Today in History - January 29
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Jan 29, Thomas Pope (~52), English politician, benefactor, died.
1663 Jan 29, Robert Sanderson,
Bishop of Lincoln (1660-63), died.
1700 Jan 29, Daniel Bernoulli,
mathematician (10 time French award), was born in Basel,
1728 Jan 29, The Beggar’s Opera
by John Gay (d.1732), with music arranged by John Christopher
Pepusch, had its premier at the Lincoln's Inn Fields in London. Gay
intended it to be a parody of Italian opera and a satirization of
the Walpole administration. He wrote new lyrics to popular tunes and
his "ballad opera" was a great success.
(LGC-HCS, p.45)(ON, 2/04, p.11)
1737 Jan 29, Thomas Paine,
political essayist, was born. He wrote "The Rights of Man" and "The
Age of Reason."
1802 Jan 29, John Beckley of
Virginia was appointed 1st Librarian of Congress.
1813 Jan 29, Jane Austin
published "Pride and Prejudice," a blend of instruction and moral
1820 Jan 29, Britain's King
George III (b.1760) died insane at Windsor Castle at age 81, ending
a reign that saw both the American and French revolutions. He
was succeeded by his son George IV (1762-1830), who as Prince of
Wales had been regent for 9 years during his father’s insanity. In
2005 scientists reported high levels of arsenic in the hair of King
George III and said the deadly poison may be to blame for the bouts
of apparent madness he suffered. In 2006 Stella Tillyard authored “A
Royal Affair: George III and His Troublesome Siblings” and Jeremy
Black authored “George III: America’s Last King.”
12/26/06, p.D8)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.80)
1834 Jan 29, President Jackson
ordered the 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute.
Jackson ordered the War Department to put down a "riotous assembly"
near Willamsport, Maryland, among Irish laborers constructing the
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
(HNQ, 1/23/99)(MC, 1/29/02)
1839 Jan 29, Charles Darwin
married Emma Wedgwood.
1843 Jan 29, William McKinley,
the 25th president of the United States (1897-1901), was born in
Niles, Ohio. McKinley was the last Civil War veteran to serve as
President of the United States. He had served with the 23rd
Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, eventually rising to the rank of brevet
major. He saw action at South Mountain, Antietam, Winchester and
Cedar Creek. For a time he served on Rutherford B. Hayes' staff.
McKinley was elected the 25th president in 1896. He led the country
in the Spanish-American War. He died in Buffalo, New York, on
September 14, 1901, after being shot by an anarchist assassin on
(AP, 1/29/98)(HNQ, 11/13/98)
1845 Jan 29, Edgar Allan Poe's
poem "The Raven" was first published, in the New York Evening
1850 Jan 29, Lawrence Hargrave,
inventor of the box kite, was born.
1850 Jan 29, Ebenezer Howard,
pioneer of garden cities, was born in London.
1850 Jan 29, Henry Clay
introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included
the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
1850 Jan 29, Luigi Sabatelli
(b.1772), Italian artist, died in Milan.
1861 Jan 29, Kansas was
admitted into the Union as the 34th state.
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/29/98)(HN, 1/29/99)
1862 Jan 29, William Quantrill
and his Confederate raiders attack Danville, Kentucky.
1874 Jan 29, John David
Rockefeller Jr, philanthropist, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1877 Jan 29, A highly partisan
Electoral Commission, made up of eight Republicans and seven
Democrats, was established by Congress to settle the issue of
Democrat Samuel Tilden for president against Republican Rutherford
B. Hayes. Under the terms of the Tilden-Hayes Election Compromise,
Hayes became president and the Republicans agreed to remove the last
Federal troops from Southern territory, ending Reconstruction. On
election night, 1776, it was clear that Tilden had won the popular
vote, but it was also clear that votes in Florida, Louisiana, South
Carolina and Oregon were fraudulent because of voter intimidation.
Republicans knew that if the electoral votes from these four states
were thrown out, Hayes would win. The country hovered near civil war
as both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory. Illustrator
Thomas Nast drew his cartoon, ”Tilden or Blood," showing the
Democrats threatening violence.
(HNPD, 1/29/99)(PCh, 1992, p.542)
1880 Jan 29, W.C. Fields,
comedian and actor, was born in Philadelphia as Claude William
Dukinfield [Dukenfield]. His films included “David Copperfield” and
“My Little Chickadee.” [see Apr 9 1879]
(HN, 1/29/99)(MC, 1/29/02)
1886 Jan 29, 1st successful
gasoline-driven car was patented by Karl Benz in Karlsruhe. [see Jan
1888 Jan 29, Edward Lear
(b.1812), English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet,
died in Italy. He is known mostly for his literary nonsense in
poetry and prose and especially his limericks.
1900 Jan 29, The American
League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in
Philadelphia with teams from Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit,
Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. [see Feb 2]
(SFC, 7/7/96, Z1 p.5)(AP, 1/29/98)
1904 Jan 29, The 1st athletic
letters were given to the Univ. of Chicago football team.
1912 Jan 29, "Professor" Irwin
Corey, comedian (Car Wash, Doc), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1913 Jan 29, In San Francisco a
Boudin Bakery two-horse-drawn buggy was hit by a run-away street car
in the city’s first Muni accident. One of the two horse was fatally
injured and shot by a police officer.
(SSFC, 8/16/15, p.F2)
1916 Jan 29, The steamer
Aberdeen wrecked off the coast of San Francisco. 8 men were reported
killed. Other source says the crew of the Aberdeen was rescued.
(http://tinyurl.com/jmy95ys)(SSFC, 1/24/16, DB
1916 Jan 29, 1st bombings of
Paris by German Zeppelins took place.
1916 Jan 29, Grigori Rasputin,
Russian mystic, shaman, grubby peasant, and influential favorite of
the Romanov court, survived a failed attempt to poison him. Prince
Felix Yussoupov, an effete, wealthy young aristocrat, shot and
killed Rasputin and in effect, brought down the Russian Empire. The
prince dined out on his story for many decades, becoming a jet-set
celebrity. He restored his old wealth, lost in the Soviet
Revolution, by suing anyone who wrote about Rasputin without his
permission. [see Dec 16, Dec 30, 1916]
1918 Jan 29, John Forsythe
(d.2010), actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), was
born in NJ.
(SFC, 4/3/10, p.C2)
1918 Jan 29, The Supreme Allied
Council met at Versailles.
1921 Jan 29, A hurricane hit
Washington and Oregon.
1924 Jan 29, An ice cream cone
rolling machine was patented by Carl Taylor in Cleveland.
1926 Jan 29, Violette Neatley
Anderson became the first African-American woman admitted to
practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1928 Jan 29, Lithuania and
Germany signed a boundary agreement that established the Nemunas
River as a border up to Klaipeda.
(Voruta #27-28, 7/1996, p.2)(LHC, 1/29/03)
1929 Jan 29, The first
seeing-eye Dog Guide School in the United States received their
charter. Seeing Eye, Inc., was founded in Morris Township, New
Jersey, by Dorothy Harrison Eustus. In February Morris Frank and
Jack Humphrey began operating the 1st Seeing Eye school in the US in
Nashville, Tenn. Frank had trained under Humphrey in Switzerland at
a kennel owned by Dorothy Eustis. Buddy was Frank's 1st dog and in
1936 became the 1st seeing-eye dog to ride as a passenger on an
American commercial airline.
3/10/01)(www.seeingeye.org/aboutus/?M_ID=472)(ON, 12/03, p.5)
1930 Jan 29, North American
Co. was again removed from the Dow Jones and Johns Manville was
(WSJ, 5/28/96, R45)(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.C4)
1931 Jan 29, Winston Churchill
resigned as Stanley Baldwin's aide.
1934 Jan 29, Fritz Haber (65),
German chemist (Nobel 1918), died. In the 1920s Haber exhaustively
searched for a method to extract gold from sea water, and published
a number of scientific papers on the subject. However, after years
of research, he concluded that the concentration of gold dissolved
in sea water was much lower than those concentrations reported by
earlier researchers, and that gold extraction from sea water was
uneconomic. In 2005 Daniel Charles authored “Master Mind: The Rise
and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of
1936 Jan 29, The first members
of baseball's Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner,
Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson were named in Cooperstown,
1939 Jan 29, Germaine Greer,
feminist, author (Female Eunuch), was born in Melbourne, Australia.
1946 Jan 29, Harry Lloyd
Hopkins (b.1890), American social worker, died. He was the 8th
Secretary of Commerce, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
closest advisor on foreign policy during World War II. He was one of
the architects of the New Deal, especially the relief programs of
the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which he directed and built
into the largest employer in the country.
1950 Jan 29, Ann Jillian,
actress (Mr. Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), was born in Cambridge, Mass.
1942 Jan 29, German and Italian
troops took Benghazi in North Africa.
1944 Jan 29, The world's
greatest warship, the Missouri, was launched.
1950 Jan 29, Ann Jillian,
actress (Mr. Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), was born in Cambridge, Mass.
1950 Jan 29, Riots broke out in
Johannesburg, South Africa, over Apartheid.
1950 Jan 29, The French
National Assembly approved legislation granting autonomy to Bao
Dai's State of Vietnam.
1951 Jan 29, Liz Taylor's 1st
divorce was from Conrad Hilton Jr.
1954 Jan 29, Oprah Winfrey,
actress, TV host (Color Purple, Oprah), was born in Mississippi.
1958 Jan 29, Actors Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward were married in Las Vegas.
1959 Jan 29, Walt Disney's
"Sleeping Beauty" was released.
1963 Jan 29, The first members
of football's Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio.
1963 Jan 29, Poet Robert Frost
(b.1874) died in Boston at age 88. In 1999 Jay Parini published
"Robert Frost: A Life." Lawrance Thompson authored a 3-volume
(AP, 1/29/98)(SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.3)
1963 Jan 29, Kuwait’s
constitution came into force as the new National Assembly convened.
but only a select few were eligible to vote. Power rested with the
1966 Jan 29, "Sweet Charity"
opened on Broadway for 608 performances. Cy Coleman composed the
1966 Jan 29, A snow storm in
north east US killed 165.
1967 Jan 29, Thirty-seven
civilians were killed by a U.S. helicopter attack in Vietnam.
1968 Jan 29, A court convened
in Vietnam for the murder of Cambodian, triple agent Inchin Lam, by
Special Forces Captain John J. McCarthy Jr. Murder charges were
later dropped due to exculpatory evidence and proven prosecutorial
fraud on the court. A civil action for $1.3 billion in US Federal
District Court, Washington D.C. against the CIA and associated
agencies was dismissed in 2003.
1968 Jan 29, Leonard Tsuguharu
Foujita (b.1886), painter and engraver born in Tokyo, Japan, died in
Zurich, Switz. He applied French oil techniques to Japanese-style
paintings. In 2006 Phyllis Birnbaum authored “Glory in a Line: A
Life of Foujita – The Artist Caught Between East and West.”
1969 Jan 29, An undersea oil
well off Santa Barbara, Ca., suffered a blowout and over the next 11
days released some 200,000 gallons of oil that spread over 800
square miles of ocean and soiled 35 miles of coastline. The blowout
of the Union Oil rig spilled an estimated 4.2 million gallons of
oil. Some 3,500 birds were killed as well as some 100 elephant seals
and sea lions on San Miguel island.
1969 Jan 29, Allan Welsh Dulles
(b.1893), US diplomat, director (CIA 1953-61), died.
1971 Jan 29, "My Sweet Lord" by
George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart.
1972 Jan 29, In Bonn, West
Germany's Chancellor Willy Brandt, and the leaders of the ten
Bundesländer (states) agreed upon the "Radikalenerlass", a decree to
bar any known radical from government employment.
1973 Jan 29, Emily Howell
Warner (b.1939) became the 1st woman pilot permanently employed by a
commercial airline. Her first flight as co-pilot was on the Frontier
Airlines DHC-6 Twin Otter August 1, 1974.
1976 Jan 29, Jesse Fuller
(b.1896), American one-man band musician, best known for his song
"San Francisco Bay,” died.
1977 Jan 29, Freddie Prinze
(b.1954), American comedian and TV actor, shot himself and died. His
work included the TV show “Chico & the Man” (1974-1977).
1979 Jan 29, President Jimmy
Carter commuted the sentence of Patty Hearst (24) from 7 to 2 years.
She had served 23 months in prison.
(HN, 1/29/99)(SFC, 1/23/04, p.E2)
1979 Jan 29, President Carter
formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White
House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations.
1979 Jan 29, The 9-part TV
miniseries "Backstairs" premiered. It was based on the 1961 book "My
Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House" by Lillian Rogers Parks
(d.1997 at 100).
1979 Jan 29, Brenda Spencer
(b.1962), a teenager in San Diego, shot up an elementary school,
killing 2 people and wounding 9. She told police she did it because,
"I don’t like Mondays."
1980 Jan 29, Jimmy Durante
(b.1893), ‘Schnozzel,’ actor and comedian, died in NYC.
1981 Jan 29, Pres. Reagan’s
executive order 12288 terminated wage and price controls.
1984 Jan 29, President Ronald
Reagan announced that he would run for a second term.
1984 Jan 29, It was reported
that SF Muni administrators were rushing to implement a $1.9 million
security plan due to major losses from lax security at its
(SSFC, 1/25/09, DB p.50)
1984 Jan 29, The Soviets issued
a formal complaint against alleged U.S. arms treaty violations.
1985 Jan 29, In SF the US Army
trucked the historic Goldie Shack from 485 34th Ave. to the
Presidio, where it will be stored and eventually reopened to the
public. It was one of 5,610 shacks built in 1906-1907 to house
earthquake refugees. The 34th Ave site will be used for a shopping
(SSFC, 1/24/10, DB p.42)
1988 Jan 29, A Boston-bound
Amtrak train derailed in Chester, Penn., injuring 25 people.
1988 Jan 29, Nicaraguan
President Daniel Ortega received a coolly polite reception from Pope
John Paul II at the Vatican.
1989 Jan 29, West German
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democratic Union suffered a major
setback in West Berlin municipal elections.
1990 Jan 29, Former Exxon
Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood went on trial in Anchorage, Alaska,
on charges stemming from the nation's worst oil spill; Hazelwood
later was acquitted of the major charges and convicted of a
1991 Jan 29, In his State of
the Union address, President Bush assured Americans that the war
against Iraq would be won and that the recession at home would end
in short order. Extraordinary security measures were in effect for
the first wartime State of the Union address since the Vietnam era.
1991 Jan 29, Iraqi forces
attacked into Saudi Arabian town of Kafji, but were turned back by
1992 Jan 29, President Bush
presented a $1.2 trillion budget plan.
1992 Jan 29, Willie Dixon (76),
blues composer (Backdoor Man), died.
1992 Jan 29, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin unveiled an ambitious plan to cut nuclear weapons
spending and said his republic's weapons would no longer be aimed at
any U.S. targets.
1992 Jan 29, A multinational
Middle East peace conference ended in Moscow with participants
1993 Jan 29, President Clinton
announced that he was ordering the draft of a formal directive by
July 15 to end the longstanding ban on homosexuals in the U.S.
1994 Jan 29, Japan's Parliament
approved watershed measures to stem political corruption.
1994 Jan 29, In South Africa,
Nelson Mandela kicked off his party's campaign for the country's
first multiracial elections.
1995 Jan 29, The San Francisco
49ers became the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowl
titles, beating the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.
1996 Jan 29, The FDA was about
to approve Redux, a drug to help reduce obesity. It was to be
marketed by American Home Products. It is chemically known as
dexfenfluramine, a close cousin of Prozax. This class of drugs raise
the levels of serotonin in the brain, which provides a feeling of
fullness and satisfaction.
(WSJ, 1/29/96, p. C-1)
1996 Jan 29, A Navy F-14
fighter jet crashed in Nashville, Tennessee, demolishing three
houses and killing five people.
1996 Jan 29, French President
Jacques Chirac ordered an early end to underground nuclear tests in
the South Pacific.
1996 Jan 29, In Venice, Italy,
the 204-year-old La Felice opera house burned down. It was scheduled
to be reconstructed and finished by Sep 27, 1999. It was later
determined by experts to have been caused by arson. In 2003 Italy's
top criminal court upheld convictions on arson charges for Enrico
Carella and fellow electrician Massimiliano Marchetti, sentencing
them to seven and six years in jail respectively. In 2005 John
Berendt authored “The City of Falling Angels,” which centered on the
burning of La Fenice. In 2007 Carella was arrested in Mexico.
(SFC, 6/27/96, p.D3)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.E4)(AP,
1/29/01)(WSJ, 9/24/05, p.P12)(AP, 3/3/07)
1997 Jan 29, Threatened with
lawsuits across the country, America Online agreed to give refunds
to frustrated customers unable to log on after AOL offered a flat
1997 Jan 29, Thomas Daniel
Young, professor of English at Vanderbilt and leading authority on
literature of the American South, died. His work included: “The
Literature of the South,” “Conversations With Malcolm Cowley,”
“Tennessee Writers,” and “Gentleman in a Dustcoat: A Biography of
John Crowe Ransom.”
(SFC, 2/10/97, p.A20)
1997 Jan 29, In China the
Supreme People’s Court upheld the death sentence for businesswoman
Han Yuji, the former president of the Jilin province Yuquan
Industrial and Trade Co., for fraud that involved as much as $43
million. She was immediately executed.
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.C1)
1997 Jan 29, In Japan Tatsuo
Tomobe, member of the upper house of parliament, was arrested and
accused of fraud. He had raised $75 million by offering high yields
on deposits and using it to finance political ambitions.
(SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A17)
1997 Jan 29, Mongolia joined
the World Trade Organization (WTO).
1997 Jan 29, In Pakistan the
Supreme Court upheld Bhutto’s dismissal and ordered new elections to
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)
1997 Jan 29, In Sierra Leone
the UN World Food Program announced a 6-month $19.4 million food aid
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A10)
1997 Jan 29, In South Africa
Wouter Basson, retired brigadier general, was arrested for selling
1,000 tablets of the drug Ecstasy to undercover police.
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.C1)
1998 Jan 29, The judge in the
Paula Jones case ruled that allegations in the current
Clinton-Lewinsky scandal will not be admitted in the Jones case.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 29, In Birmingham,
Ala., the New Woman, All Woman Health Care [abortion] Clinic was
bombed. Robert Sanderson (35), a moonlighting police officer, was
killed and Emily Lyons, a nurse, was critically injured. A note was
later received claiming the "Army of God" was responsible. Suspect
Eric Robert Rudolph (31) of North Carolina was arrested May 31,2003.
Rudolph was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2005.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A3)(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A2)(SSFC,
6/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 7/19/05, p.A9)
1998 Jan 29, The US, Russia and
13 other nations of the European Space Agency agreed to cooperate on
building an int’l. space station.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A7)
1998 Jan 29, The 3-day Muslim
Eid al-Fitr festival began celebrating the closing of the holy month
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A12)
1998 Jan 29, In Japan Finance
Vice Minister Takeshi Komura stepped down in the bribery scandal and
said “the responsibility is all mine.”
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A12)
1998 Jan 29, A gas explosion on
a Russian nuclear sub killed the captain and injured at least 4
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A14)
1999 Jan 29, The Senate
delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential
advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.
1999 Jan 29, Attorney General
Janet Reno rejected a special prosecutor investigation of Harold
Ickes, saying there was clear and convincing evidence that the
former White House aide did not intend to lie to a Senate committee
looking into campaign finances.
1999 Jan 29, In Virginia Paul
Warner Powell (20) stabbed and killed Stacie Reed (16). He also
raped and attempted to kill her sister (14). Powell was executed on
March 18, 2010.
(SFC, 3/19/10, p.A8)
1999 Jan 29, The US and major
European allies set Feb 19 as a deadline for Serbia to accept a
peace plan in Kosovo or face NATO bombing.
(SFC, 1/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 29, From China it was
reported that police were ordered to arrest people posting
anti-government remarks on computer networks.
(SFC, 1/30/99, p.A14)
1999 Jan 29, Amnesty Int'l.
reported that Ethiopia had forcefully deported 52,000 Eritreans
since the eruption of war in 1998.
(SFC, 1/30/99, p.A12)
1999 Jan 29, In Kosovo Serbian
police killed 24 ethnic Albanians following the death of one Serbian
(SFC, 1/30/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 30, The UN Security
Council agreed to establish panels to assess Iraqi disarmament and
adherence to other UN resolutions.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A17)
2000 Jan 29, Joe Montana and
Ronnie Lott, architects of San Francisco’s Super Bowl dynasty, were
among five individuals elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2000 Jan 29, In Arris, Algeria,
11 community guards were killed by Islamic militants of the Salafist
Group for Preaching and Combat led by Hassan Hattab.
(SFC, 2/1/00, p.B2)
2000 Jan 29, In Montreal,
Canada, the first int'l. agreement on genetically modified
agricultural products was produced. The UN-sponsored "Cartagena
Protocol on Biosafety" required exporters to label modified products
with the label "May contain living modified organisms."
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/01)
2000 Jan 29, In Switzerland
Pres. Clinton addressed the World Economic Forum at Davos and urged
corporate leaders to help lift the burden of debt from developing
countries and to examine environmental concerns. Some 1000
protestors demonstrated outside.
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A16)
2001 Jan 29, President Bush
promised to “act boldly and swiftly” to address the nation's energy
problems, and directed Vice President Dick Cheney to head a task
force to develop an energy strategy.
2001 Jan 29, Pres. Bush signed
an executive order creating a new white House Office of Faith-based
and Community Initiatives.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 29, Al DeGuzman (19)
was arrested in San Jose after a photo lab clerk reported pictures
of him in front of an arsenal of weapons. A 158-page diary was found
labeled “Plan X2” for a Jan 30 attack at De Anza College in
Cupertino. DeGuzman was found guilty in 2002 of 108 felony accounts.
He was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
(SFC, 4/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A17)
2001 Jan 29, DaimlerChrysler
announced it was eliminating 26,000 jobs at its money-losing
2001 Jan 29, At least 110
Afghan refugees froze to death in camps near Herat.
(WSJ, 2/1/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/2/01, p.D4)
2001 Jan 29, In Chile Judge
Guzman reinstated his case against Gen. Pinochet.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A10)
2001 Jan 29, In Indonesia some
10,000 protesters marched in Jakarta over corruption scandals that
allegedly involved Pres. Wahid.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A10)
2001 Jan 29, In Israel an
Israeli motorist was killed in the West Bank as Yasser Arafat
reversed earlier rhetoric and sent a message for peace.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 29, Demonstrators in
Turin clashed with police following an agreement between France and
Italy to establish a high-speed rail line between Turin and Lyon.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 29, Serb thrown hand
grenades hit an ethnic Albanian home in Kosovo. 1 person was killed,
2 injured and NATO peacekeepers broke up an ensuing riot.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 29, Tanzanian police
regained control in Zanzibar following weekend street battles that
left 40 people dead.
(WSJ, 1/30/01, p.A1)
2002 Jan 29, Pres. Bush made
his 1st State of the Union address and declared that the "war
against terror is only beginning." Bush singled out Iran, Iraq and
North Korea as an "axis of evil." He also appealed to Americans to
volunteer for community services. The “axis of evil” phrase was
co-coined by Bush’s speechwriter David Frum.
(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2/1/02, p.A3)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.36)
2002 Jan 29, Actor Harold
Russell (88), who received two Oscars for his sensitive portrayal of
a disabled veteran in "The Best Years of Our Lives," died in
2002 Jan 29, In Albania PM Ilir
Meta (32) resigned following months of disputes with party leaders.
(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A9)
2002 Jan 29, In China Xu Zerong
(David Tsui), a Hong Kong-based historian, was sentenced to 13 years
in prison for providing classified historical documents, pertaining
to Chinese operations during the Korean war, to unspecified overseas
parties. Zerong (57) was released on June 23, 2011, from Guangzhou
Prison in southern Guangdong province's capital city.
(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A17)(AP, 6/23/11)
2002 Jan 29, In Japan PM
Koizumi fired foreign minister Makiko Tanaka. Yoriko Kawaguchi was
soon chosen to replace her.
(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 29, Israeli troops
raided the Palestinian village of Artas and arrested Mohammed Eyosh
(31), a local Jihad leader. 4 others were wounded in gunfire.
(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 29, In South Africa
Doctors Without Borders defied patent law and imported a generic
AIDS drug from Brazil.
(WSJ, 1/30/02, p.A1)
2003 Jan 29, The Congressional
Budget Office predicted the current year's federal deficit would
soar to $199 billion even without President Bush's new tax cut plan
or war against Iraq.
2003 Jan 29, AOL Time Warner
posted a record $98.7 billion loss, the biggest in corporate
history. It included a $45.5 billion write down on the value of AOL.
(SFC, 1/30/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)
2003 Jan 29, In Kinston, NC, 6
people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion at West
(SFC, 1/30/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/31/03, p.A1)(AP,
2003 Jan 29, Leslie Fiedler
(85), author and literary critic, died in Buffalo, NY. His 1960
"Love and Death in the American Novel" analyzed the work of mark
Twain, Ernest Hemingway and others.
(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A26)
2003 Jan 29, In Texas Travis
Runnels slashed the throat of Stanley Wiley (38), a supervisor at a
state prison shoe factory, while serving a 70-year sentence for
aggravated robbery. In 2019 Runnels (46) was executed by lethal
(SFC, 12/12/19, p.A5)
2003 Jan 29, Frank Moss
(b.1911), liberal Utah Democratic Senator (1958-1976), died. His
efforts included the addition of Capitol Reef and Canyonlands to the
national park system.
(SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)
2003 Jan 29, US troops took
Haji Shahzada (50) from his rural Afghan home in the early hours of
the morning and sent him on a bizarre journey to prison in Cuba.
Shahzada spent 4 years in jail before being returned home with a
letter of innocence.
2003 Jan 29, Britain, the Czech
Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain,
signed an open letter calling on the peace camp, implicitly Germany,
France and Russia, to rally to the U.S. standard against Iraq.
(WSJ, 1/30/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 29, The body of
Abdelmalek Benbara (41), a member of the Algerian prime minister's
party reported missing Jan 17, was found in a car in Paris.
2003 Jan 29, Belgium said oil
leaking from the sunken cargo ship Tricolor (Dec 14) is washing up
on the Belgian coastline, damaging wildlife and beaches.
2003 Jan 29, In Cambodia
protesters looted and set fire to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh.
The protest was against a Thai TV star who was quoted in the media
as saying Cambodia had stolen the famous Angkor Wat temple from
2003 Jan 29, Iraq responded to
chief inspector Hans Blix's tough assessment of its disarmament,
accusing him of misrepresenting its record of compliance, offering
some new information and pledging continued cooperation.
2003 Jan 29, Montenegro
lawmakers voted to abolish Yugoslavia and replace it with a loose
union of semi-independent states called Serbia and Montenegro.
(SFC, 1/30/03, p.A8)
2003 Jan 29, Russia's Border
Guard Service said the US led anti-terror operation in Afghanistan
has done nothing to reduce the flow of illegal drugs from that
2004 Jan 29, The US freed 3
juvenile Afghan detainees (13-15) from Guantanamo, Cuba.
(WSJ, 1/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 29, In
Afghanistan an arms dump blast killed 8 American soldiers in a what
was likely an accident.
(SFC, 1/30/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/31/04)
2004 Jan 29, It was reported
that Angolan troops and police have driven at least 10,000 Congolese
from northern Angola's diamond zones in a bloody month-old campaign.
2004 Jan 29, M.M. Kaye (95),
British author, died in Lavenham, England.
2004 Jan 29, In Colombia gunmen
shot and killed Marta Lucia Hernandez, the director of one of
Colombia's most famous national parks. It was the second
high-profile attack in the coastal city of Santa Marta this week.
2004 Jan 29, Egypt expelled
American journalist Charles Levinson. He had written articles on
torture and deaths in Egyptian prisons. Levinson was allowed to
return in February.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 29, In central Iraq a
roadside bomb exploded in Baqouba, wounding 11 Iraqis.
2004 Jan 29, Israel released
435 prisoners in a swap, mediated by Germany, with the Lebanese
guerrilla group Hezbollah in exchange for an Israeli businessman and
the bodies of 3 Israeli soldiers. The businessman was Elchanan
Tannenbaum, a colonel in Israel’s reserves, who was kidnapped in
Dubai in 2000 and had knowledge of an advanced Israeli weapons
(AP, 1/29/04)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.99)
2004 Jan 29, Janet Frame
(b.1924), author, died in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her books included
“Faces in the Water” (1961). Her 3-volume autobiography was
dramatized in the 1990 film "An Angel at My Table."
(SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.81)
2004 Jan 29, A Palestinian
suicide bomber detonated a bag of explosives on a crowded Jerusalem
bus outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence, killing 10
passengers and wounding 50 bystanders.
2004 Jan 29, In Saudi Arabia
some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered at the start
of the annual Hajj.
2004 Jan 29, Somalia's feuding
leaders signed an agreement to form a new government based along
clan lines, the first deal of its kind to include all armed groups
that have torn the country apart for the last 13 years.
2004 Jan 29, Widespread drought
was reported across southern Africa. Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa
and Zimbabwe were all affected.
(SFC, 1/29/04, p.A16)
2005 Jan 29, Clint Eastwood won
the Directors Guild prize for his boxing saga “Million Dollar Baby.”
(SSFC, 1/30/05, p.A2)
2005 Jan 29, Ashley McElhiney,
the first female coach of a men's pro basketball team, was fired
after an on-court dispute with Sally Anthony, co-owner of the
Nashville Rhythm of the ABA.
2005 Jan 29, Nine Afghan
soldiers died and another was seriously injured when a mine exploded
near their vehicle as they traveled close to the Pakistani border.
2005 Jan 29, Chinese jetliners
touched down in Taiwan, completing the first nonstop flights between
the rivals since a bloody civil war split the two sides 56 years
2005 Jan 29, In Colombia
government troops discovered one of the biggest FARC rebel munitions
factories in the jungles of southern Guaviare state.
2005 Jan 29, A UN spokesman
said militiamen armed with guns and machetes killed 16 people and
kidnapped at least 34 girls in attacks this week on a remote area of
2005 Jan 29, In insurgency-hit
Indian Kashmir voters turned out in big numbers to cast ballots in
the first leg of municipal polls to be held in over a quarter of a
2005 Jan 29, In northern Kenya
fighting over the last 2 weeks between the Garre and Murule clans
forced 30,000 people to flee and left 30 people dead. Recent
fighting between Masai and Kikuyu left 10-30 people dead.
(Econ, 1/29/05, p.46)
2005 Jan 29, A suicide bomber
attacked a police station in a Kurdish town, killing 8 people, and
insurgents blasted polling places in several cities on the eve of
2005 Jan 29, Libya granted its
first oil exploration licenses in over four decades, awarding 15
permits to foreign companies, with US companies taking the lion's
share. PM Shukri Ghanem said Libya has opted for a policy of open
communication with total transparence."
2005 Jan 29, In Russia the
fragmented opposition gathered pace as thousands of communists,
liberals and radical youth activists joined forces to protest
against the loss of Soviet-era benefits.
2005 Jan 29, In Sudan police
clashed with rioting tribesmen in the Red Sea coastal city of Port
Sudan, leaving at least 17 people dead and 16 injured. A tribal
representative claimed 23 people were dead and 100 others were
(AP, 1/29/05)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.43)
2006 Jan 29, Nam June Paik
(74), avant-garde Korean-American artist, died in Miami, Florida. He
is credited with inventing video art in the 1960s by combining
multiple TV screens with sculpture, music and live performers. In a
1974 report commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Paik wrote
of a telecommunications network of the future he called the
"Electronic Super Highway," predicting it "will become our
springboard for new and surprising human endeavors."
2006 Jan 29, Heavy rains in
Brazil led to the deaths of 12 people in Rio de Janeiro, including
six people killed when an underground shopping mall garage filled
2006 Jan 29, The Chinese New
Year ushered in the year of the Dog. As many as 10 million dogs were
slaughtered annually for food consumption in China. Fireworks
explosions killed 36 people and injured hundreds more in China as
traditional Lunar New Year celebrations led to much mayhem as well
as joy across the nation.
(SSFC, 1/29/06, p.A3)(AFP, 1/30/06)
2006 Jan 29, In eastern Congo
rebels in Rutshuru forced a local radio station off the air after a
wave of fighting and looting in the troubled Central African nation.
2006 Jan 29, Denmark's PM said
his government could not act against satirical cartoons of the
Prophet Mohammed after Libya closed its embassy in Copenhagen amid
growing Muslim anger over the dispute.
2006 Jan 29, Finland's first
female president said she was confident of re-election in a runoff
vote. Polls suggested a close race after a steady surge in support
for her conservative challenger. Pres. Tarja Halonen clinched a
narrow re-election victory over a rival with a pro-alliance agenda.
She won a new six-year term with 51.8 percent of the vote.
(AP, 1/29/06)(AFP, 1/30/06)
2006 Jan 29, Avalanches swept
away skiers and at least one hiker in the French Alps, killing five
people over the weekend.
2006 Jan 29, In Iraq ABC news
anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were seriously
injured in a roadside bombing near Taji.
2006 Jan 29, Car bombs exploded
in a synchronized spree of attacks outside at least four churches in
Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least three
Iraqis and wounding 9. US troops killed three suspected insurgents
wearing Iraqi police uniforms in Kirkuk. A bomb killed 11 people in
a shop selling sweets in the town of Iskindiraya south of Baghdad
overnight. Violence killed at least 20 people, including 13 Iraqi
policemen and soldiers. A car bomb killed 4 Iraqi soldiers in Uja.
Former Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Idham was assassinated near Tikrit.
(AP, 1/29/06)(Reuters, 1/29/06)(SFC, 1/30/06,
2006 Jan 29, Sheik Sabah IV Al
Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah was sworn in as the new emir of Kuwait.
2006 Jan 29, The Mexican
government said the US Border Patrol in New Mexico arrested
Francisco Javier Gutierrez, a Mexican immigration official, who was
allegedly trying to help a group of undocumented migrants sneak into
2006 Jan 29, A Pakistani
express train with up to 600 passengers aboard derailed, killing at
least three people and injuring as many as 40.
2006 Jan 29, Republic of Congo
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso launched his role as a top African
peace mediator, meeting with the prime minister of civil war-divided
Ivory Coast days after taking over as African Union head.
2006 Jan 29, In Bucharest,
Romania, a stray dog killed a Japanese businessman. The mayor called
for a crash program of canine sterilization and euthanasia to
control the city’s 60,000 stray dogs.
(www.inyourpocket.com/romania/bucharest/en/)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.48)
2006 Jan 29, Russia resumed
sending natural gas to Georgia after finishing repairs to a major
pipeline damaged by mysterious blasts a week earlier.
2007 Jan 29, Deeply distrustful
of Iran, President Bush said "we will respond firmly" if Tehran
escalated its military actions in Iraq and threatened American
forces or Iraqi citizens.
2007 Jan 29, Lauren Nelson, an
aspiring Broadway star, was crowned Miss America, the second year in
a row that a Miss Oklahoma has won the crown.
2007 Jan 29, Bayer said the US
Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use of Bayer
Schering Pharma AG's drug YAZ to allow it to be used to treat
moderate acne in women who also want to use an oral contraceptive
for birth control.
2007 Jan 29, Kentucky Derby
winner Barbaro was euthanized because of medical complications eight
months after his gruesome breakdown at the Preakness.
2007 Jan 29, Australia’s
Queensland state planned to introduce recycled sewage to its
drinking water as a record drought threatens water supplies around
2007 Jan 29, An official said
at least 33,000 people have been arrested in Bangladesh by the army,
police and security forces since a state of emergency was imposed
earlier this month.
2007 Jan 29, Paris City Hall
announced it has selected French outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux
SA to operate a new free bicycle service in the capital.
2007 Jan 29, The African Union
chose Ghana to head the 53-member bloc, turning aside Sudan's bid
for the second year in a row because of the worsening bloodshed in
2007 Jan 29, The International
Criminal Court (ICC) ruled there was enough evidence against Thomas
Lubanga, a Congolese militiaman accused of recruiting child
soldiers, to launch the new court's first trial.
2007 Jan 29, In Iraq a
prominent Shiite leader said that setting up federal regions in Iraq
would solve the country's problems, adding that Shiites are being
subjected to mass killings but they should not retaliate by using
violence. Bombings and mortar attacks targeting Shiites killed at
least 15 people. A parked car bomb struck a bus carrying Shiites to
a holy shrine in northern Baghdad, killing at least four people.
Mortar rounds rained down on a Shiite neighborhood in the
Sunni-dominated town of Jurf al-Sakhar. 10 people were killed,
including three children and four women, and five other people were
wounded. A US Marine was killed in fighting in Anbar province and an
American soldier died in an accident northwest of Nasiriyah.
(AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)
2007 Jan 29, Libya will not
execute five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to
death last month, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said in a
newspaper interview, calling their trial "unfair."
2007 Jan 29, A truck crashed in
northern Nigeria's Yobe state killing at least 35 people and
seriously injuring another 37. A burst tire caused the truck loaded
with cement as well as 72 people to veer off the road.
2007 Jan 29, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 rockets exploded near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the city
of Bannu, wounding 11 people, two seriously. A suicide bomber killed
a police officer protecting a Shiite Muslim procession. In eastern
Pakistan 2 brothers beat to death their sister and her lover with
bricks for bringing shame upon the family with their out-of-wedlock
affair. The woman had lived with her brothers in the village of
Donga Bonga, Punjab province.
(AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 2/1/07)
2007 Jan 29, A Palestinian
suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Eilat, a southern Israeli resort
town, killing three people and himself. The Palestinian who blew
himself up was unemployed, despondent over the death of his baby
daughter and driven to avenge his best friend's killing by Israeli
troops. Hamas and Fatah gunmen battled each other across the Gaza
Strip, attacking security compounds, knocking out an electrical
transformer and kidnapping several local commanders in some of the
most extensive factional fighting in recent weeks.
2007 Jan 29, Saudi Arabia said
it would begin a 158,000 barrel-a-day cut in oil production
effective Feb 1.
(WSJ, 1/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 29, Turkish police
arrested 46 suspected Islamic militants in operations in five
provinces across the country.
2008 Jan 29, Pres. Bush signed
an executive order for federal agencies to ignore “earmarks” that
aren’t explicitly enacted into law.
(SFC, 1/30/08, p.A6)
2008 Jan 29, In Florida Sen.
John McCain won the Republican primary with 36% of the vote. Mitt
Romney was 2nd with 31% and Rudi Giuliani 3rd with 15%.
(SFC, 1/30/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 29, Federal fishery
regulators said the number of chinook salmon returning to
California's Central Valley has reached a near-record low, pointing
to an "unprecedented collapse" that could lead to severe
restrictions on West Coast salmon fishing this year.
2008 Jan 29, Robert M. Ball
(93), considered to be the father of the US Medicare system, died.
(WSJ, 1/31/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 29, Margaret Truman
Daniel (b.1924), the only daughter of former Pres. Harry Truman,
died in Chicago. From 1980 to 1996 Daniel wrote 13 murder mysteries
beginning with “Murder in the White House,” which became a best
(SFC, 1/30/08, p.A2)
2008 Jan 29, In southern
Afghanistan roadside bombings killed three civilians.
2008 Jan 29, In northern
Algeria a car loaded with explosives and headed for a police station
exploded after officers stopped the attack with bullets. At least
two people were killed and 23 wounded.
2008 Jan 29, Gold prices hit a
record high 933.33 dollars in London as the market was driven higher
by production problems in key producer South Africa and the weak US
2008 Jan 29, In China deadly
winter storms, the worst in five decades, showed no signs of letting
up, where cities were blacked out, transport systems were paralyzed
and a bus crash on an icy road killed at least 25 people during the
nation's busiest travel season.
2008 Jan 29, Congolese Tutsi
rebels and a rival Mai Mai militia group pledged to respect a
recently-signed peace accord, a day after clashes between their
fighters broke the ceasefire.
2008 Jan 29, A Cairo court
ruled to allow Egyptian Bahais to leave their religion blank on
official documents, in effect restoring their access to jobs,
schools and medical and financial services.
2008 Jan 29, Cars and trucks
traveled freely across the border from Gaza to Egypt for a seventh
day. Egyptians living near the breached border with Gaza warned that
chaos was brewing and demanded the crisis be resolved.
2008 Jan 29, Iran’s state media
reported that more than 50 followers of the minority Baha'i faith
were convicted of distributing propaganda against the country's
Islamic regime. The faith was banned after the 1979 Islamic
revolution, and it is not recognized in the Iranian constitution as
a religious minority.
2008 Jan 29, A suicide car
bomber targeted a US patrol in Mosul, killing at least one Iraqi and
wounding as many as 15. Iraqi police north of Baghdad found 19
bullet-riddled bodies near the former insurgent stronghold of
Muqdadiyah. In Baghdad a bombing at a checkpoint wounded five
American soldiers and three civilians. Iraqi officials claimed it
was a suicide bombing and said two people were killed. An Iraqi
television cameraman and his driver were killed in a roadside
bombing north of Baghdad. The female correspondent and camera
assistant traveling with them were wounded.
(AP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/30/08)
2008 Jan 29, Japan's coast
guard said it has sent a team of officers to protect its whaling
fleet against intensifying protests by environmentalists.
2008 Jan 29, Japan said it was
setting up a fund to help African countries enhance protection of
intellectual property rights, calling it key to boosting the
continent's economic potential.
2008 Jan 29, In Kenya former UN
chief Kofi Annan launched formal mediation efforts to end the
post-election crisis, where the killing of an opposition legislator
stoked bloody protests. Gunmen killed Mugabe Were, an opposition
lawmaker in Nairobi, triggering a new flare-up of the ethnic
fighting. A gang hefting machetes dragged a doctor from the
president's Kikuyu tribe from his clinic "and then cut and cut until
his head was off."
(Reuters, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/29/08)
2008 Jan 29, In Mexico City
Elvira Arellano, a deported Mexican migrant who holed up in a
Chicago church to fight for immigrants' rights, rallied support for
Flor Crisostomo (28), another woman now seeking refuge in the same
building. Four Mexican military officers and one soldier, were
turned over to prosecutors for alleged links to Alfredo Beltran
Leyva, but their cases weren't made public until Oct 31.
(AP, 1/30/08)(AP, 10/31/08)
2008 Jan 29, Scientists in New
Zealand reported that smoking a joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes
in terms of lung cancer risk and warned of an "epidemic" of lung
cancers linked to cannabis.
2008 Jan 29, Pakistan’s
President Pervez Musharraf returned home after a weeklong trip to
Europe. Security forces exchanged gunfire with Islamic militants
holed up at a house in Karachi, with 3 militants and two policemen
dead. A fourth militant, who was wounded in the shootout, died later
in the day. Hundreds of students in Miran Shah protested Pakistan's
support for the US-led war on terror.
(AFP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/30/08)
2008 Jan 29, Saudi Arabia said
it had killed some 158,000 chickens after the deadly H5N1 bird flu
strain was found at an infected farm. The agriculture ministry also
said more than 4.5 million fowl have been killed in provinces around
the capital, but it did not specify when the killing took place.
2008 Jan 29, In Sri Lanka the
defense ministry said its troops smashed 16 guerrilla bunkers in the
district of Mannar and killed at least 22 rebels. Tamilnet said at
least 11 school children and the principal of the school were among
those killed when the Sri Lanka Army triggered a Claymore mine
targeting a bus carrying school children.
2008 Jan 29, Officials in
impoverished Tajikistan said they would be forced to cut power to
much of the country as residents endured one of the coldest winters
in 25 years. Tajikistan is rich in water resources, but the cold
weather has frozen rivers flowing into the Nurek reservoir.
2008 Jan 29, In Venezuela 4
gunmen held more than 30 people hostage inside a bank during a
lengthy and tense standoff with police that began with a botched
robbery in the town of Altagracia de Orituco.
2009 Jan 29, President Barack
Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, an equal
pay bill, into law, declaring that it's a family issue, not just a
(AP, 1/29/09)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.25)
2009 Jan 29, In Illinois Pat
Quinn (60), the Democrat Lt. Gov., became governor after the state
Senate voted 59-0 to convict Rod Blagojevich (52) of abuse of power.
(AP, 1/30/09)(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 29, A California judge
ruled that Gov. Schwarzenegger can force state workers to take
furloughs to help close the budget gap.
(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 29, In southern
Afghanistan coalition troops killed four militants in a strike on a
2009 Jan 29, The African Union
said the exclusion from its summit of Mauritania and Guinea, which
both suffered coups recently, proved the continent had moved on from
its checkered past. The summit was scheduled for Feb 1-3 in
2009 Jan 29, An Australian man
(36) was charged with murder after allegedly throwing his
four-year-old daughter from a Melbourne bridge into the Yarra River
during peak hour traffic. On April 11, 2011, Arthur Freeman was
sentenced to life in prison.
(AFP, 1/29/09)(AP, 4/11/11)
2009 Jan 29, In Bolivia the
last US drug enforcement agents left the country, ordered out by
Pres. Morales, even as police reported that coca cultivation and
cocaine processing were on the rise.
(SFC, 1/30/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 29, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown vowed to act with "purpose and determination" to
restore economic growth a day after the IMF said Britain would be
the country worst hit by the global recession.
2009 Jan 29, An international
rights group said Cameroon's government is employing extrajudicial
killings and torture to crush political opponents, and such violence
may escalate as the global economic crisis deepens.
2009 Jan 29, The first of more
than 6,000 Congolese rebels took part in a ceremony to integrate
their units into the regular army as part of a deal to end the
conflict in eastern DR Congo.
2009 Jan 29, The ship
Monchegorsk arrived in Cyprus. It was examined twice after it
arrived under suspicion of ferrying weapons from Iran to Hamas
fighters in Gaza, and detained. The US military had stopped the ship
last month in the Red Sea, and said it found artillery shells and
other arms on board. But it could not legally detain the ship, which
continued to Port Said, Egypt, and then to Cyprus.
2009 Jan 29, The European Union
signed an agreement to give Ethiopia 251 million euros (322 million
dollars) in aid to boost development projects across the Horn of
2009 Jan 29, In France hundreds
of thousands of workers staged a nationwide strike to try to force
President Nicolas Sarkozy and business leaders to do more to protect
jobs and wages during the economic crisis.
2009 Jan 29, India began a plan
to issue a new biometric identity card to its whole 1.2 billion
population. On June 25 Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder of Infosys, was
given ministerial status and appointed to run the scheme.
(Econ, 7/4/09, p.36)(http://tinyurl.com/nvfahh)
2009 Jan 29, Iraq said it will
bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for US
diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning
a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings
of 17 Iraqi civilians. Hazim Salim al-Zaidi (51), former Iraqi army
officer in Mosul, was among three Sunni candidates killed two days
ahead of elections. One of the other Sunnis was killed in a drive-by
shooting in western Baghdad. The third was abducted along with his
brother and cousin in the Diyala province town of Mandali near the
Iranian border. Their bullet-riddled bodies were found later in the
(AP, 1/29/09)(AP, 1/31/09)
2009 Jan 29, George Mitchell,
President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy, turned his attention to the
Western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank. Palestinians
fired a rocket into Israel, and residents of the south Gaza town of
Khan Younis said an Israeli airstrike there wounded an unidentified
man on a motorcycle and five passers-by, among them children walking
home from school. Senior officials in the Islamic group Hamas
indicated a willingness to negotiate a deal for a long-term truce
with Israel as long as the borders of Gaza are opened to the rest of
2009 Jan 29, Japan hanged four
convicted murderers, carrying out the country's first executions of
the year despite international criticism.
2009 Jan 29, Madagascar's
president made a conciliatory gesture, promising to put a radio
station back on air after its closure sparked anti-government
rioting that left at least 43 dead. A US envoy later estimated over
100 dead while police said 76 had died in the rioting.
(AP, 1/29/09)(WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A10)
2009 Jan 29, Mexican police
detained an Ecuadorean man for carrying about $2.5 million in cash
in a suitcase at Mexico City's international airport.
2009 Jan 29, New Zealand’s
central bank lowered its key interest 1.5 percentage points to a
record low of 3.5%, in response to a decelerating global growth
(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 29, In Nigeria gunmen
kidnapped a Nigerian boy (9) in the oil city of Port Harcourt,
shooting dead a domestic worker who was taking him to school.
2009 Jan 29, Pakistani police
arrested three men who they alleged carried out a deadly 2006
bombing in Pakistan on the orders of India's intelligence agency.
2009 Jan 29, The UN launched an
emergency appeal for $613 million to help Palestinians recover from
Israel's three weeks of military operations in Gaza.
2009 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a powerful explosion destroyed a fireworks factory and a nearby
electronics plant south of Manila, killing at least six people and
injuring more than 40.
2009 Jan 29, Somali pirates
hijacked a German gas tanker, the MV Longchamp, and its 13-man crew
in the Gulf of Aden, the third ship captured off the Horn of Africa
this month. The ship was released along with its 13 crew members on
(AP, 1/29/09)(SFC, 1/30/09, p.A16)(AP, 3/28/09)
2009 Jan 29, A South Korean
biotech company claimed to have cloned dogs using a stem cell
technology for the first time in the world.
2009 Jan 29, In Sri Lanka UN
workers evacuated hundreds of severely wounded civilians from behind
rebel lines as government troops fought to secure final victory over
the Tamil Tigers. Up to 250,000 civilians were trapped in the combat
zone in the northeast of the island.
2009 Jan 29, Swiss police said
they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation last year while
using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping
software. They arrested 16 people and seized 1.1 tons (1.2 US tons)
of marijuana as well as cash and valuables worth 900,000 Swiss
2009 Jan 29, At the economic
forum in Davos, Switzerland, Israel’s Pres. Peres (85) traded
accusations with Turkey’s PM Erdogan, who declared: “You kill
people,” and criticized Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Erdogan stalked
off stage after being cut short during the exchange.
(SFC, 1/30/09, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 29, Zimbabwe Finance
Minister Patrick Chinamasa said citizens will be allowed to conduct
business in other currencies, alongside the Zimbabwean dollar. A UN
report said Zimbabwe's humanitarian disaster is far worse than
anticipated with only six percent of the population formally
employed and more than half in need of emergency food aid.
(Reuters, 1/29/09)(AFP, 1/29/09)
2010 Jan 29, President Barack
Obama engaged in a rare face-to-face showdown with Republican
critics and testily accused them of trying to block his policies
while urging them to "join with me" in creating jobs.
2010 Jan 29, A US storm that
toppled power lines, closed major highways and buried parts of the
southern Plains in heavy ice and snow began moving into the South,
leaving tens of thousands of people in the dark. Nearly 142,000
homes and businesses in Oklahoma were without power.
2010 Jan 29, According to a
newly released audiotape Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden called for
the world to boycott American goods and the US dollar, blaming the
United States and other industrialized countries for global warming.
2010 Jan 29, Afghan troops
backed by NATO attack helicopters battled Taliban fighters wearing
suicide vests who launched an assault in the heart of a Lashkar Gah
in southern Helmand province. 6 militants were killed in the
assault. In Ghazni province 2 Afghans were killed after failing to
stop their vehicle when ordered. An Afghan interpreter working for
the US military shot dead two American soldiers in Wardak province.
Iranian guards opened fire and killed 5 laborers as they crossed
into Iran from the southwestern province of Nimroz.
(AP, 1/29/10)(AFP, 1/30/10)(SFC, 1/30/10,
2010 Jan 29, In Brazil leftists
who converged to protest what they view as uncontrolled capitalism
ended the World Social Forum with vows to take advantage of the
financial crisis to promote a global socialist agenda.
2010 Jan 29, Former British PM
Tony Blair said there had been no "covert" deal with then US
president George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, and robustly
defended his decision to take Britain to war.
2010 Jan 29, In China envoys of
exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Beijing for
weekend talks amid subtle shifts in China's approach to its restive,
riot-scarred western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.
2010 Jan 29, An Ethiopian judge
sentenced a journalist to prison in connection with a January 2008
column that criticized PM Meles Zenawi's statements about religious
affairs in Ethiopia. The journalist was later identified as Ezedin
Mohamed, editor of Al-Quds, a Muslim-orientated newspaper.
2010 Jan 29, In Haiti US
soldiers halted a violent confrontation between looters and a
private security guard who shot and killed one man inside an
appliance store and appeared poised to shoot others.
2010 Jan 29, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir suspected Muslim rebels
ambushed army soldiers, killing two troops.
2010 Jan 29, Honda Motor Co.
said it would recall a total 646,000 units of the Fit/Jazz and City
models globally, including 140,000 in the United States. The recall
was to fix a defective master switch, which could cause water to
enter the power window switch and in some cases cause a fire.
2010 Jan 29, The office of
Lithuanian Pres. Dalia Grybauskaite said in a statement that she
would sign a decree to appoint Audronius Ažubalis as foreign
minister. The tough-talking Grybauskaite forced the resignation of
the last foreign minister Vygaudas Ušackas.
2010 Jan 29, Mexican
authorities found the decapitated bodies of six men in Acahuato,
Michoacan state. A group of at least a dozen armed men attacked a
federal police convoy, opening fire on the vehicles from a highway
overpass near the city of Maravatio, also in Michoacan, killing 5
officers and wounding 7. Four severely beaten men were seen walking
along a busy street in the Michoacan town of Zamora carrying
messages signed by La Familia. In Ciudad Juarez a group of
rifle-bearing attackers opened fire on a family in a truck, killing
a man, a woman and injuring a 5-month-old baby. A woman was later
killed inside an ice cream parlor, a chase through the Galeana
neighborhood left two dead, and a man was killed and a pregnant
woman was injured in a spray of bullets in another part of town. Six
more people were killed later in the day in four different
locations, and when dawn broke the two decapitated bodies were
found. Journalist Ochoa Martinez, director of El Sol de la Costa,
was shot in the face as he left a food stand in the town of Ayutla.
His small newspaper covered mostly local politics and community
issues southeast of Acapulco.
(AP, 1/29/10)(AP, 1/31/10)(AP, 2/2/10)
2010 Jan 29, In Mexico a Texas
man and his girlfriend were sentenced to nine years in prison for
recruiting Mexican women to give birth in the US and sell their
babies to couples there. Amado Torres, of Harlingen, Texas, and
Maria Isabel Hernandez, of Mexico, had allegedly paid women up to
$3,000 for their newborns.
2010 Jan 29, In New Zealand
police seized weapons used by two men to slaughter more than 30 dogs
owned by a neighbor in what animal welfare authorities said could be
the country's worst animal cruelty case.
2010 Jan 29, A Nigerian court
rejected a demand by top lawyers that a caretaker head of state be
appointed until ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua returns from
hospital treatment in Saudi Arabia.
2010 Jan 29, Pakistani security
forces killed 24 suspected militants in air strikes and clashes in
the northwest. One paramilitary soldier was also killed and three
wounded in a clash in the town of Chinar in the district of Bajaur.
2010 Jan 29, Russia test-flew a
long-awaited new fighter aircraft, determined to challenge the
United States for technical superiority in the skies and impress
2010 Jan 29, Somali insurgents
sparked the heaviest day of fighting in the capital in months,
launching simultaneous attacks on government forces and AU
peacekeepers killing at least 19 people including women and
(AP, 1/29/10)(SFC, 1/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 29, In Sri Lanka
police raided the office of defeated presidential candidate Sarath
Fonseka and arrested 15 of its workers as monitors and rights groups
criticized the Sri Lankan election that returned President Mahinda
Rajapakse to power.
2010 Jan 29, At Davos,
Switzerland, Microsoft co-founder and his wife said The Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next
decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's
2010 Jan 29, In Thailand a
dozen Asian nations and Russia vowed to double the number of wild
tigers by 2022, crack down on poaching that has devastated the big
cats and prohibit the building of roads and bridges that could harm
their habitats. The 13 countries included Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal,
Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.
2010 Jan 29, A Vietnamese court
handed a four-year jail term to writer Pham Thanh Nghien (32) for
anti-state "propaganda," the latest in a string of jailings of
democracy activists by the communist state.
2011 Jan 29, Massey Energy,
based in Richmond, Va., agreed to be taken over by Alpha natural
Resources for $7.1 billion in cash and stock. Massey was struggling
with losses following and explosion that killed 29 workers in West
(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)
2011 Jan 29, In Afghanistan
Abdul Latif Ashna, the deputy governor of southern Kandahar
province, was killed by a suicide bomber. The Taliban claimed
responsibility for the attack.
2011 Jan 29, An African Union
panel on the Ivory Coast crisis said it will aim to help Alassane
Ouattara "exercise power" through a negotiated political deal.
2011 Jan 29, In eastern Algeria
a criminal court sentenced six people to death for a 2009 attack
that killed 19 people and for which Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
2011 Jan 29, Rivals to Central
African Republic leader Francois Bozize pulled their representatives
off the election body, alleging fraud after early partial results
from last weekend's poll put Bozize in the lead.
2011 Jan 29, In Costa Rica
raids were carried out in San Jose and in the Pacific coast
city of Puntarenas. Five Colombians and a Costa Rican national were
arrested. The Security Ministry says in a June 30 statement that a
Colombian-run network paid fishermen to haul cocaine to Guatemala
2011 Jan 29, Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak (82) named his intelligence chief and close confidant
Omar Suleiman as vice president, his first VP since coming to power
nearly 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of Egyptians snubbed
Mubarak's promised reforms and took their deadly revolt to the
streets for a fifth day. An enraged mob killed three police in the
Sinai town of Rafah, bringing the overall death toll from the
nationwide protests to at least 48 since Jan 25. Two Cairo mobile
phone networks came back on line, a day after all Egyptian operators
were told to cut services. State TV said wealthy business Ahmed Ezz,
a close confidante of the president's son and one of the targets for
protester criticism, has resigned from ruling party. The military
declined to block the latest rally and soldiers showed solidarity
(AP, 1/29/11)(AFP, 1/29/11)(Reuters,
1/29/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 29, In Iran Zahram
Bahrami, an Iranian-Dutch woman detained after participating in
protests against Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009, was
hanged. She was allegedly hanged for possessing and selling drugs.
The Dutch government froze official contacts with Iran to protest
(AP, 1/29/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 29, In central
Nigerian soldiers opened fire on university students in Jos
protesting continuing violence between Christians and Muslims. At
least 9 people were killed in the ensuing violence.
2011 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a huge fire fanned by strong winds from Manila Bay swept through a
congested village in Manila, killing 12 people and displacing nearly
2011 Jan 29, Saudi Arabia's
stock exchange tumbled by over 6 percent, setting the stage for
other regional markets to drop as concerns mounted about the violent
protests in Egypt.
2011 Jan 29, Tibet's
parliament-in-exile rallied behind a Buddhist monk seen as the
possible next spiritual leader for Tibet after Indian police seized
hundreds of thousands of dollars from his monastery.
2012 Jan 29, In Alabama police
investigating a possible robbery at a Birmingham home instead found
five people dead inside. 3 suspects were arrested the next day.
(AP, 1/29/12)(SFC, 1/31/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 29, In Florida a long
line of cars and trucks collided one after another on a dark highway
so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded.
At least 10 people were killed south of Gainesville on Interstate
2012 Jan 29, Georgia’s House of
Representatives unanimously passed a criminal-justice reform bill
that revised sentencing laws to keep non-violent drug and property
offenders out of prison. The state Senate did the same and
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.24)
2012 Jan 29, Bahraini detainees
and activists convicted for taking part in anti-government
demonstrations last year began a hunger strike protesting a new
crackdown on demonstrators.
2012 Jan 29, Bangladesh police
fired guns and used batons on crowds of stone-throwing opposition
activists in several towns, killing at least three people and
injuring more than 100. The main Bangladesh Nationalist Party and
its key Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami have been demanding an
independent caretaker government oversee elections.
2012 Jan 29, Benin President
Thomas Boni Yayi was elected the African Union Chairman, taking over
the one-year post from Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang
Nguema at the AU summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital.
2012 Jan 29, In Canada 3
members of an Afghan Canadian family, Mohammad Shafia and Tooba
Mohammad Yahya, and their eldest son Hamed Mohammad Shafia, were
found guilty of the "honor killing" of three siblings and a fourth
relative after a high-profile trial. Their victims were three of
Hamed's sisters and the woman introduced to outsiders as a cousin,
who turned out to be Mohammad Shafia's first wife in a polygamous
2012 Jan 29, Cuba’s Communist
leaders ended a 2-day closed-door party conference. They vowed not
to cede any ground to "the enemy," pledged to fight corruption and
continue overhauling the island's listing Marxist economy with an
injection of free market reform. Raul Castro reiterated a pledge to
institute term limits for Cuban officials.
(AP, 1/29/12)(SFC, 1/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 29, Egyptians voted
for the upper house of parliament, in elections that are the latest
step in the country's planned transition from military to civilian
rule. Voting took place in 13 provinces for the first stage of
elections for the largely advisory Shura Council. A second stage
will take place on Feb. 14-15.
2012 Jan 29, Iranian media
confirmed that Saeed Malekpour (36), an Iranian man with Canadian
residency, has had a death sentence against him reinstated by the
supreme court on charges he operated a pornographic website.
Malekpour was arrested in Iran in 2008 while visiting his dying
2012 Jan 29, An official with
Iraq's Sunni-backed political alliance said its leaders have decided
to end a parliament boycott, but the bloc's ministers will stay away
from Cabinet meetings to protest arrests and prosecution of Sunni
officials. A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in southeastern
Baghdad killed one person.
2012 Jan 29, An Israeli
military drone, that can fly as far as Iran, crashed in central
Israel on a routine experimental flight. The Heron TP drone, also
known locally as the Eitan, has a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters),
making it the size of a Boeing 737 passenger jet.
2012 Jan 29, In Italy Oscar
Luigi Scalfaro (93), a past president (1992-1999) who helped write
Italy’s post-war constitution, died. He was a founding member of the
former Christian Democrats.
2012 Jan 29, In Jordan Hamas
chief Khaled Meshaal met with King Abdullah II on his first official
visit since his 1999 expulsion, calling the trip a "new good start"
towards better ties with the kingdom.
2012 Jan 29, Kenyan police
arrested Abdi Rogo Mohammed, a Muslim preacher. They said they found
a cache of weapons in his house. He had been previously arrested but
acquitted of the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa
which killed 15 people.
(AFP, 1/29/12)(AP, 1/30/12)
2012 Jan 29, In Nigeria gunmen
stormed police station near a bus station in Kano, leaving two
civilians dead. In the northern city of Potsikum, attackers
traveling on a bicycle shot dead a guard outside a church.
2012 Jan 29, In Russia
thousands of cars flying white ribbons or balloons circled central
Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against PM Vladimir Putin.
2012 Jan 29, In Senegal 3
soldiers were killed by separatist rebels in the restive Casamance
2012 Jan 29, In Spain thousands
of protesters, including artists, politicians and union members,
marched in downtown Madrid in support of Baltasar Garzon, a judge
who is on trial for allegedly overstepping his jurisdiction by
probing atrocities stemming from Spain's civil war.
2012 Jan 29, Sudan released
three oil tankers held in a dispute with breakaway South Sudan,
which has accused Khartoum of theft.
2012 Jan 29, The Syrian
military launched an offensive to regain control of suburbs on the
eastern edge of Damascus, storming neighborhoods and clashing with
army defectors. Fierce fighting sent residents fleeing and killed at
least 3 civilians. 6 soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb
detonated near the bus they were traveling in several miles south of
the capital. Some 80 people were reported killed across Syria, half
of them civilians.
(AP, 1/29/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)
2012 Jan 29, Thai
paramilitaries shot dead four people including an elderly man and a
teenager in the far south because they feared they were under
attack. On March 21 the military admitted troops had shot dead four
Muslim villagers on their way to a funeral due to a
(AFP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012 Jan 29, UN nuclear
inspectors began a critical mission to Iran to probe allegations of
a secret atomic weapons program amid escalating Western economic
pressure and warnings about safeguarding Gulf oil shipments from
possible Iranian blockades.
2012 Jan 29, In Venezuela 4
armed men seized Mexico’s Ambassador Carlos Pujalte and his wife as
they were leaving a party shortly before midnight in Caracas. The
kidnappers freed the couple four hours later. On Feb 6 the
prosecutor-general's office announced the arrests of 3 suspects in
the case: Juan Pacheco, Oswaldo Leon and Mayurki Barreto.
2012 Jan 29, In Yemen troops at
the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard opened fire at a
protest by soldiers demanding the ouster of their brigade chief over
2013 Mar 29, In Mayflower,
Arkansas, an ExxonMobil pipeline sprang a leak. Crews soon recovered
some 12,000 barrels of oil and water. The Pegasus pipeline, capable
of carrying more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from
Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was carrying Canadian Wabasca
Heavy crude at the time of the leak. In June the US Justice Dept.
and the state of Arkansas filed suit against ExxonMobile for the
210,000 gallons spilled.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A8)(Reuters, 4/1/13)(SFC,
2013 Jan 29, In Chicago Hadiya
Pendleton (15) was gunned down in a park. The majorette had recently
performed with her King Prep High School band in Washington for
Pres. Obama’s inauguration. On Feb 11 gang members Michael Ward (18)
and Kenneth Williams (20) were charged with her murder.
(SFC, 2/1/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 29, Former Michigan
Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway pleaded guilty to bank fraud
for concealing assets, including a Florida home, and urging a bank
to short sale a Detroit-area home claiming financial hardship. On
May 28 she was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
(SFC, 1/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 5/29/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 29, African and
Western nations pledged more than $450 million to fund an
African-led military force to fight Islamist extremists in Mali.
2013 Jan 29, In Bulgaria
Zlatomir Ivanov (44), a convicted underworld boss, was shot and
seriously wounded outside a courthouse in Sofia. His bodyguard
managed to return fire but was wounded in the leg.
2013 Jan 29, Thick,
off-the-scale smog shrouded eastern China for the second time in
about two weeks, forcing airlines to cancel flights because of poor
visibility and prompting Beijing to temporarily shut factories and
curtail fleets of government cars.
2013 Jan 29, An Indonesian
court sentenced British citizen Julian Anthony Ponder (43) to six
years in prison for his role in a cocaine-smuggling case that led to
a death sentence last week for a British grandmother.
2013 Jan 29, In Iran followers
of the minority Zoroastrian religion gathered after sunset to mark
Sadeh — an ancient mid-winter feast dating to Iran's pre-Islamic
past that is also drawing new interest from Muslims.
2013 Jan 29, In Jordan a wave
of 21,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the past week, moving into
northern Jordan at about five times the usual daily rate. The
crowded Zatari camp, already struggling with flooding, short
supplies and tent fires, was overwhelmed.
2013 Jan 29, In Kazakhstan a
SCAT passenger jet carrying at least 20 people crashed in heavy fog
near Almaty, killing all on board.
2013 Jan 29, Malaysian wildlife
officials said 10 endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found
dead at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve under mysterious
circumstances. Officials said that they probably were poisoned over
the past 3 weeks. The remains of 3 more were found the next day
bringing the total to 13.
(AP, 1/29/13)(AP, 1/30/13)
2013 Jan 29, The website of the
National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the Tuaregs' name
for northern Mali, claimed control of the strategic city of Kidal
and seven other northern towns from Islamist extremists.
2013 Jan 29, Mexican
immigration authorities said they have broken up a bizarre cult that
allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the US
border. The "Defensores de Cristo" or "Defenders of Christ"
allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed
he was the reincarnation of Christ.
2013 Jan 29, The UN said more
than 150,000 have been displaced by flooding in Mozambique over the
last several days as the overall death toll stood at 38.
2013 Jan 29, Myanmar’s
state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported that Order No 2/88, a ban
on public gatherings of more than five people that was ordered in
1988, was abolished.
2013 Jan 29, In Pakistan gunmen
riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting
polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in Gullu Dheri
village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Gunmen driving in a car opened
fire and killed two police constables in Quetta.
2013 Jan 29, In Somalia a
suicide bomber in Mogadishu detonated explosives in the presidential
palace compound outside the home of PM Abdi Farah Shirdon, killing
himself and two people.
2013 Jan 29, The Somali
government charged a woman who has said she was raped by security
forces. Human Rights Watch later said three other people including
the woman's husband were also charged with assisting the alleged
rape victim to evade investigators.
2013 Jan 29, South Korea’s
outgoing Pres. Lee Myung-bak granted special pardons 55 people
including political allies, a longtime friend and dozens of others
convicted of corruption and other crimes.
(SFC, 1/30/13, p.A2)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.32)
2013 Jan 29, At its meeting in
Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council waited for Israel to appear for
its once-every-four-years rights review, then determined it had not.
Israel said last year it would stop cooperating with the council
because of an international fact-finding mission into Israeli
2013 Jan 29, Syrian rebels
stormed a government intelligence complex in the east of the
country, freeing at least 11 people held in a prison at the facility
in Deir el-Zour. Regime warplanes carried several airstrikes
on rebel positions in towns and villages around Damascus, including
eastern Ghouta and Yalda, and hit other suburbs with artillery. The
bodies of some 80 people, some with hands tied behind their backs,
were pulled from a river near Aleppo as the government and rebels
trying to overthrow it blamed each other for the latest mass
killing. The Observatory said a total of at least 160 people were
killed today in Syria, while the LCC put the figure at 162.
(AP, 1/29/13)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 29, In Syria Musa
Maragha (86), a hard-line Palestinian military commander who
rebelled against leader Yasser Arafat to form his own rival party,
died in Damascus. Maragha was better known by his nom de guerre,
2013 Jan 29, Attacks by Yemen's
air force killed at least 16 al-Qaida militants and wounded dozens
of others. Yemen’s military freed 13 soldiers captured by al-Qaida
the previous evening. State news Yemeni authorities have seized a
ship in the nation's territorial waters carrying explosives and
weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. The US said the ship,
intercepted last week, came from Iran.
2014 Jan 29, US Director of
National Intelligence James Clapper said that North Korea has
expanded the size of its uranium enrichment facility at its
Nyongbyon nuclear complex and restarted a plutonium reactor that was
shut down in 2007.
2014 Jan 29, A rare winter
storm gripped the US South, killing five people in Alabama,
stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic
across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest
2014 Jan 29, A California
school teacher was arrested as investigators found as many as 350
living and dead pythons stacked inside the Santa Ana home of William
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 29, California state
and federal authorities arrested 11 people in the Modesto area in a
large drug trafficking operation.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 29, In San Francisco
Michael Kwong (42) was cited for being in violation of a 2011 state
ban on shark fins. Authorities seized 2,138 pounds of shark for sale
at his Kwong Yip Inc. business.
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.C2)
2014 Jan 29, Google said it is
ridding itself of a financial headache by selling Motorola
Mobility's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion. The deal
came less than two years after Google bought Motorola Mobility for
$12.4 billion in the biggest acquisition of Google's 15-year
2014 Jan 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed two Afghan soldiers in a market in Ghazni. 15
Taliban fighters were killed in an operation conducted by the Afghan
Security Forces in Ghazni's Andar district.
2014 Jan 29, In Brazil an
anti-corruption law went into effect. It made companies liable for
bribes paid by their employees and for acts of corruption against
domestic and foreign public officials.
2014 Jan 29, A cold spell and
snowstorms was sweeping across parts of central and eastern Europe,
disrupting power supplies, travel and schools. Bulgaria reported 4
deaths in recent days due to the weather.
2014 Jan 29, Czech President
Milos Zeman swore in a new government, ending seven months of
2014 Jan 29, Egypt's chief
prosecutor referred 20 journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network,
including four foreigners, to trial on charges of allegedly joining
or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that
endangers national security.
2014 Jan 29, In France Bayern
Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema
were acquitted on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute,
ending a case that has lasted more than three years and tarnished
both players' reputation.
2014 Jan 29, Israeli soldiers
north of Ramalla shot dead Mohammad Mubara (19), a Palestinian from
the Jalazun refugee camp. Eye-witnesses said Mubarak was not armed,
and had been harassed by soldiers who made him remove his clothes.
2014 Jan 29, In Pakistan three
bomb blasts including a suicide attack targeting security forces
killed at least 4 people in Karachi. PM Nawaz Sharif dismissed
speculation he would launch an offensive against the Taliban and
called on militants to observe a ceasefire.
2014 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a 2-day operation left as least 37 Islamic fighters dead. The
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement opposed peace talks and had
staged attacks in Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 29, Saudi health
authorities announced a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of
people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with the
2014 Jan 29, In Somalia African
Union forces heralded a push into the heartland of militants in
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.46)
2014 Jan 29, South Africa's
Reserve Bank announced a shock rise of half a percentage point in
its main interest rate, amid sustained pressure on the rand and
2014 Jan 29, South Sudan
released to Kenya seven of the 11 key leaders held after an alleged
coup bid last month, as Nairobi accepted to host the group.
2014 Jan 29, Int’l. charity
Save the Children said a third of the children in Spain are at the
risk of poverty or social exclusion due to ongoing austerity
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 29, Syrian negotiators
in Geneva discussed the establishment of a transitional government
body for the first time.
2014 Jan 29, Tunisia's new
technocratic government under PM Mehdi Jomaa (51) was sworn in.
(AFP, 1/29/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.49)
2014 Jan 29, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan arrived in Iran to bolster trade and energy relations.
2015 Jan 29, The US Justice
Dept. said four Puerto Rico police officers have been sentenced
after pleading guilty to robbery, selling drugs and manipulating
court records. Three of the officers were sentenced to more than
five years in prison and a fourth to seven years.
2015 Jan 29, Two pilots soaring
over the Pacific traveled farther than the 5,209-mile official world
distance record for human flight in a gas balloon. The Two Eagles
balloon passed a record set by the Double Eagle in 1981. Troy
Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia began their
flight from Saga, Japan, on Jan 25. On Jan 30 they surpassed the
1978 duration record by spending over 138 hours in the air.
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A8)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A10)
2015 Jan 29, In southern
California the Boys Scouts of America settled a sex-abuse case
involving a 20-year old man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in
2007. The decision kept internal documents detailing sex abuse
allegations from 1971-2007 secret from the public.
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A12)
2015 Jan 29, Rod McKuen
(b.1933), poet and song-writer, died in Beverly Hills. His work
included some 200 albums and over 30 collections of poetry. Some of
his best-known songs, including “If You Go Away” and “Seasons in the
Sun” were written with Belgian composer Jacques Brell.
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A10)
2015 Jan 29, Texas executed
Robert Ladd (57) for killing a woman (38) nearly 20 years ago while
on parole for a triple slaying years earlier.
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A8)
2015 Jan 29, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomb attack on a funeral killed 16 people and
injured another 39 in Laghman province. 3 American civilian
contractors and an Afghan national were killed in a shooting
incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s int’l. airport. The
gunman wore an Afghan uniform.
(Reuters, 1/29/15)(AP, 1/29/15)(SFC, 1/30/15,
p.A6)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 29, In southern
Afghanistan at least 23 people died and 31 were injured when a bus
crashed into a fuel truck on a narrow road in Zabul province.
2015 Jan 29, Australian
best-selling author Colleen McCullough (b.1937) died on Norfolk
Island after a long illness. Her 25 novels included "The Thorn
Birds" (1977), which sold 30 million copies worldwide.
2015 Jan 29, Azerbaijan
sentenced opposition journalist Seymur Hazi to five years in prison.
He was originally jailed last August after being convicted on
charges of hooliganism.
2015 Jan 29, A fishing boat
carrying migrants to Malaysia capsized off the southern coast of
Bangladesh and about 20 people were missing. The passengers were
reportedly being taken by traffickers to Malaysia for unconfirmed
2015 Jan 29, A Bosnian arms
exporter threatened to sue government officials who are blocking a 5
million-euro deal his company has with Ukraine because of objections
from Russia, which called on Bosnia not to supply Ukraine with
2015 Jan 29, Chad sent a
warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic
extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the
bodies of the Islamic extremists. Boko Haram fighters made a second
attack in a week on Maiduguri.
2015 Jan 29, A Chinese coast
guard ship allegedly rammed and damaged three Philippine fishing
boats at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. On Feb 4 the
Philippines protested to Beijing.
2015 Jan 29, Denmark's central
bank said id will cut its interest rate on certificates of deposit
by 0.15 percentage points to -0.5 percent, effective Jan 30, to keep
the krone currency stable against the euro.
2015 Jan 29, In Egypt a group
of women protested in Cairo against the death of Shaimaa Sabbagh
(22) and around 25 other activists allegedly killed by security
forces at recent rallies marking the 4th anniversary of Egypt's 2011
(Reuters, 1/29/15)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.40)
2015 Jan 29, In Egypt at least
30 soldiers and police officers were killed in four separate attacks
in the Sinai Peninsula. Most of the casualties occurred in the
bombing of a military hotel and base in al-Arish. Two children, one
of them 6 months old, died a day later from wounds suffered.
2015 Jan 29, The EU extended by
six months an existing set of sanctions against Russia and
pro-Russian separatist officials because of continued fighting in
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A7)
2015 Jan 29, In Germany dozens
of flights were canceled at Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports
after private security workers walked off the job in a dispute over
2015 Jan 29, In Iraq bombings
and a shooting killed at least 16 people around Baghdad, including
soldiers and Shiite militiamen.
2015 Jan 29, Jordan demanded
proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are
holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to
kill the airman at sunset unless an al-Qaida prisoner is freed from
death row in Jordan.
2015 Jan 29, In Mexico a nurse
and 2 babies, were killed when a gas truck exploded and destroyed a
large part of a maternity hospital in the west of Mexico City. A 2nd
nurse died of her injuries on Feb 3 and an orderly died of wounds on
(AP, 2/4/15)(AP, 2/6/15)
2015 Jan 29, South Sudan's
President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met in Ethiopia
for the latest round of peace talks mediated by East African leaders
aimed at ending their 13-month-old civil.
2015 Jan 29, In Sudan two
Russian pilots were kidnapped in the Darfur region.
2015 Jan 29, The Syrian arm of
al Qaeda attacked a Western-backed rebel group near Aleppo. The
Nusra Front seized positions from the Hazzm movement west of Aleppo.
Government airstrikes killed at least 8 people in the northern town
of al-Bab held by the Islamic State.
(Reuters, 1/29/15)(AP, 1/29/15)
2015 Jan 29, Representatives of
the Syrian government and the opposition wrapped up four days of
consultations in Russia with a general statement avoiding any sharp
2015 Jan 29, A Ugandan Muslim
sheikh and 17 others were charged with killing two fellow clerics in
a case that police linked to Islamist rebels in Democratic Republic
of Congo. Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the leader of Uganda's
Muslim Tabliq group, and 17 others were charged for the murders of
two clerics last December, and the attempted murder of a third
earlier this month.
2015 Jan 29, UN experts said
over 38,000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from
starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across
the war-torn nation.
2015 Jan 29, In eastern Ukraine
5 government soldiers and 3 civilians were killed as a result of
fighting in the past 24 hours.
2015 Jan 29, Yemen reported
that 2 soldiers were killed and two wounded when they were ambushed
while on patrol by suspected al Qaeda militants in the central
province of Marib.
2016 Jan 29, A highly
secretive, daylong law enforcement operation around the Arizona
border with Mexico resulted in the arrest of two dozen alleged
high-level Mexican drug cartel members. Mexican police arrested up
to 24 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in a joint operation with
(AP, 1/31/16)(AFP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan 29, US federal
authorities announced that more than 50 members of the MS-13 gang in
and around Boston have been indicted on federal racketeering
2016 Jan 29, Caterpillar said
it plans to close five plants, causing a net reduction of about 670
jobs in Illinois and several other states, as part of a broader
cost-cutting *campaign announced last year.
2016 Jan 29, Algerian troops
killed four Islamist gunmen west of the capital. They were
reportedly part of a group who left 9 soldiers dead in an ambush
2016 Jan 29, Argentina
announced an end to subsidies on electricity bills, and officials
said the move will save the government $4 billion this year.
2016 Jan 29, Former Mafia don
Rocco Zito (87), with a long history as a leading figure in Canada's
crime underworld was gunned down at his home in Toronto. Suspect
Domenico Scopelliti (51), identified in the Canadian media as the
dead man's son-in-law, soon turned himself in.
2016 Jan 29, In Canada 5 men
were killed in an avalanche near the community of McBride, British
Columbia. They were all from the neighboring province of Alberta.
2016 Jan 29, In the Central
African Republic hundreds of people marched through the capital,
blowing whistles, denouncing fraud and demanding the first round of
last month's presidential election be annulled.
2016 Jan 29, In Egypt a bomb
blast killed two police officers and wounded five others in an
attack on their armoured vehicle in the Sinai Peninsula.
2016 Jan 29, Human Rights Watch
said Iran's Revolutionary Guards has recruited thousands of Afghans,
some by coercion, to fight in Syria's war alongside forces loyal to
President Bashar al-Assad.
2016 Jan 29, In Iraq a pipeline
for gas used to generate around half the electricity for the
northern Kurdistan region was blown up, knocking out power. It was
not immediately clear who was behind the attack.
2016 Jan 29, Italian anti-mafia
police nabbed fugitive mobster bosses Giuseppe Ferraro (47) and
Giuseppe Crea (37), after discovering them "living like animals" in
a mountain hideout stocked with an arsenal of weapons.
2016 Jan 29, The Bank of Japan
said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit
with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first
time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.
2016 Jan 29, Mexico City
changed name its name from DF to CDMX and its status acquiring some
of the same functions as Mexico's 31 regular states.
2016 Jan 29, In southern Mexico
a teenager's 15th birthday party became the scene of a ghastly
massacre after 11 people were shot and killed in Guerrero state.
2016 Jan 29, The Dutch
government said it plans to join the US-led coalition targeting the
Islamic State group in Syria with airstrikes.
2016 Jan 29, In northeastern
Nigeria a child suicide bomber blew himself up in a market, killing
at least 10 people in Gombi, Adamawa state.
2016 Jan 29, In eastern Saudi
Arabia a suicide bomber, identified the next day as Saudi national
Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Suleiman al-Tuwaijri (22), attacked a
mosque in a Shiite-populated area during Friday prayers, killing 4
people before worshippers disarmed and tied up his accomplice who
had fired on them.
(AFP, 1/29/16)(AP, 1/31/16)
2016 Jan 29, Switzerland's
chief prosecutor said a criminal investigation into state fund
1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had revealed that about $4
billion appeared to have been misappropriated from Malaysian state
2016 Jan 29, The UN Syria envoy
Staffan de Mistura will meet a Syrian government delegation in
Geneva to kick off the first peace talks for almost two years and
will later meet other participants in the talks, his office said in
2016 Jan 29, In Tanzania
British pilot Roger Gower was tracking poachers in the Maswa Game
Reserve when his helicopter was hit by an AK-47 rifle fired from the
ground. Gower was killed in the crash. A second person traveling in
the helicopter survived the crash. On Feb 11, 2016, Shija Mjika
(38), Njile Gunga (28,) Dotto Pangali (42), and Moses Mandago (28)
were jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms. They still faced
(Reuters, 1/31/16)(AFP, 2/12/16)
2016 Jan 29, Venezuela's
opposition vowed to drive President Nicolas Maduro from office this
year, raising pressure on the socialist leader as he weathers a
political crisis in the oil-rich nation.
2016 Jan 29, In Yemen a suicide
bombing killed 7 people and wounded seven others in Aden, the second
deadly attack in as many days there.
2017 Jan 29, President Trump
and Saudi Arabia's King Salman came to an agreement to support safe
zones in Syria and Yemen while strengthening efforts to fight the
spread of Islamic terrorism.
2017 Jan 29, A global backlash
against US President Donald Trump's immigration curbs gathered
strength as several countries including long-standing American
allies criticized the measures as discriminatory and divisive.
2017 Jan 29, An American
Airlines flight arrived in Miami from Bogota, Colombia. It was
flagged for maintenance and sent to Tulsa where seven bricks of
cocaine were found in the nose gear.
(SFC, 1/31/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 29, In Bahrain an
off-duty policeman was shot dead in what the interior ministry
called a "terrorist act".
2017 Jan 29, In Canada a
shooting at a Quebec City mosque killed six people. Alexandre
Bissonnette and Mohamed el Khadir were soon identified as suspects.
One was arrested at the scene of the attack and the second called
911 from his car, saying he was armed but wanted to cooperate with
police. PM Justin Trudeau called it an act of terrorism.
2017 Jan 29, China’s Xinhua
news agency reported that the national audit office found that 17.6
billion yuan ($2.56 billion) earmarked for water pollution
prevention work in 2016 was not effectively used.
2017 Jan 29, In Dagestan
Russian security forces killed three suspected militants during a
firefight in the town of Khasavyurt.
2017 Jan 29, In Egypt Hazem
Salah Abu Ismail, an Islamist former presidential hopeful, was
sentenced to five years in prison for inciting his supporters to
"besiege" a Cairo court in December 2012. Five other defendants
received the same jail terms, while another 13 were sentenced to 10
years in prison in absentia.
2017 Jan 29, In France more
than 1.3 million voters took part in the runoff vote organized by
Socialists to pick their candidate for the presidential election, a
higher turnout than at the same time in last week’s first round.
Benoit Hamon (49) won the party nomination with almost 59% of the
(Reuters, 1/29/17)(SFC, 1/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 29, In Germany the
bodies of six teenagers were found dead in a garden house following
a Saturday night party near the southern city of Wuerzburg.
Investigators later said they all died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
(AP, 1/29/17)(AP, 1/31/17)
2017 Jan 29, Haiti held a final
round of legislative contests that close a repeatedly derailed
election cycle that started in 2015.
2017 Jan 29, Iran test-launched
a medium-range ballistic missile that exploded after 630 miles
2017 Jan 29, Iraqi
parliamentarians said they will lobby against new travel limits to
the United States by Iraqis, arguing both countries need to uphold
their fight against Islamic State (IS).
2017 Jan 29, Twenty-two people,
mostly Chinese tourists, wore life vests and formed a human chain at
sea to drift more than 10 hours before they could be rescued off
Malaysia's coast after their boat sank in turbulent waters. Three
bodies were recovered, and six other people from the boat were
2017 Jan 29, In Myanmar a
gunman killed a legal adviser for the ruling National League for
Democracy, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he
walked out of the Yangon airport. The gunman was arrested after he
killed Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar's Muslim minority, and
wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing. The
suspect was identified as Kyi Linn (53) from Mandalay. A second
suspect, Aung Win Zaw (46), was detained in Kayin State on January
30. On Feb 25 a senior security officials said the assassination was
the result of a personal political grudge and not part of a bigger
conspiracy by the military.
(AP, 1/29/17)(AFP, 2/4/17)(AP, 2/25/17)
2017 Jan 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte accused the United States of risking
regional stability by building permanent arms depots in his country,
and threatened to respond by scrapping a security treaty between
2017 Jan 29, Philippine
military Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said the body of the
suspected Indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre Mohisen,
was recovered by troops along with three dead Filipino followers of
militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the
hilly outskirts of Butig town in Lanao del Sur province.
2017 Jan 29, In Romania
thousands of people marched through Bucharest and other cities to
protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners.
2017 Jan 29, In Rwanda 30
individuals, claiming to be members of the M23 Congolese militia
group, were apprehended saying they sought refuge and were fleeing a
Congo army offensive.
2017 Jan 29, Syrian
state-controlled TV said rebels have begun to evacuate Barada Valley
as part of an agreement to surrender the capital region's primary
water source to government control.
2017 Jan 29, In northern Syria
a Turkish soldier was killed in clashes with Islamic State militants
2017 Jan 29, Dmitry Markelov
died from shrapnel and bullet wounds while on a clandestine mission
in Syria for the Russian state. In 2019 his wife decided to go
public because she and her daughter were unable to access state
benefits they would be entitled to as dependents of someone killed
2017 Jan 29, Three Ukrainian
servicemen were killed when pro-Russian rebels attacked government
positions in Avdiyivka, cutting off power supplies to the eastern
2017 Jan 29, Yemeni medical and
military sources said the bodies of at least 90 Huthi rebels were
taken to a hospital in the Red Sea city of Hodeida, which is
controlled by the insurgents, while 19 dead soldiers were taken to
the southern port city of Aden following clashes over the last 24
2017 Jan 29, In central Yemen
elite US forces launched a dawn raid against Al-Qaeda in Bayda
province, killing at least 14 suspected jihadists in an operation in
which an American soldier also died. Nearly 30 others, including
women and children, were also killed.
(AFP, 1/29/17)(AP, 1/29/17)
2018 Jan 29, Brushing aside
opposition from the US Justice Department, Republicans on the House
intelligence committee voted to release a classified memo that
purports to show improper use of surveillance by the FBI and the
Justice Department in the Russia investigation.
2018 Jan 29, The US Treasury
Department named top businessmen including the heads of the two of
Russia's biggest banks, metals magnates and the boss of the state
gas monopoly on a list of oligarchs close to Russian power. Two
lists included 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs.
2018 Jan 29, US FBI Deputy
Director Andrew McCabe left his job after enduring attacks from
Pres. Trump and other Republicans, pending the effective date of his
retirement in March.
(SFC, 1/30/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 29, US federal
immigration agents (ICE) began raiding businesses in northern
California demanding proof that their employees are legally allowed
to work in the US. Over the next three days 77 workplaces were
(SFC, 2/2/18, p.A1)
2018 Jan 29, In Boston MS-13
gang member Daniel Menjivar (22) was sentenced to 13 years in
federal prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge
involving a brutal stabbing. He was also sentenced to three years of
probation and faced deportation upon completion of his sentence.
2018 Jan 29, New Jersey Gov.
Phil Murphy signed an executive order to put the state back into the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
(SFC, 1/30/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 29, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani welcomed his counterpart from Indonesia, President Joko
"Jokowi" Widodo, as he arrived in Kabul for an official visit.
2018 Jan 29, In Afghanistan
Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military
academy in Kabul, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16.
2018 Jan 29, The African Union
announced it has launched a new aviation deregulation scheme as more
than 40 leaders from across the continent meet in the Ethiopian
capital, Addis Ababa for their annual summit.
2018 Jan 29, Australia's
government announced a strategy to create high-tech jobs and become
one of the top 10 defense-industry-exporting countries within a
decade through arms sales to liked-minded nations while also keeping
those weapons from rogue regimes.
2018 Jan 29, Bulgarian
prosecutors said they would investigate wealthy Bulgarians who drive
luxury cars or own expensive real estate, part of a drive to
demonstrate to the European Union that the country is serious about
2018 Jan 29, Conservation group
WWF stepped up pressure on Bulgaria to withdraw a decision to allow
more construction of ski runs and lifts in the mountainous 400 sq km
Pirin National Park home to bears and wolves, saying the UNESCO
World Heritage Site should be preserved.
2018 Jan 29, Kris Tompkins, the
widow of Doug Tompkins (d.2015), donated a million acres of land in
Patagonia, to Chile for the creation of five new national parks.
(SFC, 1/30/18, p.A3)
2018 Jan 29, Colombia's defense
minister said ELN rebels are responsible for three bomb attacks
against police stations that killed seven and wounded dozens more
over the weekend.
2018 Jan 29, Egyptian
researchers announced that a dinosaur skeleton from the Cretaceous
period has been unearthed in Egypt's Western Desert. The new species
of long-necked herbivore, around the size of a city bus, was named
2018 Jan 29, The leaders of
Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan met in Addis Ababa to discuss contentious
issues related to the dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile
2018 Jan 29, The European Union
approved negotiating guidelines for the transition period after
Brexit. The EU denied Britain any vote on EU policy issues during
its transition out of the bloc and warned London not to fall behind
on outstanding divorce matters.
(AP, 1/29/18)(Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018 Jan 29, In France
floodwaters reached a peak in Paris and now threatened towns
downstream along the rain-engorged Seine River. Water levels hit a
maximum height of 5.84 meters (19 feet, 2 inches) on the Austerlitz
scale early today, well below record levels of 8.62 meters in 1910,
but still several meters above normal levels of about 1.5 meters on
the Austerlitz scale.
2018 Jan 29, The German
government dismissed as unjustifiable any auto emissions testing on
monkeys or people. German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported at the
weekend that a research organization funded by German carmakers
sponsored scientific experiments testing nitrogen dioxide, a gas
found in exhaust fumes, on people.
2018 Jan 29, India's annual
economic survey was released with statistics indicating that India
has 63 million fewer women than it should have, a "missing"
population explained by sex-selective abortions and a range of other
2018 Jan 29, In India bus
plunged nine meters (30 feet) into the canal in Murshidabad district
in West Bengal state. At least 43 people were killed and 4 remained
2018 Jan 29, Iran oil ministry
said it said it is ready to file a case with the International Court
of Arbitration (ICA) over the quality and price of gas it receives
from Turkmenistan, as a dispute between the two nations over
2018 Jan 29, The Iraqi
parliament voted to lift sanctions imposed on banks in the Kurdistan
region over an independence referendum.
2018 Jan 29, Kuwait approved
its budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Next year's deficit is
estimated at $16.7 billion, or 13.5 percent of the OPEC member's
gross domestic product.
2018 Jan 29, Malaysia's top
court said in a landmark decision that both parents must consent to
the religious conversion of a minor, ruling unanimously in favor of
a Hindu woman whose ex-husband converted their three children to
Islam without telling her.
2018 Jan 29, A Pakistani court
convicted two Chinese nationals for tampering with an ATM machine,
sentencing each of them to a year in prison and a fine of around
2018 Jan 29, Police in the
Philippines resumed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, making
visits to the homes of users and dealers to convince them to
2018 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a heavy shroud of ash from erupting Mount Mayon halted vehicles in
at least two towns due to poor visibility as the volcano blew more
lava and columns of ash from its crater.
2018 Jan 29, It was reported
that Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law meant to speed and
encourage adoptions, partly by allowing unmarried couples to adopt
children in the socially conservative US territory.
2018 Jan 29, Romania's
parliament confirmed Viorica Dancila as its first female prime
minister and the country's third head of government in a year.
2018 Jan 29, In Russia
delegates arrived in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for peace talks
aimed at ending the Syrian conflict, but hopes of progress were
dimmed after the main opposition group and the Kurds said they would
boycott the event.
2018 Jan 29, Russia's Defense
Ministry called on the Syrian government to hold talks with the
rebels in eastern Ghouta to arrange for the medical evacuation.
2018 Jan 29, South Korea's
unification ministry said North Korea has canceled a joint cultural
performance with South Korea scheduled for Feb. 4 blaming South
Korean media for encouraging "insulting" public sentiment regarding
the North. The performance was to be held in the North Korean
territory of Mount Kumgang.
2018 Jan 29, In Syria air
strikes in the rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 33 people
over the last 24 hours.
2018 Jan 29, Turkey's
government said more than 300 people have been detained for social
media posts criticizing its military offensive in Syria, a day after
President Tayyip Erdogan accused doctors who opposed the campaign of
2018 Jan 29, Yemen's embattled
Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said that a "coup" in underway in his
government's seat of power in Aden, where separatists allied with
the United Arab Emirates were battling his forces for a second day.
Four people were killed in a second day of fighting between rival
factions seeking control of Aden.
(AP, 1/29/18)(Reuters, 1/29/18)
2019 Jan 29, US intelligence
agencies told Congress that North Korea is unlikely to entirely
dismantle its nuclear arsenal.
2019 Jan 29, The United States
said that it has handed control of Venezuela's bank accounts in the
United States to Juan Guaido, the opposition leader whom Washington
has recognized as interim president.
2019 Jan 29, Longtime Donald
Trump advisor Roger Stone (66) pleaded not guilty to charges
stemming from the ongoing investigation into whether the president's
campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
2019 Jan 29, In California
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and its parent filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of mounting tolls from
fires over the last two years.
(SFC, 1/30/19, p.A1)
2019 Jan 29, In Maryland the
state's attorney in Baltimore said her office will no longer
prosecute any marijuana possession cases.
(SFC, 1/30/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 29, Australian company
TPG Telecom said it had abandoned the rollout of what would have
been the country's fourth mobile network because of a ban on Chinese
giant Huawei, which would have been the main equipment vendor.
2019 Jan 29, Brazilian
prosecutors arrested three employees of miner Vale SA and two
contractors, as a criminal investigation began after a devastating
dam rupture expected to leave a death toll of more than 300 people.
2019 Jan 29, British Investment
manager Man Group PLC says it will stop funding the Man Booker and
Man Booker International prizes after 2019. The firm says it has
donated 25 million pounds ($33 million) to the Booker Prize
Foundation since 2002.
2019 Jan 29, British mining
group Gemfields said it will pay 5.8 million pounds in compensation
to nearly 300 miners over accusations of torture around a ruby mine
in Mozambique, but denied liability.
2019 Jan 29, In Canada Bruce
McArthur (67), charged with the murder of eight gay men who
disappeared over several years, pleaded guilty in Toronto to the
charges. On Jan. 8 he was sentenced to life in prison.
1/29/19)(SFC, 2/9/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 29, China called on
the US government to "stop the unreasonable crackdown" on Huawei
after the US stepped up pressure on the tech giant by indicting it
on charges of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran,
complicating high-level trade talks between the countries about to
begin in Washington.
2019 Jan 29, Congo DRC army and
health sources said two soldiers in Beni have died after catching
Ebola in an outbreak that has killed hundreds in the eastern region.
The deaths of the soldiers brought the total toll to 459 recorded
2019 Jan 29, Three Congo DRC
militia leaders, including a man accused of murdering 39 police
officers, surrendered in a show of support for new President Felix
2019 Jan 29, Denmark said it
will raise its military spending to 1.5 percent of its gross
domestic product in 2023, up from 1.35 percent planned this year.
2019 Jan 29, Two migrant boats
sank in heavy seas off the coast of Djibouti. 16 people were
rescued. The death toll soon rose to 52 with scores still missing.
(AFP, 1/30/19)(AFP, 1/31/19)
2019 Jan 29, Egypt's interior
ministry said security forces have arrested 54 people, including
suspected members of the Muslim Brotherhood, for planning to hold
protests and commit violence on the anniversary of the 2011
2019 Jan 29, In Egypt French
President Emmanuel Macron held a surprise second meeting with Pres.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after talks with the country's top clerics,
ending a three-day visit aimed at boosting ties while raising human
rights concerns. During the visit, Macron and Sisi oversaw the
signing of some 30 deals worth nearly a billion euros (dollars)
including in transportation, education and health.
2019 Jan 29, In Egypt prominent
atheist video blogger Sherif Gaber launched a crowdfunding page
called "Help Me Escape Egypt" to aid him in purchasing another
nationality so he can override an exit ban imposed by the secret
police. Gaber has been repeatedly detained by authorities accusing
him of blasphemy, which is sometimes prosecuted in Egypt under laws
against "insulting religion".
2019 Jan 29, The EU approved US
soybean exports to be used in the production of biofuels in an
effort to boost such imports following last summer's trans-Atlantic
meeting between Pres. Donald Trump and his EU Commission counterpart
2019 Jan 29, French man
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (73) arrived in the harbor of Les Sables
d'Olonne in his Rustler 36, the first to finish the 30,000-mile
Golden Globe race. Of the 19 sailors who started out last July, only
five were still in the race.
2019 Jan 29, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu met late today with Lithuanian PM Saulius
Skvernelis, stressing joint interests between the two nations.
(http://tinyurl.com/y7ft26y5)(SFC, 1/31/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 29, Myanmar's
parliament voted to create a committee to propose amendments to the
country's military-enacted constitution, which grants the armed
forces the power to block any change.
2019 Jan 29, Pakistan's top
court upheld the acquittal of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the
center of a blasphemy row which has ignited violent protests, been
linked to two assassinations and spotlighted religious extremism.
She was expected to leave the country soon.
2019 Jan 29, Pakistani Taliban
militants armed with guns and grenades attacked a regional police
station in the southwestern Baluchistan province, triggering a
shootout that killed eight police officers and a civilian and
wounded 17 others. Two of the four militants were reported killed.
2019 Jan 29, The Palestinian
government submitted its resignation, a statement said, a move seen
as a bid by president Mahmud Abbas to strengthen his position as a
decade-old political split deepens. PM Rami Hamdallah's government
will remain in place while a new administration is formed.
2019 Jan 29, The Palestinian
Authority asked the UN to deploy a permanent international force in
the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, after Israel announced it
was suspending operations of an observer force that had been in the
city of Hebron for more than 20 years.
2019 Jan 29, In Sudan police
used tear gas to disperse dozens of demonstrators in Khartoum's
Burri neighborhood and hundreds who gathered in its twin city of
Omdurman. Sudan's information ministry said security chief Salah
Abdallah Mohamed Saleh has ordered the release of people detained
during weeks of anti-government protests.
2019 Jan 29, Syria's Pres.
Bashar Assad, during a meeting with visiting Iranian First Vice
President Eshaq Jahangiri, said that new trade agreements with Iran
will help the two countries face the "economic war" waged against
them by the West. The two countries have signed 11 agreements and
memoranda of understanding to promote cooperation in Syria's
reconstruction after eight years of civil war.
2019 Jan 29, Syrian government
forces shelled a northwestern town held by al-Qaida-linked
militants, killing at least 10 people and wounding others. A blast
hit the governing council of insurgent-held Idlib killing one person
and injured three others. The Islamic State later denied being
behind a suicide blast.
(AP, 1/29/19)(Reuters, 1/31/19)
2019 Jan 29, In Syria militant
Muhammad Saifuddin of Indonesia, who used the aliases Abu Walid and
Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz, was killed in eastern Deir Ezzor province
where an international coalition fought to defeat remaining pockets
of IS group extremists.
2019 Jan 29, It was reported
that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been chosen as the
winner of Germany's prestigious International Charlemagne Prize for
contributions to European unity.
2019 Jan 29, The United Nations
refugee agency says more than 30,000 Nigerians fled the border town
of Rann over the weekend to seek safety in Cameroon as attacks by
Boko Haram extremists continue. Spokesman Babar Baloch said
thousands more have fled to neighboring Chad because of the violence
in northeastern Nigeria.
2019 Jan 29, The Vatican said
that Father Hermann Geissler, an Austrian section head in the
Vatican doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith (CDF), had submitted his resignation. He denied accusations by
a former nun of soliciting sex from her a decade ago while hearing
2019 Jan 29, Venezuela's Pres.
Nicolas Maduro sought OPEC support against US sanctions imposed on
his country's oil industry in a letter sent to OPEC
Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo.
2019 Jan 29, Yemen's Huthi
rebels released the first prisoner, a sick Saudi soldier, under an
agreement with the government brokered last month.
2019 Jan 29, Zimbabwe's high
court ordered the release on bail of activist pastor Evan Mawarire,
who was arrested on charges of subversion amid violent
anti-government protests. Lawyers marched on the constitutional
court to protest the alleged denial of justice for hundreds of
people arrested in a violent crackdown on protests that shut down
(Reuters, 1/29/19)(AP, 1/29/19)
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