1113 Feb 13, Pope Paschal II
issued a papal bull recognizing the Knights of Malta as independent
from bishops or secular authorities. The order traces had
establishment an infirmary in Jerusalem that cared for people of all
faiths making pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
1237 Feb 13, Jordanus of Saxon,
2nd father-general of Dominicans, drowned.
1332 Feb 13, Andronicus II
Palaeologus, Byzantine emperor (1282-1328), monk, died.
1349 Feb 13, Jews were expelled
from Burgsdorf, Switzerland.
1416 Feb 13, A Lithuanian and
Polish delegation read their grievances against the Teutonic Knights
at the Church Council at Constance.
1480 Feb 13, Hieronymus
Alexander, [Gir¢lamo Aleandro], Italian diplomat, cardinal, was
1542 Feb 13, Catherine Howard
(b.c1520), the fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, was executed
(WUD, 1994, p.689)(AP, 2/13/98)
1545 Feb 13, William of Nassau
became prince of Orange.
1566 Feb 13, St. Augustine,
Florida, was established. [see Sep 8, 1565]
1599 Feb 13, Alexander VII,
Roman Catholic Pope, was born.
1601 Feb 13, John Lancaster led
the 1st East India Company voyage from London.
1633 Feb 13, Italian astronomer
Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.
1635 Feb 13, The oldest public
school in the United States, the Boston Public Latin School, was
1682 Feb 13, Giovanni
Piazzetta, painter, was born.
1689 Feb 13, The British
Parliament adopted the Bill of Rights. It limited the right of a
king to govern without the consent of Parliament.
(MT, Dec. '95, p.16)(ON, 12/10, p.12)
1692 Feb 13, In the Glen Coe
highlands of Scotland, 38 members of the MacDonald clan, the
smallest of the Clan Donald sects, were murdered by soldiers of the
neighboring Campbell clan for not pledging allegiance to William of
Orange. Ironically the pledge had been made but not communicated to
the clans. The event is remembered as the Massacre of Glencoe.
1693 Feb 13, The College of
William and Mary opened in Virginia.
1741 Feb 13, Andrew Bradford of
Pennsylvania published the first American magazine. Titled “The
American Magazine, or A Monthly View of the Political State of the
British Colonies." Bradford introduced his American Magazine just
days before Benjamin Franklin founded his periodical called General
Magazine in Philadelphia. Bradford’s survived 3 months while
Franklin’s survived for 6 months.
(HFA, '96, p.24)(HNQ, 9/3/98)(AP, 2/13/01)
1754 Feb 2, Charles Maurice de
Tallyrand-Perigord (d.1838), minister of foreign affairs for
Napoleon I, was born. He represented France brilliantly at the
Congress of Vienna.
(WUD, 1994, p.1450)(HN, 2/2/99)
1757 Feb 13, John C. Hespe,
Dutch journalist, politician, was born.
1766 Feb 13, Thomas Robert
Malthus (d.1834), English economist, population expert (Law of
Malthus), was born.
1777 Feb 13, The Marquis de
Sade was arrested without charge and imprisoned in Vincennes
1778 Feb 13, Fernando Sor,
composer, was born.
1795 Feb 13, The University of
North Carolina became the first U.S. state university to admit
students with the arrival of Hinton James, who was the only student
on campus for two weeks.
1816 Feb 13-14, Teatro San
Carlo in Naples was destroyed by fire.
1826 Feb 13, The American
Temperance Society formed in Boston.
1831 Feb 13, John Aaron Rawlins
(d.1969), Bvt. Major General (Union Army), was born.
1833 Feb 13, William Whedbee
Kirkland (d.1915), Brig Gen (Confederate Army), was born.
1837 Feb 13, There was a riot
in NY over the high price of flour.
1849 Feb 13, Lord Randolph
Churchill, was born. He was an English politician, Winston
Churchill's father and member of Parliament.
1861 Feb 13, Abraham Lincoln
was declared president.
1861 Feb 13, In Australia the
4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Cooper’s Creek
under constant rain.
(ON, 12/01, p.2)
1862 Feb 13, Four-day Battle of
Fort Donelson, Tenn., began. General Grant said, "What determined my
attack on Donelson was as much the knowledge I had gained of its
commanders in Mexico as anything else."
1864 Feb 13, Miridian Campaign
fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi.
1865 Feb 13, The Confederacy
approved the recruitment of slaves as soldiers, as long as the
approval of their owners was gained.
1866 Feb 13, Jesse James took
part in his 1st bank holdup. At least a dozen former Southern
guerrilla soldiers, including Frank James and Cole Younger, held up
the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri, of
$15,000. Jesse James was recovering from wounds suffered as a
Confederate guerrilla and probably wasn’t able to help brother Frank
and Cole, but the Liberty bank job is considered the James-Younger
Gang’s first robbery. Another outlaw legend, Charles “Black Bart"
Boles baffled Wells Fargo detectives during an eight year stint of
27 stagecoach robberies.
(HN, 2/13/98)(HN, 7/18/00)(MC, 2/13/02)
1867 Feb 13, Johann Strauss'
"Blue Danube" waltz premiered in Vienna.
1870 Feb 13, Leopold Godowsky,
virtuoso pianist, composer, was born in Lithuania.
1873 Feb 13, Feodor Chaliapin,
opera singer, was born.
1883 Feb 13, Richard Wagner
(b.1813)), revolutionary German composer (Die Walkure), died in
Venice. Composer Leon Stein (d.2002 at 92) later authored "The
Racial Thinking of Richard Wagner." In 2007 Jonathan Carr authored
“The Wagner Clan," The Saga of Germany's Most Illustrious and
1885 Feb 13, Elizabeth Virginia
"Bess" Truman, 1st lady (1945-52), was born.
1886 Feb 13, Painter Thomas
Eakins resigned from the Philadelphia Academy of Art over
controversial use of male nudes in a coed art class.
1887 Feb 13, Alvin York, famed
US soldier with 25 kills in WW I, was born.
1888 Feb 13, Georgios
Papandreou, Greek prefect of Lesbos, minister, premier, was born.
1891 Feb 13, David Dixon Porter
(77), US rear admiral (Union), died.
1892 Feb 13, Grant Wood,
painter (American Gothic), was born. Wood studied at the University
of Iowa, taught there and made Iowa the focus of his
paintings. His is considered one of America's first
'regionalist' painters. His most famous work 'American Gothic',
often spoofed, is a painting of the puritanical farmer and his wife
(HN, 2/13/01)(MC, 2/13/02)
1894 Feb 13, In Brazil peace
talks between Pres. Peixoto and navy rebels broke down completely
when Admiral Saldanha da Gama led a landing party that stormed a
republican fort at Nictheroy on the Guanabara Bay opposite from Rio
de Janeiro. The rebels were driven back.
(ON, 12/06, p.12)
1895 Feb 13, A moving picture
projector was patented.
1902 Feb 13, Georges Simenon,
novelist, was born in Belgium.
(HN, 2/13/01)(MC, 2/13/02)
1907 Feb 13, English
suffragettes stormed the British Parliament and 60 women were
1910 Feb 13, William B.
Shockley, physicist, co-inventor of the transistor, was born. He won
the Nobel Prize in 1956.
(HN, 2/13/01)(MC, 2/13/02)
1912 Feb 13, The Chinese
imperial government acknowledged the new republic.
1913 Feb 13, Joaquin Miller
(b.1837), known as the "poet of the Sierras," died in Oakland, Ca.
Miller had sponsored California’s 1st Arbor Day. His work included
"Utopia" (1880) and “Life amongst the Modocs: unwritten history"
(1873), an autobiographical novel first published in London. Miller
was born as Cincinnatus Hiner Miller near Liberty, Indiana. His
secret "California Diary" was unearthed 25 years after his death. In
1919 Oakland purchased his property and in 1928 turned it into a
park combined with adjacent undeveloped tracts.
p.48)(SSFC, 1/14/07, p.B3)(SSFC, 6/16/13, DB p.17)
1914 Feb 13, The American
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was
founded in New York City.
(HN, 2/13/98)(AP, 2/13/98)
1916 Feb 13, Vilhelm Hammershoi
(b.1864), Danish painter, died. He is most celebrated for his
interiors, many of which he painted at his residence in Copenhagen.
(Econ, 7/5/08, p.94)
1919 Feb 13, Tennessee Ernie
Ford, country and gospel singer, was born.
1920 Feb 13, Eileen Farrell,
opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), was born in Willimantic, Conn.
1920 Feb 13, The League of
Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.
1920 Feb 13-1920 Feb 14, Andrew
“Rube" Foster (1879-1930) formed the 1st black baseball league, the
Negro National League, at a meeting at the Colored YMCA, Kansas
1923 Feb 13, Charles "Chuck"
Yeager, American test pilot, was born. He was the first man to break
the sound barrier on October 14, 1947.
1925 Feb 13, US Congress made a
Supreme Court appeal more difficult.
1933 Feb 13, Kim Novak,
actress, was born.
1934 Feb 13, George Segal,
actor, banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick and Jane), was born.
1935 Feb 13, A jury in
Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of
first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles
and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed.
1935 Feb 13, 1st US surgical
operation for relief of angina pectoris took place in Cleveland.
1936 Feb 13, The first US
Social Security checks were put in the mail. The Social Security
Administration had started assigning numbers this year.
1936 Feb 13, Leon Blum, shortly
before becoming Prime Minister, was dragged from a car and almost
beaten to death by the Camelots du Roi, a group of anti-Semites and
royalists. The right-wing Action Française league was dissolved by
the government following this incident, not long before the
elections that brought Blum to power.
1936 Feb 13, San
Francisco-based magician Charles Joseph Carter (61), aka “Carter the
Great," died of a heart attack while on tour in Bombay, India.
(SSFC, 2/13/11, DB p.42)
1938 Feb 13, Oliver Reed, actor
(Big Sleep), was born in London, England.
1942 Feb 13, Hitler's invasion
of England was cancelled.
1943 Feb 13, The US Marine
Corps began allowing women to enlist as reserves.
1943 Feb 13, There was a German
assault on Sidi Bou Zid, Tunisia, as Gen. Eisenhower visited the
1944 Feb 13, A Lithuanian Home
Army was formed under P. Plechavicius. It was disbanded May 15-21.
1945 Feb 13, Allied planes
began bombing the German city of Dresden. British bombers in
Operation Thunderclap firebombed the city of Dresden, Germany, and
135,000 people were killed. The Royal Air Force Bomber Command
attacked the city of Dresden at night with raids by 873 heavy
bombers. 796 Lancaster heavy bombers were led by 9 target marking
Mosquito light bombers. A look at aerial maps of the city before and
after the terror attacks clearly shows the large white oil tanks
owned by British-controlled Shell Oil. These tanks remained entirely
untouched by the bombardment. In 2003 Frederick Taylor authored
“Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945."
p.A20)(SFC, 1/6/97, p.A10)(SFEC, 7/27/97, p.T6)(SFEC, 1/30/00,
1945 Feb 13, During World War
II the Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans ending a
(HN, 2/13/98)(AP, 2/13/98)
1946 Feb 13, Rainer Werner
Fassbinder, German director, actor, was born.
1949 Feb 13, A mob burned a
radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells’ "War of
1950 Feb 13, A US Air Force
B-36 crashed near the coast of northern British Columbia during a
simulated nuclear attack on San Francisco. 12 of 17 men on board
survived. A Mark 4 bomb, which lacked a plutonium core needed for a
nuclear blast, was dropped over the ocean before the plane crashed.
1950 Feb 13, Albania recognized
Ho Chi Minh’s Vietnamese government, becoming the sixth Eastern bloc
country to do so.
1951 Feb 13, Mark William
Schumacher was born at 3:14 a.m. in Detroit, Mi. He later moved to
San Francisco where he drove a cab and hung out at the Café Babar
where he became renowned for his bad puns. He moved his punning to
Boston after selling 4 refinished old chairs to Carol Rooney for
$200. He reserved the right to buy the chairs back at a later time
and did so.
1951 Feb 13, At the Battle of
Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contained the Chinese forces'
offensive in a two-day battle.
1952 Feb 13, Alfred Einstein
(71), German-US musicologist, died.
1953 Feb 13, Pope Pius XII
asked the U.S. to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius
1955 Feb 13, Israel acquired 4
of 7 Dead Sea scrolls. Israel already had 3 scrolls, acquired in
1947. The 4 scrolls were purchased from a Christian clergyman, a
Syrian Orthodox archbishop. The price, according to the New York
Times, was an estimated $300,000.
(NYT, 2/14/55, p.21)
1958 Feb 13, Georges Rouault
(86), French painter (Christ aux outrages), died.
1959 Feb 13, Romulo Betancourt
began serving his 2nd term as president of Venezuela and continued
1960 Feb 13, Gerboise Bleue
("blue jerboa") was the name of the first French nuclear test. It
was an atomic bomb detonated in the middle of the Algerian Sahara
desert, during the Algerian War (1954-62).
1968 Feb 13, The US sent 10,500
more combat troops to Vietnam.
1969 Feb 13, In North Carolina
the Afro-American Society students of Duke Univ. led a black student
takeover of the Allen Building to spark University action on the
concerns of Black students. The takeover brought attention to issues
such as establishment of an Afro-American studies program, a black
cultural center, and increasing the number of black faculty and
1970 Feb 13, GM was reportedly
redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel.
1972 Feb 13, "1776" closed at
46th Street Theater in NYC after 1,217 performances. A film version
was released in November.
1972 Feb 13, Enemy attacks, in
Vietnam, declined for the third day as the U.S. continued its
intensive bombing strategy.
1973 Feb 13, Musical "El Grande
de Coca-Cola," premiered in NYC. The off-Broadway show closed April
1973 Feb 13, In the SF Bay Area
Leslie Perlov (21) was last seen at her Palo Alto workplace. Three
days later deputies found her body under an oak tree in the
foothills west of Stanford. In 2018 DNA evidence led to the arrest
of Hayward resident John Arthur Getreu (74). In 1963 Getreu (18),
the son of an American sergeant major, was arrested in Germany for
sexually assaulting and strangling the daughter (16) of a US Army
(SFC, 11/23/18, p.C1)
1974 Feb 13, Alexander
Solzhenitsyn was exiled from the USSR. He wrote his novel “First
Circle" based on experiences in a Moscow prison camp, where he met
Lev Kopelev (d.1997 at 85), a dissident author and Communist
idealist. The character Rubin in “First Circle" is based on
(TMC, 1994, p.1974)(SFC, 6/21/97, p.A18)(MC,
1976 Feb 13, Lily Pons
(b.1898), French, US soprano, opera diva (Met Opera), died.
1976 Feb 13, In Nigeria Gen'l.
Muhammad in the ruling junta was killed in a coup attempt and his
deputy, Gen'l. Olusegun Obasanjo, was named president.
p.A10)(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A8)
1980 Feb 13, The opening
ceremonies were held in Lake Placid, NY, for the 13th Winter
1980 Feb 13, David Janssen,
television and film actor, died in Malibu, California, from a heart
attack. He was born as David Harold Meyer on March 27, 1931 in
Naponee, Nebraska. He is best known for his starring role as Dr.
Richard Kimble in the hit television series “The Fugitive"
1982 Feb 13, In Guatemala 73
men and women from Rio Negro were ordered by the local military
commander to report to Xococ, a village upstream from the reservoir
zone which had a history of land conflicts and hostility with Rio
Negro. Only one woman out of the 73 villagers returned to Rio Negro,
the rest were raped, tortured and then murdered by Xococ's Civil
Defense Patrol, or PAC, one of the notorious paramilitary units used
by the state as death squads. The Guatemalan army invaded Santa
Maria Tzeja and massacred 13 people. Villagers fled their homes
following the massacre. In 2004 Beatriz Manz authored "Paradise in
Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of courage, Terror and Hope."
1982 Feb 13, James Miller (37)
died in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Miller, from Stevens Point,
Wisconsin, had been working with indigenous youths as a member of
the De La Salle Christian Brothers. In 2018 Pope Francis decreed
that Miller was killed out of hatred for the Catholic faith during
Guatemala's civil war and can be beatified.
1984 Feb 13, Konstantin
Chernenko was chosen to be general secretary of the Soviet Communist
Party's Central Committee, succeeding the late Yuri Andropov.
(HN, 2/13/98)(AP, 2/13/98)
1985 Feb 13, Polish police
arrested 7 Solidarity leaders.
1988 Feb 13, The 15th winter
Olympics opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
1988 Feb 13, President Reagan
and Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid met in the Mexican resort
1989 Feb 13, The judge in the
Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North sent the jury home amid a
continuing disagreement between the prosecution and defense over
protecting classified materials.
1989 Feb 13, The racing yacht
Thursday’s Child broke the 1851, 89-day record, set by the clipper
Flying Cloud, for sailing from NY to San Francisco around South
(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/m8bbh4f)
1990 Feb 13, At a conference in
Ottawa, the United States and its European allies forged agreement
with the Soviet Union and East Germany on a two-stage formula to
1991 Feb 13, Arno Breker (90),
German sculptor (Third Reich), died in Dusseldorf.
1991 Feb 13, Some 334 Iraqi
civilians were killed when a pair of laser-guided US bombs destroyed
an underground facility in Baghdad identified by US officials as a
military installation, but which Iraqi officials said was a bomb
1992 Feb 13, Donna Weinbrecht
of the United States won the gold medal in women's freestyle skiing
moguls at the Olympic games in Albertville, France.
1993 Feb 13, The government of
Bosnia-Herzegovina began blocking the distribution of food in the
capital of Sarajevo to protest ineffective international attempts to
stop the war.
1994 Feb 13, At the Winter
Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, American Tommy Moe won the
men's downhill, defeating local hero Kjetil Andre Aamodt by 0.004
1995 Feb 13, House Speaker Newt
Gingrich ruled out running for the 1996 Republican presidential
1995 Feb 13, The Hague War
Crimes Tribunal indicted 21 Serbs for atrocities against Croats and
Muslims interned in a Bosnian prison camp. Zeljko Meakic, Bosnian
Serb police officer, was charged with commanding the Serb Omarska
camp in northwest Bosnia. Dusan Tadic, Bosnian Serb cafe owner, was
charged for visiting Serb-run camps to beat and kill non-Serb
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A15)(AP,
1996 Feb 13, The rock musical
"Rent," by Jonathan Larson, opened off-Broadway and won a Pulitzer
prize two months later.
(WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-1,7)(AP, Internet, 2/13/98)
1996 Feb 13, In the continuing
drama of man versus machine, world chess champion Garry Kasparov
asked for a draw in his third game against the IBM supercomputer
named “Deep Blue," leaving the six-game match in Philadelphia tied
at one and a-half games each.
1996 Feb 13, Martin Balsam
(b.1914), actor, died in Italy. His many films included “A Thousand
1997 Feb 13, Discovery's
astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the shuttle for
a one billion mile tune up to allow it to peer even deeper into the
far reaches of the universe.
1997 Feb 13, On Wall Street,
the Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 7,000 barrier for
the first time, ending the day at 7,022.44.
1998 Feb 13, Dr. David Satcher
was sworn in as US surgeon general during an Oval Office ceremony.
1998 Feb 13, The United Auto
Workers reached a tentative contract agreement with Caterpillar
Inc.; union members rejected the agreement, which was revised and
later ratified, ending a bitter dispute that lasted more than six
1998 Feb 13, The Dow Jones rose
to another record high of 8,370.1.
(SFC, 2/14/98, p.D1)
1998 Feb 13, In Indonesia
rioting and looting spread to at least 8 towns.
(SFC, 2/14/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 13, In Sierra Leone
Freetown fell to Nigerian led forces. Two helicopter gunships with
some 50 senior members of the military junta were captured near
(SFC, 2/14/98, p.A8)
1999 Feb 13, Pres. Clinton
announced that he would send some 4,000 troops to Kosovo as part of
a NATO peacekeeping force if warring Serbs and ethnic Albanians
reached a political settlement.
(SFEC, 2/14/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/13/00)
1999 Feb 13, A federal judge
held American Airlines' pilots' union and two top board members in
contempt and promised sizable fines against them, saying the union
did not do enough to encourage pilots to return to work after a
court order. A federal judge fined the American Airlines pilot's
union at least $10 million for ignoring his back-to-work order.
(AP, 2/13/00)(SFEC, 2/14/99, p.A2)
1999 Feb 13, In Afghanistan the
Taliban leadership replaced bin Laden's bodyguards with members of
their intelligence service and Foreign Ministry.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)
2000 Feb 13, Tiger Woods saw
his streak of six consecutive victories come to an end as he fell
short to Phil Mickelson in the Buick Invitational.
2000 Feb 13, Charles Schulz’s
final “Peanuts" strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the
cartoonist died in his sleep at his California home at age 77. In
2007 David Michaelis authored “Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography."
(AP, 2/13/01)(Econ, 11/3/07, p.100)
2000 Feb 13, In Kandahar,
Afghanistan, a 10-year-old boy executed a man convicted of murdering
his father. A man convicted of highway robbery was also ordered to
have his right hand and left foot amputated according to Islamic
(SFC, 2/14/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 13, In Indonesia Pres.
Wahid met with security minister Gen. Wiranto and agreed to a legal
investigation over Wiranto's role in East Timor bloodshed. Wahid
then changed his mind and decided to suspend Wiranto.
(SFC, 2/14/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 13, In Iraq top UN
official Hans von Sponeck quit in protest that sanctions were
undermining humanitarian efforts.
(SFC, 2/17/00, p.D16)
2000 Feb 13, In Kosovo snipers
wounded 2 French peacekeepers who responded by later killing an
ethnic Albanian and wounding at least 4 others. Serbs had earlier
thrown a grenade into a crowd of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica.
(SFC, 2/14/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 13, In Russia Vladimir
Putin signed a decree to re-establish the "special departments"
(FSB) to seek out political disloyalty in the military.
(SFC, 2/17/00, p.D3)
2000 Feb 13, In Yugoslavia the
cyanide spill from Romania reached the Danube and weakened to non
lethal levels. Life in the Tisa (Tisza) River in Hungary and Serbia
was devastated and Serbia threatened to demand compensation at an
(SFC, 2/14/00, p.A16)
2001 Feb 13, Ivan Lendl was
elected to the tennis Hall of Fame along with Mervyn Rose, an
Australian star from the 1950's.
2001 Feb 13, Pres. Bush
nominated Gov. Paul Cellucci as ambassador to Canada and cleared the
way for Jane Swift to become 1st female governor of Massachusetts.
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A7)
2001 Feb 13, US Treasury Sec.
Paul O’Neill urged Congress to accelerate plans for an
across-the-board tax cut and a doubling of the child credit.
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 13, In Hawaii 2 Army
Blackhawk helicopters crashed and 6 soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A6)
2001 Feb 13, About this time
Canadian police arrested at least 2 people in the Toronto area in a
scheme to distribute $25 billion in counterfeit US bearer bonds.
(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.R12)
2001 Feb 13, In El Salvador a
6.6 earthquake killed at least 127 people. It was centered between
San Vicente and San Salvador. The death toll soon rose to 402 with
2432 injured. It struck one month to the day after another quake
killed more than 800 people.
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/01, p.A12)(AP,
2001 Feb 13, Israeli gunships
killed Massoud Ayyad (57), a Palestinian security official, with
anti-tank missiles fired at his car in Gaza.
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb 13, Yulia Tymoshenko,
Ukraine’s former Deputy Prime Minister and a principal opponent to
Pres. Kuchma, was arrested on charges dating back to 1996 when she
was head of United Energy Systems. Ms. Tymoshenko made her fortune
in murky gas trades between Russia and the Ukraine in the early
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A14)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.59)
2002 Feb 13, Pres. Bush
welcomed Pres. Musharraf to the White House. Musharraf sought a
revival of arms deals and relaxed tariffs on textiles. The Bush
administration agreed to $142 million in trade benefits.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A10)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 13, The US House of
Reps. voted 240-189 to ban unlimited “soft money" donations to
national parties as part of the Shays-Meehan campaign finance bill.
Individual contributions were raised from 1k to 2k.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 13, John Walker Lindh
pleaded innocent in federal court in Alexandria, Va., to conspiring
to kill Americans and supporting the Taliban and terrorist
2002 Feb 13, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth II made former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani an
2002 Feb 13, In a startling
development at the Salt Lake City winter games, the head of the
French Olympic team said the French figure skating judge had been
pressured to "act in a certain way" before she voted to give the
gold medal to the Russians in pairs.
2002 Feb 13, Waylon Jennings
(b.1937), country singer, died in Chandler, Arizona at age 64. His
5-decade career included 60 albums.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A2)
2002 Feb 13, Argentina adopted
a 20% tax on energy exports.
(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 13, Israeli troops
seized 3 Palestinian towns and a refugee camp in Gaza Strip from
where rockets and mortars were fired and at least 5 people were
killed. 3 Palestinian police officers were killed in Deir al-Balah
where 3 police posts were destroyed.
(SFC, 2/13/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A15)
2002 Feb 13, The Scottish
Parliament outlawed fox hunting with dogs.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 13, In Pakistan Ahmed
Omar Saeed Sheikh (28), Islamic militant, said he believed WSJ
reporter Daniel Pearl was dead. Sheikh said Pearl was shot and
killed during a failed escape attempt on Jan 31.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)
2002 Feb 13, In Venezuela the
bolivar fell nearly 19% with the abandonment of exchange controls by
Pres. Chavez, who also announced a 7% cut in government spending to
help close a projected $8 billion deficit.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.B6)
2002 Feb 13, In Yemen Sameer
Mohammed Ahmed al-Hada (25), an al Qaeda fugitive, died as troops
closed in and a hand grenade exploded in his hand. Family members
were also linked to al-Qaeda.
(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A18)
2002 Feb 13, Morgan Tsvangirai,
Zimbabwe opposition leader, was implicated in a plot to overthrow
Pres. Mugabe in film footage made by a consulting firm with ties to
Mugabe. Tsvangirai said the tape was contrived.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A1)
2003 Feb 13, American Special
Forces were reported to be in various parts of Iraq for what seemed
to be the initial phases of a ground war.
(SFC, 2/13/03, p.A14)
2003 Feb 13, Clara Harris,
who'd run down her cheating husband with her Mercedes after catching
him with his mistress, was convicted by a Houston jury of murder
despite her claim that she'd hit him accidentally while in a
heartsick daze. She was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.
2003 Feb 13, Smith & Wesson
unveiled a new Model 500, .50 caliber Magnum revolver.
(SFC, 2/14/03, p.A2)
2003 Feb 13, An investigative
panel found that superheated air almost certainly seeped through a
breach in space shuttle Columbia's left wing and possibly its wheel
compartment during the craft's fiery descent, resulting in the
deaths of all seven astronauts.
2003 Feb 13, Prof. Walt W.
Rostow (b.1916), adviser to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations,
died in Austin, Texas. His over 30 books included "Theorists of
Economic Growth from David Hume to the Present, with a Perspective
on the Next Century" (1990), and "The Stages of Economic Growth"
(3rd ed. 1990). His memoir “Concept and Controversy" (2003) was
published posthumously. In 2008 David Milne authored “America’s
Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War."
(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A24)(WSJ, 3/6/08, p.D7)
2003 Feb 13, In southern
Colombia a U.S. government plane carrying 5 people crashed short of
an airport in rebel territory, and those on board may have been
spirited away by leftist rebels. 2 days later an American and a
Colombian were executed at close range.
(AP, 2/13/03)(AP, 2/15/03)
2004 Feb 13, President Bush,
trying to calm a political storm, ordered the release of his
Vietnam-era military records to counter Democrats' suggestions that
he'd shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard.
2004 Feb 13, The FCC began
writing rules to enable users to access the Internet through
electric power lines.
(SFC, 2/13/04, p.B1)
2004 Feb 13, San Francisco
issued 665 same-sex marriage licenses as hundreds more gay couples
rushed to tie the knot before the opportunity slipped away.
2004 Feb 13, In Qatar Zelimkhan
Yandarbiyev (51), Chechnya's exiled former president, was
assassinated when a bomb blew apart his car as he left a mosque with
his teenage son (13). He was wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties
2004 Feb 13, Greek and Turkish
Cypriot leaders agreed to resume full negotiations next week to end
the 30-year division of Cyprus before it joins the European Union on
2004 Feb 13, In Jamaica
hundreds of people rioted in Kingston, attacking a police station
and setting cars ablaze after a policeman allegedly shot and wounded
a high-school student.
2004 Feb 13, A
Cambodian-flagged vessel that sank near the entrance of the
Bosporus. A snowstorm sweeping out of the Balkans disrupted travel
across Turkey and Greece, forcing rescuers to call off the search
for the 20 crew members of the cargo ship.
2004 Feb 13, It was reported
that police in Mauritania had arrested of five suspected members of
Afghanistan's Taliban movement.
2005 Feb 13, Ray Charles' final
album, "Genius Loves Company," won a leading eight Grammy awards,
including album of the year, record of the year for "Here We Go
Again" with Norah Jones, and pop vocal album.
2005 Feb 13, The AFC won the
Pro Bowl, defeating the NFC 38-27.
2005 Feb 13, Iran rejected a
European demand to stop building a heavy water nuclear reactor in
return for a light-water reactor.
2005 Feb 13, Results from
Iraq's elections were released and showed that majority Shiite
Muslims won 48% of the votes, giving the long-oppressed group
significant power but not enough to form a government on its own.
(AP, 2/13/05)(SFC, 2/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 13, Insurgents
attacked a US convoy and a government building near the northern
Iraqi city of Mosul, leaving at least four people dead. Two Iraqi
National Guard troops were also killed while trying to defuse a
roadside bomb. Gunmen ambushed a car carrying an Iraqi general in a
Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad, killing him and two companions.
2005 Feb 13, Israel's Cabinet
approved a list of names of 500 Palestinian prisoners to be released
in coming days, and several hundred Palestinian workers returned to
jobs in Israel in line with agreements reached at a Mideast summit
2005 Feb 13, In Indian Kashmir
at least 35 people were wounded when suspected separatist guerrillas
threw a grenade on a crowded road.
2005 Feb 13, Pakistani
officials said severe flooding and avalanches have killed around 350
people after a week of torrential rain and heavy snow, while 2,000
others were missing and tens of thousands left homeless.
2005 Feb 13, Firefighters shot
jets of water on the 32-story Windsor building, one of Madrid’s
tallest office buildings, for a 2nd day, fighting to control a fiery
orange blaze that began the night before and threatened to collapse
the 32-story skyscraper.
2005 Feb 13, Floods and
landslides in Colombia and Venezuela over the past few days cut a
trail of destruction through small Andean towns and killed at least
(AP, 2/13/05)(WSJ, 2/14/05, p.A1)
2006 Feb 13, US government
investigators told the Senate that FEMA has let nearly 11,000 unused
manufactured homes deteriorate on old runways and open fields in
Arkansas, and spent $416,000 per person to house a few hundred
Hurricane Katrina evacuees for a short time in Alabama last fall.
Auditors reported that millions of dollars in disaster aid had been
squandered, paying for such items as a $450 tattoo and $375-a-day
(USAT, 2/14/06)(AP, 2/13/07)
2006 Feb 13, Joey Cheek (26),
American speedskater, won a gold medal in the 500-meter sprint in
Turin, Italy, and announced that he would donate his $25,000 award
from the US Olympic Committee Olympic Aid, founded by Olav Koss in
1994 and direct it to a refugee program in Chad. Hannah Teter won
gold and Gretchen Bleiler won silver in the halfpipe. Tatiana
Totmianina and Maxim Marinin won the gold medal in pairs figure
skating, extending Russia's four-decade dominance of the event.
(SFC, 2/14/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/13/07)
2006 Feb 13, A bomb hit a US
military vehicle in central Afghanistan, killing four American
2006 Feb 13, President Evo
Morales appealed to the Bush administration to extradite a former
President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, who fled to the US amid an
uprising that left about 60 people dead after a military crackdown
2006 Feb 13, Brazil’s President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva created two new national parks in the
Amazon rain forest and expanded another to protect an
environmentally sensitive region where the government plans a major
2006 Feb 13, British Foreign
Secretary Jack Straw and his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Benaissa,
agreed to boost economic ties between the two countries and hold an
annual business forum to this end.
2006 Feb 13, Testimony
presented in an annual UN human rights report said Colombian
security forces had killed civilians and covered it up by dressing
the bodies as Marxist guerrillas.
2006 Feb 13, The UN launched a
$680 million aid plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo,
complaining the world remained ignorant of what it called the worst
humanitarian crisis since World War Two.
2006 Feb 13, DP World, a ports
operator owned by the government of Dubai (UAR), paid $6.8 billion
to acquire P&O, a British firm which runs a global network of
maritime terminals including 6 American ports.
(Econ, 2/25/06, p.33)
2006 Feb 13, Ilan Halimi (23),
a young Jewish man, died in a Paris suburb after being kidnapped on
Jan 21 and tortured for 24 days. The trial of a self-proclaimed
"gang of barbarians" accused of killing him went on trial in 2009.
Among the 27 defendants was the girl who is alleged to have been
used as bait to capture Halimi and young men accused of taking part
in the abduction and guarding the captive. Youssouf Fofana, the
leader of the "barbarians," fled to the Ivory Coast but was
extradited to France on March 4, 2006. On July 10, 2009, a Paris
court convicted Fofana (28) for the kidnapping, torture and murder
Halimi and sentenced him to life in prison. 24 others, including 8
women, also were found guilty in the kidnapping, torture and murder
of Ilan Halimi. On Dec 17, 2010, an appeals court upheld the
convictions of 16 people for their roles in Halimi’s murder.
(AP, 4/29/09)(AP, 7/11/09)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A2)
2006 Feb 13, In Germany some
22,000 public workers in 8 of 16 federal states stopped work to
protest an expanded workweek with no increase in pay.
(WSJ, 2/13/06, p.A7)
2006 Feb 13, In Haiti election
results showed the former president Preval slipping further below
the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.
2006 Feb 13, In Indonesia 2
Australians were sentenced to death for trying to smuggle 18.3
pounds of heroin in 2005 from the Indonesian resort island of Bali
to their homeland. In February, 2015, Myuran Sukumaran (33) and
Andrew Chan (31) faced immediate execution.
(AP, 2/14/06)(SFC, 2/15/15, p.A6)(SSFC, 2/15/15,
2006 Feb 13, Diplomats said
Iran has started small-scale enrichment of uranium, a process that
can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or bombs. Talks with Moscow on
moving Iranian enrichment to Russia as a way ensuring Iran has no
direct control were put on indefinite hold.
2006 Feb 13, In Baghdad a
suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt in a line of Iraqis
waiting to receive government payments, killing 8 people and
wounding about 30, including children. 11 other people were killed
in attacks elsewhere in the country, including five members of a
Shiite religious party and four policemen, among them a colonel.
2006 Feb 13, In Monterrey,
Mexico, 2 police chiefs, Hector Ayala and Javier Garcia, were shot
and killed within hours of each other in a violence-plagued region
near the US where drug smugglers have been battling for control of
key routes across the border.
2006 Feb 13, In Nepal a
controversial anti-corruption body set up by Nepal's King Gyanendra
was dissolved, paving the way for the release of jailed ousted PM
Sher Bahadur Deuba.
2006 Feb 13, A transit strike
in Managua, Nicaragua, entered a 2nd week, as workers demanded that
the government subsidize their fuel and gas prices.
(SFC, 2/14/06, p.A5)
2006 Feb 13, In northwestern
Pakistan police fired tear gas and wielded batons to stop about
7,000 students protesting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from
marching on the governor's residence.
2006 Feb 13, In Lahore gunmen
on a motorcycle killed Ahmad Javed Khawaja (72), a Pakistani doctor
who spent six months in jail on suspicions of harboring al-Qaida
suspects and possessing illegal weapons.
2006 Feb 13, The outgoing
Palestinian parliament passed legislation giving Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas the power to appoint a court that could veto
legislation passed by the new Hamas-led parliament to be sworn in
2006 Feb 13, In North Ossetia 6
women whose relatives were victims of the 2004 Beslan school hostage
seizure were on hunger strike for a fifth day, protesting what they
say are efforts by authorities to prematurely end the trial of the
only alleged remaining attacker.
2006 Feb 13, In Spain survivors
and relatives of people killed in terrorist attacks worldwide
gathered to share stories of their common tragedy, discuss ways to
fight the scourge and hear what governments plan to do to make their
2006 Feb 13, In Turkey a bomb
exploded at an Istanbul supermarket during the afternoon rush,
injuring 15 people. A Kurdish news agency reported that a Kurdish
militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
2007 Feb 13, With Democrats in
control, House members debated Iraq in an emotional and historic
faceoff over a war that Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned as a
commitment with "no end in sight."
2007 Feb 13, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice said the US plans to cancel $391 million in
outstanding debt owed by Liberia, and she urged others to help the
struggling West African nation.
2007 Feb 13, The US Commerce
Department reported that the gap between what America sells abroad
and what it imports rose to a record $763.6 billion last year, a
6.5% increase from the previous record of $716.7 billion set in
2007 Feb 13, Brent Wilkes, a
former CIA official, was indicted on corruption charges related to
ex-Congressman Randy Cunningham and defense contractors.
(SFC, 2/14/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 13, David Passaro, a
former CIA contract employee, was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison
for beating Afghan detainee Abdul Wali in July, 2003. Wali died 48
hours after interrogation.
(SFC, 2/14/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 13, Mitt Romney,
former one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts, officially
entered the 2008 presidential race. In what amounted to a
made-for-TV coming-out tour, Romney announced his candidacy in
Michigan, the place of his birth. His father George Romney, a
Michigan governor in the 1960s and an AMC chief executive, made a
short-lived attempt at the presidency four decades ago.
2007 Feb 13, A powerful storm
and likely a tornado hit the New Orleans area killing an elderly
woman, injuring at least 15 other people.
2007 Feb 13, In Richmond, Ca.,
Luz Maria Aguilar-Bucio (32), mother of 3, was killed with her fetus
at home by shots from a high-powered assault rifle. In December
Robert Valentino Hernandez III (19) and Robert Joe Leyva (22) were
charged with her murder.
(SFC, 12/19/07, p.B3)
2007 Feb 13, Charles Norwood
(b.1941), tobacco-chewing conservative Georgia congressman, died of
cancer and lung disease.
(SFC, 2/14/07, p.B9)
2007 Feb 13, In Algeria 7 bombs
went off almost simultaneously, killing six people east of the
capital Algiers in an elaborate assault by suspected Islamist
rebels. The Salafist group Call and Command claimed responsibility
under its new name: al Qaeda in Islamic North Africa.
(Reuters, 2/13/07)(SFC, 2/14/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 13, A Belgian court
ruled that Google may not reproduce extracts from a variety of
Belgian newspapers, imperiling one of the web search leader's most
popular services if other courts follow suit.
2007 Feb 13, In Belgium a
government-backed report blamed Belgian authorities and the ruling
elite for collaborating with the Nazi persecution of Jews during
World War II.
2007 Feb 13, In Brazil 2
students, who endured more than 60 hours without food and water,
were rescued after being robbed and thrown into an abandoned well.
Police entered a Rio slum and clashed with drug gangs in shootouts
that killed six people, including at least four suspected gang
2007 Feb 13, In Canada D-Wave
Systems, based in Burnaby near Vancouver, announced the existence of
the world’s first practical quantum computer.
(Econ, 2/17/07, p.81)
2007 Feb 13, Police and troops
in Bangui, CAR, used live ammunition to disperse residents angered
at the killing of two of their number by officers of the
2007 Feb 13, Gan Yisheng, a
senior party discipline and oversight official, said nearly 100,000
members of China's ruling Communist Party were punished last year
for corruption, and that eradicating graft in the near future
remains a huge challenge. A Chinese business executive was sentenced
to death for swindling $385 million from investors in a bogus
ant-breeding scheme. Wang Zhendong, chairman of Yingkou Donghua
Trading Group Co., had promised returns of up to 60% for buying kits
of ants and breeding equipment.
(AFP, 2/13/07)(AP, 2/15/07)
2007 Feb 13, In south-east
Congo a freight train derailed and at least 20 people were killed.
2007 Feb 13, Ecuador's Congress
approved holding a referendum on whether to create an assembly to
rewrite the constitution, bowing to demands by the new leftist
president who is seeking to weaken traditional political parties.
2007 Feb 13, In Ethiopia
federal police said weekend clashes between Garbo and Borena nomads
in the southeastern Oromia region with least 16 people killed. The
clashes erupted after cattle were stolen from a rival group,
sparking fresh revenge attacks.
2007 Feb 13, In Guinea citizens
were banned from leaving their homes as a strict curfew took effect
in this West African country after the president instituted martial
law following days of deadly protests.
2007 Feb 13, India's central
bank tightened monetary policy for a second time in two weeks to
fight accelerating inflation, hiking the amount of cash commercial
banks must keep on deposit. Inflation at 6.73% hit a 2-year high,
despite 5 interest rate hikes in the past year. Italian PM Romano
Prodi led a jumbo-sized trade delegation to India and called for
closer ties for companies from his country with Indian industry in
farming and manufacturing.
(AP, 2/13/07)(AFP, 2/13/07)(WSJ, 2/17/07, p.B1)
2007 Feb 13, A suicide truck
bomber blew himself up near a college and a ration office in a
mainly Shiite area of the capital, killing at least 15 people with
27 wounded. Police discovered a booby-trapped ambulance about 500
yards away, but the explosives were defused. Hours later, a parked
car bomb exploded near a bakery in another predominantly Shiite area
in southeastern Baghdad, killing four people and wounding four. Iraq
said it will close its borders with Syria and Iran for 72 hours as
part of the drive to secure and pacify Baghdad.
2007 Feb 13, Officials in the
Ivory Coast said that Trafigura, a Dutch-based oil trading company,
agreed to pay $197 million to secure the release of three executives
from an Ivory Coast prison and settle claims that it dumped toxic
waste that killed at least 10 people in the West African nation.
2007 Feb 13, Japan opened an
international whaling conference by blasting a boycott by dozens of
anti-whaling nations, saying their absence would block much-needed
reforms of the commission that sets regulations.
2007 Feb 13, Jordan's King
Abdullah II and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a
stronger international push for lasting Mideast peace and urged for
a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear standoff.
2007 Feb 13, In Lebanon bombs
packed with metal pellets tore through two commuter buses in a
mainly Christian area, a day before the second anniversary of former
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination. At least 3 people were
killed and 20 wounded in the coordinated attack.
2007 Feb 13, In Nigeria gunmen
released 24 Filipino sailors taken hostage in the lawless southern
2007 Feb 13, North Korea agreed
to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its
atomic weapons program in exchange for millions of dollars in aid.
The agreement reached in Beijing said North Korea would close its
nuclear plants within 60 days in return for aid and other
inducements. North Korean state media said the pact required only a
temporary suspension of the country's nuclear facilities.
(AP, 2/13/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.28)
2007 Feb 13, Pakistan's ruling
party introduced a bill to outlaw forced marriages, including under
an ancient tribal custom in which women are married off in order to
2007 Jun 13, Fierce battles
over key security positions spread to central Gaza, with Hamas
fighters wresting control of the coastal strip's main north-south
road, and putting themselves in position to cut off reinforcements
to beleaguered Fatah forces. At least 20 Palestinians died across
(AP, 6/13/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 13, In Geneva the US
clashed with China and Russia during a disarmament debate over how
to prevent an arms race in outer space, and Washington criticized
Beijing for its recent test of an anti-satellite missile. Russia and
China, in turn, condemned the "one state" that refuses to consider a
treaty banning space weapons, a reference to the US.
2007 Feb 13, Military officials
said clashes between the Yemeni army and followers of a Shiite rebel
leader have killed 16 troops and 69 guerrillas during the past three
2008 Feb 13, President Bush
signed legislation to rush rebates ranging from $300 to $1,200 to
millions of people, the centerpiece of government efforts to brace
the wobbly economy. First, though, you must file your 2007 tax
2008 Feb 13, A prosecutor in
Buffalo, NY, announced that a woman, who spent 13 years in prison
after being convicted of strangling her 13-year-old daughter, was
exonerated by forensic evidence showing she died of a cocaine
overdose. Lynn DeJac (44) insisted that a former boyfriend was
2008 Feb 13, NY Gov. Eliot
Spitzer hired a prostitute in Washington, DC, and paid her $4,300.
News of this broke on March 10, when he apologized to his family and
(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 13, In Afghanistan an
Italian soldier was killed in an ambush while he was distributing
food and clothes to civilians. A roadside bomb struck Afghan
security forces killing 3 people and wounding four in the Musa Qala
district. In western Afghanistan Taliban militants freed the last
six hostages from a group of 21 men abducted Feb 10, while they
hunted for rare birds in Farah province. US-led coalition swoops on
Taliban leaders in Uruzgan and Zabul provinces left several
insurgents dead. 2 civilians transporting construction materials
were blown up by a rebel bomb.
(AP, 2/13/08)(AFP, 2/14/08)
2008 Feb 13, Australians
watched a live broadcast of their government apologizing for
policies that degraded its indigenous people. PM Rudd said
Australians had reached a time in their history when they must face
up to their past to be able to cope with the future. Aborigines
numbered about 450,000 in Australia's population of 21 million.
2008 Feb 13, The WTO condemned
China for the first time for taxing imports of auto parts at the
same rate as foreign-made finished cars.
(SFC, 2/14/08, p.C3)
2008 Feb 13, In Colombia a
delegation of visiting US union leaders expressed alarm at what its
members called a steady erosion of labor rights in the world's
deadliest country for organized labor.
2008 Feb 13, The EU's top
justice official called for a massive shake-up of the bloc's border
security, recommending that all visitors be screened and
fingerprinted and a satellite surveillance system be set up to keep
illegal migrants out.
2008 Feb 13, In Greece
thousands of demonstrators marched through Athens and Thessaloniki
to protest government social security reforms as a Greek general
strike shut down schools, hospitals and all public services.
2008 Feb 13, Iraq's parliament
passed three key pieces of legislation that set a date for
provincial elections, allot $48 billion for 2008 spending, and
provide limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody. Following the
session the parliament began a five-week holiday.
2008 Feb 13, In Italy police
raided sites in Calabria and issued arrest warrants for 57 people,
including politicians, bankers and businessmen, in the latest mafia
sweep targeting drug trafficking and extortion rackets.
2008 Feb 13, Kenya's rival
parties sequestered themselves at a luxury lodge in a game park as
they attempted to hammer out a peace deal to end weeks of bloodshed.
2008 Feb 13, Malaysia’s
government dissolved Parliament, opening the way for elections.
(WSJ, 2/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 13, In Nepal a
shortage of fuel prompted by strikes and protests in the south
forced the shutdown of much of the capital's public transportation
2008 Feb 13, In Nigeria at
least seven people were killed and several more were trapped when a
four-storey building collapsed in Lagos.
2008 Feb 13, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb exploded as a crowd was leaving a political rally in
the Swat Valley, killing one man and wounding a candidate for next
2008 Feb 13, Vuk Obradovic
(61), a former Yugoslav army general who was one of the opposition
leaders who toppled strongman Slobodan Milosevic, died.
2008 Feb 13, Zimbabwean
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged South African President
Thabo Mbeki to show some "courage" and pressure Robert Mugabe ahead
of next month's elections. Former finance minister Simba Makoni
pledged to heal the wounds of Zimbabwe as he unveiled his manifesto
for next month's election battle against veteran President Robert
2009 Feb 13, US Congress
approved a $787 billion stimulus package. The House vote was
246-183, with all Republicans opposed to the package. The Senate
approved the measure 60-38 with three GOP moderates providing
crucial support. It contained provisions recognizing and
compensating some 18,000 Filipino veterans who fought under the
American flag when the Philippines was still an American colony.
(AP, 2/14/09)(AFP, 2/16/09)
2009 Feb 13, The Lynchburg,
Va.-based Peanut Corp. of America, at the heart of a national
salmonella outbreak, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in US Bankruptcy
2009 Feb 13, US envoy Richard
Holbrooke held key talks in Afghanistan aimed at stepping up the
fight against a Taliban-led insurgency that the top US intelligence
chief warned was escalating.
2009 Feb 13, In Southern
California Amber Dubois (14) disappeared while on her way to
Escondido high school. Her body was found on March 6, 2010, on the
Pala Indian Reservation. On May 15, 2010 John Albert Gardner was
sentenced to life in prison for attacks on Chelsea King (17) and
Amber Dubois (14).
(SFC, 3/8/10, p.C3)(SFC, 5/18/10, p.A4)
2009 Feb 13, Australian
authorities charged a man with lighting one of the wildfires that
killed at least 189 people, and whisked him into protective custody
to guard him from public fury. Brendan Sokaluk (39), faced two
charges related to one of the February 7 fires that killed 11 people
in Victoria's Gippsland region, east of Melbourne.
(AP, 2/13/09)(AP, 2/16/09)
2009 Feb 13, Lloyds Banking
Group (LBG), already 43% owned by the British government announced a
£10billion loss at HBOS, which it had taken over last September.
(Econ, 2/21/09, p.56)
2009 Feb 13, State media
reported that China plans to create a blacklist of journalists who
break its reporting rules, adding to an array of controls used to
restrict its domestic media.
2009 Feb 13, The World Bank
said it will provide a $710 million loan to China to help rebuild
areas hit by last year's devastating Sichuan earthquake.
2009 Feb 13, A Congolese
military spokesman said more than 40 members of a Hutu militia
suspected of atrocities during Rwanda's 1994 genocide were killed in
an overnight air raid.
2009 Feb 13, In Germany Ahmad
Obeidi (24), and Afghan immigrant, was convicted of murdering his
16-year-old sister in a so-called "honor killing."
2009 Feb 13, In eastern India
at least 15 people were killed and more than 160 injured when a
train derailed in Orissa state near Jajpur.
2009 Feb 13, In Iraq a female
suicide bomber attacked a tent filled with women and children
resting from a pilgrimage to Karbala, killing 40 people and injuring
60 others. It was the deadliest attack in Iraq this year and the
third straight day of bombings against Shiite pilgrims.
2009 Feb 13, In Mexico
photographer Jean Paul Ibarra (33) and reporter Yenny Marchan were
on their way to the morgue in the southern city of Iguala when
gunmen on another motorcycle came alongside and opened fire. Marchan
received two bullet wounds but survived; Ibarra was killed.
2009 Feb 13, Myanmar's military
government extended the house arrest of the deputy leader of Aung
San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party for one year, despite recent calls
from the United Nations for the release of political prisoners.
2009 Feb 13, Oil giant Royal
Dutch Shell said it has declared force majeure on shipments from its
main Nigerian terminal because of increased attacks by insurgents on
key facilities. Force Majeure (French for "superior force") is a
common clause in contracts which essentially frees both parties from
liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance
beyond the control of the parties.
2009 Feb 13, Two rockets fired
by Gaza militants hit near a communal farm and the town of Sderot.
An Israeli airstrike on Gaza killed one man and critically wounded
another. The men were riding a motorcycle near the town of Khan
Younis when they were hit by fire from an Israeli drone.
2009 Feb 13, In the southern
Philippines 9 gunmen snatched a Sri Lankan peace activist from his
home, the latest in a wave of kidnappings blamed on al-Qaida-linked
2009 Feb 13, In Sri Lanka the
top health official said artillery shelling and gunbattles between
government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels were killing about 40
civilians every day and wounding more than 100 others inside Sri
Lanka's war zone.
2009 Feb 13, Turks and Caicos
Islands jet-setting PM Michael Misick said he will step down as
leader the at the end of March, citing a lack of support for his
scandal-plagued government. Premier Misick reportedly paid himself
more than Britain’s Gordon Brown for running the territory of 36,000
(AP, 2/14/09)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.42)
2009 Feb 13, In Zimbabwe Roy
Bennett, a white farmer turned politician with Tsvangirai's Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC), was arrested by state agents just as
the new cabinet was preparing to take office. Tsvangirai had named
Bennett to become the deputy minister of agriculture in the new
2010 Feb 13, In California,
South African Chris Bertish won the $50,000 first prize at the 7th
Mavericks Surf Contest north of Half Moon Bay. Earlier in the day a
series of waves crashed into some of the thousands of fans who had
flocked to a beach to try to see the action.
(SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A1)
2010 Feb 13, In Alaska an
avalanche near Seward buried Jim Bowles, head of Conoco Phillips
Alaska and Alan Gage, part of the company’s capital projects team.
They were among a party of 12 snowmobilers.
(SFC, 2/15/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 13, Thousands Afghan
soldiers and US Marines stormed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah by
air and ground, meeting only scattered resistance but facing a
daunting thicket of bombs and booby traps that slowed their advance.
NATO reported two troop casualties, an American and a Briton, on the
first day of the offensive, called "Moshtarak," or "Together."
(AP, 2/13/10)(AP, 2/14/10)
2010 Feb 13, In Canada on the
opening day of Olympic competition Vancouver police in riot gear
confronted more than 200 masked protesters who hurled newspaper
boxes through display windows of a popular department store selling
Olympic souvenirs. Guillame Joseph-Marc Beaulieu (27) led a group of
about 100 black-masked anarchists who spray-painted vehicles and
smashed storefront windows as they marched. On Feb 16 police
reported his arrest. Beaulieu, charged with mischief, had also led a
group that blocked a street and forced organizers to re-route a
relay transporting the Olympic flame to the opening ceremonies.
(AP, 2/13/10)(Reuters, 2/16/10)
2010 Feb 13, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao warned his people to keep a "sober mind" about the
challenges ahead in the new year as the country welcomed the arrival
of the Year of the Tiger with noisy celebrations. Feb 14 officially
marked the first day of the Lunar new Year.
2010 Feb 13, French transport
and utility group Veolia was given the green light to run passenger
trains in France in competition with national rail operator SNCF.
2010 Feb 13, In India a terror
attack took place at the German Bakery restaurant in the western
city of Pune. The death toll reached 17 people with some 60 others
injured. A group called Lashkar-e-Taiba al-Almi claimed
responsibility in response to India's "refusal" to discuss the
disputed region of Kashmir. A terror cell responsible for the attack
was broken up in 2011.
(AFP, 2/13/10)(AFP, 2/20/10)(AP, 11/30/11)
2010 Feb 13, Fourteen Indian
border guards were suspended for suspected involvement in the Feb 5
shooting death of Zahid Farooq Shah (17) in the Indian-ruled portion
2010 Feb 13, In Indonesia
contestants took part in the Social Cultural Transvestite Queen
beauty pageant in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. The transvestite beauty
pageant was held for the first time in the country's only province
that officially adopted Islamic sharia law.
2010 Feb 13, In Iraq about 10
rockets struck Camp Sparrowhawk near Amarah early in the morning,
injuring two Iraqi soldiers and damaging equipment.
2010 Feb 13, Italian police
said they have confiscated 500,000 tons of counterfeit goods
discovered in eight industrial hangars on the outskirts of Rome.
Once labeled with Italian brands, They would have brought in several
million euros for the counterfeiters. The goods were suspected of
being imported from China.
2010 Feb 13, In Italy an
Egyptian youth, Hamed Mahmoud Abdel Aziz Essayyed Abdou, was stabbed
to death in Milan in a killing blamed on Peruvian and Ecuadorian
youths. 36 Egyptians and one Ivorian national were detained
following a rampage by around 100 North Africans.
2010 Feb 13, Ivory Coast's
opposition declared it would no longer recognize Laurent Gbagbo as
president, a move likely to complicate his efforts to form a new
2010 Feb 13, In Mexico hundreds
of people marched against the drug gang violence besieging the
border city of Ciudad Juarez, gathering at a bridge where they
simulated the massacre of a group of teenagers last month. Police,
meanwhile, found the bullet-ridden bodies of five men, missing since
Feb 6, in a town in the southwestern corner of Chihuahua state. A
decapitated body was found dumped beside the highway leading into
2010 Feb 13, In Myanmar Tin Oo
(82), the deputy leader of the pro-democracy party, was released by
the military regime after almost seven years in detention and said
he hoped the party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi would also soon gain
2010 Feb 13, In Nigeria at
least 20 bus passengers were killed in Port Harcourt when a cable
fell onto the bus and electrocuted the people inside.
2011 Feb 13, The annual Grammy
Awards were presented in Los Angeles. The band “Lady Antebellum" won
5 trophies including Album of the Year and Song of the Year (Need
(SFC, 2/14/11, p.D1)
2011 Feb 13, In Brockton,
Massachusetts, the bodies of Maria Palaguachi-Cela (25) and her
2-year-old son, Brian Caguana, were found stuffed into a dumpster.
They had been bludgeoned to death. Suspect Luis Guaman (42) soon
fled to Ecuador. On April 30, 2012, Guaman was convicted in Ecuador
of premeditated murder and faced 16-25 years in prison. On May 8,
2012 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined $10,000.
2011 Feb 13, Algerian
opposition groups said they would follow up yesterday’s protest by
calling a demonstration in the capital every Saturday until the
government is changed.
2011 Feb 13, Bahrain's security
forces set up checkpoints and fanned out on patrols as opposition
groups blanketed social media sites with calls to stage the first
major anti-government protests in the Gulf since the uprising in
2011 Feb 13, In Bangladeshi
hundreds of small investors, angry at a new plunge in share prices,
set fire to tires and pelted police with bricks outside the stock
exchange and demanded the resignation of the finance minister.
2011 Feb 13, Colombian rebels
released a fourth captive, police patrolman Carlos Ocampo (340) held
since December, but a planned handover of two others did not occur.
The government said police Maj. Guillermo Solorzano (35), who was
captured in June 2007, and army Cpl. 1st Class Salin Antonio San
Miguel Valderrana (27), captive since May 2008, were not at the
location designated for the helicopter retrieval by the
International Red Cross.
2011 Feb 13, Colombian soldiers
for the first time seized a fully submersible drug-smuggling
submarine capable of reaching the coast of Mexico. The 99-foot-long
(30-m) fiberglass boat, powered by two diesel engines, could carry a
crew of six in an air-conditioned interior.
2011 Feb 13, Egypt's military
leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, meeting
two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for
immediate steps to transition to democratic. The military said they
would govern only for six months or until elections took place,
following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
(AP, 2/13/11)(Reuters, 2/13/11)
2011 Feb 13, Iran's opposition
renewed its call for a rally in support of protesters in Tunisia and
Egypt despite a government warning of repercussions if
demonstrations take place.
2011 Feb 13, Abdullah Gul
arrived in Tehran on his first trip as Turkish president aimed at
boosting economic and political ties with the Islamic republic.
2011 Feb 13, Thousands of
Italian women turned out across the country to protest against
Premier Berlusconi, saying his dalliances with young women humiliate
the sex as a whole.
2011 Feb 13, In Macedonia
ethnic clashes, mainly Muslim ethnic Albanians and orthodox
Christians, broke out at the historic Kale Fortress in a dispute
over a new structure being built on the foundations of a
13th-century church. 8 people were injured.
2011 Feb 13, Mexicans took to
the streets in their hundreds to protest a staggering surge in
drug-related violent crime nationwide that claimed at least 45 lives
in one weekend. A dozen people were killed in Acapulco this weekend,
including a prison guard. A street shootout killed seven people and
injured one in suburban Mexico City. It resulted from an internal
dispute between gangs tied to La Familia. Acapulco police discovered
three dead men from a car left in the parking lot of a state prison.
(AFP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011 Feb 13, Fifty illegal
Somali migrants and a Tanzanian captain died after a ship sank off
the coast of northern Mozambique. Mozambican marines sent 89 Somali
and Ethiopian survivors to a refugee camp which holds about 3,000
2011 Feb 13, In Sudan a group
of women demonstrated in Khartoum to demand the release of dozens of
protesters arrested last month, as 3 journalists were detained in a
2011 Feb 13, Switzerland, which
has the highest rate of suicide by firearms in Europe, voted to hold
fast to its long-standing tradition of letting citizens keep
army-issue weapons at home.
2011 Feb 13, In Thailand
thousands of anti-government protesters massed in Bangkok for the
latest in a series of rallies by rival political factions ahead of
elections expected this year. A car bomb exploded in the
insurgency-plagued far south, injuring 18 people, including four
2011 Feb 13, Tunisian
immigrants clinging to small fishing boats landed in Italy, as the
Italian government appealed for EU aid and said it wanted to deploy
its security forces in Tunisia.
2011 Feb 13, The Yemeni
opposition agreed to resume talks suspended since October with the
government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the target of
post-Tunisian revolution protests calling for his ouster. Police
armed with sticks and daggers beat back thousands of protesters
marching through the capital in a third straight day of
demonstrations calling for political reforms and the resignation of
the country's US-allied president.
(AFP, 2/13/11)(AP, 2/13/11)
2012 Feb 13, President Barack
Obama sent Congress a new budget that seeks to achieve $4 trillion
in deficit reduction over the next decade through cuts in government
spending and higher taxes on the wealthy. At the same time, he wants
to boost spending in key areas such as transportation and education.
2012 Feb 13, In Michigan
opening statements began in the trial of 7 members of the Hutaree
militia arrested in 2010 for plotting to overthrow the US
government. Since their capture only one of nine charged has agreed
to a plea deal. On March 27 a judge dismissed the most serious
charges against the 7 defendants.
(SFC, 2/13/12, p.A4)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 13, Washington state
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a measure that makes his state
the seventh to legalize same-sex marriage, effective June 7.
Opponents almost immediately filed a referendum to challenge the new
law, meaning voters likely will have the final say.
2012 Feb 13, General Electric
Co. said it plans to hire 5,000 US military veterans over the next
five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation
footprint in the US this year.
2012 Feb 13, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's office said the government has signed a long-term
partnership with Italy for continued financial support and military
training. The agreement states that Italy will continue these
efforts after 2014, when the Afghan government is expected to take
the lead in securing the country. In the south a NATO service member
died in an insurgent attack.
2012 Feb 13, Bahrain security
forces fired tear gas and stun grenades as thousands of protesters
tried to occupy Pearl Square in the nation's capital ahead of the
one-year anniversary of the Gulf kingdom's Shiite-led uprising.
2012 Feb 13, A police strike in
Rio de Janeiro ended just days before the world's biggest Carnival
bash. The strike never affected security in the city, the number of
officers who adhered to it appeared relatively small and authorities
never had to call on army soldiers to patrol streets, as was feared.
2012 Feb 13, Guatemala’s
President Otto Perez Molina said the US inability to cut illegal
drug consumption leaves his country with no option but to consider
legalizing the use and transport of drugs, a remarkable turnaround
for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime
with an iron fist.
2012 Feb 13, In India and
Georgia assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in near-simultaneous
strikes that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran,
and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. The attacks wounded four people.
A hitman on a rented motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to the back
of an Israeli embassy car carrying the 42-year-old diplomat as she
went to pick up her children from school in New Delhi. The woman,
also the wife of the defense attache at the embassy, was left in a
critical condition with spinal injuries and was flown to Israel for
further treatment. 3 men of Iranian origin were later identified as
(AP, 2/13/12)(AFP, 3/15/12)
2012 Feb 13, An Indonesian
woman died of H5N1 bird flu a day after being admitted to a hospital
in Tangerang district on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta. This
was Indonesia's third human death from the deadly disease this year.
2012 Feb 13, Many Iranian web
users said their access to foreign email services such as Gmail,
Yahoo mail and Hotmail appears to have been restored after a four
2012 Feb 13, In Iraq a police
commander Col. Saad al-Shameri, who for years hunted militants, was
ambushed and killed in a former insurgent stronghold west of
Baghdad. His driver was also killed.
2012 Feb 13, Israeli settlers
from the unauthorized West Bank Migron outpost said they reached a
deal with the country's government to allow them to stay put for two
more years, despite Israeli Supreme Court orders to evacuate them
next month. A spokesman said Israel will build an entirely new
settlement on a nearby hilltop to house the evicted Migron dwellers.
2012 Feb 13, Libyan members of
a hundred militias announced a new unified military council.
(SFC, 2/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 13, The Malian army
said that soldiers and civilians had been summarily executed during
a Tuareg offensive in the town of Aguelhok. France condemned the
extra-judicial killings of some 82 people in the town on January 24,
which the Malian army confirmed. A nomadic community of some 1.5
million people, Tuareg of various tribes are scattered between
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Niger and Mali.
2012 Feb 13, Suspected Nigerian
pirates fired on a cargo ship around 110 nautical miles off the
coast of Nigeria killing the captain and chief engineer. The French
navy came to the aid of the cargo ship.
(AFP, 2/13/12)(AP, 2/16/12)
2012 Feb 13, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani was charged with contempt by the country's
highest court, pleading not guilty to charges over the government's
two-year refusal to write to authorities in Switzerland asking them
to re-open corruption cases against Pres. Zardari. The charges could
see him jailed for six months and disqualified from office.
2012 Feb 13, In Pakistan 7 men,
allegedly held by the feared intelligence services, appeared in
court, an unprecedented development following orders from the
country's highest court. The 7 men appeared frail, weak, unable to
talk and unable to walk properly more than a year and a half after
being allegedly arrested. A remote-controlled bomb targeting a
police van exploded in Baluchistan province, killing two boys and
wounding 17 others including a senior police official.
2012 Feb 13, Anwar Kamal Khan
Marwat (64), Pakistani politician and tribal leader, died.
(Econ, 2/25/12, p.110)
2012 Feb 13, Military planes
flew in tons of emergency food to towns and villages in eastern
Romania where thousands have been stranded by blizzards.
2012 Feb 13, In Senegal four
soldiers wee killed by separatist rebels in the country's southern
2012 Feb 13, Across Somalia
gun-toting Shebab insurgents staged rallies to celebrate their
group's recognition by Ayman al-Zawahiri as a member of the Islamist
2012 Feb 13, Spain's Supreme
Court threw out a case against recently barred magistrate Baltasar
Garzon in which he was suspected of improperly receiving money while
on sabbatical in New York in 2005-2006. The court cited a three-year
statute of limitations on bribery charges. Garzon awaited a verdict
in a third case for allegedly overstepping jurisdiction by launching
a 2008 probe of right-wing atrocities during and after the 1936-1939
Spanish civil war.
2012 Feb 13, Syrian rebels
repelled a push by government tanks into Rastan, a key central town
held by forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime. At least
three soldiers were left dead. A sniper shot dead a civilian in
2012 Feb 13, A clash in
Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast has left 15 Kurdish rebels and two
Turkish soldiers dead.
2012 Feb 13, The United Nations
backed the Maldives' new leader's proposal for a national unity
government though the ousted leader called for a snap poll to
resolve a political crisis.
2013 Feb 13, In Washington DC
celebrities and activists were arrested after tying themselves to
the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline from
Canada. Sierra Club Director Michael Brune was also arrested, the
first time in the group’s history that club leader was arrested in
an act of civil disobedience.
(SFC, 2/14/13, p.A8)
2013 Feb 13, The boards of
American Airlines and US Airways approved their merger. This will
create the world’s biggest airline.
(SFC, 2/14/13, p.C2)
2013 Feb 13, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike struck two houses, killing 10 Afghan civilians and
four insurgents in Kunar province near the Pakistani border.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. Mahmood, an Afghan
soldier-turned-insurgent, who was feted by the Taliban for killing
an American soldier during an insider attack on May 11, 2012, was
killed along with an accomplice in a raid in Ghaziabad district.
(AP, 2/13/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013 Feb 13, British police
investigating the hacking of mobile phones to generate stories at
Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid made six more
arrests of journalists or former journalists.
2013 Feb 13, British fashion
retailer Republic became the latest casualty of the economic
downturn, seeking protection from creditors and putting around 2,500
jobs at risk.
2013 Feb 13, British couple
Peter Root (34) and Mary Thompson (34), who had been chronicling
their round-the-world cycling odyssey in a blog, died when they were
hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok.
2013 Feb 13, The EU and the US
announced that they have agreed to pursue talks aimed at achieving
an overarching trans-Atlantic free trade deal.
2013 Feb 13, In Dresden,
Germany, over 10,000 anti-fascist activists massed to block a
neo-Nazi march on the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Dresden.
(SFC, 2/14/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 13, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has begun installing a new generation of
uranium enrichment centrifuges at its main facility making nuclear
fuel. IRNA news quoted Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran began
installing the new centrifuges at Natanz site about a month ago.
Senior UN investigators began a new round of talks with government
officials over allegations that Tehran may have carried out tests on
triggers for atomic weapons.
2013 Feb 13, Gen. Hassan
Shateri, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was
killed on the road linking Damascus with Beirut.
2013 Feb 13, The Iraqi panel
tasked with purging government ranks of former members of Saddam
Hussein's party removed Chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud (80), the
country's top judge, from his post because of alleged ties to the
now-dissolved Baath party. On Feb 19 a judicial panel rejected the
decision to remove al-Mahmoud from his post.
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/19/13)
2013 Feb 13, In Kenya the
families of seven people shot dead in 2007 and eight wounded
survivors filed a lawsuit to sue the government claiming the shots
were fired by police during a dispute over who won Kenya's 2007
2013 Feb 13, Lebanon's
state-run news agency said protesters have closed two major roads in
northern Lebanon to prevent fuel tankers from crossing into Syria.
2013 Feb 13, In the Maldives
former Pres. Mohamed Nasheed took refuge at the Indian Embassy after
a court ordered his arrest for not attending a hearing on charges
that he illegally ordered the detention of a senior judge, a move
that led to his ouster last year.
(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 13, In Mali French
soldiers recovered some 800 kg of explosives that authorities
believe radical Islamic fighters were using to make bombs for
attacks on Gao.
2013 Feb 13, In Nepal a Tibetan
protester doused himself with gasoline, set himself ablaze and
chanted anti-China slogans as he ran down a street in Kathmandu.
Police and residents were able to put out the flames and rush the
man to a hospital. He died the next day.
(AP, 2/13/13)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 13, South African
authorities said at least 96 rhinoceros have been killed so far this
year, as rampant poaching for their horns to sell to buyers in Asia
continues. From the 1990s to 2007, rhino killings in South Africa by
poachers averaged about 15 a year.
2013 Feb 13, Syrian rebels
fought pitched battles against regime forces at the Brigade 80
military base in Aleppo that protects a major airport in the area.
The fighting has left more than 40 government troops dead. Activists
reported clashes outside Damascus with regime warplanes hitting
several of the restive suburbs.
2013 Feb 13, Ukrainian
officials sought to reassure the public that radiation levels were
unaffected at Chernobyl and there was no safety threat after a
partial roof collapse at the exploded nuclear power plant.
2013 Feb 13, Ukraine reached a
tentative agreement with Turkmenistan to resume imports of natural
gas from the energy-rich Central Asian nation. Completion of the
deal would require the consent of Kazakhstan and Russia as transit
2013 Feb 13, In Ukraine a small
Soviet-designed AN-24 plane carrying soccer fans headed for a match
skidded past the landing strip and overturned in the eastern city of
Donetsk, killing five people.
2013 Feb 13, Venezuela's
government devalued the country's currency amid questions about how
the government can get a grip on 22% inflation and satisfy growing
demand for dollars to pay for imported goods. The fifth devaluation
in a decade established a new government-set rate of 6.30 bolivars
to the dollar, replacing the previous rate of 4.30 bolivars.
2014 Feb 13, US federal
authorities said they have detained 57 migrants from Haiti, the
Dominican Republic and Brazil in separate incidents near Puerto
Rico's west coast. Authorities planned to prosecute 19 of those
migrants, five of them on human smuggling charges.
2014 Feb 13, A US federal judge
found Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.
(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 13, The US-Korea
Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
said that North Korea has accelerated excavation at a remote
mountain site used for underground nuclear test explosions. However,
it did not see signs of an imminent test.
2014 Feb 13, In Nevada Wayne
Burgarello shot and killed Cody Devine (34) and wounded Janai Wilson
(29) after confronting them sleeping at his vacant duplex in Sparks.
On May 29, 2015, Burgarello (74) was found not guilty after
insisting he was acting in self-defense.
(http://tinyurl.com/pks2m5o)(SSFC, 5/31/15, p.A6)
2014 Feb 13, Ralph Waite (85),
actor, died. He played the patriarch in the TV series “The Waltons"
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.C14)
2014 Feb 13, Afghanistan
released 65 accused militants from a former US prison despite
protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban
fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition
and Afghan forces.
2014 Feb 13, Afghan women
marched in Kabul to protest violence against women and decry a new
draft law that activists say will severely limit justice for victims
of domestic abuse.
(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 13, Albanian
authorities said they have seized 2 metric tons of marijuana hidden
in a rocky part of a bay and destined for Greece or Italy.
2014 Feb 13, In Argentina a new
consumer price index, developed with help from the IMF, registered
inflation at 3.7% for January, the highest official rate since 2002
and much higher than the 1.4% posted in December.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.32)
2014 Feb 13, In Belgium
lawmakers voted to extend a decade-old law allowing euthanasia for
adults after months of often heated public debate. Belgium's House
of Representatives lifted all age restrictions on the right of the
incurably sick to end their lives.
(AFP, 2/13/14)(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 13, Toronto-based
Barrick Gold Corp., the world's largest gold miner, announced
massive losses while forecasting rising costs and less gold to dig
2014 Feb 13, In the Central
African Republic Richard Bejouane, the self-proclaimed leader of the
CAR’s Christian-dominated vigilantes (anti-balaka), warned Pres.
Catherine Samba Panza against any crackdown against his group.
2014 Feb 13, The UN mission in
CongoDRC (MONUSCO) said more than 70 men and women have been
summarily executed in the restive eastern part of the country late
last month and early this month.
2014 Feb 13, In India a
lawmaker sprayed pepper spray inside Parliament, creating chaos that
left his colleagues coughing and crying as they were ushered from
the hall. Lawmakers had been set to vote on a long-contentious
proposal to create the new southern state of Telangana from mostly
poor, inland districts of Andhra Pradesh state.
(AP, 2/13/14)(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 13, In northern Iraq
gunmen seized part of Sulaiman Bek and nearby villages. Bombs killed
at least two people at a historic Baghdad market and set it ablaze.
2014 Feb 13, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip.
Relatives said Ibrahim Mansour (26) was collecting gravel to sell
from his donkey cart when he was shot dead. The Israeli military
said soldiers fired at Palestinians tampering with Israel's border
2014 Feb 13, Italian leftist
leader Matteo Renzi called for a new government in his first direct
challenge to PM Enrico Letta.
2014 Feb 13, Jamaica
authorities arrested a police officer and two others accused of
transporting 23 pounds (10 kg) of marijuana.
2014 Feb 13, A top Kenyan
official, Francis Kimemia, accused the United States of trying to
overthrow Kenya's government by supporting activists even as
baton-wielding police used tear gas to break up an anti-government
protest in downtown Nairobi. Kimemia served as the chairman of the
National Security Advisory Committee and the secretary of the
2014 Feb 13, Nigeria's Senate
said it is ordering a forensic audit to track down billions of
missing petrodollars after the Senate Committee heard that the
amount of unaccounted petrodollars has grown to $20 billion. The
World Bank has estimated that at least $400 billion has gone missing
from government coffers since independence.
(AP, 2/14/14)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.43)
2014 Feb 13, In Nigeria a mob
armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were
going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14
young men from their beds and assaulted them in Gishiri, a
shantytown with mud roads near central Abuja.
2014 Feb 13, In Pakistan an
explosion targeting a bus of policemen killed 12 of them and wounded
58 near Karachi.
2014 Feb 13, Saudi Arabia said
Yemen has handed over 29 Saudis wanted for suspected links to
2014 Feb 13, In Somalia at
least 6 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a
UN convoy close to Mogadishu's heavily-fortified international
2014 Feb 13, Syrian activists
said government shelling and airstrikes using makeshift barrel bombs
have killed about 400 people in Aleppo so far this month. The
governor of the central province of Homs says a cease-fire has been
extended for three days as of today.
2014 Feb 13, In Yemen 29 people
convicted "of various terrorist and criminal charges" escaped a
Sanaa prison when a blast breached the facility's outer wall.
2015 Feb 13, Pres. Obama issued
an executive order urging businesses and government to cooperate
better on quickly sharing information about online threats. Obama
spoke at Stanford Univ. before a gathering of business leaders and
federal officials dubbed the Summit on CyberSecurity and Consumer
(SFC, 2/14/15, p.A1)
2015 Feb 13, In Louisiana John
Hicks (19) was arrested after he shot dead two people near an
all-female Mardi Gras parade.
(SFC, 2/14/15, p.A7)
2015 Feb 13, In Virginia Andrus
Nomm of Estonia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright
infringement in federal court in Alexandria. He was sentenced to a
year and a day in prison. Nomm, one of seven men indicted in a
massive copyright-piracy scheme run through the now-defunct website
Megaupload three years ago, was the first to be brought to the US to
2015 Feb 13, Argentine state
investigator Gerardo Pollicita formally reiterated accusations
leveled against Pres. Fernandez a month ago by his colleague Alberto
Nisman, found dead on Jan 18.
2015 Feb 13, In southern
Bangladesh a trawler carrying up to 200 passengers sank in the River
Payra. Most people were rescued or swam ashore. At least five people
died and two were missing.
2015 Feb 13, Canada, a major
exporter of beef, said it has found a case of mad cow disease in a
beef cow in the province of Alberta, the first in the country since
2015 Feb 13, Suspected Boko
Haram militants staged their first attack in Chad, hitting the third
country outside Nigeria base in recent days.
2015 Feb 13, In Croatia Milan
Bandic, the powerful mayor of Zagreb, was indicted for abuse of
power as a wider investigation continues against him over millions
in suspected fraud. The national anti-graft bureau USKOK charged
Bandic and two aides with illegally using some 40,000 euros in city
money to finance a citizens' signature gathering campaign.
2015 Feb 13, In Egypt a
roadside bomb in Cairo killed a police captain and wounded eight
other people. Egyptian warplanes killed 8 suspected Islamist
militants in Rafah, Sinai.
2015 Feb 13, Germany condemned
a cartoon published Feb 8 in a Greek leftist newspaper close to the
new ruling party in Athens that depicts Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble in a Nazi uniform making comments that invoke the
2015 Feb 13, Greece began tough
negotiations with its creditors as hopes grew of a deal to replace
its detested bailout after new PM Alexis Tsipras pushed his case at
a European summit.
2015 Feb 13, In southern India
a train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the
track, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens near
Bangalore, Karnataka state.
2015 Feb 13, In Iraq
unidentified gunmen attacked a two-car convoy carrying Sheikh Qassem
Sweidan al-Janabi and his nephew, lawmaker Zeid al-Janabi. The
lawmaker was later released but the tribal leader, seen as a
moderate Sunni, as well as his son and at least six other people,
mostly bodyguards, were killed.
2015 Feb 13, The Iraqi army
said it has killed 8 assailants near the Ain al-Asad air base, about
85 km (50 miles) northwest of Ramadi following an attack that began
a day earlier. The US military said coalition partners conducted
seven air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the
last 24 hours, including five strikes about 15 km east of Ain
2015 Feb 13, An Italian court
sentenced Somali trafficker Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin (34) to 30 years
in prison. He had raped and attacked migrants he had led through the
desert to Libya to make the perilous crossing to Italy in October
2015 Feb 13, In northern Mexico
a passenger bus and a freight train collided at a grade crossing in
Anahuac, Tamaulipas state, killing 20 people and injuring 22.
(AP, 2/14/15)(AP, 2/14/15)
2015 Feb 13, Myanmar state
media said heavy fighting between the army and rebels has killed 47
soldiers, sending a flood of people across the border with China and
overshadowing hopes for a national ceasefire as a crucial election
looms. The army used airstrikes to repel the attacks.
(AFP, 2/13/15)(AFP, 2/14/15)
2015 Feb 13, The Netherlands
extradited Vladimir Drinkman to the US. The Russian was suspected of
involvement in a huge data breach that racked up hundreds of
millions of dollars in losses over seven years for US companies.
Drinkman was arrested in the Netherlands in June 2012.
2015 Feb 13, In New Zealand 198
pilot whales stranded themselves on South Island. Hordes of rescuers
rushed to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea. Some
140 died as rescuers refloated about 60.
(AP, 2/13/15)(AP, 2/14/15)
2015 Feb 13, Nigeria’s human
rights commission (NHRC) said political violence in the 50-day
run-up to elections has killed 58 people, with rising "hate speech"
between rival camps threatening to spark further unrest.
2015 Feb 13, In Pakistan at
least 19 people were killed in Peshawar in a gun and bomb attack on
a Shi'ite mosque. The Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting against
the state to set up a hardline Sunni theocracy, claimed
2015 Feb 13, Saudi Arabia,
Germany and Italy became the latest countries to withdraw embassy
staff from Yemen as an exodus of foreign diplomats gathered pace due
to growing insecurity.
2015 Feb 13, Sierra Leone
placed some 700 hundred homes in a fishing district of the capital
under quarantine following the death of a fisherman who was later
diagnosed Ebola positive. At least five new cases were confirmed in
(AFP, 2/13/15)(SSFC, 2/15/15, p.A5)
2015 Feb 13, South Sudan's
cabinet postponed elections and extended President Salva Kiir's
powers for two years. That goes against a deal struck between Kiir
and rebel chief Riek Machar earlier this month, in which they agreed
to set up a transitional unity government in the bitterly divided
nation to run for 30 months from July 9.
2015 Feb 13, Meeting in Geneva
almost 200 countries agreed a draft text for a deal to fight climate
change, but put off hard choices about narrowing down a vast range
of options for limiting a damaging rise in temperatures.
2015 Feb 13, Turkish police
used water cannon in the western coastal city of Izmir to disperse
scores of protesters boycotting schools over the growing influence
of religion in the classroom.
2015 Feb 13, In eastern Ukraine
fierce fighting surged as Russian-backed separatists mounted a
major, sustained offensive to capture a strategic railway hub ahead
of a weekend cease-fire deadline. At least 25 people were killed
across the region.
2015 Feb 13, In southern Yemen
suspect al-Qaida gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at air force
Colonel Mahmoud al-Naqib, killing him instantly in Lahij province.
2016 Feb 13, Justice Antonin
Scalia (79), a towering conservative voice on the US Supreme Court,
died. His death triggered a political showdown over his succession
in the run-up to the presidential election.
(AFP, 2/13/16)(Econ, 2/20/16, p.82)
2016 Feb 13, A dangerous cold
snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the
northeastern United States. A snow squall triggered a pileup of
dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several
2016 Feb 13, In Afghanistan 4
policemen and one soldier were killed and seven others wounded in
double-suicide attacks on their checkpoint outside a security forces
station in the southern Helmand province. 5 insurgents equipped with
suicide vests were shot and killed by security forces. Another
policeman was killed and four others wounded when their vehicle was
hit by a roadside bomb in the southern Uruzgan province.
2016 Feb 13, Authorities in
Bangladesh said they have begun a survey to determine the number of
Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist
2016 Feb 13, In central Burundi
two people loyal to the ruling party were "executed" overnight in
2016 Feb 13, In Burundi a
grenade attack late today on a military base in Bujumbura killed a
child and wounded his father and one other person.
2016 Feb 13, Chad national
radio reported that Pres. Idriss Deby Itno has appointed Albert
Pahimi Padacke as the new prime minister, as he looks to extend his
grip on power in the central African nation.
2016 Feb 13, Egypt opened the
Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip for two days. A few hundred people
were expected to be able to pass through during that time.
2016 Feb 13, Thousands of
Hungarians protested against education reforms implemented by PM
Viktor Orban, which critics see as another attempt by the right-wing
leader to boost his control over state institutions.
2016 Feb 13, Indian-controlled
portion of Kashmir 5 suspected rebels and two soldiers were killed
in a fierce gunbattle in the northern Kupwara region.
2016 Feb 13, In Indonesia
thousands of high school students held rallies rejecting the
celebration of Valentine's Day. Officials and clerics have banned
young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing
that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.
2016 Feb 13, Powerful Iraqi
Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the country needed a
technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if PM Haider
al-Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms.
2016 Feb 13, Israeli security
forces shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to stab a soldier in
the occupied West Bank. No Israelis were wounded in the attack.
2016 Feb 13, Pope Francis
kicked off his first trip to Mexico with speeches to the country's
political and ecclesial elites. Francis called on Mexico's
government to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and he
then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country -
the Virgin of Guadalupe.
(AP, 2/13/16)(Reuters, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 13, In the Mexican
state of Sinaloa 13 people were killed in fight between rival gangs.
Their bodies were found the next day near the border with Durango.
Two people were soon arrested in connection with the killings.
(AP, 2/14/16)(AP, 2/15/16)
2016 Feb 13, In northeastern
Nigeria gun and knife-toting assailants on bikes and in vans stormed
the remote villages of Yakshari and Kachifa over the last 4
hours. At least 30 people were killed in the Boko Haram raids.
2016 Feb 13, In Sweden 5
British men, reportedly including members of British indie band
Viola Beach, were killed when their car drove through a barrier and
plunged into a canal near Stockholm.
2016 Feb 13, Turkish Foreign
Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia will send aircraft to
NATO-member Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic
State militants in Syria.
2016 Feb 13, The Red Cross said
it had entered the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz for the first time
since August, delivering three tons of life-saving medical supplies
to four hospitals treating the wounded.
2017 Feb 13, Former banker
Steven Mnuchin was sworn in as US Treasury secretary, following a
Senate vote deeply divided along party lines.
2017 Feb 13, Michael Flynn
resigned from his position as President Trump's national security
adviser after weeks of confusion and speculation over reports that
he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his
contacts with Russia.
2017 Feb 13, The US Department
of Treasury labeled Venezuela’s VP El Aissami a drug "kingpin,"
accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea, and having
links to drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia. The United States also
sanctioned Samark Lopez, a man it termed El Aissami's frontman.
Aissami’s assets reportedly included three lavish apartments in the
Four Season complex of Miami and a Gulfstream jet.
(Reuters, 2/14/17)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.30)
2017 Feb 13, In northern
California emergency crews prepared loads of rock to be dropped by
helicopters to seal the crumbling Oroville Dam spillway that
threatens to inundate communities along the Feather River.
2017 Feb 13, Aileen Clarke
Hernandez (b.1926), civil rights activist and the 2nd leader of NOW
(1970-1971), died in Orange County, Ca.
(SFC, 3/2/17, p.D1)
2017 Feb 13, In New England
some 675 US flights were canceled, scores of vehicle crashes
reported and schools and government offices shuttered as the third
winter storm in five days slammed the area.
2017 Feb 13, DuPont and
Chemours Co said they had agreed to pay about $671 million in cash
to settle several lawsuits related to the leak of a toxic chemical
in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as
PFOA or C-8, used to make Teflon, has been linked to cancer and
2017 Feb 13, Scientists said
shrimp-like creatures living in the deepest parts of the oceans
contain high levels of man-made toxins.
2017 Feb 13, Canada’s PM Justin
Trudeau met with US Pres. Trump at the White House ahead of a
roundtable discussion about women in the workplace. Ivanka Trump,
the president's daughter, was involved in recruiting participants
and setting the agenda for the roundtable.
2017 Feb 13, In CongoDRC more
than 100 people were killed in clashes between Congolese soldiers
and militia fighters mainly armed with machetes and spears in
clashes that began Feb 9 in the Dibaya area of Kasai-Central
2017 Feb 13, Mostafa el-Abbadi
(88), Egyptian scholar, died. He was the man behind the recreation
of the Great Library of Alexandria, which opened in 2002.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.86)
2017 Feb 13, In the French Alps
at least four skiers were killed in an avalanche near the resort of
Tignes. Rescuers said they are trying to dig out five others from
the snow with shovels.
2017 Feb 13, Georgia's Orthodox
Church was rocked after police announced the arrest of a priest over
a suspected poisoning plot targeting a high-ranking Church figure.
Prosecutors said they caught archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze with sodium
cyanide on February 10 as he boarded a plane to Berlin, where
Patriarch Ilia II (83) was awaiting a gallbladder operation.
2017 Feb 13, Seijun Suzuki
(93), Japanese B-movie director, died. His prolific output from
gangster films to fantasies influenced international filmmakers
including Quentin Tarantino.
2017 Feb 13, A Kenyan court
jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that
has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. The seven doctors were
released on Feb 15 in an effort to encourage negotiations to end the
(AFP, 2/13/17)(AP, 2/15/17)
2017 Feb 13, In Malaysia Kim
Jong Nam (46), the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,
was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical
workers before he died en route to a hospital that he had been
attacked with a chemical spray, later identified as the VX nerve
agent. South Korean media said North Korean female agents killed him
using poisoned needles. Jong-Nam had reportedly travelled using a
fake passport under the name of Kim Chol.
(AP, 2/14/17)(AFP, 2/14/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.29)
2017 Feb 13, A Pakistani judge
banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying
they are against Islamic teachings.
2017 Feb 13, In eastern
Pakistan a suicide bomber plowed a motorcycle into a group of police
escorting a protest rally in Lahore, killing 15 people and wounding
nearly 60. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway Taliban faction, claimed the
(AP, 2/13/17)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.32)
2017 Feb 13, Hamas elected in
secret Yahya Sinwar, a hardline member of the Palestinian Islamist
movement's armed wing, as its new Gaza leader, indicating a tougher
stand against longtime adversary Israel.
2017 Feb 13, Former Panamanian
Vice-President Ricardo Arias Calderon (83) died. He had served under
President Guillermo Endara after President Manuel Noriega was ousted
in a 1989 military invasion.
2017 Feb 13, Romania's
Parliament agreed to hold a referendum on public support for
fighting official corruption.
2017 Feb 13, Syrian jihadists
seen as close to Islamic State battled a rival hardline Islamist
faction in northwestern Syria.
2017 Feb 13, In Taiwan a bus
carrying tourists on a trip to view cherry blossoms flipped over on
an expressway ramp in Taipei, killing 32 people and injuring many
2017 Feb 13, A Tanzanian court
sentenced a married couple to 20 years in jail each for illegal
possession of 210 pieces of ivory from 93 poached elephants. Peter
and Leonida Loi Kabi had pleaded not guilty.
2017 Feb 13, The UN said more
than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their
humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's
2018 Feb 13, In California the
Berkeley City Council declared itself a sanctuary city for legal
adult use marijuana. The City Council also cut the tax rate on
recreational cannabis in half to 5 percent.
(SFC, 2/14/18, p.A6)(SFC, 2/15/18, p.D2)
2018 Feb 13, In Chicago
off-duty police Cmdr. Paul Bauer (53) was shot and killed in a
confrontation with an armed suspect he spotted following a radio
description of the man. Police captured the
suspect a short time later.
(SFC, 2/14/18, p.A4)
2018 Feb 13, In New Orleans a
man was fatally shot after a fight broke out near the city's
traditional parade route. Investigators soon obtained an arrest
warrant for Eddie Dingle (21) on a second-degree murder charge. A
total of three people were killed and five others were wounded in
three separate shootings in New Orleans on Mardi Gras.
2018 Feb 13, In NYC Ahmad Khan
Rahimi was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison for a bomb
he detonated in September, 2016, that injured 30 people in the
Chelsea district of Manhattan.
(SFC, 2/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 13, In Texas Mohommad
Ali (57) was sentenced to one year in prison and his wife, Sumaiya
Ali (49), received 30 months for lying about the Islamic State group
activities of their two sons in the Middle East. The whereabouts of
the brothers was unclear.
2018 Feb 13, Afghan officials
said President Ashraf Ghani plans to retire more than 2,000 army
generals and other senior officers, aiming to bring new blood into
the military's top ranks to battle a resilient Taliban insurgency.
2018 Feb 13, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange lost his legal battle to overturn a British arrest
warrant against him, and with it his hopes of freely leaving
Ecuador's London embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.
2018 Feb 13, Six Congolese
soldiers were killed in a clash with Rwandan forces inside Congo's
Virunga National Park. The two countries disputed which side of the
poorly demarcated border the clash took place on, each accusing the
other's forces of violating the frontier.
2018 Feb 13, Denmark's Prince
Henrik (83) died, taking to the grave his resentment at playing
second fiddle to his wife, Queen Margrethe. In 2016, he renounced
the title of prince consort and spent much of his time at a chateau
on a vineyard in southwestern France, although he remained married
to the queen and officially still lived with her.
2018 Feb 13, Egyptian police
took Hisham Genena, a former anti-corruption chief, to the military
prosecutor's office. Genena had run the short-lived election
campaign of former military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was
detained last month and accused by the army of running for office
without permission. Genein was detained for two weeks after he
suggested a sidelined presidential candidate possessed damning
material against leading officials.
(Reuters, 2/13/18)(AFP, 2/14/18)
2018 Feb 13, Ethiopia released
Bekele Gerba, a senior opposition leader, more than two years after
he was detained during mass protests over land rights. Demonstrators
blocked roads in towns around Addis Ababa on the second day of a
strike called to protest against Ethiopia's continued incarceration
of opposition politicians.
2018 Feb 13, In Guatemala
former President Alvaro Colom (2008-2012) and Juan Alberto Fuentes,
a former finance minister who is now chairman of Oxfam
International, were arrested along with eight others as part of a
local corruption investigation.
2018 Feb 13, Israeli police
recommended that PM Benjamin Netanyahu (68) be indicted for bribery,
fraud and breach of public trust in two corruption investigations.
2018 Feb 13, Kuwait's foreign
minister condemned what he called an "escalation" by Manila after
the Philippines expanded a ban on its nationals working in Kuwait.
2018 Feb 13, Mexico's Interior
Department acknowledged that federal intelligence agency sent a
plainclothes agent to tail an opposition presidential candidate,
even though the candidate never asked for and apparently did not
want a tail.
2018 Feb 13, Myanmar's
imprisoned journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, arrested on Dec. 12,
won a major press freedom award. They had been working on an account
of the extrajudicial killing last year of 10 men from Myanmar's
Muslim Rohingya minority.
2018 Feb 13, In Myanmar two
ethnic rebel groups joined a long-delayed peace process. The
signings of the Nationwide Cease-fire Agreement in Naypyitaw by the
New Mon State Party and the Lahu Democratic Union were the first
since the original eight groups joined in 2015 under the previous
2018 Feb 13, The head of
prisoners' affairs for the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians
held without trial under a controversial Israeli policy are to begin
a boycott of the country's military courts. Israel currently holds
around 500 Palestinians under its administrative detention policy.
2018 Feb 13, Poland's PM
Mateusz Morawiecki's declared $10 million to help Lebanon build
housing for 1,000 refugees from Syria during a two-day visit there.
2018 Feb 13, South Africa's the
ruling ANC party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down as head
of state, but set no date for him to do so.
2018 Feb 13, South Africa
declared a "national disaster" over a drought that has ravaged parts
of the country and threatened to leave homes in Cape Town without
2018 Feb 13, In South Korea
Choi Soon-sil, a confidante accused of collaborating with former
President Park Geun-hye for personal gain, was sentenced to 20 years
in prison for bribery and other crimes. The Seoul Central District
Court also sentenced Shin Dong-bin, the chairman of the Lotte Group
(South Korea's fifth-largest conglomerate), to 2 ½ years in prison
for bribery in the same case.
2018 Feb 13, In northwestern
Syria the Islamic State group was ousted from Idlib province after a
final group of the jihadists surrendered to hardline rebels in
2018 Feb 13, Shells hit the
center of a Syrian Kurdish enclave where Turkey is carrying out an
offensive, landing near the area's only hospital and killing one
2018 Feb 13, In Thailand
garbage collectors found four fetuses in the trash in Hua Hin, a
popular resort town.
2018 Feb 13, The Pacific nation
of Tonga began cleaning up damage from Cyclone Gita that destroyed
its Parliament House, as well as homes and churches, and was
intensifying as it headed toward nearby Fiji.
2018 Feb 13, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a warning to neighboring Greece, Cyprus
and international companies exploring for gas in the eastern
Mediterranean not to "step out of line" and encroach on Turkey's
2018 Feb 13, Turkey's
anti-terrorism police detained Serpil Kemalbay, a former leader of
the country's pro-Kurdish party, for opposing Ankara's military
offensive in Syria. This came days after prosecutors issued
detention warrants for her and 16 other activists.
2018 Feb 13, In northwestern
Turkey three people died and four were missing after a refugee boat
carrying eight people capsized in the Maritsa river that flows
between Turkey and Greece.
2018 Feb 13, Ukrainian
opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili said he would continue
rallying people against the nation's authorities from abroad,
following his deportation to Poland.
2018 Feb 13, The UN Refugee
Agency (UNHCR) said over 22,000 people fled Congo to Uganda last
week following a surge of ethnic violence in the northeast, raising
the total number of arrivals to about 34,000 since the start of the
2019 Feb 13, President Donald
Trump hosted his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque at the White House
to discuss their campaign to pressure Venezuela's far left
president, Nicolas Maduro, from power.
2019 Feb 13, The US House
passed a resolution that would force the Trump administration to
withdraw US troops from involvement in Yemen.
(SFC, 2/14/19, p.A6)
2019 Feb 13, A US district
judge ruled that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort
intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the
special counsel's Russia probe.
(SFC, 2/14/19, p.A7)
2019 Feb 13, The United States
charged former US Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt with
helping Iran in a cyber-spying operation that targeted her former
colleagues. US officials said Witt supplied classified information
about US intelligence officers after defecting to Iran in 2013.
2019 Feb 13, The United States
delivered laser-guided rockets valued at more than $16 million to
the Lebanese army. The rockets are a key component for a fleet of
A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft previously delivered.
2019 Feb 13, The US and Poland
finalized a deal for Warsaw to buy American mobile rocket launchers
worth $414 million (365 million euros) as it lobbies Washington to
boost troops on Polish soil.
2019 Feb 13, In southern
California Camden Nicholson (27) was arrested for killing his
parents and their housekeeper in Orange County. Court filings later
said that authorities suspect Nicholson may have killed his parents
on Feb. 11 and the housekeeper a day later.
(http://tinyurl.com/yyx426b9)(SFC, 2/18/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 13, US immigration
authorities in Miami detained brothers William and Roberto Isaias
from Ecuador who are wanted in the South American country for
allegedly stealing millions of dollars from a now-defunct bank.
2019 Feb 13, The Archdiocese of
New Jersey released a list of 63 Roman Catholic clergy members that
it said have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors dating
back to 1940.
(SFC, 2/14/19, p.A6)
2019 Feb 13, NASA pronounced
that its 2004 Mars rover Opportunity was dead.
(SFC, 2/14/19, p.A14)
2019 Feb 13, In Argentina tens
of thousands of demonstrators blocked major roads in Buenos Aires as
they marched to protest high unemployment and the policies of
center-right leader Mauricio Macri, including cuts to public utility
2019 Feb 13, The Australian
government said it would reopen the mothballed Christmas Island
detention camp in anticipation of a new wave of asylum seekers
arriving by boat after Parliament passed legislation that would give
sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals.
2019 Feb 13, Austria's
right-wing government announced tougher sentences for violent
crimes, particularly against female victims, while pointing to a
recent spate of cases in which foreigners are suspected of murdering
2019 Feb 13, Cyprus' finance
minister said his government is tightening rules for the country's
lucrative scheme granting passports to wealthy investors, making it
ineligible to anyone who has already been rejected by another
European Union country running similar plans.
2019 Feb 13, The European
Parliament approved a free trade deal with Singapore that the
European Union hopes to use as a blueprint for further deals in
southeast Asia. It will become operational after the member states
give their final approval.
2019 Feb 13, French carmaker
Renault said in a statement its board unanimously decided to waive
Ghosn's "non-compete commitment and, consequently, not to pay the
corresponding compensation equal to two years fixed and variable
2019 Feb 13, In Germany new
crime statistics showed that anti-Semitic offences rose almost 10
percent last year, and that violent attacks were up more than 60
percent, sparking alarm in the Jewish community.
2019 Feb 13, Greek police said
seven men have been arrested in northern Greece after police seized
bundles of fake US $100 bills stashed in a warehouse with a total
face value of $200,000.
2019 Feb 13, India's Supreme
Court issued an order to remove forest dwellers in 21 states where
about 1.3 million land claims, each potentially representing a
household, were rejected.
2019 Feb 13, An Instagram
account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay
Muslims in Indonesia disappeared from the site following a frenzy of
moral outrage online in the world's biggest Muslim nation. The
Ministry of Communications said that the account under the username
Alpatuni was pornographic.
2019 Feb 13, Iran's Fars news
reported that twenty members of the elite Revolutionary Guards were
killed a suicide attack the southeast of the country.
2019 Feb 13, Judges at the
International Court of Justice ruled that the UN body has
jurisdiction to hear a claim by Iran to recover $1.75 billion in
assets frozen by Washington. The case filed in June 2016 centers on
assets from the Iranian national bank, Bank Markazi, seized by US
courts to compensate families of victims of a 1983 bombing of a US
Marine Corps. base which Washington blames on Iran.
2019 Feb 13, Israel's Shin Bet
security agency alleged that Hamas is using coded television
messages to instruct recruits in the occupied West Bank to carry out
2019 Feb 13, In Kenya a small
plane crashed in the country's west killing all five people on
board, including three Americans.
2019 Feb 13, The Maldives' top
prosecutor charged former Pres. Yameen Abdul Gayoom with money
laundering. The charges are linked to $1 million allegedly found in
Yameen's bank account from a shady government deal to lease islands
for tourist development in the Maldives, which is famous for its
2019 Feb 13, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar joined other
candidates to sign a "peace accord", in front of foreign observers.
2019 Feb 13, In North Macedonia
a bus drove down embankment and overturned in a crash that killed 14
people and left 30 others injured. The death toll rose to 15 after a
man died on Feb. 16 at a clinic in Skopje.
(AP, 2/14/19)(AP, 2/16/19)
2019 Feb 13, In the Philippines
Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of an online news site that has
aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, was
arrested by government agents in a libel case. She was freed on bail
the next day.
(AP, 2/13/19)(SFC, 2/15/19, p.A2)
2019 Feb 13, Saudi Arabia said
it will lift its warning against citizens traveling to Lebanon as a
visiting envoy from the kingdom met top Lebanese officials in
2019 Feb 13, In South Africa
thousands of workers staged nationwide demonstrations to protest
against high unemployment and government policies they say have
failed to create jobs and are deepening poverty.
2019 Feb 13, In Spain
right-wing and Catalan separatist lawmakers rejected the 2019 draft
budget of PM Pedro Sanchez. They withdrew their backing in protest
against the leaders of a secessionist movement being put on trial
for rebellion and not being able to hold a legal independence
2019 Feb 13, In Sweden Angela
Gui, the daughter of a detained Swedish publisher, published an
account detailing a "strange" meeting with businessmen arranged by
Sweden's ambassador to China. She said they threatened her after
offering to help secure her father's release from prison in China.
2019 Feb 13, Thailand's
Election Commission said it recommended the Thai Raksa Chart Party
be dissolved because its prime minister candidate was "in conflict
with the system of rule of democracy with king as head of state".
2019 Feb 13, In Turkey
pro-Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Guven (55), on hunger strike for more
than three months, was brought to a hospital but went home by
ambulance after refusing treatment. She has vowed to continue her
fast until the government allows Kurdish militant leader Abdullah
Ocalan to hold regular meetings with his lawyers and family members.
2019 Feb 13, The UN confirmed
that it has been officially informed by the Macedonian government
that the country's new name is North Macedonia. The 27-year-old
dispute was finally settled in June during UN-brokered talks.
2019 Feb 13, In eastern Syria
hundreds of people fled the IS holdout overnight. Kurdish-led SDF
fighters advanced slowly against hundreds of jihadists. Several
dozen people fled Baghouz, walking to an SDF-held position four km
(two miles) away from the village.