Today in History - September 25

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813        Sep 25, Al-Amin, Arabic Caliph of Islam (809-813), was murdered.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1066        Sep 25, King Harold Godwinson II marched north and attacked the Vikings at the Battle of AA Bridge in Yorkshire. Harald III Hardrada (51), King of Norway    (1046-1066), died in battle. Godwinson’s forces destroyed the Vikings who returned to Norway in 24 of their 300 ships. Marching north to face a Norwegian invasion force commanded by King Harald Sigurdsson, aka Hardraade, and by his usurper brother, Tostig, Godwinson defended his crown at Stamford Bridge, resulting in a Saxon victory and the deaths of both Harald and Tostig. Soon afterward, however, Harold had to march south to face another invading contender for his throne, Duke William the Bastard of Normandy, who defeated and killed Harold at Hastings on October 14, and took the English crown as William the Conqueror.

1392        Sep 25, Sergius of Radonezh, aka Sergii Radonezhsky, (b.~1314-1322), a Russian orthodox monk, died. He helped consolidate the Russian church in the time of Mongol rule and was canonized in 1452 as Moscow's patron saint.
    (AP, 9/5/10)(

1396        Sep 25, A Christian crusade, led jointly by John the Fearless of Nevers and King Sigismund of Hungary, ended in disaster at the hands of Sultan Bajezid I's Ottoman army at Nicopolis.
    (HN, 9/25/98)(PCh, 1992, p.137)

1492        Sep 25, Crew members aboard one of Christopher Columbus' ships, the Pinta, shouted that they could see land, but it turned out to be a false sighting.
    (AP, 9/25/99)

1493        Sep 25, Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his 2nd voyage to the Western Hemisphere. He was accompanied by 13 clerics; Alvarez Chanca, a physician who left valuable accounts of the voyage; Juan Ponce de Leon; Juan de la Cosa, a cartographer; and Columbus’s younger brother Bartholomew.
    (AP, 9/25/97)(AM, 7/97, p.58)

1513        Sept 25, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Spanish explorer, crossed the Isthmus of Panama and claimed the Pacific Ocean for Spain. He was named governor of Panama and the Pacific by King Ferdinand. In 2004 Hugh Thomas authored “Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire from Columbus to Magellan."
    (HFA, '96, p.38)(TL-MB, 1988, p.10)(SFEC, 9/21/97, p.C7)(WSJ, 6/2/04, p.D12)

1525        Sep 25, Johannes Pistorius, [Bakker], Roman Catholic pastor and church reformer, was burned at age 26. [see Sep 15]
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1555        Sep 25, The Religious Peace of Augsburg compromised differences between Catholics and Protestants in the German states. Each prince could chose which religion would be followed in his realm. Lutheranism was acknowledged by the Holy Roman Empire. The Peace of Augsburg was the first permanent legal basis for the existence of Lutheranism as well as Catholicism in Germany. It was promulgated as part of the Diet of the Holy Roman Empire. Charles V's Augsburg Interim of 1548 was a temporary doctrinal agreement between German Catholics and Protestants that was overthrown in 1552.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(PCh, 1992, p.189)(HNQ, 2/8/99)

1598        Sep 25, In Sweden, King Sigismund was defeated at Stangebro by his Uncle Charles.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1627        Sep 25, Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, theologian, was born.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1639        Sep 25, The 1st printing press in America began operating.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1644        Sep 25, Olaus Rímer, 1st to accurately measured speed of light, was born in Denmark.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1680        Sep 25, Samuel Butler (b.1612), poet and satirist, died.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1683        Sep 25, Jean-Philippe Rameau, composer, was born in Dijon, France.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1690        Sep 25, One of the earliest American newspapers, “Publick Occurrences," published its first and last edition in Boston. The colonial governor and council disallowed the pamphlet due to its contents.
    (AP, 9/25/00)(WSJ, 3/8/06, p.D14)

1714        Sep 25, Jean-Benoit Leclair, composer, was born.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1775        Sep 25, British troops captured Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga, when he and a handful of Americans led an attack on Montreal, Canada.
    (AP, 9/25/97)(HN, 9/25/98)

1780        Sep 25, American General Benedict Arnold joined the British.
    (MC, 9/25/01)(ON, 11/01, p.5)

1789        Sep 25, The first United States Congress [proposed] adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights. 14 copies were hand written and 13 were sent to the individual states.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1703)(AP, 9/25/97)(HN, 9/25/98)(SFC, 1/20/02, p.A11)

1804        Sep 25, The 12th Amendment was ratified. It required electors to vote separately for the president and vice-president.
    (HN, 9/25/98)(WSJ, 10/27/99, p.A16)(WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)

1828        Sep 25, Conspirators broke into the presidential palace in Bogota in an attempt to murder Simon Bolivar, who escaped thanks to the help of his lover, Manuela Sáenz.
    (, 2/9/08, p.40)

1829        Sep 25, There was a failed assassination attempt on Simon Bolivar.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1832        Sep 25, William Le Baron Jenney, US, architect and "father of the skyscraper," was born.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1844        Sep 25-1844 Sep 27, The first int’l. cricket match was played between the USA and Canada at the St George's Cricket Club, Bloomingdale Park, NY. Canada won by 23 runs.
    (, 7/24/10, p.83)

1846        Sep 25, American General Zachary Taylor's forces captured Monterey, Mexico. [see May 24]
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1847        Sep 25, Vinnie Ream, who sculpted President Abraham Lincoln from life shortly before he was assassinated, was born.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1849        Sep 25, Johann Baptist Strauss, elder, composer (Radetzky March), died at 45.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1861        Sep 25, Secretary of US Navy authorized the enlistment of slaves.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1866        Sep 25, (Leonard W) Jerome Park opened in Bronx for horse racing.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1867        Sep 25, Congress created the 1st all black university, Howard Univ. in Wash DC.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1887        Sep 25, Elizabeth Cochran (1864-1922), under the pen name of Nellie Bly, managed to get herself sent to the New York Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island to do an undercover story of conditions there. She spent 10 days there a lawyer from the New York World obtained her release. Her 2-part story for the recounted her experiences and led to changes at the asylum.
    (ON, 6/20/11, p.12)

1888        Sep 25, Start of Sherlock Holmes "Hound of Baskervilles."
    (MC, 9/25/01)
1888        Sep 25, The Royal Court Theatre, London, opened.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1890        Sep 25, President Benjamin Harrison signed a measure establishing Sequoia National Park. Sequoia National Park, the nation’s 2nd oldest, was created by Congress. The army was assigned park patrol duty.
    (AP, 9/25/99)(SFC, 7/21/96, p.T3)(SFC, 2/1/03, p.A15)
1890        Sep 25, Congress established California’s Yosemite National Park.
    (MC, 9/25/01)
1890        Sep 25, Wilford Woodruff, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a Manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy. The Mormons renounced the practice of polygamy after six decades in exchange for statehood for Utah. Smith’s revelation that God authorized polygamy remained in Article 132 of the church’s Doctrine and Covenants.
    (SFC, 8/6/98, p.A11)(NW, 9/10/01, p.48)(SSFC, 2/25/07, p.A4)(AP, 9/25/07)

1892        Oct 30, Angelo Siciliano (d.1972) was born in Italy. In 1903 he and his mother moved to Brooklyn to live with an uncle. He later became known as body builder Charles Atlas.
    (ON, 12/09, p.5)(

1897        Sep 25, William Faulkner (d.1962), American author, was born in New Albany, Miss. His books were mostly set in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. and include “The Sound and The Fury" (1929) and “Intruder in the Dust." "The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man; it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."
    (AP, 9/25/97)(HN, 9/25/98)

1903        Sep 25, Mark Rothko, [Marcus Rothkovich] US émigré painter (Green on Blue), was born. He came to the US in 1913. His work included “Subway" (1936/1939), “Street Scene" (1936/1938), “Untitled" (1942), “Untitled" (1942/1943), “Phalanx of the Mind" (1945), “The Source" (1946), “Sacrificial Moment" (1946), “Number 18" (1948), and “Untitled" (1945-1946).
    (V.D.-H.K.p.362)(SFC, 1/21/97, p.B1,2)(MC, 9/25/01)

1904        Sep 25, A New York City police officer ordered a female passenger in an automobile on Fifth Avenue to stop smoking a cigarette. A male companion was arrested and later fined two dollars for "abusing" the officer.
    (AP, 9/25/98)

1905        Sep 25, Red Smith, sportscaster and columnist, was born in Green Bay Wisc.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1906        Sep 25, Dimitri Shostakovich (d.1975), Soviet composer who wrote 15 symphonies, was born. His work included the Violin Concerto No. 2. [see Sep 12]
    (WUD, 1994, p.1320)(SFC, 1/30/98, p.E5)(HN, 9/25/98)

1907        Sep 25, Jean Sibelius' 3rd Symphony premiered.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1909        Sep 25, The first National Aeronautic Show opened at Madison Square Garden.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1911        Sep 25, Italy declared war on Turkey.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1915        Sep 25, An allied offensive was launched in France against the German Army.
    (HN, 9/25/98)
1915        Sep 25, At the Battle at Loos: 8,246 British and 0 German casualties.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1918        Sep 25, John Ireland, Irish and US archbishop of St Paul, died at 80.
    (MC, 9/25/01)
1918        Sep 25, Brazil declared war on Austria.
    (HN, 9/25/98)
1918        Sep 25, Germany's SM U-156 U-boat failed to report that she had cleared the Northern barrage minefield between the United Kingdom and Norway on her return voyage to Germany. The submarine was responsible for sinking 44 ships and damaging 3 others, including a warship.

1919        Sep 25, Pres. Wilson collapsed in Pueblo, Colorado. An ailing President Woodrow Wilson was faced with the possibility that the Senate might not ratify the Versailles Treaty ending World War I without substantial changes. Wilson embarked on a grueling railroad tour of America to sway public opinion in favor of his version of the Treaty, delivering 40 speeches in less than a week. He warned America that without the Treaty, "there will be another world war" within a single generation. He was rushed back to a White House sickroom but there suffered a stroke on October 2. For the five weeks Wilson's life was in danger, his doctor and Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, kept the president isolated, but did not declare him unfit to perform his presidential duties. By November 1, Wilson once again governed the country, although he was left partially paralyzed, weak and demoralized. In March 1920, the Senate finally rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
    (AP, 9/25/97)(HNPD, 9/25/98)

1924        Sep 25, Charlotte Mignon (Lotta) Crabtree (b.1847), the red-headed vaudeville dancer known as the "California Girl," died.
    (SFC, 4/10/98, p.A1)(

1926        Sep 25, Henry Ford announced 8 hour, 5 day work week.
    (WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(MC, 9/25/01)
1926        Sep 25, The Convention to Suppress the Slave Trade and Slavery, an international treaty created under the auspices of the League of Nations, was first signed in Geneva to be effective March 9, 1927.

1931        Sep 25, Barbara Walters, television news personality best known for her one-on-one interviews with famous personalities, was born.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1932        Sep 25, Glenn Gould, concert pianist best known for his Bach interpretations, was born.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1933        Sep 25, 1st state poorhouse opened in Smyrna, Georgia.
    (MC, 9/25/01)
1933        Sep 25, The 5th "extermination campaign" against communists in Nanjing China.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1935        Sep 25, Maxwell Anderson's "Winterset," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1936        Sep 25-1936 Oct 13, The Tripartite Agreement between the US, the UK, and France established that the subscribing nations agree to buy and sell gold freely with each other in exchange for their own currency.

1937        Sep 25, In China Lin Biao masterminded the ambush and annihilation of more than 1,000 Japanese troops, at Pingxiangguan pass in Shanxi province.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
1937        Sep 25, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler met with Italian Premier Benito Mussolini in Munich.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1938        Sep 25, President Franklin Roosevelt urged negotiations between Hitler and Czech President Benes over the Sudetenland.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1939        Sep 25, German Luftwaffe struck Warsaw with fire bombs.
    (MC, 9/25/01)
1939        Sep 25, Andorra and Germany finally signed an official treaty ending WW I. The 1919 Versailles Peace Treaty failed to include Andorra.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1940        Sep 25, German High Commissioner in Norway set up the Vidikun Quisling government.
    (SFC, 6/25/97, p.A10)(MC, 9/25/01)
1940        Sep 25, Luftwaffe bombed the Spitfire factory in Southampton. [see Sep 24]
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1942        Sep 25, The War Labor Board ordered equal pay for women in the United States.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1943        Sep 25, The Red Army retook Smolensk from the Germans who were retreating to the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
    (HN, 9/25/98)

1944        Sep 25, Michael Douglas, actor (Coma, Wall St, Jewel of the Nile), was born in New Jersey.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1948        Sep 25, Iva Toguri D'Aquino (b.1916), a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist "Tokyo Rose," arrived in SF aboard the General Hodges and was taken away by FBI agents. On Sep 9, 1949, she was found guilty of speaking into a microphone concerning the loss of US ships. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She was released in 1956 and pardoned by Pres. Ford in 1977.
    (AP, 9/5/99)(AH, 10/02, p.28)

1950        Sep 25, George Zipf, American linguist and philologist, died. He studied statistical occurrences in different languages. Much of his effort can explain properties of the Internet, distribution of income within nations, and many other collections of data.

1952        Sep 25, Christopher Reeve, actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 9/25/01)
1952        Sep 25, The American Federation of Labor broke a 71-year precedent and endorsed Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson.
    (SFC, 9/20/02, p.E6)

1954        Sep 25, Francois "Doc" Duvalier won the Haitian presidential election.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1955        Sep 25, Patty Berg won the LPGA Clock Golf Open.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1956        Sep 25, The first trans-Atlantic telephone cable went into service.
    (AP, 9/25/06)

1957        Sep 25, With 300 members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division standing guard, nine black children forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds, were escorted to class. Vice principle Elizabeth Huckaby (d.1999 at 93) escorted the children and in 1980 published "Crisis at Central High."
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.D5)(AP, 9/25/07)

1958        Sep 25, John B Watson, US psychologist and behaviorist, died.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1959        Sep 25, President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Khrushchev began Camp David talks.
    (HN, 9/25/98)
1959        Sep 25, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley (37) & David Brown (43) wed.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1960        Sep 25, Emily Post (b.1873), etiquette expert, died at 86. A 1941 profile of Emily Price Post called her "the American dictator of correct behavior," an apt description since her book on etiquette sold more than 650,000 copies in its first 20 years. Born into high society, Post wanted to write novels but she turned to etiquette when she discovered the poor quality of existing books on the subject. For her, however, "nothing is less important than the fork you use"--rather, etiquette was the art of making other people feel comfortable. Post delivered her message with wit and style in radio broadcasts and a daily column printed in 160 newspapers.  A 1941 profile of Emily Price Post called her "the American dictator of correct behavior," an apt description since her book on etiquette sold more than 650,000 copies in its first 20 years. In 2008 Laura Claridge authored “Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners."
    (HNPD, 8/17/00)(WSJ, 10/16/08, p.A13)

1961        Sep 25, A referendum was held to establish whether Rwanda should become a republic or remain a kingdom. Citizens voted overwhelmingly for a republic. After parliamentary elections held on the same day, the first Rwandese Republic was declared, with Gregoire Kayibanda as prime minister. Dominique Mbonyumutwa was named the first president of the transitional government.

1962        Sep 25, Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in round one to win the world heavyweight title at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
    (AP, 9/25/02)
1962        Sep 25, A Black church was destroyed by fire in Macon, Georgia.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1963        Sep 25, Juan Bosch (1909-2001) was toppled in the Dominican Republic by the army shortly after being elected. His plans for land reform would have split up sugar plantations owned by generals.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D6)(

1964         Sep 25, The TV show “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." debuted with Jim Nabors (1930-2007) as Gomer Pyle. The show was directed by Aaron Ruben (1914-2010) and continued to run to 1969.
    (SFC, 2/5/10, p.C7)(, 11/30/17, p.A8)

1965        Sep 25, 60 year old Satchel Paige of the Kansas City A's pitched 3 scoreless innings.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1966        Sep 25, Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Cello Concert premiered in Moscow.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1970        Sep 25, Erich M. Remarque (b.1898), German writer, died. His books included “Im West Nichts Neues" (All Quiet on the Western Front), 1929.

1971        Sep 25, Over 100 Russian officials were expelled from Britain for spying. Information from Oleg Lyalin, supposedly a member of the USSR's trade delegation in the UK, led to the expulsion of 105 Soviet officials from Britain.

1973        Sep 25, The three-man crew of the U.S. space laboratory Skylab Two splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean after spending 59 days in orbit.
    (AP, 9/25/98)

1974        Sep 25, Scientists warned that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, which will lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes.
    {Environment, USA, Cancer}
    (HN, 9/25/98)(

1978        Sep 25, In Calif. 144 people were killed when a Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) Boeing 727 and a Cessna private plane collided over San Diego.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)(AP, 9/25/97)
1978        Sep 25, Jacobo Timerman was released by Argentina’s ruling junta under international pressure. His citizenship was stripped, his newspaper confiscated and he was put on a plane for Israel.
    (SFC, 11/12/99, p.D6)

1979        Sep 25, The musical "Evita" opened on NYC’s Broadway for 1568 performances.
    (AP, 9/25/97)

1981        Sep 25, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
    (AP, 9/25/97)(HN, 9/25/98)

1982        Sep 25, Pennsylvania prison guard George Banks killed 13 people including 4 that were his own children.

1983        Sep 25, In the 35th Emmy Awards the winners included Hill St Blues, Cheers, Ed Flanders and Shelley Long.
1983        Sep 25, Leslie Michelle English (2) was raped and murdered in Griffin, Georgia. Her uncle, Eddie Albert Crawford was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. After 20 years on death row Crawford was executed July 19, 2004.
    (SFC, 7/19/04, p.A4)
1983        Sep 25, In Northern Ireland Jimmy Smythe escaped from the Maze prison near Belfast along with 37 other prisoners. He made his way to San Francisco where he was arrested and released on bail in 1992. Kevin Barry Artt, Terence Kirby, and Pol Brennan also escaped and made their way to California. They were arrested in the 1992 and held in a federal prison in Pleasanton, Ca. After a lengthy court battle, Smythe was extradited in 1996 to Northern Ireland to serve the remainder of his 20-year prison term. In 1998 he was freed from a Belfast prison.
    (SFC, 7/4/96, p.A20)(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A8)(

1985        Sep 25, The Tyrell Museum of Paleontology was opened to the public. It is located 140 km. northeast of Calgary at Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.
    (CFA, '96, p.63)

1987        Sep 25, The US Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Judge William S. Sessions to be the new director of the FBI.
    (AP, 9/25/97)

1988        Sep 25, Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis clashed over deficits, drugs and the Pledge of Allegiance in their first presidential debate.
    (AP, 9/25/98)
1988        Sep 25, Former first brother Billy Carter died in Plains, Ga., at 51.
    (AP, 9/25/98)
1988        Sep 25, Florence Griffith Joyner won the women's 100-meter dash at the Seoul Olympics.
    (AP, 9/25/98)

1989        Sep 25, President Bush, addressing the UN General Assembly, offered to slash American stocks of chemical weapons by more than 80%, provided the Soviets did the same.
    (AP, 9/25/99)

1990        Sep 25, In a videotaped message to Americans, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein warned that if President Bush launched a war against his country, “it would not be up to him to end it."
    (AP, 9/25/00)
1990        Sep 25, The UN Security Council voted 14-to-1 to impose an air embargo against Iraq. Cuba cast the lone dissenting vote.
    (AP, 9/25/00)

1991        Sep 25, A national commission faulted the government for a lack of leadership in the fight against AIDS.
    (AP, 9/20/01)
1991        Sep 25, The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 713 that imposed a worldwide arms embargo against Yugoslavia and all its warring factions.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A10)(AP, 9/20/01)
1991        Sep 25, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie died in Lyon, France, at age 77.
    (AP, 9/20/01)

1992        Sep 25, A judge in Orlando, Fla., ruled in favor of Gregory Kingsley, a 12-year-old boy seeking a "divorce" from his biological parents. He took the name Shawn Russ.
    (AP, 9/25/97)
1992        Sep 25, Some four dozen San Francisco bicycle riders began to ride up Market Street in a group called "Commute Clot." It grew to become Critical Mass bike ride held on the last Friday of each month.
    (SFC, 7/30/97, p.A13)(SFC, 9/26/02, p.A25)(SFC, 9/28/07, p.A1)
1992        Sep 25, The Mars Observer blasted off on a $980 million mission to the red planet. The probe disappeared just before entering Martian orbit in August 1993.
    (AP, 9/25/97)
1992        Sep 25, Dorothy Harris (41) and Louis Oates (63) were shot to death at their oil company office in Palestine, Texas. Kelsey Patterson, a paranoid schizophrenic, was arrested and convicted of the murder. Patterson was executed May 18, 2004.
    (SFC, 5/19/04, p.A7)(

1993        Sep 25, Three U.S. soldiers in Somalia were killed when their helicopter was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade.
    (AP, 9/25/98)

1994        Sep 25, Russian President Boris Yeltsin began a five-day swing through the United States as he arrived in New York, hoping to encourage American investment in his country's struggling economy.
    (AP, 9/25/99)
1994        Sep 25, Swiss voters approved a ban on racist propaganda. The law became effective Jan 1, 1995.

1995        Sep 25, Ross Perot announced he would form a new Independence Party that would field its own White House candidate and would try to be the swing vote in congressional races.
    (AP, 9/25/00)
1995        Sep 25, A New Zealand volcano, Mt. Ruapehu, erupted with ash and steam spewed 12 miles high. There was some discussion over the radio whether this event was a direct result of the nuclear tests by France cited on 9/8/95.
    (WSJ, 9/27/95, p.A-16)

1996        Sep 25, NATO generals were ordered to prepare plans for an extension of allied military force in Bosnia beyond the Dec. 20 deadline.
    (SFC, 9/26/96, p.A12)
1996        Sep 25, In Afghanistan rebel forces moved into Kabul. A 100 fighters were killed on both sides.
    (SFC, 9/26/96, p.A10)
1996        Sep 25, In Columbia rebels attacked an oil pipeline in Arauca province and pumping of 220,000 barrels a day was suspended.
    (WSJ, 9/26/96, p.A1)
1996        Sep 25, Violence began in Jerusalem when Israelis opened a tunnel along the west wall of the old city in opposition to Palestinian sentiments. Seven Arabs were killed. Resulting riots left 69 Palestinians dead along with 16 Israelis.
    (SFC, 9/26/96, p.A10)(AP, 9/25/97)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.48)
1996        Sep 25, In the Netherlands a DC-3 aircraft went into the North Sea near Den Helder and killed all 32 people on board.
    (SFC, 9/26/96, p.A11)
1996        Sep 25, Sri Lanka’s military said it killed or wounded 500 Tamil rebels with a loss of 58 government troops and 115 wounded since Sunday when their offensive began near Kilinochchi.
    (SFC, 9/26/96, p.A11)
1996        Sep 25, Turkey said its troops killed 47 Kurdish rebels in the eastern provinces.
    (WSJ, 9/26/96, p.A1)

1997        Sep 25, The NBC prime-time drama "ER" did its season premiere live for the Eastern United States, then repeated the performance live for the West Coast.
    (AP, 9/25/98)
1997        Sep 25, President Clinton pulled open the door of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., as he welcomed nine blacks who had faced hate-filled mobs 40 years earlier.
    (AP, 9/25/98)
1997        Sep 25, Sportscaster Marv Albert ended his trial in Arlington, Va., by pleading guilty to assault and battery charges; within hours, NBC fired him. The network later rehired him.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
1997        Sep 25, In the town of Scotia in Humboldt County, Ca., 7 protestors settled in the company office of Pacific Lumber. Sheriff’s deputies applied pepper spray directly to the eyes of the protestors using cotton swabs and Q-tips.
    (SFC, 10/31/97, p.A15)
1997        Sep 25, In California it was reported that traces of toxaphene, banned in 1982, were found in at least one bird in a southern Tulare County canal where some 1600 western grebes and millions of fish were found dead.
    (SFC, 9/25/97, p.A13)
1997        Sep 25, The space shuttle Atlantis was launched. Astronaut David Wolf scheduled to replace Michael Foale on the Mir space station.
    (, 9/27/97, p.A3)
1997        Sep 25, A British jet car, Thrust SSC, driven by Andy Green of the Royal Air Force set a land speed record of 714.144 mph. [see Oct 13]
    (SFC, 10/14/97, p.A1,7)
1997        Sep 25, From Brazil it was reported that local transsexuals could get a free sex-change operation under new rules that classified the surgery as experimental.
    (SFC, 9/25/97, p.A14)
1997        Sep 25, Iraq demanded that Turkey pull back some 15,000 troops who crossed its border in pursuit of Kurdistan Workers Party guerrillas.
    (WSJ, 9/26/97, p.A1)
1997        Sep 25, In Jordan Khaled Mashaal, the political leader of Hamas, was chemically attacked by two men with forged Canadian passports in Amman. Hamas accused the men of being Israeli Mossad agents. Jordan's King Hussein intervened, forcing Israel to send the antidote that saved the Hamas leader's life and release the group's jailed founder in exchange for the freedom of its captured agents.
    (SFC, 10/2/97, p.A10)(SFC, 10/3/97, p.B4)(SFC, 10/12/97, p.A17)(AP, 9/25/04)

1998        Sep 25, Mark McGwire hit his 66th home run, just 45 minutes after Sammy Sosa hit his 66th homer of the season.
    (AP, 9/25/99)
1998        Sep 25, Hillary Clinton spoke on behalf of Barbara Boxer at the SF Hilton. Pres. Clinton also visited SF and the Bay Area seeking political donations.
    (SFC, 9/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Sep 25, Douglas Groat, a former CIA covert operator, was sentenced to 5 years in prison after admitting that he attempted to extort $1 million from the agency with threats to disclose how the US intercepts foreign communications.
    (SFC, 9/26/98, p.A3)
1998        Sep 25, It was reported that the world economic conditions had impacted the price of the Beanie Babies, the stuffed critters that burst on the toy market in 1994. Beanie prices were down as much as 45%.
    (WSJ, 9/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Sep 25, Hurricane Georges raked the Florida Keys with sheets of rain and 105 mph winds, but spared Florida the kind of devastation seen across the Caribbean.
    (AP, 9/25/99)
1998        Sep 25, Frenchman Benoit Lecomte reached the Brittany coast after a 72-day swim across the Atlantic that began Jul 16 at Hyannis, Mass.
    (SFC, 9/26/98, p.A11)
1998        Sep 25, In Liberia the US transported Roosevelt Johnson out of the country to Sierra Leone.
    (SFC, 9/26/98, p.A12)
1998        Sep 25, In Malaysia Abdul Malek was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), at the height of the "Reformasi" (Reforms) demonstrations following the sacking and arrest of deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. In 2007 a Malaysian court awarded Malek 740,000 dollars for his wrongful arrest and assault in custody. It was the first time that a Malaysian court had awarded significant compensation for illegal detention and abuse.
    (AFP, 10/18/07)
1998        Sep 25, In Morocco a chartered Spanish airliner crashed and killed all 38 people onboard.
    (SFC, 9/26/98, p.A11)
1998        Sep 25, In Russia Alexander Shokhin quit as the new top economic official.
    (SFC, 9/26/98, p.A10)

1999        Sep 25, Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley squared off in back-to-back speeches to the Democratic National Committee as each sought support for his 2000 presidential campaign.
    (AP, 9/25/00)
1999        Sep 25, In Hawaii a sightseeing plane crashed on the Mauna Loa Volcano. All ten people onboard were killed.
    (SFC, 9/27/99, p.A3)
1999        Sep 25, G7 leaders issued a joint statement that said it was up to the Japanese to drive down the value of the yen which had been strengthening against the dollar and threatened Japanese economic recovery.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A14)
1999        Sep 25, In Afghanistan the Taliban bombed Taloqan and 16 people were killed. At least 40 Taliban soldiers and 8 opposition soldiers were killed in a battle for Dasht-e-Archi.
    (SFC, 9/27/99, p.A18)
1999        Sep 25, In Chechnya Russian warplanes knocked out local TV and mobile phones and forced thousands of civilians to flee Grozny. 7 people were reported killed and 24 wounded. An estimated 100,000 crowded the border crossing to Ingushetia.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A23)
1999        Sep 25, In East Timor 9 to 16 people were reported killed in rural areas while on a mission to aid refugees.
    (SFC, 9/28/99, p.A12)
1999        Sep 25, In India 2 government ministers were arrested in Bihar and 4 people were killed amid reports of large-scale election fraud during the 4th round of voting.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A26)
1999        Sep 25, In Indonesia student riots extended to Medan, on the island of Sumatra, after 6 people were killed in Jakarta.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A12)
1999        Sep 25, From Mexico it was reported that assaults on trucks had increased from 350 in 1993 to an estimated 40,000 a year.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A12)
1999        Sep 25, In Taiwan powerful aftershocks continued after the government imposed an emergency decree to speed up relief operations.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A1)

2000        Sep 25, In NYC a US District court ordered Radovan Karadzic, a former Bosnian Serb leader, to pay $4.5 million in damages for 1992 war atrocities committed by his soldiers.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A16)
2000        Sep 25, It was reported that synthetic versions of the natural enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase extended the lives of microscopic roundworms by as much as 50%.
    (SFC, 9/25/00, p.A6)
2000        Sep 25, In Sydney, Australia, Cathy Freeman became the first Aborigine to win an individual Olympic gold medal, capturing the women's 400 meters. Michael Johnson of the United States became the first man to successfully defend a 400-meter title.
    (AP, 9/20/01)
2000        Sep 25, In Cuba thousands of protestors joined Fidel Castro to protest US immigration policies.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A14)
2000        Sep 25, In Greece a nationwide truckers’ strike caused fuel shortages.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A14)
2000        Sep 25, In Cheju, South Korea, the North and South Korea defense ministers, Cho Sung Tae and Kim Il Chul, met and pledged to work for reconciliation.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A11)
2000        Sep 25, In Nepal Maoist rebels killed 12 police officers in Dunai with crude bombs and guns.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A14)
2000        Sep 25, In Serbia (Yugoslavia) Vojislav Kostunica declared victory over Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 25, In Thailand flooding left 47 people dead.
    (WSJ, 9/26/00, p.A1)

2001        Sep 25, Former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan, who'd left professional basketball after winning a half-dozen championship rings, announced he was returning to the game with the Washington Wizards.
    (SFC, 12/30/01, p.D5)(AP, 9/25/02)
2001        Sep 25, General Motors announced the 2002 model year would be the last for the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.
    (AP, 9/25/02)
2001        Sep 25, The US campaign against terrorism was renamed “Operation Enduring Freedom."
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 25, The FAA lifted a ban on crop-dusting flights.
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.A9)
2001        Sep 25, The Red Cross began distributing $30,000 grants to families of the victims of the WTC and Pentagon. $200 million was received in donations.
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.A5)
2001        Sep 25, Irving Bernstein, UCLA labor historian, died at age 84. His books included “The Lean Years: A History of the American Worker, 1920-1933" (1960), “The Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941" (1970), and “A Caring Society" (1985).
    (SFC, 10/8/01, p.A20)
2001        Sep 25, Naseer Ahmed Mujahed, Osama bin Laden’s military chief, faxed a statement to news agencies that said: “Wherever there are Americans and Jews, they will be targeted."
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.A7)
2001        Sep 25, A Texas man allegedly shot and killed his wife and neighbor, who had become her boyfriend. On March 7, 2012, Keith Thurmond was executed for the murders and continued to express his innocence unto death.
    (SFC, 3/8/12, p.A7)(
2001        Sep 25, A Chinese captain went down with his freighter in the Taiwan Strait as Typhoon Lekima lashed the area.
    (WSJ, 9/26/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 25, Interpol issued a bulletin for the arrest of Ayman al-Zawahri (50), an Egyptian surgeon believed to be Osama bin Laden’s closest al Qaeda associate in Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 9/27/01, p.A8)
2001        Sep 25, Nato agreed to keep troops in Macedonia beyond the Sep 26 expiration of its mission.
    (WSJ, 9/26/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 25, The Malaysia government accused Nik Adli Nik Abdul Aziz (34), an Islamic school teacher, for plotting to overthrow the government. His father served as the chief minister of Kelantan state. Nik Adli allegedly belonged to the Kumpulan Mujahideen Malaysia militant group.
    (WSJ, 9/26/01, p.A16)
2001        Sep 25, In Russia Pres. Putin issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Chechen rebels to show up for peace talks.
    (WSJ, 9/27/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 25, Saudi Arabia withdrew diplomatic recognition of the Afghan Taliban government.
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/25/02)
2001        Sep 25, Pope John Paul cut short a speech in Armenia due to symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease. His visit coincided with celebrations marking the 1,700th anniversary of Christianity as the state’s religion.
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.C2)

2002        Sep 25, The annual Alaska oil dividend was announced to be $1,540.76.
    (SFC, 9/27/02, p.A7)
2002        Sep 25, US military C-130s and US troops landed in Ivory Coast to rescue Americans. American schoolchildren escaped a rebel-held Ivory Coast city that was under siege as US special forces and French troops moved in to rescue Westerners caught in the West African nation's bloody uprising.
    (AP, 9/25/02)(AP, 9/25/07)
2002        Sep 25, Tropical Storm Isidore drenched the Gulf Coast.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
2002        Sep 25, Explosives (pentrite) were discovered on a Moroccan jet after passengers left the flight at an airport in eastern France. There was no detonator attached to the 3 1/2 ounces of explosives discovered in the passenger section of a Royal Air Maroc airplane after it landed at the Metz-Nancy-Lorraine airport.
    (AP, 9/26/02)
2002        Sep 25, Indian forces killed five suspected Islamic militants trying to cross into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan as new tensions were stoked between the nuclear rivals over an attack on an Indian temple.
    (AP, 9/25/02)
2002        Sep 25, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi urged the United Nations to come up with a "new, strongly worded, unambiguous and exacting" resolution on Iraq that could authorize the use of force if Baghdad fails to comply with it.
    (AP, 9/26/02)
2002        Sep 25, In Pakistan the Islamic Martyrs Brigade (Lashkar Fedayan-e-Islami) held a secret meeting in Peshawar and announced planned suicide attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 9/27/02, p.A18)
2002        Sep 25, In Pakistan 2 gunmen burst into the offices of a Christian welfare organization in the city of Karachi and opened fire, killing six people, three of them Christians, and wounding two others.
    (Reuters, 9/25/02)(SFC, 9/26/02, p.A22)
2002        Sep 25-2002 Sep 26, Over 800 passengers and crew were believed to have perished when the Senegal’s crowded MS Joola, a state-run ferry, heaved to its side shortly before midnight in a fierce storm off the coast of Gambia. The toll was later raised to 1,863 dead. The ship had been pushed into service while still needing vital repairs. The ferry was licensed to carry 550 people but had 1,927 passengers on board, of whom only 64 survived.
    (WSJ, 9/30/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.58)(AFP, 3/19/12)

2003        Sep 25, In Nashville, Tenn., 8 people died in a nursing home fire.
    (SFC, 9/27/03, p.A3)
2003        Sep 25, In a new French deck of cards Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gets the honor as ace of spades. Pres. Bush is the king of diamonds and Osama bin Laden the joker. Thierry Meyssan, the man behind the French deck, headed the Voltaire Network, a left-wing association that put the cards on its Internet site.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
2003        Sep 25, Franco Modigliani (85), Nobel-winning economist, died in Cambridge, Mass.
    (AP, 9/25/04)(Econ, 10/4/03, p.74)
2003        Sep 25, George Plimpton (b.1927), writer and participatory journalist, died in NYC at age 76. He helped found the Paris Review in 1953. His books included "Paper Lion" (1966). In 2013 Tom Bean and Luke Poling directed the documentary: “Plimpton: Starring George Plimpton as Himself."
    (SFC, 9/27/03, p.A2)(SFC, 7/26/13, p.E5)
2003        Sep 25, Edward Said (67), Palestinian American journalist, critic and author, died. His books included "Orientalism" and "Culture and Imperialism."
    (SSFC, 12/28/03, p.E9)(Econ, 10/4/03, p.84)
2003        Sep 25, In France INSERM, the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, determined that 14,802 people had died in August due to the heat wave.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
2003        Sep 25, A mortar blast tore through a market in Baqouba, Iraq, killing nine civilians and injuring more than a dozen others. Townspeople suspected American soldiers stationed nearby may have been the target. Aquila al-Hashimi (50), the first member of Iraq's American-picked Governing Council to be targeted for assassination, died, five days after she was shot in an ambush.
    (AP, 9/26/03)(AP, 9/25/03)(WSJ, 9/26/03, p.A1)
2003        Sep 25, Israeli troops killed 4 Islamic militants, including a senior fugitive, in gun battles in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. One soldier was killed and six were wounded in the fighting.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
2003        Sep 25, In northern Japan an 8.3 earthquake, the world's most powerful in 2 1/2 years, injured at least 589 people and knocked out power on Hokkaido.
2003        Sep 25, In Nigeria an Islamic appeals court overturned the conviction of Amina Lawal. She had been sentenced to death by stoning for committing adultery.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
2003        Sep 25, Yuri Senkevich (66), a documentary filmmaker and host of Russia's longest running TV show, died.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
2003        Sep 25, Sudan's government and main rebel group signed an agreement on security arrangements for a six-year political transition in efforts to end their 20-year civil war.
    (AP, 9/26/03)

2004        Sep 25, The Lasker Foundation awarded its prize for clinical research posthumously to Dr. Charles Kelman, who made cataract removal an outpatient procedure. The $50,000 award for basic research went to Dr. Pierre Chambon, Ronald Evans, and Elwood Jensen for opening up the field of studying proteins called nuclear hormone receptors.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.A10)
2004        Sep 25, Marvin Davis (79), oil mogul and former owner of 20th Century Fox, died in Beverly Hills.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.B7)
2004        Sep 25, Hurricane Jeanne lashed the Bahamas with violent winds and torrential rains, making a direct hit on Abaco island and threatening the country's second-largest city, Freeport. Late in the day Jeanne hit Florida.
    (AP, 9/25/04)(SSFC, 9/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 25, Afghan security forces killed a senior Taliban commander and two of his comrades in southern Afghanistan. Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar, a former inmate at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, died in the gunbattle. 
    (AP, 9/26/04)
2004        Sep 25, In southwest China a swollen river swept a bus off a bridge, and about 30 passengers were missing.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, Ma Chengyuan (77), former president of the renowned Shanghai Museum, died. He saved priceless artifacts from marauding Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.
    (AP, 10/10/04)
2004        Sep 25, US warplanes, tanks and artillery units struck the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, killing at least 8 people and wounding 15. The US military announced the deaths of four Marines and a soldier. Five mortar shells struck the Iraqi Oil Ministry headquarters in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, An Internet posting claimed that an al-Qaida-linked group has killed British hostage Kenneth Bigley.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles toward a crowd of Palestinians on the outskirts of a refugee camp, killing a 55-year-old man and wounding five people.
    (SFC, 9/25/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 25, The Israeli army charged into a Palestinian refugee camp, killing one person and tearing down 35 homes.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, A film about Iraqi children victims of war "Turtles can fly" directed by Iranian Bahman Ghobadi won the Concha de Oro (Golden Shell) at the prestigious San Sebastian film festival.
    (AFP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, Sudanese authorities accused an opposition party of plotting to kill more than three dozen senior government officials and blow up key sites in the capital.
    (AP, 9/25/04)

2005        Sep 25, Pres. Bush said Congress should consider giving the Defense Dept. the lead role in responding to natural disasters. Houston began a staggered re-entry plan following Hurricane Rita and commercial flights resumed to the area.
    (WSJ, 9/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 25, In Washington DC a landmark agreement to forgive billions of dollars of debt for poor countries sailed toward final approval by finance ministers after the IMF agreed how to pay for it.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, It was reported that US Senate leader Bill Frist sold HCA stock worth $12 million between January and June this year. The assets were allegedly in a blind trust, but Frist was kept informed of account activities by the trust administrators. The stock dropped following the sales when HCA warned it would not meet expectations.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A3)
2005        Sep 25, The 22nd annual Folsom Street Fair, a homage to leather fetishists, took place in SF and drew an estimated 300,000 people.
    (SFC, 9/26/05, p.B3)
2005        Sep 25, M. Scott Peck (b.1936), psychiatrist and author of “The Road Less Traveled" (1978), died at his home in Warren, Conn.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.B7)
2005        Sep 25, Don Adams (82), TV star born as Donald James Yarmy, died in LA. He played Maxwell Smart on the “Get Smart" TV show from 1965-1970 along with co-star Barbara Feldon.
    (SFC, 9/27/05, p.B5)
2005        Sep 25, A US Chinook helicopter crashed in remote mountains of southern Afghanistan, killing all five crew members on board.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, In Australia 20 high-tech solar-powered cars from 10 countries set off on a 3,000 kilometer (1,860 mile) race across the vast outback in the 8th World Solar Challenge. The Nuna team of the Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands scored a hat-trick with their third victory in a row; their Nuna 3 won with a record average speed of 103 km/h.
    (AP, 9/25/05)(
2005        Sep 25, In Britain Rochelle Holness (15) vanished after she let home to call her boyfriend from a telephone box. Her mutilated body was later found in five black plastic bin bags near a rubbish chute in Catford, south London. In 2006 John McGrady (48), a convicted rapist and former butcher, was sentenced to life in prison for the killing.
    (AFP, 5/16/06)
2005        Sep 25, The partially-clothed body of Sally Anne Bowman (18), whose was found lying in the driveway of her home in Croydon, south London. In 2008 a jury at London's Central Criminal Court found Mark Dixie (37) guilty of killing the aspiring model. A judge recommended he serve at least 34 years.
2005        Sep 25, China’s government said it is imposing new regulations to control content on its news Web sites, another step in its ongoing effort to police a rapidly expanding Internet population.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, In Germany Porsche announced that it plans to take a stake of around 20% in VW in a move that would help shield Europe's biggest car maker from a hostile takeover.
    (AFP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 25, A group of pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong crossed into mainland China for the first time since being barred for criticizing Beijing after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. They put their case for electoral reform directly to a Chinese communist leader for the first time, but complained that they were rebuffed.
    (Reuters, 9/25/05)(AFP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A magnitude 5.6 undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, Iran rejected a resolution by the UN nuclear watchdog agency that put it one step away from Security Council referral, calling the move "illegal and illogical" and orchestrated by the United States.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A suicide car bomber struck an Interior Ministry convoy in Baghdad, killing seven police commandos and two civilians. Earlier, a bomb mounted on a bicycle blew apart a music store in Hillah, south of the capital, killing one. US forces in Sadr City killed at least eight Shiite gunmen and wounding five. In western Iraq a US soldier was killed when his vehicle rolled over during a patrol.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, Iraqi and US authorities killed Abdullah Abu Azzam (Abdullah Najim Abdullah Mohamed Al-Jawari), the No. 2 official in the al-Qaida in Iraq organization, in a raid in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 25, Israeli aircraft blasted suspected Palestinian weapons facilities in Gaza and authorities arrested hundreds of militants in the West Bank, launching an offensive against the Islamic group Hamas after it bombarded Israeli towns with rockets. Hamas announced it would no longer use Gaza Strip as a staging ground for attacks against Israel.
    (AP, 9/25/05)(SFC, 9/26/05, A4)
2005        Sep 25, Italy's government stripped Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio of his authority to represent the country at a World Bank meeting.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A bomb rigged to the car of May Chidiac, a prominent journalist for an anti-Syrian television station, exploded severing her arm and leg in the latest in a string of targeted explosions in Lebanon.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A 7.0 earthquake hit northern Peru, near Moyobamba, causing power outages and cutting phone service throughout much of the region. 4 people were reported killed in Lamas.
    (AP, 9/26/05)(SFC, 9/26/05, A3)
2005        Sep 25, Polish voters cast their ballots in a parliamentary election expected to deal a crushing defeat to an ex-communist government plagued by scandal and high unemployment and lead to a coalition government between two conservative parties. Voters embraced two center-right parties that have promised tax cuts and clean government.
    (AP, 9/25/05)(AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 25, Some 774 Rwandans convicted by community courts for their role in the 1994 genocide began excavating stones for road construction as punishment for their role in the killings of more than a half-million people in this small central African nation. The convicts were tried by the newly established community courts, known as Gacaca. At least 760,000 Rwandans were accused of committing crimes during the genocide.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir met with King Abdullah in the Saudi city of Jeddah to discuss cooperation between their countries and regional developments.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A majority of the Swiss electorate voted to allow citizens of the 10 new EU member states to work in Switzerland, according to the final results of a national referendum.
    (AP, 9/25/05)

2006        Sep 25, US air safety officials eased restrictions on liquids in carry-ons.
    (SFC, 9/26/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 25, It was reported that the gap in between US debt payments and return from investments abroad had reached $2.5 billion in the 2nd quarter of 2006. This amounted to a quarterly debt payment of about $22 for each American household.
    (WSJ, 9/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 25, A US federal judge granted class action status to tens of millions of "light cigarette" smokers for a potential $200 billion lawsuit against cigarette makers.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 25, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two bills to bar the state's massive pension funds from investing in companies in Sudan and to indemnify the University of California system from liability from divesting its investments in the country.
    (Reuters, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 25, Murphy Oil agreed to pay $330 million to settle a class-action suit filed by victims of Hurricane Katrina whose homes and businesses were inundated when floodwaters carried nearly 1.1 million gallons of crude oil from a company storage tank.
    (WSJ, 9/26/06, p.A12)
2006        Sep 25, The Louisiana Superdome, a symbol of misery during Hurricane Katrina, reopened for a New Orleans Saints game. The Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 23-3.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2006        Sep 25, In Afghan 2 gunmen on a motorbike killed Safia Hama Jan, the provincial director of the Ministry of Women's Affairs, outside her home in apparent retribution for her efforts to help educate women. In Khost province a bomb killed 2 policemen and a coalition soldier was injured in a suicide attack. 2 men believed to be suicide attackers were killed when the car they were in blew up on a road often used by the US-led coalition and Afghan forces. In Paktika province six suspected rebels were killed when they were escorting a suicide bomber whose explosives detonated early.
    (AFP, 9/25/06)(AFP, 9/26/06)
2006        Sep 25, UCB, a Belgian drug firm, announced a takeover of Germany’s Schwarz Pharma for €4.4 billion.
    (Econ, 9/30/06, p.71)
2006        Sep 25, Deutsche Oper, a leading German opera house, canceled a 3-year-old production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" that included a scene showing the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad, unleashing a furious debate over free speech.
    (AP, 9/26/06)
2006        Sep 25, In Athens, Greece, a gang of robbers wielding machine guns stole an estimated $1.9 million from a casino's security van after ramming the vehicle with a stolen truck.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 25, Guatemalan security forces took over the Pavon prison farm, which had been controlled for more than 10 years by inmates who produced drugs, lived in spacious homes with luxury goods and even rented space for stores and restaurants. 7 prisoners died when 3,000 police and soldiers firing automatic weapons stormed the prison just after dawn. In 2018 Erwin Sperisen, Guatemala's former police chief, was slapped with a 15-year prison sentence in Switzerland after being reconvicted for the deaths of seven inmates in Pavon jail. Sperisen held dual Swiss and Guatemalan citizenship and local rules allowed Swiss citizens to be tried at home for crimes committed abroad.
    (Reuters, 9/25/06)(AP, 11/14/10)(AFP, 4/27/18)
2006        Sep 25, Iraq's feuding ethnic and sectarian groups moved ahead with forming a committee to consider amending the constitution after their leaders agreed to delay any division of the country into autonomous states until 2008. In Basra British forces shot and killed Omar al-Farouq, a leading al-Qaida terrorist, more than a year after he embarrassed the US military by making an unprecedented escape from a maximum security military prison in Afghanistan in July, 2005. A US soldier died of wounds sustained from enemy fire in Mosul. A US Marine and soldier were killed in action in western Anbar province.
    (AP, 9/25/06)(AP, 9/26/06)(AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 25, In Nigeria an inauguration ceremony in Lagos featured new bailiffs, a corps of 30 men and women, all graduates, in uniforms of black trousers, ash-colored shirts, yellow badges and cowboy hats and handcuffs on their belts. Former Lagos bailiffs had converted their role as enforcer of court judgments on property into an extortion racket.
    (AP, 9/26/06)
2006        Sep 25, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf’s memoir “In the Line of Fire," was published. He noted that the CIA has paid Pakistan millions for catching al-Qaida fighters.
    (SFC, 9/23/06, p.A3)(SFC, 9/26/06, p.A3)
2006        Sep 25, Somalia's interim prime minister called on the UN to partially lift an arms embargo on his country to allow for the deployment of African peacekeepers, which he said are necessary to stop the advance of Islamic radicals. A government order banned human smuggling. Ethiopian troops arrived in Somalia to support the internationally recognized government in its faceoff with radicals. The Islamic militia in the seaport of Kismayo opened fire on thousands protesting the fundamentalists' takeover of the southern town. Witnesses said a teenager was killed.
    (AP, 9/25/06)(SFC, 9/26/06, p.A3)(AP, 10/8/06)
2006        Sep 25, The Sri Lankan navy said it had sunk 11 Tamil Tiger rebel ships loaded with troops and weapons during a five-hour sea battle, killing around 70 separatists.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 25, A spokesman for the AU said the African Union will add 4,000 troops to its extended Darfur peacekeeping mission, bringing the number of police and soldiers in western Sudan to 11,000. The UN got its first pledges of troops for a proposed peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region at a meeting of 49 potential contributing nations.
    (AP, 9/25/06)(Reuters, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 25, The United States donated patrol boats and electronic equipment to help Tajikistan guard its borders and stem the flow of heroin from neighboring Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 25, Pope Benedict XVI told over 20 Muslim diplomats that Christians and Muslims must work together to guard against intolerance and violence as he sought to soothe anger over his recent remarks about Islam.
    (AP, 9/25/06)(SFC, 9/26/06, p.A8)
2006        Sep 25, In Yemen 4 French tourists kidnapped Sep 10 were freed.
    (AP, 9/25/06)

2007        Sep 25, President George W. Bush announced new US sanctions against Myanmar's military rulers and urged other countries to follow suit amid Myanmar's biggest anti-government protests in 20 years.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom suspended Ed Jew from his seat on the Board of Supervisors and swore in Carmen Chu (29), a deputy director in his office of policy and finance, as interim supervisor.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 25, Julian Revilleza (26), the accused mastermind of a grade-changing scandal at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Ca., and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, pleaded guilty to 15 felonies. As many as 400 grades were changed from 2000-2006. On Nov 26 Jeremy Tato (26) pleaded no contest to 8 felonies. On Nov 29 15 more people were charged in the scandal including Liberato Servo, identified as one of the scheme’s ringleaders. On Dec 14 the final set of charges were filed against 4 current or former students at Los Medanos.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.B2)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/30/07, p.B2)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.B3)
2007        Sep 25, NRG Energy of Princeton, NJ, submitted permission to build 2 nuclear reactors in Texas.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 25, In northern Plumas County, California, state Dept. of Fish and Game began poisoning Lake Davis to rid the reservoir of northern pike. A similar attempt in 1997 failed.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 25, Warren Jeffs, the leader of a polygamous Mormon splinter group, was convicted in St. George, Utah, of being an accomplice to rape for performing a wedding between a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl. Jeffs was later sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2007        Sep 25, A large swath of coastal land was secured by The Trust for Public Land, paving the way for the biggest expansion of the US Virgin Islands National Park since it was created more than 50 years ago. The pristine property on St. John, known as Estate Maho Bay, will be transferred to the National Park Service when federal funds become available in 2-3 years.
    (AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, In Afghanistan about 400 villagers blocked a major highway during a protest after two civilians, a father and son, were killed by international forces who were conducting a search operation in the Zhari district of Kandahar province.
    (AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, The US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called MQ-9 Reaper began operating in Afghanistan. It engaged in combat with a successful strike for the first time on October 27.
2007        Sep 25, The World Health Organization said 8 more cases of Ebola have been identified in Congo, raising to 17 the number of people confirmed to have contracted the deadly illness.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, A jailed Egyptian militant committed suicide in his cell. Sayed Ragab Abdullah (45) had been jailed 15 days ago for alleged membership in an Islamic militant group.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addressing the United Nations, announced "the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed," and indicated Tehran would disregard Security Council resolutions imposed by what he called "arrogant powers."
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2007        Sep 25, A suicide car bomber struck the police headquarters in Basra, killing at least 3 officers and wounding 20 people. In Baghdad at least 7 people were killed, six in a car bombing on a shopping street in an eastern neighborhood near a line of pensioners outside a bank. A US soldier was killed during a small-arms attack in an eastern neighborhood of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/25/07)(AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, Israel's largest bank said it was severing its last remaining ties with Palestinian banks in Gaza, following the Israeli government's declaration of the coastal strip as an "enemy entity."
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Japan’s Parliament elected Yasuo Fukuda to be the prime minister, thrusting the moderate political insider into the job of taking on a resurgent opposition and rebuilding the scandal-scarred ruling party.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, In Indian Kashmir 5 suspected Muslim militants and a policeman were killed in three gunbattles in Poonch, Kupwara and Kulgam districts.
    (AFP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, Soldiers, including an army division that took part in the brutal suppression of a 1988 uprising, converged on Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, after thousands of monks and sympathizers defied government orders to stay out of politics and protested once again. The Buddhist monks marched out for an eighth day of peaceful protest despite orders to the Buddhist clergy to halt all political activity and return to their monasteries. Military leaders imposed a nighttime curfew and banned gatherings of more than 5 people.
    (AP, 9/25/07)(WSJ, 9/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 25, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the US of imposing a worldwide dictatorship and defended the right of Iran and North Korea to pursue nuclear technology in a speech before the UN General Assembly meeting.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Pakistan’s the attorney general said President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will stay on as army chief if he is not re-elected president, as the Supreme Court prepared for a ruling that could decide the fate of his bid for another five-year term.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Haidar Abdel Shafi (88), medical doctor and founding member of the Palestine Liberation organization (PLO), died at his home in Gaza City. He had founded and directed the Gaza branch of the Red Crescent.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.101)(
2007        Sep 25, Poland began publishing a list of public figures who either collaborated with or were spied on by its old secret police before 1989.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, In South Africa a two-week strike by some 50,000 workers that had halted output at Volkswagen AG, DaimlerChrysler (DAIGn.DE) and other car makers ended.
    (Reuters, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, Darfur rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim said he would carry on fighting during upcoming peace talks until a final settlement is reached to end the conflict in western Sudan.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told global leaders the world faces "a daunting array of challenges" in the coming year, from combating global warming and fighting poverty to ending the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region and promoting Mideast peace. He spoke at the opening of the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, The UN Security Council unanimously passed a French resolution endorsing sending a European Union-UN force to Chad and the Central African Republic to protect civilians reeling from a spillover of the Darfur conflict.
    (AP, 9/25/07)

2008        Sep 25, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc., and then sold the thrift's banking assets to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.9 billion. WaMu, founded in 1889, became the largest bank to fail by far in the country's history. Its $307 billion in assets eclipse the $40 billion of Continental Illinois National Bank, which failed in 1984.
    (AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 25, In Oakland, Ca., the dedication ceremony for the new Cathedral of Christ the Light took place at the northwest tip of Lake Merritt.
    (SFC, 9/26/08, p.B6)
2008        Sep 25, Dinwiddie Lampton Jr. (b.1914), former head of American Life and Accident Insurance Co. of Kentucky, died.
    (WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A9)
2008        Sep 25, In Afghanistan a bomb targeted a bus full of police trainers in Kandahar city, killing a civilian passerby. The bomb missed the bus. The bullet-riddled bodies of four police officers were found dumped in Ghazni province.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(AFP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 25, Britain unveiled its new biometric identity card which the government says will be vital in fighting illegal immigration and terrorism, while critics call it an expensive attack on civil liberties.
    (Reuters, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 25, China successfully launched a three-man crew into space to carry out the country's first spacewalk, beginning the nation's most challenging space mission since it first sent a person into space in 2003. The Shenzhou VII spacecraft was launched on a Long March II-F rocket in western Inner Mongolia.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.60)
2008        Sep 25, The Czech counterintelligence service said Russian spies operating in the Czech Republic have tried to increase public opposition to a planned US missile defense facility. Most Czechs oppose the base, according to recent polls. The Czech Republic's government has approved the missile defense treaty, but it still requires the approval of the Czech parliament, where it faces strong opposition.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 25, The EU banned imports of baby food containing Chinese milk as tainted dairy products linked to the deaths of four babies turned up in candy and other Chinese-made goods that were quickly pulled from stores worldwide. More than a dozen countries have banned or recalled Chinese dairy products as melamine was found in milk products from 22 Chinese dairy companies.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(SFC, 9/25/08, p.A3)
2008        Sep 25, A joint statement said India's PM Singh met with Pakistan's Pres. Zardari at the UN in New York and they agreed to boost a faltering peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 25, In India about 50 Christians armed with knives, sticks and stones hacked a Hindu man to death in the eastern state of Orissa in the latest outburst of sectarian violence that has left 27 people dead. In a 2nd incident about 500 Hindus attacked and burned about 50 Christian homes and two prayer halls in Beherasahi village.
    (AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 25, Iraq's Health Ministry reported that a total of 327 cholera cases had been confirmed in central and southern Iraq since an outbreak of the disease last month. A roadside bomb killed an American soldier south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 25, A pipe bomb exploded outside the home of a prominent Israeli scholar and outspoken critic of Jewish West Bank settlements, lightly wounding him in what police suspect was an attack by Jewish extremists.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 25, Mexican federal prosecutors in Apatzingan, a drug stronghold in the western state of Michoacan, arrested three drug gang members accused of throwing grenades into crowds of Independence Day revelers. They belonged to a group of infamous Gulf Cartel hit men known as the Zetas.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 25, In southeastern Mexico storms flooded hundreds of people out of their homes and caused the death of a woman and 4 children whose car plunged into a swollen irrigation ditch in Nanchital, Veracruz state.
    (AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 25, Pirates seized the 530-foot, Ukrainian cargo vessel, MV Faina, with 21 people aboard off eastern Somalia. Russia's navy soon sent a warship to Somalia's coast a day after pirates seized the Ukrainian vessel loaded with 33 tanks, ammunition and 3 Russian crew members. The ITAR-Tass news agency said the military equipment had been sold to Kenya. It was later reported that the arms were destined for southern Sudan and that Kenya’s cooperation would be rewarded in the future with cheap oil. The shipped was released on Feb 5, 2009, following a ransom of $3.2 million. Viktor Pinchuk, A top Ukrainian businessman, paid the "lion's share" of the ransom.
    (AP, 9/26/08)(SFC, 9/27/08, p.A5)(Econ, 10/4/08, p.49)(AP, 2/5/09)(AP, 3/3/09)
2008        Sep 25, South Africa's parliament elected Kgalema Motlanthe, former trade unionist, freedom fighter deputy leader of the ruling ANC, as interim president of a country gripped by the worst political crisis since the end of apartheid. He was expected to step aside after elections next year, when Jacob Zuma was expected to become president. Motlanthe, within hours of taking office, won instant praise by announcing that Manto Tshabalala-Msimang would be removed as health minister and given a lesser post in his office. She had promoted nutritional supplements instead of conventional medicine for people with HIV.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 25, In Sri Lanka fighting in Kilinochchi left at least 24 Tamil Tiger soldiers dead, with two killed on the government side. Troops also killed nine rebels in separate attacks along the northern front of Vavuniya and Weli Oya.
    (AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 25, Turkish warplanes bombarded Kurdish rebel territory in northern Iraq, damaging a school and wounding three people.
    (AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 25, Typhoon Hagupit hit northern Vietnam. Floods triggered by the storm left at least 41 people dead and at least $65 million in damages.
    (AP, 9/27/08)(AP, 9/28/08)(AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 25, Zimbabwe's central bank chief said nearly 600 shops had been licensed to sell goods in foreign currency to fight the world's highest inflation rate and critical shortages of basic goods.
    (AFP, 9/25/08)

2009        Sep 25, US regulators shut down Atlanta-based Georgian Bank, the 95th US bank to fail this year as loan defaults rise in the worst financial climate in decades.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, In NYC the Clinton Global Initiative launched the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a new asset class aiming to yield a financial return alongside a social or environmental benefit.
    (, 9/26/09, p.83)
2009        Sep 25, In Sacramento, Ca., Garret Griffith Gililland III (28) pleaded not guilty to charges that included 24 counts in an alleged $100 million mortgage fraud ring. He was arrested last year in Spain and was returned to the US to face federal fraud charges.
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009        Sep 25, Robbers in Pebble Beach, Ca., allegedly stole some 30 pieces of art valued at $27 million. Angelo Amadio (31) and Dr. Ralph Kennaugh (62) said the stolen art included paintings by Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh. Investigators on Oct 6 said the heist appeared to be a scam. 
    (SFC, 9/30/09, p.D3)(SFC, 10/7/09, p.A1)
2009        Sep 25, In Pennsylvania police arrested 83 people during protests at the meeting of the G20 Pittsburgh. A “People’s March" attracted nearly 5.000 people. The G20 ended a 2-day meeting and reached a series of agreements aimed at navigating the world out of recession. The alliance announced that it will replace the G7 as the main forum for int’l. economic cooperation. The G7 will now concentrate mainly on security issues.
    (, 10/3/09, p.88)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.51)
2009        Sep 25, In Maryland 4 bodies were found in a home in Mount Airy. Police said Charles Dalton (38), a school janitor struggling to survive the recession, killed his sleeping wife and 2 children before shooting himself with a 12-guage shotgun.
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009        Sep 25, In South Carolina a medical helicopter, which had just dropped off a patient in Charleston, crashed near Georgetown killing the pilot, a flight nurse and a paramedic.
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009        Sep 25, In Afghanistan an American died of gunshot wounds from and insurgent attack in Nimroz province.
    (SFC, 9/26/09, p.A2)
2009        Sep 25, An Australian court sentenced Belal Khazaal (39), a former Qantas Airways baggage handler, to 12 years in prison for publishing a do-it-yourself jihad book on the Internet. The book was titled "Provisions of the Rules of Jihad: Short Judicial Rulings and Organizational Instructions for Fighters and Mujahideen Against Infidels." Khazaal had also been convicted in absentia by Lebanese military courts in 2003 and 2005 on terrorism-related charges.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, Authorities in China's restive northwestern Xinjiang region charged 21 suspects over deadly July unrest, the first reported criminal charges to emerge from the violence.
    (AFP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, In Colombia the chief prosecutor's office said it has unearthed the remains of 17 peasants tortured and killed at a ranch that belonged to the since-slain, far-right militia leader Carlos Castano in Colombia's northwest. The peasants were believed slain 10 to 12 years ago by men under the command of Jesus Ignacio Roldan, alias "Monoleche," a Castano lieutenant who later participated in the 2004 murder of the right-wing militia leader.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, On the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao James Hogan (49), a US diplomat, was reported missing by his wife. On Oct 1 authorities confirmed that DNA on bloody clothes found along Baya Beach matched with Hogan. Curacao, the headquarters of the Netherlands Antilles government, lies about 40 miles (65km) off Venezuela's coast.
    (AP, 10/2/09)
2009        Sep 25, The International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has revealed the existence of a secret uranium-enrichment plant, a development that could heighten fears about Tehran's ability to produce a nuclear weapon and escalate its diplomatic confrontation with the West. Armed with the disclosure President Barack Obama and the leaders of France and Britain demanded that Tehran fully disclose its nuclear ambitions "or be held accountable" to an impatient world community.
    (AP, 9/25/09)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.51)
2009        Sep 25, In Iraq a controlled explosion of weapons confiscated by the Iraqi military went awry east of Mosul, killing 15 soldiers.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, An Israeli airstrike killed 3 members of the Palestinian Jihad movement who were allegedly on their way to fire rockets into Israel.
    (SFC, 9/26/09, p.A2)
2009        Sep 25, Japan's new government launched an investigation into whether previous administrations entered secret security pacts with Washington, including one said to endorse US nuclear-armed ships despite a policy of barring such weapons.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, Mexican police arrested five men accused of dozens of murders, including two mass killings at drug treatment centers in this northern Mexico border city.
    (AP, 9/26/09)
2009        Sep 25, Palau announced to the UN General Assembly that it is creating a shark and ray sanctuary over some 240,000 square miles around its coastline. Palau had just one boat to patrol the protected waters. Some 20,000 people populated the 190-square mile archipelago.
    (SFC, 9/25/09, p.A6)
2009        Sep 25, Poland approved a law making chemical castration mandatory for pedophiles in some cases, sparking criticism from human rights groups.
    (Reuters, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, Puerto Rico's government announced that it will lay off more than 16,000 public workers in the US Caribbean territory, adding to an unemployment rate higher than that of any US state.
    (AP, 9/26/09)
2009        Sep 25, Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha died (86). She thrilled music listeners for decades with polished and enthralling interpretations of great classical works.
    (AP, 9/26/09)
2009        Sep 25, UN officials said tens of thousands of Yemenis displaced by warfare between the government and Shiite rebels were stranded around the war zone with aid agencies unable to reach them because of the intensified fighting.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 25, An environmental group said a gecko with leopard-like spots on its body and a fanged frog that eats birds are among 163 new species discovered last year in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, which included Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
    (AP, 9/25/09)

2010        Sep 25, In New York US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas met for a second day of talks, after failing to break the deadlock between Israelis and Palestinians. The talks were overshadowed by the end of an Israeli moratorium on settlement building.
    (AFP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, In NYC artworks held by Lehman Brothers and a former subsidiary were auctioned by Sotheby’s bringing in almost $12.3 million.
    (SSFC, 9/26/10, p.A14)
2010        Sep 25, In New Jersey a student was shot and killed at an off campus house party near Seton Hall Univ. 4 others were wounded.
    (SFC, 9/27/10, p.A8)
2010        Sep 25, In Afghan NATO said 3 service members were killed in two bomb blasts. A follow-up operation in Khost province left several more insurgents dead. 2 Afghan civilians riding a motorcycle were killed after failing to stop while approaching a security perimeter in Helmand province. Precision NATO bombing in Kunar province killed Abdallah Umar al-Qurayshi, leader of Al-Qaida affiliated Arab fighters, and Abu Atta al-Kuwaiti, an Al-Qaida explosives expert.
    (AP, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/26/10)(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A2)(
2010        Sep 25, In Britain Ed Miliband (40) narrowly defeated brother David, the 45-year-old ex-foreign secretary, in a Labour Party leadership contest, winning a slender majority of 1.3 percent of votes. On Sep 29 former foreign secretary David Miliband said he was quitting front-line politics in the U.K. after losing to his younger brother in a battle for the leadership of the country's main opposition Labour Party.
    (AP, 9/26/10)(AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 25, In Honduras Jesus Santos, the chief suspect in the massacre of 18 workers at a shoe factory earlier this month, was killed in a shootout with police.
    (AP, 9/26/10)
2010        Sep 25, Tropical Storm Matthew roared over Central America, dumping heavy rains on disaster-prone parts of Honduras and Nicaragua and leading to the evacuation of thousands amid fears of flooding and mudslides.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, The Indian government said it will ask authorities to release hundreds of students and youths detained during months of civil unrest that has left at least 107 people dead in Kashmir and review the massive deployment of security forces there.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency says Iranian nuclear experts met this week to discuss how to remove the malicious computer code, dubbed Stuxnet, which can take over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, Japan refused to apologize for detaining a Chinese boat captain, showing no signs of softening in a dispute between the two economic powers after Japan gave ground and released him. China made a second call for an apology and compensation from Tokyo, demanding "practical steps" to resolve the diplomatic row.
    (Reuters, 9/25/10)(AFP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak launched the country’s Economic Transformation Program, formulated as part of Malaysia's National Transformation Program.
2010        Sep 25, Mexican authorities said they have arrested Margarito Soto Reyes (44), an alleged trafficker known as "The Tiger," who they say shipped a half-ton of drugs to the US each month and may have been poised to take over for a dead capo in the Sinaloa cartel. 8 alleged accomplices were also arrested near Guadalajara. Police in the northern state of Chihuahua announced they had found the bodies of six men piled in a sport utility vehicle on a roadside in a remote, southern area of the state. The men had all apparently been shot in the head. And in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, unidentified assailants dumped the hacked-up body of a man on a street.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, Mexican authorities sighted the wreckage of a small plane in the mountains of Baja California believed to have taken off from Los Angeles, Ca., with four people on board.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, Nigeria’s Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka attended an event in Lagos announcing the platform of the Democratic Front for a People's Federation. The party claims to be a "zero resource" party, a jab at oil-rich Nigeria's culture of government graft and corruption.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, Nigerian officials said opened dams in Jigawa state have displaced some two million people in the north, adding to flood misery that has already washed away entire villages across a wide swathe of the region. The next day spokesman for the Hadejia-Jama'are River Basin Development Authority, said the dams, located in Kano state, which borders Jigawa, are never manually opened and simply empty automatically into a spillway once the reservoir fills. He said heavy rainfall almost everywhere in the country caused the flooding.
    (AFP, 9/25/10)(AFP, 9/26/10)
2010        Sep 25, A Pakistani court acquitted three men charged over a deadly suicide car bomb attack near the Danish embassy in Islamabad in 2008. Prosecutors said they would appeal the verdict.
    (AFP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, In northwestern Pakistan suspected US missiles targeted a vehicle, killing four alleged militants. It was the 17th such attack this month, the most intense barrage since the airstrikes began in 2004. The drone attack killed Sheikh Fateh, Al-Qaeda's operational chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The latest strike occurred some hours after gunmen killed two worshippers in Bahawalpur. NATO helicopters in eastern Afghanistan launched rare airstrikes into Pakistan, killing more 49 militants and prompting a protest from Islamabad. A second attack occurred when helicopters returned to the border area and were attacked by insurgents based in Pakistan. It killed at least four militants.
    (AP, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/27/10)(AFP, 9/28/10)
2010        Sep 25, Hamas, in a statement from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said "Mahmud al-Ahmarine (21) has died as the result of wounds inflicted by an Israeli tank on September 14 east of Gaza City."
    (AGFP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, The MV Lugela, a cargo ship carrying steel bars and wires, sent a distress call to its Greek operator when pirates attacked it about 900 nautical miles east of the Somali pirate den of Eyl.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, In Syria leaders of the two rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas held reconciliation talks in Damascus and said they wanted the discussions to continue.
    (AFP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 25, In Yemen 2 al-Qaida militants ambushed a bus carrying security personnel in the capital, San’a, spraying the vehicle with gunfire and injuring 10 passengers. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) later claimed that 14 intelligence officers were killed in the attack.
    (AP, 9/25/10)(AFP, 10/9/10)

2011        Sep 25, An Oakland, Ca., police officer fatally shot an armed suspect. The shooting was captured on a camcorder worn by the officer, raising questions about letting the officer view the video in an ongoing investigation.
    (SFC, 10/3/11, p.A1)
2011        Sep 25, In Indiana 5 people were found slain in 2 residences near Laurel.
    (SFC, 9/26/11, p.A4)
2011        Sep 25, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorbike has detonated his explosives outside a local police headquarters, killing four people in Yahya Khel district, Paktika province. Police officers shot dead two men wearing explosives vests, foiling a planned suicide attack on a government building in Zabul province. The Ministry of Interior said more than 340 rockets have been fired in the past week from Pakistan into two east Afghan provinces. An Afghan employed by the US government killed one American and wounded another in an attack on a CIA office in Kabul. The assailant was killed.
    (AP, 9/25/11)(AP, 9/26/11)(SFC, 9/27/11, p.A2)
2011        Sep 25, Angolan police broke up an anti-government demonstration 10 minutes after about 100 youngsters began a rally in the capital calling for Pres. Dos Santos to resign.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, A Bahraini special court jailed Mahdi Abu Deib, the head of the teachers' union for 10 years, and his deputy Jalila al-Salman, for three years, among other Shiites over their role in anti-regime protests.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Bolivian police used tear gas and truncheons to break up a march by hundreds of indigenous activists protesting plans to build a highway they say will despoil a vast Amazon nature preserve.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In the Central African Republic rebels of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) attacked a vehicle carrying former rebels of the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) and civilians near Bria, the country's main diamond mining hub. 7 people were killed including a senior local official.
    (AFP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 25, In CongoDRC 114 prisoners fled the prison in Tshikapa, Kasai Occidental state, as an ill prisoner was being taken to the hospital. Police soon captured 90 convicts. Prisoners had complained previously over a lack of food and water at the prison and over the death of two prisoners amid those conditions.
    (AP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 25, In CongoDRC 19 people died when a truck crashed while carrying goods and people 180 km outside Kinshasa.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In India a Nano hatchback, billed as the world's cheapest car, caught fire in New Delhi under unexplained circumstances. The next day Tata Motors launched an inquiry.
    (AFP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 25, In India 5 young men traveling on top of an overnight train in Rajasthan state were killed when they slammed into a bridge.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In Indonesia suicide bomber Achmad Yosepa Hayat attacked the packed Bethel Injil Church in Solo, central Java, wounding at least 27 people, some critically, and sending terrified worshippers rushing out into the streets in panic.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)(AFP, 10/8/11)
2011        Sep 25, In Iraq a series of 4 blasts killed at least 10 people and wounded scores more in what a local official called a sectarian strike on Karbala, whose residents are still reeling from being targeted in a deadly bus hijacking in a Sunni region earlier this month.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Jamaica's governing party announced that PM Bruce Golding (63) will step down as leader in the coming weeks, possibly averting a rebellion from ruling party members that could have led to his ouster.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Wangari Maathai (71), Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel Prize winner (2004), died. She founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Libyan revolutionary fighters stepped up a siege of Sirte, hoping to wear down loyalist forces a day after an offensive failed to dislodge die-hard loyalists of the fugitive leader.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In Morocco thousands of protesters turned out in Casablanca to demand deep political reform, unappeased by a recently-agreed package limiting the powers of King Mohammed VI.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In Nepal a small plane taking tourists on a sightseeing trip around Mount Everest crashed into a hillside near Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper, run by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, stopped publication after 2½ years of muckraking and sometimes controversial coverage of Africa's most populous nation. The newspaper's advertising dwindled in recent months, forcing it from publishing six days a week to only on Sunday.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Northern Ireland's Gusty Spence (b.1933), a former paramilitary leader turned peacemaker, died.
    (Reuters, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In the Philippines suspected Muslim militants attacked government troops guarding a school construction site in a rebel stronghold, igniting a clash that killed 13 gunmen, two marines and at least one villager in Sulu province.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Saudi King Abdullah announced that the nation's women will gain the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections to be held in 2015 in a major advancement for the rights of women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia bid farewell to the country's emblematic tradition of bullfighting with a final bash at the Barcelona bullring. A regional ban on the bloody pastime takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Syria pressed on with a crackdown on anti-regiment dissent, dispatching troop reinforcements to the flashpoint province of Homs and security forces near Damascus. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death of four people, including that of Hassan Eid, the head of the surgery department at the state-run hospital in Homs, who was shot dead outside his home. Gunmen kidnapped 14 army officers in an ambush that killed six soldiers and a security agent outside the town of Qusair near the border with Lebanon.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)(AP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 25, Thailand authorities rescued nearly 100 endangered pangolins, scaly anteaters worth about $32,000, that they say were to be sold and eaten outside the country.
    (AP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 25, In Western Sahara 7 people, including two policemen, were killed in fighting that broke out after a weekend football match in Dakhla. On Oct 11 jail terms were announced for 11 people over their involvement in the clashes.
    (AFP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 10/11/11)
2011        Sep 25, Yemeni government troops opened fire on protesters in the capital Sanaa, wounding at least 18 people.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, Zambia's new President Michael Sata, the first elected Catholic head of state, said his government would follow the tenets of the 10 Biblical Commandments.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)

2012        Sep 25, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB1298 making robotic vehicles legal in the state. This made California the 3rd state to affirm driverless vehicles. He also signed bills that will keep the state parks open for the next two years.
    (SFC, 9/26/12, p.A1)(NYT, 9/27/12, p.A18)
2012        Sep 25, Andy Williams (b.1927), popular American singer, died at his Branson, Missouri, home. He had 18 gold records, 3 platinum and 5 Grammy nominations. Williams hosted the “The Andy Williams Show" from 1962-1971.
    (SFC, 9/27/12, p.A10)
2012        Sep 25, In Texas Cleve Foster (48), a former Army recruiter, was executed for the slaying of Nyaneur Pal (30) in 2002. He was also charged but never tried for the rape slaying of Rachel Urnosky in Fort Worth.
    (SFC, 9/26/12, p.A5)
2012        Sep 25, China formally entered its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, underscoring its ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, An Egyptian court convicted three Islamists of killing a student this summer as he sat in a quiet park with his fiancée, sentencing them to 15 years in prison in a case that sparked fears of vigilantes trying to enforce strict religious mores.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, Iran's telecommunication minister said the government has blocked Google's Gmail service following a court order to bar access to the popular email service.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, In central Iraq a wave of attacks by insurgents killed 9 people and wounded 19.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, Japanese and Taiwanese ships shot water cannon at each other in the latest confrontation over tiny islands (Senkaku / Diaoyu) in the East China Sea.
    (SFC, 9/26/12, p.A4)
2012        Sep 25, Kenya's military said that its bombing of the Somali port city of Kismayo destroyed a warehouse and armory belonging to the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which controls the city.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, In Libya Omran Shaaban, one of the young rebels credited with capturing Moammar Gadhafi in a drainage ditch nearly a year ago, died of injuries after being kidnapped, beaten and slashed by the late dictator's supporters.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, In Nigeria government forces in Damaturu announced that they had killed 35 Boko Haram members in a single night-time raid with several arrested.
    (Economist, 9/29/12, p.52)
2012        Sep 25, South Africa's labor unrest spread from its mines to the transport sector. The country's transport union said more than 20,000 road freight employees were on strike demanding a pay increase.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, Spanish police arrested 38 people and 64 people injured when officers clashed with protesters demonstrating against austerity cutbacks and tax hikes. Catalonia’s president said that his region will hold early elections on Nov 25.
    (AP, 9/26/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.16)
2012        Sep 25, Syrian soldiers fought rebels in a firefight that killed nine people and sent several mortars sailing across the border into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    (AP, 9/25/12)
2012        Sep 25, Uruguay legislators just before midnight voted 50-49 to legalize abortion. On Oct 17 Uruguay’s Senate approved a bill allowing abortions during the first trimester for any reason. Pres. Jose Mujica has vowed to sign the bill.
    (AP, 9/26/12)(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A2)

2013        Sep 25, In Bangladesh a 5th day of protests forced authorities to close over 100 factories near Dhaka as garment workers demanded higher wages.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 25, British police said they have arrested three more people as part of a long-running investigation into a suspected slavery ring in Wales, bringing the total number of arrests to seven.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, A Cambodian court acquitted, and ordered the release of Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun, said by rights groups to have been wrongfully convicted and jailed for the 2004 murder of a prominent opposition activist.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, In China Xia Junfeng (36), who sold grilled meat skewers in the northern city of Shenyang, was put to death in a highly controversial case in a country that executes thousands each year. Xia had said he stabbed two officials to death in self-defense after they beat him with their fists and an iron mug.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said authorities overnight shut down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper in Cairo, the latest move aimed at crushing the Islamist movement.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, The body of poet Kofi Awoonor (78) was returned to Ghana. He was among the 72 civilians shot down by Islamic extremists at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. He had come Nairobi to take part in a literary festival.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Greeks staged protests in Athens against the fatal stabbing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the far-right Golden Dawn party, which a new poll found has lost a third of its support since the killing.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Attackers in Iraq set off three car bombs and engaged security forces in the country's north, killing 9 people in Hawija. Violence in the north left a total of 33 people dead.
    (AP, 9/25/13)(AFP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 25, The Italian Coastguard said three boats carrying more than 700 asylum-seekers, some of whom were Syrian refugees, have landed on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Two Jordanian border patrol officers were shot and seriously wounded after they detected six men, affiliated with the banned Salafi Jihadi movement, attempted to illegally infiltrate into neighboring Syria. On Jan 13, 2014, all six men were sentenced to jail terms.
    (AP, 1/13/14)
2013        Sep 25, In Kenya bomb disposal experts and investigators searched through the wreckage of the Westgate shopping mall after a four-day attack by Islamist militants that killed at least 67 people with 39 missing. Militants attacked a police patrol in Wajor leaving one bystander dead.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A2)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 25, Pakistani rescuers struggled to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province as the death toll from the massive tremor the day before rose to at least 271.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, In the Philippines 30 fighters of the Moro National Liberation surrendered in Zamboanga city following a siege that began Sep 9.
    (SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 25, Romania's constitutional court ruled that a bill allowing stray dogs to be euthanized is legal, prompting hundreds of dog lovers to block a main road outside Parliament in protest.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Russian authorities introduced a state of emergency in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, as floods and mudslides covered highways and a few residential areas in the Black Sea resort.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, The office of Senegal President Macky Sall announced he will cut short his stay at the United Nations General Assembly to return and address an interruption in water services that has affected large areas of the capital, Dakar, for nearly two weeks.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who demonstrated and torched a police station in northern Khartoum. Thousands marched in protests over the lifting of fuel subsidies. At least 27 people were killed as rioting continued for a 3rd day.
    (AP, 9/25/13)(Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 25, More than a dozen key Syrian rebel groups said that they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition, as UN inspectors returned to the country to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Thai officials said 9 people have died and more than 1 million have been affected by flooding. Authorities offered assurances that floodwaters would not reach central industrial areas.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, In Turkey 18 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) escaped overnight from prison in the southeast by digging a 70-meter-long tunnel. All but one were caught by the next day.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)(Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 25, The United Arab Emirates announced $100 million to Morocco in "financial support" to build solar and wind power farms.
    (AFP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, A Yemeni lieutenant colonel was killed by a bomb planted in his car in al-Atiq, the capital of Shabwa province.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)

2014        Sep 25, US Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced his resignation at the White House. Holder will stay on as the nation's top lawyer until his successor is confirmed.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, The US government granted six movie and television companies permission to use drones for filming.
    (SFC, 9/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 25, The human rights group American Justice Center filed suit in Manhattan federal court on behalf of two unnamed survivors of the 2002 violence in Gujarat, India. The suit summoned India's PM Modi to respond to accusations of human rights abuses, casting a shadow over the Indian leader's first trip to the US on Sep 26 as head of government. Immunity rules for visiting foreign leaders mean Narendra Modi can't be served papers to start a lawsuit.
    (AP, 9/26/14)(AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 25, A US-Russian space crew blasted off from Kazakhstan for a 6-month stint at the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 9/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 25, In Ohio two off-duty FBI employees were killed in a collision between a barge and their pleasure boat on the Ohio River near Cincinnati.
    (SFC, 9/27/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 25, In Oklahoma Alton Nolen (30), just fired from work, severed the head of Colleen Hufford (54) and attacked another worker at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, before he was shot and wounded.
    (SFC, 9/27/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 25, In Afghanistan the Taliban captured and beheaded 12 civilians and torched some 60 homes in an attack in the Arjistan district of Ghazni province.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 25, British police arrested nine men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy. Anjem Choudar, the country's most high-profile radical Muslim preacher, was among those held.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, In London Dale Bolinger (59), an NHS nurse dubbed the "Canterbury Cannibal", was found guilty of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following sexual grooming. He had plotted to behead and eat the girl and was jailed for nine years.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, China and Spain signed business deals worth $4 billion on as Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy visited the Asian powerhouse to seek support for Spain's struggling economy.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Chinese police detained Shen Hao, publisher of the 21st Century Business Herald, and general manager Chen Dongyang, weeks after some editors and reporters for the publication's website were detained on allegations of extortion.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, China said it will send 700 troops to join a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, where fighting has threatened Beijing's oil investments.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Egyptian courts sentenced nearly 100 people to prison for up to 25 years after finding them guilty of violence during protests in support of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, French fighter jets struck targets in Iraq and the US and its allies stepped up air raids in Syria against Islamic State militants. The strikes reportedly killed 14 Islamic State fighters and at least 5 civilians. US-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the extremist Islamic State group.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)(AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Airbus sent its latest jet up for its first flight above the skies of southern France, amid high demand for the single-aisle A320neo and its promised fuel economy.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Germany began arms deliveries to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, with the ultimate goal of supplying 10,000 Kurdish fighters with some 70 million euros ($90 million) worth of equipment.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Hungary unexpectedly cut off natural gas shipments to Ukraine. Hungary had been sending an estimated 3 million cubic meters of natural gas a day to Ukraine, which has not received any from Russia since June.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 25, Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Co said it would cut access to its grid for renewable energy suppliers, the third of Japan's 10 regional monopolies to place limits on their cleaner energy intake because of network limitations.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Lebanese troops raided a Syrian refugee camp in the restive border town of Arsal, with the army saying unknown assailants torched several tents but residents accusing soldiers of setting them ablaze. At least one person was killed.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)(Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Malaysia's national carmaker Proton launched its first small car, hoping to bolster its fortunes after ceding ground to foreign and domestic rivals.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, The Mexican Defense Department said in a statement that an army officer and seven soldiers were involved in a June 30 incident in San Pedro Limon, where 22 suspected criminals had been killed in a firefight with troops. The 8 were being held at a prison in Mexico City on charges of crimes against military discipline, disobedience and dereliction of duty.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, The Rafto Foundation, a Norwegian human rights group, gave its annual prize to Russian lawyer Pavel Chikov (36) and the Agora group, for their work defending the right to fair trial.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, meeting in Cairo, reached an agreement by which the unity government run by President Mahmoud Abbas would take control of the Gaza Strip.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Pope Francis forcibly removed conservative Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano who had promoted a priest accused of inappropriate sexual behavior and clashed with his fellow bishops on ideological grounds.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Puerto Rican authorities said they have arrested 75 people including a state police officer during an island-wide drug raid.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Sierra Leone began a quarantine of more than one million people in the largest open-ended lockdown in the Ebola outbreak.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, In Somalia 6 people were reported killed in a gunfight over a $2 million ransom payment tied to the release of journalist Michael Scott Moore, held hostage for more than two years. A police official the next day said 3 pirates were killed in the fight over the ransom money.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)(AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 25, Spain's National Statistics Institute said money generated by drug trafficking, prostitution, smuggling and illegal gambling contributed some 9 billion euros ($11.4 billion) to the national economy last year.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, In Sweden a man of Rwandan origin, who is suspected of involvement in the 1994 genocide, was remanded in custody, while a Rwandan national was released after questioning.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Thailand's military-dominated legislature gave itself the power to impeach political office holders, edging a step closer to rooting out the influence of controversial former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ordered a temporary closure of its porous border with Russia and voiced plans to apply for EU membership in 2020 as part of his ex-Soviet country's Westward shift.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)

2015        Sep 25, US President Barack Obama welcomed China's Xi Jinping to the White House with pointed remarks about human rights, cyber espionage and Beijing's territorial ambitions. The United States announced agreements with China on a military hotline and rules of behavior to govern air-to-air encounters. Obama laid out a fresh threat of sanctions for economic espionage emanating from China, even as he and President Xi Jinping pledged their countries would not conduct or support such hacking.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)(Reuters, 9/25/15)(AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, US House Speaker John Boehner (65) told a closed-door meeting that he will resign next month as Speaker and from Congress.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In NYC Pope Francis declared that there is a "right of the environment" and that mankind has no authority to abuse it.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In NYC world leaders opened a summit to formally approve an ambitious and costly 15-year blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty, combat climate change and address more than a dozen other major global issues.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, British officials said the US government has decided to release Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at Guantanamo Bay, to the UK. Aamer was captured in Tora Bora in northern Afghanistan in December 2001 before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay in February 2002. Aamer was released in October. In December he told a newspaper that British security officers had witnessed him being tortured by American soldiers at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)(AP, 12/13/15)
2015        Sep 25, The leaders of Burkina Faso's week-long coup demanded guarantees for their safety before they disarm.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping announced that China would launch a national carbon-trading scheme in 2017.
    (Econ, 10/3/15, p.63)
2015        Sep 25, In southern China a highway crash involving two trucks, a coach bus and a van killed 22 people and injured 13 in Hunan province.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Colombia American tourist John Mariani (65) was shot to death during an apparent robbery attempt after leaving his hotel in a wealthy enclave of Medellin.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, The Croatian parliament, controlled by a center-left coalition, agreed to dissolve on Sept. 28, paving the way for the European Union's newest member to hold a general election in November. Croatia lifted its blockade of the border with Serbia.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)(SFC, 9/26/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 25, Egyptian security forces killed 9 armed members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in a raid on a Cairo home.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Finland's government condemned a racist protest in which demonstrators -- including one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit -- attacked a bus transporting asylum seekers in the early hours today.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, A report in Le Monde newspaper cited a French intelligence source saying French jihadist Salim Benghalem was currently part of the Islamic police of IS and participated in executions and corporal punishments. He was named along with Mehdi Nemmouche, who carried out a fatal attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels last year, as suspected jailers for the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In the Indian portion of Kashmir government forces fired tear gas and used batons to quell thousands of anti-India protesters who turned violent after Eid prayers in various mosques.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Israeli soldiers assaulted an AFP photographer and cameraman in an unprovoked attack. The incident was caught on film and the Israeli military soon suspended the officer in charge.
    (SFC, 9/27/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 25, Nigeria's military said more than 200 members of Boko Haram surrendered as troops regained control of the northeastern town of Banki, from where attacks had been launched into Cameroon.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Yemen officials said airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels as well as fighting on the ground between rebels and pro-government fighters in the central city of Taiz have killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Montenegro said it is preparing for the likely influx of migrants from Syria and beyond as they carve out a new path on their journey to Western Europe.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Mozambique 9 members of a convoy carrying Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama were killed along with a driver in a shootout. Surviving Renamo members, apparently including Dhlakama, fled into the bush and a police operation was continuing in the area.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Saudi Arabia a senior officer and another border guard were killed in a gunbattle after a landmine blast along the frontier with Yemen.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Syria a UN-backed truce deal for two key front-lines was reached. The deal allows rebels to evacuate from an area besieged by pro-government forces in exchange for an evacuation of thousands of Shiites from two villages surrounded by militants in northern Idlib province.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Turkey 4 civilians were killed after they were caught in clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast. Turkish military killed more than 30 Kurdish militants in a cross-border operation.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)(Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 25, In southern Turkey 13 people were killed in a road accident as millions took to their cars for the annual Muslim holiday season of Eid.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Ukraine said it is banning flights by Russian airlines from Oct. 25 as part of a wave of sanctions against Russia over its support for separatists in the east of the country. PM Arseny Yatseniuk added that any Russian planes carrying military hardware or troops had also been banned from flying over Ukrainian territory. The government statement also forbade Ukrainian state companies from using Russian software, particularly from the Russian anti-virus giant Kaspersky Lab. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that Russia would be forced to take retaliatory measures.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, At the UN international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating poverty to preserving the planet and reducing inequality.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, The UN refugee agency criticized Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for shutting the door on international aid, while the rebels themselves said the ban was instituted to restore order.
    (AP, 9/25/15)

2016        Sep 25, It was reported that the skies across North America have become increasingly quieter over recent decades as the bird populations plummeted by 1.5 billion. Domestic cats, farming and logging were all cited as contributing factors.
    (SSFC, 9/25/16, p.C14)
2016        Sep 25, In Atlanta, Georgia, Diane McIver (63) was shot and killed  by her husband as they rode home in a car driven by a friend. Mr. McIver later said his gun went off accidentally as he awoke in a traffic jamb. Mr. McIver later faced murder charges following counts of interfering with witnesses.
    (Econ 7/8/17, p.27)
2016        Sep 25, American golfer Arnold Palmer (87) died in Pittsburgh. Palmer first played the British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up in an appearance that invigorated a tournament which Americans had been ignoring for years. Palmer won the British Open, golf's oldest major, in 1961 and 1962.
    (AP, 9/26/16)(Econ, 10/8/16, p.82)
2016        Sep 25, In Brazil gunmen killed Ricardo Guimaraes, a retired police captain running for a post on the city council of Itaborai, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
    (SFC, 9/26/16, p.A2)
2016        Sep 25, In China the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s largest radio telescope, began working in the mountainous region of Guizhou.
    (AFP, 9/25/16)
2016        Sep 25, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad, killing 7 and wounding 28.
    (Reuters, 9/25/16)
2016        Sep 25, In Italy protesters took to small boats in Venice this evening to demonstrate against huge cruise ships being allowed to pass through the Italian city's canals.
    (AP, 9/26/16)
2016        Sep 25, In Jordan prominent writer Nahed Hattar was gunned down shortly before arriving for a court hearing for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam. The killer was immediately arrested. On Dec 20 a military judge sentenced to death a former mosque prayer leader who killed Hattar.
    (AP, 9/25/16)(AP, 12/20/16)
2016        Sep 25, Residents of Spain's Basque and Galicia regions voted in regional parliamentary elections, but with few hopes of ending the country's 9-month political stalemate and avoiding a third round of national elections in one year.
    (AP, 9/25/16)
2016        Sep 25, Swiss voters granted new powers to the country's intelligence services, allowing them to track internet activity, snoop on email and tap phones to better fight spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.
    (AP, 9/25/16)
2016        Sep 25, Syrian and Russian warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo as government and rebel forces battled for control of the high ground in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington's Syria policy in tatters.
    (Reuters, 9/25/16)(AFP, 9/25/16)

2017        Sep 25, Anthony Weiner (53), a former New York Democratic congressman, was sentenced to 21 months in jail for illicit online contact with a girl (15). Weiner reported to prison on Nov 6.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.A5)(SFC, 11/7/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 25, PM Malcolm Turnbull announced that Australia will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 25, Target Corp. announced that its minimum hourly wage will rise to $11 starting next month and move to $15 by the end of 2020.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.D1)
2017        Sep 25, Amazon Web Services announced a deal with the government of Bahrain to open its first Middle East data centers in the Gulf, expected to be ready by 2019. Amazon had acquired, the region's biggest online retailer, for $650 million.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)
2017        Sep 25, Britain’s opposition Labour Party set out plans to nationalize billions of pounds of privately-funded infrastructure contracts, cap credit card interest charges, and get extra cash from large corporations.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Liz Dawn 977), the actress who played tart-tongued Vera Duckworth in the British soap opera "Coronation Street" from 1974 to 2008, died. The TV show has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England community of Weatherfield since 1960 with a blend of dramatic story-lines and down-to-earth humor.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   
2017        Sep 25, China's cyber watchdog handed down maximum penalties to several of the country's top tech firms, including Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc and Weibo Corp, for failing to properly censor online content. Under the rules cited in the notice individuals in charge of the platforms and others directly involved face a maximum penalty of 100,000 yuan ($15,110) each.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In eastern Congo DRC a teenager (14) was killed in protests against instability in Bukavu. Locals were protesting against chronic instability, including a spate of armed robberies.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Egypt rights lawyer and opposition activist Khaled Ali was convicted of making an obscene finger gesture outside a Cairo courthouse in January, where he and other lawyers had won a case against the government, blocking its attempt to hand over control of the two islands to Saudi Arabia under a 2016 agreement.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 25, The French government said it is open to phasing out common weedkiller glyphosate, following complaints from farmers worried about a potential imminent ban.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, French truck drivers staged road blockages near fuel depots across the country to protest against President Emmanuel Macron's changes to labor laws.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, A Hong Kong appeals court ruled that a British lesbian whose partner works in the city should be granted a spousal visa, a landmark decision that could lead to expatriate same-sex partners moving to the Chinese-ruled financial hub.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, An Indonesian court sentenced Juhanda, an Islamic State group sympathizer, to life imprisonment for an attack last November on a church in Borneo that killed a 2-year-old girl and injured three other children. In a separate trial four co-conspirators (Supriyadi, Ahmad Dani, Rahmad and Joko Sugito) were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to seven years.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Iraqi Kurds cast ballots in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability. A 73% turnout approved the referendum by 93%.
    (AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A3)
2017        Sep 25, Iraq’s parliament demanded that troops be sent to disputed areas in the north controlled by the Kurds since 2003 as the autonomous Kurdish area staged a referendum on independence.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, The governorate of Kirkuk declared an overnight curfew in the Iraqi oil city as tension simmered following a referendum on independence organized by the local Kurdish authorities but rejected by the central government in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Iraq 42 people belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda were put to death for terrorism offences in Nasiriyah prison.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)
2017        Sep 25, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Sep 28 for a snap election on Oct 22, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance toward a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Mexico City the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake rose to 186, and 324 nationwide. Only 103 of Mexico City's nearly 9,000 schools were cleared to reopen.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Myanmar government forces found the bodies of 17 more Hindu villagers, taking to 45 the number found over the last 24 hours, who authorities suspect were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a wave of violence that has sent 436,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh. Security forces said the bodies are among about 100 Hindus missing since ARSA attacked at least 30 police outposts on August 25.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)(AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Poland's Andrzej Duda demanded a greater say in nominating judges, despite blocking a similar reform by his own party that the European Union had said was undermining democracy.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Russian police arrested Natalia Baksheeva and her husband Dmitry Baksheev (35) in the city of Krasnodar. They were suspected of killing a woman in an abandoned house earlier this month after a drunken brawl. Investigators said construction workers found a phone on the scene with the man's photographs posing with body parts. Authorities said the couple may be responsible for the death or disappearance of as many as 30 people.
    (AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 25, Sudan vowed to step up efforts to normalize relations with the US after Washington dropped the country from a list of countries facing a US travel ban.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Syria Russia bombed positions of US-backed forces in a major natural gas field they recently captured from Islamic State militants. The SDF said the airstrike killed one of its fighters and wounded two others in the Conoco gas field, in Deir el-Zour province. Russia's Defense Ministry denied the report.
    (AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 25, Togo's opposition cancelled its latest wave of planned anti-government street protests and instead called for a nationwide shutdown to protest President Faure Gnassingbe's regime.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Turkey took the Kurdish television channel Rudaw off its satellite service TurkSat, in the country's first response to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would close its border with Iraq's Kurdistan region over an independence referendum and threatened the Iraqi Kurds with blocking their key oil exports.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)(AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Ukraine's president signed a controversial law on education, causing fury in Hungary which is threatening to block Ukraine's efforts to integrate with the EU. The law restructures Ukraine's education system and specifies that Ukrainian will be the main language used in schools, rolling back the option for lessons to be taught in other languages.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   
2017        Sep 25, The UN human rights office said in a report that Russia is violating international law in Crimea, including by imposing Russian citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Vietnamese authorities used water cannon and electric rods to end a five-month long protest by villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)

2018        Sep 25, The United States imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife and key members of his government, including the vice president and defense minister, accusing them of plundering the country's wealth and helping Maduro maintain his grip on power.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The Washington-based World Bank said it has approved $80 million in grants to Somalia to fund public finance reforms, marking the first disbursement to the government of the conflict-ridden country in 30 years.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, In San Francisco the discovery of a cracked steel beam forced the abrupt closure of the new $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 25, Sydney Goldstein Goldstein, founder of the onstage City Arts and Lectures series in the SF Bay Area, died in Los Angeles. She founded the program in 1980 and ran it for 37 years.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 25, New York-based Human Rights Watch accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, It was reported that NY-based Michael Kors is buying the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace in a deal worth more than $2 billion.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The president of Argentina's central bank, Luis Caputo, abruptly resigned after just a few months in the position, amid a volatile economic crisis as a 24-hour general strike paralyzed the country.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Bahrain charged 169 people with being part of a militant group they referred to as the "Bahraini Hezbollah," the latest mass prosecution in the kingdom amid a years long crackdown on all dissent.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, British boxing authorities fined WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders 100,000 pounds ($131,000) after video footage showed him appearing to offer drugs to a woman.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, British PM Theresa May lobbied for the release of detained British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a meeting on Tuesday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, A beluga whale was spotted in the River Thames estuary outside London, far from its natural Arctic habitat.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, China warned that the US move to sell to Taiwan spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft jeopardized Sino-US cooperation. Taiwan's Presidential Office thanked the United States for its support.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Interpol chief Meng Hongwei was reported missing after traveling from France to his native China. His wife was soon placed under police protection after receiving threats.
    (Reuters, 10/6/18)
2018        Sep 25, In CongoDRC four pro-democracy Filimbi activists were sentenced to 12 months behind bars for insulting the president. Seven activists from a pro-democracy movement called Congolese Stand Up! remained in secret detention.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Pope Francis arrived in Estonia and wound up a trip to the Baltic states. He said that nations should not measure their strength by their military capability to prevail over others. Estonia has only about 4,500 Catholics, or about 0.4 percent of the population of 1.3 million.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A news report said European Commission inspectors have found widespread irregularities in EU-financed projects in Hungary raising the risk that the EU could withhold development funds worth $1.8 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A German court said it could not enforce a Chilean prison sentence for Hartmut Hopp (74), a German former member of a Nazi pedophile sect, for complicity in child sex abuse because the evidence the Chilean court had provided against him fell short of that required under German judicial standards. Dr. Hopp was the right-hand man of convicted pedophile Paul Schaefer, a former Wehrmacht soldier and lay preacher who in 1961 founded the "Colonia Dignidad" commune that indoctrinated residents and kept them as virtual slaves.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The head of the Catholic Church in Germany apologized "for all the failure and pain", after a report spanning a 70-year period ending in 2014, found indications of sexual abuse by 1,670 clerics, with more than 3,700 possible victims.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In India the relatives of thousands of workers who died cleaning sewers protested in New Delhi, aiming to stop the practice of workers entering underground conduits to unclog drains and remove waste with their bare hands.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In Indonesia Greenpeace activists scaled storage tanks at a palm oil refinery along with a popular rock band which played pro-environment songs, protesting against a commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. The protest ended after 12 hours.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In Iraq gunmen killed activist Soad al-Ali in Basra. He had organized protests demanding better services and jobs and decried the growing influence of Iran-backed Shiite militias in the area.
    (SFC, 10/4/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 25, Israel opened a high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv's international airport and Jerusalem, part of a $2 billion project that has drawn Palestinian complaints over its route through small parts of the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Lebanon's parliament ratified the 2014 international Arms Trade Treaty, angering Hezbollah legislators, some of whom walked out in protest.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In northern Mali at least 15 Tuaregs were killed when armed men from a rival ethnic group attacked their village.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Morocco's navy opened fire on a speedboat carrying more than two dozen migrants. A migrant (22) studying law died before reaching a hospital. Three others were wounded. Two Spanish captains were arrested.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Medical charity Doctors Without Borders warned over unprecedented levels of child mortality in southern Niger during the past month, with 10 children dying per day. Most of the deaths were linked to surging cases of malaria or malnutrition.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, It was reported that Pakistani businessmen, whose wives and children are trapped in China's restive Xinjiang, are traveling to Beijing to lobby their embassy, in hopes that the south Asian nation's new government will pressure its ally for their release.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In the Philippines Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested, after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy. Trillanes posted bail.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Portugal said that it would take in 10 of 58 migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship, as European countries battled to defuse a fresh row over asylum seekers picked up in the Mediterranean. France and Spain also agreed to take in migrants from the Aquarius.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)(Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Portugal's attorney general's office said authorities have detained military police investigators and members of the country's paramilitary National Republican Guard in connection with last year's theft of weapons from the national armory.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Saudi Arabia's King Salman inaugurated a 6.7 billion euro ($7.87 billion), high-speed, 450-km (280-mile) Haramain Railway linking Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A new study said South Sudan's civil war has caused the deaths of at least 382,900 people, far higher than previous estimates and more than the conflict in Syria. The statistical research was carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was published after being commissioned by the US Institute for Peace in partnership with the US State Department.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Sweden's center-right opposition and the far right ousted PM Stefan Lofven in a vote of no-confidence, as the left and right blocs wrangle over who can form a new government after neither won a majority in September 9 elections.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Sweden's public broadcaster said it regretted that a satirical show it aired about China offended some — but stressed that it would not apologize to Beijing for the sketch.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Police in northern Thailand said they have discovered the buried bodies of a missing British expatriate and his Thai wife, and have arrested the woman's brother for allegedly ordering their murder. The dead couple, who had been together for 30 years, had been dead for about a week.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Thai police handed over around 100 kg (220 pounds) of seized marijuana for medical research, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A Thai court convicted nine young Muslim men from southern Thailand of planning to set off a car bomb in the capital, in a case in which many of the defendants said they were tortured into making false confessions.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The United Nations and individual donors rushed food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were found to be living off leaves.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The UN said Afghan and US air strikes have killed 149 civilians in the first six months of this year.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A2)

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