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1197        Sep 29, Emperor Henry VI died in Messina, Sicily.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1399        Sep 29, Richard II (1367-1400) of England signed his "Cession and Renunciation." His cousin, Henry of Lancaster, declared himself king under the name Henry IV. Richard had earlier introduced the lace handkerchief, triple-taxed the citizenry and stole the estates of his relatives. [see Sep 30, Oct 13]
    (HN, 9/29/98)(SFEC, 10/29/00, Z1 p.2)

1513        Sep 29, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1547        Sep 29, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (d.1616) was born, at Alcala de Henares, near Madrid. "He was first a soldier and was captured by Barbary pirates in 1575. His family was unable to raise the ransom money until 1580. He was not initially successful as a writer until he wrote "The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha" (1604). The true greatness of Cervantes was in his discovery of a way to enjoy both romance and progress. Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza seek what a modern poet has called an impossible dream, a dream of justice in an earthly paradise, a contradiction in terms, as practical men have always known... Cervantes was the first to see that the new world coming into being needed such heroes; otherwise it would go mad."
    (V.D.-H.K.p.150)(HN, 9/29/02)

1758        Sep 29, Horatio Nelson (d.1805), British naval commander who defeated the French and her allies on numerous occasions during the age of Napoleon, was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. He was made post-captain at the young age of 21. Nelson died at the moment of his greatest victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Although a national hero, he displayed common human frailty. His colorful private life, coupled with his genius and daring as a naval commander, seem to make the Nelson story irresistible to every generation.
    (AP, 9/29/97)(HN, 9/29/98)(HNQ, 6/3/01)

1775        Sep 29, Mexican Captain Juan Bautista de Anza (39) and his party of Spanish soldiers and setters departed Tubac, Arizona, on a journey to the SF Bay Area following reports of a great river flowing into the bay. Anza led 240 soldiers, priests and settlers to Monterey. Jose Manuel Valencia was one of the soldiers. His son, Candelario Valencia, later served in the military at the Presidio and owned a ranch in Lafayette and property next to Mission Dolores. One of the soldiers was Don Salvio Pacheco.
    (SFEC, 9/21/97, p.C7)(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A22)(SFC, 9/14/13, p.C4)

1789        Sep 29, The U.S. War Department established a regular U.S. army with a strength of several hundred men.
    (AP, 9/29/97)(HN, 9/29/98)

1829        Sep 29, London’s reorganized police force, "bobbies", which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty. In 1828 Sir Robert Peel set up a committee whose findings paved the way for his police Bill, which led to the setting up of an organized police service in London.
    (, 9/29/97)

1833        Sep 29, A civil war broke out in Spain between Carlisists, who believed Don Carlos deserved the throne, and supporters of Queen Isabella.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1850        Sep 29, Pres. Millard Fillmore named Mormon leader Brigham Young as the first governor of the Utah Territory.
    (HN, 9/29/98)(SFC, 10/23/02, p.H4)

1858        Sep 29, Rudolf Diesel, engineer, was born. He invented the diesel engine.
    (HN, 9/29/00)

1862        Sep 29, Union general Jefferson C. Davis shot and killed a fellow general in a dispute at a hotel during the Civil War. After a series of angry confrontations with General William Nelson, Davis shot his superior officer to death in a Louisville, Kentucky, hotel. Because of the scarcity of officers needed to form a court-martial for a trial, Davis was never charged with the crime and went on to build an extensive Civil War combat record. Davis was of no relation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
    (HNQ, 3/20/00)

1864        Sep 29, Union troops captured the Confederate Fort Harrison, outside Petersburg, Virginia. After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Va., suddenly collapsed.
    (HN, 9/29/98)
1864        Sep 29-30, Christian A. Fleetwood was one of 13 African-American soldiers who won the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia.
    (HN, 12/21/98)

1879        Sep 29, John Wise (b.1808), balloonist, drowned when his “Pathfinder" long-distance balloon fell into Lake Huron.
    (ON, 11/00, p.8)
1879        Sep 29, Dissatisfied Ute Indians killed Agent Nathan Meeker and nine others in the "Meeker Massacre."
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1901        Sep 29, Enrico Fermi, Italian-born U.S. physicist who led the group which created the first man-made nuclear chain reaction, was born.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1902        Sep 29, Broadway impresario David Belasco reopened the Republic Theatre under his own name.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
1902        Sep 29, William McGonagall (b~1825), poet, died in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was mocked by literary critics and had food thrown at him during public readings. He died penniless and was buried in an unmarked grave. Critics later awarded him the "world's worst" label because of the crashing lack of subtlety in terms of rhyme, imagery, vocabulary or repetition. His most famous poem is about the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879, in which 75 people died. In 2008 35 broadsheets of his original poems were auctioned for $13,200.
    (AFP, 5/16/08)(, 5/17/08, p.A1)

1907        Sep 29, The foundation stone was laid for Washington National Cathedral, which wasn't fully completed until 1990.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
1907        Sep 29, Gene Autry (d.1998), singing cowboy and baseball executive, was born in Tioga, Texas.
    (SFC, 10/3/98, p.A14)(AP, 9/29/07)

1908        Sep 29, Joaquin Maria Machado de Assis (b.1839), Brazilian writer, died. Widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature, he did not gain widespread popularity outside Brazil in his own lifetime.

1911        Sep 29, Walter Brookins set an American record by flying 192 miles from Chicago to Springfield, Ill., making two stops.
    (NPub, 2002, p.8)

1913        Sep 29, The Treaty of Constantinople was signed. Turkey obtained not only Adrianople, but also Kirk Kilissé and Demotica. The Bulgarians were not even left masters of the one railway leading to Dedeagatch, their sole port on the Aegean Sea.

1914        Dec 29, In San Francisco the Stockton Street Tunnel opened with fanfare by Mayor James Rolph. It had first been proposed by Dr. Hartland Law in 1910.
    (SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.D2)

1918        Sep 29, Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
    (AP, 9/29/97)
1918        Sep 29, Lt. Frank Luke Jr. against orders destroyed 3 German balloons and downed 2 pursuing fighters in a final flight of vengeance for the loss of his wingman Lt. Joseph Wehner. Luke received a posthumous medal of honor.
    (AH, 6/02, p.18)

1930        Sep 29, Ilya Repin (b.1944), Ukrainian born Russian artist and sculptor, died.

1932        Sep 29, A five-day work week was established for General Motors workers.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1934        Sep 29, In Vallejo, Ca., the body of Joe Soon (40), a member of the Hop Sing tong, was found dead in the Vallejo business district with a hatchet wound between the eyes and 4 bullets in his torso. The murderers were believed to be hatchetmen from San Francisco’s Chinatown.
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, p.50)

1938        Sep 29, British, French, German and Italian leaders signed the Munich Agreement, which was aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, inhabited by a German-speaking minority. The treaty ceded three areas of Czechoslovakia to other powers: the Sudetenland was annexed into Germany, the Teschen district was given to Poland, and parts of Slovakia went to Hungary. British PM Neville Chamberlain gained a brief peace agreement from Hitler at Munich and without consulting the Czechs agreed that Nazi forces could occupy Sudetenland. Some mark this "appeasement policy" as the decisive event of the century. Chamberlain predicted "peace in our time." French PM Edouard Daladier was very depressed from the meeting. In 1980 Telford Taylor published "Munich: The Price of Peace." It is a detailed political & diplomatic history of the 1930's in Europe, culminating in the Munich conference. Taylor later helped write the rules for Nuremberg Trials. In 2008 David Vaughan authored “Battle for the Airwaves: Radio and the 1938 Munich Crises."
    (, 6/9/96, Z1 p.5)(SFC, 6/16/96, Z1 p.6)(WSJ, 6/8/98, p.A21)(AP, 9/29/06)(SFC, 5/26/98, p.B2)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.115)

1939        Sep 29, Germany and the Soviet Union reached an agreement on the division of Poland.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1940        Sep 29, In the SF Bay Area the $7.8 Int'l. Exposition on Treasure Island closed at a financial loss. During its 2 seasons some 17 million people visited the 404-acre man made island. It had been organized to compete with the 1939 New York World's Fair.
    (Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)(SFC, 8/16/13, p.C3)(SFC, 4/27/20, p.B1)

1941        Sep 29, In Ukraine some 33,711 Jews of Kiev were killed over 2 days before Yom Kippur in the ravine at Babi Yar by the Nazis. Henrich Himmler had sent four strike squads to exterminate Soviet Jewish civilians and other "undesirables." Over the next 2 years some 100-200 thousand more people, mostly Jews, were killed at the site.
    (SFC, 10/29/96, p.A6)(HN, 9/29/00)(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A8)(SFC, 6/26/01, p.A8)(AP, 11/16/07)

1943        Sep 29, Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf was published in the United States.
    (HN, 9/29/98)
1943        Sep 29, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson off Malta.
    (AP, 9/29/97)
1943        Sep 29, Lech Walesa, Polish labor leader who founded the Solidarity party and later became the president of Poland, was born.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1944        Sep 29-1944 Oct 5, Nazi murders took place in Marzabotto, Italy, under SS-major Reder. Retreating Nazi troops killed some 1,000 women, children and elderly while allegedly pursuing resistance fighters. In 2002 German Pres. Rau apologized for the massacre. In 2007 an Italian military tribunal gave life sentences in absentia to 10 German former SS men for massacring about 800 Italian villagers. They had laid waste to the villages of Marzabotto, Grizzana and Vado di Monzuno near Bologna, as the Germans retreated before Allied troops.
    (, 4/18/02, p.4A)(Reuters, 1/14/07)

1948        Sep 29, Bryant Gumbel, broadcast journalist, best known for the "Today Show," was born.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1950        Sep 29, General Douglas MacArthur officially returned Seoul, South Korea, to President Syngman Rhee.
    (HN, 9/29/98)

1953        Sep 29, The family comedy "Make Room for Daddy," starring Danny Thomas, premiered on ABC.
    (AP, 9/29/03)

1954        Sep 29, The movie musical "A Star Is Born," starring Judy Garland and James Mason, had its world premiere at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
    (AP, 9/29/04)

1955        Sep 29, The Arthur Miller play "A View From the Bridge" opened at the Coronet Theater in New York City.
    (AP, 9/29/97)

1956        Sep 29, Anastasio Somoza (b.1896), Nicaraguan dictator, died at a Panama Canal Zone hospital after being shot on Sep 21 by poet Rigoberto Lopez Perez. He was succeeded by his son Luis Anastasio Somoza Debayle (1922-1967).
    (EWH, 1968, p.1216)(

1957        Sep 29, The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-to-1. The Giants moved to San Francisco.
    (AP, 9/29/97)
1957        Sep 29, The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game before moving to Los Angeles, losing to the Phillies 2-1 in Philadelphia.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
1957        Sep 29, In Montgomery, West Pakistan (later renamed to Sahiwal, Pakistan), an express train collided with stationary oil train and 250 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)
1957        Sep 29, The USSR’s Mayak nuclear plant in the Chelyabinsk region saw one of the world's worst nuclear accidents when a waste tank exploded. 20 million curies of deadly strontium and cesium were released. This was about 40% of the amount later released at Chernobyl. Some 23,000 sq. km. (9,200 sq. miles) were contaminated and prompted authorities to evacuate 10,000 residents from neighboring regions.
    (SFC, 5/26/01, p.A8)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.E1)(AP, 12/7/17)

1963        Sep 29, "The Judy Garland Show" premiered on CBS.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
1963        Sep 29, The situation comedy "My Favorite Martian" premiered on CBS. It starred Bill Bixby and Ray Walston (d.2000 at 86). The show ran to 1966.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A17)(AP, 9/29/03)
1963        Sep 29, The second session of Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
    (AP, 9/29/97)

1967        Sep 29, Author Carson McCullers (b.1917) died in Nyack, N.Y., at age 50. Her first novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts of the US South. Her short story “The Ballad of the Sad Café" (1951) was turned into a play by Edward Albee and was made into a film (1991) of the same name with Vanessa Redgrave.
    (AP, 9/29/07)(

1968        Sep 29, Piere Mulele voluntarily returned from exile to Kinshasa, Congo.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1687)
1968        Sep 29, A Greek plebiscite was held by the then ruling dictatorial regime to endorse, by public vote, the junta's new Constitution. Participation was made obligatory and abstention punishable by imprisonment.

1973        Sep 29, Wystan Hugh Auden (b.Feb 21, 1907), English born American poet, critic and playwright (Spain, Platonic Blow), died in Austria after suffering from Touraine-Solente-Gole in which the skin of the forehead, face, scalp, hands, and feet becomes thick and furrowed. He wrote the libretto for Benjamin Britten’s first music drama, "Paul Bunyan." In 1999 Edward Mendelson published "Later Auden," which covered the years 1939-1973.
    (, 1/8/98, p.A7)(SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.3)

1975        Sep 29, Peter Sutcliffe, who became known as the Yorkshire Ripper, killed his 1st victim.

1976        Sep 29, Britain under PM Callaghan and Chancellor Denis Healey (1917-2015) applied to the IMF for a loan of $3.9 billion after markets began to abandon sterling.
    (, 10/10/15, p.94)

1978        Sep 29, Mary Vincent (15), was raped, maimed and left for dead in a canyon near Modesto, Ca. She lived and identified Lawrence Singleton as her assailant. He was convicted but released after serving 8 years of a 14 year sentence. In 1997 he was arrested for the murder of woman, Roxanne Hayes, a prostitute, in Tampa, Florida. A trial in Dec 1997 ended in a mistrial and another was set for 1998. He was sentenced to death in 1998, but died of cancer in 2001 in a Florida prison hospital.
    (SFC, 2/20/96, p.A1,11)(SFC,12/11/97, p.A3)(SFC, 2/9/98, p.A22)(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A13)
1978        Sep 29, In West Bengal, floods killed 150 people.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)

1979        Sep 29, John Paul II became the first pope to visit Ireland as he arrived for a three-day tour. Contraception and divorce were illegal and the Catholic Church's influence on a deeply conservative society was near-total.
    (AP, 9/29/99)(Reuters, 8/23/18)

1982        Sep 29, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. As of 2008 the case remained unsolved.
    (, 9/29/08)

1985        Sep 29, Andre Kertesz (b.1894), Hungarian-born photographer, died in NYC.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.69)(

1986        Sep 29, The TV series "Designing Women" began with Dixie Carter (1939-2010) and continued to 1993.
    (AP, 4/11/10)(
1986        Sep 29, The Soviet Union released Nicholas Daniloff, an American journalist confined in Moscow on spying charges.
    (AP, 9/29/01)

1987        Sep 29, Henry Ford II (70), longtime chairman of Ford Motor Company, died in Detroit.
    (AP, 9/29/97)

1988        Sep 29, The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marking America's return to manned space flight following the Challenger disaster.
    (AP, 9/29/98)
1988        Sep 29, Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee of the U.S. won their second gold medals of the Seoul Olympics, in the 200-meter and the long jump, respectively.
    (AP, 9/29/98)

1989        Sep 29, In California The Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 was signed into law. Republican Gov. George Deukmejian and Democratic lawmakers in control of the Legislature had negotiated the creation of the Integrated Waste Management Board to oversee the reduction of waste going to landfills.
    (SSFC, 6/14/09, p.A10)(
1989        Sep 29, Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer who had pulled over her Rolls-Royce for expired license plates. As part of her sentence, Gabor served three days in jail.
    (AP, 9/29/99)

1990        Sep 29, Top leaders of Congress and the Bush administration began closed-door negotiations in an attempt to reach an eleventh-hour budget agreement.
    (AP, 9/29/00)
1990        Sep 29, The YF22 fighter, an American prototype fighter aircraft designed by Northrop and McDonnell Douglas, was first flown by Lockheed test pilot Dave Ferguson.
    (NPub, 2002, p.25)(

1991        Sep 29, California Gov. Pete Wilson vetoed a bill outlawing job discrimination against homosexuals, saying it could have led to unjustified lawsuits.
    (AP, 9/29/01)

1992        Sep 29, Magic Johnson, infected with the AIDS virus, announced he was returning to basketball (however, he scrapped his comeback attempt the following November).
    (AP, 9/29/97)
1992        Sep 29, Lawmakers in Brazil voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Fernando Collor de Mello. He was impeached following allegations of corruption. The proceedings were largely ignored by the Rede Globo TV network.
    (WSJ, 12/4/95, p.A-9)(AP, 9/29/97)

1993        Sep 29, Bosnia's parliament spurned an international peace plan, voting overwhelmingly to reject it unless Bosnian Serbs returned land taken by force.
    (AP, 9/29/98)

1994        Sep 29, The US House voted to end the age-old practice of lobbyists buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.
    (AP, 9/29/99)
1994        Sep 29, The first phase of jury selection in the O.J. Simpson murder trial ended, with a pool of 304 potential jurors chosen.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
1994        Sep 29, Gunmen in Italy fired at the rental car of the Green family of Bodega Bay, Ca., and killed their young boy, Nicholas Green. The parents donated his organs and saved 7 lives in Italy. An appeals court in 1998 found 2 men guilty of the botched highway robbery. Michelle Ianello was sentenced to life in prison and Francesco Mesiano was sentenced to 20 years. In 1999 Reg Green published "The Nicholas Effect, A Boy's Gift to the World."
    (SFEC, 10/27/96, p.B8)(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A10)(SFEM, 6/13/99, p.27)

1995        Sep 29, California Governor Pete Wilson abandoned his bid for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.
    (AP, 9/29/00)
1995        Sep 29, The O.J. Simpson trial was sent to the jury.
    (AP, 9/29/00)
1995        Sep 29, Three U-S servicemen were indicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl and handed over to Japanese authorities. They were later convicted.
    (AP, 9/29/00)

1996        Sep 29, The organization that supervised Bosnia's first postwar elections officially certified the results -- with victories by nationalist parties and the country's Muslim president, Alija Izetbegovic.
    (AP, 9/29/97)

1997        Sep 29, Maxine Hong Kingston, American writer, was scheduled to receive a National Humanities Medal from Pres. Clinton. Her best known is: “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts."
    (SFEC, 9/28/97, p.D7)
1997        Sep 29, Oklahoma City bombing defendant Terry Nichols went on trial in the same courtroom in Denver where Timothy McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to die. Nichols was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy, but acquitted of murder and weapons-related counts; he was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/29/98)
1997        Sep 29, A 10,000 gallon oil spill occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara from an undersea pipeline to an offshore oil platform.
    (SFC, 10/1/97, p.A3)
1997        Sep 29, Roy Lichtenstein (b. 10/28/23), American pop artist, died at age 73 in New York.
    (SFC, 9/30/97, p.A7)
1997        Sep 29, In Algeria some 15 armed attackers killed 52 members of one extended family in Chebil and kidnapped 5 young women.
    (SFC, 10/1/97, p.A12)
1997        Sep 29, In Chile a fire killed 30 children in a home for retarded children in northern Santiago.
    (SFC, 9/30/97, p.A13)
1997        Sep 29, Iranian warplanes bombed anti-Tehran rebel bases inside Iraq.
    (WSJ, 9/30/97, p.A1)
1997        Sep 29, It was reported that Jordan shut down 13 weekly newspapers for allegedly failing to maintain assets and cash to $430,000.
    (SFC, 9/29/97, p.A12)
1997        Sep 29, It was reported that Swiss voters backed the continuation of a 3-year experiment in more lenient drug laws that included free heroin to hard-core addicts to cut crime.
    (WSJ, 9/29/97, p.A1)
1997        Sep 29, Turkish planes attacked Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and drove the guerrillas toward the Iran border.
    (WSJ, 9/30/97, p.A1)

1998        Sep 29, The US Federal Reserve cut the federal funds rate .25% to 5.25%.
    (SFC, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Sep 29, Hurricane Georges drenched the Gulf Coast as it headed to Georgia and South Carolina. The US death toll stood at 4.
    (WSJ, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Sep 29, Tom Bradley, former mayor of Los Angeles (1973-1993), died at age 80.
    (SFC, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Sep 29, In Iran security officials raided homes and offices of members of the Bahai faith. It was an effort to shut down the Bahai Institute of Higher Education.
    (SFC, 10/30/98, p.A20)
1998        Sep 29, Japanese Leasing, a non-bank affiliate of the failed Long Term Credit Bank, announced that it is filing for bankruptcy with liabilities of 2.2 trillion yen or more than $16 billion. Two other affiliates of the LTCB are expected to suffer the same fate. This was the country's biggest-ever bankruptcy. LTCB was later renamed Shinsei.
    (, 7/22/06, p.66)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.82)
1998        Sep 29, In North Korea the European charity Doctors Without Borders withdrew from the country because it was denied access to a large population of malnourished and sick children located in the “9-27" camps.
    (SFC, 9/30/98, p.A10)
1998        Sep 29, In the West Bank one Palestinian was killed and 2 were injured when a bomb blew up their car. They were suspected to be members of Hamas.
    (SFC, 9/30/98, p.A11)
1998        Sep 29, In Sri Lanka a commercial plane carrying 55 people disappeared off the coast after leaving the Jaffna peninsula. The Ukrainian-built Antonov-24 was bound for Colombo. The government said 700 soldiers and rebels had died in a 3-day battle in the north. Later reports put the death toll to 1300.
    (SFC, 9/30/98, p.A11)(WSJ, 9/30/98, p.A1)

1999        Sep 29, Pres. Clinton offered to forgive all the official debts to the US by as many as 36 of the world's poorest nations. The write-off could total as much as $5.7 billion.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.A14)
1999        Sep 29, Pres. Clinton signed a $28 billion Treasury and Postal Services spending bill that doubled the next president's salary to $400k, gave a 3.4% raise to senators and representatives and a federal worker's average raise of 4.8%.
    (WSJ, 9/30/99, p.A1
1999        Sep 29, Vice President Al Gore abruptly moved his presidential campaign headquarters from Washington DC to Nashville to get “out of the Beltway and into the heartland."
    (AP, 9/29/00)
1999        Sep 29, The Associated Press reported on the alleged mass killing of civilians by US soldiers in the early days of the Korean War, beneath a bridge at a hamlet called No Gun Ri.
    (AP, 9/29/00)
1999        Sep 29, A California appeals court ruled that gunmakers can be held responsible for the criminal use of their weapons. The ruling was made in association with the 1993 SF massacre at 101 California.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Sep 29, In Mexico Rosario Robles was sworn in as the first female mayor of Mexico City.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
1999        Sep 29, Russia demanded that Chechnya condemn terrorism and extradite the criminals responsible for the bombings in Russia.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.A14)
1999        Sep 29, In Serbia some 25,000 protestors were dispersed by riot police in Belgrade as the crowd headed toward the home of Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
1999        Sep 29, In Uganda Pres. Museveni ordered the arrest of homosexuals and said that UN human rights conventions do not necessarily apply to Africa.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)

2000        Sep 29, A US AM-RAAM missile sale to Taiwan was designed so that delivery would not occur unless China threatened an attack.
    (SFC, 9/30/00, p.A14)
2000        Sep 29, US navy pilot, Lt. Bruce Joseph Donald, was killed when his F/A-18C Hornet fighter crashed into the Persian Gulf.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A5)
2000        Sep 29, Five people were killed in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the Temple Mount. It was the 2nd day of clashes following a visit to the site by Ariel Sharon.
    (SFC, 9/30/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 29, In Serbia thousands rallied across the country against Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/30/00, p.A10)

2001        Sep 29, Pres. Bush in his weekly radio address condemned the Taliban for sheltering terrorists and said: “We did not seek this conflict, but we will win it."
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A4)
2001        Sep 29, Sen. John Kyl, an Arizona Republican, said a nuclear launch would be the most appropriate response in the case of a massive biological weapons attack.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A19)
2001        Sep 29, The annual 2-day meeting of the World Bank and IMF was scheduled to take place in Washington DC. The meeting was reduced to 2-days due to expected anti-globalization protests. The meeting was cancelled following the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 8/14/01, p.A3)(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A3)
2001        Sep 29, Some 7,000 people marched for peace in Washington DC while an estimated 7-10 thousand marched in San Francisco. They marched to mourn terrorist victims, and to urge the nation to heal poverty and injustice that fuels global violence instead of focusing on military revenge.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A3)
2001        Sep 29, In California Abdo Ali Ahmed, a Yemeni-born father of 8, was shot to death by assailants at his store in Reedley, Fresno Ct. A carload of teenagers fled the scene.
    (SFC, 10/2/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 29, In Colorado Joel and Michael Stovall (24), twin brothers, were caught following an all-day pursuit. They had been arrested the previous day for shooting a neighbor’s dog and then shot Deputy Jason Schwartz in the back of the head several times.
    (SFC, 10/1/01, p.A8)
2001        Sep 29, Nguyen Van Thieu (b.1923), former President of South Vietnam, died in Boston.
    (AP, 9/29/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.107)
2001        Sep 29, In Bangladesh over 500,000 soldiers and police were deployed to control escalating violence prior to elections.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001        Sep 29, Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched in Gaza and the West Bank to support their uprising against Israel. 3 Palestinians were killed in confrontations with Israeli troops.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001        Sep 29, It was reported that Swaziland King Mswati III had told the country’s young women to stop having sex for 5 years to help stop the spread of AIDS. 25% of the country’s 900,000 people were estimated to be infected.
    (SFC, 9/29/01, p.B2)

2002        Sep 29, West Coast ports faced the 2nd lockout in 2 days as talks failed between the Pacific Maritime Assoc. and the ILWU.
    (SFC, 9/30/02, p.A1)
2002        Sep 29, In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Charlie Young Jr. (36) was beaten to death by a mob of youths after he punched and knocked out the tooth of a 14-year-old who hit him with an egg.
    (ADN, 10/8/02, p.A4)
2002        Sep 29, In Cambodia 2 nuns and a monk burned to death in bathtubs of gasoline and three suffered multiple stab wounds in Wat Thmar Sar. Police later detained Dem Mam the leader of an extremist Buddhist cult.
    (Reuters, 10/2/02)
2002        Sep 29, Cuba struck deals to buy more than $66 million of American food during a mammoth agribusiness show aimed at bringing more U.S. farm products to the communist island. More contracts were expected.
    (AP, 9/30/02)
2002        Sep 29, In Guatemala a bus carrying at least 45 passengers plunged into the Selegua River, and 23 of them drowned.
    (AP, 9/30/02)(AP, 10/3/02)
2002        Sep 29, Israel withdrew forces from Yasser Arafat's headquarters compound Responding to U.S. pressure, but said the hunt for men inside whom it accuses of terrorism would continue. Some 250 Palestinian militiamen were granted conditional freedom.
    (AP, 9/29/02)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A3)
2002        Sep 29, Hurricane Lili killed 3 people in Jamaica and headed for Cuba.
    (AP, 10/1/02)
2002        Sep 29, Serbian voters picked a new president from among 11 candidates. Vojislav Kostunica (31%) will face Deputy PM Miroljub Labus (28%), a pro-Western candidate, in a runoff vote Oct 13 in Serbia's 1st presidential election since the ouster of Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 9/29/02)(AP, 9/30/02)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A16)
2002        Sep 29, A Saudi prince signed deals worth $330 million to export Sudanese livestock and build a five-star hotel in Sudan's capital.
    (AP, 9/29/02)
2002        Sep 29, Rafael Santos Torroella (88), an art historian and one of the world's leading experts on Salvador Dali, died in Barcelona.
    (AP, 10/1/02)
2002        Sep 29, Hans Peter Tschudi (88), twice Swiss president (1965, 1970) and interior minister for 14 years, died.
    (AP, 9/30/02)

2003        Sep 29, President Bush signed legislation to ratify the Federal Trade Commission's authority to set up a national do-not-call list for telemarketers.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2003        Sep 29, US The Justice Department launched a full-blown criminal investigation into who leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame, the wife of ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson, and President Bush the next day directed his White House staff to cooperate fully. The White House denied that President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, had leaked a CIA agent's identity to retaliate against an opponent of the administration's Iraq policy.
    (WSJ, 10/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/4/03, p.A3)(AP, 9/29/04)
2003        Sep 29, Dennis Kozlowski, CEO of Tyco Int'l., and financial chief Mark Swartz went on trial on charges that they stole over $600 million from their Bermuda-based conglomerate.
    (WSJ, 2/4/04, p.C2)
2003        Sep 29, Irshad Manji (34), Canadian author of the recently published: "The Trouble With Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith," was reported saying: "I leave my fellow Muslims with a very basic question here: Will we remain spiritually adolescent, caving to cultural pressures to conform or will we finally mature to the full fledged citizens that we are allowed to be in this part of the world?"
    (AP, 9/29/03)(WSJ, 1/27/04, p.D8)
2003        Sep 29, India's army said that it killed 15 Islamic militants as they tried overnight to sneak into Indian-controlled Kashmir from Pakistan-controlled territory.
    (AP, 9/29/03)
2003        Sep 29, In Japan a 23-month-old bull tested positive for new strain of mad cow disease. A quarantine of 604 cows followed to prevent the spread of  the disease.
    (AP, 10/8/03)
2003        Sep 29, In Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad presided at the inauguration of the Berjaya Times Square, a $460 million project that was derailed by the 1997-98 Asian financial crises.
    (AP, 9/29/03) 
2003        Sep 29, Rwandans began casting ballots at the start of three days of voting in the nation's first genuine multiparty legislative elections since independence from Belgium in 1962.
    (AP, 9/29/03)
2003        Sep 29, Vietnam refused to recognize Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man, Pope John Paul II's new appointment, as the new cardinal for Ho Chi Minh City.
    (AP, 9/29/03)

2004        Sep 29, A US federal judge ruled that a section of the Patriot Act, that allowed the search of phone and Internet records, was unconstitutional.
    (WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 29, In a deal paving the way for future joint ventures, U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips has won an auction with a bid of nearly $2 billion US for the Russian government's 7.6 per cent stake in Russia's Lukoil - the world's No. 2 oil company by reserves.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Mike Melvill piloted SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan, climbed to 337,500 feet in the 1st leg of an attempt to capture the $10 million X Prize. The prize required a 2nd success within 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 9/30/04, p.A4)
2004        Sep 29, The asteroid Toutatis, a few kilometers in diameter, came within 1½ million km. of Earth. It was 1st discovered in 1989.
    (Econ, 10/2/04, p.80)
2004        Sep 29, Chile's foreign and defense ministers stepped down in moves making it easier for them to seek public office.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, A video surfaced showing Kenneth Bigley, a British hostage held by Iraqi militants, pleading for help between the bars of a makeshift cage. Bigley was later killed.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2004        Sep 29, A large force of Israeli tanks, armored vehicles and troops pushed into northern Gaza in an overnight raid aimed at militants who have fired rockets against nearby Israeli towns. The incursion killed at least three Palestinians.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Tropical storm Meari battered Japan, killing five people and injuring 52 and forced thousands to evacuate to shelters. [see Sep 30]
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Kyrgyzstan police arrested a man for attempting the black market sale of 60 small containers of what was confirmed as plutonium.
    (WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 29, Nigeria reached a truce with Alhaji Dokubo-Asari, head of an ethnically diverse mix of fighters, that threatened a war in the Niger Delta.
    (WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.45)
2004        Sep 29, Forty-four North Korean men, women and children scaled the walls of the Canadian embassy in Beijing in a likely bid for political asylum.
    (AFP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, In northern Norway an Algerian asylum seeker on a commuter plane attacked both pilots and a passenger with an ax as the aircraft was landing.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with President Fidel Castro and other Cuban leaders as the countries worked on re-creating more modest versions of political and economic alliances that unraveled after the Soviet Union's collapse.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, A Yemeni judge sentenced two men to death and four others to prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for orchestrating the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole.
    (AP, 9/29/04)

2005        Sep 29, John Glover Roberts Jr., confirmed by the Senate to lead the Supreme Court, became the 17th chief justice of the US.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill to give same sex couples the right to marry in the state.
    (SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2005        Sep 29, In southern California a wind-whipped brush fire quickly doubled in size to at least 7,000 acres, destroying at least one home and prompting evacuations in the San Fernando Valley as flames rose along a ridge for miles.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, US federal agents raided an Illinois laboratory where the steroid that ignited the BALCO scandal is suspected to have been created. Chemist Patrick Arnold was believed to be the man who resurrected the 1960s steroid norbolethone as “the clear," later known as tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A5)
2005        Sep 29, NY Times reporter Judith Miller was released from 85 days of federal detention after agreeing to testify in a criminal probe into the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2005        Sep 29, The Oregon Supreme Court held yesterday that its State Constitution protects live sex shows and nude dancing, also voiding a 4' limitation.
2005        Sep 29, E-Trade Financial Corp. said that it will buy BrownCo from JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.6 billion.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 29, Benjamin DeMott (b.1924), former Amherst professor and cultural critic, died in Worthington, Mass. His books included “The Imperial Middle: Why Americans Can’t Think Straight About Class" (1990).
    (SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A21)
2005        Sep 29, In southern Afghanistan an attack killed one US and one Afghan soldier.
    (SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 29, Algerians voted on a peace plan the government says will help turn the page on a brutal Islamic insurgency that left an estimated 120,000 dead. Critics, however, say the plan will whitewash past crimes.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Officials announced that Rupert Murdoch's Asian broadcast business is buying a 20 percent stake in the Indonesian television network ANTV.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Brazil an Amazon River passenger ship crashed into two barges and sank, leaving at least eight people dead and a dozen missing.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, Canada’s Supreme Court cleared the way for the government of British Columbia to sue cigarette companies for the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses and to seek damages dating back 50 years as well as costs for future smoking-related maladies.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 29, In India thousands of airport workers backed by civil servants and state-run bank and insurance company employees held a one-day nationwide strike to protest government privatization plans they fear will affect their jobs.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, A bus accident in India's portion of Kashmir has left 44 people dead and 42 others injured.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, Thousands of students, truck drivers and laborers rallied across Indonesia to protest impending fuel price hikes, some blocking roads with burning tires and throwing stones outside a house belonging to the vice president.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Baghdad US forces raided the homes of two officials from a prominent Sunni Arab organization, arresting bodyguards and confiscating weapons. 12 Iraqis were killed in a number of shootings and other attacks in the capital.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Three suicide attackers exploded near-simultaneous car bombs in the heart of Balad, a mainly Shiite town, killing 62 people and wounding 70 amid a new surge of violence before an Oct. 15 referendum on Iraq's constitution.
    (AP, 9/29/05)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A14)
2005        Sep 29, Israeli soldiers killed 3 Palestinian gunmen in arrest raids in the West Bank, pressing on with a major offensive against militants even as Palestinian officials said they have begun enforcing a ban on public weapons displays.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Japan Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. reported a new chip that uses the common electric socket as your home's connection to broadband, doing away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a wireless network device.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Editors of five Kazakh opposition newspapers ended a hunger strike after reaching a deal with a new printing house that would allow them to return to business after being forced to shut down.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Hundreds of African migrants charged a razor-wire border fence at a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco before dawn, and five people were killed and 50 injured, prompting Spain to send troops to secure the frontier.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Detectives said the IRA is still in business as owners of pubs and clubs, smugglers of fuel and cigarettes, bank robbers by night and property investors by day. Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau, the United Kingdom Assets Recovery Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland estimate that IRA rackets generate more than $20 million annually.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Hamas captured up to 1/3 of the votes in Palestinian municipal elections. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party won in 51 of 104 municipalities, to 13 for the Hamas militant group.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A10)(AP, 10/1/05)
2005        Sep 29, Clashes between Pakistani troops with militants suspected of links with al-Qaida in remote tribal regions near the Afghan border left at least 4 soldiers dead.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, Residents of the breakaway Somaliland voted in the 1st multiparty parliamentary elections since the region separated from Somalia more than a decade ago.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of computer memory chips, announced that it plans to invest $33 billion over seven years to build a chip research and development facility and eight manufacturing lines south of Seoul.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Sweden Saab said it plans to recall almost 300,000 cars worldwide because of a problem with the ignition system.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Northern Vietnam reported at least 57 people dead and widespread destruction from the aftermath of Typhoon Damrey.
    (AFP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, The UN warned that a global flu pandemic could kill as many as 150 million people if the world fails to prepare for an expected mutation of the bird flu virus enabling it to spread from human to human.
    (AP, 9/29/05)

2006        Sep 29, Pres. Bush met with Kazakhstan’s Pres. Nazarbayev and praised him. The meeting was criticized as an unseemly gesture to an oil-rich ruler who tolerates no dissent.
    (WSJ, 9/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 29, US Rep. Mark Foley, a prominent House Republican from Florida, resigned after the revelation that he exchanged raunchy electronic messages with a teenage boy, a former congressional page. Foley was the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.
    (AP, 9/30/06)(SFC, 9/30/06, p.A3)
2006        Sep 29, A Rhode Island nightclub owner was sentenced to four years in prison and his brother to probation, angering relatives of the 100 people who died in a 2003 fire at their club.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2006        Sep 29, Police in Florida said 2 Roman Catholic priests allegedly misappropriated more than $8 million from their church and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on real estate, travel, rare coins and girlfriends.
    (Reuters, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 29, In Oakland, Ca., Anthony J. Quintero, a Brink’s security guard and former Marine, was shot dead during a daylight robbery. Quintero’s partner, Clifton Wherry Jr. (28), was soon arrested for the murder and admitted that he had planned the robbery. On Oct 5 Dwight Omar Campbell (23) was arrested in San Diego County for allegedly shooting Quintero.
    (SFC, 9/30/06, p.B1)(SFC, 10/3/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.B3)
2006        Sep 29, In Lakeland, Fla., 9 SWAT team members fatally shot Angilo Freeland, a man suspected of killing a sheriff's deputy a day earlier. An autopsy showed that officers fired 110 rounds of ammunition at Freeland.
    (AP, 9/29/06)(AP, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 29, In Cazenovia, Wisconsin, Eric Hainstock (15) walked into Weston High School with a shotgun. The principal confronted him in a corridor and was shot and killed. Hainstock was taken into custody and all the children were reported safe.
    (AP, 9/29/06)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.38)
2006        Sep 29, In Bolivia police killed two coca farmers and injured a third in the first violent confrontation over coca eradication since President Evo Morales, himself a former coca grower, was elected last year. An estimate 200 coca growers in the Chapare region ambushed a team of police sent to destroy their crop, planted illegally inside the borders of a national park 220 southeast of the capital of La Paz.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, A Brazilian jetliner, Gol airlines Flight 1907, with 155 people aboard crashed in the Amazon jungle after reportedly colliding with a smaller ExcelAire executive jet carrying 16 passengers. The Legacy jet stabilized after the apparent collision and then landed at a Brazilian air force base in the Amazon state of Para. It was later reported that the US executive jet was at the wrong altitude and Brazil confiscated the passports of the pilots. In November it was reported that the flight recorder transcript from the executive jet involved in the air disaster showed that the jet's American pilots were told by Brazilian air traffic control to fly at the same altitude as a Boeing 737 before the planes collided over the Amazon rainforest. Pilots Joseph Lepore (42), of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Jan Paladino (34), of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., were allowed to return to the US on Dec 8 after signing a document promising to return to Brazil for their trial or when required by local authorities. In 2010 Air force Sgt. Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos was sentenced to 14 months in jail for failing to take action when he saw that the Legacy's anti-collision system had been turned off. In 2011 the American pilots were sentenced to four years of unspecified community service in the USA. On May 19 air traffic controller Lucivando de Alencar was convicted of endangering air safety and sentenced to three years and four months of community service.
    (AP, 9/30/06)(AP, 10/1/06)(WSJ, 10/5/06, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/06)(AP, 10/27/10)(AP, 5/17/11)(AP, 5/19/11)
2006        Sep 29, The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced that Roberta Langtry (1916-2005), a Canadian teacher who lived a frugal life but gave large, anonymous donations to people in need, has left a C$4.3 million ($3.8 million) fortune to the environmental charity.
    (Reuters, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 29, Segolene Royal, who tops polls as the Socialist choice to run for French president next spring, formally announced her candidacy.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, Georgia charged four Russian military officers with spying, while Russian government planes evacuated dozens of diplomats and their relatives as the diplomatic dispute worsened between Moscow and the former Soviet republic.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, The World Diamond Council suggested that all Ghanaian rough-diamond exports be suspended to ensure that Ivorian diamonds were not being illegally exported. Rebel-controlled mines in Ivory Coast produced diamonds worth up to $23 million that were being smuggled to Mali and Ghana, violating UN sanctions and funding the rebel war effort.
    (Econ, 11/11/06, p.53)
2006        Sep 29, A senior official said Indian authorities plan to nearly double the number of treatment centers providing free drugs and medical care to people battling HIV/AIDS.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, In central India, higher cast villagers of Khairlanji attacked and brutally killed the wife of Bhaiyalal Bhotmanje, a low cast Dalit, along with his 2 sons (19 & 21) and daughter (17). Bhotmanje had left his ancestral occupation of handling cow carcasses and successfully set up a small farm causing envy among neighbors. He escaped the attack thinking his family would not be bothered. Dalit neighborhoods soon exploded across Maharashtra state as protesters set vehicles and store fronts on fire.
    (WSJ, 12/27/07, p.A1)
2006        Sep 29, In Iraq Kadhim Abdul-Hussein, the brother-in-law of Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, the new judge presiding over Saddam Hussein's genocide trial, was killed and his nephew was wounded in a shooting in Baghdad. Al-Khalifa had been deputy to the original chief judge in the trial. 3 other people died in scattered attacks. 10 bodies with signs of torture were found in and around Baghdad, apparently victims of the sectarian death squads. The names of more than 150 people who allegedly spied on their fellow Kurds for Saddam's mukhabarat intelligence service after the Kurdish uprising of 1991 were published by the Awina (Mirror) and Hawalati (Citizen) newspapers.
    (AP, 9/29/06)(AFP, 10/1/06)
2006        Sep 29, Ireland’s PM Bertie Ahern faced mounting pressure to explain why he received money from Irish businessmen in England, a scandal threatening to torpedo his leadership after nine years in power.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip. Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters marched in the Gaza Strip to show their backing for the militant group, even as its efforts to form a national unity government appeared stalled.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, A press report said Japan has decided to stop financial support for the development of Iran's largest onshore oil field if the Islamic republic continues uranium enrichment. The move means Japan's virtual withdrawal from its two billion-dollar contract to develop the Azadegan field. The contract was signed in 2004 by Inpex Corp., a Japanese oil exploration company that is supported by the government but also has private stakeholders.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, In Mexico a judge and four jail guards were killed in separate attacks in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, A new report by Amnesty International alleged that Pakistani authorities have illegally detained innocent people on suspicion of terrorism and secretly imprisoned them or handed them to the US for money.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, Rosamund Carr, a New Jersey fashion designer who lived a colorful and tragic life for more than a half century in tumultuous central Africa, died in Rwanda. In 1999 she authored her memoir "Land of a Thousand Hills - My Life in Rwanda."
    (AFP, 10/3/06)
2006        Sep 29, In Scotland police found the body of Angelika Kluk (23), a missing Polish student, at Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in the Anderston area of Glasgow.
    (AFP, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 29, Somalia's Islamic fighters seized control of Jawill, a strategic village near the Ethiopian border, widening their grip over much of the southern part of the country. 3 pro-government militiamen and one Islamic courts fighter were killed during the gunbattle for the village.
    (AP, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 29, In Sri Lanka war planes bombed rebels and 8 people were killed in new violence. The UN warned that fighting between troops and Tamil guerrillas had badly hit tsunami reconstruction.
    (AFP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, The UN Security Council extended the mandate of peacekeepers in Eritrea and Ethiopia by four months, and threatened to overhaul the mission if the two sides don't make progress toward demarcating their border.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, The UN Security Council allowed UN experts, who have recommended sanctions on top Sudanese officials, to continue monitoring atrocities and arms embargo violations in Darfur.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, Yemeni government forces raided a tribal settlement following the kidnappings of foreign tourists, arresting five suspects but killing two women and wounding three children.
    (AP, 9/29/06)

2007        Sep 29, President Bush signed a bill to prevent a government shutdown, but lambasted Democrats controlling Congress for sending him the stopgap measure while they continued to work on more than a dozen spending bills.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2007        Sep 29, The Topps Meat Co. expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties to include 21.7 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that sickened more than a dozen people in eight US states.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, A Taliban suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform set off a huge explosion while trying to board a military bus in the capital, killing 30 people, most of them soldiers. Hours later, the Afghan president offered to meet personally with the Taliban leader for peace talks and give the militants a position in government. Four employees with the International Committee of the Red Cross, kidnapped earlier this week while negotiating the release of a German hostage, were freed in good health. Afghan insurgents ambushed a convoy of foreign troops in eastern Paktia province. After a brief gunbattle, airstrikes were called in that killed 11 militants. 3 Afghan civilians were killed during the clash of NATO-led forces with Taliban insurgents in Paktia. Another battle in Paktia between police and militants left one suspected insurgent dead. In neighboring Ghazni province, coalition forces fought with insurgents, killing two Taliban in Andar district. Police in Kandahar city discovered a landmine that exploded while they were trying to defuse it, killing two police.
    (AP, 9/29/07)(AP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, Lois Maxwell (b.1927), the woman James Bond never seduced, died in Western Australia. The Canadian-born actress, born as Lois Ruth Hooker, took on the Miss Moneypenny role in 1962 alongside Sean Connery in "Dr No," and continued for 14 Bond films. Her films also included "Bedtime For Bonzo" with Ronald Reagan.
    (AFP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 29, Egypt’s government and the striking workers in Mahalla el-Kobra announced a deal ending the textile worker’s strike after officials agreed to demands for three months' worth of profit-sharing bonuses.
    (AP, 10/2/07)
2007        Sep 29, Iran's parliament voted to designate the CIA and the US Army as "terrorist organizations," a largely symbolic response to a US Senate resolution seeking a similar designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, Three Iraqi soldiers and three civilians, killed in a suicide truck bombing near Mosul, were among 18 victims of sectarian violence across Iraq. Army sniper Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval (22) was sentenced to five months in prison, a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay for planting evidence in connection with the deaths of two Iraqi civilians. 3 Sunni clerics were killed in Mosul. US aircraft killed more than 20 al-Qaida in Iraq fighters who opened fire on an American air patrol northwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/29/07)(AFP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 29, In southern Japan more than 100,000 people protested against the central government's order to modify school textbooks which say the country's army forced civilians to commit mass suicide at the end of World War II.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, A bomb exploded at the entrance to a recreation park in the Maldives, wounding at least 12 foreign tourists.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 29, UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari flew into Myanmar carrying worldwide hopes he can persuade its ruling generals to use negotiations instead of guns to end mass protests. The streets of Myanmar's two biggest cities were eerily quiet after a brutal crackdown on demonstrators seeking to end 45 years of military rule. Soldiers quickly snuffed out one small demonstration in Yangon, dragging several men to waiting trucks.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 29, Riot police fired tear gas and used batons on protesting lawyers as Pakistan's Election Commission approved President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's candidacy for re-election.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 29, In Sudan a large force of rebels stormed an African Union peacekeeping base in Haskanita, Darfur, killing 12 soldiers and wounding 8 others in the biggest attack on the mission so far. More than 50 AU peacekeepers and support personnel were missing in action. In 2009 the International Criminal Court (ICC) said fighters commanded by Darfur rebel chief Bahar Idriss Abu Garda brutally murdered 12 African peacekeepers before looting their camp. In 2010 Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, suspected in the deadly attack, voluntarily surrendered in the Netherlands to the International Criminal Court to face war crimes charges.
    (AP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 10/8/07)(AFP, 10/19/09)(AP, 6/16/10)
2007        Sep 29, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish rebels ambushed a minibus carrying pro-government village guards and civilians and killed 12 people.
    (AP, 9/29/07)

2008        Sep 29, The US House of Representatives rejected the Bush administration’s $700 billion emergency rescue plan. Democrats voted 140 to 90 in favor, while Republicans voted 133-65 against the plan. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 777.68 points, its biggest single-day fall ever, easily beating the 684 points it lost on the first day of trading after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Crude oil futures closed down $10.52 in their biggest decline since Jan 17, 1991, when the US opened strategic oil reserves during the first Gulf war.
    (AP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/30/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/30/08, p.C8)(Econ, 10/4/08, p.30)
2008        Sep 29, The US Federal Reserve with the help of the ECB, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan agreed to lend banks a further $620 billion.
    (Econ, 10/04/08, p.73)
2008        Sep 29, Kyle Dustin Foggo (53), former executive director of the CIA, pleaded guilty to defrauding the government. His guilty plea to a single charge wiped out 27 additional counts. The case was linked to the corruption scandal involving Randy Cunningham, former Republican congressman from San Diego. In 2009 Foggo was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
    (SFC, 9/30/08, p.A3)(SFC, 2/27/09, p.A5)
2008        Sep 29, Kelsey Peterson (26), a former 6th grade math teacher in Nebraska, was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison for having sex with a 13-year-old boy student beginning in Nov, 2006. In 2009 Peterson was sentenced to 8-10 years after pleading guilty to 2 state counts of 1st-degree sexual assault of a minor.
    (SFC, 10/2/08, p.A6)(SFC, 4/24/09, p.A5)
2008        Sep 29, Citigroup bought the operations of Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp. for $2.2 billion in stock and assumed $42 billion in losses on the bank’s risky $312 billion loan portfolio, in exchange for the FDIC backstopping losses beyond that. Citigroup agreed to give the FDIC $12 billion in preferred stock. Wachovia shares fell 8.20 to close at $1.80. Wachovia’s new 48-story headquarters in Charlotte, NC, was still under construction.
    (AFP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/30/08, p.D1)(WSJ, 9/30/08, p.C6)
2008        Sep 29, Scientists reported that NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for the first time. Soil experiments revealed the presence of two minerals known to be formed in liquid water. Scientists identified the minerals as calcium carbonate, found in limestone and chalk, and sheet silicate.
    (AP, 9/30/08)
2008        Sep 29, US warships and helicopters surrounded a hijacked cargo ship loaded with Sudan-bound tanks and other arms to keep the weapons from falling "into the wrong hands." The shipment of 33 Russian-designed tanks, rifles and ammunition on the Ukrainian-operated Faina was headed for Sudan, not Kenya as previously claimed by Kenyan officials. Somali pirates demanded a $20 million ransom.
    (AP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/29/08, p.A12)
2008        Sep 29, In Afghanistan a bomb struck a vehicle killed two civilians and wounding two others in rural eastern Paktika province. Taliban attacked a police outpost in Ghazni province overnight and killed two policemen, taking one away with them. International forces bombed a Taliban group in Ghazni and killed five rebels.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, Opposition activists in Belarus called for the US and EU not to recognize the results of parliamentary elections swept by supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who had promised the vote would meet international standards.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, Brazilian officials said the Amazon is being deforested more than three times as fast as last year, acknowledging a sharp reversal after three years of declines in the deforestation rate.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, Britain seized control of mortgage lender Bradford & Bingley. Germany organized a credit lifeline for blue-chip commercial real estate lender Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, while Iceland's government took over Glitnir bank, the country's third largest.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, British candy maker Cadbury said it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made chocolates found to contain melamine, as police in northern China raided a network accused of adding the banned chemical to milk.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, The parliament of the Central African Republic (CAR) adopted an amnesty law aimed at laying the foundations for a process of "inclusive political dialogue" between the government and rebels.
    (AFP, 9/30/08)
2008        Sep 29, China kicked off its National Day celebrations.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, Typhoon Jangmi roared toward eastern China after lashing Taiwan with torrential rains and powerful winds that killed two people and injured more than 30.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, In Georgia almost 300 monitors from 22 EU nations were in place to oversee Russia's promised troop withdrawal from the large swaths it has occupied since the August war.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, Two bombs exploded in separate towns in western India in crowded markets packed with Muslim shoppers, killing six people and wounding 45 others.
    (AP, 9/30/08)
2008        Sep 29, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released its annual population figures to mark the New Year. It said 7.34 million people live in Israel, including 5.54 million Jews, or 75 percent of the population. There are 1.48 million Arabs, about 20 percent, and 315,000 members of other groups. This year the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashana, began at sundown and coincided with Eid el-Fitr, one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ said it would take a 21% stake in Morgan Stanley at a cost of $9 billion.
2008        Sep 29, In northern Lebanon a car bomb exploded near a military bus carrying troops going to work, killing at least five people and injuring 25 others. Two more people died from their wounds the next day, raising the total death toll to seven.
    (AP, 9/29/08)(AP, 9/30/08)
2008        Sep 29, In Mexico the bodies of 11 men and one woman, some with their tongues cut out, were found dumped in an empty lot next to a Tijuana elementary school, an hour before children were scheduled to arrive. A message nearby, written on a white piece of cardboard, read: "This is going to happen to all of those who are with 'The Engineer' for being blabbermouths." Minutes later four other bodies were found in another empty lot in Tijuana. Two other bodies were discovered the day before in a lot next to a factory.
    (AP, 9/30/08)
2008        Sep 29, Pakistan appointed Lieutenant General Ahmed Shujaa Pasha as new head of its powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, amid US accusations that the military spy organization secretly backs Taliban rebels on the Afghan border.
    (AFP, 9/30/08)
2008        Sep 29, Somali Islamist insurgents attacked government forces and African Union peacekeepers overnight in Mogadishu. At least four people were killed in the clashes. Somalia pirates released Malaysia’s palm oil tanker, MT Bunga Melati 2, two days after its first vessel was released.
    (AP, 9/30/08)(AFP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, South Korea said its state run Korea Gas Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia’s Gazprom to import gas from Russia for 30 years starting in 2015 as part of a $102 billion bilateral gas and chemical deal.
    (WSJ, 9/30/08, p.A9)
2008        Sep 29, Suspected Tamil separatists set off a bomb in a parking lot in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, wounding three people.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, In Sudan a helicopter contracted to UN-led peacekeepers crashed in the Darfur region, killing two people with two more feared dead.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2008        Sep 29, UNESCO accept a proposal to launch a prize for achievement in life sciences paid for and named after Pres. Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.16)(
2008        Sep 29, Zimbabwe's central bank introduced 10,000- and 20,000-dollar bank notes to ease a cash crunch in the country struggling to cope with the world's highest inflation rate.
    (AFP, 9/29/08)

2009        Sep 29, The US signaled a new approach to Myanmar as Kurt Campbell, assistant to the US Sec. of State, met in NY with U Thaung, Myanmar’s minister of science, technology and labor.
    (Econ, 10/3/09, p.52)
2009        Sep 29, Norman Hsu (58), former US Democratic fundraiser, was sentenced to over 24 years in prison for fraud and breaking campaign finance laws. His decade long Ponzi scheme collapsed in Sep. 2007 after he stole over $50 million from investors. He must separately serve a 3 years sentence for a conviction in California.
    (SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)
2009        Sep 29, Starbucks premiered its new instant coffee, Via, with tens of thousands of free samples nationwide. A 3-pack was priced at just under $1 per cup.
    (SFC, 9/30/09, p.C3)
2009        Sep 29, Toyota Motor Corp. issued its largest-ever US recall, involving 3.8 million vehicles. Toyota and the government warned owners to remove the mats from their vehicles that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash.
    (AP, 9/30/09)
2009        Sep 29, Xerox launched a $6.4 billion bid for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), an outsourcing company.
    (Econ, 10/3/09, p.80)
2009        Sep 29, In southern Afghanistan at least 30 civilians were killed when a bus hit a roadside bomb in an attack blamed on the Taliban.
    (AFP, 9/29/09)
2009        Sep 29, China said it has completed a high-resolution, three-dimensional map of the entire surface of the moon, in an important step towards a future lunar landing.
    (AP, 9/29/09)
2009        Sep 29, Ethiopian and Kenyan authorities seized more than 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms) of ivory from nearly 100 illegally killed elephants. Specially trained dogs sniffed out a consignment of bloodstained tusks at Kenya's national airport. Another shipment of tusks sent by the same individual had been seized a day earlier at the airport in Ethiopia's capital.
    (AP, 9/30/09)
2009        Sep 29, In India 2 boats capsized in flooded rivers in eastern Bihar state during a major Hindu festival, killing at least 27 people and leaving around 24 missing.
    (AP, 9/29/09)
2009        Sep 29, Iran's nuclear chief said his country built its newly revealed uranium enrichment facility inside a mountain and next to a military site near the city of Qom to ensure continuity of its nuclear activities in case of an attack. Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi said the site will be open to inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog.
    (AP, 9/29/09)
2009        Sep 29, In northwest Pakistan two suspected US missile strikes killed 13 militants. The first attack killed six militants and wounded six others in South Waziristan. A 2nd missile hit a house owned by a known Afghan militant in North Waziristan killing 7 insurgents. Kalimullah Mehsud, the brother of the new head of the Pakistani Taliban, was said to be among several militants to die in one of the drone strikes.
    (AP, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009        Sep 29, Paraguay's interior minister Rafael Filizzola said 3 police chiefs imprisoned for torture have finally have been fired after collecting their salaries from behind bars since 1995. Filizzola called it unfortunate that convicts Camilo Almada Morel, Lucilo Benitez and Juan Martinez were able to collect pay for so long.
    (AP, 9/29/09)(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A2)
2009        Sep 29, In the southern Philippines 2 US soldiers were killed in the deadliest attack against American troops there since they began helping local forces stamp out Muslim extremists in 2001. In 2011 Arabi Sali, suspected of involvement in the roadside bombing that killed the 2 US soldiers, was arrested. On June 1, 2014, Miraji Bairulla, a bomb expert of the rebel group the Moro National Liberation Front, was arrested for his role in the attack.
    (AFP, 9/29/09)(AP, 2/2/11)(AP, 6/1/14)
2009        Sep 29, In southern Puerto Rico hundreds of US and local agents swept into a town to break up violent drug rings accused of operating out of several public housing projects.
    (AP, 9/29/09)
2009        Sep 29, A magnitude 8.0-8.3 earthquake struck about 120 miles south of the islands of Samoa, population about 180,000 people, and American Samoa, a US territory of 65,000. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile (1.5km) inland. At least 142 were killed in Samoa and at least 32 on American Samoa and leaving dozens missing. Authorities in Tonga, south of the Samoas, confirmed at least 9 dead. In 2010 new research indicated that 2 great earthquakes caused the tsunami.
    (AP, 9/30/09)(AFP, 10/1/09)(AP, 10/5/09)(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A14)(SFC, 8/19/10, p.A2)
2009        Sep 29, Beauty queen Miss Singapore World gave up her crown after it emerged that she had stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree for lingerie. Ris Low had come under public pressure to be stripped of her 2009 title, after local media reported she stole seven credit cards last year while working at a medical clinic, buying goods worth about S$8,000 ($5,662) including gold anklets and phones.
    (Reuters, 9/30/09)
2009        Sep 29, Typhoon Ketsana slammed into central Vietnam, killing 74 as officials recovered more bodies from the muck and swollen rivers along the country's long coastline. 179 were reported injured and a dozen missing. In neighboring Cambodia, at least 11 people were killed and 29 injured.
    (Reuters, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)

2010        Sep 29, The World Trade Organization ruled that a US ban on Chinese poultry is illegal, giving Beijing a win in the first international commerce ruling against the administration of President Barack Obama.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, California officials put on hold executions until at least early 2011 in order to review procedures in its lethal injection system.
    (SFC, 9/30/10, p.A1)
2010        Sep 29, Gloria Allred, a Los Angeles attorney who represents Meg Whitman's former maid, Nicky Diaz Santillan, said she would release evidence on Sep 30 showing Whitman, a candidate for governor of California, was aware of the maid's illegal status as far back as 2003, a claim Whitman denies.
    (AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, Two American balloonists disappeared in rough weather off the Italian coast. Richard Abruzzo (47) and Carol Rymer-Davis (65) were participating in the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race, in which teams try to fly the farthest on a maximum of about 1,000 cubic meters (35,300 cubic feet) of gas. Searching was called off on Oct 4. On Dec 6 an Italian fishing boat pulled the remains of the two from the Adriatic Sea.
    (AP, 9/30/10)(SFC, 10/5/10, p.A2)(AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Sep 29, American film actor Tony Curtis, born in the Bronx as Bernard Schwartz (1925), died at his home in Nevada. He shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot." In 1977 he authored a novel, "Kid Cody and Julie Sparrow" and in 1993 he wrote "Tony Curtis: The Autobiography."
    (AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, Oscar-nominated actor Joe Mantell (94) died in Tarzana, Ca. He had more than 70 film and TV credits and received an Academy Award nomination in 1956 for his performance as Angie, the best friend of Ernest Borgnine in "Marty." In the film "Chinatown" he delivered one of movies' most famous lines: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
    (AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, The Afghan government announced that it is investigating whether the relatives or close associates of high-ranking officials are receiving improper payments, kickbacks or bribes.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Bangladesh a speeding train plowed into two buses at a busy crossing in Dhaka, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, Security sources and media reports said Western intelligence agencies have uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to launch attacks in Britain, France and Germany by extremists based in Pakistan.
    (AFP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, China repeated promises of exchange rate flexibility but offered no new measures that might avert a possible vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on currency legislation.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, In CongoDRC Armand Tungulu (30), a Congolese citizen living in Belgium, was taken into custody by Pres. Kabila's bodyguards after he threw rocks at the presidential motorcade. Witnesses said the guards beat Tungulu before arresting him. On Oct 4 a statement from the Congolese attorney general's office said Tungulu killed himself on the night of Oct 1 with a piece of cloth he had been using as a pillow. On October 14 the DR Congo refused to return to Belgium the body of a Tungulu.
    (AP, 10/4/10)(AP, 10/23/10)
2010        Sep 29, The European Union decided to launch legal action against France over its expulsions of Gypsies, or Roma, to poorer EU nations.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, Anti-austerity protests erupted across Europe. Greek doctors and railway employees walked out, Spanish workers shut down trains and buses, and one man even blocked the Irish parliament with a cement truck to decry the country's enormous bank bailouts.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, India began the massive task of issuing unique identification numbers to its 1.2 billion people, many of whom don't have documents establishing their identity. By 2017 the Aadhaar identification scheme covered 99% adults.
    (AP, 9/29/10)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.8)
2010        Sep 29, India imposed a nationwide ban on bulk cell phone text messaging amid concerns that a potentially explosive court judgment on who should control a disputed holy site could spark unrest.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, In northwest Ireland managers at Anderson's Mink Farm said that many of their cages and fences were cut and opened over the weekend, freeing an estimated 5,000 animals into the wilds of County Donegal. About 28,000 others declined to bolt for freedom.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, Jamaica was hit by Tropical Storm Nicole causing flooding and mudslides that left at least 5 people dead and 14 missing.
    (SFC, 9/30/10, p.A2)(AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, Mexican officials announced that marines had captured 30 suspected Gulf cartel members and seized an arsenal of weapons during two days of raids in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Two federal police officers were slain at a downtown hotel in Ciudad Juarez. Attackers threw an explosive at city hall in Matamoros, injuring three people.
    (AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Mexico a landslide surged into a community in Chiapas state, killing 16 people and injuring 13, while another avalanche left three people missing in a nearby town.
    (AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, New Zealand rescuers cut free a humpback whale that had been entangled for at least two days in a heavy nylon rope that officials said would have caused its slow death.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, Nigerian authorities said as many as 40,000 girls and women have been trafficked to nearby West African countries to serve as sex workers.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Puerto Rico 7 US Postal Service workers were indicted on charges they shipped thousands of parcels of heroin, cocaine and marijuana through the mail.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Puerto Rico police fatally shot William Malaret Pagan (77) after he opened fire at them, a killing that comes as Puerto Rico's law enforcement officers are under scrutiny for allegedly using excessive force. Pagan shot at officers when they tried to arrest his son on drug charges. The killing happened hours before Gov. Luis Fortuno publicly introduced an independent monitor he appointed to assist a federal investigation into allegations of excessive force and corruption among police.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, A Russian firm announced an ambitious bid to fill the vacuum in the space tourism market by stationing an orbiting hotel in the cosmos. Orbital Technologies wants to launch a seven-room station by 2016 but may increase or decrease that capacity based on customer demand.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Tanzania a hot air balloon carrying tourists over Serengeti National Park crashed, killing an American and a Danish tourist and wounding eight others.
    (AP, 10/1/10)
2010        Sep 29, The UN Security Council lifted a 13-year-old arms embargo against Sierra Leone after being assured that the nation is sufficiently stable following the civil war that ended in 2002.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 29, Venezuela’s attorney general's office said that psychiatrist Edmundo Chirinos has been convicted of killing Roxana Vargas (19). He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Her body was found with a blow to the head in 2008 in a park on the outskirts of Caracas. Investigators had found some 1,200 photographs of nude female patients in his home. Chirinos was a fringe candidate for president in 1988, but came away with only a tiny fraction of the vote.
    (AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Venezuela fighting erupted between inmates feuding over control in Tocoron prison in north-central Aragua state. The rioting killed 16 inmates and injured 35.
    (AP, 9/30/10)

2011        Sep 29, Manssor Arbabsiar (56), a US citizen who holds an Iranian passport, was arrested when he arrived at New York's Kennedy International Airport. Mexico worked closely with US authorities to help foil an alleged $1.5 million plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. On Oct 11 Arbabsiar was charged in US District Court in New York with conspiring to kill the Saudi diplomat, Adel Al-Jubeir (49).
    (AP, 10/12/11)
2011        Sep 29, The US Navy said it will turn over the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, Ca. to the city of Alameda, for free.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.C1)
2011        Sep 29, The annual Ig Nobel prizes were awarded at Harvard Univ.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.A8)
2011        Sep 29, In Oregon Dale and Shannon Hickman, both 26, were convicted of manslaughter, becoming the latest members of a faith-healing church to be blamed in their child’s death. They were followers of Christ Church, which has a history of rejecting medical care and relying instead on techniques such as prayer and anointing the sick with oils. On Oct 31 the Hickman’s were sentenced to over 6 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.A8)(, 11/1/11, p.A6)
2011        Sep 29, The Journal of Psychopharmacology reported that researchers at Johns Hopkins had found psilocybin mushrooms can make people more open in their feelings and aesthetic sensibilities.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.A9)
2011        Sep 29, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed three NATO service members, while a bomb targeting Afghan policewomen killed three people in Herat.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, Bahrain's special security court sentenced a protester, Ali Yousef Abdulwahab al-Tawee, to death for killing a policeman, and gave doctors and nurses who treated injured protesters during the country's uprising earlier this year lengthy prison sentences. Appeals were pending.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, a Brazilian judge suspended work on the Belo Monte dam saying it would harm fishing on the Xingu River in Para state. The government planned to appeal.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.A2)
2011        Sep 29, British police and medical regulators said Russian gangs and their Chinese associates are making billions of dollars from selling fake and unlicensed medicines over the Internet, putting thousands of people at risk. More than 2.5 million doses of counterfeit, controlled and withdrawn drugs were seized across 79 countries in seven days of raids coordinated by international police organization Interpol under an operation codenamed Pangea that ended on Sep 27.
    (Reuters, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, In south Cameroon armed men dressed as soldiers fired into the air and stopped traffic in Douala, demanding the departure of long-serving President Paul Biya ahead of a controversial poll. Bertin Kisob (36), head of the Cameroonian People's Liberation Army (ALPC), soon claimed responsibility for the action that left one person dead.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, China ordered manufacturers of potentially toxic products to conduct safety and environmental checks after a recent spate of major anti-pollution protests triggered fears of more unrest.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, China’s People’s Daily reported that 12 officials in Hunan province have been fire over allegations that family planning officials between 1999 and 2006 had kidnapped children in Longhui county and put them up for adoption.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.A3)
2011        Sep 29, China launched an experimental module into space, taking its first step towards building a space station. Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace", took off from the Gobi desert in the northwest, propelled by a Long March 2F rocket.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, Typhoon Nesat made landfall on the eastern tip of China's Hainan island.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, Cuba announced the elimination of its Ministry of Sugar in a sign of how far the symbolic crop has fallen since its heyday.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, A Danish court sentenced 15 motorbike gang members to jail for six murder attempts on rival gang members. Copenhagen's city court ruled earlier this month that members of the Hells Angels and their support group, AK81, were guilty of a series of shootings in the Danish capital in 2009.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, Egyptian security officials raided the Cairo office of Al Jazeera, roughing up staff and confiscating equipment. This was the second raid this month by authorities complaining the station is operating without permits.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Morocco to kick off work on Africa's fastest rail line, in a bid to highlight France's role in the project.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, In Indonesia a Casa 212 turboprop plane, carrying 14 passengers including four children, and four crew, went down after departing Medan city, in Sumatra. All 18 were killed.
    (AFP, 9/30/11)(AFP, 10/1/11)
2011        Sep 29, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed truck outside a bank in Kirkuk killed at least two people.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, Kuwait local media said the public prosecutor has expanded an unprecedented probe into the bank accounts of several MPs suspected of receiving illegal deposits. The public prosecutor launched the probe two weeks ago after two banks reported large suspicious amounts being deposited into the bank accounts of a number of MPs. The opposition suggested the money was related to government efforts to buy the loyalty of MPs.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, In Libya Moamer Kadhafi diehards fought pitched battles with combatants loyal to the new rulers for control of the ousted despot's birthplace Sirte, with the heaviest fighting at the port. Interpol placed another of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's sons on the equivalent of its most-wanted list, placing pressure on the government of Niger to surrender a man accused of overseeing bloody repressions. Kadhafi sons Seif al-Islam was said to be in Bani Walid and Mutassim in Sirte.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, Amnesty Int’l. called on Lithuania to reopen its investigation into CIA prisons and the alleged torturing of terrorist suspects based on what they said was new evidence of a rendition flight to the Baltic state. A Boeing 727 allegedly carrying an al-Qaida suspect, Abu Zubaydah, landed in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Feb. 17, 2005, after taking off from Morocco and refueling in Jordan. Reprieve, a human rights organization, announced earlier this year that it had provided investigators with confidential information that Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian repeatedly tortured by US investigators had been secretly imprisoned in Lithuania between 2004 and 2006.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, Mexican authorities in Veracruz detained Angel Mora (25), the Zeta drug cartel's alleged top hit man for the disappearance of three marines. Mora, nicknamed "Commander Devil," was detained with one other gunman, Gregorio Maldonado. 
    (AP, 9/30/11)
2011        Sep 29, In the Netherlands author Hella Haasse (93), an award-winning author best known for chronicling colonial life in the Dutch East Indies, died. Haasse's first novel, "Oeroeg" (1948), was an instant hit and has been read at school by generations of Dutch children.
    (AP, 9/30/11)
2011        Sep 29, A Nigerian joint security team including the military and intelligence agents rescued a Romanian engineer along with six Nigerian workers who had been kidnapped earlier in the week in the same state. A truck accident in Gombe state killed 19 people.
    (AFP, 9/30/11)(AP, 10/3/11)
2011        Sep 29, Saudi Arabian men cast ballots in local council elections, the second-ever nationwide vote in the oil-rich kingdom. Women don't have the right to vote this time around, but will be able to do so in 2015. The councils are one of the few elected bodies in the country but have no real power, mandated to offer advice to provincial authorities.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, In Spain a gunman (34) walked into St. Mary's Church in a middle-class neighborhood of Madrid as about 40 people were waiting for Mass to start. He shot a pregnant woman (36) in the head at point-blank range, then proceeded down the center aisle and shot a woman (52) in the chest, then walked a bit further, knelt down in front of the altar and shot himself dead. The 2nd victim survived. Paramedics cut the baby from the mother and revived him following cardio-respiratory arrest. The victims were apparently shot at random. The infant died on Oct 3.
    (AP, 9/30/11)(AP, 10/4/11)
2011        Sep 29, In Sweden the winners of Right Livelihood Awards, sometimes referred to as the alternative Nobel prizes, were announced. Human rights activist Jacqueline Moudeina of Chad; Spanish-based nonprofit GRAIN; and American midwifery educator Ina May Gaskin will share the euro150,000 ($205,000) cash award. Chinese solar power pioneer Huang Ming received an honorary award for developing "cutting-edge technologies."
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        May 29, In Tunisia police officer Samir Feriani was arrested at the Aouina military base on the outskirts of the capital after publishing two letters in the weekly L'Expert, in which he accused an unnamed interior ministry official of taking part in a crackdown on popular uprisings at Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia and Kasserine in the west. Feriani was acquitted on Sep 29.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)(
2011        Sep 29, In Venezuela 2 commuter trains collided outside Caracas, killing at least one person and injuring about 30.
    (AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 29, In Yemen fierce clashes erupted in Sanaa between troops loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces led by defected General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar. One civilian was killed and five others were wounded in overnight bombing in Taez.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)

2012        Sep 29, Vincent Joseph Cirelli (b.1920), revered accordion craftsman, passed away peacefully in his sleep in SSF. Vincent, the son of Italian immigrants, grew up in the North Beach area of San Francisco. There he began learning the art of accordion building, developing skills as a young boy that he perfected throughout his lifetime.
2012        Sep 29, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (86), former publisher and chairman of the NY Times (1963-1992), died at his home in Southampton, NY.
    (SSFC, 9/30/12, p.A12)
2012        Sep 29, In western Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two policemen in Herat province, just hours before a ceremony to hand a nearby police training academy over from NATO to Afghan control.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, The youngest prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base, Omar Khadr (26), was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada.
    (Reuters, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In Georgia an estimated 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in the capital in a show of strength days before a parliamentary election that presents the toughest challenge to the future of President Mikhail Saakashvili's government since he took office in 2004.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, Hundreds of Libyans converged on a main square in Benghazi and another in Tripoli in response to a call from the military to hand over their weapons.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In Nigeria three students were killed in an attack outside a university campus in Maiduguri.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
2012        Sep 29, In Northern Ireland thousands of Protestants marched peacefully through the heart of Belfast amid a heavy security presence.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In Pakistan thousands of members of radical Islamic groups rallied in the southern city of Karachi against "Innocence of Muslims," an anti-Islam film that has sparked violence across the Muslim world. At least 51 people, including the US ambassador to Libya, have been killed in violence linked to the film.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In Poland thousands blew horns, prayed and waved flags in downtown Warsaw to show their anger over a new law that raises the retirement age and a host of other issues. A new law put through by the pro-market government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk will gradually raise the retirement age to 67 for all Poles from 60 for women and 65 for men.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In Puerto Rico Wilnilia Sanchez Falcon (27) was suspected of killing her boyfriend, Jesus Rivera Algarin (25), after he became upset about her activities on Facebook.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In southern Somalia Al-Shabab rebels pulled out of Kismayo, a day after Kenyan troops invaded and marched toward the city center and seaside port that long served as the militants' key source of funding.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, Syrian rebels and residents of Aleppo struggled to contain a huge fire that destroyed parts of the city's medieval souks, or markets, following raging battles between government troops and opposition fighters there.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In southern Thailand suspected Islamist insurgents fired 2 grenades at a fair in Narathiwat injuring some 30 people.
    (SFC, 10/1/12, p.A2)
2012        Sep 29, Ukraine's jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko exhorted her country to "rise up" against President Viktor Yanukovych's party in next month's parliamentary election.
    (AP, 9/29/12)
2012        Sep 29, In Venezuela 2 supporters of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles died in a confrontation with Chavez supporters in the western state of Barinas. A third was seriously wounded.
    (AP, 9/30/12)

2013        Sep 29, US House Republicans rejected a Senate stopgap measure that would have averted a government shutdown at midnight Sep 30.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, The final TV episode of Breaking Bad, an American crime drama television series, aired on the AMC cable channel. The series had premiered on January 20, 2008 in the United States and Canada.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.64)(
2013        Sep 29, San Francisco held its 30th Folsom Street Fair.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.C4)
2013        Sep 29, In southern California a Cessna 525A jet crashed into a storage hangar at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport igniting a fire that destroyed the hangar. Mark Benjamin and his son Luke were believed killed in the crash and fire.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 29, In NYC Alexian Lien was pulled from his SUV and beaten in front of his wife and toddler. Lien said he feared for his life after getting caught in a motorcyle rally and plowed through a crowd injuring one motorcyclist. Eight bikers, including an off-duty police officer, were soon arrested on charges ranging from criminal mischief to gang assault.
    (SFC, 10/12/13, p.A6)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)
2013        Sep 29, In North Dakota a leak was discovered in a Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline. It leaked an estimated 20,600 barrels of crude oil into a wheat field, the biggest leak in the state since it became a major US producer.
    (Reuters, 10/10/13)
2013        Sep 29, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket to carry Cassiope, a Canadian communications and weather satellite, into orbit.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.86)
2013        Sep 29, The Cygnus capsule of Orbital Sciences, carrying hundreds of kilograms of supplies, successfully docked with the ISS.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.86)
2013        Sep 29, Austrians voted in general elections. The two main centrist political parties scraped together a majority, exit polls showed, enough for their coalition to continue but with the far-right a close third.
    (AFP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, A Bahraini court handed jail terms of up to 15 years to 50 Shiites, including a prominent Iraqi cleric, convicted of forming a clandestine opposition group. Some of the 50 people jailed were also convicted of spying for Iran and had planned "vandalism and rioting" with the backing of the Islamic Republic.
    (AFP, 9/29/13)(Reuters, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 29, China’s Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) was launched.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.49)
2013        Sep 29, Greek lawmaker Christos Pappas surrendered to police, bringing to six the number of legislators from the extreme-right Golden Dawn party now in custody and accused of being members of a criminal organization with intent to commit crimes.
    (AP, 9/29/13)(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 29, In Iraq 6 people were killed in Erbil in a series of blasts targeting a security directorate of the usually peaceful autonomous Kurdistan region, the first such attack since 2007. A wave of attacks in Baghdad killed at least 55 people.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A2)(Econ, 10/5/13, p.54)
2013        Sep 29, Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service said it has arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian origin whom it claims was sent by Iran to spy on Israel under the guise of a windows and roofing salesman.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, Israeli police arrested four suspected Jewish nationalists for smashing headstones in a Christian cemetery near Jerusalem's walled Old City.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Libya unknown attackers assassinated 3 army officers in the eastern city of Benghazi.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Nigeria suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms. As many as 50 students were killed in the assault that began at about 1 am in rural Gujba, Yobe state.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Pakistan twin blasts in Peshawar killed 33 people and wounded 70.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Poland Pavel Khodorkovsky, a son of Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, received a $100,000 human rights award on behalf of his imprisoned father during a ceremony conducted by Solidarity founder Lech Walesa.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, Portugal held municipal elections. The government said it won't stop its unpopular austerity measures, even if it's a big loser in the elections.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, A Russian court in the northern city of Murmansk sent six more Greenpeace activists to jail for two months and showed no sign that the remaining two activists would be treated any differently for a protest at a drilling platform in Arctic waters.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Sweden a wave of jellyfish forced the shut down of Oskarshamn nuclear reactor number 3. By Oct 1 the pipes were cleaned of the jellyfish and engineers prepared to restart the reactor.
    (AP, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 29, Syria's Pres. Assad said his government will abide by last week's UN resolution calling for the country's chemical weapons program to be dismantled and destroyed.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Syria at least 12 people, most of them students, were killed in an air strike that hit a secondary school in the rebel-held city of Raqqa. Fighting continued in provinces across the country.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)

2014        Sep 29, New Jersey-based Honeywell International Inc. said that it is partnering with Tata Power to help make navigation systems for India's military.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, A Texas jury sentenced Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo (43) to ten years in prison for poisoning Dr. George Blumenschein in 2013 with ethylene glycol after he spurned her in favor of his longtime girlfriend.
    (SFC, 9/29/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 29, In Utah former FBI agent Robert Lustyik Jr. (52) pleaded guilty to charges that he derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source.
    (AFP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 29, Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Ghani's first act after being sworn in was to sign a decree creating the post of chief executive. Abdullah Abdullah was sworn in to that job moments later. A suicide bomber killed 7 people at a security checkpoint near Kabul airport just before Ghani was sworn in. Four suicide attackers killed 8 people near a government office in the eastern province of Paktia.
    (Reuters, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Bangladesh police said they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State organization.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Britain’s Lloyds Banking Group said it has sacked eight workers and withheld bonuses in disciplinary measures linked to the Libor interest rate-rigging scandal.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Canada's broadcast regulator (CRTC) gave American companies Google and Netflix a three-day deadline to turn over subscriber data or have their testimony expunged from a major public hearing. The Internet giants refused to share the data earlier this month.
    (AFP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 29, China reported that policeman Li Shunlin died last week after about 20 Vietnamese citizens attacked him and other officers who had impounded a vessel suspected of smuggling in southern China.
    (AP, 9/29/14)   
2014        Sep 29, Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the center of the global financial hub, one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.
    (Reuters, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Mexico said it has nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over 1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in Tamaulipas state.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Russia launched a criminal case against "unidentified representatives of Ukraine's senior political and military leadership", National Guard and nationalist organizations, in which it accused them of committing "genocide."
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 29, The Professional Web Journalists Association, a media rights group, said Sri Lanka's government sabotaged a weekend training program for online journalists for the fourth time in three months, and accused the authorities of continued intimidation and suppression of the media.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, In South Sudan at least 35 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on a highway linking South Sudan to Uganda. Most of the victims were from Uganda.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, In Sudan a Spanish diplomat (61) was found stabbed to death in his apartment in Khartoum.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, In Syria US-led coalition air raids overnight and today targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Turkish tanks and armored vehicles took up positions on a hill overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil.
    (Reuters, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, A shaky truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged when 9 soldiers and 3 civilians were reported killed in a surge of fighting across the separatist east.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A5)

2015        Sep 29, Pres. Obama held private talks with Cuban Pres. Raul Castro on the sidelines of the UN gathering of world leaders.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 29, The United States imposed sanctions against more than 30 Islamic State leaders, financial figures, supporters and affiliated groups in an effort to block the militants from the international financial system. The newly designated individuals included citizens of Britain, France, Russia, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
    (Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, The US EPA announced a $70 million settlement with Guardian Industries, a Michigan-based global glass manufacturer, resolving allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act by releasing illegal levels of chemical pollutants in plants in seven states.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 29, A US federal audit by the Dept. of Health and Human Services said Medicare paid $30 million ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place they were picked up from or anywhere else.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 29, In the SF Bay Area artist Antonio Ramos (27) was shot and killed as he worked on a community mural on the 3500 block of West Street under I-580 in Oakland.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.A11)
2015        Sep 29, Vo Phien (b.1925), Vietnamese writer born as Doan The Noan, died in Santa Ana, Ca. He left Vietnam as Saigon fell in 1975 and then struggled to preserve the literature that he sensed was about to be erased. In 1999 he published “Van Hoc Mien Nam, Tong Quan," a collection of Vietnamese literature from 1954-1975.
    (SSFC, 10/4/15, p.C9)
2015        Sep 29, In Oklahoma a panel that oversees artwork at the statehouse voted 7-1 to authorize the removal of a granite monument depicting the Ten Commandments after the state’s highest court ruled that it violated the state constitution.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 29, Phil Woods (b.1931), a leading American jazz saxophist, died in Stroudsburg, Pa.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.D2)
2015        Sep 29, Afghan forces backed by US air support battled Taliban fighters for control of the northern city of Kunduz, after the militants seized a provincial capital for the first time since their ouster 14 years ago. At least 30 insurgents claiming loyalty to Islamic State were killed when militants attacked police checkpoints in Achin district, Nangarhar province.
    (Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Burkina Faso’s army took over the baracks of the presidential guard after they refused to disarm following a short-lived coup. The army arrested Djibril Bassole, a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 29, The Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba Panza appealed for calm as the UN reported 36 people dead and almost 30,000 displaced in three days of bloodshed terrorizing the capital Bangui.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Germany toughened rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with those crossing the Mediterranean exceeding the half a million mark.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, India’s central bank cut interest rates by half a point citing flagging global demand.
    (Econ, 10/3/15, p.74)
2015        Sep 29, In Indonesia more than 200 ethnic Rohingya stormed out of an encampment as tensions erupted following alleged rapes and beatings by locals at the site where members of Myanmar's long-persecuted minority have been held since arriving by boat four months ago.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, In Iraq a suicide attack on a security checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing at least 7 people.
    (AP, 9/29/15)   
2015        Sep 29, Lithuanian police said they have seized 600 kg (1,300 pounds) of cocaine discovered in a coal shipment from Colombia. Police commissioner Linas Pernavas said the drugs were probably bound for the Russian market, with an estimated street value of 40 million euros.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, In Puerto Rico FBI agents arrested 10 police officers as the US territory struggled to crack down on corruption during a federally mandated police department reform.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, South African police crime statistics showed murder rising by 4.6% with 49 people murdered each day. Violent crimes increased for a third year in a row.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 29, Switzerland's justice ministry granted an American request to extradite former Costa Rican soccer federation president Eduardo Li in the FIFA bribery case.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Taiwan authorities said super typhoon Dujuan has killed 3 people and left more than 300 injured after it swept across the island before making landfall in eastern China.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Turkish warplanes late today struck 24 targets in a bombardment of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in the southeastern province of Hakkari. 2 soldiers were killed when a bomb buried in the ground went off when a military vehicle passed by on a road between southeastern towns of Semdinli and Yuksekova.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 29, The United Arab Emirates announced labor reforms to be enforced from Jan. 1 aimed at curbing abuse and protecting the rights of millions of foreign workers.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Vietnamese fishing boat captain Dang Dung and the nine crew members were sleeping after a night of fishing near the Paracels islands when a Chinese vessel slammed the side of their boat and five Chinese men jumped aboard. The men carried knives and took away his boat's navigation devices, fishing equipment and their catch. His boat sank about 12 hours later, and the crew then spent four hours floating with life vests before being rescued by another Vietnamese fishing boat. It was not clear if the Chinese vessel belonged to the government.
    (AP, 10/15/15)
2015        Sep 26, Arab coalition forces waging a military campaign against Houthi fighters in Yemen seized an Iranian boat loaded with weapons in the Arabian Sea on its way to deliver supplies to the group.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)

2016        Sep 29, In NYC a thief swiped an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes, valued at $1.6 million, off an armored truck in Manhattan. Police later said the suspect is Julio Nivelo (53) a career thief from New Jersey who has been arrested and deported to his native Ecuador several times.
    (SFC, 12/22/16, p.A5)
2016        Sep 29, IBM announced the purchase of Promontory, a 600-strong consultancy in financial services founded in 2001 by Eugene Ludwig.
    (Econ, 10/22/16, p.64)
2016        Sep 29, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a peace treaty with a notorious warlord, pledging to lobby the US and the United Nations to remove him and his party from terrorist blacklists. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar signed the agreement via a video link into Kabul's presidential palace.
    (AP, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor, Vocational and Training said in a statement that the minimum wage for clothing and footwear workers would be raised by 9.2 percent to $153 a month, effective at the beginning of next year. The increase falls short of the $171 a month wage proposed by unions.
    (AP, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, In China Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde opened what he calls the world's largest air purifier in Beijing, beginning the first leg of a China tour to raise awareness of environmental problems. The seven-meter-high (7.66-yard-high) Smog Free Tower, part of the Smog Free Project started by the artist, creates a bubble of clean air enabling citizens to experience clean air for free.
    (Reuters, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, In Hong Kong Cheng Yu-tung (91), the billionaire founder of property group New World Development Co Ltd, died late today. Cheng had amassed a fortune of over $16 billion building an empire that spans jewelry, real estate, hotels, infrastructure and telecommunications.
    (Reuters, 9/30/16)
2016        Sep 29, Indian commandos carried out a series of lightning strikes along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir, provoking furious charges of "naked aggression" from its nuclear-armed neighbor. Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed and nine more wounded in what it described as small arms fire. Pakistan said eight Indian soldiers died and that one was captured.
    (AFP, 9/29/16)(AP, 9/30/16)
2016        Sep 29, In Indonesia thousands of union members protested in Jakarta demanding an end to a campaign that granted tax amnesty saying it rewards the tax-evading rich.
    (Econ, 10/8/16, p.37)
2016        Sep 29, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi asked Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani not to exploit the war on Islamic State to expand the Kurds' territory.
    (Reuters, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, In Mexico Paolo Buenrostro, a transgender sex worker, was murdered as she got into a client's car. Kenya Cuevas grabbed the man and held him until police arrived, at which point she began recording on her cell phone. The man was released from custody days later. Cuevas soon quit sex work and founded Casa de Munecas (house of dolls) to campaign for the protection of transgender women. From 2013-2016 some 261 transgender women were slain in Mexico.
    (SFC, 9/11/19, p.A3)
2016        Sep 29, Norway's Rafto Prize for human rights was awarded to Yanar Mohammed of Iraq for her efforts to help minorities and women subjected to sexual abuse in the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, The Saudi Okaz newspaper reported that the country’s top religious authority has urged citizens to support government austerity measures, saying recent decrees were temporary moves necessitated by public interest.
    (Reuters, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, Thailand’s government said it has decided to suspend seahorse trade because of concern about threats to its wild population. The decision was announced at a meeting in South Africa of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
    (AP, 9/29/16)
2016        Sep 29, The United Nations described a desperate situation in Syria's rebel-held eastern Aleppo, warning "hundreds" needed medical evacuation and that there was only enough food aid left for a quarter of the city's population.
    (AFP, 9/29/16)

2017        Sep 29, President Donald Trump pledged to spare no effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath even as San Juan's mayor, her voice breaking with rage, accused his administration of "killing us with the inefficiency."
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, The United States said it is cutting its diplomatic presence in Havana by more than a half and will warn US citizens not to visit Cuba because of targeted attacks that have injured at least 21 US personnel.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, US Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price resigned following his use of private charter aircraft for official trips. His costly travel had triggered investigations and angered Pres. Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 29, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over the current violence. Nearly 90 non-governmental organizations have denounced "crimes against humanity" committed by authorities in Myanmar against the Muslim Rohingya minority and called on the international community to take action.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)(AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, In southern California Dr. David Morrow, a cosmetic surgeon, was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for bilking insurers for procedures his patients did not need. Morrow pleaded guilty last year to filing a false tax return and has been on the run with his wife for four months.
    (SSFC, 10/1/17, p.A6)
2017        Sep 29, In Georgia police officer Kristin Hearne (29) was shot and killed and another officer was wounded when they approached a stolen car in Polk County. Two suspects were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Sep 29, In Texas Kyriakos Savvas Georghiou (27) surrendered to Houston police after decapitating his mother and wounding his father in a stabbing attack.
    (SFC, 10/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 29, In Afghanistan a suicide bombing near the large Shi'ite Hussainya mosque in Kabul killed at least one person. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Albania agreed to work with international experts in identifying people who went missing during the country's communist past.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Antigua and Barbuda asked the United States to settle a decade-old trade dispute to help the Caribbean country pay the $250 million cost of recovery from Hurricane Irma, which "completely decimated" the island of Barbuda. The WTO backed Antigua in 2005 in a dispute with the United States over online gambling rights and authorized it to impose trade sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A London judge said Polish-born Michal Herba (36), a man accused of being part of a July plot to kidnap a British model in Milan, should be extradited to face charges in Italy. Herba is also the brother of the model's alleged kidnapper.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A deputy Cambodian party leader said around half the opposition members of parliament have left the country in fear of a crackdown by PM Hun Sen’s government. Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has a slim majority in the 123-member parliament, which voted on Sept. 11 to allow the prosecution of Kem Sokha in a vote boycotted by opposition members.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, China's Communist Party expelled from its ranks Sun Zhengcai, a former contender for a top leadership post, for "serious discipline violations" before a major congress due to consolidate President Xi Jinping's power.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Croatian authorities said a US court has rejected a suit filed by victims of Croatia's pro-Nazi WWII regime and their relatives who were seeking $3.5 billion (2.9 billion euros) in damages. The group wanted compensation from the Croatian government for property seized from ethnic Serbs, Roma and Jews during the war.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, French President Emmanuel Macron said European Union leaders agreed during a summit dinner in Talinn that they should push ahead more quickly with reforms of the bloc. Macron won backing from Angela Merkel for plans to reform the European Union after Brexit.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, French automaker Citroen said it is shutting down its car sharing service in Berlin after struggling to compete against rivals BMW and Daimler effective Oct 29.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, German police arrested a suspect (55) in the case of an alleged extortionist who attempted to force supermarkets into coughing up tens of millions of euros by slipping a potentially lethal poison into baby food.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, In India a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the morning rush, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32 others.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Indian troops with heavy weapons reportedly targeted civilians from across the frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing two villagers and a Pakistani soldier.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said Iran has banned the transportation of refined crude oil products by Iranian companies to and from Iraq's Kurdistan region, after Tehran vowed to stand by Baghdad following the region's vote for independence.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Iraqi forces launched an assault on the northern town of Hawija, one of the last bastions in the country still held by the Islamic State group, which is also under attack in neighboring Syria. A veteran fighter known as "the sheikh of snipers" was killed in a battle to retake Hawija from the IS group. Abu Tahsin al-Salhi (63), who took part in conflicts dating back to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, had reportedly gunned down at least 320 IS jihadists.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)(AFP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, In Iraq the last international flight left Erbil airport as the Baghdad government imposed an air ban in retaliation for an independence vote by Iraqi Kurds that has drawn widespread opposition from foreign powers.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq refused to relinquish control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Mexico’s National Civil Defense chief said the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake in central Mexico has jumped by 10 to 355.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Norway granted Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu permission to immigrate so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, The Philippine government denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown and allow investigations in cooperation with the international community.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Russian police took opposition leader Alexei Navalny into custody in Moscow and detained his associates in a city where he was heading for a rally.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A Russian soldier fired his Kalashnikov rifle at his comrades waiting to have target practice at a base outside the town of Belogorsk near the border with China and then fled. The soldier offered resistance to arrest and was shot dead early the next day following a massive manhunt.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, Shareholders in Rosneft, a Russia energy giant, appointed Germany’s ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroder as a board director.
    (, 9/16/17, p.64)
2017        Sep 29, Human Rights Watch said Rwanda's authorities have arrested, forcibly disappeared, and threatened political opponents since the August 2017 presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Serbia's information minister denied media reports that the Balkan nation's government is muzzling journalists through intimidation, threats and financial pressure.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A Hezbollah media unit said the Syrian army and its allies have secured the Palmyra to Deir al-Zor road, a major supply route from government territory to the eastern city, defeating a strong Islamic State attack. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State attacks had killed at least 73 Syrian government troops and allied fighters over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)(AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said a surge in bombing raids has forced hospitals to close in northwestern Syria. Air strikes in northern Syria killed and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 9/29/17)    (SFC, 9/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 29, The UN Human Rights Council voted to extend the mission of an international probe into atrocities in Burundi, overriding strong pushback from the government accused of crimes against humanity.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, The UN Children's Fund said Boko Haram's ongoing insurgency in northern Nigeria has forced the closure of more than 57 percent of schools in Borno state, leaving about 3 million children without an education as the school year begins.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, The UN Human Rights Council deadlocked over whether to send war crimes investigators to Yemen, a move being pushed by some EU states but fiercely resisted by Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Zambian police clashed with about 100 anti-corruption protesters outside parliament, prompting arrests on the same day as the finance minister presented the national budget. The demonstration targeted the purchase of 42 firefighting trucks costing $1 million each -- a deal that has fuelled criticism of government spending.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Zimbabwean police in Harare fired teargas to break up protests against the country's worsening economic crisis as rising prices fuel opposition to President Robert Mugabe's regime.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire (40) was acquitted of inciting public violence, but he remained on trial for allegedly trying to subvert President Robert Mugabe's government.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)

2018        Sep 29, It was reported that the Trump administration has completed its plan to roll back major offshore-drilling safety regulations that were put into place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster. The revisions will take effect Dec. 27.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 29, It was reported that the US Dept. of Education has suspended this year's $4 million installment to Chicago's Magnet Schools Assistance Program following allegations that the district failed to protect students from sexual violence.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 29, In Mississippi two police officers were shot and killed early today as they responded to a call about shots being fired at a home in Brookhaven. Suspect Marquis Flowers (25) was wounded and taken into custody. On Nov 12, 2019, Marquis Flowers (26) made his first appearance in state court since being indicted on capital murder charges. A body camera showed Flowers shooting and killing the officers.
    (SSFC, 9/30/18, p.A11)(AP, 11/12/19)
2018        Sep 29, North Dakota's Bismarck Tribune reported that 67 male students at the National Power Academy in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, have enrolled in a three-year energy training program run by BSC, after months of negotiations.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Pennsylvania a car exploded in Allentown leaving three men dead. Police called it a criminal incident. Jacob Schmoyer (26) was killed along with his son (2) and friend David Hillman (66). Police later said Schmoyer had sent letters indicating he used an explosive to kill himself, his son and friend.
    (SFC, 10/1/18, p.A4)(SFC, 10/5/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 29, It was announced that Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have agreed to pay a total of $40 million and make a series of concessions to settle an SEC lawsuit alleging Musk had duped investors with misleading statements about a proposed buyout of the company. Musk will remain as CEO but must relinquish his role as chairman for at least three years.
    (SSFC, 9/30/18, p.A13)
2018        Sep 29, In Brazil tens of thousands of women took to the streets, protesting what they see as the misogynist ways of one of Brazil's most divisive presidential candidates in years: right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, Bulgarian customs officials said they have seized 712 kg (1,566 pounds) of heroin found in two Iranian trucks entering Bulgaria from Turkey.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, Cameroon's president said Boko Haram has been defeated in the country, the first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist group four years ago. Pres. Paul Biya warned Far North residents to remain vigilant despite recent progress including the re-opening last month of 40 schools along the border.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, Chad's security and army sources said six people, including two soldiers, died in an overnight Boko Haram attacks near Lake Chad. Chadian troops reportedly killed 17 assailants in a counter-offensive.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, An Egyptian court handed down a suspended two-year sentence against Amal Fathy, a female activist convicted of insulting employees at a bank and using abusive language to criticize state institutions. Fathy won't walk free, however, as she is still held on other charges, including membership in an outlawed group and misuse of social media networks to spread material that could hurt security and public interest.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Germany Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened one of Europe's largest mosques in Cologne as he wrapped up a controversial 3-day visit, with police deploying in force to manage rival rallies.
    (AFP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In India Vivek Tiwari, a sales manager for Apple, was shot dead early today by a police constable in the Gomti Nagar neighborhood in Uttar Pradesh state. State police soon arrested two constables over the shooting.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Kosovo thousands of people marched in Pristina against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia. The Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo's Serb-dominated north.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Mali at least 25 Tuareg civilians were killed over the last 24 hours in Amalaoulaou on the restive frontier with Niger.
    (AFP, 10/1/18)
2018        Sep 29, Nigeria's women's affairs minister submitted her resignation in a letter to the president, becoming the second cabinet member to step down this month and adding that she would leave the ruling party. The minister said she was resigning and leaving the leader's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party because she had been barred from running for governor of eastern Taraba state.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, A Pakistani court found a former judge and his accomplice guilty of killing the young son of another former judge and sentenced them to death. Sikandar Lashari and Irfan Bengali had been charged with murdering 19-year-old Aqib Shahani, the son of former judge Khalid Shahani, on Feb. 19, 2014, in the city of Hyderabad.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
\2018        Sep 29, In Spain director Isaki Lacuesta's film "Between Two Waters" won the top prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the biggest film festival for Spanish-language films.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Spain six people were arrested in Barcelona as protesters for and against independence scuffled with police, two days before the first anniversary of a vote on secession that polarized the Spanish region.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, Syria's foreign minister, speaking at the UN, demanded the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Syria who are there in the country "illegally." He cited US, French and Turkish troops who are in Syria without invitation from the Syrian government.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Syria the Raqqa Internal Security Forces, set up by the Kurdish-led SDF, killed two members of an Islamic State sleeper cell and detained five others.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Thailand 4 ministers from the military government launched a new political party, amid speculation they will back PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to remain in power beyond a general election promised by May. The Palang Pracharat party will be led by Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, who vowed to help Thailand overcome its political divide.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Ukraine three people were injured in an explosion in the rebel stronghold Donetsk, including a candidate for the post of the self-proclaimed republic's leader. The explosion happened near the local communist party's offices as the last participants of a party congress were leaving the building.
    (AFP, 9/29/18)

2019        Sep 29, The film "Abominable" towered over the box office this weekend as Universal and DreamWorks' animated adventure debuted to $20.85 million in North America and $29.7 million worldwide.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In central Florida three people were killed when their twin-engine plane crashed into woods in Volusia County.
    (SFC, 10/1/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 29, In New York City Officer Brian Mulkeen (33) was shot and killed as he grappled with suspect Antonio Lavance Williams (27) early today at a city apartment complex in the Bronx. Mulkeen was fatally struck by gunfire from his fellow officers.
    (SFC, 9/30/19, p.A6)(SFC, 10/1/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 29, Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21, a privately held company that helped popularize trendy and cheap clothing, filed for bankruptcy late today. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the apparel retailer said it will close most of its stores in Asia and Europe but would continue operations in Mexico and Latin America.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, The Austrian People’s Party (OeVP) triumphed in parliamentary elections. Conservative leader Sebastian Kurz (33) will need a coalition partner to form a stable government and the vote left him several options across the political spectrum.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)(Bloomberg, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 29, Bangladesh's drug regulatory authority issued a ban on sales of popular heartburn drug ranitidine while it investigates a potential cancer-causing substance in the drug. The drug is sold under the trade name Zantac among others, while the FDA and European drug regulators review whether low levels of NDMA in ranitidine pose a health risk to patients.
    (AP, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Bolivia's fire-ravaged lowlands, a caravan of indigenous protesters continued marching hundreds of miles to demand President Evo Morales declare a surge in wildfires a national disaster, a move they hope will unleash international aid.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Egypt Alaa Abdel Fattah, a blogger and software engineer, was arrested again. He had been released in March after serving a five-year sentence for protesting without permission in breach of a 2013 law that rights groups say effectively bans protests. Mohamed al-Baqer, a lawyer representing Abdel Fattah, was arrested later in the day while waiting for the interrogation of his client to start at the national security prosecutor's office.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Greece a fire broke out at a container inside a crowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos close to Turkey and then the refugees clashed with police.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Hong Kong demonstrators marched without permission after an approved rally the day before. Police used a water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters who set a train station entrance on fire and hurled petrol bombs as they tried to march on the government offices in the city center.
    (Bloomberg, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, Hungary's national food safety authority Nebih said it has found five cases of African swine fever in wild boar carcasses near Budapest.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, Protesters blocked roads across Lebanon in demonstrations against deteriorating conditions in a country grappling with an economic and financial crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Libya at least 71 illegal migrants were rescued after four days in distress at sea. They were brought to shore east of Tripoli early today and then fled. There was no attempt made to capture them.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In northeastern Nigeria militants killed at least nine people in an attack. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 29, About 20,000 people rallied in Moscow to demand the release of those who were arrested during a wave of opposition demonstrations this summer.
    (AP, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik flew into Tehran and Iranian officials seized her passport at the airport for unknown reasons. She was arrested in her hotel room on Oct 2 and reportedly faced charges of espionage for Israel.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Sep 29, Swiss-based Novartis said that Kisqali helped women with advanced breast cancer after menopause live longer, adding to data the Swiss company hopes will help convince doctors to choose its drug over Pfizer's blockbuster Ibrance.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)

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