrictions banning gatherings of more than five people.
    (AP, 7/18/21)

2021        Jul 19, The Biden administration and Western allies formally blamed China for a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software and accused Beijing of working with criminal hackers in ransomware attacks and other cyber operations. The US Justice Department said four Chinese nationals have been charged in a global hacking campaign aimed at dozens of companies, universities and government agencies in the United States and abroad.
    (AP, 7/19/21)(Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, The Biden administration said it would evacuate about 2,500 Afghans who worked for the US government and their families to a military base in Virginia pedning approval of their visas.
    (SFC, 7/18/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 19, It was reported that the Biden administration has transferred its first detainee from Guantanamo Bay, where a man who was never charged with a crime was held for nearly two decades and was referred for release in 2016 but remained at the prison under Donald Trumps administration. Abdul Latif Nassar, imprisoned in 2002, will be repatriated to his native Morocco.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, US Attorney General Merrick Garland formalized a new policy that broadly prohibits prosecutors from subpoenaing reporters' phone and email records, an abrupt shift after the Trump administration secretly seized records from several major news outlets in an effort to root out leaks.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Paul A. Hodgkins, first person to have pleaded guilty to storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 with the intention of stopping the certification of the Electoral College vote, was sentenced to eight months in prison.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)
2021         Jul 19, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,126,560 with the death toll at 609,217.
    (sfist.com, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 19, A federal judge upheld Indiana Universitys requirement that students and staff members on campus be vaccinated against the coronavirus this fall, but the ruling is unlikely to be the last chapter in the culture wars over vaccine mandates.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Dish Network Corp said it had signed a multi-year deal worth at least $5 billion to make AT&T Inc the primary network services partner for its wireless customers.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Twitter said that it was suspending Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from its service for 12 hours after she posted messages that violated its policy against sharing misleading information about the coronavirus.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Britain set out a plan to stimulate trade with 70 developing economies by lowering tariffs and simplifying rules.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Ben & Jerrys, a unit of Britain-based Unilever, said in a statement that it had informed its longstanding licensee responsible for manufacturing and distributing the ice cream in Israel that it will not renew the license agreement when it expires at the end of 2022. Ben & Jerrys said that the sale of its ice cream in territories sought by the Palestinians for an independent state was inconsistent with our values.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 19, At least 430 migrants made the perilous journey across the English Channel to the UK today, a new record for a single day.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 19, Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca said China has approved its drug Imfinzi to treat small cell lung cancer (SCLC), an aggressive type of lung cancer in adults.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Englands nightclubs reopened as the country lifted most remaining coronavirus restrictions after more than a year of lockdowns, mask mandates and other pandemic-related curbs on freedom. COVID-19 cases were on a rapid upswing because of the highly infectious delta variant first identified in India.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Canada announced that it will begin letting fully vaccinated US citizens into Canada on August 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7.
    (SFC, 7/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 19, The France-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, known as IFRC, said that its teams will go aboard the Ocean Viking rescue ship starting in August in the central Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, French artificial heart maker CARMAT announced the first commercial implant of its Aeson artificial heart at a hospital in Italy, which the company said paved the way for its further commercial development. Last week, CARMAT announced the first human implant of its Aeson bioprosthetic artificial heart in the United States.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, German authorities said a third case of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed over the weekend in farm pigs in the eastern state of Brandenburg.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Germany-based BioNTech said it was acquiring a production site and a research and development platform from a subsidiary of US biotech company Gilead to expand its footprint in north America and in novel cancer treatments.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Haitian officials announced Claude Joseph as the new prime minister, in an attempt to resolve a caustic leadership struggle in the wake of President Jovenel Moses assassination.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, India's capital New Delhi and the main financial center of Mumbai were drenched with heavy rain, a day after at least 35 people were killed across the country in landslides and house collapses triggered by downpours.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Mumbai police arrested Raj Kundra in a case related to the production of pornographic films by his company. The businessman is married to popular Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 19, Indonesias health ministry reported 34,257 new coronavirus cases and 1,338 deaths, making it the country's deadliest day since the start of the pandemic.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 19, Iran reported 25,441 new coronavirus cases and 213 deaths over the past day. Authorities imposed a week-long lockdown on the capital, Tehran, and the surrounding region as the country struggled with another surge in the coronavirus pandemic. Less than 2% of the population of 84 million has received both doses, mainly of the imported Russian and Chinese vaccines.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, In Iraq a deadly bombing claimed at least 30 lives late today in a busy market in Sadr City. It was the third time that militants targeted Sadr City this year. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 19, Israel's government put forward a plan to double taxes on single-use plastics in a bid to reduce the proliferation of the environmentally harmful products.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Italy reported seven coronavirus-related deaths against three the day before. The daily tally of new infections decreased to 2,072 from 3,127.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, A Japanese court sentenced two Americans to prison for helping the former Nissan leader Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in a box. Michael Taylor (60) was given a sentence of two years and his son Peter Maxwell Taylor (28) received one year and eight months.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, The International Criminal Court withdrew its 2021 arrest warrant for the wife of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo following her husband's 2019 acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly violence that erupted following his country's disputed 2010 presidential election.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 19, In central Pakistan a speeding bus carrying mostly laborers traveling home for a major Muslim holiday rammed into a container truck on a busy highway, killing at least 33 people and injuring 40.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Officials in Peru declared Pedro Castillo (51) the country's next president. The official tally put Mr. Castillo 44,163 votes ahead, with a total of 8,836,280 votes to Ms. Fujimoris 8,792,117.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Poland reported 67 new coronavirus cases and no related deaths. Its health ministry said Poland faces growing numbers of new cases as the Delta variant spreads.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, The Russian military reported another successful test launch of a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile. The missile was launched from an Admiral Groshkov frigate located in the White Sea.
    (AP, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Singapore saw new local coronavirus cases almost double from the previous day to 163, the highest daily tally in 11 months, driven by clusters of infections linked to a fishery port and karaoke bars.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, A Syrian military official said Israel carried out an aerial attack southeast of Syrias northern Aleppo province late today. Seven of eight missiles launched by the Israeli fighter jets were reportedly downed by Syrian air defense units that used Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 19, Taiwan's government approved the emergency use and production of Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, a major step in the island's plans to develop its own vaccines to protect against the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)
2021        Jul 19, Thailand reported 11,784 new coronavirus cases, the fourth consecutive day of record infections, and 81 new deaths. Its COVID-19 task force called on people to follow stricter containment measures, warning that without cooperation record daily infection rates could roughly treble to reach 30,000 under a worst-case scenario.
    (Reuters, 7/19/21)

2021        Jul 20, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell implored unvaccinated Americans to take the COVID-19 shot, issuing a stark and grave warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from the coronavirus.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, The US Department of Homeland Security required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions".
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said the Delta variant of COVID-19 is the cause of more than 80% of the new cases in the US, but the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the country are still more than 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021         Jul 20, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,137,733 with the death toll at 609,316.
    (sfist.com, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 20, In California the Dixie Fire in Plumas National Forest had now burned more than 61,000 acres and was 15% contained. The Tamarack Fire measured over 39,000 acres with no containment. The Beckwourth Complex at 105, 670 acres was 90% contained. 276 new fires had started in the state over the last week.
    (SFC, 7/21/21, p.B5)
2021        Jul 20, NY state's attorney general said drug distributors McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and AmerisourceBergen Corp agreed mid-trial to pay up to $1.18 billion to settle claims by the state and two of its biggest counties over their role in the nationwide opioid epidemic.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, A federal court in Brooklyn ordered Keith Raniere (60), the head of the sex group Nxivm, to pay $3.4 million in restitution to 21 women, who were branded with his initials.
    (The Independent, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 20, Oregon's Bootleg Fire grew to 606 square miles (1,569 square km) half the size of Rhode Island.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos lifted off from a site in West Texas with three other people, fulfilling a key goal of his private Blue Origin rocket company. Bezos and the passengers experienced about four minutes of free fall in the New Shepard capsule. The whole flight lasted about 10 minutes.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns to win their first NBA championship in 50 years.
    (NY Times, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 20, Intel Corp unit Mobileye said it was testing self-driving vehicles in New York City, including the bustling Manhattan borough, in an effort to prove its technology can handle jaywalkers, construction zones and even horse carriages.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, YouTube launched a new way for video creators to earn money from fans through a feature called Super Thanks, as the Alphabet Inc streaming service looks to attract more content makers.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Belgium's king and queen visited the flood-stricken town of Verviers to lead the nation in a minute of silence to remember those who died. The floods in Belgium killed 31 people and left about 70 people missing.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, China rejected an accusation by Washington and its Western allies that Beijing is to blame for a hack of the Microsoft Exchange email system and complained Chinese entities are victims of damaging US cyberattacks.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, In China a flood inundated Line 5 of Zhengzhous subway. At least 63 died in and around Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million and the capital of Henan Province. The dead included 12 people in the subway. Days later five people remained missing. Weeks later China said the 292 people had died in the flooding.
    (NY Times, 7/21/21)(SFC, 7/23/21, p.A4)(SFC, 7/26/21, p.A2)(SFC, 8/24/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 20, Europe's drug regulator said it had started a real-time review of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by French drugmaker Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, the fifth shot currently under such a review.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, France and the United Kingdom said they have agreed to deploy more police and invest in detection technology on the French coast to try to stop boats carrying illegal migrants from reaching British shores. Britain agreed to pay France about $73 million to help clamp down on migrants crossing the English Channel by boat.
    (https://tinyurl.com/25ntz4av)(SFC, 7/22/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 20, Guatemala received 3 million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine donated by the US.
    (SFC, 7/22/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 20, Haitis national police announced they had arrested three police officers in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Mose, suggesting there may have been an infiltration of their force ahead of the killing.
    (NY Times, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Indias Parliament erupted in protests as opposition lawmakers accused PM Narendra Modis government of using military-grade spyware to monitor political opponents, journalists and activists.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, A new report said India's excess deaths during the pandemic could be a staggering 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, likely making it modern Indias worst human tragedy. New data showed that two-thirds of India's population have antibodies against the coronavirus from a survey of 29,000 people across the nation conducted in June and July.
    (AP, 7/20/21)(Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Muslims across Indonesia marked a grim Eid al-Adha festival for a second year as the country struggles to cope with a devastating new wave of coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, It was reported that Iran has launched a state-approved matchmaking app to promote marriages in the Islamic country which restricts contact between unrelated men and women.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Iran broke another record in the country's daily new coronavirus cases.The health ministry announced 27,444 new cases and 250 deaths over the past day, bringing the overall death toll to 87,624. Iran embarked on another lockdown, the nations fifth so far.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Israeli military artillery shelled southern Lebanon early today after two rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said it has agreed to supply an additional 50 million doses of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine to Japan.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, In Mali there was an attempted stabbing of transitional president Col. Assimi Goita during a public Eid al-Adha ceremony at the Great Mosque in Bamako. A man detained for attempting to stab Goita died in a hospital on July 25 while in custody.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 20, Myanmars military rulers again sought to replace the countrys ambassador to the United Nations, who opposed their Feb. 1 ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and takeover of the government.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Sunday Adeyemo, more commonly known in Nigeria by his nickname of Sunday Igboho, was arrested at Benin's Cotonou airport while on his way to Germany. The Nigerian activist has been accused by the authorities of plotting a violent insurrection.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Pakistani medical officials said the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant is reaching alarming levels in Karachi on the eve of the Eid al Adha Muslim holiday as public and some private sector hospitals are reaching capacity and have started refusing patients.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, In Pakistan Noor Mukadam (27), the daughter of a diplomat, was beaten and beheaded in Islamabad. Zahir Jaffar, the sone of a wealthy industrialist, was charged with murder. Mukadam had reportedly spurned his marriage proposal.
    (SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 20, Peru said it has signed a deal to purchase 20 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, a move to shore up the hard-hit Andean nation's defenses over fears of a potential third wave of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Russian aircraft makers unveiled a prototype of a new fighter jet that features stealth capabilities and other advanced characteristics. The jet appears intended to compete with the US F-35 Lightning II fighter, which entered service in 2015.
    (AP, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, Russia's card payment system Mir, which was set up in 2015 after the West imposed sanctions on Moscow, said it is now connected to Apple Pay.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)
2021        Jul 20, The entire crew of South Korea's destroyer Munmu the Great returned to South Korea aboard military planes after 247 of the ship's 301 crew tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.
    (SFC, 7/21/21, p.A7)
2021        Jul 20, Zimbabwe's government ordered that all its workers should receive a COVID-19 vaccine and only 10% of civil servants report for duty, with the rest working from home in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 7/20/21)

2021        Jul 21, The US launched air strikes against Taliban forces in Afghanistan. More strikes followed a day later in support of Afghan forces.
    (SFC, 7/23/21, p.A2)
2021         Jul 21, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,182,554 with the death toll at 609,576.
    (sfist.com, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 21, Pavel Tsurkan (33), an Estonian man, pleaded guilty to two federal charges of computer fraud and abuse in a complex scheme that compromised roughly 1,000 routers globally. Among the victims were dozens of Alaskans who faced hundreds or thousands of dollars of increased charges for internet service as a result. Tsurkan pleaded guilty last week to separate criminal charges in Connecticut's federal court.
    (Anchorage Daily News, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 21, It was reported that Maine has implemented a new law that could transform the way packaging is recycled by requiring manufacturers, rather than taxpayers, to cover the cost.
    (NY Times, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 21, Glenn Chin, an ex-pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose mold-tainted drugs sparked a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012, was resentenced to 10-1/2 years in prison after an appeals court tossed his earlier eight-year punishment. Two weeks earlier co-founder Barry Cadden received a new prison term of 14-1/2 years.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Oklahoma's Dept. of Health said the number of reported coronavirus cases increased by 80% during the week ending July 17.
    (SFC, 7/23/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 21, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-2 vacating a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. attorneys for some of the plaintiffs said this will likely result in the dismissal of similar cases statewide, including multiple lawsuits filed in Lackawanna County Court against the Diocese of Scranton.
    (Scranton Times-Tribune, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 21, Johnson & Johnson and the drug distributors Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson reached a $26 billion deal to end opioid lawsuits. The agreement lays the framework for billions of dollars to begin flowing into communities across the country for addiction treatment, prevention services and other steep expenses from the epidemic.
    (NY Times, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 21, Johnson & Johnsons second-quarter profit soared 73%, thanks to strong sales growth across all of its businesses as hospitals and the rest of the health care industry continued recovering from the coronavirus pandemic's impact.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Pfizer announced that Biovac Institute based in Cape Town will begin producing the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the first time that the shot will be produced in Africa.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, San Francisco-based Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Slack Technologies, Inc.
    (https://tinyurl.com/bcua63p7)(SFC, 7/23/21, p.B2)
2021        Jul 21, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to officially recognize gender nonbinary people, who can now choose to have their gender marked as an X on their national identity documents and passports if they do not identify as either female or male.
    (NY Times, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 21, It was reported that hundreds of undocumented immigrants, on hunger strike in Brussels for the last two months to demand residence rights, have begun refusing water, putting themselves close to death and the Belgian government in danger of collapse.
    (Reuters, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Britain demanded a new deal to oversee problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland, warning it already had the right to unilaterally ignore parts of an agreement struck with the bloc just last year. The European Commission immediately poured cold water on the plea.
    (Reuters, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Civic leaders in Liverpool expressed outrage after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations culture organization. Liverpool was placed on the organizations heritage in danger list in 2012 after concerns modern development was marring the docklands historic character.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Bulgarias new parliament convened for its first session since the countrys July 11 election. Pres. Rumen Radev gave the party There is Such a People, led by popular television entertainer Slavi Trifonov, a mandate to form a government under the terms of the Bulgarian Constitution.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, It was reported that Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine elicited weaker antibody responses against the Delta variant, based on the first published study of its effect against the more contagious version. The study by two Hungarian researchers was posted online but not yet reviewed by other scientists.
    (Reuters, 7/21/21)(AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 21, In Ecuador violence broke out in two prisons leaving at least 18 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 21, Germany's Cabinet approved a roughly 400 million-euro ($472 million) package of immediate aid for victims of last week's floods and vowed to get started quickly on rebuilding the devastated areas.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Greece took delivery of the first of 18 French Rafale fighter jets, part of a major military procurement plan as the country seeks to upgrade its armed forces.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Hong Kong national security police arrested Lam Man-chung, a former editor at the now-defunct Apple Daily pro democracy newspaper, on suspicion of conspiring to collude with foreign forces to endanger national security.
    (SFC, 7/22/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 21, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia have been showing sharp increases since late June and today their seven-day averages hit 4.37, 4.29 and 4.14 per million.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Iran's state media said a police officer was killed during unrest in Khuzestan province amid ongoing demonstrations over water shortages, raising the death toll in the unrest to at least two people.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, In Japan the United States, Japan and South Korea reaffirmed their commitment to work together on North Korea's denuclearization and other regional threats but made no progress in bringing closer together the two US allies.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Libya's coast guard intercepted four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe. According to the migrants, 20 people from one of the vessels had gone overboard earlier in the day and were presumed to have drowned.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, The authorities in north-west Nigeria said they have freed 100 women and children - mainly mothers nursing infants - who were seized on June 8 by bandits in Zamfara state.
    (BBC, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Norway signed a deal to swap 100,000 doses of its unused shots made by Johnson & Johnson with Lithuania in return for an equal number of doses from Pfizer in a move to speed up inoculations. Norway is not using the J&J shot, known as Janssen, in its national vaccination program due to concerns about rare blood clotting issue.
    (Reuters, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Russia successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the Int'l. Space Station intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew.
    (SFC, 7/22/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 21, Saudi Arabias state oil giant acknowledged that leaked data from the company files now apparently being used in a cyber-extortion attempt involving a $50 million ransom demand likely came from one of its contractors.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, The head of Thailands National Vaccine Institute apologized for the country's slow and inadequate rollout of coronavirus vaccines, promising it will join the U.-backed COVAX program to receive supplies from its pool of donated vaccines next year.
    (AP, 7/21/21)
2021        Jul 21, Tunisia's President Kais Saied ordered the military to take over management of the national response to the pandemic. Tunisia has reported more deaths per capita in the pandemic than any African country and has had among the highest daily death rates per capita in the world in recent weeks. More than 20,000 Tunisians have died so far. The vaccination rate remains low.
    (AP, 7/21/21)(AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Jul 21, Vietnam's Ministry of Health reported 5,357 new coronavirus infections, up from 4,795 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/22/21)

2021        Jul 22, The Biden administration released $3 billion in COVID-19 rescue funds aimed at helping localities bolster their economies in the wake of the pandemic, calling on communities to seek funding for a range of revitalization projects.
    (Reuters, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, The Biden administration imposed new sanctions on Cuban officials accused of cracking down on protesters this month. Those listed included Alvaro Lopez Miera, Cuba's Minister of the Armed Forces.
    (NY Times, 7/22/21)(SSFC, 7/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 22, US Senate Democrats raised new concerns about the thoroughness of the FBI's background investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the FBI revealed that it had received thousands of tips and had provided all relevant ones to the White House counsel's office.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, It was reported that the US Justice Department is launching an effort in five cities to reduce spiking gun violence by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Data from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that as of today the number of detaine2s has nearly doubled since the end of February to nearly 27,000.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 22, The US government said it will send 3 million more doses of the Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021         Jul 22, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,235,226 with the death toll at 609,889. The delta variant now accounted for 83% of all new US cases.
    (sfist.com, 7/23/21)(SFC, 7/23/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 22, In California, the Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe burned more than 78 square miles (202 square km) of timber and head-high chaparral in national forest land. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued in Plumas County in the Sierra Nevada west of the Nevada line as the Dixie Fire continued to grow explosively eastward, becoming California's largest wildfire so far this year.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Mississippi urged the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks. The court will hear arguments this fall.
    (NY Times, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., the energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio, admitted to riveting new details of its role in the conspiracy as part of a settlement agreement with federal prosecutors, including how it used secret dark money groups to fund the effort and paid a soon-to-be top utility regulator to write the legislation it got in exchange.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, South Dakota-based Sanford Health said it is requiring all workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations by Nov. 1.
    (SFC, 7/23/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 22, Phil Valentine, a conservative talk radio host from Tennessee, who had been a vaccine skeptic until he was hospitalized from COVID-19, now says his listeners should get vaccinated. Valentine died on August 21.
    (AP, 7/23/21)(AP, 8/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Biogen reported that its controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm brought in $2 million in its first few weeks of availability.
    (SFC, 7/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 22, It was reported that scientists for the first time have spotted a moon-forming region around a planet 370 light years from Earth. The Jupiter-like world, orbiting a young star called PDS 70, is surrounded by a disk of gas and dust massive enough that it could spawn three moons the size of the one orbiting Earth.
    (Reuters, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Azerbaijan's government extended its quarantine restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 until Sept. 1.
    (Reuters, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Chinese leader Xi Jinping made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan regions traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, China rejected a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origins, which includes the hypothesis it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 22, It was reported that a Chinese logistics firm has emerged as a central player in the supply of sanctioned oil from Iran and Venezuela, even after it was blacklisted by Washington two years ago for handling Iranian crude.
    (Reuters, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, The international authority on famine classification, the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) as it is known, said 400,000 people in Tigray were experiencing catastrophic levels of hunger. Tens of thousands of government supporters rallied in Addis Ababa to show support for the army. Several people in Afar told the BBC the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) had killed civilians.
    (BBC, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 22, The EU said it will donate more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to middle and low-income countries before the end of the year.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Hong Kong police arrest five leaders of a group behind a children's book released last year that told of sheep being harassed by wolves. The story represented the 12 activists arrested at sea while trying to escape to Taiwan. Hours later four senior editors and executives of the now-defunct Apple Daily were arraigned and denied bail for colluding with foreign powers.
    (SFC, 7/23/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 22, Iran began exporting crude oil for the first time in the Gulf of Oman, bypassing the strategic Strait of Hormuz. State media described the move as an indication that sanctions imposed by the US were being defeated.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, A monitoring group said mobile phone internet service in Iran is being disrupted a week into protests in the country's southwest over water shortages. The unrest has seen at least three people killed.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Italy's government announced that a new COVID-19 certification would take effect on August 6 as part of the government's plan to rein in a summer surge in infections.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Jul 22, Environment and energy ministers G20 industrialized countries gathered in Italy for two days of talks ahead of Novembers crucial climate change conference.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, The Mexican government said it is sending two navy ships to Cuba with food and medical aid.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 22, An explosion tore through a house in a popular market in the Gaza Strip, killing one person and wounding 10. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, In South Africa cyberattacks started to force the ports of Durban, Cape Town, Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) and Ngqura to shut down. The ports soon began to reopen with manual functions.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 22, A survey by Morning Consult pollsters said only 5% of the population in Spain are not willing to get a COVID-19 shot, well below the 13% in France or the 19% in the United States.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 22, Syria accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in a central province early today, the second such attack this week.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Syrian government artillery shells struck a village in the last rebel enclave in the country, killing seven members of the same family, including four children.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Yemeni security officials said flooding has killed at least 14 people this week after nonseasonal rainstorms hit parts of the country.
    (AP, 7/22/21)
2021        Jul 22, Zimbabwe received the first batch of dozens of its citizens being deported from Britain, some after staying in that country for decades and forced to leave families behind to face an uncertain future back home. The first group of 14 were people convicted of committing crimes in Britain.
    (AP, 7/22/21)

2021        Jul 23, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the pandemic, and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, The US Justice Department dropped individual cases against five Chinese researchers accused of hiding ties to the Chinese military. The academics were arrested last July after another researcher told law enforcement he had lied about his military service on his visa application and had been instructed to bring back information.
    (Axios, 7/24/21)
2021         Jul 23, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,286,314 with the death toll at 610,204.
    (sfist.com, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 23, It was reported that 316 people are shot every day in the US and 106 of them die.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, A new poll showed that most Americans who havent been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, NASA said Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX has been awarded a $178 million launch services contract for NASA's first mission focusing on Jupiter's icy moon Europa and whether it may host conditions suitable for life.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency for four northern counties because of wildfires that he said were causing conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued in Butte County as the Dixie Fire continued to grow explosively eastward. The Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe continued to burn through timber and chaparral and threatened communities on both sides of the California-Nevada state line.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 23, In Florida firefighters declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of the June 24 collapsed Champlain Towers South, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high. 97 people were killed with at least one more missing person yet to be identified.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 23, Aspiring Florida rapper Money Mitch died from a self-inflicted gunshot after a shootout with Palm Beach sheriffs deputies attempting to arrest the 23-year-old on outstanding warrants.
    (The Grio, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 23, Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships are no longer in place under a ruling by a federal appeals court, while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seek to fight a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Oregon's Bootleg Fire, which has destroyed an area half the size of Rhode Island, was 40% surrounded after burning some 70 homes.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, In Tennessee the bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early KKK leader, was removed from its pedestal in the state Capitol. It had sparked protests since its 1978 installation.
    (SFC, 7/24/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 23, In Texas physicist Steven Weinberg (88), who won the Nobel prize in 1979 with two other scientists for their separate contributions unlocking mysteries of tiny particles and their electromagnetic interaction, died in Austin.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 23, AstraZeneca said its once-weekly diabetes medicine Bydureon was approved in the United States for use in patients as young as age 10, expanding the drug's access to a critical population.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech said the US government has purchased 200 million additional doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to help with pediatric vaccination as well as possible booster shots - if they are needed.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Australia garnered enough international support to defer for two years an attempt by the United Nations cultural organization to downgrade the Great Barrier Reefs World Heritage status because of damage caused by climate change.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Australia's New South Wales state reported its biggest daily rise in new COVID-19 cases this year, prompting a tighter lockdown in Sydney and a request for additional vaccine doses that was rebuffed by other state leaders.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, A court in Azerbaijan sentenced 13 Armenian soldiers to six years in prison on convictions of terrorism and illegally entering the country. They were among more than 60 Armenian servicemen who were arrested in December, about a month after the end of a six-week war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Belarusian authorities announced the closure of 15 nongovernmental organizations, part of a sweeping crackdown on civil society activists and independent media.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Valentin Inzko, the outgoing head of Bosnias Office of the High Representative (OHR), banned denial of genocide in the Balkan country to counter attempts by Bosnias Serbs to deny the scope of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Europe's only post-World War II genocide.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is estimated to have risen to 1 in 75 people in the week to July 17, up from 1 in 95 recorded the week before.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, China reported 35 new COVID-19 cases in the mainland, down from 48 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, It was reported that thousands of Eritrean refugees are increasingly caught in the middle of the conflict in Ethiopias Tigray region, where witnesses and UN officials say forces have attacked their camps, abducted or killed some of the residents, and stolen their food and possessions.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, The European Medicines Agency recommended authorizing Modernas COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, It was reported that France has established a maritime bridge to provide COVID-19 vaccines and medical oxygen to Tunisia, which is in the midst of one of Africas worst coronavirus outbreaks. In the past five days, France has flown 1.1 million vaccine doses to the North African country.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Germany said it is listing Spain and the Netherlands as high-incidence areas, meaning that most people arriving from those countries who arent fully vaccinated will have to go into quarantine from next week.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval fled Guatemala late today, arriving in neighboring El Salvador just hours after he was removed from his post. Sandoval said he was fired because of his investigations into top officials in the administration of President Alejandro Giammattei.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 23, Officials in India reported that landslides and flooding triggered by monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people over the last 24 hours in Maharashtra state.
    (SFC, 7/24/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 23, Indonesia recorded a record 1,565 coronavirus cases. Only 6.3% of the population was been fully vaccinated.
    (SSFC, 7/25/21, p.A7)
2021        Jul 23, Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he understands protesters' anger over a drought in the country's southwest, as a fourth death related to ongoing demonstrations there was reported.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, In southern Iran armed bandits killed four members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in fighting late today in the Gounic district of Sistan and Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 23, Israeli troops shot and killed Palestinian youth Mohammed Tamimi (17) during clashes in Nebi Saleh.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 23, The Olympic opening ceremony with all the usual pomp and tradition played out in Tokyo in front of a nearly empty stadium.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, The Philippines said it will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area, in a bid to prevent the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Scottish climber Rick Allen (68) died in an avalanche while trying to reach the summit of K2 in northern Pakistan. He was on a route that had not been previously attempted.
    (SFC, 7/26/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 23, Lawmakers in Sierra Leone voted unanimously to abolish the death penalty, making it the 23rd African country to prohibit capital punishment.
    (SFC, 7/24/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 23, South Africa's acting health minister said the country's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is regaining momentum after being disrupted earlier this month by a week of riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. At least 337 people died during the riots, including 213 deaths that police are investigating as possible murders.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, Swedish health authorities said cases of COVID-19 have increased in Sweden's main cities with the more contagious Delta having emerged as the dominant variant in the country.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, The UN General Assembly approved its first-ever resolution on vision, calling on its 193 member nations to ensure access to eye care for everyone in their countries which would contribute to a global effort to help at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment who currently lack eye services by 2030.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, The UN Security Council condemned the decision by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb and called for the immediate reversal" of this unilateral action, warning that it could raise tensions on the divided Mediterranean island.
    (AP, 7/23/21)
2021        Jul 23, State media reported that Vietnam will extend a strict lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City until Aug. 1.
    (Reuters, 7/23/21)

2021        Jul 24, In northern California flames racing through rugged terrain and destroyed multiple homes. The state's largest Dixie fire, which started July 14, merged with the smaller Fly Fire and tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark. The blaze has charred more than 181,000 acres (73,200 hectares) in Plumas and Butte counties and was 20% contained.
    (AP, 7/25/21)(AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 24, In California serial killer Rodney Alcala (77) died of natural causes at a hospital in San Joaquin Valley while awaiting execution. Authorities say Alcala may have been responsible for as many as 130 murders. Alcala was nicknamed the "Dating Game Killer" because of his appearance on the show in 1978. He was chosen to be a contestant despite having already served two prison sentences.
    (AP, 7/24/21)(CBS News, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, It was reported that Maine is home to the last wild Atlantic salmon populations in the US, but a new push to protect the fish at the state level is unlikely to land them on the endangered list.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, It was reported that the Baltimore Police Department is requesting 100 federal police officers to help combat violent crime in the city.
    (Fox News, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, Out-of-state crews headed to Montana to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the West struggled with a series of fires that have ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. The Alder Creek fire in southwest Montana had now charred over 6,800 acres (2,750 hectares) and was 10% contained. It was threatening nearly 240 homes. More than 80 large wildfires were burning around the country.
    (AP, 7/24/21)(AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 24, In southern Oregon the Bootleg fire, the nation's largest wildfire, was nearly halfway surrounded as more than 2,200 crew members worked to corral it in the heat and wind. the fire has scorched more than 401,000 acres.
    (Reuters, 7/24/21)(AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 24, Water levels at the Great Salt Lake hit a historic low, a grim milestone for the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River that comes as a megadrought grips the region. Average daily water levels had dropped about an inch below the previous record of 4,191.4 feet (1,278 meters), which was set in 1963.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 24, New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, reported 163 locally acquired cases of COVID-19, its biggest daily rise, up from 136 a day earlier, in a worsening outbreak that has led to an urgent push to speed up vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, China's market regulator said it would bar Tencent Holdings Ltd from exclusive music copyright agreements and fined the company for unfair market practices in the online music market after its acquisition of China Music Corporation.
    (Reuters, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, President Emmanuel Macron began a visit to French Polynesia to showcase Frances commitment to the region amid concerns about the impact of climate change on the Pacific island territory, the legacy of French nuclear testing on its atolls and most of all, growing Chinese dominance in the region.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, In France some 160,000 people, including far-right activists and members of the yellow vest movement, protested across the country against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, In Hungary thousands of people joined the annual Budapest Pride march to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, In Indonesia the health agency chief of Bali said the island is running out of oxygen for its COVID-19 patients as infections surge, as Southeast Asia's biggest country struggles with the region's worst COVID epidemic.
    (Reuters, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, Lebanon signed a deal to broker Iraqi fuel sales in hopes of alleviating a crippling financial and energy crisis in the small Mediterranean country.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, In Nigeria 28 of the 121 children taken from the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state earlier this month were freed late today. Kidnappers in Nigeria seized a man who was sent to deliver a ransom payment to secure the release of dozens of the abducted school children. 136 students were taken from an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger state, in late May.
    (BBC, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 24, Russia reported nearly 24,000 new COVID-19 cases and a repeat all-time high in the number of daily deaths, at 799. Some officials suggested that infections, especially in Moscow, may have peaked. The national death toll linked to COVID-19 rose to 153,095.
    (Reuters, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, In northern Syria two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack in a region between the Turkish border and northern Aleppo.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, Tanzania received its first batch of 1 million Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US government.
    (AP, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, The Vatican released information on its real estate holdings for the first time, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever. The 30-page Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA) budget showed that it owns 4,051 properties in Italy and about 1,120 abroad, not including its embassies around the world.
    (Reuters, 7/24/21)
2021        Jul 24, Vietnam's health ministry reported 7,968 coronavirus infections, a record daily increase and up from a record of 7,307 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/24/21)

2021        Jul 25, Top US infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said that Americans who are immune compromised may end up needing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.
    (Reuters, 7/25/21)
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        Jul 25, Bob Moses (86), a pioneer of the civil rights movement, died at his home in Hollywood, Fla. He gained a reputation for extraordinary calm in the face of violence as he helped register voters and trained a generation of civil rights activists in Mississippi in the early 1960s.
    (NY Times, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, In southwestern Utah a sandstorm caused a huge 22-vehicle pileup on a highway that left eight people dead, including children.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, It was reported that a team of 99 scientists has finally deciphered the entire human genome. They have filled in vast gaps and corrected a long list of errors in previous versions, giving us a new view of our DNA.
    (NY Times, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Dozens of Afghan soldiers have slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. 46 members of the Afghan forces included five officers.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 25, Australia's New South Wales logged its second-highest daily increase of the year in locally acquired COVID-19 cases amid fears of a wave of new infections after thousands of people joined an anti-lockdown protest.
    (Reuters, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, It was reported that Brazil is reopening its economy despite a looming threat from the delta variant of COVID-19.
    (SSFC, 7/25/21, p.A7)
2021        Jul 25, A British parliamentary report said around two-thirds of female veterans in the UK armed forces have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination in their careers.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, China's commercial hub Shanghai and neighboring coastal regions cancelled all flights, slowed or suspended subway trains and shuttered businesses as Typhoon In-fa made landfall, bringing flooding and felling around 1,000 trees.
    (Reuters, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, It was reported that AP journalists were recently granted access to a section of the Urumqi No. 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng, a district of Wulumuqi, the capital of China's Uygur Autonomous Region. AP estimated that the center has room for at least 10,000 inmates.
    (SSFC, 7/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 25, China reported 76 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily total since January amid a surge of local infections in the eastern city of Nanjing, which started a second round of mass testing and banned taxis from leaving to curb the outbreak.
    (Reuters, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Chinese researchers reported that antibodies triggered by Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine decline below a key threshold from around six months after a second dose for most recipients, although a third shot could have a strong boosting effect.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 25, In Croatia a bus swerved off a highway and crashed early today near the town of Slavonski Brod after the driver apparently fell asleep, killing 10 people and injuring at least 44 others.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, France passed a new COVID-19 law that makes health passes mandatory for a number of indoor venues.
    (SFC, 7/26/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 25, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said he fears the number of new coronavirus cases in Germany could soar to 100,000 a day in about two months unless many more people get vaccinated and those who refuse may face restrictions. Politicians across the political spectrum criticized the warning.
    (AP, 7/25/21)(Reuters, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Israeli warplanes struck a target early today in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the launches of incendiary balloons that caused at least three blazes in southern Israel.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Two Israeli airlines launched their first commercial flights between Israel and Morocco, less than a year after the countries officially normalized relations.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Fires raged on Italy's Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where nearly 400 people were evacuated overnight. No deaths or injuries have been reported. A preliminary survey indicated that 10,000 acres have been consumed by flames around Montiferru.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, In Jordan two coronavirus patients died at a hospital in Amman after a short circuit knocked out power at the facility's intensive care unit. Jordan has recorded more than 763,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 9,948 deaths. The country has administered two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to just over 19% of its 10 million people.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, President Vladimir Putin said the Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed.
    (Reuters, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, South Africa's government lifted a ban on liquor sales and relaxed other pandemic restrictions, reporting that a recent spike in coronavirus cases has passed its peak.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 25, In Spain nearly 54% of adults, around 25 million people, have now received two vaccine jabs, making Spain one of the inoculation leaders in the 27-nation EU. Spain is reporting more than 25,000 new cases a day now compared with 3,400 a day a month ago.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Firefighters in northeast Spain battled a wildfire that has consumed over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of woodland.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Thailand was reporting around 15,000 new confirmed cases per day with cases rising. In Bangkok alone, 20,000 people waited for a hospital bed.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, In Tunisia violent demonstrations broke out in several cities as protesters expressed anger at the deterioration of the nation's health, economic and social situation. Pres. Kais Saied sacked PM Hichem Mechichi and suspended parliament, after violent mass protests nationwide. Mr Mechichi had the backing of the largest party in parliament, Ennahda. Mr Saied said he will now govern alongside a new PM, with parliament suspended for 30 days.
    (AP, 7/25/21)(BBC, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 25, It was reported that the dried-up lake bed of Turkey's Lake Tuz is littered with the remains of thousands of flamingos that became victims of a devastating regional drought. Most of the 5,000 chicks that hatched this year died.
    (SSFC, 7/25/21, p.B10)
2021        Jul 25, At the Vatican Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Churchs first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
    (AP, 7/25/21)
2021        Jul 25, Vietnam health ministry reported 7,531 infections, just down from a record daily increase of 7,968 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/25/21)
 
2021        Jul 26, President Joe Biden nominated a slate of eight people to serve as US attorneys, including the top federal prosecutor who will oversee the Jan. 6 Capitol riots cases if he is confirmed.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, The US Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to mandate that some of its employees get inoculated.
    (NY Times, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 26, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified Amazon.com Inc over the sale of sexual enhancement and weight-loss products that had potentially harmful drug ingredients, in a letter addressed to the company's new boss Andy Jassy.
    (Reuters, 7/29/21)
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        Jul 26, It was reported that Arkansas is struggling to persuade more people to get the coronavirus vaccine. Just 45% of the state's residents have received at least one shot.
    (SFC, 7/26/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 26, Gov. Gavin Newsom all California state employees and on-site public and private health care workers will have to be vaccinated or face at least weekly testing.
    (NY Times, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 26, TikTok star Anthony Barajas (19) and friend Rylee Goodrich (18) were found by theater staff with bullet wounds during a screening of The Forever Purge in Corona, Ca. Goodrich was killed and Barajas was put on life support. Suspect Joseph Jimenez (20) was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and robbery. Barajas died on July 31.
    (AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Jul 26, It was reported that hundreds of thousands of young salmon are dying in Northern Californias Klamath River as low water levels brought about by drought allow a parasite to thrive, devastating a Native American tribe whose diet and traditions are tied to the fish. Wildlife officials said the Sacramento River is facing a near-complete loss of young Chinook salmon due to abnormally warm water.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, American psychologist Albert Bandura (b.1925) died at his home in Stanford, Ca. He was prominent in social learning theory and was widely recognized for a series of laboratory studies in the 1960s collectively known as the Bobo doll experiment. His first study found that children watching an adult heap abuse on a doll would mimic the abuse. He also showed that the children's response could be influenced by whether the aggressive behavior was rewarded or punished.
    (SSFC, 8/1/21, p.F9)
2021        Jul 26, In Florida Orange County Mayor Jerry Demmings said new coronavirus cases are now about 1,000 per day. Florida accounted for a fifth of new US cases last week.
    (SFC, 7/27/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 26, In Florida the remains of the last victim of the collapsed Champlain Towers South were identified, bringing the final death toll to 98.
    (NY Times, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 26, In Florida Joseph Smith (55), the man convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in 2004, died in prison as he awaited a resentencing hearing that could have saved him from death row.
    (Fox News, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 26, Savannah, the largest city on Georgias coast, reimposed a requirement that people wear masks in public, citing a steep and alarming rise in cases of the COVID-19.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Gilbert V. Levin (97), whose experiment on NASAs Viking mission in the 1970s seemed to suggest that there might be life in the soil of Mars, died at a hospital in Bethesda, Md.
    (NY Times, 8/4/21)
2021        Jul 26, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York will require its roughly 340,000 city workers to be vaccinated by mid-September or face weekly testing.
    (NY Times, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 26, Mike Enzi (77), former Senator of Wyoming (1996-2021), died after a bike accident.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 26, It was reported that a counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest US tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Shares of Lucid Group Inc rose as much as 19% in their Nasdaq debut after the electric vehicle maker completed its merger with a blank-check company backed by Wall Street dealmaker Michael Klein.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, PayPal Holdings Inc said it is partnering with non-profit organization the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to investigate how extremist and hate movements in the United States take advantage of financial platforms to fund their criminal activities.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Tesla reported a quarterly profit of $1.1 billion, or $1.02 per share, in the April-June period.
    (SFC, 7/26/21, p.B2)
2021        Jul 26, Bosnian Serb political representatives pledged to block decision-making in the countrys institutions in protest over a recent move by the top international envoy in Bosnia to outlaw genocide denial.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Brazil's health agency Anvisa said China National Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd (Sinopharm) has applied for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Britain reported the lowest daily total of new coronavirus cases since July 4, adding to signs that a recent surge in coronavirus cases driven by the spread of the Delta variant may have passed its peak. The number of new cases fell for a sixth consecutive day to 24,950 from 29,173 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, It was reported that United Kingdom's All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea released a 91-page document last week that government brass killed residents of the country, tortured political prisoners, engaged in sex trafficking, and conducted forced abortions as well as infanticide from 2014 to 2021.
    (Washington Examiner, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, British digital bank Starling said it has acquired specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Fleet Mortgages in a 50 million pound ($68.93 million) cash and share deal.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, China's Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng took a confrontational tone in rare high-level talks with the United States, accusing it of creating an "imaginary enemy" to divert attention from domestic problems and suppress China.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Residents of Ethiopia's Amhara region said some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara's government denied that forces from neighboring Tigray had advanced further into the region.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Germany's pharmaceutical company BioNTech said that it wants to use the mRNA technology behind its coronavirus vaccine to target malaria.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Dozens of Iranians marched down a major street in Tehran, amid ongoing protests over water shortages in southwestern Iran. At least five people have been killed amid days of protest.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Hailstones the size of tennis balls temporarily closed a highway in northern Italy and damaged dozens of cars. Hailstorms were occurring at the rate of 11 a day this summer, with 386 recorded so far this year.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 26, Lebanons newly appointed PM-designate Najib Mikati, one of the country's richest men, urged unity to begin recovery from a devastating economic and financial meltdown roiling the country. He said he will strive to form a new government but the situation is too dire to overcome alone.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, A boat carrying African migrants capsized off Libya's coast, leaving at least 57 people presumed dead.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, In Malaysia hundreds of contract doctors walked off their jobs in government hospitals, demanding fairer treatment for more than 20,000 physicians who work without permanent positions and play a key role in the fight against the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, In northern Mali five UN peacekeepers were injured in an attack using an improvised explosive device.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, A court in North Macedonia sentenced the countrys former parliamentary speaker and three other senior officials over a violent attack against parliament in 2017.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Palestinian Youssef Nawaf (17) died, two months after he was wounded in the neck by Israeli gunfire during May 14 clashes near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, Romanian authorities confiscated 503 kg (1,109 pounds) of cocaine that was discovered in a fruit and vegetable warehouse near Bucharest. The cocaine had arrived in a transport of approximately 20 tons of bananas from Colombia.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 26, Russian authorities restricted access to the website of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as dozens of sites run by his close allies.
    (AP, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, In Russia about 4.6 million acres of forest were burning in the far northeast. More than 5,000 regular firefighters fought the blazes still leaving 55% of the fires untouched.
    (SFC, 7/28/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 26, Jean-Pierre Hocke (83), a Swiss humanitarian official who headed the United Nations' refugee agency in the late 1980s, died in Lausanne.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 26, Thailand reported 15,376 coronavirus cases, a record number for a second consecutive day, amid public criticism over the pace of the country's vaccination rollout that has fallen behind some neighbors. 87 new deaths brought the total fatalities to 4,146.
    (Reuters, 7/26/21)
2021        Jul 26, A UN report said more women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since the United Nations began systematically keeping count in 2009.
    (AP, 7/26/21)

2021        Jul 27, A US federal judge sentenced Daniel Hale (33), a former intelligence contractor who leaked details of the US drone program, to 45 months in prison. Hale had provided documents to a reporter for The Intercept, a news site that specializes in intelligence matters. In Afghanistan Hale had witnessed children inadvertently killed in strikes gone wrong.
    (NY Times, 7/27/21)
2021         Jul 27, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,538,580 with the death toll at 611,337.
    (sfist.com, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 27, Alabama police Officer Marquis Moorer, on break at the apartment complex where he lived, was shot to death early today and a woman was wounded in what a prosecutor described as an ambush.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, In California a federal jury convicted Ed Buck, a wealthy political donor, on charges that he injected gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex. Buck has given more than $500,000 to mostly Democratic politicians and causes since 2000.
    (SFC, 7/28/21, p.A3)
2021        Jul 27, In Georgia Robert Aaron Long, accused of killing eight people at three Asian massage businesses, was sentenced to life without parole.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Louisiana reported 6,797 new coronavirus cases and 20 deaths in the state's 4th surge of COVID-19.
    (SFC, 7/28/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 27, Dusty Hill, the bearded bass player who made up one third of ZZ Top, died at his home in Houston. ZZ Top was among the best-selling rock bands of the 1980s.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusty_Hill)(NY Times, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 27, It was reported that Utah hospitals were swollen with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. Just 45% of Utah residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Facebook Inc said it will stop allowing advertisers to target people under 18 on its platforms based on their interests or their activity on other sites, in a slew of announcements about young users.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Argentina's health ministry said the government it has signed a deal with US pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc to acquire 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be delivered this year.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Bhutan, home to nearly 800,000 people, said it has fully vaccinated 90% of its eligible adult population within just seven days.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, The board of Brazilian health agency Anvisa said it has provisionally suspended its import authorization for Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine while it seeks information.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, In Egypt an apartment building in Cairo collapsed, killing a man while rescue workers hours later pulled his wife alive from under the rubble.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, The European Commission said the EU is on course to hit a target of fully vaccinating at least 70% of its adult population by the end of summer.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed the government will take charge of cleaning up contaminated lands in French Polynesia, open government archives, create a permanent mediator between the state and the community on the issue and speed up compensation to local populations.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 27, In Germany an explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies killed at least 2 person, with 31 others injured in Leverkusen. Five people were missing.
    (AP, 7/27/21)(AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 27, In Greece a wildfire north of Athens swept through a mountainous pine forest, seriously damaging at least a dozen homes and burning cars before being contained by an intense firefighting deployment.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Irans state TV reported that authorities have arrested members of a group linked to Israels Mossad intelligence agency amid ongoing protests over water shortages in the countrys southwest.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Iran recorded over 34,900 new coronavirus infections, setting the nation's single-day record for cases as vaccinations lag, public complacency deepens and the countrys outbreak spirals further out of control.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Ireland became the latest EU member state to commit to offering COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 12-15 as it opened its program to 16 and 17-year olds.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Israeli military shot and killed Palestinian Shadi Omar (41) in the occupied West Bank. The military said the man approached troops wielding an iron bar.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Italy's National Health Institute (ISS) said almost 99% people who have died of COVID-19 in Italy since February this year were not fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Libyan militia leader Mohamed al-Kani, sanctioned by the US for allegedly killing civilians, was shot dead in Benghazi an exchange of fire with forces attempting to arrest him. One of his associates was also killed and a third man was arrested. Al-Kani was said to be responsible for the deaths of people found in mass graves last year in the western town of Tarhuna.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, North and South Korea reopened hotlines for direct communication between the two countries. Communication between the two countries had ended last summer.
    (Business Insider, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, It was reported that Russia's health officials have given a go-ahead to testing a combination of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot and the single-dose version of the domestically developed Sputnik V vaccine.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, South Korea reported 1,896 new cases, its highest-ever daily increase, as the country struggles to subdue a fourth wave of outbreaks fanned by the Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 27, Polish Communist-era judge Stefan Michnik (91), whose extradition Poland had sought over the death sentences he handed down in the early 1950s, died in Sweden.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 27, Swiss prosecutors said they have closed a decade-long investigation into suspected Russian money laundering linked to a fraud scandal in which late lawyer Sergei Magnitsky played a leading role.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, Authorities in Thailand began transporting some people who tested positive for the coronavirus from Bangkok to their home towns for isolation and treatment to alleviate the burden of the capital's overwhelmed medical system.
    (SFC, 7/28/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 27, Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisias Islamist party and speaker of parliament, said that his Ennahdha party is working to form a national front to counter President Kais Saieds decision to suspend the legislature, fire top government officials and take control of the fragile democracy.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 27, A UN panel paid out $600 million to Kuwait's national oil company as compensation for Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait three decades ago. The corporation is the sole remaining claimant and can expect to receive a further $1.1 billion. Under a 1991 UN Security Council resolution, Iraq set aside a percentage of proceeds from its oil exports for the compensation fund.
    (AP, 7/27/21)
2021        Jul 27, The head of the UN World Food Program says the agency will run out of food in Ethiopias conflict-hit Tigray region on July 30, while hundreds of thousands of people there face the worlds worst famine crisis in a decade. The WFP said 170 trucks loaded with relief supplies were stranded in the Afar region, waiting for Ethiopian permission to travel to Tigray.
    (AP, 7/27/21)(SFC, 7/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 27, Vietnam reported 7,913 new coronavirus infections, the fifth straight day the country has recorded more than 7,000 cases. Vietnam has reported a total of 114,260 cases so far, with at least 524 deaths.
    (Reuters, 7/27/21)

2021        Jul 28, President Joe Biden's administration issued legal guidance aimed at curbing voting rights abuses in US states such as Arizona, where Republican officials launched a contentious audit in a failed bid to reverse former President Donald Trump's 2020 election loss.
    (Reuters, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, US regulators took action that will make it easier to get a cheaper, near-copy of a brand-name insulin at the drugstore. The FDA agreed that Viatris Inc.s Semglee was interchangeable with widely used Lantus, a fast-acting insulin.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021         Jul 28, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,614,729 with the death toll at 611,351. The WHO said the global number of coronavirus deaths jumped by 21% in the past week. COVID-19 cases rose by 8% worldwide and that there are now nearly 194 million infections.
    (sfist.com, 7/29/21)(SFC, 7/29/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 28, A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Alaska late today, prompting a tsunami warning for parts of the state and a tsunami watch as far as Hawaii. They were lifted within hours.
    (NY Times, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 28, Ron Popeil (86), the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor, died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Officials in Kalamazoo, Michigan, gathered on the steps of their nearly century-old, Art Deco city hall to announce an anonymous commitment of $400 million to an endowment established in 2017 to spin off annual revenues for the city indefinitely.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 28, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said state employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested. The mandate that will go into effect on Labor Day.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Prosecutors said a federal judge in New York has approved the forfeiture of a 3,500-year-old clay tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from Iraq and sold in 2014 for $1.6 million to Hobby Lobby for display in the Museum of the Bible.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Shares of PowerSchool Holdings Inc rose 2.8% in their New York Stock Exchange debut, giving the cloud-based education software provider a valuation of about $3.57 billion. PowerSchool was unofficially started by Greg Porter as a teenager when he developed record-keeping software at his high school in 1983. The school in California paid Porter and his friend $350 for the program.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Facebook, Google and Netflix all said that they would require many employees to have been vaccinated for Covid-19, with limited exceptions for medical or religious reasons. The companies joined Morgan Stanley, The Washington Post and several other high-profile private employers.
    (NY Times, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, In eastern Afghanistan flash floods late today destroyed a village in Taliban-controlled area, killing at least 80 people in Nuristan province. The death toll was soon raised to at least 150.
    (NY Times, 7/29/21)(SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 28, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said COVID-19 continues to inflict a devastating toll on the Americas, with Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador and Paraguay among the countries with the world's highest weekly death rates.
    (Reuters, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Australia's biggest city, Sydney, extended a lockdown by four weeks after an already protracted stay-at-home order failed to douse an outbreak, with authorities warning of tougher policing to stamp out non-compliance.
    (Reuters, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, The British government said fully vaccinated travelers from the US and much of Europe will be able to enter England without quarantining starting next week. Visitors from France will continue to face quarantine.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Burundi's government said it will accept COVID-19 vaccines, becoming one of the last countries in the worl to embrace them. Eritrea was left as the only African country that hasn't accepted the vaccines.
    (SFC, 7/30/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 28, It was reported that Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth. She found rock layers in the Northwest Territories indicating that three-dimensional structures that resemble modern sponge skeletons are about 890 million years old, which would make them about 350 million years older than the oldest undisputed sponge fossils previously found.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Prominent Chinese pig farmer Sun Dawu, who was detained after praising lawyers during a crackdown on legal activists by President Xi Jinpings government, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of organizing an attack on officials and other offenses. He was among 20 defendants who stood trial in Gaobeidian. Other defendants received sentences ranging from one to 12 years.
    (NY Times, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Human rights organizations said an estimated 700 people are being held by the Cuban government following the July 11 protests.
    (NY Times, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, German prosecutors said Syrian Dr. Alla Mousa has been charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly torturing people in military hospitals in his homeland and killing one of them.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, In Greece King Abdullah II of Jordan met in Athens with the leaders of Greece and Cyprus as part of regular high-level contacts launched between the three Mediterranean countries in 2018.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, In New Delhi top diplomates of India and the US pledged to expand their multilateral security partnership underscoring concerns over China's growing influence in the region.
    (SFC, 7/29/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 28, India contested Cambodia's claims that Indian buffalo meat was infected with COVID-19, saying it exports the meat only after getting COVID-free certification. Cambodia earlier this week said three out of five containers of frozen buffalo meat imported from India tested positive for coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Israeli troops shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy as he was traveling in a car with his father in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Bolognas extensive porticoes, dating back to the 13th century and still very much part of the citys everyday life, were added to the World Heritage List. The addition raised to 58 the number of Italian sites on the list.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Tokyo saw another record number of 3,177 coronavirus cases. Japans vaccination minister said the speed of the countrys inoculation campaign is less urgent than getting shots to young adults, whom some health experts are blaming for the current surge in infections.
    (AP, 7/28/21)(SFC, 7/29/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 28, It was reported that Myanmar is struggling to keep pace with the demand for cremations as the country confronts a massive outbreak of COVID-19. Less than 3% of the population was vaccinated.
    (SFC, 7/28/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 28, In Peru Pedro Castillo, a leftist political novice who has promised to be a champion of his countrys poor, was sworn in as president.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Russian police raided the home of Roman Dobrokhotov, the chief editor of an investigative news site that was recently designated as a foreign agent. police seized cellphones, laptops and tablets during the raid.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Tanzania's President, Samia Suluhu Hassan got her first vaccination for COVID-19. She urged all Tanzanians to get vaccinated and said the country would get more doses.
    (BBC, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Tunisia's Pres. Kais Saied proposed that hundreds of tycoons suspected of embezzlement reach a deal with the state to finance public hospitals, schools and development projects in poor regions to avoid convictions.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 28, Tunisian media said prosecutors have opened investigations into alleged foreign campaign funding and anonymous donations to Islamist movement Ennahdha and two other political parties.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Authorities evacuated homes in southern Turkey as a wildfire fanned by strong winds raged through a forest area near the Mediterranean coastal town of Manavgat.
    (AP, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Vietnam reported 6,559 new COVID-19 infections, raising its total number since the start of the pandemic to more than 120,000. New daily cases have surpassed 6,000 for seven consecutive days.
    (Reuters, 7/28/21)
2021        Jul 28, Zimbabwe said it has authorized the emergency use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the first Western-made shot to be approved by the southern African nation.
    (Reuters, 7/28/21)

2021        Jul 29, US President Joe Biden asked Congress to extend a moratorium on evictions to protect millions of US renters and their families that is set to expire this week amid a deadly rise in coronavirus infections.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Pres. Joe Biden called on states and localities to use federal money to pay unvaccinated people $100 to get a shot. Hours later the Pentagon said members of the military would also be subject to the same rules: Get vaccinated or face regular testing, social distancing, mask wearing and limits on official travel.
    (NY Times, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, The US Congress overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, The US Department of Justice said a federal grand jury has indicted four current and former executives at Pilgrim's Pride Corp, one of the largest US poultry producers, for their roles in a price fixing conspiracy for chicken products. Koch Foods, an Illinois chicken company, was also indicted for allegedly being part of a conspiracy to fix the prices of broiler chicken products.
    (Reuters, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, The US Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said more than 4,000 flight attendants had to deal with unruly passengers in the first half of 2021, with one in five facing physical altercations.
    (Reuters, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, It was reported that many US abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking. The Environmental Protection Agency has said 3.2 million abandoned oil and gas wells exist in the United States. About a third were plugged with cement to prevent leaks. Most havent been plugged at all.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021         Jul 29, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,682,785 with the death toll at 611,824.
    (sfist.com, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, SF Mayor London Breed signed a $13.2 billion budget for the city.
    (SFC, 7/30/21, p.B1)
2021        Jul 29, In San Francisco Janice Mirikitani (80), Glide co-founder and former city poet laureate (2000-2002), died. She spent years with Glide and, with her husband, the Rev. Cecil Williams, expanded the nonprofit's social programs focused on helping people in need.
    (SFC, 7/30/21, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/21, p.C5)
2021        Jul 29, In Colorado mudslides stranded more than 100 people in their vehicles overnight and caused extensive damage that closed Interstate 70 in the Glenwood Canyon area.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Jul 29, Former Colorado Gov. Richar Lamm (85) died. Lamm, an environmental activist, had served three terms from 1975 to 1987 and successfully campaigned against having Denver host the 1976 Winter Olympics.
    (SFC, 7/31/21, p.B4)
2021        Jul 29, Carl Levin (87), Michigans longest-serving senator (1979-2015), died in Detroit. He was held up by his peers in Washington as a paragon of probity.
    (NY Times, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill establishing a universal home nurse visitiation program for newborns, part of a broader plab to reduce the state's high maternal mortality rate.
    (SFC, 7/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 29, It was reported that hundreds that have dried up in recent weeks in an area near the Oregon-California border suffering through a historic drought, leaving homes with no running water just a few months after the federal government shut off irrigation to hundreds of the region's farmers for the first time ever.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, In Missouri the fast-spreading delta variant was invading the state. Just 47.5% of Missourians have initiated vaccination.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Trevor Milton, the founder and one-time executive chair of Nikola Corp., surrendered in New York to face charges alleging he lied about the electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup, duping some financially struggling novice investors looking for income during the pandemic.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, It was reported that nationally known wine expert Caleb Ganzer (35) has been arrested after authorities said he three fires at or near New York City restaurants this year.
    (NBC News, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, An initiative from philanthropists Melinda French Gates, MacKenzie Scott and the family foundation of billionaire Lynn Schusterman awarded $40 million to four promoting gender equality projects in tech, higher education, caregiving and minority communities.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Eli Lilly said the US health regulator has expanded the emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 drug baricitinib, saying it could now be used without taking Gilead's drug remdesivir along with it.
    (Reuters, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Emergent BioSolutions said the US Food and Drug Administration is allowing its problem-plagued factory to resume contract production of COVID-19 vaccine.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Robinhood Markets Inc's went public in an IPO at $38 per share. Shares ended down 8.4%, valuing the company at $29 billion. Robinhood's modification of the traditional six-month IPO lock-up allowed insiders to sell 15% of their shares straight away.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, The Taliban acknowledged that Afghan comic and National Police Officer Nazar Mohammad, better known as Khasha Zwan, was picked up by the Taliban from his Kandahar home last week and shot dead. The two men involved were reportedly arrested.
    (The Independent, 7/29/21)(SFC, 7/30/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 29, Australia's Sky News was issued a one-week suspension by YouTube after a review of its content allegedly denied the existence of Covid-19 or encouraged people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat the coronavirus, without providing countervailing context.
    (Reuters, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 29, In southern Bangladesh days of heavy rainfall have pounded Rohingya refugee camps, destroying dwellings and sending thousands of people to live with extended families or in communal shelters. At least six Rohingya, including three children, died in landslides and flooding earlier this week. 15 Bangladeshis were killed and more than 200,000 stranded by flooding in Cox's Bazar.
    (AP, 7/29/21)(Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, In Britain new coronavirus cases rose for the second day in a row. The country reported 31,117 cases in the last 24 hours and 85 new deaths.
    (Benzinga, 7/39/21)
2021        Jul 29, Intense fighting was being reported in Ethiopia's Amhara state - the latest sign that the war that erupted in the Tigray region in November is spreading.
    (BBC, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, The EUs top migration official urged member countries to help Lithuania beef up surveillance on its border with Belarus and not to give in to political pressure from Belarusian Pres. Alexander Lukashenko. The total number of migrants detained so far this year is 3,027.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, A heat wave scorched southeast Europe, intensifying wildfires and sending residents flocking to the coast, public fountains and air-conditioned locations to find some relief.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, A top German court ruled that Facebook acted illegally in taking down racist posts and blocking the account of their author because the social network failed to inform the user or give a reason for shutting them down.
    (Reuters, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer said it would take a provision of $4.5 billion against second-quarter earnings to put the company on what it said would be a path to closure of thousands of US lawsuits over a weedkiller containing the chemical glyphosate. Bayer AG said it would stop selling the current version of Roundup, the world's most widely used herbicide, for US home and garden use in 2023. A forthcoming version would replace glyphosate, the product's current active ingredient, with new formulations.
    (AP, 7/29/21)(SFC, 7/30/21, p.B1)
2021        Jul 29, Israels PM Naftali Bennett announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Japan reported 3,865 coronavirus cases, a record increase for a third day.
    (SFC, 7/31/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 29, In Japan Sunisa Lee became the fifth consecutive American to win the womens all-around gymnastics competition.
    (NY Times, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Lebanese firefighters struggled for the second day to contain wildfires in the countrys north that have spread across the border into Syria. At least one person, a 15-year-old boy, was killed while helping firefighting efforts in Lebanon.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, An independent inquiry into the 2017 murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia released today found that the Maltese state has to bear responsibility for the assassination due the culture of impunity emanating from the highest levels of government.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, A suspected drone strike targeted the Mercer Street oil tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, killing two on board. The Mercer Street is managed by London-based Zodiac Maritime, part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofers Zodiac Group. The American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher escorted the Mercer Street as it headed to a safe port.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, Pakistan's federal government announced a ban on staff entering public offices, schools, restaurants, transport, shopping malls and air-travel without vaccination certificates, despite only 2.7% of the population having had the full two COVID-19 vaccine shots.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops clashed following the funeral of a child believed killed by army fire the previous day in the occupied West Bank. A Palestinian was critically injured in the violence.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, A Moscow court ordered Google to pay a fine of 3 million rubles (roughly $41,000) for refusing to store the personal data of Russian users on servers in Russia, a move that is part of the government's longstanding effort to tighten its grip on online activity.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Russias long-delayed lab module successfully docked with the International Space Station, eight days after it was launched from the Russian space launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The space station lost control of its orientation for 47 minutes when the Nauka science lab accidentally fired its thrusters a few hours after docking, pushing the orbiting complex from its normal configuration.
    (AP, 7/29/21)(AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, Clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the countrys southern province of Daraa escalated this week, with reports saying three civilians were killed there today, as well as eight government troops and five rebel fighters.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, Thailand reported 17,66 new cases of the coronavirus and 165 deaths. Authorities raced to set up a large field hospital in a cargo building at Bangkok's Don Mueang Int'l. Airport.
    (SFC, 7/31/21, p.A4)
2021        Jul 29, A government official said the United Arab Emirates has sent six Yemeni detainees who were first held at the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and then in the Gulf Arab federation, to their home nation of Yemen.
    (AP, 7/29/21)
2021        Jul 29, The UN Security Council extended the arms embargo against the Central African Republic for a year despite an appeal from China to lift it, saying the government hasnt met UN benchmarks including ensuring the protection and control of all weapons.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 29, Vietnam reported 7,594 new infections, raising its overall caseload to 128,413, with at least 630 deaths. The Health Ministry said it will accelerate its vaccine rollout in COVID-19 hotspot Ho Chi Minh City and build more field hospitals, as it battles a worsening wave of infections driven by the virulent Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/29/21)

2021        Jul 30, The US Justice Dept. said the Treasury must provide the House Ways and Means Committee former Pres. Donald Trump's tax returns.
    (SFC, 7/31/21, p.A6)
2021        Jul 30, The US Justice Department said Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts of some of the most prominent federal prosecutors offices around the country last year. It believes the accounts were compromised from May 7 to Dec. 27, 2020.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard laid out a range of reasons for "urgency" around the issue of developing a US central bank digital currency, including the fact that other countries such as China are moving ahead with their own.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, The US Department of Justice announced that Brian Jeffrey Raymond (45), a former diplomat to Mexico, had pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of two women, and to taking nude or partially nude images and videos of more than 20 women without their consent.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 30, The first group of Afghans promised refuge by the Biden administration arrived at Dulles, Int'. Airport.
    (SFC, 7/31/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 30, The United States pressed Albanias main opposition Democratic Party to exclude from its lawmakers in the new parliament its former leader Sali Berisha, who is barred by Washington from entering the US due to alleged corruption.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, The US Senate unexpectedly suspended a vote to take up a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, throwing a new hurdle in front of President Joe Biden's top priority of renovating the nation's roads and bridges.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, The US securities regulator (SEC) said it will not allow Chinese companies to raise money in the United States unless they fully explain their legal structures and disclose the risk of Beijing interfering in their businesses.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021         Jul 30, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,760,860 with the death toll at 612,711.
    (sfist.com, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 30, Endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the US government. The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orcas critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, Ca.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, A federal judge in New York City issued a judgment of forfeiture authorizing the US to take ownership of the 2,734-ton M/T Courageous, which is currently in Cambodia. The tanker ship was allegedly used in an illegal scheme to smuggle oil to North Korea.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, Floridas Health Department reported that coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak's epicenter.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, Drug manufacturer Emergent BioSolutions Inc said it has received inquiries and subpoenas from a swathe of US authorities related to its abilities to manufacture COVID-19 bulk drug substance.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, In Afghanistan at least one security guard was killed after the Taliban attacked the central United Nations compound in the western province of Herat.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, China's Ministry of Transport said it will ramp up its scrutiny of online ride-hailing firms under plans to strengthen the protection of worker rights and require firms to amend any non-compliant operations.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, China reported 55 new coronavirus cases on the mainland, compared with 64 cases a day earlier, as the Delta variant spreads across the country. Officials said early cases of the Nanjing outbreak were linked to workers at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport, who cleaned a plane after it arrived from Russia carrying an infected passenger.
    (Reuters, 7/31/21)(AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Jul 30, Cyprus said it will start the voluntary COVID-19 vaccination of children over age 12 next week using mRNA shots produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, Finland's worst wildfire in more than half a century scorched the country's northwest for a fifth day, tearing through forests left dry by record summer heat in the remote Kalajoki river valley.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, Haitian police outlined fresh accusations against a former Supreme Court judge over her links to the assassination of President Jovenel Moise earlier this month, saying she had met with some Colombian mercenaries accused of killing him.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, A Hong Kong court sentenced a protester to nine years in prison for terrorism and inciting secession. Tong Ying-kit (24) had faced up to life in prison after being convicted this week. He had crashed a motorcycle into police officers while flying a protest flag on July 1, 2020.   
    (NY Times, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, In northern Iraq an attack on a funeral procession claimed a number of victims in Salahuddin province. An Iraqi security official said eight people had been killed, among them police and civilians.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 30, Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, Italy's National Health Institute (ISS) said the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has gained dominance in the country, releasing data showing it accounted for 94.8% of cases as of July 20. Almost 59% of Italians over 12 years were fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, Kenya's health minister said the government had suspended all in-person meetings and public gatherings to try to contain COVID-19, whose spread in the country he now attributes to the more infectious Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, In Libya the coastal highway along the Mediterranean Sea linking Libya's long-divided east and west reopened. Military commander Khalifa Hifter, whose forces control the country's eastern regions, endorsed the reopening.
    (AP, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, It was reported that Malaysia has taken enforcement action against cryptocurrency platform Binance to stop it operating in the country. Binance was ordered to disable its website and mobile applications, cease media and marketing activities, as well as restrict Malaysian investors from accessing its Telegram group.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)
2021        Jul 30, The Philippines's Defense Ministry announced a decision by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to continue large-scale combat exercizes with the US.
    (SFC, 7/31/21, p.A2)
2021        Jul 30, Moscow abolished a widely-flouted requirement for people to wear gloves in public places and shops as daily coronavirus cases stayed below 4,000, down from over 7,000 earlier this month. Moscow reported 3,481 new infections and 76 deaths, even as the number of daily nationwide cases, at 23,564, remained close to levels recorded at the start of the month with 794 nationwide deaths in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 7/30/21)

2021        Jul 31, In the US a nationwide moratorium on evictions expired, putting hundreds of thousands of tenants at risk of losing shelter.
    (NY Times, 8/1/21)
2021         Jul 31, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,948,823 with the death toll at 613,032.
    (sfist.com, 8/1/21)
2021        Jul 31, Florida reported 21,683 new cases ov COVID-19, the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The data came shortly after Gov. DeSantis barred school officials from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.
    (SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A7)
2021        Jul 31, Pollution response teams worked to contain oil that was discharged after demolition crews finished cutting away the sixth of eight sections of the Golden Ray. The giant cargo ship, carrying more than 1,400 vehicles, over off the Georgia coast on Sept. 8, 2019.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Wisconsin elections officials deactivated 174,307 voter registrations because the voters hadn't cast a ballot in four years and didn't respond to a mailing.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Jul 31, In a preliminary settlement Zoom Video Communications Inc agreed to pay $85 million and bolster its security practices to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated users' privacy rights by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and letting hackers disrupt Zoom meetings in a practice called Zoombombing. Lawyers intended to seek up to $21.25 million for legal fees.
    (Reuters, 8/1/21)
2021        Jul 31, Albania's PM Edi Rama said his government is repatriating five Albanian women and 14 children from Syria's troubled Al Hol camp who were related to Albanians who joined Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, In Australia coronavirus cases continued to surge in Sydney as police cordoned off the city's central district, preventing a planned anti-lockdown protest from taking place.
    (Reuters, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Officials said China and India have missed the July 30 United Nations deadline to submit fresh targets for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Police in China said Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been detained by Beijing police on suspicion of rape, following an accusation the former member of the Korean boy band EXO lured young women into sexual relationships.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, In Egypt Islamic Sate group militants ambushed a checkpoint in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least five troops from the security forces.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Thousands in France protesting a special virus pass marched through Paris, with French police in full riot gear using their fists to push some demonstrators back and firing tear gas against some crowds.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Haiti's National Police said as many as 44 individuals have been arrested in the ongoing investigation into the July 7 killing of Pres. Jovenel Moise.
    (SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A5)
2021        Jul 31, In Hungary several thousand health care workers and their supporters gathered in Budapest to demand wage increases and better conditions for those working in the country's ailing public health system.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Indian police in Kashmir said Mohammad Ismail Alvi, the mastermind behind the Feb. 14, 2019, attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops, has been killed in a shootout with security forces south of Srinagar.
    (Reuters, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Indonesia's biggest budget airline operator Lion Air Group announced plans to furlough around 8,000 employees as travel businesses suffer disruption due to COVID-19 restrictions.
    (Reuters, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, In Japan Thompson-Herah ran 100 meters in 10.61 seconds in Tokyo, breaking Florence Griffith-Joyners record set 33 years ago by 12-hundredths of a second. It was a Jamaican sweep of the medals: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took silver with a time of 10.74 seconds, and Shericka Jackson won bronze.
    (NY Times, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Malaysia's parliament said its special sitting will be cut short after the detection of COVID-19 infections in the building, potentially providing relief for embattled PM Muhyiddin Yassin.
    (Reuters, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Jihadi rebels in Niger attacked a military supply mission in the West African country's southwest killing at least 15 soldiers and injuring seven others. At least six other soldiers remain missing.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Jul 31, Pakistani health authorities imposed a lockdown in Sindh province, including the commercial hub of Karachi and other urban centers, amid an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases.
    (SSFC, 8/1/21, p.A7)
2021        Jul 31, In Turkey the death toll from southern fires rose to six, as two firefighting personnel died during efforts to control the fire in Manavgat.
    (AP, 7/31/21)
2021        Jul 31, Vietnam reported 8,624 new infections late, with most of the confirmed cases detected in the south. Ho Chi Minh City recorded its first death from COVID-19 on June 2, but its total deaths now reached 1,164.
    (AP, 7/31/21)

2021        Jul, The US Customs and Border Protection logged more than 13,000 Nicaraguans either illegally crossing or seeking asylum at the nation's borders, almost double the month before.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Jul, The US Geological Survey found that Utah's Great Salt Lake had reached its lowest mark since measurements began in 1875.
    (NY Times, 9/7/21)
2021        Jul, The US government transferred six A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes to Nigeria to assist in its war against Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Jul, Leaded gasoline reached the end of the road as Algeria, the last country in the world to use it, stopped selling the toxic fuel. Leaded gas is still used in aviation fuel for small planes.
    (AP, 8/30/21)

2021         Aug 1, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 34,985,164 with the death toll at 613,172.
    (sfist.com, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 1, California's Dixie Fire covered nearly 388 square miles (1,005 square km) in mountains where 42 homes and other buildings have been destroyed. The fire was 33% contained. Nearly 22,000 firefighters and support personnel were battling 91 large, active wildfires covering 2,813 square miles (7,285 square kilometers) in mostly western states.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Hawaii a fast-moving wildfire on the Big Island grew to 62.5 square miles (101 square km).
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Montana a wind-driven wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes, outbuildings and other structures. Evacuations were ordered after flames jumped a highway and moved toward communities near Flathead Lake in the northwestern part of the state.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 1, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said state employees who aren't fully vaccinated must take weekly virus tests starting Aug. 15.
    (SFC, 8/2/21, p.A6)
2021        Aug 1, Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation's largest wildfire. Containment of the Bootleg Fire in remote southern Oregon was up to 84%.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 1, Elka Schumann, who with her husband, Peter, ran the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, died in a hospital in Newport, Vt. The theater, founded in 1963, was known for its countercultural messaging through avant-garde puppeteering. In 1970 they began "Our Domestic Resurrection Circus," an annual a puppet-dense two-day Woodstock-like affair with a pageant, a parade and politically bent skits about climate change, global consumerism and nuclear annihilation.
    (NY Times, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Wisconsin the annual, week-long EAA AirVenture jamboree wrapped up in Oshkosh with a record attendance. It was reported that United Airlines plans to hire 350 pilots this year, 1,500 by 2022 and 3,000 by 2023.
    (Reuters, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, The Financial Times reported that Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc have raised the prices of their COVID-19 vaccines in their latest European Union supply contracts.
    (Reuters, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, China reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 as cities began introducing strict curbs to halt an increasingly severe outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. The new cases included 53 domestically transmitted cases across eight provinces, bringing the total number of domestic cases in the past 10 days to 284 across 14 provinces and municipalities.
    (Reuters, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, The spokesman of Egypt's armed forces, Lt. Col. Gharib Abdel Hafez Gharib, posted a video on his official Facebook page showing troops firing at alleged militants living in tents in the Sinai desert. The narrator says the footage was taken during recent operations by the Egyptian army in Sinai, where 89 highly dangerous militants and eight troops were killed. On August 5 Amnesty Int'l. called for independent investigations into these apparent extrajudicial executions.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Germany hundreds of people turned out in Berlin to protest the German governments anti-coronavirus measures despite a ban on the gatherings, leading to arrests and clashes with police.
    (AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, In India a girl (9), who has not been named by authorities and belonged to the Dalit community, one of Hinduisms most oppressed castes, was found dead near a Delhi crematorium late today. Her whole body was burnt apart from her ankles and feet. Four men, including the crematorium's priest, were arrested the next day for the alleged rape and murder.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 1, Indonesia extended restrictions outside Java island by another week in efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, Iran's outgoing President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged his nation at times did not tell part of the truth to its people during his eight-year tenure.
    (AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Italy the Lazio regional government said hackers have attacked and shut down the IT systems of the company that manages COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the region surrounding Rome. Italy recently followed France in announcing that proof of vaccination or immunity from COVID-19 would become mandatory for an array of activities.
    (Reuters, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Japan Kristina Timanovskaya (24), a Belarusian Olympic sprinter, sought protection at a Tokyo airport as her nation tried to forcibly send her home from the Summer Games. Ms. Timanovskaya had said she feared for her safety in Belarus after she criticized her coaches and the countrys national committee for registering her for a relay event for which she had not trained. Timanovskaya entered the Polish Embassy in Tokyo on Aug. 2 and arrived in Warsaw on Aug. 4.
    (NY Times, 8/2/21)(AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Japan Artem Dolgopyat (24) won Israels second-ever gold medal and its first in artistic gymnastics. The gold medalist is not Jewish according to Jewish law and was not allowed to legally marry in Israel.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 1, In Lebanon at least two people were killed in Khaldeh when gunmen opened fire at the funeral of Ali Chebli, a Hezbollah commander who was killed a day earlier.
    (AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, It was reported that high-ranking army and police officials have been arrested in Madagascar in connection with last month's failed attempt to kill the country's president.
    (BBC, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, Myanmars military leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years.
    (AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern formally apologized for a racially charged part of the nations history known as the Dawn Raids. She sat motionless during a ceremony as members of the Pacific Island community pulled a large white mat over her head, completely covering her. Moments later they removed it and embraced her.
    (AP, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, It was reported that Nigeria has suspended Deputy commissioner Abba Kyar, one of its most highly respected police officers, after he was indicted in the US on money laundering charges. He was accused of taking bribes from Nigerian Instagram celebrity Ray Hushpuppi.
    (BBC, 8/1/21)
2021        Aug 1, The Islamic militant group Hamas said it has re-elected Ismail Haniyeh as its supreme leader. Haniyeh has been living in exile for the past two years splitting his time between Turkey and Qatar.
    (AP, 8/1/21)

2021        Aug 2, A senior US State Department officials said Afghans referred to the new US refugee program will need to get themselves out of Afghanistan.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi put fresh pressure on the White House to reinstate a COVID-19 pandemic-related residential eviction moratorium after lawmakers failed to extend it before it lapsed over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, A US Republican report says coronavirus leaked from Chinese lab. The report released today said evidence shows the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic leaked from a Chinese research facility, a conclusion that US intelligence agencies have not reached.
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, A report by a US National Labor Relations Board hearing officer said e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc interfered with a union election by installing a mailbox to collect ballots and by distributing paraphernalia encouraging employees to vote against organizing.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)
2021         Aug 2, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,020,438 with the death toll at 613,335.
    (sfist.com, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 2, Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani blamed the American troops' speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country and said that his administration would now focus on protecting provincial capitals and major urban areas in the face of the rapidly advancing Taliban.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Armenia's acting PM Nikol Pashinyan was officially appointed to the post by the country's president after Pashinyan's party won an early parliamentary election in June.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Australia tightened COVID curbs. Queensland state extended a COVID-19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules as Australia struggles to stop the highly contagious Delta variant spreading.
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, A court in Belarus convicted journalist Siarhei Hardziyevich (50) of insulting the president in messages in a deleted chat group and sentenced him to 1 1/2 years in prison and a $1,600 fine.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Britain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the US and the EU as travel industry leaders urged the government to further ease restrictions and allow people to enjoy the benefits of a successful COVID-19 inoculation program.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Denmark's State Serum Institute said combining AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine with a second dose from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna's jab provides "good protection".
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, EU officials pledged millions of euros to Lithuania to help it tackle a migrant crisis that it blames on the government of neighboring Belarus and its authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, A study by the European Trade Union Confederation said a majority of low-income families in the EU can't afford a summer holiday.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, German diplomat Christian Schmidt took office as the top international envoy to Bosnia, facing opposition from the country's Serbs, who have rejected both his appointment and a ban on genocide denial brought by his predecessor.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption arrested Cantopop singer Anthony Wong Yiu-ming and accused him of violating campaign laws. In 2018 he had performed two songs at an election rally and encouraged attendees to vote for a pro-democracy candidate for Hong Kongs legislature.
    (NY Times, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Iran reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus infections, the country's single-day record so far in the pandemic. 411 deaths brought the country's total death toll in the pandemic to 91,407.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Israel's Cabinet advanced a national budget for the first time since 2018 in a sign of stability for the country's fragile new government.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Israel's Supreme Court proposed a compromise that would prevent the evictions of dozens of Palestinians in the east Jerusalem of Sheikh Jarrah, where attempts by Jewish settlers to expel them from their homes helped spark an 11-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in May.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, In Italy the governor of the area including Italys capital, Rome, sought to assure residents that a powerful hacking intrusion into the region's website, into its second day, wont interrupt COVID-19 vaccinations.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, In Japan Laurel Hubbard (43), a weight lifter from New Zealand, became the first openly transgender woman to compete at the Olympics. She had won junior titles in mens competitions before her transition. Hubbard did not make the podium, after failing to advance to the final.
    (NY Times, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 2, Police in Malaysia blocked opposition lawmakers from marching to protest a two-week lockdown of the Parliament, which they consider another ploy of PM Muhyiddin Yassin to dodge a no confidence vote.
    (SFC, 8/3/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 2, It was reported that Nigeria has been hit by a surge in cholera cases in recent weeks, focused on the country's north and adding to a public health crisis accompanied by a rise in COVID-19 cases.
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, In northwestern Pakistan gunmen shot and killed a police officer assigned to protect a polio vaccination team. This was the third such attack intwo days.
    (SFC, 8/3/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 2, A government official said the Philippines will extend a night curfew in Manila amid a tightening of restrictions to combat a potential surge in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, A Sudanese official said local authorities in Kassala province have found more than 40 bodies, apparently people fleeing the war in neighboring Ethiopias Tigray region, floating in the river between the countries over the past week, some with gunshot wounds or their hands bound.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Thailand reported 17,970 new cases, bringing its total caseload to 633,284 infections, with 5,074 deaths. Health officials said they will increase the number of people required to isolate at home with COVID-19 to 100,000, as capacity in healthcare facilities dwindles amid a surge in cases driven by the Delta variant of the virus. Only around 6% of Thailand's more than 66 million people fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, Turkish firefighters battled for a 6th day to control the blazes that are tearing through forests near Turkeys beach destinations. The fires have left eight people dead.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, The UAE government said it will start providing China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17.
    (Reuters, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, The UN General Assembly approved a resolution establishing a Permanent Forum of People of African Descent to provide expert advice on addressing the challenges of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.
    (AP, 8/2/21)
2021        Aug 2, The UN called the Myanmar militarys election delay and extension of the state of emergency a move in the wrong direction from international calls for the restoration of democracy.
    (AP, 8/2/21)

2021        Aug 3, The Biden administration imposed a new, 60-day federal moratorium on evictions in areas of the country ravaged by the Delta variant, a move aimed at protecting hundreds of thousands of renters at risk of being kicked out of their homes during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late today announced the new order barring people from being driven out of their homes in many parts of the country, saying that the evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to public health control measures aimed at slowing Covid-19.
    (NY Times, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, The Biden administration said it would conduct a new environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, The White House said the US has shipped and donated more than 110 million coronavirus vaccine doses to over 60 countries.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, A Pentagon police officer was killed after an assailant stabbed him in the neck at a metro hub outside the Department of Defense headquarters. He was identified the next day as George Gonzalez, a native New Yorker who previously served in Iraq. Assailant Austin William Lanz (27) of Georgia was killed by ensuing gunfire from responding law enforcement.
    (AP, 8/4/21)(SFC, 8/4/21, p.A5)
2021         Aug 3, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,140,422 with the death toll at 613,786.
    (sfist.com, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 3, Indoor masking was again required for seven of the nine counties in the SF Bay Area to help stem transmission of the coronavirus delta variant..
    (SFC, 8/3/21, p.A1)
2021        Aug 3, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down as the state again broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, insisting that the spike will soon abate and that he will not impose any business restrictions or mask mandates.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Detroit's Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said they will reinstate requirements to wear masks at all US plants, offices and warehouses beginning on Aug. 4, but are not requiring workers to be vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a "state emergency" stemming from gun violence in the state. The announcement came just hours after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYPD data shows murders and shootings in the city have decreased year-over-year. Cuomo said 51 people were shot in New York over the Fourth of July.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, New York state Attorney General Letitia James said a five-month investigation has found that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and violated federal and state laws while creating a "climate of fear" in the workplace. President Biden called for the resignation of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)(NY Times, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City, as of Sept. 13, will become the first major US city to require proof of COVID vaccination for customers and staff at restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses as the country enters a new phase of battling the highly contagious Delta variant.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, In southern Oregon nearly 1,900 firefighters continued to battle the Bootleg Fire, which has obliterated homes while burning more than 400,000 acres. The nations largest wildfire was 84 percent contained. Full containment was not expected until October.
    (NY Times, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Eli Lilly and Co and partner Incyte Corp said additional results from a late-stage study showed their COVID-19 drug baricitinib reduced the risk of death in patients on mechanical ventilation.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Marvell Technology Inc said it has agreed to acquire chip startup Innovium in a $1.1 billion all-stock deal aimed at bolstering Marvell's share of networking chips sold to large cloud-computing companies.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Microsoft says employees must be fully vaccinated to enter the companys US offices and other worksites, starting next month.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 3, PepsiCo said it will sell Tropicana and other juices to a private equity firm in a $3.3 billion deal.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Tyson Foods Inc said it is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for its workforce but is still negotiating with labor unions over mandates for unionized plant workers, who are among the meat company's highest-risk employees.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, In southern Afghanistan the Taliban pressed ahead with advances capturing nine out of ten districts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.
    (SFC, 8/4/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 3, An official said China's Wuhan city will test all of its 12 million residents for the coronavirus, after the place where the virus emerged in late 2019 confirmed its first domestic cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant. Flights, trains and professional basketball games were suspended in Wuhan. A woman (64), who is believed to have carried the virus from Nanjing to Yangzhou, was arrested on charges of hindering disease prevention.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)(SFC, 8/4/21, p.A4)(AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 3, China's climate change Envoy Xie Zhenhua said China will stick to its goal of having its carbon emissions peak by 2030 and will release more complete reduction plans soon.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Egypts president vowed to raise the price of government-subsidized bread. It would be the latest in a series of austerity measures taken by his government in recent years to overhaul the countrys economy.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Sanofi agreed to buy US partner Translate Bio as it bets on next-generation vaccines and particularly as the French drugmaker, one of the world's top flu vaccine makers, seeks to see off competition in one of its major markets.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 3, In Greece thousands of people fled their homes north of Athens as a wildfire reached residential areas.
    (SFC, 8/4/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 3, Over 17,000 looted ancient artefacts recovered from the United States and other countries were handed over to Iraq's Culture Ministry, a restitution described by the government as the largest in the country's history.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Israel warned against travel to the United States and other countries and said it would tighten quarantine measures for inbound travelers as part of efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant. The Cabinet reimposed a series of restrictions amid the rising infections.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)(SFC, 8/4/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 3, In Japan Mensah-Stock (28), a Texas native, became the first Black woman to win a wrestling gold medal.
    (NY Times, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Lithuania said it has ordered its border guards to turn away, by force if needed, migrants attempting to enter the Baltic country as the rapidly growing number of immigrants illegally crossing from neighboring Belarus has emerged a major foreign policy issue.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Netherlands-based automaker Stellantis said it achieved faster-than-expected progress on synergies and record margins in its first six months as a combined company, despite suffering 700,000 units in lower production due to interruptions in the semiconductor supply chain.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Hijackers captured a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman. They departed the targeted ship a day later. A crew member onboard said Iranian gunmen had stormed the Asphalt Princess.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 3, Pakistan hit a target to vaccinate one million people a day against COVID-19, making strides in its inoculation campaign just weeks away from a deadline for workers in public-facing roles to obtain vaccination certificates.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Russia blocked DeviantArt, an online community for artists and designers that is popular with Russians, over its failure to remove prohibited content. Roskomnadzor said certain pages contained child pornography, pro-drug and pro-Nazi content, as well as other prohibited images. Founded in 2000, LA-based DeviantArt was bought by Israel-based Wix.com in 2017 for $36 million.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 3, South Korea said it has detected its first two cases of the new Delta Plus COVID-19 variant, as the country battles with its fourth wave of infections.
    (Reuters, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, South Koreas spy agency said that North Korea is releasing emergency military rice reserves as its food shortage worsens, with a heat wave and drought reducing the countrys supply. The Delta Plus variant is a sub-lineage of the Delta variant first identified in India, and has acquired the spike protein mutation called K417N, which is also found in the Beta variant first identified in South Africa.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, Saudi Arabia announced the execution of Ahmed bin Saeed bin Ali al-Janabi. He had been found guilty of armed rebellion and protesting against the state in the Shiite populated eastern region of Qatif. The kingdom has executed more than 30 people so far this year, including at least one other young Shiite man accused of similar charges.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, In Ukraine Vitaly Shishov, the head of Belarusian House in Ukraine (BHU), was found hanged in a park near his home in Kyiv. BHU is an activist organization that helps Belarusians flee abroad.
    (Axios, 8/3/21)   
2021        Aug 3, The UN Security Council condemned deliberate attacks on civilians in Afghanistan and all instances of terrorism in the strongest terms, while declaring its opposition to restoration of rule by the Taliban.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, The UN humanitarian chief warned Ethiopian authorities that blanket accusations against aid workers in the countrys embattled Tigray region and elsewhere are dangerous and must stop. Two international aid groups said that the Ethiopian government had suspended part or all of their operations.
    (AP, 8/3/21)
2021        Aug 3, The UN said Rwanda has sent 300 troops to reinforce UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, where they will help protect a key highway supplying the capital. Another 150 troops will arrive by the end of the year. A UN Security Council resolution in March planned to beef up the MINUSCA force in the CAR by around 3,000 men.
    (AFP, 8/4/21)

2021        Aug 4, A US judge sanctioned two lawyers who brought a lawsuit alleging the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump and his supporters, calling their case "one enormous conspiracy theory." This came four months after he dismissed the case. Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker, both of Colorado, filed their lawsuit in December on behalf of 160 million US voters, alleging that Dominion, Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Priscilla Chan and elected officials in four states conspired to steal the election and asking for $160 billion in damages.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Former President Donald Trump challenged in court last week's US Justice Department order to turn his tax returns over to a House of Representatives committee, part of his long campaign to keep details of his wealth secret.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021         Aug 4, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,247,293 with the death toll at 614,342.
    (sfist.com, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 4, In southern California Michelle Avan (48), an executive at Bank of America, was found dead by a family member at her home in Reseda. Detectives soon arrested suspect Anthony Duane Turner (52), a former boyfriend and also a BofA employee.
    (SFC, 8/9/21, p.A6)(The Independent, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 4, A South Florida hospital chain said it is suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and even a cafeteria as many more patients seek treatment for COVID-19.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 4, Michigan man Karl Dresch (41), who urged his social media followers to "take back our country" before the assault on the US Capitol, was sentenced to time served in pre-trial detention after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, The US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York said it has charged nine people accused of being involved in the trafficking operation, during which at least 87 guns were bought in Georgia and illegally transported for resale in NYC between August 2020 and April, 2021.
    (Charlotte Observer, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 4, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas apprehended two MS-13 gang members. A day later McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran national who had a prior arrest in LA for forcible oral copulation with a minor under the age of 14, for which he had been convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail.
    (Fox News, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 4, In south Texas at least 10 people died after a van, carrying 30 people believed to be migrants, crashed about 80 miles north of the Mexico border.
    (NY Times, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 4, Vaccines and a return to normal care levels helped push CVS Health past Wall Streets second-quarter expectations, but the resurging COVID-19 pandemic clouded the health care giants 2022 expectations.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said it had administered more than 29 million COVID-19 vaccines at its stores so far, led by a surge in parts of the United States that had lagged in vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Afghan and US airstrikes hit Taliban targets overnight in an effort to dislodge the insurgents after they captured much of Lashkar Gah. The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on the home of a top military official in Kabul that killed 8 people.
    (SFC, 8/5/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 4, In western Bangladesh lightning killed at least 16 people who were traveling to a wedding party and injured several others, including the groom.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Belgium's customs officers arrested 40 people and seized tens of millions of counterfeit cigarettes in raids targeting illegal production sites across the country.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, The UK said it will offer coronavirus vaccines to 16 and 17-year-olds in the coming weeks after the independent body of scientists that makes recommendations over the rollout changed its advice.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Chinese state media reported that many minors are able to purchase e-cigarettes in the country despite a ban on sales to under-18s and cited a child-protection expert as saying a tougher crackdown was needed.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Chinese pharmaceutical Sinovac Biotech Ltd said it will build a fill-and-finish vaccine plant in Chile with an investment of $60 million, consolidating its presence in the Latin American nation that has used its COVID-19 shot the most.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, In the Czech Rep. two passenger trains collided in Milavce killing three people.
    (SFC, 8/5/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 4, The European Commission said it has approved a supply contract with US firm Novavax to buy up to 200 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, The French presidency said an international conference on Lebanon has gathered over $357 million in aid required to meet the country's humanitarian needs, one year after the massive explosion at Beiruts port. France pledged $118 million and the US pledged $100 mil.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, The German government said it will strengthen its battle against the quickly growing antisemitism in the country by investing 35 million euros ($41.5 million) into research and educational projects focused on understanding its causes and effectively fighting hatred of Jews.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, The daughter of a German-Iranian rights activist said that her mother, Nahid Taghavi, has been given a prison sentence of 10 years and eight months in Iran. A Revolutionary Court sentenced Taghavi, arrested in 2020, and a British-Iranian man, Mehran Raouf, for allegedly running an illegal group and spreading propaganda against the system.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, In Germany two Afghan men (22 and 25) were detained after investigators found what they believed to be the 34-year-old victim's body near the elder brother's home in Bavaria. The woman, a divorced mother of two, had been reported missing in mid-July. Police later said that the men had acted out of an aggrieved sense of honor when they killed their sister.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 4, A German-Swiss group that campaigns for human rights in Belarus called for Western companies to stop buying airtime for advertising on the authoritarian countrys state broadcasters.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Indonesia recorded a grim milestone of more than 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. The Southeast Asian nation recently accounted for one in five fatalities globally. Total number of infections reached 3.53 million, while deaths rose by 1,747 to 100,636, although public health experts believe the true toll is likely far higher.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Raffaele Imperiale (46), an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organized crime syndicate, was arrested in Dubai. Investigators later said the alleged major cocaine trafficker had bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market with drug money.
    (AP, 8/19/21)   
2021        Aug 4, Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz reportedly warned the UN Security Council diplomats that Iran is "only around 10 weeks away from acquiring weapons-grade materials necessary for a nuclear weapon".
    (Fox News, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 4, The Israel military responded with sustained artillery fire after three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Israeli airline El Al said passengers on an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv will be tested for the coronavirus on the plane itself or before boarding on Aug. 5 to speed up procedures upon arrival in Israel, where infections are on the rise.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, The Red Cross warned that Lithuania's decision to turn away immigrants attempting to cross in from neighboring Belarus does not comply with international law.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Mexico sued 11 US gun manufacturers and distributors in US federal court in Boston, arguing that the gunmakers knowingly and actively facilitate the southward flow of firearms to Mexican drug cartels.
    (The Week, 8/4/21)(SFC, 8/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 4, In Syria an explosion at the entrance of military barracks on the western edge of Damascus set a bus on fire, killed its driver and sent black smoke billowing over the area.
    (AP, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, Vietnam said it will slash the duration of mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors from two weeks to just seven days, as the Southeast Asian country battles its biggest COVID-19 outbreak yet.
    (Reuters, 8/4/21)
2021        Aug 4, The WHO called for a moratorium on booster shots to help all countries vaccinate at least 10 percent of their populations.
    (NY Times, 8/4/21)

2021        Aug 5, President Joe Biden offered temporary "safe haven" to Hong Kong residents in the United States, allowing what could be thousands of people to extend their stay in the country in response to Beijing's crackdown on democracy in the Chinese territory.
    (Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, The White House said seven US states with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates account for half of the country's new cases and hospitalizations in the last week. They included Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas. The CDC said COVID cases are up about 43% over the previous week and that daily deaths are up more than 39%.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, The White House announced that Biden has tapped Beth Robinson, an associate justice on the Vermont Supreme Court since 2011, to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. She would become the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit court.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, The US Justice Department announced a sweeping civil rights investigation into the Phoenix Police Department, marking the third such inquiry that the Biden administration has opened into abuse allegations against a major national police force.
    (NY Times, 8/5/21)
2021         Aug 5, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,347,582 with the death toll at 614,858.
    (sfist.com, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 5, In Alaska a sight-seeing plane crashed in the area of Misty Fyords National Monument near Ketchikan, killing all six people on board.
    (SFC, 8/7/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 5, An Arkansas judge temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a law, signed in April by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, that prevents schools and other governmental agencies from requiring masks.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 5, In northern California the Dixie Fire destroyed the Gold Rush town of Greenville, home to about 1,000 people. The Dixie Fire is 35 percent contained and has burned more than 420,000 acres across four counties.
    (NY Times, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 5, Louisiana set another daily hospitalization record amid a surge of COVID-19 cases.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 5, Mississippi reported more than 3,000 daily coronavirus cases. 90% of the cases are now the delta variant.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 5, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (72), head of one of the largest US labor organizations, died of a likely heart attack in Washington, DC.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Trumka)(Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, Gov. Ralph Northam said Virginia will soon require state employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be tested every week, joining a few other states that have imposed similar mandates.
    (NY Times, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, Moderna Inc said its COVID-19 vaccine was about 93% effective through six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94% efficacy reported in its original clinical trial. The company said it still expects booster shots to be necessary ahead of the winter season as antibody levels are expected to wane.
    (Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc said it had offered to buy Swedish auto parts maker Veoneer Inc for $4.6 billion, an 18.4% premium to a bid in July by Canada's Magna International Inc that was accepted by Veoneer's board.
    (Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, The president of Belarus ordered the country's security forces to tighten control over the border with Lithuania, which earlier this week started turning away immigrants attempting to cross in from Belarus. Lukashenko ordered defense and security agencies to close every meter of the border" in order not to let immigrants Lithuania turns away back into Belarus. Some 4,090 migrants, most of them from Iraq, have crossed this year from Belarus into Lithuania.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, In Brazil the government space agency that uses satellites to monitor fires reported more area burned in the month of July than in any July since 2016.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, It was reported that Britain's competition watchdog is sticking with its view that Pfizer and Flynn Pharma broke the law by charging the country's public health service "unfairly high" prices for an epilepsy drug, after being asked to reassess a previous fine.
    (Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, China's President Xi Jinping pledged to supply 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries this year, expanding the commitments made by a nation that is already the largest exporter of the shots by far. A senior executive said antibody levels in people inoculated with CanSino Biologics' (CanSinoBIO) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine fell by some 30% after six months, however a booster shot could offer a significant lift.
    (AP, 8/5/21)(Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, TikTok owner ByteDance told employees it planned to lay off staff in its education business and close some of its tutoring operations, after China imposed sweeping regulations on the sector.
    (Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, Denmark-based Novo Nordisk said its new weight-loss drug is getting a boost from pandemic. Wegovy was launched just six weeks back. Prescriptions for the treatment have already reached a similar level to Saxenda, Novo's other obesity drug that was launched in 2015.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, A French constitutional court validated most aspects of a new law that, starting next week, requires people to carry a special COVID-19 health pass to access cafes, restaurants, long-distance travel and, in some cases, hospitals. But it struck down several measures for not meeting constitutional muster.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, In India angry villagers in New Delhi held a protest outside a crematorium where they say a 9-year-old girl was raped and killed on August 1.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, In Iran Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in as the new president during a ceremony in parliament, an inauguration that completes hard-liners dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, Italian and Spanish police said Domenico Paviglianiti (60), the leader of the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, has been arrested in Madrid.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 5, Prosecutors in Libya issued an arrest warrant for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, over suspected ties to Russian mercenaries.
    (BBC, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 5, It was reported that the Carmen Snchez Foundation formed in Mexico City earlier this year to provide support and lobby for legal reforms for survivors of acid attacks. It has registered 29 such attacks so far, five already in 2021, but believes that is only a fraction of the real number.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, North Koreas state TV reported that heavy rains in northeastern North Korea have destroyed or flooded 1,170 houses and forced 5,000 residents to evacuate to safety.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 5, In the Philippines chaos overtook several COVID-19 vaccination sites in Manila as thousands showed up hoping to receive a shot before the city heads back into lockdown for two weeks.
    (Reuters, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, Qatar Airways said it has grounded 13 Airbus A350s over what it described as fuselages degrading at an accelerated rate in the long-range aircraft, further escalating a months long dispute with the European airplane maker over the issue.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, Two Russian news outlets and a legal aid group backed by a leading Kremlin critic shut down after authorities blocked their websites, the government's latest moves targeting independent media, opposition supporters and human rights activists ahead of Russias September parliamentary election.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, A Sudanese court sentenced to death six members of the country's paramilitary forces convicted of killing six people at a pro-democracy student protest in central Sudan on July 29, 2019.
    (AP, 8/5/21)
2021        Aug 5, In Turkey fires continued to burn in six areas of Mugla province. Fires also raged in five districts of Antalya province, another tourism destination. The fires have so far killed eight people and countless animals.
    (AP, 8/5/21)

2021        Aug 6, The US Food and Drug Administration approved French drugmaker Sanofi's drug, Nexviazyme, for the treatment of patients with Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder.
    (Reuters, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, The US Education Dept. announced that it would continue a moratorium on federal student loan payments through Jan. 31.
    (SSFC, 8/8/21, p.A10)
2021         Aug 6, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,453,516 with the death toll at 615,393. The CDC said that even people who have recovered from COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated, especially as the extra-contagious delta variant surges. A new study showed that survivors who ignored that advice were more than twice as likely to get reinfected.
    (sfist.com, 8/7/21)(AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, Arkansas lawmakers left the state's mask mandate ban in place, ending a session called to revisit the prohibition for schools because of the state's COVID-19 surge.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, California's Dixie Fire, named for the road where it started, spanned an area of 679 square miles (1,760 square km) and was just 21% contained. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, John Rizzo, the reflective but resolute Central Intelligence Agency lawyer, died at his home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC. He sanctioned the secret detention and torture of suspected Islamic militants after the attacks on New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, and approved drone strikes that targeted terrorists abroad.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 6, In southwestern Illinois five siblings under the age of 10 died early today when a fire swept through their apartment in East St. Louis.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 6, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced new vaccination requirements for state employees who work in settings where they interact with the vulnerable, or face mask requirements and regular coronavirus testing.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 6, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a requirement that kindergarten through 12th-grade students wear masks when public schools open in the fall.
    (Reuters, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, New York City police officers arrested two Myanmar citizens on charges of plotting to violently attack Kyaw Moe Tun, Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations. Myanmar's military junta has repeatedly tried to remove Tun from the position, but the General Assembly has not accredited the person who the junta selected to replace Tun.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, It was reported that Crawford P. Bogle (35), the alleged leader of a Dayton narcotics drug ring accused of distributing thousands of dollars of fentanyl and methamphetamine, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (Dayton Daily News, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, In Pennsylvania a grandfather set fire to an apartment above a convenience store killing himself as well as his son and two grandchildren in Steelton.
    (SFC, 8/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 6, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced that vaccinations will be required of government contractors, hotel guests, and employees, and all health facility workers to control a spike in COVID-19 cases.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 6, Novavax, the Maryland firm that won a $1.75 billion federal contract to develop and produce a coronavirus vaccine, said that the federal government would not fund further production of its vaccine until the company resolves concerns of federal regulators about its work.
    (NY Times, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, United Airlines said it will require employees in the US to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by late October, perhaps sooner, joining a rising number of big corporations that are responding to a surge in virus cases.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, The G-7 said the July 29 attack in international waters in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman that killed two people was a clear violation of international law. They added that all available evidence clearly points to Iran. A day later Iran denounced accusations.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 6, Taliban forces took control of Zaranj, a provincial capital near the border of Afghanistan and Iran. The border crossings provide the Taliban with new financial resources in the form of customs revenue, which is all the more valuable for the fact that it simultaneously deprives the government in Kabul of those resources. Taliban fighters assassinated Dawa Khan Menapal, the chief of the governments press operations for local and foreign media.
    (Washington Examiner, 8/7/21)(AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 6, Belarus' border protection agency said that it tightened control along its border with Lithuania to prevent Lithuanian authorities from sending migrants back to Belarus.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, In Belgium virology team said seven residents of a nursing home have died after being infected with a lineage of the coronavirus first detected in Colombia despite being fully vaccinated. The residents had been infected with the B.1.621 lineage of COVID-19 that originated in Colombia. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has listed the B1.621 lineage as part of the Kappa variant of the coronavirus, but not as a variant itself.
    (Reuters, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, China counted 107 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland, compared with 124 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 6, It was reported that rebels from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, a UNESCO world heritage site in neighboring Amhara region.
    (BBC, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, Binance, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, said it would restrict Hong Kong users from trading derivative products, the latest in a series of changes the exchange has made to improve compliance standards. Binance is domiciled in the Cayman Islands.
    (Reuters, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, Imad Duikat (38), a Palestinian man, was killed by live Israeli fire in the town of Beita in the occupied West Bank as hundreds of Palestinian protesters threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops. Another protester was shot in the foot. 20 others were wounded by rubber bullets during the clashes.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, In Italy a so-called Green Pass was now required to enter archaeological sites, gyms, theaters, indoor pools and the indoor sections of restaurants, bars and cafes. To obtain a certificate, individuals must show they have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine approved for use in the EU, recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months or have negative lab results from a test done within the previous 48 hours.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, In Japan a man with a knife stabbed at least 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo. The attacker was arrested after fleeing.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 6, Japan's newly reported daily cases hit a record high.
    (Reuters, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, The Lebanon-based Hezbollah group fired a barrage of rockets toward Israel, and Israel hit back with artillery in a significant escalation between the two sides.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, In Malaysia a 2nd Cabinet minister quit dealing a blow to PM Muhyiddin Yassin, who insisted he has majority support in Parliament. Yassin has said he will call for a vote of confidence whe Parliament resumes on Sept. 6.
    (SFC, 8/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 6, It was reported that a 1,000-strong Rwandan force has hit the ground running since its deployment in Mozambique to fight poor insurgents who have carried out devastating attacks in the far north of the country. There is broad agreement that the uprising was begun by young people without jobs protesting about growing poverty and inequality, as well as the lack of any gains from mineral resources including rubies and gas.
    (BBC, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, The Philippines placed its Manila capital region under a two week lockdown as the Southeast Asian country's health ministry reported 10,623 new coronavirus cases, the largest single-day jump in infections for almost four months.
    (Reuters, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, In South Africa the co-head of a trial in the country said Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine is working well, offering protection against severe disease and death.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
2021        Aug 6, The UN envoy for Afghanistan urged the Security Council to demand that the Taliban immediately stop attacking cities in their offensive to take more territory as American and NATO troops pull out of the country.
    (AP, 8/6/21)
 
2021        Aug 7, The US is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day. Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,707,822 with the death toll at 616,547.
    (AP, 8/7/21)(sfist.com, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 7, It was reported that more than 65,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have expired in Alabama due to low demand for inoculations. The state ranks last (34%) for the percentage of people fully vaccinated.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, In northern California Gary Maynard (47), man who taught criminal justice at Sonoma State University, was arrested on and charged with setting fire to public land around the massive Dixie Fire and in Shasta County.
    (CBS News, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 7, A Chicago police officer was killed and another fighting for their life after being shot late today during a traffic stop.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 7, In southeastern Minnesota, a single-engine plane crashed into a vacant lot and burst into flames, igniting a fire at a nearby house. No one on board survived.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 7, Dennis Dee Tee Thomas (70), a founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang known for such hits as Celebration and Get Down On It, died in New Jersey.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 7, Michael Thomas (85), investment banker, writer and Bte Noire of the Moneyed Class, died in Brooklyn. His books included "Green Monday (1980), "Someone Elses Money" (1982) and "Hanover Place" (1990). As a trustee of the Robert Lehman Foundation, he helped prepare and publish a scholarly catalog of Mr. Lehmans vast art collection at the Met. The catalog ran to 15 volumes and took several decades to complete.
    (NY Times, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 7, Texas Democrats again refused to return to the state Capitol as Gov. Greg Abbott began a 3rd attempt at passing new election laws.
    (SSFC, 8/8/21, p.A9)
2021        Aug 7, In Texas three women were found killed at a condo on South Padre Island. Yordi Barthelemy (23) fled the scene of the shooting but later turned himself in and was arrested in the neighboring community of Port Isabel.
    (The Grio, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 7,     In Afghanistan Taliban fighters entered the capital of northern Jawzjan province, after sweeping through nine of 10 districts in the province. More than half of Afghanistans 421 districts and district centers are now in Taliban hands.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, It was reported that around 50 bodies have been discovered over the last two weeks in the Setit River, which flows through some of the most troubled areas of the nine-month conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, In France thousands of people marched in Paris and other cities during a fourth consecutive week of protests against COVID-19 entrance requirements and what opponents see as restrictions on personal freedom.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, In Greece flames swept through a town near Athens overnight and hundreds of people were evacuated by ferry from the island of Evia east of the capital as wildfires burned across the country for a fifth day.
    (Reuters, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, India's health minister said Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use.
    (Reuters, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, Israeli warplanes struck two targets in the Gaza Strip early today, in response to incendiary balloons launched from Gaza into Israel.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, In Italy Maria Licciardi (70), reputed top Naples crime syndicate boss, was arrested as she was about to board a flight to Spain. Investigators have alleged that Licciardi ran extortion rackets as head of the Licciardi Camorra crime syndicate clan.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, In Japan Allyson Felix won her 11th medal, which made her the most decorated American track-and-field athlete in Olympic history.
    (NY Times, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 7, Top-ranked Japan prevailed over the US, 2-0, to win its first gold medal in baseball in the six trips to the Olympics since 1992.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, New Zealand immigration services said Larry Page, Google's co-founder and one of the world's richest men, has become a local resident. He had applied on November 3, 2020, under a category for wealthy investors and was approved on Feb. 4. The visa requires applicants to have NZ$10 million ($7 million) to invest in New Zealand over a three-year period.
    (AP, 8/7/21)
2021        Aug 7, In southwestern Nigeria a Swiss national was kidnapped along with a Nigerian citizen. Two of the gunmen were shot dead by police while the others escaped with the hostages in Ogun state.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 7, In Russia wildfires in the Siberia region endangered a dozen villages and prompted authorities to evacuate some residents. 93 fires were active in the region.
    (SSFC, 8/8/21, p.A8)
2021        Aug 7, In Thailand riot police fired water cannons teat gas and rubber bullets to repel antigovernment protesters who marched on an army base where PM Prayuth Chan-ocha has his residence.
    (SSFC, 8/8/21, p.A8)

2021        Aug 8, The head of the nation's second-largest teachers' union said COVID-19 vaccinations should be required for US teachers to protect students who are too young to be inoculated.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021         Aug 8, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,744,920 with the death toll at 616,742.
    (sfist.com, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 8, Northern California's Dixie Fire, now the second-largest recorded in state history, expanded to nearly 500,000 acres late today and left three firefighters injured.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 8, American actress Jane Withers (95) died in Burbank, Ca. She played tough, tomboyish children in more than two dozen films in the 1930s and 40s and achieved a second burst of fame as Josephine the Plumber in Comet cleanser commercials. Her films included Bright Eyes (1934), The Holy Terror (1937), Wild and Woolly (1937), Rascals (1938), Always in Trouble (1938) and The Arizona Wildcat (1939).
    (NY Times, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, A US federal judge granted Norwegian Cruise Lines request for a preliminary injunction, temporarily allowing the company to require proof of vaccination from passengers despite a Florida law that bans businesses from doing so.
    (NY Times, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 8, In South Dakota motorcycle riders began gathering in Sturgis for a 10-day biker rally amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.
    (SFC, 8/9/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 8, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters overran three provincial capitals including the strategic northeastern city of Kunduz, as the insurgents intensified pressure on the north and threatened further cities.
    (Reuters, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, Australia's three most populous states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland reported a total of 282 COVID-19 new locally acquired infections, with authorities struggling to quell outbreaks of the Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it has suspended several staff following an employee's allegations on the company's intranet that she was sexually assaulted by her boss and a client.
    (Reuters, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, In China the 14 Asian elephants of various sizes and ages were guided across the Yuanjiang river in Yunnan late today and a path was being opened for them to return to the nature reserve where they lived in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, It was reported that a midsummer heat wave across the northern Atlantic caused enough of Greenland's ice cap to melt in a single day to submerge Florida beneath two inches of water.
    (SSFC, 8/8/21, p.B10)
2021        Aug 8, Iran reported more new infections and deaths across the country than any other single day since the pandemic began. Health authorities logged over 39,600 new cases and 542 deaths from the virus.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, Italy reported 11 coronavirus-related deaths compared with 22 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 5,735 from 6,902. Italy has registered 128,220 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its first outbreak emerged in February last year.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, In Japan Eliud Kipchoge, 36, of Kenya won his second consecutive Olympic marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes 38 seconds, reaffirming his status as the greatest runner in history over the distance of 26.2 miles.
    (NY Times, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, In Japan the Olympic cauldron was extinguished, ending a Summer Games like no other. The US won 113 medals, more than any other country. China finished second with 88.
    (NY Times, 8/8/21)(NY Times, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 8, PM Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia will relax some COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated people in eight states that have met criteria such as reduced case numbers and higher vaccination rates. Authorities reported 18,688 new infections, and a record death tally of 360.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, In northern Mali gunmen attacked the communities of Ouatagouna and Karou, killing at least 40 people in apparent retribution for the recent arrest of several jihadi leaders.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 8, The Rwanda Defence Force tweeted that the port city of Mocmboa da Praia , a major stronghold of the insurgency for more than two years has been captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces.
    (BBC, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, It was reported that one of the Nigerian schoolgirls seized by Islamist militants Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in 2014 has been freed and reunited with her family. Ruth Ngladar Pogu and a man she is said to have married in captivity recently surrendered to the Nigerian military. Pogu and her 2 children were received by the Borno state governor.
    (BBC, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, North Korean state media said leader Kim Jong Un has mobilized the military to carry out relief work in areas recently hit by heavy rains, amid concerns over an economic crisis and food shortage.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, Saudi Arabian state oil producer Aramco reported a near four-fold rise in second-quarter net profit, beating expectations and boosted by higher oil prices and a recovery in oil demand.
    (Reuters, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, In South Sudan clashes erupted between rival factions within the military wing of Vice Pres. Rick Machar's party. Dozens were believed killed.
    (SFC, 8/10/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 8, Sudan said it ordered its envoy to Ethiopia home for consultations after a government spokeswoman in Addis Ababa rejected a Sudanese initiative to mediate a cease-fire in the Tigray war and accused it of occupying Ethiopian territory.
    (AP, 8/8/21)
2021        Aug 8, More than half a million Tunisians received vaccinations as part of a campaign to control the outbreak of COVID-19 after the country received more than 6 million vaccine doses from Western and Arab countries.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 8, Vietnam's health ministry reported 9,690 coronavirus infections, a record daily increase and up from 7,334 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 8/8/21)

2021        Aug 9, The US, UK and Canada imposed an array of new sanctions against Belarus, the first anniversary of a fraudulent election that triggered a national protest movement and a brutal crackdown by the country's authoritarian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko.
    (Axios, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, The Biden administration announced another $165 million in aid to keep civilians fed in warring Yemen, calling the six-year conflict there stalemated as international peace efforts still struggle to gain purchase.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, The US Pentagon announced a plan that would require military personel to have a COVID-19 vaccine beginning on Sept. 15.
    (SFC, 8/10/21, p.A4) 
2021         Aug 9, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,775,272 with the death toll at 616,864.
    (sfist.com, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 9, DC Police Chief Robert Contee said three officers are under "criminal and administrative investigations" after video posted on social media appeared to show one of them repeatedly punching a man in the face while the other two restrain him during an arrest.
    (Fox News, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, More than 300 flights were canceled at OHare International Airport in Chicago after severe weather prompted a ground stop and an evacuation of the airports control tower.
    (NY Times, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 9, The head of a fund providing restitution to victims of Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuses said she has finished the claims process, and awarded nearly $125 million to about 150 eligible claimants. The financier killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell on Aug. 10, 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epsteins most prominent accusers, sued Prince Andrew in New York, saying that the scion of Britains royal family had raped and sexually abused her when she was 17.
    (NY Times, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, The Dallas Independent School District said that everyone students, employees and visitors must wear a mask while on school property, in defiance of an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott that prohibits school districts from requiring masks.
    (NY Times, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, In Afghanistan the Taliban took control of Sar-e Pul city, the provincial capital of northern Sar-e Pul province. Several pro-government local militia commanders also surrendered to the Taliban without a fight, allowing the insurgents to gain control of the entire province. The Taliban seized control of Aybak, the capital of Samangan province. This was the 6th provincial capital to fall in a matter of days.
    (Politico, 8/9/21)(SFC, 8/10/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 9, Australia expanded a COVID-19 lockdown to a rural town and the coastal region of Byron Bay, as fears grew that the virus has spread from Sydney to the northern tip of the country's most populous state.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko denied that his government unleashed harsh repression of dissent after his reelection a year ago triggered a months long wave of mass protests, and he promised to step down very soon" but wouldn't say when exactly.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, The BBC reported that former PM David Cameron is reported to have made $10 million from the Greensill financial services company that he lobbied for before it collapsed earlier this year.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 9, Brunei reported 42 new coronavirus cases, a record daily tally, following the detection over the weekend of the Southeast Asian country's first locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in 15 months.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States kept similar restrictions in place for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Egypt received its first shipment of one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, obtaining 261,600 doses in cooperation with the African Union. Egypt was reporting 54 new infections on average each day.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, France began requiring people to show a QR code proving they have a special virus pass before they can enjoy restaurants and cafes or travel across the country.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, In France Father Olivier Maire, a superior in the Montfort order, was killed in the town of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, by a man he had housed for months. French media said the suspect was the man under judicial control for the fire at the 15th-century Nantes cathedral in July 2020, which destroyed the organ and shattered stain glass windows.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Germany-based BioNTech said that repeat shots of its COVID-19 vaccine, of which more than a billion doses have now been supplied worldwide, was a better strategy than tailoring the product it developed with Pfizer to new variants.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, In Greece firefighters and residents battled a massive forest fire on Evia, the country's second-largest island, for a seventh day, fighting to save what they can from flames that have ravaged pristine forests, destroyed homes and businesses and sent thousands fleeing.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Guinea health officials said they have confirmed West Africa's first case of Marburg, a highly infectious disease in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola. It was identified in Gueckedou last week, the same region where recent Ebola cases were found in an outbreak which is now over.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 9, In Haiti investigative judge Mathieu Chanlatte was put in charge of the high-profile, multinational murder investigation of President Jovenel Mose. Last year Chanlatte was accused of refusing to investigate a corruption complaint against Haitis first lady and several government officials after a controversial no-bid purchase of new identification system. Chanlatte recused himself on August 13.
    (Miami Herald, 8/10/21)(AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 9, Indonesia extended its COVID-19 curbs on populous Java and Bali islands until Aug. 16, but said it will ease them in 26 areas, as official data showed infections have plunged in the capital Jakarta but are increasing elsewhere.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, A volcanic eruption on Indonesias turbulent Mount Merapi churned and boiled, sending renewed flows of lava and ash down its slopes for a second day.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Iran reported a new record daily toll of 588 fatalities. Total deaths reached 94,603, while coronavirus cases rose by 40,808 in the past 24 hours to 4,199,537.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian woman after she attacked them with a knife near Nablus in the occupied West Bank late today.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Italy reported 22 coronavirus-related deaths, double the day's before figure. The daily tally of new infections fell to 4,200 from 5,735.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, In Lebanon tensions over scarce fuel supplies descended into deadly violence including knives, guns and a hand grenade that killed three men.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, In New Zealand around 1,500 hospital midwives walked off the job, citing overwork due to "critical shortages". More than 30,000 nurses are due to strike later this month for the second time since June, seeking better pay and working conditions.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Niger's health minister said a cholera outbreak in the south has killed 12 people and infected 201 others across three regions, with heavy rains helping to further spread the disease. Nigeria was also dealing with a cholera outbreak, which has killed at least 653 people since March across 22 of its 36 states. The outbreaks were believed to be connected.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Russia resumed flights to Egyptian Red Sea resorts, ending a ban that had lasted almost six years following the Oct. 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner that killed all 224 people onboard.
    (AP, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, South Korea began opening vaccine reservations for all adults over 18 for the first time as it scrambled to stave off a rise in sporadic outbreaks, many of them among young, unvaccinated residents.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, South Korea's health minister apologized for COVID-19 vaccine shortages, saying US drugmaker Moderna Inc would deliver less than half its planned shipment this month due to production issues.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, Spain's San Sebastian film festival announced its decision to award Johnny Depp the Donostia Award, its highest honor. The next day Spain's leading group of female filmmakers condemned the decision saying it gave the international event a bad name after a British judge ruled last year that allegations of domestic violence against the actor were substantially correct".
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 9, Swissmedic said it has approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 17-year-olds.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)
2021        Aug 9, The UN panel on climate change sounded a dire warning, saying the world is dangerously close to runaway warming and that humans are "unequivocally" to blame.
    (Reuters, 8/9/21)

2021        Aug 10, The US Senate voted 69-30 to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure package that is a top priority for President Joe Biden. The bipartisan victory could provide the nation's biggest investment in decades in roads, bridges, airports and waterways. The Senate also approved a $3.5 trillion budget plan along party lines that would fund climate, education and health care policies.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)(NY Times, 8/11/21)
2021         Aug 10, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 35,952,606 with the death toll at 617,437.
    (sfist.com, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said that state law enforcement agencies had failed to collect the DNA of more than 21,000 people arrested for a variety of crimes, contrary to Alaska law.
    (Anchorage Daily News, 8/11/21)   
2021        Aug 10, Northern California's massive Dixie Fire flared up as afternoon winds increased. The fire has destroyed at least 1,045 buildings and now covered 783 square miles (2,027 square km). It was 30% contained.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, A US federal judge ruled that several of Indiana's laws restricting abortion are unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 8/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 10, In southeastern Montana, communities in and around the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation were ordered to evacuate as the uncontrolled Richard Spring Fire grew amid erratic winds.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women, mounting legal pressure and demands for his departure by President Joe Biden and others. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will take Cuomos place.
    (NY Times, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, The Texas House of Representatives voted 80-12 to authorize state law enforcement to round up and potentially arrest absentee Democrats who fled the Republican-led chamber to block action on polarizing election legislation.
    (NY Times, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vetoed six voting restriction bills passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature, blocking the latest Republican effort to limit access to the polls in a politically divided state.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, It was reported that Google employees based in the same office before the pandemic could see different changes in pay if they switch to working from home permanently, with long commuters hit harder.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Abu Dhabis national carrier Etihad reported core operating losses of $400 million for the first half of the year, driven by a 68% drop in passenger revenue.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, In Afghanistan Pul-i-Khumri, roughly 150 miles north of Kabul in Baghlan Province; Farah, the capital of the western province of the same name; and Faizabad, in remote and rugged Badakhshan Province were the seventh, eighth and ninth to be overrun by the Taliban in less than a week.
    (NY Times, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, In northern Algeria firefighters and residents armed with simple tools battled a rash of forest fires that the nation's interior minister said have killed at least six people in the mountainous Kabylie region. The online media outlet TSA said up to 11 people had been killed in the blazes.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Bangladesh's government and aid agencies started vaccinating Rohingya refugees as a virus surge raises health risks in the sprawling, cramped camps where more than 1 million people who fled Myanmar are sheltering.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Britain reported 146 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, the highest daily total since March 12, as the impact of last month's surge in cases fed through into fatalities.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Moderna Inc said it had agreed with the Canadian government to start domestic production of mRNA vaccines as the country looks to boost supplies to fight respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and seasonal influenza.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, A Chinese court has upheld the death penalty for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian convicted of drug trafficking. Schellenberg, was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison. But in 2019 he was handed a death sentence in a one-day retrial, one month after the Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, an executive with a Chinese telecommunications equipment company.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Ethiopias government called on all capable Ethiopians to join the military and stop resurgent forces from the embattled Tigray region once and for all.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Lionel Messi signed with Paris St.-Germain, represented the most significant move in recent soccer history. Messi, the worlds greatest soccer player, had played for Barcelona since he was 13.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, It was reported that the German government will stop offering free coronavirus tests from Oct. 11 in a bid to encourage more people to get vaccinated amid concerns about a rise in new cases.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Germany arrested a British Embassy worker in Berlin on suspicion of being a spy after prosecutors accused him of passing documents to Moscow.
    (Washington Examiner, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 10, Maki Kaji (69), known as the "Godfather of Sudoku," died. Kaji took hints from an existing number puzzle to create what he later named "sudoku" - a contraction of the Japanese for "every number must be single." He first fell in love with a game called Number Place in 1984. He renamed it Sudoku. The number puzzle is played daily by millions around the world.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)(NY Times, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 10, Latvia declared a state of emergency at its Belarus border, authorizing the border guards but also armed forces and police to use physical force to return illegal immigrants to the country from which they came. Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 10, 283 people were detained for crossing the border from Belarus, bring the total for 2021 so far to 343 people.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Mexico said the US will send it 8.5 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine as the delta variant drives the country's third wave of infections.
    (SFC, 8/11/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 10, Nigeria said it will restart COVID-19 inoculations on Aug. 16 after taking delivery of 4 million doses of Moderna vaccine, with shipments of Johnson & Johnson shots also due imminently. The rollout of vaccines was halted on July 9 because supplies had run out.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, In Nigeria some 19,000 other doctors across the country were on strike for the fourth time since the pandemic began, leaving government-run hospitals and COVID-19 treatment centers short-staffed.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Norway reported that about 96,000 farmed salmon are believed to have died when a leak in a tank sent 15,000 liters (4,000 gallons) of chlorine into a fjord in the town of Alta. The fish were in a waiting cage nearby at the time.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, In Poland nationwide demonstratioons took place against a bill widely viewed as an effort by the nationalist Law and Justice ruling party to silence the TVN24 all-news station, owned by the American Discovery Inc.
    (SFC, 8/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 10, Portugal recommended that 12 to 15-years-old kids be vaccinated against COVID-19, ideally before the start of the academic year, as the Delta variant has led to a surge of cases in the country.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Russian authorities opened a new criminal case against the two closest allies of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov were accused of raising funds for extremist groups.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Saudi Arabia announced the arrest of 207 employees across about a dozen government ministries in the latest sweep by an anti-corruption body empowered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Those detained were not named and it was unclear when the arrests were made.
    (AP, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that more than 2,000 new coronavirus infections have been recorded in the last 21 hours, an almost 50 percent increase from the previous day and a new record high.
    (Reuters, 8/10/21)
2021        Aug 10, Syrian President Bashar Assad appointed a new government, leaving most key posts unchanged. The development comes nearly three months after Assad's re-election for another seven-year term.
    (AP, 8/10/21)

2021        Aug 11, A US judge ordered Donald Trump's accounting firm Mazars to turn over some of the former president's financial records to a U.S. House of Representatives committee but not all of the documents sought by the congressional panel.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, The US government said it will deliver nearly 837,000 Pfizer vaccines to Caribbean nations. The Bahamas will receive 397,000 doses; Trinidad & Tobago will receive more than 305,000 doses; Barbados will receive 70,200, doses; St. Vincent and the Grenadines will get 35,100; Antigua will get 17,550; St. Kitts & Nevis will get 11,700.
    (SFC, 8/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 11, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged all pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine as hospitals in hot spots around the US see disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021         Aug 11, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 36,076,974 with the death toll at 618,247.
    (sfist.com, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 11, California became the first state to require teachers to be vaccinated or to be tested regularly.
    (NY Times, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 11, In Missouri Prinshun McClain (18) gunned down three people, including a young mother and her 8-year-old daughter, during two separate shootings at the victims' homes in St. Louis. He was soon arrested on the other side of the Mississippi River, in Granite City, Illinois.
    (NBC News, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 11, Oregon restored a statewide mandate, ordering both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to use face coverings when gathering indoors.
    (NY Times, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, South Carolina surpassed 10,000 coronavirus deaths. Less than half of the eligible population have been fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 8/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 11, The state of Wisconsin authorized the killing of 300 wolves as part of a hunt this fall, far exceeding the recommendations of its own biologists for the once-protected species and drawing criticism from conservationists.
    (NY Times, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 11, US passenger railroad Amtrak said it will require all of its 18,000 employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1 or submit to weekly testing.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, In Algeria a total of 69 fires were burning. Wildfires tearing through northern Algeria have now killed at least 65 people, including 28 soldiers deployed to help the firefighters.
    (BBC, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, In Algeria videos emerged on social media showing the killing of a citizen, burned to death and beaten, after being accused of setting fires that devastated the Kabylie region. The victim was identified as Djamel Ben Ismail (38), an artist who had come to help fight deadly forest fires. 61 people were later arrested after Ismail's death, with the finger being pointed at members of the Movement for the Self-Determination of Kabylie (MAK).
    (AP, 8/13/21)(BBC, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 11, Melbourne, Australia, extended its 6th lockdown for a 2nd week in a bid to stamp out an outbreak of COVID-19.
    (SFC, 8/12/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 11, A Carnival cruise made a stop in Belize City. 27 positive coronavirus cases were among 26 crew members and one passenger on the Carnival Vista, which was carrying over 1,400 crew and nearly 3,000 passengers. All 27 were vaccinated, had mild or no symptoms, and were in isolation.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 11, In Brazil Flordelis dos Santos de Souza, an Evangelical church empire leader, was ousted from Brazils congress over her alleged role in the 2020 death of her husband. Her expulsion from congress means that she can now be arrested as she no longer has parliamentary immunity.
    (The Independent, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 11, Official data showed Cambodia has administered at least one coronavirus vaccine dose to half of its population, among the highest rates in Asia with vaccine diplomacy playing a key part in its success.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, China sentenced Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison in a spying case linked to Beijings effort to push his country to release Meng Wanzhou, an executive of tech giant Huawei, prompting an unusual joint show of support for Canada by the US and 24 other governments.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Danish lawmakers agreed to evacuate 45 Afghan citizens who worked for Denmark's government in Afghanistan and to offer them residency in the European country for two years.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 11, Denmark said it would buy 280,000 doses of Novavax's potential COVID-19 vaccine for a total price of 37 million Danish crowns ($5.84 million) or roughly $20.9 per dose as part of a European Union agreement with the US company.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, In Ethiopia Oromo Liberation Army leader Kumsa Diriba said his group has struck a military alliance with Tigray forces now pressing toward the capital.
    (SFC, 8/12/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 11, Amnesty International said the Ethiopian military and its allies are responsible for widespread sexual violence against women in Tigray, using rape as a strategy of war.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Europe's drugs regulator said three new conditions reported by a small number of people after vaccination with COVID-19 shots from Pfizer and Moderna are being studied to assess if they may be possible side-effects. Erythema multiforme, a form of allergic skin reaction; glomerulonephritis, or kidney inflammation; and nephrotic syndrome, a renal disorder characterized by heavy urinary protein losses, are being studied.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, France said it will strengthen lockdown rules in the overseas territory of Guadeloupe to rein in the spread of COVID-19, as spikes in infections in its Caribbean islands overwhelm hospitals.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Germany and the Netherlands said they have suspended any deportations of migrants to Afghanistan due to the tense security situation as Taliban insurgents make sweeping gains in the Central Asian country.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, In Greece hundreds of firefighters from across Europe and the Mideast worked alongside their Greek colleagues in rugged terrain, trying to contain flareups of the huge wildfires that have ravaged Greece's forests for a week.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Irans new president presented a Cabinet dominated by hard-liners, providing one of the first glimpses into the policies he might pursue over the next four years.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Israel arrested more than 40 criminal suspects in a wave of police raids across the country marking the launch of a new plan to combat crime in Arab communities.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Israels government advanced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions, including sweeping implementation of a digital vaccine passport and tighter restrictions on mass gatherings, as the country struggles with skyrocketing new infections.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Israel reportedly downed an unarmed Hezbollah drone that crossed the border from Lebanon.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 11, Italy recorded a temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) on Sicily. If verified by the UN, it will be Europe's highest-ever temperature.
    (Business Insider, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 11, Lebanons central bank said it will provide a line of credit for fuel importers at market price, ending subsidies on the scarce resource. The move is likely to send prices soaring in a country already in the throes of an economic crisis.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, A new BBC investigation revealed the scale of operations by Wagner fighters, a shadowy Russian mercenary group in Libya's civil war, which includes links to war crimes and the Russian military.
    (BBC, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, A Palestinian man succumbed to a gunshot wound suffered during clashes with Israeli forces last week in the occupied West Bank. Dia al-Din Sabarini (25) was shot in the stomach Aug. 3 during a raid by Israeli security forces in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, Russia's Investigative committee said it has charged Alexei Navalny with creating a non-profit organization that infringes on people's rights.
    (SFC, 8/12/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 11, The Swiss government said it plans to halt most free COVID-19 testing for people who are not vaccinated now that nearly half the population has got the jabs.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, In northern Turkey heavy rains triggered floods and mudslides. Heavy rains and flooding this week killed at least 57 people and left dozens missing. The death toll soon rose to 77 with 34 missing.
    (AP, 8/11/21)(SFC, 8/13/21, p.A4)(AP, 8/14/21)(AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 11, Ukraine extended a state of emergency that allows regional authorities to impose COVID-19 restrictions for a further month until Oct. 1 to tackle a surge in infections from the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, UN agencies voiced concern as Central American migrants are being expelled by the United States and flown deep into Mexico for deportation to their homelands. Guatemala was not participating in the joint campaign.
    (AP, 8/11/21)
2021        Aug 11, The World Health Organization (WHO) said a clinical trial in 52 countries would study three anti-inflammatory drugs as potential treatments for COVID-19 patients. Artesunate, imatinib and infliximab were selected by an independent expert panel for their potential in reducing the risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. So far, only corticosteroids have been proven effective against severe and critical COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 8/11/21)

2021        Aug 12, The US Supreme Court blocked part of an eviction moratorium in New York State that had been imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It was not clear how many people could immediately be affected by the ruling.
    (NY Times, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 12, The US FDA said transplant recipients and others with severely weakened immune systems can get an extra dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to better protect them as the delta variant continues to surge.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandated its health care workforce to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021         Aug 12, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 36,210,096 with the death toll at 618,572.
    (sfist.com, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 12, The US Census Bureau released data that will set off a fight over congressional redistricting.
    (NY Times, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Extreme heat and wildfires plagued the US and Europe, along with northern Africa.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, San Francisco leaders unveiled some of the nations toughest restrictions on unvaccinated people, barring them from indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, gyms, large concerts, theaters and other events held inside.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 12, Chicago health officials reported 203 cases of COVID-19 connected to Lollapalooza, casting it as a number that was anticipated and not yet linked to any hospitalizations or deaths.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Chad Allan Scott (53) of Covington, Louisiana, was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison after being convicted of nine crimes including perjury, obstruction of justice, and theft. Scott reportedly stole money and goods from defendants arrested by his DEA unit.
    (Reuters, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Heavy rains brought flooding early today, shutting down some freeways in the Detroit area, as waves of thunderstorms made their way across large swaths of the Midwest and left nearly 1 million homes and businesses without power in Michigan.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, A group of activists blocked the entrance to a Raytheon plant in Rhode Island to protest the Waltham, Massachusetts-based defense contractor's weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and Israel, and their involvement in enforcing the US- Mexican border".
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Cryptocurrency platform Poly Network said hackers behind one of the biggest ever digital coin heists have now returned over half of the $610 million-plus they stole.
    (Reuters, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, The Taliban captured Ghazni, a strategic provincial capital near Kabul, and broke through defensive lines of Herat, the country's third-largest city, further squeezing the country's embattled government just weeks before the end of the American military mission there.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Argentina's Laboratorios Richmond said, in a joint statement with Russian sovereign fund RDIF, that it has delivered 995,125 doses of the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine produced in Argentina to the country's health ministry.
    (Reuters, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Britain reported 33,074 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily rate since July 23. About 60% of the population has been vaccinated.
    (SFC, 8/13/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 12, In England Jake Davison (22) killed five people and then turned his gun on himself in Keyham, a district of Plymouth, in the first mass shooting in the country since 2010.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 12, Cambodia started offering coronavirus vaccine booster shots in a renewed public health drive after managing to inoculate more than half of its population.
    (Reuters, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, China's ruling Communist Party said Yang Jianjun, the police chief and vice mayor of the city of the northeastern industrial center of Shenyang, has been placed under investigation for serious violations of discipline and the law, the usual shorthand for graft.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, China reported declining numbers of new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day, a tentative sign that the latest month-long outbreak may be waning. The National Health Commission (NHC) reported 47 new locally transmitted confirmed cases for August 12, the lowest since July 30.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 12, The Chinese city of Tianjin asked municipally controlled companies to migrate their data from private sector operators like Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings to a state-backed cloud system by next year.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 12, In Egypt a roadside bomb exploded late today in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing seven members of the security forces. The dead included an officer, and six others were wounded.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 12, Israels foreign minister inaugurated the countrys diplomatic representation in Morocco, a symbol of the normalization of the relations between the two nations.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Japan reported 4,989 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo. A member of the city government's coronavirus advisory panel said it was now impossible to control the spread of COVID-19 in the capital.
    (SFC, 8/13/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 12, Nicaragua's La Presna newspaper said it will suspend its print edition after the government once again withheld newsprint paper at customs. The paper has long been critical of Pres. Ortega, who is seeking a 4th term in the Nov. 7 national elections.
    (SFC, 8/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 12, It was reported that oil giant Shell will pay a Nigerian community $111m (80m) to the Ejama-Ebubu community over a spill during the 1967-70 Biafran War.
    (BBC, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Russia's state TV Rossiya 24 said late today that BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford will have to leave Russia before the end of the month when her visa expires. It said the Foreign Ministry's decision not to extend Rainsford's visa came in retaliation to British refusal to grant or extend visas to Russian journalists.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 12, In Russia a tourist helicopter crashed into Kurile Lake, a crater lake on the Kamchatka peninsula. At least 8 people were missing. Another 8 people survived.
    (SFC, 8/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 12, A South Korean military court sentenced disgraced K-pop star Seungri to three years in prison for crimes including providing prostitutes to foreign businessmen.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, In Spain a new law requiring food delivery companies to hire delivery riders and drivers as employees rather than freelance contractors took effect with labor unions urging close monitoring and inspections to enforce it.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Sudan signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court to move forward in the cases against those accused of atrocities in the Darfur region, including the countrys former President Omar al-Bashir.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Tunisia reported that six migrants, including four children, have died of thirst in a part of the Sahara Desert near the border with Algeria. Temperatures a day earlier had reached a record high of 50 C (122 F), according to the national weather service.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Police in Turkey detained 76 people in connection with attacks on homes and businesses believed to be owned by Syrians after a Turkish teenager was killed in a fight with a group of refugees from Syria.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Vietnam's government said it was facing a tense situation over rising coronavirus cases and a shortage of vaccines. The health ministry said there were 326 new COVID-19 deaths today, taking overall fatalities to 4,813.
    (AP, 8/12/21)
2021        Aug 12, Zambia held elections. Two supporters of Pres. Edgar Lungu's ruling Patriotic Front party were killed as violence hit the Western, North-western, and Southern provinces of the country. Lungu (64) sought re-election in a tight contest with opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.
    (AP, 8/13/21)

2021        Aug 13, A US federal judge refused landlords' requests to put the Biden administration's new eviction moratorium on hold.
    (SFC, 8/14/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 13, A Trump-appointed federal judge ordered President Joe Biden's administration to reinstate his Republican predecessor's "remain in Mexico" policy, which forced tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for US court cases. The judge stayed his decision for a week to allow the Biden administration to appeal.
    (Reuters, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 13, FEMAs Deputy Director of Individual Assistance, said the US agency has paid more than $1 billion to 150,000 people who have applied for help covering coronavirus funeral expenses.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data showing that July was the hottest month ever recorded.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021         Aug 13, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 36,326,952 with the death toll at 619,200.
    (sfist.com, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 13, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a limited state of emergency aimed at giving medical providers flexibiity as hospitals faced a surge in COVID-19 cases. She stressed that no closure orders or mask mandates would be issued.
    (SSFC, 8/15/21, p.A7)
2021        Aug 13, Carolyn Shoemaker (92), widely regarded, without academic training as the worlds foremost detector of comets and asteroids, died at a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz. For more than a decade she managed a telescopic camera with her husband from a high-altitude observatory in California.
    (AP, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 13, The California Department of Justice (CADOJ) said it will drop criminal charges against Southern California Edison after probing the utility company's role in igniting the 2018 Woolsey wildfire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, James Hormel (88), the first openly gay US ambassador and a philanthropist who funded organizations to fight AIDS and promote human rights, died in San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Kaycee Moore (77), whose nuanced acting documented Black American life in movies by a group of young, Black independent directors in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 80s, died at her home in Kansas City. Her films included Killer of Sheep (1978) and Bless Their Little Hearts (1983).
    (NY Times, 9/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, In New Mexico Juan Saucedo Jr. (13) shot and killed classmate Bennie Hargrove (13) using a handgun that belonged to his father. Hargrove was trying to stop Saucedo from bullying his friends when Saucedo pulled a gun and shot him multiple times.
    {New Mexico, USA, Murder, Teens Amuck, Guns}
    (Albuquerque Journal, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 13, Oregons Gov. Kate Brown said she will send up to 1,500 National Guard troops to hospitals around the state to assist healthcare workers who are being pushed to the brink by a surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Nanci Griffith (68) died in Nashville. Her song "Love at the Five and Dime," sung by Kathy Mattea, became a country hit in 1986.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanci_Griffith)(SSFC, 8/15/21, p.F9)
2021        Aug 13, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin sued the US government over NASA's decision to award a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract to Elon Musk's SpaceX.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 13, Analysts and healthcare investors said drugmakers Pfizer Inc, BioNTech and Moderna Inc are expected to reap billions of dollars from COVID-19 booster shots in a market that could rival the $6 billion in annual sales for flu vaccines for years to come.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Poly Network, the cryptocurrency platform which lost $610 million in a hack earlier this week, confirmed that it had offered the hacker or hackers a $500,000 "bug bounty".
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Three major cities in western and southern Afghanistan were confirmed to have fallen to the Taliban, as the insurgents race to take control of the country accelerated. The Taliban seized Lashkar Gah this morning, the capital of Helmand Province after a weekslong battle that left parts of the city in ruins. Hours earlier the insurgents had captured Herat and Kandahar.
    (NY Times, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, In Bosnia two feature films dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on peoples' lives and economy opened the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), the largest film showcase in a region spreading from Vienna to Istanbul.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, It was reported that London's High Court has ordered Binance, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, to identify hackers and freeze their accounts after one of its users said it was the victim of a $2.6 million hack.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Shares of Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc fell nearly 3% after its founder and British billionaire Richard Branson sold a portion of his stake for nearly $300 million. Branson sold more than 10 million shares between Aug. 10 and 12. The latest sale leaves Branson with about 46.3 million shares worth roughly $1.2 billion.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, In Australia a government leader said Canberra will remain locked down until there are no more COVID-19 infections in the city.
    (SFC, 8/14/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 13, The Canadian government said it had signed an agreement with Moderna Inc for additional supply of its COVID-19 vaccine for 2022 and 2023, with an option to extend into 2024.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, China experienced 30 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, down for the fourth consecutive day, offering fresh signs that a month-long outbreak may be waning. China has vaccinated 777 million people, or 55% of its population.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)(SFC, 8/14/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 13, The Securities Association of China (SAC) said late today that a joint probe recently with the Shanghai Stock Exchange over STAR IPOs had exposed issues with 19 institutional investors.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, It was reported that the German government has upgraded Israel, Turkey and the United States to having a high COVID-19 risk, triggering a minimum five-day quarantine requirement for those who are unvaccinated.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, India's ministry of science and technology said local vaccine maker Bharat Biotech's nasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate, BBV154, has received regulatory approval for mid- to late-stage trials.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Intense heat baking Italy pushed northward towards the popular tourist destination of Florence while wildfires charred the country's south.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Tokyo reported 5,773 new coronavirus cases surpassing a previous record set last week.
    (SFC, 8/14/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 13, In Lebanon severe fuel shortages and wide power cuts paralyzed the country, with some businesses temporarily closing down as top security officials met to discuss the situation.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Morocco received a shipment of 600,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as it expands its inoculation campaign to younger people amid a recent surge in new cases. Morocco has registered 731,084 cases and 10,711 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Norway's government said it will end some restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but stopped short of announcing a full reopening of the economy.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Russian authorities expanded a state of emergency in northeast Siberia to bring in outside resources to combat wildfires that have engulfed the vast region.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Russia reported a record high 815 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours. Moscow's mayor said hospitalizations from the disease in the capital had halved over the past six weeks. The total number of cases recorded in Russia stood at 6,557,068, with 68,864 deaths.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Spain appeared headed for an all-time record high temperature as a heat wave kept southern Europe in a fiery hold.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, Thailand reported a record 23,418 new COVID-19 case. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in Bangkok to stop hundreds of protesters who were attempting to march to PM Prayuth Chan-ocha's residence to demand he resign over his handling of the country's coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 8/13/21)
2021        Aug 13, The UN refugee agency's representative for the Baltic region said that while the emergency phase of the mass arrivals seems to be over, Lithuania must now focus on the wellbeing of the people held in immigration detention centers and on assessing their claims for international protection. So far this year, more than 4,000 asylum-seekers from 40 countries, most of them Iraqi, have illegally crossed from Belarus into Lithuania.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 13, Venezuela's government and the opposition signed an agreement in Mexico City to begin talks aimed at ending a five-year political impasse and addressing the nation's economic collapse.
    (SSFC, 8/15/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 13, The World Health Organization said it was setting up a new group to trace the origins of the coronavirus, seeking to end what it called "political point scoring" that had hampered investigations.
    (Reuters, 8/13/21)

2021        Aug 14, President Joe Biden authorized an additional 1,000 US troops for deployment to Afghanistan, raising to roughly 5,000 the number of US troops to ensure what Biden called an orderly and safe drawdown of American and allied personnel.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021         Aug 14, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 36,605,648 with the death toll at 621,060. The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of just over 1,900.
    (sfist.com, 8/15/21)(Reuters, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 14, A 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the Alaska Peninsula early today. no tsunami warnings were issued.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, The Dixie Fire in northern California continued to grow in Plumas, Tehama, Lassen and Butte counties. It has consumed 552,589 acres and was only 31% contained. The Caldor Fire erupted, 100 miles southeast of the Dixie Fire. It soon ravaged Grizzly Flats, a forest community of around 1,200 people.
    (SSFC, 8/15/21, p.A12)(AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 14, Local authorities in Texas said more than 5,000 illegal immigrants have been discovered inside stash houses around Laredo, since last fall, an indication of how many are evading Border Patrol agents at the US-Mexico border and getting away.
    (Washington Examiner, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, In Afghanistan the Taliban seized two more provinces and approached the outskirts of Kabul, while also launching a multi-pronged assault on Mazar-e-Sharif, a major northern city defended by former warlords. President Ashraf Ghani delivered a televised speech in which he vowed not to give up the achievements of the 20 years since the US toppled the Taliban following the 9/11 attacks.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Australia's state of New South Wales reported a record 466 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as the country's most populous state remained in tight lockdown. Police hiked fines for people breaking lockdown rules in Sydney and the rest of its home state.
    (Reuters, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, More than two dozen Rohingya refugees fleeing a Bangladeshi island were missing and feared drowned after a boat carrying them capsized in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 14, In Bosnia hundreds of people attended a gay pride march in Sarajevo, with organizers saying LGBT people have been further marginalized since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Dozens of opponents of the pride march held their own gathering in Sarajevo, saying they wanted to defend the country's traditional values.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, In Cuba the death toll from COVID-19 hit 98. The country's main oxygen factory has broken down just as a Delta-driven surge in cases and deaths swamped some provincial health services.
    (Reuters, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 14, In France protesters marched in cities across the country for a fifth consecutive weekend in what could the biggest demonstration yet against rules compelling them to show a COVID-19 health pass for daily activities.
    (Reuters, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Haiti, with the epicenter 12 km (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud. The earthquake killed at least 2,189 and injured 12,268 people. It also damaged the only medical oxygen plant in Les Cayes. The plant also produced more than half the worlds vetiver oil, used for cosmetics, soaps and aromatherapy.
    (AP, 8/14/21)(AP, 8/17/21)(AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 14, Iran reported 466 deaths and 29,700 new cases of coronavirus patients in a single day. State media said Iran will impose a six-day-long general lockdown in cities across the country as of Aug. 16 after being hit by what it describes as its fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Italy expanded the number of cities on red alert for health risks to 16 as a heat wave engulfed Southern Europe.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Torrential rain continued to trigger floods in wide areas of southwestern Japan, damaging homes and disrupting transportation a day after a landslide killed one person and left two others missing.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, In Nigeria Borno state's governor said a second young woman abducted seven years ago from the town of Chibok by Boko Haram militants was freed this week. The army handed over Hassana Adamu, along with her two children, to Governor Babagana Zulum. just over 110 of some 270 remained missing.
    (Reuters, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Pakistani security forces killed three militants during a shootout following a militant attack on a security patrol in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, The Philippines recorded 14,249 new COVID-19 infections, its second-biggest daily increase, and 233 additional deaths. The positivity rate was a record high, with a quarter of the nearly 53,000 people tested confirmed positive.
    (Reuters, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Poland's president signed legislation that restricts the rights of former Polish property owners, including Holocaust survivors and their descendants, to regain property seized by the countrys communist regime.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, In Romania several thousand LGBT supporters took to the streets of Bucharest for a gay pride parade that resumed after a years pause due to the pandemic. Hours earlier around 100 far-right opponents, who advocate for traditional family values, held an anti-LGBT counter-march in the capital.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged authorities to strengthen their efforts to fight wildfires across northeastern Siberia, calling the situation unprecedented as fires threatened people's homes.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Russian officials said heavy rains have flooded broad areas in southern Russia, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,500 people. The Black Sea resort city of Anapa was among the worst affected.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Russia's daily COVID-19 deaths hit a new record of 819, a day after Moscow's health department reported the highest number of monthly deaths in the city since the start of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Spain endured what it expected to be its hottest day of the year, with temperatures topping 45 degrees Celsius (113 F).
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, Human rights groups denounced Spain's expulsion of unaccompanied children to Morocco, calling the deportations illegal and urging an immediate halt to the process.
    (AP, 8/14/21)
2021        Aug 14, In southern Turkey a firefighting plane from Russia crashed in Adana province killing 5 Russians and 3 Turks aboard the Beriev BE-200.
    (SSFC, 8/15/21, p.A6)
2021        Aug 14, Supporters of Zambian opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema began celebrating as early election results show him leading in the tightly-fought, tense presidential race.
    (AP, 8/14/21)

2021        Aug 15, It was reported that the Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy familiesthe largest single increase in the program's history.
    (AP, 8/15/21)
2021         Aug 15, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 36,653,021 with the death toll at 621,294.
    (sfist.com, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 15, In Arizona a fire on Kinder Morgan's El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline (EPNG) near Coolidge killed two people and injured another.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 15, In northeastern Minnesota lightning started the Greenwood Lake fire. It soon grew to 7.4 square miles (19 square km).
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 15, Yasuhiro Wakabayashi (90), the Japanese American photographer known as Hiro, died at his country home in Erwinna, Pa. His fashion and still-life images captured a relentlessly inventive vision of American life that critics likened to those of his idol and mentor, Richard Avedon.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 15, The Texas Supreme Court, entirely comprised of elected Republican justices, blocked mask mandates ordered by county leaders in Dallas and San Antonio.
    (SFC, 8/16/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 15, The Talibans relentless, rapid advance brought them into the capital, Kabul, and the last major city controlled by the government fell into chaos. President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly fled the country. The Taliban, in a statement, said that they were in negotiations with the government and would not take the capital by force.
    (NY Times, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, The UN refugee agency said more than 550,000 people in Afghanistan have fled their homes due to the conflict since the start of this year.
    (AP, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, More than 60 countries issued a joint statement calling for all Afghans wishing to depart Afghanistan to be allowed to do so. Of the 27 member states of the European Union, only Hungary and Bulgaria did not sign the statement.
    (AP, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, An Afghan military plane was downed by Uzbekistan's air defense system over an attempt to illegally enter the country's air space. RIA Novosti later reported that two pilots from the plane survived the crash and have been hospitalized in serious condition.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 15, Australia said it had purchased about 1 million doses of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine from Poland to supplement its inoculation drive in Sydney and its home state amid record new infections.
    (Reuters, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, In China new local infections declined for a sixth day. 13 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases marked its lowest daily tally since July 24.
    (Reuters, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, It was reported that Wu Huan (26), a Chinese woman, says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called black site beyond its borders.
    (AP, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, The Hong Kong Civil Human Rights Front said it can no longer operate as the group faces a police investigation for possible violation of a national security law championed buy China.
    (SFC, 8/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 15, In Hungary a bus traveling on the M7 highway crashed through a guardrail and tipped over early today, killing at least eight people and injuring dozens near the town of Szabadbattyan.
    (AP, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, India's PM Narendra Modi delivered his Independence Day speech and announced a $1.35 trillion infrastructure plan to spur an economic rebound.
    (SFC, 8/16/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 15, In Lebanon an explosion at a warehouse in the village of Tleil, where fuel was illegally stored, killed 20 people.
    (SFC, 8/16/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 15, It was reported that Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin Yassin planned to submit his resignation to the king as more than a dozen lawmakers from the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) pulled their support from the government.
    (SFC, 8/16/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 15, Myanmar's military government arrested two more local journalists, the latest among dozens of detentions in a sweeping crackdown on the media since a Feb. 1 coup.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 15, In Nigeria 19 persons including 15 students were abducted from a school in Zamfara State.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 15, Russia reported 21,624 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,954 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 6,600,836. The government coronavirus task force said 816 people had died of coronavirus-related causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 170,499.
    (Reuters, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, In Spain at least 800 people were evacuated as forest fires blazed in two regions, with extremely dry conditions worsening the risk of more wildfires during the hottest weekend of the year so far.
    (AP, 8/15/21)
2021        Aug 15, Thailand riot police fired tear gas and sprayed water cannons as protesters marched on an army base in Bangkok where PM Prayuth Chan-ocha has his residence. This was the 4th protest in the past seven days.
    (SFC, 8/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 15, Uzbekistans Foreign Ministry reported that 84 Afghan servicemen crossed the border into Uzbekistan asking for assistance.
    (AP, 8/16/21)

2021        Aug 16, The US federal government for the first time declared a water shortage at Lake Mead, one of the Colorado Rivers main reservoirs. The declaration triggers cuts in water supply that, for now, mostly will affect Arizona farmers. Beginning next year they will be cut off from much of the water they have relied on for decades.
    (NY Times, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, A Proud Boys supporter pleaded guilty to making social media threats tied to the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol, including a threat to kill Georgia's incoming US senator Raphael Warnock. Eduard Florea (41), also admitted to storing a large collection of ammunition at his home in the New York City borough of Queens.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the United Nations to lead an independent investigation into the alleged disappearances of government critics and others at the hands of security forces in Bangladesh, an allegation the country's government has long denied. HRW listed 86 alleged victims, providing profiles and details of each case.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021         Aug 16, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 36,697,292 with the death toll at 621,716.
    (sfist.com, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 16, Fred, the sixth named storm of the season, redeveloped into a tropical storm and made landfall this afternoon in the Florida Panhandle.
    (NY Times, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 16, NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said state health care workers must be vaccinated by Sept. 27.
    (NY Times, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, It was reported that the New-Indy paper mill in Catawba, South Carolina, whose foul smell has triggered more than 30,000 complaints, has become one of the dirtiest polluters in the United States since being acquired by an investment group led by Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots football team.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, signed an executive order essentially gutting any school districts effort to require its students to wear masks. According to the order, a students parent or guardian shall have the right to opt out of any order or requirement that the student wear a face covering at school, on school buses or at school functions.
    (NY Times, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 16, In Virginia hundreds of workers at a Mondelez International bakery in Virginia went on strike, seeking to block the companys demands for concessions in contract negotiations and end what the union calls the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico. They joined Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union workers striking since last week at a Mondelez bakery plant in Portland, Oregon, and at a sales distribution center in Aurora, Colorado.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 16, It was reported that Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Catholic Church's most outspoken conservatives and a vaccine skeptic, has COVID-19 and his staff said he is breathing through a ventilator in Wisconsin.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, US auto safety regulators said they had opened a formal safety probe into Tesla Inc's driver assistance system Autopilot after a series of crashes involving emergency vehicles.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Bayer, trying to contain billions of dollars in legal costs, filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court verdict that upheld damages to a customer blaming his cancer on the German group's glyphosate-based weedkillers.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, GlaxoSmithKline and CureVac said a study on macaque monkeys showed their jointly-developed mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate to be "strongly improved" in protecting against the virus compared with CureVac's first attempt.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said they have submitted to US regulators the initial data from an early-stage trial toward seeking authorization of a booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, A plane carrying more than 100 Afghan servicemen landed in Tajikistan.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, In Australia New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said seven people in Sydney had died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, surpassing the state's previous record daily toll.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, European leaders said they will press for a unified international approach to dealing with a Taliban government in Afghanistan, as they looked on with dismay at the rapid collapse of two decades of a US-led Western campaign in the country.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Chancellor Angela Merkel told party colleagues that Germany must urgently evacuate up to 10,000 people from Afghanistan for whom its has responsibility.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, In Germany an unknown number of missing people were tossed into a river in Bavaria's Valley of Hell when a sudden flood tore down a bridge they were on. At least four people had been pulled out of the water in the valley known as Hllentalklamm. Rescue teams recovered the body of a woman who was swept off a bridge. One person remained missing.
    (AP, 8/16/21)(AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 16, More wildfires broke in hard-hit Greece, with two blazes fanned by strong winds triggering evacuation alerts for villages southeast and northwest of the Greek capital.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Grace, the seventh named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in Haiti as a tropical depression, but soon restrengthened into a tropical storm.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 16, Iran reported a record 655 COVID-19 deaths over the past 24 hours as the government started imposing tougher restrictions to combat a surge in coronavirus infections led by the highly contagious Delta variant. The total number of cases had reached 4,467,015 with 41,194 new cases in the past 24 hours, while total fatalities had increased to 98,483.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Israeli firefighters battled wildfires near Jerusalem for a second day after the blaze forced hundreds of residents from their homes. Around 17 square km (6.5 square miles) of forest had already burned.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Israel that was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. This was the first such attack since an 11-day war in May.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin Yassin and his entire cabinet resigned, signaling an end to a tumultuous 17-month reign.
    (NY Times, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 16, It was reported that the Islamic police force in Kano, a Muslim-majority state in Nigeria, has ordered shops to only use headless mannequins to advertise clothing. Sharia police commander Ibn-Sina also wants the headless mannequins covered at all times because to show "the shape of the breast, the shape of the bottom, is contrary to the teachings of Sharia [Islamic law]".
    (BBC, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Poland's government said that its ambassador to Israel will remain in Poland until further notice after Israel downgraded diplomatic ties with Warsaw and strongly criticized a new Polish law that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors to reclaim property seized by the countrys former communist regime.
    (AP, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Poland will send 650,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Ukraine. Polish media said the country has a surplus of vaccines after having fully inoculating about 57% of the adult population.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, It was reported that Ukraine is moving ahead with an anti-corruption plan that will take more than 3,000 companies out of the hands of state officials, encouraging foreign investors to help create a more modern, Western-looking economy. All Russians will be banned from taking part in the huge new selloff of Ukrainian state-owned companies.
    (The Daily Beast, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Security Council to "use all tools at its disposal to suppress the global terrorist threat in Afghanistan" and guarantee that basic human rights will be respected.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, It was reported that thousands of jobless workers in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City are trying to flee to their hometowns, many on motorcycles piled high with belongings, following an extension of restrictions in the epicenter of the country's worst coronavirus outbreak yet. Authorities worked to prevent them leaving and potentially spreading the virus to other parts of the country.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)
2021        Aug 16, Zambia's the electoral commission said opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes to Pres. Lungu's 1,814,201 in the Aug. 12 election. There were seven million registered voters. Mr. Lungu accepted defeat and congratulated Mr. Hichilema.
    (BBC, 8/16/21)

2021        Aug 17, The White House said the US is sending nearly half a million doses of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine to Rwanda, including the first doses from the Biden administration's 500 million global pledge earlier this summer.
    (Reuters, 8/17/21)
2021         Aug 17, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 36,902,721 with the death toll at 622,529.
    (sfist.com, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 17, It was reported that a historic drought across the US West is taking a heavy toll on Californias $6 billion almond industry, which produces roughly 80% of the worlds almonds. More growers are expected to abandon their orchards as water becomes scarce and expensive.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, In northern California Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting off power to as many as 51,000 customers in 18 counties to prevent wildfires for the first time since last year's historically bad fire season.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Florida's state Board of Education threatened severe penalties for two districts that considered mask mandates in violation of an executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
    (SFC, 8/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 17, Hawaii said it is running out of ICU beds amid a surge of new coronavirus cases. The state has averaged 652 new cases a day for the past week.
    (SFC, 8/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 17, New York City began asking restaurants, gyms, museums and many other indoor venues to have patrons show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said he had tested positive for COVID-19. On August 21 Abbott said he tested negative.
    (NY Times, 8/18/21)(AP, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 17, The Texas Supreme Court ruled that House Democrats boycotting a special legislative session can be arrested and forced back to chambers.
    (SFC, 8/18/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 17, Gritstone bio Inc said it had entered into a funding agreement of up to $20.6 million with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to advance its vaccine program against COVID-19 variants, sending its shares up 2.6% before the bell.
    (Reuters, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, T-Mobile said a cyberattack has exposed the information of more than 40 million people, with stolen files including names, birthdays and social security numbers.
    (NY Times, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 17, The Taliban urged Afghans not to leave the country, promising an inclusive government without prejudice against women. In the city of Jalalabad, however, their fighters responded to public dissent by firing into a crowd and beating protesters. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the new government has no intention of becoming a narco-state. "We are assuring our countrymen and women and the international community, we will not have any narcotics produced." Afghanistan is estimated by the UN drug agency to be responsible for around 80% of global opium and heroin supplies.
    (NY Times, 8/18/21)(CBS News, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 17, In Afghanistan US military flights resumed evacuating foreign nationals early this morning as more US troops arrived to oversee a frantic escape. Body parts were found in the wheel well of a military plane that took flight amid chaos at the airport in Kabul.
    (AP, 8/17/21)(NY Times, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Britain's medical agency approved the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12 and over.
    (SFC, 8/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 17, China carried out assault drills near Taiwan, with warships and fighter jets exercising off the southwest and southeast of the island in what the country's armed forces said was a response to "external interference" and "provocations".
    (Reuters, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Thousands of people fled homes, campgrounds and hotels near the French Riviera as firefighters battled a blaze that raced through nearby forests, sending smoke pouring down wooded slopes toward vineyards in the picturesque area.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Israeli firefighters worked for a third consecutive day to contain a wildfire that has consumed a large swath of forest west of Jerusalem and threatened several communities.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Japan extended its state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions until Sept. 12 and announced new measures covering seven more prefectures to counter a spike in cases threatening the medical system. Tokyo announced 4,377 new cases.
    (Reuters, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Malaysia's Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah called for an end to political bickering at a meeting with party leaders as he began the process of selecting a new prime minister amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, PM Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown after the country's first coronavirus case in six months was reported in the largest city of Auckland.
    (Reuters, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, In Nigeria gunmen abducted nine students in Katsina state.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 17, A Russian prototype military transport plane crashed while performing a test flight outside Moscow, killing all three crew members on board.
    (AP, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, Switzerlands highest court ruled that Prakash Hinduja, an Indian-Swiss tycoon, could owe the Geneva region more than 125 million francs (about $137 million) in back taxes amid allegations that he tried to pass himself off as a resident of Monaco and falsified the value of his fortune.
    (AP, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 17, Thailand said it will purchase an additional 12 million doses of Sinovac's vaccine to try to expedite its rollout. A study has said the risk of Bell's Palsy, a type of facial paralysis, is higher after Sinovacs vaccine CoronaVac, but should not be a deterrent to vaccination.
    (Reuters, 8/17/21)
2021        Aug 17, The United Nations atomic watchdog (IAEA) said Iran continues to produce uranium metal, which can be used in the creation of nuclear bombs.
    (AP, 8/17/21)

2021        Aug 18, The Biden administration moved on multiple fronts to fight back against the surging Delta variant, strongly recommending booster shots for most vaccinated American adults and using federal leverage to force nursing homes to vaccinate their staffs. President Biden also directed his education secretary to use all of his authority, and legal action, if appropriate, to deter states from banning universal masking in classrooms.
    (NY Times, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, The Biden administration announced that it is banning the use of chlorpyrifos on food. The common pesticide, widely used since 1965 on fruits and vegetables, because it has been linked to neurological damage in children. The new rule will take effect in six months.
    (NY Times, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, The US government said it plans to make COVID-19 vaccine booster shots widely available starting on Sept. 20 as infections rise from the coronavirus Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is creating a new disease forecasting center to improve the ability to use data to predict and gauge emerging health threats.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021         Aug 18, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 37,059,718 with the death toll at 623,690.
    (sfist.com, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 18, Doctors reported that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors didnt help newly infected patients when tested against a dummy infusion.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 18, The US Justice Department filed a statement of interest in an ongoing lawsuit in Cole County, Missouri, saying the state's Second Amendment Preservation Act, also known as "HB85," should be declared unconstitutional and that the court should issue a injunction barring its enforcement. HB85, which was signed into law in June, purports to nullify various federal firearms laws.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, It was reported that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been flying around the state promoting a monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 sold by Regeneron. Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund, has donated 10.75 million to a political committee that supports DeSantis. Citadel has $15.9 million shares of Regeneron.
    (SFC, 8/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 18, Mississippi opened its 2nd field hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. Only 34% of the state was fully vaccinated.
    (Fox News, 8/18/21)(SFC, 8/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 18, A US federal appeals court threw out what it called a "shockingly low" four-year prison term for a Brooklyn woman (26) who admitted to supporting Islamic State, and ordered that she be resentenced. Ceasar was sentenced in June 2019, and has been free since July 2020 after receiving credit for time served.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, A US federal appeals court upheld a Texas law banning the most common form of second-trimester abortion.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 18, In Utah the bodies of Kylen Schulte (24) and Crystal Turner (38) were discovered by a friend after theyd been missing several days. Theyd allegedly told friends and family that a creepy man was camping near them in the La Sal mountains. Schulte and Turner reportedly went missing on Aug. 14.
    (https://tinyurl.com/55u4hmfz)(The Independent, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 18, In the latest edition of DC comics' series "Batman: Urban Legends," character Tim Drake, who is the third version of Robin, is seen accepting an offer of a date from a male friend. Robin first appeared as Batman's sidekick in 1940.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, Cigna Corp said it requires its employees working remotely to be fully vaccinated before entering any US worksite from Sept. 7, as infections from the Delta variant of the coronavirus rise in the country.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, PayPal Holdings Inc said it will no longer charge customers late fees when they miss payments on buy now, pay later (BNPL) purchases globally, as competition heats up in the fast-growing sector. The changes will be effective from October in the United States, the United Kingdom and France.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, In Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked protesters in Jalalabad killing at least one person. Taliban fighters reportedly killed the family member of an Afghan journalist working for German's Deutsche Welle.
    (SFC, 8/19/21, p.A2)(AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 18, The US evacuated 2,000 people from Kabul in 24 hours, mostly Afghans and NATO personnel. Outside the airport, the Taliban let some Afghans with visas and tickets enter but turned others away. Most of the Afghan central banks reserves are frozen at the US Federal Reserve. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that it would block Afghanistans access to about $460 million in emergency reserves.
    (NY Times, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, In Belgium pilot Zara Rutherford (19) took off at the start of a three-month bid to become the youngest woman to fly solo round the world.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, In northern Burkina Faso suspected Islamic extremists ambushed a convoy killing at least 30 civilians along with 17 soldiers and volunteer defense fighters.
    (SFC, 8/19/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 18, In western Ethiopia gunmen, reportedly from the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), killed at least 150 people in an attack against local residents.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 18, Hong Kong police arrested four members of a university student union for allegedly advocating terrorism by paying tribute to a person who stabbed a police officer and then killed himself.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, An Israeli healthcare provider said a third dose of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine was found to be 86% effective in people aged over 60.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, Italy reported 69 coronavirus-related deaths against 54 the day before. The daily tally of new infections increased to 7,162 from 5,273.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, Authorities in Gibraltar said they have seized 2.6 metric tons of cannabis resin with a street value of 15 million euros ($18 million) after a boat carrying the illicit substance rammed a Customs vessel during a high-speed chase at sea. Four men were arrested.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, Maltas attorney general indicted Yorgen Fenech, a leading Maltese businessman, in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia nearly four years ago. The murder triggered an international outcry against attempts to silence reporters.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, It was reported that Malta has donated 40,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to Libya.
    (https://tinyurl.com/xkxfjbw)(SFC, 8/19/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 18, Workers at a General Motors Co pickup-truck plant in central Mexico voted to scrap their collective contract, opening the door for them to oust one of Mexico's largest labor organizations as their union under a new trade deal.
    (Reuters, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 18, Myanmar reported a total of more than 365,000 coronavirus cases and 13,945 deaths.
    (SFC, 8/20/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 18, The Assistance Association for Politifcal Prisoners said it has confirmed two more deaths in Myanmar bringing the total killed by security forces over the laset six months to 1001.
    (SFC, 8/19/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 18, Norway said it will offer all 16- and 17-year-olds their first COVID-19 vaccine dose after those over 18 are fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak Poland has deployed hundreds of troops and is laying barbed wire along its border with Belarus to stop the arrival of migrants seeking to enter the country.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, Syrian air defense units reportedly downed 22 of the 24 missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes with Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2. Six Israeli fighter jets had targeted facilities in the provinces of Damascus and Homs from Lebanon's airspace.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 18, Turkey-backed Syrian forces and Syrian Kurdish fighters shelled one anothers positions in northern Syria, leaving at least five people dead and more than a dozen wounded.
    (AP, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, It was reported that Uganda is to take in 2,000 Afghan refugees.
    (BBC, 8/18/21)
2021        Aug 18, World Health Organization officials said circulation of the Delta variant in areas of low vaccination is driving transmission of COVID-19 around the world.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)

2021        Aug 19, The US Federal Trade Commission filed a more detailed lawsuit accusing Facebook of being a monopoly. A federal judge threw out the agencys original case two months ago.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, The US administered more than one million coronavirus vaccine doses in 24 hours for the first time in almost seven weeks. Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 37,178,463 with the death toll at 624,278.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)(sfist.com, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 19, The US Department of Agriculture said help is on the way for dairy farmers who got a lower price for their products because of pandemic-related market abnormalities.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, The FAA said that its latest round of fines are part of its crackdown against outlandish behavior on US flights. Rowdy airline passengers have now racked up more than $1 million in potential fines this year with federal officials announcing fines against 34 additional individuals.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, A bankruptcy judge approved a proposal by the Boy Scouts of America to enter into an agreement that includes an $850 million fund to compensate tens of thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as youngsters by Scout leaders and others.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, America's Museum of Ice Cream launched its first international outlet in Singapore.
    (Reuters, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that says cities cannot require businesses and sports teams to enforce local pandemic restrictions. The move came amid a surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the delta variant among the unvaccinated. A day later the mayors of Atlanta, Savannah, Athens-Clarke County and Augusta-Richmond County suggested the Republican governor was putting politics above public health.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 19, Chuck Close (81), artist of outsized reality, died in a hospital in Oceanside, NY. He rose to prominence in the 1970s and 80s with colossal photorealist portraits of himself, family members and fellow artists, but late in his career faced accusations of sexual harassment.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown said all teachers, educators, support staff and volunteers in K-12 schools must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (https://tinyurl.com/b7z36v4w)(SFC, 8/23/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 19, Facebook Inc launched a test of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company's Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves.
    (Reuters, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, OnlyFans, a social media platform where users can sell subscription access to content, said that it would ban sexually explicit imagery starting in October. On August 25 OnlyFans said it has suspended the plan following an outcry from its creators and advocates for sex workers.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)(AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 19, In Afghanistan protesters took to the streets to rally against Taliban rule for the second day, this time marching in Kabul, including near the presidential palace. At one demonstration in the city, about 200 people had gathered before the Taliban broke it up violently. The Taliban cracked down on protests that erupted in at least four cities in Afghanistan and rounded up opponents despite promises of amnesty.
    (NY Times, 8/19/21)(NY Times, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 19, Israel announced it reached an agreement with Qatar for the Gulf Arab country to resume aid payments to thousands of families in the Gaza Strip, a step aimed at easing tensions with the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory in the wake of an 11-day war in May.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, Israel lifted restrictions on blood donations by gay men, saying the longstanding limitation was discriminatory and denigrating.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, Italy reported 55 coronavirus-related deaths against 69 the day before. The daily tally of new infections increased to 7,260 from 7,162.
    (Reuters, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, PM Andrew Holness said Jamaica will prohibit residents from leaving their homes for seven days spread over three weekends to contain an upsurge in coronavirus infections and shield its healthcare system. To date, nearly 60,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 1,300 people have died.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 19, In Qatar Malcolm Bidali (28), a Kenyan security guard, was freed from his monthslong detention and left the Gulf Arab country after paying a fine. He had written compelling dispatches under a pseudonym about the challenges of living as a low-wage worker and advocated for their rights.
    (AP, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, The Philippines' agriculture ministry said active cases of African swine fever were declining and confined to less than 1% of the nearly 3,000 villages that recorded outbreaks since the first cases were detected in 2019.
    (Reuters, 8/19/21)
2021        Aug 19, Opposition activists said Syrian government forces shelled the village of Belshoun in the country's rebel-held northwest, killing five people, most of them children.
    (AP, 8/19/21)

2021        Aug 20, The US government extended a ban on nonessential travel along the borders with Canada and Mexico to slow the spread of COVID-19 despite increasing pressure to lift the restriction.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, A White House official said the US government will ship hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses to the African countries of Togo and Angola this weekend.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, It was reported that the FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, The US Food and Drug Administration classified the recall of some of Cardinal Health Inc's devices, which are used to insert umbilical vein catheters in infants, as the most serious type of recall after two reports of death.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, California authorities closed down a 46-mile (74-km) stretch of Interstate 50, the main route between the state capital of Sacramento and Lake Tahoe on the Nevada border, after debris from the Caldor Fire fell onto the roadway.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, A California judge struck down Proposition 22 as unconstitutional. The ballot measure exempted Uber and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services from a state law requiring drivers to be classified as employees eligible for benefits and job protections.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Orlando, Florida, residents were asked to cut back on water use for several weeks to preserve the citys supply of liquid oxygen for treating patients.
    (NY Times, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, American singer and songwriter Tom T. Hall (85) died at his home in Franklin, Tenn. His songs included "Harper Valley P.T.A. (1968).
    (SSFC, 8/22/21, p.F8)
2021        Aug 20, Wisconsin began a $100 incentive for more people to get vaccinated. Gov. Tony Evers later extended the offer, due to end until Sept. 6., until Sept. 19.
    (SSFC, 9/5/21, p.A6)
2021        Aug 20, General Motors Co (GM.N) said it would take a hit of $1 billion to expand the recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to the risk of fires from the high-voltage battery pack - a blow for the largest US automaker as it seeks to ramp up EV sales.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 20, Nvidia Corp's planned $40 billion acquisition of British chip designer ARM hit a major hurdle after a UK regulator found it could damage competition and weaken rivals, and required a further lengthy investigation.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, In Afghanistan several Taliban spokesmen took to television studios to reassure residents that the streets were safe. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the top Taliban political leader, arrived in Kabul to set up a police force. Taliban websites that delivered the victorious insurgents official messages to Afghans and the world at large in five languages went offline abruptly, indicating an effort to try to squelch them.
    (AP, 8/20/21)(Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 20, A court in Albania refused to extradite an Egyptian man who faces a death sentence in his country. An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Rageh to death for a November 2019 murder in Giza. Authorities had issued an international warrant for his arrest.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, In Australia lockdown of Sidney, now in its eighth week, was extended until the end of September, with residents told to wear masks outdoors, except for exercise. New South Wales reported 644 new infections, while southeastern Victoria state, home to Melbourne, recorded 55.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Britain reported 37,314 new cases of COVID-19, and a further 114 people were recorded as having died within 28 days of a positive test. The number of cases has been steadily rising this month after Britain lifted COVID social distancing restrictions and other measures to contain the disease in mid-July.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, The UK drug regulator said it has approved an antibody cocktail developed by Regeneron and Roche to prevent and treat COVID-19, as the nation battles rising hospitalizations due to the more infectious Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, China's tech stocks slumped to new lows and Hong Kong's benchmark index hit an almost 10-month trough, as an unrelenting series of Chinese regulatory crackdowns crushed investors' confidence.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, It was reported that India's drug regulator has granted emergency use approval for Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine, the world's first DNA shot against the coronavirus, in adults and children aged 12 years and above. ZyCoV-D is administered in three doses.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Italy reported 49 coronavirus-related deaths against 55 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 7,224 from 7,260.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Kenya's Court of Appeal upheld a decision to stop President Uhuru Kenyatta from making broad constitutional changes, limiting his ability to prevent his estranged deputy from succeeding him next year.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Latvian law enforcement searched the house of Ilmars Rimsevics, a former member of the European Central Banks Governing Council, as part of a probe into suspicions of witness tampering. Rimsevics, arrested in 2018, was fighting criminal charges that he solicited 500,000 euros ($585,000) in bribes and a trip to Russia in exchange for helping the now-defunct Trasta Komercbanka with regulatory issues.
    (Bloomberg, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 20, Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah named UNMO candidate Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the new prime minister.
    (SFC, 8/21/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 20, Malaysia recorded 23,564 coronavirus cases, a record for a third straight day, taking the total tally beyond 1.5 million.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 20, NATO foreign ministers warned the Taliban not to let Afghanistan become a breeding ground for terrorism, as it did two decades ago, prompting Western forces to intervene.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, In New Zealand an outbreak that began this week widened to the capital, Wellington, from the biggest city of Auckland, prompting PM Jacinda Ardern to extend a nationwide lockdown.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, In western Niger an attack by suspected jihadists in the village of Theim in Tillabery region killed at least 16 people.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 20, In northwest Nigeria armed gunmen kidnapped at least 75 people from the Rini village, Zamfara state.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 20, The Philippines confirmed a record 17,231 new cases and 317 fatalities, and warned the trend could continue as restrictions were relaxed in the capital region to try to spur economic activity. The country has recorded more than 1.8 million cases and 31,198 deaths.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, A Polish refugee rights group said that 32 people who fled Afghanistan have been trapped for 12 days in an area between Poland and Belarus while caught up in a standoff between the two countries.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Portugal reported 2,507 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths, bringing the total tally to 1,014,632 cases and 17,622 deaths. Portugal decided to loosen restrictions on the number of people allowed in restaurants and cultural venues two weeks earlier than planned, as the vaccination campaign moved faster than anticipated. 70% of the population was fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, South Africa started offering shots to everyone aged 18 and older as the volume of shots given per day has stalled even though vaccines are now more widely available.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Thailand said its coronavirus cases had passed the 1-million mark.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Authorities in Uganda suspended more than 50 civic groups for allegedly not complying with regulations, dealing a blow to hundreds of thousands of people who directly benefit from the organizations' activities.
    (AP, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, The United Arab Emirates said it has agreed to host 5,000 Afghan nationals to be evacuated from their country for 10 days on their way to a third country at the request of the US.
    (Reuters, 8/20/21)
2021        Aug 20, Vietnam's government said it is sending troops to Ho Chi Minh City to help deliver food and aid to households as it further tightens restrictions on peoples movements amid a worsening surge of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 8/20/21)

2021        Aug 21, US President Joe Biden and Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez agreed that two military bases in southern Spain can be used to receive Afghans who have worked for the US government.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 21, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Lithuania's foreign minister and agreed on "bilateral coordinated action" to help the country withstand pressure from China over its decision to develop ties with Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021         Aug 21, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 37,678,088 with the death toll at 627,862.
    (sfist.com, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 21, Nickolas Davatzes, co-creator of the Arts & Entertainment Network (1983) and The History Channel (1995), died at his home in Wilton, Conn.
    (SFC, 9/13/21, p.C4)
2021        Aug 21, The US Forest Service closed the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota as the largest active wildfire in the state threatens the 1-million-acre property.
    (AP, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 21, In western North Carolina five people were killed in Cruso after flash floods wiped out homes in the wake of Tropical Depression Fred. The flood destroyed 225 structures in Cruso with at least $300 million worth of damage. Officials noted that the estimate did not include damage in the towns of Canton and Clyde.
    (NY Times, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 21, In central Tennessee 20 people were killed and about 40 others left missing after flash floods swept through the area. On Aug. 24 Pres. Biden approved a major disaster declaration south by the state.
    (SSFC, 8/22/21, p.A12)(AP, 8/23/21)(SFC, 8/25/21, p.A4)(SFC, 8/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 21, Don Everly (84), one-half of the pioneering Everly Brothers, died at his home in Nashville. His brother Phil died in 2014. Ths songs included ""By Bye Love," "Let It Be Me," "All I Hve to Do Is Dream" amd "Wake Up Little Suzie".   
    (SFC, 8/23/21, p.C4)
2021        Aug 21, In Australia more than 250 people were arrested for during protests against coronavirus lockdowns. Many faced fines for defying health orders.
    (SSFC, 8/22/21, p.A8)
2021        Aug 21, Shanghai's municipal government said it has quarantined hundreds of people in an attempt to halt a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the city after infections were detected in cargo workers at its airport.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 21, Tensions in Haiti were rising over a lack of aid to remote areas of the impoverished Caribbean country hardest hit by last week's devastating earthquake. The official death toll from the earthquake stood at 2,189 people, with an estimated 332 people still missing.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 21, Indonesia said it has moved its Afghanistan diplomatic mission from Kabul to Pakistan, after its air force evacuated dozens in the wake of the Taliban's seizure of power.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 21, Israeli gunfire wounded 24 Palestinians, including a boy (13) who was shot in the head.
    (AP, 8/22/21)(SSFC, 8/22/21, p.A6)
2021        Aug 21, Malaysia swore in a new prime minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob (61), as the Southeast Asian nation battles its worst COVID-19 surge and public anger grows over mismanagement of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 21, Hurricane Grace pummeled Mexico with torrential rain, causing severe flooding and mudslides that killed at least eight people after becoming one of the most powerful storms in years to hit the country's Gulf coast.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 21, In the Netherlands hundreds of performers and festival organizers held marches through six cities to protest what they said were unfair coronavirus restrictions that have forced cancellations of summer music festivals and other events.
    (SSFC, 8/22/21, p.A8)
2021        Aug 21, New Zealand recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, with PM Jacinda Ardern warning the number will go higher in the next few days and urging the Pacific nation to adhere to the lockdown rules.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)
2021        Aug 21, Palestinian police arrested 24 people protesting the government's response to the death of a prominent political activist while in the custody of Palestinian security forces. Nizar Banat, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority, died in custody on June 24 shortly after he was arrested.
    (AP, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 21, Rwanda deported Belgian lawyer Vincent Lurquin lacking legal permission to defend Paul Rusesabagina, the man whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda," who is being tried on terrorism charges.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 21, The Vatican said it has disciplined Poland's Archbishop Marian Golebiewski (83), the former archbishop of Wroclaw, following an investigation into negligence over sex abuse allegations, banning him from taking part in any public ceremonies, both religious and secular.
    (Reuters, 8/21/21)

2021        Aug 22, US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered six commercial airlines to provide passenger jets to help with the growing US military operation evacuating Americans and Afghan allies from Kabul.
    (NY Times, 8/23/21)
2021         Aug 22, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 37,678,088 with the death toll at 628,364.
    (sfist.com, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 22, In northern California the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, which started August 14, grew to more than 104,000 acres and was 5% contained.
    (SFC, 8/23/21, p.A1)
2021        Aug 22, Jack Hirschman (87), New York-born Marxist poet and former SF poet laureate (2007), died at his home on Union St., SF.
    (SFC, 8/24/21, p.C1)
2021        Aug 22, In Missouri the bodies of Allison Abitz (43) and her 11-year-old daughter, Jozee, were found at their home south of Columbia, Missouri. On Sept. 8 Abitz's boyfriend J.T. McLean (45) was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in South Dakota. McLean was also wanted for the slaying of two other people in Miller County, Missouri.
    (AP, 9/9/21)
2021        Aug 22, Tropical Storm Henri battered the Northeast US with fierce winds and torrential rain, knocking out power in most of coastal Rhode Island, forcing evacuations in Connecticut, stranding dozens of motorists in New Jersey and shattering rainfall records in New York City.
    (NY Times, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 22, In Afghanistan the Taliban fired in the air and used batons to force people desperate to flee the country to form orderly queues outside Kabul airport, a day after seven people were killed in a crush at the gates.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, The British Defense Ministry said that seven Afghan civilians had died in the crowds, where people have been trampled to death, among them a 2-year-old girl.
    (NY Times, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 22, Britain reported 32,253 new cases of COVID-19. A further 49 people were recorded as having died within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, It was reported that couples in China will now be allowed to legally have a third child following an amendment to the Population and Family Planning Law.
    (SSFC, 8/22/21, p.A6)
2021        Aug 22, Cuba's drug regulator granted emergency approval for its homegrown Soberana 2 vaccine, allowing the drug's full inclusion in the country's inoculation program as it races to curb a Delta variant-fuelled coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered reassurances that Ukraine would not suffer from the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but Ukraine said talks about its future as a transit country had been vague.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, In Haiti the death toll from the August 14 earthquake rose to 2,207 with 344 people still missing.
    (SFC, 8/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 22, Iranian state TV reported that President Ebrahim Raisi called on Japan to release Iranian funds frozen in the country because of US sanctions, after the president met today with the visiting Japanese foreign minister. The two discussed de-escalation of tensions in the region.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)(AP, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, Iran reported a record 684 coronavirus deaths and 36,400 new cases over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 8/23/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 22, Israel's military bombed Palestinian militant weapons sites in the Gaza Strip early today in response to a violent demonstration on the perimeter fence that left an Israeli police officer critically injured.
    (AP, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, The Lebanese government said that it was raising gasoline prices by 66% in a partial reduction of fuel subsidies as it seeks to ease crippling shortages that have brought the country to a standstill.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, A boat crowed with dozens of migrants capsized off Libya late today, and at least 17 people were presumed dead.
    (AP, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 22, Five workers were killed and six injured in a fire on an offshore platform in the southern Gulf of Mexico operated by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) that cut about a quarter of Mexico's oil production.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 22, In Montenegro several thousand people demonstrated over the planned inauguration of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the small Balkan state. Protesters accused the government of setting the stage for the occupation of Montenegro by Serbia.
    (AP, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, New Zealand recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, as the current community outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to grow, bringing infections associated with the outbreak to 72.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, Nigerian officials said bandits have released 15 more students kidnapped last month from a Baptist school in the northwest. They were among more than 100 taken on July 5 from the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, State media said North Korea has developed its own polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment to conduct coronavirus tests as the country steps up efforts to head off more contagious new strains of the virus.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, Russia reported 20,564 new coronavirus cases, including 1,661 in Moscow and 1,481 in St. Petersburg, which took the national tally to 6,747,087.
    (Reuters, 8/22/21)
2021        Aug 22, PM Stefan Lofven, Sweden's Social Democratic leader since 2014, said that he will step down as head of the government and party in November.
    (SFC, 8/23/21, p.A4)

2021        Aug 23, The United States imposed sanctions on Filipos Woldeyohannes, the chief of staff of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF), for being engaged in serious human rights abuse in the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, The US Pentagon recommended that the Biden administration stick with the Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline based on concerns about security risks to American forces.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 23, Leaders of several House Democratic committees said the GAO, the US government watchdog, had found multiple problems with the construction, manufacture and design of the Keystone XL pipeline, validating Pres. Joe Biden's decision to revoke its permit.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, The US drug regulator granted full approval to the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first to secure such Food and Drug Administration validation as health authorities struggle to win over vaccine skeptics during a relentless pandemic.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021         Aug 23, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 37,741,620 with the death toll at 718,408.
    (sfist.com, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 23, Northern California's Caldor Fire was 9% contained. The blaze has destroyed 447 homes and threatened the lake Tahoe basin.
    (SFC, 8/24/21, p.A1)
2021        Aug 23, The Chicago Police Department said.at least seven people were killed and 37 were wounded from gun violence in Chicago over the weekend.
    (AP, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Outgoing New York governor Andrew Cuomo sparked outrage after he pardoned six people, including a convict in a 1981 truck robbery which killed three, in his last few hours in office. David Gilbert (76) was imprisoned for his role as a getaway driver in the $1.6m armed robbery and is among the last surviving convicts in the case. The septuagenarians case was fought by his son, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
    (The Independent, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 23, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City public school teachers and staff will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Cryptocurrency platform Poly Network said that almost all of the $610 million stolen this month in one of the biggest crypto heists had now been returned by the unknown person or persons behind the attack.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, PayPal Holdings Inc said it will allow customers in the UK to buy, sell and hold bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies starting this week.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Synopsys Inc said one of its customers used artificial intelligence software to get a 26% gain in the power efficiency of a computer chip, a leap that usually has to wait for a new generation of chip manufacturing technology.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, In Afghanistan a firefight involving Western forces erupted at Kabul airport when Afghan guards exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen, adding to the evacuation chaos as Washington faces pressure to extend its deadline to withdraw. One Afghan soldier was killed.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)(SFC, 8/24/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 23, A Taliban spokesman said its forces have recaptured three districts in northern Afghanistan that fell to local militia groups last week. Forces loyal to Ahmad Massoud, son of the anti-Soviet mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, have established themselves in the Panjshir valley.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Canada's PM Justin Trudeau said a re-elected Liberal government would ban foreigners from buying Canadian homes for the next two years and make house purchases more transparent in a bid to address rapid price gains.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 23, China reported no new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 for the first time since July, a sign the current outbreak may be waning amid Beijing's 'zero-tolerance' stance and tough anti-virus measures across the country.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Egyptian security closed the Rafah crossing on its border with the Gaza Strip until further notice following an escalation on August 21 between Israel and Hamas.
    (AP, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Ethiopia's state communications security agency said it has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N) and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, In Germany many train drivers with the national railway walked off the job as their union embarked on its second two-day strike this month in a bitter dispute with the company.
    (AP, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Indian police in Kashmir said the top commander of a militant group and his deputy, allegedly involved in dozens of target killings, have died in a shootout.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, India reported 25,072 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 160 days.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, President Joko Widodo said Indonesia will start reopening restaurants, malls and places of worship in some areas including the capital Jakarta, as new coronavirus cases have fallen sharply from their peak and vaccinations rise.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Iran's Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Products Exporters' Union said it restarted exports of gasoline and oil to Afghanistan a few days ago, following a request from the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Italy reported 44 coronavirus-related deaths, compared with 23 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 4,168 from 5,923.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, New Zealand said it is extending a nationwide lockdown until at least August 27 after health authorities reported 35 new coronavirus cases.
    (SFC, 8/24/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 23, School principal Abubakar Garba Alhasan said six of the 136 students kidnapped from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger have died of illness.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Oman said it will allow anyone holding a COVID-19 vaccine certificate to travel to the country from Sept. 1.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, The Philippines health ministry reported a record 18,332 COVID-19 infections and for the first time acknowledged community transmission of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus in its capital region. The country's vaccine procurement chief said emergency use of Russia's Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine has been approved, making it among the first countries in Asia to approve the single-dose vaccine.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Poland said it will build a fence along its border with Belarus to halt a flow of migrants the European Union says is being driven by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in retaliation for EU sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin announced the construction of two new nuclear submarines and other warships in Severodvinsk.
    (SFC, 8/24/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 23, Sweden's Health Agency said the country is likely to see COVID-19 infections gain momentum in the coming months while the current curbs to limit the spread will need to be maintained until a higher proportion of the adult population is vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Sweden-based AB Volvo said it had struck a deal to buy a heavy duty truck subsidiary of Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC) (000550.SZ) for about 1.1 billion Swedish crowns ($125.7 million) to make trucks in the world's biggest vehicle market.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, International aid groups warned that millions of people in Syria and Iraq are at risk of losing access to water, electricity and food amid rising temperatures, record low water levels due to lack of rainfall and drought.
    (AP, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, President Tsai Ing-wen got vaccinated with Taiwan's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine, giving her personal stamp of approval as the island begins rolling out the shot whose approval critics say has been rushed. The health ministry last month approved the emergency use of Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp's (6547.TWO) COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, The energy ministers of Ukraine, the United States and Germany discussed in Kyiv guarantees for Ukraine about its future as a transit country after the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)
2021        Aug 23, Vietnam deployed soldiers to help enforce a strict COVID lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City, its biggest urban area and current epicenter of its worst coronavirus outbreak to date.
    (Reuters, 8/23/21)

2021        Aug 24, The Biden administration said it would take steps to restart the federal oil and gas leasing program in the next week and plans to hold a Gulf of Mexico auction as soon as October.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, The US Supreme Court refused to block a ruling from a federal judge in Texas requiring the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era immigration program that forces asylum seekers arriving at the southwestern border to await approval in Mexico.
    (NY Times, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, The US and EU raised an alarm over the recent deployment of troops from Eritrea to Ethiopia's Tigray region.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, It was reported that the United States has decided against the idea of using its largest overseas military bases in South Korea and Japan to temporarily house Afghan refugees.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Federal prosecutors said Marci Palatella (66), the chief executive of a liquor distribution company charged in the US college admissions scandal, has agreed to plead guilty to paying $500,000 to secure her son's admission to the University of Southern California (USC) as a fake football recruit.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021         Aug 24, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 37,741,620 with the death toll at 629,564.
    (sfist.com, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 24, San Francisco's Mayor London Breed declared the city's first Transgender History Month.
    (SFC, 8/28/21, p.C1)
2021        Aug 24, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp deployed the state's National Guard medical staffers to assist 20 hospitals facing severe strain from the 4th wave of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 24, Hawaii's Gov. David Ige asked that visitors and residents reduce travel to the islands to essential business through the end of October while the state struggles to control COVID-19 infections.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 24, New York's first female governor, Kathy Hochul, was sworn into office, promising to change the state's political culture and work to ensure that New Yorkers "believe in their government again".
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Alphabet Inc's Waymo said it has started taking a few San Franciscans on rides in its self-driving sport utility vehicles and hopes to open the robotaxis to anyone in the city in less than the three years it took to launch in its only other market.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers said on they wanted all foreign evacuations from the country completed by an Aug. 31 deadline and they would not agree to an extension. The Taliban said that they would block Afghans trying to leave the country from traveling to Kabuls airport and would reject any plans to extend the deadline for American troops to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of this month.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)(NY Times, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 24, Afghanistan's Pajhwok news agency said that senior veterans Gul Agha had been named as finance minister and Sadr Ibrahim acting interior minister.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 24, Michelle Bachelet, the top UN human rights official said that she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including summary executions of civilians and restrictions on women and on protests against their rule.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Al Jazeera news reported that Afghanistan's Taliban has appointed former Guantanamo detainee mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir as acting defense minister.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Algeria cut diplomatic relations with Morocco, citing what it called hostile actions by its most populous neighbor with which it has had strained relations for decades.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Australia's pandemic modelling adviser said the government can proceed with its reopening plans when the country reaches 70%-80% vaccination levels, even as some states hinted they may not ease border curbs if Sydney fails to control its Delta outbreak.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Opponents of the Belarus government said they have pulled off an audacious hack that has compromised dozens of police and interior ministry databases as part of a broad effort to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenkos regime.
    (Bloomberg, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, British PM Boris Johnson said the G7 had agreed a plan to deal with the Taliban, with their number one condition being that militants must allow safe passage to Afghans wanting to leave the country even after an Aug. 31 deadline.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Britain recorded 174 COVID deaths, the highest since March 12, and another 30,838 new cases. With 88% of the adult population receiving a first vaccine and 77% receiving both doses, Britain lifted nearly all its restrictions in mid-July, allowing people to socialize, travel and return to work in offices.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) died in a London hospital surrounded by his family.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Chad's ex-ruler Hissne Habr (79) died in Senegal while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity. He was reportedly being treated for a coronavirus infection.
    (AP, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Europe's medicines regulator said it has approved additional manufacturing sites for mRNA-based coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to help boost production amid a resurgence in infections.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, France's Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS) health watchdog said it recommended a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for those aged 65 and over and for those with existing medical conditions that could put at them serious harm from COVID.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Greece said it would end free testing for unvaccinated people to encourage them to get inoculated and head off any renewed spike in Delta variant infections of the coronavirus. Greece reported 4,608 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 32 related deaths.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, India's government said it has approved further clinical trials for its first homegrown mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine developed by Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd, after the shot was found to be safe and effective in an early-stage study.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, In Indonesia hundreds of Afghan refugees, mostly members of the Hazara ethnic minority, held a rally decrying the Talibans takeover of their country and calling for resettlement in third countries.
    (AP, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, In Indonesia three critically endangered Sumatran tigers, including two cubs, were found dead in a conservation area on Sumatra island after being caught in traps apparently set by a poacher.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 24, Iran reported a record daily 709 deaths from COVID-19 as the worst-hit country in the Middle East faced a fifth surge in infections led by the highly contagious Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Israel's PM Naftali Bennett said he opposed US efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.
    (NY Times, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Italy reported 60 coronavirus-related deaths compared with 44 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose to 6,076 from 4,168.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, In Japan a district court sentenced the head of Kudokai crime syndicate to death after its members killed one civilian and injured three others, although there was no direct evidence he ordered the attacks. Satoru Nomura (74) planned to appeal the ruling.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, In Nigeria gunmen killed two military personnel and abducted another in an attack on an army training college in the northern state of Kaduna. Attackers shot dead at least 36 people and destroyed buildings in a late night raid on a village near the central city of Jos.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)(Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 24, Nigeria said it has recently approved China's Sinopharm (1099.HK) vaccine against COVID-19. Daily new infections were increasing 10 fold from levels seen in July.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Palestinian activists in Gaza launched a new wave of incendiary balloons into Israel after a night of Israeli air strikes on the territory.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 24, It was reported that Russia is using new digital hardware to target an online app that jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's team created to undermine the Kremlin at next month's parliamentary elections.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Russian forces moved into an opposition enclave in the Syrian city of Deraa to try to avert an Iranian-backed assault on a stronghold that has defied state authority since it was retaken three years ago.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Switzerland reported that number of new coronavirus infections rose by 2,993, taking the total number to 761,978 since the pandemic began. Around 56% of the population have had at least one dose and 50% have had two.
    (AP, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, An explosion at a training camp for jihadist fighters in opposition-held northwest Syria killed at least 10 people and injured a dozen other recruits.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Ukraine held its first military parade in several years, celebrating the 30th anniversary of its independence and declaring it would reclaim areas of its territory annexed by Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, the Vatican said Pope Francis has sent more than 350,000 euros ($411,000) in charity funds at his personal disposal to help with emergency relief in Haiti, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)
2021        Aug 24, Vietnam's PM Pham Minh Chinh sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) and urged its vaccine sharing program COVAX to prioritize Vietnam "in the fastest manner and with the largest volume possible".
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 24, Zambia's new President Hakainde Hichilema pledged to tackle the country's "unsustainable" debt, lamenting that the national budget was overwhelmed by the cost of servicing it.
    (Reuters, 8/24/21)

2021        Aug 25, President Joe Biden met with top executives from some of the country's leading technology companies and financial institutions as the White House urges the private sector to help toughen cybersecurity defenses against increasingly sophisticated attacks.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, US VP Kamala Harris met with Vietnam's Pres. Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi. She called on Vietnam to join the US in challenging China's "bullying" in the South China Sea. Harris unveiled an array of new partnerships and support for Vietnam in areas including climate change, trade and the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 25, The US has helped to evacuate more than 82,000 people from Kabuls international airport, including 4,500 US citizens. About 1,500 Americans remain, as well as at least 250,000 Afghans who worked with the US.
    (NY Times, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, The Treasury Department said states and localities have distributed only 11% of the tens of billions of dollars in federal rental assistance.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, The US Pentagon ordered all active-duty service members to be vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine days after the Food and Drug Administration granted it full approval.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, In Washington, DC, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett met with senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021         Aug 25, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 38,225,849 with the death toll at 632,283.
    (sfist.com, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 25, In Alabama six smokestacks at a decommissioned power plant crashed to the ground in a controlled implosion at the Colbert Fossil Plant. TVA said the project was part of its move away from coal toward cleaner fuel options.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, In southern California a grand jury indicted adult film actor Ron Jeremy (68) on more than 30 counts of sexual assault involving 21 women and girls across more than two decades. Ronald Jeremy Hyatt pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to all of the allegations, which include 12 counts of rape.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, In Michigan a federal court handed down the first sentence in the case surrounding the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Ty Garbin (25), one of six defendants in the alleged plot, received a sentence of six years in federal prison.
    (Washington Examiner, 8/26/21)(SFC, 8/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 25, In Michigan a woman with 14 tickets won a major decision in a dispute over whether Saginaw city violated the US Constitution by chalking her car tires without a search warrant.
    (AP, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 25, New York Governor Kathy Hochul revealed 12,000 more people died of COVID-19 than was reported under her disgraced predecessor, making good on her promise for greater transparency on just her second day leading the state.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning any state or local mandates requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the state reported the most COVID-19 patients in its hospitals since the pandemic began.
    (SFC, 8/27/21, p.A12)
2021        Aug 25, Officials in Washington state said destroyed the first Asian giant hornet nest of the season, which was located near the town of Blaine along the Canadian border.
    (AP, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 25, Delta Air Lines said employees will have to pay $200 more every month for their company-sponsored healthcare plan if they choose to not vaccinate against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Pfizer Inc and BioNTech said they have started the process for a full approval of a booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine in people aged 16 years and older.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Sydney's COVID-19 infections hit a daily record, putting parts of the health system under pressure. Sydney reported 919 new cases amid a growing Delta variant outbreak, taking Australia's daily case numbers to a new pandemic high just below 1,000.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Benin said it has identified an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 avian flu in two districts near the capital Porto Novo.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Brazil said it will give booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines to people with compromised immune systems and those over the age of 70 beginning in mid-September. Brazil has had more than 20.6 million confirmed coronavirus infections and more than 575,000 fatalities due to the virus.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, British police arrested a man after processed meats and microwaveable products at three supermarkets in west London were injected using a number of needles.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 25, Britain recorded 35,847 new COVID-19 cases, up from 30,838 a day earlier, and 149 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down from 174 the previous day.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, China criticized the US "politicization" of efforts to trace the origin of the coronavirus, demanding a US military laboratory be investigated, shortly before the release of a US intelligence community report on the virus.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Egypt said it will open the Rafah crossing on its border with the Gaza Strip in one direction for three days to allow stranded Palestinians to return back to the tiny coastal enclave.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Scientists said they had discovered the 43 million-year-old fossil of a previously unknown amphibious four-legged whale species in Egypt that helps trace the transition of whales from land to sea. The new whale, named Phiomicetus anubis, had an estimated body length of some three meters (10 feet).
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, A senior German diplomat said the Taliban have told Germany that Afghans with legal documents will be able to travel on commercial flights beyond the Aug. 31 cut-off date after which evacuations from Kabul airport will no longer be allowed.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, India reported 37,593 new infections of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The health minister said India will supply millions of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to its states to try to inoculate all school teachers by early next month.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Italy reported 59 coronavirus-related deaths, compared with 60 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose to 7,548 from 6,076.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Japan extended its coronavirus state of emergency for a 2nd week in a row. 33 of Japan's 47 prefectures are now under some type of emergency measures.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 25, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings said it plans to build an undersea tunnel so that massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant can be released into the ocean about 1 km (0.6 mile) away from the plant to avoid interference with local fishing.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, In Lebanon heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were used during fighting in the predominantly Sunni Muslim area between people from the villages of Akkar al-Atiqa and Fnaidek.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 25, In southern Niger hundreds of Boko Haram militants attacked a military post overnight, killing 16 soldiers and wounding nine more.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Nigeria and Russia signed a military cooperation deal providing a legal framework for the supply of equipment and the training of troops.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated near the Israeli border in the southern Gaza Strip, calling on Israel to ease a crippling blockade days after a similar gathering ended in deadly clashes with the Israeli army. Late today Israel said it would ease commercial restrictions and issue more permits for Gazan businessmen to enter Israel.
    (AP, 8/25/21)(SFC, 8/27/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 25, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said he will run next year for vice-president in tandem with his daughter, the mayor of Davao City, who will seek the presidency.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 25, Poland ended its evacuations from Afghanistan, but other European nations vowed to press on for as long as possible.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in a phone call to step up efforts to combat the threats of "terrorism" and drug trafficking from Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, The RIA news agency said Russia will deliver Pantsir missile defence systems to Myanmar on schedule as outlined in a January sales contract. The truck-mounted systems are used to shoot down aircraft, drones and cruise missiles.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Syria's state news agency said a massive oil spill caused by leakage from a power plant inside one of Syrias oil refineries is spreading along the coast of the Mediterranean country. Satellite images showed what appeared to be a massive oil spill stretching out over 25.5 square km.
    (AP, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, In Tanzania an attacker wielding an assault rifle was shot dead after killing three police officers and an employee of a private security company near the French embassy in Dar es Salaam. The attacker, Hamza Mohammed, was later identified as a terrorist.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)(Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Aug 25, UN World Food Program said Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world's first "climate change famine".
    (BBC, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, It was reported that the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a UN agency in charge of the world's postal policies, has voted to block the use of UK stamps from the Chagos Islands. All post to and from the remote archipelago must now bear stamps from Mauritius.
    (BBC, 8/25/21)
2021        Aug 25, Venezuela state TV said at least 20 people have died in the western state of Merida following intense rains that caused mudslides and rivers to overflow.
    (Reuters, 8/25/21)

2021        Aug 26, The US Supreme Court rejected the Biden administrations latest moratorium on evictions, ending a political and legal dispute during a public health crisis in which the administrations shifting positions had subjected it to criticism from adversaries and allies alike.
    (NY Times, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 26, US federal officials said conditions at the high-security Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan have deteriorated so much that they planned to close the facility, at least temporarily.
    (NY Times, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, The US Education Dept. announced that it will forgive student debt for more than 100,000 borrowers who attended colleges in the now defunct ITT Technology Institute chain, but left before graduating.
    (SFC, 8/27/21, p.C2)
2021        Aug 26, It was reported that former Navy SEAL Eric Prince, the borther of former US Education Sec. Betsy DeVos, is offering chartered flights out of Afghanistan at $6,500 a seat.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A4)
2021         Aug 26, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 38,225,849 with the death toll at 632,283. The number of coronavirus patients in US hospitals breached 100,000, the highest level in eight months.
    (sfist.com, 8/27/21)(Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 26, Vermonts agriculture secretary said nearly 90 organic dairy farms in the Northeast, including 28 in Vermont, will lose their contracts with the Danone organic dairy company when it stops buying milk in the region by the end of August of next year. Danone will focus their business on larger farms in Midwest and West.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 26, US biotech Gilead Sciences Inc escaped a $1.2 billion penalty after a US appeals court found that relevant parts of a patent on a cancer therapy owned by a Bristol Myers Squibb unit that were the basis for a previous ruling and fine were invalid.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced an order requiring all eligible students and school employees to be vaccinated and re-instituted an indoor mask mandate.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, In northeastern Minnesota dozens of homes, cabins and outbuildings have been destroyed or damaged as the Greenwood Lake fire, the state's largest wildfire, continues burning uncontained.
    (AP, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would start a large study for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the next few weeks, after the drugmaker received authorization from Brazil's regulatory agency.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, In Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomb exploded outside Kabul airport, killing as many as 170 people including children and 13 US troops. Many Taliban guards were wounded. Two British nationals and the child of a third British national were among the dead as two explosions were reported. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of its Afghan affiliate, Islamic State Khorasan. President Joe Biden vowed the United States would hunt down those responsible for twin explosions and said he had asked the Pentagon to develop plans to strike back at them.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)(NY Times, 8/27/21)(Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 26, The UK said it had evacuated more than 13,000 people from Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Britain reported 38,281 new cases of COVID-19, while a further 140 people were recorded as having died within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Canadian forces in Kabul ended evacuation efforts for their citizens and Afghans. Canada evacuated or facilitated the evacuation of around 3,700 Canadian and Afghan citizens.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Scientists said a blob of warm water in the southern Pacific is fueling a decade-long megadrought in Chile, and that climate change is at least partly to blame.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi said it would stop showing all "idol competition" programs, calling them unhealthy amid a regulatory crackdown that has seen Beijing criticize firms for encouraging celebrity worship.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, China's Livzon Pharma said a potential COVID-19 vaccine (V-01) developed by a biotech firm affiliated with Livzon has entered a late-stage trial.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Germany said it has completed its military evacuation operation from Kabul airport, after evacuating 5,347 people, including more than 4,100 Afghans. Around 300 German citizens remained in the country. At least 5,000 former staff and their families were left behind. Germany has said its promise to take in former Afghan staff will still stand after a Aug. 31 deadline for evacuations from Kabul airport has passed.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)(Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 26, Axel Springer said it will acquire US political news website Politico, as the German publisher stitches together a global network of digital news operations.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, In India police accompanied by activists from a childrens rights group raided automobile repair shops on the edge of New Delhi and removed 17 children who were employed illegally.
    (AP, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, India's air safety regulator said it had cleared Boeing Co's (BA.N) 737 MAX aircraft to fly with immediate effect, ending its nearly two-and-a-half-years of regulatory grounding in a key travel market for the plane maker.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, India reported 46,164 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Italy reported 43 coronavirus-related deaths, compared with 59 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 7.221 from 7,548.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Japan suspended use of about 1.63 million doses of Moderna vaccine after contamination was found in unused vials, raising concern of a supply shortage as the country tries to accelerate vaccinations amid a COVID-19 surge.
    (AP, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, In Kenya nine people were killed after a crane collapsed at a high-rise construction site in Nairobi.
    (AP, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, The Lebanese army deployed troops to an area of the north where two men have been killed this week in violence between rival clans that spiraled out of a dispute over logging.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Mali's former prime minister Boubeye Maiga was arrested for his role in the purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, It was reported that gunmen have released students abducted three months ago from an Islamic school in north-central Nigerian state of Niger. It was not confirmed how many students were released. Authorities initially said that 136 students had been taken but revised that figure to 91.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)(AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 26, A Thai police colonel known as Jo Ferrari due to his collection of fine cars, turned himself in amid a nationwide manhunt. Col. Thitisan Utthanaphon was wanted on suspicion of involvement in the death of a detained drug dealer who was allegedly being shaken down for cash.
    (AP, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Amnesty International said Tunisia has stopped at least 50 officials, politicians and businessmen from travelling abroad since the president seized governing powers last month.
    (Reuters, 8/26/21)
2021        Aug 26, Zimbabwe said it is opening COVID-19 vaccinations to those aged 14 and older and is only permitting fully vaccinated people to eat in restaurants, to encourage more people to get shots, as a devastating wave of the disease recedes.
    (AP, 8/26/21)

2021        Aug 27, President Joe Biden and Israeli PM Naftali Bennett began their first White House meeting, with Iran topping the agenda. Bennett told Biden he won't publicly campaign against an Iran deal.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)(Axios, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 27, The US government said it had confirmed the world's first cases of COVID-19 in deer in Ohio, expanding the list of animals known to have tested positive for the disease.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021         Aug 27, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 38,406,617 with the death toll at 633,761.
    (sfist.com, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 27, A California review board recommended that Sirhan Sirhan (77), the Palestinian refugee serving a life sentence for assassinating US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, be released from prison on parole.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, In northern California the 145,000-acre Caldor Fire pushed to within 12 miles of the Tahoe Basin. The fire was just 19% contained. The Dixie Fire, the 2nd largest in state history, grew to 752,920 acres and was 47% contained.
    (SFC, 8/28 /21, p.A8)(SSFC, 8/29/21, p.A16)
2021        Aug 27, The gun that killed American Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid sold for more than $6 million at auction in Los Angeles, more than double the pre-sale estimate.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, A Florida judge said school districts may impose mask mandates, ruling that Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority by issuing an executive order banning the mandates.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Brooklyn woman Sinmyah Amera Ceasar (26), who faces a resentencing for supporting Islamic State but skipped a court hearing because she feared being sent back to prison, was arrested in New Mexico.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 27, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper sighned a measure increasing the minimum age to be married from 14 to 16. The new law still requires 16- or 17-year-olds to receive parental permission of a judge's approval to get married.
    (SFC, 8/28/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 27, US-based Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc said its treatment for one of the most common forms of dwarfism has received clearance from the European Commission, becoming the first therapy to get an approval in the region for achondroplasia.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Roche Holding AG decided to withdraw its immunotherapy, Tecentriq, for the treatment of a type of breast cancer in the United States following a consultation with the Food and Drug Administration.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, In Afghanistan the US attacked an Islamic State "planner" late today in retaliation for a deadly bombing outside Kabul airport and said there was a high risk of further blasts as it winds up its mission to evacuate civilians and withdraw troops. Two Islamic State militants were killed and one was wounded in a drone strike in Nangarhar Province.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)(NY Times, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 27, Albania received its first group of 121 Afghan evacuees who made it out of their country despite days of chaos near the Kabul airport.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Australia's New South Wales state recorded 882 new cases and two deaths, most of them in state capital Sydney, as officials struggle to quell the Delta outbreak.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, In Bangladesh at least 22 people were killed and dozens were missing after a boat packed with more than 10 passengers slammed into a vessel transporting sand.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)(SSFC, 8/29/21, p.A7)
2021        Aug 27, It was reported that Brazil, the country with the most freshwater resources on the planet, steadily lost 15% of its surface water since 1991. Gradual retreat in the Brazilian share of the Pantanal, the worlds largest tropical wetland, left water covering just one-quarter the area it did 30 years ago.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro said that everyone should buy a rifle, in a meeting with his supporters outside the Alvorada Palace.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Britain recorded a further 38,046 cases of COVID-19, down slightly from Thursday's 38,281 but taking the total number of new infections in the past seven days to 239,237, the most for any seven-day period since July 20-26.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, It was reported that China is framing rules to ban internet companies whose data poses potential security risks from listing outside the country, including in the United States.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, China cracked down on what it described as a "chaotic" celebrity fan culture, barring platforms from publishing popularity lists and regulating the sale of fan merchandise after a series of controversies involving artists.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, China-based Zhifei Biological Products said a COVID-19 vaccine (ZF2001) developed by a unit of the company showed an 81.76% efficacy rate against COVID-19 cases of any degree of severity in a large, late-stage trial.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Hurricane Ida battered Cuba with roof-ripping force as it churned toward a weekend US landfall along the Louisiana coast, prompting evacuations of flood-prone New Orleans neighborhoods and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Danish lawmakers voted through an emergency law which will effectively end a strike among more than 6,000 nurses over pay which has postponed tens of thousands operations and other treatments.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Germany-based COVID-19 vaccine maker BioNTech said it was looking into building malaria and tuberculosis vaccine production sites in Rwanda and Senegal, narrowing its search for African locations.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, German genetic testing specialist Qiagen said it is seeing demand for its COVID-19 tests firming up again, leading it to believe that sagging demand in July was temporary.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, India reported more than 40,000 new infections for a second consecutive day. India administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses today, a national record that PM Narendra Modi hailed as a "momentous feat" for the country ahead of fears of another surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Japan-based Toyota Motor said it had suspended all self-driving e-Palette transportation pods at the Tokyo Paralympic Games village, a day after one of the vehicles collided with and injured a visually impaired pedestrian.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Frustrated drivers in Kenya spent hours overnight in an enormous traffic jam in the capital, Nairobi.
    (BBC, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said a third vessel of Iranian fuel was agreed to ease crippling shortages in the country.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, A committee monitoring Mali's post-coup transition said former interim president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane have been released from house arrest by the authorities who ousted them in May.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Mexican teachers in the southern state of Chiapas blocked President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from entering a venue in the regional capital where he was due to hold his daily televised news conference. The latest protests were related to recent teaching reforms.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, A spokesman for the ruling military said Myanmar will vaccinate minority Muslim Rohingya people against the coronavirus, adding that no one will be left behind in its inoculation campaign.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, In Nigeria 15 students were handed over to officials, 11 days after they were abducted from the College of Agriculture and Animal Science in Nigeria's troubled northwest.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, The last Dutch evacuation flight from Afghanistan landed in the Netherlands. Dutch military planes have taken more than 2,500 people out of Afghanistan since Aug 18.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, In Pakistan a massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in the southern port city of Karachi, killing at least 10 workers and injuring several others.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, In Paraguay grains ships and vessels transporting other products on the Paraguay River are loading at around half capacity due to a historic drought that has hit river levels in the South American region, hurting trade of key agricultural commodities.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, In Peru a bus transporting contract workers at MMG Ltd's Las Bambas copper mine plunged off a cliff in the Apurimac region of the Andes, killing 16 people and injuring two.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, An exhibition at a Polish state museum opening featured the works of provocative artists in what organizers describe as a celebration of free speech, and a challenge to political correctness and cancel culture on the political left. Some critics accused organizers of giving a platform to antisemitic and racist messages under the pretense of defending freedom of expression.
    (AP, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, Spanish maritime services rescued 27 migrants and recovered 4 bodies in the boat that was spotted by a fishing vessel. At least 29 Africans, including seven children, died while trying to reach the Canary Islands on the smuggling boat.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 27, Sudan received a shipment of 218,400 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a donation from France through the COVAX facility.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 27, Sweden ended its evacuation mission in Kabul. Some 1,100 people have been evacuated by the Foreign Ministry.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, The 15-member UN Security Council condemned a deadly attack at Kabul's airport in Afghanistan as "especially abhorrent" for targeting civilians trying to flee the country after the Taliban came to power and people helping with the evacuation. UN officials appealed for $800 million to fill a chronic funding gap for Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 8/27/21)
2021        Aug 27, The UN atomic watchdog IAEA reported that North Korea appears to have restarted a nuclear reactor that is widely believed to have produced plutonium for nuclear weapons.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)

2021        Aug 28, US military aircraft began ferrying food, tarps and other material into southern Haiti amid a shift in the international relief effort to focus on helping people in the areas hardest hit by the recent earthquake to make it through the hurricane season.
    (AP, 8/28/21)
2021         Aug 28, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 38,709,634 with the death toll at 636,733.
    (sfist.com, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 28, Protesters marched in US cities to demand protections for voting rights, using the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 1963 March on Washington to push back against a wave of ballot restrictions in Republican-led states.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Oregon's emergency management department said the death toll from COVID-19 is climbing so rapidly in some counties that the state has organized delivery of one refrigerated truck to hold the bodies and is sending a second one.
    (AP, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, South Dakota health officials have so far reported 63 cases among state residents who attended Sturgis Motorcycle Rally three weeks ago. Contact tracers have reported 178 COVID-19 cases across five states.
    (AP, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Australia reported a record 1,126 coronavirus infectious, the vast majority in New South Wales, the epicenter of the Delta-fuelled outbreak.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Austrias conservative Peoples Party, or OVP, voted overwhelmingly to reelect Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (35) as its leader at a party gathering.
    (AP, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, The last British flight evacuating civilians from Afghanistan left Kabul, bringing to an end an operation that has airlifted almost 15,000 Afghan and British citizens in the two weeks since the Taliban took control.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Britain recorded 32,406 new cases of COVID-19, down from 38,046 a day earlier, and reported a further 133 COVID-19 deaths that took place within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, China's top social media platforms, Wechat, Douyin, Sina Weibo and Kuaishou, said they would begin to rectify irregular practices of "self-media" accounts that publish financial information.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, China reported 33 confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland for today, up from 21 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, In eastern CongoDRC suspected Islamist militants killed at least 19 people in an overnight raid on Kasanzi-Kithovo village near Virunga National Park, North Kivu province.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 28, Cuba, which to date had deployed exclusively its homegrown COVID-19 vaccines, said it will start also using the Sinopharm vaccine of its Communist-run ally China in its bid to battle one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Baghdad, the first meeting since the two countries agreed in January to end a long-running dispute. Several Middle Eastern leaders and French President Emmanuel Macron met in Baghdad at a summit hosted by Iraq.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Demonstrators opposed to Frances health pass took to the streets for a seventh of vocal protests, but crowds were smaller than in past weeks.
    (AP, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, In Germany police tussled with protesters as thousands of people marched through Berlin chanting slogans and waving banners against COVID-19 restrictions.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, India reported 46,759 new coronavirus infections, the most in nearly two months, as cases surged in the southern state of Kerala after a big festival.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Italy reported 54 coronavirus-related deaths, compared with 45 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 6,860 from 7,826.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Japan's health ministry said two people died after receiving Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine shots that were among lots later suspended following the discovery of contaminants. Each man had a fever the day after his second dose and died two days after getting the fever. There has been no evidence that their shots contained contaminants.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Mexico deployed hundreds of security forces to head off a caravan of migrants and asylum seekers who departed the southern Mexican city of Tapachula en masse in efforts to reach the Mexican capital, where they hoped to seek expedited asylum proceedings.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, A Palestinian boy who was shot in the head by Israeli fire during a violent demonstration at the Gaza-Israeli border last week died of his wounds. Hassan Abu al-Neil (12) was shot Aug. 21 during the demonstration organized by Gazas Hamas rulers to protest the crippling blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel.
    (AP, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, A spokesperson said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted a moratorium on casino operations in Boracay, the country's top holiday island, to generate taxes for its COVID-19 pandemic response. Duterte also lengthened coronavirus restrictions in the capital region and some provinces, as the Southeast Asian nation logged a new record in daily COVID-19 infections.
    (Reuters, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, A new report from Russias state statistics agency showed the country recorded a record number of deaths in July of people infected with coronavirus. The Rosstat agency said 50,421 people suffering from COVID-19 died during the month, sharply higher than the previous record of 44,435 in December.
    (AP, 8/28/21)
2021        Aug 28, Dozens of people remained missing and feared dead after a wooden boat capsized off the coast of Senegal. Crews rescued eight Senegalese and three Gambians overnight and found the body of one person who had drowned. At least 60 people were believed to have been on board at the time.
    (AP, 8/28/21)

2021        Aug 29, A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station.
    (AP, 8/29/21)
2021         Aug 29, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 38,761,786 with the death toll at 637,259.
    (sfist.com, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 29, California's Caldor fire moved closer to more heavily populated areas in the northern part of the state, leading to more evacuation orders and warnings as well as road closures. The fire was 13% contained.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 29, Ed Asner (91), the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, introduced on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), died at his home in Tarzana, Calif. He also starred the spinoff Lou Grant (1977-82) and in film hits like Up and Elf. Asner served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985 and was active in political causes both within and beyond the entertainment industry.
    (NY Times, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Kentucky law enforcement rescued 21 human trafficking victims, including two juveniles, and arrested 46 people as part of a 12-state crackdown.
    (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 29, In Louisiana Hurricane Ida wiped out power for almost a million people, including most of New Orleans. The storm left at least 12 people dead in the state. Pres. Joe Biden declared a major disaster and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by the storm. Seven of the dead were nursing home residents evacuated to a warehouse facility in Tangipahoa parish. Officials later revoked the licenses of seven nursing homes that sent 843 residents to the warehouse. The death toll later grew to 26 following deaths of older people who perished from the heat.
    (NY Times, 8/30/21)(Reuters, 8/29/21)(Reuters, 8/31/21)(Reuters, 9/4/21)(SFC, 9/8/21, p.A3)(SFC, 9/10/21, p.A7)
2021        Aug 29, A US drone strike struck a vehicle carrying multiple suicide bombers from Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate before they could target the ongoing military evacuation. Afghans said the strike killed as many as nine civilians, including children. The strike killed Zemeral Ahmadi, 7 children and two other adults from his family. Ahmadi was reportedly a longtime employee at an American humanitarian organization. On Sept. 17 the US Pentagon acknowledged that the attack was a tragic mistake.
    (AP, 8/29/21)(NY Times, 8/30/21)(SFC, 9/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 29, Albanias health authorities reinstalled new tough restrictive measures and warned of a possible obligatory vaccine shot for some categories in their effort to prevent a further spread of the new Delta virus variant.
    (AP, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Algerian authorities arrested Tunisia's media mogul and former presidential candidate Nabil Karoui, after he entered Algeria secretly and illegally.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Australia logged a record 1,323 local COVID-19 cases. New South Wales, reported a record 1,218 locally acquired COVID-19 infections, exceeding the previous day's record of 1,035.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Britain recorded a further 61 COVID deaths and 33,196 more cases. Britain has recorded an average of 114 daily deaths in the last week.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, It was reported that satellite images of the Andes Mountain range showed a significant decrease in snow cover. The area is in the grip of a decade-long drought that has left many slopes between Ecuador and Argentina with only patches of snow in the middle of the Southern Hemisphere winter.
    (SSFC, 8/29/21, p.B10)
2021        Aug 29, China reported 23 confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland for today, down from 33 a day earlier. All the cases were imported.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 29, Egypt released journalist Shaimaa Sami and activist Ziyad Aboel-Fadel from a police headquarters in Cairo after they spent months in pre-trail detention.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 29, In Germany several thousand people marched through the streets of Berlin for a second day of unauthorized protest against coronavirus vaccinations and restrictions aimed at curbing a fourth wave of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Greek police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a group of people who threw flares and other objects during a protest in central Athens against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, India reported 45,083 new coronavirus infections, driven by surging cases in the southern state of Kerala. The country's COVID-19 cases stood at about 32.7 million, with deaths rising by 460 to 437,830 in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Iran registered 581 daily deaths and more than 31,000 new coronavirus cases. Tehran's police chief said a gang of thieves robbed hundreds of COVID-19 vaccines after attacking a hired car carrying the doses.
    (SFC, 8/30/21, p.A7)
2021        Aug 29, Iran and Syria vowed to take mighty steps to confront US sanctions imposed on the two regional allies, saying their relations will strengthen under Irans new leadership.
    (AP, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza early today in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave. There were no reports of casualties in the bombings.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Israel began offering a COVID-19 booster to children as young as 12, and PM Bennett said a campaign that began a month ago among seniors has slowed a rise in severe illness caused by the Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Italy reported 37 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 54 the previous day. The daily tally of new infections fell to 5,959 from 6,860.
    (AP, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Lee (Scratch) Perry (85), the innovative Jamaican producer who mentored Bob Marley and pushed reggae into the sonic avant-garde with his dub productions, died in Lucea, Jamaica.
    (NY Times, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 29, Hurricane Nora caused floods and landslides along Mexico's Pacific coast. One person died in severe flooding.
    (SFC, 8/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 29, Mexico received 86 media workers and their family members from Afghanistan. This was the third group to arrive in Mexico since widespread evacuations began.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, New Zealand reported 83 locally acquired cases of the highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant. PM Jacinda Ardern said that some changes on how the outbreak is managed could be announced August 30.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, In the Philippines a row between rival factions in the ruling party escalated when a group led by boxing star Emmanuel Pacquiao tried to remove President Rodrigo Duterte from his role as party chairman by electing their own. The faction supported by Duterte recently booted out Pacquiao as party president, but Pacquiao has refused to step down.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Syria's military bombarded the last rebel enclave in the southern city of Deraa, killing at least six people in one of the deadliest attacks in its siege of the birthplace of the country's uprising.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, In Thailand protesters staged a mobile protest through Bangkok calling for the ouster of PM Prayuth Chan-ocha.
    (SFC, 8/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 29, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, ordered all residents who received the Chinese state-backed Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine over six months ago to get a booster shot by September 20, adding that recipients of other vaccines do not need the third dose.
    (AP, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, In southwest Yemen at least 30 soldiers were killed and 60 wounded in Houthi strikes on a military base belonging to forces of the Saudi-led coalition.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)
2021        Aug 29, Yemen said it has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson, roughly 151,000 doses. This shipment is the first batch of a total of 504,000 doses it is set to receive from the United States.
    (Reuters, 8/29/21)

2021        Aug 30, The US war in Afghanistan ended as the final US troops left. It lasted 19 years and 47 weeks, dating to the first bombing of the Taliban on Oct. 7, 2001. The US and its allies evacuated 123,000 Americans, Afghans and other civilians. But thousands of Afghans desperate to escape remained.
    (NY Times, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 30, A US court vacated the Trump administration's scaled back clean water rule that had limited the number of waterways that could be federally regulated because leaving it in place could harm the environment, restoring previous protections.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, California authorities ordered thousands of people along Lake Tahoes shores to evacuate as the Caldor fire intensified. The fire crested a ridge and began descending toward the major population centers along Lake Tahoe.
    (NY Times, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 30, State officials said the Florida Department of Education has withheld funds from two school districts that made masks mandatory in classrooms this fall, making good on a threat that local school boards that required students to wear masks would be punished financially.
    (NY Times, 8/31/21)
02021        Aug 30, A new analysis of data from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Bird Life International found that 30% of 557 raptor species worldwide are considered near threatened, vulnerable or endangered or critically endangered.
    (AP, 8/31/21)   
2021        Aug 30, Check Point Software Technologies said it acquired US-Israeli cyber security company Avanan, which specializes in protecting email, where most cyber attacks begin.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Catalent Inc, the contract drug maker known for manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines, said it would buy gummy vitamins maker Bettera Holdings LLC for $1 billion in cash to expand in the nutritional supplements market.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Pfizer Inc said its experimental drug to treat patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis met the main goals of improving symptoms in adult patients compared to a rival treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, It was reported that Westinghouse Electric Co. has agreed to pay $21.5 million in connection with its role in the 2017 failure of the now-defunct electric utility SCANAs $10 billion construction project to build two new nuclear plants in Fairfield County, SC.
    (The State, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, In Afghanistan US anti-missile defenses intercepted as many as five rockets fired at Kabul's airport early today. Enemies of both the West and the Taliban - claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, In central Afghanistan Taliban forces unlawfully killed 13 ethnic Hazaras, most of them Afghan soldiers who had surrendered to the insurgents, in the village of Kahor.
    (SFC, 10/6/21, p.A2)
2021        Aug 30, A plane carrying World Health Organization medicines and health supplies landed in Afghanistan, the first shipment to get in since the country came under the control of the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Australia reported four fatalities, taking the total death toll from COVID-19 to 1,003, as infections surged to successive record highs above 1,200 a day. Just over 33% of those aged 16 and older have received two vaccine doses.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, In Brazil armed robbers hit several banks in Araatuba, Sao Paulo state, using locals as human shields, leaving a trail of explosive devices and shooting at police. The assault killed at least three people. More than 20 heavily armed men carried out the attack, using 10 cars.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, In Britain demonstrators from the Extinction Rebellion group, which is demanding urgent action by governments and business to limit climate change and biodiversity loss, staged a sit-down protest that stopped traffic from using Tower Bridge in London.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Britain reported 26,476 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest number since Aug. 10.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, China published new rules forbidding under-18s from playing video games for more than three hours a week, a stringent social intervention that it said was needed to pull the plug on a growing addiction to what it once described as "spiritual opium".
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Estonias Parliament failed to elect a new president to the Baltic country after lawmakers rejected Alar Karis (63), the only candidate in the first round of voting.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, European Union governments agreed to remove the US from the EU's safe travel list, meaning US visitors and those from five other countries are likely to face tighter controls, such as COVID-19 tests and quarantines.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, The European Union's mission in Kosovo said it has assisted the country's police in developing a database to help investigate war crimes.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, In France the speed limit in nearly all of Paris was reduced to just 30 kph (less than 19 mph), with exceptions for a handful of wide avenues including the famed Champs-Elysees and the bypass circling the historical capital.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, India reported 42,909 new COVID-19 cases for the past 24 hours, taking the total to 32.74 million. Deaths rose by 380 to 438,210.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Indonesia's capital Jakarta reopened 600 of its schools as coronavirus restrictions eased, though a teacher federation urged caution and warned of clusters in classrooms caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Israel officials said Israel will lend the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority more than $150 million after the sides held their highest-level meeting in years, while playing down prospects of any major diplomatic breakthrough.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Israeli border police officer Barel Hadaria Shmueli (21), who was shot in the head at point-blank range during a violent protest on the Gaza border on Aug. 21, died of his injuries.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Japan-based Toyota Motor said it would resume operations of its self-driving e-Palette pods at the Tokyo Paralympic Games village with greater operator control and more safety staff to ensure they did not hit any more people.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Kosovo received 55 armored security vehicles donated by the United States for the Kosovo Security Force, or KSF. President Vjosa Osmani said the donation was another proof of the special and close relationship between the two countries.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern extended a lockdown in Auckland by two weeks, while officials reported the country's first death linked to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, It was reported that Kira Yarmysh, the spokeswoman for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, has left Russia and flown to the Finnish capital Helsinki. A Russian court imposed 18 months of restrictions on her freedom of movement earlier this month, after finding her guilty of breaching COVID-19 safety rules.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, In Sicily new virus restrictions went into effect as the island has been reporting more than 1,000 new cases every day since mid-August.
    (SFC, 8/31/21, p.A5)
2021        Aug 30, It was reported that South African scientists have detected a new coronavirus variant (C.1.2) with multiple mutations but are yet to establish whether it is more contagious or able to overcome the immunity provided by vaccines or prior infection. The new variant was first detected in May and has now spread to most South African provinces and to seven other countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 30, In South Sudan internet services were disrupted and security forces patrolled the streets after activists called for protests against President Salva Kiir's government.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Sudan summoned Ethiopia's ambassador to Khartoum to inform him that 29 corpses found on the banks of a river abutting Ethiopia were those of Ethiopian citizens from the Tigray ethnic group. The bodies had been found between July 26 and Aug. 8 on the Sudanese side of the Setit River, known in Ethiopia as the Tekeze.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Aug 30, Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held parts of Daraa al-Balad killing at least one person, while insurgents killed four soldiers after Russia-brokered talks to end the presence of opposition fighters in the area collapsed.
    (AP, 8/30/21)
2021        Aug 30, Taiwan launched a new English-language news and media streaming platform aiming to give it a greater voice on the world stage and help to tackle Beijing's "squeeze" of the Chinese-claimed island on the world stage.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)

2021        Aug 31, New rules were announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designed to protect the North Atlantic right whale. The whales number only about 360 and are vulnerable to lethal entanglement in fishing gear. Members of the lobster fishing industry have said strict new rules could make it difficult to get lobsters to consumers.
    (AP, 8/31/21)
2021         Aug 31, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 39,071,933 with the death toll at 639,066.
    (sfist.com, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 31, A US MH-60S helicopter embarked aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln crashed into the sea while conducting routine flight operations about 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego. One crew member was rescued, but five people were still unaccounted for. The five missing sailors were declared dead after more than 72 hours of coordinated rescue efforts.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)(AP, 9/4/21)
2021        Aug 31, Idaho Governor Brad Little said he was reactivating the National Guard and directing up to 370 additional people to help hospitals as they were overwhelmed with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, In Mississippi two people were killed and 10 injured when a deep crevasse opened up on a state highway in the wake of heavy rains unleashed by Hurricane Ida.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Pennsylvanias governor said his administration was imposing a statewide mask requirement in all schools, becoming the latest governor to embrace a politically charged but federally recommended precaution.
    (NY Times, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Michael Constantine (94), an Emmy-winning character actor best known as the school principal on Room 222 (1969-1974), died at his home in Reading, Pa. His films included The Last Mile (1959), The Hustler (1961), If Its Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) Dont Drink the Water (1969); Voyage of the Damned (1976) and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).
    (NY Times, 9/9/21)
2021        Aug 31, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the Jan. 8, 1949, rape of a white woman. The pardons did not address the guilt or innocence of the men.
    (AP, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Johnson & Johnson said a potential HIV vaccine being developed by the company did not provide protection against the virus in a mid-stage study.
    (AP, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Celebratory gunfire resounded across Kabul as the Taliban took control of the airport following the withdrawal of the last US troops, marking the end of a 20-year war that left the Islamist group stronger than it was in 2001.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, In Algeria countries neighboring Libya wrapped up their meeting, with calls for foreign fighters and mercenaries to be pulled out from the conflict-stricken North African nation.
    (AP, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, PM Scott Morrison said Australia will receive 500,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Singapore this week, after Canberra agreed a swap deal in a bid to curtail surging coronavirus infections.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Bangladesh sentenced six members of an Islamist militant group to death for the brutal killing of two gay rights campaigners on April 25, 2016.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, BBC journalist Sarah Rainsford left Russia after Moscow abruptly refused to extend her permission to work in what it said was a tit-for-tat row with Britain over the treatment of foreign media.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Britain recorded 32,181 new cases COVID-19, up from 26,476 the previous day following a long holiday weekend. Britain reported 50 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, compared to the 48 recorded a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, In western England the alpaca named Geronimo (8), at the center of a legal row with the British government and whose plight triggered a nationwide campaign to keep him alive, was killed after twice testing positive for bovine tuberculosis.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, In Burkina Faso gunmen attacked a convoy of Iamgold Corp vehicles travelling to the Essakane gold mine, wounding one police officer before being repelled by the convoy's security detail. Iamgold suspended convoys to and from Essakane, which is the company's biggest operating mine and is near the border with Niger.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 31, Canada said it would resettle some 5,000 Afghan refugees evacuated by the United States as PM Justin Trudeau's government addresses an issue critics say has been neglected during his campaign for re-election.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, The Chinese government said the cost of renting a home in cities should not rise by more than 5% a year - its first move to cap rental prices and part of efforts to provide more affordable housing.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 31, China-based Tencent Holdings said it has ended all exclusive music copyright agreements after Chinese regulators barred it from such deals last month.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, In Ethiopia Tigray fighters captured the village of Chenna Teklehaymanot in the Amhara region, shortly after a military division defending the area left for unknown reasons. At least 59 people killed by Tigray fighters as local defense forces confronted them.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Aug 31, EU oficials said around 70% of adults in the EU have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 9/1/21, p.A4)
2021        Aug 31, A health ministry official said France aims to have administered a third shot of a COVID-19 vaccine to some 18 million people by early 2022.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, India's ambassador to Qatar held talks with a top Taliban leader, the first formal diplomatic engagement since the hardline Islamist group took over Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, India reported 30,941 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Indonesia said it is investigating a suspected security flaw in a COVID-19 test-and-trace app that left exposed personal information and the health status of 1.3 million people.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Italy reported 75 coronavirus-related deaths, up from 53 the previous day. The daily tally of new infections rose to 5,498 from 4,257.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Kenya said its black rhinos, sable antelope and three other species are critically endangered, while nine more species including lions, elephants and cheetahs are endangered, citing the threat from an expanding human population.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 31, Kosovo postponed the beginning of the school year for students up through high school by two weeks following a surge of infections due to the delta variant.
    (AP, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Raed Jadallah (39), a resident of Beit Ur al-Tahta near Ramallah, was shot and killed at the western entrance of his village while returning from work in Israel. Palestinian health officials said was killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 9/1/21)
2021        Aug 31, Russia's President Vladimir Putin approved one-off payments to law enforcement and military officials ahead of a parliamentary election next month, a move critics said was designed to encourage them to vote for the ruling party.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, In Saudi Arabia a bomb-laden drone crashed into an airport in the southwest, wounding eight people and damaging a civilian plane. Saudi Arabia blamed the assault on Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
    (AP, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, South Korea's parliament approved a bill that bans major app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, effectively stopping them from charging commissions on in-app purchases.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Spanish authorities reported that at least 11 people were feared dead after another boat became a trap for migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands.
    (SFC, 9/1/21, p.A3)
2021        Aug 31, Syrian elite forces aided by pro-Iranian militias stepped up an offensive against the rebel enclave of Deraa al-Balaad, a southwestern pocket bordering Jordan and Israel.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a rare phone call with the UAE's de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a new sign of efforts to improve ties between the regional rivals.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, The UAE said its Public Prosecution office would be allowed to investigate ministers and senior officials suspected of wrongdoing in order to enhance accountability.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, Venezuela's main opposition parties said they will participate in November regional and local elections, a strategy reversal after boycotting previous elections they argued were not free or fair.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)
2021        Aug 31, The WHO said a new coronavirus variant (C.1.2), that was first detected in South Africa in May, does not appear to be increasing in circulation.
    (Reuters, 8/31/21)

2021        Aug, The Hopi Tribal Council in Arizona ordered ranchers to slash their herds in a bid to preserve water supplies. An outcry from Hopi cattlemen soon compelled the Council to rescind the edict. A two-decade drought has dried up springs, withered crops and killed cattle.
    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.A11)
2021        Aug, A new law put Missouri at the vanguard of states challenging federal authority on guns. The act declares that state laws, backed by the Second Amendment, supersede federal attempts to require the registration or tracking of guns, a broad description open to wide interpretation.
    NY Times, 9/9/21)
2021        Aug, In CongoDRC police rounded up and paraded nearly 100 alleged dealers and users of the drug "bombe", which means powerful in the local Lingala language, following a call to action by President Felix Tshisekedi. The drug is derived from crushed vehicle exhaust filters in automotive catalytic converters.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)

2021        Sep 1, President Joe Biden met with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and offered strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty against Russian aggression coupled with a promise to deliver $60 million in security aid.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, The US Supreme Court decided not to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after six weeks, less than a day after it went into effect.
    (NY Times, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 1, The US embassy in Dushanbe said the United States will help build new facilities for border guards in Tajikistan along the Central Asian country's frontier with Afghanistan and Uzbekistan to better respond to security threats.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, US auto safety regulators said they had identified a 12th crash involving Tesla Inc vehicles that were using advanced driver assistance systems in incidents involving emergency vehicles.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021         Sep 1, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 39,210,669 with the death toll at 640,223.
    (sfist.com, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 1, Photos showed a miles-long oil slick near an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida, according to aerial survey imagery released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the two weeks after Hurricane Ida, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a total of 55 spill reports, including a spill near a fragile nature reserve.
    (AP, 9/1/21)(NY Times, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 1, A judge approved a plan to dissolve Purdue Pharma and require the Sackler family to pay $4.5 billion to settle opioid claims.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 1, New York State extended protections against evictions to January.
    (AP, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled into the New York City region, killing at least 46 people, including 25 in New Jersey.   
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)(Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 1, Texas near-ban on abortion, Senate Bill 8, went into effect after the Supreme Court didnt take action on a request to block the law. An emergency application from abortion providers seeking to block the law remains pending, and the Supreme Court is expected to rule on it shortly.
    (NY Times, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Texas' new law allowing most people to carry handguns in public without a permit or training came into effect. Research has suggested that crime actually rises after such laws are implemented.
    (AP, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 1, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co said it won a 10-year, $2 billion contract to supply high-performance computing systems to the US National Security Agency (NSA).
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Moderna Inc and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said they are working with Japanese authorities to recall three batches of COVID-19 vaccine after an investigation found stainless steel contaminants in some vials.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Pfizer Inc said it had started dosing in a mid-to-late-stage trial of its oral antiviral therapy for COVID-19 in non-hospitalized, symptomatic adult patients.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, A landmark report published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) said almost a third of the world's tree species are at risk of extinction, while hundreds are on the brink of being wiped out.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Thousands of people trying to flee Afghanistan rushed to its borders as an administrative vacuum after the Taliban's takeover left foreign donors unsure of how to respond to a looming humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, An Armenian soldier was killed after snipers in Azerbaijan opened fire on Armenian military positions.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Australian authorities extended the COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne for another three weeks, as they shift their focus to rapid vaccination drives and move away from a suppression strategy to bring cases down to zero.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, The Belta news agency quoted Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko saying Russia will soon deliver a huge military hardware consignment to Belarus, including aircraft, helicopters and air defence systems.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Brazilian VP Hamilton Mourao said a severe drought could lead to energy rationing in Brazil, contradicting other officials who have said that such a step would not be necessary.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Britain recorded 207 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, marking the highest toll since March 9. Authors of an English study on long COVID in adolescents said as many as 1 in 7 children may have symptoms linked to the coronavirus months after testing positive for COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Ontario became the 4th Canadian province to announce residents will have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter restaurants, theaters, gyms and other indoor public venues as of Sept. 22.
    (SFC, 9/3/21, p.A9)
2021        Sep 1, China's top anti-graft watchdog said it was investigating ex-Sinopec Group vice president Cao Yaofeng, in the latest probe into a former executive at the energy giant.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Chinese pupils returned to school with new textbooks peppered with "Xi Jinping thought", as the Communist Party aims to extend his personality cult to children as young as seven and rear a new generation of patriots.
    (AFP, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, In eastern CongoDRC around 80 people were feared missing after armed rebels ambushed a convoy and set fire to 16 vehicles. Blame was put on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist militant group. Four civilians were killed and dozens taken hostage in Ituri province. The army freed more than 50 of the hostages and operations are underway to recover the remaining captives.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, State media reported that Cuba will begin vaccinating adolescents against COVID-19 this week and younger children from mid-September as part of a drive to immunize more than 90% of the population by December.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Egypt said it has signed a $4.45 billion deal for a high-speed electric rail line to link its Red Sea and Mediterranean coasts that contractor Siemens dubbed a "Suez Canal on rails".
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, France started administering booster shots to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions.
    (SFC, 9/2/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 1, Seven Hong Kong democracy activists were sentenced to up to 16 months in jail for their role in an unauthorized assembly at the height of anti-government protests in 2019.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Indian Kashmir veteran separatist politician Syed Ali Shah Geelani (91) died in Srinagar. Authorities blanketed the region with troops and clamped down on communications to prevent protests at his funeral the next day.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 1, India reported 41,965 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) said air pollution is likely to reduce the life expectancy of about 40% of Indians by more than nine years. New Delhi was the world's most polluted capital for the third straight year in 2020.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Israel said that a US plan to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem that has traditionally been a base for diplomatic outreach to Palestinians is a "bad idea" and could destabilize Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's new government.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Italy reported 69 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 75 the previous day. The daily tally of new infections rose to 6,503 from 5,498.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Malaysia appointed former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin as chairman of a council that will focus on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 1, It was reported that Morocco has launched a campaign to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children from 12 to 17, becoming one of the first African countries to inoculate that age group.
    (AP, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, New Zealanders visited beaches and queued for takeaway food as tough lockdown measures enforced to beat an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus were eased for most of the country. About 1.7 million people in Auckland still remained in strict level 4 lockdown for another two weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, In Nigeria 73 children were reported kidnapped from a school in the northwestern state of Zamfara. UNICEF said in a statement that 100 students aged between 14 and 19 and a teacher had been abducted, of whom 23 had managed to escape and had returned home. Police the next day said five girls were rescued.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)(Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 1, Portugal said it would allow entry for tourists from Brazil, nearly 18 months after it imposed a ban on non-essential travel from the Portuguese-speaking South American nation to stem the spread of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Singapore's high court ordered two news bloggers to pay PM Lee Hsien Loong a combined S$370,000 ($275,113) in damages, over an article about the status of the home of his late father and the city-state's modern-day founder, Lee Kuan Yew. The August 2019 article published on The Online Citizen included references to a disagreement within the Lee family about what to do with the property.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, In Spain an intense rain storm wreaked havoc in several parts of the country, causing severe flooding in some towns, leaving thousands of people without electricity and forcing the closure of some roads and rail links.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Syrian state media said a Russian-negotiated cease-fire took effect today in the volatile southern city of Daraa al-Balad.
    (AP, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, UNICEF said North Korea has rejected roughly three million COVID-19 vaccine doses of China's Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O), saying they should be sent to severely affected countries.
    (Reuters, 9/1/21)
\2021        Sep 1, Two human rights groups accused both sides in Yemen's conflict of using starvation as a tactic of war. They urged the UN Security Council to refer the opposing participants to the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged crimes.
    (AP, 9/1/21)
2021        Sep 1, Zambia's new president told the BBC that he has inherited an "empty" treasury, while "horrifying" amounts of money had been stolen.
    (BBC, 9/1/21)

2021        Sep 2, President Joe Biden said the US Supreme Court's ruling on Texas' abortion ban "is an unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional rights," after the top court allowed the law to remain in place.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, The Biden administration extended for one year a Trump-era ban on the use of US passports for travel to North Korea.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, US House Democrats promoted Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to vice chairwoman of a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, placing her in a leadership spot on the panel as some Republicans threatened to oust her from the GOP conference for participating.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, It was reported that the FBI has warned that the Chinese government is using both in-person and digital techniques to intimidate, silence and harass US-based Uyghur Muslims.
    (Tech Crunch, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, A US federal judge ruled that the government's practice of denying migrants a chance to apply for asylum at the Mexican border until space opens up to process claims is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 9/4/21, p.A5)
2021         Sep 2, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 39,399,703 with the death toll at 642,096.
    (sfist.com, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 2, South Carolina's Supreme Court struck down a school mask mandate in the state's capital city in the midst of its largest surge in COVID-19 cases since last winter.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, In Virginia Alexanda Anon Kotey (37), a British national, pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him at a plea hearing in US District Court in Alexandria. The charges include hostage-taking resulting in death and providing material support to the Islamic State group from 2012 through 2015.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Western Union Co said it is resuming money-transfer services to Afghanistan. The decision was said to be in line with a US push to allow humanitarian activity to continue after the Taliban's takeover.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, In Afghanistan Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, fought in the Panjshir Valley, with each side saying it had inflicted heavy casualties in recent days of combat in the last province resisting Taliban rule.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed off on a law allowing for vaccine and medication patents to be broken in a public emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he vetoed the provisions that patent holders would need to transfer the knowledge and supply the raw materials needed to duplicate the vaccines and medications.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Britain announced new Myanmar sanctions, saying it was targeting a key business associate of the military junta for providing arms and financial support following a coup earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Britain reported 38,154 new COVID-19 cases and 178 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Bulgaria will head to its third national election this year, after the Socialists became the third political party to refuse to lead a government following July's inconclusive parliamentary election.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, President Xi Jinping said China will set up its third mainland stock exchange to serve private companies in its capital, Beijing, expanding official support for entrepreneurs in the state-dominated economy.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Chinese state-backed tabloid the Global Times called US efforts to block cross-border acquisitions of tech companies a "red flag" that impedes China's tech sector and disrupts the growth of the global tech sector.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, China's government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters to promote "revolutionary culture".
    (SFC, 9/3/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 2, Egypts president held talks in Cairo with the King of Jordan and the president of the Palestinian Authority aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process and strengthening a ceasefire that halted the Israel-Hamas war.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, In Ethiopia rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over the last 48 hours in a village in the Amhara region.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 2, Hundreds of Greek health care workers, accompanied by ambulances with sirens blaring, marched through central Athens to protest regulations mandating coronavirus vaccines for anyone working in their sector.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Composer Mikis Theodorakis (96), whose life and music mirrored Greece's soul and crossed international boundaries in his captivating score for the film "Zorba the Greek", died in Athens, plunging the country into three days of mourning.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced new national transport curbs and social restrictions in an effort to contain a surge of coronavirus infections and relieve pressure on hospitals. Only 7% have been fully vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 2, India reported the biggest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases in two months, as the government worries about the virus spreading from the most-affected Kerala state, schools reopening, and the start of the festival season. Kerala accounted for nearly 70% of the 47,092 new infections and a third of deaths
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, In Iran 16 people were killed and 12 injured in the countrys west when a mini-bus plunged off a road into a valley in the Kurdish province of the Kordestan region.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Irish data protection regulator fined Facebook's WhatsApp a record 225 million euro ($266 million) the after the EU privacy watchdog pressured Ireland to raise the penalty for the company's privacy breaches. WhatsApp said it would appeal.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Italy reported 62 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 69 the previous day The daily tally of new infections rose to 6,761 from 6,503.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, It was reported that the Kosovo government has decided to destroy 133,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines over their Aug. 31 expired date of use. In the past seven days 157 people died in Kosovo of coronavirus infections, and more than 12,0000 new cases were registered among the country's 1.8 million population.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, It was reported that the bodies of 21 women and one girl have been recovered from a migrant boat by the Moroccan navy. The boat reportedly started its journey to the Canary Islands carrying 86 people.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered officials to wage a tougher epidemic prevention campaign in our style after he turned down some foreign COVID-19 vaccines offered via the UN-backed immunization program.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Human Rights Watch said North Korea is forcing its youth into "backbreaking" labor at mines, farms, and construction sites.
    (Business Insider, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 2, Palestinian Ahmad Saleh (26) was killed by Israeli gunfire late today, during a violent protest along the Israeli border. Five other people were wounded by Israeli fire, including a 15-year-old boy.
    (AP, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Poland declared a state of emergency in two regions bordering Belarus following a surge of illegal migration that Warsaw has blamed on its neighbor.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, Russia's communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said Google and Apple could face an initial fine of up to 4 million rubles ($55,000) for not restricting access to Alexei Navalny's app, which opponents plan to use to organize a tactical voting campaign to deal a blow to the pro-Kremlin United Russia ruling party.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, In Thailand thousands of people protested in central Bangkok to call for the resignation of PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and said they would return every day until he leaves office.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)
2021        Sep 2, In Yemen tribal leaders said fighting has flared up between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels in the oil-rich government stronghold of Marib province, with at least 28 fighters killed over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 9/2/21)

2021        Sep 3, US President Joe Biden ordered the Department of Justice to review documents from the FBI's probe into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for declassification and release.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Jacob Chansley (33, widely known as the "QAnon Shaman, "pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
    (Axios, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, The US Treasury Department announced sanctions against Iranian intelligence network operatives who plotted to kidnap Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-born US author-journalist critical of the Tehran regime, in New York City for "rendition" to Iran.
    (AP, 9/3/21)
2021         Sep 3, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 39,556,762 with the death toll at 643,744.
    (sfist.com, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 3, Yolanda Lpez (78), an artist and activist who created one of the most famous artworks in Chicano history, died at her home in San Francisco. Her 1978 recasting of the Virgin of Guadalupe in her own image, as a young, strong, brown woman wearing running shoes and a wide grin, became her most acclaimed and widely reproduced.
    (NY Times, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 3, A Texas judge temporarily barred an anti-abortion group from suing Planned Parenthood to enforce a near-total ban on abortion in the state, handing the nation's largest abortion provider a small victory in the bitter legal fight.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Federal regulators said that Kraft Heinz Co. will pay $62 million to settle charges of accounting wrongdoing that led the company to report overly rosy financial results, which were later corrected.
    (AP, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, A North Carolina appeals court blocked for now an order that had allowed tens of thousands of felony offenders who aren't serving prison or jail time to immediately register to vote and cast ballots.
    (AP, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Impel NeuroPharma Inc said the US health regulator had approved its nasal spray to treat migraine, marking the drug developer's entry into a market crowded with oral and intravenous medications. Impel said its drug, Trudhesa, can be self-administered to the bloodstream by being sprayed in the upper part of the nasal canal.
    (AP, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, In Afghanistan a small group of Afghan women protested near the presidential palace in Kabul, demanding equal rights from the Taliban as the new rulers work on forming a government and seeking international recognition.
    (AP, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Afghan news agencies said at least 17 people were killed in celebratory gunfire in Kabul, after Taliban sources said their fighters had seized control of Panjshir. Leaders of opposition to the Taliban denied that the province has fallen.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 3, PM Scott Morrison said Australia will receive an additional 4 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine this month after agreeing a swap deal with Britain, to help accelerate its vaccination program amid a record surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Belize's government said it had reached a deal with a sizeable portion of its 'superbond' holders to restructure the debt, helped by a promise to spend significant amounts of money on marine conservation.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Britain's vaccine advisers said they were not recommending the vaccination of all 12- to 15-year-olds against COVID-19, preferring a precautionary approach in healthy children due to a rare side effect of heart inflammation.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Britain reported 42,076 new COVID-19 cases and 121 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down from 178 the previous day.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged major powers to "show responsibility" and play a leading role in improving global environmental governance and addressing such challenges as climate change.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 3, China published new policy guidelines that will put an end to large-scale urban demolitions and preserve old historical buildings as part of a program to protect its cultural heritage.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 3, A private survey showed that activity in China's services sector slumped into sharp contraction in August, as restrictions to curb the COVID-19 Delta variant threatened to derail the recovery in the world's second-biggest economy.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said it will spend $15.5 billion to support President Xi Jinpings campaign to spread Chinas prosperity more evenly, adding to pledges by tech companies that are under pressure to pay for the ruling Communist Party's political initiatives.
    (AP, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Chinese startup CellX unveiled a selection of lab-grown pork dishes and said it was aiming to produce the more environmentally friendly meat at competitive prices for the world's top meat-eating nation by 2025.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, El Salvador's top court ruled that the country's president can serve two consecutive terms, opening the door for incumbent Nayib Bukele to stand for re-election in 2024. The ruling was handed down by judges appointed by lawmakers from Bukele's ruling party in May after they had removed the previous justices.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 3, Pres. Emmanuel Macron opened the World Conservation Congress in Marseille and called for better protection of the world's high seas. The Congress will run until Sept. 11.
    (AP, 9/4/21)(SFC, 9/4/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 3, India tightened curbs on movement in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, with scores of armed soldiers fanning out ahead of prayers, a day after a veteran secessionist leader was laid to rest in the disputed Himalayan region. Mobile services in Indian Kashmir were restored late today, two days after they were suspended. However, police said curbs on mobile internet and restrictions on the movement of people in the valley would continue.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, India reported 45,352 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with 366 deaths.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Indonesia condemned an attack on a house of worship belonging to the Ahmadiyah, a Muslim minority sect, on its part of the Borneo island, calling it an "illegal act".
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, In Iraq Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad al-Hakeem (b.1934), one of Iraq's most senior Shi'ite clerics, died from a heart attack in Najaf.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Israel carried out air strikes on targets near Damascus early today, triggering Syrian air defenses but causing no casualties, the second such attack in just over two weeks. Syria said it shot down Israeli missiles as they approached the Damascus.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)(AP, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Japans PM Yoshihide Suga (72) said he would step aside after an unpopular tenure of less than a year.
    (NY Times, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, In Libya fighting broke out in Tripoli early today between rival armed forces, the heaviest clashes in the capital since the conflict between eastern and western factions paused a year ago.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Lithuania said it had recalled its ambassador from Beijing for consultations, in a dispute over Europe's first representative office for Taiwan to use the island's name, which China views as a challenge to its claim on the territory.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Mali's anti-terror police marched on a prison in Bamako to demand the release of their commander, who was then set free. Commander Samake was accused of murder over the deaths of at least 14 anti-government protesters in July 2020.
    (BBC, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 3, It was reported that the Federated States of Micronesia will tap a US funding facility to construct a Pacific undersea communications cable, after rejecting a Chinese company-led proposal that was deemed a security threat by US officials.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, New Zealand police and killed a knife-wielding "extremist" who was known to authorities, after he stabbed and wounded at least six people in a supermarket. The Sri Lankan national had been in New Zealand for 10 years, was inspired by the Islamic State militant group and was being monitored constantly.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, In New Zealand recorded 28 new coronavirus cases, down from 49 a day earlier.
    (SFC, 9/4/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 3, The Nigerian army said nearly 6,000 Islamic extremists have surrendered in the northeast in recent weeks. Several weeks earlier the army said 335 militants had laid down their arms. Nigeria shut down mobile telephone networks in Zamfara state. Authorities reportedly ordered a blackout while they tackled armed gangs of kidnappers terrorizing the area.
    (SFC, 9/4/21, p.A3)(Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 3, Norwegian police said they had seized a large number of archaeological artefacts reported missing by Iraqi authorities, including what is presumed to be cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia. The items had been part of a private collection in Norway, and while several witnesses were questioned there were no criminal charges.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Gazas ruling Hamas militant group said it recovered the bodies of three men from a smuggling tunnel along the Egyptian border.
    (AP, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland said it had sent forces to the neighboring region of Galmudug to help the military there push al Shabaab Islamist militants out of a strategic town they captured last month.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, South Korea reported 1,709 new COVID-19 cases. Only 38% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 9/4/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 3, Spain's health ministry said the country's two-week COVID-19 contagion rate fell below 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the first time in over two months.
    (Reuters, 9/3/21)
2021        Sep 3, Zambia's Parliament elected Nelly Mutti, a human rights lawyer and a former chairwoman of the countrys anti-corruption commission, as the countrys first female speaker.
    (AP, 9/3/21)

2021        Sep 4, Veteran-led rescue groups say the Biden administration's estimate that no more than 200 US citizens were left behind in Afghanistan is too low and also overlooks hundreds of other people they consider to be equally American: permanent legal residents with green cards.
    (AP, 9/4/21)
2021         Sep 4, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 39,853,067 with the death toll at 647,593.
    (sfist.com, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 4, In northern California containment of the Caldor Fire near Lake Tahoe rose to 43%.
    (SSFC, 9/5/21, p.A12)
2021        Sep 4, Patricia Maginnis (93), one of the nations earliest and fiercest proponents of a womans right to safe, legal abortions, died in Oakland, Calif. She crusaded for that right on her own before the formation of an organized reproductive-rights movement.
    (NY Times, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Robert Schiffmann (86), microwave expert, died in New Jersey. He realized the potential of microwave ovens when he observed one heat up a sandwich in the 1960s and became one of the technologys leading experts, developing products and processes to expand its abilities.
    (NY Times, 10/6/21)
2021        Sep 4, In France a new red list released today at a global conference aimed at protecting dwindling species said the world's sharks and rays have seen declines in their populations since 2014 and more and more are now threatened with extinction.
    (AP, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Taliban and opposition forces fought for control of the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, the last province in Afghanistan holding out against the hardline Islamist group.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Australia reported 1,756 infections, another record high, and officials warned that worse is yet to come, urging people to get vaccinated.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, The state-run Bahrain News Agency said authorities have authorized the use of a booster dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, the first time the Russian shot has been approved for a third dose.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Brazil's agriculture ministry said it has suspended beef exports to its No. 1 customer China after confirming two cases of "atypical" mad cow disease in two separate domestic meat plants. China and Hong Kong buy more than half of Brazil's beef exports.
    (AP, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Brazil's federal health regulator Anvisa suspended the use of over 12 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd that were produced in an unauthorized plant.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Britain reported 37,578 new cases of COVID-19, meaning cases reported between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4 were up 2.4% compared with the previous seven days.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, In Egypt a bus overturned on a highway linking Cairo with a Suez Canal city, killing at least 12 people and injuring 30 others.
    (AP, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 4, In Iraq Islamic State militants killed 13 policemen and wounded four during an attack late today on a guard post near the city of Kirkuk. At least three Iraqi soldiers were killed and one was wounded today when gunmen attacked an army checkpoint southeast of Mosul.
    (AP, 9/5/21)(Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 4, Japan's Mainichi newspaper reported that the government plans to extend a state of emergency in and around Tokyo until the last week of September in a further bid to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, In Montenegro protesters clashed with hundreds of riot police in Cetinje, setting up blockades of tires and large rocks ahead of the inauguration of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the small Balkan nation.
    (AP, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern vowed to tighten counter-terrorism laws this month after a knife-wielding militant known to the authorities stabbed and wounded seven people in a supermarket.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Gazas ruling Hamas militant group launched over a dozen of incendiary balloons into Israel, seeking to ratchet up pressure in order to ease a crippling blockade of the territory.
    (AP, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, A Qatari aid flight carrying medical supplies and food products arrived in Kabul. Qatar said it will operate daily aid flights to Afghanistan over the next few days, providing much-needed supplies.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 4, A dozen opposition candidates for Russia's September parliamentary election met scores of journalists in Moscow with a message of resistance against the Kremlin's squeezing of independent media.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi group said it has intercepted an explosive-laden drone launched by the Iran-aligned group towards the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait. Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels and debris that fell on a neighborhood near Dammam wounded at least two children. Rebels claimed they sent at least eight explosive-laded drones and fired one ballistic missile on Aramco facilities in the city of Ras Tanura.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)(AP, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 4, Thailands PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and five cabinet ministers comfortably survived a vote of no confidence in parliament (264-208) as activists planned more protests against the government.
    (Reuters, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, In northwest Turkey a collision between a freight train and a minibus killed six people and injured seven others in Ergene, Tekirdag province.
    (AP, 9/4/21)
2021        Sep 4, Ukrainian officials said more than 50 Crimean Tatars have been detained by Russian law enforcement officers in Simferopol, Crimea. This came during protests after the FSB detained five minority Crimean Tatar activists.
    (AP, 9/4/21)

2021        Sep 5, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS Face the Nation that it is still the Biden administrations plan in some respects to begin the third doses the week of Sept. 20, pending approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
    (AP, 9/5/21)
2021         Sep 5, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 39,916,288 with the death toll at 648,155.
    (sfist.com, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 5, In northern California tens of thousands of people who fled South Lake Tahoe in the teeth of a wildfire were returning home as crews finally managed to stall the advance of flames scant miles from the resort.
    (AP, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, In Florida former Marine sharpshooter Bryan Riley (33) went into two different homes on the same property in north Lakeland and shot and killed a woman (62), a family dog, a woman (26), her 3-month-old baby boy whom she was holding at the time, and the woman's 40-year-old boyfriend under the delusion that the victims were child sex traffickers. Prosecutors later sought the death penalty for Riley.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 5, Divers at the site of an ongoing oil spill that appeared in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida identified the apparent source as one-foot diameter pipeline displaced from a trench on the ocean floor and broken open. Talos Energy, the Houston-based company currently paying for the cleanup, said in a statement that the busted pipeline does not belong to them.
    (AP, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Bitcoin rose 0.49% to $50,188.4 at 1004 GMT, adding $245.24 to its previous close. Ether, the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, rose 1.16% to $3,932.07, adding $44.97 to its previous close.
    (AP, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, The Taliban said their forces had fought their way into the provincial capital of the Panjshir valley, their latest claim of progress in fighting against opposition forces holding out in the area north of Kabul.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Australia reported 1,684 new cases of the coronavirus as authorities raced ahead with vaccinations in a bid to end lockdowns on the populous southeast coast.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, In Australia a surfer was fatally bitten by a shark in Coff's Harbor off the eastern coast.
    (SFC, 9/6/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 5, Britain recorded 37,011 new daily COVID-19 cases, similar to the previous day's total of 37,578.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, A study was published showing that a booster dose of Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine reversed a decline in antibody activities against the Delta variant.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 5, The rebel forces in Ethiopia said that they had killed 3,073 "enemy forces", with 4,473 injured. This came after the military said it had killed more than 5,600 rebels, without specifying a timeframe.
    (BBC, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, In France indigenous groups urged world leaders to back a new target to protect 80% of the Amazon basin by 2025, saying bold action was needed to stop deforestation pushing the Earth's largest rainforest beyond a point of no return.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Germany's Robert Koch Institute reported 4,005, 641 total cases of COVID-19 and 92,346 deaths. The actual number of cases was believed to be much higher. More than 61% of the population was fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 9/6/21, p.A6)
2021        Sep 5, In Guinea soldiers who staged an uprising in Conakry said in a short broadcast on state television that they have dissolved the constitution and the government in the West African state. The defence ministry said the attack by mutinous forces had been put down.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, In India hundreds of thousands of farmers gathered in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh state, the biggest rally yet in a months-long series of demonstrations to press Narendra Modi's government to repeal three new agricultural laws.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Iraq's oil minister said France's Total will build four giant energy projects in southern Iraq under a $27 billion deal signed in Baghdad. Total signed mega contracts with Iraq to develop oil fields, natural gas and a crucial water project.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)(AP, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 5, Libyan authorities released Saadi Gaddafi, one of Muammar Gadhafis sons, after more than seven years of detention in the capital of Tripoli following his extradition from neighboring Niger.
    (AP, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 5, Mexican security and migration officials early today blocked the passage of a new migrant caravan, detaining several people, as the government moved to break up the group just a day after it set off from southern Mexico for the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Montenegro police used teargas against rock-throwing protesters during the enthronement of a Serbian Orthodox Church cleric as the nation's religious leader, with dozens reported injured.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, It was reported that Myanmar's military rulers have agreed to an ASEAN call for a ceasefire until the end of the year to ensure distribution of humanitarian aid.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 5, At least three Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide attack in the southwest, part of a spike in attacks on security forces in recent weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Polish state news agency PAP reported that Belarusian equestrian Olga Safronova has been given a humanitarian visa allowing her to live in Poland, after she was ostracized at home for speaking out against the Belarusian government.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Polls closed in a presidential run-off in Sao Tome and Principe between the archipelago's former infrastructure minister Carlos Vila Nova, who won the first round in July, and former prime minister Guilherme Posser da Costa. Evaristo Carvalho 979) did not seek a second five-year term in the largely ceremonial post.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Singapore's Home Team Science and Technology Agency said Singapore has put two autonomous robots on trial to detect bad behavior such as flouting of COVID-19 safety measures, smoking in prohibited areas and the improper parking of bicycles.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 5, SUNA state news reported that Sudanese authorities have seized a cargo of 72 boxes of weapons that arrived by air from Ethiopia and that they suspect were destined for use in "crimes against the state." The weapons had arrived in Ethiopia from Moscow in May 2019.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 5, Syrian army units backed by Iranian-backed militias resumed the shelling of a rebel enclave in southern Syria after the collapse of Russia-brokered deal to allow the government to reinstate full control over the area.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Taiwan's air force scrambled against renewed Chinese military activity, with its defence ministry reporting that 19 aircraft including nuclear-capable bombers had flown into Taiwan's air defence identification zone.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Tanzania suspended another newspaper accused of false stories even though Pres. Samia Suluhu Hassan had pledged to uphold media freedoms quashed by her predecessor.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)
2021        Sep 5, Government officials said the UAE plans to launch 50 new economic initiatives to boost the country's competitiveness and attract 550 billion dirhams ($150 billion) in foreign direct investment in the next nine years.
    (Reuters, 9/5/21)

2021        Sep 6, US President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in New Jersey, days after Hurricane Ida caused intense flooding that killed dozens in the US Northeast. New Jersey has reported at least 27 confirmed storm deaths and four people missing.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Federal pandemic unemployment benefits in the US expired. More than seven million people will lose the aid payments.
    (NY Times, 9/6/21)
2021         Sep 6, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 39,971,033 with the death toll at 648,686.
    (sfist.com, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, NASA announced that its Perseverance rover on Mars has successfully collected its first rock sample.
    (SFC, 9/8/21, p.A6)
2021        Sep 6, The US Coast Guard said it was probing nearly 350 reports of oil spills in and along the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, The board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest LGBTQ rights organization, said it has fired its president, Alphonso David, because of developments related to the sexual harassment case that prompted Andrew Cuomos resignation as governor of New York.
    (AP, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, Adlai E. Stevenson III, former US Senator, died at his home in Chicago. The scion of generations of Illinois Democrats shared the names and presidential ambitions of his father and great-grandfather but not their political successes, losing two races for state governor.
    (NY Times, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, Michael K. Williams (54), who played the character Omar Little in the TV series "The Wire," was found dead in his New York apartment.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, The International Chamber of Shipping, a major maritime industry association, backed plans for a global surcharge on carbon emissions from shipping to help fund the sector's shift toward climate-friendly fuels.
    (AP, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that they had completed their takeover of Afghanistan and promising to announce a new government soon.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Australia's state of New South Wales reported 1,281 new coronavirus cases, most of them in Sydney, down from 1,485 a day earlier. Five new deaths were recorded. Victoria state, which includes Melbourne, reported 246 new cases, its biggest daily rise of the year.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, In Belarus Maria Kolesnikova (39), one of the leaders of mass street protests against President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, leading to an outcry from Western countries.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree changing internet regulations to combat "arbitrary removal" of accounts, profiles and content. Bolsonaro urged people on Twitter and Facebook to follow him on Telegram, a messaging service with a more hands-off approach to content.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)(NY Times, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 6, Sunil Perera (68), who had entertained generations of Sri Lankans on the radio and on the dance floor with his distinctive, Latin-fused tunes, died in Colombo.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 6, Britain recorded 41,192 new daily COVID-19 cases, up from 37,011 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, The Middle East got its first completely automated cashier-less store, as retail giant Carrefour rolled out its vision for the future of the industry in a cavernous Dubai mall.
    (AP, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Ethiopia's TPLF said there was a "complete depletion of food stocks" in Tigray. About 150 people died of starvation in the war-hit Tigray region in August.
    (BBC, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (88) died. Belmondo shot to international fame as a star of New Wave cinema after his breakthrough performance in Jean-Luc Godard's "A bout de souffle" ("Breathless") in 1959.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, Germany's Foreign Ministry said it has protested to Russia over attempts to steal data from lawmakers in what it suspects may have been preparation to spread disinformation before upcoming elections.
    (AP, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Greece began administering vaccinations for COVID-19 outside churches in a pilot program recently announced by the government as a means of encouraging more people to get the shots.
    (AP, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Guinean special forces commander Mamady Doumbouya, who ousted President Alpha Conde a day earlier, said government officials were barred from travel until further notice, and must hand over their official vehicles to the military. Coup leaders promised to set up a transitional government of national unity after ousting Pres. Conde and dissolving his cabinet.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)(Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, Indian drug developer Hetero said it has received emergency use approval from the country's health authorities to make a generic version of Roche Holding AG's COVID-19 drug.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Indonesia's daily coronavirus positivity rate dropped below the World Health Organization's (WHO) benchmark standard of 5% this week for the first time, an indicator the country's devastating second wave could be easing.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, In Israel six Palestinian militants broke out of the maximum security Gilboa prison in a Hollywood-style escape that left their jailors peering through a hole in the floor of a cell, and had Palestinians celebrating in the streets.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, It was reported that Venice authorities are preparing to demand that tourists pre-book their visit on an app and charge day-trippers between 3 and 10 euros to enter, depending on the time of the year.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Libya's Presidential Council announced the release of prisoners including one of Muammar Gaddafi's right-hand men, Ahmad Ramadan.
    (BBC, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, New Zealand reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 for a third day in a row, ahead of a decision on whether coronavirus restrictions would be eased in most of the country.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, In Nigeria gunmen invaded a village late today in the northern state of Kaduna and kidnapped 18 residents including seven children.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, Philippine Airlines said it will return 22 aircraft, mostly Airbus and Boeing jets, to lessors as it pursues a financial restructuring program to survive after the pandemic has decimated global travel.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, Qatar said it will soon resume funding for civil servants and poor families in the Gaza Strip under a new mechanism involving the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the United Nations.
    (Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 6, South Korea reported 1,375 new coronavirus infections. The number exceeded 1,000 for the 62nd consecutive day.
    (SFC, 9/7/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 6, Swedish authorities arrested two women from Sweden suspected of committing war crimes in Syria.
    (AP, 9/7/21)  
2021        Sep 6, Venezuelan government and opposition representatives said they reached partial agreement during talks in Mexico City as part of a roadmap drawn up to tackle the once prosperous country's long-running crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 6, Some 23 million students in Vietnam started a new school year, most of them in virtual classrooms amid a lockdown to contain a coronavirus surge in the country.
    (SFC, 9/7/21, p.A5)     

2021         Sep 7, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 40,028,975 with the death toll at 649,134.
    (sfist.com, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, In Florida Flagler County deputies arrested Brian Pirraglia and Michael Connell. The two men were in possession of enough fentanyl to kill nearly 500,000 people.
    (Orlando Sentinel, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, Idaho activated "crisis standards of care" to allow for healthcare rationing at hospitals in northern parts of the state due to a surge in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Phil Schaap (70), Grammy-Winning Jazz D.J. and historian, died in Manhattan. Schaap explored the intricacy and history of jazz in radio programs that he hosted, Grammy-winning liner notes that he wrote, music series that he programmed and classes that he taught.
    (NY Times, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law voting restrictions that Republican backers say are intended to combat voter fraud but that critics contend are aimed at making it harder for Democratic-leaning minorities to cast ballots. Opponents have vowed to quickly file lawsuits in federal courts across Texas challenging the legality of the measure.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, US lab products provider Avantor Inc (AVTR) said it will buy Masterflex from privately held Antylia Scientific in a $2.9 billion all-cash deal to beef up its COVID-19 therapy and vaccine manufacturing operations.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (GBT) said the US Food and Drug Administration had granted priority review for two applications related to its treatment for sickle cell disease in children.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, A collection of leading health and medical journals called this week for swift action to combat climate change, calling on governments to cooperate and invest in the environmental crisis with the degree of funding and urgency they used to confront the coronavirus pandemic.
    (NY Times, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, The Taliban named Mullah Hasan Akhund, an associate of the movement's late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan's new government, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement's political office, as deputy. The Taliban used force to break up a peaceful protest in support of womens rights in Kabul.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)(NY Times, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, An Afghan employee of an American organization in Afghanistan said the Taliban are blocking her and hundreds of other people from boarding charter evacuation flights out of Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, In Australia COVID-19 daily infections in Sydney fell for a third straight day but still lingered near record levels as the outbreak spurred a spike in vaccination rates in the hard-hit western suburbs of Australia's largest city.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, In Brazil supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro gathered outside Congress in Brasilia to back the far-right leader in his dispute with the Supreme Court. The court has authorized investigations of Bolsonaro allies over accusations they attacked Brazil's democratic institutions with misinformation online. Bolsonaro slammed the country's Supreme Court and cast doubt on the integrity of next year's election. Bolsonaro told supporters that he would ignore rulings from one Supreme Court justice who has helped lead investigations into his administration.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)(SFC, 9/10/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 7, British PM Boris Johnson set out plans to raise taxes on workers, employers and some investors to try to fix a health and social care funding crisis, angering some in his governing party by breaking an election promise.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Britain reported 209 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, the highest daily total since March 9.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, A court in Cameroon sentenced four people to death for their roles in a shooting attack on a school last year that killed seven children and wounded 12 others.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, Cape Verde's highest court ruled that Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman who is wanted by US authorities on charges of laundering money on behalf of Venezuela's government, should be extradited to the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Colombian lawmakers passed a tax bill late today to raise $4 billion annually, the final step in long-running efforts by the government of President Ivan Duque to get a fiscal reform through Congress.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, It was reported that the Czech Republic has become the first EU member state to contribute funds for Lithuania to build a barrier along its border with Belarus amid a surge in migration and upcoming Russian-led military exercises. The three-meter high fence, which would stretch for more than 500 km (315 miles), was expected to cost about 152 million euros.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, El Salvador became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. A day earlier President Nayib Bukele said El Salvador holds 400 bitcoins.
    (NY Times, 9/7/21)(Reuters, 9/6/21)
2021        Sep 7, In France armed robbers struck a Bulgari store on the opulent Place Vendome in Paris and snatched jewelry worth 10 million euros ($11.84 million). Police caught three of the suspected armed robbers after opening fire on their car. Four on scooters got away.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, The soldiers who seized power in Guinea over the weekend consolidated their takeover with the installation of army officers at the top of Guinea's eight regions and various administrative districts. Guinea's military leaders freed scores of political prisoners before a meeting of West African leaders to discuss their response to the Sept. 5 coup that ousted Pres. Alpha Conde.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)(Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, Thousands of Indian farmers gathered at a grain market outside New Delhi in protest against new agricultural laws they say threaten their livelihoods, condemning "brutal" actions by police during similar demonstrations last week.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Israel launched airstrikes on what it said was a Hamas military site in the Gaza Strip early today, after incendiary balloons were sent into Israeli territory.
    (AP, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Mexicos Supreme Court voted to decriminalize abortion. The decision for now applied only to the northern state of Coahuila. 28 other states still criminalized the procedure.
    (NY Times, 9/7/21)(SFC, 9/9/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 7, In Mexico severe flooding led to the deaths of 17 people, most of whom had COVID-19, at a hospital in the central state of Hidalgo after torrential rains caused the River Tula to burst its banks.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, In Mexico at least one death was reported after a 7.1 magnitude temblor struck late today near Acapulco. About 1.6 million were left without power.
    (NY Times, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 7, Myanmar's shadow government, formed by opponents of military rule, called for a nationwide uprising against the junta, amid reports of new protests and a flare-up in fighting between the army and ethnic military groups.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Romanias governing center-right coalition faced a no-confidence vote after junior partner USR-Plus resigned from the government. A week of political turmoil had erupted when PM Florin Citu fired justice minister and USR-Plus member Stelian Ion for not signing off on a 10 billion euro ($12 billion) regional infrastructure development program.
    (AP, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Ivan Pavlo, a prominent Russian human rights lawyer who defended jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's foundation and worked on many high-profile cases, said that he had left Russia due to a criminal inquiry against him.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Russian tech firm Yandex said it had removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's tactical voting website from its search engine to comply with a government ban ahead of a parliamentary election this month.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Singapore's health ministry recorded 328 new domestic coronavirus cases, the highest daily number of new infections in more than a year.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, South Korea Yonhap news agency reported that South Korea test-fired a ballistic missile (SLBM) last week from a submarine.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Amnesty International said Syrian refugees who returned home were subjected to torture, detention and disappearance by security forces, urging governments to protect them from deportation and forcible return. Government shelling of rebel-held areas in the northwest late today killed four people, including a child and a woman, and wounded more than a dozen.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)(AP, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Turkey's state-run news agency said prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 214 serving and former military personnel over alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt.
    (AP, 9/7/21)
2021        Sep 7, Zimbabwe's justice minister said government workers who do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should resign.
    (Reuters, 9/7/21)  

2021        Sep 8, The Biden administration issued a blueprint laying out how the US can generate 40% of US electricity, which would help the US meet a goal of decarbonizing the power sector by 2035.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, The Biden administration removed 18 appointees named to US military academy boards by Donald Trump in the final months of the Republican president's term in office.
    (AP, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, The US Supreme Court halted the execution of a Texas prisoner who requested that his pastor lay hands on him when his execution is carried out. The late night order came three hours before inmate John Ramirez was scheduled to be executed.
    (Washington Examiner, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Congress in a letter that she will run out of maneuvering room to prevent the US from broaching the government's borrowing limit in October.
    (AP, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, The US Treasury Dept. reported that the wealthiest 1% of Americans are the nation's most egregious tax evaders, failing to pay as much as $163 billion in owed taxes per year.
    (SFC, 9/10/21, p.A6)
2021        Sep 8, The US Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet said it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran.
    (AP, 9/9/21)
2021         Sep 8, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 40,311,473 with the death toll at 651,053.
    (sfist.com, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, Nancy Salzman, the co-founder of Nxivm, was sentenced to three years for her involvement in a cult-like group that branded and coerced women into sex.
    (The Independent, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, The California State Senate approved a bill that would place limits on production quotas for warehouse workers. The bill, which passed the Senate 26-to-11, was written partly in response to high rates of injuries at Amazon warehouses.
    (NY Times, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Tropical Storm Mindy made landfall late today over St. Vincent Island, about 10 miles (15 km) west southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.
    (AP, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, Florida arested Nelson Ronaldo Garcia-Medina (20) for stealing the identity of one of the victims in the June 24 Miami tower collapse. He was the 4th person accused of identity theft related to the tragedy.
    (SFC, 9/11/21, p.A3)
2021        Sep 8, In Virginia an 1890 soaring statue of Robert E. Lee, the Souths Civil War general, was hoisted off its pedestal in downtown Richmond.
    (NY Times, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Researchers said a misinformation campaign on social media in support of Chinese government interests has expanded to new languages and platforms. They said it even tried to get people to show up to protests in the United States. The operation was identified in 2019 as running hundreds of accounts in English and Chinese aimed at discrediting the Hong Kong democracy movement.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, It was reported that Bill Gates' Cascade Investment LLC is taking control of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts by buying about half of Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's stake for $2.21 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Novavax Inc said it has initiated an early-stage study to test its combined flu and COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Several Afghan journalists said they had been arrested and beaten in custody while covering a protest in front of a police station in Kabul one of the first accounts of journalists being abused since the Taliban came into power.
    (AP, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, In Algeria paramilitary police said 30 people, including seven members of a separatist group that the government has declared a terrorist organization, have been detained for involvement in wildfires that killed at least 65 people.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, Britain recorded a further 191 daily deaths from COVID-19 and 38,975 new cases.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Australia's High Court ruled that news publishers, including Rupert Murdoch's the Australian, are responsible for comments that readers post on their corporate Facebook pages.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Brazilian truckers staged demonstrations throughout Brazil, partially blocking key routes in several states and prompting Pres. Jair Bolsonaro to ask the protestors to stand down. Truckers sympathetic to the president had partially blockaded highways in 16 states as of the late evening.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Bulgaria, one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the 27-nation European Union, faced a new, rapid surge of infections due to the more infectious delta variant. Only 20% of adults have so far been fully vaccinated.
    (AP, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Canadian National Railway Co said that all its employees in Canada must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, China banned private tutors from giving classes online or in unregistered venues such as residential buildings, hotels and coffee shops, ramping up its effort to stamp out all for-profit tutoring.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, China's government summoned gaming firms including Tencent Holdings Ltd and NetEase Inc to ensure they implement new rules for the sector.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, The Czech Republic recorded 588 new cases of coronavirus, the highest daily tally since May 25. Government officials predicted a continued rise in infections.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Rivals Egypt and Turkey said they have agreed to continue talks aimed at stabilizing relations after the end of a second round of negotiations.
    (AP, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Egyptian natural gas will be piped to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria to help boost its electricity output under a plan agreed by the four governments.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In Egypt an apartment building collapsed in Shoubra el-Khaima, a city just outside Cairo, killing at least three lawyers working in a law firm.
    (AP, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, Ethiopian officials said they have found the graves of at least 119 civilians after rebel forces withdrew from a village they had occupied.
    (BBC, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Regular safety updates from the watchdog showed that Europe's medicines regulator has added an extremely rare nerve-damaging disorder, Guillain-Barr syndrome, as a possible side-effect of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.
    (AP, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In France Salah Abdeslam (31), the main suspect in a jihadist rampage that killed 130 people across Paris, described himself defiantly as "an Islamic State soldier," upsetting some survivors who took it as a threat at the start of the trial into the 2015 attacks.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, French police came under attack late today from youths wielding a handgun, flares and petrol bombs during clashes in the low-income housing estate of Tarterets, a suburb of Paris.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, ECOWAS, west Africa's main political and economic bloc, suspended Guinea's membership following a weekend military coup that ousted President Alpha Conde.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Hong Kong police arrested four members of a pro-democracy group that organizes the annual June 4 rally to commemorate those who died in the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, in the latest blow to the opposition movement. Activist and barrister Chow Hang Tung of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China was arrested along with three others.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In Iceland the world's largest plant that sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and deposits it underground started operating. Swiss start-up Climeworks AG, which specializes in capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air, has partnered with Icelandic carbon storage firm Carbfix to develop a plant that sucks out up to 4,000 tons of CO2 per year.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In India the government of PM Narendra Modi raised the price it will pay to buy new-season wheat from local farmers by 2% to 2,015 rupees ($27.39) per 100 kg. Farmers said the government's move to raise state-mandated price for new season wheat is not enough to cover the cost of cultivation.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, India's antitrust watchdog raided local offices of several vegetable seed companies including a unit of Germany's BASF in a case related to alleged price collusion.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, It was reported that India will give about $3.5 billion, down from an original plan to give about $8 billion in incentives, to auto companies over a five-year period under a revised scheme to boost the manufacturing and export of clean technology vehicles.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In India a boat carrying dozens of passengers sank in the northeastern state of Assam after a collision with another vessel. At least one person died.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In Indonesia at least 44 prisoners, some trapped in cells, died in a fire early today at the Tangerang prison west of Jakarta.
    (NY Times, 9/8/21)(Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, Italy reported 69 coronavirus-related deaths against 71 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose to 5,923 from 4,720.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In Libya protesters blocked oil exports at the ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf. Engineers said production at fields that supply the terminals was unaffected.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Morocco held elections for a new parliament and local leaders. The outcome was hard to predict as opinion polls were not allowed. Moroccos moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party suffered major losses. Turnout figures showing nearly half of Moroccans didnt cast a ballot.
    (AP, 9/8/21)(AP, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, Nigerian police said gunmen have kidnapped 20 people in remote Sokoto State.
    (Reuters, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, North Korea put tractor-towed artillery, fire engines and health personnel in orange hazmat suits on show at a parade in Pyongyang late today, rather than the more usual tanks and ballistic missiles for its 73rd anniversary.
    (AFP, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, In North Macedonia 14 people were killed and 12 seriously injured when a fire broke out late today in a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients in the town of Tetovo.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 8, The Philippines's governing party nominated Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as its vice presidential candidate.
    (SFC, 9/9/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 8, Russia's emergency management chief Yevgeny Zinichev (55) died diving into an Arctic river in an attempt to rescue Alexander Melnik, a filmmaker who fell in. Neither man survived.
    (Business Insider, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, Syrian forces entered the rebel-held district of a volatile southern city as part of a truce negotiated by Russia to end weeks of fighting.
    (AP, 9/8/21)
2021        Sep 8, A United Nations panel said that at least 18,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed or wounded by airstrikes since the countrys war escalated in 2015.
    (AP, 9/8/21)

2021        Sep 9, US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke for 90 minutes, in their first talks in seven months, discussing the need to ensure that competition between the world's two largest economies does not veer into conflict.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 9, Pres. Joe Biden outlined a six-pronged plan to address the latest rise in coronavirus cases and the stagnating pace of COVID-19 shots just two months after he prematurely declared the nation's independence from the virus. Biden also signed a new executive order to require vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government. The private-sector mandate will apply to companies with at least 100 employees.
    (AP, 9/9/21)(NY Times, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, The Justice Department sued Texas over its new anti-abortion law, which Attorney General Merrick Garland called clearly unconstitutional.
    (NY Times, 9/9/21)
2021         Sep 9, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 40,480,607 with the death toll at 652,993.
    (sfist.com, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 9, The United States and Mexico resumed high-level economic talks for the first time in four years. The two sides sought to find common ground on a host of issues such as climate change, workers' rights and immigration.
    (AP, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, It was reported that the White House has withdrawn President Joe Biden's nomination of gun control advocate David Chipman to head the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His nomination had inflamed Republicans and pro-gun groups such as the NRA because of Chipman's work with a prominent gun control advocacy group.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, The Biden administration said it will relaunch a process that could permanently protect a vital Alaskan watershed from the development of the contentious Pebble Mine project.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Los Angeles became first big school district to mandate vaccines for students 12 and older. Biden called on schools to require vaccinations for teachers and staff.
    (NY Times, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, In southern California Dwight Jones (41), serving life without the possibility of parole for a double murder, four counts of attempted murder and conspiracy in a 1999 shooting, was released after the Loyola Project for the Innocent uncovered new evidence casting doubt on the original conviction.
    (The Bakersfield Californian, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 9, In San Francisco three waste management companies that are part of Recology Inc. agreed to pay $36 million for their role in a corruption scheme that included high-dollar kickbacks to former SF Public works Director Mohammed Nuru.
    (SFC, 9/10/21, p.A1)
2021        Sep 9, Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said the university will divest itself from holdings in fossil fuels.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 9, Jean-Claude van Itallie (85), Belgium-born American playwright, died in Manhattan. He was known for "American Hurrah." a form-bending trio of one-acts that opened in the East Village in 1966 and ran for more than 630 performances.
    (SSFC, 9/19/21, p.F9)
2021        Sep 9, Ford Motor Co said it will stop making cars in India and take a hit of about $2 billion because it does not see a path to profitability in the country, becoming the latest automaker to leave the major growth market dominated by Asian rivals.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, The first international commercial flight, since the end of the chaotic Western airlift from Afghanistan last month, departed from Kabul Airport. It was about 90% ready for operations and full re-opening was planned gradually.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, The Taliban executed Rohullah Azizi, the brother of Amrullah Saleh, the former Afghan vice president who became one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in the Panjshir valley.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 9, Belarus and Russia formally opened vast joint military drills, a week-long exercise across the territory of both countries and in the Baltic Sea that has alarmed some NATO countries.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, It was reported that Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is temporarily banning social media companies from removing certain content, including his claims that the only way hell lose next years elections is if the vote is rigged. Bolsonaro met by videoconference with truckers leading blockades of highways over high fuel prices in multiple states across the country. He said the allied truckers had agreed to stand down on Sept. 12, a move that could bring significant relief to global commodity markets.
    (NY Times, 9/9/21)(Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Soulful British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks (21) won the prestigious Mercury Prize for her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 9, Britain's medical regulator gave the go-ahead for Pfizer and AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to be used as booster shots, but said any decision to proceed with a booster program was for others to make.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Britain recorded 38,013 new coronavirus cases, down slightly from 38,975 a day earlier, and 167 new deaths from COVID-19, which occurred within 28 days of a positive test for the disease, down from 191 recorded the previous day.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Oxford Nanopore, a provider of rapid COVID-19 tests to Britain's national health service, announced a London listing as it aims to build on the 2.4 billion pound ($3.3 billion) valuation it achieved in its latest funding round.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, President Xi Jinping said China will donate 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to developing countries by the end of 2021.
    (South China Morning Post, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 9, Chinese gaming and related shares skidded, dragged down by an ongoing regulatory squeeze that has engulfed industries ranging from online platforms and entertainment to for-profit tutoring and real estate.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, It was reported that China's factory gate inflation hit a 13-year high in August driven by roaring raw materials prices despite Beijing's attempts to cool them, putting more pressure on manufacturers in the world's second-largest economy.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Ethiopia said that rebellious forces from the Tigray region had been defeated in the adjacent Afar region and had withdrawn, but the Tigrayan forces said they had merely shifted troops to neighboring Amhara for an offensive there.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, A top health official said France will begin offering free contraceptives for women up to the age of 25 starting next year to help young women with the financial costs of protecting against pregnancy.
    (NY Times, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, The French AFP news agency reported that a Paris appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that found Rifaat al-Assad (84), an uncle of Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad, guilty of acquiring millions of euros' worth of French property using funds diverted from the Syrian state.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, German prosecutors raided the finance and justice ministries as part of an investigation into the governments anti-money laundering agency, putting a spotlight on Germany's failings in tackling financial crime.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Guinea's military junta, which seized power over the weekend, said that it has ordered the central bank and other banks to freeze all government accounts.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Hong Kong police raided the premises of the closed June 4th Museum, dedicated to the victims of China's 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Italy's medicines agency AIFA approved the use of a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable groups of the population.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Japan extended emergency COVID-19 restrictions in Tokyo and other regions until the end of this month to curb infections and prevent hospitals being overwhelmed.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Jordan's highest appeal court upheld a guilty verdict against Bassem Awadallah, a former confidant of King Abdullah, and Sherif Hassan Zaid, a minor royal, who were sentenced 15 years in jail on charges of attempting to destabilize the monarchy.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, Lebanon's caretaker minister of social affairs announced the launch of cash cards for over 500,000 families next month, a planned step to further curb a $6 billion subsidy program that has heavily depleted foreign reserves.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)
2021        Sep 9, The Spanish police said Hugo Carvajal (61), the former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, has been arrested. He had been in hiding since a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States almost two years ago.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)(SSFC, 9/12/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 9, Spain's coronavirus incidence slipped below 150 cases per 100,000 people, a threshold the Health Ministry considers a "high risk" of contagion, for the first time in more than two months.
    (Reuters, 9/9/21)

2021        Sep 10, The United States allowed imports from Malaysia's Top Glove Corp, after customs authorities lifted a year-long ban imposed for alleged forced labor found at the world's largest medical glove maker.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, A US judge issued a ruling in "Fortnite" creator Epic Games' antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc's App Store, striking down some of Apple's restrictions on how developers can collect payments in apps.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021         Sep 10, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 40,635,649 with the death toll at 654,937. US fines doubled for people breaking mask rules on planes, trains and other forms of public transit.
    (sfist.com, 9/11/21)(SFC, 9/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 10, The National Weather Service said there were more than 1,100 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in California between Thursday evening and Friday morning. Fire officials said lightning strikes ignited at least 17 fires. The Caldor Fire was 53% contained after burning more than 341 square miles (883 square km) and destroying more than 1,000 structures, including hundreds of homes. The Dixie Fire remained at 59% containment.
    (AP, 9/10/21)(SFC, 9/11/21, p.C6)
2021        Sep 10, Jason Schrock (46), the co-owner of a network of online charter schools who was accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars in California education funds, was sentenced to four years in state prison. Schrock and his business partner, Sean McManus (48) of Australia, were also ordered to pay $37.5 million in fines.
    (AP, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 10, A Florida appeals court ruled in favor of Governor Ron DeSantis, effectively reinstating his ban on mask mandates in the state's public schools.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Atlanta's zoo said at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity.
    (AP, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 10, In Nevada a mask mandate took effect in all 17 counties of the state due to high coronavirus transmissions for the 2nd week in a row.
    (SFC, 9/10/21, p.A8)
2021        Sep 10, In NYC Igor Fruman, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani who sought to dig up damaging information in Ukraine about US President Joe Biden before the 2020 election, pleaded guilty to one criminal count in a campaign finance case.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, A US federal appeals court blocked Tennessee's strict abortion law, more than a year after a district court first issued a preliminary injunction that prevented it from taking effect.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, It was reported that Apple Inc plans to spend more than $500 million on marketing its streaming service, Apple TV+, this year.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, A second charter flight left Afghanistan carrying foreigners and Afghans to Qatar in a sign the country's main airport was close to resuming commercial operations. The flight included 19 Americans.
    (AFP, 9/10/21)    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Australia's COVID-19 daily cases topped 1,900 for the first time in the pandemic as an outbreak fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant continued to gain ground in locked-down Sydney and Melbourne, its largest cities.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, The International Monetary Fund said it would begin a virtual mission to Belarus, amid concerns raised about the global lender's disbursement of new emergency reserves to the government of president Alexander Lukashenko. The IMF last month said it was keeping a close watch on Belarus but proceeded to give Lukashenko's hardline government access to nearly $1 billion in new Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, A protest by Brazilian truckers loyal to President Jair Bolsonaro largely fizzled out, a relief for industries that feared supply shortages.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Britain recorded 147 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, down from 167 a day earlier. Figures showed. 37,622 new cases of the virus.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, NHS England said lung cancer patients in England will become the first in Europe to receive a drug made by US biotech Amgen Inc that targets a specific gene mutation.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, China's banking and insurance regulator said it will launch wealth management product pilots in four cities aimed at retail investors looking to boost their retirement savings.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Chinese government officials told leading delivery and ride-hailing companies to improve how they distributed incomes and ensure rest periods for workers.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, China reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on the mainland, up from 17 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 10, Denmark lifted all domestic coronavirus restrictions. More than 80% of the population over age 12 was fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 9/11/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 10, It was reported that France has raised its bird flu alert level after a severe form of the virus was found among backyard poultry in the northeast, on top of cases in neighboring Belgium and Luxembourg.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Germany's vaccine oversight body recommended that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an mRNA-based shot.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Hungary's Foreign Ministry said the government has signed a letter of intent with Sinopharm executives to develop the required infrastructure within the next 10 months to produce the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. Hungary has registered 814,732 COVID-19 cases with 30,086 deaths.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, India cut base import taxes on palm oil, soy oil and sunflower oil, as the world's biggest vegetable oil buyer tries to cool near-record price rises.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 10, In India a woman (34) was raped and then tortured with an iron rod in a truck parked in suburban Mumbai early today. She died at a local hospital a day later. Protests soon followed. Mumbai police soon arrested a man (45) and charged him with rape and murder.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 10, Indonesias elite counterterrorism squad arrested a convicted militant and suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has been blamed for a string of past bombings in the country. Abu Rusdan was seized near the capital of Jakarta, along with three other suspected members of Jemaah Islamiyah.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 10, Israeli police said the first two of 6 prison escapees have been caught in the Arab-majority city of Nazareth in northern Israel. The announcement identified them as Mahmoud Aradeh and Yakub Kadari, members of the Islamic Jihad militant group who were both serving life sentences.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, In Italy a tornado killed an off-duty firefighter and an 86-year-old man who were travelling by car in Pantelleria, popular tourist spot south of Sicily.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 10, A military helicopter crashed in northern Ivory Coast while on a reconnaissance mission near the border with Burkina Faso, killing all five crew members.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Japan's vaccinations Minister Taro Kono (58) announced that he is running to become the head of the governing party.
    (SFC, 9/11/21, p.A3)
2021        Sep 10, Lebanese leaders agreed a new government led by Sunni Muslim tycoon Najib Mikati after a year of feuding over cabinet seats that has exacerbated a devastating economic collapse, opening the way to a resumption of talks with the IMF. Mikati pledged to gain control of one of the world's worst economic meltdowns.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)(AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, In Mexico a federal judge issued a warrant for the arrest of TV host Ines Gomez Mont along with her lawyer husband Vctor Manuel Alvarez Puga. She had reportedly embezzled nearly $146 million from Mexicos Ministry of the Interior between 2016 and 2017. The pair managed to flee Mexico and their whereabouts was unknown.
    (Daily News, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 10, In Mexico a landslide brought tons of massive boulders down on a steep hillside neighborhood outside Mexico City, killing at least one person and leaving 10 missing.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Olaf was downgraded to a tropical storm and was packing maximum sustained winds of near 70 mph (110 km/h), as it lashed Mexico's Baja California Sur with heavy rains.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, It was reported that at least 20 people have been killed over the last 24 hours in fighting between militias and Myanmar's ruling military.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Nigerian officials cut communication lines in multiple parts of Katsina state as a crackdown on banditry in the northwest of the country spreads. The government directed a communications blackout in 13 local government areas to hinder criminality in the region.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Palestinian suspected attacker Dr. Hazem Joulani (50) died shortly after being wounded by Israeli police gunfire in Jerusalem where he had reportedly tried to stab officers.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio (81) died. He made national history in 2005 with an extraordinary use of his powers to dissolve parliament and oust an unstable majority government.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Russian company Gazprom said it had finished construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will take natural gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 10, South Africa started vaccinating some children and adolescents as part of the global Phase 3 clinical trials of Chinas Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 6 months and 17 years.
    (AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, A human rights lawyer who wrote a report on alleged abuses said political detainees in Sri Lanka are being tortured while in police and military custody.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, It was reported that Kineret, an arthritis drug made by Sweden's Sobi Inc, cuts death risk; heart drugs may help prevent COVID-19 blood clots.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, A Swiss criminal court convicted Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait, a power broker in international sports, of forgery in a trial over whether he used a bogus Kuwaiti coup plot to gain advantage over political rivals.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, The UN rights office said that the Taliban response to peaceful marches in Afghanistan has been increasingly violent, with authorities using live ammunition, batons and whips and causing the deaths of at least four protesters. The United Nations' educational organization warned about risks to access to education, especially for girls and women.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)(AP, 9/10/21)
2021        Sep 10, Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema said his new government would implement policies to reduce the fiscal deficit, restore economic growth and review mining policies.
    (Reuters, 9/10/21)  

2021        Sep 11, President Joe Biden commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States with visits to each of the sites where hijacked planes crashed in 2001, honoring the victims of the devastating assault.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, The FBI released a newly declassified document related to its investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and allegations of Saudi government support for the hijackers, following an executive order by President Joe Biden.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021         Sep 11, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 40,905,543 with the death toll at 659,558.
    (sfist.com, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 11, At the US Open Britain's Emma Raducanu (18) and Canadian Leylah Fernandez (19) displayed their youthful exuberance and fearless style of play at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Raducanu bagged the ultimate prize to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 11, In Virginia workers at the site Richmond, where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was taken down this week, installed a new time capsule within the statue's massive pedestal, after efforts to locate an 1887 capsule were suspended.
    (AP, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a recorded video marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead. Al-Zawahri said that Jerusalem Will Never be Judaized, and praised al-Qaida attacks including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.
    (AP, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 11, Australia and India vowed to deepen their security cooperation, especially following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, as the world marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Australia posted 2,077 infections, surpassing the previous day's record of 1,903. Queensland, Australia's third most populous state, said it may order a snap lockdown after a cluster of COVID-19 cases, as the country posted a record one-day rise in daily infections.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Britain recorded 29,547 news cases of the coronavirus and 156 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Hurricane Larry made landfall in Newfoundland on Canada's Atlantic coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km/hr).
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, It was reported that China's industry ministry has told technology companies including Alibaba Group Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd to stop blocking each other's website links from their platforms.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, In Costa Rica Joao Maldonado (32), a well-known leader of demonstrations in 2018 in southwestern Nicaragua's Jinotepe municipality, was in critical condition after being shot twice in the chest and once in the arm late today in Escazu, 10 km (6 miles) west of San Jose.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 11, Greek police fired tear gas and water canon to break up a demonstration of thousands of people protesting against mandatory coronavirus vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Israeli forces captured two more of the six Palestinian militants who escaped from a maximum security jail this week. The tow prisoners captured included Zakaria Zubeid.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Italy reported 57 coronavirus-related deaths with 5,193 new infections, compared with 62 fatalities and 5,621 daily cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Abimael Guzman (86), the founder of Peruvian rebel group Shining Path that killed tens of thousands in the 1980s and 1990s, died. Guzman had been imprisoned since 1992.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Typhoon Chanthu battered the Philippines' northernmost islands as a category 5 storm, displacing thousands of people. It soon weakened to category 3.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 11, In Poland large numbers of doctors, nurses and other medical workers marched in Warsaw to demand higher wages and an improvement in working conditions made more difficult by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, In Russia three people died early today, including an 11-year-old girl, after a gas explosion caused a two-storey apartment building to partially collapse in Solidarnost village 400 km (250 miles) south of Moscow.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, In Serbia several thousand people protested demanding a ban on planned lithium mining in the Balkan country as well as a resolution to scores of other environmental issues that made the region one of the most polluted in Europe.
    (AP, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, It was reported that South Africa's health regulator has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for use by children aged 12 and older, paving the way for the government to offer vaccinations to teenagers.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, In Spain Catalan separatists held their first major mass gathering since the start of the pandemic, trying to offer a display of unity despite the divisions in their ranks over upcoming talks with the Spanish government.
    (AP, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, In Spain hundreds of people gathered in central Madrid to call for better protection for LGBT rights after a series of homophobic attacks that have shocked Spain in recent months.
    (Reuters, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Turkish officials said an attack today on Turkish troops in Syrias northwestern Idlib province has left two soldiers dead and three others wounded.
    (AP, 9/11/21)
2021        Sep 11, Yemeni officials said Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile and explosive-laden drones at the Red Sea port of Hocha, destroying humanitarian aid warehouses.
    (AP, 9/11/21)

2021         Sep 12, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 40,937,891 with the death toll at 659,770.
    (sfist.com, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 12, Daniil Medvedev (25) of Russia won the US Open mens title, ending Novak Djokovics quest to win all four majors in one year.
    (NY Times, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 12, An explosion in suburban Atlanta caused the partial collapse of a 3-story structure in Dunwoody. A strong odor of gas had been reported before the blast. Two people were unaccounted for.
    (SFC, 9/13/21, p.A8)
2021        Sep 12, John Shelby Spong (90), a charismatic Episcopal bishop, died at his home in Richmond, Va. He pushed his followers to accept women and L.G.B.T.Q. clergy, and later called on them to reject sacrosanct ideas like Jesus virgin birth and the existence of heaven and hell.
    (NY Times, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 12, US-trained Afghan pilots and other personnel held in an Uzbek camp for about a month began leaving the country, under a US deal that came despite Taliban demands for the return of the Afghans and their aircraft. The first group is at least initially heading to the UAE.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, The Taliban's new Higher Education minister said women in Afghanistan will be allowed to study in universities as the country seeks to rebuild after decades of war but gender-segregation and Islamic dress code will be mandatory.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, Argentines headed to the polls for midterm primaries in a litmus test for the center-left Peronist government of Alberto Fernandez, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crises and rising poverty. The main opposition party landed a blow against the ruling Peronists, winning key races in a congressional primary vote that is a strong leading indicator of how voters will cast ballots in the midterm election in November.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)(Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, PM Scott Morrison said Australia has purchased an additional 1 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine from the European Union, as the country accelerates its inoculation program to fight record high infections.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, Bangladesh reopened schools and other educational institutions after 543 days of closure as its virus situation eases and more people are vaccinated. The government says most Bangladeshi adults will be vaccinated by the end of this year.
    (AP, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, China's southern city Putian told the public not to leave town, suspended bus and train service and closed cinemas, bars and other facilities in an effort to contain a coronavirus outbreak. 19 new infections, believed to have been acquired locally, were reported in the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged $270 million in aid and three million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Cambodia.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, The slaughter of 1,428 white-sided dolphins, part of a four-century-old traditional drive of sea mammals into shallow water where they are killed for their meat and blubber, reignited a debate on the small Faeroe Islands, a semi-independent and part of the Danish realm.
    (AP, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 12, Pope Francis arrived in Hungary early for an unusually short stay that underlines differences with the anti-immigrant PM Viktor Orban. After 7 hours Francis moved on to Slovakia.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, Iran said it will is to allow the UN nuclear watchdog to service monitoring cameras at Iranian nuclear sites following talks with IAEA head Rafael Grossi. Iran agreed to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)(AP, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. There were no reports of casualties.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, Japans government said more than 50% of the population has been fully vaccinated. About 60% is expected to be fully vaccinated by the end of September.
    (AP, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, New Zealand reported 20 locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Auckland. PM Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand has purchased 500,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Denmark, as the country struggles with a cluster of infections in its largest city.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, In south-central Nigeria heavily armed gunmen raided a jail in Kabba late today, blowing up the perimeter fence and freeing 266 inmates. Many of the inmates in Kabba were suspected Boko Haram fighters.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)(BBC, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 12, Norwegians went to the polls for the first of two days of voting in a parliamentary election dominated by the widening gap between rich and poor, climate change and how the oil-producing nation should adapt to the energy transition.
    (Reuters, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, In Pakistan monsoon rains and mudslides destroyed homes and left at least 17 people dead in the Tor Ghar district.
    (SFC, 9/13/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 12, Poland's top political leaders gathered in a Warsaw church for the beatification of two revered figures of the Catholic church: Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, who led the Polish church's resistance to communism and Mother Elzbieta Roza Czacka, a blind nun who devoted her life to helping others who couldn't see.
    (AP, 9/12/21)
2021        Sep 12, In Singapore the number of patients requiring oxygen, however, doubled to a record 54 from two days before. The percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died was 5.2%. For the fully vaccinated that percentage was 1%.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 12, South Africa reported 3,961 new coronavirus cases, compared with a peak of about 26,500 per day in early July.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 12, Spain deployed soldiers to help fight a blaze in Malaga province that has scorched more than 17,000 acres over the lat 4 days.
    (SFC, 9/13/21, p.A4)

2021        Sep 13, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the US Justice Department, in the midst of investigating policing practices in three major cities, will toughen oversight of federal monitors who supervise implementation of police reforms mandated in civil consent decrees.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, It was reported that the Biden administration is making $482 million available to aviation industry manufacturers to help them avert job or pay cuts in the pandemic.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021         Sep 13, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 40,956,729 with the death toll at 659,985.
    (sfist.com, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, The Squaw Valley resort in north Lake Tahoe announced its new name: Palisades Tahoe.
    (SFC, 9/14/21, p.A1)
2021        Sep 13, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis threatened fines for cities and counties that mandate employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19, which has killed nearly 50,000 people in the state.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, In Minnesota Emily Claire Hari (50), an Illinois militia group leader, was sentenced to 53 years in prison. He was already convicted of the 2017 bombing of a mosque outside of Minneapolis that "terrorized" the local community of Somali immigrants. Hari and co-defendants Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris had driven in a rented pickup truck from Illinois to Bloomington on Aug. 4 and 5, 2017 to bomb the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, In NYC three companies linked to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, who is a prominent critic of his countrys ruling Communist Party, agreed to pay $539 million to settle charges they conducted an illegal securities offering. The SEC said The New York- and Arizona-based companies linked to Guo Wengui raised $487 million from 5,000 investors who bought stock in GTV Media Group Inc. and a digital asset called G-Coins or G-Dollars.
    (AP, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, George Wein (95), the impresario who almost single-handedly turned the jazz festival into a worldwide phenomenon, died at his apartment in Manhattan.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, Washington state expanded its indoor mask mandate to include outdoor events with 500 or more attendees, regardless of vaccination status.
    (SFC, 9/13/21, p.A6)
2021        Sep 13, Apple issued emergency updates in response to a flaw that let spyware from an Israeli company infect iPhones and Macs.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, Johnson & Johnson said its Ebola vaccine regimen demonstrated antibody immune responses in adults and children, citing data published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Drugmaker Merck & Co Inc said it sees potential US emergency use authorization for its experimental COVID-19 antiviral treatment, molnupiravir, before year-end.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Leading scientists including two departing senior US Food and Drug Administration officials and several from the World Health Organization (WHO) said additional COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are not needed for the general population.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Oculii co-founder Steven Hong said General Motors Co's venture capital arm has invested millions of dollars in the US startup maker of software for radar sensors used in self-driving cars.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, A World Bank report said climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hot spots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, The government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) said the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations had slowed as first-dose coverage neared 80% and urged the unvaccinated to get shots soon or risk missing out on freedoms when curbs ease.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, A spokesman for PM Boris Johnson said a dispute between Britain and the French company Valneva over vaccines is an ongoing commercial issue but will have no impact on vaccine supply in Britain.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Britain recorded 30,825 new cases, up from 29,173 reported a day earlier, with a further 61 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Britain's state-run National Health Service began the world's biggest trial of Grail Inc's flagship Galleri blood test that can be used to detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, British-Israeli digital security software provider Kape Technologies PLC said it was buying virtual private network (VPN) firm ExpressVPN for $936 million in a deal aimed at creating what it called a "premium consumer privacy and security player".
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, In China new local COVID-19 infections more than doubled in the southeastern province of Fujian, prompting officials to quickly roll out measures including travel restrictions to halt the spread of the virus. 59 new locally transmitted cases were reported up from 22 infections a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, Congo's government said President Felix Tshisekedi has received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, after a six-month wait caused by his unwillingness to take the AstraZeneca shot.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, The Czech Republic said it will buy 52 new Caesar artillery pieces from French group Nexter Systems for 8.5 billion crowns ($395.6 million) to replace older howitzers dating back to the 1970s.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, It was reported that an outbreak of dengue fever is suspected of killing dozens of people in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh since the start of September. Authorities have launched a campaign to destroy mosquito breeding grounds.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, India reported 27,254 new coronavirus infections and 219 deaths in the past 24 hours. Total cases have now climbed to 33.26 million while deaths have risen to 442,874.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Indonesia eased its COVID-19 restrictions on the popular tourist island of Bali, although international travelers will face stricter protocols on arrival to help curb the spread of new variants.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral issues, in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, An Israeli defense contractor unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot it says can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators and open fire.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Hezbollah said the first tanker ship carrying Iranian fuel for Lebanon has arrived in a Syria port and will be trucked to Lebanon this week.
    (SFC, 9/14/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 13, Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob's coalition and the main opposition bloc signed a cooperation pact to ensure stability during the COVID-19 pandemic, an agreement that could also help the premier win a confidence vote.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, In Mozambique Rvocat Karemangingo, a prominent member of the Rwandan refugee community, was shot dead. He had told police there was a plot to kill him.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, In the Netherlands a court in Amsterdam ruled that Uber drivers fall uinder the Dutch taxi drivers' collective labor agreement, meaning they are entitled to the same employment benefits as taxi drivers. Uber said it would appeal.
    (SFC, 9/14/21, p.C2)
2021        Sep 13, PM Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand's largest city Auckland will remain in lockdown to beat the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Nigeria said 75 children who were kidnapped on Sept. 1 from their school in northwestern Zamfara State have been released after their abductors came under pressure from a military crackdown. Media outlets over the last 24 hours have reported that bandits in Zamfara had attacked a military base and killed 12 soldiers.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, North Korea said it had successfully launched newly developed long-range cruise missiles, its first missile test in six months and a new indication that an arms race between North and South Korea was heating up on the Korean Peninsula.
    (NY Times, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Norway voted on the final day of a parliamentary election dominated by climate change and economic inequality, with the center-left opposition widely expected to replace a Conservative-led government that has ruled for eight years.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, A Palestinian stabbed and wounded two people in a Jerusalem cosmetics shop before being shot and wounded by police.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, The president's spokesperson said Philippines' capital region will shift to localized lockdowns and an alert level system starting Sept. 16 to prevent the spread of coronavirus while allowing more businesses to resume operations as total deaths reached 35,145.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad for the first time since 2018 and criticized foreign forces that are in Syria without permission or a UN mandate - a rebuke of the United States and Turkey.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 13, The Russian foreign ministry said it had demanded detailed information from the Czech Republic's ambassador to Moscow about the detention of a Russian national at Prague airport.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out her plans for a new referendum on Scottish independence, arguing Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic had put Scotland on a different course from the rest of the United Kingdom.
    (AFP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, In Slovakia Pope Francis warned against too much focus on individual rights and culture wars at the expense of the common good during a visit amid increased nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment across eastern Europe.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, Slovenia began requiring all people who enter indoor spaces, with few exceptions, be vaccinated against COVID-19 or show negative tests unless they have had the disease in the previous six months.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, South Africa eased COVID-19 restrictions and shorten its nationwide curfew after a decline in infections.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, A senior Sudanese police official said floods triggered by seasonal torrential rains in Sudan have killed more than 80 people and damaged or destroyed some 35,000 homes since July.
    (AP, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, United Nations' human rights chief Michelle Bachelet criticized the Taliban's human rights record since seizing power in Afghanistan, noting that stated commitments did not match realities on the ground such as the status of women.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, It was reported that Venezuela's government is allowing private firms to run at least 13 food companies that were nationalized a decade ago, an effort meant to improve operations that suffered under state management.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21)
2021        Sep 13, State media reported that Vietnam's coronavirus outbreak epicenter Ho Chi Minh City will extend its restrictions, as the capital Hanoi and several provinces sought an easing of curbs and the aviation authority proposed domestic flights resume.
    (Reuters, 9/13/21) 

2021        Sep 14, A US State Department spokesperson said the Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt until Cairo takes specific steps related to human rights.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, A senior US State Department official said the United States will reopen 1,400 requested family reunification cases involving minors from Central America.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, The US Justice Department said it was curtailing the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies from using chokeholds to restrain suspects or executing no-knock warrants at peoples' homes before entering.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, The US Justice Department asked a federal judge late today to issue an order that would prevent Texas from enforcing a law that prohibits nearly all abortions, ratcheting up a fight between the Biden administration and the states Republican leaders.
    (NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 14, US court documents were made public showing that three former American intelligence officers hired by the United Arab Emirates to carry out sophisticated cyberoperations admitted to hacking crimes and to violating US export laws that restrict the transfer of military technology to foreign governments.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)
2021         Sep 14, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 41,241,725 with the death toll at 662,525. The US is reporting more than 100,000 new daily infections for the first time since January.
    (sfist.com, 9/15/21)(Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 14, Welcome.US, a coalition of advocacy groups, US businesses and other leaders was launched to help the tens of thousands of Afghans fleeing their country. Former US presidents - Republican George W. Bush and Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama - have banded together behind a new group.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, California Gov. Gavin Newsom won a recall referendum in a landslide. State voters rejected removing him from office by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent. The election spawned a campaign to end Californias 100-year-old recall law.
    (NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 14, In the SF Bay Area Oakland-based Mills College, one of just 37 women's colleges in the US announced that it will merge with Northeastern Univ., a private Boston-based University, and become gender inclusive.
    (SFC, 9/15/21, p.C1)
2021        Sep 14, Norm Macdonald (61), the acerbic, sometimes controversial comedian familiar to millions as the Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live from 1994 to 1998, died in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 14, The city of Chicago agreed to settle with two men who claimed that a detective framed them for a 1993 murder. Armando Serrano and Jose Montanez will split the $20.5 million lawsuit, approved by the Chicago City Council, after spending 23 years behind bars.
    (NY Daily News, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 14, Hurricane Nicholas made landfall early today over the Gulf Coast of Texas before being downgraded to a tropical storm, lashing weary residents with powerful wind gusts and driving rain as it moved toward Houston.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Afghanistan's acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi called for international donors to restart aid. Muttaqi also said the government remains committed to its promises not to allow militants to use its territory to attack others.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)(AP, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, John Nkengasong, director of Africa's Centers for Disease Control said less than 3.5% of Africans are vaccinated against COVID-19, far short of its official target of 60%.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Angola's former President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos returned home for the first time since he went into exile in Barcelona in April 2019.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Brazilian Senate leader Rodrigo Pacheco said he would not consider President Jair Bolsonaro's decree limiting social networks' power to remove content, killing a measure that had met with widespread opposition from tech giants.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Britain said it will begin a broad-based COVID-19 vaccine booster program for older and more vulnerable people soon as PM Boris Johnson's government relies on vaccines rather than further lockdowns to navigate a "bumpy" winter. Johnson announced a plan to offer all those age 50 and older a booster vaccine as part of a winter coronavirus strategy.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)(NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 14, The Canary Island's regional government put the island on a yellow alert for an eruption, the second of a four-level alert system, as earthquakes intensified and moved closer to the surface.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 14, A government-backed agency said China is developing machines that will be able to track data sent abroad by cars as regulators in the world's biggest vehicle market implemented new rules on data protection.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, The cyberspace commission in Chinas northern Hebei province said it will cooperate with other government departments to crack down on virtual currency mining and trading, the latest move in the country's cryptocurrency crackdown.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, It was reported that Chinese retailer Miniso Group will open a 'flagship' New York store and nearly double its US outlets this year, betting post-pandemic shoppers on a budget will snap up cheap but fun goods for homes and work like $10 soft toy cats and $4 staplers shaped like avocados.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, It was reported that Cuba will begin vaccinating children as young as 2 against the coronavirus this week, making it the only country so far to immunize children that young.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Germany's federal prosecutor said police have arrested a German-Iranian man suspected of exporting equipment to be used in Iran's nuclear and missile programs in breach of European Union sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Haitis chief prosecutor said that there was evidence linking acting PM Ariel Henry to the assassination of President Jovenel Mose, and prohibited him from leaving the country until he answers questions about it. PM Ariel Henry replaced the chief public prosecutor, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis.
    (NY Times, 9/14/21)(Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, A study of 614 fully vaccinated health workers in India found a "significant" drop in their COVID-fighting antibodies within four months of the first shot.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, The family of the only survivor of an Italian cable car disaster, a six-year old boy, petitioned a Tel Aviv court for his return after his grandfather took him to Israel in a suspected kidnapping.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Mexican authorities rescued 22 foreigners, most of them Cuban and Haitian, who were earlier in the day kidnapped when gunmen stormed a hotel in the central state of San Luis Potosi.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Nigeria's prison service said a total of 114 of the 266 inmates who escaped from a prison on Sept. 12 have been recaptured.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Norway's Labour Party began coalition talks with other members of the center-left bloc seeking to form a government after their parliamentary election victory, with the focus on climate change and oil.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered members of his cabinet to get his consent before appearing at senate investigations, fuelling accusations from activists and some politicians of an attempt to stifle scrutiny.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, In Slovakia Pope Francis condemned prejudice and discrimination against Europe's Roma people during a visit to one of the most impoverished communities in the country, saying it was wrong to pigeonhole entire ethnic groups.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Somaliland police said they have arrested a man at an airport as he tried to smuggle 200 lizards to Egypt. The lizards appeared to be shield-tailed agama, which can retail for $500 each on pet websites.
    (Reuters, 9/14/21)
2021        Sep 14, Violent protests erupted in Aden and other cities in south Yemen over widespread poverty and electricity outages as a Saudi-backed alliance struggles with a complete collapse of public services in areas they control.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)

2021        Sep 15, The Biden administration took a major step in challenging Chinas broad territorial claims in the Pacific, announcing that the United States and Britain would help Australia to deploy nuclear-powered submarines, adding to the Western presence in the region. Australia will build eight nuclear-powered submarines under an Indo-Pacific security partnership.
    (NY Times, 9/16/21)(Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, A US federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, that challenged the National Security Agency's mass interception and searching of Americans' international internet communications.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, A US judge said former President Donald Trump cannot delay a lawsuit accusing him of defaming former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll after she claimed he raped her in the mid-1990s.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, An FDA review of Pfizers Covid vaccine booster data found that an additional shot increased immune response but also that the current regimen still provided strong protection from severe illness and death.
    (NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021         Sep 15, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 41,400,046 with the death toll at 664,572.
    (sfist.com, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, It was reported that San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development is allocating a record $42 million in workforce training programs over the next two fiscal years.
    (SFC, 9/15/21, p.C1)
2021        Sep 15, Colorado's Gov. Jared Polis (46), who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis (40), a writer and animal welfare advocate.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, A SpaceX rocket lifted off late today from a Kennedy Space Center launchpad in Florida, carrying four Americans on an adventure to orbit the Earth for three days. It was financed by Jared Isaacman (38), a billionaire and founder of Shift4, a payments processing service.
    (NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Maurice Mo Fayne (38), star of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison after applying for a loan meant for businesses struggling during the pandemic to cover expenses from a long-running Ponzi scheme.
    (AP, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 15, CNBC reported that Rivian is planning an initial public offering of stock later this year, pegging the companys value up to $80 billion. This week Rivian Automotive Inc. rolled its first pickup truck for regular customers off its assembly line in its Normal, Illinois, plant with first deliveries just around the corner.
    (https://tinyurl.com/p4wn6448)
2021        Sep 15, Stefan Qin (24) was sentenced in New York for securities fraud. Federal prosecutors said Qin defrauded more than 100 people out of about $90 million.
    (Bloomberg, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, In Texas a boy killed his family and posted grisly photos of the crime on social media, sending authorities rushing to an Aransas RV park. The suspect died from a gunshot wound.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, Afghanistan's Taliban-controlled central bank said it had seized nearly $12.4 million in cash and gold from former top government officials, including former vice president Amrullah Saleh, whose whereabouts are unknown.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Staff members said a unit in Afghanistan's central bank leading a 15-year effort to counter illicit funding flows has halted operations, threatening to hasten the country's slide out of the global financial system.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, In the Bahamas some 119 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, taking the active number to 1,679 in the nation of just 400,000 people.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, London's High Court said it would take steps if necessary to serve papers on Britain's Prince Andrew in a US lawsuit brought by a woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her two decades ago.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Britain recorded a further 201 daily deaths from COVID-19 and 30,597 new cases.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, New data showed that Canada's annual inflation rate accelerated to an 18-year-high in August, driven by broad upward price pressures, just days before a hotly contested federal election that could see PM Justin Trudeau's Liberals ousted.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Chile announced plans to reopen its borders to visitors as it seeks to restore its critical tourism industry ahead of the Southern Hemisphere summer following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, State television reported that China has fully vaccinated 91% of students aged 12-17 against the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, CongoDRC police beat a journalist and fired tear gas to disperse a small crowd in Kinshasa during an opposition protest over alleged election meddling.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, Cuba published a long-awaited draft of a new family code that would open the door to gay marriage if approved, in a move that LGBT rights activists applauded cautiously as they remained wary of whether it would actually be implemented.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Thousands of Salvadorans took to the streets to protest against President Nayib Bukele, who they accuse of a power grab aimed at weakening democratic institutions and consolidating his grip on power.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, The EU pledged to increase financial support to help poorer countries fight climate change and adapt to its impacts, and called on the US also to step up.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said that his countrys military forces had killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui, the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. Sahrawi, born in the disputed territory of Western Sahara in 1973, had been a member of the Polisario Front which is fighting for independence from Morocco.
    (NY Times, 9/15/21)(BBC, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 15, Hong Kong's security chief Chris Tang called for the city's main press association to disclose to the public who its members work for and how many of them are students, a day after he accused the group of infiltrating schools.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, In India authorities in Delhi ordered a ban on the storage, use and sale of firecrackers in the capital late today ahead of the Diwali festival to curb air pollution levels which cause thousands of deaths each year.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, India's cabinet approved an incentive scheme for the automobile sector aimed at boosting production of electric and hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles and promoting the manufacture of drones.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, India's federal cabinet approved a relief package for its cash-strapped telecoms sector including a four-year moratorium on airwaves payments due to the government.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Iran acknowledged that it had removed several surveillance cameras installed by UN nuclear inspectors at a centrifuge assembly site that came under a mysterious attack earlier this year.
    (AP, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Iran resumed commercial flights to Afghanistan that had been halted after the Taliban assumed power.
    (AP, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, A minister said Italy is to make a COVID-19 "Green Pass" mandatory for public and private sector workers, becoming the first European country to do so as it tries to accelerate vaccination rates and stamp out infections.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Lithuania allowed in five Afghan asylum-seekers, in a reversal after days of refusing them entry, but insisted a European court order protecting the five on human rights grounds must not be used to establish "a channel" for illegal migration.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Shares of Macau casino operators shed as much as a third of their value, losing about $18 billion, as the government kicked off a regulatory overhaul that could see its officials supervising companies in the world's largest gambling hub.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, The Nigerian air force killed and injured civilians while pursuing suspected Islamist insurgents in the northeast state of Yobe, in an incident that residents said left at least six people dead.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 15, It was reported that Nigeria is seeing one of its worst cholera outbreaks in years. At least 69,925 suspected cases were recorded as of Sept. 5 in 25 of the country's 36 states as well as 2,323 deaths.
    (SFC, 9/15/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 15, North Korea and South Korea test fired ballistic missiles, the latest volley in an arms race that has seen both countries develop increasingly sophisticated weapons while efforts to get talks going on defusing tension prove fruitless.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Panama approved a plan to vaccinate visitors in a bid to boost a tourism industry badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Central American nation to offer vaccine doses to tourists.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Int'l. Criminal Court judges authorized an investigation into the Philippines' deadly war on drugs campaign, saying that killings in the campaign appear to amount to a crime against humanity under the court's founding statute.
    (SFC, 9/16/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 15, It was reported that Portugal has fully inoculated 80% of its population against the coronavirus, becoming one of the world's most vaccinated nations as authorities gradually drop most COVID-19 restrictions.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Qatar resumed its distribution of aid to Gaza for the first time since the May war between Israel and the territory's militant Hamas rulers, this time through a new mechanism that does not involve suitcases full of cash. $40 million is being disbursed through supermarkets, money exchange shops and other retail stores.
    (AP, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny urged Russians to vote for the Communist Party at a parliamentary election this week, part of a tactical voting campaign meant to hurt the ruling United Russia party.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, A court in Thailand granted bail to four leaders of an anti-government protest movement, after more than a month in pre-trial detention over unrest at recent demonstrations against the prime minister.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights and said that countries should expressly ban AI applications which dont comply with international human rights law.
    (AP, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, The United Nations said it has sent home all 450 Gabonese troops from its peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic and opened an investigation after allegations of the sexual abuse of five girls.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, It was reported that Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of Stefan Hesse, the archbishop of Hamburg, who offered to step down in March after he was faulted for his handling of sexual abuse in his previous diocese.
    (AP, 9/15/21)
2021        Sep 15, Yemens southern separatists resorted to emergency measures in a bid to put down growing protests over dire living conditions in areas under their control.
    (AP, 9/15/21)

2021        Sep 16, The Biden administration began notifying US governors and state refugee coordinators about how many Afghan evacuees are slated to be resettled in their states. Funding from Congress has been requested to resettle 65,000 Afghans by the end of this month and 95,000 by September 2022.
    (SFC, 9/17/21, p.A5)
2021         Sep 16, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 41,657,842 with the death toll at 666,969.
    (sfist.com, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 16, An independent investigation released today said World Bank leaders, including then-Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva, applied "undue pressure" on staff to boost China's ranking in the bank's "Doing Business 2018" report. The US Treasury Department, which manages the dominant US shareholdings in the IMF and the World Bank, said it was analyzing what it called the "serious findings".
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 16, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation aimed at combating the state's housing crisis by expanding housing production and aiming to streamline housing approvals.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, A five-year federal investigation dubbed Operation Quiet Strom, centered on the Nuestra Familia prison gang, led to the arrest of 55 individuals by the FBI on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking and firearms offenses. Most the gang leadership is imprisoned in various California institutions.
    (SFC, 9/18/21, p.C5)
2021        Sep 16, Jane Powell (92), star of big-screen musicals, died at her home in Wilton, Conn. Her films included: "Song of the Open Road" (1944), "Royal Wedding" (1950), "The Girl Most Likely" (1958) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954).
    (SSFC, 9/19/21, p.F7)
2021        Sep 16, Idaho public health leaders expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Pfizer Inc said it was recalling all lots of its anti-smoking treatment, Chantix, due to high levels of cancer-causing agents called nitrosamines in the pills.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, It was reported that Armenia has filed a case at the International Court of Justice alleging breaches by Azerbaijan of an international convention that aims to eliminate racial discrimination.
    (AP, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 16, Australia's Victoria state reported its biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases of the year as a surge in vaccinations nationwide raised hope for easing restrictions with almost 70% of the adult population having had a first dose.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Bahamian PM Hubert Minnis conceded defeat in the general elections on the Atlantic island chain reeling from a surge in COVID-19 cases and slump in the tourism-dependent economy due to the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, The UK government announced a far-reaching review of EU-era legislation that it plans to ditch after Brexit.
    (AFP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Britain reported 26,911 new COVID-19 cases and 158 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test. NHS England launched its COVID-19 booster vaccination campaign.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, British retailer Marks & Spencer said that it will close 11 of its stores in France, mainly in Paris, as a result of fresh and chilled food supply issues related to Britain's departure from the European Union.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, China denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning of an intensified arms race in the region.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, China said it has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, China said it will extend tariff exemptions for 81 products imported from the United States by seven months.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Chinese health officials announced that more than 1 billion people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the worlds most populous country, or about 72% of its 1.4 billion people.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Cyprus' Orthodox Church formally took charge of two ornately decorated 18th century doors stolen from a church in the ethnically divided island's breakaway north and reclaimed from a Japanese art college after a long legal battle. The doors were stolen after the islands ethnic split in 1974.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Egypt and Libya's unity government signed a series of cooperation agreements and several infrastructure contracts as Cairo eyes reconstruction opportunities in its oil-rich neighbor.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, ECOWAS, West Africa's main regional bloc, imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Amnesty Int'l. accused Egypts main domestic security agency of harassing and intimidating rights advocates and activists to silence them.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it has approved $67 million emergency support for Equatorial Guinea to help it deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and an explosion at a military base that destroyed much of its mainland city of Bata in March.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, The European Commission launched a health crisis body that will coordinate EU spending of almost 30 billion euros ($35.3 billion) to prepare for a future pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Human Rights Watch reported that Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopias northern region of Tigray last November.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, The Faeroese government said that it will review the way hunts of Atlantic white-sided dolphins are carried out following the release of gruesome video footage showing the mass killing on Sept. 12 of nearly 1,500 sea mammals.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, France accused US President Joe Biden of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defence deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, In France hospitals, care homes and health centers suspended around 3,000 workers across the country for failing to comply with mandatory COVID vaccination, as countries around Europe weigh how far to go to combat the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, In France, the city of Paris unveiled a a monumental artwork that wrapped the Arc de Triomphe in silver and blue fabric, a project conceived in 1961 by the late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
    (SFC, 9/17/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 16, In Germany another case of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in a wild boar in the Uckermark region in the eastern state of Brandenburg.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Guinean health authorities said an outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in Guinea is officially over, less than six weeks since West Africa's first ever case of the disease was detected.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, An Indonesian court ordered President Joko Widodo and other senior government officials to improve the hazardous air quality of the capital Jakarta after finding them guilty of environmental negligence in a civil lawsuit.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, A senior official said Irans new government has approved use of US firm Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, as the Islamic Republic fights a fifth wave of infections.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Italy announced that it will require its residents to show a health pass to go to work. It is the first country in Europe to require coronavirus vaccination certificates so widely.
    (NY Times, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 16, In Lebanon the judge investigating last year's Beirut port blast issued an arrest warrant for former public works minister Youssef Finianos after he failed to show up for questioning. Families of the victims demonstrated outside of Beirut's Palace of Justice and blocked a nearby road, angry at the lack of progress in the investigation.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan commander said they are now battling their former allies, Chadian rebels who have sought refuge in southern Libya as they fight the government in Chad's capital, N'Djamena.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Scientists said artifacts unearthed in a cave in Morocco dating back as far as 120,000 years ago indicate that humans were making specialized bone tools, skinning animals and then using tools to process these skins for fur and leather.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, A narrow majority of Dutch parliament late today rejected a motion calling on the government to change its mind about the 'corona' pass, as PM Mark Rutte said it was needed to prevent a new wave of infections.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 16, A lawyer for Philippines' Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said that ICC representatives would be denied entry to the Philippines, a day after The Hague-based tribunal authorized a full investigation into Duterte's bloody war on drugs.
    (SFC, 9/17/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dozens of his staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed suspended PM Mohammed Hussein Roble's power to hire and fire officials, escalating a destabilizing row in the Horn of Africa nation. The row has been fuelled by the mysterious disappearance of a female spy, Ikran Tahlil (25), last seen at the end of June.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)(BBC, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, In Switzerland the "Wall of the Disappeared," a US-backed Uyghur photo exhibit of dozens of people who are missing or alleged to be held in Chinese-run camps in Xinjiang, China, opened in Geneva amid high tensions over human rights between Beijing and Washington.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Taiwan proposed extra defense spending of T$240 billion ($8.69 billion) over the next five years, including on new missiles, as it warned of an urgent need to upgrade weapons in the face of a "severe threat" from giant neighbor China.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Turkish medical producers protested over unpaid bills worth hundreds of millions of dollars for equipment supplied to state and university hospitals.
    (Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021        Sep 16, Venezuelan fishermen in Rio Seco, across the bay from Punta Cardon, notified PDVSA about an oil spill. The oil leaked from PDVSA's Ule-Amuay 2, a 26-inch pipeline that transports crude to the Paraguana Refining Center. The spill gushed for at least 10 days before being sealed.
    (Reuters, 10/6/21)  

2021        Sep 17, US President Joe Biden urged world leaders to join the United States and European Union in a pledge to cut methane emissions, hoping to build momentum before an international summit on climate change begins next month.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, The United States paved the way for further sanctions to be imposed on parties to the conflict in northern Ethiopia, where thousands have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US would delay the sanctions if the Ethiopian government and the Tigray Peoples Liberation front cease ongoing hostilities and enter into ceasefire negotiations immediately and without preconditions.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, The United States issued Iran-related sanctions targeting several Hong Kong-based Chinese entities.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, The United States said it was imposing sanctions on Lebanon and Kuwait-based financial conduits that fund the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah as well as financial facilitators and front companies that support the group and Iran.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021         Sep 17, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 41,823,641 with the death toll at 670,593.
    (sfist.com, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 17, A US federal panel rejected a request by Pfizer to approve boosters for most Americans who have received its COVID-19, but voted in favor of offering third shots to those 65 and older and anyone deemed at high risk of severe illness.
    (SFC, 9/18/21, p.A1)
2021        Sep 17, A California jury found multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst (78) guilty of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, the first homicide conviction for a man suspected of killing three people in three states over the past 39 years.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, A California appeals court overturned the convictions of three Black men over a double slaying in Antioch, saying prosecutors dismissed a Black woman from the jury pool for racial reasons. The ruling overturned the 2016 convictions of Sheldon Silas (33), Reginald Whitley (40), and Lamar Michaels (34). The three were serving life in prison without possibility of parole for the 2012 shooting deaths of Christopher Zinn (24), and his girlfriend, Brieanna Dow (21).
    (The Grio, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 17, In California KNP Complex fire, near the small town of Three Rivers, about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, grew to more than 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) and forced the closing earlier this week of Sequoia National Park.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, In Colorado Devon Erickson (20), convicted in June of murdering a classmate during a 2019 school shooting that wounded eight others, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was also sentenced to an additional 1,282 years for attempted murder and other charges stemming from the 2019 shooting. Vo-conspirator Alec McKinney pleaded guilty last year to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and related charges.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, In Connecticut Robert Gentile (85), the mobster accused of the largest art heist in US history died from a stroke at Hartford Hospital. The FBI suspected that Gentile knew where valuable paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery of 1990 were, but now Gentiles alleged secrets will never be told.
    (The Independent, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 17, In southern Texas Haitians fleeing a country hammered by political turmoil and two natural disasters made up most of over 10,000 migrants sleeping on the ground and desperate for food in a squalid camp under the Del Rio International Bridge connecting Mexico to south Texas.   
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, In Afghanistan workers in Kabul replaced signs for the country's women's ministry with those for the Taliban's moral police, as female former employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, The fate of Afghanistan dominated a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, formed 20 years ago as a talking shop for Russia, China and ex-Soviet central Asian states, but which has lately expanded into a bloc with wider regional ambitions. India and Pakistan joined in 2017, and Iran joined today. Members called on the United States to engage with the Taliban and fund aid to Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Albania's parliament voted in the first cabinet to be dominated by women since the multi-party system was introduced 30 years ago. Of the 17-member cabinet, 12 will be women.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (84) died, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Argentina's government remained mired in uncertainty, with President Alberto Fernndez yet to decide the fate of rebel ministers who tendered their resignations earlier in the week, sparking a political crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Brazil's indigenous affairs agency Funai renewed a protection order for the 242,500-hectare (599,230-acre) area in western Mato Grosso state where the last few members of Piripkura tribe live. But the renewed protection will last just six months, unlike the three-year extensions granted for the territory since 2008.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Britains Court of Appeal ruled that doctors can prescribe puberty-blocking drugs to children under 16 without a parents consent, overturning a lower courts decision that a judges approval should be needed.
    (AP, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Britain recorded 32,651 new cases and a further 178 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Sabina Nessa (28), a teacher, left her home in south London this evening to make the short walk through a local park to a bar where she was due to meet a friend. She never arrived and her body was found in the park the next afternoon. On Sept. 26 British police said they had arrested a man (38) on suspicion of her murder.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 17, Cambodia started vaccinating children aged 6 to 12 against COVID-19, joining a small number of countries to inoculate minors of elementary school age, as it seeks to expand its immunization program and revive its economy.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, A trio of Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after a 90-day stay aboard their nations first space station in Chinas longest mission yet.
    (AP, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, The Council of Europe said it would begin infringement proceedings against member state Turkey in November if philanthropist Osman Kavala is not released from prison in accordance with a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal which sank a French-designed submarine contract with Canberra.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, India broke its daily COVID-19 vaccination record by administering over 20 million doses of vaccines in a single day as states organized a special inoculation drive on the occasion of PM Narendra Modi's birthday.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Lebanon's new government raised gasoline prices, cutting a subsidy that PM Najib Mikati has said is unaffordable as he advances plans to address a devastating financial crisis. Lebanon's currency has slumped more than 90% since 2019. PM Najib Mikati said Iranian fuel shipments imported by the Hezbollah movement constitute a breach of Lebanon's sovereignty.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Around 700,000 people in Myanmar were estimated to have lost internet access after attacks on telecommunication equipment run by Mytel, the partly army-controlled company said amid reports that dozens of its towers were damaged.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, New Zealand announced higher fines of up to NZ$12,000 ($8,400) for individuals breaching coronavirus restrictions amid concerns that the current outbreak may spread beyond Auckland to other regions due to people breaking rules.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 17, It was reported that recent satellite images show North Korea is expanding a uranium enrichment plant at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, a sign that its intent on boosting the production of bomb materials.
    (AP, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Russians began voting in a three-day parliamentary election. An app created by allies of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny disappeared from Apple and Google stores.
    (NY Times, 9/17/21)(AP, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said a raft of constitutional reforms the government will send soon to Congress will not contain decriminalization of abortion, legalization of same-sex marriage or steps to permit euthanasia.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Slovenia's health ministry said public sector employees, except for those working in education, will have to show proof of vaccination or of a recent recovery from COVID-19 infection to enter their working spaces from Oct. 1.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed accused neighboring Djibouti of illegally detaining his national security adviser, a criticism which appeared linked to a destabilizing row between the president and his prime minister.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, Sri Lanka extended its COVID-19 lockdown by another two weeks. The past 24 hours saw 2,314 new confirmed cases.
    (SFC, 9/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 17, In Syria an attack targeted a pipeline that feeds nearly 50% of the country'[s power plants. Power was soon restored to all provinces.
    (AP, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 17, A UN report said global goals tackling poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change face a $100 trillion funding shortfall and are likely to be missed unless 10% of global economic output is directed to the UN targets every year to 2030.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, A UN report said the global average temperature will rise 2.7 degrees Celsius by centurys end even if all countries meet their promised emissions cuts, a rise that is likely to worsen extreme wildfires, droughts and floods.
    (NY Times, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, The United Arab Emirates rejected as "factually incorrect" a resolution passed by the European Parliament criticizing its human rights record and calling for the release of peaceful political activists.
    (Reuters, 9/17/21)
2021        Sep 17, The United Nations Security Council authorized a six-month extension of the UN's political mission in Afghanistan. The Council also unanimously approved a resolution saying that Afghanistans new Taliban rulers need to establish an inclusive government that has the full, equal and meaningful participation of women" and upholds human rights.
    (AP, 9/17/21)

2021        Sep 18, In Washington DC hundreds of police officers patrolled around the US Capitol, ahead of a rally by supporters of the people who breached the building on Jan. 6 trying to overturn former President Donald Trump's election defeat. Fewer than 100 right-wing demonstrators, sharply outnumbered by police presence and even by reporters, gathered at the foot of the Capitol to denounce what they called the mistreatment of political prisoners who had stormed the building on Jan. 6.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)(NY Times, 9/19/21)
2021         Sep 18, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,011,096 with the death toll at 672,880.
    (sfist.com, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 18, It was reported that Mississippi has the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the US. The state was recording 2,500 cases a day.
    (SFC, 9/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 18, In Afghanistan at least three people were killed and about 20 wounded in a series of blasts in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, Some Afghan girls returned to primary schools with gender-segregated classes, but older girls faced an anxious wait with no clarity over if and when they would be able to resume their studies at the secondary school level.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, Australia's police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, Brazil reported 935 COVID-19 deaths and some 150,106 additional cases.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 18, Britain recorded 164 daily COVID-19 deaths and 30,144 new cases.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, In China the government of Xiamen city, in a series of notices, told residents not to leave home unnecessarily, closed parks, scenic spots and sports venues, and halted mass activities including tours, fairs and performances. Xiamen has reported 92 locally transmitted infections in the past week.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, Chinese short video app Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, said that all of its authenticated users below the age of 14 will now access the app in a "youth mode", in its push to shield the young from inappropriate content. Under-14 users can now only access the app for up to 40 minutes a day.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, It was reported that Chinese regulators have set up a platform that allows the public to report on gaming companies they believe are violating restrictions on online games times for children.
    (SFC, 9/18/21, p.C2)
2021        Sep 18, It was reported that Cuba has begun a major vaccination program for children between the ages of 2 and 10, becoming one of the nations to do so.
    (SFC, 9/18/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 18, The French foreign ministry said it has agreed with its Indian counterpart to work on a program to promote "a truly multilateral international order".
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, In Germany a petrol station worker (20) was shot dead after an argument about a face mask in the western town of Idar-Oberstein. The suspect (49) later gave himself up at a police station, saying the coronavirus measures were causing him stress.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 18, India's antitrust authority found in a report on its two-year probe that Google abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its "huge financial muscle" to illegally hurt competitors.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, In Indonesia Ali Kalora, leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen network, and another suspected extremist, Jaka Ramadan, also known as Ikrima, were killed by a joint team of military and police officers in Central Sulawesi province. The group has claimed several killings of police officers and minority Christians.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 18, Malaysia expressed concerns that Australia's plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, Mexico hosted a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Pres. Obrador proposed that Latin American and Caribbean nations form a block similar to the European Union.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, In Myanmar a Baptist pastor and three other men were killed in Thantlang as fighting broke out between government forces and the Chinland Defense Force. The town of 2,000 was all but abandoned amid skirmishes in the area.
    (SSFC, 9/26/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 18, Divers in the Philippines pulled plastic bags, drinks bottles and fishing nets from a coral reef, joining the annual World Cleanup Day that aims to highlight the impact of garbage on the world's oceans.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, In Russia allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accused Telegram of censorship after the popular messaging app followed Google and Apple in restricting access to their voting campaign in Russia's parliamentary election. Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov alleged widespread violations in the election for a new national parliament, in which his party is widely expected to gain seats.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)(AP, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, In Tunisia several hundred demonstrators gathered in Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, which triggered a constitutional crisis and prompted accusations of a coup.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, Vietnam said it has approved Cuba's Abdala vaccine for use against the new coronavirus. Vietnam has recorded 667,650 coronavirus infections and 16,637 deaths. Hours earlier Pres. Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi for an official visit to Havana.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)
2021        Sep 18, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said that authorities had executed nine men who were convicted of involvement in the 2018 killing of Saleh al-Samad, then the armed group's top civilian leader.
    (Reuters, 9/18/21)

2021        Sep 19, The US began deporting Haitians who have gathered in the thousands at the southern border in the past week after illegally entering the country.
    (NY Times, 9/19/21)
2021         Sep 19, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,062,660 with the death toll at 673,499.
    (sfist.com, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 19, Authorities said remains found in Wyoming were consistent with a description of Gabrielle Petito (22). She was reported missing after her fianc returned to Florida alone from a cross-country van trip. On Sept. 11 her family had reported her missing to the North Port, Fla., police department. Her fianc, Brian Laundrie (23), has gone into hiding.
    (NY Times, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 19, Mirati Therapeutics Inc said a combination of its genetic mutation-targeting adagrasib and older cancer drug Erbitux shrank tumors in 39% of patients with advanced colorectal cancer treated in a small trial.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, A fourth chartered flight carrying civilians from Afghanistan to Qatar since US forces withdrew last month left Kabul with more than 230 passengers, including Afghans, Americans and Europeans.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, In Afghanistan the interim mayor of Kabul said many female city employees have been ordered to stay home by the countrys new Taliban rulers. About two dozen women activists protested outside Afghanistan's women's ministry after it was closed by Taliban militants in power in Kabul and replaced by their Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
    (AP, 9/19/21)(Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, Australia reported 1,607 new coronavirus cases as states and territories gradually shift from trying to eliminate outbreaks to living with the virus.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, Britain recorded 29,612 daily COVID-19 cases and 56 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, In Burundi a grenade attack in the administrative capital Gitega killed two people. It was not clear who was responsible.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 19, A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, sending fountains of lava and a plume of smoke and ash into the air from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, President Nayib Bukele announced that El Salvador has bought 150 more bitcoins.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 19, France's Armed Forces Minister arrived in Mali to pressure the military junta to end talks to bring Russian mercenaries into the country and push it to keep a promise to return the country to constitutional order in February.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, Haiti migration officials asked the United States for a humanitarian moratorium even as they receive the first returnees from Texas. More than 300 Haitians were returned home after the United States ejected them from Texas.
    (NY Times, 9/20/21)(Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, Fewer than 5,000 Hong Kong people from mostly pro-establishment circles began voting for candidates to an election committee, vetted as loyal to Beijing, who will pick the city's next China-backed leader and some of its legislature.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, India reported 30,773 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 33.4 million, as it seeks to reopen the country to overseas tourists. The death toll rose by 309 to 444,838.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, Israeli forces caught the last two of six Palestinian militants who tunneled out of a maximum security Israeli jail nearly two weeks ago, in an escape that embarrassed Israel's security establishment but delighted Palestinians.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, Italy reported 26 coronavirus-related deaths against 51 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 3,838 from 4,578.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation, after days of fighting with a formerly allied rebel group from Chad.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, In the Netherlands a monument listing 102,163 Dutch victims of the Holocaust was unveiled by King Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam, the first national memorial to be built in the country.
    (AP, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, New Zealand reported 24 new locally acquired coronavirus cases, up from 20 a day earlier, showing an upturn after several days of lower numbers.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, Russians voted in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win emphatically after a crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's movement and barred opponents from the ballot.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, In South Africa Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo (46) was killed in car crash. His vehicle collided with a van while trying to avoid a pedestrian who had run on to the road. The pedestrian and the other vehicle's driver also died.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21)
2021        Sep 19, In Ukraine some seven thousand people including soldiers and diplomats marched peacefully through Kyiv in an annual gay pride parade despite some opposition to an event called off last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/19/21) 

2021        Sep 20, US President Joe Biden ordered his administration to seek ways to ensure people are protected from extreme heat, including through work-related rules and other cooling efforts.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, The United States said it will extend restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico that bar nonessential travel such as tourism by foreigners despite Ottawa's decision to open its border to vaccinated Americans.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, The US State Department said Russia prevented citizens from exercising their civil and political rights in recent elections and the United States does not recognize the Russian Duma elections on sovereign Ukrainian territory.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, The US State Department announced that Pres. Biden intends to increase to 125,000 the number of refugees who can enter the US in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
    (NY Times, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, The US Justice Department said some $26 million in assets forfeited by the son of the leader of Equatorial Guinea are to be used by the United Nations and an NGO to fund health care in the African nation.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021         Sep 20, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,101,341 with the death toll at 673,911.
    (sfist.com, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 20, Prince Andrew of Britain was served in the United States with a lawsuit brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with him and was assaulted by him when she was 17.
    (Washington Examiner, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 20, Chicago police said 61 people were shot including a 3-year-old boy and at least 12 of those died from their wounds this weekend.
    (Chicago Tribune, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Charles W. Mills (70), a London-born, Jamaican-raised philosopher died in Evanston, Ill. His incisive criticism of liberalism and race both foreshadowed and framed contemporary debates about white supremacy and structural racism.
    (NY Times, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 20, Iowa-based farm services provider NEW Cooperative Inc said its systems were offline to contain a "cybersecurity" incident.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, A Houston police officer was killed and another was wounded this morning during a shooting that also killed a man (31) who the officers were attempting to arrest on drug charges.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, A San Antonio physician who announced he gave an abortion to a woman in defiance of a new Texas law was sued in Texas state court by two plaintiffs from other states who want to test the law's constitutionality.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Lawyers said a court-appointed receiver has recouped more than $1 billion for victims of Texas financier Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme, the largest by dollar amount other than Bernard Madoff's fraud. Stanford (71) is serving a 110-year prison sentence following his 2012 conviction for running a $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme affecting approximately 18,000 former investors.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Sarah Dash, a member of the vocal Labelle trio, died. The group, which included Patti LaBelle and Nona Hendryx, had a No. 1 hit in 1974 with "Lady Marmalade."
    (SFC, 9/22/21, p.C4)
2021        Sep 20, Food delivery firm DoorDash Inc said it would launch alcohol delivery across 20 US states, Australia and Canada, facing up to rivals Uber Technologies Inc and GoPuff in the sector's key growth market.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5-to-11 year-olds, and they plan to seek authorisation to use the vaccine in children in that age range in Europe, the United States and elsewhere as soon as possible.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Twitter Inc said it would pay $809.5 million to settle a shareholder class action lawsuit accusing the social media company of deceiving investors about how often people used its platform.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, World stocks tumbled and the dollar firmed as troubles at property group China Evergrande sparked concerns about spillover risks to the economy. Cryptocurrency prices sank on concerns over the spillover risk to the global economy.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, In Afghanistan three explosions were heard in Jalalabad, an IS stronghold, with unconfirmed reports of Taliban casualties. A string of explosions struck Taliban vehicles in Jalalabad over the weekend, killing eight people. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state reported its lowest rise in daily COVID-19 cases in more than three weeks as some lockdown restrictions were eased in Sydney amid higher vaccination levels. 935 new cases were detected in the state, the lowest daily tally since Aug. 27, and down from 1,083 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, It was reported that thousands of made-in-America weapons are pouring into Brazil and landing straight into the hands of gangsters every day, and the US is failing miserably at stemming the flood.
    (The Daily Beast, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, British PM Boris Johnson called for wealthy countries to meet a pledge to spend $100 billion a year to tackle climate change as he prepares to host a UN summit starting at the end of October.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Londons subway opened two new stations in the networks first expansion since the 1990s.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Britain reported 36,100 daily COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Environmental protesters pressuring the British government to insulate all homes brought traffic chaos to M25, London's major ring road, for the fourth time in recent days.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, London-listed meat processor Cranswick warned that a shortage of carbon dioxide in Britain coupled with a labor crunch could bring production to a halt throughout the supply chain ahead of Christmas.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, In Burundi grenade explosions late today killed at least five people and injured 50 in Bujumbura.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 20, Canada held early elections called by PM Justin Trudeau. The ruling Liberals and the main opposition Conservatives were locked in a tight race. Voters returned PM Justin Trudeau to office but denied him the expanded bloc of power he had been seeking in Parliament.
    (NY Times, 9/20/21)(Reuters, 9/20/21)(NY Times, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 20, A Chinese robotic resupply cargo spacecraft successfully docked with an orbiting space station module in the fourth of 11 missions needed to finish building China's first permanent space station by the end of next year.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Europe's top court said Poland will have to pay a 500,000 euro ($585,550) daily penalty to the European Commission for defying an earlier court order to halt operations at its Turow open-pit lignite mine. The Czech government has said the mine is damaging communities along its side of the border.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20,  President Emmanuel Macron apologized to Algerians who fought alongside French colonial forces in Algerias war for independence, and were then massacred and ostracized as traitors.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, In Guinea two trains operated by Russian aluminium giant Rusal collided in Conakry, killing at least one person and injuring several others.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Hong Kong police arrested three members of a pro-democracy student group, accusing them of a "conspiracy to incite subversion" including by helping deliver snacks to prisoners with the aim of recruiting followers.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Right-wing PM Viktor Orban told the opening session of parliament that Hungary's government will refund $2 billion of income tax to families in early 2022 and also plans a big hike in the minimum wage, setting the stage for next year's election.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Indonesia reported 1,932 new daily coronavirus infections, the lowest since August 2020 as the government further eased restrictions in Java and on its resort island Bali.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Italian and Spanish police said they had arrested 106 people for belonging to a gang that allegedly laundered money for mafia groups and made millions of euros through online scams. The majority of the arrests took place on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, In Kosovo a government ban on Serbian car license plates went into force. All drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 20, Amnesty International reported that at least 10 women and girls are murdered every day in Mexico and that victims families are often left to carry out their own homicide investigations.
    (The Guardian, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Nicaragua accused Colombia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of not respecting a 2012 ruling on their maritime boundaries in the western Caribbean by that same court.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Nigerian authorities imposed a communications blackout in several parts of Sokoto state as a crackdown against armed kidnappers in the country's northwest region spreads.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Norway agreed to increase natural gas exports to the rest of Europe as record high wholesale natural gas prices prompted suppliers in Britain to seek state support and raised fears of a food supply crunch.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Russias ruling party retained its supermajority in parliament. Partial voting results showed United Russia, carried 49.8 percent of the vote, 10 percentage points less than in the previous election in 2016. In second place, the Communist Party received 19 percent, compared with 13 percent in 2016. Opponents accused Russian authorities of mass fraud.
    (AP, 9/20/21)(Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, In Russia a law student (18) wielding a pump-action shotgun went on a shooting spree on the Perm University campus, killing at least six people and wounding 19. The gunman was wounded and taken into custody.
    (NY Times, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, A Rwandan court sentenced Paul Rusesabagina (67), a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide, to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of terrorism charges. Rusesabagina has acknowledged having a leadership role in the Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), a group opposed to Pres. Kagame's rule, but denied responsibility for violence carried out by its armed wing. Callixte Nsabimana, popularly known as Sankara, a spokesman for the FLN was sentenced to 20 years.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Sudanese military authorities said they had detained 21 officers who had attempted to take power in the early hours of the day.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 20, Sweden's security service arrested and detained an individual on suspicion of espionage following a police operation in central Sweden.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 20, In Syria a drone strike hit a vehicle traveling on a rural road in rebel-controlled northwest, killing at least one person. US Central Command said later that American forces conducted a kinetic counterterrorism strike near Idlib province targeting a senior leader of the militant group al-Qaeda.
    (AP, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, Tunisian President Kais Saied said he had instituted transitional governing rules and would introduce a new electoral law, in a speech that came eight weeks after he seized executive power in a move his foes called a coup.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)
2021        Sep 20, The UN cultural body UNESCO announced that the US will formally return an illegally imported 3,500-year-old tablet recounting the epic of Gilgamesh to Iraq on Sept. 23.
    (AFP, 9/20/21)   
 
2021        Sep 21, US President Joe Biden told the United Nations General Assembly he would work with Congress to double funds by 2024 for helping developing nations deal with climate change to $11.4 billion per year.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, The Biden administration unveiled sanctions against Suex OTC, S.R.O., a cryptocurrency exchange, over its alleged role in enabling illegal payments from ransomware attacks, officials said, part of a broader crackdown on the growing threat.
    (AP, 9/21/21)
2021         Sep 21, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,305,552 with the death toll at 676,747.
    (sfist.com, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 21, A US federal judge blocked Florida from enforcing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, declaring portions of the 2019 law unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 9/22/21, p.A6)
2021        Sep 21, Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (89), praised as the godfather of modern Black cinema, died at his home in Manhattan. He called himself the Rosa Parks of Black cinema. His work spanned books, theater and music, but he was most famous for his 1971 film Sweet Sweetbacks Baadasssss Song.
    (NY Times, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 21, It was reported that South Carolina is setting records for COVID-19 hospitalizations.
    (SFC, 9/21/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 21, Bank of America cut its China growth forecast in response to intensifying troubles at property giant Evergrande, a fresh COVID outbreak and a widespread regulatory squeeze, going beyond warnings issued by other investment banks.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Johnson & Johnson said that a booster of its one-shot coronavirus vaccine provides a stronger immune response months after people receive a first dose.
    (AP, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Argentina raised the country's minimum wage to 31,104 Argentine pesos ($316.51) a month starting in September, as persistent inflation eats away at purchasing power.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Argentina unveiled plans to ease coronavirus pandemic restrictions, including loosening strict border controls, allowing more commercial activities and getting rid of the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors. Argentina has fully inoculated more than 20 million people out of its population of about 45 million.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, The Australian Koala Foundation said Australia has lost about 30% of its koalas over the past three years, hit by drought, bushfires and developers cutting down trees.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Brazils President Jair Bolsonaro issued a defense of his administration at the UN General Assembly, rebuffing criticism of its handling of the pandemic and touting recent data indicating less Amazon deforestation. Bolsonaro also flouted the requirement for all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (AP, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Brazil's health minister tested positive for the coronavirus in New York after President Jair Bolsonaro spoke at the UN General Assembly. Marcelo Quiroga got his first shot of coronavirus vaccine in January.
    (AP, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 21, Britain sold 10 billion pounds of its first 'green' government bond after attracting over 100 billion pounds ($137 billion) of demand from investors, a record high which shows the clamor for assets which can be marketed as good for the planet.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, British police said a third Russian had been charged in absentia with the 2018 Novichok murder attempt on former double agent Sergei Skripal, saying they could also now confirm the three suspects were military intelligence operatives. Russia accused Britain of using the poisoning case as a tool to sabotage UK-Russia ties and stoke anti-Russian sentiment.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, The family of British teenager Harry Dunn, killed in a car crash involving a US diplomat's wife, said they had reached a resolution in a civil damages claim over the 2019 accident, and could now focus on a separate criminal case.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, In the Canary Islands families rushed to retrieve belongings from their homes and escape the advancing lava, as sirens sounded and helicopters flew overhead in air filled with smoke from an erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, President Xi Jinping of China told the UN General Assembly that his country would stop promoting the growth of the worlds dirtiest fossil fuel overseas, in a major step to address climate change: China, he said, will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad.
    (NY Times, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 21, In China spas, cinemas and mahjong salons in the city of Harbin were ordered to close to prevent COVID-19 spreading in poorly ventilated spaces after a single resident in the city of 10 million was confirmed to have Covid.. The restrictions came as China celebrates the mid-moon festival. China reported 72 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland for Sept. 20, down from 49 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)(NY Times, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 21, Authorities in Costa Rica and Panama said they detained more than 40 people suspected of operating a cross-country people-trafficking organization by smuggling migrants overland to the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, In Egypt Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (85), the former head of the military council that ruled Egypt temporarily after its 2011 popular uprising, died.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia "was responsible for the 2006 assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko" in London.
    (Axios, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, A German court ordered the removal of election posters saying "Hang The Greens" placed by a far-right party with suspected links to neo-Nazi groups.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Indian officials said they had seized nearly three tons of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month's takeover of the country by the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, In India hundreds of workers at a Ford Motor Co factory in the western Gujarat state protested outside the automaker's plant, demanding that the factory's closure plan be scrapped or workers be provided other jobs.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, India's Adani Group said it will invest $20 billion in renewable energy over the next 10 years and will aim to make its ports business a net-zero carbon emitter by 2025.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Italy reported 67 coronavirus-related deaths against 44 the day before. The daily tally of new infections rose to 3,377 from 2,407.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Libyan lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence in the countrys transitional government, an official said, a move that throws long-waited elections late this year into further uncertainty. 89 of 113 voted in favor of withdrawing confidence in the government of PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.
    (AP, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit said it has launched a lawsuit in Miami against former security chief Garcia Luna and a network of 39 companies and trusts run by him and his associates to hide assets. Luna, who is facing a lawsuit from Mexico over illegally obtained assets, allegedly hid some $250 million stolen from the treasury in bank accounts in Barbados and the United States between 2012 and 2018.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 21, Morocco said it plans to set up state-owned utilities in charge of water, electricity and sewage management to replace local subsidiaries of French companies Veolia and Suez.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Around 300 protesters stormed Namibia's parliament, as the National Assembly was due to vote on a $1 billion compensation offer from Germany to atone for its 1904-1908 genocide against the Herero and Nama people. Protesters argued the sum was too small and objected that they were not involved in the negotiations.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, A new poll found that nearly 80% of Palestinians want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, reflecting widespread anger over the death of an activist in security forces' custody and a crackdown on protests over the summer.
    (AP, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, Sudanese authorities said they had foiled an attempted coup, accusing plotters loyal to ousted president Omar al-Bashir of a failed bid to derail the revolution that removed him from power in 2019 and ushered in a transition to democracy.
    (Reuters, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, The United Arab Emirates welcomed regional rivals to a major natural gas conference in Dubai. This was the industrys first in-person conference since the pandemic began.
    (AP, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reprimanded the world for the inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, describing it as an "obscenity" and giving the globe an "F in Ethics".
    (AP, 9/21/21)
2021        Sep 21, A UN spokesman said Afghanistan's Taliban are challenging the credentials of their country's former UN ambassador and want to speak at the General Assemblys high-level meeting of world leaders this week.
    (AFP, 9/21/21)

2021        Sep 22, The United States promised to buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Conditions deteriorated in migrant camps on both sides of the US-Mexico border where thousands of mostly Haitian migrants have gathered, as pressure mounted on US President Joe Biden to curb expulsion flights.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer booster shots for people over 65 and those who are in high-risk jobs or medically vulnerable. The shots could be available this week.
    (NY Times, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, A US federal judge has ordered Facebook to release records of accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down, rejecting its argument about protecting privacy as "rich with irony".
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021         Sep 22, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,425,566 with the death toll at 678,815.
    (sfist.com, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 22, Alaska, which led most US states in coronavirus vaccinations months ago, took the drastic step of imposing crisis-care standards for its entire hospital system, declaring that a crushing surge in COVID-19 patients has forced rationing of strained medical resources.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that limits warehouse employers like Amazon.com Inc from setting productivity quotas, the first legislation of its kind in the US.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, A California judge upheld murder charges against a father and son accused in the death of 19-year-old Cal Poly student Kristin Smart, citing the "totality of circumstances" that started when she went missing in 1996 and included evidence obtained from an alleged Arroyo Grande burial site earlier this year.
    (Santa Maria Times, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 22, Jay Sandrich (89), a prolific sitcom director who won Emmy Awards for the two series he worked on most often, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Cosby Show, died at his home in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 22, In Texas the charred and dismembered bodies of three people have been discovered on fire inside a dumpster in the city of Fort Worth.
    (The Independent, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 22, Richmond, Va., unveiled a new monument commemorating the end of slavery. The Emancipation and Freedom Monument, designed by Oregon sculptor Thomas Jay Warren, comprises two 12-foot bronze statues depicting a man and a woman carrying an infant, newly freed from slavery.
    (AP, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon activated that state's National Guard to provide temporary assistance to hospitals dealing with a surge of COVID-19 patients.
    (SFC, 9/23/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 22, Robinhood Markets Inc said it plans to begin testing cryptocurrency wallets next month, with a broader rollout in early 2022, allowing its users to move supported digital currencies in and out of their brokerage accounts.
    (AP, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, A coalition of nine foundations said they would collectively spend $5 billion by 2030 to protect at least 30% of the planet's land and sea, known as 30x30.
    (AP, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 22, In Afghanistan Taliban security forces in Nangarhar reportedly killed three members of the Islamic State late today. Intelligence officials said the movement still retains the ability to cause trouble through small-scale attacks. Attackers struck Taliban vehicles in Jalalabad killing at least two fighters and three civilians.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)(SFC, 9/23/21, p.A3)
2021        Sep 22, Algeria's supreme security council decided to close the country's airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft, less than a month after it cut diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Algeria's former interim president Abdelkader Bensalah (80) died.. He ruled the country during an unprecedented political crisis in 2019.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Police in Australia's second largest city of Melbourne arrested more than 200 people after projectiles thrown by protesters injured two officers, the third consecutive day of demonstrations against COVID-19 curbs.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, In Australia a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne. There were no reports of serious injuries.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Brazil's central bank raised interest rates by 100 basis points and flagged a third straight hike of that size in October as it battles surging inflation with the world's most aggressive monetary tightening.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Britain recorded 34,460 new COVID-19 cases and a further 166 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said that COVID-19 transmission was currently highest in 12- to 15-year-olds, and that almost all unvaccinated children would get infected at some point.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Britain and South Korea have agreed to swap over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with each other, with the UK sending a first batch of Pfizer shots in the coming weeks and Korea returning the same volume by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Roger Michell (65), British theater and film director, died. His films included "Persuasion" (1995), "Notting Hill" (1999), "The Mother" (2003) and "Enduring Love" (2004).
    (SFC, 9/24/21, p.C4)
2021        Sep 22, In the Canary Islands lava flowed from an erupting volcano on the island of La Palma for a fourth day, forcing more people to evacuate their homes and blanketing towns in ash, while residents struggled to come to terms with the destruction. The Cumbre Vieja volcano has now destroyed at least 150 houses and forced thousands of people to flee.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, The health authority in southern China's Guangdong province said that a single case of a human being infected with the H5N6 strain of bird flu has been reported in the city of Dongguan.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Lawyers for Colombia dismissed Nicaragua's claims before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), insisting that Bogota did respect a 2012 ruling on their maritime boundaries in the western Caribbean by the same court.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Germany said it will stop paying compensation to unvaccinated workers who are forced into quarantine by coronavirus measures as it is unfair to ask taxpayers to subsidize those who refuse to get inoculated.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, In Guinea-Bissau a spokesperson for the nurses' union said more than 30 people have died because a health workers' strike has paralyzed the healthcare system.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, India and United Arab Emirates said they plan to conclude a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by the end of the year with the aim to lift trade between the two countries by 70% in five years.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Indias Supreme Court opened the door for women to pursue military careers at the highest levels.
    (NY Times, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Industry officials said a proposed merger of India's Zee and a domestic unit of Japan's Sony Group Corp will create a television powerhouse to grab more advertising revenue, challenging top rival Walt Disney Co in a key growth market.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 22, Indonesia said it will use existing laws in a jobs creation bill passed last year to deal with issues around sustainable palm oil production, after a moratorium on new plantation permits ended on Sept. 19.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Israel reopened the Jalameh crossing with the occupied West Bank for the first time since six prisoners tunneled out of a nearby Israeli prison.
    (AP, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Lebanon raised gasoline prices by 16%, the second hike in a week, cutting a subsidy on imported fuel which the new PM Najib Mikati has said the nation cannot afford.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Lithuania said it will donate 235,900 additional doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan, after angering China by allowing Taiwan to open a representative office under its own name.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Morocco's designated prime minister, Aziz Akhannouch, said the three biggest winners of this month's parliamentary election, the liberal RNI and PAM parties and the conservative Istiqlal, had agreed to form a new cabinet.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Most of the population of a Myanmar town near the Indian border have fled after buildings were set ablaze by artillery amid fighting last weekend between militia forces opposed to military rule and the army.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck in the Pacific off the coast of Nicaragua early today. There were no immediate reports of damage.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Pakistan's government proposed that the international community develop a road map that leads to diplomatic recognition of the Taliban with incentives if they fulfill its requirements and then sit down face to face and talk it out with the militia's leaders.
    (AP, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Panamas President Laurentino Cortizo requested UN support to address the flood of migrants passing through his nation.
    (AP, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 22, Romania reported the year's highest daily number of coronavirus infections as cases doubled within a week, amid relatively low vaccination rates and the reopening of schools after the summer break.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Singapore's health ministry reported 1,457 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since April last year. More than 80% of its population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Slovakia reported 1,180 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily tally since April as the country of 5.5 million experiences a surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, South Korea said it would donate more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam next month in what would become the northern Asian country's first direct cross-border sharing of its vaccine stockpiles.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Sudanese military leaders said the civilian politicians they share power with had opened the door to a coup attempt by neglecting public welfare while they were consumed by internal squabbles.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Officials and medical sources said Syria is facing a new surge in COVID-19 infections in both government-held areas and territory outside state control that could overwhelm the war-ravaged country's fragile health system.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Taiwan said it has formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), less than a week after China said it too had submitted an application.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni eased anti-coronavirus restrictions, including allowing resumption of education for universities and other post-secondary institutions, citing a decline in infections in the country. Uganda had registered 122,502 confirmed cases and 3,135 deaths.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, Ukraine's parliament passed a law defining the concept of anti-Semitism and establishing punishment for transgressions.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, In the Ukraine a volley of automatic gunfire hit a car carrying a senior aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an incident a senior official called an assassination attempt and Zelenskiy said may have been a message intended for him. The aide, Serhiy Shefir, survived unscathed but his driver was wounded.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, UAE state news reported that the United Arab Emirates' Securities and Commodities Authority has signed an agreement with the Dubai World Trade Center Authority (DWTCA) aimed at supporting the trading of crypto assets in DWTCA's free zone.
    (Reuters, 9/22/21)
2021        Sep 22, The UN General Assembly pledged to redouble efforts to combat racism around the world, commemorating a landmark but contentious 2001 anti-racism conference by holding an anniversary meeting once again riven with divisions.
    (AP, 9/22/21) 
2021        Sep 22, David Beasley, the head of the UN food agency, warned that 16 million people in Yemen are marching towards starvation and says food rations for millions in the war-torn nation will be cut in October unless new funding arrives.
    (AP, 9/22/21)

2021        Sep 23, The White House published a new economic analysis that showed how the wealthiest Americans pay far less in taxes than others - an effort to bolster President Joe Biden's push to increase taxes on the rich to fund his economic agenda.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Daniel Foote, the US special envoy to Haiti, resigned in protest in a letter that blasted the Biden administration for deporting hundreds of migrants back to the crisis-engulfed Caribbean nation from a camp on the US-Mexican border in recent days.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Sergei Polevikov (48), former Wall Street quantitative analyst, was charged with insider trading for making nearly 2,900 trades after learning his employer would soon make the same trades for clients, known as front-running.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule sharply limiting domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
    (AP, 9/23/21)
2021         Sep 23, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,564,782 with the death toll at 681,510.
    (sfist.com, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 23, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans to spend more than $900 million over the next five years to curb global malnutrition.
    (AP, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $15 billion package that will fund programs to tackle drought and climate change in the state after a devastating wildfire season.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 23, In California the Fawn Fire in Shasta County grew to 5,500 acres and was 5% contained. A Palo Alto woman, Alexandra Souverneva (30), was arrested a day earlier on suspicion of starting the fire.
    (SFC, 9/24/21, p.C1)
2021        Sep 23, The US Department of Education said it has awarded its first funding to a Florida school district that had state funds withheld because it mandated that students wear masks, going against the governor's ban on such mandates.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 23, In Florida Novatek PJSC Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mark Gyetvay (64) was arrested on US tax charges. He was released from custody the next day after agreeing to post an $80 million bail bond. Gyetvay reportedly failed to report more than $40 million in income to the Internal Revenue Service.
    (Bloomberg, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 23, In Tennessee a gunman (29) killed one person, wounded 12 and then apparently killed himself at a supermarket in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, pursuing panicked shoppers and employees as they fled down the aisles while some took refuge in store freezers. The shooter, identified as UK Thang, was a third-party sushi vendor.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)(Daily News, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 23, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan, said the Taliban will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.
    (AP, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said some employees at state-run factories were secretly working for the West against his government after human rights activists reported the detention of 14 workers at a fertilizer plant.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Brazil said it has had 24,611 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 648 deaths from COVID-19. The official death toll has risen to 592,964.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Brazilian plane maker Embraer SA said its subsidiary Eve has signed a memorandum of understanding to sell up to 100 electric aircraft to lessor Bristow Group.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Britain reported 36,710 new COVID-19 cases and 182 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, In the Canary Islands a huge cloud of toxic ash drifted from the Cumbre Vieja volcano toward the mainland and jeopardized La Palma's economically crucial banana crops.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, It was reported that China Evergrande Group's electric vehicle unit has stopped paying its staff and factory suppliers. Chinese Estates Holdings, the second-biggest shareholder of embattled developer China Evergrande, said it has sold $32 million worth of its Evergrande stake and plans to exit the holding completely.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Cuban leader Miguel Daz-Canel accused the United States of attacking Cuba through tougher sanctions and an unconventional war in social media to project a false image of the country, in a feisty speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
    (Miami Herald, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Central European leaders (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and the president of Serbia) signed a joint declaration saying immigration should not be the answer to the European Union's declining birth rate, while calling on the bloc to keep family policy under national jurisdiction.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, The EU announced plans to require the smartphone industry to adopt a uniform charging cord for mobile devices.
    (SFC, 9/24/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 23, Kenya banned "I am Samuel," a documentary about a gay Kenyan man's struggle to be accepted by his family and country, saying it was blasphemous and an affront to the constitution.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 23, The congress of the Mexican state of Sonora voted to legalize same-sex marriage, meaning that about three quarters of the country's regions have now made the practice legal.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, It was reported that a Moroccan court has handed down 20-year prison sentences to 11 men found guilty of brutally raping and kidnapping a 17-year-old woman in 2018.
    (BBC, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Namibia said it has detected a new strain of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the country.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, A Nigerian court ordered the immediate release of a woman held in detention since February accused of being a member of the banned separatist Indigenous People of Biafra. The court in Abuja ruled that the police had illegally detained Ngozi Umeadi and ordered it to pay her damages of 50 million naira ($121,500).
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Norway became the first major developed economy to lift interest rates as growth rebounds following a pandemic that unleashed stimulus across the globe. The central bank made a 25 basis point rate hike to 0.25% and forecasted four more hikes by end-2022.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, In Poland Edward Janiak (69), a retired Roman Catholic bishop, died. He was punished this year by the Vatican for the alleged cover-up of sex abuse of minors by other priests.
    (AP, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, In Russia a coalition of defeated parliamentary candidates in Moscow who allege they were cheated of victory in a parliamentary election by a crooked online voting system said on Thursday they would try to overturn the results via lawsuits and public pressure.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain after a failed secession bid for the northeastern region in 2017, was detained in Sardinia where he was due to attend an event this weekend. A judge freed him from jail the next day pending a hearing on his extradition to Spain to face sedition charges.
    (AP, 9/23/21)(AP, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 23, Singapore's health ministry reported 1,504 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Jubilant South African Airways (SAA) staff at the country's biggest airport broke into song and dance as the airline took to the skies for the first time in around a year.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Turkey's central bank unexpectedly cut its policy rate by 100 basis points to 18%, delivering stimulus long sought by President Tayyip Erdogan despite high inflation, and sending the lira to near a record low. The cut left Turkey with the most negative real rate across emerging markets, a red flag for investors.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, Ukraine's parliament passed a law to order "oligarchs" to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres urged nations to revamp their food priorities, saying the world needed food systems that safeguard the environment.
    (AFP, 9/23/21)
2021        Sep 23, A cargo of 2 million barrels of Iranian condensate arrived in Venezuela, which has agreed to a key contract to swap its heavy oil for Iranian condensate that it can use to improve the quality of its tar-like crude. The deal could be a breach of US sanctions on both nations.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 23, In Yemen tribal leaders and security officials said flighting flared up this week between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in the country's southern province of Shabwa, killing 35 from both sides.
    (AP, 9/23/21)

2021        Sep 24, Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia vowed to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region "undaunted by coercion" at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 24, The US further paved the way for aid to flow to Afghanistan despite its sanctions on the Taliban, issuing general licenses amid concern that Washington's punitive measures could compound an unfolding humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, The US White House said that millions of federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 and that the administration will add clauses to future government contracts mandating inoculations.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overruled her agencys advice and endorsed boosters for people in risky jobs.
    (NY Times, 9/24/21)
2021         Sep 24, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,688,225 with the death toll at 684,613.
    (sfist.com, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 24, A review of voting results in Arizona by Trump's Republican Party reaffirmed that Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden in Maricopa county.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, In Nevada thousands of hotel, casino and restaurant workers marched on the Las Vegas Strip to highlight their call for employers to rehire more people who were furloughed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SSFC, 9/26/21, p.A8)
2021        Sep 24, A federal judge ruled that a Cincinnati, Ohio-area healthcare provider could require its employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their job, in what appears to be the first ruling of its kind for a private employer in the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new law that restricts access to abortion-inducing medications, just weeks after the state rolled out a near-total ban on abortion procedures.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Intel Corp broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, US drugmaker Moderna Inc said it will supply 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to Peru, with deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2022.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, In Afghanistan Taliban officials stepped up demands for more than $9 billion in foreign reserves held abroad to be handed over. Hundreds of people protested in Kabul demanding that the United States release billions of dollars in central bank reserves.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, It was reported that more than 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have expired in Bosnia. Another 350,000 doses were set to expire in October. Bosnia has reported 230,801 confirmed cases and 10,400 deaths.
    (SFC, 9/25/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 24, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son and two members of his cabinet said that they had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to four the number of close aides diagnosed since the far-right leader's trip to the United Nations. Days later Pedro Guimaraes, another member of Bolsonaro's delegation to the UN, tested positive for COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)(Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 24, Britain's retail industry warned the government that unless it moves to alleviate an acute shortage of truckers in the next 10 days then significant disruption was inevitable in the run-up to Christmas.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Britain reported 35,623 new COVID-19 cases and 180 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops officially apologized for their role in the country's notorious residential school system for the first time, after refusing to do so for years despite public pressure.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou reached an agreement with US prosecutors to resolve the bank fraud case against her. Meng Wanzhou flew out of Canada after reaching the agreement ending her extradition hearing.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, China listed more than 100 instances of what it said was US interference in Hong Kong affairs, including President Joe Biden's show of support for a pro-democracy newspaper.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, China's central People's Bank of China said it was illegal to facilitate cryptocurrency trading and that it planned to severely punish anyone doing so, including those working for overseas platforms from within China.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, China's broadcasting regulator said it will encourage online producers to create "healthy" cartoons and clamp down violent, vulgar or pornographic content, as Beijing steps up efforts to bring its thriving entertainment industry to heel.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 24, Cuba began allowing a staggered opening of restaurants, shopping centers and beaches in provinces that have lowered coronavirus cases even as it battles some of the highest nationwide rates of infection per capita worldwide.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Ecuadorean president Guillermo Lasso proposed new labor regulations and a tax reform targeting some $700 million in new revenue as part of a broad economic growth plan that will require approval from a skeptical legislature.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, President Nayib Bukele said El Salvador will begin administering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to various groups including the elderly, health workers and people with underlying health conditions.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, The EU executive expressed concern over the plight of migrants stuck on the Polish-Belarusian border and urged Warsaw to protect human lives and allow the bloc's joint frontier force Frontex to provide assistance in the area. Four migrants died on the Polish side of the border and one more just inside Belarus earlier this week while trying to cross into Poland.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)(AP, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, In Germany tens of thousands of environmental activists staged a rally outside of parliament two days before national elections. Across Germany several hundred thousand marchers joined similar protests in more than 400 cities. This was part of a string of global "climate strike" rallies.
    (SFC, 9/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 24, India and Pakistan clashed at the UN as Pakistani PM Imran Khan accused the rival of a "reign of terror" on Muslims, drawing a stern rebuke. Khan's address was delivered by video due to Covid precautions.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 24, In India three people were killed in a suspected gangland shooting inside a Delhi courtroom, causing panic in the premises.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, India's antitrust watchdog imposed a penalty of $102 million on Heineken-controlled beer giant United Breweries and $16 million on the local unit of Denmark's Carlsberg in a case related to cartelization of beer prices in the country.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man and injured others during clashes at a protest against Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, In Italy hundreds of striking air workers blocked the highway to Rome's main airport as they called on the government to avoid job losses in the transition between Alitalia and a new carrier dubbed ITA.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Several thousand Libyans packed a Tripoli square late today for a state-funded mass wedding celebration that also drew supporters of transitional PM Abdulhamid Dbeibah and protesters against the eastern-based parliament. Protesters opposed a decision by the country's lawmakers to pass a vote of no-confidence in the transitional government.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)(AP, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 24, In Mali French serviceman Maxime Blasco was killed early today in a clash with an armed militant group near the border with Burkina Faso. The sniper who shot Blasco was also killed.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Norway's PM Erna Solberg abruptly announced that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped beginning Sept. 25 and that life in the nation of 5.3 million would return to normal.
    (AP, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 24, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (85) accused Israel of destroying the two-state solution with actions he said could lead Palestinians to demand equal rights within one binational state comprising Israel, the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Abbas gave Israel one year to end its occupation of territories that it wants for a future state as he addressed the UN General Assembly via video link from the West Bank.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)(SFC, 9/25/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 24, It was reported that Russia will add three new tools to its technological arsenal as part of its fight against banned content online, a move that critics fear could further stifle political dissent.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Russian police detained opposition activists and warned they would break up any illegal rallies this weekend after an opposition coalition angered by last week's parliamentary election urged voters to gather in Moscow.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, Singapore said it will tighten COVID-19 curbs to limit social gatherings to two people and make working from home a default, in a bid to contain a spike in infections and reduce pressure on the healthcare system.
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, South Korea's daily COVID-19 infections topped 3,000 for the first time as an outbreak fuelled by this week's three-day holiday spreads. 3,273 coronavirus cases surpassed the previous high a day earlier, taking the nation's tally to 298,402 infections and 2,441 deaths.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 24, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that recent talks with US President Joe Biden had proved disappointing, and that his country, a NATO member, would seek closer ties with Russia.
    (AP, 9/24/21)
2021        Sep 24, The UN reported that at least 350,209 people have been killed in the decade-old war in Syria, in its first report since 2014 on the death toll, adding that the tally was an "undercount".
    (Reuters, 9/24/21)

2021         Sep 25, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,887,060 with the death toll at 687,572.
    (sfist.com, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 25, In California containment of the Fawn Fire in Shasta County reached 25%. The blaze has so far charred more than 8,446 acres and destroyed 41 residential structures.
    (SSFC, 9/26/21, p.A13)
2021        Sep 25, In Montana at least three people were killed and 50 others injured after an Amtrak train derailed near Joplin.
    (NY Times, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Nebraska billionaire Walter Scott (90) died. He was the past top executive of Peter Kiewit Sons Inc. construction firm who helped oversee Warren Buffetts conglomerate and donated to various causes, particularly construction projects around Omaha.
    (AP, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In Tennessee one man and three women were found dead this morning after what appeared to be a dispute over a baby in Riceville. Two suspects, a man and a woman, were arrested late today in connection with the case and the child was safely recovered.
    (Fox News, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In Afghanistan a local government official said Taliban authorities in the western city of Herat killed four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies up in public to deter others.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Australia's Victoria state notched up a daily record of 847 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one death, as health officials warned the public to stay home ahead of a major national sporting final.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, PM Boris Johnson's office said it was looking at temporary measures to address the shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers. The UK's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says Britain needs 100,000 more drivers if it is to meet demand.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Britain reported 31,348 new COVID-19 cases and 122 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In London Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk dethroned world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in his own backyard with a stunning display to earn a unanimous points decision in front of a sell-out crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Canadian businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who were detained by Beijing for more than 1000 days, returned home and were received by PM Justin Trudeau.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In the Canary Islands volcanic explosions spewed red hot lava high into the air on La Palma as a new emission vent opened, forcing the small Spanish island to close its airport and causing long queues for boats off the island.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Local Chileans marched with anti-immigration slogans and set fire to belongings of Venezuelan migrants in Iquique, tossing clothes and mattresses in bonfires in the street, after a camp was cleared by police a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 25, In Croatia police officers found 3 children's bodies and a man in poor condition in a Zagreb apartment early today after they had been informed of an attempted suicide. The children had been killed, and the father (56) was taken to a local hospital.
    (AP, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Cuba said it had exported its three-shot Abdala coronavirus vaccine for the first time, sending an initial shipment to Vietnam as part of a contract to supply five million doses to the Southeast Asian country.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, that organizes an annual vigil on June 4 to remember protesters killed in China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, said will disband after facing national security charges.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Iceland voted more women than men into its parliament, a first in Europe, in a national election that saw the ruling left-right coalition strengthen its majority. A recount showed 30 women were voted into the 63-seat parliament.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)(SFC, 9/27/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 25, India reported 29,616 new COVID-19 cases for the last 24 hours. The country reported 290 deaths overnight, taking the overall tally to 446,658 fatalities.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Italy reported 50 coronavirus-related deaths, compared to 52 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 3,525 from 3,797.
    (AP, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Kosovo police said two interior ministry offices in the north were attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian license plates entering the country.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In Mali former Rwandan army colonel Theoneste Bagosora (80), accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 people during the 1994 genocide, died in prison.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9oneste_Bagosora)(Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 25, In the Netherlands hundreds of protesters marched against the introduction of a "corona pass," as proof of COVID-19 vaccination became compulsory to get into bars, restaurants, theaters and other venues.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, The Palestinian Authority urged Sudan's government to hand over assets it has seized as part of a crackdown targeting Sudan-based operations to fund the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Russias Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov defended the Mali government's right to hire a private Russian military company to help fight terrorists, accusing French troops in the country of failing to get rid of them and scolding the European Union for demanding that the Russian mercenaries leave.
    (AP, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In Russia hundreds of people, angered by last week's parliamentary election, joined a protest in central Moscow, holding posters carrying slogans such as "bring back the elections".
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Valentina Chupik, a human rights lawyer who operates a hotline for migrants in Russia, said she has been detained at a Moscow airport after the country's security service revoked her refugee status. Chupik, an Uzbekistan citizen, has held refugee status since 2009.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In Somalia a suicide car bomb killed at least eight people in Mogadishu at a street junction near the president's palace. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said it was behind the attack which targeted a convoy going into the palace.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Taiwan's main opposition party elected former leader Eric Chu (60) as its chairman with a pledge to renew stalled talks with China, which has ramped up military and political pressure against the island Beijing claims as its own territory.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, In Tunisia 113 prominent officials of the Islamist Ennahda party, including lawmakers and former ministers, resigned in protest at the leadership's performance, the biggest blow yet to the party which is facing a severe split.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, Vanuatu said it is asking the International Court of Justice to issue an opinion on the rights of present and future generations to be protected from the adverse impacts of climate change.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, PM Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam plans to ease coronavirus curbs and allow businesses to restart production from next week to prop up an economy which has suffered under lengthy lockdowns. Vietnam reported 9,682 new cases, marking the third consecutive day the rate of infection has been below 10,000.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)
2021        Sep 25, It was reported that Zimbabwe has adopted a more ambitious target for emissions reduction ahead of a UN climate conference in November. The country is now committed to a 40% drop in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
    (Reuters, 9/25/21)

2021         Sep 26, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,923,879 with the death toll at 687,984.
    (sfist.com, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, In the Tony Awards ceremony, the first in 27 months, the best musical award went to Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The best play award went to The Inheritance, a two-part drama, written by Matthew Lpez and inspired by Howards End, about two generations of gay men in New York City.
    (NY Times, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, Indiana Dunes National Park closed its beaches and a northwest Indiana water utility shut down an intake facility after an orange substance apparently spilled from a US Steel plant into a Lake Michigan tributary.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, George Frayne (77), front man for the band Commander Cody and His Lost Planer Airmen, died in Sarasota Springs, NY. The band released its first album "Lost in the Ozone" in 1971, which included a cover of "Hot Rod Lincoln," Charlie Ryan's 1955 rockabilly song.
    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.F9)
2021        Sep 26, Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson (40), charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated, was acquitted on 15 of 20 charges. Her trial was expected to continue on the five remaining charges.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, Australia's Victoria state reported 779 new COVID-19 infections and two deaths, off the previous day's record high as the country's PM Scott Morrison pressed state leaders to be ready to reopen once they meet vaccination targets.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, Britain reported 32,417 coronavirus cases and 58 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, In the Canary Islands a massive cloud of ash prevented flights in and out of the Spanish island of La Palma as molten rock continued to be flung high into the air from an erupting volcano.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, China's Geely said it aims to set up 5,000 battery swapping stations for electric vehicles (EV) globally by 2025, as sales grow in the world's biggest vehicle market.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, In CongoDRC Ndakasi, an orphaned mountain gorilla who famously posed for a selfie with her caretaker at Virunga National Park, died at 14 after a long illness.
    (AP, 10/7/21)
2021        Sep 26, Germans went to the polls in a national election too close to call, with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) mounting a strong challenge to retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. The Social Democrats made significant gains, earning 25.7 percent of the vote, but will still need at least one other partner to form a government. Both the Greens and the Free Democrats also increased their share of seats in Parliament, to 14.8 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)(NY Times, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, In Iran a fire erupted in a warehouse at what the Revolutionary Guard described as a research self-sufficiency center west of Tehran. At least three Guard members were injured, two of whom later died.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran has failed to fully comply with the terms of a recently reached nuclear monitoring agreement.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, Israeli troops killed five Hamas militants in gun battles during raids against one of the group's cells in the occupied West Bank. An uncle of one of the Palestinians killed said he was a 16-year-old walking to school when he was shot.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, Italy reported 44 coronavirus-related deaths, compared with 50 the day before. The daily tally of new infections fell to 3,099 from 3,525.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, Nigerian troops killed scores of Islamist insurgents and suffered casualties among their own ranks during heavy fighting around a remote army base on the border with Niger. Gunmen killed at least 22 security personnel at the base in Sokoto state.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, The Nigerian Air Force fired upon and killed dozens of civilians in the village of Daban Masara in the northeast. Resident said they saw the corpses of at least 60 people after the air force's strike on a fish market.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 26, Police in Norway reported dozens of disturbances and violent clashes including mass brawls in the Nordic countrys big cities after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions.
    (AP, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, Portugal's ruling Socialists suffered a surprise setback in municipal elections, losing control of Lisbon after 14 years, though they remained the biggest party nationwide.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 26, Voters in San Marino voted whether to decriminalize abortion. The microstate's abortion law dates from 1865. Some 77% of voters approved the referendum.
    (AP, 9/26/21)(SFC, 9/28/21, p.A2)
2021        Sep 26, Singapore's health ministry reported 1,939 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, Swiss voters voted by a wide margin to allow same-sex couples to marry. The measure passed with 64.1% of voters in favor and won a majority in all 26 cantons. Switzerland has authorized same-sex civil partnerships since 2007.
    (AP, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, In northern Syria warplanes attacked Turkey-backed opposition fighters, killing and wounding about 20. Opposition activists said the strike was carried out by Russian warplanes.
    (AP, 9/26/21)
2021        Sep 26, In Tunisia several thousand demonstrators rallied in Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of power, calling on him to step down in the biggest show of public anger since his intervention.
    (Reuters, 9/26/21)    

2021        Sep 27, A US judge said he would grant "unconditional release" to John Hinckley (66), who wounded former US President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, The US nuclear power regulator suspended the shipment of radioactive materials and a hydrogen isotope used in reactors to China's largest state-owned nuclear company, CGN, reflecting Washington's concerns about the country's buildup of atomic weapons.
    (Reuters, 10/5/21)
2021         Sep 27, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 42,945,555 with the death toll at 688,245.
    (sfist.com, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 27, A US federal judge ordered guards and other jail employees in California to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 9/28/21, p.A1)
2021        Sep 27, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB37, a measure  to permanently adopt a requirement to send ballots to to all registered voters and allow county election officials to start counting mail-in ballots ahead of election day.
    (SFC, 9/28/21, p.C1)
2021        Sep 27, Southern California Gas Co. settled a suit to compensate some 35,000 plaintifs for up to $1.8 billion  for the 2015 natural gas leak  that sickened and forced thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes.
    (SFC, 9/29/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 27, A NYC jury found R. Kelly (54), the multiplatinum R&B artist whose musical legacy became intertwined with dozens of accusations of sexual abuse, guilty of serving as the ringleader of a decades-long scheme to recruit women and underage girls for sex.
    (NY Times, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, New York hospitals prepared to fire thousands of healthcare workers for not complying with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate taking effect today, with some in the upstate region curtailing services to cope with staffing shortages.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Biohaven Pharma. Ltd said its drug candidate, verdiperstat, failed to show effectiveness in treating a rare neurological disorder called multiple system atrophy (MSA).
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Facebook Inc said it will invest $50 million to partner with organizations to responsibly build the so-called metaverse, a digital world where people can use different devices to move and communicate in a virtual environment.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Ford Motor significantly increased its commitment to electric cars and trucks by announcing that it would spend billions of dollars to build three battery factories and an electric truck plant in the United States, creating 11,000 jobs over the next four years.
    (NY Times, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, In Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat (34), the new chancellor of Kabul University, announced that women would be indefinitely banned from the institution either as instructors or students.
    (NY Times, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, In Afghanistan the Taliban banned barbershops in Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah, or Islamic, law.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Australian authorities announced plans to gradually reopen locked-down Sydney, unveiling a two-tiered system that will give inoculated citizens more freedoms than their unvaccinated neighbors for several weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Jailed Belarusian opposition leader and activist Maria Kolesnikova won the ninth Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize which honors outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Gas station pumps ran dry in British cities and vendors rationed sales as a shortage of truckers strained supply chains to breaking point.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, It was reported that warehouses in Britain are having to pay up to 30% more to recruit staff after a chronic shortage of workers exacerbated pressure on already buckling supply chains and threatened to derail the run up to Black Friday and Christmas.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Britain reported 37,960 new COVID-19 cases and 40 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Polish-Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski landed back in his home city of Calgary following a four-month tour of the United States. Customs officials cuffed him on the tarmac for two criminal charges. One charge was failing to wear a mask in public, despite a medical exemption from his doctor; the second was for organizing an illegal church gathering. His lawyer secured his release during early the next morning.
    (Fox News, 10/2/21)
2021        Sep 27, In the Canary Islands the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island began ejecting ash and smoke again after a brief lull, while hundreds of people in coastal villages were locked down in anticipation of the lava reaching the sea and releasing toxic gas.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Chilean authorities announced the end of a state of emergency in force since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a sign of life returning to normal following a sharp decrease in cases in the South American nation.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 27, Lawyers said China has allowed two American siblings, Victor Liu, a student at Georgetown University, and Cynthia Liu, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, who were barred from leaving the country for more than three years, to return to the United States. This followed a Justice Department deal that cleared the way for a senior executive of Huawei Technologies to go back to China.
    (NY Times, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, It was reported that China is in the grip of a power crunch as a shortage of coal supplies, toughening emissions standards and strong demand from manufacturers and industry have pushed coal prices to record highs and triggered widespread curbs on usage.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, In Colombia at least ten members of a group of FARC rebel dissidents were killed in an armed forces bombing in Guainia province, a top area for the cultivation of coca.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz vowed to strengthen the European Union and keep up the transatlantic partnership in a three-way coalition government he hopes to form by Christmas to take over from Angela Merkel's conservatives.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, In Greece an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 shook the island of Crete, killing one person and injuring several.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, A 15-year agreement between Hungary and Russian gas company Gazprom was finalized, and involves the import of an annual 4.5 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Hungary through lines that bypass Ukraine, depriving it of lucrative transit fees.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 27, Indian farmers opposed to reforms they say threaten their livelihoods renewed their push against the changes with nationwide protests, a year after laws on the liberalization of the sector were introduced.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Japan said it has approved GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology's Sotrovimab as an antibody treatment for coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Jordan said Crown Prince Hussein (27) has contracted coronavirus. His parents King Abdullah and Queen Rania, who tested negative, will protectively self-isolate for five days. The Royal Court said Hussein had received the vaccine against the coronavirus, showed mild symptoms and is in very good health.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, The lead judge investigating last years massive blast in Beiruts port suspended his work in the case after he was formally notified that a former Cabinet minister had submitted a request to recuse him.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, PM Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand is to begin allowing small numbers of vaccinated travelers to isolate at home instead of in state-run quarantine facilities as part of a phased approach to re-opening its borders.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Three Polish regional councils voted to repeal motions declaring their provinces "LGBT-free zones," after the European Union threatened to withdraw funding.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, A court in Poland convicted a man of instigating a murder in 2002 and participating in subsequent cannibalism and handed him a 25-year prison term.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, The South African government informed the UN climate office that it will aim to limit greenhouse gas emissions to no more than 510 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2025 and no more than 420 million tons by 2030.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, South Korea said it would begin inoculations next month for children aged 12 to 17 and offer booster shots to those 75 years and above.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Syrias top diplomat said his country's doors are open for the safe return of refugees, accusing Western countries of taking advantage of the suffering of Syrians while pretending to care for their well-being.
    (AP, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, Vietnam state media said authorities in Ho Chi Minh City urged the government to recognize positive rapid tests for COVID-19 to present a clearer picture of its outbreak, a move that could increase the city's case total by 40%.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)
2021        Sep 27, In Yemen security forces fired shots in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters in the city of Taiz as unrest over poverty spread in areas held by the Saudi-backed government.
    (Reuters, 9/27/21)   
2021        Sep 27, The top diplomat of Yemen's internationally recognized government said his conflict-torn country needs millions more coronavirus vaccines to ensure some of the world's poorest are not left behind.
    (AP, 9/27/21)

2021        Sep 28, The United States included Croatia in its visa waiver program, allowing its citizens to come to America without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, A US judge cleared the way for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo to be extradited back to Peru on corruption charges, saying evidence of criminality presented in his case were "sufficient".
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 28, A US federal judge temporarily blocked a key aspect of a new Arizona abortion law that would have allowed felony charges to be laid against doctors for terminating a pregnancy solely on the basis of a hereditary abnormality in the fetus.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, US federal wildlife officials announced that 22 animals and one plant should be declared extinct and removed from the endangered species list. They included 11 birds, eight freshwater mussels, two fish, a bat and a plant.
    (NY Times, 9/29/21)
2021         Sep 28, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,127,157 with the death toll at 690,706.
    (sfist.com, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 28, The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 25 MacArthur fellows and recipients of genius grants, who will each receive $625,000.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Kentucky investment adviser William S. Evans III (69), who told clients he was making money for them when he was actually losing huge sums, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $16.9 million in restitution to victims.
    (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 28, A Maryland judge sentenced Jarrod Ramos (41), the gunman who killed five people at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis in 2018, to five life prison sentences without the possibility of parole.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Tommy Kirk, child star in Disney films, died at his home in Las Vegas. His films included "Old Yeller" (1957), "The Shaggy Dog" (1959), "Swiss Family Robinson" (1960) and the Micky Mouse Club TV Hardy Boy series.
    {Nevada, USA, Filmstar, TV}
    (SSFC, 10/3/21, p.F9)
2021        Sep 28, It was announced that the three largest US drug distributors will pay more than $75 million to resolve claims they fueled an opioid epidemic in the Cherokee Nation's territory in Oklahoma, marking the first settlement with a tribal government in the litigation over the US addiction crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Amazon unveiled Astro, a 17-inch-tall robot priced at $1000, to be sent to customers later this year.
    (SFC, 9/29/21, p.C2)
2021        Sep 28, Albanias Supreme Court ordered the re-trial of former interior minister Saimir Tahiri, who was convicted of abuse of office two years ago.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Belarusian security forces shot dead Andrei Zeltser (31), identified by the pro-democracy opposition as an IT worker with US company EPAM Systems, during a raid at an apartment block in the capital Minsk.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 28, It was reported that Bolivia's coca farmers are battling for control of the leaf's main market in the highland city of La Paz, a conflict which has seen producers and police clash in the streets with slingshots and tear gas.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Brazil announced that it will provide COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all its people over 60-years-old.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, British scientists said that a river that runs through the Glastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield music festival in the world, is contaminated with illicit drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy because stoned revelers often urinate on the ground.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, British firm GSK said it would develop an HIV treatment with Japan's Shionogi for use in regimens with dosing gaps of three months or more, as the drugmaker seeks to build on the success of its previous long-acting therapies.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, China's state news agency Xinhua said President Xi Jinping wants to increase the talent pool of scientists and intellectuals in China who have the "correct political inclination" and are imbued with patriotic feelings to serve their nation.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Airshow China opened after a year of delays caused by COVID-19, with a scaled-back foreign presence and a sharp focus on China's domestic and regional priorities.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, The China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) estimated that Zambia's debt to Chinese public and private lenders is $6.6 billion, almost double the amount disclosed by the previous Zambian government.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Thousands of Colombian protesters returned to the streets of major cities to once again demand that Congress approve union-backed social policies to benefit the poorest.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Authorities in Costa Rica said all state workers will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, making it one of the first countries in Latin America to impose a coronavirus vaccination mandate.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Croatia reported 1,061 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths from the disease. Officials said the country will from next week require that all employees in the health and social care sectors be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Denmark said it will extend its ban on mink breeding for another year to 2023.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, In Ecuador at least 24 prisoners died and another 48 were injured in a riot at the Penitenciaria del Litoral in Guayas province, the third deadly uprising this year in the Andean nation's prison system. The tolls was soon raised to at least 118 inmates dead and 79 injured.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)(Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Sep 28, The European Council adopted a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) reserve aimed at helping businesses tackle the short-term effects of Brexit.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, French Pres. Emmanuel Macron announced that psychology appointments in France will be funded by the government starting next year, amid growing awareness and concern about the importance of mental health.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Hungary and Ukraine summoned each others' ambassadors over Budapest's decision to sign a long-term contract to purchase Russian gas, something Ukraine considers a blow to its economic and national security interests.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, India's PM Narendra Modi launched an array of new high-yielding crop varieties, including herbicide-tolerant rice that can be directly sown into the soil, cutting expenditure on water and farm workers.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, India's drug regulator allowed vaccine maker Serum Institute to enroll kids aged 7-11 years for its trial of US drugmaker Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine, as the country prepares to protect children from the novel coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, India reported 179 COVID-19 deaths, the smallest rise since the middle of March, taking the total to 447,373.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Iran rejected a US call to grant UN inspectors access to a nuclear site, saying Washington was not qualified to demand inspections without condemning a sabotage attack on the facility.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, hurling stones at cars and homes and leaving several people wounded, including a Palestinian toddler.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 28, In Italy youth climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg chastised global leaders for failing to meet funding pledges to help poor nations adapt to a warming Earth and for delivering too much blah blah blah as climate change wreaks havoc around the world.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, A rusty, overloaded fishing boat carrying 686 people docked on the island of Lampedusa, Sicily, in the single biggest arrival of migrants in Italy in years.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Toyota announced that it is acquiring Renovo Motors, a Silicon Valley software developer, adding to its Woven Planet team, which is owrking on automated driving.
    (SFC, 9/29/21, p.C2)
2021        Sep 28, In southern Mali five gendarmes were killed and four were injured when a convoy they were escorting to an Australian-owned gold mine came under attack by militants. The al Qaeda-linked Jamaa Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 28, In Mexico City women marched to the historic center under the gaze of police with shields and riot helmets to commemorate the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion. Thousands of women demonstrated in several Latin American cities in a region where the procedure is fully permitted only in a handful of countries.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, In Nigeria members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) said that security forces had shot dead eight Shi'ites who were taking part in a procession in Abuja to mark the religious ritual of Arbaeen. Police denied killing members of the banned Shi'ite group, saying they had arrested 57 of them and recovered petrol bombs and bags of stones.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, North Korea successfully tested a new hypersonic missile, as it continued to expand its military capabilities and pressure Washington and Seoul over long-stalled negotiations over its nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 28, Russia sharply escalated a campaign against jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, opening a new criminal case against President Putin's fiercest domestic critic that could allow the authorities to hand him another decade in jail.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Russian authorities arrested Ilya Sachkov (35), the chief executive of leading Russian cybersecurity company Group IB, on suspicion of state treason, sending a chill through Russia's IT and business sectors. Sachkov was soon charged with divulging state secrets.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)(Reuters, 10/7/21)
2021        Sep 28, Five members of the Sudanese General Intelligence Service were killed and a sixth was injured in a raid that targeted a cell linked to the militant Islamic State group in Khartoum.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, In Thailand at least six people have died and two were missing in the floods over the last week.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, The World Health Organization's regional director for Africa said that the agency was "heartbroken" by the findings of an independent commission on sex abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The commission found that some 21 of 83 alleged perpetrators were employed by the WHO, and that the abuses, which included nine allegations of rape, were committed by both national and international staff.
    (Reuters, 9/28/21)
2021        Sep 28, Officials in Yemen said two days of fierce clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels over the central city of Marib have killed more than 130 fighters, mostly rebels.
    (AP, 9/28/21)   

2021        Sep 29, The United States and Qatar took coordinated action targeting a Hezbollah financial network in the Arabian Peninsula. The US Treasury said it designated individuals including Ali Reda Hassan al-Banai, Ali Reda al-Qassabi Lari and Abd al-Muayyid al-Banaiare for having provided financial or material support to Lebanon-based Hezbollah.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Republican US lawmakers tried to pick apart President Joe Biden's defense of his withdrawal from Afghanistan as they attacked his judgment and honesty during a second day of contentious Congressional hearings with Pentagon leaders.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said lawmakers had reached an agreement to avoid a government shutdown on Oct 1, by extending spending until Dec. 3.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.A6)
2021        Sep 29, A new US study by AidData, a research lab at the College of William and Mary, said China's vast Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is in danger of losing momentum as opposition in targeted countries rises and debts mount, paving the way for rival schemes to squeeze Beijing out.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021         Sep 29, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,256,418 with the death toll at 693,482.
    (sfist.com, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 29, In California the Windy Fire in Sequoia National Forest exploded to 87, 901 acres and decimated a number of giant sequoias. The fire was just 25% contained.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.A1)
2021        Sep 29, A judge granted the request of Britney Spear's lawyer to suspend James P. Spears (69) as conservator. A hearing on whether to end the arrangement that has long controlled her finances was set for Nov. 12.
    (NY Times, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, In the SF Bay Area sheriff detectives of Alameda County seized more than 100,000 marijuana plan ts and more than $10 million in cash with more than one dozen search warrants at 18 East Bay locations. The was reported as the largest bust in the SF Bay Area. Seven people were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.C5)(SFC, 10/2/21, p.C1) 
2021        Sep 29, AT&T announced that it was extending its coronavirus vaccination requirement to tens of thousands of employees who are members of the Communications Workers of America union.
    (NY Times, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Merck said laboratory studies show that its experimental oral COVID-19 antiviral drug, molnupiravir, is likely to be effective against known variants of the coronavirus, including the dominant, highly transmissible Delta.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, YouTube said it will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond its ban on false information about the COVID vaccines to include content that contains misinformation about other approved vaccines.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, The Taliban warned of consequences if the United States did not stop flying drones over Afghan airspace.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, An Australian think tank said Chinese language community news groups in Australia are publishing news censored by translators they use in China to avoid potential repercussions in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, In Bangladesh gunmen shot and killed Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah in the same office where he held community meetings in Cox's Bazar. Ullah had predicted he would be killed by the hardliners who regularly sent him death threats. His brother blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an armed group active in the camps.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 29, Britain ordered soldiers on to start driving fuel tankers to replenish empty pumps, as motorists remained mired in queues after nearly a week of shortages, despite PM Boris Johnson saying the situation was improving.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said one person had been arrested and properties across Britain raided in an investigation into a 150 million pound ($205 million) investment scheme that targeted 1,500 people from 50 countries.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Rolls-Royce, owned by BMW, said it will produce only electric cars by 2030, joining other premium brands making the switch such as VW's Bentley and Jaguar's Land Rover.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Canada's Federal Court upheld a human rights tribunal ruling ordering the Canadian government to compensate indigenous children and families in foster care for suffering discrimination.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, China revealed a drone concept similar in mission - and appearance - to the U.S.-made Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie as countries race to invest in "loyal wingman" drones to help protect pricier crewed fighter jets.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, The commander of Colombia's armed forces said about 1,900 fighters belonging to rebel and crime groups are operating from Venezuela, where they plan attacks and participate in drug trafficking.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 29, It was reported that Danish artist Jens Haaning, who was given $84,000 by the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg with which to create a piece of artwork, submitted two empty canvases titled Take the Money and Run. As well as lending him the notes, the museum also paid him 25,000 kroner ($3,900) for the work.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, A European Union court declared that EU-Morocco trade deals covering farm products and fish were invalid because they were agreed without the consent of the people of Western Sahara.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, France warned of retaliation in Brussels against the United Kingdom and Jersey over their refusal of many post-Brexit fishing licenses, while French trawlermen threatened fresh protests and even an exports blockade.
    (AFP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Hong Kong's legislature passed a privacy law tackling "doxxing" - the public release of information identifying an individual or organization - that critics say could be used to protect those in power and target civil society.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Staff of Hong Kong's embattled public broadcaster were ordered to support national security and the interests of the Chinese and Hong Kong governments, a move certain to stoke fears over press freedom in the city.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, It was reported that some of India's private hospitals have cancelled orders for Russia's Sputnik V vaccine as they struggle to sell COVID-19 shots amid surging supplies of free doses of other vaccines offered by the government.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Industry officials in India said heavy rains brought by cyclone Gulab damaged summer-sown crops such as soybeans, cotton, pulses and vegetables just before harvesting in key growing regions, which could reduce production and lift prices.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, A bus collided with two vehicles on a highway in northern Israel, leaving five people dead and dozens more injured.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) anointed former foreign minister Fumio Kishida as its new leader, a victory for the party elite that virtually ensures the soft-spoken consensus-builder will become prime minister within days.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Jersey said it has granted 95 fishing licenses to French trawlers, after a row over post-Brexit access to waters around the British Crown dependency sparked protests.
    (AFP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Jordan fully reopened its main border crossing with Syria in a move to boost the countries' struggling economies and reinforce a push by Arab states to reintegrate Syria after shunning it during its civil war.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Hundreds of Lebanese, including families of Beirut port explosion victims, rallied outside the court of justice in the capital to support the judge investigating the blast after he was forced to suspend his work.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, It was reported that Myanmar's currency has lost more than 60% of its value since the beginning of September, driving up food and fuel prices in an economy that has tanked since a military coup eight months ago.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, In Norway a German-Iranian professor at a Norwegian technical university was charged with violating sanctions on Iran by inviting four guest researchers from the Islamic Republic and giving them access to a laboratory.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, The presidents of Russia and Turkey held talks in Sochi on curbing renewed violence in northwest Syria and on possibly expanding Moscow's sales of military defence systems to Ankara despite US objections.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Russia's Communist Party filed multiple lawsuits to contest parliamentary election results from online voting in Moscow, which party members allege was rigged and blame for their defeat in races in the Russian capital.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Slovenia police fired tear gas and water cannons in Ljubljana at thousands of protesters who oppose tough anti-coronavirus measures. The protests took place as Slovenia suspended the use of the Johnson & Johnson shot while it investigates the death of a 20-year-old woman who had received one.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, Tunisia's President Kais Saied named Najla Bouden Romdhane, a geologist with little government experience, as the country's first woman prime minister amid a crisis following his seizure of sweeping powers and with public finances close to breaking point.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, The United Nations said summary killings in the troubled east of DR Congo surged last month, driven by rebel groups but also the armed forces.
    (AFP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, UN agencies warned that more than 1 million Syrian refugees in crisis-hit Lebanon are experiencing deteriorating conditions that have left nine out of ten of them in extreme poverty.
    (AP, 9/29/21)
2021        Sep 29, A new study said around three-fourths of Venezuelans now live in extreme poverty as the once-prosperous OPEC nation's hyperinflationary economic collapse continued for a seventh straight year.
    (Reuters, 9/29/21)

2021        Sep 30, Pres. Joe Biden signed a short-term spending bill that averted a government shutdown. It also provided emergency aid for Afghan refugees and disaster relief.
    (NY Times, 10/1/21)
2021        Sep 30, The Biden administration announced new rules that require authorities to only pursue migrants who recently crossed into the country without permission or are deemed to pose a threat to public safety.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.A11)
2021        Sep 30, The United States and Russia said they have held "intensive and substantive" talks in their second meeting within the Strategic Stability Dialogue framework, aimed at easing tensions between the world's largest nuclear weapons powers.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, The Arkansas Supreme Court said it would not allow the state to enforce its ban on mask mandates by schools and other government bodies.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB2 allowing state regulators to revoke the licenses of police officers who commit serious misconduct. 46 other states already have a system to decertity officers for professional misconduct.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.A1)
2021        Sep 30, In California John T. Ernest (22), the gunman who opened fire at a synagogue in San Diego County in 2019 killing one worshipper and injuring three others, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.A4)
2021        Sep 30, In the SF Bay Area the northbound traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge was brought to a halt when dozens of undocumented mothers, students and their allies exited their cars to engage in civil disobedience calling for Congress to provide a pathway to citizenship.
    (SFC, 9/30/21, p.C1)
2021        Sep 30, A Montana judge issued a temporary, 11th-hour halt to enforcement of three state laws restricting abortion, a ruling issued just hours after he was assigned to preside over a Planned Parenthood legal challenge.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, A study by researchers at the University of Washington found that a federal database has undercounted police killings in the US by more than half over the past four decades.
    (NY Times, 9/30/21)
2021         Sep 30, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 43,367,242 with the death toll at 695,418.
    (sfist.com, 10/1/21)
2021        Sep 30, Carlisle Floyd (95), composer-librettist, died in Tallahassee, Fla. His operas explored the passions and prejudices of the South in lyrical tales that drew on rural fundamentalism, the Great Depression, the aftermath of the Civil War and other regional themes.
    (NY Times, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, in its first eruption in nearly a year, was filling the crater at its summit with hot red lava and clouding the skies with volcanic smog.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, It was reported that hospitals across Bosnia are again filling with COVID-19 patients gasping for air, and the country's pandemic death toll is rising. Yet vaccination sites are mostly empty and unused coronavirus vaccines are fast approaching their expiration dates.
    (AP, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, More than two thousand British gas stations were still dry due a shortage of truck drivers which was starting to disrupt deliveries to pharmacies, while farmers warned a lack of butchers could lead to a massive cull of pigs.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, London police Officer Wayne Couzens (48) was jailed for life for abducting marketing executive Sarah Everard (33) on March 3 as she walked home then raping and murdering her.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, The United Kingdom recorded a further 137 daily COVID deaths and 36,480 new cases, with infections over the last week continuing to climb after pupils returned to school.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Canada held its the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honor the lost children and survivors of indigenous schools, following the gruesome discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves at two former schools earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, China hiked its annual rare earth output quotas by 20% year on year to their highest levels on record, as it seeks to increase supply for manufacturers.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, It was reported that small firms caught in China's prolonged energy crunch are turning to diesel generators, or simply shutting shop, as coal industry officials voiced fears about stockpiles ahead of winter and manufacturing shrank in the world's no. 2 economy.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Cuban officials relaxed COVID-19 restrictions in Havana saying 90% of the city's residents have been vaccinated and that the number of new cases are declining.
    (SFC, 10/1/21, p.A5)
2021        Sep 30, Dubai held opening ceremonies for its world expo. Afghanistan's pavilion remained closed to visitors in a sign of the challenges facing the country's new Taliban rulers.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Sep 30, Ethiopia said it is expelling seven senior United Nations officials, two days after a senior UN official said hundreds of thousands of people in the northern region of Tigray were likely experiencing famine.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Ethiopians in three regions, where elections had been delayed, headed to the polls to vote for their representatives. Voters in part of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) also voted in a referendum on whether to breakaway and form their own regional state, which would make it Ethiopia's 11th.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, The European Union expressed concern about media freedom in Slovenia after the head of the countrys only news agency stepped down over a new public service contract that would dictate the way STA is funded.
    (AP, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (66) was handed a one-year prison sentence by a Paris court after being found guilty of illegal campaign financing over his failed 2012 re-election bid.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, French prosecutors announced late today that DNA from a 59-year-old retired officer corresponded to genetic traces found at the scene of multiple crimes in the 1980s and 1990s. Prosecutors said suspect Francois V was found dead in an apartment in the Mediterranean seaside resort of Grau-du Roi from an apparent medication overdose.
    (AP, 10/1/21)
2021        Sep 30, In Germany Irmgard Furchner (96), a secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp during World War II, was arrested by police after she fled before the start of her trial. She faced 11,412 counts of accessory to murder.
    (Axios, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Carmaker Opel, which is part of the Stellantis group, said it will close one of its plants in Germany until at least the end of the year due to chip shortages.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Germany's Merck KGaA and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline ended their collaboration on cancer treatment bintrafusp alfa, once seen as one of Merck's most promising experimental drugs mostly due to disappointing lung cancer trial data.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, India's chief economic adviser said rich nations need to commit much more than $100 billion to help poor countries fight climate change due to their high historical share of emissions, ahead of a UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Dozens of employees controversially removed from Indonesia's anti-graft agency said they will appeal their dismissal, fighting what they saw as a move to weaken a body that prosecuted hundreds of politicians and businessmen. 57 KPK staff were fired after being told they had failed a civil service exam, the results of which they said have been withheld.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian gunman in the occupied West Bank and a Palestinian woman who tried to stab officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Hours later, in the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers fired towards a Palestinian, one of three people who raised suspicions by approaching Israel's border fence, after he was spotted carrying a bag and digging.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Former Italian mayor Domenico Lucano (63), who won worldwide plaudits for his innovative approach in integrating migrants, was sentenced to 13 years and two months of jail for irregularities in managing the asylum seekers in Riace.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Kosovo agreed to withdraw police units from its northern border with Serbia to end a mounting dispute over vehicle license plates that briefly escalated into violence and prompted NATO to step up its patrols.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Lebanon's Hezbollah group said it had shot down an Israeli drone in the south of Lebanon.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, North Korean state media reported that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of leader Kim Jong Un, has been promoted to become a member of the country's top decision-making body.
    (Business Insider, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, North Korea fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile, the latest in a recent series of weapons tests that has come as denuclearization talks with the United States have been in deadlock.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Sep 30, Romania's centrist minority government introduced new progressive restrictions late today to stem a rise in new coronavirus infections, including making mask wearing mandatory outside, but opted to keep schools open.
    (Reuters, 10/1/21)
2021        Sep 30, It was reported that Russia urged Tajikistan and Afghanistan to resolve any dispute in a mutually acceptable manner, saying it had heard reports they were sending troops to their common border.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Roman Dobrokhotov, the editor of a Russian news outlet that angered the Kremlin with its investigations, including into the poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, said the authorities had declared him a wanted man. Dobrokhotov said he was currently outside Russia and did not want to disclose his location.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Singapore's health ministry reported 2,478 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, Somalia's first public oxygen plant opened, in a ray of hope for a country where a lifesaving treatment for the coronavirus has been largely unavailable to patients during the pandemic.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa eased restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic to the country's lowest alert level, the second such loosening this month as the country looks to open up its economy ahead of the summer holiday season.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, A South Sudan official said at least 20 people have died in flooding in recent months amid torrential rains that are still afflicting a remote part of Warrap State.
    (AP, 9/30/21)
2021        Sep 30, In Sudan thousands of people protested in Khartoum and other cities in support of a civilian-led transition to democracy following a coup attempt last week.
    (Reuters, 9/30/21) 
2021        Sep 30, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend the UN political mission in Libya until after the country's critical presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for late December.
    (AP, 9/30/21)


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