1494 Jan 25, Ferdinand I, cruel
king of Naples, died.
1509 Jan 25, Giovanni Morone,
Italian theologist, diplomat, cardinal, "heretic," was born.
1533 Jan 25, England's King
Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn (who later
gave birth to Elizabeth I) in a service performed by Thomas
(AP, 1/25/98)(HN, 1/25/99)(PCh, 1992ed, p.177)
1540 Jan 25, Edmund Campion,
saint, Jesuit martyr (Decem Rationes), was born in London.
1579 Jan 25, The Union of
Utrecht brought together seven northern, Protestant provinces of the
Netherlands against the Catholics. Known as the United Provinces,
they become the foundation of the Dutch Republic. The Treaty of
Utrecht was signed, marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.22)(AP, 1/25/98)
1586 Jan 25, Lucas Cranach "the
Younger" (70), German painter, died.
1640 Jan 25, Robert Burton,
author (Anatomy of Melancholy), died.
1721 Jan 25, Czar Peter the
Great ended the Russian orthodox patriarchy.
1726 Jan 25, Guillaume Delisle
(50), French geographer (Atlas geographique), died.
1759 Jan 25, Robert Burns
(d.1796), poet and song writer, who wrote "Auld Lang Syne" and
“Comin’ Thru the Rye," was born in Alloway, Scotland. He took
traditional Scottish songs and fiddle tunes, and improved upon
existing words, or added verses where they had been lost. "Should
auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind, should auld
acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne. For old lang syne, my
dear, for old lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for old
(EMN, 1/96, p.4,6)(HN, 1/25/99)(SFC, 12/30/99,
1775 Jan 25, Americans dragged
cannon up hill to fight the British at Gun Hill Road, Bronx.
1787 Jan 25, Shays' Rebellion
suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel
Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass. Small
farmers in Springfield, Massachusetts led by Daniel Shays continued
their revolt against tax laws. Federal troops broke up the
protesters of what later became known as Shays’ Rebellion. [see Aug
1795 Jan 25, The Royal Chapel
at Carmel, Ca., was dedicated with a Mass of Thanksgiving. A major
renovation was undertaken in 1856.
(SSFC, 1/4/09, p.B3)
1799 Jan 25, Eliakim Spooner of
Vermont received the 1st US patent for a seeding machine.
1802 Jan 25, Napoleon was
elected president of Italian (Cisalpine) Republic.
1817 Jan 25, Giocchino
Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premiered in Rome. It was based on
the Cinderella story.
(WSJ, 11/2/95, p.A-12)(MC, 1/25/02)
1825 Jan 25, Eli Whitney
(b.1765), cotton gin inventor and gun manufacturer, died.
(ON, 2/03, p.6)
1846 Jan 25, The dreaded Corn
Laws, which taxed imported oats, wheat and barley, were repealed by
the British Parliament.
1851 Jan 25, Sojourner Truth
addressed the 1st Black Women's Rights Convention in Akron. [see
1855 Jan 25, Dorothy Wordsworth
(b.1771), English prose writer and the sister of poet William
Wordsworth (1770-1850), died. In 2009 Frances Wilson authored “The
Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth."
1858 Jan 25, Britain's Princess
Victoria (the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert),
married Crown Prince Frederick William (the future German Emperor
and King of Prussia) at St. James's Palace. The ceremony's
tradition-setting music, personally selected by the Princess Royal,
included the "Bridal Chorus" from Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin" and
the "Wedding March" by Felix Mendelssohn.
1861 Jan 25, Pres. Lincoln
picked Ferdinand Schavers, a black man, as his first bodyguard.
(Hem., 5/97, p.18)(WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)
1863 Jan 25, Maj. Gen. Joseph
Hooker assumed command and undertook the reorganization of the
demoralized Army of the Potomac. He commanded the Army of the
Potomac during the Battle of Chancellorsville. By April, he thought
he was ready to face Lee‘s Army of Northern Virginia. [see Jan 26]
1863 Jan 25, Battle of
1863 Jan 25, James Morrill
(1824-1865), a British citizen, ended years of living among
Australian Aborigines after a shipwreck in 1846.
1874 Jan 25, The birthday of
Somerset Maugham (d.1965).
(HFA, '96, p.22)
1877 Jan 25, Congress
determined the presidential election between Hayes and Tilden.
Tilden won the popular votes, while Hays won the electoral
votes. [see Jan 29]
1878 Jan 25, Off of San
Francisco the 3-masted clipper ship King Philip, built in Maine in
1856, was towed by a tug through the Golden Gate and laid anchor to
allow the tug to assist a nearby vessel. The anchor failed and the
King Philip drifted onto sand at Ocean Beach, where it foundered.
Remnants of the ship appeared in 1980 and again in 2007.
(SFC, 5/8/07, p.B5)
1882 Jan 25, Virginia Woolf
(d.1941), English author, critic, was born. She was a member of the
intellectual circle known as the Bloomsbury Group and wrote "Mrs.
Dalloway" and "Orlando." “On the outskirts of every agony sits some
observant fellow who points." “I read the Book of Job last night, I
don’t think God comes out of it well." “The compensation of growing
old was simply this: that the passions remain as strong as ever, but
one has gained—at last! -- the power which adds the supreme flavor
to existence, the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it
round, slowly, in the light." In 1997 Panthea Reid published: “Art
and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf." In 1998 Mitchell Leaska
published: “Granite and Rainbow: The Life of Virginia Woolf."
(AP, 7/6/97)(IW 12/29/97)(AP, 1/18/98)(SFC,
5/25/98, p.E6)(HN, 1/25/99)
1886 Jan 25, Wilhelm
Furtwangler, conductor, composer, was born in Berlin, Germany.
1890 Jan 25, The United Mine
Workers of America was founded.
1890 Jan 25, Reporter Nellie
Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World received a tumultuous
welcome home after she completed a round-the-world journey in 72
days, 6 hours, 11 minutes.
1892 Jan 25, In Buganda
(Uganda) the Battle of Mengo took place. Catholics advanced against
Anglicans armed with machine guns just outside what is now Kampala.
1900 Jan 25, the US 56th
Congress refused to seat Brigham H. Roberts, Mormon Democrat from
Utah, because of his polygamy.
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1904 Jan 25, J.M. Synge's
"Riders to the Sea," premiered in Dublin. [see Feb 25]
1904 Jan 25, Two-hundred (179)
coal miners were entombed in an explosion in Cheswick, Pennsylvania.
(HN, 1/25/99)(MC, 1/25/02)
1906 Jan 25, Major Gen. Joseph
Wheeler II (70), Confederate, US General, died. He led a cavalry
division in the Battle of San Juan Hill in 1898. As a Confederate
brigadier and then major general, “Fightin’ Joe" Wheeler commanded
the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Mississippi and, later, the
Army of Tennessee. Captured in May 1865, he went on to have a
prosperous postwar life, serving as a U.S. congressman for eight
terms. After his Spanish-American War service, Wheeler retired from
the army as a brigadier general of U.S. Regulars. He was interred in
Arlington National Cemetery.
(HNQ, 2/13/02)(MC, 1/25/02)
1915 Jan 25, Umberto Giordano,
Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gene" premiered in NYC.
1915 Jan 25, The inventor of
the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurated transcontinental
telephone service in the United States. Bell placed the first
ceremonial cross-continental call from New York to his old colleague
Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.D1) (AP, 1/25/98)(HN, 1/25/99)
1917 Jan 25, In San Francisco
some 300 prostitutes led by Reggie Gamble descended on the Central
Methodist Church and Pastor Rev. Paul Smith. His campaign to rid the
city of prostitution threatened their livelihood. The protest failed
and within days police began raiding houses in the Uptown
Tenderloin. In 1918 Smith made a movie titled “The Finger of
Justice" starring matinee idol Crane Wilbur as “fighting parson."
The film failed to gain national prominence and in 1922 Smith left
the ministry, moved to Los Angeles and began a used car
(SFC, 6/13/15, p.C1)
1917 Jan 25, In San Francisco
thousands of people crammed into the Dreamland Rink at Post and
Steiner demanding that City Hall take action against the
Tenderloin’s boisterous nightlife. The campaign aimed to shut down
the cafes and saloons where men and women freely comingled.
(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.C4)
1918 Jan 25, Austria and
Germany rejected U.S. peace proposals.
1919 Jan 25, The League of
Nations plan was adopted by the Allies.
1921 Jan 25, Karel Capek's "
R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots" (1920), premiered in Prague. The
play introduced the term robot (robota for forced labor).
1924 Jan 25, The 1st Winter
Olympic games opened in Chamonix, France.
1928 Jan 25, The Zamorano Club
was founded in Los Angeles, Ca., “to establish contact and encourage
exchange of thought among its members, who shall be men interested
in Fine Books." The club was named after Agustin Vicente Zamorano,
the first printer in Alta California.
1928 Jan 25, Eduard
Shevardnadze, foreign minister of USSR, was born in Soviet Georgia.
1929 Jan 25, Members of the New
York Stock Exchange asked for an additional 275 seats.
1930 Jan 25, New York police
routed a Communist rally at the Town Hall.
1933 Jan 25, Corazon Aquino was
born as Corazon Cojuangco. She defeated the corrupt Ferdinand Marcos
to become the President of the Philippines (1986-1992). Her husband
had been killed by Marcos’ gunmen.
1937 Jan 25, The US radio
program "The Guiding Light," made its debut. In 1952 it became a
television soap opera on CBS.
1940 Jan 25, Nazis established
a Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Poland.
1943 Jan 25, The last German
airfield in Stalingrad was captured by the Red Army.
1945 Jan 25, The US Justice
Department's Antitrust Division filed suit in the U.S. District
Court in New York against De Beers, four other British or South
African companies, three Belgian companies and one Portuguese
Company which together produced and sold 95 percent of the world's
diamonds, 'charging them with conspiring to restrain and monopolize
the foreign trade of the United States in gem and industrial
diamonds in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Wilson
1946 Jan 25, The United Mine
Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.
1947 Jan 25, American gangster
Al Capone died of syphilis in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48. While he
was in prison at Alcatraz Capone composed a song titled “Madonna
Mia," and gave to Vincent Casey, a Jesuit priest, who had visited
him regularly. In 2009 the song was produced and made available on
(AP, 1/25/98)(SFC, 4/17/09, p.A6)
1949 Jan 25, Axis Sally, who
broadcasted Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe, stood trial in
the United States for war crimes.
1949 Jan 25, “Comecon," or the
Council for Mutual Economic Assistance, was the Soviet Union’s
attempt to create a program that would be the Communist equivalent
of the Marshall Plan, an American program to rebuild postwar western
Europe. After the formal division of Germany into east and west, the
Soviets attempted to create the organization to replicate for
Eastern Europe what the Marshall Plan was to do for the west. The
Soviet-backed organization started with Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, Poland, and Romania becoming founding members (in addition
to the Soviet Union). Albania and East Germany joined shortly
thereafter. Comecon was never able to match the effectiveness of the
American program because of the lack of resources in the weaker
Communist countries and inflexible Soviet leadership concerned
primarily with strengthening the Soviet Union. The organization,
which sought coordination between the nations’ centrally-planned
economies lasted until 1990 when the democratization movements in
eastern Europe made Comecon's purpose moot. In 1991, Comecon was
renamed the Organization for International Economic Cooperation.
(HNQ, 6/30/99)(HNQ, 1/22/01)
1951 Jan 25, The U.S. Eighth
Army in Korea launched Operation Thunderbolt, a counter attack to
push the Chinese Army north of the Han River.
1956 Jan 25, Khrushchev said
that he believed that Eisenhower was sincere in his efforts to
1959 Jan 25, American Airlines
opened the jet age in the United States with the first
scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707 from LA to NY for
(AP, 1/25/98)(HN, 1/25/99)(MC, 1/25/02)
1959 Jan 25, Pope John XXIII
proclaimed the 2nd Vatican council.
1961 Jan 25, Walt Disney's "101
Dalmatians" was released.
1961 Jan 25, President Kennedy
held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio
1963 Jan 25, Wilson Kettle
(102) died, leaving 582 living descendents.
1964 Jan 25, Beatles 1st US #1,
"I Want to Hold your Hand."
1969 Jan 25, US-North
Vietnamese peace talks began in Paris.
1970 Jan 25, The Robert Altman
film "M*A*S*H" premiered in NYC.
1971 Jan 25, Charles Manson and
three female followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and
conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress
1971 Jan 25, The Philadelphia
mint made its 1st trial strike of the Eisenhower dollar.
1971 Jan 25, In Milan, Italy,
firebombs damaged the Pirelli tire factory.
(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A18)
1971 Jan 25, In Uganda Gen. Idi
Amin (d.2003) led a military coup that seized power while Pres.
Obote was at a summit in Singapore. Obote sought refuge in Tanzania.
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 10/12/05, p.B7)
1972 Jan 25, Pres. Nixon made
public the secret talks from May 31, 1971, that included a
cease-fire-in-place, US withdrawal, and the return of prisoners from
North Vietnam. He made a revised offer with the concurrence of South
Vietnam's Pres. Thieu. Nixon aired the eight-point peace plan for
Vietnam, asking for POW release in return for withdrawal.
(WSJ, 2/5/96, p.A-19)(HN, 1/25/99)
1972 Jan 25, Shirley Chisholm,
the first African American woman elected to U.S. Congress, announced
her candidacy for president as Democrat.
1974 Jan 25, Ray Kroc
(1902-1984), the head of McDonald's Corp., bought the SD Padres for
$12 million and prevented the team's planned move to Washington DC.
1974 Jan 25, Bulent Ecevit
(1925-2006) became prime minister of Turkey.
1978 Jan 25, Muriel Humphrey
was appointed to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of
her husband, Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota.
1979 Jan 25, Assembly line
worker Robert Williams (25) was killed by a malfunctioning robot at
the (then) Ford Motor Casting Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Williams
died instantly by the robot’s arm as he was gathering parts in a
storage facility where the robot was too slow in its retrieval work.
Williams’ family was later awarded $10 million in damages.
1980 Jan 25, Robert L. Johnson
launched Black Entertainment Television (BET). It began as a
two-hour-a-week service that aired every Friday evening.
1980 Jan 25, A US-Mexico
Extradition Treaty, signed by Pres. Carter in 1978, went into
effect. It allowed Mexico to refuse extradition of suspects
facing the death penalty in the US.
1980 Jan 25, Paul
McCartney was released from Tokyo jail & deported.
1980 Jan 25, Abolhassan
Bani-Sadr was elected as Iran's first president since the 1979
Islamic revolution. Though he won an overwhelming majority of the
popular vote, he did not have the support of the predominantly
1981 Jan 25, The 52 Americans
held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States.
1981 Jan 25, In China Jiang
Qing (1914-1991), Mao's widow, received a suspended death sentence.
1982 Jan 25, In San Francisco
crowds estimated at over 500,000 took to the streets to celebrate
the Super Bowl XVI parade. City Hall had planned for 25,000.
(SFC, 1/16/16, p.D1)
1982 Jan 25, In Stockton, Ca.,
Renee Rontal (13) and Nancy Rubia (13) were out looking for fun on a
popular cruising strip when they were picked up by a 22-year-old
Reyes and 21-year-old Antonio Espinoza. The next day a farm worker
found Renee in a ditch outside town with her throat cut. Nancy was
found nearby face down in shallow water, and an autopsy concluded
that she died from drowning in the muddy water. Both girls had been
beaten and raped. Espinoza was arrested a year and a half after the
killing and was convicted of murder. On May 27, 2011, FBI agents and
Mexican federal police arrested Alfredo Reyes (51) outside a pool
hall in Tijuana, where he had been living under an alias.
1983 Jan 25, The IRAS space
probe was launched. It studied infrared radiation from across the
cosmos and exposed stars as they were born from clouds of gas and
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)
1983 Jan 25, Klaus Barbie, SS
chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, was arrested in Bolivia.
1983 Jan 25, China's supreme
court commuted the death sentence of Jiang Qing, Mao's widow, to
1984 Jan 25, President Reagan
endorsed the development of the first U.S. permanently manned space
1988 Jan 25, In his final State
of the Union address, President Reagan declared America was "strong,
prosperous, at peace." Vice President George Bush and Dan Rather
clashed on "The CBS Evening News" as the anchorman attempted to
question the Republican presidential candidate about his role in the
1989 Jan 25, Michael Jordan
scored his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season.
1989 Jan 25, The US Senate
Armed Services Committee opened confirmation hearings on the
nomination of John Tower to be secretary of defense.
1990 Jan 25, President Bush
proposed to add an additional $1.2 billion to the budget for the war
on drugs, including a 50% increase in military spending.
1990 Jan 25, An Avianca Boeing
707 ran out of fuel and crashed in Cove Neck, N.Y.; 73 of the 161
people aboard were killed.
1990 Jan 25, Actress Ava
Gardner, star in 60 films, died in London at age 67. Her 3 husbands
included Mickey Rooney (1942-1943), Artie Shaw (1945-1946) and Frank
(AP, 1/25/00)(SFEC, 3/12/00, Par p.2)
1991 Jan 25, During the Gulf
War Iraq sabotaged Kuwait’s main supertanker loading pier, dumping
an estimated 460 million gallons of crude oil into the Persian Gulf.
Missiles fired from western Iraq struck in the Tel Aviv and Haifa
areas, killing one Israeli and injuring more than 40 others.
(AP, 1/25/01)(SFC, 11/20/02, p.A14)
1992 Jan 25, Finance ministers
from the Group of Seven nations met in Garden City, N.Y., agreeing
to intensify their cooperation to stimulate the world's sluggish
economy, while leaving it to each country to decide how.
1992 Jan 25, Mahmoud Riad
(b.1917), Egyptian diplomat and sec-gen of Arab League (1972-79),
1993 Jan 25, President Clinton
appointed his wife, Hillary, to head a committee on health-care
1993 Jan 25, Sears announced it
was closing its catalog sales dept after 97 years.
1993 Jan 25, Five commuters
were shot outside the gates of the US CIA headquarters in Langley,
Va. Two people died. Mir [Amil] Aimal Kasi, a Pakistani national,
was tracked down for the shooting in 1997 in Afghanistan and
returned to the US. He was convicted of murder in 1997 and was
executed Nov 14, 2002.
(SFC, 6/18/97, p.A3)(SFC,11/11/97,
p.A3)(SFC,11/15/97, p.A3)(AP, 1/25/98)(SFC, 11/15/02, p.A3)
1993 Jan 25, Lance Cpl. Anthony
D. Botello (21) of Wilburton, Oklahoma, was killed by a sniper in
1994 Jan 25, President Clinton
delivered his State of the Union address in which he challenged
Congress to pass comprehensive health care reforms.
1994 Jan 25, Singer Michael
Jackson settled a child molestation lawsuit against him; terms were
confidential, although one source put the monetary figure at least
1994 Jan 25, The United States
launched Clementine I, an unmanned spacecraft that was to study the
moon before it was "lost and gone forever."
1995 Jan 25, The defense gave
its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles,
saying Simpson was the victim of a "rush to judgment" by authorities
who had mishandled evidence and ignored witnesses.
1995 Jan, 25, Extensive
flooding hit the streets of Las Vegas and many casinos had water
dripping onto gambling tables.
(HFA, '96, p.73)
1995 Jan 25, The top of a
Chinese Long March missile disintegrated as it hit supersonic speeds
and destroyed a Hughes Apstar 2 satellite. The debris killed at
least 6 villagers.
1995 Jan 25, A team of
Norwegian and American scientists launched a Black Brant XII
four-stage sounding rocket from the Andoya Rocket Range off the
northwest coast of Norway to study the aurora borealis over
Svalbard. Nuclear forces in Russia were put on alert, and the
nuclear-command suitcase was brought to President Boris Yeltsin, who
then had to decide whether to launch a nuclear barrage against the
United States. This became known as the Norwegian rocket incident or
Black Brant scare.
1996 Jan 25, With Republicans
bruised by two government shutdowns, the US House overwhelmingly
approved legislation to keep federal agencies running through March
1996 Jan 25, Charles Rothenberg
was arrested in the shooting of a 47-year-old man and charged with
attempted murder. He had set fire to his 6-year-old son in 1983 in
southern California and served 7 years in prison.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)
1996 Jan 25, Wells Fargo won
the battle to acquire First Interstate of Los Angeles in a $11.6
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A10)
1996 Jan 25, Jonathon Larson
(35), composer of Rent, died of an aortic aneurysm.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.E4)
1997 Jan 25, Responding to
recent cases of deadly food poisoning, President Clinton promised to
seek $43 million dollars to implement an early warning system for
1997 Jan 25, Astrologer Jeane
Dixon died in Washington, D.C., at age 79.
1997 Jan 25, In Albania
thousands of people lost money in pyramid investment schemes and
took to the streets of Lushnja in protest. Some one million
Kalashnikov rifles were stolen from government depots. Some 656,000
weapons and 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition were stolen from army
depots during civil unrest sparked by Ponzi scheme failures.
(SFEC, 1/26/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A12)(AP,
1997 Jan 25, In Argentina
Noticias photojournalist Jose Luis Cabezas was found murdered in the
Atlantic resort of Pinamar. He had been handcuffed, tortured and
burned alive near a meeting place of the Justicialist Party. It was
later revealed that police officers carried out the murder under
orders from Alfredo Yabran. In 2000 a tribunal found 3 former
provincial police officers guilty in the murder along with a former
security guard and 4 civilians.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A15)(SFC, 10/2/97,
p.A13)(SFC,12/9/97, p.B10)(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A7)(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A13)
1997 Jan 25, In China it was
reported that winter storms had stranded some 320,000 people in
Xinjiang province and that many were close to starvation.
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.A18)
1997 Jan 25, In Columbia gunmen
of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia) kidnapped
Fernando Caballero Argaez, president of the Bogota Stock Exchange,
(SFC, 1/28/97, p.A8)
1997 Jan 25, In Kenya it was
reported that mass starvation was threatening after a widespread
draught this season.
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.A18)
1997 Jan 25, In Somaliland it
was reported that many wells and bore holes had dried up and that
cattle and goats were dying in large numbers.
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.A18)
1998 Jan 25, "Grease" closed at
Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performances.
1998 Jan 25, In Superbowl XXXII
the Denver Broncos faced the Green Bay Packers. The Broncos led by
John Elway won their first Super Bowl title in four tries, defeating
the Green Bay Packers 31-24.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.C1)(AP, 1/25/99)
1998 Jan 25, American astronaut
Andrew Thomas moved from the space shuttle Endeavour into the
Russian space station Mir as the relief for David Wolf.
1998 Jan 25, In Algeria 20
people had their throats cut in the village of Frenda. Local media
reported that 50 people were killed in Kaid Ben Larbi. Ambushes and
bombings were widespread as the celebration of Leilat El Qadr (night
of destiny) began in recognition of the end of Ramadan. The
government reported 29 rebels killed in 3 clashes in the last few
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 25, In Cuba Pope John
Paul II spoke in Revolution Square on his final day in the country.
He urged Castro to respect human rights.
(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 25, In Wandhama,
India, north of Srinagar, Muslim separatists killed 23 Hindus.
(SFC, 1/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 25, In Israel the
chief rabbinate proposed that the state recognize Reform and
Conservative converts as Jews.
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 25, In Italy
kidnappers of industrialist Giuseppe Soffiantini sent a slice of his
ear and a note to a TV news station. The ransom was reportedly
reduced to about $6 million.
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.B12)
1998 Jan 25, In Sri Lanka
suicide bombers killed themselves and 8 others as their truck
crashed through the gates of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. The
temple reportedly held a tooth of the Buddha brought from India in
the 4th century. Enraged Sinhalese burned down a Hindu cultural
center in Kandy in retaliation.
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.A9)
1998 Jan 25, In Turkey Prime
Minister Yilmaz disclosed that the Ciller government’s security
forces used death squads against Kurds and engaged in drug
trafficking. This was a result of the 7-month investigation of the
(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A15)
1999 Jan 25, The US planned to
notify the World Trade Organization that it planned sanctions on the
European Union and 100% tariffs on a wide range of products due to a
dispute over EU banana import laws.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A11)
1999 Jan 25, A US warplane
missile reportedly misfired and Iraq asserted that 11 civilians were
killed and 59 injured at al-Jumhuriya. The Pentagon confirmed that
an AGM-130 missile had gone off mark.
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A7)(SFC,
1999 Jan 25, The Supreme Court
ruled, 5-4, that the 2000 census could not use statistical sampling
to enhance its accuracy.
1999 Jan 25, The US Supreme
Court upheld rules to let new local phone companies connect to the
Bell companies at low cost.
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 25, Jury selection
began in Jasper, Texas, in the trial of John William King, charged
in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr.
1999 Jan 25, William J.
McCorkle (30), "King of the Infomercials," and his wife, Chantal,
were sentenced to 24 years in prison for fraud and money-laundering.
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 25, Abecnego Monje
Ortiz (18) was shot in the back by a US DEA agent as he crossed the
Rio Grande in an inner tube with 14 others near Eagle Pass, Texas.
In 2001 the DEA agreed to pay Ortiz $1.75 million to help pay
medical costs. The DEA agent was sentenced in 2000 to 15 years in
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A14)
1999 Jan 25, In Louisville
doctors transplanted a left hand to Matthew Scott in a 14 1/2 hour
operation. It was the first hand transplant in the United States.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A2)(AP, 1/25/00)
1999 Jan 25, In China an
explosion in Yizhang killed 8 people and injured over 60. The area
was the site of recent worker and farmer protests over corruption,
unpaid wages and taxes.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.E9)
1999 Jan 25, In Colombia a 6.0
earthquake hit in western Valle del Cauca state and at least 273
people were killed and 900 injured. The cities of Armenia, Pereira,
and Calarca were hardest hit. The death toll went up and it was
predicted that 2,000 died in Armenia alone. A powerful earthquake
rocked Colombia, killing more than 1,000 people.
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/26/99, p.A1)(SFC,
1/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/25/00)
1999 Jan 25, In Rakovina,
Kosovo 5 ethnic Albanians, including 2 children, were found riddled
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Jan 25, In Jordon King
Hussein named his eldest son, Abdullah, as heir to the throne.
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Jan 25, In Sierra Leone a
mortuary worker reported that at least 2,000 men, women and children
were killed in Freetown.
(SFC, 2/13/99, p.A8)
1999 Jan 25, In Zimbabwe 3
Supreme Court justices wrote Pres. Mugabe a letter asking that he
confirm that the army has no power to arrest civilians and that the
government will not tolerate torture.
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)
2000 Jan 25, Martina
Navratilova entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
2000 Jan 25, Under government
orders, the Florida relatives of Elian Gonzalez agreed to make the
boy available for a meeting with his Cuban grandmothers at a neutral
2000 Jan 25, A snow storm hit
the East Coast and left Raleigh, NC, with over a foot of snow. At
least 5 deaths were blamed on the storm.
(SFC, 1/26/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 25, In Texas a tanker
truck with 9000 gallons of furfural overturned and spilled the toxic
chemical, which is used in manufacturing, into a drainage ditch that
flows into San Martin Lake. An estimated 6 million fish and dozens
of ducks were soon found dead.
(SFC, 2/12/00, p.A9)
2000 Jan 25, In Bosnia NATO
peacekeepers arrested Mitar Vasiljevic (45), a member of the White
Eagles Bosnian-Serb paramilitary group, on charges of extermination
of Bosnian Muslim civilians between 1992 and 1994. The charges
included helping to burn scores of Muslims to death in Visegrad.
(SFC, 1/26/00, p.A9)
2000 Jan 25, The Russian
government announced that 1,055 servicemen had been killed and 3,206
wounded in Chechnya since Oct 1.
(SFC, 1/27/00, p.A13)
2000 Jan 25, A complaint was
submitted in Dakar, Senegal, against former Chad dictator Hissene
Habre. It detailed 97 allegations of political killings, 142 cases
of torture and 100 disappearances.
(SFC, 1/27/00, p.C2)
2001 Jan 25, Richard Clarke, US
top counter-terrorism advisor, presented a strategy document to
Condoleeza Rice with proposal for eliminating the threat from
al-Qaeda. The document was made public in 2005.
(SFC, 2/12/05, p.A5)
2001 Jan 25, Alan Greenspan
said budget surpluses were growing enough to allow a tax cut and
still eliminate the national debt by the end of the decade.
(SFC, 1/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 25, A jury in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., found 13-year-old Lionel Tate guilty of
first-degree murder in the death of a 6-year-old family friend. Tate
had said he accidentally killed the girl while imitating moves by
2001 Jan 25, The first World
Social Forum (WSF), originated by Oded Grajew, opened in Porto
Alegre, Brazil, organized by many groups including the French
Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid
of Citizens (ATTAC).
2001 Jan 25, Israel and
Palestine continued talks in Egypt as an Israeli motorist was killed
in an ambush by the “Thabet Thabet Brigade."
(SFC, 1/26/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 25, In Venezuela a
DC-3 Rutaca Airlines flight 225 crashed and all 24 passengers,
American and European tourists, were killed.
(SFC, 1/26/01, p.A12)
2002 Jan 25, A senior House
Democrat called for Thomas White, Sec. of the Army and former Enron
executive, to testify on his role at Enron.
(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 25, In Cambridge,
Mass., Thomas Junta was sentenced 6 to 10 years in prison for
beating another man to death at their sons' hockey practice.
2002 Jan 25, In Pittsburgh 2
masked gunmen killed 2 men and a young girl in a sandwich shop.
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A17)
2002 Jan 25, J. Clifford
Baxter, a former Enron vice-chairman, was found dead of apparent
suicide in Sugar Land, a Houston suburb. He had reportedly
complained about the company's questionable accounting practices.
(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/12/02, p.A14)(AP,
2002 Jan 25, In Afghanistan
leaders called for an increase in peacekeeping troops as warlords
competed for power outside of Kabul.
(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A14)
2002 Jan 25, A boat full of
Haitian migrants capsized near the Bahamas and at least 14 people
(SFC, 1/26/02, p.AA8)
2002 Jan 25, A bomb in Bogota,
Colombia, killed 4 police officers and a girl (5). FARC rebels were
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A19)
2002 cJan 25, Chinese PM Zhu
Rongji visited Bangalore, India, and said: Your are number one in
software, and we are number one in hardware. If Indian software and
Chinese hardware work together, we can create a force that will be
number one in the world.
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A24)
2002 Jan 25, A Palestinian
suicide bomber sd’d in a Tel Aviv neighborhood and at least 25
people were wounded following an Israeli missile attack in the Gaza
Strip that killed a senior Hamas commander. Separately 2 Hamas
members were killed by Israeli troops.
(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A6)
2003 Jan 25, The Sundance Film
Festival in Utah gave the grand jury prize to "American Splendor"
and the documentary grand prize to "Capturing the Friedmans." The
audience award went to "The Station Agent."
(SSFC, 1/26/03, p.A2)
2003 Jan 25, A computer worm
slowed Internet traffic. The "slammer" virus sought vulnerable
Microsoft "SQL Server 2000" software.
(SSFC, 1/26/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 25, NASA launched a
spacecraft into orbit to measure all the radiation streaming toward
Earth from the sun. The small satellite is called Sorce — for Solar
Radiation and Climate Experiment.
2003 Jan 25, Ivory Coast Pres.
Laurent Gbagbo accepted a peace plan to end the 4-month civil war.
Former PM Seydou Diarra would lead until new elections.
(SSFC, 1/26/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 1/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 25, In Nepal suspected
Maoist rebels gunned down police chief Krishna Mohan Shrestha along
with his wife and bodyguard.
(SSFC, 1/26/03, p.A14)
2003 Jan 25, Pakistan marked
its entry into the space age when its first communication satellite,
PAKSAT-I, formally began operations.
2003 Jan 25, In Venezuela
opponents of Pres. Hugo Chavez launched a 24-hour street
demonstration to protest a court ruling that postponed a referendum
on Chavez's rule.
2004 Jan 25, "The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King," the final installment of the epic
fantasy trilogy that hadn't yet won most major movie awards, finally
snared best dramatic film and three other trophies at the Golden
Globes. HBO's six-hour adaptation of "Angels in America" won best
miniseries or TV movie.
2004 Jan 25, Outgoing U.S.
weapons inspector David Kay told National Public Radio his inability
to find illicit arms in Iraq raised serious questions about U.S.
2004 Jan 25, NASA's Opportunity
rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth, delighting and
puzzling scientists just hours after the spacecraft bounced to a
landing on the opposite side of the red planet from its twin rover,
2004 Jan 25, In Greenville, SC,
a fire at a Comfort Inn left 6 people dead.
(SFC, 1/26/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 25, Mikhail
Saakashvili was inaugurated as Georgia's president.
2004 Jan 25, In northern Iraq a
US helicopter crashed while searching for a river patrol boat that
had capsized on the Tigris. A soldier and 2 pilots were missing. 4
Iraqi policemen manning a checkpoint outside Ramadi west of Baghdad
were killed in a drive-by shooting. Gunmen also killed three
policemen at another checkpoint in Ramadi. US soldiers arrested
nearly 50 people and confiscated weapons in several raids in Iraq's
volatile Sunni Triangle. Another soldier died of wounds from the
previous day's attacks.
(AP, 1/25/04)(AP, 1/26/04)
2004 Jan 25, Rescuers in the
Philippines launched a massive search for 53 fishermen missing after
their boats were pounded by strong winds and high waves off three
northwestern provinces. At least two fishermen died.
2005 Jan 25, The US
Congressional Budget Office predicted the government will accumulate
another $855 billion in deficits over the next decade.
Administration officials detailed President Bush's request for $80
billion to pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this
2005 Jan 25, SF and dozens of
other US cities undertook a tally of their homeless competing for
nearly $1.5 billion in federal funds to care for the homeless.
(WSJ, 2/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 25, Legislators in San
Francisco, Ca., voted 8-3 to ban smoking in public parks, becoming
the first major American city to embrace such an expansive ban on
(Reuters, 1/26/05)(SFC, 1/26/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 25, The Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $750 million over 10 years to
support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
(WSJ, 1/25/05, p.D6)
2005 Jan 25, Georgina Mace told
a meeting of zoologists in London that 0.5% of the area of natural
habitats on land is lost each year, largely due to conversion to
(Econ, 2/5/05, p.74)
2005 Jan 25, Philip Johnson
(b.1906), architect, died in Conn. His buildings included 101
California St. in SF and the AT&T building in NYC.
(SFC, 1/27/05, p.A2)
2005 Jan 25, Ethiopia’s
government said it has began giving free doses of life-prolonging
drugs to about 14,000 HIV-infected Ethiopians in a US-funded
2005 Jan 25, Paris' new
memorial to the Holocaust was inaugurated, with President Chirac
bowing before the wall inscribed with the names of 76,000 Jews sent
to Nazi death camps from France.
2005 Jan 25, In western India
thousands of Hindus panicked during a religious procession, when
fire broke out in roadside stalls. The resulting stampede killed at
least 258 people near the village of Wai.
(AP, 1/25/05)(AP, 1/26/05)
2005 Jan 25, In Iraq gunmen
assassinated a senior judge. Roy Hallums, an American hostage
kidnapped in November, pleaded for his life with a rifle pointed at
his head in a newly released video. Hallums was rescued by coalition
troops on Sept. 7, 2005. 11 Iraqi police died in clashes. 6 US
soldiers died, including 5 in a vehicle crash north of Baghdad.
(WSJ, 1/26/05, p.A1)(AP, 1/25/06)
2005 Jan 25, Irish Prime
Minister Bertie Ahern prepared to meet with Sinn Fein leaders, in
his first talks with the IRA-linked party since the Dec 20 bank
2005 Jan 25, The top Hamas
leader said his militant group is prepared to suspend attacks if
Israel stops targeting militants and agrees to release thousands of
2006 Jan 25, Republicans John
McCain and Tom Coburn said they're putting their colleagues on
notice: They will challenge special projects that senators insert
into spending bills until the practice stops.
2006 Jan 25, US authorities
discovered what they say is the largest and most sophisticated
tunnel under their border with Mexico, one that was used by drug
trafficking gangs. The tunnel began near Tijuana’s airport and ended
2,400 feet away in a warehouse on the US side of the border. The
find included 2 tons of marijuana.
(AFP, 1/27/06)(SFC, 1/27/06, p.B14)
2006 Jan 25, Hattie McDaniel,
the first black actress to win an Academy Award, was honored with a
U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp. McDaniel became the 29th
person honored in the Postal Service's long-running Black Heritage
2006 Jan 25, "Survivor" Richard
Hatch was convicted in Providence, R.I., of failing to pay taxes on
his $1 million winnings. He was later sentenced to more than four
years in prison.
2006 Jan 25, Ameriprise
Financial Inc. said it has notified about 226,000 people that their
names and other personal data were stored on a laptop computer that
was stolen from an employee's vehicle.
2006 Jan 25, Konami Digital
Entertainment reported that West Virginia school officials had
struck a partnership to use Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution video
game in all of its 765 public schools to attack a youth obesity
(SFC, 1/25/06, p.C1)
2006 Jan 25, Microsoft offered
to license access to its source code for Windows in an effort to
fend off pressure from US and EU authorities.
(WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A3)
2006 Jan 25, The US-based UPN
and WB television broadcast networks agreed to merge.
(SFC, 1/26/06, p.E1)
2006 Jan 25, Heart device maker
Guidant Corp. agreed to be bought by Boston Scientific Corp. for $80
per share, or about $27 billion, and terminated an agreement to be
acquired by Johnson & Johnson.
2006 Jan 25, It was reported
that Wyoming rancher Allen Cook (57), with no connection to the
University of Pittsburgh, has given the school 4,700 acres of land
littered with dinosaur fossils.
2006 Jan 25, In Florida a car
full of siblings headed home was crushed between a truck and a
stopped school bus, killing the seven adopted children just two
miles from where they lived.
2006 Jan 25, In Australia
emergency crews rushed to clean up 10,000 liters of fuel oil that
fouled mangroves off Gladstone City near the Great Barrier Reef
after two vessels collided.
2006 Jan 25, The older daughter
of former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was detained upon arrival
in Washington after failing to obey a summons by a Chilean judge,
who indicted her on tax evasion charges.
2006 Jan 25, Google Inc.
launched a search engine in China that censors material about human
rights, Tibet and other topics sensitive to Beijing, defending the
move as a trade-off granting Chinese greater access to other
2006 Jan 25, In Haiti 2 French
missionaries and two Haitians were kidnapped near Cite Soleil, a
volatile slum outside Port-au-Prince. Last month, there were 162
reported kidnap cases in Haiti, and January has seen 37 so far. The
actual number is probably much higher because victims' families
often prefer to negotiate with kidnappers rather than notify police.
2006 Jan 25, Iran's top nuclear
negotiator said that Tehran views Moscow's offer to have Iran's
uranium enriched in Russia as a positive development but no
agreement has been reached between the countries.
2006 Jan 25, The Iraqi Ministry
of Justice said it would release 5 of 8 female detainees as part of
a larger release program. Police in Baghdad reported the discovery
of 10 blindfolded men in water-holding tanks at a sewage treatment
facility. Insurgents in Kirkuk killed 2 city officials.
(SFC, 1/26/06, p.A10)(SFC, 1/27/06, p.A10)
2006 Jan 25, Kamal Said Qadir
(48), an Austrian citizen sentenced by a court in northern Iraq to
25 years in prison last month after being convicted of dishonoring
the Kurdish cause, was released from custody. After moving to
Austria a few years ago, he wrote articles that accused the powerful
Kurdistan Democratic Party of corruption.
2006 Jan 25, In Iraq a US
soldier was killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb blast
south of Baghdad, while three Iraqi police died in a similar attack.
2006 Jan 25, Iraqi police shot
dead a Sunni cleric at a checkpoint north of Baghdad. Gunmen killed
a policeman in the capital's Sadr City neighborhood.
2006 Jan 25, The UN said that
thousands of refugees were without help after riots forced it to
curtail operations in Ivory Coast.
2006 Jan 25, Juana Barraza (48)
was arrested while fleeing from a home where an elderly woman was
slain. She was suspected to be the serial murderer known as the
"Mataviejitas," or "Little Old Lady Killer." Barraza's fingerprints
matched those left at the scene of 10 other murders, plus at the
scene of an attempted murder.
2006 Jan 25, Mongolia's
president and parliament approved Mieagombo Enkhbold (41), the
chairman of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, as the new
prime minister, a major step toward rebuilding the former communist
country's collapsed government.
2006 Jan 25, A minibus struck a
land mine in southwestern Pakistan, killing six passengers and
2006 Jan 25, Palestinians cast
ballots in their first parliamentary election in a decade. Hamas won
a huge majority in parliamentary elections as Palestinian voters
rejected the longtime rule of the Fatah Party, throwing the future
of Mideast peacemaking into question. Hamas counted up to 6
leaderships: notional chief Khaled Meshal in exile in Damascus;
Ismail Haniyeh and other heavyweights in the Gaza Strip; members in
the West Bank; convicted prisoners in Israeli jails; unconvicted
prisoners detained in Israeli military jails; and heads of the armed
(AP, 1/26/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.51)
2006 Jan 25, Sri Lanka's
president and the leader of Tamil Tiger rebels agreed on to resume
2006 Jan 25, The World Economic
Forum opened in Davos, Switzerland. 15 heads of state, top business
leaders and celebrities attended the session to brainstorm on key
issues facing the globe, including high oil prices, Iran's nuclear
ambitions, new business models and the shifting balance of power in
2006 Jan 25, An Arctic weather
front wreaked more havoc across a wide swath of eastern Europe,
killing 53 people overnight in Ukraine alone and severely disrupted
transport networks in half-a-dozen countries.
2006 Jan 25, Pope Benedict XVI
said in his first encyclical, "God is Love," that the Roman Catholic
Church has no desire to govern states or set public policy, but
can't remain silent when its charity is needed to ease suffering
around the world.
2006 Jan 25, In Venezuela
thousands of activists marched through Caracas demanding an end to
the war in Iraq and shouting slogans against U.S. imperialism at the
opening of the World Social Forum backed by President Hugo Chavez.
2006 Jan 25, Venezuela’s VP
Jose Vicente Rangel said that some Venezuelan military officers have
been detained after they allegedly passed information to US
2007 Jan 25, A rare late work
by Rembrandt depicting the Apostle James in prayer was sold in NYC
for $25.8 million.
2007 Jan 25, Ford Motor Co.
lost $5.8 billion in the fourth quarter amid slumping sales and huge
restructuring costs, pushing the automaker's deficit for the year to
$12.7 billion, the largest in its 103-year history.
2007 Jan 24, Scientists
reported that they had built the densest memory chip to date. It
measured about 100 million bits per square centimeter, about 40
times as much as current memory chips. The chip was about the size
of a white blood cell and held about 160,000 bits.
(SFC, 1/25/07, p.C2)
2007 Jan 25, Officials said
Afghanistan's heroin-producing poppies will not be sprayed with
herbicide this year despite a record crop in 2006 and US pressure to
allow the tactic. In southern Afghanistan a NATO airstrike destroyed
a Taliban command post, killing a suspected senior militant leader.
In eastern Afghanistan border police clashed with suspected
militants in Gomal district in Paktika province, leaving 10
suspected Taliban and one police dead.
(AP, 1/25/07)(AP, 1/26/07)
2007 Jan 25, Australia’s PM
John Howard announced multibillion-dollar water reforms aimed at
easing Australia's record drought.
2007 Jan 25, China reported
that its sizzling economy grew at 10.7% in 2006, its fastest rate in
a decade, as the government struggled to contain the strains of an
2007 Jan 25, Guinea’s Health
Ministry said battles between security forces and protesters earlier
this week killed at least 59 people, almost double the toll
2007 Jan 25, Guyana's president
hired former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik as a
state security adviser despite criticism in this South American
country over his record of alleged ethics violations.
2007 Jan 25, In India an angry
crowd severely beat up two suspects who are accused of sexually
assaulting and killing up to 20 children and women. The crowd
pounced upon the two as they were being taken to a lockup by police
after a court in Ghaziabad, a town on the outskirts of New Delhi,
sent them to police custody for 15 days.
2007 Jan 25, Iraq's prime
minister told parliament that the coming US-Iraqi security sweep in
Baghdad, dubbed "Operation Imposing Law," would not be the last
battle against militants. A suicide car bomber struck a
predominantly Shiite neighborhood in central Baghdad, killing at
least 19 people and wounding 23. At least 3 policemen were among the
2007 Jan 25, Israel’s President
Moshe Katsav, who insists he is the victim of a conspiracy, stepped
aside after a parliamentary committee voted 13-11 to grant his
request to do so. He preserved his immunity by taking a leave rather
2007 Jan 25, International
donors pledged $7.6 billion in aid and loans at a conference to
raise money for Lebanon's U.S.-backed prime minister and his
economic reform program. The US pledged to more than triple its
economic aid to $770 million including $220 million in military aid.
Government and opposition supporters clashed at a Beirut university
campus. At least 3 people were reported killed.
(AP, 1/25/07)(WSJ, 1/26/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 25, Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi chaired a meeting of African presidents and other
top officials to prepare for an African Union summit as conflicts
rage on the continent.
2007 Jan 25, In southern
Nigeria gunmen stormed the local offices of a major Chinese oil
company, abducting seven Chinese employees and stealing a large
amount of cash.
2007 Jan 25, Nigeria divested
24.87% of its equity in the ailing Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria
(PAN), while the French government also conceded to shed 30%
interest in the company, which was turned over to ASD Motors
2007 Jan 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb exploded in the shopping district of Hangu,
killing at least two passers-by and wounding four other people.
2007 Jan 25, Russian President
Vladimir Putin arrived in India, hoping to use the two nations'
decades-long friendship to push for deals in civilian nuclear
cooperation, military hardware and trade expansion. Putin sealed a
deal to construct more nuclear power plants in India.
2007 Jan 25, In southern
Somalia gunmen attacked Ethiopian soldiers stationed there, killing
one and wounding another.
2007 Jan 25, Ukraine’s PM
Yanukovych said that he is working to completed a pipeline to carry
Caspian-region oil directly to the EU.
(WSJ, 1/27/06, p.A4)
2007 Jan 25, Uruguay’s
left-wing government under Pres. Tabare Vazquez signed a trade and
investment “framework agreement" with the US.
(Econ, 2/3/07, p.39)
2007 Jan 25, Pope Benedict XVI
met with Vietnam's PM Nguyen Tan Dung. Their talks marked an
important step toward establishing diplomatic relations following
decades of tension.
2008 Jan 25, In Miami Moises
Maionica (36) of Venezuelan pleaded guilty in a scheme to cover up
the source of $800,000 seized in a suitcase in Argentina that was
allegedly sent by Venezuelans as a donation to Cristina Fernandez's
2008 Jan 25, Goldman Sachs
Group and Credit Suisse Group said they will cut about 2,000 job
worldwide as a credit crisis puts a damper on fixed-income trading
and corporate deal making.
2008 Jan 25, Gold and platinum
prices reached new highs after mine stoppages in South Africa, a
leading producer of the precious metals, led to buying on supply
concerns. An ounce of gold for February delivery spiked to $924.30,
a fresh record, on the New York Mercantile Exchange before easing
back to settle at $910.70, up $4.90. April platinum peaked at a new
high of $1,694.90 an ounce. Prices later settled at $1,670, up $57.
2008 Jan 25, Richard Darman
(b.1943), former budget director (1989-1992) under Pres. George H.W.
Bush, died. He was the chief architect of the landmark 1990 deficit
(WSJ, 1/26/08, p.A8)
2008 Jan 25, In Afghanistan
US-led coalition and Afghan troops clashed with insurgents while
searching a compound near the Pakistani frontier, leaving one
coalition soldier dead.
2008 Jan 25, Scottish &
Newcastle, the UK's largest brewer, announced it has agreed to be
bought by Carlsberg and Heineken, for around 7.6 billion pounds.
2008 Jan 25, Egyptian guards
with riot shields formed human chains along the Egypt-Gaza border,
but were unable to stop hundreds of Palestinians from rushing into
Egypt after a bulldozer wrecked another section of fence along the
2008 Jan 25, Ethiopia's
administration for refugee and returnee affairs said that more
than 450 Eritreans, including 234 soldiers, fled their country into
Ethiopia in January alone.
2008 Jan 25, In France tens of
thousands of civil servants demonstrated to protest job cuts and
press for higher salaries in what the government dismissed as a
"labor union ritual."
2008 Jan 25, India and France
said they would push their military ties beyond weapons sales and
open up nuclear power cooperation as soon as New Delhi is able to
enter the global atomic energy market.
2008 Jan 25, Iraq’s PM
al-Maliki announced that the government was preparing to strike back
against al-Qaida in the northern city of Mosul after two days of
deadly bombings killed nearly 40 people. He promised the fight "will
be decisive." The US military said that American and Iraqi killed an
estimated 41 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq militants.
2008 Jan 25, In Kenya street
battles engulfed the western city of Nakuru, tense with ethnic
rivalries, leaving bodies in the roadways with gashes in their heads
and arrows lodged in their torsos in the latest fighting set off by
the disputed presidential election. Overnight, half the town of
Total Station was burned down and at least two people were killed.
2008 Jan 25, A car bomb ripped
through eastern Beirut, killing Capt. Wissam Eid, Lebanon's top
anti-terrorism investigator, as he returned from a meeting on the
probe into the 2005 assassination of a former prime minister. Three
others died in the blast.
2008 Jan 25, In Lithuania a
specially established commission on image creation, chaired by PM
Gediminas Kirkilas, approved a strategic marketing concept for the
presentation of Lithuania around the world.
2008 Jan 25, North and South
Korea held working-level military talks, the first dialogue between
the two countries this year, as Seoul's conservative president-elect
prepared to take office with calls for a tougher stance toward
2008 Jan 25, Pakistani troops
battled Islamic militants during a search for several hijacked
trucks full of ammunition, with up to 30 rebels and two soldiers
killed. Militants said only a few fighters were killed along with 6
(AFP, 1/25/08)(SFC, 1/26/08, p.A6)
2008 Jan 25, Russia's lower
house of parliament annulled an agreement with Ukraine on using
Soviet-built military radars, citing Kiev's bid to join NATO.
2008 Jan 25, In South Africa
gold production ground to a halt as the industry became the latest
victim of a spiraling electricity crisis which the government
labeled a national emergency.
2008 Jan 25, At Davos,
Switzerland, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced at the World
Economic Forum that his foundation would give $306 million to use
green technology and farming techniques to boost millions out of
hunger and poverty.
2008 Jan 25, A World Trade
Organization (WTO) accession committee approved Ukraine's membership
bid, clearing the way for the former Soviet republic to join the
2008 Jan 25, The commander of
US forces in Central Asia met with Uzbek President Islam Karimov,
the first visit by a high-level US military officer since the
authoritarian leader evicted American troops amid Western criticism
of a bloody government crackdown.
2009 Jan 25, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai condemned a US operation he said killed 16 civilians,
while hundreds of villagers in Laghman province denounced the
American military during an angry demonstration.
2009 Jan 25, Bolivians easily
approved a new constitution aimed at increasing their strength while
allowing leftist President Evo Morales a shot at staying in power
through 2014. The proposed document grants new rights to more than 5
million indigenous inhabitants of 35 distinct “nations." It would
create a new Congress with seats reserved for Bolivia's smaller
indigenous groups and eliminates any mention of the Roman Catholic
Church, instead recognizing and honoring the Pachamama, an Andean
(AP, 1/25/09)(SSFC, 1/25/09, p.A6)(AP, 1/26/09)
2009 Jan 25, In China a Richter
scale 5.0 earthquake hit an area inhabited by the Xibe people. It
destroyed nearly 200 homes and damaged nearly 3,000 buildings. The
community, originally from Manchuria, had established a frontier
garrison in Xinjiang during the Qing dynasty.
2009 Jan 25, Indian police shot
dead two suspected militants from Pakistan in a pre-dawn car chase
near New Delhi.
2009 Jan 25, Liberia’s Ministry
of Agriculture said it has set up a command post and called on
international experts to help fight an invasion by millions of
crop-devouring caterpillars that are eating their way across the
country with dire economic consequences.
2009 Jan 25, In Mexico Chiapas
state Attorney General Raciel Lopez said Mariano Herran has been
charged with embezzling funds while working as Chiapas economy
secretary last year. Herran was Mexico's drug czar from 1997 to
2000, replacing Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, who was convicted of
aiding a top drug lord.
2009 Jan 25, Sri Lankan troops
overran the last town controlled by Tamil rebels, striking a major
blow in Asia's longest-running ethnic conflict.
2009 Jan 25, An avalanche
slammed into a group of Turkish hikers on a trip to a remote
mountain plateau, dragging them more than (1640 feet) 500 meters
into a valley and fatally burying 10 of them.
2009 Jan 25, A small ferry
overloaded with holiday shoppers sank in central Vietnam, killing at
least 40 people ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year. Most of the
dead were women and children.
2010 Jan 25, The United States
Justice Department approved the merger of Live Nation and
Ticketmaster, a concert promotion firm and ticketing company,
pending certain conditions. The two companies had reached an
agreement to merge in 2009.
2010 Jan 25, In New York 2
Canadian men who pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy anti-aircraft
missiles and other equipment for the Tamil Tigers rebel group in Sri
Lanka were sentenced to 25 years in a US prison. Thiruthanikan
Thanigasalam (41) and Sahilal Sabaratnam (30) were among four men
arrested in Long Island, New York, in 2006 in an FBI sting operation
as they tried to buy surface-to-air missiles, missile launchers and
hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles to be used against Sri Lankan
2010 Jan 25, In NYC Alfonso
Portillo (b.1951), the former president of Guatemala (2000-2004),
was charged with using foreign banks to launder millions of dollars
plundered from charity and government coffers. He was charged with
embezzling $15.7 million. Portillo’s whereabouts were unknown.
(SFC, 1/26/10, p.A4)(Econ, 6/19/10, p.42)
2010 Jan 25, In Pennsylvania
Andrea Curry-Demus (40) was found to be mentally ill but guilty of
2nd degree murder and kidnapping for luring a pregnant teenager to
her apartment, cutting out the baby and killing the mother. The
infant, now 18 months old, was living with relatives.
(SFC, 1/26/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 25, Electric vehicle
network firm Better Place announced it has signed an agreement with
an HSBC-led investor consortium for new equity financing of $350m
(£217m), valuing the firm at $1.25bn. Better Place, led by former
software entrepreneur Shai Agassi, hoped to be the leading
infrastructure provider for the world’s growing fleet of electric
(Econ, 2/6/10, p.71)(http://tinyurl.com/ycsyrdj)
2010 Jan 25, In Afghanistan a
Norwegian soldier died when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in
Faryab province in the north.
2010 Jan 25, The British and
Irish governments launched a mission to save Northern Ireland's
unraveling administration, a Catholic-Protestant coalition that the
territory's 1998 peace accord intended would promote a lasting new
era of nonviolent compromise.
2010 Jan 25, New York-based
Human Rights Watch called on the Cambodian government to shut down
its drug detention centers alleging abuses such as torture and rape,
as well as the lockup of children and the mentally ill.
2010 Jan 25, China sharply
rebuked the United States, denying involvement in any Internet
attacks and defending its online restrictions as lawful after
Washington urged Beijing to investigate an attack against Google.
2010 Jan 25, In China the
Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi sentenced four more people to
death for involvement in rioting last year in the restive
far-western region of Xinjiang, the country's worst ethnic violence
in decades. Another person was sentenced to death with a two-year
reprieve, a penalty usually commuted to life in prison, while eight
others were given sentences of up to life imprisonment.
2010 Jan 25, Official media
reported that China is hoping to close thousands of local government
lobbying offices in Beijing to cut down on waste and corruption.
2010 Jan 25, Cyprus police said
they have busted a smuggling ring in Cyprus and recovered dozens of
ancient artifacts it planned to sell for euro11 million (15.5
million), including a miniature gold coffin, silver coins and
terra-cotta urns. Ten Cypriots were arrested during the raids over
the weekend, and authorities were searching for another five
suspects, including a Syrian man.
2010 Jan 25, An Ethiopian
Airlines plane carrying 90 people caught fire and crashed into the
sea minutes after taking off from Beirut. At least 34 bodies were
recovered, but no survivors were found by nightfall. In 2012 a
Lebanese report put the blame on pilot error and inexperience.
Ethiopian Airlines immediately rejected the Lebanese findings saying
the crash was likely caused by sabotage or a lightning strike.
(AP, 1/25/10)(AFP, 1/17/12)
2010 Jan 25, The National Bank
of Hungary cut its main interest rate by a quarter percentage point
to 6 percent, its lowest since September 2005.
2010 Jan 25, In Iraq suicide
bombers struck near three hotels popular with Western journalists
and businessmen just as Iraq announced the execution of Saddam
Hussein's notorious cousin known as "Chemical Ali." At least 41
people were killed and more than 104 injured. The explosions came
hours after an Iraqi security official defended the ADE651, made by
the British company ATSC, a bomb-detecting device that Britain
banned for export to Iraq because of questions about whether it
works, saying it would be a "big mistake" to withdraw it from
(AP, 1/25/10)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.57)
2010 Jan 25, Sara Netanyahu
sued the Maariv daily for libel and defamation of character,
claiming it is "maliciously trying to humiliate" her. A story on Jan
22 stated that Mrs. Netanyahu fired a 70-year-old gardener at the
prime minister's official residence. The gardener had lost a son in
one of Israel's wars.
2010 Jan 25, The UN said that
extreme winter weather in 19 of 21 provinces in Mongolia has killed
over 1 million in livestock impacting the country’s food supply and
(SFC, 1/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 25, A Nigerian state
police commissioner said sectarian violence between Christians and
Muslims in Jos left 326 people dead last week. Police in central
Plateau state have arrested 303 suspects from last week's
inter-religious violence. In southwestern Ogun State gunmen shot
dead Chief Dipo Dina, a prominent opposition politician, amid rising
tensions ahead of general elections next year.
(AP, 1/25/10)(AFP, 1/26/10)
2010 Jan 25, North Korea
detained an American man for illegally entering the country from
China, the 2nd arrest of a US citizen it has reported in the past
few weeks. On Jan 30, a news report said the American man has sought
asylum and wants to join the North Korean military. On April 7,
2010, state media said Aijalon Mahli Gomes (30) of Boston has been
sentenced to eight years of hard labor and ordered to pay a $700,000
fine for crossing into the communist country illegally.
(AP, 1/28/10)(AP, 1/30/10)
2010 Jan 25, A Saudi foreign
ministry spokesman said Saudi Arabia has donated $50 million in
relief to Haiti to cope with the devastating earthquake that hit the
country nearly two weeks ago, making it the largest donation from
the Middle East to date.
2010 Jan 25, In Somalia a
mortar shell smashed into an African Union peacekeeping mission base
in Mogadishu, killing several people, including a soldier.
2010 Jan 25, South Korea's
president offered to help energy-hungry India build more nuclear
plants as the two Asian powerhouses set a goal of doubling bilateral
trade by 2014.
2010 Jan 25, Sweden’s Ericsson,
the world leader in phone network equipment, announced an extra
1,500 job cuts under restructuring which bit deeply into 4th-quarter
2010 Jan 25, In Venezuela
police and supporters of President Hugo Chavez clashed with students
in cities across the country during protests over the government
forcing an opposition channel off cable TV. One youth was reported
killed and 16 people suffered injuries. A government official said
that Pres. Chavez has accepted the resignation of Ramon Carrizalez,
who also served as defense minister. Carrizalez’s wife, the
environment minister, also resigned.
(AP, 1/25/10)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.46)
2010 Jan 25, It was reported
that Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi, the leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels, has
declared the war with Saudi Arabia over and that he will pull his
fighters out of Saudi territory. At least 133 Saudis soldiers have
died in the months of fierce fighting in the rugged border region.
2011 Jan 25, Pres. Obama in his
State of the Union address told Congress “We will move forward
together or not at all." Obama played up US progress in both
Afghanistan and Iraq, while declaring the US would stay tough on
North Korea and Iran over their nuclear ambitions.
(AP, 1/26/11)Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011 Jan 25, Ahmed Ghailani
(36), the Guantanamo detainee who served as Osma bin Laden’s cook
and bodyguard, was sentenced in NYC to life in prison for his role
in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Africa.
(SFC, 1/26/11, p.A3)
2011 Jan 25, A federal
indictment was unsealed in Phoenix, Az., and charged 20 people for
participating in a ring that bought more than 700 guns to be
smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel. Police arrested 17
suspects in a multi-agency operation across the Phoenix valley.
Three other suspects remained at large.
(AP, 1/26/11)(Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011 Jan 25, Miami, Florida,
unveiled its New World Center concert hall designed by Frank Gehry.
(Econ, 1/29/11, p.30)
2011 Jan 25, Daniel Bell
(b.1919), sociologist and a professor emeritus at Harvard
University, died. He is best known for his seminal contributions to
the study of post-industrialism. His three best known works are “The
End of Ideology," “The Coming of Post-Industrial Society" and “The
Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism."
2011 Jan 25, In the Central
African Republic 3 of 5 candidates in the presidential elections
said they rejected the results "in advance" and demanded the Jan 23
vote be annulled. Incumbent Francois Bozize has been tipped to win
the vote amidst complaints of irregularities and fraud.
2011 Jan 25, In Egypt thousands
of anti-government protesters, some hurling rocks and climbing atop
an armored police truck, clashed with riot police in the center of
Cairo in a Tunisia-inspired demonstration to demand the end of Hosni
Mubarak's nearly 30 years in power. A loose coalition had issued a
Facebook call for a “day of rage" to coincide with Police Day,
recently declared a national holiday. The interior minister said
authorities have arrested 19 Arabs suspected of having links to
al-Qaida en route to Iraq. Habib el-Adly said the suspects had been
into custody before Jan 1.
(AP, 1/25/11)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.43)
2011 Jan 25, Gabon’s opposition
leader Andre Mba Obame took the oath of office declaring himself the
new leader, challenging the authority of President Ali Bongo, the
son of Gabon's longtime dictator who died in June 2009 after a
2011 Jan 25, In Greece more
than 250 immigrants, mostly from North Africa, began a hunger strike
in Athens, demanding to be legalized and challenging a Greek
government crackdown on migrant trafficking.
2011 Jan 25, Ireland said it is
upgrading its diplomatic relations with the Palestinian territories
in recognition of progress being made by the Palestinian Authority.
The decision recognizes Ireland's long-standing support for
Palestinian statehood, but does not involve any recognition of a
2011 Jan 25, Lebanese President
Michel Sleiman issued a decree appointing former premier Najib
Mikati, Harvard-educated billionaire businessman and the candidate
backed by Iranian-allied Hezbollah, to form Lebanon's next
government, angering Sunnis who protested the rising power of the
Shiite militant group by burning tires and torching a van belonging
2011 Jan 25, Mexican federal
police shot and killed Jose Humberto Perez (29), a municipal
policeman guarding Ciudad Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia, raising
tensions between security forces amid a fierce drug war. On Jan 28
federal prosecutors charged two federal police officers with killing
(AP, 1/26/11)(AP, 1/29/11)
2011 Jan 25, Mexican
authorities said they have seized more than 23 tons of a chemical
used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs, during an inspection of
a shipment from China. The ethyl phenylacetate was declared as a
different product on arrival at the Pacific port of Manzanillo.
2011 Jan 25, In Pakistan
suicide bombers attacked police protecting marches by minority
Shiite Muslims in Karachi and Lahore, killing 12 people and wounding
dozens. Umar Patek (40), a suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked
militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, was wounded and arrested by
security forces. The senior Indonesian al-Qaida operative was wanted
in the 2002 Bali bombings. Intelligence officials in Indonesia and
Philippines made the arrest public on March 29. Pakistani
authorities questioned Patek planned to hand him over to Indonesia.
(AP, 1/25/11)(AP, 3/30/11)(AP, 3/31/11)
2011 Jan 25, In the Philippines
a bomb on a packed bus killed 5 people. Investigators recovered
fragments of an 81 mm mortar round and a Nokia cell phone used in
the bombing that also wounded 13 other people in Makati city, the
financial district of Manila. On June 2 Ryan Sison, a suspect in the
bombing, was arrested in a raid in Lucena city in Quezon province.
(AFP, 1/25/11)(AP, 1/26/11)(AP, 6/3/11)
2011 Jan 25, It was reported
that Poland's state-run National Remembrance Institute has created a
new game called "Kolejka," or "Queue," to help young Poles
understand the hardships of life under communism. It goes on sale
2011 Jan 25, Russia's lower
house of parliament ratified a landmark nuclear arms pact with the
United States, virtually assuring passage of an agreement President
Barack Obama has described as the most significant arms control deal
in nearly two decades.
2011 Jan 25, Rwandan rebel
Callixte Mbarushimana (47) arrived in the Hague, Netherlands, after
a Paris appeals court ruling in November approved the transfer to
the International Criminal Court. He was charged with 11 counts of
crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, rape,
persecution based on gender, and extensive destruction of property
by the Hutu FDLR in 2009.
(AP, 1/25/11)(AFP, 1/25/11)
2011 Jan 25, Sudan's army
clashed with Darfur rebels for the second time in a week. Insurgents
said they shot down a helicopter gunship, killing at least three
2011 Jan 25, Thailand's
government faced renewed street protests as the right-wing
nationalist group that seized Bangkok's airports two years ago
gathered in the capital to pressure the prime minister over a land
dispute with Cambodia. In the south 9 people were killed by a
roadside bomb, where an Islamic separatist insurgency has entered
its eighth year.
2011 Jan 25, In Tunisia
protesters pressured the new interim government to quit in the wake
of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ouster, as the cabinet
prepared a major shake-up.
2011 Jan 25, Human Rights Watch
called on the United States to return Vietnam to a list of the
world's worst abusers of religious freedom, accusing it of
continuously harassing some groups trying to worship peacefully.
2011 Jan 25, Zimbabwe's
wildlife chief said poachers are using aircraft to hunt and kill
rhinoceros as demand in Asia for their horns' supposed medicinal
2012 Jan 25, US Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke said that it would likely not raise interest
rates until the end of 2014. The Federal Reserve took the historic
step of setting an inflation target of 2%, a victory for Chairman
Ben Bernanke that brings the Fed in line with many of the world’s
other major central banks. US inflation remained below 2% for 59 of
the next 63 months.
p.D5)(http://tinyurl.com/y8m382p3)(Econ 6/10/17, p.16)
2012 Jan 25, Former US Army
Corps of Engineers employee Michael Alexander agreed to plead guilty
to charges of participating in a $20 million bribery and kickback
scheme involving the awarding of government contracts related to
software encryption devices.
(SFC, 1/26/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 25, US Navy SEAL Team
6, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden, parachuted into
Somalia under cover of darkness and crept up to an outdoor camp
where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. 9
kidnappers were killed and American Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen
Thisted were freed.
2012 Jan 25, Boeing won its
largest ever order from Europe as Norwegian Air Shuttle ordered 122
planes. The deal was worth $11.4 billion at list prices. NAS also
planned to buy some 100 Airbuses. The total package for 222 planes
was about $10 billion.
(Econ, 1/28/12, p.65)(Econ, 4/27/13, p.61)
2012 Jan 25, A study of
freakish condition called Morgellons was released. It concluded that
Morgellons exists only in the patients' minds. Federal health
officials began the study in 2008. The syndrome wasn't named until
2002, when "Morgellons" was chosen from a 1674 medical paper
describing similar symptoms.
2012 Jan 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a rocket fired by Taliban insurgents killed a woman and
her child in Kapisa province.
2012 Jan 25, Azerbaijan
officials said 2 men have been arrested in a plot to assassinate
Israeli targets in Baku. Local mercenaries, suspected of being
recruited by a well-known gangster with ties to Iran, were arrested.
Azerbaijani media later said that two Iranian Quds Force members
were arrested. In addition, around 20 people, mostly from the same
family, were arrested in connection with the planned attacks, in a
village on the outskirts of Baku.
2012 Jan 25, Security forces in
Bahrain fired tear gas and stun grenade after opposition groups
staged a rare march into the center of the capital Manama.
2012 Jan 25, In Brazil a
building of some 20 stories collapsed in Rio de Janeiro causing 2
other smaller buildings to also come down. At least 17 people were
killed and after 3 days 7 people remained missing.
(AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 1/28/12)
2012 Jan 25, CongoDRC aid
workers declared "a humanitarian catastrophe" in southeastern Congo,
and blamed the recent deaths of at least 25 people on Kyungu
"Gedeon" Mutanga, a feared Mai Mai warlord who broke out of jail
late last year.
2012 Jan 25, Tens of thousands
of Egyptians rallied to mark the first anniversary of the country's
2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists gathering on different
sides of Cairo's Tahrir Square. The ruling generals have declared
Jan. 25 a national holiday to mark the occasion. Previously, Jan. 25
was Police Day.
2012 Jan 25, German police
raided the homes of four alleged supporters of the Nationalist
Socialist Underground group, a neo-Nazi group linked to the killings
of nine immigrants and a policewoman over the past decade.
2012 Jan 25, The Haitian
government and European Union signed an agreement for building a
road to connect the capital with the country's second largest city.
2012 Jan 25, In western India
bus driver Santosh Mane (30) went on a rampage in central Pune,
killing at least nine people and injuring dozens during rush-hour.
2012 Jan 25, In Indonesia 7
people were killed and 51 injured as heavy rains from by Tropical
Cyclone Iggy lashed the country, bringing down trees and power lines
and damaging hundreds of homes.
2012 Jan 25, Japan’s Nissan
said it will invest $2 billion in a new auto plant in
(SFC, 1/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 25, In Libya Defense
Minister Osama al-Juwali sought a solution to the clashes in Bani
Walid between locals still loyal to Gadhafi and forces of the new
regime. Juili said that Bani Walid was under government control and
that the fighting was an internal problem between two groups of
young men, one of them being the May 28 Brigade.
(AP, 1/25/12)(AFP, 1/25/12)
2012 Jan 25, In Pakistan 3
lawyers were shot dead and a fourth wounded in a drive-by sectarian
attack in Karachi. The victims were minority Shiite Muslims. Six
Pakistani soldiers and 17 Taliban militants were killed in an
overnight clash in Jogi village of central Kurram tribal district
near the Afghan border.
2012 Jan 25, In northwest
Pakistan nine phosphate miners were feared dead after they were
buried by a large landslide in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2012 Jan 25, In the Philippines
an artillery round accidentally exploded while a welder and police
commandos tinkered with it with an acetylene torch, killing four
people, including two policemen, in Manila.
2012 Jan 25, Russian
billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov was registered as a presidential
candidate and will be the only political newcomer in the race. He
joined PM Vladimir Putin and three veteran party leaders on the
ballot for the March vote.
2012 Jan 25, Scotland’s first
minister, Alex Salmond, announced the wording of a referendum on the
nation’s independence, scheduled for the autumn of 2014, in a
consultation document. His wording kept open the option maximum
(Econ, 1/28/12, p.57)
2012 Jan 25, At least 15 Somali
migrants were killed and 40 left missing after their boat capsized
off the coast of Libya. The boat had been carrying 55 Somalis and
the other passengers were still missing.
2012 Jan 25, In Sudan arson and
looting broke out in the war-ravaged Darfur region after a protest
against the appointment of a new governor. Hundreds had turned out
in Nyala to show support for Abdul Hamid Kasha, the ousted elected
governor. Kasha was offered the post of governor in the newly
created state of East Darfur but refused.
2012 Jan 25, Corporate leaders
gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was the opening speaker.
(Econ, 1/21/12, p.76)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.51)
2012 Jan 25, In central Syria
government forces clashed with army defectors and stormed rebellious
districts, firing mortars and deploying snipers in violence that
killed at least 7 people.
2012 Jan 25, The UN said that
the worldwide fishing industry could benefit from a $50 billion
boost annually if stocks were allowed time to recover. A UN
Environment Program report released in the Philippine said 32
percent of the world's fish stocks have already been depleted by
years of overfishing and poor coastal management.
2012 Jan 25, Fresh clashes in
southern Yemen killed six al-Qaida militants and injured 10
soldiers. Residents of Radda, 100 miles (160 km) south of Sanaa,
held street celebrations, firing guns in the air to celebrate the
withdrawal of al-Qaida gunmen from their town.
2013 Jan 25, A US federal
appeals court ruled that President Barack Obama violated the US
Constitution when he used recess appointments to fill a labor board,
a decision that could curtail the president's options in filling
vacancies. The panel said the Senate was not truly in recess when
Obama made his appointments.
2013 Jan 25, Washington and
Beijing agreed that any North Korean nuclear test will lead to North
Korea's further isolation and set back efforts to restart regional
2013 Jan 25, CIA veteran John
Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison for leaking a covert
officer’s identity to a reporter.
(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 25, Twitter suspended
the account used by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group two
days after al-Shabab used the platform to announce a death threat
against Kenyan hostages unless Kenya's government meets its demands.
2013 Jan 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed five civilians and wounded
another 25 in a botched attempt to hit a convoy of NATO supply
trucks in kapisa province.
2013 Jan 25, In Bahrain
hundreds of anti-government protesters clashed with riot police in
Manama after authorities denied a request for a major opposition
2013 Jan 25, The British
government published a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and said
lawmakers will get their first vote on it in Parliament next month.
2013 Jan 25, A Canadian police
report said a son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi allegedly
received 120 million euros ($162 million) in bribes for giving major
contracts in Libya to SNC-Lavalin Inc, Canada's biggest engineering
and construction company. The report did not make clear when the
alleged bribes occurred.
2013 Jan 25, Calgary-based
Griffiths Energy International will pay a C$10.35 million ($10.26
million) fine after a Canadian court accepted a settlement between
the company and prosecutors. The company had admitted to bribing the
wife of a Chadian diplomat.
2013 Jan 25, In China a scandal
involving Chinese city officials having sex with women hired by
developers who secretly videotaped the trysts to extort construction
deals broadened with state media announcing that 10 more officials
have been fired.
2013 Jan 25, A Colombia judge
convicted Jaime Blanco, a former contractor for US-based Drummond
Coal, of murder for being the mastermind of the killing of two union
leaders on March 12, 2001. Blanco was sentenced to nearly 38 years
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/d6szsex)
2013 Jan 25, A senior Japanese
envoy handed China's leader, Xi Jinping, a cordial letter from PM
Shinzo Abe in the highest-level contact between the sides since
tensions spiked in September over an island dispute, though the
meeting yielded little beyond commitments to hold further contact.
2013 Jan 25, Egypt’s schism was
on display as the mainly liberal and secular opposition held rallies
saying the goals of the pro-democracy uprising have not been met and
denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. At least 11 people
were killed as tens of thousands took to the streets to deliver an
angry backlash against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.
(AP, 1/25/13)(AP, 1/27/13)
2013 Jan 25, Greek riot police
stormed the Athens subway train depot before dawn to enforce a
government emergency order forcing striking staff back to work in an
escalating standoff over new austerity measures.
2013 Jan 25, In Haiti up to 20
people were killed after their truck plunged into a canal.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 25, The Honduras
Congress went on recess. Lawmakers had only partially passed a
budget to pay some of state employees and contractors. That left
undecided the budgets of autonomous institutions such as utilities
and the port authority. The country has been on the brink of
bankruptcy for months, as lawmakers put off passing a budget.
2013 Jan 25, Iraqi troops
killed five protesters when they opened fire at demonstrators angry
at the troops for preventing them from attending an anti-government
rally in Fallujah. Gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in Fallujah,
killing two soldiers and prompting local authorities to impose a
curfew in the city.
2013 Jan 25, Mali's military
and French forces pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in
the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an
operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels.
2013 Jan 25, In Mexico 16
members of Kombo Kolombia and their crew were reported missing early
today after playing a private show in a bar late last night in the
town, Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon state.
2013 Jan 25, Northern Irish
police were pelted by petrol bombs for the first time in almost two
weeks on Friday after more protests at the removal of the British
flag from Belfast City Hall.
2013 Jan 25, North Korea
threatened to attack rival South Korea if Seoul joined a new round
of tightened UN sanctions, as Washington unveiled more of its own
economic restrictions following Pyongyang's rocket launch last
2013 Jan 25, Norwegian energy
company Statoil ASA said two Norwegian employees missing after a
terror attack on a gas plant in Algeria have been confirmed dead.
2013 Jan 25, Russian police
detained 20 gay rights campaigners and militant Orthodox Christian
activists near the country's parliament as it overwhelmingly backed
a bill that would ban "homosexual propaganda."
2013 Jan 25, Syrian troops
shelled the city of Homs and soldiers battled rebels around the
central province with the same name. An amateur video posted online
by activists showed rockets slamming into buildings in the
rebel-held town of Rastan. Activist groups said at least 140 people
were in fighting nationwide.
(AP, 1/25/13)(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 25, In Venezuela
violence erupted at Uribana prison in the city of Barquisimeto when
groups of inmates attacked National Guard troops who were attempting
to carry out an inspection. The death toll reached 58 with some 120
(AP, 1/27/13)(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 25, Regional civic
campaign group AfriForum said it is taking legal action to stop
Zimbabwe from taking delivery of helicopter gunships from
neighboring South Africa.
2014 Jan 25, Arizona’s
Republican Party censured Sen. John McCain (77) citing his voting
record as too liberal.
(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 25, In Maryland a
shooter at the Mall in Columbia killed 2 young employees of the
Zumiez skateboard shop and then took his own life. On Jan 26 police
identified the shooter as Darion Marcus Aguilar (19) of College
2014 Jan 25, In Utah some 4,000
protesters gathered in Salt lake City to protests against poor air
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.24)
2014 Jan 25, Michaels Stores
said that it is investigating a potential security breach involving
customers’ credit card information.
(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.A13)
2014 Jan 25, In Brazil at least
1,000 demonstrators protested in Sao Paulo against the World Cup,
due to open on June 12, in a demonstration that devolved into
violence late in the night.
2014 Jan 25, Central African
Republic Pres. Catherine Samba-Panza’s office announced the
appointment of Andre Nzapayeke, a former regional banking official,
as the new prime minister.
2014 Jan 25, Chilean port
workers negotiated a settlement with management and ended a more
than three-week-old strike that had slowed copper, fruit and other
shipments from the world's top copper producer.
2014 Jan 25, Ecuador stressed
it wanted the number of US military staff on its territory reduced,
and warned it also would not allow US "espionage equipment."
2014 Jan 25, In Egypt at least
49 people were killed during anti-government marches as thousands
rallied in support of the army-led authorities on the third
anniversary of the country's 2011. A helicopter crash in the Sinai
Peninsula killed 5 Egyptian soldiers.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(AFP, 1/25/14)(AP, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 25, In Egypt Mahmoud
Mohammed Ahmed (18), a high school student, was arrested at a
checkpoint north of Cairo for wearing a T-shirt with a slogan
against torture. He was released on March 25, 2016.
2014 Jan 25, French Pres.
Francois Hollande announced his separation from first lady Valerie
Trierweiler following a media storm over allegations he is having an
affair with an actress nearly 20 years his junior.
2014 Jan 25, An Iranian embassy
official who was kidnapped in Sanaa in July was found beheaded in
Naarib province, central Yemen.
2014 Jan 25, In Iraq at least
17 people were killed in violence that included car bombs and a
mortar attack on a Shi'ite Muslim village near Baquba.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(AFP, 1/25/14)
2014 Jan 25, In Ivory Coast an
angry mob "ransacked" the headquarters of the country’s most
prominent gay rights organization, following days of anti-gay
protests in a country generally seen as moderate on the issue.
2014 Jan 25, In Libya
kidnappers seized Egypt's cultural attache and three other embassy
staff in Tripoli, a day after another of its diplomats was abducted.
2014 Jan 25, In Madagascar a
grenade blast left a toddler dead and over 50 wounded just hours
after the inauguration of the island's new president.
2014 Jan 25, The Philippine
government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country's
largest Muslim rebel group, completed talks on a deal to end four
decades of fighting.
(AP, 1/25/14)(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 25, Somalia's Shebab
insurgents called for renewed attacks against foreign forces, after
arch-enemy Ethiopia joined the African Union force battling the
2014 Jan 25, Residents in parts
of Somalia under militant control said at least one cellular
telephone company has shut down data services in response to a
threat from al-Qaida-linked extremists.
2014 Jan 25, South Sudan's
government said that rebel fighters had attacked government troops
after the cease-fire had come into force. New satellite images
showed that fighting has resulted in the intentional burning of some
750 homes near the town of Bentiu.
2014 Jan 25, Syria's air force
struck rebel-held areas near Damascus and Aleppo.
2014 Jan 25, In Switzerland the
first face-to-face meeting between Syria's government and the
opposition hoping to overthrow President Bashar Assad ended after
barely a half-hour, with the two sides facing each other silently as
a UN mediator laid groundwork for talks.
2014 Jan 25, Ukraine
anti-government protesters seized a regional administration
building. Officials warned that police could storm the Kiev city
hall to free two policemen allegedly captured by demonstrators.
2014 Jan 25, Yemen's feuding
factions wrapped up months of national dialogue aimed at drafting a
new constitution and establishing a federal state in a country where
southerners are clamoring for independence.
2015 Jan 25, In Afghanistan a
Taliban truck bomb exploded in the capital, wounding two people in
the first attack targeting Kabul in almost 3 weeks.
2015 Jan 25, Central African
Republic's minister for youth and sport was kidnapped by gunmen in
the capital, Bangui, as he returned from church.
2015 Jan 25, In Egypt clashes
between police and Islamist protesters in an eastern Cairo district
left 9 demonstrators dead. Another protester was killed in clashes
in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. 2 suspected Islamists
were killed in the Nile Delta province of Beheira when an explosive
device they were planting under a high-voltage tower exploded.
Police arrested 516 supporters of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood
during violence that erupted as the country marked the fourth
anniversary of its January 25 uprising. Shaimaa Sabbagh (32) was
shot. A photograph of her bleeding to death went viral and caused an
international outcry. On March 17 a police officer was charged over
(AP, 1/25/15)(AFP, 1/26/15)(Reuters, 3/17/15)
2015 Jan 25, In France rescue
workers found the bodies of six skiers who went missing a day
earlier after being carried away by an avalanche.
2015 Jan 25, Greece held
general elections. The left-wing Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras
won 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament, leaving it just two seats
short of an outright majority and in need of a coalition partner.
The Independent Greeks won 13 seats.
(AFP, 1/25/15)(Reuters, 1/26/15)
2015 Jan 25, In India US
President Barack Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi unveiled a deal
aimed at unlocking billions of dollars in nuclear trade, a step that
both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic
partnership. America and India issued a joint strategic vision for
the Asia-pacific and Indian Ocean region.
(Reuters, 1/25/15)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.34)
2015 Jan 25, In Iraq two
bombings ripped through commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at
least 10 civilians and wounding dozens.
2015 Jan 25, In northern Iraq
armed groups of Yazidis raided four Arab villages in Sinjar, killing
at least 21 people in reprisals against Sunni villagers they believe
collaborated in atrocities inflicted by Islamic State on their
community. A further 17 went missing.
2015 Jan 25, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe branded the murder of self-employed security contractor Haruna
Yukawa by Islamic State militants as "outrageous and unforgivable"
and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide
of global revulsion.
2015 Jan 25, In Libya 6 people
were killed when rockets hit residential houses in the city of
2015 Jan 25, In northern Mali
at least two soldiers were killed in an ambush 30 miles (45 km) west
2015 Jan 25, Nigeria's military
repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on Borno state
capital Maiduguri. The assault killed over 200 combatants, mostly
insurgents. In Adamawa state insurgents continued scorched-earth
attacks on six villages.
(Reuters, 1/25/15)(SFC, 1/26/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 25, A massive blackout
struck Pakistan early today, leaving as much as 80 percent of the
country without electricity at its height as officials rushed to
2015 Jan 25, Pakistan’s army
said airstrikes have killed 35 militants in North Waziristan.
2015 Jan 25, In the southern
Philippines 44 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim
insurgents. 17 rebels and 4 civilians also died in the deadly clash.
Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano town said dozens of
commandos had entered the village of Tukanalipao at dawn looking for
a top terror suspect, but had a "misencounter" with members of the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front. On Feb 4 the US FBI said DNA testing
indicated that Zulkfli bin Hir (Zulkifli Abdhir, aka Marwan), a
Malaysian member of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant
group, likely killed in the raid. Six Americans were later confirmed
present at the command center of the Special Action Force hours
before the raid.
(AP, 1/26/15)(Reuters, 2/4/15)(SSFC, 3/15/15,
p.A6)(Econ., 3/21/15, p.34)(Reuters, 5/3/15)
2015 Jan 25, In Spain thousands
of protesters marched in cities to express their opposition to a
proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses like
demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic
2015 Jan 25, In Syria Islamist
fighters struck Damascus with at least 38 rockets, killing 7 people.
The Saudi-backed Islam Army, based in the eastern Ghouta region near
Damascus, had warned earlier that it would hit back against an air
strike last week in Ghouta in which more than 40 people were killed.
2015 Jan 25, In eastern Ukraine
Pro-Russian rebels launched new attacks against government
positions. Western countries threatened more sanctions against
Moscow for backing a new separatist offensive. President Petro
Poroshenko said intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove
that Russian-backed separatists were responsible for firing the
rockets that pounded Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.
(Reuters, 1/25/15)(AP, 1/25/15)
2015 Jan 25, In Zambia Edgar
Lungu was inaugurated as the country’s new president after being
declared the winner of Zambia's Jan 20 presidential election late on
Jan 24. Public debt stood at 32% of GDP.
(AP, 1/25/15)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.14)
2016 Jan 25, President Obama
announced that US federal prisons will no longer hold juveniles or
low-level offenders in solitary confinement.
2016 Jan 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-3 to extend a 2012 ruling that struck down automatic
life terms with no chance of parole for teenage killers.
(SFC, 1/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 25, The coalition of
the United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Jan 25, Officials said a
Texas grand jury investigating allegations that a US abortion
provider sold organs of aborted fetuses instead indicted two
anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed the group.
2016 Jan 25, Airlines cancelled
some 1,600 flights in the aftermath of the weekend blizzard in the
(SFC, 1/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 25, In southern
Afghanistan 3 border policemen were killed and three others were
wounded in a suicide attack near an important border crossing at
Spin Boldak. An Afghan policeman turned his weapon on fellow
officers as they were sleeping in their quarters near a checkpoint
in the country's south, killing 10 in Uruzgan province. The officers
had been poisoned. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for
(AP, 1/25/16)(AP, 1/26/16)(SFC, 1/27/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 25, Unusually cold
weather in eastern Asia was blamed for more than 65 deaths,
disrupted transportation and brought the first snow to a subtropical
city in southern China in almost 50 years. The semi-official Focus
Taiwan news website reported that 85 people had died because of the
2016 Jan 25, A Bahraini court
sentenced 57 men to 15-year jail terms for rioting in a prison
outside the capital Manama last March.
2016 Jan 25, Britain’s
Chancellor George Osborne and Bill Gates announced a £3 billion
($4.28 billion, 4 billion euros) fund for research and to support
efforts to eliminate malaria.
2016 Jan 25, In Cameroon 4
suicide bombers killed at least 35 people in a village in the Far
North region, the most deadly in a string of recent attacks in an
area beset by violence connected to Islamist militant group Boko
(Reuters, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/25/16)(SFC, 1/26/16,
2016 Jan 25, Central African
Republic's Constitutional Court annulled the results of the Dec 30
legislative election, citing irregularities, setting back a
transition to democracy after years of conflict.
2016 Jan 25, The Czech PM
Bohuslav Sobotka said his government has approved a plan to donate
further weapons and ammunition to Iraq and also ammunition to Jordan
to help them fight Islamic State militants.
2016 Jan 25, In Egypt Mohammed
Hamdan (32), a government engineer, turned up dead. The Interior
Ministry announced that security forces killed Hamdan in a
gun-battle that day while raiding a farmhouse where he was hiding.
Hamdan had disappeared weeks earlier. Witnesses said masked police
burst into his office in the southern city of Beni Suef and dragged
him off in handcuffs in front of his co-workers.
2016 Jan 25, Giulio Regeni
(28), an Italian Cambridge University PhD student, mysteriously
disappeared in Cairo. On Feb 3 his corpse was found on the outskirts
of Cairo. Regeni's body was stabbed repeatedly and exhibited
cigarette burns and other signs of torture. Regeni had written
articles critical of the Egyptian government, An autopsy later
showed he was interrogated for up to seven days before he was
(AFP, 2/4/16)(AP, 2/11/16)(Reuters, 3/1/16)
2016 Jan 25, India signed an
inter-governmental pact to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter
planes, but the leaders of both countries said there was still work
to do to finalize financial terms after months of talks.
2016 Jan 25, Italy and Iran
signed billions of dollars of business deals at the start of a visit
to Europe by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani aimed at rebuilding
his nation's ties with the West after years of economic sanctions.
2016 Jan 25, Laos PM Thongsing
Thammavong assured US Secretary of State John Kerry that this small
nation will help counter China's assertiveness in the South China
2016 Jan 25, Libya's
internationally recognized parliament voted to reject a unity
government proposed under a UN-backed plan to resolve the country's
political crisis and armed conflict.
2016 Jan 25, In northern
Myanmar a landslide of mining waste killed at least 6 people in
Kachin state's Hpakant jade mining region. Hpakant Baptist Church
deacon Dut La said more than a dozen may still lie under the waste
from the slide.
2016 Jan 25, It was reported
that sales of rat poison have taken off in Nigeria following an
outbreak of Lassa fever that has left at least 76 people dead and
sparked fears of contagion across the country.
2016 Jan 25, Palestinians
Ibrahim Allan (23) and Hussein Abu Ghosh (17) were shot dead by a
security guard after stabbing two Israeli women in a West Bank
minimarket. Shlomit Krigman (24) died of her wounds the next day.
(AP, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/26/16)
2016 Jan 25, Thousands of
Slovak teachers went on strike to demand higher pay, forcing
authorities to close hundreds of schools across the country.
2016 Jan 25, In Sweden
Alexandra Mezher (22), an asylum center social worker, wasfatally
stabbed. She was knifed by a 15-year-old boy as she tried to break
up a fight in a center for unaccompanied minors where she worked in
2016 Jan 25, In Syria a suicide
bomber driving a fuel tank blew himself up at a checkpoint run by
Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham in Syria's northern city of Aleppo
killing at least 23 people.
2016 Jan 25, Tanzanian
President John Magufuli suspended the head of a national electronic
identification-card project and four other officials, opening the
way for a corruption investigation into a public procurement
2016 Jan 25, Thailand’s health
ministry said it has quarantined 32 people as it seeks to prevent
the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after a second
case of the virus was detected on Jan 22.
2016 Jan 25, In Tunisia several
thousand police marched to the presidential palace to demand more
pay in the latest challenge to PM Habib Essid's government after a
week of protests and riots over jobs.
2016 Jan 25, Turkey's foreign
minister said any participation of Kurdish forces in planned Syria
peace talks would be dangerous and spell the end of the UN-led
2016 Jan 25, Yemeni PM Khaled
Bahah and his Cabinet returned to the volatile southern port city of
Aden, months after he was targeted in a suicide bombing that forced
them to leave the country. A missile fired by the Saudi-led
coalition killed a judge and his entire family — eight people in all
— in Sanaa's neighborhood of Nahda. The judge was a known Houthi
supporter. In the northern Jawf province, more than 20 fighters on
both sides of the Yemeni conflict died in fierce clashes.
2017 Jan 25, President Donald
Trump announced he would seek a probe into what he calls widespread
voter fraud in the election that brought him to power, hammering
away at allegations widely dismissed as baseless. Trump also ordered
the Dept. of Homeland Security to allocate funds for building a wall
along the Mexican border.
(AFP, 1/25/17)(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 25, It was reported
that the Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data
from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) undergo
review by political appointees before they can be released to the
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 25, Mary Tyler Moore
(80), star of 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died at her
home in Greenwich, Conn.
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 25, The San Francisco
Board of Education voted to remove Columbus Day from the academic
calendar and replace it with Indigenous People’s Day.
(SFC, 1/27/17, p.D2)
2017 Jan 25, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average passed 20,000 for the first time.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.61)
2017 Jan 25, Britain’s PM
Theresa May announced that the government would publish a white
paper setting out its approach to Brexit.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.49)
2017 Jan 25, The EU's executive
arm said Bulgaria and Romania must do more to meet European Union
standards on crime, corruption and judicial reform.
2017 Jan 25, The EU unveiled
plans to increase training for the Libyan coast guard as part of new
measures to stop African migrants leaving for Europe in a feared
2017 Jan 25, French
investigators launched a preliminary probe into claims the wife of
presidential candidate Francois Fillon earned 500,000 euros
($538,000) for a suspected fake job as his parliamentary aide.
2017 Jan 25, German police
carried out dawn raids against far-right suspects accused of
plotting attacks on refugees, Jews and police officers, and detained
2017 Jan 25, In Iraq local
residents said Islamic State fighters have taken up sniper positions
in buildings on the west bank of the Tigris river ahead of an
expected government offensive into that side the city. Iraqi forces
estimated the number of militants inside Mosul at 5,000-6,000 at the
start of the battle, and have said 3,300 have been killed in the
2017 Jan 25, Hundreds of
Italians whose homes were devastated in a series of deadly
earthquakes protested in Rome at the slow pace of government aid as
the death toll from the Jan 18 avalanche-hit hotel rose to 24.
2017 Jan 25, Jamaica’s Usain
Bolt lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals when the International
Olympic Committee stripped Jamaica of their 4x100m relay win at the
2008 Beijing Games after relay teammate Nesta Carter, who ran the
first leg of the race, was found to have tested positive for banned
2017 Jan 25, Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev said he will delegate some of his sweeping
powers to the Central Asian nation's parliament and cabinet, a move
that could facilitate an eventual political transition.
2017 Jan 25, Kuwait hanged
seven prisoners in a mass execution that included a royal family
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 25, Libyan troops
routed Islamic militants from a key area they controlled in
Benghazi. The two-year campaign to push militants out of Benghazi
was led by Khalifa Hifter, who is not recognized by the UN-backed
government in Tripoli.
2017 Jan 25, Philippine troops
launched airstrikes and ground assaults that reportedly wounded one
of Southeast Asia's most-wanted militant suspects who is trying to
establish a new base for an alliance backing the Islamic State
group. Isnilon Hapilon managed to flee from a camp in Butig town in
southern Lanao del Sur province. Two days of airstrikes killed 15
Muslim militants linked to the Islamic State group.
(AP, 1/27/17)(AP, 1/29/17)
2017 Jan 25, In Poland hundreds
of students are gathering in downtown Warsaw and other cities to
protest the country's populist government, with a range of demands
that includes better ties with the European Union and protecting the
2017 Jan 25, Poland's state-run
defense firm PGZ said it has signed a memorandum of understanding
with French military shipbuilder DCNS that could allow them to work
together on building submarines in Poland.
2017 Jan 25, In Somalia 28
people were killed when Al-Shabaab fighters attacked the popular
Dayah in Mogadishu, setting off two car bombs and opening fire on
security guards. 4 al-Shabab attackers were also killed.
(AFP, 1/25/17)(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 25, Syrian government
forces and their allies drove Islamic State militants out of several
villages northeast of Aleppo over the last 24 hours. One Turkish
soldier was killed and five were wounded in a clash with Islamic
State militants near al-Bab.
2017 Jan 25, In Syria six
long-range Russian bombers struck Islamic State targets in Deir
2018 Jan 25, President Donald
Trump arrived in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum
where he will push his "America First" agenda and seek more fair,
reciprocal trade between the United States and its allies.
2018 Jan 25, President Donald
Trump said in Davos, Switzerland, that the Palestinians must return
to peace talks to receive US aid money.
2018 Jan 25, The United States
called on Russia and Myanmar to reconsider a reported agreement for
the supply of six Russian fighter planes and potential further
purchases of military hardware.
2018 Jan 25, The US Supreme
Court halted the execution of Alabama inmate Vernon Madison (67).
Attorneys had argued that Madison suffers from dementia and does not
remember killing police Officer Julius Schulte in 1985 or understand
his looming execution.
(SFC, 1/27/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 25, A New York Times
story reported that Pres. Trump had ordered the firing of Russia
investigation special prosecutor Robert Mueller last year, but had
to back off when the White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to
(AFP, 1/26/18)(SFC, 1/26/18, p.A7)
2018 Jan 25, Police at San
Francisco Int'l. Airport intercepted 18 pieces of luggage heading to
Vietnam that contained more than 300 stolen electronic devices. A
search revealed 700 more stolen electronics at the home of Benjamin
Pham (44). Eight people were soon arrested under charges that
included felony possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Police
said the stolen devices were obtained in Bay Area car burglaries.
(SFC, 2/1/18, p.A11)
2018 Jan 25, In Texas FBI
agents raided a Houston residence about a day after Ulises
Valladores (47) was kidnapped for ranson by men claiming to be part
of a Mexican cartel. Valladores was fatally shot during the rescue
attempt. In September his family sued the FBI agent who killed him
alleging illegal search and seizure and wrongful death.
(SFC, 9/13/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 25, It was reported
that a Reuters investigation has found that major global technology
providers SAP, Symantec and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities
to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded across the
2018 Jan 25, The Bulletin of
Atomic Scientists said mounting concerns about the possibility of a
nuclear war along with US President Donald Trump's
"unpredictability" have pushed the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to two
minutes before midnight.
2018 Jan 25, In Afghanistan the
governor of the western province of Farah resigned after months of
mounting insecurity that have fueled protests by residents fearful
that the Taliban could threaten the provincial capital. Mohammad
Aref Shah Jahan blamed political interference and corruption among
security forces in the province.
2018 Jan 25, International
rights groups said they fear for the health behind bars of Bahrain's
most high-profile activist, Nabeel Rajab, condemning the Gulf state
over its seven-year crackdown on dissent.
2018 Jan 25, It was reported
that Belarusian authorities have blocked access to charter97.org, a
popular opposition website, over alleged legal violations.
2018 Jan 25, British PM Theresa
May sought to reaffirm her country's central role in world affairs,
when she delivered a speech to the World Economic Forum and met with
President Donald Trump to dispel any perceptions of tensions between
2018 Jan 25, Britain's
government said it is tightening controls on firms hoping to carry
out hydraulic fracking in parts of the country by adding a financial
health check to the application process.
2018 Jan 25, Cambodian police
raided a rented villa where the foreigners were taking part in what
organizers billed as a pub crawl and found people "dancing
pornographically." While almost 90 foreigners were detained, all but
10 were released. On Jan. 28 the ten foreigners were charged with
producing pornographic pictures.
2018 Jan 25, Local aid
officials said more than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees
to Nigeria to escape a crackdown by the government on Anglophone
2018 Jan 25, Colombian
President Juan Manuel Santos said his country will not recognize the
validity or the result of forthcoming presidential elections in
neighboring Venezuela, adding he expected other countries would
share the view that the vote is illegitimate.
2018 Jan 25, French fishermen
blockaded Calais, halting shipping movements at France's busiest
passenger port and a major entry point to Europe for British goods,
in protest at losses inflicted by the practice of electric pulse
2018 Jan 25, It was reported
that Germany's caretaker government has decided to put on hold any
decision on upgrading German-made tanks in Turkey as requested by
its NATO ally Ankara.
2018 Jan 25, In Indonesia a
survey showed that nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand
the term LGBT feel "threatened" by the community and believe their
religion forbids same-sex relations.
2018 Jan 25, In Italy at least
three people were killed and about 12 seriously injured after a
packed Italian commuter train derailed near the northern city of
2018 Jan 25, Female hockey
players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other to form
their first-ever Olympic squad during next month's Pyeongchang
2018 Jan 25, Malaysia's central
bank raised its key interest rate for the first time in four years
to 3.25 percent from 3 percent, citing a stronger domestic and
global economy ahead of general elections due by August.
2018 Jan 25, In central Mali a
landmine explosion blew up a civilian passenger vehicle from Burkina
Faso, killing 13 people and wounding several others. The death toll
was soon raised to 26 and included six women and four children.
(Reuters, 1/25/18)(SFC, 1/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 25, Mexico's tourism
secretary suggested that legalizing marijuana could help reduce drug
violence at big tourist resorts. He also raced to dampen controversy
over the statement, saying he wasn't speaking in an official
2018 Jan 25, Myanmar said it
has decided to dump US diplomat Bill Richardson from an advisory
panel on the Rohingya crisis, accusing the veteran politician of a
"personal attack" on Aung San Suu Kyi in his stinging resignation
2018 Jan 25, Nigeria said it
will protest to the United States over conditions imposed on its
planned $494 million purchase of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter
planes. The sale of the aircraft, with weapons and service, includes
thousands of bombs and rockets.
2018 Jan 25, Thousands of
Pakistanis rallied in the port city of Karachi to demand the arrest
of a police commander charged with killing a 27-year-old aspiring
model. Rao Anwar went into hiding after he and other officers killed
Naqeeb Ullah earlier this month and then tried to cover it up,
saying that Ullah was a Taliban militant killed in a shootout.
2018 Jan 25, In the Philippines
a huge plume of ash billowed from the glowing peak of Mount Mayon
volcano, as more residents of surrounding areas fled and experts
warned of further escalation 12 days after it started to erupt.
2018 Jan 25, Puerto Rico's
governor submitted a revised fiscal plan that estimates the US
Caribbean territory's economy will shrink by 11 percent and its
population drop by nearly 8 percent next year.
2018 Jan 25, Neagu Djuvara
(101), Romania's best-known historian, died in Bucharest. He had
spent decades in exile before returning home when communism ended.
His books included "From Vlad the Impaler to Dracula the Vampire".
2018 Jan 25, A Saudi court
sentenced human rights activists Mohammad al-Otaibi and Abdullah
al-Attawi to 14 and seven years in prison respectively.
2018 Jan 25, In Senegal bandits
attacked a group of Spanish tourists and raped two women in the
southern Casamance region before making off with thousands of euros.
2018 Jan 25, Turkey and Austria
vowed to work to improve relations battered by the opposition of the
new conservative far-right Austrian government coalition to Ankara
ever joining the EU. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl held
talks in Istanbul with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, in the
first high-level contact between the two sides since the new
Austrian government came to power.
2018 Jan 25, In central Ukraine
an Mi-8 helicopter on a training mission crashed after hitting a
cable supporting a TV tower. All four crew members on board died
during the crash near the city of Kremenchuk.
2018 Jan 25, UN-brokered peace
talks with the Syrian government and opposition began in Vienna,
days before Syria's close ally Russia was due to host separate
negotiations to end the war.
2018 Jan 25, In Venezuela the
pro-Maduro Supreme Court moved late today to exclude the opposition
coalition from registering in the vote placed yet another obstacle
ahead of the already disparate opposition.
2019 Jan 25, President Donald
Trump brought a temporary end to the longest government shutdown in
US history, while dropping his previous insistence on immediate
funding for wall construction along the Mexican border after the
Senate and House of Representatives both passed the deal by
2019 Jan 25, President Donald
Trump's confidant Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI in a raid
before dawn at his Florida home. He charged with lying about his
pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016
2019 Jan 25, The United States
strongly advised Kosovo to revoke a 100 percent tariff on Serb and
Bosnian goods, saying the duty runs counter to US strategic
interests. Kosovo's government imposed the measure last year and
says it won't be lifted until Belgrade recognizes its sovereignty
and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.
2019 Jan 25, In Alabama the
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said that its board has reversed
course and voted to reaffirm an award for political activist Angel
(SFC, 1/26/19, p.A6)
2019 Jan 25, In Connecticut
more than 130 people who say they were sexually abused as children
at a now-defunct charity school in Haiti reached a $60 million
settlement with a Jesuit university in Connecticut and other
2019 Jan 25, In Georgia Daylon
Delon Gamble (27) killed four people and wounded a man in a pair of
shootings in Rockmart. Gamble was arrested in Indiana on Jan. 27.
(SFC, 1/26/19, p.A6)(SFC, 1/29/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 25, In Kansas three
men were sentenced to prison terms of 25 to 30 years for plotting to
blow up an apartment complex in Garden City where Somali refugees
(SFC, 1/28/19, p.A5)
2019 Jan 25, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed a measure making it illegal to deny people a
job, housing, education or public accommodations because they are
(SSFC, 1/27/19, p.A10)
2019 Jan 25, In New York the
World Refugee Council called for up to $20 billion stolen by
government leaders and now frozen in the US, Britain and other
countries, to be reallocated by courts to help millions of displaced
people forced to flee conflict, persecution and victimization.
(SFC, 1/26/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 25, A Texas official
said some 95,000 non-US citizens have been identified on voter rolls
going back to 1996 and that some 58,000 are believed to have voted
in at least one state election.
(SSFC, 1/27/19, p.A12)
2019 Jan 25, Washington state
Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide public health emergency
following a number of confirmed measles cases in and near Vancouver.
(SSFC, 1/27/19, p.A10)
2019 Jan 25, Melbourne,
Australia, recorded its hottest day in five years. The temperature
reached 42.8 C (109 F) with the airport recording 46 C (114.8 F).
2019 Jan 25, Jean Wyllys,
Brazil's second openly gay congressman, said he will not serve the
new term for which he was re-elected due to death threats and he now
plans to live abroad. His Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) said
his seat in Brasilia will go to a substitute lawmaker who is also
gay: Rio councilman David Miranda, the husband of Pulitzer
Prize-winning US journalist Glenn Greenwald.
2019 Jan 25, In Brazil a dam
collapsed at a mine owned by corporate giant Vale in Minas Gerais
state. The dam collapse killed at least 84 people with hopes fading
for over 200 still missing. The overwhelming majority of the dead
and missing were Vale employees or contractors, buried in up to 15
meters (50 feet) of mud that stretched for 12 km (eight miles) and
was at some points up to 300 meters (yards) wide. After two months
the death toll reached 212 with 93 still missing.
(AFP, 1/27/19)(AFP, 1/30/19)(AP, 3/25/19)
2019 Jan 25, Chinese
authorities investigated two explosions in a basement car park and a
30th floor apartment in the country's northeast that left one person
dead and one injured in the city of Changchun. Investigators soon
concluded that then explosion in an apartment building in the
country's northeast was set off by a man killed in the blast.
(AP, 1/25/19)(AP, 1/26/19)
2019 Jan 25, In Egypt Laura
Plummer (34), a British woman, was one of 6,925 prisoners pardoned
by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Jan. 25, the anniversary of
Egypt's 2011 uprising. She had been arrested in October 2017 on
arrival at Hurghada, a Red Sea resort, and was accused of attempting
to smuggle hundreds of Tramadol tablets, which are legal in Britain
but banned in Egypt.
2019 Jan 25, Ethiopia said it
is banning street begging by Syrian nationals who have startled
people by showing up in growing numbers in recent months in major
cities around hotels and mosques.
2019 Jan 25, Greece ratified a
landmark accord that changes the name of neighboring Macedonia,
ending a decades-old dispute with its neighbor and opening the way
for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.
2019 Jan 25, Indian PM Narendra
Modi and visiting South African Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa announced they
will boost ties in key areas such as defense, maritime security,
information technology and trade under a 3-year strategic exchange
2019 Jan 25, A disaster
official in Indonesia said the number of people killed after days of
torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides on Sulawesi
island has climbed to 59 with 25 others missing.
2019 Jan 25, A separatist
movement in Indonesia's West Papua province delivered a petition
with 1.8 million signatures demanding an independence referendum to
UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet.
2019 Jan 25, Israeli troops
shot and killed a Palestinian man in Gaza as thousands took part in
a protest along the border. In the West Bank Israeli troops shot and
killed a Palestinian teen and wound another as a group of young men
hurled stones at the troops.
(SFC, 1/26/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 25, In the Italian
Alps a French flight instructor was one of two survivors in a midair
collision between a small tourist plane and a helicopter over the
Rutor glacier. The death toll from the deadly collision soon rose to
(AP, 1/26/19)(AFP, 1/26/19)
2019 Jan 25, Japan's Supreme
Court upheld a law that effectively requires transgender people to
be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official
documents. The 2004 law states that people wishing to register a
gender change must have their original reproductive organs,
including testes or ovaries, removed and have a body that "appears
to have parts that resemble the genital organs" of the gender they
want to register.
2019 Jan 25, It was announced
that Japanese brewer Asahi is buying the beer business of Britain's
Fuller Smith & Turner's for 250 million pounds ($327 million),
in a deal that includes its flagship London Pride.
2019 Jan 25, In central Mali
two UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka died and several were wounded
when their vehicle hit a mine.
2019 Jan 25, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari set off an uproar by announcing the
suspension of the chief justice, citing corruption allegations.
2019 Jan 25, Pakistan announced
plans to ease visa restrictions for tourists from 90 countries,
including the US and Europe, in a bid to revive its tourism sector,
decimated by years of negligence and problems with militants.
2019 Jan 25, In Panama Pope
Francis brought World Youth Day to the Las Garzas de Pacora
detention center so that its inmates, even behind barbed wire
fencing, could participate in the Catholic Church's big festival of
2019 Jan 25, In the Philippines
the Commission on Elections announced that the Bangsamoro Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed ratified following a referendum
on Jan. 21.
2019 Jan 25, Qatar said it will
adopt a new formula for aid to Gaza after the Palestinian enclave's
rulers Hamas rejected a cash injection over alleged unacceptable
Israeli conditions. Qatar would now channel millions of dollars in
humanitarian projects "in full coordination with the United
2019 Jan 25, Russia offered to
mediate between the government and opposition in Venezuela if
necessary, saying it was ready to cooperate with all political
forces that acted responsibly.
2019 Jan 25, It was reported
that a board game that makes light of last year's nerve agent attack
on a former Russian spy in Britain has gone on sale in Russia.
Players of "Our Guys In Salisbury" roll dice to advance across the
board from Moscow to Salisbury, the city where Britain says two
Russian spies used a chemical weapon to poison Sergei Skripal and
2019 Jan 25, Sudan's main
opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi called for President Omar al-Bashir
to step down, throwing his support behind anti-government
demonstrators after weeks of deadly protest. Hundreds of protesters
marched through Omdurman, across the River Nile from the capital,
and police fired teargas to try to break up the rally.
(AFP, 1/25/19)(Reuters, 1/25/19)
2019 Jan 25, A Turkish court
released Leyla Guven, a Kurdish lawmaker who was jailed last year
for criticizing Ankara's military operation in Syria. She has been
on hunger strike for nearly three months and still faces trial and
up to 31 years' jail over charges of terrorism leadership and
propaganda for her opposition to Turkey's incursion into northwest
Syria's Afrin region.
2019 Jan 25, Turkish forces
shelled YPG militia positions in the northern Syrian region of Tal
Rifaat for a third consecutive day.
2019 Jan 25, The head of
Ukraine's cyber police said hackers likely controlled by Russia are
stepping up efforts to disrupt Ukraine's presidential election in
March with cyber-attacks on electoral servers and personal computers
of election staff.
2019 Jan 25, Yanghee Lee, the
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, said Myanmar's
army chief should be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya
Muslim minority, adding that holding perpetrators to account for
crimes was necessary before refugees who fled the country could
2019 Jan 25, The UN human
rights boss Michelle Bachelet called for an independent
investigation into alleged excessive use of force by Venezuelan
security forces or allied militia, citing reports of at least 20
people killed this week.
2019 Jan 25, In Venezuela some
US diplomats left the embassy in Caracas for the airport in a convoy
escorted by police, after President Nicolas Maduro broke off
relations with Washington and ordered American personnel out.
2019 Jan 25, In Venezuela
Jhonny Godoy (29) was pulled outside his home in the Caracas slum of
La Vega and was shot in the abdomen and foot. A disposable diaper
was shoved in his mouth, apparently to suffocate him He had recently
posted a video of his opposition to Pres. Maduro.
(http://tinyurl.com/yxobxdxh)(SFC, 2/21/19, p.A3)
2019 Jan 25, In Zimbabwe
reports of a violent crackdown continued as rights groups and others
accused security forces of raping women during house-to-house
2020 Jan 25, President Donald
Trump's lawyers opened their impeachment trial defense in a rare
Saturday session by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the
results of the 2016 election, saying the Democrats' investigations
into his dealings with Ukraine were not a fact-finding mission but a
politically motivated effort to drive him from the White House.
2020 Jan 25, In San Francisco
thousands marched down Market Street in the 16th annual Walk for
Life West Coast.
(SSFC, 1/26/20, p.A10)
2020 Jan 25, Space astronauts
plugged a leak in the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer outside the Int'l.
Space Station. The cosmic ray detector was shut down last year for
the repair work.
(SSFC, 1/26/20, p.A6)
2020 Jan 25, In Afghanistan a
hand grenade attack on a wedding ceremony wounded at least 20 people
in Khost province.
(SFC, 1/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 25, Armenia's PM Prime
Minister Nikol Pashinyan called for environmental protesters to end
their 18-month-old blockade of the Amulsar gold mine, owned by
Anglo-American mining firm Lydian International, saying the protest
was not in the national interest.
2020 Jan 25, Australia declared
its first confirmed case of the Wuhan coronavirus in the state of
Victoria, with the patient hospitalized in a stable condition in a
suburb of Melbourne.
2020 Jan 25, Brazilian
authorities said flooding and landslides following heavy rains in
the southeast have killed at least 30 people.
(SSFC, 1/26/20, p.A4)
2020 Jan 25, Brazilian miner
Vale SA raised the emergency level at the Sul Inferior dam at its
Gongo Soco mine in Barão de Cocais, in the southern state of Minas
Gerais, after heavy rainfall eroded the structure's reservoir.
2020 Jan 25, Suspected Islamic
extremists attacked a busy market in Burkina Faso and killed as many
as 50 people in Soum province.
(http://tinyurl.com/vx8vv9x)(SFC, 1/29/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 25, China's President
Xi Jinping called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave
situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China
to Hong Kong scrambled to stop the spread of an illness that has
infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41.
2020 Jan 25, Fashion retailer
H&M said that data security breaches found at its German unit
were unacceptable and it was cooperating with the local data
protection supervisory authority in its investigation into the
2020 Jan 25, In India a
building that was being expanded in New Delhi collapsed killing five
people, including four students. Eight other students were injured.
(SSFC, 1/26/20, p.A4)
2020 Jan 25, Iraqi security
forces set fire to anti-government protest tents in the country's
south early today, hours after cleric Muqtada al-Sadr withdrew his
support, and re-opened key public squares in Baghdad that had been
occupied by demonstrators for months. Iraq cracked down on
anti-government protesters who have been occupying key public
squares for months, leaving four demonstrators dead.
(AP, 1/25/20)(SSFC, 1/26/20, p.A5)
2020 Jan 25, Israeli aircraft
struck several sites for Gaza militants late today in response to
incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave.
2020 Jan 25, Limited mobile
data services and internet was temporarily restored in Jammu and
Kashmir, ending nearly a six month communications lockdown. Access
was limited to about 300 "whitelisted" websites and internet speed
remained low. The decision will be reviewed on Jan. 31.
2020 Jan 25, Japan said it has
confirmed a third case of infection by China's coronavirus.
2020 Jan 25, It was reported
that worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen
hundreds of millions of the bugs swarm into the country from Somalia
and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like
this in a quarter-century.
2020 Jan 25, Libya's national
oil company said the closure of major oil fields and production
facilities has resulted in losses of more than $255 million in the
six-day period ending Jan. 23.
2020 Jan 25, In Myanmar two
women, one pregnant, were killed and seven other people injured
after Myanmar troops shelled a Rohingya village in Rakhine state.
2020 Jan 25, Pope Francis met
Iraqi Pres. Barham Salih and the two agreed that the country's
sovereignty must be respected, following attacks on Iraqi territory
this month by the United States and Iran.
2020 Jan 25, In eastern Yemen a
US drone strike destroyed a building in Marib province housing
al-Qaida militants and killed top al-Qaida leader Qassim al-Rimi.
2021 Jan 25, President Joe
Biden signed an order reversing a Pentagon policy that largely
barred transgender individuals from joining the military.
2021 Jan 25, President Joe
Biden reimposed travel restrictions on non-US travelers from Brazil,
Ireland, the UK and 26 other European countries that allow travel
across open borders.
2021 Jan 25, The Biden
administration suspended some of the terrorism sanctions that former
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels in
his waning days in office.
2021 Jan 25, The US Senate
approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Janet Yellen to be the
nation’s 78th treasury secretary, making her the first woman to hold
the job in the department's 232-year history.
2021 Jan 25, The US House of
Representatives formally charged ex-President Donald Trump with
inciting insurrection in a fiery speech to his followers before this
month's deadly attack on the Capitol, signaling the start of his
second impeachment trial.
2021 Jan 25, The US Supreme
Court brought an end to lawsuits over whether Donald Trump illegally
profited off his presidency.
2021 Jan 25, It was reported
that former US President Donald Trump's administration in its final
week in office, eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Dan
Gertler that were imposed for alleged corruption in Congo. The
license was not announced publicly. Anti-graft campaigners urged
President Joe Biden's Treasury to revoke the license.
2021 Jan 25, A tornado barreled
through a suburb of Birmingham, Ala. late today, trapping people in
their homes and setting off frantic rescue efforts. At least one
person was killed.
(NY Times, 1/26/21)
2021 Jan 25, Former Los Angeles
City Councilman Mitchell Englander was sentenced to 14 months in
prison for lying to federal investigators about his dealings with a
businessman who provided him $15,000 in secret cash payments during
a night out in Las Vegas.
2021 Jan 25, The peer review
journal Science published a paper that confirms the drug Plitidepsin
(aka Aplidin), manufactured by the Spanish pharmaceutical company
PharmaMar, has a "potent preclinical efficacy" against COVID-19. The
drug, already authorized in some markets to treat tumors, blocks a
protein associated with the COVID-19 virus. A UCSF-led team
identified the anti-cancer drug.
(Reuters, 1/26/21)(SFC, 1/26/21, p.A1)
2021 Jan 25, California to
date had 3,176,457 cases of coronavirus and 37,369 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 360,731 cases and 3,857 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 25,258,210 with the death toll at
2021 Jan 25, California lifted
regional stay-at-home orders across the state in response to
improving coronavirus conditions, returning the state to a system of
2021 Jan 25, Minnesota
confirmed that a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus (Brazil
P.1) was recently identified in a person who returned home to the
Twin Cities area and became ill the first week of January.
2021 Jan 25, In Oregon Paul
Rivas (64) of Oregon City repeatedly drove into people along streets
and sidewalks in Portland, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring
nine other people. Rivas ran away before a group of people corralled
2021 Jan 25, The Seattle City
Council approved legislation requiring grocery companies with more
than 500 employees to pay an extra $4 an hour in hazard pay during
the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 Jan 25, CVS Health Corp
said it has completed the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations at
about 8,000 US skilled nursing facilities that were part of a
2021 Jan 25, Drugmaker Merck
& Co said it would stop development of its two COVID-19 vaccines
and focus pandemic research on treatments, with initial data on an
experimental oral antiviral expected by the end of March. Merck said
it would focus COVID-19 research and manufacturing efforts on two
investigational medicines: MK-7110 and MK-4482, which it now calls
2021 Jan 25, Moderna said it
believes its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in
Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot
aimed at the South Africa variant after concluding that the antibody
response could be diminished.
2021 Jan 25, Australia's
medical regulator approved use of the coronavirus vaccine developed
by Pfizer and BioNTech.
(SFC, 1/26/21, p.A7)
2021 Jan 25, In Bosnia hundreds
of health workers took to the streets of the southern town of Mostar
in protest over a long-delayed collective bargaining deal,
threatening a hunger strike amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 Jan 25, Around 25,000 UK
retailing jobs remained under threat even as it emerged that online
fashion firm Boohoo has bought Debenhams, one of the country's
oldest department store chains, and rival ASOS confirmed it wants to
pick up parts of Arcadia Group.
2021 Jan 25, Bulgaria said it
will make everyone coming into the country take COVID-19 tests to
stop the spread of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus.
2021 Jan 25, Chinese rescuers
found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine
on January 10, raising the death toll to 10. One person remained
2021 Jan 25, The EU said it
will require pharmaceutical companies producing COVID-19 vaccines
inside the bloc to register in advance any exports of doses to third
2021 Jan 25, Greece signed a
2.3 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) deal with France to purchase 18
Rafale fighter jets, as tensions remain high with neighbor Turkey.
2021 Jan 25, Hong Kong said it
has formally approved use of the Fosun Pharma-BioNTech vaccine, the
first COVID-19 vaccine to be accepted in the Asian financial hub.
2021 Jan 25, Thousands of
tractors lined up on the outskirts of New Delhi, ready to swarm the
Indian capital in a protest against new agriculture reform laws that
have triggered a growing farmer rebellion that has rattled the
2021 Jan 25, Iranian users of
the Signal messaging service said they have lost access to the app
on their mobile devices. They could use the system through virtual
private networks, services that shield internet users by encrypting
their data traffic. Some still had access through desktop version of
2021 Jan 25, Israeli
authorities extradited Malka Leifer (54), a former teacher accused
of sexually abusing her former students in Australia, capping a
six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two
governments and antagonized Australia's Jewish community.
2021 Jan 25, It was reported
that Italy’s interior minister has intervened in a row in Naples
over the painting of giant murals that pay tribute to the blighted
lives and violent exploits of teenage criminals. Authorities in
Naples want to scrub out or paint over two large murals that depict
Ugo Russo and Luigi Caiafa, who were shot dead in separate incidents
last year by police officers during robbery attempts.
(The Telegraph, 1/25/21)
2021 Jan 25, In Lebanon dozens
of protesters, enraged at a nearly month-long lockdown to combat the
spread of coronavirus, took to the streets of Tripoli and pelted
security forces with stones.
2021 Jan 25, Mexico's
coronavirus death toll passed 150,000 following a surge in
infections in recent weeks.
2021 Jan 25, New Zealand
confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the community in months in a
woman (56), but said close contacts of the recently returned
traveler had so far tested negative.
2021 Jan 25, Heavy fighting
broke out overnight in a Somali town near the Kenyan border between
Somali forces and those from the state of Jubbaland, as Somalia’s
election troubles spilled over into violence. five children were
reported killed and their mother wounded when a mortar round landed
on their house.
2021 Jan 25, The G20 World
Economic Forum began a virtual gathering that in lieu of the annual
in-person meetings in Davos, Switzerland, due to the COVID-19
pandemic. China's President Xi Jinping called for unity in fighting
the coronavirus and climate change. He also called on Joe Biden to
end America's trade war against Beijing.
2021 Jan 25, Delegations from
Syria’s government, opposition and civil society began a new round
of meetings in Geneva aimed at revising the constitution of the
2021 Jan 25, Thailand's
Parliament voted to legalize abortion in the first trimester, though
women who end a pregnancy after 12 weeks could still face prison or
(NY Times, 1/28/21)
2021 Jan 25, The first
high-level talks aimed at reducing tensions between Turkey and
Greece in five years took place behind closed doors in Istanbul.
2021 Jan 25, A Ugandan court
ordered the military and police to leave the home of opposition
politician Bobi Wine.
2021 Jan 25, A group of UN
experts criticized Sri Lanka's requirement that those who die of
COVID-19 be cremated, even it goes against a family's religious