Today in History - December 14
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872 Dec 14,
Adrian II (~80), Italian Pope (867-72), the last married pope, died.
1287 Dec 14, The Zuider Zee
seawall collapsed with the loss of 50,000 lives.
1503 Dec 14, Nostradamus
[Michel de Nostredame], prophet, was born in St. Remy, Provence,
France. He predicted correctly French king Henri II's manner of
death. Nostradamus was the author of a book of prophecies that many
still believe foretold the future. He was also physician, an
astrologer and a clairvoyant. He wrote in rhyming quatrains,
accurately predicting the Great London Fire in 1666, Spain’s Civil
War, and a Hitler that would lead Germany into war. He even
correctly predicted his own death on July 2, 1566.
(HN, 12/14/99)(MC, 12/14/01)
1542 Dec 14, James V (b.1512),
king of Scotland (1513-42), died.
1546 Dec 14, Tycho Brahe
(d.1601), astronomer, was born in Knudstrup, Denmark. He constructed
the most precise astronomical instruments of his time.
(SCTS, p.136)(HN, 12/14/00)(MC, 12/14/01)
1591 Dec 14, San Juan de la
Cruz (b.1542), Spanish poet, died. He is remembered for his treatise
“Dark Night of the Soul.”
1656 Dec 14, Artificial pearls
were 1st manufactured by M. Jacquin in Paris. They were made of
gypsum pellets covered with fish scales.
1702 Dec 14, In Japan 47
samurai stormed the palace of a high-ranking lord in Edo and
beheaded him. They were ordered to commit seppuku, a ritual suicide
by disembowelment. Stone monuments at the Sengakuji temple marked
the graves of the 47 ronin (samurai with no master).
(SFC, 1/14/15, p.A5)
1782 Dec 14, Charleston, SC,
was evacuated by British.
1795 Dec 14, John Bloomfield
Jarvis, civil engineer, was born.
1798 Dec 14, David Wilkinson of
Rhode Island patented a nut and bolt machine.
1799 Dec 14, George Washington
(b.1732), the first president of the United States, died at his
Mount Vernon, Va., home. Richard Brookhiser authored "Founding
Father: Rediscovering George Washington." The Washingtons at this
time had 317 slaves. His 5 stills in Virginia turned out some 12,000
gallons of corn whiskey a year. In 1993 Richard Norton Smith
authored "George Washington and the New American Nation." In 2010
Ron Chernow authored “Washington: A Life.”
(A&IP, ESM, p.16)(AP, 12/14/97)(WSJ, 11/6/98,
p.W15)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.8)(SFC, 12/11/99, p.B6)(WSJ, 2/22/00,
p.A40)(Econ, 10/23/10, p.102)
1807 Dec 14, A number of
meteorites fell onto Weston, Connecticut.
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.122)
1812 Dec, 14, The last French
units of Napoleon’s Grand Armeé crossed the Nieman River of
Lithuania, leaving Russia.
1814 Dec 14, The steamboat
Enterprise, designed by keelboat captain Henry Miller Shreve,
arrived in New Orleans with guns and ammunition for Gen. Jackson. It
was immediately commandeered for military service.
(ON, 7/02, p.9)
1819 Dec 14, Alabama was
admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free
(AP, 12/14/97)(HN, 12/14/98)
1822 Dec 14, John Christie,
English patron of music, was born. He founded the Glyndebourne
1822 Dec 14, The Congress of
Verona ended, ignoring the Greek war of independence.
1829 Dec 14, In France Joseph
Niepce signed a 10-year partnership agreement with Louis Daguerre to
perfect a new photographic imaging process discovered by Niepce.
(ON, 10/08, p.9)
1855 Dec 14, Ice hockey was
played by 2 military teams in Canada. [see 1875]
(CFA, ‘96, p.60)(WSJ, 1/11/99,
1861 Dec 14, Prince Albert of
England (42), husband of Queen Victoria and one of the Union’s
strongest advocates, died in London. The book “Uncrowned King: The
Life of Prince Albert” was later written by Stanley Weintraub.
(WUD, 1994, p.34)(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A16)(AP,
1863 Dec 14, The widow of
Confederate General B.H. Helm was given amnesty by President Lincoln
after she swore allegiance to the Union. Mrs. Helm was the
half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln.
1863 Dec 14, Gen. James
Longstreet attacked Union troops at Bean’s Station, Tenn.
1866 Dec 14, Roger Fry, English
art critic, was born.
1877 Dec 14, Serbia joined
Russia in war on Turkey.
1895 Dec 14, Britain’s King
George VI (d.1952), was born. He rule from 1936-1952.
(HN, 12/14/98)(MC, 12/14/01)
1896 Dec 14, James H.
Doolittle, American Air Force general, was born. He commanded the
first bombing mission over Japan. His Tokyo raid was a great boost
for American war morale.
1900 Dec 14, Max Planck
(1858-1947), German physicist, presented the quantum theory at the
Physics Society in Berlin. Planck, demonstrated that energy, in
certain situations, can exhibit characteristics of physical matter.
Planck was rewarded the Nobel Prize (1918) in Physics for his work
on blackbody radiation.
(HN, 12/14/98)(MC, 12/14/01)
1903 Dec 14, William Ennis
became the 1st cop to die in electric chair.
1906 Dec 14, First U1 submarine
was brought into service in Germany.
1908 Dec 14, The first truly
representative Turkish Parliament opened.
1909 Dec 14, Edward L. Tatum,
American molecular geneticist (Nobel 1958), was born.
1909 Dec 14, The Labor
Conference in Pittsburgh ended with a "declaration of war" on U.S.
1911 Dec 14, Norwegian explorer
Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, beating
an expedition led by Robert F. Scott. The best book on Scott and
Amundsen is by Roland Huntford "Scott and Amundsen."
(AP, 12/14/97)(SFEC, 1/24/99, BR p.1,6)
1912 Dec 14, Louis Botha
resigned as South Africa's premier.
1913 Dec 14, Greece formally
1916 Dec 14, Shirley Jackson,
novelist and short story writer (Life Among Savages, The Lottery),
1916 Dec 14, People of Denmark
voted to sell Danish West Indies to United States for $25 million
[see Aug 4]. This included the islands of St. John, St. Thomas and
(AP, 12/14/02)(Econ, 7/16/16, World IF p.7)
1917 Dec 14, In the SF Bay Area
Mrs. Anna Conners drowned after a shark she had hooked pulled her
from a bluff at Moss Beach.
(SSFC, 12/17/17, p.50)
1918 Dec 14, Sidonio Pais,
prince of Portugal, was murdered.
1920 Dec 14, George Gipp
(b.1895) died in Indiana from pneumonia and a strep infection during
his senior year at Notre Dame. He was buried in northern Michigan.
Gipp was the school's first All-American and set a school career
rushing record that stood for more than 50 years. Ronald Reagan
portrayed Gipp in the 1940 movie "Knute Rockne, All American," in
which he made famous the phrase "win one for the Gipper."
1920 Dec 14, The League of
Nations created a credit system to aid Europe; U.S. export trade was
1922 Dec 14, Don Hewitt, NYC,
CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes), was born.
1926 Dec 14, Theo van
Rysselberghe (64), Belgian painter (pointillism), died.
1927 Dec 14, China and Soviet
Union broke relations.
1927 Dec 14, Iraq gained
independence from Britain, but British troops remained.
1934 Dec 14, 1st streamlined
steam locomotive was introduced in Albany, NY.
1937 Dec 14, Japanese troops
conquered and plundered Nanjing. Japan established a puppet Chinese
government at Peking, now called Beijing. In 1997 Iris Chang
(1968-2004) authored "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust
of WW II."
(AP, 12/14/02)(SFC, 11/11/04, p.A1)
1939 Dec 14, The Soviet Union
was dropped from the League of Nations. [see Nov 30 attack on
(AP, 12/14/97)(HN, 12/14/98)
1941 Dec 14, US Treasury Sec.
Henry Morgenthau asked his assistant Harry Dexter White to prepare a
paper outlining the possibilities for coordinated monetary
arrangements between the US and its allies. White’s proposal said
the primary goal should be to stabilize the exchange rates of the
Allied countries to encourage the flow of capital. The later led to
the establishment of the gold standard at Bretton Woods, N.H., in
(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A22)
1941 Dec 14, U.S. Marines made
a stand in battle for Wake Island.
1941 Dec 14, German Field
Marshal Wilhelm Keitel ordered the construction of defensive
positions along the European coastline.
1944 Dec 14, Congress
established the rank of General of Army, the 5-star General.
1944 Dec 14, The former NYK
liner Oryoku Maru left Manila with 1619 American POWs packed in the
holds. U.S. Navy planes from the "Hornet" attacked, causing the Hell
Ship to sink the following day. Only 200 of the men survived.
(Internet)(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A29)
1945 Dec 14, Josef Kramer,
known as "the beast of Belsen," and 10 others were hanged in Hameln
for crimes committed at the Belsen and Auschwitz Nazi concentration
1946 Dec 14, Patty Duke,
American actress, was born. She started her career at seven and won
an Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker."
He went on to star in television's "The Patty Duke Show."
1946 Dec 14, The United Nations
General Assembly voted to establish the U.N. headquarters in New
York City. The UN adopted a disarmament resolution prohibiting the
(AP, 12/14/97)(HN, 12/14/98)
1949 Dec 14, Bulgarian
ex-Premier Traicho Kostov was sentenced to die for treason in Sofia.
1952 Dec 14, Eighty-four Korean
Communist prisoners interned on Pongam Island were killed during a
riot after attempting to escape.
1958 Dec 14, The United States,
Britain and France rejected Soviet demands that they withdraw their
troops from West Berlin and agreed to liquidate the Allied
occupation in West Berlin.
1960 Dec 14, A U.S. B-52 bomber
set a 10,000 mile non-stop record without refueling.
1962 Dec 14, The U.S. space
probe Mariner 2 approached Venus, transmitting information about the
1962 Dec 14, North Rhodesia's
first African-dominated government was formed under Kenneth Kaunda.
1963 Dec 14, The Baldwin Hills
dam in Los Angeles, Ca., broke. The released water destroyed 65
homes and left 5 people dead.
1963 Dec 14, Dinah Washington
(b.1924), known in the 50s as "Queen of the Harlem Blues," died of
barbiturate poisoning in Detroit. In 2004 Nadine Cohodas authored
“Queen: The Life and Times of Dinah Washington.”
(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.M1)
1967 Dec 14, DNA was created in
a test tube.
1967 Dec 14, Israel submitted
to the United Nations a five-year plan to solve the Arab refugee
problem conditioned on a general peace settlement between Israel and
the Arab states.
1970 Dec 14, In South Korea the
Namyoung ferry sank killing 323 people.
1972 Dec 14, Astronauts Schmitt
and Cernan blasted off from the moon to join the command module
America in lunar orbit, thus ending America’s manned lunar
exploration for the 20th century. Apollo 17 astronauts blasted off
from the moon after three days of exploration on lunar surface.
(HNQ, 7/21/99)(AP, 12/14/02)
1975 Dec 14, Six South Moluccan
extremists surrendered after holding 23 hostages for 12 days on a
train near the Dutch town of Beilen.
1977 Dec 14, The film "Saturday
Night Fever," starring John Travolta, premiered in NYC.
1977 Dec 14, The South African
government eased job restrictions on blacks.
1978 Dec 14, In Northern
Ireland John Murdie McTier, Belfast Prison officer, was driving home
with two colleagues when a number of shots were fired from a passing
car by the IRA. Both his passengers survived the attack but Mr.
McTier died three days later from his wounds. He was survived by his
wife and three small children.
1979 Dec 14, The Seminole Tribe
opened a high-stakes bingo hall on their reservation at Hollywood,
Florida, and the state tried immediately to shut it down. This was
followed by a series of court battles leading to a final decision by
the United States Supreme Court in 1981 “Seminole Tribe vs.
Butterworth.” The court ruled in favor of the Seminoles
affirming their right to operate their bingo hall.
1979 Dec 14, The British punk
group Clash released its “London Calling” album.
1980 Dec 14, After four days of
meetings, members of NATO warned the Soviets to stay out of the
internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would
effectively destroy the détente between East and West.
1980 Dec 14, Fans around the
world paid tribute to John Lennon, six days after he was shot to
death in New York City.
1981 Dec 14, Israel annexed the
Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967. The parliament approved
the annexation of the Golan Heights with legislation in one day.
(SFC,12/11/97, p.C2)(AP, 12/14/97)
1982 Dec 14, Edward Hagedorn
(b.1902), graphic artist, died in Berkeley, Ca. He incised images
into linoleum for sharp contrasts in black and white. His work
included: "Self Portrait with Cigarette," "You," "Sword Swallower"
and "The Rainbow."
1984 Dec 14, Howard Cosell
retired from Monday Night Football.
1984 Dec 14, The maiden flight
of NASA’s X-29, a forward swept wing aircraft, took place.
(NPub, 2002, p.24)
1985 Dec 14, Roger Maris (51),
HR hitter (61 in 61, NY Yankees), died of cancer.
1985 Dec 14, Wilma Mankiller
became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she
took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
1986 Dec 14, The experimental
aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off
from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop,
non-refueled flight around the world. The trip took nine days.
1987 Dec 14, US Supreme Court
nominee Anthony M. Kennedy told his confirmation hearing he had no
hidden agenda for abortion and privacy cases.
1987 Dec 14, Chrysler pleaded
no contest to federal charges of selling several thousand vehicles
as new even though they'd been driven by employees with the odometer
1988 Dec 14, In a dramatic
policy shift, President Reagan authorized the United States to enter
into a "substantive dialogue" with the Palestine Liberation
Organization, after chairman Yasser Arafat said he was renouncing
"all forms of terrorism."
1988 Dec 14, Sixty more
survivors were pulled from rubble of earthquake that rocked Armenia.
1989 Dec 14, Opposition leader
Patricio Aylwin, representing the left and center opposition
alliance, was elected president in Chile's first free election since
1970. However the generals maintained great power that included the
right to veto political decisions.
(AP, 12/14/02)(WSJ, 1/9/96,
1989 Dec 14, Nobel Peace
laureate (1975) Andrei D. Sakharov died in Moscow at age 68.
1990 Dec 14, President Bush
said he would nominate Lynn Martin to succeed Elizabeth H. Dole as
1990 Dec 14, President Bush
prodded Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to agree to talks on the
Persian Gulf crisis by January third.
1990 Dec 14, A Right to Die
case permitted Nancy Cruzan of Missouri to have her feeding tube
removed. She died 12 days later.
1990 Dec 14, In Hong Kong 10
Vietnamese boat people set fire to themselves to protest screening
policy that could prevent them from settling in the West.
1990 Dec 14, Friedrich
Durrenmatt (b.1921), Swiss author and playwright, died. In 2006 the
Univ. of Chicago published a translation of his selected writings in
3 volumes. "What was once thought can never be unthought."
1991 Dec 14, President Bush and
Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, meeting at Camp David,
Md., renewed their commitment to conclude quickly the North American
Free Trade Agreement.
1991 Dec 14-1991 Dec 15, At
least 464 people were left dead or missing when an
Egyptian-registered ferry sank in the Red Sea near the port of
Safaga after coral reef tore a hole in a ferry's side.
(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A8)(AP, 2/3/06)
1991 Dec 14, Former East German
leader Erich Honecker, facing extradition to Germany and trial on
manslaughter charges, was offered asylum in North Korea.
1992 Dec 14, President-elect
Clinton opened a two-day conference in Little Rock, Ark., on the
nation's economic problems.
1992 Dec 14, Easing a 17-year
trade embargo, the United States allowed its companies to sign
contracts in Vietnam.
1992 Dec 14, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin lost a battle with hard-liners as he was forced to
abandon his reformist PM Yegor Gaidar, in favor of Communist-era
technocrat Viktor Chernomyrdin (1938-2010).
12/14/97)(Econ, 11/6/10, p.109)
1993 Dec 14, A Colorado judge
struck down the state's voter-approved Amendment Two prohibiting gay
rights laws, calling it unconstitutional.
1993 Dec 14, The United Mine
Workers approved a five-year contract, ending a strike that had
reached seven US states and involved some of the nation's biggest
1993 Dec 14, The United States
and European Community set aside a bitter fight over films,
unlocking the door to the world's biggest-ever trade reform package.
1993 Dec 14, Actress Myrna Loy
(88) died in NYC.
1993 Dec 14, In Algeria a large
group of armed terrorists attacked a work camp of a hydro-electric
project in Tamezguida. Fourteen Croatian citizens were taken out of
the camp. Twelve were murdered by having their throats slit, but two
others escaped with injuries.
1994 Dec 14, A US federal judge
granted a preliminary injunction blocking almost all of Proposition
187's bans affecting illegal immigrants in California.
1994 Dec 14, Bruce McNall,
memorabilia dealer and former owner of the Los Angeles Kings hockey
team, pleaded guilty to fraud and was sent away to prison. He served
4 of 6 years. In 2003 he and Michael D'Antonio authored "Fun While
1994 Dec 14, Former Arkansas
Governor Orval E. Faubus, died at age 84. His refusal to let nine
black students into Little Rock's Central High School in 1957 forced
President Eisenhower to send in federal troops.
1994 Dec 14, Bosnian Serb
leader Radovan Karadzic asked former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to
mediate a lasting peace in Bosnia.
1995 Dec 14, Shelley Davis,
historian for the IRS for the last 7 years, resigned in protest of
the way the agency was handling its records. The IRS decided to
eliminate the position of historian.
(WSJ, 12/15/95, p.A-1)
1995 Dec 14, Microsoft and NBC
announced a joint venture to create MSNBC, a cable channel and Web
site devoted to breaking news. In 2005 NBC raised its stake to 82%.
1995 Dec 14, AIDS patient Jeff
Getty received the first-ever bone-marrow transplant from a baboon.
The experimental procedure at a San Francisco hospital was
criticized by animal rights activists. The transplant failed, but
1995 Dec 14, A way to
genetically improve resistance to leaf blight in rice plants was
reported found by scientists.
(WSJ, 12/15/95, p.A-1)
1995 Dec 14, An agreement for
peace in Bosnia, reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in
Dayton, Ohio, was formally signed. Presidents Alija Izetbegovic of
Bosnia, Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia and Franjo Tudjman of Croatia
signed the Bosnian peace treaty in Paris. The agreement divided
Bosnia into 2 autonomous territories and granted 51% of Bosnia to
the Muslim-Croat federation and 49% to the Serbs (Republika Srpska).
Elections were scheduled and a force of 60,000 Western troops was
planned for deployment. A 3-member presidency and a national
parliament was also part of the plan. The office of High
Representative was created to oversee the implementation of the
civilian aspects of the Peace Agreement.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A8)(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A8)(AP,
1995 Dec 14, Heavy fighting
erupts in Gudermes, Chechnya, when rebels disrupted Kremlin-imposed
elections. At least 267 Chechen civilians were reported killed in
the following 10 days.
1996 Dec 14, Teamsters
President Ron Carey won election to a second term. Later, the
results were overturned, and Carey was barred from a rerun vote by a
court-appointed monitor who ruled that Carey had used union money
for his campaign.
1996 Dec 14, In New Orleans,
the 700-foot freighter, Bright Field, lost power on the Mississippi
River, went out of control and slammed into a riverfront structure
and then hit a crowded mall. No one was killed.
(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.A1)(AP, 12/14/97)
1996 Dec 14, Rwandan refugees,
who previously refused to return home, began re-entering Rwanda
after 2 1/2 years in Tanzania.
1997 Dec 14, Astronomers
detected the brightest explosion ever detected in a galaxy 12
billion light-years away.
(USAT, 5/7/98, p.1A)
1997 Dec 14, Cuban President
Fidel Castro declared Christmas 1997 an official holiday to ensure
the success of Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit in Jan.
(SFC,12/15/97, p.B1)(AP, 12/14/98)
1997 Dec 14, From India it was
reported that Bombay film studios churn out 900 features a year in
Hindi and other Indian languages at an average cost of $2.24
(SFEC,12/14/97, DB p.62)
1997 Dec 14, Iran's new
president, Mohammad Khatami, called for a dialogue with the people
of the United States -- a nation reviled by his predecessors as "The
1997 Dec 14, In Mexico the
500-seat Chamber of Deputies approved Pres. Zedillo’s $108.9 billion
budget for 1988. The secret budget was reduced to $6.25 million.
1997 Dec 14, From Mexico it was
reported that the Korean owners of the Han Young plant in Tijuana
have agreed to cut ties with the government union and recognize the
independent Unidad Obrera (Worker Unity) that was elected on Oct 6.
1998 Dec 14, Researchers
reported that the protein IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor type1,
was found to sustain muscle maintenance and repair when injected
into muscle cells. The protein was packaged in the shell of a virus
that causes no disease.
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A3)
1998 Dec 14, The peak of the
Geminid meteor shower.
(NH, 12/98, p.73)
1998 Dec 14, In Gaza City Pres.
Clinton watched as hundreds of Palestinian leaders raised their
hands to renounce a call for the destruction of Israel.
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A1)(AP, 12/14/99)
1998 Dec 14, In Algeria Prime
Minister Ahmed Ouyahia resigned.
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.C2)
1998 Dec 14, In Angola UNITA
rebels launched an offensive at Cuito and Huambo and claimed to have
shot down a government jet.
(WSJ, 12/15/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 14, In Brazil
legislators proposed to give themselves a 59% pay raise as the
economy slipped into recession.
(WSJ, 12/16/98, p.A19)
1998 Dec 14, The British human
rights group, Global Witness, reported that in Angola UNITA was
selling diamonds to finance its battles against government forces.
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.C7)
1998 Dec 14, In China the armed
forces completed the hand over of their commercial holdings to
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.C7)
1998 Dec 14, In Guinea Lansana
Conte was re-elected president to a 7-year term with 54.1% of the
vote. The opposition rejected as flawed.
(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D9)(AP, 9/29/09)
1998 Dec 14, In Iran
authorities arrested several suspects in the recent string of
murders of opposition figures. Pirouz Davani, leader of the United
Left, and Rostami Hamedani, an activist with Davani, were reported
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A14)
1998 Dec 14, In Mexico the
Senate approved a new law that ended restrictions limiting foreign
ownership of the nation’s top banks.
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.C2)
1998 Dec 14, In Kosovo Serbian
border guards killed 31 ethnic Albanian guerrillas on the Albanian
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 12/15/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 14, In Pec masked
Albanian rebels opened fire in the Panda barroom and killed 6 young
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C2)(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D4)
1999 Dec 14, In Seattle Ahmed
Ressam (32) was arrested after crossing the border at Port Angeles
from Canada with a car trunk with over 150 pounds of bomb-making
materials that included 200 pounds of urea, timing devices and a
bottle of RDX, cyclotrimethylene trinitramine. Canadian authorities
later issued an arrest warrant for Abdelmajed Dahoumane for
possessing or making explosives. Dahoumane was arrested in Algeria
In Oct, 2000. In 2001 Ressam admitted that he planned to detonate a
bomb at the LA Int’l. Airport. Mokhtar Haouari provided fake ID and
$3,000 to Ressam. Haouari was sentenced to 24 years in prison in
2002. In 2005 Ressam was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/18/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/20/99, p.D3)(SFC,
12/25/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/30/99, p.A5)(SFC, 12/7/00, p.C10)(SFC,
5/30/01, p.A5)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.A12)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A3)
1999 Dec 14, The New York City
Board of Education identified nine employees, four regular teachers,
two substitute teachers and three teachers' aides who were dismissed
last week for helping students cheat on standardized tests.
1999 Dec 14, US and German
negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era
slave and forced laborers.
1999 Dec 14, Charles Schultz,
creator of the Peanuts cartoon, announced that he would retire and
that the last Peanuts cartoon would appear Feb 13, 2000.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Dec 14, In Mission Viejo,
Ca., a main water pipeline ruptured and cut supplies to 14
communities in south Orange County.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A3)
1999 Dec 14, In Germany the
government and industry officials agreed to establish nearly $5.2
billion fund to compensate slave laborers of the Nazi regime.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Dec 14, It was reported
that Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa had recently announced
a $3.75 billion environmental crusade in an effort to reduce
pollution. An 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions by 2005 was
planned. Hong Kong's yearly emissions for sulfur dioxide was 80,000
tons. Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland put out 630,000
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.A,12,14)
1999 Dec 14, In Jammu-Kashmir,
India, at least 6 people were killed in clashes between secessionist
guerrillas and security forces.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.B3)
1999 Dec 14, In Mexico a
passenger bus collided head-on with a gas truck and at least 26
people were killed near Salvatierra in Guanajuato.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.B3)
1999 Dec 14, In Panama former
US Pres. Jimmy Carter symbolically turned over the Panama Canal. The
official ownership transfer date was Dec 31.
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A16)
1999 Dec 14, In Romania Pres.
Constantinescu fired Prime Minister Radu Vasile, though the
constitution did not grant him that power. Alexandru Athanasiu, the
Labor and Social Welfare minister, was named to replace Vasile. The
average monthly salary was down to $89.
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.B2)
1999 Dec 14, In South Africa
Clarence Mlokoti (69), co-founder of the Kaizer Chiefs soccer team,
was killed during an attempted car-jacking in Soweto.
(SFC, 12/16/99, p.C2)
2000 Dec 14, Pres. Clinton
spoke in England and urged the US and other rich countries to end
farm subsidies, spend money on fighting disease in the 3rd World and
to cut emissions to thwart global warming.
(SFC, 12/15/00, p.D8)
2000 Dec 14, President-elect
George W. Bush conferred by phone with congressional leaders of both
parties and planned a goodwill tour of Washington, D.C.; he also
received a flood of congratulatory calls from world leaders on his
first full day as president-elect.
2000 Dec 14, U.S. businessman
Edward Pope was pardoned and released by Russia after being
convicted of espionage.
2000 Dec 14, The Federal Trade
Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion merger of America
Online and Time Warner.
2000 Dec 14, In Wichita,
Kansas, brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr abducted 5 people from a
home, subjected them to sexual acts, and executed them. 4 of the 5
died: Aaron Sander (29), Heather Muller (25), Brad Heyka (27), and
Jason Befort (26).
(SFC, 10/15/02, p.A4)
2000 Dec 14, Vladimir Putin,
the first Russian president to visit Cuba since the collapse of the
Soviet Union, held talks with Fidel Castro in Havana.
2000 Dec 14, In the southern
Philippines Muslim extremists killed 3 passengers on a motorcycle
(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.D11)
2000 Dec 14, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe claimed that his government has no control over the economy
and blamed the “white man” as the real enemy during an address to a
Congress of the ruling Zanu-PF Party
(SFC, 12/15/00, p.D10)
2001 Dec 14, The US vetoed a UN
Security council vote that condemned all “acts of terror” against
Israelis and Palestinians.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 14, George O'Leary
resigned as Notre Dame football coach five days after being hired,
admitting he'd lied about his academic and athletic background.
2001 Dec 14, American and
British commandos behind a screen of local Afghan fighters contained
the last remnants of al Qaeda forces in the White Mountains of Tora
Bora. American Marines occupied Kandahar airport.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A1,16)
2001 Dec 14, The US shipped a
load of corn to Cuba, the 1st American food shipment there since
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A8)
2001 Dec 14, European leaders
agreed to send 4,000 troops to Afghanistan.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A16)
2001 Dec 14, European nations
began distributing a “Eurokit” of euro coins in advance of the Jan 1
day when the euro becomes legal tender.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 14, The German
parliament approved a plan to shut down all nuclear power plants
within 20 years.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A8)
2001 Dec 14, W.G. Sebald
(b.1944), German-born British author, died in a car accident. His
books included "The Emigrants" (1996) and "The Rings of Saturn"
(1998). His novel "Austerlitz" (2001) had just recently been awarded
The National Books Critics Award for 2002.
(SSFC, 12/23/01, p.M4)(SFC, 3/12/02, p.A2)
2001 Dec 14, Israeli troops
raided four Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank, killing
eight Palestinians and arresting dozens of suspected militants.
2002 Dec 14, Reid Hoffman
co-founded LinkedIn, a Silicon Valley startup, to manage his own
network of business contacts. The co-founders included Allen Blue,
Eric Ly, Jean-Luc Vaillant, Lee Hower, Konstantin Guericke, Stephen
Beitzel, David Eves, Ian McNish and Yan Pujante. In 2016 Microsoft
agreed to acquire the company for $26.2 billion.
9/27/08, p.76)(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A1)
2002 Dec 14, Sheik Hamad bin
Isa Al Khalifa, the king of Bahrain, inaugurated the first
parliament in nearly 30 years.
2002 Dec 14, Salman Raduyev
(b.1967), the Chechen warlord who led a bloody 1996 raid on a
Russian hospital that killed 78 people, died in a Russian hard labor
camp while serving a life sentence.
2002 Dec 14, Jordanian police
announced the arrest of two alleged al-Qaida members in the October
killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley.
2002 Dec 14, The Norwegian
Tricolor, a cargo ship carrying nearly 2,900 luxury cars capsized
and sank after colliding with the Bahamas-registered Kariba cargo
ship in the English Channel. Tricolor carried 2,862 cars, high-end
BMWs, Volvos and Saabs, and 77 other items, mainly tractors and
large crane parts.
2002 Dec 14, Tens of thousands
of South Koreans railed against the U.S. military and mourned two
girls killed by American soldiers in a road accident.
2003 Dec 14, Jeanne Crain
(b.1925), film star, died in Santa Barbara.
(SFC, 12/15/03, p.A24)
2003 Dec 14, In Afghanistan a
landmark constitutional convention began with solemn prayers.
2003 Dec 14, Brazil's ruling
Workers Party expelled four leftist lawmakers after they voted
against the party on crucial legislation being sought by President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
2003 Dec 14, In southwestern
England 2 dozen people suffered burns to their faces, hands and arms
in a suspected acid attack at a pub in Bristol.
2003 Dec 14, Chad's government
signed a cease-fire with rebel forces at the end of talks in Burkina
2003 Dec 14, Elections in
northern Cyprus ended in a deadlock with the pro-EU opposition and
pro-government parties splitting the 50 parliamentary seats. EU
members have said that Turkey must help reunite the island before it
can realize its own membership aspirations.
(AP, 12/15/03)(WSJ, 12/15/03, p.A13)
2003 Dec 14, In Baghdad a
suspected suicide attacker detonated a car bomb killing at least 17
people and wounding 35 others. A US soldier was killed trying to
diffuse a roadside bomb. Ryan Manelick, A US contract worker for
Ultra Services, was shot to death near Camp Anaconda. He was an
associate of Kirk von Ackerman, who disappeared Oct 9. Manelick had
told Army investigators kickbacks were being made to a US Army
(SFC, 12/15/03, p.A15)(SSFC, 2/13/05, p.A14)
2003 Dec 14, Venice threw
itself a party to celebrate the rebirth of the La Fenice, following
a $90 million restoration, with a gala concert that drew the Italian
president, European royalty and Italy's glitterati.
(AP, 12/15/03)(SFC, 12/15/03, p.A2)
2003 Dec 14, In Nepal Fighting
between suspected rebels and security forces intensified over the
weekend, killing at least 70 people in separate attacks across the
2003 Dec 14, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf survived an assassination attempt when a bomb exploded on
a bridge just after his motorcade crossed.
(SFC, 12/15/03, p.A6)
2003 Dec 14, Palestinians fired
a barrage of mortars at Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and
Israeli troops killed a fugitive from the Islamic Jihad group in the
2004 Dec 14, Pres. Bush awarded
the Presidential Medal of Honor to Gen. Tommy Franks, Paul Bremer,
and George Tenet, for their efforts in the war in Iraq.
(SFC, 12/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 14, The US Federal
Reserve raised its federal funds rate .25% to 2.25%. The Commerce
Dept. reported that the US trade deficit in October swelled to $55.5
billion. By the end of the year the US trade deficit stood at a
record $2.5 trillion.
(SFC, 12/15/04, p.C1,3)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.74)
2004 Dec 14, It was reported
that air cargo planes used by American subcontractors in Iraq were
linked to Victor bout, a reputed Russian arms trafficker. The 2005
film “Lord of War” was a loose portrayal of Bout’s exploits.
(SFC, 12/14/04, p.A3)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.65)
2004 Dec 14, Chile’s Congress
passed a bill granting compensation, a monthly pension of $190, to
some 28,000 former political prisoners from the dictatorship of Gen.
(SFC, 12/17/04, p.A27)
2004 Dec 14, Congo's government
insisted that its forces were fighting Rwandan troops in the
mineral-rich east of the country and not dissident units of the
2004 Dec 14, The Bolivarian
Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) began with the
2004 Dec 14, Egypt and Israel
signed a first joint trade accord with the United States since their
historic peace treaty 25 years ago.
2004 Dec 14, In southern France
a roadway bridge, hailed as the tallest in the world, was officially
2004 Dec 14, Shootouts erupted
between residents of a slum outside Haiti's capital and UN troops
after hundreds of international peacekeepers stormed the stronghold
of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in an attempt to control
flashpoints of violence. 4 people were killed.
2004 Dec 14, In northern India
2 passenger trains collided head-on, killing at least 27 people and
injuring 60 in Punjab.
2004 Dec 14, In India at least
one person was killed and 50 wounded in a string of grenade attacks
launched by separatist rebels across the volatile northeastern state
2004 Dec 14, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber killed seven people at a Green Zone checkpoint, the
second attack in two days near the same gate.
2004 Dec 14, PM Shukri Ghanem
said Libya is planning to open up its banking sector to Arab
investors and is to privatize two major government banks.
2004 Dec 14, Palestinian leader
Abbas called for an end to attacks on Israel as Israeli troops
destroyed 7 Palestinian houses in Gaza.
(WSJ, 12/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 14, Fernando Poe
(b.1939), former Philippine actor and presidential candidate, died
from a stroke in Manila. Poe, a star in over 200 films, lost the
recent elections to Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo by 1.1 million
(SFC, 12/14/04, p.B7)
2004 Dec 14, In Romania
Pres.-elect Traian Basescu opened talks to form a coalition
government with a party formerly allied with his opponent and one
representing ethnic Hungarians.
2004 Dec 14, Russia opened
talks to buy back $10 billion in sovereign debt. This would cover
some 22% of its $45 billion debt to sovereign creditors.
(WSJ, 12/14/04, p.A12)
2004 Dec 14, In northeastern
Turkey an avalanche roared down on a town, killing six people,
including a 10-month-old baby.
2005 Dec 14, President Bush
defended his decision to wage the Iraq war, even as he acknowledged
that "much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong." The House
voted 251-174 to renew the USA Patriot Act.
2005 Dec 14, The US Federal
Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the 13th time a
quarter point to 4.25%. it also indicated that it was close to
ending the 18-month long increases.
(SFC, 12/14/05, p.C1)
2005 Dec 14, The US deported
Junior Vinicio Abadio Carrillo (32), the son of Guatemala's former
tax chief, to face charges of embezzling millions of public dollars.
2005 Dec 14, A US government
watchdog group warned that Congress must enact a national system for
recycling used electronic devices or the problem of e-waste will
pose serious environmental risks.
(SFC, 12/14/05, p.A3)
2005 Dec 14, DuPont Co. said it
has agreed to pay $10.25 million in fines and $6.25 million for
environmental projects to settle allegations by the Environmental
Protection Agency that the company hid information about the dangers
of a toxic chemical used to make the non-stick coating Teflon.
2005 Dec 14, The Walt Disney
Co. announced its first film production in China, adding to its
efforts to break into the booming Chinese entertainment market.
2005 Dec 14, It was reported
that Volkswagen AG was getting ready for the 2006 US launch of its
$1 million Bugatti Veyron, a 2-seater with 1,001 horsepower.
(WSJ, 12/14/05, p.D1)
2005 Dec 14, In Boston 4 men
were shot and killed in the basement of a home on Bourneside Street
that was set up as a music studio. The killings pushed Boston
homicides for the year to 71, the highest in a decade.
(SFC, 12/15/05, p.A6)
2005 Dec 14, Eliot Freidson
(82), pioneer investigator of professions, died in SF. His 12 books
included the landmark “Profession of Medicine” (1970).
(SFC, 12/27/05, p.B4)
2005 Dec 14, In Mississippi
John B. Nixon, Sr. (b.1928) was executed for the 1985 murder of
Virginia Tucker. At 77 years old, he was the oldest person executed
since 1976 and, according to the Espy File the oldest person
executed since Joe Lee in Virginia at the age of 83 on April 21,
2005 Dec 14, Carlos Delgadillo
Martinez died after losing his grip on an inner tube while trying to
cross the Rio Grande near Laredo, Texas. In 2011 jurors acquitted
helicopter pilot James Peters (41) of lying about his role in
(SFC, 9/3/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/3nzc2z7)
2005 Dec 14, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near Mazar-e-Sharif,
the capital of Balkh province. In Faizabad a donkey carrying a land
mine exploded near a foreign aid agency's car.
2005 Dec 14, Belarusian
lawmakers passed legislation that would crack down on Internet
dating and online spouse searches in the latest in a series of
stringent government controls backed by authoritarian President
2005 Dec 14, In London 4 youths
were convicted of manslaughter for beating to death a man who had
survived the fatal nail-bombing of a British gay pub six years ago.
Barman David Morley (37) was beaten to death by a gang of youths in
central London in October 2004.
2005 Dec 14, Ancient tools
found in Britain show that humans lived in northern Europe 200,000
years earlier than previously thought, at a time when the climate
was warm enough for lions, elephants and saber tooth tigers to also
roam what is now England.
2005 Dec 14, Rodney Whitaker
(b.1931), popular writer aka Trevanian, died in the West Country of
England. His thrillers included “The Eiger Sanction” (1972), which
was made into a film with Clint Eastwood in 1975. He used at least 5
pseudonyms for his books on various subjects. These included
Nicholas Seare, Benat LeCagot and Edoard Moran.
(SFC, 12/17/05, p.B4)
2005 Dec 14, In Canada at least
one shot fired through a door at police responding to a routine call
in Laval, Quebec, left Valerie Gignac, a 25-year-old woman officer,
dead and led to an eight-hour armed standoff that ended with the
arrest of a paroled convict.
2005 Dec 14, Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe accepted an EU plan to pull troops from rebel
territories to revive peace talks.
(WSJ, 12/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 14, The UN Security
Council agreed to Eritrea's demand to withdraw Americans, Canadians
and Europeans from the peacekeeping mission that monitors the tense
border with Ethiopia.
2005 Dec 14, The French
government said Eiffag SA, Vinci SA and Spain’s Abertis
Infraestructuras SA will buy its stakes in 3 toll-road companies
raising $17.7 billion to help cut France’s national debt.
(WSJ, 12/15/05, p.A16)
2005 Dec 14, Iran's hard-line
president lashed out with a new outburst at Israel on, calling the
Nazi Holocaust a "myth" used as a pretext for carving out a Jewish
state in the heart of the Muslim world.
2005 Dec 14, Irish Ferries and
Ireland’s largest labor union reached a deal over plans to replace
543 Irish workers with lower paid EU employees. Irish Ferries will
reflag ships to avoid the jurisdiction of Irish employment law.
(WSJ, 12/15/05, p.A16)
2005 Dec 14, Israel’s the
Defense Ministry said it has approved construction of hundreds of
new homes in West Bank settlements, confirming what would be a
violation of the U.S.-backed peace plan.
2005 Dec 14, The Israeli
military fired a missile at a car in northern Gaza it said was
packed with militants about to carry out an attack. Four
Palestinians were killed and four were wounded.
2005 Dec 14, Japan’s space
agency said the return of its Hayabusa probe would be delayed until
June, 2010, due to a thruster problem.
(SFC, 12/15/05, p.A19)
2005 Dec 14, The 1st East Asia
Summit was held successfully in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2005 Dec 14, Officials said
Mexico and the US broke up a counterfeiting ring that printed an
estimated $5 million in fake $100 bills in Mexico and sold them
across the border.
2005 Dec 14, A Nepalese soldier
in Nagarkot ended an argument with a group of villagers by spraying
them with bullets, killing at least 11 people. 19 civilians were
2005 Dec 14, In South Africa
several hundred Sesotho-speaking Soweto orphans on a beach holiday
clashed with police in Durban after officers failed to arrest
several Zulu-speaking youths who accosted 4 girls and threatened
(SFC, 12/17/05, p.A9)
2005 Dec 14, South Korean
farmers clashed with police outside a World Trade Organization
meeting for a second day as the US blamed the EU for holding up
stalled global trade talks.
2005 Dec 14, Tanzania voted for
president and Parliament. Jakaya Kikwete took 80% of the vote. The
ruling party of the Revolution (CCM) won 206 of 232 parliamentary
(WSJ, 12/15/05, p.A1)(Econ, 1/7/06, p.50)
2005 Dec 14, In the UAR Abu
Dhabi overhauled business ownership laws allowing foreigners to own
100% of businesses in special economic zones.
(WSJ, 12/15/05, p.A16)
2006 Dec 14, President George
W. Bush named eight more countries to receive US assistance for
malaria prevention and treatment in Africa, where the disease kills
a million people a year, and asked Europeans to do more to help.
2006 Dec 14, A US blue-ribbon
panel on education recommended a radical overhaul that would include
ending high school at Grade 10.
(WSJ, 12/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 14, Cisco Systems Inc.
announced a $50 million investment in the newly public China
Communications Services Corporation Ltd., making the US
network-equipment maker the largest foreign investor in CCS.
2006 Dec 14, Ahmet Ertegun
(83), the founder of Atlantic Records, died. He helped define
American music on the label that popularized the gritty R&B of
Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the British
rock of the Rolling Stones. In 2011 Robert Greenfield authored “The
Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun.”
(AP, 12/15/06)(SSFC, 11/27/11, p.F4)
2006 Dec 14, Actor Mike Evans
(57), who'd played Lionel Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The
Jeffersons," died in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
2006 Dec 14, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded street
near a police vehicle outside the city of Qalat, killing four
civilians and wounding 25 people.
2006 Dec 14, Australian flag
carrier and national icon Qantas accepted an increased
11.1-billion-dollar (8.7 billion US) offer from a private equity
group, a day after rejecting a lower bid.
2006 Dec 14, Australia and
France signed an agreement on military cooperation designed to
enhance their ability to work together.
2006 Dec 14, The king of
Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck (51), signed a royal decree giving
charge of the kingdom to Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
(26) at a special session of the Bhutanese Cabinet in the capital,
Thimphu. This was more than a year ahead of schedule.
2006 Dec 14, Botswana's
government accepted a court order to allow the Bushmen, the nation's
last hunter-gatherers, to live on their ancestral lands. But at the
same time, officials imposed tough conditions likely to prevent most
or all from returning to the central Kalahari. In 2009 6 Bushmen
were convicted of illegally hunting gemsbok and eland in the Central
Kalahari Game Reserve, where no licenses have issued since 2001.
(AP, 12/14/06)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.44)
2006 Dec 14, A British police
inquiry concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her
boyfriend in a 1997 Paris car crash were a "tragic accident" and
that allegations of murder are unfounded. Britain’s Serious Fraud
Office (SFO) announced that it would be dropping its 2-year inquiry
into bribes that may or may not have been paid by BAE Systems to
secure contracts in Saudi Arabia.
(AP, 12/14/06)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.18)
2006 Dec 14, In Egypt police
arrested Mohammed Khayrat el-Shater, the outlawed Muslim
Brotherhood's chief strategist, and at least 140 others in a
crackdown after a protest by uniformed students raised fears the
Islamist political group is creating a military wing.
2006 Dec 14, In Georgia the
last train carrying military hardware and property owned by units of
the Group of Russian Troops left the Tbilisi garrison for Armenia.
The last of Russia’s servicemen were to leave the next day. This
ended a 200-year-old Russian presence in Tbilisi.
2006 Dec 14, In India a
government minister said ten million girls have been killed by their
parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born
or immediately after. A recent UNICEF report said 7,000 fewer girls
are born each day than population models would indicate due to
sex-selected abortions and infanticides.
(Reuters, 12/14/06)(WSJ, 12/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 14, Gunmen in military
uniforms kidnapped 50-70 people from a major commercial area in
central Baghdad, the second mass abduction in the capital in a
month. Gunmen stormed a boys' school in the southwestern Alam
neighborhood, killing a Shiite guard. 2 US Marines were reported
killed in fighting in Anbar province. US-led forces captured a
senior al-Qaida leader who was responsible for hundreds of civilian
deaths and housed foreign fighters who carried out suicide bombings.
(AP, 12/14/06)(AP, 12/15/06)(AP, 12/20/06)
2006 Dec 14, Israel ordered the
Rafah crossing closed to keep PM Haniyeh from bringing in an
estimated $35 million he had collected abroad to help alleviate the
Palestinian financial crisis. Israeli officials said Haniyeh could
return to Gaza without the money, which it said was to be used for
terror attacks. Haniyeh left the funds in Egypt. When Haniyeh
finally crossed, unidentified men began firing toward him. One of
his bodyguards was killed and his son and 26 others were wounded.
Fatah-allied Palestinian security officers arrested a Hamas-linked
militant in connection with the killing of a security chief's young
children. Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel at dawn.
(AP, 12/14/06)(AP, 12/15/06)
2006 Dec 14, Myanmar's military
junta has told Red Cross officials that the humanitarian group can
reopen field offices that the government had ordered shut in
2006 Dec 14, In Pakistan
government critics alleged that Pakistan was providing sanctuary to
Taliban militants and had a policy to project Pakistan's power
2006 Dec 14, South Africa’s
cabinet released details of its newly approved codes of good
practice for black economic development (BEE). They were mandatory
only for government and state-owned companies, but pretty much
required for anyone wanting to do business with the state.
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.99)(www.dispute.co.za/)
2006 Dec 14, South Korea's Ban
Ki-moon formally took the reins of the UN as the institution
grappled with internal reforms, volatility in the Middle East and
international standoffs over the nuclear ambitions of North Korea
2006 Dec 14, Anton Balasingham
(68), the top peace negotiator for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels,
died at his home in London after a battle with cancer.
2006 Dec 14, In Tanzania Joseph
Nzabirinda (49), a former youth organizer accused in Rwanda's 1994
genocide, pleaded guilty to one count of murder before a UN war
crimes court, becoming only the seventh defendant to admit his
guilt. Amnesty International expressed serious concern that the
court has been one-sided in its prosecutions and decried its
proposed transfer of cases to the Rwandan judicial system.
2006 Dec 14, Tonga police said
they have arrested more than 700 people in connection with a deadly
riot that destroyed most of Tonga's capital in November.
2007 Dec 14, New Jersey became
the first US state to require flu shots for preschoolers.
(WSJ, 12/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Dec 14, Maria Borrega, a
former ticket agent for the Contra Costa County public transit
system was extradited from Florida to California and charged with
embezzling at least $184,000 from 2002 until her retirement in 2005.
(SFC, 12/19/07, p.B2)
2007 Dec 14, A man accused of
being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in
prison for the sexual assaults of two sisters. As of 2008 Mark
Goudeau still faced trial for the slayings of eight women and a man
in 2005-2006; he has pleaded not guilty.
2007 Dec 14, Frank Morgan (73),
jazz alto saxophonist, died at his home in Minneapolis. In the 1960s
he played in the storied “warden’s band” at San Quentin State Prison
with other prominent musician-inmates that included Art Pepper and
Dupree Bolton. In 1991 he won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Best
(SFC, 12/19/07, p.B5)
2007 Dec 14, Australian PM
Kevin Rudd and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon jetted into East
Timor to lend support to the nation's efforts to stabilize and
rebuild after violence last year. Rudd pledged to support the
nation's ongoing security needs during the five-hour stop.
(AP, 12/14/07)(AFP, 12/14/07)
2007 Dec 14, The leaders
Belarus and Russia pledged closer cooperation on military, economic
and foreign policy but gave no indication that the ex-Soviet
neighbors were moving closer to a long-discussed full merger.
2007 Dec 14, Britain’s
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) confirmed
a new case of the livestock disease bluetongue in a cow imported
from Germany, two months after an earlier outbreak was said to have
2007 Dec 14, Canada's national
police force, criticized for excessive use of Tasers, said that,
from now on, officers would only fire the electric stun guns at
suspects who are combative or resisting arrest.
2007 Dec 14, Diplomats from the
Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda met in Kampala to discuss
border tensions that have triggered deadly clashes on one of
Africa's hottest frontiers in the search for oil. The UN said rival
factions in Congo are forcibly recruiting hundreds of children and
sending them to fight on the front lines of an escalating conflict
in the east of the country.
(AP, 12/14/07)(AP, 12/15/07)
2007 Dec 14, Local newspapers
reported that nearly 2,000 Egyptian civil servants have ended a
sit-in outside government headquarters in Cairo after winning a
battle to change their status and increase their salaries.
2007 Dec 14, EU leaders held a
formal meeting in Brussels, where they agreed in principle to send
1,800 policemen, judges and officials to Kosovo. They also agreed to
set up a reflection group to think about challenges facing the EU
between 2020 and 2030.
(Econ, 12/22/07, p.87)
2007 Dec 14, It was reported
that German AIDS researchers have discovered a protein common in
semen that boosts the infectious potential of HIV 100,000-fold.
(SFC, 12/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Dec 14, In northern India
a bus collided with a train, killing at least 16 people, including
nine children on their way to school.
2007 Dec 14, Indonesia, the
nation hardest hit by bird flu, announced its 93rd death due to the
H5N1 virus. In China, the military in eastern Nanjing banned the
sale of poultry this week after a father and son came down with the
disease earlier this month. Health officials confirmed the
24-year-old man died from the virus a day before his father, 52,
became sick. It was the country's 17th bird flu death. The WHO
confirmed Myanmar's first human case of bird flu and praised the
secretive country for its quick and open handling of the infection.
State media reported a girl (7) was hospitalized on Nov. 27 and
released on Dec. 12 in good condition after being treated with the
antiviral drug Tamiflu.
2007 Dec 14, In northern and
central Iraq US forces targeting al-Qaida in Iraq detained 18
suspects and killed four.
2007 Dec 14, Ayo Fayose of
southwestern Ekiti state gave, a Nigerian former state governor,
turned himself in to police after more than a year on the run,
vowing to defend himself in court against allegations of corruption.
High Chief Ekpemupolo, an influential rebel commander in Nigeria's
oil-producing Niger Delta, ordered the suspension of peace talks
with the government because of military incursions and the arrest of
2007 Dec 14, North and South
Korea ended three days of talks without an agreement on creating a
shared fishing zone to defuse tensions along their disputed sea
2007 Dec 14, Hamas gunmen burst
into the home of Omar Al-Ghoul, a top Fatah official in Gaza, and
arrested him. He was the most senior Fatah politician to be detained
since Hamas forces overtook the territory in June. In the West Bank,
Abbas' security forces arrested 26 Hamas supporters. 3 people were
killed in a mysterious explosion at a Fatah-organized funeral in
2007 Dec 14, Mortar shells
rained down on Mogadishu for a second day, killing at least five
people. The African Union's new representative for Somalia said he
expected more peacekeepers to arrive starting this month.
2007 Dec 14, South Korea
brought home 195 army medics and engineers from Afghanistan, ending
its five-year deployment to help rebuild the war-ravaged country at
2007 Dec 14, Clashes between
Sri Lankan soldiers and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the
country's embattled north left 31 guerrillas and one soldier dead.
2007 Dec 14, Asus Technology of
Taiwan unveiled a $299 version of Eee PC, a 2-pound laptop for kids
that stores data on flash memory.
(SFC, 12/14/07, p.D1)
2007 Dec 14, The UN refugee
agency said more than 200 migrants are feared to have drowned at sea
in separate incidents off Yemen, Turkey and the Canary Islands so
far this month.
2007 Dec 14, The World Bank
convinced 45 countries to give over $25 billion to the world’s
poorest state over the next 3 years.
(Econ, 12/22/07, p.100)
2007 Dec 14, Zimbabwe reserve
bank governor Gideon Gono on said President Robert Mugabe's cronies
were fuelling the country's runaway inflation through illicit
dealings. Amnesty International said Zimbabwean police are still
beating and torturing human rights activists and opponents of the
government despite mediation efforts launched by fellow African
(AP, 12/14/07)(AFP, 12/14/07)
2008 Dec 14, Pres. George W.
Bush visited Baghdad just 37 days before he hands the war off to
President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged to end it. At the end
of nearly two hours of meetings, Bush defended the war, now in its
sixth year, as a reporter threw his shoes at him. The reporter was
later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for
Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo,
Egypt. Bush then traveled to Afghanistan where he spoke to US
soldiers and Marines at a hangar on the tarmac at Bagram Air Base.
On March 12 shoe thrower was convicted of assaulting a foreign
leader and sentenced to 3 years in prison. On April 7 the sentence
was soon reduced to one year. In 2010 Muntadhar al-Zeidi published
his first book, entitled "The Last Salute to President Bush."
(AP, 12/14/08)(AP, 12/15/08)(AP, 3/12/09)(AP,
2008 Dec 14, It was reported
that a 513-page draft version of “Hard Lessons: The Iraq
Reconstruction Experience,” was circulating among technical
reviewers in Baghdad and Washington. It was compiled by the Office
of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction led by
Stuart Bowen, a Republican lawyer, and detailed the blunders of
reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
(SSFC, 12/14/08, p.A24)
2008 Dec 14, in Afghanistan a
bomb hidden in a wooden cart exploded in Kandahar, killing three
police officers and wounding 11 people.
2008 Dec 14, Orascom Telecom,
an Egyptian company, said it will launch 3G mobile telephone service
in North Korea on Dec 15, after winning the contract to build the
advanced network in a country where private cell phones are banned.
2008 Dec 14, Eva Habil (53)
became Egypt's first female mayor. The Christian lawyer, beat five
male candidates, including her younger brother, to become mayor of
the predominantly Coptic Christian town of Komboha in southern
2008 Dec 14, An Egyptian bus
crowded with passengers, many of them students, veered off the road
into a canal south of Cairo, killing 59 passengers.
(AP, 12/14/08)(AP, 12/15/08)
2008 Dec 14, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel met with German ministers, business
executives and labor leaders to chart a course through the financial
2008 Dec 14, In Gaza City an
estimated 300,000 supporters of Hamas gathered to mark 21 years
since the organization’s founding. Israel closed its crossing with
Gaza to journalist in response to rocket fire over the weekend.
(SFC, 12/15/08, p.A14)
2008 Dec 14, In Mexico gunmen
staged four attacks on police within a half-hour period, killing
four officers in Ciudad Juarez, the border city overrun by drug
2008 Dec 14, On the Niger-Mali
border Tuareg rebels of the Front for the Forces of Redress (FFR)
kidnapped Robert Fowler, a Canadian UN special envoy, and Louis
Guay, a Canadian diplomat, along with their local driver. Days later
the FFR made contradictory statements both claiming and condemning
responsibility. On March, 2009, rebels released the driver. The
Canadian diplomats were released in April, 2009.
2008 Dec 14, In the
northeastern Philippines an overcrowded ferry capsized just short of
its destination in rough seas, causing terrified passengers to leap
into the sea. At least 30 people drowned.
(AP, 12/15/08)(AP, 12/16/08)
2008 Dec 14, In Russia police
thwarted an anti-Kremlin protest organized by Garry Kasparov's
opposition group, seizing demonstrators and shoving them into
trucks. They detained at least 25 people including the group's
2008 Dec 14, It was reported
that Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns a double-decker
"flying palace" and recently raised his bet on Citigroup, lost $4
billion in the past year.
2008 Dec 14, Sudanese officials
said several thousand civilians have fled the town of Abyei after
renewed clashes in the disputed oil district where fighting this
year raised fears of a return to civil war.
2008 Dec 14, In Syria former US
President Jimmy Carter met with Khaled Mashaal, the exiled leader of
the Palestinian militant group Hamas, for the second time this year.
2008 Dec 14, Voters in
Turkmenistan cast ballots in a parliamentary election hailed by the
government as an exercise in democracy but dismissed by critics as a
2008 Dec 14, Uganda, southern
Sudan and Congo launched an offensive against the Lord's Resistance
Army bases based in eastern Congo in an attempt to end one of the
continent's longest and most brutal wars.
2009 Dec 14, Citigroup Inc.
said it is repaying $20 billion in bailout money it received from
the Treasury Department, freeing the banking giant from the close
scrutiny and pay restrictions that came with the rescue program. The
government will also sell its stake in the company. Hours later
Wells Fargo announced plans to sell $10.4 billion in new stock to
help repay all $25 billion in bailout aid.
(AP, 12/14/09)(SFC, 12/15/09, p.D1)
2009 Dec 14-2009 Dec 17, In
northeastern Congo at least 321 civilians were killed in a massacre
by the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army in the Makombo area. Villagers
that escaped their LRA captors were sent back with their lips and
ears cut off as a warning to others of what would happen if they
tried to talk. News of the massacre was not made public until March
2009 Dec 14, Exxon Mobil Corp.
said it will buy XTO Energy Inc in an all-stock transaction valued
at about $30 billion, in a bid that thrusts the oil giant to the
forefront of North America's fast-growing natural gas industry.
2009 Dec 14, Researchers from
US Santa Barbara and the Univ. of Mich published a study describing
their synthetic red blood cells, which are capable of delivering
medicine, oxygen or MRI contrast agents throughout the body.
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.A28)
2009 Dec 14, Dr. Walter Stamm
(b.1945), a pioneer in the treatment of urinary tract infections,
died in Seattle. He demonstrated that many cases of PID are caused
by Chlamydia trachomatis and developed a test for the organism.
(SSFC, 12/27/09, p.C8)
2009 Dec 14, In Afghanistan 16
policemen were killed in two separate attacks. 8 police were killed
by militants in Baghlan province. Taliban fighters attacked an
outpost in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, killing
another 8 policemen.
(AP, 12/14/09)(SFC, 12/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 14, Austria’s Finance
Minister Josef Proell said Austria will nationalize the Hypo Group
Alpe-Adria to prevent its collapse. The bank with assets across the
Balkans went on to lose $634 million in the first half of 2010.
(Econ, 9/11/10, p.63)
2009 Dec 14, In Bolivia’s
presidential runner-up Manfred Reyes Villa crossed over the Peruvian
border and then flew to the US the following day to escape
2009 Dec 14, Human Rights Watch
said a UN-backed Congolese military operation to oust rebels from
eastern Congo has caused more civilian casualties than damage to
rebels, with more than 1,400 people deliberately killed over a
2009 Dec 14, In Denmark China,
India and other developing nations boycotted UN climate talks,
bringing negotiations to a halt with their demand that rich
countries discuss much deeper cuts in their greenhouse gas
emissions. Representatives from 135 developing countries said they
refused to participate in any formal working groups at the
192-nation summit until the issue was resolved. African nations
agreed to resume UN climate talks in Copenhagen after a half-day
suspension, accusing rich countries of trying to kill the existing
(AP, 12/14/09)(Reuters, 12/14/09)
2009 Dec 14, The Dubai
government said it will pay 4.1 billion dollars to cover maturing
Islamic bonds issued by its Nakheel property developer after
receiving a 10-billion-dollar handout from oil-rich Abu Dhabi.
2009 Dec 14, In Egypt a 2-day
regional conference ended addressing for the first time the once
taboo topic of sexual harassment. Activists said the sexual
harassment of women in the streets, schools and work places of the
Arab world was driving them to cover up and confine themselves to
2009 Dec 14, Cyclone Mick hit
Fiji. Thousands of villagers fled to shelters as the tropical
cyclone battered the South Pacific nation, causing flooding,
damaging homes and power lines, and killing three people.
2009 Dec 14, India's inflation
rate jumped to its highest level in 10 months, according to official
data, raising pressure on the central bank to begin reversing deep
interest rate cuts. The wholesale inflation rate climbed by a
larger-than-expected 4.78% in November from a year earlier after
rising by 1.34% in October.
2009 Dec 14, Iran's main
opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi vowed more anti-government
protests as the authorities announced several arrests over a
reported insult to Islamic revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini.
(AF P, 12/14/09)
2009 Dec 14, Gulf leaders
arrived in Kuwait for a two-day annual summit with the global
recession's impact on their economies, fighting in Yemen and Iran's
nuclear drive high on the agenda.
2009 Dec 14, Morocco charged
that Aminatou Haidar, a Sahrawi activist on hunger strike in Spain's
Canary Islands, is part of a "systematic, methodical plot devised by
Algeria." Haidar (42) has been on hunger strike for almost a month
on Lanzarote, after being refused entry to the Western Sahara, which
is territory occupied by and claimed by Morocco.
2009 Dec 14, In Nigeria 23
people burned to death when a bus carrying mourners to a funeral
collided with a truck on a road in southwest Oyo state.
2009 Dec 14, Tens of thousands
of Hamas supporters thronged downtown Gaza City to mark the 22nd
anniversary of the group's founding. Hamas PM Ismail Haniya told
tens of thousands of Hamas supporters his group remains committed to
the elimination of Israel.
(AP, 12/14/09)(AFP, 12/14/09)
2009 Dec 14, In Rwanda Valerie
Bemeriki, a former journalist, was sentenced to life in prison for
her role in inciting genocide, in the latest of a series of trials
for the 1994 slaughter.
2009 Dec 14, In Somalia a
community leader said an explosion of an old land mine has killed
six children from the same family near the border with Ethiopia.
2009 Dec 14, Spain’s National
Court in Madrid found 11 men guilty of belonging to a terrorist
organization and sentenced them to up to 14 years in prison. 9 were
of Pakistani nationality or origin and 2 were from India. They had
been accused of planning attacks in Barcelona.
(SFC, 12/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 14, Sudanese police
fired tear gas, used water cannons and rounded up dozens of
opposition supporters in a bid to halt a pro-democracy rally outside
2009 Dec 14, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said polio has re-emerged in several African
countries where it had been eradicated, at the start of a conference
on child immunization in Zimbabwe.
2010 Dec 14, The US Coast Guard
named Rear. Adm. Sandra Stosz (50) to lead its academy at New
London, Conn., beginning next summer.
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.A16)
2010 Dec 14, The US District
Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered San
Francisco-based Twitter Inc. to hand over private messages, billing
addresses and connection records of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
and other alleged associates, including the US Army intelligence
analyst suspected of handing classified information to the site and
a high-profile Icelandic parliamentarian. A second document, dated
Jan. 5, unsealed the court order.
2010 Dec 14, In Arizona a
shootout between border patrol agents and bandits near the border
with Mexico left American agent Brian A. Terry (40) dead and a
suspect wounded. On May 6, 2011, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of El
Fuerte, Mexico, was indicted for 2nd degree murder. On July 9, 2012,
a federal grand jury indictment named 6 people involved in Terry’s
killing. A $1 million reward was offered to help track 4 fugitives
in the case. On Feb 10, 2014 Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30
years in prison.
(AP, 12/16/10)(SFC, 5/7/11, p.A4)(SFC, 7/10/12,
p.A6)(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A5)
2010 Dec 14, In California a
mother loading her 2-year-old son into an SUV was killed and six
others were wounded in a gunbattle at a strip mall in south
Sacramento. A 2nd victim, Marvion Barksdale (20), died at a hospital
of his injuries.
(AP, 12/15/10)(SFC, 12/16/10, p.E3)
2010 Dec 14, In Florida gunman
Clay A. Duke opened fire at a school board meeting in Panama City.
He killed himself following an exchange of shots with a security
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.A8)
2010 Dec 14, In Nevada an armed
bandit escaped on a motorcycle after stealing $1.5 million in casino
chips from the Bellagio resort. On Feb 3 police identified suspect
Anthony M. Carleo (29) of Las Vegas as the bandit. Carleo was booked
under the name Anthony M. Assad. On Aug 23, 2011, Carleo was
sentenced to at least 3 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.A8)(SFC, 2/4/11, p.A7)(SFC,
2010 Dec 14, In Missouri Secret
Santa II hit the streets in a long-standing Kansas City tradition of
handing out $100 bills, sometimes several at a time, to unsuspecting
strangers in thrift stores, food pantries and shelters.
2010 Dec 14, A new US survey
said about 6% of high school seniors reported smoking marijuana
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.A1)
2010 Dec 14, San Jose, Ca.,
adopted the strictest ban on plastic bags in the state.
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.C3)
2010 Dec 14, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died from a roadside bomb.
Jordanian-Palestinian militant Mahmoud Abu Reidah (38) was killed by
US forces. An al-Qaida operative better known as Abu Rasmi, he was
granted political asylum in Britain in 1998.
(AP, 12/14/10)(AP, 12/22/10)
2010 Dec 14, Angolan President
Jose Eduardo dos Santos started a historic first state visit to
South Africa, a trip aimed at ending decades-long enmity between two
of the region's major economies.
2010 Dec 14, In Bangladesh a
devastating blaze raced through a garment factory near the capital,
killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 100.
(AP, 12/14/10)(AP, 12/15/10)
2010 Dec 14, A report, "High
and Dry," by the Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization and the Shan
Women's Action Network, said local trade and transport on the river
in northern Myanmar near a border trade crossing with China has been
severely affected by unpredictable daily changes in the water level
since the completion in mid-2010 of the 360-foot (110-m) tall
Longjiang Dam about 19 miles (30 km) upstream.
2010 Dec 14, EU Parliament
President Jerzy Buzek said that Guillermo Farinas, whose 134-day
hunger strike helped draw attention to the plight of Cuban political
dissidents, would be represented by an empty chair at the midweek
ceremony to award the Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought.
2010 Dec 14, Amnesty
International accused the European Union and Libya of cooperating to
prevent migrants from Africa from reaching Europe.
2010 Dec 14, In Haiti Michel
"Sweet Micky" Martelly, the popular singer-turned-presidential
candidate, called for the electoral commission to be replaced and
the vote redone with all the original candidates involved. His
apparent loss in flawed elections helped spark days of rioting.
2010 Dec 14, In India a bus
carrying wedding guests plunged into a reservoir killing 29 people
in Karnataka state.
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 14, Israel barred a
group of Palestinian firefighters who helped battle the country's
worst wildfire from attending a ceremony in their honor, the latest
in a series of embarrassments over Israel's handling of the blaze.
2010 Dec 14, In Italy
protesters set cars alight and hurled cobblestones at police in
chaotic scenes in central Rome after PM Silvio Berlusconi won a
crucial confidence vote in parliament. Over 100 people were injured
including around police.
(AFP, 12/14/10)(Econ, 12/18/10, p.95)
2010 Dec 14, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi pushed again his dream for a sole African government
and was backed by Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade as he urged the
creation of a single African army.
2010 Dec 14, Mexico’s death
toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez
rose to 3,000 this year after 2 men were shot dead on a street.
2010 Dec 14, A Nigerian
official said Nigeria has negotiated a 250 million dollar settlement
deal that would see it drop charges against US ex-vice president
Dick Cheney and others over a bribery scandal.
2010 Dec 14, In the central
Philippines suspected communist guerrillas killed 10 army soldiers
returning to their camp after being recalled from combat two days
before a Christmas cease-fire. A boy (9) also was killed in the
crossfire when the New People's Army guerrillas detonated land mines
then opened fire on the soldiers near where villagers were swimming
in a river in Northern Samar province.
2010 Dec 14, A Sri Lanka
official said security forces have stepped up a campaign to arrest
some 50,000 military deserters, after reports that absent soldiers
were increasingly involved in crime.
2010 Dec 14, Sudanese
authorities arrested about 30 women who tried to hold a protest in
Khartoum against the brutal police whipping of a young woman shown
in a video posted on YouTube and charged them with disrupting public
2010 Dec 14, The IMF said
Togo's foreign debt will be slashed more than 80% after the African
nation took steps to recover from economic crisis.
2010 Dec 14, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez asked congress to grant him special powers to
enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature
takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.
2011 Dec 14, A new US federal
government report said one of every 15 high school students smokes
marijuana on a near daily basis, as alcohol, cigarette and drug use
continued a slow decline.
(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A9)
2011 Dec 14, Time Magazine
named “The Protester” as the person of the year.
(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A1)
2011 Dec 14, In NYC advertising
executive Suzanne Hart (41) was killed in a freak elevator mishap at
285 Madison Avenue. Hart was stepping onto the elevator on the first
floor when either her foot or leg became caught in the closing
doors. The car then rose abruptly, dragging her body into the shaft
and killing her. Investigators later found that a key safety
mechanism was turned off.
(AP, 12/15/11)(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A9)(SFC, 2/28/12,
2011 Dec 14, In Afghanistan
Massoud Khan, district chief of Khanishin, Helmand province, was
killed in a roadside bombing along with two bodyguards.
(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A6)
2011 Dec 14, Algeria passed a
media law that drew scorn from journalists, rights activists and
opposition legislators who charged that it restricts freedom of
expression. The law promises press freedom but also lists 12 areas
in which journalists must tread carefully to avoid undermining
Algeria's national identity, sovereignty and security and the
country's economic interests.
2011 Dec 14, Colombia's
government and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime released a new study
that said more than 3,000 square miles (800,000 hectares) of
Colombia's woodlands have been cleared since 1981 in the planting
and destruction of drug crops. According to the UN, Colombia had 240
square miles (62,000 hectares) of coca under cultivation last year.
2011 Dec 14, CongoDRC
opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's party called for mass
protests to "protect" the victory he claims to have won in disputed
2011 Dec 14, Egyptians turned
out in large numbers to vote in the second round of parliamentary
elections that have become a stiff competition between dominant
Islamist parties likely to steer the country in a more religious
direction. A military court sentenced a political activist to two
years in prison after convicting him of criticizing the armed forces
and publishing false information. Maikel Nabil Sanad was arrested in
March and sentenced to three years, but the case was appealed and
sent for retrial.
2011 Dec 14, European
Parliament lawmakers blocked a deal allowing special access for EU
fishermen to Moroccan waters, prompting Rabat to issue an immediate
ban on European fishing boats. European lawmakers said they wanted
to wait until the interests of Western Sahara trawlers were taken on
board before agreeing to a 12-month extension.
2011 Dec 14, In Guyana a
34-year-old woman told reporters in the South American country that
Chief Henry Greene took her to a hotel and raped her. She alleges
the incident occurred in late November. The US revoked Greene's visa
in 2006 over alleged links to drug trafficking. Greene was soon
placed on leave and in January Jamaica sent a team of detectives to
probe the rape allegations.
(AP, 12/15/11)(AP, 1/5/12)
2011 Dec 14, An Indian
newspaper reported that plans were being finalized for a Taliban
office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
2011 Dec 14, Israeli police
detained six Jewish extremists following a series of attacks on
mosques and Israeli military bases. Unknown arsonists torched an
inactive Jerusalem mosque, provoking calls in Israel for a more
effective crackdown on Jewish extremists.
2011 Dec 14, Italian far-right
author Gianluca Casseri (50) shot dead two Senegalese men and
wounded three others before killing himself in a daylight shooting
spree in Florence that prompted outpourings of grief.
2011 Dec 14, Kashmiri
shopkeeper Tariq Ahmad Bhat died two weeks after anti-India
protesters allegedly beat him for refusing to close his store during
a strike. Four people accused of beating him have been arrested.
2011 Dec 14, In Mexico 3 bodies
were discovered in Guadalajara, two days after two college students
in nearby Guerrero state were killed in a clash with police after
student protesters hijacked buses, used them to block a highway and
fought officers with rocks and sticks. The Jalisco state prosecutors
office said it is investigating whether the bodies belong to any of
five people who were reported missing after they complained last
week that the student group was demanding protection money for
allowing them to sell snacks outside a campus.
2011 Dec 14, In Romania two
self-professed witches were detained on blackmail and extortion
charges in a high-profile case involving a TV star and reportedly
other public figures.
2011 Dec 14, In Russia a
loyalist to PM Vladimir Putin who served as the speaker of
parliament resigned in a move that appeared to be part of the
government's effort to stem public anger over alleged fraud in this
month's parliamentary election.
2011 Dec 14, In Russia Boris
Chertok (99), a rocket designer who played a key role in engineering
Soviet-era space programs, died in Moscow. He was closely involved
in putting the world's first satellite in orbit on Oct. 4, 1957, and
preparing the first human flight to space by Yuri Gagarin on April,
2011 Dec 14, In Somalia a rowdy
parliament session degenerated into fistfights and kicks after
disagreements over the sacking of speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan.
Supporters of Sheikh Adan argued that his impeachment a day earlier
did not follow procedure.
2011 Dec 14, Amnesty
International accused Spanish authorities of using racial and ethnic
profiling, with police singling out people who are not white in
order to meet quotas.
2011 Dec 14, In Sri Lanka
thousands of produce traders protested for a third day, halting
business at the capital's central market over a new rule demanding
that fruit and vegetables be transported in plastic baskets rather
2011 Dec 14, Syrian Army
defectors killed at least eight Syrian troops in an act of revenge
after security forces shot dead five civilians.
2011 Dec 14, The Tanzania-based
court said it has overturned several convictions against former
Rwandan Ministry of Defense director Col. Theoneste Bagosora. The
court reduced his life sentence to 35 years. Bagosora had been
sentenced in 2008 at the age of 67. The court also reduced the life
sentence of former military commander Anatole Nsengiyumva to 15
years and released him for time served.
2011 Dec 14, Tunisia's new
president, Moncef Marzouki, asked the secretary general of the
Islamist party that dominated last month's elections to form the
next government. Hamadi Jebali has three weeks to form the next
2012 Dec 14, The Obama
administration announced a new air pollution standard. This marked
the first time that the EPA has tightened the soot standard since it
was established in 1997.
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 14, The Pentagon said
the US will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to
Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory
from potential Syrian missile attack.
2012 Dec 14, The US DEA said
over 2 dozen people have been charged in San Diego in a scheme to
smuggle drugs into California from Mexico. The bust netted over
1,000 pouns of methamphetamine, 200 pounds of cocaine and 28 pound
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A7)
2012 Dec 14, Adam Lanza (20)
killed 27 people, 18 of them small children, in a shooting at Sandy
Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast
of New York City. He killed his mother at home before the rampage at
the school. Lanza used a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle made by
2012 Dec 14, In San Francisco
Frederick Dozier Jr. (33), a school cafeteria worker, was sentenced
to 373 years to life in prison for assaulting 3 women in the Mission
District in 2011.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.C11)
2012 Dec 14, Oklahoma police
arrested Sammie Eaglebear Chavez (18) on charges that he had plotted
to shoot students at Bartlesville High School.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 14, In Belgium twin
45-year-old men, whose names were not been made public, were legally
put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital
in Jette. They were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they
were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again.
2012 Dec 14, Canadian
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada will crack down on
what it says is a wave of fake refugee claims from European Union
nationals and deny the right of appeal to those deemed to be bogus
2012 Dec 14, Chile's government
apologized to a lesbian judge who was denied custody of her three
daughters in 2004 because she is gay. Chile said it will pay
Magistrate Karen Atala $70,000 and grant her medical and
psychological treatment.The ruling followed Chile's approval this
year of an anti-discrimination law.
2012 Dec 14, China provided the
United Nations with detailed claims to waters in the East China Sea,
apparently padding out its legal argument in an ongoing territorial
dispute with Japan.
2012 Dec 14, Chinese
authorities said they have arrested a legislator found to have four
wives. Li Junwen (43), an appointed representative from Xiaodian and
the Communist Party head of the village of Xiquan, Shanxi province,
also had 10 children, and had been detained on suspicion of document
2012 Dec 14, In China Min
Yongjun (36), a resident of Guangshan, burst into the home of an
elderly woman and stabbed her with a kitchen knife. He then took a
kitchen knife and hacked at more 22 children as they entered their
rural Chenpeng Village Primary School. On Dec 13, 2013, Yongjun was
sentenced to death.
(AP, 12/15/12)(AFP, 12/13/13)
2012 Dec 14, Egyptian Islamists
clashed with opponents of a draft constitution in the Mediterranean
city of Alexandria after an ultraconservative cleric called on
worshippers to approve the charter in a referendum.
2012 Dec 14, French mountaineer
Maurice Herzog died (93), six decades after his 1950 Annapurna climb
made him a household name.
2012 Dec 14, A boat capsized
early today off the northeastern island of Lesvos, near the Turkish
coast. Greek coast guard officials found the bodies of 18 Asian
people who were trying to cross illegally into Greece.
2012 Dec 14, Guinean
authorities and trade unions agreed to give civil servants a pay
raise of 50 percent over the next year. The raises would be applied
in three phases of 10, 15 and 25 percent before the end of 2013.
2012 Dec 14, Israeli Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced he is resigning a day after an
indictment for breach of trust was filed against him by the
country's attorney general.
2012 Dec 14, Kazakhstan's Pres.
Nursultan Nazarbayev (72) announced a raft of reforms for this
energy-rich, authoritarian state, ranging from having more direct
local and regional elections to imposing the use of the Latin
alphabet for the Kazakh language.
2012 Dec 14, Kenya’s government
decided that all refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia must
return to the large refugee camp complex known as Dadaab, a
seemingly endless expanse of refugee housing on the sands of Kenya
close to the Somali border. More than 400,000 refugees live in
Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.
2012 Dec 14, A magnitude 6.4
earthquake was recorded at 2:36 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean 167 miles
west southwest of Rosarito, Mexico. There were no immediate reports
of damage or injuries.
2012 Dec 14, Russian
investigators accused Alexei Navalny (36), a prominent opposition
leader, and his brother of fraud and money-laundering, intensifying
legal pressure on the anti-Kremlin protest movement as it prepares
to hold its next big demonstration this weekend.
2012 Dec 14, In Russia Dmitry
Pavlyuchenkov, a former senior police officer, was found guilty for
his role in the slaying of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006. He
was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 14, In Serbia a judge
ordered Miroslav Miskovic (67), the country’s richest, man to be
held in prison for 30 days pending trial on suspicion of corruption.
Miskovic was arrested Dec 12 along with his son Marko and eight
others in connection with the privatization of several Serbian road
construction companies in 2005. The government hailed his arrest as
proof that no one is above the law in the graft-plagued country.
2012 Dec 14, In Somalia a
suicide car bomb explosion in Mogadishu killed only the bomber. 3
bystanders were wounded.
2012 Dec 14, Tunisia’s justice
minister said Sakhr Materi, the son-in-law of former Pres. Zine
al-Abidine Ban Ali, was arrested in the Seychelles on an int’l.
warrant over the embezzlement of state funds last year.
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 14, Envoys from nearly
90 nations signed the first new UN telecommunications treaty since
the Internet age, but the US and other Western nations refused to
join after claiming it endorses greater government control over
cyberspace. The Int’l. Telecommunications Union (ITU) has no
technical powers to change how the Internet operates or force
countries to follow its nonbinding accords.
2012 Dec 14, In Yemen 2
militants were killed in airstrikes in southern Abyan province. 4
militants died when the military shelled their positions in Marib
province, to the east of Sanaa.
2013 Dec 14, In southern
California 4 people died in a car crash in Compton as a car with 3
male occupants fled sheriff’s deputies and ran a red light striking
another car driven by a woman in her 20s.
(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 14, Visiting Afghan
President Hamid Karzai said in New Delhi he no longer "trusts" the
United States, accusing the Americans of saying one thing and doing
another in his troubled homeland.
2013 Dec 14, Brazil was rocked
by a fourth fatal World Cup stadium accident as a young construction
worker fell to his death.
2013 Dec 14, Peter O'Toole
(b.1932), the star of "Lawrence of Arabia," died in London.
2013 Dec 14, In the Central
African Republic a mob in Bangui hacked a Muslim motorcyclist to
death in the Combattant district not far from the airport. Moments
later residents brandished the man's cut-off hands.
2013 Dec 14, Chinese state
media said authorities have detained 1,300 people for producing and
selling fake medicine as part of an intensified government
2013 Dec 14, China successfully
carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the
moon in nearly four decades. The Chang’E 3 deployed a small rover
called Yutu (Jade Rabbit), which traveled for 114 meters before
(AP, 12/14/13)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.82)
2013 Dec 14, In CongoDRC
unknown assailants over the last 24 hours killed people 21 in the
villages of Musuku and Mwenda, in the eastern territory of Beni. The
victims, including women and children, were found hacked to death
and some were mutilated.
2013 Dec 14, In Egypt an
Egyptian Copt was sentenced to life in prison as 10 others got jail
terms from six months to 15 years over sectarian deaths in April.
2013 Dec 14, Iran said it has
successfully sent a monkey into space for a second time, part of an
ambitious program aimed at manned space flight.
2013 Dec 14, Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency reported that Iranian intelligence
authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Britain's
2013 Dec 14, Iran said it has
canceled a planned $500 million loan to Pakistan to build part of a
pipeline to bring natural gas from the Islamic Republic.
2013 Dec 14, In Iraq bombings
and a shooting killed 12 people around Baghdad.
(AP, 12/14/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 14, Japan and
Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) called for freedom of the air and
sea, as China's military assertiveness raises regional tensions.
2013 Dec 14, In Kenya a
suspected grenade attack on a minibus in Nairobi killed 4 people
near a Somali-dominated area of the city. 2 more died of their
wounds the next day. One person was killed and three injured in a
double explosion at a market in the town of Wajir.
(Reuters, 12/14/13)(AFP, 12/15/13)(AP, 12/15/13)
2013 Dec 14, In Mali a car bomb
killed two UN Senegalese peacekeepers and destroyed the only
operating bank in the northern town of Kidal, one day before a
second round of parliamentary elections.
2013 Dec 14, In Mexico 10
charred bodies were found in a burnt-out truck in southern Oaxaca
state. Another corpse was found shot in the head a short distance
away from the truck near the town of Santiago Juxtlahuaca.
2013 Dec 14, Rescue workers
evacuated more than 5,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by
four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction
equipment to pluck some of those trapped from upper floors.
2013 Dec 14, In Portugal a
group of students plunged into the winter surf off Meco, a small
village south of Lisbon where they had rented a house. Over the next
12 days their corpses were discovered one by one. Four women and two
men perished, all aged between 21 and 24.
2013 Dec 14, In Thailand
leaders of the protest movement trying to overthrow the government
outlined their aims at an armed forces seminar, but military leaders
declined to take sides or say if a February election should take
2013 Dec 14, Tunisia's
political parties chose Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa (50) to head a
government of independent figures aimed at pulling the country out
of a months-long crisis.
(AFP, 12/14/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 14, Dissident Ugandan
General David Sejusa launched an opposition party in London and said
it was time for President Yoweri Museveni to end his 28-year rule, a
fresh challenge to a leader who is now among the longest serving in
2013 Dec 14, Tens of thousands
of Ukrainians rallied in support of President Viktor Yanukovich in
central Kiev, separated by a line of riot police from
anti-government protesters who have camped out for weeks in a nearby
square. Authorities conceded to one of the demands of weeks-long
protests, opening investigations against four top officials and
suspending two of them from office over the violent police response
to a small demonstration last month.
(Reuters, 12/14/13)(AP, 12/14/13)
2014 Dec 14, In Algeria 9
illegal migrants from Niger were killed when their bus and a truck
collided in Ghardaia as they were being repatriated.
2014 Dec 14, In China 10 miners
were found dead hours after they were trapped underground in an
explosion at a mine in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.
2014 Dec 14, Egypt's stock
market plunged by 22 billion Egyptian pounds (just over $3 billion)
in a single day of trading as low oil prices dragged down regional
2014 Dec 14, In Egypt gunmen
killed 2 policemen in a drive-by shooting in El-Arish the Sinai
2014 Dec 14, An Egyptian
fishing boat crashed into a container ship in the Gulf of Suez,
killing 13 fishermen. The captain and first officer of the Kuwaiti
container ship were soon detained.
(AP, 12/14/14)(Reuters, 12/16/14)
2014 Dec 14, French Defense
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that French forces have either
killed or captured nearly 200 jihadists in the Sahel region of west
Africa in the past year.
2014 Dec 14, Haiti’s PM Laurent
Lamothe announced that he was resigning along with several ministers
in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission's
call for him to step down.
2014 Dec 14, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe's ruling coalition cruised to a big election win, but record low
turnout could weaken his claim of a mandate for reflationary
policies to revive the economy.
2014 Dec 14, In Lebanon scores
of families, friends and supporters of some two dozen Lebanese
police and soldiers held captive by militants continued to rally in
central Beirut, calling for their quick release.
2014 Dec 14, The minister of
oil in Libya's Tripoli-based government said the Sidra terminal, the
country's largest oil shipping terminal, has been shut down due to
clashes between rival militias.
2014 Dec 14, Mauritius'
president named veteran politician Sir Anerood Jugnauth as prime
minister, after the 84-year old won a landslide victory taking
nearly three-quarters of seats in parliament.
2014 Dec 14, In northeastern
Nigeria Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least
185 in an attack on Gumburi, 20 km from Chibok, the town where
nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped earlier this year.
2014 Dec 14, In North Korea US
citizen Arturo Pierre Martinez (29) from El Paso, Texas, held a
press conference in Pyongyang to denounce his own country's
political and economic systems. He said he had crossed illegally
into North Korea from China in November.
2014 Dec 14, Norwegian police
said they have warned politicians about possible eavesdropping of
cellphone calls after several listening devices were reportedly
found in central Oslo, including near government buildings and
2014 Dec 14, In Peru about 190
nations agreed on the building blocks of a new-style global deal due
in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher
action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures.
2014 Dec 14, A Saudi security
officer was killed in an operation to free three foreign laborers
taken hostage by a gunman in Riyadh. The attacker was wounded and
captured in the shoot-out. A Saudi policeman was shot and killed in
the eastern town of al-Awamiya by an unidentified assailant.
2014 Dec 14, Sierra Leone
confirmed that Dr. Victor Willoughby has tested positive for Ebola,
the 12th local physician to become infected — 10 of whom have died.
2014 Dec 14, In northwestern
Syria rebels and al-Qaida militants took over at least three
government checkpoints around a pair of military bases. At least 15
pro-government troops and 8 opposition fighters were killed in the
clashes. Government forces killed at least 21 rebels in the Handarat
2014 Dec 14, Turkish police
arrested Ekrem Dumanli, the editor of the country's biggest selling
newspaper (Zaman), and at least two dozen other media figures in a
new crackdown on supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
exiled rival, Fethullah Gulen.
2014 Dec 14, In Uganda renegade
four-star general David Sejusa was officially received by the head
of Uganda's domestic security agency. He had sat on Uganda's
military high command before fleeing last year to exile in London.
2015 Dec 14, “Star Wars: The
Force Awakens” premiered in Los Angeles. It opened in US theaters on
Dec 17. Box office revenues crossed the billion-dollar mark in 12
(Econ, 12/19/15, p.25)(SFC, 12/25/15, p.A5)
2015 Dec 14, In Michigan the
mayor of Flint declared a state of emergency, acknowledging that
switches in the city's water sourcing have caused high lead levels
in drinking water. In October, the city switched back to the Detroit
system, but lead levels were still "well above" the acceptable
federal level in many homes.
2015 Dec 14, Lillian Vernon
(b.1927), founder of the Lillian Vernon catalog business, died in
New York. In 1987 Lillian Vernon was the first company owned by a
woman to be listed on the American Stock Exchange.
(SFC, 12/16/15, p.D8)
2015 Dec 14, In Afghanistan 8
family members, including 5 children aged from two months to five
years, were found in the eastern province of Nangahar, each shot
once in the head, apparently by three unknown men who had been
guests of the family.
2015 Dec 14, In northern
Argentina 43 police officers died and several more were injured when
their bus drove off a bridge, plunging into a dry riverbed.
(AFP, 12/14/15)(SFC, 12/14/15, p.A3)
2015 Dec 14, Cameroon security
forces armed with guns and arrows killed two young women wearing
explosive vests in the northern town of Kolofata, the second raid
there in days by suspected Boko Haram militants from neighboring
2015 Dec 14, In the Central
African Republic Maouloud Moussa, a spokesman and chief lieutenant
for rebel leader Noureddine Adam, proclaimed the Republic of Logone
in the town of Kaga-Bandoro. Adam, one of the main leaders of the
Seleka rebel coalition, used intimidation in areas under his control
to block voting on a crucial Dec 13 constitutional referendum. On
Dec 22 Noureddine Adam dropped his opposition to the holding of
(Reuters, 12/15/15)(Reuters, 12/22/15)
2015 Dec 14, In the Central
African Republic Maouloud Moussa, a spokesman and chief lieutenant
for rebel leader Noureddine Adam, proclaimed the Republic of Logone
in the town of Kaga-Bandoro. Adam, one of the main leaders of the
Seleka rebel coalition, used intimidation in areas under his control
to block voting on a crucial Dec 13 constitutional referendum.
2015 Dec 14, The Colombian
government and leftist FARC rebels said they have reached a deal on
reparations for war victims and could be near a pact on the terms of
confinement for ex-combatants who would be tried in special
tribunals once a definitive peace agreement is reached.
2015 Dec 14, Ales Vesely (80),
a Czech artist known for his monumental sculptures, was found dead
in his Prague apartment.
2015 Dec 14, The Paris Club of
creditor nations, led by France, announced a deal under which
creditors will cancel $8.5 billion in overdue interest payments in
exchange for a promise by Cuba to pay off $2.6 billion of the
original debt over the next 18 years.
(SFC, 12/114/15, p.A3)
2015 Dec 14, In Iraq gunmen in
Kirkuk shot dead a senior employee of the state-run North Oil
Company (NOC), the third company official to be killed in the past
2015 Dec 14, Israeli-American
violinist Itzhak Perlman was awarded this year's Genesis Prize, the
"Jewish Nobel," for his accomplishments as a musician, teacher and
advocate for the disabled, organizers of the $1 million prize.
2015 Dec 14, Israel detained
Mohammad Abu Sakha (23), a Palestinian circus performer and teacher.
Three months later he was still detained without trial.
2015 Dec 14, In Italy police in
Rome said they had seized 3,500 fake Vatican parchments that were
being sold to unsuspecting pilgrims taking part in Pope Francis'
Holy Year celebrations.
2015 Dec 14, Kosovo’s
opposition lawmakers released tear gas in parliament as they once
again tried to pressure the government into renouncing deals with
Serbia and Montenegro.
2015 Dec 14, Libyan news
agencies said the Islamic State jihadist group has executed a woman
for "witchcraft" and a man accused of spying in its Libyan
2015 Dec 14, Mexican
authorities said illegal taps drilled into government pipelines by
fuel thieves have risen 55% this year reaching almost 500 per month.
(SFC, 12/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 14, Nigerian
prosecutors charged former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki
(60) with corruption. He pleaded innocent to embezzling $2.1 billion
meant to purchase arms to fight Boko Haram, and said some of the
money was diverted on the order of former Pres. Goodluck Jonathan to
try to get himself re-elected.
(AFP, 12/14/15)(AP, 12/14/15)(SFC, 12/15/15,
2015 Dec 14, Palestinian Abed
Almohsin (21) drove a car into Israelis at a Jerusalem bus stop
injuring eight people before being shot dead.
(AFP, 12/14/15)(SFC, 12/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 14, Romanian lawmakers
voted to ban all advertising of prescription drugs and radio and
television advertising of over-the-counter medicines in a bid to
stop what they say is harmful self-diagnosis.
2015 Dec 14, President Vladimir
Putin signed a law allowing Russia’s Constitutional Court to decide
whether or not to implement rulings of international human rights
2015 Dec 14, South Africa's
third finance minister in less than a week reassured the country
that the economy will be steadied, which saw the currency stabilize.
2015 Dec 14, Spanish police
wrapped up an operation in which they seized 3,000 kg (3.3 tons) of
cocaine and arrested 11 people, including Spaniards, Britons and
2015 Dec 14, A Swedish court
sentenced two men to life in prison on terrorism charges over their
role in two "cruel and brutal" murders in Syria in 2013. Hassan
al-Mandlawi (320 and Al-Amin Sultan (30) both Swedish nationals,
were convicted after graphic videos showed them taking part in the
killing of two men in the northern city of Aleppo.
2015 Dec 14, Syrian troops
recaptured Marj al-Sultan and its airport east of Damascus, more
than three years after they were overrun by rebel groups.
2015 Dec 14, In southeastern
Turkey 2 protesters were killed in clashes with police in the mainly
Kurdish city of Diyarbakir amid growing tensions over a days-long
2015 Dec 14, In Tunisia a
lawyer said a court last week sentenced six students to three years
in jail each on charges of homosexuality in a judgment condemned by
2015 Dec 14, Turkey said it
withdrew some of its soldiers from a camp in Iraq, days after Iraq
had demanded that Turkish troops immediately leave its territory.
2015 Dec 14, In Yemen fierce
fighting was underway between forces loyal to the internationally
recognized government and the country's Shiite rebels just hours
before an agreed-on truce was supposed to start at midnight. Saudi
Col. Abdullah Mohammed al-Sahyan and Emirati officer Sultan Mohammed
Ali al-Ketbi were killed in Taiz.
2016 Dec 14, President-elect
Donald Trump announced that he would choose former Texas governor
Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy, calling him "one of the
most successful governors in modern history".
2016 Dec 14, US Pres. Barack
Obama signed into law the Northern Border Security Review Act. It
was introduced by Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
(Econ 6/3/17, p.25)
2016 Dec 14, US and Polish
defense officials said the United States has decided to accelerate
the deployment of troops to Poland, the Baltic states and Romania as
part of raising the security of the region.
2016 Dec 14, A US think tank,
citing new satellite imagery, reported that China appears to have
installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems,
on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South
2016 Dec 14, The US Federal
Reserve raised its benchmark rate by a quarter point to the range of
0.5% to 0.75%, its 2nd raise in the past decade.
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.C4)
2016 Dec 14, Joshua Samuel
Aaron (32), implicated in the theft of details of more than 100
million American bank accounts, was arrested in New York after being
extradited from Russia. He had moved to Russia in early 2015.
(SFC, 12/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 14, California
regulators approved the nation’s first energy-efficiency standards
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.A1)
2016 Dec 14, Harold Gilliam
(98), environmental journalist, died in San Francisco. His 1962 book
“Island in Time” played an important role in the creation of the
Point Reyes National Seashore.
(SSFC, 12/18/16, p.C13)
2016 Dec 14, Alaska Airlines
completed its purchase of Virgin America.
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.C1)
2016 Dec 14, Lucid Motors of
Menlo Park, Ca., unveiled a prototype, luxury electric sedan in a
ceremony at the company’s Fremont workshop. The car has been
designed to challenge Tesla’s Model S.
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.C1)
2016 Dec 14, Bosnia’s office
for expatriate affairs said Bosnia will expel more than 300
foreigners, most from the Gulf, as illegal residents after they
bought property for investment on which they may have evaded taxes.
2016 Dec 14, In Brazil Cardinal
Paulo Evaristo Arns (95) died after a long struggle with lung and
kidney problems. Arns, archbishop of Sao Paulo between 1970 and
1998, was one of the Catholic Church's most prominent pro-democracy
voices in Latin America.
2016 Dec 14, The Unite union
said thousands of cabin crew working for British Airways have voted
overwhelmingly in favor of strike action in a pay dispute and could
walk out after Dec 21.
2016 Dec 14, A court in eastern
China sentenced Yang Weize, the former Communist Party chief of the
major city of Nanjing, to 12-1/2 years in jail, after finding him
guilty of corruption.
2016 Dec 14, China said it will
seek the extradition of more than 200 of its citizens arrested in
Spain in a crackdown on gangs that ran call centers that swindled 16
million euros ($17 million) from compatriots at home.
2016 Dec 14, A Chinese official
warned the government could slap a penalty on an unnamed US
automaker for monopolistic behavior sending shares downward of US
automakers General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co.
2016 Dec 14, The Czech
Republic's defense minister said the country's military has decided
to purchase Israeli-made radars for its military. The army will pay
2.9 billion koruna ($114 million) for a total of eight ELM 2084 MMR
radars made by the Israeli state-run IAI Elta company.
2016 Dec 14, In Ecuador
indigenous Shuar protesters attacked the Chinese owned Exploracobres
copper mine leaving at least one police officer dead.
(SFC, 12/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 14, An Egyptian
judicial official said authorities have ordered the assets frozen of
the chief of a media company that releases two daily newspapers
including the English-language Daily News, over allegations of
belonging to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
2016 Dec 14, Euro zone lenders
put on hold the implementation of a short-term debt relief deal for
Greece after the Greek government proposed to make a one-off payout
to pensioners in December.
2016 Dec 14, Two Finnish
journalists quit public broadcaster Yleisradio (YLE), saying the
company had suppressed critical reporting on politicians including
PM Juha Sipila.
2016 Dec 14, French police
detained dozens of Greenpeace protesters who were blocking the Paris
headquarters of EDF, the public electricity company that operates
the nuclear power plants in France.
2016 Dec 14, In East Jerusalem
a Palestinian youth wielding a screwdriver stabbed and lightly
wounded two Israeli police officers before being shot and killed.
2016 Dec 14, Italian PM Paolo
Gentiloni won the backing of the fragmented Senate, allowing his
government to formally take office as a new threat emerged to the
legacy of predecessor Matteo Renzi.
2016 Dec 14, The defense
ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia renewed their call for a
strong US engagement in the Baltic region amid concerns over the
attitude of the incoming Trump administration.
2016 Dec 14, Montenegro's
defense minister said the small Balkan country will decide whether
to join NATO in a parliamentary vote and not a popular referendum as
sought by the opposition and Russia.
2016 Dec 14, A Dutch court
ruled that a priceless collection of gold artifacts from Crimea that
was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must
be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea.
2016 Dec 14, Pakistan's
military said it has successfully test-fired a revised version of a
locally developed medium-range cruise missile, which can strike
targets both on land and sea.
2016 Dec 14, A Palestinian
court sentenced in absentia Mohammed Dahlan, a political foe of
President Mahmoud Abbas, to three years in prison for allegedly
embezzling $16 million as a Cabinet minister. Dahlan has lived in
exile since falling out with Abbas in 2010.
2016 Dec 14, Tens of thousands
of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on the 29th anniversary of the
founding of the militant Islamist group Hamas.
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.A3)
2016 Dec 14, Spain's
Constitutional Court blocked a resolution by the Catalan parliament
to hold an independence referendum next September.
2016 Dec 14, In Syria a
cease-fire deal between rebels and the government in the city of
Aleppo effectively collapsed, with fighter jets resuming deadly air
raids over the opposition's densely crowded enclave in the east of
2016 Dec 14, The UN said that
Islamic State extremists have destroyed the ancient site of Nimrud
in Iraq almost beyond recognition.
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 14, A team of UN
investigators said South Sudan is "on the brink of an all-out ethnic
civil war which could destabilize the entire region".
2016 Dec 14, The leader of
Yemen's rebel Huthi government accused Britain of war crimes by
supplying weapons that Saudi-led forces were using to "bomb the
2017 Dec 14, The
Republican-controlled US Federal Communications Commission repealed
Obama-era rules requiring all web traffic to be treated equally.
2017 Dec 14, The US National
Labor Relations Board overturned a key Obama-era precedent that had
given workers significant leverage in challenging companies like
fast-food and hotel chains over labor practices. The 3-2 vote along
party lines restored a pre-2015 standard.
(SFC, 12/16/17, p.D4)
2017 Dec 14, Washington-based
Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, which closely tracks
developments in the South China Sea, said China has built
infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) in the Spratly and
Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air
and naval bases.
2017 Dec 14, It was reported
that the United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of
Somalia's armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the
military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month.
2017 Dec 14, California issued
the first twenty state licenses for retailers to conduct
recreational cannabis sales.
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.A1)
2017 Dec 14, In southern
California the Thomas Fire overnight grew to the fourth-largest
blaze of its kind on record, at 242,500 acres (98,140 hectares)
burned. One firefighter was killed battling the blaze. Cal Fire said
the Thomas Fire was 30 percent contained. The fire has destroyed
more than 700 homes since it began on Dec. 4 and now threatened
(Reuters, 12/14/17)(SFC, 12/15/17, p.D1)
2017 Dec 14, In the SF Bay Area
a Contra Costa jury convicted Fernando Maldonado, a Martinez pastor,
of 23 counts of child sexual abuse after he failed to show up at his
trail and apparently fled to Mexico with his wife and children.
Maldonado had been charged in 2015 with sexual abuse of a girl in
his parish. On April 3, 2018, Maldonado was deported from Mexico to
face charges in Contra Costa County. On April 13 Maldonado was
sentenced to 34 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.D2)(SFC, 4/5/18, p.D3)(SSFC,
2017 Dec 14, Bridgestone
Americas celebrated the grand opening of its new Tennessee
headquarters building. Bridgestone first moved its primary operation
to Nashville from Akron, Ohio, in 1992, four years after completing
its merger with Firestone Tire & Rubber.
2017 Dec 14, Delta said that it
will order 100 Airbus A321neo jets with a sticker price of $12.7
billion and take an option to buy another 100 jets.
2017 Dec 14, Walt Disney Co.
said it had reached a deal with Murdoch to buy 21st Century Fox,
including its 39 percent stake in pay-TV giant Sky, for $52.4
billion (44.3 billion euros).
2017 Dec 14, Argentine police
in Buenos Aires clashed with demonstrators protesting reforms to the
retirement and pension system.
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 14, The defense
ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation
in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east
Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of
2017 Dec 14, The new prime
ministers of the Czech Republic and Poland vowed not to give any
ground on the divisive issue of hosting refugees as they arrived in
Brussels for their first summit of EU leaders.
2017 Dec 14, The Czech
Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia announced that they plan to
spend around 35 million euros ($41 million) to beef up European
Union borders as they come under pressure for refusing to accept
2017 Dec 14, EU leaders
formally endorsed a pact a pact to fund, develop and deploy armed
forces together, known in EU jargon as the Permanent Structured
Cooperation, or PESCO. Britain may be able to join in later on, but
only on an exceptional basis if it provides funds and expertise.
2017 Dec 14, The EU extended
sanctions against Russia because of the stalled peace process in the
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 14, In southern France
a regional train sliced open a school bus, killing four children
aged 12 or 13 One more student died the next day. 18 other children
and the bus driver were injured in the horrific crash at a crossing
close to the Spanish border.
2017 Dec 14, It was reported
that the Indonesia Asbestos Ban Network (INA-BAN) estimates at least
4,000 people are directly involved in the manufacturing of asbestos
products, but that does not include contract and other non-permanent
employees or construction workers.
2017 Dec 14, Iraq hanged 38
Sunni jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for
terrorism offences in Nasiriyah prison.
2017 Dec 14, Israel-based Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic
drugmaker, said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as
part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business.
The company said 14,000 workers would be let go over the next two
2017 Dec 14, Italy’s Senate
gave final approval to a law allowing Italians to write living wills
and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in
the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over
euthanasia and end-of-life issues.
2017 Dec 14, Italian police in
Sicily searched the homes and businesses of known allies of mobster
Matteo Messina Denaro (55), looking for hidden bunkers where the
fugitive godfather may be hiding.
2017 Dec 14, Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) said that least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in
the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine
state that began in late August.
2017 Dec 14, In the Netherlands
a man (37) was arrested late today in a mosque in Maastricht shortly
after a man and a woman were killed and two other people were
2017 Dec 14, Nigerian state
governors approved the release of $1 billion from the country's
excess oil account to the government to help fight the Boko Haram
2017 Dec 14, In Northern
Ireland Paul Golding, the leader of the Britain First, a far-right
group, was detained along with his deputy Jayda Fransen. Golding was
accompanying Fransen to a court appearance related to an anti-Islam
speech last August. Britain First recently gained notoriety after US
Pres. Donald Trump recirculated unverified anti-Muslim videos it had
posted on social media
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 14, Officials speaking
anonymously said Pakistan has ordered 21 foreign aid groups to wrap
up their activities and prepare to leave after they failed to
re-register under tough regulations introduced two years ago.
2017 Dec 14, Poland's PM
Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland will respect the ruling of the
European Union's top court on whether the government can continue
logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza that is under an EU
environment protection plan.
2017 Dec 14, Poland's lawmakers
approved much-criticized new rules for local elections that
opponents say undermine the independence of the electoral bodies and
fairness in voting.
2017 Dec 14, In Somalia an
Islamic extremist suicide bomber disguised as a police officer
killed at least 18 people at a police academy in Mogadishu.
2017 Dec 14, South Sudan's
president gave top jobs to three generals facing UN sanctions over
alleged violations during a four-year-old civil war.
2017 Dec 14, Syria's government
team at the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva said that there will
be no dialogue with the opposition as long as it insists on the
removal of President Bashar Assad.
2017 Dec 14, UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for urgent efforts to
create conditions for talks on North Korea's growing missile and
2018 Dec 14, US Pres. Donald
Trump picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of
(SFC, 12/15/18, p.A6)
2018 Dec 14, The Wall Street
Journal reported that Chinese hackers have breached US Navy
contractors to steal a raft of information, including missile plans,
through what some officials describe as some of the most
debilitating cyber campaigns linked to Beijing.
2018 Dec 14, The California Air
Resources Board required all state buses to be emission free by
20140. New rules prohibited the purchase of any new gas or
diesel-powered public transit buses by 2029.
(SFC, 12/17/18, p.C1)
2018 Dec 14, In Florida Gabino
Peralta-Saucedo (43) of Michoacan, an organizer for multiple Mexican
drug cartels, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for his role in
smuggling thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the
2018 Dec 14, In Hawaii ten
Indonesian fishermen, who were arrested and charged with attempting
to smuggle shark fins, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that
they attempted to export the fins. A judge sentenced them to time
they already served in jail.
2018 Dec 14, In Texas federal
Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the US health care law known as
Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats
vowed to appeal. On Dec. 30 O'Connor stayed his ruling to allow for
(AFP, 12/15/18)(SFC, 12/31/18, p.A5)
2018 Dec 14, Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican-written
legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming
Democratic governor and attormey general.
(SFC, 12/15/18, p.A8)
2018 Dec 14, CBS pledged to
give $20 million to 16 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual
harassment in the workplace.
(SFC, 12/15/18, p.A6)
2018 Dec 14, Brazil launched
the first of five navy attack submarines it is building under a
$7.6-billion technology-sharing deal struck with France.
2018 Dec 14, British PM Theresa
May left the EU summit exactly as she had arrived -- promising talks
to extract reassuring words from EU leaders to help her sell the
Brexit deal back home.
2018 Dec 14, Cameroon released
nearly 300 people who were arrested in connection with the
anglophone crisis, a day after being pardoned by President Paul
2018 Dec 14, China announced a
90-day suspension of tariff hikes on $126 billion of US cars, trucks
and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with
Washington that threatens global economic growth.
2018 Dec 14, Chinese President
Xi Jinping declared an "overwhelming victory" in his fight against
graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing
that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue,
state media reported.
2018 Dec 14, A Chinese court
jailed for 17 years businessman Zhang Tianming, who ran a 100
billion yuan pyramid scheme and organized a rare street protest in
Beijing against police investigations into his activities. Nine
other staff from his company, Shenzhen-based Shan Xin Hui, were also
2018 Dec 14, Egypt's state news
agency said the Arab Parliament has urged the Arab League to
reinstate Syria's membership, which was suspended seven years ago.
2018 Dec 14, EU leaders, except
for Britain, took a step toward deeper euro zone integration to help
prevent future crises, but deep disagreement over some key elements
of the plan left issues like a euro zone budget or a deposit
guarantee mechanism unresolved.
2018 Dec 14, EU leaders called
for urgent action to combat fake news on the Internet at a summit,
saying more needed to be done to safeguard next year's EU election
2018 Dec 14, It was reported
that scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the
world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes
for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause
a global food crisis.
2018 Dec 14, President Emmanuel
Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of
protests by the 'yellow vest' movement against his government's
policies which have hit growth and caused widespread disruption.
2018 Dec 14, In France a fourth
person died following the Dec. 11 attack in Strasbourg.
2018 Dec 14, A Berlin court
said the insolvency administrator for bankrupt airline Air Berlin
has sued its former largest shareholder, UAE-based airline Etihad,
for 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) in damages.
2018 Dec 14, An Indonesian
official vowed to do more to combat human trafficking after an
investigation by the Associated Press revealed that scores of
trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation's
2018 Dec 14, Israeli forces
arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank as the army
intensified a crackdown in response to a pair of deadly shootings
believed to have been carried out by Hamas militants. An Israeli
soldier was severely wounded by a Palestinian assailant who attacked
him with a rock, while Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian
demonstrators outside Ramallah. Palestinian Mahmoud Nakhla (18) was
shot in the abdomen and died in Ramallah.
(AP, 12/14/18)(SFC, 12/15/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 14, Japan's central
government started main reclamation work at a disputed US military
base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite
fierce local opposition.
2018 Dec 14, Kosovo passed laws
to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that
has angered Serbia, which does not recognize the former province's
2018 Dec 14, Mexican President
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $5.7-billion, two-year plan
to revamp the country's health care system for the poor.
2018 Dec 14, The Amsterdam
Appeals Court confirmed the maximum 10 years and eight months
sentence imposed in March last year on the man identified by Dutch
authorities as Aydin C., who was convicted of fraud and blackmail
via the internet for the online abuse.
2018 Dec 14, Nicaraguan
authorities said they had seized the assets of 10 blacklisted
organizations, dealing another blow to civil society after months of
protests against President Daniel Ortega that were met with a
2018 Dec 14, In Nicaragua nine
police officers armed with rifles entered the offices of an
opposition daily late today and started pushing people, beating
others and making fun of reporters after journalist Carlos Fernando
Chamorro challenged them to take on his media outlet without a
search warrant in his online daily Confidencial and news broadcasts
Esta Semana and Esta Noche.
2018 Dec 14, The Nigerian
military accused United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) staff of
spying for Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria, and suspended
the agency's activities there. A new military statement hours later
lifted a suspension of UNICEF's work in the extremist-threatened
northeast. The reversal came after an emergency meeting with UNICEF
(Reuters, 12/14/18)(AP, 12/14/18)
2018 Dec 14, In southwestern
Pakistan six security officials were killed and 14 others wounded in
an attack when their convoy came under heavy firing in a mountainous
area near the border with Iran. Some 30 militants attacked the
Frontier Corps convoy. Four attackers were killed in the shootout.
(Reuters, 12/14/18)(AP, 12/16/18)
2018 Dec 14, A Philippine court
found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping
dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in
2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim
2018 Dec 14, In Poland a group
of small islands and countries, particularly vulnerable to global
warming threatened to block agreement at UN climate talks unless
their demands are met. Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed,
head of the Alliance of Small Island States, said "we are deeply
unhappy with the way the talks are going".
2018 Dec 14, A Romanian court
rejected a request by Turkey to extradite Kamil Demirkaya, a Turkish
journalist it accuses of terrorism, after prosecutors said the case
2018 Dec 14, In Somalia
lawmaker Abdishakur Bule was killed in Baidoa in cross fire between
security forces and supporters of former al Shabaab leader Mukhtar
2018 Dec 14, Spain's government
announced a plan to spend 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) over the
next 10 years on improving its military defense capabilities.
2018 Dec 14, Spanish
prosecutors charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion,
alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3
million) between 2012 and 2014. Shakira listed the Bahamas as her
official residence for tax purposes while living in Spain.
2018 Dec 14, Sri Lanka's
Supreme Court rejected PM Mahinda Rajapaksa's bid for an injunction
on a lower court's order that barred him and his cabinet from
carrying out their roles in government. Rajapaksa planned to resign
the next day.
2018 Dec 14, In eastern Syria
Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin, a
milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate
the jihadists from Deir Ezzor province.
2018 Dec 14, Syrian Kurdish
parties said that Turkish threats to attack northern Syria amounted
to a "declaration of war" and urged world powers to prevent an
assault on the region.
2018 Dec 14, The Turkish
military said it had killed eight militants from the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting the Zap,
Hakurk and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq.
2018 Dec 14, A Huthi rebel
delegation returned to Yemen's insurgent-controlled capital of Sanaa
after wrapping up an initial round of breakthrough UN-brokered peace
talks in Sweden.
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