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309        Feb 16, Pamphilus Caesarea, Palestinian scholar, martyr, was beheaded.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

600        Feb 16, Pope Gregory the Great declared "God bless you" to be the correct response to a sneeze. It was once thought that sneezing was an omen of death, since many dying people fell into sneezing fits.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_bless_you)

923        Feb 16, Abu Dja'far Mohammed Djarir al-Tabari (83), Islamic historian, died.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1075        Feb 16, Ordericus Vitalis, French monk, historian, poet, was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1270        Feb 16, In the Karusa Ice war in Estonia, Lithuanian forces defeated the Livonian Knights of the Cross.
    (LHC, 2/16/03)

1497        Feb 16, Philipp Melanchthon, German Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie), was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1519        Feb 16, Gaspard de Coligny, Huguenot leader, French admiral, was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1559        Feb 16, Pope Paul IV called for the overthrow of sovereigns supporting heresy.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1568        Feb 16, A sentence of the Holy Office condemned all the inhabitants of the Netherlands to death as heretics. From this universal doom only a few persons, especially named, were acquitted.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighty_Years%27_War)

1620        Feb 16, Frederick William, founder of Brandenburg-Prussia, was born.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1641        Feb 16, English king Charles I accepted the Triennial Act.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1677        Feb 16, Earl of Shaftesbury was arrested and confined to the London Tower. [see Oct 24, 1681]
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1740        Feb 16, Giambattista Bodoni, printer, typeface designer (Bodoni), was born in Saluzzo, Italy.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1741        Feb 16, Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine (2nd US Mag) began publishing.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1751        Feb 16, Thomas Gray's poem "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard" was 1st published.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1760        Feb 16, Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George, SC, were killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.
    (HN, 2/16/99)(MC, 2/16/02)

1779        Feb 16, William Boyce, English organist, composer (Cathedral Music), died. [see Feb 7]
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1804        Feb 16, Lt. Stephen Decatur attacked Tripoli, where pirates held the USS Philadelphia. Decatur and 76 volunteers, aboard the captured Intrepid, attempted to recapture the Philadelphia, which caught fire, exploded and sank. Decatur and his crew escaped.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(HN, 2/16/98)(ON, 2/03, p.2)

1808        Feb 16, The Peninsular War began when Napoleon ordered a large French force into Spain under the pretext of sending reinforcements to the French army occupying Portugal.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1812        Feb 16, Henry Wilson, 18th U.S. Vice President (Grant 1873-1875), was born. 
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1822        Feb 16, Francis Galton (d.1911), English scientist, was born. He was one of the first moderns to present a carefully considered eugenics program.
    (NH, 6/97, p.18)(SFC, 8/28/97, p.A12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Galton)

1823        Feb 16, John Daniel Imboden (d.1895), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1826        Feb 16, Franz von Holstein, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1829        Feb 16, Francois-Joseph Gossec (95), Belgian-French composer (Messe de Morts), died.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1838        Feb 16, Henry Adams, was born. He was the son and grandson of the presidents who became a U.S. historian and wrote "The Education of Henry Adams."
    (HN, 2/16/99)

1845        Feb 16, Quinton Hogg, English philanthropist, was born. [see Feb 14]
    (HN, 2/16/01)

1847        Feb 16, Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1852        Feb 16, Charles Taze Russell (d.1916) was born in Pittsburgh. In 1872 Russell abandoned the Adventist movement and formed the International Bible Students Association, which was later named Jehovahs Witnesses (1931).
    (www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/302393/Jehovahs-Witness)(AH, 4/07, p.30)

1854        Feb 16, Franz Liszt's symphony "Orpheus," premiered.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1857        Feb 16, Elisha Kent Kane (b.1820), US Navy surgeon and Arctic explorer, died of a stroke in Cuba.
    (ON, 6/09, p.5)

1862        Feb 16, During the Civil War, some 14,000 Confederate soldiers  surrendered at Fort Donelson, Tenn. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's victory earned him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant." Nathan Bedford Forrest escaped.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(HN, 2/16/98)

1864        Feb 16, Battle of Mobile, Al., operations by Union Army.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1865        Feb 16,  Columbia, S.C., surrendered to Federal troops.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1868        Feb 16, San Francisco police have recently been investigating the proceedings of a gang of thieving boys who denominate themselves and are known to the world as the Hoodlum Gang.
    (http://gadling.com/2011/08/04/the-hoodlums-of-san-francisco/)
1868        Feb 16, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.) was organized in New York City by members of the theatrical profession. Later, men in other professions were permitted to join the social organization. The letters E.L.K. are repeated in the titles of some of its officers, such as Esteemed Leading Knight and Esteemed Loyal Knight..
    (AP, 2/16/98)(HNQ, 10/15/99)

1870        Feb 16, The clipper ship Cutty Sark left London on its first voyage, proceeding around Cape Hope to Shanghai 3 1/2 months later. The ship made only eight voyages to China in the tea trade, as steam ships replaced sail on the high seas.
    (AP, 5/21/07)

1876        Feb 16, George Macauley Trevelyan (d.1962), English historian (Giuseppi Garibaldi), was born: History repeats itself and History never repeats itself are about equally true ... We never know enough about the infinitely complex circumstances of any past event to prophesy the future by analogy.
    (AP, 4/14/01)(MC, 2/16/02)

1878        Feb 16, The silver dollar became US legal tender.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1883        Feb 16, "Ladies Home Journal" began publishing.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1886        Feb 16, Van Wyck Brooks (d.1963), American biographer, critic and literary historian, was born. Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.
    (AP, 8/14/00)(HN, 2/16/01)

1892        Feb 16, The opera Werther premiered at the Imperial Theatre Hofoper in Vienna. It was composed in 1887 by French composer Jules Massenet based on Goethes 1774 novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther.
    (SFC, 9/17/10, p.F1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werther)

1903        Feb 16, Edgar Bergen, radio ventriloquist and comedian, was born in Chicago.
    (HN, 2/16/01)(MC, 2/16/02)
1903        Feb 16, At Pokegama, Minnesota, temperatures fell to a record state low of 59 degrees below zero.
    (SFC, 2/16/09, p.D10)

1904        Feb 16, George Keenan, U.S. diplomat, was born. He became a historian and proposed the policy of containment for dealing with the Soviet Union.
    (HN, 2/16/99)

1905        Feb 16, 1st US Esperanto club was organized in Boston. Dr. Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof (1859-1917), a Polish ophthalmologist, invented the artificial language in 1885.
    (MC, 2/16/02)(SFCM, 6/8/03, p.18)

1907        Feb 16, Fernando Previtali, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1909        Feb 16, The SF Citizens Health Committee declared SF free of bubonic plague.
    (ON, 1/00, p.7)
1909        Feb 16, 1st subway car with side doors went into service in NYC.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1909        Feb 16, Serbia mobilized against Austria and Hungary.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1915        Feb 16, Emil Waldteufel, [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), died.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1916        Feb 16, Russian troops conquered Erzurum, Armenia.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1917        Feb 16, The 1st Madrid synagogue in 425 years opened.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1918        Feb 16, The Council of Lithuania declared the independence of the State of Lithuania. The council also declared that the foundations of the state would be determined by a Constituent Assembly to be elected by the inhabitants on the basis of universal, equal and secret suffrage. Independence lasted until World War II. It again declared independence in 1990.
    (DrEE, 10/5/96, p.5)(LHC, 2/16/03)(AP, 2/16/07)

1919        Feb 16, Sir Mark Sykes (b.1879), best known for the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement dividing up the Middle East in anticipation of the fall of the Ottoman Empire, died of Spanish flu in Paris. In 2008 an Oxford team took tissue samples before reburying his body in its grave in East Yorkshire. They hoped to find clues that might help fight a future global influenza outbreak.
    (AP, 9/17/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sykes)

1920        Feb 16, Patty Andrews, vocalist (Andrews Sisters), was born in Minneapolis.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1920        Feb 16,  The Allies accepted Berlins offer to try World War I war criminals in Leipzigs Supreme Court.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1922        Feb 16, Geraint Evans, Welsh opera baritone (Knaben Wunderhorn, Falstaff), was born.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1922        Feb 16, The Univ. of Vytautas the Great re-opened in Kaunas. It was Lithuanias main university until 1930.
    (DrEE, 11/23/96, p.4)(LHC, 2/16/03)

1923        Feb 16, Bessie Smith (1898-1937) made her first recording "Down Hearted Blues." Her recording was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2002.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downhearted_Blues)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6TiLIeVZA)
1923        Feb 16, In Egypt the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed by archeologist Howard Carter.
    (AP, 2/16/08)(www.king-tut.org.uk/curse-of-king-tut/howard-carter-timeline.htm)

1932        Feb 16, The 1st patent for a tree was issued to James Markham for a peach tree.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1934        Feb 16, Thousands of Socialists battled Communists at a rally in New Yorks Madison Square Garden.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1935        Feb 16, Brian Bedford, actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), was born in England.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1935        Feb 16, Salvatore Bono (d.1998), vocalist (Sonny & Cher), (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), was born in Detroit.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A11)(MC, 2/16/02)

1936        Feb 16, Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) won elections.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1937        Feb 16, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont who invented nylon, received a patent for the synthetic fiber. It would replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs. [see 1930] In 2000 Susannah Handley authored "Nylon: The Story of a Fashion Revolution."
    (HN, 2/16/98)(AP, 2/16/98)(WSJ, 1/21/00, p.W8)

1938        Feb 16, The US Federal Crop Insurance program was authorized.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1940        Feb 16, The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescue British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
    (HN, 2/16/99)

1941        Feb 16, The Italians lost their last position in the Sudan.
    (HN, 2/16/98)
1941        Feb 16, Kim Jong Il, son of Kim Il Sung, was born in the far East of the Soviet Union. He took over leadership of North Korea from his father in 1994.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong-il)

1942        Feb 16, German submarines attacked an Aruba oil refinery and sank the tanker Pedernales.
    (MC, 2/16/02)(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.C11)
1942        Feb 16, Tojo outlined Japans war aims to the Diet, referring to "new order of coexistence" in East Asia. During the Japanese war crimes trials, Tojo himself took responsibility, as premier, for anything either he or his country had done. He asserted, however, with the other defendants, that they--and Japan--had made war only in "self-defense."
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1943        Feb 16, Withdrawing Africa Corps reached the Mareth-line in North Africa.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1943        Feb 16, Sign on Munich facade: "Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!" was posted by the "White Rose" student group. They were caught on 2/18 and beheaded on 2/22.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1943        Feb 16, The Red army conquered Kharkov.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1944        Feb 16, Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, was born. His work included The Sportswriter and Independence Day.
    (HN, 2/16/01)
1944        Feb 16, The submarine USS Scorpion (SS-278) and Steelhead were warned that they were close together in the Yellow Sea, and that an enemy submarine was in the vicinity. On 6 March 1944 Scorpion was reported as presumed lost with all sixty officers and men.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ycseedd5)

1945        Feb 16, American paratroopers landed on Corregidor during World War II, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(HN, 2/16/98)

1946        Feb 16, The 1st commercially designed helicopter was tested at Bridgeport, Ct.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1948        Feb 16, NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of 20th Century Fox- Movietone News newsreels.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(MC, 2/16/02)

1949        Feb 16, Chaim Weitzman was elected the 1st president of Israel. The title was invented by PM David Ben-Gurion to honor and to sideline veteran Zionist leader Chaim Weitzman.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaim_Weizmann)(Econ, 8/29/15, p.40)

1951        Feb 16, NYC passed a bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1951        Feb 16, Stalin contended that the U.N. was becoming the weapon of aggressive war.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1952        Feb 16, The FBI arrested 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
    (HN, 2/16/98)
1952        Feb 16, Jan Kerouac (d.1996), novelist daughter of Jack Kerouac, was born. Her books included "Baby Driver" (1981) and "Trainsong" (1988).
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A22)( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Kerouac)

1956        Feb 16,  In Antarctica the McMurdo research station was established by the United States near McMurdo Sound. It was named for a British naval officer who was part of the expedition that first charted the area in 1841. Founders initially called the station Naval Air Facility McMurdo. It was named for a British naval officer who was part of the expedition that first charted the area in 1841.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMurdo_Station)    (Reuters, 12/13/18)
1956        Feb 16, Britain abolished the death penalty.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1957        Feb 16, LeVar Burton, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation), was born in Landstuhl, Germany.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1957        Feb 16, A US flag flew over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica. Wilkes Land is named after Lieutenant Charles Wilkes (later a Rear Admiral), the American explorer who commanded the 183842 United States Exploring Expedition.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkes_Land)(HN, 2/16/98)

1959        Feb 16, Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 2/16/02)
1959        Feb 16, The US House Committee on Un-American Activities has charged that an elite corps of Communist lawyers is promoting the partys cause in the courts, Congress and government agencies. A committee report dealt with the activities of 39 lawyers, who were among more than 100 lawyers identified as Communists in sworn testimony before the committee in the past decade.
    (SSFC, 2/15/09, DB p.50)
1959        Feb 16, Fidel Castro took the oath as Cuban premier in Havana after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
    (HN, 2/16/98)(AP, 2/16/98)

1960        Feb 16, US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1961        Feb 16, The United States launched the Explorer Nine satellite.
    (AP, 2/16/01)
1961        Feb 16, Wilbert Ridieu (19) robbed the Lake Charles, La., Gulf National Bank. He walked out with $14,000 and 3 hostages, 2 of whom he shot and left for dead. Rideau stabbed to death Julia Ferguson on a rural Louisiana road following the bank robbery. He confessed and was sentenced to death 3 times. Rideau escaped death in the 1970s when the death penalty was outlawed. In 2003 his case was still in court. While in prison Rideau became a self-educated writer and elevated the prison magazine, the Angolite, to national acclaim. In 2005 Rideau was set free for time served after a racially mixed jury found him guilty of manslaughter.
    (NW, 1/13/03, p.52)(AP, 1/16/05)(SFC, 1/17/05, p.A5)
1961        Feb 16, China used it's 1st nuclear reactor.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1962        Feb 16, Todd Gitlin (b.1943), Harvard activist, helped organize a national anti-war rally in Washington, DC. Some 8,000 students turned up. Boston SANE & the fledgling SDS organized the first anti-nuclear march.
    (www.peacebuttons.info/new/E-News/peacehistoryfebruary.htm#february16)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.15)
1962        Feb 16, A North Sea flood disaster hit the coastal regions of Germany and in particular the city of Hamburg where 315 were killed. Helmut Schmidt, police senator of Hamburg, coordinated the rescue operations, commandeered the army to help and requested for emergency help throughout Europe.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_flood_of_1962)(Econ, 11/14/15, p.94)

1963        Feb 16, 1st round-trip swim of Straits of Messina, Italy, was made by Mary Revell of US.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1964        Feb 16, The Beatles made their 2nd appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" from the Deauville Hotel in Miami.
    (SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)

1965        Feb 16, Four persons were held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1966        Feb 16, The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urged immediate peace in Vietnam.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1968        Feb 16, Beatles George Harrison & John Lennon flew to India with their wives for transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
    (www.beatles.ws/1968.htm)
1968        Feb 16, Americas first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala.
    (AP, 2/16/98)

1970        Feb 16, In SF a homemade bomb exploded outside the police Park Station on Waller St. Sgt. Brian McDonnell (44) died 2 days later and 8 other officers were injured. Black Panthers were suspected, but a later investigation suggested it was the work of the Weather Underground.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)(SFC, 2/17/07, p.B1)

1972        Feb 16, Wilt Chamberlain became the 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Wilt_Chamberlain)

1973        Feb 16, The Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank, was founded in Washington, DC, by Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner, and Joseph Coors.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heritage_Foundation)(SFC, 12/28/17, p.D5)

1977        Feb 16, Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident.
    (AP, 2/16/98)

1978        Feb 16, The 1st Computer Bulletin Board System was Ward & Randy's CBBS in Chicago.
    (www.historyoftheinternet.com/chap3.html)
1978        Feb 16, China and Japan signed a $20 billion trade pact, which was the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

1979        Feb 16, Nematollah Nassiri (b.1911), Iranian general and head of the Savak intelligence agency during the rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was executed.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematollah_Nassiri)

1980        Feb 16, Eric Heiden skated 5k in 7:02.29, an Olympic Record.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_skating_at_the_1980_Winter_Olympics)

1982        Feb 16, In France Magdalena Kopp, lover of Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was captured by French officials.
    (www.colin-smith.info/pages/books/extracts/carlos/extract_03.htm)(SFC,12/11/97, p.C2)

1983        Feb 16, In India a bomb wounded 13 people in the latest election violence in the northeastern state of Assam. The assassination pushed the death toll from 15 days of violence to at least 217 people.
    (http://tinyurl.com/cer6x)

1986        Feb 16, Mario Soares (1924-2017), Socialist, was elected Portugal's 1st civilian president in the 2nd round of elections.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_presidential_election%2C_1986)(SSFC, 1/8/17, p.A2)

1987        Feb 16, John Demjanjuk (66), a retired auto worker from Ohio, went on trial in Jerusalem, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible," a guard at the Treblinka concentration camp. He was convicted, but the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the ruling.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Demjanjuk)

1988        Feb 16, Vice President George Bush and Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis scored big victories in the New Hampshire Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. Bush won the New Hampshire primary over Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Pete du Pont and Pat Robertson 37.7 to 28.5 to 12.8 to 10.1 to 9.4%. Dukakis won over Dick Gephardt and Paul Simon 35.9 to 19.9 to 17.2%.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1988        Feb 16, Richard Wade Farley gunned down 7 people at ESL Corp. during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif. Farley was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(SFC, 10/27/04, p.B1)

1989        Feb 16, Investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, said a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was what brought down Pan Am Flight 103 the previous December, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground.
    (AP, 2/16/99)

1990        Feb 16, Former President Reagan began two days of giving a videotaped deposition in Los Angeles for the Iran-Contra trial of former national security adviser John Poindexter.
    (AP, 2/16/00)

1991        Feb 16, Tonya Harding won the US female Figure Skating championship.
    (http://tinyurl.com/qpcus)
1991        Feb 16, Iraqi officials charged that 130 civilians were killed when British jet fighters raided the town of Fallouja two days earlier.
    (AP, 2/16/01)
1991        Feb 16, A Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman downplayed Moscows initial enthusiasm for an Iraqi offer to withdraw from Kuwait, saying it was insufficient to end the war.
    (AP, 2/16/01)

1992        Feb 16, Two days before the New Hampshire primary, five Democratic presidential candidates debated on CNN, directing most of their criticism at President George H.W. Bush.
    (AP, 2/16/02)
1992        Feb 16, Angela Carter (b.1940), English writer, died. Her collected writings "Shaking A Leg" was published in 1999 by Penguin. This was the 3rd of a series that included "Nothing Sacred" and "Expletives Deleted." In 2016 Edmond Gordon authored The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Carter)(SFEC, 2/14/99, BR p.5)(Econ, 11/12/16, p.76)
1992        Feb 16, Israeli helicopters attacked a convoy in Sidon, Lebanon, killing Sheik Abbas Musawi, leader of the pro-Iranian group Hezbollah. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah (b.1960) took over Hezbollah after the Israeli assassination of Sheik Abbas Musawi. He has led the group since, controlling its operational activities.
    (AP, 2/16/02)(AP, 6/3/06)

1993        Feb 16, Prices fell as Wall Street reacted unfavorably to President Clinton's economic austerity plan outlined in a White House address the night before.
    (AP, 2/16/98)
1993        Feb 16-1993 Feb 17, An overcrowded ferry carrying up to 1,500 people sank between Jeremie and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing an estimated 500-700 people; only 285 people were known to have survived.
    (AP, 2/17/98)(AP, 2/3/06)

1994        Feb 16, Figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan encountered each other at the Winter Olympic Games in Norway before posing for the U.S. team photograph.
    (AP, 2/16/99)
1994        Feb 16, At least 217 people were killed when a powerful earthquake shook Indonesia's Sumatra island.
    (AP, 2/16/00)

1995        Feb 16, Four people were killed when tornadoes tore through rural north Alabama.
    (AP, 2/16/00)
1995        Feb 16, In a dark and defensive address to his nation, Russian President Boris Yeltsin berated his military leaders for big losses and human rights abuses in Chechnya, but insisted Russia had to use force to defend its unity.
    (AP, 2/16/00)

1996        Feb 16, World chess champion Garry Kasparov won for the second time against IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in the fifth game of their match in Philadelphia (Kasparov had drawn twice and lost once).
    (AP, 2/16/01)
1996        Feb 16, In Vista, San Diego County Joshua Jenkins, 15, stabbed his parents and grandparents to death. The next day he axed his sister. In 1997 he was sentenced to 116 years in prison.
    (SFEC, 6/1/97, p.A22)
1996        Feb 16, A commuter train slammed into Amtraks Capital Limited an Silver Spring, Md., and killed 11 people. It was later claimed that a new warning system was partly to blame.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.B1)(AP, 2/16/01)
1996        Feb 16, Former California Gov. Edmund G. Pat Brown (b.1905) died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 90. In 2005 Ethan Rarick authored California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown.
    (SFC, 9/23/00, p.A19)(AP, 2/16/01)
1996        Feb 16, Violence in Bangladesh kept the election turnout to about 15%. Opposition leaders filed no candidates and claimed that the results showed that Prime Minister Zia had lost authority to rule.
    (WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 16, Green groups threatened to boycott gas pumps that were not labeled MMT-free. They claimed that the manganese based fuel additive poses health risks. The accusation was denied by the Ethyl Corp.
    (WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)

1997        Feb 16, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., the chairman of a House committee investigating campaign fund-raising activities, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that his probe would be far broader than originally anticipated.
    (AP, 2/16/98)

1998        Feb 16, Mr. Jefferson, the 1st cloned calf, was born in Virginia.
    (www.revivicor.com/MrJefferson.htm)
1998        Feb 16, In Afghanistan 27 people died of the cold. Some 30,000 earthquake survivors were sent 24 truckloads of aid by the Taliban.
    (WSJ, 2/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 16, In Bihar, India, 20 people were killed during the first round of voting.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 16, In China Ren Chengjian was hauled back to Zhengzhou from the US where he faced charges of stealing vast sums, $42 million, from state-run banks and companies.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998        Oct 16, In the Republic of Congo a court indicted 100 members of the recently ousted government on charges of assassination, torture, rape, fraud and theft.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998        Oct 16, Lawmakers in Ecuador and Peru agreed to let their border dispute be resolved by the US, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998        Oct 16, In Japan the Diet approved laws to pump $517 billion in public money into the countrys cash-strapped banks.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998        Feb 16, Skier Hermann Maier of Austria won the Super-G and Katja Seizinger of Germany won the women's downhill at the Nagano Olympics; Russia's Pasha Grishuk and Yeggeny Platov won the ice dancing event.
    (AP, 2/16/08)
1998        Feb 16, In Turkey the government banned Muslim headwear by female students and teachers at religious schools. Separately the leadership of the main Kurdish political party was imprisoned on charges of links to separatist rebels.
    (WSJ, 2/17/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 16, In Taiwan a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R crashed at Chiang Kai-shek airport while trying to land in fog. 196 people on board were killed plus 6 on the ground. The passengers included the governor of Taiwans Central Bank and other financial officials.
    (SFC, 2/17/98, p.A6)(AP, 2/16/08)

1999        Feb 16, In LA a number of possessions of O.J. Simpson were auctioned off to cover his 1997 legal suit. A conservative Christian group purchased his Hall of Fame plaque and other memorabilia and burned it the following day
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 16, The body of Tracy Biletnikoff (20), daughter of football player star Fred Biletnikoff, was found at Canada College in Redwood city, Ca. Her boyfriend, Mohammad Haroon Ali (23) fled to Mexico, but was later arrested as he tried come back over the border.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C3)
1999        Feb 16, Testimony began in the Jasper, Texas, trial of John William King, charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was accused of beating Byrd with a bat and then dragging him behind a truck until the African-American man died from decapitation. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 2/16/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Byrd)
1999        Feb 16, The Chinese Lunar New Year began the Year of the Rabbit.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.C1)(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 16, The Northern Ireland Assembly voted 77 to 29 to create a 12-member executive council to help pave the way for the transfer of some powers from the British government.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 16, Romanian miners began a fresh march on Bucharest.
    (WSJ, 2/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 16, In South Africa the 4 policemen charged with the fatal beating of Steve Biko were denied amnesty.
    (WSJ, 2/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 16, Turkish commandoes reported the capture of Abdullah Ocalan in Kenya. Kurds seized Greek missions around Europe and took hostages. It was later reported that US data helped the Turks capture Ocalan.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/17/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 16, In Uzbekistan six car bombs exploded in Tashkent in an assault aimed at Pres. Islam Karimov. 13 people were killed and at least 120 injured.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A8)

2000        Feb 16, In NYC Lucy Edwards (41), a former bank of New York executive, and her husband, Peter Berlin (46), pleaded guilty to laundering over $7 billion from Russian bankers in exchange for $1.8 million.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.A9)(AP, 2/16/01)
2000        Feb 16, In California an Emory Worldwide DC-8 crashed after lifting off from Mather Airport near Sacramento and all 3 crew members were killed. A disconnected part in the control system was later blamed for the crash.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/21/01, p.A2)
2000        Feb 16, In Germany Wolfgang Schaeuble, leader of the Christian Democrats, resigned.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.A12)
2000        Feb 16, In Israel German Pres. Johannes Rau spoke before the parliament and gave an apology for WW II Nazi genocide.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.D3)
2000        Feb 16, Russia and NATO announced a resumption of contacts that were broken in Mar 1999 due to NATO bombing in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.D3)
2000        Feb 16, Spanish papers reported that former Chilean Gen. Pinochet suffered from brain damage, according to a leaked British medical assessment, and could not stand for trial.
    (WSJ, 2/16/00, p.A1)
2000        Feb 16, In Sri Lanka 57 soldiers and guerrillas were killed in renewed fighting as Knut Vollebaek, the foreign minister of Norway, met with Pres. Chandrika Kumaratunga to help broker peace talks.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.D3)
2000        Feb 16 - 2000 Feb 21, In Colombia militiamen under the command of Rodrigo Tovar (aka Jorge 40) tortured and dismembered at least 60 people in the town of El Salado in northern Bolivar province during this period according to a 2011 report from the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation.
    (AP, 7/8/11)(AP, 5/21/20)

2001        Feb 16, Pres. Bush on his first foreign trip met with Pres. Fox in Mexico. They announced a joint agenda to expand trade, protect immigrant rights and reduce drug trafficking.
    (SFC, 2/17/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/16/02)
2001        Feb 16, Two dozen US and British aircraft bombed 5 radar and other anti-aircraft sites around Baghdad with guided missiles. A number of new guided bombs, AGM-154A priced from $250-700k, missed their targets.
    (SFC, 2/17/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/16/02)
2001        Feb 16, In California Gov. Davis began negotiations to purchase 32,000 miles of transmission lines from the utilities that would allow them to issue bonds to pay off their debt.
    (SFC, 2/17/01, p.A1)
2001        Feb 16, Dr. William H. Masters (b.1915), leading researcher in human sexuality, died at age 85 in Tucson, Ariz. He and Virginia Johnson (Masters and Johnson) authored the best seller "Human Sexual Response" in 1966.
    (SSFC, 2/18/01, p.A24)(NW, 12/31/01, p.108)
2001        Feb 16, Russia test-fired nuclear-capable missiles from land, sea and air positions.
    (SFC, 2/17/01, p.A12)
2001        Feb 16, In Serbia Kosovo militants killed 9 Serbs and injured 43 with a roadside bomb that blew up a bus in northeastern Kosovo.
    (SFC, 2/17/01, p.A12)(SSFC, 2/18/01, p.D1)

2002        Feb 16, Pres. Bush departed on a 6-day Asia trip. Enroute to a three-nation tour of Asia, Bush stopped off at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, where he told hundreds of cheering US soldiers that "America will not blink" in the fight against terrorism and Osama bin Laden.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A3)(AP, 2/16/07)
2002        Feb 16, In Noble, Ga., officials found 334 decomposing bodies at the Tri-State Crematory, where the furnace had not worked for years. Ray Brent Marsh (28), manager of the family operation, was arrested and charged with 5 counts of theft by deception. In 2004 families of the dead settled a class-action suit for $80 million. Marsh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twelve years in prison, with credit for the time he had served before making bond, plus seventy-five years of probation.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Crematory#Criminal_prosecution)
2002        Feb 16, Mark Meier, glacier expert, predicted that oceans would rise 7-11 inches by the end of this century due to polar warming.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A4)
2002        John W. Gardner (89), founder Common Cause, a citizens lobby for the well-being of the nation, died. Gardner joined Pres. Johnsons cabinet in 1965 where he started Medicare and presided over the creation of PBS.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.A6)
2002        Feb 16, In Afghanistan British peacekeepers came under fire at an observation post in Kabul.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 16-17, In Afghanistan US forces made bombing raids aimed at controlling clashes among militia forces. Pentagon officials later said the attacks were against suspected al Qaeda fighters.
    (SFC, 2/19/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 16, Some 20,000 Israelis rallied for peace in Tel Aviv. 2 Israelis were killed when a Palestinian suicide bombed sdd in a pizza restaurant in the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron. In Jenin Nazih Abu Sabaah, a Hamas leader, was killed by a car bomb. In the Bureij refugee camp 3 Palestinians were killed in gunfire with Israeli troops.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 16, Zimbabwe expelled Pierre Schori, head of the EUs 150-member mission to observe elections. EU officials threatened sanctions.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A14)(SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A13)

2003        Feb 16, Michael Waltrip raced past leader Jimmie Johnson to win the rain-shortened Daytona 500 for the second time in three years.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2003          Feb 16, The SF anti-war demonstration cost organizers some $85,000. An estimated 200,000 people participated. Some 1000 protesters clashed with police at the end of the rally and 46 people were arrested. A later aerial study numbered the crowd at 65,000.
    (SFC, 2/17/03, p.A1)(SFC, 2/21/03, A1)
2003        Feb 16, Eleanor "Sis" Daley (95), the matriarch of Chicago's Daley political clan, died.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2003          Feb 16, In Australia PM John Howard said he respects the views of hundreds of thousands of citizens who took part in peace protests over the weekend but would not be swayed by their opposition to war with Iraq.
    (AP, 2/17/03)
2003          Feb 16, In Belgium thieves over the weekend emptied more than 100 vaults at a diamond trading center in what officials said might be the largest theft ever in Antwerp.
    (AP, 2/18/03)
2003          Feb 16, In Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos was elected the country's 5th president over Glafcos Clerides. He opposed current reunification plans.
    (AP, 2/17/03)(WSJ, 2/18/03, p.A1)
2003          Feb 16, Yasser Arafat affirmed in a letter to Britain's Tony Blair that he will honor a pledge to appoint a prime minister. 8 Palestinians were killed, 6 in a mysterious explosion in Gaza City and 2 by Israeli army fire in the West Bank.
    (AP, 2/16/03)(SFC, 2/17/03, A3)
2003          Feb 16, French President Jacques Chirac said in a published interview that the massive US military deployment in the Persian Gulf has made it possible to peacefully disarm Iraq.
    (AP, 2/16/03)
2003          Feb 16, The Israeli Cabinet voted to allow about 17,000 Ethiopians with Jewish roots to come to Israel, lifting immigration restrictions on the group known as Falash Mura.
    (AP, 2/16/03)
2003          Feb 16, In Mexico's central Mexico state voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum in support of executing kidnappers, armed robbers and murderers.
    (AP, 2/17/03)
2003          Feb 16, The 19-member NATO alliance turned to its Defense Planning Committee, which Paris withdrew from in 1966, to negotiate an end to the month-long NATO deadlock over Iraq. NATO agreed to supply Turkey with defense equipment in the event of war with Iraq.
    (AP, 2/16/03)(SFC, 2/17/03, A1)
2003          Feb 16, A Syrian military truck carrying diesel fuel overturned and caught fire at a Lebanese-Syrian border crossing, killing at least 17 people.
    (AP, 2/16/03)

2004        Feb 16, A confident John Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on President Bush's economic policies, mostly ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the Wisconsin primary.
    (AP, 2/16/05)
2004        Feb 16, In Ohio a crane collapsed at an I-80 bridge near Toledo and 3 workers were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 16, In Australia rioters set fire to a train station and pelted police with gasoline bombs in an Aboriginal ghetto in Sydney during a nine-hour street battle that began after a teenager died, allegedly while being chased by officer.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2004        Feb 16, In Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the Justice Ministry to strengthen control over political parties, community organizations and unions.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2004        Feb 16, Ex-soldiers took Haiti's rebellion to the key central city of Hinche, torching the police station and freeing prisoners.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 16, India and Pakistan began historic meetings aimed at preparing for a sustained peace dialogue on Kashmir and other disputes.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2004        Feb 16, An earthquake shook Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing five people and damaging 60 homes.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 16, In Iraq 3 U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bomb blasts. A bomb exploded in a schoolyard in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least one child and wounding three other people,
    (AP, 2/16/04)(SFC, 2/17/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 16, Thailand officials said bird flu has been detected in a previously unaffected Thai province and has resurfaced in eight other provinces that were under observation.
    (AP, 2/16/04)

2005        Feb 16, US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged a go-slow approach on personal Social Security accounts, saying that while he embraces the idea central to President Bush's proposed overhaul, he is concerned about stability in financial markets.
    (AP, 2/16/05)
2005        Feb 16, The NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap, the flash-point issue that led to a lockout.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2005        Feb 16, A corporate jet crashed in Pueblo, Colo., and 8 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/17/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 16, The Kyoto global warming pact went into force, 7 years after it was negotiated, imposing limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases scientists blame for increasing world temperatures, melting glaciers and rising oceans. Canadas pledge to cut emissions 6% below its 1990 level by 2012 faced the problem of an average annual increase of 1.5%.
    (AP, 2/16/05)(WSJ, 2/15/05, p.A16)
2005        Feb 16, Rescuers searching for miners trapped by a coal mine explosion in northeast China found six more bodies, bringing the death toll in the country's worst mining disaster in decades to 209.
    (AP, 2/16/05)
2005        Feb 16, In Ecuador tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Quito's presidential palace to demand President Lucio Gutierrez's resignation, accusing him of authoritarian rule and with packing the supreme court with his own judges.
    (AP, 2/17/05)
2005        Feb 16, India and Pakistan agreed to start a bus service across a ceasefire line dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 2/16/05)
2005        Feb 16, Israel's parliament gave the final approval to PM Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2005        Feb 16, CEO Sergio Marchionne announced Fiat SpA will buy the Maserati sportscar brand from Ferrari, a company in which it already had a majority stake, just three days after winning independence from General Motors Corp.
    (AP, 2/16/05)(Econ, 4/26/08, p.88)
2005        Feb 16, Japan released GDP numbers indicating that its economy has technically been in a recession since Spring of 2004.
    (Econ, 2/19/05, p.40)
2005        Feb 16, In Paraguay the body of Cecilia Cubas, the kidnapped daughter of former President Raul Cubas, was dug up from behind a house months after she was abducted by heavily armed gunmen.
    (AP, 2/17/05)(Econ, 3/12/05, p.40)
2005        Feb 16, In southern Russia a car bomb killed 3 people outside a government building in Dagestan.
    (WSJ, 2/17/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 16, In Sudan 6 tribal leaders in a southern Darfur area agreed to cease attacks against each other and drop all claims for blood money for past assaults on tribesmen.
    (AP, 2/17/05)
2005        Feb 16, Syria and Iran announced a united front amid perceived US threats.
    (WSJ, 2/17/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 16, Former Turkish PM Mesut Yilmaz rejected charges of corruption as he went on trial over a banking scandal with alleged mafia involvement, becoming the first head of government to be tried by the Supreme Court.
    (AFP, 2/16/05)
2005        Feb 16, Vietnam banned all poultry raising in the southern business capital of Ho Chi Minh City this year to limit the risk of bird flu transmitting to humans.
    (AP, 2/16/05)

2006        Feb 16, President Bush said he was satisfied with Vice President Dick Cheney's explanation about his shooting accident; Texas authorities said they had closed their investigation without filing any charges.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2006        Feb 16, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether a top aide improperly helped direct nearly $50 million in Pentagon spending to clients represented by her husband. His request followed a USA TODAY report that he secured $48.7 million in projects for six clients of the aide's spouse's firm.
    (USAT, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Scientists reported that glaciers in Greenland were melting twice as fast as previously believed. The melting of glaciers in South America and in the Himalayas was also accelerating due to global warming.
    (SFC, 2/17/06, p.A14)
2006        Feb 16, The UN released a report saying the US should shut down the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and either release all detainees or bring them to trial.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, In Afghanistan the bodies of two Italian aid workers were found in a guarded compound in Kabul. The Italian news agency ANSA said the two could have died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective stove in the compound.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, Australia's parliament stripped regulatory control of an abortion drug from the country's health minister, a staunch Roman Catholic who once warned of an "epidemic" of abortion in Australia.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, A Belgian court found three men guilty of belonging to an Islamic group linked to terrorist attacks in Madrid and Casablanca and sentenced them to at least six years in jail.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, In China Li Datong said the Bing Dian newspaper supplement, known for hard-hitting coverage of sensitive issues, will resume publication March 1. However he and deputy editor Lu Yuegang were removed from their posts and transferred to the News Research Institute, another department of the China Youth Daily.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, Two shipping accidents off eastern China's Fujian province left 61 sailors missing.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Egypt confirmed its first cases of H5N1 bird flu.
    (Reuters, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Indonesia signed an agreement with Newmont Gold Corp. to drop a civil  suit in exchange for $30 million to be paid over 10 years for a fund to monitor environmental and community development.
    (WSJ, 2/17/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 16, A top official said Iraq's Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into claims that Shiite-led death squads have been operating in the country. Attacks around the country killed at least 19 people, including six Iraqis in a car bombing and three sheiks in a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 2/16/06)(WSJ, 2/17/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 16, In Baghdad, Iraq, gunmen wearing Iraqi special forces uniforms kidnapped Ghalib Abdul Hussein Kubba, director-general of the Basra International Bank, and his son after killing five of their bodyguards.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, In southern Iraq 2 Macedonians working for a cleaning company were abducted in Basra. A $1 million ransom was demanded for their release.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 16, Russia's Evgeni Plushenko beat world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland by an unfathomable 27.12 points to win the gold medal in men's figure skating at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2006        Feb 16, In Karachi, Pakistan, some 40 thousand people shouting "God is Great!" marched and burned effigies of the Danish prime minister in the country's fourth day of protests over cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, A human rights group said that homophobic rhetoric has escalated in Poland since a socially conservative party came to power, threatening the rights of gays and lesbians.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, In Romania authorities investigating the leak of secret military documents, including details on coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, arrested Marian Garleanu, a Romanian journalist, for possession of leaked material. Garleanu denied any wrongdoing and said he was targeted because he has repeatedly exposed corruption in the Ministry of Defense.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Serbia rejected European Union's guidelines for an independence vote in Montenegro, increasing tensions within the troubled Balkan state.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, A government spokesman said a swan found in Slovenia this month died of the lethal H5N1 avian flu virus strain, according to laboratory tests performed in Italy.
    (Reuters, 2/16/06)

2007        Feb 16, The US House of Representatives voted 246-182 for a non-binding resolution opposing Pres. Bushs plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. 17 Republicans voted in favor.
    (SFC, 2/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 16, An annual survey released Forbes.com said Raleigh, North Carolina, topped the list of the best US cities for getting a job.
    (Reuters, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, US coffee giant Starbucks, locked in a trademark tussle with Ethiopia, said it will not oppose Addis Ababa's bid to brand its coffee in America and pledged to pursue dialogue over the matter.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, Francisco Castaneda, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, died of penile cancer that went undiagnosed for more than a year while he was in state and federal custody in California. In 2010 a Los Angeles jury awarded his family $1.73 million.
    (SFC, 11/12/10, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/2atfmvw)
2007        Feb 16, A rebel commander said the Taliban have deployed 10,000 fighters for a spring offensive of "bloody attacks" against foreign troops in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, The ritual sacrifice of a snow-white llama symbolically marked President Evo Morales' nationalization of Bolivia's lone operating tin smelter.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 16, French President Jacques Chirac said US cotton subsidies were scandalous and immoral because they hurt African farmers.
    (Reuters, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, A spokesperson said the UN has allocated $2.35 million from an emergency fund to provide humanitarian aid to Guinea, which is in the midst of a tense nationwide strike.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, The number of Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad's sectarian violence fell drastically overnight. 10 bodies were reported by the morgue in the capital, compared to an average of 40 to 50 per day. A US Marine was killed during combat operations in western Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 16, An Italian judge indicted 26 Americans and five Italians in the abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect on a Milan street in what would be the first criminal trial stemming from the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The proceedings were later suspended pending a ruling on the Italian government's request to throw out the indictments.
    (AP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/16/08)
2007        Feb 16, Japan's Cabinet approved sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program under UN Security Council guidelines.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, Abdul Ghani, a Pakistani health official in charge of a campaign to inoculate children against polio, was killed in a bomb blast following rumors the vaccination was a US plot to sterilize them. Police in southern Pakistan announced they had arrested five suspected militants from the southern city of Karachi and Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad, and that the suspects were planning suicide attacks on foreigners and minority Shiite Muslims. Police also arrested three Islamic militants who were planning suicide attacks to take place at forthcoming Shiite Muslim gatherings in Sindh province.
    (AFP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 16, Perus President Alan Garcia said that he is selling the presidential airplane in an effort to curb "frivolous" expenses in his administration.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, In Poland Antoni Macierewicz (b.1948), vice-minister of national defense, authored a report on the recently disbanded WSI (military intelligence service) that named dozens of current and former agents.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, p.63)(www.warsawvoice.pl/view/13967)
2007        Feb 16, Russian prosecutors released more details on new theft and money laundering charges against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a jailed former oil tycoon, and increased by $2 billion the amount of money they say he and his partner stole from subsidiaries of OAS Yukos.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, In Serbia Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander, his secret police chief and five others were convicted of killing four people in an attack against a prominent opposition leader who survived.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, BBVA, Spain's number two bank, said it has reached an agreement to buy US bank Compass Bancshares for around 9.6 billion US dollars (7.4 billion euros) in the latest major foreign acquisition by a Spanish firm.
    (AFP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, Sri Lanka's navy said it destroyed two Tamil Tiger rebel boats as the craft were hauling hundreds of thousands of steel balls often used in bombs. Four rebel fighters were believed killed. Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lankan security forces of killing 39 civilians and blamed them for the disappearance of 39 others in the last two weeks.
    (AFP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, In Sudan heavy fighting took place between the Targem and Rezegat Maharia tribes in South Darfur state. Unconfirmed reports suggested that between 70 to 100 tribesmen were killed and 14 injured.
    (Reuters, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 16, A Turkish court sentenced seven suspected al-Qaida militants to life in prison for a pair of 2003 suicide bombings in Istanbul that killed 58 people, attacks prosecutors said were ordered by Osama bin Laden.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, A Yemeni official said a boat loaded with Somali and Ethiopian migrants capsized in the Gulf of Aden during a night crossing in which at least 112 people died.
    (AP, 2/16/07)

2008        Feb 16, US President George W. Bush in Benin, opening a five-country Africa tour,  stepped up pressure on Kenyan leaders to accept a power-sharing deal to end their country's deadly political crisis.
    (AFP, 2/16/08)
2008        Feb 16, In Maryland a car plowed into a crowd that had gathered to watch a drag race on a suburban road, killing 8 people and injuring at least four.
    (AP, 2/16/08)(SSFC, 2/17/08, p.A2)
2008        Feb 16, It was reported that the first flowering in 50 years had taken place in the bamboo forests of Bangladesh leading to a plague of rats. The last flowering in 1958 also caused a similar rodent plague.
    (SFC, 2/16/08, p.B6)
2008        Feb 16, Egyptian border guards shot and killed an Eritrean woman and arrested her two young daughters after they tried to cross illegally into Israel.
    (AP, 2/16/08)
2008        Feb 16, The EU gave the final approval for the deployment of a 1,800-member policing and administration mission in Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/16/08)
2008        Feb 16, In Italy Michael Seifert (83), a former SS prison guard who was sentenced to life in prison in Italy for Nazi war crimes, was jailed near Naples, hours after he was extradited from Canada. Seifert, known as the "Beast of Bolzano," was convicted in absentia in 2000 by a military tribunal in Verona on nine counts of murder committed while he was an SS guard at a prison transit camp in Bolzano, northern Italy.
    (AP, 2/16/08)
2008        Feb 16, A company source said Toshiba Corp is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high-definition video, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp.
    (Reuters, 2/16/08)
2008        Feb 16, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into an independent parliament candidate's election office, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 90 days before a crucial vote. A second car bombing near a checkpoint killed two civilians and wounded eight security personnel.
    (AP, 2/16/08)(AP, 2/17/08)

2009        Feb 16, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her Asia tour in Japan calling US-Pacific ties "indispensable" for curbing problems like climate change, the global financial crisis and nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, In Stamford, Connecticut, a 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee  was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled. Travis (15) had once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola. The chimp was acting so agitated earlier that afternoon that the owner gave him the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in some tea. Owner Sandra Herold later denied giving Xanax to the chimp. Charla Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the attack. Doctors later said she will be blind for life.
    (AP, 2/17/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A5)(AP, 4/7/09)
2009        Feb 16, In Kansas Republican legislators blocked an effort by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to transfer funds to allow the state to pay its bills. Income tax refunds were suspended and the state payroll was threatened. The impasse was resolved the next day as Gov. Sibelius met a key Republican demand and signed a bill to balance the budget.
    (WSJ, 2/17/09, p.A5)(WSJ, 2/18/09, p.A6)
2009        Feb 16, Konrad Dannenberg (b.1912), German-born rocket designer, died in Huntsville, Ala. He was part of Werner von Brauns rocket development team, which sent a rocket into outer space (1942) and came to the US after WW II.
    (WSJ, 2/21/09, p.A5)
2009        Feb 16, A new British anti-terrorism law went into effect that could effectively bar photographers from taking pictures of police of military personnel.
    (SFC, 2/17/09, p.A2)
2009        Feb 16, Authorities acknowledged that nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, touching off new concerns about the safety of the world's deep sea missile fleets. The HMS Vanguard, the oldest vessel in Britain's nuclear-armed submarine fleet, and the French Le Triomphant submarine, which was also carrying nuclear missiles, both suffered minor damage in the collision.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, Sir Ernest Harrison (b.1926), British businessman, died. He led Racal Electronic PLC and oversaw the birth of Vodafone Group PLC (1988).
    (WSJ, 2/28/09, p.A8)
2009        Feb 16, Chinas Pres. Hu Jintao arrived in Mauritius to sign deals worth more than 270 million dollars to fund infrastructure projects on the Indian Ocean island. The next day he  pledged continued aid to Africa despite his country's economic downturn, and wrapped up a four-nation visit to the continent.
    (AFP, 2/17/09)
2009        Feb 16, France's top judicial body recognized the French government's responsibility for the deportation of Jews during World War II, the clearest such recognition of the state's role in the Holocaust.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, On the French island of Guadeloupe police detained about 50 people after coming under a barrage of stones as they tried to take down barricades. On Martinique as many as 10,000 demonstrators marched through the narrow streets of the capital to protest spiraling food prices and denounce the business elite.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, In Iraq roadside bombs struck two minibuses filled with Shiite pilgrims returning to Baghdad, killing eight people, in the latest of a series of deadly attacks targeting the pilgrims.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, Officials said Israel has taken control of a large chunk of land near a prominent West Bank settlement, paving the way for the possible construction of 2,500 settlement homes, in a new challenge to Mideast peacemaking.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, Japan warned it was in the deepest economic crisis since World War II, after Asia's biggest economy suffered its worst contraction in almost 35 years.
    (AFP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, In Madagascar anti-government protesters threw stones and police responded with tear gas as opposition leader Andry Rajoelina continued his attempts to force out the president. No casualties were immediately reported.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, Pakistans government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across much the northwest in concessions aimed at pacifying the Taliban insurgency spreading from the border region to the country's interior.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, Russias Pres. Medvedev replaced four provincial governors for their poor performance amid financial crisis and named new governors for the western Oryol, Pskov and Voronezh regions and the northern Nenets region.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, Russia Pres. Medvedev said Bolivia will receive helicopters from Russia to help fight drugs as well as assistance to develop energy resources.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan (86), South Korea's first cardinal, died. He was a tireless advocate for democracy and stood up to a string of military dictators.
    (AP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, In Spain Samsung of South Korea unveiled the world's first solar-powered mobile phone at an industry show where the sector is showcasing the new technology it hopes will drive demand through the economic crisis.
    (AFP, 2/16/09)
2009        Feb 16, The UN said Tamil Tiger guerrillas have prevented tens of thousands of civilians from leaving Sri Lanka's war zone and those trying to escape have been "shot and sometimes killed."
    (AP, 2/16/09)

2010        Feb 16, New US Treasury data said China's holdings of US Treasury bonds tumbled in December, allowing Japan to take over as the top holder of American government debt.
    (AFP, 2/16/10)
2010        Feb 16, Simon Property Group Inc sought to pluck General Growth Properties out of bankruptcy, offering to pay $7 billion to creditors and nearly $3 billion to shareholders in a deal that would combine the two largest U.S. shopping mall owners.
    (Econ, 2/20/10, p.64)(www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61F2JS20100216)
2010        Feb 16, In New Jersey Shamsid-Din Abdul-Raheem (21) threw his 3-month-old daughter off the Garden State Parkway Driscoll Bridge after the mother filed a restraining order against him. The body of the infant was found on April 24.
    (SSFC, 4/25/10, p.A9)
2010        Feb 16, William Gordon (b.1918), American astronomer, died. He designed the Arecibo radio telescope, completed in 1963, in Puerto Rico.
    (Econ, 2/27/10, p.87)
2010        Feb 16, Argentinas Pres. Cristina Fernandez issued a decree seeking to control all shipping to and from the Falkland Islands, escalating her fight with Britain over drilling for oil and gas in the South Atlantic.
    (SFC, 2/17/10, p.A2)
2010        Feb 16, In Austria 14 countries and the European Commission adopted the Danube River Basin Management Plan, a cleanup plan for the Danube River and its tributaries. Participating countries included Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
    (AP, 2/16/10)
2010        Feb 16, In Canada Maelle Ricker thrilled a rowdy hometown crowd and easily won the women's Olympic snowboard cross title, bagging the first gold for a Canadian woman on home soil.
    (AP, 2/17/10)
2010        Feb 16, Jorge Puello, who surged into the spotlight by providing food, medicine and legal assistance to the 10 Americans jailed in Haiti, acknowledged in a phone interview from the Dominican Rep., that he is named in a 2003 federal indictment out of Vermont that accuses him of smuggling illegal immigrants from Canada into the United States. He was already being pursued by authorities in the Dominican Republic on an Interpol warrant out of El Salvador, where police said he led a ring that lured young women and girls into prostitution.
    (AP, 2/17/10)
2010        Feb 16, Dubai police appealed for an international manhunt after releasing names and photos of an alleged 11-member European hit squad accused of stalking and killing a Hamas commander on Jan 19 in a plot that mixed cold precision with spy caper disguises such as fake beards and wigs.
    (AP, 2/16/10)
2010        Feb 16, Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region said it would allow sponsor Russia to build a military base on its soil for land troops, strengthening the region's dependence on Moscow and provoking ire from Tbilisi..
    (www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61F3JE20100216)
2010        Feb 16, Greek customs officials and finance ministry employees walked off the job for a 3-day strike as protests grew against the governments austerity measures, which aimed at pulling the country out a debt crises.
    (SFC, 2/17/10, p.A2)
2010        Feb 16, In Guinea a decree said that Cmdr. Claude Pivi will stay on as minister in charge of presidential security. Pivi is considered a rogue commander who is accused of torturing civilians, including a group of students he arrested outside a nightclub after discovering the side mirror on his SUV was missing. Lt. Col. Moussa Tiegboro was appointed to a special ministerial post within Gen. Sekouba Konate's office. Tiegboro has been named in a UN investigation as one of the principle actors behind a Sept. 28 massacre of at least 157 unarmed civilians.
    (AP, 2/17/10)
2010        Feb 16, Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shrugging off international concerns,  announced the country was moving ahead to expand its nuclear enrichment capacities by installing more advanced machinery at its main enrichment facility.
    (AP, 2/16/10)
2010        Feb 16, In Iraq Zia Toma (21), an engineering student, was killed in Mosul, the third in as many days, as community leaders warned of rising violence against the minority ahead of Iraq's March 7 general election. The gunman also wounded pharmacy student Ramsin Shmael (22), both Assyrian Christians.
    (AFP, 2/16/10)(AFP, 2/20/10)
2010        Feb 16, Mexican authorities found the decapitated bodies of five men in the town of Escuinapa, Sinaloa state. 2 of the heads were missing their ears and two more had a "Z" carved on their backs in an apparent reference to the Zetas drug gang.
    (AP, 2/17/10)
2010        Feb 16, Mozambique state media reported that a mob attacked health workers in a town in the northern town of Macoroja, killing one and injuring three others, after accusing them of spreading cholera.
    (AFP, 2/17/10)
2010        Feb 16, Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it was freezing executive pay and revamping bonus policy in the wake of a shareholder rebellion at its annual meeting last year.
    (AP, 2/16/10)
2010        Feb 16, Pakistani intelligence officials said the Taliban's top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured some days ago in Karachi.
    (AP, 2/16/10)(Reuters, 2/17/10)
2010        Feb 16, In Sudan gunmen attacked a police convoy outside Nyala in south Darfur, wounding seven Pakistani police officers serving with the UN-AU force. 2 people were soon arrested in connection with an ambush.
    (AP, 2/18/10)
2010        Feb 16, Thailand officials said tests conducted by the government have found that British-made bomb detectors it bought for a total of $21 million have an accuracy rate of only 20 percent, but they will continue to be used.
    (AP, 2/16/10)
2010        Feb 16, UN Sec. General Ban Ki-moon announced that the intl. convention banning cluster bombs has received the 30 ratifications required and will enter into force on August 1.
    (SFC, 2/17/10, p.A2)

2011        Feb 16, The IBM computer named Watson beat two former Jeopardy champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, finishing a 3-day match at the TV quiz show.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.D4)
2011        Feb 16, In California Norman Wielsch (49), commander of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team, was arrested along with Christopher Butler (49), owner of a Concord private investigation firm, for allegedly stealing and selling drugs. Stephen Tanabe (47), a Contra Costa deputy sheriff, was arrested on March 4 on drug and weapons charges related to the case against Wielsch and Butler. Tanabe resigned on March 10 after being accused of making dirty DUI arrests. Butler later said he helped Wielsch set up a house of prostitution at 670 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill in 2009. Butler also said Wielsch robbed prostitutes whose operations competed with his own. Butler and Wielsch were indicted on Aug 15 on drug and corruption charges. Tanabe was indicted on Dec 15. On May 4, 2012, Butler pleaded guilty to 7 criminal counts. His former associate, vice cop Louis Lombardi, was sentenced to 3 years in prison. He had admitted to 9 felonies while working under Wielsch. On Sep 25, 2012, Butler was sentenced to 8 years in prison. On Dec 5, 2012, Wielsch pleaded guilty to stealing drugs and robbing prostitutes. On May 20, 2013, Wielsch was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.C2)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.C3)(SFC, 5/13/11, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/11, p.C1)(SFC, 12/17/11, p.C2)(SFC, 5/5/12, p.A8)(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A1)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.C3)(SFC, 5/21/13, p.C1)
2011        Feb 16, Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected plans for a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, turning down over $2 billion in federal money.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A8)
2011        Feb 16, Hawaii lawmakers approved a bill to allow civil unions from same-sex couples. Gov. Neil Abercrombie planned to sign it and civil unions would begin Jan 1, 2012.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 16, In Elkins, West Virginia, a deputy US marshal was killed an 2 others wounded when drug suspect Charles E. Smith opened fire on them with a shotgun. Smith was shot dead.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 16, Borders Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection and said it would close about one-third of its bookstores, after years of shriveling sales that made it impossible to manage its crushing debt load.
    (Reuters, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, France-based Sanofi-Aventis agreed to buy Massachusetts-based Genzyme Corp., the worlds largest maker of medicines for rare genetic disorders, for at least 20.1 billion.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.D2)
2011        Feb 16, Google CEO Eric Schmidt unveiled the one-stop payment service, called One Pass, at Berlin's Humboldt University. The announcement came a day after Apple rolled out a long-awaited subscription service for applications designed for its iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding a 30 percent cut of all subscriptions sold on those mobile apps while Google is charging 10 percent. Schmidt also announced that Google was funding a Berlin-based institute in conjunction with Humboldt University. It would examine the evolution of the Internet and its impact on society.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Albanian lawmakers voted to lift the immunity of Ilir Meta, a former prime minister (1999-2002) accused of corruption, paving the way for him to be investigated in a case that has triggered a severe political crisis.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, In Argentina the collision of two trains near the San Miguel station, 12 miles west of Buenos Aires, killed four people and injured about 70 others, 14 critically.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Bahraini protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from their rulers held their ground in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressure in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Brazilian authorities said they have arrested 19 Goias state troopers suspected of taking part in a death squad that allegedly murdered and tortured innocent women and children. Officials said Martha Rocha (51), a 27-year police veteran who led a division responsible for protection of women, will replace Allan Turnowski as head of the troubled 12,000-member Rio Civil Police.
    (AP, 2/16/11)(AFP, 2/17/11) 
2011        Feb 16, Colombian rebels released to the International Red Cross the last two captives of a batch of six after a confusing weekend delay that bred ill will. FARC freed a 35-year-old police major seized in 2007 and an army corporal captured in 2008.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Egypts ruling military council issued its 2nd statement in 3 days calling for an immediate halt to all labor unrest. Airport employees protested for better pay, but did not disrupt flights. Textile workers struck to demand a corruption investigation and residents of a Suez Canal city pressed for closing a chemical factory they say is dumping toxic waste into a lake.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, International migration officials said nearly 100 Egyptians have arrived in Italy in two boats, as fears rose about a wave of people trying to reach Europe because of turmoil in the Arab world.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, In India Maoist rebels in eastern Orissa state kidnapped a senior local official and his aide and demanded an end to security force operations in the area.
    (AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 16, Indonesian marine police said they have up 129 starving men from Myanmar off the coast of Aceh. The refugees all belonged to the Rohingya minority, who are not recognized by Myanmars military rulers.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 16, Iran's opposition leaders remained defiant despite calls from hard-liners for them to be brought to trial and put to death, with reform advocate Mahdi Karroubi saying he was willing to "pay any price" in pursuit of democratic change. State TV called Mousavi and Karroubi mercenaries carrying out a plot designed by Iran's enemies and urged government supporters to rally on Feb 18. Supporters and opponents of the Iranian government clashed at a funeral for a student, Sanee Zhaleh (26), shot dead during the Feb 14 opposition rally. His allegiance was claimed by both sides.
    (AP, 2/16/11)(Reuters, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, A Iraqi teenager was killed when private guards shot at protesters who set fire to several government offices in Kut, the capital of Wasit province. 3 demonstrators were killed in Kut. Baghdads city government demanded that the US pay $1 billion and apologize for damage to the city caused by blast walls erected during the nearly 8-year long war.
    (AFP, 2/16/11)(AP, 2/17/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.54)
2011        Feb 16, In the Ivory Coast bodies of people, who voted for the opponent of Laurent Gbagbo, have continued to turn up at city morgues. It was reported that at least 296 people have been killed since the Nov 28 elections. The number was based on calls to a UN hot line from family members. Another 100 people were said to be missing.
    (SFC, 2/16/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 16, A government official said Japan, as of Feb 10, has temporarily suspended its annual Antarctic whaling after repeated harassment by a conservationist group.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, In Libya at least four people were killed in clashes with security forces in Al-Baida, as the country faced a Feb 17 nationwide "Day of Anger" called by cyber-activists.
    (AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 16, Mexican police arrested 2 police officers related to the Feb 14  killing of top intelligence officer Homero Salcido Trevino. A battle between gang members and soldiers left two gunmen dead and paralyzed the western town Zitacuaro.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 16, In South Sudan a one-day meeting began in Juba between leaders of all the souths parties, the start of a consultation process to draw up a constitution for the new nation. South Sudan's ruling party accused northern authorities of arming rebels since the region's landmark independence vote last month, including renegade troops behind clashes that killed more than 200 people last week.
    (AFP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Yemeni authorities flooded the streets of the capital with 2,000 police to try to halt six days of Egypt-style demonstrations against the president of 32 years. One person was killed when police and protesters clashed in the southern port of Aden in the first known death during Yemen's political unrest.
    (AP, 2/16/11)

2012        Feb 16, In Long Beach, Ca., an immigration agent shot and injured another agent and was then killed by a third colleague in a federal building.
    (SFC, 2/17/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 16, The US returned shipwreck treasure from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, which sank off the coast of Portugal in 1804, to Spain. Odyssey marine Exploration of Tampa, Florida, salvaged treasure from the ship in 2007 at a cost of $2.6 million. Spain had agreed to pay $20 for each coin found on the ship. Some 594,000 silver coins and a couple hundred gold coins were found.
    (SFC, 6/11/12, p.E1)
2012        Feb 16, In Iowa China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping reached out to heartland America with billions of dollars in farm deals.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, In Detroit Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (25) of Nigeria was given a mandatory life sentence for trying to blow up a packed jetliner with a bomb sewn into his underwear. Four months ago he pleaded guilty to all charges related to the Dec 25, 2009, Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 16, The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation (42-33) legalizing same-sex marriage, sending the bill to Republican Governor Chris Christie, a possible vice-presidential candidate. Gov. Christie vetoed the measure the next day.
    (Reuters, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 16, NY Times journalist Anthony Shadid (b.196), a Lebanon-born 2-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, died from an apparent asthma attack as he prepared to leave Syria.
    (SFC, 2/18/12, p.A3)
2012        Feb 16, The mediation and security council of the West African regional group ECOWAS approved humanitarian aid of three million dollars for victims of the food crisis and rebel attacks in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger).
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Britains PM David Cameron, on a trip to meet first minister Alex Salmond in Edinburgh, made an impassioned plea to the Scots to remain within the United Kingdom, offering instead more devolved power.
    (Reuters, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Wildlife activists said poachers in Cameroon have slaughtered at least 200 elephants in the past five weeks, where they are more dangerously endangered than anywhere else on Earth.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, In CongoDRC police in Kinshasa used tear gas to block a march by Christian groups protesting alleged fraud in the November polls that returned President Joseph Kabila and his party to power. Three priests and two nuns were among those jailed.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 16, Ecuador's highest court upheld a July 20, 2011, criminal libel verdict favoring President Rafael Correa, sentencing three newspaper executives and a columnist to three years in prison each and ordering them to pay a total of $42 million in damages. Three of the four defendants left Ecuador before the verdict, saying they feared for their safety, and Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli announced he was granting political asylum to El Universo's director, Carlos Perez.  
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, The European Parliament approved a divisive new fishing and farming accord with Morocco that will reduce customs costs and boost trade across the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Indian police detained 35 Tibetan students at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi against Beijing's rule over Tibet.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance said it has agreed to begin evacuating its long-time base in a camp in central Iraq to transfer to a UN-approved site near Baghdad.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, An Iraqi judicial panel said that Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi and his employees ran death squads that for years carried out deadly attacks on security officials and Shiite pilgrims. Al-Hashemi was in Iraq's northern Kurdish region, where he has sought refuge from the central government in Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu paid a historic visit to Cyprus, declaring the two countries' warming ties a "natural relationship" in a reflection of the rapidly shifting alliances in this turbulent part of the world.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Israeli defense officials say they will buy military training jets from Italy.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed agreed to demands for early elections, after taking power last week in what his ousted predecessor described as a coup d'etat.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Mali said its army is going on the offensive against Tuareg rebels after a number of strategic retreats during the first weeks of fighting. A government-backed plan was presented, drawn up by political parties, that involves them trying to bring rebels to the negotiating table.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, In Nigeria unknown gunmen shot and killed two police officers in Minna, Niger state. 32 people were killed in a head-on crash between two buses in Bauchi state.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 16, Pakistan welcomed the leaders of Afghanistan and Iran for a regional summit at a key juncture in peace efforts with the Taliban and amid rising tensions between Tehran and Israel.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Palestinian police said a truck lost control in slick, rainy weather and barreled into a school bus in the West Bank, killing at least seven children and a teacher.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Senegal police opened fire with tear gas on protesters who had gone ahead with a sleep-in at a downtown square, even though the government had banned the demonstration being held one week before the country's presidential election.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, Syrian forces attacked the city of Daraa, carrying out arrests and shooting randomly in the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted 11 months ago. At least 41 people were killed as security forces bore down on focal points of dissent. UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the violence in Syria and urged the international community to find a common response to the unrest. The UN General Assembly demanded an immediate halt to Syria's brutal crackdown on dissent. In a strongly worded resolution adopted by a 137-12 vote, member states demanded Assad's government stop attacking civilian demonstrators and start pulling troops back to barracks.
    (AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 16, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Afghanistan to make fighting drug trafficking a priority as opium harvests soar in the world's top producer, and said the world must help in the effort in his opening address in Vienna of a Paris Pact meeting to fight drug trafficking in Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, In Yemen Tariq al-Dahab, a senior al-Qaida leader, was killed by his half brother Hizam in a family feud. An ensuing gunbattle between his followers and opponents left Hizam and 15 other militants dead. Another al-Qaida-linked fighter was killed in clashes with the army in Zinjibar that also left eight soldiers wounded.
    (AP, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 16, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe told foreign firms to form partnerships with Zimbabweans to secure their investments under new rules requiring them to cede majority stakes to locals.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 16, An animal protection group said 4 Chinese nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe on cruelty charges after they cut up and ate rare tortoises. The 4 men were found to have entered Zimbabwe illegally and worked without permits in the small scale mining district of Bikita. They awaited deportation.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

2013        Feb 16, Italian sailor Giovanni Soldini led an 8-member team of the Maserati to a record 47-day trip from NYC around Cape Horn to San Francisco, beating a 1998 monohull record.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A12)
2013        Feb 16, A San Francisco Bay ferry was struck by a 22-foot motorboat in Richardson Bay. Motorboat pilot Harry Holzhauer (68) was killed. In 2018 a federal appeals court upheld $4.2 million in damages against the Golden Gate Bridge District for the collision. A jury found the ferry captain 30% responsible and Holzhauer 70% responsible.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ycyfhny6)(SFC, 8/13/18, p.C1)
2013        Feb 16, Alberto Morales (42), the Florida prisoner who escaped in Texas after stabbing a detective with his eyeglasses was fatally shot after refusing to cooperate with officers and lunging at them. Morales had escaped on Feb 11 from a Wal-Mart parking lot after attacking the Miami-Dade, Fla., detective.
    (AP, 2/16/13)
2013        Feb 16, Afghan Pres. Karzai issued a decree that orders the prosecution of Afghan security forces involved in torturing prisoners and requires all future interrogations be videotaped.
    (AP, 2/17/13)
2013        Feb 16, In Bangladesh an estimated 100,000 people demonstrated in Dhaka demanding move severe punishment for war criminals from the countrys 1971 liberation war.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)
2013        Feb 16, Bulgarias PM Boiko Borisov fired Simeon Djankov, his finance minister and deputy prime minister. Djankov was unpopular for his austerity policies.
    (Econ, 2/23/13, p.52)0
2013        Feb 16, Egypts interior ministry announced a move to purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols for police officers. This ended 5 days of strikes by police demanding greater firepower under increasing lawlessness.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)
2013        Feb 16, A court in Egypt ordered a TV channel that airs belly dancing clips off the air for showing "sexually explicit" content and operating without a broadcast license.
    (AP, 2/16/13)
2013        Feb 16, In India the bodies of three sisters aged 7, 9 and 11 were found in a village well in Bhandara district in Maharashtra after they had gone missing from school two days earlier. Police eventually registered a case of rape and murder after a post-mortem of the girls found that they had been sexually abused and brutally killed.
    (AP, 2/22/13)
2013        Feb 16, In Iraq a suicide bomber, pretending to ask for help, assassinated Brig. Gen. Ali Aouni, the head of the Iraq Defense Ministry's intelligence academy, and three bodyguards at his home in the Tal Afar.
    (AP, 2/16/13)
2013        Feb 16, A court in L'Aquila, Italy, convicted four people in the collapse of a university dormitory during the 2009 earthquake in that Apennine mountain town. Eight students died in the collapse during the powerful quake, which struck in the pre-dawn hours of April 6, 2009.
    (AP, 2/16/13)
2013        Feb 16, In Kenya a suspected militant died while planting an improvised explosive device in Garissa at a venue where one of the country's presidential contenders was going to hold a campaign rally.
    (AP, 2/21/13)
2013        Feb 16, In rural northern Nigeria an Islamist group calling itself Ansaru attacked a camp for a construction company in Bauchi state, killing a guard and kidnapping seven foreign workers from Britain, Greece, Italy and Lebanon. Ansaru is a acronym for Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa.
    (AP, 2/17/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.46)
2013        Feb 16, In Pakistan bomb went off in a Shiite Muslim-dominated residential suburb of the city of Quetta killing at least 81 people and wounding some 160. Most of the dead and wounded were Hazaras, an ethnic group that migrated from Afghanistan over a century ago. 8 more people soon died of their wounds bringing the death toll to 89.
    (AP, 2/16/13)(AP, 2/17/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013        Feb 16, G20 leaders meeting in Moscow said there would be no currency war and deferred plans to set new debt-cutting targets, underlining broad concern about the fragile state of the world economy.
    (AP, 2/16/13)
2013        Feb 16, A Syrian activist group said pro-government gunmen have kidnapped more than 300 people Idlib province in retaliation for the abduction of 42 Shiite Muslims this week. At least one person was killed in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk by sniper fire. In the southern region of Quneitra rebels briefly controlled a military checkpoint in the town of Khan Arnaba and captured five officers before they withdrew.
    (AP, 2/16/13)
2013        Feb 16, Syrian peace activist Omar Aziz (64), detained last November, died of health complications at a military hospital.
    (AP, 2/22/13)
2013        Feb 16, In Tunisia thousands of supporters of the ruling Islamist party marched in  Tunis in response to rising criticism of the countrys direction.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)
2013        Feb 16, In Zimbabwe a pastor and three activists were arrested for holding a voter education meeting a day after President Robert Mugabe announced March 16 as the date for a referendum on a new constitution.
    (AP, 2/17/13)

2014        Feb 16, In Colorado 3 people were killed in a single-engine plan crash near Telluride.
    (SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)
2014        Feb 16, A winter storm hit New England overnight with more than a foot of snow in parts of Massachusetts. Thousands on Cape cod were left without power.
    (SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)
2014        Feb 16, In Pennsylvania the FBI said it was in contact with Sunbury police regarding Miranda Barbour (19) who says she wants to plead guilty to the killing Troy LaFerrara last November. She said she has also killed at least 22 people across the country over the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.
    (SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)
2014        Feb 16, In the Central African Republic troops of the MISCA African Union force clashed with anti-balaka militias at Cantonnier, near the border with Cameroon. 8 people, including 6 civilians, were killed in the firefight.
    (AFP, 2/18/14)
2014        Feb 16, In Egypt a suicide bomber on a tourist bus in the Sinai peninsula killed the Egyptian driver and 3 South Koreans. At least a dozen other tourists on the bus were wounded.
    (AP, 2/16/14)(AP, 2/17/14)
2014        Feb 16, Japanese media said the second heavy snowfall in a week has killed up to a dozen people and injured hundreds over the weekend, while paralyzing traffic and causing power outages. A record 45 inches of snow fell on Yamanashi.
    (AP, 2/16/14)(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Feb 16, In Almaty, Kazakhstan, protesters waived their knickers in a protest  ostensibly over a rule regulating synthetic underwear. The pantie protesters were rounded up and led away. The real anger was over the recent devaluation of the countrys currency.
    (Econ, 2/22/14, p.35)
2014        Feb 16, In Libya the wreckage of a helicopter was found near es-Sider port. Authorities began searching for the bodies of the five people who were on board.
    (Reuters, 2/18/14)
2014        Feb 16, In Macedonia an explosion wounded five Roma children in western town of Tetovo. Three people were soon detained in the case.
    (AP, 2/17/14)
2014        Feb 16, In west Nepal a small plane owned by state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation crashed with 18 people aboard in bad weather. Rescuers found the wreckage of the 43-year-old de Havilland Twin Otter the next day near Machinelek.
    (Reuters, 2/16/14)(AP, 2/17/14)
2014        Feb 16, In North Korea John Short (75), an Australian missionary, was questioned and then arrested in his Pyongyang hotel, a day after he arrived there. He has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years and has been arrested previously in China for evangelizing.
    (AP, 2/20/14)
2014        Feb 16, In southwest Pakistan a bomb placed by an ethnic separatist group derailed a train, killing 8 people in Kashmor district, Sindh province. A roadside bomb killed a police officer guarding a polio vaccination drive in the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AP, 2/16/14) 
2014        Feb 16, A faction of the Pakistani Taliban announced that they had killed 23 soldiers, who they said had been kidnapped in 2010.
    (AP, 2/17/14)
2014        Feb 16, A spokesman for Gaza's Hamas rulers said that the Islamic militant group will oppose any international force in a future Palestine, adding a new complication to US-brokered peace efforts.
    (AP, 2/16/14)
2014        Feb 16, In the southern Philippines Suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists kidnapped a Filipino couple, adding to a group of hostages they are holding that includes two European tourists.
    (AP, 2/16/14)
2014        Feb 16, In Saudi Arabia another man died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 60 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.
    (AP, 2/17/14)
2014        Feb 16, South African rescuers worked to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, a suburb just east of Johannesburg. 22 miners were arrested as they emerged over the next 24 hrs. An unknown number of other miners refused to come up.
    (AP, 2/16/14)(Reuters, 2/17/14)
2014        Feb 16, Switzerland told the newest EU member, Croatia, that it will not be able to sign a labor market pact as planned on July 1, following a shock referendum vote in favor of immigration curbs.
    (Reuters, 2/16/14)
2014        Feb 16, The Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) appointed a new military chief. Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir replaces Gen. Salim Idris, who was criticized by many in the opposition for being ineffective.
    (AP, 2/17/14)
2014        Feb 16, In Tunisia armed militants operating a fake checkpoint in the northwest killed 4 people and wounded four others.
    (AP, 2/16/14)
2014        Feb 16, In Ukraine anti-government demonstrators in Kiev ended their nearly three-month occupation of City Hall as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters.
    (AP, 2/16/14)
2014        Feb 16, Venezuelas Pres. Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US consular officials that he accused of infiltrating universities.
    (SFC, 2/17/14, p.A2)

2015        Feb 16, A judge in Texas granted a temporary injunction on an Obama order that would have protected about four million undocumented foreigners from deportation and was due to come into effect from Feb 18.0
    (AFP, 2/17/15)
2015        Feb 16, In West Virginia a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed east of Charleston. At least 12-15 cars derailed and at least one tank car fell into the Kanahwa River.
    (SFC, 2/17/15, p.A5)
2015        Feb 16, Leslie Gore (68), singer and songwriter, died of lung cancer in NYC. Her hits included Its My Party (1963) and You Dont Own Me (1963).
    (SFC, 2/18/15, p.D4)
2015        Feb 16, The Armenian president asked the country's parliament speaker to withdraw his signature from a groundbreaking 2009 agreement with Turkey meant to restore ties between the two nations due to "preconditions" that Turkey put in place before it ratifies its part of the deal.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Bahrain said it has deployed fighter planes to help support Jordan, a day after it announced plans to send troops to the kingdom.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, In China a party watchdog said Su Rong, a former provincial party leader and former vice chairman of China's top political advisory body, has been expelled from the ruling Communist party and stripped of all government positions. Su Rong was accused of taking bribes in return for government positions and will likely face criminal charges.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, A Danish court jailed two suspected accomplices of the slain gunman behind the recent deadly attacks in Copenhagen while PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said there were no signs of links to a wider terror network.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, In East Timor opposition party member Rui Maria de Araujo was sworn in as prime minister, leading a smaller 38-member Cabinet for the half-island nation.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. 40 to 50 militants were reported killed along with 7 civilians.
    (Reuters, 2/16/15)(Econ., 2/21/15, p.44)
2015        Feb 16, The European Union published a new sanctions list of individuals and entities. It added 9 more entities and 19 more individuals, including a Russian deputy minister of defense, for their actions linked to the fighting in eastern Ukraine. There was a week's lapse in the publishing of the list because of the negotiations which led to an agreement between Ukraine and Russia on Feb 12.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, The leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine said that observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) must have "free access" for their work in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, A German court said a 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Greece offered to accept conditions on an extension to its loan agreements with the euro zone, and even an inspection by the European Commission, at a fraught meeting in Brussels.
    (Reuters, 2/18/15)
2015        Feb 16, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its coalition partners launched air strikes against Islamic State targets; two in Syria and 13 in Iraq over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Nigeria said its troops backed by air strikes have recaptured the northeastern towns of Monguno and Marte from Islamist Boko Haram insurgents.
    (Reuters, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents attacked a Cameroon military camp near the town of Waza in the north of the country, wounding several soldiers.
    (Reuters, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Kaspersky Labs, founded in 1997 in Moscow, released a report on how a gang it calls Carbanak had hacked the computer systems of banks around the world. The company also said it had discovered the Equation /Group, apparently a part of the NSA, which it said was able to embed spyware in computers.
    (Econ., 2/21/15, p.63)
2015        Feb 16, Sierra Leone's government promised a full investigation after an internal audit found that nearly one-third of the money received to fight Ebola was spent without saving the necessary receipts and invoices to justify the spending.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, South Korea's ruling party-controlled legislature approved President Park Geun-hye's appointment of Lee Wan Koo in a 148-128 vote.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, In South Sudan an unidentified armed group abducted at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from their homes in the northern town of Wau Shilluk.
    (AP, 2/21/15)
2015        Feb 16, In Spain court papers showed that a Granada court has dropped charges against 11 out of 12 suspects in the country's biggest ever clerical sex abuse scandal because the statute of limitations had expired.
    (AFP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Sudanese security officers seized the print runs of 13 newspapers in one of the most sweeping crackdowns on the press in recent years. There was no immediate word from the authorities on why the newspapers had been seized.
    (AFP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Syrian state news said 9 people, including three children, were killed today in rebel fire on a government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo.
    (AFP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, Turkey said it was temporarily closing its embassy in Yemen, the latest foreign mission to do so following the takeover of power by Shiite Huthi militiamen.
    (AFP, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian rebels said they would open a safe corridor for as many as 7,000 Ukrainian troops out of the encircled town of Debaltseve on condition they surrender the territory, an offer the Kiev military promptly rejected.
    (Reuters, 2/16/15)
2015        Feb 16, In Yemen supporters of former President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi seized radio and television buildings in the southern city of Aden after they accused security forces of working for Shiite rebels who control the capital. One soldier and two Hadi supporters were reported killed in clashes.
    (AP, 2/16/15)

2016        Feb 16, US authorities said they have frozen the assets of two leaders of the notorious MS-13 street gang based in Central America. The order freezes the US assets of gang leaders Jose Roberto Orellana and Dany Balmore Romero Garcia, and prohibits Americans from engaging in transactions with them.
    (AP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, The United States signed a bilateral agreement authorizing up to 110 scheduled daily flights to Cuba.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, US authorities seized 154 pounds of cocaine valued at $2 million at Port Everglades in Florida.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 16, Belgian police arrested ten people in the Brussels area who were allegedly part of a network recruiting people to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Colombia Sen. Carlos Ferro resigned as deputy Interior minister as soon as a video, in which he discusses sexual encounters with other men, went viral. Ferro denied any wrongdoing or abuse of his political position.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Congo DRC a one-day general strike called to pressure President Joseph Kabila to quit power when his mandate ends in December paralyzed most economic activity in Kinshasa.
    (Reuters, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Egypt Boutros Boutros-Ghali (93), the first UN chief from the African continent, died in Cairo. He helped negotiate Egypt's landmark peace deal with Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a single term as UN secretary-general (1992-1996).
    (AP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 16, Greeces Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said four of five new migrant registration centers are "ready to function and welcome refugees".
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In India students, journalists and teachers protested in New Delhi after a student union leader's arrest and subsequent violence by Hindu nationalists.
    (AP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, An Iraqi army helicopter crashed due to a technical malfunction during a routine flight, killing all 9 crew members.
    (Reuters, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Mexico Pope Francis encouraged young people to "dare to dream" of a crime-free life and priests to stay strong despite relentless violence as he visited a region lacerated by drug gangs.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In the southern Philippines 4 people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed in a roadside bombing by suspected Muslim insurgents who wanted to attack military reinforcements in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
2016        Feb 16, Russia's energy minister said that his country has agreed with OPEC members Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to freeze oil production levels if other producers do the same.
    (AP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Russia at least 7 people, including two children, were killed when a gas explosion caused part of a block of flats to collapse in Yaroslavl.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Syria 15 civilians were killed in US-led strikes on the town of Al-Shadadi.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Ukraine PM Arseny Yatseniuk survived a no confidence motion, but the majority of Pres. Poroshenko's lawmakers voted against him.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
2016        Feb 16, The Ukrainian military said 3 servicemen have been killed and seven wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, Lawmakers in Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature approved an amnesty for jailed foes of President Nicolas Maduro, who has pledged to veto the bill.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)

2017        Feb 16, A number of US cities held A Day Without Immigrants actions in response to Pres. Trumps policy on immigration.
    (SFC, 2/16/17, p.A7)
2017        Feb 16, A jury convicted former Georgia National Guard sergeant of fatally shooting an off-duty police officer outside a restaurant in Griffin nearly three years ago. Michael Bowman faced a possible death sentence following the Troup County jury's verdict in the May 31, 2014, killing of Griffin police officer Kevin Jordan.
    (AP, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 16, Parts of Maine and New Hampshire received more than a foot of wet, heavy snow. Eastport, Maine, recorded 69 inches of snow over a 10-day period. Andover, Maine, had 79 inches of snow on the ground, the 2nd highest level recorded in the state.
    (SFC, 2/17/17, p.A5)
2017        Feb 16, In Texas Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that Houston would decriminalize possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana, beginning March 1.
    (CSM, 2/18/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Afghanistan at least 12 civilians were killed and three others wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the eastern Paktika province. The Islamic State group launched an attack on security posts killing 17 soldiers in the Dih Bala district in eastern Nangarhar province. Soldiers reportedly killed 21 IS fighters.
    (AP, 2/16/17)(AP, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 16, Albanian police said they have arrested a man who allegedly had 1.25 metric tons (1.38 tons) of dried cannabis hidden under his house. Police say the drugs were going to be smuggled into Italy.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Benin four Christian priests from an anti-voodoo cult were arrested and charged for their suspected role in five deaths during prayers held last month in anticipation of the end of the world.
    (Reuters, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 16, In southeastern Brazil two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least nine people and injuring 46 near the city of Teodoro Sampaio west of Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, China's Ministry of Public Security said it is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, A feud over Cyprus' troubled history led to the abrupt halt of reunification talks between the ethnically split island's rival leaders, with confusion and much finger pointing over who walked out on whom.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, Egypt swore in nine new ministers to the cabinet of PM Sherif Ismail, along with five new governors, including the country's first female governor.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, France's parliament approved a bill criminalizing websites that carry purposely false information with the aim of dissuading women from having abortions.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, In France the Troadec family -- Pascal and Brigitte, both aged around 50, their son Sebastien (21) and his sister Charlotte (18) were last seen in Nantes. Bloodstains found in the house in a suburb of Nantes later matched the DNA of three of the four missing persons. On March 5 the sister and brother-in-law of Pascal Troadec were remanded in custody.
    (AFP, 2/28/17)(AFP, 3/5/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Germany foreign ministers from 20 of the world's leading nations (G20) met in Bonn to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries over the direction of US foreign policy.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Germany a union representing ground staff has called on its members to go on strike at Berlin's two airports, leading to the cancelation of some 210 flights.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, Greek authorities seized 1.3 tons of marijuana in a truck crossing into the country from Albania, a major illegal drugs producer.
    (AP, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Iraq a car packed with explosives blew up in southern Baghdad, killing at least 55 people and wounding more than 60, in the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.
    (Reuters, 2/16/17)(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A2)
2017        Feb 16, In Italy taxi drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin staged wildcat strikes to protest proposed legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing services.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Kazakhstan Syrian government officials sat face-to-face with rebels for the second time in three weeks, as diplomats stepped up efforts to lay the groundwork for UN-brokered peace talks next week.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests in the Feb 13 death of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's half-brother. Siti Aisyah (25) of Indonesia and her boyfriend were arrested as suspects in Nams death.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, Myanmar's government said the military has ended its four-month counterinsurgency operation in troubled Rakhine state, where it had been accused of rape, torture and other abuses against Muslim Rohingya minority residents.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, NATO said it had received a new and detailed request from Libya's UN-backed government to train and develop its military, depleted by years of conflict and facing an Islamist militant threat as well as division among Libyan militias.
    (Reuters, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, Dutch artist and illustrator Dick Bruna (89), creator of beloved children's character Miffy the white rabbit, died in Utrecht. Miffy, the white bunny with two dots for eyes and a cross for her mouth, was inspired by a rabbit seen hopping around the garden during a family seaside holiday in 1955.
    (AFP, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 16, In southern Pakistan 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the town of Sehwan Sharif. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 2/16/17)(AFP, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 16, Portugal's attorney general's office said prosecutors are bringing charges of corruption, money-laundering and forgery against Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente as part of an investigation in Lisbon. Vicente is suspected of bribing a Portuguese magistrate to favor him in two investigations.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry said authorities have arrested 18 suspects belonging to the Islamic State group, including bomb makers.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Saudi Arabia a three-day Comic-Con event opened in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. The festival of anime, pop art, video gaming and film-related events attracted a largely youthful crowd of thousands. On Feb 23 the government's General Authority for Entertainment said organizers of the event would be penalized for an unspecified violation.
    (AFP, 2/24/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Somalia two civilians were killed in an al-Shabab mortar attack outside the presidential palace during a handover ceremony for the country's new leader, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo.
    (AP, 2/16/17)   
2017        Feb 16, In Syria four Russian servicemen were killed when they their vehicle was struck by a roadside in the center of the country. The loss raised the total Russian combat casualties so far in Syria's war to 27.
    (AP, 2/20/17)
2017        Feb 16, A Swedish court sentenced Haisam Omar Sakhanh (46), a Syrian refugee, to life imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Zimbabwe is likely to be the country hardest hit by an outbreak of armyworms that is destroying crops and threatening food security in southern Africa.
    (Reuters, 2/16/17)

2018        Feb 16, US Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians, and three Russian organizations, with meddling in the 2016 US election.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, The New Yorker magazine published an article with details of Donald Trump's 2006 alleged sexual affair with Karen McDougal, Playboy's 1998 Playmate of the year. The article cited a $150,000 payment to McDougal from American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, which never printed the story, to keep quiet about the alleged affair.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 16, The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said 212 people were arrested last week during a five day sweep in the Los Angeles area for violating immigration laws. Numerous businesses were told they would be audited. ICE said 88 percent of those arrested were convicted criminals.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 16, The FBI acknowledged that it had received a tip last month that Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had a desire to kill and access to guns, but agents failed to investigate.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A1)
2018        Feb 16, The Arizona Dept. of Transportation confirmed that Waymo has received a permit to operate as a transportation network company, making it the first US commercial ride-hailing service to operate without human drivers.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.D1)
2018        Feb 16, In southern California a cement truck smashed through a guardian rail into oncoming traffic on I-10 in Rialto, San Bernadino County. Five people were killed.
    (SSFC, 2/18/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 16, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the birth mother of an 18-month-old girl, paid as a surrogate to have the baby, is not legally the child's parent.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 16, In Minnesota Mahad Abdirahman (20) was sentenced after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack on two brothers at the Bloomington Mall of America.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, A new US study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and US Davis reported that fragrances from shampoos, moisturizers and colognes cause just as much smog as the exhaust spewing out of car and truck engines.
    (SFC, 2/16/18, p.D5)
2018        Feb 16, Brazil's federal government issued a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro's local police amid a spike in violence.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Canada announced targeted sanctions against a Myanmar general who led an army crackdown that forced almost 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern Chile arsonists burned at least 25 tractor trailer trucks and other heavy machinery early today in the country's heavily forested Araucania region. Indigenous communities of south-central Chile have long accused the state and private companies of taking their ancestral land.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In China Ye Jianming, chairman of CEFC China Energy, was detained on the orders of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The oil tycoon was buying a stake in Russia's biggest oil producer.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Feb 16, This year marks the year of the dog, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese astrological chart. People in Asia and around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year with festivals, parades and temple visits to ask for blessings.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern China nine people died in a fire at a waste processing facility that is suspected of being sparked by fireworks residue in Qingyuan city, Guangdong province.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Ethiopia imposed in a state of emergency one day after PM Hailemariam Desalegn announced his surprise resignation. Authorities a day later said it will last for six months.
    (Reuters, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, The European Commission approved a Belgian scheme of certificates for renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration plant as in line with the bloc's climate goals.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, French sources said Pres. Emmanuel Macron has placed an army general who led UN operations in Mali in charge of rolling out mandatory national service, a sign of the French president's desire to stamp the military's mark on the exercise.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, French customs officers found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen. Degas' "Les Choristes" ("The Chorus Singers"), which depicts a scene from the opera "Don Juan," was taken from a Marseille museum in 2009 while on loan from Paris' Musee d'Orsay.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern Germany dozens of world leaders, top defense officials and diplomats gathered for the Munich Security Conference amid growing strains between the US and other NATO nations and Russia over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, At the Munich Security Conference the defense ministers of Germany and France pledged to redouble their military and foreign policy cooperation efforts, inviting other European countries to participate if they felt ready to do so.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, India said it had suspended the passports of a billionaire jeweler and a diamond merchant accused of defrauding a state-run bank after reports they had left the country. India's financial crimes agency is investigating allegations that Nirav Modi and his business partner Mehul Choksi were involved in defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) of almost $1.8 billion.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Indian investigators arrested three people who allegedly helped billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi obtain fake documents for overseas loans in one of the country's biggest bank scams.
    (AFP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern India seven workers died of suffocation while cleaning an underground drainage pit at a poultry farm in Morem village, Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Israeli demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv to urge PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two corruption cases.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Italian police clashed with hundreds of anti-fascist demonstrators in Bologna who were trying to disrupt a planned campaign appearance by the head of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Kenya two non-Muslim teachers were killed in an al-Shabab attack in Wajir County. This prompted the Teacher's Service Commission to transfer 329 teachers elsewhere and many other to leave on their own. At least 224 primary schools and 42 secondary schools were no longer able to function.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A3)
2018        Feb 16, Kosovo and Montenegro announced they had reached a deal on a 2015 border agreement between the two countries, a step toward Kosovo gaining visa-free travel to the European Union.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, European leaders and royals gathered in Lithuania, which is celebrating the centenary of its independence declaration with festivities and church bells tolling across the small Baltic nation.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In the Maldives dozens of pro-opposition supporters were injured and many were arrested after police broke up countrywide protests demanding the resignation of Pres. Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the release of his political opponents from prison.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico and left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south. Thirteen people were killed when a minister's UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter crash-landed in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, on its way to the epicenter of the earthquake.
    (Reuters, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 16, In northern Nigeria a trio of suicide bombers detonated at a crowded fish market late today in Konduga, Borno state, killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, Nigeria's justice ministry ordered 475 Boko Haram suspects to be freed following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence. The court imposed a second 15-year sentence on Haruna Yahaya (35), who was involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok.
    (AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 16, A federal control board urgently sought a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company after a judge rejected a previous $1 billion loan request despite warnings the US territory would have to start rationing electricity.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, The Spanish media group Mediapro said Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital has taken control of Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, It was reported that Swiss-based Roche Holding will buy Flatiron Health and its cancer-focused medical records for $1.9 billion.
    (SFC, 2/19/18, p.D4)
2018        Feb 16, In northern Syria Abu Ayman al-Masri, a top commander of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), was killed by the rival Nureddine al-Zinki hardline group in the village of Al-Huta.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Syria six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Tanzania a first-year university student killed by a bullet while on a bus the day before a fiercely contested parliamentary by-election in the Kinondoni constituency of Dar es Salaam. Witnesses said police used tear gas and fired live ammunition in an attempt to stop hundreds of Chadema party members from marching towards a local Electoral Commission office.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, Thailand awarded Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's army chief, a royal decoration amid allegations of crimes by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims that have prompted international condemnation.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Turkey US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the creation of new "mechanisms" to improve relationships, starting with the question of American support for Kurdish rebels in northern Syria.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, A Turkish court sentenced six journalists, including two prominent brothers, to life in jail for aiding plotters of a 2016 failed coup, a sharp turnaround after the country's highest court ordered one of the men released. Mehmet Altan, an economics professor and journalist, and his brother Ahmet, also a journalist, were accused of giving coded messages on a television talk show a day before the abortive military putsch. Nazli Ilicak, another well known journalist, was also among the sentenced.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, A Turkish court freed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel pending trial after indicting him for alleged security offences.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)

2019        Feb 16, US military transport planes carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where food and medicine is being stored amidst uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed.
    (Reuters, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Mississippi police found four people dead in a home in Clinton following a 12-hour standoff. Suspect Nam Lee was found wounded and soon died.
     (SFC, 2/18/19, p.A4)
2019        Feb 16, World Pangolin Day was marked around the globe. Conservationists say well over 1 million pangolins have been poached since around 2000.
    (AP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Afghanistan the Taliban stormed a police checkpoint late today, killing six police in the northern Balkh province.
    (AP, 2/17/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Albania thousands of opposition supporters clashed with police at an anti-government rally protesting what they claim is a corrupt and inefficient Cabinet. The protesters demanded that the government resign and an early election be held.
    (AP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe were stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi.
    (AP, 2/17/19)
2019        Feb 16, In China Mao Zedong's former secretary Li Rui (101), a bold critic of the ruling Communist Party, died. He had spent a lifetime near the center of elite politics.
    (AFP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, Croatian police found a body in a freezer in the hallway of the Dominic family home in the village of Pavlovec, northeast of Zagreb. It was apparently that of Jasmina Dominic, who was reported missing in 2005 but was last seen in 2000 when she was 23 years old. Smiljana Srnec (450, her the older sister, was detained.
    (AP, 2/18/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Egypt extremists attacked an army checkpoint in the troubled northern Sinai peninsula at dawn, causing 15 casualties among the armed forces including at least one officer shot dead. Seven of the extremists were reported killed.
    (AP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, In France "yellow vest" protesters took to the streets for the 14th weekend in a row. A poll this week showed dwindling support for the demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize. The movie, which opens on Feb. 20, portrays French priest Bernard Preynat, who has been accused of molesting dozens of boys during the 1980s and '90s.
    (AP, 2/18/19)   
2019        Feb 16, German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European nations' decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in comments at the Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of top global defense and foreign policy officials.
    (AP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Germany Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci appeared together at the Munich Security Conference, both expressing interest in reaching an agreement but neither appearing to give ground.
    (AP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, Haiti's PM Jean-Henry Ceant, after days of deadly protests, announced that government officials will lose their perks under emergency economic and anti-corruption measures.
    (AFP, 2/17/19)
2019        Feb 16, India's first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early today on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh, a day after its inauguration by PM Narendra Modi. The railway ministry said the disruption was possibly due to cattle run over.
    (Reuters, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, Mexico's Pres. Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $3.9 billion bailout for Pemex, the country's state-owned oil company, and promised it an additional $1.6 billion in revenue.
    (SSFC, 2/17/19, p.A4)
2019        Feb 16, Nigeria's president and the leading opposition candidate urged people to remain calm after a national election scheduled for today was postponed by a week just five hours before polls were due to open.
    (Reuters, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, Police in North Macedonia said they've broken up a criminal ring of migrant smugglers and filed charges against 21 people, including a police officer, for illegal trafficking.
    (AP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, A Russian court ordered Michael Calvey, the US founder of one of Russia's biggest private equity firms accused of fraud, to be kept in custody until April 13. Investigators accused Calvey and other executives of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37.73 million).
    (Reuters, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Serbia thousands of people rallied in the capital for 11th week in a row against populist President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.
    (AP, 2/17/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Spain thousands of Catalan separatists marched in Barcelona to proclaim the innocence of 12 of their leaders who are on trial for their role in a failed 2017 secession bid.
    (AP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, Bruno Ganz (77), Swiss actor, died in Zurich. He gave masterful performances as Adolf Hitler in "Downfall" (2004) and an angel seeking mortality in divided Berlin in "Wings of Desire" (1987).
    (AFP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, In eastern Syria jihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" were holed up in half a square km of Baghouz village. Large numbers of civilians were reported still trapped inside.
    (AFP, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, The Vatican said former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick (88) has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after being found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults.
    (Reuters, 2/16/19)
2019        Feb 16, In Zimbabwe eight artisanal miners, who were trapped underground since Feb. 12 after heavy flooding, were rescued. Dozens of their co-workers remained missing and were feared dead.
    (AP, 2/16/19)

2020        Feb 16, More than 100 former US federal prosecutors and Justice Dept. officials called on Attorney Gen'l. William Barr to resign following his intervention last week to lower the Justice Dept.'s sentencing recommendation for Pres. Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone.
    (SFC, 2/17/20, p.A7)
2020        Feb 16, Larry Tesler (b.1945), American computer scientist who worked in the field of humancomputer interaction, died at his Portola Valley home. Tesler worked at Xerox PARC, Apple, Amazon, and Yahoo!
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Tesler)(SFC, 2/25/20, p.D2
2020        Feb 16, New York City police and prosecutors announced that Rashaun Weaver (14) has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Tessa Majors, a Barnard freshman who was killed in December 2019 in Morningside Park.
    (ABC News, 2/15/20)
2020        Feb 16, In Texas an implosion failed to bring down the core of former 11-story, Affiliated Computer Services building in Dallas. A wrecking ball continued the demolition of the "Leaning Tower of Dallas" on Feb 24.
    (SFC, 2/25/20, p.A5)
2020        Feb 16, In Wisconsin the bodies of a woman (26) and her two young daughters were found in a Milwaukee garage more than a week after they were reported missing. The bodies were found after police interviewed the woman's boyfriend (25), who had been arrested in Tennessee on a fugitive from justice warrant.
    (AP, 2/17/20)
2020        Feb 16, Police in Azerbaijan detained three opposition party leaders and more than 100 activists before they were due to take part in a protest against the results of last week's national election, which have been questioned by international observers.
    (Reuters, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, Storm Dennis roared across Britain with high winds and heavy rains, prompting authorities to issue a record number of flood warnings and alerts for England and a rare red warning" for extremely life-threatening flooding in Wales.
    (AP, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, In Burkina Faso gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.
    (AP, 2/17/20)
2020        Feb 16, China reported a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day. Its latest figures showed 68,500 cases and 1,665 deaths due to the COVID-19 virus, most of the in Hubei province. The National Health Commission reported 2,009 new cases and 142 deaths.
    (AP, 2/16/20)(Reuters, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, The Dominican Republic was forced to suspend municipal elections across the country following problems with electronic voting systems.
    (SFC, 2/18/20, p.A2)
2020        Feb 16, Egypts chief prosecutor denied allegations that the police tortured George Zaki, a human rights activist and vocal critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.
    (AP, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, Germany and the UN, which co-hosted a Jan. 19 Berlin summit, gathered foreign ministers and other officials from a dozen countries on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to try to bolster a drive to cut off outside military support for Libya's warring parties.
    (AP, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, The Israeli military said it has thwarted an attempt by the Hamas militant group to hack soldiers' phones by posing as young, attractive women on social media, striking up friendships and persuading them into downloading malware.
    (AP, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia started trial oil production from the jointly-operated Wafra and Khafji oilfields. Trial production from the two fields in the Neutral Zone will increase gradually till it reaches its normal levels.
    (Reuters, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, Syrian troops consolidated the government's hold over the key Aleppo province, capturing over 30 villages and hamlets in the western countryside in a single day. Authorities uncovered a mass grave containing nearly 70 bodies in eastern Ghouta, an area outside of the capital that rebel fighters lost control of in April 2018.
    (AP, 2/17/20)
2020        Feb 16, Taiwan's health minister said a man has died from the coronavirus, marking the first such death on the island since the epidemic spread from mainland China.
    (Reuters, 2/16/20)
2020        Feb 16, The UN said Yemens warring sides have agreed to implement a long-delayed and major prisoner swap, in a sign that talks to end the disastrous war between the country's internationally recognized government and its Houthi rebels could be making progress.
    (AP, 2/15/20)

2021        Feb 16, The US White said Pres. Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 2/17/21, p.A5)
2021        Feb 16, The US Navy announced that it seized a large cache of weapons last week being smuggled by two small ships off the coast of Somalia. The arms were reportedly bound for war-torn Yemen.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Nigerian businessman Obinwanne Okeke, who once appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine, was jailed for 10 years in the US over a cyber fraud scam that led to the theft of about $11m (8m). Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi, used Nigerian-based companies to defraud people in the US.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 16, Arizona reported 1,132 new coronavirus cases and three additional deaths bringing overall cases to 799,740 and total deaths to 14,981.
    (SFC, 2/17/21, p.A5)
2021         Feb 16, California to date had 3,480,319 cases of coronavirus and 47,509 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 397,180 cases and 4,953 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 27,726,970 with the death toll at 487,109.   
    (sfist.com, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, American fashion designer Jessica McClintock (b.1930) died in San Francisco. She was the founder, President and CEO of Jessica McClintock, Inc., an American retail company based in San Francisco. Her romantic, lacy confections dressed generations of women for their weddings and proms.
    (SFC, 3/15/21, p.B1)(NY Times, 3/23/21)
2021        Feb 16, Hawaii Payroll Services LLC discovered its servers and databases had been breached over the last 24 hours by an unauthorized user. The attack enabled the intruder to disable and remove security software and encrypt all data residing in Hawaii Payroll's servers. About 4, 500 customers of the company were potentially affected by the ransomware attack.
    (AP, 9/28/21)
2021        Feb 16, Dr. Bernard Lown, the Harvard cardiologist who invented the first effective heart defibrillator (1962), died at his home in Chestnut Hill, Mass. He was one of a group of co-founders of an international organization that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for its campaign against nuclear war.
    (NY Times, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In Nevada the Clark County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a name change from McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid International Airport.
    (SFC, 2/17/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 16, Killer tornadoes in the Southeast and historic subzero cold as far south as Texas were blamed for seven deaths and massive power outages. In North Carolina at least three people were found dead early today after a tornado tore through a seaside town at the rough edge of a blast of winter weather across the US. 4.5 million Texan households were cut off from power.  
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)(AP, 2/16/21)(Econ., 2/20/21, p.21)
2021        Feb 16, The seemingly unstoppable rise of Bitcoin continued with the cost of a single unit of the digital currency rising above $50,000 for the first time.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Marriott Chief Executive Arne Sorenson (62) died. He grew the company into the worlds largest hotel chain and steered it through a global pandemic that has been catastrophic in the travel industry in the past year.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In Algeria thousands from all walks of life thronged to Kherrata, a town 200km (120 miles) east of Algiers, a continuation of the anti-government movement, known as the Hirak.
    (BBC, 2/20/21)
2021        Feb 16, Authorities in Belarus raided homes and offices of journalists and human rights activists in the latest move to squelch protests against authoritarian Pres. Alexander Lukashenko.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The British government said health authorities in England have identified 38 cases of a new coronavirus variant which has a key mutation that is thought to reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. The variant, known as B.1.525, has the E484K spike protein mutation, which is also present in the South African variant.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, It was reported that Bulgarian customs officials have confiscated more than 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of heroin from a ship transporting goods from Iran.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Denmark said it registered the more contagious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, first detected in Britain, in close to half of all positive tests in the second week of February.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, A daughter of Dubai's powerful ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 only to be detained by commandos in a boat off India has re-emerged in new videos published today, saying she doesn't know if she's going to survive this situation. Her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also serves as the prime minister and vice president in the hereditarily ruled UAE.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, France and leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Mauritania agreed to step up the fight against Islamic extremists in the Sahel by maintaining a strong French military presence, deploying a new Chadian battalion and gradually building up a European task force.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, A Hong Kong government advisory panel on COVID-19 vaccines said it would recommend China's Sinovac vaccine for emergency use, a move that brings it a step closer to being formally greenlighted in the Asian financial hub.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The first 550,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Budapest, as Hungary prepares to become the first EU country to roll out the Chinese vaccine. Hungary has reported 389,622 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 13,837 deaths.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In India a bus drove off a bridge near Patna village, Madhya Pradesh state, killing at least 45 people.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yax65cd6)
2021        Feb 16, Iraq recorded a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections with 3,332 confirmed in the past 24 hours, after the country confirmed infections of one of the newer variants of the novel coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Suspected Israeli settlers vandalized several vehicles belonging to Palestinian workers in the occupied West Bank in broad daylight in an incident caught by security cameras.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Italy reported 336 coronavirus-related deaths against 258 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 10,386 from 7,351 the day before.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, It was reported that police in Myanmar have filed a new charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a move that may allow her to be held indefinitely without trial as part of an intensifying crackdown by authorities who seized power in a coup.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Polands right-wing government said it will redraw its proposed media advertising tax to make it fairer after it led to a media protest and condemnation from a coalition partner and critics abroad.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Russian prosecutors asked a Moscow court to fine jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny (44) on charges of defaming a World War II veteran, maintaining pressure on the top Kremlin foe.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Russia extended a ban on flights to and from Britain until the end of March 16 due to a new variant of the coronavirus first detected in the UK.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, It was reported that Slovakia has become the nation with most COVID-19 deaths by size of population in the world amid a surge of cases from a highly contagious coronavirus variant.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, South Koreas intelligence service said that North Korea has attempted to hack Pfizer and steal COVID-19 vaccine technology.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, In Spain anti-riot officers arrested Spanish rap artist Pablo Hasl, who had barricaded himself at northeastern Lleida University with dozens of supporters to avoid prison and defend his fight for free speech. He was taken to prison to serve a 9-month sentence for insulting the monarchy and glorifying terrorism in a song about former King Juan Carlos I and in 64 tweets. Violent street protests soon followed in several cities.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to expand cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, following the killing of 13 Turkish soldiers, police and civilians who had been abducted by Kurdish insurgents.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The Ukrainian health minister said that Kyiv's vaccine purchases were being hampered by "dirty information attacks" that had triggered a corruption investigation against his ministry.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, The UN announced it is releasing $15 million from its emergency relief fund to help Guinea and Congo combat new outbreaks of Ebola.
    (AP, 2/16/21)
2021        Feb 16, Zimbabwe said the coronavirus variant first discovered in neighboring South Africa now makes up more than 60% of cases within its borders.
    (BBC, 2/16/21)

2022        Feb 16, The United States and NATO said Russia was still building up troops around Ukraine despite Moscow's insistence it was pulling back.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, The US Education Department said it will cancel federal student loans for at least 1,800 students who attended DeVry University, once one of the nations largest for-profit college chains, because it fraudulently lured in applicants for years with vastly inflated claims about their career prospects.
    (NY Times, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, The US, European Union and others pledged $600 million in additional funds to help hundreds of thousands struggling six months after a powerful earthquake struck Haiti's southern region.
    (AP, 2/17/22)
2022        Feb 16, A report by US federal investigators said former Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke misused his position to advance a commercial development in his Montana hometown and lied to an agency ethics official about his involvement in the project.
    (SFC, 2/17/22, p.A6)
2022        Feb 16, Private equity financier John Wilson (62), the founder of Hyannis Port Capital, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for participating in a vast US college admissions fraud scheme by conspiring to pay bribes to secure spots for his children at top schools.
    (Reuters, 2/17/22)
2022        Feb 16, A court document was unsealed showing that Alex Saab, an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for almost a year, served as a confidential source for US Drug Enforcement Administration and forfeited funds as part of a deal to "self-surrender" to face charges. US prosecutors had submitted the information under seal last February.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said a total of 80 unruly airplane passengers have been referred to the FBI for potential criminal prosecution.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Total US COVID-19 cases reached over 78,081,612 with the death toll at 926,213.
    (sfist.com, 2/17/22)
2022        Feb 16, Leonard Kessler (101), the author and illustrator of hundreds of childrens books for early readers that celebrated the ordinary (I Have Twenty Teeth Do You?) and the not-so-ordinary (Mr. Pines Purple House), died at his home in Sarasota, Fla.
    (NY Times, 2/24/22)
2022        Feb 16, Walter Dellinger (80), a renowned scholar of constitutional law and one of the top legal figures in the Clinton administration, died at his home in Chapel Hill, NC.
    (NY Times, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, In southern Afghanistan a young boy (5) became in trapped in a well. He died before locals and authorities were able to rescue him on Feb. 18.
    (Reuters, 2/18/22)
2022        Feb 16, In Australia a shark killed a swimmer off a Sydney beach in the city's first fatal attack in nearly 60 years.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Brazil's Space Agency said it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Amazon.com Inc's cloud network unit to foster the long-term development of the country's space program.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Brazil-based Embraer said its electric aircraft subsidiary Eve has received orders from Australian charter firms Aviair, HeliSpirit and Microflite for up to 90 electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs).
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Britain said it will double the size of the British force in Estonia as part of a NATO deployment and will send equipment, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, to the country amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Britain reported 54,218 new COVID-19 cases and 199 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. That compared with 46,186 cases and 234 deaths a day earlier. Britain's vaccine officials advised that all children aged 5-11 should be offered COVID-19 shots.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Burkina Faso's military leader Paul-Henri Damiba was sworn in as president, weeks after leading a successful coup. He promised to deal with the mounting insecurity that helped oust his predecessor.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Police in the Canadian capital Ottawa started warning truck drivers blockading the downtown core that they should depart or face arrest, part of a promised crackdown to end a three-week-old protest over COVID restrictions. Police also started ticketing some of the hundreds of vehicles blocking the downtown core.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Yi Gang, the governor of the central bank, said China will work with Asian countries to beef up use of local currencies in trade and investment.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, It was reported that a Chinese court has ordered the freezing of 640.4 million yuan ($101 million) in assets held by a subsidiary of China Evergrande Group.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, In Beijing Qi Guangpu completed a Chinese freestyle skiing aerials double and finally got to taste Olympic glory after three near-misses when he impressively won the mens individual gold.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, President Nayib Bukele asked US senators to stay out of El Salvador's "internal affairs" after they called for an investigation into the economic risks the United States faces due to the Central American country's adoption of bitcoin as legal tender.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, The European Court of Justice dismissed challenges by Poland and Hungary to a new tool that would cut funding by the 27-nation bloc for members that flout democratic values.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Germany's cabinet backed a tax relief package for workers and businesses, aiming to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on Europe's largest economy with fresh stimulus.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, A German government official said the German government is planning to transfer hydrogen production technology to African countries amid its efforts to quit coal and nuclear energy.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Alcarrs, a contemplative work by the Spanish director Carla Simn about peach farmers in a village in northern Spain, won the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.
    (NY Times, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Germany's BioNTech said it has developed a vaccine factory made from shipping containers that it plans to ship to Africa as assembly kits to ease what the World Health Organization has described as huge disparities in global COVID-19 vaccine access.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, A fire broke out in the cargo hold of the Felicity Ace off the coast of the Azores. The ship had departed Emden, Germany, on Feb. 10 and was scheduled to arrive in Davisville, R.I. The Volkswagen Group estimated nearly 4,000 vehicles were on board, including 189 Bentleys and 1,100 Porsches. 22 crew members were rescued from the vessel. Lithium-ion batteries in electric cars kept blaze alight.
    (NY Times, 2/17/22)(Reuters, 2/18/22)
2022        Feb 16, Southwestern Guatemala was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 6.2, killing two people, collapsing roofs and triggering landslides.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, India reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a poultry research farm in the northeastern state of Bihar. The outbreak started on Jan. 18. The virus killed 787 out of 3,859 birds on the farm in Patna and all of the remaining birds were slaughtered.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Senior schools reopened in the Indian state of Karnataka a week after authorities closed them in the face of protests against a ban on female students wearing the hijab Muslim head covering in class.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Italy reported 59,749 COVID-19 related cases, against 70,852 the day before. The number of deaths fell to 278 from 388.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, In Kuwait two senior Cabinet ministers submitted their resignations to the prime minister, citing political turbulence and the impossibility of reform in the Gulf Arab state.
    (AP, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanons Hezbollah, revealed that his militant group has been manufacturing military drones in Lebanon and has the technology to turn thousands of missiles in their possession into precision-guided munitions.
    (AP, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Data from the West Africa monetary union's debt agency Umoa-Titres showed that Mali has defaulted on more than 53.99 billion franc CFA ($93 million) in interest and principal payments since January due to regional sanctions.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Morocco said it will spend 10 billion dirhams ($ 1.07 bln) on a national plan to mitigate the impact of drought on farmers and the economy. The country has registered a rainfall deficit of 64% so far this year.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Nepal police used teargas and water cannon to disperse protesters objecting to a US-funded infrastructure program. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US government aid agency, agreed in 2017 to provide $500 million in grants to fund an electricity transmission line and road improvement project in Nepal. Opponents say Nepal would not have sufficient oversight over the board directing projects.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Norway's industry minister said that the Norwegian government would be unable to prevent a transfer of customer data from telecoms operator Telenor's Myanmar unit to the Asian country's military rulers.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Pakistani authorities raided the home of a media owner and arrested him after a dramatic scuffle in which the man fired a pistol toward police and hit one officer in the head with the weapon, injuring him. Days earlier Mohsin Baig, owner and editor-in-chief of news outlet Online and the Urdu-language Daily Jinnah newspaper, suggested that PM Imran Khan had showed favoritism by granting an award to a government minister, Murad Saeed, with whom he has a close friendship.
    (AP, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, It was reported that Paraguay's soybean crushing industry will run out of beans to process by the middle of the year due to a drought hammering production.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for talks in Moscow and hailed ties between the two countries.
    (AP, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, In Somalia Al Shabaab militants attacked several police stations and security checkpoints in Mogadishu. State TV reported that five people, two of them children, were killed in two attacks.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, A South African judge dismissed a bid by former president Jacob Zuma to appeal an earlier ruling rejecting his attempt to have the prosecutor in his arms deal corruption trial taken off the case for alleged bias. Zuma's trial will move forward on April 11.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, In central Sudan a collision between two passenger buses killed 10 people.
    (AP, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, The Swiss government said it will lift almost all its coronavirus pandemic restrictions from midnight, as fears waned that a spike in infections fuelled by the Omicron variant would overwhelm the health care system.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, Ukrainians raised national flags and played the country's anthem to show unity against fears of a Russian invasion that Western powers have said could be imminent.
    (Reuters, 2/16/22)
2022        Feb 16, A UN official said that 80% of Tonga's 105,000 people were affected by the Jan. 15 undersea volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami and that the country needs over $90 million to start repairing damage and restoring its key farming and fishing sectors.
    (AP, 2/16/22)

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