Timeline 2012 January - March

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2012        Jan 1, The minimum wage in San Francisco rose 32 cents to $10.24 an hour.
    (SSFC, 1/1/12, p.A1)
2012        Jan 1, In southern California an apparent murder-suicide left 4 people dead, 3 men and a woman, in Coronado. Two of the dead were F/A-18 pilots training at the US Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Navy pilot Robert Reeves (25) shot David Reis (25), Reis’ sister Karen Reis and Matthew Saturley (31) before shooting himself. Reeves was later reported to have had a .16 blood alcohol content.
    (SFC, 1/2/12, p.A4)(Reuters, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson (34) was fatally shot following a routine traffic stop, and authorities closed the 368-square-mile (953-square-km) park in Washington state as they searched for the gunman. On Jan 2 a plane searching for Benjamin Colton Barnes (24), an armed Iraq War veteran, discovered his body lying partially submerged in an icy, snowy mountain creek with snow banks standing several feet high.
    (AP, 1/1/12)(AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, As of today the EU began billing all the world’s airlines for the carbon emissions into and out of the EU.
    (Econ, 1/7/12, p.58)
2012        Jan 1, Afghan Pres. Karzai along with US embassy officials met a delegation from Hezb-i-Islami, Afghanistan's second largest militant group led by former Afghan prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 1, An Arab League advisory body called for the immediate withdrawal of the bloc's observers from Syria saying their presence was having no impact on the government's deadly crackdown on protests. YouTube videos circulating on the Internet showed protesters across Syria welcoming 2012 in with fireworks and holding up signs pledging "Freedom for Life" and denouncing President Bashar al-Assad as the enemy.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Argentina Rio Negro Gov. Carlos Soria (62), the ruling party governor of the country’s prime oil-producing province, died following gunshots to the head. His wife, Susana Freidos, was being questioned by police to determine whether the shots were fired by accident or intentionally.
    (AP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, Riot police in Bahrain fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades as they clashed with hundreds of opposition supporters, some hurling Molotov cocktails, following the politically charged funeral of a 15-year-old boy. Bahrain's new police chief announced that the kingdom would hire an additional 500 police officers "from all sections of Bahrain society."
    (AP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, A British man (40) is suspected of shooting dead three female members of his own family before turning the gun on himself in Horden, County Durham, on a New Year's Day rampage.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Britain a woman's body was found in a forest at Anmer at the vast rural estate in Norfolk where Queen Elizabeth II and her family celebrated New Year's. Forensic tests later identified the decomposed body as that of Latvian Alisa Dmitrijeva (17), who was reported missing from her home in eastern England in August.
    (AP, 1/3/12)(AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 1, Colombian police in Chaco state killed crime boss Juan de Dios Usaga. Police have said Usaga led a major crime ring involved in drug trafficking and was once a right-wing paramilitary fighter. Pamphlets soon appeared calling on the region's residents to protest the killing of Usaga.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 1, In CongoDRC 8 people died and 44 were wounded when a hand grenade exploded during an attempted jail break at the main prison in Bukavu, Sud-Kivu province. At least 18 people were killed in the town of Luyuyu in an attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)(AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Cuba Rene Cobas, a common criminal not jailed for political reasons, died of an apparent heart attack in the Boniato prison near Santiago. He had launched a hunger strike because he was not part of a large prison amnesty.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, In central Germany a Syrian man was been fatally shot by two people who fired at him as his car stopped at a traffic light in Sarstedt town.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, Iran’s nuclear agency said its scientists have tested the first nuclear fuel rod produced from uranium ore deposits inside the country.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Kenya at least eight people drowned after a boat capsized in rough seas off the Kenyan tourist island of Lamu. More than 20 of the over 80 passengers on board were unaccounted for.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, Kiro Gligorov (94), the first democratically elected president of Macedonia, died. He shepherded his nation through a bloodless secession from the former Yugoslavia and narrowly survived an assassination attempt.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Malaysia 17 people were arrested after police broke up a student gathering for greater academic freedom, in what the opposition and activists said was a campaign to stifle dissent.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Myanmar gas prices unexpectedly rose more than 30 percent for the new year and sparked fears of other goods costing more as well.
    (AP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, announced immediate ends to subsidies on petrol, a policy that had held pump prices at 65 naira per liter ($0.40, 0.30 euros).
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 1, Omani newspaper Azzaman said it would appeal in the high court the five-month jail sentences handed to two of its staff for insulting the justice minister.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, Pakistan and India exchanged lists of their nuclear sites under an accord which prohibits both sides from attacking these locations.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Pakistan 3 soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in Baluchistan province. An anti-Taliban fighter was killed in a bomb attack in the Bajaur tribal district.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Pakistan three Iranian border guards crossed the frontier in southwestern Baluchistan province and allegedly shot at a car, killing a Pakistani national. The border guards were arrested by Pakistan paramilitary Frontier Corps.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Trans-Dniester an 18-year-old was killed by a Russian peacekeeper, after he reportedly ignored an order to stop his car at a checkpoint. The death led to protests against Moscow's role in the region's 1,500-member international peacekeeping force, which includes about 500 Russian troops.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 1, Pope Benedict XVI named convert Rev. Jeffrey Neil Steenson, a married priest and former sportswriter, to head the first organizational structure for US converts to Roman Catholicism wanting to retain some of their Anglican heritage.
    (AP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 1, In Yemen tens of thousands marched in the streets of the capital Sanaa, chanting that Saleh "must stand before a judge." Another big crowd of marchers echoed the chant in Taiz.
    (AP, 1/1/12)

2012        Jan 2, In Los Angeles Harry Burkhart, a Germany citizen, was arrested in West Hollywood following 4 nights of arson fires around the city.
    (SFC, 1/3/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 2, An Algerian court sentenced Abdelhamid Abou Zeid (Mohamed Ghdir), one of the most radical leaders of Al-Qaeda's north Africa branch, in his absence to life in prison for creating "an international terror group." Four other co-accused were each sentenced to five years in jail. Algerian security forces shot dead Mohand Ouramdane, a senior operative of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
    (AFP, 1/2/12)(AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 2, The Arab League chief said Syria's government has withdrawn heavy weapons from inside cities and freed about 3,500 prisoners but security forces continue to kill protesters even with foreign monitors in the country. Syrian security forces fired on protesters in Hama province.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Burkina Faso's president fired the country's customs chief after his detention over the seizure of nearly three million euros ($3.8 million) in trunks carried by a relative.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Iran test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile called Ghader during a drill that the country's navy chief said proved Tehran was in complete control of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-sixth of the world's oil supply.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Three Iranian border guards were arrested in southwestern Baluchistan province along after they allegedly crossed the frontier and shot at a car, killing a Pakistani national. On Jan 14 Pakistan deported the 3 guards after they were pardoned in court by the family of the man killed in the attack.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 2, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators headed to Jordan for their first face-to-face meeting in nearly 16 months, although both sides stressed it did not mark a renewal of talks.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Security forces in Indian Kashmir opened fire and killed a protester during a demonstration by hundreds of residents angry about mid-winter power cuts.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Myanmar's government announced that it is reducing the sentences of many prisoners, but stopped short of declaring an amnesty that had been expected by many people.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, In Nigeria prices at many stations more than doubled to 140 naira or more per liter in a country where most of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The country's main labor unions threatened mass action.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Pakistani protesters clashed with police and major cities were paralyzed as thousands of people demonstrated over severe gas shortages and price hikes.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Saudi Arabia said it will begin enforcing a law that allows only females to work in women's lingerie and apparel stores, effective December 5. The 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been put into effect.
    (AP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 2, In Senegal thousands of Dakar residents found themselves stranded as bus and taxi drivers took part in a two-day strike over high fuel prices, leaving some to turn to horse-drawn carts to get around. A paramilitary officer was killed, five injured and another left missing in the Casamance region village of Affiniam.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)(AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 2, Sudanese authorities shut down Rai al-Shaab, the newspaper of the opposition Popular Congress Party, just months after it started publishing again following an earlier raid.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, In Yemen a French journalist was found strangled with an electrical wire in his hotel room in Sanaa.
    (AP, 1/2/12)

2012        Jan 3, The US Justice Dept. said Maersk, a Danish shipping company, will pay $31.9 million for overcharging the US government for shipments to US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq for several years.
    (SFC, 1/4/12, p.D1)
2012        Jan 3, Mitt Romney won 25% of the Iowa caucus by eight votes over Rick Santorum. Ron Paul won 21%, Newt Gingrich won 13% and Rick Perry won 10%. Michele Bachmann won just 5% and dropped out the race the next day. A recount of the vote gave the victory to Rick Santorum.
    (ABCNews, 1/4/12)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.25)
2012        Jan 3, An expert hired by the state of Ohio said a 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Ohio on New Year's Eve did not occur naturally and may have been caused by high-pressure liquid injection related to oil and gas exploration and production.
    (Reuters, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Orchard Supply Hardware Stores went public in an $82 million IPO on NASDAQ after being spun off by struggling Sears Holding Corp.
    (SFC, 1/4/12, p.D1)
2012        Jan 3, Patagonia, an outdoor clothing firm, became the first company to take advantage of a new California law designed to give businesses greater freedom to pursue strategies which they believe benefit society as a whole rather than having to concentrate on maximizing profits. California became the 6th state to allow B Corps; the first was Maryland in April, 2010.
    (Econ, 1/7/12, p.57)
2012        Jan 3, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck in Kandahar, killing four civilians and a policemen. 3 explosions today killed 13 people Kandahar. The dead include a child and four police officers. The Taliban announced that they had come to an "initial agreement" to open their first political overseas office, possibly in Qatar, in the first public gesture towards peace talks with the US.
    (AP, 1/3/12)(AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Afghan police arrested two British private security contractors and two Afghan colleagues and ordered their company, GardaWorld, closed down after finding a cache of weapons in their vehicle in Kabul.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 3, The Arab League called for an emergency meeting to discuss whether to withdraw the group's monitors from Syria. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces shot dead three people in the restive city of Homs. The LCC had a higher toll, saying security forces killed four people in Homs, one in the Damascus suburb of Kfar Batna and one in the central province of Hama. An explosion struck a gas pipeline in central Syria in an attack the government blamed on terrorists.
    (AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Brazil’s labor ministry said some 294 employers submit workers to slave-like conditions.
    (SFC, 1/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 3, In Canada Czech emigre writer Josef Skvorecky (87) died in Toronto. He had published the works of former President Vaclav Havel and other authors persecuted by the communist government at home. His first novel was "The Cowards," written in 1948-1949, describing the atmosphere of Skvorecky's native Czech town of Nachod during the 1945 liberation from Nazism. It was only published in 1958 and then confiscated and banned. It was later translated into more than 20 languages.
    (Reuters, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, China’s official Xinhua news agency said the number of entertainment shows airing during prime time every week had plunged to 38 from 126, in line with an order the state broadcasting watchdog issued in October.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, In China 13 people were killed in Hunan province when a truck crossed a highway divider and crashed head-on into a bus traveling in the opposite direction.
    (AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 3, In CongoDRC at least 8 people were killed in the town of Ngolombe in an attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 3, Egyptians lined up in front of polling centers in nine provinces to cast their ballots in the third and final round of the country's first parliamentary elections following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The two-day balloting is taking place in areas known as strongholds of Islamist parties and is unlikely to change the outcome of the elections.
    (AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Indian activists reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Iraq’s Cabinet voted to declare the missing Iraqiya ministers "on leave." That decision sidesteps for now the possibility that boycotting ministers would be replaced.
    (AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 3, Israel's Yitzhak Molcho and Palestinian Saeb Erekat met in Jordan in the presence of envoys from the US, Russia, the EU and the UN. The Palestinian president threatened to take "new measures" against Israel if a much-anticipated meeting in Jordan fails to bring about a resumption of peace talks. There were no significant breakthroughs but both sides agreed to continue the dialogue.
    (AP, 1/3/12)(SFC, 1/4/12, p.A3)
2012        Jan 3, Israeli credit card companies said hackers claiming to be Saudis disclosed credit card information of thousands of Israelis on the Internet.
    (AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, In Jamaica final results gave Portia Simpson Miller's opposition People's National Party (PNP) a two-to-one margin in Parliament.
    (AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Libya’s National Transitional Council said Yussef al-Mangush, a former colonel in Kadhafi's military, has been appointed as the new chief of staff of the Libyan army. Mangush was arrested in the oil town of Brega in April by Kadhafi's forces and freed in late August following the fall of Tripoli. Two former rebel factions clashed in hours of gunbattles in central Tripoli that left five fighters dead. The clashes were triggered by arrest of a Misrata fighter on New Year's Eve by Tripoli fighters. He was suspected of robbery and the Misrata fighters were trying to free him.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)(AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Mali's government announced a plan to distribute 40,000 tons of food in emergency aid to drought victims and those lacking food security.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Myanmar began releasing some prisoners, but activists and relatives said a government clemency fell short of national reconciliation promise.
    (AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, The offices of Niger's justice ministry in Niamey were ravaged by a serious fire which broke out in the early hours. In August last year, the justice ministry set up a hotline number for callers wishing to report alleged cases of corruption.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, Nigerian police fired tear gas and detained protesters while crowds blocked petrol stations amid rising anger over a controversial measure that has led to skyrocketing fuel prices. A top trade union accused police of shooting dead a protester. Two suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead the head of the Shehuri neighborhood in Maiduguri. Suspected sect members also killed the leader of a neighborhood in Damaturu during a simultaneous attack. A girl was killed in the crossfire after suspected sect members attacked a police station in the northern state of Jigawa. Sect members also attacked a church in Gombe state, killing at least 8 people.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)(AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 3, Pakistanis angry at gas shortages blocked a major highway and clashed with police for the second day, adding pressure on a government bogged down by scandal, near economic collapse and militant violence.
    (AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, In the Philippines some 50 New People's Army guerrillas assaulted a government militia outpost guarding a village in Agusan del Norte province, killing a militiaman and two rebels. A weeklong rebel cease-fire ended on Jan 2.
    (AP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 3, In Senegal suspected separatist rebels attacked a paramilitary police brigade in the troubled Casamance region for the second time this week.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 3, In Spain Ibrahima Dyey (32) of Senegal was shot in the San Marti neighborhood of Barcelona. Dyey’s death led to rioting and the arrest of four members of a Roma family. One of the arrested men had asked a group of youths to stop playing football on the street and after they refused he opened fire on them with a gun, striking Dyey in the chest.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 3, In Sri Lanka Dinesh Buddhika Charitananda (25), an ethnic Sinhalese, was abducted. His body was found the following morning near a river in a Colombo suburb.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.42)
2012        Jan 3, In Turkey Kenan Evren (94), a former president (1982-1989), and former air force commander Tahsin Sahinkaya faced charges of crimes against the state. A court will now have to decide whether to accept the indictment and order a trial. Their trial began on April 4.
    (AP, 1/3/12)(AP, 4/4/12)

2012        Jan 4, President Barack Obama, tired of Senate Republicans stalling his nominee to lead a new consumer protection agency, put Richard Cordray in charge over their opposition.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 4, In San Diego, Ca., Benjamin Arellano Felix (58), Mexican drug kingpin, pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money in exchange for a sentence of no more than 25 years. On April 2 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/5/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A10)
2012        Jan 4, Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala (60) resigned under the code of canon law that lets bishops step down earlier than the normal retirement age of 75 if they're sick or for some other reason that makes them unfit for office. Zavala had told the Pope in December that he had two children who lived with their mother in a different state.
    (AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, In Texas Jaime Gonzalez (15) was shot 3 times by police in a hallway at Cummings Middle School in Brownsville after he refused to drop a pellet gun.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 4, In Utah Army veteran Matthew David Stewart killed a police officer and wounded 5 others as authorities descended on his home in a marijuana raid.
    (http://tinyurl.com/paqc29c)(SFC, 5/25/13, p.A6)
2012        Jan 4, US car giant Ford said it is opening a new dealership in India every 10 days to feed demand in a market it expects to be the third-biggest worldwide by the end of the decade.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, Anti-whaling activists claimed a small victory in their Antarctic campaign with the discovery of a Japanese harpoon ship.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, British engineers battled to restore electricity to thousands of homes after fierce storms battered the UK, killing two men and causing widespread travel chaos.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, British company Everything Everywhere said it is launching a mobile virtual network in Britain in partnership with telecoms giant China Telecom, targeting Chinese residents and visitors.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, In the Central African Republic taxi and bus drivers in Bangui held a one-day strike. The government promised to look into grievances about its decision to raise fuel prices.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, Chinese steelworkers began a 3-day strike at a state-controlled enterprise in the Qingbaijiang district of Sichuan province. Workers managed to get a small wage increase.
    (Econ, 1/28/12, p.21)
2012        Jan 4, In southern China a bus went out of control and slipped from a snow-covered bridge, killing at least 18 people in Guizhou province.
    (AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 4, An Ecuadoran appeals court upheld last year’s landmark $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron Corp. over oil contamination in the Amazon rain forest.
    (SFC, 1/5/12, p.D1)
2012        Jan 4, Egyptians voted again in the final round of a phased election to choose the first parliament since a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak in February last year.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, In Iraq 6 roadside bombs targeted the homes of police officers in Baqouba. Two children died in the blasts and nine people were wounded. Gunmen stormed the house of a leader in the anti al-Qaida militia in the predominantly Sunni suburb of Abu Ghraib, west of the capital, killing him and his wife.
    (AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, Kenya's military said its forces killed three militant fighters from al-Shabab in a battle in Somalia. A Kenyan soldier was also killed in the battle.
    (AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, In Mexico suspended first-division soccer goalkeeper Omar "El Gato" Ortiz was arrested for alleged participation in a kidnapping ring. Prosecutors later said he was arrested at his home in a Monterrey suburb after two kidnapping suspects were detained on Jan 2 and implicated him in the crimes.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 4, In Mexico a fight among inmates armed with makeshift knives, clubs and stones left 31 people dead in a prison in the Gulf Coast city of Altamira, Tamaulipas state. 20 inmates were detained for involvement in the riot.
    (AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 4, Senegalese bus and taxi drivers ended a two-day strike that had left people stranded and resorting to horse-drawn carts to get to work. Drivers in Senegal were protesting against the high price of fuel, the cost of insurance, police harassment and a lack of social protection from their employers.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, Syrian activists accused President Bashar Assad's regime of misleading Arab League observers by taking them only to areas loyal to the government and changing street signs to confuse them. Security forces and pro-government gunmen reportedly shot dead at least three people, two in the province of Homs and one in the central province of Hama.
    (AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, In Venezuela more than 950 relatives of inmates were refusing to leave the Yare I and II prison in a protest to demand faster trial for inmates. President Hugo Chavez has told authorities to negotiate peacefully.
    (AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 4, In Yemen Islamic militants stormed a hotel where alcohol is served in Aden, setting the building on fire, killing two people and wounding 20.
    (AP, 1/4/12)

2012        Jan 5, Pres. Obama announced a new “strategic guidance” regarding the future of American military power.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.30)
2012        Jan 5, A US Navy destroyer rescued 13 Iranian fishermen, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. The event was made public a day later and Iran's government on Jan 7 welcomed the rescue, calling it a positive humanitarian gesture. Iran's hard-line Fars news agency called the rescue operation a Hollywood dramatization of a routine event.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 5, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the transfer of the prison at Bagram, sometimes called "Afghanistan's Guantanamo," to Afghan control within a month, citing reports of human rights violations there. Four US soldiers from the Indiana National Guard were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan as they worked to clear a supply route.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)(SSFC, 1/8/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 5, The African Union asked the UN to authorize an increase of its peacekeeping force in war-torn Somalia by 5,700 to 17,700 amid mounting attacks by Islamist rebels.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Colombia a criminal band called the Urabenos began a 2-day shut down of a northern swathe of the country in retaliation for the Jan 1 death of their leader, Juan de Dios Usaga.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.37)
2012        Jan 5, In Chile shifting winds caused flames to sweep over a group of firefighters battling wildfires, killing six of them, badly burning two and leaving another missing.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, China’s state media said Poyang Lake, the country’s largest freshwater lake, has shrunk to its smallest size in years due to drought, endangering the ecology in the area and fishermen's livelihoods.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Iraq explosions struck two Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing at least 27 people. Hours later a suicide attack hit Shiite pilgrims heading to the holy Shiite city of Karbala, killing 45. A series of bombings targeting members of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority claimed the lives of at least 78 people.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 5, Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was indicted alongside a number of other people for allegedly taking bribes in a massive property scandal.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Japan a deep-pocketed restaurateur shelled out nearly $750,000 for a tuna at the Tsukiji fish market, smashing the record price for a single bluefin.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Wilson Sossion of the Kenya National Union of Teachers said that rioting parents have forcefully closed at least 10 primary schools. They are angry that their children failed national exams that determine if the children get into high school.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Mexican police captured Baltazar Saucedo Estrada (38), an alleged member of the Zetas drug cartel. He was considered the mastermind behind the Aug 25 casino fire that killed 52 people in the northern city of Monterrey.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 5, Myanmar's government approved the National League for Democracy to run in upcoming by-elections that will return Aung San Suu Kyi's party to mainstream politics after two decades.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Nigeria the two suspected Boko Haram members were killed after resisting arrest in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. Police fired tear gas and beat demonstrators who staged a protest in Kano against soaring fuel prices. Residents said an attack at Good Will Hotel in Mubi killed five people, all of them Igbos. Gunmen opened fire on worshippers at a church on the outskirts of the city of Gombe, killing six people, including the pastor's wife.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Pakistan unidentified gunmen kidnapped British Dr. Khalil Rasjed Dale (60) of the ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Baluchistan province. The bullet-scarred bodies of 15 members of the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary were found, almost two weeks after they were kidnapped on Dec 23 in the militant-infested northwest. On April 29 Dale’s beheaded body was found in Quetta.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)(Reuters, 4/29/12)
2012        Jan 5, In the southern Philippines a landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village, killing at least 31 people in Napnapan village, Mindanao island. Up to 39 people were still missing.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 5, In southern Sweden dozens of police took to the streets of Malmo to try calm the public and to collect tips about the attacks, which come only a year after a suspected serial shooter was arrested in the city. In less than six weeks, five people have been shot dead in this city of 250,000, including a 15-year-old boy.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Syrian state-TV reported that authorities have released more than 500 prisoners accused of involvement in anti-regime activities. Avaaz, an online global activist group, issued a report saying 617 people have been confirmed killed under torture by President Bashar Assad's forces as they cracked down on the revolt. Avaaz said that 37,000 people remain in detention.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Thai wildlife officials said body parts from a dead wild elephant, found on Jan 2 without its tusks, tail and penis, were likely destined for restaurants in tourist areas. The creature, which was discovered in Kaeng Krachan National Park near the Myanmar border.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Tunisia Ammar Gharsalla (48), a jobless father of three, poured petrol and set himself ablaze in front of the main office of the governorate of Gafsa after three ministers visiting the area to look into the unemployment problem refused to meet him. He had been part of a group of protesters staging a sit-in for days in front of the Gafsa government office to highlight the unemployment problem in the phosphate-rich region. Gharsalla died on Jan 9.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.47)
2012        Jan 5, In Vietnam six police and army officers were injured in the northern port city of Haiphong during a guerrilla-style clash between authorities and farmers who tried to fend off a land eviction by laying homemade land mines and firing improvised shotguns. Doan Van Vuon (49) had long been at odds with authorities who proposed evicting him from 19 hectares (47 acres) of swamp land leased in 1993 on a 14-year contract. He had converted the area into a seafood farm. On Jan 17 PM Nguyen Tan Dung called for an investigation.
    (AP, 1/17/12)

2012        Jan 6, In central Florida seven teenagers punched and kicked a 13-year-old until she was unconscious while on a school bus bound for a middle school in Ocala. The seven teens, ranging in age from 12 to 15, were charged with battery and disorderly conduct.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 6, Nadeem Akhtar (46), a Maryland businessman, was sentenced to over 3 years in prison for conspiring to export to Pakistan materials that can be used in nuclear reactors.
    (SFC, 1/7/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 6, Harry Thomas Jr., a Democratic former city councilman in Washington, DC, pleaded guilty to embezzling over $350,000 in government funds earmarked for youth sports and arts programs. He also admitted filing false tax returns.
    (SFC, 1/7/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 6, Salesforce.com signed an 18-year, 400,000-square-foot lease at 50 Fremont St. in San Francisco for nearly $340 million. The software company was founded by Marc Benioff in a Telegraph Hill apartment in 1999.
    (SFC, 1/7/12, p.A1)
2012        Jan 6, US hotel chain Best Western announced plans to build 66 new hotels in India, part of a nearly $300 million investment in the country's hospitality industry.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Afghanistan 6 children and a civilian were killed when a bomb planted in a garbage bin exploded in Tirin Kot, Uruzgan province. 5 NATO soldiers were killed in two roadside bomb blasts. A policeman turned his gun on his colleagues in their headquarters of Shahrak district, central Ghor province, killing two before being gunned down himself.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Bahrain Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was reported to have been beaten by members of the security forces during a rally in Manama.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Brazil a group associated with the Roman Catholic Church said a child from an isolated indigenous community in northern Brazil was killed and the body burned in a region where loggers operate.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, City of London police said that Michael Brown, a fugitive multimillionaire fraudster, has been detained in the Dominican Republic and that British authorities would be seeking his return to the U.K. to serve his sentence. Four former clients, including an ex-chairman of Manchester United football club, had accused Brown of duping them out of about 40 million pounds ($62 million). Brown was sentenced in his absence to seven years in jail in 2008 after he was convicted of fraud. On April 21 Brown was deported to Spain.
    (AP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Jan 6, In London Rebekah Brooks (47), a long-serving personal assistant to the former Rupert Murdoch, was arrested by police investigating phone hacking. She was the 17th person to be arrested as part of Operation Weeting.
    (Reuters, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, Central African Republic police arrested ex-rebel chief Jean-Jacques Demafouth for an alleged bid to destabilize the country.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, China’s government bowed to a vocal online campaign for a change in the way air quality is measured in Beijing, one of the world's most polluted cities. The Beijing Environmental Bureau said it would provide hourly updates of PM2.5 measure ahead of the Lunar New Year, which starts on January 23, in response to the flood of public anger.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In China a man was fatally shot in the head shortly after withdrawing 200,000 yuan ($31,700) in cash from a bank in Nanjing. Zeng Kaigui, a one-time policeman suspected in a series of slayings and robberies dating back to 2004, was suspected in the fatal shooting.
    (AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 6, In southwest China two Tibetan men set themselves on fire near the restive Kirti monastery, the 13th and 14th to hit Tibetan areas in less than a year. An 18-year-old died in a hotel room while another man, aged 22, was being treated in hospital.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 6, The Czech Republic granted asylum to Oleksandr Tymoshenko, the husband of jailed former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko. He requested asylum because a criminal investigation has been launched against him in Ukraine in an attempt to increase pressure on his jailed wife.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, Fiji's government stepped back from a promise of a more open society, imposing new controls on public order just a day before it was supposed to lift more than two years of emergency rule.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to push ahead with a new tax on financial transactions, also known as a Tobin tax, even without France's EU partners, in the face of stiff British resistance. The EU's executive European Commission adopted plans last September for a financial transaction tax under which stock and bond trades would be taxed at the rate of 0.1 percent, with derivatives taxed at 0.01 percent.
    (Reuters, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 6, Fitch Ratings downgraded Hungary's credit grade to junk status, citing a standoff between the country and the EU and the IMF over rescue loans.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, The Iraqi official in charge of reconciling with the country's armed groups said an Iranian-backed Shiite militia, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, that carried out deadly attacks on US troops has agreed to lay down its arms and join the political process. Roadside bombs killed two Shiite pilgrims.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Israel Christian lawyer and accountant Gabriel Cadis was fatally stabbed by a man in a Santa suit after a parade in Jaffa marking the day before the Greek Orthodox Christmas. Six Israeli Arabs were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the killing. On Jan 31 police announced the arrest of three Arab Christians from Jaffa saying they had confessed — one for ordering the hit and two for carrying it out.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)(AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 6, Kenyan police seized landmines and homemade explosive devices in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp and site of several attacks and blasts in recent months.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In New Zealand 7 long-finned pilot whales died after being beached. Rescuers the next day were confident they had saved 18 others.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 6, In northern Nigeria gunmen fired on Christian mourners, killing at least 20 people. The attack occurred in Mubi in Adamawa state as Igbo traders held a meeting before opening up their shops for business. Boko Haram members attacked a beauty salon and fought government forces as part of its continuing sectarian battle against Nigeria's weak central government. At least eight worshippers died in an attack on the Apostolic Church in Yola, Adamawa state. At a nearby beauty salon, at least three others were killed in a similar attack. At least two people were killed In the town of Potiskum, Yobe state, as gunmen set two banks ablaze and started a gunfight with police.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)(AP, 1/6/12)(AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Peru Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot said he would "sincerely confess" to killing a Peruvian woman in 2010 in a plea strategy that aimed to reduce his eventual prison sentence, prompting judges to suspend the trial until Jan 11.
    (Reuters, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Russia a former Cabinet member close to PM Vladimir Putin called for a rerun of the country's fraud-tinged parliamentary elections, an apparent bid to soothe public outrage as Putin seeks to reclaim the presidency.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, An alleged Saudi hacker (19), oxOmar, posted thousands of Israeli credit card numbers and other personal data online, his second politically motivated attack this week.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Somalia at least 60 al-Shabab militants were killed in Kenyan airstrikes on Garbaharey town, a base of the al-Qaida-linked group.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 6, South Africa’s Media24 said its famous Boekehuis bookshop in Johannesburg will close at the end of January, a victim of the country's poor reading culture.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, In Syria an explosion ripped through a busy intersection in Damascus, hitting a bus carrying police and killing 26 people in what authorities said was the second suicide attack in as many weeks. A smaller bomb exploded in the Damascus suburb of Tal, killing a girl. Syrian troops opened fire on demonstrators holding anti-Assad sit-ins in two parts of the country, killing one and wounding at least 20. In other shootings, security forces killed at least six more people. State media SANA said terrorists blew up a pipeline that carries diesel from the central province of Homs to nearby Hama.
    (AP, 1/6/12)(AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 6, A former Turkish military chief, Gen. Ilker Basbug (68), suspected of leading an Internet campaign to stir revolt, was jailed in a sweeping investigation of alleged conspiracies to topple a civilian government that has stripped the armed forces of political clout.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 6, Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including prelates in such key posts as New York and Hong Kong and a large number of Italians holding major Vatican positions.
    (AP, 1/6/12)

2012        Jan 7, In Florida Sami Osmakac (25), a Kosovo-born US citizen, was arrested and charged with plotting to attack Tampa-area nightclubs and sheriff’s office to avenge wrongs done to Muslims.   
    (SFC, 1/10/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 7, In Montana teacher Sherry Arnold (43) disappeared after she left her house for a run. She was pronounced dead on Jan 13. The FBI held 2 men from Colorado in custody.
    (SFC, 1/13/12, p.A6)(SFC, 1/17/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 7, In Bahrain anti-government protesters converged on the headquarters of the main opposition party, defying a government ban on the gathering and pressing ahead with their campaign for greater political and civil rights for the nation's Shiite Muslims.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, British developers said they are planning to create a luxury holiday resort in rural Wales designed specifically for Chinese tourists, with the aim of bringing 20,000 to the country each year.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, The Danish navy captured a suspect pirate mothership off the Horn of Africa. They arrested 25 suspected pirates and freed 14 people from Iran and Pakistan.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 7, Egypt's two main Islamist parties claimed to have together taken 62.2 percent of the vote in the final stage of a general election, maintaining their lead in the overall contest.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, Fiji’s military rulers officially lifted a state of martial law in place since 2009.
    (SSFC, 1/8/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 7, In Gambia Mamadou Jallow, a reporter with the privately owned The Daily News, was arrested. 3 days later he was charged with defaming a local chief in the Central River Region. Jallow had interviewed local farmers who accused chief Mamadou Lamin Baldeh of mismanaging public assets.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 7, In Germany a few hundred protesters gathered outside the president's palace in Berlin to call for President Christian Wulff to quit amid a scandal involving a loan and a furious call to a newspaper.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, In Iraq a roadside bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed two people and wounded eight others south of Baghdad. In Basra about 400 people staged a protest to denounce a decision by Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, to shelter the country's top Sunni politician after an arrest warrant was issued against him.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon led the lighting of a soaring independence monument, "The Pillar of Light," that was supposed to be ready for the 2010 bicentennial, but came in nearly 1½ years late and way over budget. The quartz-clad light tower has been dubbed "the monument to corruption." Costs nearly tripled from about 400 million pesos to more than 1 billion (equivalent at current rates to about $75 million).
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, Northern Mexico police found five severed human heads in the last 24 hours at several points around the city of Torreon accompanied by threatening message referring to drug gangs.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, In New Zealand a hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed after hitting a power line, killing all 11 people on board as their families watched on in horror.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, Nigeria’s Pres. Goodluck Jonathan said he has ordered travel by political office holders be cut "to the barest minimum." He also said he has cut political office holders' salaries in the executive branch by 25 percent for 2012. In the northeast suspected gunmen of a radical Muslim sect, killed three people on an attack on a tea shop in Biu, Borno state. Boko Haram gunmen also shot and killed two Christian students who attend the University of Maiduguri.
    (AP, 1/7/12)(AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 7, Pakistani police killed Yaseen Shah, a local Taliban commander, and arrested his associate after a shootout in Karachi.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, Pakistan freed 179 Indian fishermen who were imprisoned for violating territorial waters.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, In Somalia the Alhidaya mosque in Mogadishu was hit during an attack by the Islamist Shebab insurgents on African Union Mission (AMISOM) soldiers. At least one Muslim cleric was killed and several other people wounded.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 7, In Spain tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Bilbao to call for an amnesty that would allow some 700 ETA prisoners to serve out the remainder of their sentences in the Basque region.
    (SSFC, 1/8/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 7, In Spain Dartmouth College student Crispin Scott was found dead in Barcelona. Police on February 7 detained a suspect.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Jan 7, Sri Lanka media said a moratorium on killing stray dogs has been lifted as the government attempts to cut down on the 2,000 people that are hospitalized every day after being bitten.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, In Sudan aerial bombing reportedly left 16 villagers and five government troops dead near the South Sudanese frontier. Rebels later said more bombing the next day around Al-Buram killed another seven civilians.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 7, In Syria troops attacked a sit-in in the restive central city of Homs, during which at least one person was killed. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces killed six other people.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 7, In northern Tunisia Daoud Bouhli (50), a man with a history of mental illness, set himself on fire, two days after a similar case in the south.
    (AP, 1/7/12)

2012        Jan 8, In California animal rights arsonists destroyed 14 cattle trucks at the Harris Ranch of I-5.
    (SFC, 1/11/12, p.C3)
2012        Jan 8, Brandy Fonteneaux (28), a US Army Specialist, was found dead in her room. She had been stabbed 74 times in her barracks on Fort Carson, Colorado, by fellow soldier Army Sgt. Vincinte Jackson (40). On Dec 13 Jackson was convicted of unpremeditated murder.
    (http://tinyurl.com/b4g9rec)(SFC, 12/14/12, p.A11)
2012        Jan 8, In Mississippi 4 convicted killers were released from prison following reprieves of 198 inmates by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour. Only 26 of those pardoned were still in prison. On march 8, 2012, the state Supreme Court upheld the pardons.  
    (SFC, 1/10/12, p.A5)(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.36)(SFC, 3/9/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 8, The Consumer Electronics Show opened in Las Vegas. South Korea-based Samsung and LG introduced their new 55-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) HDTVs.
    (SFC, 3/15/12, p.D2)
2012        Jan 8, Wildlife officials said white-tailed deer populations in parts of eastern Montana and elsewhere in the Northern Plains could take years to recover from a devastating disease that killed thousands of the animals in recent months. The deaths were attributed to an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), transmitted by biting midges.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, An Afghan soldier shot dead a NATO colleague and was himself killed when a dispute ended in a shoot-out.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, Algeria said it is to buy a 51-percent stake in mobile phone operator Djezzy, after talks with Russian telecoms firm Vimpelcom, the main shareholder in the group's Egyptian parent company. Djezzy is the largest mobile operator in Algeria, claiming with over 16 million subscribers last August. It has been operating in Algeria since 2002.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said three Australian activists were being held as "prisoners" by the Japanese harpoon fleet after sneaking aboard one of their vessels overnight to protest. The activists were transferred to an Australian customs vessel on Jan 13.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)(AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 8, Britain’s PM David Cameron said he would veto a European-wide financial transaction tax unless it was imposed globally, deepening a confrontation with European Union heavyweights France and Germany. Cameron also suggested that legislation to curb excessive executive pay, including giving shareholders new voting powers, could be set out in the spring.
    (Reuters, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, In Chile the family home of one of a top Indian leader was destroyed in a suspicious fire. Hours later, hooded gunmen attacked the home of a retired military official and set it ablaze in the southern Araucania region where Mapuche Indians and Chile's largest forestry companies have been mired in land conflicts.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, In China a monk named Sopa (42) died after drinking kerosene and throwing it over his body. His body exploded in pieces before police took it away in Dari county in Qinghai province. Xinhua News Agency identified the dead monk as Nyage Sonamdrugyu. The reason for the discrepancy in identification was not known.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 8, A leading Iranian hardline newspaper reported Iran has begun uranium enrichment at the Fordo facility near the holy city of Qom, well protected from possible airstrikes. Another newspaper quoted a senior commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guard force as saying Tehran's leadership has decided to order the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic oil route, if the country's petroleum exports are blocked.
    (AP, 1/8/12)   
2012        Jan 8, Iraq's Shiite-led government has formally demanded that authorities in the semiautonomous Kurdish region hand over the country's top Sunni official, who is wanted on terrorism charges. Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi has denied the allegations and says he cannot get a fair trial in Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, Yair Lapid (48), one of Israel's most popular television personalities, quit the news business to start his own political party, a move that could shake up the Israeli political system by energizing opposition to PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, Israeli police arrested 3 more men in a suspected pedophilia ring thought to have preyed on dozens of Jerusalem children. The ring is suspected of molesting 70 children between the ages of 2 and 7 in their religious Jewish neighborhood.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 8, Israel charged five alleged Jewish extremists over a December 12 raid on an army base, accusing them of gathering intelligence on the Israeli military and planning a riot.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, Kuwait’s interior minister said in remarks published that Kuwait will start granting citizenship to some stateless people by early February.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, In New Zealand the cargo ship Rena, which caused New Zealand's worst maritime pollution disaster when it ran aground three months ago, broke in two in a storm, raising fears of a fresh environmental crisis.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, In Nigeria gunmen attacked a military vehicle in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. The attack killed three civilians and wounded six civilians and one soldier.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, South Korean police detained a Chinese man (38) accused of throwing petrol bombs at the Japanese embassy in Seoul after claiming his grandmother was forced into wartime sex slavery.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, In Sudan 3 people were killed and several injured during a stampede after police fired tear gas at an Independence Day celebration in the Sennar state capital of Singa.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, Syrian security forces conducting raids on homes and pro-regime snipers on rooftops killed at least 10 civilians, including 2 teenagers, most of them in the central city of Homs. Fierce clashes in Basr al-Harir, southern Daraa province, between government troops and military defectors left 11 soldiers dead.
    (AP, 1/8/12)(AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 8, Yemeni troops clashed with Al-Qaeda linked militants overnight in a new attempt to regain control of Abyan province. A soldier and six militants were killed in the fighting.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)

2012        Jan 9, In Maryland former US Army veteran Craig Benedict Baxam (24), who had done earlier tours in Iraq and South Korea, faced charges that he had tried to enlist with Somalia's al-Shabab terrorist group. Baxam, an Army vet trained in intelligence and cryptology, was arrested Jan 6 at Baltimore-Washington Int’l. Airport as he returned from a failed effort to get to Somalia.
    (http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/11/us/soldier-al-shabaab/index.html)
2012        Jan 9, Britain’s PM David Cameron said Scotland should hold an independence referendum as early as 2013, clashing with the SNP which does not want to hold a one before autumn 2014 - the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
    (Reuters, 2/16/12)
2012        Jan 9, Britons were urged to avoid drinking alcohol for at least two days a week to protect their health, a committee of MPs said in a report published today.
    (Reuters, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, Richard Branson's Virgin Money opened its first bank branch in northeast England. Northern Rock was sold in November to Virgin Money for £747 million ($1.18 billion, 872 million euros) in cash.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, The presidents of China and South Korea agreed to work together to achieve peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, in their first summit since Kim Jong Il's death opened the chance for major changes in North Korea.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, Guinea-Bissau President Malam Bacai Sanha (64) died in Paris after a lengthy hospitalization. He was elected in this tiny, coup-prone nation on Africa's western coast about two years ago after the previous leader was assassinated.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, Indian software outsourcer Mahindra Satyam said it has filed a case against past directors and a former auditor, seeking damages over a $1 billion accounting scam.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, Iran’s state radio reported that an Iranian court has convicted Amir Mirzaei Hekmati (28), an American man, of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death. The case added to the accelerating tension between the United States and Iran. In March the Supreme Court tossed out his death penalty and said a new trial would held. In 2014 the death sentence was overturned and reduced to 10 years in jail.
    (AP, 1/9/12)(SFC, 3/6/12, p.A3)(AFP, 4/13/14)
2012        Jan 9, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his close ally President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela on the first leg of a four-nation tour that will also take Ahmadinejad to Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, In Iraq a roadside bomb killed two Shiite pilgrims walking to Karbala. 3 car bombs killed at least 17 people in Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/9/12)(SFC, 1/10/12, p.A4)
2012        Jan 9, Malawi's courts ground to a halt as some 2,000 judicial workers began an indefinite strike over work conditions and higher pay.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, In Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of sodomy charges.
    (SFC, 1/10/12, p.A4)
2012        Jan 9, Mexican police found 13 bodies at a gas station in the town of Zitacuaro, Michoacan state.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, Nigerian police and protesters clashed and people were shot dead as tens of thousands demonstrated nationwide over fuel price hikes and a general strike shut down the country. Suspected members of Boko Haram killed two Christians in separate attacks in Maiduguri despite an increased security presence in the area. Boko Haram gunmen killed a secret police officer in Biu. 6 people were killed in Benin as a crowd split off to attack a mosque and terrorize people in neighborhoods that are mainly Hausa.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)(AP, 1/9/12)(AP, 1/10/12)(AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 9, In Peru passengers in Lima traveled the full length of a 22km elevated railway for the first time. The project had begun in 1986.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.37)   
2012        Jan 9, In western Poland military prosecutor Col. Mikolaj Przybyl, the head of a local department investigating organized crime in the army, shot himself in the head after defending the work of his office and rejecting planned reforms. Przybyl survived the shooting in Poznan and said he tried to commit suicide because his own work has been used as a reason supporting plans to close military prosecution offices in Poland.
    (AP, 1/9/12)(AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 9, In Russia a gas explosion and fire at the Il Pittore restaurant in Moscow killed two people and injured at least 26. The explosion was believed to have been caused by improper use of gas canisters.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, In South Sudan Jonglei state governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said that Murle fighters had burned down three villages, killed at least 24 people and wounded 20 over the last 24 hours with fighting still ongoing.
    (AP, 1/9/12)(AFP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, Swiss National Bank chief Philipp Hildebrand resigned acknowledging he could not prove his innocence amid a public uproar over his private currency deals. Dollar swaps last year netted him and his wife tens of thousands in profits.
    (SFC, 1/10/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 9, Activists said Syrian troops have fired on protesters as Arab League observers toured the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs province. A group of Arab League observers were attacked in the northern city of Latakia and two Kuwaiti army officers were lightly injured.
    (AP, 1/9/12)(AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 9, In Tunisia several hundred journalists demonstrated in Tunis to protest at the appointment of media bosses by the government, which they regard as a return to bad practices of the past.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)
2012        Jan 9, In Venezuela fighting broke out at a jail. 6 prisoners were left dead.
    (AP, 1/10/12)

2012        Jan 10, A US Navy ship saved a group of Iranian mariners as their cargo dhow was foundering with a flooded engine room.
    (SFC, 1/11/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 10, Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary claiming 39.4% of the vote. Ron Paul took a strong second with 22.8%. Jon Huntsman, Obama's former ambassador to China, came in third with 16.8%. Newt Gingrich finished fourth with 9.4% and Rick Santorum fifth with 9.3%.
    (AP, 1/11/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_primary)
2012        Jan 10, In North Carolina a task force said the state should pay $50,000 to some 2,000 people who were forcibly sterilized from 1929-1974.
    (SFC, 1/11/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 10, The Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that it has moved its "Doomsday Clock" one minute ahead to five minutes to midnight.
    (AP, 1/10/12)(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 10, In southeastern Afghanistan 3 policemen and 4 civilians were killed when a group of suicide bombers stormed a government building in Sharana, the capital city of Paktika province. One bomber was gunned down by police, the two others detonated themselves. Four Afghan National Army soldiers killed in a Taliban mortar attack in Kunar province.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, Algerian police fired tear gas on protesters angry over unemployment and housing shortages in a southern Algerian gas industry town, leaving at least 10 injured.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, Brazil’s Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said Brazil will grant work visas to 2,400 Haitians who are stuck in two Amazon border towns. He said another 1,600 Haitians in Brazil have been given visas already.
    (AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, In southeastern Brazil 2 days of downpours left at least 28 people dead in floodwaters and mudslides.
    (AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, The British government set out conditions under which Scotland would be allowed to hold a referendum - limiting it to a single yes-or-no question and rejecting a second question on greater powers of devolution.
    (Reuters, 2/16/12)
2012        Jan 10, A British court annulled the bankruptcy of Sean Quinn (64), once the Republic of Ireland's richest man, in a victory for Irish Bank Resolution Corporation which has been pursuing debts of up to 2.9 billion euros (2.4 billion pounds). He had turned a rural quarrying operation into a 4 billion euro fortune before running up a large stake in the now failed Anglo Irish Bank. Quinn made the bankruptcy declaration in November, taking advantage of British laws which would have allowed him to go back into business in under a year.
    (Reuters, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, The British government approved the construction of a high-speed rail network linking London with cities in central and northern England from 2026 at a cost of almost £33 billion.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, In Greece a group of anarchists took over the studio of a local radio station in Athens, and broadcast a message in support Revolutionary Struggle, a domestic terrorist group best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the US Embassy in Athens in 2007.
    (AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, Guinea-Bissau's opposition rejected the appointment of the National Assembly leader Raimundo Pereira as interim head of the chronically unstable state following the death of President Malam Bacai Sanha in Paris.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, India's Premier Manmohan Singh called malnutrition in the country "a national shame" as he released a major survey that found 42% of children under five were underweight.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, A survey across 33 states by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, a government watchdog, found that 68.4% of 1,791 milk samples contained adulterants. Detergent was found in 8.4% of all samples.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, In Iraq 2 agriculture ministry workers were killed in Shurqat, 155 miles (250 km) northwest of Baghdad. A roadside bomb wounded three boys, two of them seriously, as they were on their way to school in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad. Army Colonel Hassan Ali was killed when a roadside bomb struck the convoy he was travelling in Diyala province.
    (AP, 1/10/12)(AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, Israel's parliament approved harsh new penalties on illegal migrants and Israelis who help them, building on other contentious measures designed to stanch the flood of Africans seeking sanctuary here.
    (AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, Libya’s foreign minister said Libya has received roughly $20 billion in assets that were held overseas by Moamer Kadhafi's regime and frozen during the conflict that ousted him. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) signed a status of mission agreement with Libya, paving the way for the world body to continue assisting the war-torn country during its current transitional period.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, Mexican authorities said they have seized 32.6 metric tons of methylamine, a precursor chemical used to make methamphetamines, at the Pacific coast port of Manzanillo. The shipment came from China.
    (AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, In Nigeria Imam Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram radical Islamist sect challenged the authority of Nigeria's president in an online video, promising more attacks in a nation increasingly overcome by unrest and divided by religion. Gunmen killed eight people, including five police officers, in a pub in Potiskum town in the northern state of Yobe before speeding off on a motorcycle. Gunmen also killed three people in an attack on a Christian village in Bauchi state. In the south a mob burnt part of the central mosque complex in the city of Benin. Local media reported that three others were killed in southwestern Ogun and Osun states, one by a police officer.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)(AP, 1/11/12)(AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 10, In Pakistan a bomb targeting a militia opposed to the Taliban exploded in a Jamrud market in the Khyber region, killing 30 people in the deadliest blast in the country in several months. A drone piloted remotely from the United States fired a missile at a house in North Waziristan killing four people, including Aslam Awan, described as an "external operations planner" for al-Qaida.
    (AP, 1/10/12)(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A4)(AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 10, Peru's government replaced its drug czar. Ricardo Soberon's refusal to endorse an all-out coca crop eradication effort put him at odds with the Cabinet chief and prompted concern by the US Embassy.
    (AP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, In South Africa a stampede broke out as thousands tried to enroll at the Univ. of Johannesburg, killing one woman and injuring at least 22 people. South Africa's national university system has room for some 150,000 first-year students this year. Another 180,000 high school graduates are expected to be turned away.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, South African rangers found eight dead rhinos that had been stripped of their horns, an unprecedented one-day toll, in Kruger National Park.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 10, Three Vietnamese crew from a South Korean fishing boat died and seven others suffered burns after a fire broke out on their trawler off Antarctica. the Busan-flagged Jeong Woo 2 was fishing for the rare Patagonian toothfish, along with ray, crab and other bottom fishes.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 10, Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed to respond to threats against him with an "iron hand" and refused to step down. Activists said Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 10 people in the eastern city of in Deir el-Zour despite the presence of an Arab observer mission in the area. The UAE's foreign minister accused the Syrian regime of not facilitating the job of Arab League observers.
    (AP, 1/10/12)(AFP, 1/10/12)

2012        Jan 11, Some 50 people were being arrested at various locations including Puerto Rico and the Dominican Rep., with most of them in the mainland US in a document fraud case.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, Univ. of Connecticut officials said researcher Dipak Das, known for his work on red wine’s benefits to cardiovascular health, falsified his data in more than 100 instances.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A14)
2012        Jan 11, Chicago gang leader Augustin Zambrano was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 11, Mark Deli Siljander (60), a former Michigan congressman (1981-1987, was sentenced to a year and one day in prison in Kansas City, Mo., for lobbying for the Islamic American Relief Agency, an charity identified as a global terrorist organization.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 11, A Mississippi judge temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who had been given pardons or medical release by Gov. Barbour.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 11, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber slipped inside police headquarters in Kandahar, detonating his cache of explosives and wounding one officer.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, Alexis Sinduhije, the head of Burundi’s opposition Movement for Solidarity and Development, a former journalist, was arrested in Tanzania upon his arrival there from Uganda. On Jan 21 Burundi admitted that it had asked for the exiled Burundian opposition leader to be arrested in Tanzania and extradited to face murder charges.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 11, In England the body of Oxford Professor Steven Rawlings (50) was found at the home of his friend Dr Devinder Sivia (49) after a neighbor called police to report an incident. Sivia, a maths lecturer, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
    (Reuters, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Birmingham, England, Avtar and Carole Kolar were found dead at their home in Handsworth Wood having suffered blunt force trauma to the head in an apparent bungled burglary. On Jan 16 Rimvydas Liorancas (37) from Lithuania was arrested for the murders. On Jan 28 Liorancas was found hanged at Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 11, It was announced that China and India are signing on as partners in the Thirty Meter Telescope when it’s built on the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano in 2018.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 11, Cuba and Iran highlighted the "right of all nations to the peaceful use of nuclear energy" during a visit by Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the communist-ruled island. Ahmadinejad slammed capitalism as bankrupt and called for a new world order.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 11, The Czech government agreed to pay billions of dollars in compensation for church property seized by the former totalitarian regime. The plan will be spread over 30 years.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, Egypt called off an annual Jewish festival in the Nile Delta, which draws Israeli pilgrims every year to the tomb of holy man Abu Hassira (Abi Hasira, aka Yaakov Abuhatzeira), a renowned religious figure from Morocco, who fell ill and died in Damanhur, Egypt, in 1880.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damanhur)
2012        Jan 11, Clashes between Egyptian troops and Bedouin in the Suez district east of Cairo killed three people as military police tried to evict the Bedouin from state-owned land.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Germany a 54-year-old defendant shot and killed a prosecutor (31) during his trial in the Munich area. The alleged shooter, a resident of Dachau, was on trial over claims he paid his employees improper wages.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, Honduran officials said men armed with AJK-47 rifles and machetes killed 4 adults and 4 children in the Aguan River Valley, an area torn apart by a land dispute between palm plantation workers and landowners.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 11, India's Tribal Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo said an investigation had been ordered as rights campaigners and politicians condemned a video showing women from a protected and primitive tribe dancing for tourists reportedly in exchange for food on India's Andaman Islands.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Iran 2 assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a university professor working at the Natanz nuclear facility, killing him and his driver. Defiant Iranian authorities pointed the finger at archfoe Israel.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Iraq gunmen ambushed a police station and killed three officers in a former insurgent stronghold outside a police post in Qaim near the Syrian border.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, Israel's Supreme Court upheld a controversial law that bans most Palestinians who marry Israelis from living inside the Jewish state.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 11, Ivory Coast's former economy minister Paul-Antoine Bohoun Bouabre (54) died in Israel. He was linked to the 2004 disappearance of Guy-Andre Kieffer, a well known French-Canadian journalist.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Kenya alleged Somali Islamist gunmen killed six Kenyans including four policemen and abducted three others, in the northeastern region bordering Somalia.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Mexico City 2 decapitated bodies were found inside a burning SUV at the entrance to Centro Santa Fe mall, one of Mexico's most luxurious malls. The victims, a 19-year-old secretary in a state-owned educational radio station and her 28-year-old boyfriend who sold household appliances, were kidnapped a day earlier. The Attorney General's Office said nationwide, 47,515 drug-related killings occurred from Dec 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed thousands of troops to drug hot spots, through Sep 2011.
    (AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 11, Mexican forces captured Luis Jesus Sarabia, an alleged leader of the Zetas drug gang in three northern Mexican states. Sarabia was suspected in the killing of US immigration agent Jaime Zapata last year.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 11, Namibia's competition commission said it has cleared a Chinese nuclear company to take over an Australian mining firm with rights to the world's fourth-largest uranium deposit.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Nigeria tens of thousands defied an order to end a three-day-old strike as unions threatened to halt output in Africa's top crude producer and a mob rampage left a police officer dead. Boko Haram gunmen attacked a bus in Yobe state carrying Christian Igbo traders on the outskirts of the city of Potiskum, killing four people. Two police officers were killed when a mob rampaged in the central city of Minna. A police station in the northeastern city of Yola was attacked by unknown gunmen, killing one officer.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 11, Pakistan's army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country over criticism by the prime minister that has escalated tensions between the powerful military and the government. PM Yousuf Reza Gilani immediately fired the defense secretary in a dispute over a memo sent to Washington that has enraged the army, escalating a crisis pitting the civilian government against the powerful military leadership.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 11, A Hamas official in Gaza said the militant group has sentenced a local Palestinian to death for collaborating with Israel. 3 cars were torched and graffiti was sprayed on a mosque in the northern West Bank, in the latest apparent "price tag" attack.
    (AP, 1/11/12)(AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Peru Joran van der Sloot (24) pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day after the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect. On Jan 13 he was sentenced to 28 years in prison. Due to time already served, his sentence would end in June 2038.
    (AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 11, In South Africa 2 suspected rhino poachers were shot dead by rangers in Kruger National Park, a day after eight dehorned carcasses were found there.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Syria French journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed and another wounded during a grenade barrage in Homs. President Assad joined thousands of his supporters in a rare public appearance, telling a pro-regime rally in the capital that the "conspiracy" against his country will fail.
    (AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 11, A local official in the Tunisian city of Sfax said a middle-aged woman has died after setting herself on fire, the fourth Tunisian case of self-immolation in the last week. The woman reportedly had a history of mental illness.
    (AP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, In Zimbabwe 3 suspects appeared in court in Harare accused of murder and of possessing rhino horn worth $120,000 found in a vehicle still registered to Sessel Zvidzai, deputy local government minister in the former opposition party. The next day Zvidzai expressed surprise and said that he sold the truck two years ago.
    (AP, 1/12/12)

2012        Jan 12, President Barack Obama formally notified Congress that he plans a $1.2 trillion increase in the US debt limit, prompting Republicans to level election-year charges that deficits are out of control.
    (Reuters, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, In San Mateo Ct., Ca., a prosecutor said Jo Ann Seeney (60), the former finance director of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District and her assistant, Vika Sinipata (35), have been charged with embezzling over $450,000 from the agency from 2009-2011. Seeney had already been accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands from two previous employers. Sinipata pleaded no contest on Feb 25, 2013. On April 16, 2013, Seeney pleaded no contest to 10 felony embezzlement charges.
    (SFC, 1/13/12, p.C3)(SFC, 2/27/13, p.E3)(SFC, 4/17/13, p.E1)
2012        Jan 12, A Michigan judge ordered an 84-year old billionaire to jail after finding him in contempt for failing to complete a construction project at Detroit's Ambassador Bridge, the busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. Manuel "Matty" Moroun, an owner of the Detroit International Bridge Co that controls the Ambassador Bridge, along with company president Dan Stamper were booked at Wayne County Jail.
    (Reuters, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Afghanistan, Washington and the Taliban condemned a video purporting to show US Marines urinating on corpses of insurgents. The troops in the inflammatory video were soon identified as being from the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In southern Afghanistan a suicide car-bomber killed five people and wounded 10 others near Kandahar city. The dead included Fazludin Agha, the chief of Panjwayi district, his two sons and two bodyguards.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)(AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 12, The Australian military was rocked by more sex scandals, including allegations of assault, child porn, rape and drug-dealing within its ranks.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Belgium's Catholic Church said that priests and clergy who abused children will be required to pay damages, even if victims make their claims after the country's statute of limitations has expired.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Bosnia’s parliament voted 36-2, with 3 abstentions, to approve Vjekoslav Bevanda, a Bosnian Croat and former regional finance minister, as prime minister.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Canada’s government abruptly argued that the same-sex marriages of many foreigners who wed in Canada are not valid, a move that stunned the gay community and could affect thousands of couples.
    (Reuters, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, DR Congo's influential Catholic church denounced "serious errors" in the tallying of November polls as the electoral commission announced a further delay in final vote results.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, El Salvador's government said it has received a formal request from Spain for the extradition of 13 former military officers accused in the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests and two other people. Two other officers were in the United States.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, In Germany a 46-year-old priest, who has been suspended, went on trial at the state court in Braunschweig. The Roman Catholic priest has admitted to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a several-year period.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 12, In Honduras a decomposed, bullet-riddled body was found near the border with Nicaragua. The body of Santos Guadalupe Borge was soon identified as the purported leader of a shadowy Nicaraguan resistance group.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 12, Israeli rights groups and parliamentarians criticized a court ruling upholding a law that prevents Palestinians married to Arab Israelis from obtaining Israeli citizenship or residency. Israel troops demolished an unauthorized settler outpost made up of 10 wooden huts in the southern West Bank.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)(AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Hackers claiming to be from the Gaza Strip defaced the website of the Israel Fire and Rescue services, posting a message saying "Death to Israel."
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12,  Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that Kenyan security forces were abusing civilians and Somali refugees in northeastern regions. The ICRC said it has suspended food aid to 1.1 million people in southern and central Somalia because of obstruction by local militia. Gunmen killed a local aid worker and his driver in central Somalia.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Lebanese media and officials said the Lebanese army has detained a man on suspicion of collaborating for years with Israel's Mossad spy agency. Elias Younes, a retired employee of the state telecommunications company Ogero, was arrested earlier in the week.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure ended a 2-day visit to India. At the end of the visit a joint statement announced that India extended a $100-million loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako promised to support the Asian giant's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 12, In Mexico gunmen wounded a man outside a school in Ciudad Juarez. The victim ran onto the campus trying to escape, the attackers followed him and finished him off.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Myanmar's government signed a cease-fire agreement with ethnic Karen rebels in a major step toward ending one of the world's longest-running insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the West. Myanmar also said it will release 651 prisoners starting Jan 13 under a new presidential pardon, with anticipation mounting that many of those to be freed will be political detainees.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, In Nigeria a national strike entered its fourth day with oil workers threatening to halt production.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, In Pakistan an American missile strike in North Waziristan killed four foreign Islamist militants. It was the second such drone strike in three days. Intercepted militant radio communications later indicated that Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among those killed.
    (AP, 1/12/12)(AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 12, In Poland the Warsaw Provincial Court found retired Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak guilty on charges of membership in an armed criminal group that illegally declared a clampdown and violated the freedom of many Poles in 1981. The former interior minister was given a two-year suspended prison term for his role in implementing martial law in Poland on Dec 13 1981.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin promised that his government will become more accountable to the Russian people if he wins a third presidential term in March as he laid out his priorities for the future on a campaign website.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Saudi security forces clashed with Shiite protesters in the kingdom's oil-rich east killing one person and wounding 3. The clashes came after demonstrations were held in four Qatif region villages to call for the "release of political detainees, reform and an end to sectarian discrimination. Most of Saudi Arabia's estimated two million Shiites live in the Eastern Province.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 12, In South Sudan hundreds of armed attackers from Murle ethnic group that suffered a devastating assault last month charged into three Lou Nuer villages, burned them to the ground and killed 57 people Uror county.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 12, Speaking in Sudan the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Eritrean refugees are being kidnapped and sometimes killed by human traffickers. He called for global action against the crimes.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Syrian authorities barred hundreds of activists from crossing into the country to deliver aid to victims of the Syrian regime's deadly crackdown on anti-government dissidents.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, In Thailand gunmen shot dead journalist Wisut Tangwitthayaporn (40), a local newspaper owner and political activist in a targeted attack on the island of Phuket.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, A Thai navy patrol caught a gang of dog smugglers on the shore of the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province. At least 750 dogs were to be transported through Laos to Vietnam, where dog meat is a delicacy.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, Turkish officials said a Russian ship, allegedly carrying tons of weapons, made a dash for Syria after Cypriot officials allowed it to leave their waters. The Chariot was ferrying cargo owned by Russia's state arms trader Rosoboronexport.
    (AP, 1/12/12)
2012        Jan 12, A Turkish court files charges against Britain’s Duchess of York for secretly filming orphanages in the country in 2008 for a British TV program.
    (SFC, 1/13/12, p.A2)

2012        Jan 13, President Barack Obama asked Congress for greater power to shrink the federal government. His first idea was merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies whose overlapping programs can be baffling to businesses.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, In California Orange County police detained Itzcoatl Ocampo (23) of Yorba Linda in relation to 4 recent killings of homeless men in the area. On Feb 6 Ocampo was charged with two more murders, the stabbing deaths of his high school friend’s mother and older brother in Yorba Linda. On  Nov 28, 2013, Ocampo died after being found sick in his cell.
    (SSFC, 1/15/12, p.A9)(SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A20)
2012        Jan 13, Hysen Sherifi (b.1984), a legal US resident from Kosovo, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for conspiracy to attack the US marine base at Quantico, Va. He was among 7 men arrested on 27 July, 2009, near Raleigh, North Carolina on charges of participating in a conspiracy to commit "violent jihad.” According to a federal indictment he had paid Daniel Patrick Boyd $500 in April 2008 to help fund an overseas jihad and traveled to Kosovo in July 2008 to engage in "violent jihad." He returned to North Carolina in April 2009 and trained in military tactics in Caswell County in summer of 2009 and Planned an attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., with Daniel Boyd in June and July 2009. On Nov 8 Sherifi was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot to behead witnesses who testified against him.
    (SFC, 2/4/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/6myl2m2)(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A10)
2012        Jan 13, Apple said it was suspending sales of the new iPhone at its China stores after fans desperate to get their hands on it fought with security and threw eggs at an official outlet.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, New Orleans violence left 17 people shot over the last 18 hours. 12 people were murdered in the first 12 days of this year.
    (SFC, 1/13/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 13, In Nevada a Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe (59) was sentenced to 3 years and one month in prison and ordered to repay $650,000 he acknowledged siphoning from his Las Vegas parish to support a gambling habit.
    (SFC, 1/13/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 13, In Star, North Carolina, Ronald Dean Davis (50) shot a killed 3 co-workers at a lumber company, then went home and shot himself.
    (SSFC, 1/15/12, p.A9)
2012        Jan 13, Apple said it was suspending sales of the new iPhone at its China stores after fans desperate to get their hands on it fought with security and threw eggs at an official outlet.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, British PM David Cameron held talks with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, A British court ruled that Richard O'Dwyer (23), a student at Sheffield Hallam University, can be extradited to the US to answer copyright infringement allegations. He had created a website allowing people to watch films and TV shows for free. After O'Dwyer was arrested in London in November 2010, he admitted to police that he owned TVShack.net and TVShack.cc and earned about £15,000 (18,000 euros, $23,000) a month from online advertising.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 13, Christopher Tappin (64), a retired British businessman, lost a High Court battle against extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles to Iran. Tappin has said he believed he was exporting batteries for the car industry in the Netherlands.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, British store owner Peter Avis (66) was killed at his home above his Collis and Son shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. In February suspect, Pytor Malaniuk, was detained during a police raid in the eastern Polish city of Biala Podlaska.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Jan 13, El Salvador President Mauricio Funes said an estimated 22,000 former rebel combatants, now living in poverty, will finally get long-overdue health care, pensions and other benefits. About 25,000 rebel fighters are still alive and 87 percent live in poverty.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, In Estonia volunteers from 83 countries converged on Tallinn to launch World Cleanup 2012, a voluntary 6-monthy rubbish collection effort to begin on March 24.
    (Econ, 1/7/12, p.52)
2012        Jan 13, France was stripped of its top-notch credit rating by Standard & Poor’s. S&P downgraded 8 other countries including Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Slovakia and Slovenia.
    (SFC, 1/14/12, p.A2)(SSFC, 1/15/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 13, Guatemala congressman Oscar Valentin Leal Caal, who was reportedly negotiating a switch to the law-and-order party of the conservative president-elect, was shot to death, a day before the presidential inauguration ceremony. Two attackers killed him and his brother outside the headquarters of the legislator's current party, the populist Democratic Freedom Revival.
    (AP, 1/14/12)   
2012        Jan 13, Iraq's deputy premier called for PM Nouri al-Maliki to step down and warned that the country's festering political crisis risks sparking a wider sectarian conflict. Sunni Deputy PM Al-Mutlaq's Sunni-backed Iraqiya party has been boycotting parliament and Cabinet meetings since last month to protest what it sees as efforts by al-Maliki to consolidate power.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, The cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio, off the coast of Tuscany, with more than 4,200 people aboard. Captain Francesco Schettino (52) was soon detained on charges of manslaughter. The final death toll was put at 30 dead and 2 missing.  
    (AP, 1/14/12)(AP, 1/15/12)(SFC, 1/16/12, p.A3)(AP, 1/17/12)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 13, Japan's PM Yoshihiko Noda said the government has yet to decide on whether it will reduce oil imports from Iran in line with US sanctions, saying businesses implications need to be considered.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, Japanese energy firm Inpex and French giant Total announced a huge $34 billion gas project in Australia, as Tokyo looks for alternatives to nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, Kenyan police arrested 29 Ugandans suspected of seeking to join Islamist rebels in Somalia.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 13, In Kuwait riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters, mostly descendants of desert nomads who are considered stateless and claim the Gulf nation is depriving them of citizenship and rights.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, It was reported that mounds of debris were piling up at illegal dumping sites around Mexico City in recent weeks as the metropolis grappled with an avalanche of refuse after closing one of the world's largest landfills.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, Myanmar freed some of its most famous political inmates, sparking jubilation outside prison gates while signaling its readiness to meet Western demands for lifting economic sanctions. The Thai-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) said that 272 political prisoners were released, while more than 1,000 remained locked up. President Thein Sein ordered the military not to attack any ethnic minority groups except in self-defense.
    (AP, 1/13/12)(AFP, 1/13/12)(AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 13, A top Nigerian labor leader announced a two-day suspension of protests at the weekend as a national strike over fuel prices shut down the country for a fifth day running. In the northeast gunmen attacked two pubs, killing four people amid a wave of such violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)(AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 13, In Romania demonstrations began on behalf of Raed Arafat, a popular health care official. He had quit over a plan to privatize a medical emergency system, which he had set up. On Jan 17 the government gave him back his job and said it would rethink its health plans.
    (Econ, 1/21/12, p.57)
2012        Jan 13, The International Committee of the Red Cross called on local authorities in war-torn Somalia's south and center to release 140 trucks carrying aid for 240,000 needy.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, Ratings agency Fitch revised South Africa's outlook from stable to negative, citing the country's failure to create enough jobs and to speed up economic growth.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, South Sudan signed its first oil deals with foreign nations since it won independence last July, inking agreements with Chinese, Indian and Malaysian firms.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, Sri Lanka reacted furiously to a spate of "personalized" foreign postage stamps bearing the image of slain Tamil Tiger rebel supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, In Sudan Hussein Khogli, editor in chief of Al-Wan, said authorities have ordered his independent daily newspaper to suspend publishing. The previous day’s edition was blocked from distribution without explanation.
    (AFP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, The head of the Arab League warned that Syria may be sliding toward civil war. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces killed one protester in the central city of Hama and another in the town of Ariha in the northwestern province of Idlib, where more than 20,000 people were demonstrating.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash (87) died. He was the driving force behind the Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence in 1983.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 13, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that his government will close its consulate in Miami after the US government expelled a diplomat.
    (AP, 1/13/12)
2012        Jan 13, At least 4 Yemeni protesters were killed and over a dozen people injured when security forces fired bullets and tear gas at marchers in the southern city of Aden. Fighting left three militants dead, among them an Algerian.
    (AP, 1/13/12)(AFP, 1/14/12)(SFC, 1/14/12, p.A2)

2012        Jan 14, The United States said that it would offer Bangladesh close to $1 billion in aid over the next five years.
    (Reuters, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Laura Kaeppeler (23), a beauty queen from Wisconsin, won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas after singing opera and strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Dan Evins (76), the founder of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain, died in Lebanon, Tenn. He opened his first restaurant in Lebanon in 1969. The restaurant catered to highway travelers and focused on offering Southern hospitality, country-style cooking and an associated gift shop.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Cambodia the badly decomposed bodies of Frenchman widower Laurent Vallier (42) and his four young children were discovered inside Vallier's white 4x4 vehicle after it was retrieved from a large pond behind his house in southern Kampong Speu province. The family had been missing since September. Vallier's Cambodian wife died in childbirth in 2009.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Jan 14, In southwest China a Tibetan set himself on fire and police fired on hundreds of locals, possibly killing one, as they attempted to rescue the burned body from officials near the restive Kirti monastery in Sichuan province's Aba county. This was the 16th self-immolation attempt in Tibetan areas inside a year and the fourth in nine days.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, China agreed to provide Nepal with $119 million in aid during a surprise visit to the tiny Himalayan nation by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh on the first stop of a Gulf tour, as tensions over Iran's nuclear program sparked fears of major oil supply disruptions.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 14, Egypt's reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei (69) said he is pulling out of the country's presidential race to protest the military's failure to put the country on the path to democracy.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Egyptian telecom magnate Naguib Sawiris, a billionaire Coptic Christian who founded the liberal Free Egyptians party, faced trial for tweeting a cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie Mouse in a face veil, joking that the cartoon characters would be forced to dress conservatively if Islamists took power. The trial was delayed as Sawiris failed to show.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)(AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, A French Mirage and a Saudi F-15 collided in the kingdom's northern region of Tabuk without causing casualties.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Iran’s Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic letter to the US saying that it has "evidence and reliable information" that the CIA provided "guidance, support and planning" to assassins "directly involved" in the Jan 11 assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. State media IRNA also reported that Iran delivered a letter to Britain accusing London of having an "obvious role" in the killing.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Iraq a bomb killed at least 53 Shiite pilgrims near the town of Zubair as pilgrims marched toward the Shiite Imam Ali shrine on the outskirts of the town on the last of the 40 days of Arbaeen.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Lebanese citizen Hassan Obeid (17) died in a clinic where he was rushed after being hit in the stomach by a bullet  in his northern hometown of Bkarha coming from the Syrian side of the border.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Nepal's president announced a campaign to lure hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims this year to visit the area of the country where Buddha was born.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Nigeria's government and union leaders ended talks without a deal to end a week-old strike that has shut down the country.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Pakistani security forces quelled a militant attack on a police station in which eight people were killed including four suicide bombers, one police and three civilians in Dera Ismail Khan city.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Masked Hamas police beat and detained members of the Gaza Strip's tiny Shiite community during the religious commemoration of Arbaeen. Gaza's Shiites are believed to number several dozen, a minuscule minority among a population of 1.6 million people who are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 14, Russian police detained two officials of a liberal opposition party after a protest rally in Moscow against election fraud. The rally by the Yabloko party was sanctioned for 300 participants, but police counted about 350.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Spain Jose Luis Alvarez Enparantza (b.1927), one of the founders of Basque separatist group ETA, died. His work "Leturiaren Egunkari Ezkutua" is regarded as the first modern novel written in Basque.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, The Sudanese military denied bombing civilians in a Jan 7-8 operation which rebels said left 16 villagers and five government troops dead near the South Sudanese frontier.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Top Syrian army defector General Mustafa Ahmad al-Sheikh (54) was set to take charge of the rebel army's operations. A council headed by Sheikh will oversee military operations in conjunction with the Free Syrian Army. The FSA said it has some 40,000 fighters under its command. The US accused Iran of supplying munitions to aid Damascus' bloody crackdown on protests. Violence in Homs reportedly claimed two lives.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Taiwan's president won re-election, paving the way for a continuation of the China-friendly policies that have delighted Beijing and Washington, and caused consternation among some in Taiwan worried about the durability of their de facto independence. Ma Ying-jeou garnered 51.6% of the total against 45.6% for Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. In May Ma Ying-jeou was fined Tw$500,000 ($17,000) by electoral authorities for urging his Facebook followers to vote for him on polling day.
    (AP, 1/14/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Yemen residents of Zinjibar, who fled nearly eight months of fighting between the army and Islamists, began returning home, escorted by Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)

2012        Jan 15, Jon Huntsman said he is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and will throw his support to rival Mitt Romney.
    (SFC, 1/16/12, p.A4)
2012        Jan 15, At Hollywood’s Golden Globes “The Artist” won 3 Golden Globes. “The Descendants” won two. Meryl Streep won for best actress in a drama (The Iron Lady). George Clooney won for best actor (The Descendants). An Iranian film, "A Separation", won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film.
    (SFC, 1/16/12, p.D1)(AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 15, In California 4 people, including 2 children, were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Fresno.
    (SFC, 1/16/12, p.A4)
2012        Jan 15, In Massachusetts the bodies of two people were recovered on a beach in Brewster following a crash of their small plane.
    (SFC, 1/16/12, p.A4)
2012        Jan 15, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa promised that the strife-wracked Gulf nation will move ahead with political reforms that widen the powers of the elected parliament to oversee governments selected by the ruling monarchy.
    (AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, Britain's foreign secretary William Hague said that European nations will intensify pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, but insisted the West wasn't pressing for military action.
    (AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, An antiquities official said Egyptian and Swiss archaeologists have unearthed a roughly 1,100 year-old tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the Kings. It was the only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient royal families ever found in the Valley of the Kings. The singer's name, Nehmes Bastet, means she was believed to be protected by the feline deity Bastet. At the time of her death, Egypt was ruled by Libyan kings, but the high priests who ruled Thebes were independent.
    (AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, Guatemala began Operation Martillo, a broad effort to stop drug trafficking along the Central American coast. Guatemalan authorities signed a treaty allowing the US military to conduct the operations on July 16.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Jan 15, An Iranian news website said a court has sentenced Pres. Ahmadinejad's press adviser to one year in prison on the charge of insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ali Akbar Javanfekr was also banned from journalism activities for five years.
    (AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement that the appeals court ruled that Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi must stand trial in Baghdad. Security forces battled 5 gunmen who detonated a car bomb before blasting their way into a government compound and killing seven policemen in Ramadi. All the attackers were killed.
    (AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, Kazakhstan held elections that were expected to slightly broaden democratic representation in parliament's rubber-stamp lower house. Opposition parties that were most likely to pose a robust challenge to the ruling Nur Otan party have been either disqualified from competing or rendered largely powerless. President Nazarbayev's Nur Otan party won 80.7 percent of the vote, with two other parties achieving slightly more than 7 percent each, thereby clearing the threshold to enter parliament.
    (AP, 1/15/12)(AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 15, Two Kenyan fighter jets, apparently targeting a southern Somali militant camp, instead killed five children in Jilib according to an insurgent spokesman and residents. A resident said she saw 2 dead al-Shabab fighters being transported after the attack.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 15, In Lebanon a five-story residential building collapsed after days of heavy rains, killing 27 people, mostly foreign workers. The building's owner, Michel Saadeh, was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 15, In Libya a militia from the town of Gharyan, approximately 80 km (50 miles) south of Tripoli, clashed with a rival armed group from the nearby town of Assabia. Fighting between the two militias began Jan 13 and by the next day left 2 dead. The clash erupted after an Assabia resident killed a local from Gharyan. Late in the day the rival fighters settled their deadly dispute through a prisoner swap and agreed to a ceasefire.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 15, Tropical Storm Dando hit Mozambique. 3 days of rain left 5 people dead.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 15, In Pakistan a bomb ripped through a Shiite procession killing 21 marchers and wounding over 20 others in Punjab province as Shiites marked the 40th day of mourning the death of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussain.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.52)
2012        Jan 15, In Romania protests continued in cities for a 4th day reflecting widespread anger against austerity measures and an unpopular government.
    (AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, A failed $170 million Russian space probe, Phobos-Ground, crashed into the southern Pacific, 770 miles off the southern coast of Chile.
    (SFC, 1/16/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 15, Sierra Leone police used live bullets and tear gas to quell rioting between followers of the ruling party and opposition where several people suffered stab wounds.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 15, Spain’s Interior Ministry said French police acting alongside Spanish counterparts have arrested three men at a railway station in France on suspicion of belonging to Basque separatist group ETA. They were identified as Jon Echeverria Oyarbide (33), Ruben Rivero Campo, and Inigo Sancho Marco.
    (AP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, In Spain Manuel Fraga Iribarne (89), the founder Spain's ruling conservative party, died. He was the last surviving minister from Gen. Francisco Franco's right-wing regime.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 15, In Sudan international oil companies gathered in Khartoum to study six exploration blocks that Sudan opened for bidding ahead of talks aimed at resolving a long-running oil fee dispute with South Sudan.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 15, Syria’s President Bashar Assad granted a general amnesty for crimes committed during the unrest of the past 10 months. State-run news agency SANA said the amnesty covers those who have peacefully demonstrated. At least six factory workers were killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their bus traveling from a textile factory in Idlib. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right and other activists said seven other people died in the central city of Homs, including three from indiscriminate gunfire and one in the northern province of Idlib.
    (AP, 1/15/12)(SFC, 1/18/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 15, A member of Syria's parliament left the country to join the opposition. Imad Ghalioun, who represents the central city of Homs, said the city is a disaster after months of being a focus of the regime's fierce crackdown.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 15, UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Beirut, called for an end to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, saying the illegal building of settlements worked against a two-state solution. Ban Ki-moon also demanded that Syria's president stop killing his own people.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)(AP, 1/15/12)

2012        Jan 16, Bounty hunter Leonard Padilla told paroled killer Loren Herzog that his partner in crime, Wesley Shermantine, was prepared to disclose the location of missing bodies and was trying to pin the murders on him. Hours later Herzog was found dead in his Lassen County, Ca., trailer. Investigators believed that the two men, dubbed the “speed freak killers,” killed as many as 19 people during a methamphetamine spree in the 1980-1990s.
    (SFC, 1/19/12, p.C6)
2012        Jan 16, Gelareh Bagherzadeh (30), a Texas medical student well-known in her community as an Iranian activist, was mysteriously shot and killed in her car around midnight, just yards from her home in Houston.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 16, In southern Afghanistan a civilian helicopter crashed, killing all three people on board. Police said the Russian-made aircraft probably went down because of a technical malfunction. At least 14 people died in avalanches after heavy snowfall in the mountainous Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, An Algerian court sentenced Nadji Abdelaziz (38), a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, to three years in jail for membership of an extremist group active overseas.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Belgian authorities raided the administrative offices of three Catholics bishops, part of an ongoing child abuse investigation that has previously raised the ire of the Vatican and church officials.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg accused Israel of carrying out "deliberate vandalism" by continuing to build settlements on land the Palestinians hope will form part of a future state.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Canada charged Navy Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle with giving "a foreign entity" secret information between July 6, 2007 and Jan 13, 2012. He was arrested in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Jan 20 the Globe and Mail newspaper said two diplomats and two technical staff at the Russian embassy had been dropped from the official list of diplomatic, consular and foreign government representatives recognized by Ottawa.
    (Reuters, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 16, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the big winner in the first election since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak last February, said it has joined several other parties in backing Saad el-Katatni. He's the secretary-general of the Brotherhood's own party.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, El Salvador Pres. Mauricio Funes apologized for the 1981 El Mozote massacre of 936 civilians in an army counterinsurgency operation. Funes also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1992 peace accords that put an end to the country's 12-year civil war.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, German dairy giant Mueller Group said it has bought Britain's biggest supplier of fresh milk, Robert Wiseman Dairies, for almost £280 million.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Haiti 29 people died and 67 were injured after a truck's brakes failed and the vehicle crashed on Route Delmas, one of the busiest streets of  Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, All 158 Peace Corps volunteers in Honduras left the country, weeks after the United States announced that it would pull them out for safety reasons.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In India Khonra Badshah, accused of making toxic home-brewed alcohol that killed 172 people, surrendered to authorities after a month-long hunt by police.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Indonesia 30 Pakistani and Afghan immigrants tunneled their way out of an detention center in Surabaya using spoons, nails and wooden sticks. Police soon arrested 11 of the escapees leaving 19 at large.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Iraq car bombs ripped through Mosul and Hillah, killing at least 11 people.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Israeli defense officials said the Israeli and US militaries have postponed large-scale war games, scheduled for April, in part to avoid aggravating mounting tensions between the international community and Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, International election monitors said that Kazakhstan's parliamentary election failed to meet the fundamental principles of a democratic vote.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, The Maldives' military arrested the chief justice of the country's criminal court after he released an opposition leader who had been detained without a warrant for allegedly defaming the government. A day later the arrest of Judge Abdulla Mohamed prompted all courts to boycott sessions.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, Al-Qaida's North African branch issued a new video that shows a Mauritanian officer who was recently captured by the terror group during a raid in the country's southeast.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, Mexican investigators detained three more women in the city of Guadalajara in connection with an apparent child-trafficking ring that aimed to supply babies to Irish couples. Authorities last week detained four women and seized nine children, all of them between two months and two years of age. At least 11 Irish couples are involved in the case. On Jan 18 a Mexican official said four of 10 children seized showed signs of sexual abuse.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Mexico 7 gunmen were killed following a pre-dawn shootout with police on a highway in the city of Cuernavaca.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Gustav Leonhardt (b.1928), Dutch keyboard player and father of the early-music movement, died in Amsterdam.
    (Econ, 1/28/12, p.90)
2012        Jan 16, Nigerian unions ended a week-old nationwide strike after President Goodluck Jonathan agreed to lower petrol prices, while security forces shot into the air and fired tear gas to disperse protesters. An unidentified gunmen shot dead three Chadian builders and stole their mobile phones in the northeastern city of Damaturu. 2 people were killed when gunmen invaded their homes in Borno state.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)(AFP, 1/17/12)(AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, Pakistan's top court found PM Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for failing to re-open corruption cases, exacerbating a crisis likely to force early elections.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In the Philippines a historic impeachment trial of the nation’s top judge began in one of Pres. Benigno Aquino's boldest yet most divisive moves to tackle pervasive corruption. Renato Corona was accused of violating the constitution in his efforts to protect graft-tainted former president Gloria Arroyo from prosecution, while also for allegedly amassing a personal fortune above the limits of his salary.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Romania dozens of demonstrators gathered in downtown Bucharest as PM Emil Boc warned that violent protests, that left 59 injured over the weekend, could jeopardize stability and economic growth.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, A hacker network that claims to be based in Saudi Arabia paralyzed the websites of Israel's stock exchange and national airline. El Al Israel Airlines took down its website after hacker OxOmar, who has been linked to the Saudi group, warned that both sites would be targeted by allied pro-Palestinian hackers.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In southern Somalia at least nine people were reportedly killed after jets bombed an al-Shabab militant camp in the town of Afmadow.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, The South Korea Customs Service said 8 men allegedly transformed $260,000 in gold bars into small beads and smuggled them in their rectums to Japan two times in 2010 to avoid import taxes.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In South Sudan members of the Murle community attacked a Lou Nuer community called Duk Padiet in Jonglei state. 47 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, The Sudanese Media Center said intelligence officers have broken up a ring preparing to smuggle Eritreans to Israel, just days after UN officials voiced concern over the gangs.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Sudan rebels in South Kordofan reportedly captured El-Ahmier, a key outpost near the state capital. The country's armed forces denied even being in the area.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Syria an "armed terrorist group" reportedly launched rocket-propelled grenades at an army checkpoint, killing an officer and five army personnel about 6 miles (9 km) southwest of Damascus.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Thailand a foreign suspect, identified as Atris Hussein, with alleged links to Hezbollah militants led police to a warehouse filled with materials commonly used to make bombs. Hussein, a Lebanese man, was carrying a valid Swedish passport when he was arrested on Jan 12. On Sep 18, 2013, Hussein was convicted and sentenced to 2 years and 8 months for illegal possession of ammonium nitrate.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A4)
2012        Jan 16, In Yemen some 200 al-Qaida militants seized full control of Radda, a town 100 miles south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. They stormed the local jail and freed 150-200 inmates, including an unspecified number of militants loyal to al-Qaida. At least 3 people were killed in clashes with soldiers and armed tribesmen.
    (AP, 1/16/12)

2012        Jan 17, In Wisconsin opponents of Gov. Scott Walker submitted 1 million signatures for his recall, far exceeding the 540,208 needed.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.A7)
 2012        Jan 17, Rotary Int’l. announced it had raised another $200 million to eradicate polio. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute a further $504 million. One of three active strains was eliminated in 1999.
    (Econ, 1/21/12, p.90)
2012        Jan 17, Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the Taliban to allow teams conducting a polio vaccination campaign to reach areas under the insurgents' control. Afghanistan,  Pakistan and Nigeria are the last three nations where polio remains endemic.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In Afghanistan assailants gunned down Mohammad Nahim Agha Mama, a prominent anti-Taliban tribal leader as he was praying in a mosque in Kandahar. A suicide car bomber slammed into the entrance of a military base jointly run by NATO and Afghan troops in Nangarhar province, wounding three Afghan private security guards. NATO forces reportedly killed 5 civilians, including a woman and 2 children, during an overnight raid in Kunar province.
    (AP, 1/17/12)(AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, Grant Korgan (33), of Incline Village, arrived at the South Pole on the 100-year anniversary of the Terra Nova Expedition. Korgan, paralyzed in a 2010 snowmobiling accident, used a device called a Sitski to get there. The expedition party included paralympian John Davis, two guides and cinematographers who were shooting for a documentary called "The Push: A South Pole Adventure." The film is expected to be released later this year.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, Britain announced defense cuts. Around 400 of Nepalese Gurkha fighters will lose their jobs as part of the cuts, which will see more than 4,000 posts slashed from the armed forces in total.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Britain said it has signed deals with China to research stem cells and smart grids, after Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne held 2-day talks with officials in Beijing aimed at attracting investment.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In China around 1,000 people from Wanggang village gathered in front of a government building in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, in protest against Li Zhihang, their allegedly corrupt Communist Party secretary. The next morning officials said they would probe their case and would announce the result of the investigation by February 19.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 17, In China Zhu Yufu (58), a writer and democracy advocate, was charged with subversion in Hangzhou for writing a poem urging citizens to gather to defend their freedoms. In February Yufu was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.A3)(SFC, 2/11/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 17, In Cuba a decaying residential building collapsed in a densely packed area of Havana, killing three people and injuring six.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, Gunmen in Ethiopia's arid north attacked a group of European tourists traveling in one of the world's lowest and hottest regions, killing five, wounding two and kidnapping two. The attack was blamed on groups trained and armed by the Eritrean government. Two Germans held hostage were released on March 5.
    (AP, 1/18/12)(AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Jan 17, The European Union and Hungary brought their fight over democratic rights fully into the open, with the EU Commission launching legal challenges against the former Soviet-bloc country many fear may be slipping back into authoritarianism.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, The European Court of Human Rights blocked Britain from extraditing Abu Qatada (aka Omar Mohammed Othman), an alleged top aide of Osama bin Laden to Jordan, saying evidence against him may have been obtained through torture.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Gambia's High Court sentenced Amadou Janneh, the former information minister, to life imprisonment for conspiring to overthrow the ruler of 17 years with T-shirts demanding an end to dictatorship.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In Guinea at least one person was killed and some 30 were injured as soldiers fired on a crowd protesting electricity cuts in the port city of Kamsar.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Honduran lawyer Ricardo Rosales (42), who had reported torture and human rights violations by police officers, was killed by 3 gunmen in Tela.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, India, the world's biggest bullion consumer, sharply hiked import duties on gold and silver in a move that will raise domestic prices of the precious metals.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, India said it was continuing to buy oil from Iran, despite an intensifying US campaign to smother Tehran's vital oil exports until it abandons its nuclear program.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, The Indian government dispatched a team of medical experts to the financial capital, Mumbai, to assess reports of a handful of cases of apparently untreatable tuberculosis.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, It was reported that a new online game in India called "Angry Brides," available as a free application on Facebook, has attracted more than 270,000 fans. It seeks to highlight the problem of illegal dowry demands for women.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In western Iraq insurgents attacked a checkpoint killing five policemen in the Anbar province town of Rutba.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, Madagascar police fired teargas to disperse a crowd of opposition supporters addressed by former president Albert Zafy in the capital city.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In eastern Mali a new Tuareg rebel group under Col. Mahamed Ag Najim launched its first attack. Rebel members included former pro-Gadhafi fighters. Government forces in Menaka counter-attacked and used helicopters to bomb rebel positions.
    (AP, 1/17/12)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.60)
2012        Jan 17, Nigerian soldiers arrested six Islamists described as high-ranking members of the Boko Haram sect during a raid in Maiduguri. Troops shot dead four suspected members of the sect and injured five others in the same city and defused five bombs. Boko Haram gunmen shot dead 2 soldiers who were distributing food to soldiers on duty. Police acknowledged that Kabiru Sokoto, the suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing, has escaped custody after being arrested in the country's capital.
    (AP, 1/17/12)(AFP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 17, In Northern Ireland British Army experts defused a pipe bomb near a Catholic elementary school in Belfast. Police said they found the bomb near the scene of an overnight fire that destroyed a small shop across the street from the school.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, In northwest Pakistan Mukarram Khan Aatif, a reporter for Voice of America, was shot dead by masked gunmen in Shabqadar. A day later the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 1/19/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 17, In Syria at least 34 people were killed in several towns and cities across the country, including 6 soldiers who had defected and 3 members of the security forces.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.A2)

2012        Jan 18, The Obama Administration rejected the Keystone oil pipeline because there was not enough time to review an alternate route that would avoid a sensitive aquifer in Nebraska within a 60-day window set by Congress. Republicans decried the move for sacrificing jobs and energy security in order to shore up the president's environmental base before elections. TransCanada quickly said it would re-apply for the permit, which it first sought in 2008.
    (Reuters, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 18, The US Army Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah burned its last hard weapons containing mustard gas. This marked the destruction of about 90% of its aging chemical weapons, accumulated during the Cold War.
    (SFC, 1/19/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 18, The US Navy led a rescue operation to assist the crew of an Iranian fishing vessel in distress in the Gulf of Oman, the third in 10 days in an area marked by tension between Washington and Tehran.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 18, Prosecutors in NYC introduced an almost $78 million insider trading case involving at least 7 financial industry professionals.
    (SFC, 1/19/12, p.D2)
2012        Jan 18, In Chicago 7 teens were charged in the beating and robbery of a 17-year-old high school student in an incident that stemmed from a previous altercation last October. A video of the beating went viral online. Viewers who posted comments identified the alleged attackers by name.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, The Washington-based International Monetary Fund said that it's aiming to increase its financial firepower by around $500 billion so it can give out new loans to help mitigate a worsening financial crisis.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, A number of Internet sites went dark for 24 hours to raise awareness of twin antipiracy bills pending in Congress. Protests quickly cut into support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) as Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said he would no longer back the legislation he co-sponsored. The bills were pushed by former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Pictures Association of America.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/7e2o5ma)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.33)(SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A16)
2012        Jan 18, The US Embassy in Kathmandu said Peace Corps volunteers will return to Nepal seven years after they left during the peak of a Maoist rebel insurgency.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Aid agencies said thousands of people, more than half of them children, died needlessly and millions of dollars were wasted because the international community did not respond to early warnings of an impending famine in East Africa. Earlier this week food donated by Cargill, the Minnesota-based producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products, was delivered to communities in need in Kenya. Cargill donated 10,000 metric tons of rice to World Food Program USA. The donation, the largest ever food donation to WFP USA, would feed nearly 1 million people for a month.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, In southern Afghanistan 12 people were killed by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle at a bridge under construction in Helmand province. An Afghan intelligence official in Nad Ali district of Helmand province and two of his body guards were killed in an explosion. Afghan security forces said they have killed nine armed insurgents and captured 23 suspects in a series of raids in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Angola's government denied that $32 billion had gone missing from public funds, after the IMF last month raised a flag over a discrepancy in the national books. The government said the discrepancy resulted from "oil revenue being inadequately recorded.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Bahraini riot police chased anti-government protesters out of the center of the island kingdom's capital. Authorities the previous day denied the country's main Shiite-backed opposition party, Al Wefaq, permission to hold protests in central Manama.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Britain’s High Court in London approved a bid by authorities to evict anti-capitalist protesters from outside St Paul's Cathedral. Dozens of protesters from the Occupy London movement have been camping outside St Paul's since October.
    (Reuters, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, A Chinese court in Wuhan city sentenced democracy activist Li Tie to 10 years imprisonment for subversion. A provincial court upheld the death sentence against Wu Ying (31), one of China’s wealthiest businesswomen. She was convicted on Dec 18, 2009, of illegal fund raising.
    (SFC, 1/19/12, p.A2)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.45)
2012        Jan 18, In Egypt assailants attacked Nawara Negm, a prominent activist, as she left work at Cairo's Nileside state television headquarters. She said the beating took place while scores of policemen and army soldiers assigned to the protection of the TV building stood by and watched. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, delivered a thinly veiled warning to anti-military activists planning a wave of protests to mark the Jan. 25 anniversary of the start of the uprising.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 18, The EU said it is doubling humanitarian aid to Africa's Sahel area to 95 million euros in a "race against time" to lift two million people facing food shortages out of danger.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, In Haiti the driver for a French journalist was killed in a robbery. Haitian driver Maxime Alcius died of gunshot wounds but Anthony Lapeyre and his wife escaped unharmed.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 18, PM Viktor Orban said that Hungary's new constitution is based on the core principles of the EU but acknowledged questions over the independence of the central bank and the judiciary are understandable.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, A conservative Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying US President Barack Obama has called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic Republic's supreme leader that also warned Tehran against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Iran's currency, the rial, hit a record low against the dollar, based on rates in black market trading that the government has tried to ban.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, In Iraq suspected insurgents killed a member of the government-allied Sunni militia along with three of his sons in Latifiyah, about 20 miles (30 km) south of Baghdad. Riyadh al-Adhadh, deputy chief of Baghdad provincial council, was arrested while on his way to work in connection with funding insurgent groups. Adhadh is a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni grouping under the broader Iraqiya coalition.
    (AP, 1/18/12)(AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 18, Defrocked Irish priest Peter Kennedy (72) returned to Dublin after being extradited from Brazil. He faced 55 counts of sexually abusing 18 children from 1968-1984. Kennedy had fled to England in 2002 and to Brazil in 2003.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 18, Israeli forces attacked a group of suspected Palestinian militants believed to have been planting a bomb along Gaza's border with the Jewish state. Palestinian officials said two people were killed and two wounded. Relatives of the dead men said they were setting traps for birds near the buffer zone.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, A book titled "My Father, Kim Jong Il and Me," by Tokyo-based journalist Yoji Gomi, went on sale. The author said it is based primarily on email exchanges he had with Kim Jong Nam over many years.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Malawi said police have arrested a gang that had been terrorizing trouser-wearing women in the capital Lilongwe by stripping off their clothes.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, In Mali a new Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, launched a second day of attacks on two more towns in the arid north. 47 people were killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 18, Mexican police in Culiacan captured Eduardo Avila Ojeda (34), one of the main smugglers of illegal weapons for the Sinaloa drug cartel.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 18, Niger PM Brigi Rafini said 34.9% of local households, or more than five million people, are going hungry.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Rwanda's military said it has suspended and put under house arrest four top military officers over allegations of business dealings with civilians in Congo.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, Syria's state-owned media accused Qatar of arming and financing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani, said in an interview aired at the weekend that he backs sending Arab troops to Syria. Activists said Syrian troops have shelled the mountain resort of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon, and living conditions are deteriorating there after six days of siege. By nightfall government tanks and armored vehicles pulled back from Zabadani to two military barracks on the outskirts.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 18, Five Tunisian students said they went on hunger strike against a ban on niqab veils imposed by Manouba university, upping the ante in a dispute which began in November.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 18, In Venezuela a helicopter crashed into Auyantepui mountain during a tour of the tabletop mountains in the Canaima National Park. 5 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/19/12)

2012        Jan 19, A US federal judge blocked Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor to shut down when its license expires in March and said the state cannot force the plant’s owner to sell electricity to in-state utilities at reduced rates as a condition of operation.
    (SFC, 1/20/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 19, Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his presidential campaign and endorsed Newt Gingrich's candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 1/20/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 19, Eastman Kodak Co, the photography icon that invented the hand-held camera, filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to shrink significantly after a prolonged plunge for one of America's best-known companies.
    (Reuters, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed at least seven people and wounded eight in an attack at Kandahar international airport. Hundreds of people took to the streets in Dewa Gul Vally, Kunar province, in protest over a recent night raid by Afghan and NATO forces that allegedly killed six civilians.  A NATO-US helicopter crashed killing 6 Marines. Taliban fighters attacked a police checkpoint in Helmand province. At least 2 police officers and 12 Taliban fighters were killed.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 19, The Bangladesh military said it has foiled a plot by a group of hardline officers, their retired colleagues and Bangladeshi conspirators living abroad to overthrow PM Sheikh Hasina.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In Brazil a federal court in the northeastern in the state of Alagoas sentenced politician Talvane de Albuquerque to 103 years in prison for the 1998 killing of his running mate, Ceci Cunha, so that he could take her place in Congress. Albuquerque was also found guilty of ordering the murder of Cunha's husband, sister-in-law and her sister's mother-in-law.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, Britain’s PM David Cameron said bonuses in the financial services sector have "got out of control" in recent years, adding cash payments at state-backed banks would again be limited to 2,000 pounds.
    (Reuters, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In London a $6 billion (3.8 billion pound) lawsuit between two of Russia's best-known tycoons ended after a four-month High Court hearing. Former Kremlin insider Boris Berezovsky (65) claimed he was extorted into handing the crown jewel of his business empire to Roman Abramovich (45), the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club. A ruling was expected at the end of March or in early April.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 19, Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke (29), an early gold medal favorite ahead of the 2014 Olympics, died at a Utah hospital from injuries she suffered in a training fall.
    (Reuters, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In Cuba Wilman Villar (31), an imprisoned dissident who went on a hunger strike to protest his four-year sentence, died of pneumonia in the eastern city of Santiago. His widow acknowledged on Jan 30 that his legal troubles stemmed from a domestic violence incident and that he aligned himself with the opposition only after he was detained for that.
    (AP, 1/19/12)(AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 19, Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper reported that a safe containing radioactive material was stolen from a site in Al-Dabaa, on the Mediterranean coast. The low-level radioactive material was stolen from a laboratory at a construction site for a nuclear power plant that is not yet operational. A day later the Al-Akhbar newspaper said that the experts who toured the site a day earlier found "no evidence of any theft of radioactive material" or any radioactive leakage.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, An Ethiopian court found three journalists, a politician and a politician's assistant guilty of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, in a case that drew rebukes from rights groups who fear the country's anti-terrorism law is being used to suppress dissent.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, A Haitian judge convicted seven police officers on a range of charges for their role in a prison riot in which at least 10 prisoners were shot to death on Jan 19, 2010.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 19, Honduras' congress approved legislation to allow extradition of its citizens charged elsewhere with drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime. Honduras has barred extraditing its nationals since 1982.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, India's largest lender to the poor, SKS Microfinance, posted its third straight quarterly loss, hit by bad loans and dwindling investor confidence.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In eastern Indonesia a crocodile swallowed a 10-year-old girl while she played in the Wailolong river with her father, the second death in the same place in two months.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, Indonesia's forestry ministry said it would conserve nearly half its share of Borneo island, which is covered with dense rainforest, so as to meet a presidential pledge to reduce gas emissions.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, Iraq's presidency approved the death penalty for 11 men, including Al-Qaeda militants, convicted two years ago of being behind devastating attacks against two ministries on Aug 19, 2009.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, Israeli forces arrested three Palestinians overnight as they tried to enter Israel from the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli forces clashed with angry settlers during the demolition of a settlement outpost on the Jerusalem-Jericho road.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In Libya Abdelhafiz Ghoga, the deputy head of the National Transitional Council, was manhandled by protesters at the University of Ghar Yunis in Benghazi. Students have been demonstrating on the campus for weeks to protest against the perceived lack of transparency of the administration.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In Libya a Tripoli-based militia from the town of Zintan detained Omar Brebesh (62), the country‘s ex-ambassador to France. His body appeared at a hospital in Zintan the next day and a preliminary autopsy found the cause of death included "multiple bodily injuries and fractured ribs."
    (AFP, 2/3/12)
2012        Jan 19, The Maldives Journalists' Association said the government is threatening and harassing the media over their reporting of a political crisis and the military's arrest of the nation's top criminal court judge.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, Five unemployed Moroccan men set themselves on fire in the capital Rabat as part of widespread demonstrations in the country over the lack of jobs, especially for university graduates. Three were burned badly enough to be hospitalized. Abdelwahab Zaydoun (27), who held a master's degree in law, died of his burns on Jan 24.
    (AP, 1/19/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 19, Myanmar's government and ethnic Kachin rebels met for cease-fire talks to end several months of armed clashes near the northern border with China, but their preliminary meeting did not make any major breakthroughs.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, Nigerian police fired tear gas in Lagos at hundreds of protestors as more than 200 defied police warnings and marched towards a park in the economic capital that has become the epicenter of mass mobilization against the removal of fuel subsidies.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In Pakistan a German aid worker and his Italian colleague were kidnapped in Multan. Pakistan police on Jan 24 accused Islamist militants over the kidnapping.
    (SFC, 1/21/12, p.A2)(AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 19, In Somalia a bomb exploded in a crowded refugee camp in Mogadishu, only minutes after a group of UN officials and international journalists left a nearby feeding site. The blast killed two Somalis.
    (AP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In Syria at least 16 people were killed by security forces across the country. An Arab League observer mission ends today but can be renewed for another month.
    (AP, 1/19/12)(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 19, Thailand said that it has recognized a Palestinian state, in a move hailed by Palestinian leaders eager to boost their international standing amid a stalemate with Israel.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 19, Turkish authorities exhumed the bodies of three Kurds near the village of Yagizoymak as part of their investigation into alleged extrajudicial killings by Turkish security forces in the 1990s. Lawyer Ridvan Dalmis, who witnessed the excavation, said the remains allegedly are those of civilians who were killed by security forces in June 1993 and hastily buried by Kurdish villagers before they were forced to evacuate the area.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 19, Vietnam confirmed its first case death from bird flu in nearly 2 years, a day after Cambodia also logged its first fatality this year from the H5N1 virus.
    (SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)

2012        Jan 20, The US Department of Health and Human Services ruled that religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations, including hospitals and universities, will have to offer birth-control coverage to women employees but gave the organizations an extra year to comply.
    (Reuters, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, A US federal appeals court in Boston upheld multimillion-dollar judgments that found the federal government liable for the deaths of 3 people allegedly murdered by James “Whitey” Bulger. The FBI had used Bulger and associate Stephen Flemmi as informants and had shielded them from prosecution.
    (SSFC, 1/22/12, p.A7)
2012        Jan 20, The FBI announced that it had closed down one of the world's largest file sharing sites Megauploader.com. The site, which had over 180 million registered users, was accused of copyright violation and its founder Kim Dotcom (37), aka Kim Schmitz, was arrested in New Zealand. Shortly after, Anonymous launched an attack on several US based sites, including the FBI and Universal Music.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, US federal regulators designated nearly 42,000 square miles of ocean along the West Coast as critical habitat for the endangered Pacific leatherback turtle.
    (SFC, 1/21/12, p.A1)
2012        Jan 20, Etta James (b.1938), the powerhouse singer who combined blues, gospel and R&B and emerged as a major star in the '50s and '60s, died after a long battle with leukemia in a Riverside, Ca., hospital. James placed No. 62 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest artists of all time. Her 1995 autobiography was titled ”Rage to Survive.”
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etta_James)(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 20, An Afghan soldier shot dead four unarmed French troops during a sports session inside a base. Pres. Sarkozy suspended French military training and joint combat operations with Afghan troops, and sent Defense Minister Gerard Longuet to probe the attack in which at least 15 French soldiers were also wounded.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, Bolivia joined Brazil and the United States in signing an accord to cooperate in the control of coca plant cultivation. The agreement creates a coca cultivation tracking system, with the US providing GPS equipment and Brazil capturing satellite images.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, British authorities revoked the license of Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster's English-language outlet, saying the channel had breached a string of regulations.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Chile two retired generals in Chile were found guilty of illegal weapons sales to Croatia in violation of a UN embargo. The Supreme Court sentenced Hector Letelier Skinner and Vicente Rodriguez Bustos to three years each. Eight others also were convicted. All are allowed to serve their terms at home.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, The European Medicines Agency said it is investigating a multiple sclerosis drug made by Novartis after at least 11 patients taking the drug died. The drug, Gilenya, was licensed last year in the EU to treat patients with a severe type of multiple sclerosis.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Haiti Pakistani peace-keepers raped a 14-year-old boy in Gonaives. In March a Pakistani military tribunal convicted two soldiers and sentenced them to one year in prison.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.41)
2012        Jan 20, Indonesian police said a civil servant, who declared himself an atheist on Facebook, has been arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being attacked by an angry mob. Alexander Aan (30), who wrote "God doesn't exist" on his Facebook page, was beaten by a mob of dozens on Jan 18 in his hometown in Pulau Punjung, West Sumatra province. An was also an administrator of a Facebook group promoting atheism with 1,243 followers. His postings no longer appeared online following his arrest.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, Iraqi security forces detained a Sunni Arab politician in central Iraq while a second escaped in the latest round of detentions to hit the minority group amid a political row.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Japan Estonian sumo wrestler Baruto won his first tournament, logging an unbeatable 13th straight victory with only two bouts to go in the New Year basho.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Malawi hundreds of outraged girls and women, among them prominent politicians, protested the recent public stripping of women of their miniskirts and pants. Many wore pants or miniskirts and T-shirts emblazoned with such slogans as: "Real men don't harass women." Men also took part.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, Malaysian prosecutors filed a notice of appeal against the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges, sending the long-running divisive case back to court.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In the Maldives dozens of anti-government activists were arrested in the capital Male, as the government accused them of whipping up religious extremism.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 20, Mali’s military said its army has taken control of three northern towns which were attacked by Tuareg rebels, leading to two days of fierce clashes.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Mexico members of an army special forces unit fatally shot a high-ranking aide to the country's most-wanted drug dealer in a gunfight in the northern state of Durango. Luis Alberto Cabrera Sarabia, know as "The Architect," was responsible for the operations of Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel in Durango and part of the neighboring state of Chihuahua.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 20, Police in northern Mexico captured Enrique Elizondo Flores (35), an alleged member of the Zetas drug gang. He confessed to killing at least 75 people, including many who were pulled off buses.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Mexico police officers in Jalisco state barged into a Lagos de Moreno hotel and kidnapped 3 men. Hours after the three were seized, they were found asphyxiated and beaten to death. The action was captured on video and the faces of several officers were clearly visible. On June 6 five police officers were detained, when soldiers and state police raided their police station.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jan 20, New Zealand police seized a treasure trove of luxury goods from the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload.com as four suspected Internet pirates wanted in the United States appeared in court.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Nigeria an explosion ripped through a zonal police headquarters in Kano, the largest city in the Muslim north. Bomb attacks targeting security forces and gun battles killed at least 150 civilians, 29 police officers, three secret police officers, two immigration officers and one customs official, bringing the death toll in Kano to 185 dead. A local television journalist was among those shot dead as he covered the unrest.
    (AP, 1/20/12)(AFP, 1/21/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Northern Ireland officials confirmed that 3 babies have died in the last week to 10 days after an infectious outbreak linked to the pseudomonas bacteria in a Belfast hospital.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Romania crowds gathered in Bucharest for the eighth day as a US official urged Romanians to avoid the violence that has tarred anti-government protests that have left more than 60 people injured.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Senegal more than 200 women were let out of jail for 24 hours after President Abdoulaye Wade declared a "day of giving" in which no ladies should be in prison. Wade also pardoned 34 women convicted for various crimes.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Somalia African Union-backed government forces raided Islamist rebel hideouts in Mogadishu with tanks and artillery, sparking a retaliation that killed 3 government soldiers and one official.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, South Korea lifted its nine-year import ban on Canadian beef.
    (Reuters, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, South Sudan ordered the shutdown of oil production that provides some 98 percent of its revenue, amid a deepening row with Khartoum over pipeline fees. Shutting down production would not be immediate, and that South Sudanese President Salva Kiir would meet with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir before it was stopped.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Syria thousands of people held anti-government protests, chanting for the downfall of the regime. At least eight people were killed by security forces across the country. In Egypt two Arab League officials said the organization is likely to extend its observer mission.
    (AP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, The UN refugee agency raised concern over the record numbers of Ethiopians and Somalis flocking to Yemen, despite the deteriorating security situation there. Last year 103,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants crossed the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, almost double the 2010 figure of 53,000.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, The UN refugee agency said an upsurge in violence involving government troops and militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced 100,000 people from their homes since November.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 20, In Yemen unidentified gunmen shot dead three policemen in the center of Aden.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)

2012        Jan 21, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich beat Mitt Romney in the South Carolina Republican primary 40% to 28%. Rick Santorum took 3rd place with 17% and Ron Paul came in 4th with 13%.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 21, In New Jersey a fire destroyed a barn in Lafayette killing 22 valuable show horses.
    (SSFC, 1/22/12, p.A7)
2012        Jan 21, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that he personally held peace talks recently with the insurgent faction Hizb-i-Islami. At least 13 people, including five Afghan border police, a NATO soldier and two would-be suicide bombers, were killed across the country.
    (AP, 1/21/12)(AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Anti-whaling activists threw paint and foul smelling acid at a whaling ship in the Antarctic ocean in a fresh bid to halt the annual hunt.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Anti-capitalist protesters said they have taken over a large building in the City of London financial district. Occupy London publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in the Barbican. They left the premises later in the day after a request from contractors employed by the building's owners.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)(AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 21, Burundi admitted that it had asked for an exiled Burundian opposition leader to be arrested in Tanzania and extradited to face murder charges. Alexis Sinduhije, the head of the opposition Movement for Solidarity and Development, a former journalist, was arrested in Tanzania's economic capital Dar es Salaam on January 11 upon his arrival there from Uganda.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, In China Beijing environmental authorities started releasing more detailed air quality data that may better reflect how bad the Chinese capital's air pollution is.
    (AP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said that Manuel Marulanda, the late leader and co-founder of FARC, the country's main leftist rebel group, had owned 57 ranches in two states alone. Marulanda had lived a simple life and died a natural death in 2008.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 21, In eastern India a landmine attack by Maoist rebels killed at least 12 policemen and injured three others in Jharkhand state.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, An Iranian boat sank while sailing between Hormuz Island and the port city of Bandar Abbas on the mainland. 17 people died after a storm capsized the passenger boat.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 21, Iraqi police said gunmen attacked the house of a police officer near the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, killing one of his guards.
    (AP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, An Israeli air strike targeted Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip who were laying explosives near the border.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, In Ivory Coast at least one person was killed during an attack in Abidjan on a meeting of supporters of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, In Kuwait Sheik Saud Al Nasser Al Sabah (68) died. He served as Kuwait's ambassador to the US during Iraq's 1990 invasion of the oil-rich country and the American-led war to oust Saddam Hussein's forces.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 21, Lebanese officials said the Syrian navy arrested three Lebanese fishermen and confiscated their boat in Lebanese waters off the northern town of Arida.
    (AP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, In Libya around 200 protesters frustrated with the pace of reforms stormed the grounds of the country's transitional government headquarters in Benghazi to demand a meeting with the nation's interim leaders.
    (AP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Madagascar's toppled Pres. Marc Ravalomanana tried to end his exile in South Africa, but his commercial plane was forced to turn back mid-flight when his landing was blocked by Andry Rajoelina, the populist former disc jockey who toppled him. Ravalomanana’s party walked out of a fledgling unity government, after the island nation barred him from flying home to end his three-year exile.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Dutch sailor Laura Dekker (16) set foot aboard a dock in St. Maarten, ending a yearlong voyage aboard a sailboat named "Guppy" that apparently made her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe. She had set out from St. Maarten on Jan. 20, 2011.
    (AP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Pakistan detained 31 Indian fishermen and seized their 14 boats for fishing in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 21, In Somalia gunmen kidnapped an American man in the northern town of Galkayo. Bilal-Berjawi, a British-Lebanese commander of the al-Shabab militant group, was killed along with two others when a US drone missile struck the car they were traveling in outside Mogadishu. Another airstrike killed six people near the insurgent stronghold of Kismayo.
    (AP, 1/21/12)(AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 21, In eastern Spain a flaming-horned bull trampled and fatally gored a man during a festival in Navajas. Catalonia had legislation protecting flaming bulls, despite a ban that took effect on Jan 1.
    (AP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, In Sudan gunmen ambushed a UN-African Union peacekeeping patrol in the conflict-stricken Darfur region, killing one Nigerian soldier and wounding three.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, In northwestern Syria a string of explosions struck a police truck transporting prisoners on the Idlib-Ariha highway, killing at least 14 people. Government troops also battled defectors in the north in fighting that left 10 people dead. Clashes erupted after security forces killed four civilians when they fired on mourners at a funeral in Douma.
    (AP, 1/21/12)(AP, 1/22/12)(AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 21, Thailand police seized 3.8 million methamphetamine tablets in the country’s largest drug bust in years.
    (AP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Yemeni officials said outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave soon to Oman, en route to medical treatment in the United States. Yemen's parliament approved an immunity law, a key step toward Saleh's formal retirement from his post.
    (AP, 1/21/12)

2012        Jan 22, US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona announced she intends to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a little more than a year ago.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, Joe Paterno (85), the longtime Penn State coach, died. He won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, Algeria sentenced in absentia Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a top leader in Al-Qaeda's north African branch, to death along with 3 others for acts of terrorism and "participation in voluntary acts of homicide" against members of the armed forces. Algeria has had a moratorium on the death penalty since 1993.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 22, The Arab League officials said its observer's mission in Syria has been extended for another month.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, British author Salman Rushdie accused Indian police of making up an underworld plot to assassinate him that forced him to pull out of a literary festival this weekend.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, Voters in Chad went to the polls for the first local elections in the central African country's history, after the ballot had been rescheduled several times.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, In southwest China a man who contracted the bird flu virus died, the second human death from the virulent disease in the country in just under a month.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, Croatians voted in a referendum on whether to join the European Union. 68% approved the referendum with a turnout of 47% of eligible voters. Croatia signed an EU accession treaty last year and is on track to become a member in July 2013.
    (AP, 1/22/12)(SFC, 1/23/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 22, Finns voted for a new president. The front-runner, ex-finance minister Sauli Niinisto, won 37% setting up a 2nd round on Feb 5. Pekka Haavisto of the Greens Party was second with 18.8%. Finland's 12th president since independence from Russia in 1917 will replace Tarja Halonen.
    (AP, 1/22/12)(SFC, 1/23/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 22, Indian authorities said at least 26 infants have died in the past five days in a state-run hospital in West Bengal state. Most of them were underweight and had been suffering from birth asphyxia.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, Human Rights Watch said Iraq’s Shiite-led government is turning the country into a “budding police state” as security forces routinely abuse protesters, harass journalist, torture detainees and intimidate activists.
    (SFC, 1/23/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 22, The head of Libya's transitional government suspended delegates from Benghazi. Abdul-Jalil said he appointed a council of religious leaders to investigate corruption charges and identify people with links to the Gadhafi regime. NTC deputy head Abdel Hafiz Ghoga resigned from his post, as thousands of students demonstrated against him in Benghazi's University of Ghar Yunis.
    (AP, 1/22/12)(AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, In Mexico’s Guerrero state Atoyac de Alvarez municipal police officers found seven dead and two injured at the scene of a funeral vigil. One of the injured later died. Acapulco police said that three bodies were found dumped in a vacant lot in the resort city, while a fourth was found decapitated in a car and another man died in a shootout with police.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, In Mozambique storms left 12 people dead in the central province of Zambezia. Ten deaths in southern areas had been reported earlier in the aftermath of a tropical depression that brought fierce rains and wind last week.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 22, In northern Nigeria 11 people were killed overnight in an attack in Bauchi state.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, In Pakistan a Kenyan aid worker and his Pakistani driver working for CARE Int’l went missing in southern province of Sindh.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, A Philippines’ military statement said communist insurgents have stepped up "extortion-based violence" and attacks on "soft targets" to raise funds amid waning public support. It also said the strength of the New People’s Army (NPA) has fallen to just over 4,000 last year from about 4,300 in 2010.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 22, In Somalia 2 Kenyan and one Somali soldiers were killed during an attack on hardline Shehab positions at Delbio and Hosingo.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 22, Syrian security forces retreated from the center of Douma one of the biggest Damascus suburbs after intense clashes with anti-government army defectors. State-run news agency, SANA, said an estimated 5,255 prisoners have been released over the past week under a recent amnesty, raising the total freed since November to more than 9,000. 11 residents of Douma were either shot dead by security forces or killed in clashes between army defectors and troops.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, A Turkish doctor whose 25-member team performed the world's first triple limb transplant, two arms and a leg, said the leg has been removed due to tissue incompatibility.
    (AP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, Outgoing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivered a farewell speech, apologizing for mistakes and saying it is time to hand over power. He announced the promotion of Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to the rank of marshal and left the country for medical treatment in NYC. Tens of thousands demanded Saleh's execution protesting against a law giving him full immunity from prosecution.
    (AP, 1/22/12)(AFP, 1/22/12)(AP, 1/23/12)(SFC, 1/23/12, p.A3)

2012        Jan 23, Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, An Afghan toddler was accidentally killed and the child's parents were wounded when Danish soldiers blew up a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 23, A billion-plus Asians welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a cacophony of fireworks, hoping the mightiest sign in the Chinese zodiac will usher in the wealth and power it represents.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, A British court heard that Turkish-Cypriot business magnate Asil Nadir (70), one of Britain's most infamous fugitives, stole almost £150 million from his Polly Peck business empire. Nadir fled to northern Cyprus in 1993, months before he was due to stand trial for fraud, but dramatically returned to Britain in August 2010 and was immediately arrested.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Martin Smith (46), a former TV psychic from North Shields, was found dead at HMP Manchester, formerly Strangeways Prison. Smith was jailed for 16 years in March 2011 after being found guilty of a string of offences including rape, attempted rape and indecent assault. His wife Lianne Smith (43) faced murder charges for the deaths of their 2 children in a hotel in Spain in 2010.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 23, British adventurer Felicity Aston (34) finished her Antarctic crossing, becoming the first woman to ski across the icy continent alone.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, In China Police opened fire on Tibetans protesting against religious repression, killing at least one person and injuring more than 30 others in Sichuan province's Luhuo county.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Egypt's parliament met for the first time since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak. The parliament elected Saad al-Katatni, a leading member of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, as speaker. The exact role of parliament remained unclear, with power remaining in the hands of the generals who took power from former president Mubarak.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, The EU and Iran raised the stakes in their test of wills over the Islamic republic's nuclear program, with the bloc banning the purchase of Iranian oil and Iran threatening to retaliate by closing the Strait of Hormuz.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Indian police said they had arrested two people in connection with triple blasts in Mumbai in July last year which claimed 27 lives. The two suspects from the eastern state of Bihar are accused of taking orders from the alleged mastermind Yasin Bhatkal.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Indian navy personnel took command of the country's first nuclear-powered submarine in two decades after collecting the vessel near the Russian port of Vladivostok. India decommissioned its last Soviet-built vessel in 1991.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 23, The Honein jihadist forum posted a message vowing further attacks against Iraqi Shiites.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 23, The International Criminal Court ruled that two leading presidential hopefuls are among four prominent Kenyans whom should face trial over deadly post-election violence four years ago. The ICC said charges of crimes against humanity had been confirmed against William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the country's founding president. Radio host Joshua arap Sang (36) and Francis Muthaura (65), the head of Kenya's civil service, will also face trial.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Israeli police arrested 2 lawmakers from the militant Palestinian party Hamas after hiding for over a year inside a Red Cross compound in Jerusalem. Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah had sought refuge in the compound on July 1, 2010, to escape Israeli arrest.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Japanese high-tech giant Hitachi said it will stop making televisions by the end of September as intense price competition hurts TV earnings at many electronics manufacturers worldwide.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, In Libya supporters of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi reportedly seized control of Bani Walid, his one-time bastion. At least 7 people were killed and 25 others wounded. The fighters who rose up in Bani Walid belong to Brigade 93, a militia created by Gadhafi loyalists who reassembled after the fall of the regime in August. These claims were strongly denied by Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali. The fighting pitted the May 28 Brigade of former rebel fighters against a group of heavily armed residents who had come to the base to seek the release of a relative from custody.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)(SFC, 1/24/12, p.A2)(AFP, 1/24/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 23, In Malawi scores of lawyers wore their court white wigs and black robes as they marched around court buildings in the commercial capital, Blantyre, to support court clerks who have been striking for higher pay for two weeks. The strikers have said they won't return to work until they get increases of 40% promised in 2006 and 50% promised in 2009. Clerks earned an average of 16,200 kwacha ($100) a month.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, In Mexico two rear admirals took over as directors of traffic police in the neighboring cities of Veracruz and Boca del Rio, as part of an effort to root out corruption. Five police officers were fatally shot after they stopped a vehicle in a town outside Mexico City. A member of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, who police say was responsible for collecting extortion money from bars in the area, was killed in the attack. On Jan 25 Mexico State prosecutor Alfredo Castillo said the officers from the town of Ixtapaluca had asked the four La Familia Michoacana cartel members in the vehicle for 6,000 pesos (about $460) to let them go.
    (AP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)(AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 23, In Pakistan a US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle, killing four militants at Degan village in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Russia's business daily Kommersant reported that Moscow has signed a contract to sell 36 Yak-130 combat jets to Syria, a deal that, if confirmed, would openly defy international efforts to pressure Assad's regime.
    (AP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accused Sudan of stealing $815 million of the crude oil that makes up the new nation's economic lifeblood, as it began a production shutdown in protest. At least one Sudanese refugee boy was injured and 14 others left missing following an air raid in South Sudan.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)(AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 23, Syria rejected the Arab League's wide-ranging new plan to end the country's 10-month crisis, saying the League's call for a national unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty. The EU backed the Arab plan, and it extended existing sanctions against Assad's government by adding 22 more officials and 8 companies to the blacklist. Troops and army defectors clashed near the western town of Qusair. It said five soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded. The LCC put today’s death toll at 10. Funerals in Douma drew more than 150,000 people. Radwan Rabih Hamadi (46), a prominent opposition figure, was ambushed and assassinated by gunmen.
    (AP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 23, Turkey threatened more sanctions for France if the Senate in Paris votes later today to make it a crime to deny the 20th-century killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks constitutes a genocide. France's parliament approved the bill later in the day.
    (AP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 23, In Yemen a wave of mutinies demanding the ouster of the air force commander spread to four military air bases. The president’s half-brother, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saleh, remained commander of the air force.
    (AP, 1/23/12)

2012        Jan 24, US Pres Obama gave his state of the union address. His statements included: “Tyranny is no match for liberty.” On Oct 9, 2011, a twitter message stated “The Libyan Revolutionaries have proven that Tyranny is no match for Liberty and Democracy.”
    (http://twitter.com/quootar)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A1)
2012        Jan 24, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bowed to political pressure and cracked the books on his personal finances, releasing US tax returns showing he pays a lower effective tax rate than many top wage-earners. Romney and his wife Ann paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent in 2010 and expect to pay a 15.4 percent effective tax rate when they file their returns for 2011.
    (Reuters, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Two employees of the US Army Corps of Engineers and two others were arrested in a $20 million bribery and kickback case. The two Army Corps employees, Kerry F. Khan, a program manager, and Michael A. Alexander, a program director, received kickbacks in exchange for directing government contracts to a subcontractor specializing in software encryption devices and other information technology.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6t589z9)(SFC, 1/26/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 24, In California the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted to cancel its 2-year-old medical marijuana permit program following threats from federal prosecutors.
    (SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A12)
2012        Jan 24, In Connecticut 4 police officers, including the president of the local police union, were arrested by the FBI on charges that they assaulted illegal immigrants and covered up abuses in a New Haven suburb where a federal investigation found life was made miserable for Hispanics.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 24, In New Mexico a federal jury awarded $22 million to Stephen Slevin (58), who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. He was arrested while driving through the southern New Mexico county in August 2005 and ended up in solitary confinement because he was suffering from depression and someone checked a box on a form indicating he was suicidal. He released in June, 2007, and was never convicted.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 24, Afghan officials said heavy snow and avalanches in Afghanistan's far northeast have killed at least 46 people since last week.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Flooding in northeastern Australia caused thousands of homes to lose power and prompted authorities to start evacuations, around a year after deadly floods devastated the region.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In Bahrain at least 41 policemen were injured in clashes with demonstrators.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 24, The Coryton refinery in Essex, one of Britain's largest oil refineries halted sales, casting doubt over the future of 1,000 jobs and putting petrol supplies at risk. Petroplus, its Swiss owner, said it would file for insolvency. It had bought the refinery from BP in 2007.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Canada deported a Rwandan man charged with crimes against humanity. Leon Mugesera, who lost a 16-year battle to stay in Canada, will face charges of inciting murder, extermination and genocide.
    (Reuters, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In China two Tibetans were reportedly killed and several more were wounded when security forces opened fire on a crowd of protesters in Seda county in politically sensitive Ganzi prefecture in Sichuan province.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 24, Egypt's military ruler decreed a partial lifting of the nation's hated emergency laws, saying the draconian laws will remain applicable to crimes committed by "thugs." This would become effective Jan 25, the first anniversary of the start of the popular uprising that toppled longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, India's central bank moved to release billions of dollars to commercial lenders in a policy shift designed to boost slackening growth in Asia's third-biggest economy.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Nearly 700 Indian separatist rebels laid down their arms at a ceremony that the government hailed as a major step towards bringing peace to the restive northeast region.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In Iraq a series of car bombs exploded in Shiite areas of Baghdad. At least 19 people were killed and over 60 injured as insurgents targeted day laborers, government workers and a police captain. Mullah Nadhum al-Jubouri, the leader of a Sunni militia that turned against al-Qaida in Iraq and sided with the US troops, died in a drive-by shooting in western Baghdad.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)(AP, 1/25/12)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 24, Israel carried out several airstrikes overnight in Gaza that the Israeli military said targeted an arms factory and three tunnels. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries. The Israeli military arrested MP Abdul Jaber Fuqaha overnight from his home in Ramallah, the fifth Hamas official to be arrested by Israeli forces in the past five days.
    (AP, 1/24/12)(AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In Kashmir a huge avalanche buried seven Indian soldiers while they were clearing snow from an army supply road in the mountains near the cease-fire line.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Kosovo moved a step closer to full control of its own affairs, with a multinational organization announcing it will end its mandate this year pending continued progress on democratization and human rights.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In Mali some 82 soldiers and civilians were summarily executed during a Tuareg offensive in the town of Aguelhok.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Jan 24, In Mauritania representatives from Sahel states (Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Algeria) and Nigeria vowed to help each other fight terrorism from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Islamist sect Boko Haram, which are said to have ties.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In New Zealand a mass-stranding of whales left 36 of the creatures dead and threatened 40 more. 99 pilot whales had stranded themselves a day earlier on Farewell Spit on the South Island.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Nigerian security forces killed a man and his pregnant wife in an assault on a neighborhood in Kano. Suspected members of Boko Haram surrounded a police station in Kano, ordered civilians to get off the street, began chanting "God is great" and threw homemade bombs into the station while spraying it with assault rifles.
    (AP, 1/24/12)(AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 24, In Papua New Guinea as many as 60 people were feared dead after a massive landslide wiped out an entire village in the rugged Southern Highlands.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 24, Philippine customs authorities seized unclaimed items, which appeared to have been meant for cooking something illegal. They had waited a month to see who would claim the suspicious shipment of "kitchen equipment" from Taiwan. A Chinese drug syndicate is suspected to have arranged the shipment to use the drumloads of chemicals, heating equipment and other items to produce large quantities of methamphetamine.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Romania's PM Emil Bloc used a national Day of Unity holiday to call for unity as thousands of protesters angry at the government's failure to reverse falling living standards turned their ire toward state media.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Russia's elections commission said prominent opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky will be disqualified from running for president in March, after finding that hundreds of thousands of the signatures submitted on his nominating petition were invalid. The move would prevent his liberal Yabloko party from fielding observers. His party had fielded thousands of election observers in the December election who documented evidence of fraud in favor of Putin's United Russia party.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Saudi police detained nine men accused of instigating riots earlier this month in the eastern city of Qatif.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Senegal's public transport workers launched a fresh strike to protest high fuel prices and police harassment, leaving many stranded on their way to work.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, A respected human rights group, the Humanitarian Law Center, accused Serbia's new army chief of staff, Gen. Ljubisa Dikovic, of war crimes against civilians in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war, but officials denied the claim.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In Somalia a truck bomb targeted an Ethiopian military base. Islamist militants claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab on its Twitter feed claimed that 33 Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Syria's foreign minister said that "half the universe" is conspiring against his country, as Gulf Arab nations withdrew from a monitoring mission in Syria because the government has failed to stop 10 months of violence. Syrian troops opened fire to disperse hundreds of people in al-Barra village in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of northern Syria who had gathered for the funeral of Radwan Rabih Hamadi, assassinated a day earlier.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Tanzanian police freed Burundian opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije, who was arrested two weeks ago in Dar es Salaam at Burundi's request. Sinduhije was expelled to Uganda.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, In central Thailand fireworks set off during an official Chinese New Year celebration sparked a blaze that burned homes, killed three people and injured others.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Tunisian police ended a weeks-long sit-in by conservative Muslims at Manouba university that banned the full-face veil.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Turkey warned the French president against signing a law that makes it a crime to deny that the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago constituted genocide, saying such a move would deal a heavy blow to the relations between the two countries.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Ugandan police clashed with opposition supporters in Kampala after security forces tried to detain opposition leader Kizza Besigye following a protest rally over rising living costs.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, UNICEF said a year of Yemen's turmoil has exacerbated the number of malnourished children under the age of five to around 750,000.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Uruguay's president approved a $513,000 payment to Macarena Gelman, who was illegally adopted during the dictatorship after her mother was tortured and disappeared.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Venezuela deported three suspected drug smugglers wanted in the United States, Canada and Colombia, touting the moves as proof the government of President Hugo Chavez is making strides in fighting trafficking.
    (AP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, More teachers in Zimbabwe joined a national strike in which government workers are seeking to double their salaries. Their action on the strike's second day, and the absence of more staff from government offices, began to disrupt routine services.
    (AP, 1/24/12)

2012        Jan 25, US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that it would likely not raise interest rates until the end of 2014.
    (SFC, 1/26/12, p.D5)
2012        Jan 25, Former US Army Corps of Engineers employee Michael Alexander agreed to plead guilty to charges of participating in a $20 million bribery and kickback scheme involving the awarding of government contracts related to software encryption devices.
    (SFC, 1/26/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 25, US Navy SEAL Team 6, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden, parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. 9 kidnappers were killed and American Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted were freed.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, Boeing won its largest ever order from Europe as Norwegian Air Shuttle ordered 122 planes. The deal was worth $11.4 billion at list prices. NAS also planned to buy some 100 Airbuses. The total package for 222 planes was about $10 billion.
    (Econ, 1/28/12, p.65)(Econ, 4/27/13, p.61)
2012        Jan 25, A study of freakish condition called Morgellons was released. It concluded that Morgellons exists only in the patients' minds. Federal health officials began the study in 2008. The syndrome wasn't named until 2002, when "Morgellons" was chosen from a 1674 medical paper describing similar symptoms.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 25, In eastern Afghanistan a rocket fired by Taliban insurgents killed a woman and her child in Kapisa province.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 25, Azerbaijan officials said 2 men have been arrested in a plot to assassinate Israeli targets in Baku. Local mercenaries, suspected of being recruited by a well-known gangster with ties to Iran, were arrested. Azerbaijani media later said that two Iranian Quds Force members were arrested. In addition, around 20 people, mostly from the same family, were arrested in connection with the planned attacks, in a village on the outskirts of Baku.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6rqkkdc)(www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/01/26/190617.html)(SFC, 2/22/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 25, Security forces in Bahrain fired tear gas and stun grenade after opposition groups staged a rare march into the center of the capital Manama.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, In Brazil a building of some 20 stories collapsed in Rio de Janeiro causing 2 other smaller buildings to also come down. At least 17 people were killed and after 3 days 7 people remained missing.
    (AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 25, CongoDRC aid workers declared "a humanitarian catastrophe" in southeastern Congo, and blamed the recent deaths of at least 25 people on Kyungu "Gedeon" Mutanga, a feared Mai Mai warlord who broke out of jail late last year.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied to mark the first anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists gathering on different sides of Cairo's Tahrir Square. The ruling generals have declared Jan. 25 a national holiday to mark the occasion. Previously, Jan. 25 was Police Day.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, German police raided the homes of four alleged supporters of the Nationalist Socialist Underground group, a neo-Nazi group linked to the killings of nine immigrants and a policewoman over the past decade.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, The Haitian government and European Union signed an agreement for building a road to connect the capital with the country's second largest city.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, In western India bus driver Santosh Mane (30) went on a rampage in central Pune, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens during rush-hour.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, In Indonesia 7 people were killed and 51 injured as heavy rains from by Tropical Cyclone Iggy lashed the country, bringing down trees and power lines and damaging hundreds of homes.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 25, Japan’s Nissan said it will invest $2 billion in a new auto plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
    (SFC, 1/26/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 25, In Libya Defense Minister Osama al-Juwali sought a solution to the clashes in Bani Walid between locals still loyal to Gadhafi and forces of the new regime. Juili said that Bani Walid was under government control and that the fighting was an internal problem between two groups of young men, one of them being the May 28 Brigade.
    (AP, 1/25/12)(AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, In Pakistan 3 lawyers were shot dead and a fourth wounded in a drive-by sectarian attack in Karachi. The victims were minority Shiite Muslims. Six Pakistani soldiers and 17 Taliban militants were killed in an overnight clash in Jogi village of central Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, In northwest Pakistan nine phosphate miners were feared dead after they were buried by a large landslide in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, In the Philippines an artillery round accidentally exploded while a welder and police commandos tinkered with it with an acetylene torch, killing four people, including two policemen, in Manila.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov was registered as a presidential candidate and will be the only political newcomer in the race. He joined PM Vladimir Putin and three veteran party leaders on the ballot for the March vote.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, announced the wording of a referendum on the nation’s independence, scheduled for the autumn of 2014, in a consultation document. His wording kept open the option maximum self-government.
    (Econ, 1/28/12, p.57)
2012        Jan 25, At least 15 Somali migrants were killed and 40 left missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. The boat had been carrying 55 Somalis and the other passengers were still missing.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 25, In Sudan arson and looting broke out in the war-ravaged Darfur region after a protest against the appointment of a new governor. Hundreds had turned out in Nyala to show support for Abdul Hamid Kasha, the ousted elected governor. Kasha was offered the post of governor in the newly created state of East Darfur but refused.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, Corporate leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was the opening speaker.
    (Econ, 1/21/12, p.76)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.51)
2012        Jan 25, In central Syria government forces clashed with army defectors and stormed rebellious districts, firing mortars and deploying snipers in violence that killed at least 7 people.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, The UN said that the worldwide fishing industry could benefit from a $50 billion boost annually if stocks were allowed time to recover. A UN Environment Program report released in the Philippine said 32 percent of the world's fish stocks have already been depleted by years of overfishing and poor coastal management.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, Fresh clashes in southern Yemen killed six al-Qaida militants and injured 10 soldiers. Residents of Radda, 100 miles (160 km) south of Sanaa, held street celebrations, firing guns in the air to celebrate the withdrawal of al-Qaida gunmen from their town.
    (AP, 1/25/12)

2012        Jan 26, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a new study showing an estimated 7% of American teens and adults carry the human papillomavirus in their mouths.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 26, In Texas Rodrigo Hernandez (38) was executed for the abduction, rape and strangulation of Susan Verstegen (38) 18 years ago.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 26, Actor Robert Hegyes (60), best known for playing Juan Epstein on "Welcome Back Kotter, died of a heart attack. After "Kotter," Hegyes went on to co-star in "Cagney and Lacey" as Detective Manny Esposito. His other TV work included an episode of "The Love Boat," "NewsRadio" and "CHiPS."
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 26, In southern Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated a car laden with powerful explosives, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 31 other people.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Two Australian adventurers reached home and made Antarctic history by becoming the first team to travel unaided to the South Pole and back, surviving three months of "extreme hardship." James Castrission (29) an accountant, and Justin Jones (28), a scientist, skied 2,270 km (1,400 miles) to complete the arduous trek. The pair reached had the Pole on December 31.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Bahrain authorities say a detainee has died after being taken into custody a day earlier during clashes between security forces and Shiite-led protesters.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Bolivia Santos Ramirez, a former close ally of President Evo Morales, was convicted of corruption for taking bribes while running the state-run YPFB oil company and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Argentine businessman Agustin Tomas Melano was convicted in absentia of paying the bribes. The scandal broke in January 2009 when Jorge O'Connor Darlach, Melano's chief partner in the Bolivian-Argentine consortium, was shot in the face during an armed robbery of $450,000 in cash.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 26, Ecuador’s health ministry said it will investigate and act forcefully against any clinics found to be trying to force homosexuals to change their sexual orientation.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 26, It was reported that Egypt has banned the son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a number of other Americans from leaving the country as tensions rise over moves by Egyptian authorities to restrict the work of international rights organizations. LaHood's organizations was one of 10 raided last month by Egyptian authorities, who said they sought to determine if the groups were operating legally.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Fiji’s secretary of information said that severe flooding and landslides have killed 6 people and left hundreds homeless.
    (SFC, 1/26/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 26, In southeast France Jean-Claude Mas (72), the former head of a French company at the center of a breast implant scandal affecting tens of thousands of women worldwide, was arrested along with his former deputy, Claude Couty.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, A German court convicted a Roman Catholic priest (46) of some 250 counts of sexually abusing children over a several-year period and sentenced him to six years in prison. He was found guilty of abusing three boys aged 9 to 15 between 2004 and 2011.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is ready to revive talks with the world powers, as toughening sanctions aim at forcing Tehran to sharply scale back its nuclear program. A US-made F-14 Iranian fighter jet crashed in southern Iran. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were killed.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Iranian security forces killed six Pakistani traders taking goats into Iran. Gunmen in Syria kidnapped 11 Iranian pilgrims traveling by road from Turkey to Damascus.
    (AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Jan 26, Iraq said it will take legal action to ensure justice for the families of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians killed in a US raid in Haditha seven years ago. Insurgents bombed a house belonging to two policemen and their families in central Iraq early, killing 10 people inside. A motorcycle bomb missed a passing police patrol in Kirkuk, but killed two civilians and wounded five others. 7 people were killed in attacks on Baghdad's s two mostly Sunni districts.
    (AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 26, Jordanian activist Odai Abu-Issa (18) was found guilty of "harming the king's dignity" for burning a street poster of the monarch and has been sentenced to two years in prison. Abu-Issa torched King Abdullah II's poster in front of a government office in southwestern Jordan two weeks ago.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Kenyan Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta resigned after the International Criminal Court ruled this week he should stand trial for his alleged role in 2007-8 post-election violence. Head of public service Francis Muthaura, one of the most influential men in President Mwai Kibaki's circle, who also had the charges against him confirmed by The Hague-based court, resigned as well. Kenyatta, one of Africa's wealthiest men, and Muthaura, often described as Kibaki's right-hand man, faced five counts including orchestrating murder, rape, forcible transfer and persecution in the aftermath of the December 2007 polls.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said it has suspended its work in prisons in the Libyan city of Misrata because it said detainees are being tortured and denied urgent medical care. 30 representatives from clans of the powerful Werfelli tribe, which is spread across Libya but whose stronghold is Bani Walid, came together to discuss terms for the return of fighters of the May 28 Brigade who fled the town during the clashes.
    (AP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Mali Tuareg rebel fighters (NMLA) attacked a town in the far east of the country, the fourth town targeted since fighting began just over a week ago.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, The Mexican army announced the arrest of Oscar Santoyo Rodriguez, alias "El Mosco, a suspect in the Feb 15, 2008, bombing attempt aimed at a municipal police official in Mexico City. He was captured in the southern state of Oaxaca last week. 9 people, including 8 men and a woman, were shot to death in the center of Monterrey.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Mexico Miguel Nazar Haro (87), former head of the now-dissolved Federal Security Directorate (1978-1992), Mexico’s domestic spy agency, died. He was accused of being behind the disappearances of alleged leftist guerrillas in the 1970s.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Nigeria a police source said some 200 people, mostly Chadian "mercenaries," have been arrested following last week's attacks in the northern main city of Kano. Gunmen killed 15 village traders returning from a market at night and set their bodies ablaze in northern Zamfara state.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Pakistan security forces killed at least 20 militants in the northwestern Kurram tribal region after coming under attack.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Pakistani government officials in Punjab said around 100 heart patients have died after taking faulty medicine made locally and dozens more are in a critical condition in hospitals in Lahore.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Some 300 Palestinians in Tulkarem protested against price hikes and a recent income tax increase imposed by PM Salam Fayyad.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill refused to step down despite a mutiny by soldiers who seized the military headquarters and demanded that he cede power to his ousted predecessor, former PM Michael Somare.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Russian PM Vladimir Putin said that government officials must crack down on migrant workers who break the nation's laws by failing to register or get work permits, and on companies that profit by hiring them.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Spain Andrew Robert Levene (41), an American man accused of killing a jewelry store owner in the US and stealing $300,000 (euro228,000) in diamonds before fleeing to Europe, was found hanged in his prison cell in the Modelo prison in Barcelona. Levene was charged with federal murder, robbery and firearm offenses in the Dec. 8 shooting of Yekutiel Zeevi, owner of YZ Manufacturers LLC store in Westport, Connecticut.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Sudan the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). A Darfur region rebel group, said it has chosen Gibril Ibrahim (56), a one-time university professor, to head the movement after his brother, the former leader, was killed last month.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, Syrian troops stormed a flashpoint suburb of Damascus, rounding people up in house-to-house raids and clashing with army defectors. Tens of thousands of backers of Pres. Assad poured into the streets of several cities in a show of support for his embattled regime. At least 200 people were reported detained in Douma. A joint army and police force was ambushed near the town of Khirbet Ghazaleh, killing four members of the security forces and wounding five more. A sniper shot dead a woman in the central city of Hama, while a stray bullet killed a 14-year-old boy in the southern province of Daraa. State-run news said an army colonel was shot dead by "an armed terrorist" in front of his home in the central city of Homs. Activists said 62 people were killed across the country including 54 in Homs and Hama.
    (AP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 26, A Thailand wildlife official said a worrisome new practice of Thais consuming elephant meat could threaten the national animal with extinction. Thailand's elephant population was under 3,000 wild elephants, plus some 4,000 domesticated.
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, The Vatican defended its transfer of a top official to Washington after he exposed alleged corruption in the awarding of Holy See contracts. The previous evening the Italian investigative news program, "The Untouchables," showed letters from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to Pope Benedict XVI begging not to be transferred after exposing corruption costing the Vatican millions of euros (dollars).
    (AP, 1/26/12)
2012        Jan 26, In Zimbabwe a public servants' strike jerkily resumed after failed talks on doubling basic wages, as some teachers held classes while others left students on their own.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)

2012        Jan 27, A Connecticut judge ordered Joshua Komisarjevsky (31) to be executed this summer for the July 23, 2007, murders of a mother and her two daughters during a brutal home invasion. His accomplice, Steven Hayes (48), was already sentenced to death row.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 27, Hull House, the Chicago social services organization founded in 1889 by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams, closed after running out of money.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, The California Air Resources Board approved strict vehicle emissions regulations in a package known as the Advanced Clean Car program. It would cut in half current greenhouse gas emission by 2025.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.C1)
2012        Jan 27, In Oakland, Ca., adopted son Moses Kamin (15) strangled his mother, Susan Poff (50), and his father, Robert Kamin (55), at the family home near Lake Merritt. He then tried to burn their bodies in a car. In 2013 Moses was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/26/13, p.C1)
2012        Jan 27, Fitch ratings downgraded the debt of Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain even as European finance chiefs gathering in Davos sought to reassure global business leaders that Europe is on track to solve its debt crises.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A4)
2012        Jan 27, A paralyzed British man who wants to die won the first round in his legal battle, when the High Court ruled his lawyers won't be prosecuted if they seek out experts to help him commit suicide.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, Chinese security forces arrested a youth named Tarpa after he posted a leaflet in Sichuan's Aba prefecture "stating that the reason for the self-immolation protests was that Tibet must be free and the Dalai Lama must return, and until these demands were met, there was no way for the campaign to be stopped." Security forces fired at Tibetans trying to stop Tarpa’s arrest, killing one and wounding several others, in the third reported deadly clash in a politically sensitive Tibetan region in a week.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, In CongoDRC two months after voters went to polls in a chaotic election, the electoral commission announced that parties supporting Congo's president won two-thirds of legislative seats. Electoral officials said they also want to annul results of the legislative elections in seven of Congo's 169 voting districts and prosecute a dozen candidates accused of introducing irregularities and violence.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, Cuba convicted six people of cutting down African mahogany trees in the National Botanical Gardens and sentenced them to eight and 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, The Czech government signed a deal for Prague to host the headquarters of an ambitious satellite navigation system that is expected to rival the US Global Positioning System.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, In Egypt protesters marched to Cairo's Tahrir Square to join thousands there demanding democratic change. Today’s rallies marked a year since the army was deployed to control the deadly protests calling for an end to Mubarak's regime. Muslim Brotherhood supporters and secular protesters hurled bottles and rocks at each other and got into fistfights in Tahrir Square.
    (AFP, 1/27/12)(AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi said he would pull troops out of Somalia "as soon as feasible," admitting for the first time that forces had crossed into the war-torn neighboring country.
    (AFP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, France announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan a year earlier than the 2014 date agreed by NATO. Pres. Sarkozy, alongside Afghan President Hamid Karzai who was in Paris for a previously planned visit, said France had told the US of its plan, and will present it at a Feb. 2-3 meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 27, Gabon officials announced that the National Wood Company of Gabon (SNBG) has obtained a loan of 13.7 million euros ($18 million) to help in building a plant to treat timber at Libreville's port, Owendo.
    (AFP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, In India a leopard badly mauled two people including a pregnant woman after straying into Guwahati, the largest city in northeast Assam state. It was the third such attack there in as many weeks.
    (AFP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession in southeastern Baghdad, killing 33 people, half of them policemen who were guarding the march. Minutes after the explosion, gunmen opened fire at a checkpoint in Zafaraniyah, killing two police officers.
    (AP, 1/27/12)(AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 27, In Italy Costa Cruises, the Italian operator of the Costa Concordia luxury liner, offered a settlement of some $14,000 to each uninjured passenger in the Jan 13 shipwreck. The Carnival Corp. unit also offered reimbursement of an estimated $4,000. A class-action suit was expected to seek $165,000 per passenger.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A4)
2012        Jan 27, A retired Moroccan died in a Marrakech hospital after pouring gasoline on himself and lighting himself on fire in a nearby town's courthouse the day before. State news said the man lived alone and had serious social and personal problems.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, Gunmen in Nigeria killed at least one officer after opening fire on a police station in the city of Kano. Police in southeastern Enugu state arrested 25 armed men believed to have come from the violence-plagued predominantly Muslim north while traveling on a bus headed to the mainly Christian south. The men were found with 19 home-made guns and some machetes during a search at a highway police checkpoint.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 27, In Pakistan unidentified assailants rained 9 rockets on the elite military academy in Abbottabad.
    (SFC, 1/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 27, In Puerto Rico Nicolas Gonzalez Figueroa, an assistant US Army chaplain who pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, Russian officials said the leader of Islamist separatists in the province of Ingushetia was killed in a shootout in the village of Ekazhevo along with two other militants. 4 Russian military officers and five militants were killed in the neighboring province of Dagestan. In Kabardino-Balkariya, three masked militants stormed into a school and stabbed a volleyball player in the gym.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, The Rwandan government said it will increase the cost of a permit to track the endangered mountain gorillas, the country's main tourist attraction, to $750 from $500 starting June 1. The permit allows visitors to spend around one hour observing the primates, estimated to total just 790 worldwide.
    (AP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, Senegal's highest court ruled the country's increasingly frail, Pres. Abdoulaye Wade (85) could run for a third term in next month's election. The ruling led to rioting. Just days before the constitutional court was due to vote on whether Wade was eligible to run again, the judges received new, government-issued luxury cars.
    (AP, 1/28/12)(Econ, 2/4/12, p.51)(AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Jan 27, In Syria heavy gunfire hammered Homs in a second day of chaos. Activists said  21 people were killed across the country. The UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting to discuss the crisis, a step toward a possible resolution against the Damascus regime. The rebel Free Syrian Army said it had captured five Iranian soldiers in Homs who it said were under orders of the Syrian intelligence service.
    (AP, 1/27/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012        Jan 27, The UN called on Israel to immediately halt the destruction of Palestinian homes in the West Bank after reporting a dramatic rise in demolitions in the past year.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 27, In Yemen fighting between government troops and al-Qaida linked militants in the country's south killed at least five people.
    (AP, 1/28/12)

2012        Jan 28, In Oakland, Ca., riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall Street protesters, firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes that injured three officers and at least one demonstrator.
    (Reuters, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 28, A California police officer under investigation for sexual misconduct with a teenage minor was shot and killed while on duty by fellow officers as they tried to arrest him in Santa Maria.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Aiken, South Carolina, Joshua Tremaine Jones (26) shot and killed police Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers (49) as she responded to a report of suspicious activity. Jones was soon arrested and also faced murder charges for the death of his girlfriend Cayce Vice (26).
    (SFC, 1/30/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 28, Washington state wildlife officials said 8 sea lions have been found shot dead in recent weeks.
    (SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A8)
2012        Jan 28, Bird enthusiasts were reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration.
    (Reuters, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, British police searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers after arresting a police officer and four current and former staff of his tabloid The Sun as part of an investigation into police bribery by journalists.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Ethiopia African leaders inaugurated a new $200 million headquarters that was funded by China as a gift. They said the massive complex in Addis Ababa is a symbol of China's rapidly changing role in Africa.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In northeast India a suspected Naga rebel opened fire at a police station packed with voters on a tense election day in Manipur state, killing 4 people before he was shot dead.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani backed minority Kurds in Syria, who have rallied against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad during 10 months of nationwide protests. He spoke at a two-day conference of Syrian Kurds in the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Arbil.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia agreed to strengthen economic and security cooperation but made no progress on resolving a long-standing territorial dispute that has kept the two nations from concluding a peace treaty.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Kazakhstan some 300 opposition activists staged a rare rally in Almaty, the commercial capital, to protest recent elections and the violent suppression of a group of oil workers. Hours later, speakers at the rally were handed two-week jail sentences for holding the unsanctioned gathering.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, It was reported that more than 1,000 prisoners in Kyrgyzstan have sewn their lips together, a grotesque act inmates describe as a protest of their dismal conditions, but which authorities blame on organized criminal gangs who resent attempts to break the power they wield in prisons.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, Liberia arrested some 70 people near its southeastern border with Ivory Coast for their alleged involvement in plans to destabilize the neighboring country.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 28, Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council adopted a new electoral law to form its first constituent assembly in June, dropping a 10% quota set aside for women. It now said each political party must have equal numbers of men and women in its list of candidates for the 136 seats.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Pakistan a private TV station said it had fired Maya Khan, a popular morning show host, after she sparked outrage by running around a public park trying to expose young, unmarried couples hanging out, a taboo in this conservative Muslim country.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Papua New Guinea Yaura Sasa, a retired colonel who attempted to take over the military and ordered the prime minister to step down, was arrested and charged with mutiny.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Peru a fire swept through a two-story private rehabilitation center for addicts in a poor part of Lima, killing 27 people and critically injuring five. The "Christ is Love" center for drug and alcohol addicts was unlicensed and overcrowded and its residents were apparently kept locked inside.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Somalia unidentified gunmen shot dead Hassan Osman Abdi (29), a station director at a Mogadishu radio station. Pres. Saleh arrive in the US for medical treatment.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)(SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A3)
2012        Jan 28, South Korean activists floated giant balloons carrying boxes of socks into North Korea hoping that North Koreans could wear the socks or trade them for food during the harsh winter.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In South Sudan a Nuer tribe from Unity state attacked a Dinka community in neighboring Warrap state. 70 people were reported killed and attackers took more than 4,000 cattle. On Jan 30 South Sudan accused its former foes in the Khartoum government of arming gunmen who killed over 40 people in the cattle raid.
    (AP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 28, Sudan agreed to free ships with South Sudanese oil as a goodwill gesture to ease negotiations aimed at resolving a furious row over pipeline transit fees.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Sudan's South Kordofan state rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) captured 29 Chinese workers after a battle with government forces. Nine members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) were also being held. On Feb 7 all 29 Chinese workers were released and flown to Kenya. Sudan's foreign ministry spokesman said that in addition to the 29 freed Chinese, 17 others had earlier been "released" by the Sudan Armed Forces but one other Chinese died.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)(AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Jan 28, At Davos, Switzerland, 3 topless Ukrainian protesters were detained while trying to break into an invitation-only gathering of international CEOs and political leaders to call attention to the needs of the world's poor. Separately, demonstrators from the Occupy movement marched to the edge of the gathering.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, The Arab League halted its observer mission to Syria, sharply criticizing the regime of President Bashar Assad for escalating violence in recent days that has killed at least 80 people across the country. Government forces clashed with anti-regime army defectors across the country. At least nine were reported killed in the clashes and other violence. State-run news said "terrorists" ambushed a bus carrying army officers near the tense Damascus suburb of Douma, killing seven of them.
    (AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 28, In Tunisia over 8,000 people marched in Tunis denouncing violence committed by ultraconservative Islamist groups.
    (SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A3)
2012        Jan 28, In Yemen hundreds of air force personnel in Sanaa and Taez demanded the ouster of air force commander Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, a half-brother of Pres. Saleh.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)

2012        Jan 29, In Alabama police investigating a possible robbery at a Birmingham home instead found five people dead inside. 3 suspects were arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/29/12)(SFC, 1/31/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 29, In Florida a long line of cars and trucks collided one after another on a dark highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. At least 10 people were killed south of Gainesville on Interstate 75.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, Georgia’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a criminal-justice reform bill that revised sentencing laws to keep non-violent drug and property offenders out of prison. The state Senate did the same and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law.
    (Econ, 2/2/13, p.24)
2012        Jan 29, Bahraini detainees and activists convicted for taking part in anti-government demonstrations last year began a hunger strike protesting a new crackdown on demonstrators.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 29, Bangladesh police fired guns and used batons on crowds of stone-throwing opposition activists in several towns, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100. The main Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its key Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami have been demanding an independent caretaker government oversee elections.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi was elected the African Union Chairman, taking over the one-year post from Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema at the AU summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Canada 3 members of an Afghan Canadian family, Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their eldest son Hamed Mohammad Shafia, were found guilty of the "honor killing" of three siblings and a fourth relative after a high-profile trial. Their victims were three of Hamed's sisters and the woman introduced to outsiders as a cousin, who turned out to be Mohammad Shafia's first wife in a polygamous marriage.
    (Reuters, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Cuba’s Communist leaders ended a 2-day closed-door party conference. They vowed not to cede any ground to "the enemy," pledged to fight corruption and continue overhauling the island's listing Marxist economy with an injection of free market reform. Raul Castro reiterated a pledge to institute term limits for Cuban officials.
    (AP, 1/29/12)(SFC, 1/30/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 29, Egyptians voted for the upper house of parliament, in elections that are the latest step in the country's planned transition from military to civilian rule. Voting took place in 13 provinces for the first stage of elections for the largely advisory Shura Council. A second stage will take place on Feb. 14-15.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Iranian media confirmed that Saeed Malekpour (36), an Iranian man with Canadian residency, has had a death sentence against him reinstated by the supreme court on charges he operated a pornographic website. Malekpour was arrested in Iran in 2008 while visiting his dying father.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, An official with Iraq's Sunni-backed political alliance said its leaders have decided to end a parliament boycott, but the bloc's ministers will stay away from Cabinet meetings to protest arrests and prosecution of Sunni officials. A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in southeastern Baghdad killed one person.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, An Israeli military drone, that can fly as far as Iran, crashed in central Israel on a routine experimental flight. The Heron TP drone, also known locally as the Eitan, has a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making it the size of a Boeing 737 passenger jet.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Italy Oscar Luigi Scalfaro (93), a past president (1992-1999) who helped write Italy’s post-war constitution, died. He was a founding member of the former Christian Democrats.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Jordan Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal met with King Abdullah II on his first official visit since his 1999 expulsion, calling the trip a "new good start" towards better ties with the kingdom.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Kenyan police arrested Abdi Rogo Mohammed, a Muslim preacher. They said they found a cache of weapons in his house. He had been previously arrested but acquitted of the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa which killed 15 people.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)(AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Nigeria gunmen stormed police station near a bus station in Kano, leaving two civilians dead. In the northern city of Potsikum, attackers traveling on a bicycle shot dead a guard outside a church.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Russia thousands of cars flying white ribbons or balloons circled central Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against PM Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Senegal 3 soldiers were killed by separatist rebels in the restive Casamance region.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Spain thousands of protesters, including artists, politicians and union members, marched in downtown Madrid in support of Baltasar Garzon, a judge who is on trial for allegedly overstepping his jurisdiction by probing atrocities stemming from Spain's civil war.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Sudan released three oil tankers held in a dispute with breakaway South Sudan, which has accused Khartoum of theft.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, The Syrian military launched an offensive to regain control of suburbs on the eastern edge of Damascus, storming neighborhoods and clashing with army defectors. Fierce fighting sent residents fleeing and killed at least 3 civilians. 6 soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb detonated near the bus they were traveling in several miles south of the capital. Some 80 people were reported killed across Syria, half of them civilians.
    (AP, 1/29/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, Thai paramilitaries shot dead four people including an elderly man and a teenager in the far south because they feared they were under attack. On March 21 the military admitted troops had shot dead four Muslim villagers on their way to a funeral due to a "misunderstanding."
    (AFP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Jan 29, UN nuclear inspectors began a critical mission to Iran to probe allegations of a secret atomic weapons program amid escalating Western economic pressure and warnings about safeguarding Gulf oil shipments from possible Iranian blockades.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Venezuela 4 armed men seized Mexico’s Ambassador Carlos Pujalte and his wife as they were leaving a party shortly before midnight in Caracas. The kidnappers freed the couple four hours later. On Feb 6 the prosecutor-general's office announced the arrests of 3 suspects in the case: Juan Pacheco, Oswaldo Leon and Mayurki Barreto.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Yemen troops at the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard opened fire at a protest by soldiers demanding the ouster of their brigade chief over corruption charges.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)

2012        Jan 30, US federal regulators approved the first drug for people with advanced forms of basal cell carcinoma. It was made by Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche.
    (SFC, 1/31/12, p.C1)
2012        Jan 30, Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based advocacy organization, issued a report saying Mexico lost $872 billion between 1970 and 2010 because of money laundering, tax evasion and other forms of corruption.
    (SFC, 1/31/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 30, California’s Claremont College acknowledged that that the school had submitted false SAT scores to publications since 2005 to inflate the school’s ranking.
    (SFC, 2/1/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 30, A new study said a burgeoning population of huge pythons, many of them pets that were turned loose by their owners when they got too big, appears to be wiping out large numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals in the Florida Everglades.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 30, A Riyadh-based Afghan diplomat said Afghan officials and representatives of the Taliban insurgents are to hold peace talks in Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Afghan police said a woman has been strangled to death, apparently by her husband, who was upset that she gave birth to a second daughter rather than the son he wanted. Sher Mohammad fled the Khanabad district in Kunduz province last week, about the time a neighbor found Estorai, his 22-year-old wife, dead in their house.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, The World Trade Organization ruled that China’s policies to restrict exports of several metals, like bauxite and magnesium, violated its WTO obligations.
    (Econ, 2/4/12, p.75)
2012        Jan 30, In CongoDRC a plane crashed after takeoff in South Kivu. There were at least five people on board.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 30, In the Dominican Republic a tourist bus crashed down a hill, killing the driver and injuring 10 people, including seven from the United States.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 30, In Ethiopia a vote by African leaders for the head of their African Union executive ended in deadlock amid a drive by southern Africa to wrest influence from the continent's French-speaking countries. Gabon's Jean Ping (69), who has headed the African Union Commission since 2008 and was seeking a new term, was challenged by South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former foreign minister. The AU extended the mandate of Jean Ping until fresh polls are held during the next summit in Malawi.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Across eastern Europe heavy snow and a severe cold snap have killed at least 36 people and many areas were under emergency measures as schools closed down, roads became impassible and power supplies were cut off.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, In Egypt 7 gunmen charged into the New Cairo branch of HSBC Bank on the city's outskirts, firing their weapons in the air, and took money from tellers. 3 gunmen robbed an armored car as it unloaded money at another bank in southern Cairo, fleeing with over 3 million Egyptian pounds ($542,000 dollars).
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, An Indonesian court indicted five activists for treason in the restive Papua region after they raised an outlawed Papuan flag on Oct 19 and declared its independence.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Iran's top diplomat offered to extend the current visit of UN nuclear inspectors and expressed optimism their findings would help ease tensions despite international claims that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. Iran's state TV reported the development of laser-guided artillery shells capable of hitting moving targets.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Iraq said interior ministry security forces have detained 16 members of Vice President of the Republic Tareq al-Hashemi's guard, who were said to be practicing assassinations with silenced rifles and pistols targeting interior ministry officers and judges.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 30, In Mexico several officers were ambushed at a Ciudad Juarez gas station. Three assailants were killed and three other policemen were wounded.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Jan 30, Myanmar’s Pres. Thein Sein began a 3-day visit to Singapore. During the visit he signed agreements on cooperation in areas from tourism to the law.
    (Econ, 2/4/12, p.43)(www.stratfor.com/situation-report?page=21)
2012        Jan 30, In Nigeria a Court of Appeals ruled that Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, the right-hand man for the feared military dictator Sani Abacha, should be hanged. He was accused of orchestrating the 1996 machine-gun killing of the wife of Moshood Abiola, a flamboyant businessman widely believed to be have won an annulled 1993 presidential election. Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a police station in Kano but were repelled by police. Boko Haram gunmen attacked an air force barracks, a police station and an army checkpoint, about 90 miles (150 km) north of Maiduguri, killing 5 people.
    (AP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)(AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 30, In Norway 2 men were found guilty Monday of involvement in an al-Qaida plot to attack a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. A third defendant, David Jakobsen, who assisted police in the investigation, was convicted on an explosives charge and sentenced to four months in prison. The Oslo district court sentenced alleged ringleader Mikael Davud, to seven years in prison and co-defendant Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak to three and a half years. The three men were arrested in July 2010.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber killed Haji Akhunzada, an Islamist militant commander, who had escaped two previous assassination attempts, and three other people on the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, In western Panama members of the Ngobe-Bugle Indian tribe began blocking the Pan-American Highway to protest changes that the government made to a mining law and its plans to build dams in their territory.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Jan 30, In Peru some 112 people were treated for injuries after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck the country's central coast at 11 minutes after midnight.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, In the Philippines an accidental grenade blast killed a communist rebel and wounded 11 civilians, including 7 children, in southern Bukidnon province's Kibawe township.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Romania's highest court sentenced former PM Adrian Nastase (2000-2004) to two years in prison after convicting him of illegally raising funds for a failed presidential campaign.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it has invited Syrian authorities and opposition for talks in Moscow.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, In northern Senegal paramilitary police opened fire on men and women protesting the president's plan to run for a third term, killing a woman in her 60s and a high school student in Podor.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 30, Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels banned the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ordering it to close its emergency relief operations in the war-torn regions it controls.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Sudanese officials said the army has freed 14 Chinese road construction workers, part of a group reportedly abducted by militants on Jan 28 in a remote region in the country's south.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, The World Food Program estimated that as many as a half million people could be forced to flee Sudan if the government in Khartoum does not allow humanitarian aid into the country. A top US official said that a humanitarian crisis is looming.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 30, Swaziland police fired teargas at university students, when they protested the government's failure to open the school for classes this year.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Jan 30, Syrian forces heavily shelled the restive city of Homs and troops pushed back dissident troops from some suburbs on the outskirts of Damascus in an offensive trying to regain control of the capital's eastern doorstep. Activists reported the discovery of a family of six, a couple and their four children, who had been killed by gunfire several days earlier in the Karm el-Zeitoun district of Damascus. SANA state news reported that a "terrorist group" blew up a gas pipeline in the province of Homs. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said almost 100 people, including 55 civilians, were killed during a regime assault on Homs.
    (AP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 30, In Yemen US airstrikes targeting leaders from the active al-Qaida branch killed four suspected militants, including a man suspected of involvement in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
    (AP, 1/31/12)

2012        Jan 31, The US government said it will give financial aid to Guatemala to help safely dispose of seized chemicals that were destined for use in methamphetamine manufacturing.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Mitt Romney won the Florida Republican primary with 47% of the vote. Newt Gingrich was second with 32%. Rick Santorum got 13 % and Ron Paul 7%.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, Daly City’s Redevelopment Agency ceased to exist following a decision by the California Supreme Court handed down on Dec 29, 2011, to dissolve redevelopment agencies across the state.
    (Fog Cutter, Spring, 2012, p.2)
2012        Jan 31, In northern California two men broke into the Siskiyou County Courthouse and stole $1.26 million worth of gold nuggets, jewelry and other artifacts. On Sep 12, 2013, Scott Bailey (51) of San Pablo, Ca., pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. David Dean Johnson (49) of El Sobrante was scheduled for trial on Nov 19.
    (SSFC, 9/15/13, p.C3)
2012        Jan 31, Mike Kelley (b.1954), Michigan-born artist, committed suicide in southern California.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Kelley_%28artist%29)(Econ, 1/4/14, p.66)
2012        Jan 31, In southern Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a NATO service member, the latest in a rising number of similar attacks.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, Britain stripped Fred Goodwin, the former head of Royal Bank of Scotland, of his knighthood. He had steered one of Britain's largest banks to near collapse with the catastrophic buyout of a Dutch bank, a disaster that helped bring on the global financial crisis.
    (Reuters, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, China said that it has detained seven company executives after tons of industrial waste including cadmium, a toxic metal, polluted some 200 miles of the Longjiang river, threatening water supplies for millions of people. Unnamed experts were quoted saying that the amount of illegally released waste in the waterway was unprecedented at an estimated 20 tons.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)(SSFC, 2/5/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 31, Dominica said Bernard Wiltshire, a former attorney general (2000-2002), has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring with others to fraudulently obtain and sell passports.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Egypt's newly elected lawmakers took aim at the country's military rulers Tuesday, accusing them of trampling on democratic norms and overstepping their powers by passing laws, including a crucial one regulating presidential elections. Several hundred protesters rallied outside parliament, calling on lawmakers to press the military rulers to hold speedier and fair trials for former regime officials and settle retribution claims by the families of those killed during protests.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Egyptian Bedouins took 25 Chinese factory workers hostage in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The group demanded the release of militants jailed for a 2005 bombing in Sharm el-Sheikh at the tip of the Egyptian Sinai. All 25 workers were released by the next day.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)(AFP, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, Rafale, made by Dassault, emerged as preferred bidder in the contest to supply India with 126 warplanes in what will be a $15 billion (9 billion pounds) deal. Its competitor, the Eurofighter Typhoon, is developed by a consortium comprising the German and Spanish branches of EADS, Britain's BAE Systems and Italy's Finmeccanica.
    (Reuters, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, Haiti’s Pres. Michel Martelly awarded actor Sean Penn the honor of ambassador at large.
    (SFC, 2/1/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 31, Iraqi MPs from the secular Iraqiya bloc returned to parliament, ending a boycott begun last month to protest the prime minister's alleged centralization of power.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Iraq executed 17 convicted criminals today, bringing to at least 51 the number so far this year. Death sentences in Iraq must be signed by the country's president, currently Jalal Talabani, but the chief executive may delegate that authority to either of the two vice presidents. As Talabani is an ardent opponent of the death penalty, that is what he does.
    (AFP, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu won a solid victory over his sole opponent for the leadership of his Likud party, bolstering his position ahead of possible early elections.
    (AFP, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, Israel's Interior Ministry said some 7,000 people from South Sudan must leave or face deportation. Spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said the South Sudanese will be offered voluntary deportation and around $1,300. After March 31 they will be deported.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Ivory Coast's top court annulled the election of 11 lawmakers from Pres. Ouattara's party in a December vote after complaints that they breached campaign laws.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, In Mali Tuareg separatist rebels extended their reach, attacking a sixth town, Niafunke, in the country's remote north.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, In Mexico political rivals slammed each other over $1.9 million in wads of cash found stuffed into a state official's luggage on a Jan 27 private flight to Toluca, the capital of the home state of leading presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto. The money came from Veracruz, a Gulf coast state governed by Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Mexico’s Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire confirmed that an army general and 29 soldiers under his command in a town on the border with Texas are being tried on charges of torture, homicide, drug trafficking and other crimes. Details about Gen. Manuel Moreno Avina and his subordinates' alleged reign of terror in the town of Ojinaga, across from Presidio, Texas, were first reported by the newspaper Reforma, which had access to some of the soldiers' testimony.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, In Mexico every one of the 2,500 police officers in Ciudad Juarez were ordered to leave home and stay in a hotel after the killing of five officers by a local drug cartel. The gang threatened a week ago to kill one policeman a day unless Police Chief Julian Leyzaola resigns.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Jan 31, In northern Mexico the bodies of missionaries John Casias (76) and wife Wanda (67), a Texas couple, were discovered strangled in their home in Santiago.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Jan 31, WFP officials said the World Food Program (WFP) will give emergency food to more than 80,000 people in Mozambique after twin cyclones left 32 dead.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, NUPENG, a Nigerian oil workers' union, launched a strike over a dispute with Shell, sparking fears of petrol shortages. The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, the smaller of Nigeria's two oil industry unions, represents blue-collar workers, including tanker drivers.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, In Pakistan dozens of heavily armed Taliban militants attacked a military post, sparking clashes that killed eight soldiers and wounded another 15. A government official said fighting between soldiers and Taliban militants over a strategic mountaintop in the northwestern Kurram tribal area has killed more than 60 people. At least 10 people were gunned down in the past 24 hours in the southern city of Karachi.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)(AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, In Somalia two guards and a suicide bomber were killed in an attack on the home of Abdi Hasan Qeybdid, a senior militia commander in the central town of Galkayo.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, South African Airways launched non-stop flights to Beijing. China became South Africa's top trade partner in 2009.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Syrian government forces moved into Zamalka and Arbeen, the two remaining towns still in rebel hands. Army defectors gained full control of the central town of Rastan after days of intense clashes. Activists said the day’s death toll was at least seven, although the LCC put the figure at up to 28.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Ukrainian authorities said that the number of people who died of hypothermia in recent days has reached 30 as the country grapples with an unusually severe cold spell. In all, at least 58 people have died from the cold in Europe over the last week.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, The ship, Vera, with 10 Ukrainian and one Georgian crew, was sailing to Turkey's Aliaga port from Russia when it sank off the coast of Eregli in stormy waters. 8 of the crew were reported missing following the rescue of 3 people.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Jan 31, Yemeni armed tribesmen from the al-Mahweet province kidnapped six UN workers. The assailants demanded that the government release fellow tribesmen from prison.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 31, Zimbabwe’s health minister said up to 50 cases of typhoid were being reported per day. More than 1,500 people have been treated in an outbreak blamed on poor water and sanitation facilities.
    (AFP, 1/31/12)

2012        Jan, Stanford computer science Prof. Sebastian Thrun announced the launch of Udacity for online education, a growing trend in massive open online courses (MOOCS). Udacity courses began in February and in October it raised $15 million from investors. 
    (Econ, 12/22/12, p.101)
2012        Jan, Kalydeco became the first approved drug to target the mutated gene that causes cystic fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation spent $75 million on early research for the drug, owned by Vertex.
    (Econ, 4/21/12, p.79)
2012        Jan, Chile’s competition authority found that three chains of pharmacies, which control 90% of the market, had colluded to push up the price of over 200 medicines by around half.
    (Econ, 4/14/12, p.47)
2012        Jan, Homelessness in Greece was estimated at 20,000.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.51)
2012        Jan, In Greece a Pakistani youth starved to death after being held to ransom by kidnappers for over more than a year. The teenager had been held captive from October 2010 and malnourished to force his family to make a payment of 5,500 euros ($7,200). Police arrested a 24-year-old Pakistani man who allegedly conducted the ransom negotiations as a suspect and sought another seven.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Jan, Morocco banned French the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur when a cover story on the Arab world included the supposed face of the Prophet Mohammed. The French weekly l'Express was also banned for publishing a 95-page dossier on Islam including a face meant to represent Mohammed's.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Jan, In Peru dolphins began dying after they were stranded on an 84-mile stretch of coastline. By April as many as 2,800 dolphins were reported dead. Scientists remained puzzled.
    (SFC, 4/7/12, p.A3)

2012        Feb 1, President Barack Obama proposed a multi-billion-dollar package to help U.S. homeowners refinance and stave off foreclosure.
    (Reuters, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, TSA agent Alexandra Schmid (31) took $5000 in cash from the jacket of a Bangladeshi passenger as it went along an X-ray conveyor belt at JFK airport. Schmid was arrested on a charge of grand larceny and suspended pending an investigation.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 1, A Univ. of Alabama study said the state’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, has cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion.
    (Reuters, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, The California Public Utilities Commission approved an opt-out program for PG&E customers who refuse SmartMeters and wish to keep their analog gas and electricity meters. It would cost a one-time fee of $75 plus $10 per month.
    (SFC, 2/2/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 1, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed legislation making Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state.
    (SFC, 2/2/12, p.A7)
2012        Feb 1, Planned Parenthood announced that it has received over $400,000 since a recent announcement by the Susan B. Komen Foundation that it had stopped funding Planned Parenthood. On Feb 3 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation apologized for cutting off funding from Planned Parenthood and vowed to revise its policy that led to that decision.
    (SFC, 2/2/12, p.A11)(AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 1, Treasure hunter Greg Brooks said he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion. The SS Port Nicholson sank on Jun 16, 1942.
    (AP, 2/2/12)(www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item_10244.html)
2012        Feb 1, Don Cornelius (75), the man who created Soul Train (1971-1993), was reportedly found dead at his Los Angeles home.
    (ABCNews, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, NATO confirmed a secret report saying that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw, raising the prospect of a major failure of Western policy after a costly war.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, Argentina’s government enacted new laws to block or restrict the importing of some 600 goods while requiring foreign companies to partner with local manufacturers. This helped the domestic manufacturing capacity to rebound, but made many products hard to find, pushing up prices and further heating up inflation.
    (AP, 12/23/12)
2012        Feb 1, Some 24,000 Australian ducks were being destroyed after testing positive for a low pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus, an outbreak which has prompted poultry export bans in parts of Asia.
    (AFP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, A group of Internet hackers said they took down the website of Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s largest state-run bank.
    (SFC, 2/2/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 1, Four British Islamists - Mohammed Chowdhury (21), Shah Rahman (28), and brothers Gurukanth Desai (30) and Abdul Miah (25), inspired by a former Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaqi, admitted in court to plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
    (AFP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, In Colombia a bomb exploded outside a police station in the Pacific port city of Tumaco just as lunch hour ended, killing 9 people and wounding 76. Tumaco is in Narino state, which borders Ecuador, and is laced with dozens of rivers popular with drug traffickers, who include the FARC.
    (AP, 2/2/12)(AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 1, In Egypt fans from the local Al-Masry team in Port Said chased supporters of the visiting Al-Ahly soccer club with knives, clubs and stones. Hundreds fled into the exit corridor, only to be crushed against a locked gate, their rivals attacking from behind. The Interior Ministry said 74 people died, including one police officer, and 248 were injured, 14 of them police.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 1, The death toll from a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 71, including 43 in the Ukraine, most of them homeless people.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, In Haiti visitng Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Brazil will offer 6,000 visas to Haitians over a five-year period as one of several efforts that look to help the troubled Caribbean nation get on its feet.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, In northern Japan an avalanche killed three bathers at a hot spring in Akita, where heavy snow also paralyzed traffic and forced schools to close.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 1, Mexican soldiers found dozens of large plastic containers with over 3,600 liters of opium paste during a raid on a drug lab in Coyuca de Catalan, a mountain town in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Feb 1, In Myanmar an agreement was reached by authorities in Mon State and the rebel New Mon State Party. They agreed to allow the rebel group to open a liaison office and freely travel without weapons.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 1, In Nigeria several security sources said that a suspect believed to be the person who goes by the alias Abul Qaqa had been arrested, but authorities have not officially confirmed his detention or his identity.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 1, In the southern Philippines gunmen abducted Swiss and Dutch tourists and a Filipino bird photographer and took the trio away by boat on Tawi-Tawi island province.
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, In Poland Wislawa Szymborska (b.1923), Nobel-winning poet (1996), died. She published fewer than 400 poems.
    (AP, 2/9/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wis%C5%82awa_Szymborska)
2012        Feb 1, South Africa’s national parks agency said 3 young Mozambican poachers will spend 25 years behind bars after they were found with two fresh rhino horns in Kruger Park.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 1, Sudan's military bombed a Bible school built by a US Christian aid group, prompting students and teachers at the school to run for their lives in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state. The Heiban Bible College was built by Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina-based aid group.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 1, Syrian troops battled army defectors in a string of towns in the mountains overlooking Damascus in a new assault to crush rebellious areas around the capital. Activists said at least 6-17 people were killed in the fighting. 8 residents in Homs were reported killed. A UN Security Council resolution would give Assad 15 days to start implementing the Arab peace plan and halt the crackdown, otherwise the Council would consider "further measures."
    (AP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 1, Eleven Iranian pilgrims were kidnapped in the central Syrian city of Hama.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 1, In Tunisia men, described as bearded by the state news agency, were stopped in their car at a checkpoint and then opened fire with assault rifles, before fleeing into a nearby olive orchard in the southern Bir Ali Ben Khalifa region.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 1, Senior UN nuclear expert Herman Nackaerts announced plans to revisit Tehran soon after a "good trip," indicating progress on his team's quest to probe suspicions that the Islamic Republic is secretly working on an atomic arms program.
    (AP, 2/1/12)

2012        Feb 2, The US Justice Department said it has indicted Wegelin, the oldest Swiss private bank, on charges that it enabled wealthy Americans to evade taxes on at least $1.2 billion hidden in offshore bank accounts. In January, 2013, a reduced Wegelin pleaded guilty in a New York court to allowing more than 100 American citizens to hide $1.2 billion from the Internal Revenue Service over a 10-year period.
    (Reuters, 2/3/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wegelin_%26_Co.)
2012        Feb 2, The US national Football League announced it would give the SF 49ers $200 million loans and straight payments for its new $1 billion stadium in Santa Clara, Ca.
    (SFC, 2/3/12, p.C1)
2012        Feb 2, NATO's top official joined the US and France in calling for Afghan forces to take the lead in all combat operations by mid-2013, a year earlier than the original timeline.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Britain sent Foreign Secretary William Hague to Mogadishu and appointed an ambassador (Matt Baugh), for the first time in two decades. The last British ambassador left Somalia 21 years ago, as the Horn of Africa spiraled into chaos during the 1991 ouster of president Siad Barre.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, The Anglo-Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca said that it would axe 7,300 jobs by the end of 2014 in a new cost-cutting drive, despite delivering bumper annual profits.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, In Colombia assailants in pickup trucks fired homemade mortars at a police station in Villa Rica, killing at least six people and wounding more than 20. Among the dead were police post's commander, a 3-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 2, CongoDRC officials from the discredited electoral commission announced the last of the winning legislators in results it has issued piecemeal and following a suspension of the count from the Nov. 28 balloting. Kabila still will command a majority in parliament, where his coalition of several parties has won about 260 of the 500 seats, down from more than 300 in the previous assembly.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Egyptians ranging from soccer fans to lawmakers blamed the country's military rulers for a bloody post-match riot as anger mounted over the failure of police to stop the violence. PM Kamal el-Ganzouri dissolved the Egyptian Soccer Federation's board and referred its members for questioning by prosecutors.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, El Salvador police said they have found the bodies of four people inside black plastic bags dumped separately in the town of Sonsonate. Among the victims was former professional soccer player Ladislao Nerio, who had been strangled.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, A French appeals court upheld the Church of Scientology's 2009 fraud conviction on charges it pressured members into paying large sums for questionable remedies.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh dissolved his cabinet, two months after he was reelected to a fourth term as the head of Africa mainland's smallest country.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 2, India’s Supreme Court cancelled second-generation (2G) mobile licenses issued in 2008. The court cancelled 122 licenses. The ruling affected about 70 million subscribers -- out of India's 894-million odd mobile users -- who were clients of the operators which lost their licenses.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.67)
2012        Feb 2, Ireland's government slashed payments to families struggling to cover the expense of kitting out their children for Catholic religious ceremonies. The Department of Social Protection said the payment would now be capped at 110 euros.
    (Reuters, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Israel's chief of military intelligence, General Aviv Kochavi, warned at a security conference that Iran has enough radioactive material to produce four nuclear bombs.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Kuwait held parliamentary elections. Opposition groups that included hard-line Islamists took control of parliament, in a rise that could limit the hands of pro-Western rulers in dealings such as US plans to boost its military presence in the oil-rich Gulf nation. The conservative surge left the 50-seat assembly without any women lawmakers. Women had four seats in the parliament that was dissolved in December.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 2, Kyrgyzstan's government said it will reprimand officials responsible for allowing contaminated radioactive coal to be imported into the country from neighboring Kazakhstan.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, In Mali protestors surrounded the palace of the president, angry about the government's handling of attacks by Tuareg rebels in the country's north.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, North Korea's top ruling body again rebuffed South Korea's call for talks, saying Seoul's conservative leaders should first "repent of their crimes" and honor past summit agreements.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Pakistan's top court summoned PM Yousuf Raza Gilani to appear February 13 to be indicted with contempt over his refusal to pursue corruption cases against the president.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Palestinians tried to block the UN chief from entering the Gaza Strip and flung shoes at his armored convoy, the second day of Ban Ki-moon's mission to the region to keep informal peace talks alive.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, A Papua New Guinea ferry sank with 351 passengers and 12 crew on board. Rescuers plucked 246 survivors from the sea off PNG’s east coast. Some 117 people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/2/12)(AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 2, The Philippine military said it killed three of Southeast Asia's top Islamic militants in a US-backed airstrike, including Malaysian bombmaker Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, though his body was not yet found. The air strike used US made smart bombs. Marwan was accused of being a senior member of regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah and behind multiple bomb attacks in the Philippines. In 2007 the US government offered a $5-million reward for his capture. At least 15 people were killed including Filipino Abu Pula, also known as Doctor Abu and Umbra Jumdail, one of the core leaders of the Abu Sayyaf militant organization and Singaporean Mohammad Ali, alias Muawiyah, another top name in Jemaah Islamiyah. On Feb 5 two security officials said that new intelligence showed that Jumdail was killed but that the two foreign terror suspects were alive and were not in the Abu Sayyaf lair that was bombed.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)(SFC, 2/3/12, p.A4)(SFC, 2/4/12, p.A3)(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Feb 2, At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 122, many of them homeless people.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, In South Africa Impala Platinum, the world's number two producer, fired 13,000 miners who went on an illegal strike. Over the past month, the Johannesburg-based company has sacked a total of about 17,200 workers at its mine in the northwestern town of Rustenburg, more than half of the 30,000 people employed in the town.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Togo official Lt. Col. Yark Damehane said authorities are holding more than 150 Sri Lankan refugees who entered the West African nation en route to Canada. Damehane said most of the group arrived in Togo in 2011 and overstayed their one-week tourist visas.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Tunisian security forces killed two members of an armed group and arrested a third after a clash the day before left a policeman and three soldiers wounded, one of them critically. State news described the men as involved in arms smuggling.
    (AP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, Tunisia’s TAP news agency said authorities have seized dozens of yachts as well as cars, company shares and houses belonging to ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family. Confiscated items included 34 vehicles, shares in 117 companies, 233 property deeds and 48 yachts and two homes.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, The World Bank said Egypt has asked for a $1.0 billion loan to help it rebuild its economy.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)
2012        Feb 2, In Yemen gunmen loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh besieged the offices of the state-owned Al-Thawra daily after it stopped printing the departing leader's portrait on its front page. Anti-Saleh demonstrators meanwhile gathered in Sanaa's Change Square calling for the trial of Saleh, who received blanket immunity against prosecution from parliament.
    (AFP, 2/2/12)

2012        Feb 3, The US Labor Dept. said the United States created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to a near three-year low, giving a boost to President Barack Obama.
    (Reuters, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Colma, Ca., thieves stole 225 bronze vases from Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. On Feb 18 more than 300 more were stolen from another part of the cemetery. All told the vases were valued at over $85,000.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.C2)
2012        Feb 3, A storm swept across Colorado forcing the cancellation of some 600 flights at Denver’s airport. The storm dumped up to 6 feet of snow in some areas of eastern Colorado.
    (SFC, 2/4/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 3, In Idaho Micron CEO Steve Appleton (51 died after his small experimental plane crashed following takeoff at the Boise airport.
    (SFC, 2/4/12, p.D2)
2012        Feb 3, A Minnesota food company said it is recalling more than a million hard-cooked eggs distributed to 34 states after testing revealed some may be contaminated with listeria.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, Actor Ben Gazzara (81), known for his brooding tough-guy presence in dozens of films, television shows and stage productions over his long career, died of pancreatic cancer at a Manhattan hospital. Gazzara made his film debut as a sociopathic military academy cadet in the 1957 drama "The Strange One," followed by his breakout role as an accused killer in Otto Preminger's 1959 hit courtroom drama "Anatomy of a Murder."
    (Reuters, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Afghanistan an American soldier shot and killed an Afghan guard at a base in the country's north, apparently because the American thought the guard was about to attack him.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, Major flooding hit parts of Australia's east, stranding thousands of residents, prompting a military airlift and leaving some communities only accessible by helicopter.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, Britain’s Energy Secretary Chris Huhne resigned after learning he would face criminal charges for allegedly lying to police, a fall from grace that could tweak the dynamics of the coalition government and weaken its environmental agenda. Huhne's troubles stemmed from an allegation that after committing a speeding offence in 2003 in Essex, east of London, he asked his then wife Vicky Pryce to take the blame so he would not lose his driving license.
    (Reuters, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Cambodia a UN-backed tribunal's Supreme Court lengthened the sentence for the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer, Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, to life imprisonment because of his "shocking and heinous" crimes against the Cambodian people.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, In southwestern China an explosion at a coal mine killed 13 miners and injured six at the Diaoyutai mine outside Yibin city in Sichuan province. One miner remained missing.
    (AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, In China three Tibetans set themselves alight in remote Phuhu village in the southwestern province of Sichuan. One died and two others were seriously hurt.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Cuba Fidel Castro (85) spent six hours presenting a two-volume memoir to an audience at a Havana convention center. His two-tome memoir, "Guerrilla of Time," fills nearly 1,000 pages and covers Castro's life from childhood until December 1958, the eve of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. It is based on interviews with journalist Katiuska Blanco.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Egypt Bedouin gunmen intercepted a tourist minivan and snatched two female American tourists and their Egyptian guide at gunpoint near St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula. They were released unharmed after several hours. 4 masked gunmen stopped the vehicle of two Italians working for a local food factory in the nearby city of Suez, taking their car, more than 10,000 euros ($13,000) and their laptops. Police in Cairo fired salvos of tear gas and birdshot at protesters angry over a deadly soccer riot as fresh clashes on Egyptian streets killed 5 people. 6 more died of the wounds over the next 24 hours.
    (AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/3/12)(AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, The death toll from a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 222, including 101 in the Ukraine, 37 in Poland, 24 in Romania and 16 in Bulgaria.
    (AFP, 2/1/12)
2012        Feb 3, Iran successfully launched a new small satellite into orbit. The home-made satellite, Navid, or Gospel, was designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, Iran banned its citizens from traveling to Syria by road following the recent abductions of 29 Iranians in the escalating uprising in its key Middle East ally.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Kenya gunmen opened fire in Garissa, killing two people. In western Kenya a truck crashed into a minibus killing 25 people in Kisumu city.
    (AP, 2/3/12)(AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Pakistan a large group of 18 Islamist militants attacked a Pakistani army checkpoint near the Afghan border, killing seven paramilitary soldiers and abducting four. Up to 18 insurgents were killed in retaliatory fire during the incident in the Kurram region.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, Puerto Rico's government announced plans to kill as many iguanas as possible and export their meat in hopes of eradicating an imported species that has long vexed residents and entertained tourists. The reptiles were first seen in the wild in Puerto Rico in the 1970s when owners began to release them, and their numbers have since exploded. The US territory estimated it has 4 million iguanas, which is a little more than the island's human population.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Somalia refugees and soldiers in Mogadishu's Badbado camp say they watched a surveillance drone crash into a hut made of sticks, corrugated cans and plastic bags. Kenya's military said some 100 Somali militants were killed after helicopter gunships targeted a gathering of more than 200 al-Shabab fighters near Badhade.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, The Central Bank of Sri Lanka hiked its benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points to 9.0%, the first rise since February 2007 when the rate was upped to 12.0% from 11.50%. It also asked commercial banks to reduce lending in the face of a trade deficit.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, In Syria fighting in Jassem, in the southern province of Daraa, killed at least one soldier and wounded five. Human Rights Watch said in a new report that it has documented at least 12 cases of children detained under "inhumane" conditions and tortured, as well as children shot in their homes or on the street. The Observatory said more than 20,000 people marched in the streets of the southern villages of Dael and Nawa where security forces opened fire to disperse the crowds. The Local Coordination Committees activist group said security forces killed at least 12 people while the Observatory said four people were shot dead.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, Uganda signed production agreements with Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil, allowing the company to finalize a long-delayed $2.9 billion asset sale to France's Total and China's CNOOC.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, Ukraine's government blamed Russia for natural gas shortages in some European countries as a severe cold spell grips the region. Germany, Italy and Austria have reported cutbacks in Russian gas supplies, but Russia's energy giant Gazprom has blamed them on Kiev, accusing Ukraine of siphoning off gas destined for European consumers.
    (AP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, The UN's highest court confirmed that Germany has legal immunity from being sued in foreign courts by victims of World War II Nazi atrocities.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)
2012        Feb 3, Zambian corruption investigators arrested a former minister on theft charges and recorded a statement from ex-president Rupiah Banda's wife in another probe. Mines minister Maxwell Mwale was arrested and charged over the theft of 20 bicycles belonging to small-scale miners. The bicycles were worth 5.5 million kwacha (1,050 dollars, 800 euros) in total.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)

2012        Feb 4, Mitt Romney won Nevada's Republican caucuses, grabbing the largest chunk of the state's 28 delegates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney won 48% of the vote; Gingrich won 23%, Ron Paul 19% and Rick Santorum 11%.
    (SSFC, 2/5/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 4, An Indiana jury convicted Charlie White, the Republican Sec. of State, of multiple voter-fraud-related charges.
    (SSFC, 2/5/12, p.A9)
2012        Feb 4, In Australia celebrated filmmakers Andrew Wight (52) and Mike deGruy (60)  died in a helicopter crash at Jasper's Brush. They were working on a documentary with Oscar-winning director James Cameron and National Geographic.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 4, Bosnia's government declared a state of emergency in its capital after Sarajevo was paralyzed by snow, and hundreds of people remained trapped in their homes and vehicles throughout the country.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, In Brazil the Bahia state's Public Safety Department said on its website that 51 people have been murdered in and near the capital city of Salvador since a police strike began on Feb 1. State officials have said that about 10,000 of the state's 30,000 police are on strike demanding better pay and bonuses.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, In eastern China a group of tourists visiting the Jinan Wildlife World had a narrow escape after up to 8 Bengal tigers attacked their bus, puncturing its tires and destroying the windscreen in Shandong province.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 4, An overloaded boat carrying 70 migrants from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico overturned in the pre-dawn darkness off the coast of the Caribbean country. 13 people survived. 51 bodies were recovered by Feb 9 and the rest remained missing.
    (AP, 2/4/12)(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 4, In Egypt protesters faced off with police in Cairo for a third day in deadly clashes sparked by anger at the failure of military rulers to prevent football-linked violence that left scores dead.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrapped up a 3-day visit to China where she tried to reassure her hosts on the strength of the euro and Europe's ability to overcome its debt crisis. She expressed regret that Chinese police blocked a human rights lawyer from meeting her and said the Communist government should have the confidence to allow dissent.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)(AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, An Indian judge out a petition to prosecute powerful home minister Chidambaram over a huge telecom corruption scandal, bringing some relief to the embattled government.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, Iran’s state television's website said has the government begun mass production of an anti-ship cruise missile.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, The Mali army said it had killed some 20 Tuareg rebels over the last 2 days in the northern city of Timbuktu and taken a dozen prisoners.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, In Mexico a masked man opened fire on a band playing popular norteno music in a Chihuahua city dance hall, killing five musicians, four customers and injuring 10 others. Federal police announced the capture in Leon of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo (33), leader of an armed gang hired by the world's most powerful drug lord Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo. Torres is the suspected leader of Gente Nueva, an armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel mainly based in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 2/5/12)(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 4, Morocco freed a former world kickboxing champion, Zakaria Moumni, jailed 17 months ago on charges of racketeering, after he was pardoned by King Mohamed VI.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, Some 1,000 Palestinians, some calling on premier Salam Fayyad to quit, marched in the West Bank city of Hebron in protest at his austerity plans.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, In Russia tens of thousands of protesters marched through downtown Moscow to keep up the pressure on PM Vladimir Putin one month before a presidential election that could extend his rule for six more years.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, South Africa's ruling ANC threw out an appeal by its fiery youth league leader, Julius Malema (30), to overturn his suspension, but said he could argue for a lighter sentence.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, Syrian forces hammered restive neighborhoods in the city of Homs for hours with mortars and artillery, sending terrified residents fleeing into basements and killing more than 200 people in what appeared to be the bloodiest episode of the nearly 11-month-old uprising, Syrian security forces opened fire on funeral processions near Damascus, killing 12 people in Daraya.
    (AP, 2/4/12)(AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, Taiwan authorities arrested three people and seized nearly half a ton of narcotics in their biggest drugs bust in 10 years. Alleged smuggling ring leader Chiang Pai-li (53) and a married couple operating a customs brokerage firm were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 4, Tunisia decided to expel Syria's ambassador in response to the "bloody massacre" in Homs. Dozens of Syrian protesters were arrested after storming their country's embassies in cities in Europe and the Middle East.
    (AP, 2/4/12)(AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, The Ukrainian Security Service detained a man sought by Russian authorities on charges of terrorism and two of his accomplices in Odessa. On Feb 27 the detainees were reported to be linked to an anti-Putin plot.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 4, Western diplomats at the United Nations said they are determined to vote on a resolution condemning bloodshed in Syria, despite strong Russian objections.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted a meeting of allies, the eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance bloc, or ALBA. The leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti and Antigua and Barbuda participated. Suriname's president, Desi Bouterse, arrived the next day to join the talks. ALBA approved an agreement barring any boats flying Falkland Islands flags from docking in their ports.
    (AP, 2/4/12)
2012        Feb 4, In Venezuela the Colombian far-tight paramilitary warlord known as "Martin Llanos" (aka Hector Buitrago) was captured along with his brother, Nelson Buitrago (aka Caballo), in the eastern town of El Tigre.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 4, In Venezuela a pipe transporting crude oil to a processing plant ruptured and blackened Guarapiche River in Monagas state. The spill forced officials to halt normal water distribution to parts of the city of Maturin.
    (AP, 2/11/12)

2012        Feb 5, Josh Powell, under investigation for the 2009 disappearance in Utah of his wife, Susan Powell, was killed with his two sons, Charles (7) and Braden (5), in a fire at his home in Graham, Washington. Police said he set the fire intentionally just after receiving his sons for what was to be a supervised visit.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 5, In Afghanistan 9 people, including 7 policemen, were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on police headquarters in Kandahar, a bastion of Taliban militancy.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Bosnia used helicopters to evacuate people and deliver food to those stranded by heavy snowfall. The cold snap across Eastern Europe has left at least 280 people dead including 131 in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 5, Brazilian media report 78 people have been murdered in and around the northeastern city of Salvador since the start of a state police strike there five days ago.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Britain’s Heathrow Airport cut around half of the 1,300 flights scheduled for today after snow and freezing temperatures hit much of England a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, said Iranian authorities are increasingly arresting and threatening the families of BBC journalists to force them to quit its Persian news service.
    (Reuters, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Egyptian investigating judges referred 44 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, to trial before a criminal court for allegedly being involved in banned activities and illegally receiving foreign funds. The decision also slapped a travel ban on all those referred to trial. The military rulers faced mounting pressure on two fronts, with a fourth day of violent street protests spearheading calls to speed up the transfer of power to a civilian administration and the US threatening to cut more than a billion dollars in badly needed aid. Since Feb 2 twelve people have been killed in Cairo and Suez.
    (AP, 2/5/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Finland voters chose a leader in a runoff between a veteran conservative and the first openly gay candidate from the small Greens party. Former Finance Minister Sauli Niinisto (63) won the runoff election with 63 percent of the votes against Greens candidate Pekka Haavisto (53) with 37 percent. This restored the National Coalition Party to the presidency after 56 years and giving it the nation's two top posts for the first time.
    (AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 5, The Iranian navy rushed to a site in the Gulf of Aden after it received a distress signal from an oil tanker, which was under attack from some 35 pirate boats. The navy opened fire on the pirates to foil an attack on an Iranian oil tanker.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 5, In Iraq gunmen killed an Interior Ministry official in a drive-by shooting in central Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Kuwait News said the Gulf nation's emir accepted the resignation of Sheik Jaber Al Hamad Al Sabah, a former defense chief who was appointed caretaker prime minister in November amid intense political turmoil that forced elections.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Libya put 41 loyalists of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi on trial, in the first legal proceedings launched against members of the former regime. The trial was later adjourned to February 15, with the military prosecutor saying the accused will have fair trials.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, Aid officials in Mali said more than 15,000 people including military personnel have fled into neighboring countries since members of the nomadic Tuareg ethnic group launched a new rebellion against the Malian government last month. The ICRC said 10,000 people have crossed into Niger and 5,000 into Mauritania.
    (AP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, In Mexico Josefina Vazquez Mota (51) easily won the National Action Party's primary. She  vowed to unite the party and help it defeat the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for 71 years before being ousted by National Action in 2000.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 5, Nepal officials said health workers are to cull some 4,000 chickens following the discovery of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the southeastern part of the Himalayan country.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 5, In Nigeria gunmen reportedly shot dead a secret police officer in front of his house in the northeastern city of Damaturu. Soldiers guarding Jos, at the heart of ethnic and religious clashes, detained and later threw out journalists working for a French television station trying to cover the ongoing unrest there.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 5, Panama police fired tear gas to clear blockades of the Pan-American highway by indigenous groups protesting changes to the mining law. One person was killed and 39 injured in the resulting clashes.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 5, Syria's opposition appealed for international backing, a day after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad to end his bloody crackdown. The Observatory also said that one person was shot dead by a sniper in the central city of Homs. Another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees said nine people were killed in different parts of the country.
    (AP, 2/5/12)

2012        Feb 6, Washington ordered the new penalties, giving US banks additional powers to freeze assets linked to the Iranian government and close loopholes that officials say Iran has used to move money despite earlier restrictions imposed by the US and Europe.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, A US immigration judge ordered George Boley (62), the former leader of the Liberian Peace Council, out of the country in upstate New York, the first-ever removal under a 2008 law to combat the use of child soldiers. The judge cited "credible reports" that Boley authorized the executions of seven of his soldiers on November 14, 1995.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, Georgia’s top court struck down a state law that restricted assisted suicides.
    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)
2012        Feb 6, In Pennsylvania Democrat state Rep. Bill DeWeese (61) was convicted of conspiracy, conflict of interest and theft in a investigation into the use of taxpayer resources for political purposes. 11 other Democrats and 9 Republicans have already been convicted or pleaded guilty in the investigation.
    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)
2012        Feb 6, In Brazil soldiers clashed with supporters of striking police in Salvador, Brazil's third-largest city, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the feet of people trying to join officers occupying the Bahia state legislature building.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, Brazil requested an injunction to stop Twitter users from alerting drivers to police roadblocks, radar traps and drunk-driving checkpoints could make it the first country to take Twitter up on its plan to censor content at governments' requests.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Brazil the wining $9.4 billion bid was announced for the privatization of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo’s main int’l. airport. The winning bid was by a consortium led by Petrobras, the state-owned oil company, and Banco do Brasil, the state-development bank. This was nearly $2 above the 2nd highest bid.
    (Econ, 2/11/12, p.40)
2012        Feb 6, In Brazil a 13-story building partially collapsed in an industrial suburb outside Sao Paulo, killing a 3-year-old girl in Sao Bernardo do Campo. One person was missing.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, A British appeals court ordered the government to release radical Muslim cleric Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, aka Abu Qatada, arrested in 2002 on suspicion of inciting terrorism. On Feb 13 Qatada was freed from prison and put under virtual house arrest.
    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A2)(SFC, 2/14/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 6, In southern Bulgaria a 2.5-meter (8-foot) flood hit 700 houses in the village of Bisser, near the Greek border, after the dam on the Ivanovo reservoir collapsed. 8 people were killed in the flooding and 10 others were missing.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, A Burkina Faso security official said more than 1,500 Malians, fleeing a Tuareg rebellion in the north and reprisal attacks in Bamako, have found refuge in Burkina Faso.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Canada a crash between a flatbed truck and a van carrying migrant farm workers on a rural crossroads in southwestern Ontario killed 11 people, in one of the most deadly vehicle accidents in Canadian history.
    (Reuters, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, The Chadian National Electoral Commission, CENI, announced that the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement, MPS, party of President Idriss Deby Itno and its allies had won majority of towns in the first local elections to be organized in the country.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/chad-court-upholds-victory-main-party-165905509.html)
2012        Feb 6, Chad announced it was reopening a major oil refinery it had earlier ordered shut because of a price dispute with its Chinese part-owners. The Djarmaya refinery was ordered closed on January 19.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, An Ecuadorean judge ordered two journalists, Juan Carlos Calderon and Cristian Zurita, to pay $1 million each to President Rafael Correa, finding them guilty of defamation for reporting that he knew about contracts his older brother had with the state in a case brought by Correa over their 2010 book "The Big Brother."
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Egypt a 5th day of clashes with police continued outside Cairo's security headquarters in the wake of deadly football violence and calls by activists for civil disobedience. At least one protester was killed.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, Air France pilots and other personnel began a 4-day walkout to protest a bill requiring air transport workers to give 48 hours notice before striking.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 6, Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency says authorities have arrested several people over alleged links to the British Broadcasting Corporation's Farsi-language service.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, Malawi police fired tear gas to disperse stone-throwing vendors resisting orders they move off the streets to designated flea markets.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Nigeria three forged police ID cards, 11 police rifles and boots were allegedly recovered in an army raid on a Boko Haram hideout in which 8 suspected sect members died.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Pakistan rescue workers struggled to reach dozens of people trapped in the rubble of a factory that collapsed in Lahore, killing at least 21. At least 30 people were still believed to be trapped. The illegal factory was owned by a local politician, who used his influence to keep it open despite complaints from neighbors.
    (AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 6, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took a decisive step toward reconciliation with the Islamic militant Hamas, agreeing to head an interim unity government that would prepare for elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel’s PM Netanyahu condemned the deal, saying it would be impossible to reach peace with a government that includes Hamas.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, In the Philippines a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Negros island and set off landslides. 58 people were killed and 60 left missing.
    (AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)(AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, Romania's government collapsed following weeks of protests against austerity measures, the latest debt-stricken government in Europe to fall in the face of raising public anger over biting cuts. President Traian Basescu appointed Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu, the only minister in Emil Boc's Cabinet who is not a member of any political party, to be interim prime minister pending the formation of a new government.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, Russian researchers said that they had succeeded in drilling through four km (2.5 miles) of ice to the surface of a sub-glacial Antarctic lake which could yield important scientific discoveries.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, Sierra Leone’s Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma forced the UN mission chief Michael von der Schulenburg out of his job in order to improve his re-election chances. Schulenburg had warned of this possibility in December.
    (Econ, 2/18/12, p.52)
2012        Feb 6, The US closed its embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus in a dramatic escalation of pressure on President Bashar Assad to give up power. Activists said shells slammed into a makeshift medical clinic and residential areas in Homs, killing at least 23 people in the third day of a new offensive on the epicenter of the country's uprising. Another 10 people were reported killed elsewhere. State-run news said that gunmen killed three soldiers and captured others at a checkpoint in the Jabal al-Zawiyah region of Idlib province.
    (AP, 2/6/12)

2012        Feb 7, Rick Santorum won 3 victories in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by winning caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in Missouri. Mitt Romney came in 3rd in Minnesota with 17% of the vote.
    (SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.32)
2012        Feb 7, The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-passed ban on gay marriage, ruling 2-1 that it violates the rights of gay Californians.
    (AP, 2/7/12)(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 7, The US Centers for Disease Control said smokers have twice the number of problems with their teeth than nonsmokers.
    (SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 7, Argentina's Pres. Cristina Fernandez accused Britain of "militarizing the South Atlantic" and said she would complain to the UN, as tension rises ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war.
    (Reuters, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Australia imposed new travel bans and financial sanctions on Syrian leaders on as it stepped up actions to force an end to violence against Syria's civilian population.
    (Reuters, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Jailed Bahraini activists ended a hunger strike after eight days of refusing to eat in protest at a new crackdown on demonstrations. A week-long rally called for by the Shiite-led opposition was concluded.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Bolivian officials threatened to prosecute leaders of coca growers who used whips a day earlier to drive away 4 unarmed members of a government coca eradication team.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Swollen rivers in Bulgaria and Greece burst their banks, leaving dozens of homes underwater. The Maritsa River to overflow its banks, leaving dozens of homes under water in the city of Svilengrad near the Greek border. In Greece the river Evros burst its banks near the country's northeastern border with Bulgaria.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, German police arrested two men on allegations they were spying on Syrian opposition groups in Germany.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Iran's parliament decided to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Ministers from Iraq's Sunni-backed bloc ended their boycott of the Cabinet. Iraq executed 14 people, most of them Al-Qaeda members, bringing to at least 65 the number of executions so far this year.
    (AP, 2/7/12)(AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, In Jamaica roughly 2,000 firearms were melted down in a blazing furnace as part of an effort designed to combat gun trafficking and corruption while reducing violent crime.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, The Maldives' first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed (44), resigned after a police mutiny described by his office as an attempted coup, capping weeks of political upheaval in the holiday paradise. Nasheed has faced three weeks of street protests stemming from the arrest of a senior judge. Vice President Mohamed Waheed, who had clashed with Nasheed over the chief justice's detention, was sworn in as the new head of state and he urged the population of 300,000 Sunni Muslims to remain calm.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Mexican navy personal detained suspect Francisco Alvarado Martagon as he attempted to drive past a military checkpoint near the city of Acayucan in a vehicle without license plates. He confessed to being a head lookout for the Zetas and mentioned two sites at local ranches that the Zetas allegedly used to dispose of bodies. The navy inspected the sites and over the next 24 hours found the buried, badly decomposed remains of 15 people.
    (AP, 2/8/12)(AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, The Mexican army found 73 Central American migrants in three houses near the US border and troops arrested 4 men suspected of planning to smuggle the people into Texas.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 7, In Nigeria explosions rocked an army barracks, a bridge and an air base in the northern city of Kaduna amid a wave of attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram. One suicide bomber was reported killed.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani held talks with Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, on the 2nd day of an official visit expected to focus on Afghan peace efforts.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Somali pirates seized the MV Free Goddess, a Liberian-flagged Greek-owned ship and its crew of 21 Filipinos. They were held hostage by pirates for eight months until a payment of $2.3 million was made in ransom.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
2012        Feb 7, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak arrived in Riyadh at the start of a two-day visit to the OPEC kingpin which comes as Seoul seeks to diversify its oil sources. Lee Myung-Bak held talks with Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and the head of Saudi state oil giant Aramco, Khalid al-Faleh. Saudi Arabia pledged to ensure a stable supply of oil to South Korea.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)(AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Swiss materials giant Glencore and mining firm Xstrata announced a vast merger, creating a $90 billion (€69 billion) group and the world’s 4th largest mining company.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.65)
2012        Feb 7, Syrian forces renewed their assault on the flashpoint city of Homs as Russia's foreign minister stressed the need for reform and dialogue during talks in Damascus with President Bashar Assad about the country's escalating violence. Activists reported that at least 15 people, including a 15-year-old boy, were killed in violence across the country. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council said it is pulling its ambassadors from Syria. France said it is recalling its ambassador to Syria for consultations. Other Western powers including Britain, the United States and Italy have called back their top envoys in the wake of new violence.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Turkey's PM Erdogan announced a new initiative with regional players to halt the violence in Syria, saying the veto of a UN resolution had given President Bashar al-Assad a "license to kill."
    (AFP, 2/7/12)

2012        Feb 8, In Texas Antonio Pena-Arguelles, an alleged cartel money-launderer, was arrested in San Antonio. A 13-page DEA affidavit accused him of using US bank accounts to funnel millions to Tomas Yarrington, who served as governor of Tamaulipas state in 1999-2004, from leaders of the Gulf and the Zetas. In 2004-2005 alone, it says, Pena-Arguelles and his brother received $4.5 million from the No. 2 leader of the Zetas, Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 8, John Fairfax (74), a self-proclaimed "professional adventurer," died near Las Vegas. He became famous in 1969 as the first person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He also rowed across the Pacific with his then-girlfriend Sylvia Cook, an ocean crossing that took him a full year to complete, from April 1971 to April 1972. His exploits inspired two memoirs: "Britannia: Rowing Alone Across the Atlantic" and "Oars Across the Pacific," both published in the early 1970s.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 8, In Afghanistan a NATO airstrike reportedly killed 8 children in Kapisa province. On Feb 13 NATO conceded that several children died during the bombing raid.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)(AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 8, Bolivian authorities seized 17 properties from a provincial clan ostensibly in the gravel business that it suspects of laundering drug money through real estate. Cochabamba police were unable to capture any of the seven wanted brothers of the Cossio Rojas family when they raided the properties.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 8, The Trident Gang Crime Command, a new specialist Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) unit tackling London gangs, carried out hundreds of raids exactly six months on from the riots that hit the capital, arresting nearly 160 people.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, Statistics Canada said the Canadian population grew by 5.9 percent over five years to 33.5 million people in 2011, the fastest growth rate in the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations, according to the country's five-year census.
    (Reuters, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, China and Canada signed a series of deals to boost modest levels of bilateral trade and finished negotiations on a foreign investment protection pact after 18 years of talks.
    (Reuters, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, In China reports circulated that Wang Lijun, the deputy mayor overseeing security in Chongqing, may have tried to defect to the US. He was reportedly arrested in Chengdu and flown to Beijing for questioning.
    (SFC, 2/9/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 8, In China a Tibetan (19) set himself on fire in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture. He was a former monk from the local Kirti monastery, which has been the scene of protests over recent months. The monk was taken to hospital. Radio Free Asia said Tibetan protests erupted in two counties in Qinghai province, with about 1,000 people marching in each.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 8, An Egyptian production company said "the student members of the Muslim Brotherhood at Ain Shams University had prevented the film crew from the 'Dhat' TV series from shooting the scenes set at the university." The series, adapted from the novel "Dhat" by Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim, takes place in the 1970s, "when women wore short clothing."
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 8, A senior European Union official said the EU will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice president and the opposition to calm violence. Activists reported at least 50 killed in military assaults targeting government opponents in Homs.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, went to the polls in a contest pitting Rahul Gandhi (41), the scion of the Gandhi political dynasty, against the ruling party of local low-caste leader Mayawati.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, In India officials said at least 30 people have died and more are sick after drinking toxic bootleg liquor made from cough medicine in Orissa state.
    (AP, 2/8/12)(AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 8, Half a million Israeli public and private sector workers went on general strike, shutting down government offices, banks and airport traffic over the rights of contract workers.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, Japan and the United States agreed to proceed with plans to transfer thousands of US troops out of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving behind the stalled discussion about closing a major US Marine base there.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, Supporters of the Maldives former president rioted through the streets and seized some police stations to demand his reinstatement as the country's new leader appealed for an end to the political turmoil roiling this Indian Ocean nation. Former leader Mohamed Nasheed and other top party officials were beaten by police in the street chaos.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, In Mali Tuareg rebels said they had seized control of Tinzawaten, a northeastern region, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged an end to the fighting amid growing global concern over the unrest.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, The Mexican army said troops have made an historic seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco. The find outside Guadalajara is more than four times the size of a major seizure last summer of 3.4 tons (3.1 metric tons) and more than twice the total amount of meth seized in Mexico in 2009, according to a UN report.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 8, NATO said it has decided to extend until 2018 an operation to protect the airspace of Baltic members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with fighter jets.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, In the Netherlands organizers of the legendary Eleven Cities Tour skating marathon ruled the ice is to thin for it to go ahead.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 8, The Pakistani army held talks with NATO and Afghan forces in an effort to improve coordination along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a sign of thawing relations after American airstrikes accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year. US drone-fired missiles hit a house in North Waziristan's Spalga village, killing nine people, including some domestic Taliban militants.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, The Palestinian Hamas parliamentary bloc in the Gaza Strip came out against the latest reconciliation deal with rival Fatah, headed by Pres. Abbas. The 31 Gaza lawmakers said the deal is illegal. Hamas risked losing jobs and influence in Gaza under the deal, which was signed in Qatar this week by Abbas and the exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, In Somalia a suicide car bomber slammed his vehicle into a cafe outside the Muna Hotel, where lawmakers gather in Mogadishu, killing at least 15 people.
    (http://tinyurl.com/89an85t)(AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 8, Eleven Somalis drowned and another 34 were missing after a smugglers' boat headed for Yemen capsized in the Gulf of Aden. Survivors told how the three smugglers crewmen forced 22 people overboard when the boat's engine failed soon after departure.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 8, Switzerland reported seeing a large-scale hike in cigarette-smuggling from Africa where prices are 10 times cheaper.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, Tunisia's new President Moncef Marzouki arrived in Morocco to push for a revival of a dormant project to unify the Maghreb region on his first foreign tour since taking office.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)

2012        Feb 9, President Barack Obama freed 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Five of the largest US banks agreed to a $26 billion, 3-year settlement over reckless lending practices in 49 states. The agreement would provide some foreclosure relief and partially compensate those who have lost their homes.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 9, The US House passed a bill, “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge” (STOCK), making it explicit that members of Congress are not allowed to engage in insider trading and get away with it.
    (Econ, 2/18/12, p.30)
2012        Feb 9, The US EPA approved a federal rule banning ships from flushing their sewage into the sea within 3 miles of the California coast.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 9, The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to grant a license to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A9)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.34)
2012        Feb 9, The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota sued some of the world’s largest beer makers for $500 million claiming they knowingly contributed to alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A14)
2012        Feb 9, In Missouri Edward John Maher (56), a British armored car driver suspected of driving off with $1.5 million in January, 1993, was arrested in the small town of Ozark.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A8)
2012        Feb 9, Algeria’s Channel Three radio said 30 died in road accidents over the past week caused by cold weather, and 14 of asphyxia because of poor heating devices.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, The IMF said it has extended its $1.34-billion (one-billion-euro) loan program in Angola to March 30 to allow time for a final review before the last payout.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Brazil striking police officers in the northeastern city of Salvador evacuated the Bahia state legislative building they occupied in protest for more than a week. The state government has offered a raise of 6.5 percent as well as bonuses but refused to offer amnesty for the striking officers.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, A British judge sent 9 British Muslims men to prison with sentences of 5-16 years for plots to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 9, The Bank of England said it will inject another £50 billion into Britain's weak economy and keep interest rates at a record-low 0.50 percent.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Britain a new 367 megawatt offshore wind farm opened off the Cumbrian coast and will supply up to 320,000 households with renewable power a year.
    (Reuters, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, China said a Syrian opposition delegation visited Beijing and met Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun as the country insisted it wants to maintain contacts and communication with Syrian opposition groups.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In China security forces shot dead two Tibetan brothers who were on the run after protesting against Chinese rule.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 9, Colombia’s chief prosecutor's office obtained an arrest warrant for Luis Carlos Restrepo, ex-President Alvaro Uribe's peace commissioner, for allegedly choreographing the March 2006 bogus surrender of a column of leftist guerrillas. Restrepo departed Colombia on Jan. 8 and his whereabouts was unknown.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, Ecuador's foreign minister said police in Italy found nearly 90 pounds (40 kilos) of cocaine last month in diplomatic mail sent to the Mediterranean country and two suspects have been arrested. The crates had been inspected by police dogs before leaving Ecuador, but had traveled to Italy through a third country.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Germany expelled four Syrian diplomats,.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Greece’s political leaders struck a deal to make deep cuts in government jobs and spending to help save the country from default.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 9, Guinean authorities confirmed charges against army Col. Moussa Tiegboro Camara in connection with a Sep 28, 2009, massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators at a soccer stadium, making him the first high-ranking official to face trial for the atrocities.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Buncrana, Ireland, Andrew "Chubby" Allen (24) died after a gunman on foot opened fire through a window of his home and struck the victim at least once in the head. Allen last year fled his Northern Ireland hometown of Londonderry after receiving death threats from Republican Action Against Drugs, an organization forged by former members of both the IRA and a rival group called the Irish National Liberation Army.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Israel half a million public and private sector workers were on general strike for a 2nd day. Media reported signs of an emerging agreement between unions and government.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Israel Khader Adnan (33), an imprisoned member of a Palestinian militant group, has waged a hunger strike for almost two months, trying to draw attention to Israel's military justice system and its treatment of detainees who can be held without charge for lengthy periods.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Jordanian public school teachers ignored government calls to halt their strike to press for full annual bonuses, leaving hundreds of thousands of students at home.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, A Jordanian prosecutor said he has ordered, Mohammed al-Dahabi, the former head of the General Intelligence Department, to be detained for 14 days pending a probe on charges of embezzlement of public funds, money laundering and abuse of office.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant for former President Mohamed Nasheed, one day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledging Indian Ocean democracy.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, The World Food Program said a food crisis in Mauritania as a result of drought is expected to be three times worse that in 2010, when the Sahel was crippled by food shortages.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Mexico Bruce Beresford-Redman, former “Survivor” reality television producer, arrived in Quintana Roo escorted by nearly a dozen agents after being extradited from the United States so he can face trial in his wife's killing. His wife’s body was found in a sewer cistern at a swank Cancun resort following an April 2010 family vacation.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Morocco Renault inaugurated a giant factory to build low-cost cars, sparking controversy at home in France where a loss of industrial competitiveness has rankled.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, It was reported that a woman (35) recently walked through a field in northern Mozambique, near where a group of teenage boys were undergoing their ritual circumcision into adulthood. Accusing her of trespassing on sacred ground forbidden to women, the traditional leader meted out his punishment: He ordered 17 of his young initiates to gang rape her. Four of the youths were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, On the Caribbean island of Nevis a machete-wielding robber took $1000 from US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his guests. Police soon arrested Vedel Brown and charged him with aggravated robbery.
    (SFC, 2/22/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 9, Pakistani officials said US missiles in Miranshah killed Badar Mansoor, the most senior Pakistani in Al-Qaeda, one of the Americans' main targets in the country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people. 4 militants were reported killed in the pre-dawn drone strike.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Peru the rebel known as Comrade Artemio (50), Florindo "Jose" Flores, was reported wounded. On Feb 12 government troops captured the badly wounded leader of a remnant of the once-powerful Shining Path rebel group that lives off the cocaine trade. Artemio had practically lost his right arm.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 9, Romania's Parliament approved a government led by former spy chief Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (43), which the ruling coalition hopes will improve its popularity ahead of parliamentary elections this year. His Cabinet has seven ministers from the previous cabinet, but new, younger ministers for the key portfolios of economy, finance, interior ministry and agriculture.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Saudi Arabia Munir al-Medani (21) was killed and three wounded when security forces exchanged gunfire with "masked men" in the Qatif district of the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province. Activists and witnesses said that security forces opened fire when a Shiite procession marking the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, a celebration forbidden in ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, turned into a demonstration for reform and the release of Shiite detainees.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 9, In a video posted on an Islamic Internet forum Al-Qaida's leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, said that the Somali militant group al-Shabab has formally joined al-Qaida.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, South Africa’s Pres. Zuma said the government will invest 300 billion rand ($39.6 billion, €29.7 billion) in rail and port projects over the next seven years in a bid to create jobs.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon (56), celebrated for pursuing international human rights cases, was convicted of overstepping his jurisdiction in a domestic corruption probe and barred from the bench for 11 years.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Spanish police arrested 3 members of the Serbian paramilitary group known as "Arkan's Tigers" as well as belonging to Zemun Clan. They included Vladimir Milisavljevic, who had been a fugitive for five years after being convicted in absentia for the March 12, 2003, assassination of Serbia’s PM Zoran Djindjic. Milisavljevic was convicted in 2007 and sentenced in absentia in Serbia to 35 years for his involvement in the assassination of Djindjic and to another 40 years for other crimes. Luka Bojovic (39) and Sinisa Petric were also arrested. Bojovic was wanted in connection with 20 murders in Serbia, the Netherlands and Spain.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, Swiss news reported that Hafez Makhlouf, a cousin of Syria's President Bashar Assad, has won a legal bid to unfreeze euro3 million ($4 million) held in bank accounts in Switzerland, overturning a last-ditch effort by Swiss prosecutors to block the release of the funds on suspicion of money laundering.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Syrian forces fired mortars and rockets that killed scores of people in the rebellious city of Homs. The Local Coordination Committees said an estimated 90 people were killed in Homs, but the death toll was impossible to independently verify. Activists also reported violence in Zabadani and Daraa.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Uganda said it will set up a national oil company to handle commercial interests in its emerging oil sector after the government tabled a long-delayed bill in parliament.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Yemeni security forces shot dead two southern Yemeni activists during a demonstration in Daleh against presidential elections to be held later this month.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)

2012        Feb 10, Pres. Obama offered a compromise that would allow women to obtain free contraception, but would require them to obtain it directly from their insurance companies if their employers object to birth control because of religious beliefs.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 10, In Alabama Uzbekistan-born Ulugbek Kodirov (22) pleaded guilty to plotting to kill Pres. Obama with a rifle. He claimed to be acting on behalf of a terror group in his home country.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 10, Former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos was sentenced to nearly 9 years in prison for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for not issuing traffic tickets against young women.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 10, In California information from death row inmate Wesley Shermantine led trained dogs to a site in Calaveras County containing the remains of Chevelle Wheeler (16), who disappeared while skipping school in 1985. A day earlier the same dogs found the remains of Cyndi Vanderheiden (25), last seen in front of her home in San Joaquin County in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 10, In New Hampshire Hunter Mack (14) shot himself in the face at the Walpole Elementary School cafeteria filled with dozens of students eating lunch. Mack, was hospitalized after the shooting. A relationship issue was suspected.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In North Dakota the vice president in charge of overseeing a foreign students program resigned following a report that the school had awarded hundreds of degrees to foreign students who did not earn them.
    (SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A14)
2012        Feb 10, In Spokane, Washington, Tracy Ann Ader and her two sons, 8 & 10, were killed. The body of suspect Dustin Gilman (22) was found on Feb 13. The Aders had befriended him and he had lived with the family for several months.
    (SFC, 2/14/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/73zjz2p)
2012        Feb 10, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle on patrol, leaving five policemen dead and one wounded in Trin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province. A car was also hit by a roadside bomb in the Khinjak area of Trin Kot, killing one person and wounding two others.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, Argentina accused Britain of sending nuclear weapons to the disputed Falkland islands, while UN leader Ban Ki-moon appealed to both sides to avoid an "escalation" of their sovereignty battle.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Bahrain tens of thousands of anti-government protesters streamed toward an empty lot dubbed 'Freedom Square' in the village of Miqsha outside the capital Manama. They sought to occupy the site for the one-year anniversary of their uprising in the Gulf kingdom. Three people were severely wounded by tear gas canisters fired at the protesters.
    (AP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, Bosnia’s Parliament approved a new Cabinet in a vote of 26-7, with one abstention. The leadership has promised to immediately tackle the country's economic problems, including its pressing lack of a budget.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Brazil police and firefighters in Rio went on strike, a week before glittering Carnival celebrations that typically draw 800,000 tourists were due to start. Union officials expected anywhere from 50% to 70% of 58,000 officers to join the strike. Union members were not content with legislative approval of a 39% raise to be staggered over this year and the next, along with a promise of more in 2014.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Mayor Boris Johnson said London will be the first city in England to test electronic monitoring to force persistent alcohol offenders to stop drinking. The trial program was expected to start later this year. Electronic devices which continuously monitor alcohol are used in several US states. Offenders who break their no-drink order can be sent to jail.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Judge Duncan Ouseley ruled in London's High Court: "The saying of prayers as part of the formal meeting of a council is not lawful under section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972, and there is no statutory power permitting the practice to continue." The legal challenge was launched in July 2010 after the National Secular Society was contacted by Clive Bone, a non-believer who was then a councilor in Bideford.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Chinese PM Wen Jiabao pledged religious freedom and cultural protection in Tibet, just hours after security forces reportedly killed two Tibetans who protested China's rule.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Nearly 2,000 Syrians took part in a demonstration outside the Syrian consulate in Dubai.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Egypt hundreds of protesters marched to the defense ministry in Cairo demanding the military rulers' ouster, on the eve of a planned civil disobedience campaign to mark Hosni Mubarak's overthrow a year ago. Armed tribesmen kidnapped three South Korean tourists and their Egyptian guide in the Sinai peninsula. All 4 were released the next day and plan to continue their tour.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)(AP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Greece violence broke as over 15,000 people took to the streets of Athens after unions launched a 2-day general strike to protest spending cuts.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A3)
2012        Feb 10, Guinea Bissau PM Carlos Gomes Junior named Adiato Djalo Nandigna, his current communications minister, to stand in for him until presidential polls on March 18 in which he is a candidate.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Hong Kong mainland woman Xu Li (29) was charged in a magistrates' court for her role as a "birth agent," the first prosecution of its kind as the southern city cracks down on the practice.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Israel a general strike in Israel entered its third day after negotiations between unions and government broke down.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Jamaica Wilmot Perkins (80), a veteran journalist considered the island's "godfather of talk radio," died. He worked for more than 50 years in radio, launching his first program "What's your Grouse?" on RJR 94FM in 1960. He quit a couple years later to become a farmer but returned to radio in the 1970s, ultimately launching a show called "Perkins On Line" on Hot102 FM.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said more than 40,000 people have fled recent clashes between two northern Kenyan tribes over access to water and pasture. The clashes pit two traditional rivals, the Borana and the Gabra, around the town of Moyale on the Ethiopian border.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In central Mexico a mob in the village of San Mateo Hitzilzingo beat three suspected kidnappers to death. Two of the men on fire during the attack. Some 300 angry people took the three men out of the town's police station and began beating them after a woman screamed that they were kidnappers.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, From Niger Saadi Kadhafi, one of the sons of Libya's slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, said a nationwide rebellion is brewing against the country's new rulers as he vowed to return to his homeland.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Nigeria officers from the State Security Service and soldiers raided a home in Mutum Biyu, Taraba state, where Kabiru Sokoto, alleged mastermind of a radical Islamist sect's Christmas Day church bombing, was hiding. He had escaped a day after his arrest in January. They found Sokoto hiding behind a rack of drying laundry. Two explosions went off outside a customs building in Maiduguri, killing four bombers and wounding two soldiers.
    (AP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, A Russian military court convicted Lt. Col. Vladimir Nesterets of providing the CIA with secret information on Russia's new intercontinental ballistic missiles and sentenced him to 13 years in prison. The Federal Security Service said Nesterets pleaded guilty to passing on that classified information in exchange for money.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Saudi Arabia Zuhair al-Said (21) was killed as security forces dispersed a protest against the death of another Shiite demonstrator the previous day.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Slovenia Janez Jansa (b.1958), a former prime minister (2004-2008) again took office as prime minister.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.63)
2012        Feb 10, Eight South Korean lawmakers made a high-profile visit to a modern factory park that sits just across the world's most heavily armed border and represents the last major cooperative initiative between the two rival Koreas.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Spain’s new conservative government approved sweeping labor market reforms as part of a drive to revive the economy and reduce the nearly 23% unemployment.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 10, Swaziland’s main teachers' union said the government has let go 1,200 school teachers, leaving classrooms empty just one month into the school year. The union threatened mass action.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Syria 2 explosions struck security compounds in Aleppo, killing 28 people, the first significant violence in a major city that has largely stood by President Bashar Assad in the 11-month-old uprising against his rule. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 27 civilians were killed as security forces opened fire on antigovernment protesters who streamed out of mosques. A Syria-based activist, said the regime appears to be trying to take over rebel-held areas in Homs and the northwestern restive province of Idlib before Feb. 17, when Assad's ruling Baath party is scheduled to hold its first general conference since 2005.
    (AP, 2/10/12)(SFC, 2/11/12, p.A3)
2012        Feb 10, Turkey Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said that five Turks, including a former intelligence officer, were being questioned for allegedly kidnapping and handing over to Damascus Lt. Col. Hussein Harmoush, a Syrian army officer, who had sought refuge in Turkey.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, The UN refugee agency said it needs $145 million (110 million euros) in extra funds to help thousands fleeing fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Yemen thousands rallied in Sanaa to back a single-candidate presidential election planned for later this month that has sparked protests in the south.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)

2012        Feb 11, Mitt Romney scored a narrow low turnout victory, 39% to 36%, over Ron Paul in Maine's Republican presidential caucuses. Rick Santorum finished third with 18%. Newt Gingrich finished fourth, with 6%. Maine's 24 delegates are not allocated by the results of the caucuses.
    (SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A16)
2012        Feb 11, Whitney Houston (b.1963), singer and actress, died at the Beverly Hilton hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Houston was found "underwater and unconscious" in the bathtub of her hotel room. Prescription drugs were found nearby, and bottles of champagne and beer were in the adjacent room. Her soaring voice lifted her to the top of the pop music world but a personal decline was fueled by years of drug use. She crossed over from music success to TV and movies, appearing in "The Bodyguard" (1992), as well as "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) and "The Preacher's Wife" (1996).
    (Reuters, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 11, In eastern Afghanistan gunmen burst into a family home of a provincial judge, killing him and his niece in the latest assassination of an Afghan government official. Mohammad Nasir, the head of the appeals court for Kunar province, was visiting family in neighboring Nangarhar province. A helicopter operated by US military contractors crashed in the mountains of Zabul province, killing all four Tajik crew members.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 11, Bahrain deported two American women accused of aiding antigovernment activists. On Feb 16 the Information Affairs Authority said 6 members of Witness Bahrain, a group monitoring potential human rights abuses, have been deported.
    (SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A6)(SFC, 2/17/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 11, In Bangladesh 2 prominent television journalists, Meherun Runi (33) and Sagar Sarwar (35), were brutally stabbed to death at their home in the capital Dhaka. The couple's son (6) called his grandmother and said that his parents were lying on the floor.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Brazil police in the northeastern state of Bahia voted to end their 12-day walkout, during which time the homicide rate doubled to more than 130 in the metropolitan area of Salvador. Officials on Feb 13 said current and former police officers may have committed up to 30 murders during the police strike in Bahia state.
    (AP, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 11, Britain's biggest-selling tabloid newspaper, The Sun, was fighting to contain the damage after five of its employees were arrested in an inquiry into the alleged payment of bribes to police and other officials. A 39-year-old female employee at Britain's defense ministry, a 36-year-old male member of the armed forces and a 39-year-old serving police officer with Surrey Police, were also arrested in an early morning raid.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, Canada set the seal on improving ties with China by agreeing to a 10-year loan for two giant pandas, traditionally an indication of official approval from Beijing.
    (Reuters, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In China Tenzin Choedron (Choedon), an 18-year-old nun, set herself on fire in Sichuan province and later died, the latest in a spate of such incidents among ethnic Tibetans protesting Beijing's rule.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Egypt student activists held strikes to mark a year since they toppled Hosni Mubarak, leaving an increasingly unpopular and defiant military in charge. The planned day of civil disobedience and strikes saw only a small turnout.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, It was reported that a mysterious epidemic is devastating the Pacific coast of Central America, killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000 and striking thousands of others with chronic kidney disease at rates unseen virtually anywhere else. Scientists say they have received reports of the phenomenon as far north as southern Mexico and as far south as Panama. Researchers suspected chronic dehydration. Elsy Brizuela, a doctor who works with an El Salvadoran project to treat workers and research the epidemic, discounts the dehydration theory and insists "the common factor is exposure to herbicides and poisons." In Nicaragua, the number of annual deaths from chronic kidney disease more than doubled in a decade, from 466 in 2000 to 1,047 in 2010. In El Salvador there was a similar jump, from 1,282 in 2000 to 2,181 in 2010.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Europe snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes as the death toll from the big freeze rose past 550. On the French Mediterranean island of Corsica snow was up to one meter thick in the higher villages and all flights were cancelled from Bastia airport.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Iraq a group of political dissidents created a new opposition party, the Union of Patriotic Figures, to act as a check on the country’s government.
    (SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 11, In Iraq a car bomb seriously wounded Lt. Col. Salman Kadhim, a local police chief in Jbala. Two of Kadhim’s guards were also wounded in the explosion.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Indian Kashmir protesters blocked a main highway after a young man was shot dead by the army in what military officials described as an "accidental" shooting. Ashiq Hussain Rather (22) was killed the previous evening when a soldier accidentally fired his rifle as security forces combed the area for militants.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Japan thousands demonstrated in Tokyo against nuclear power generation, 11 months after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Kosovo at least nine members of one family died in an avalanche that hit the village of Restelica near the border with Macedonia. Ansera Reka (5) was pulled from the rubble of one house after being buried for over 10 hours.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 11, Lebanese security officials said clashes overnight between pro- and anti-Syria gunmen in a northern Lebanese city have left one person dead and 12 wounded.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, Libya demanded Niger hand over Al-Saadi Gadhafi, one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons who is under house arrest there, after he warned in a television interview that his homeland was facing a new uprising.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, Montenegro authorities said the heaviest snow in 63 years has sealed off hundreds of villages, shut roads and closed the main airport.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Myanmar some 5,000 software developers and bloggers gathered in Yangon for BarCamp, a get-together of geeks founded 7 years ago in Silicon Valley. The first BarCamp was held in Palo Alto, California, from August 19–21, 2005, in the offices of Socialtext.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, p.78)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp)
2012        Feb 11, In Pakistan the 5-member Haqqani network leadership council distributed a pamphlet ordering militants not to stage rocket or bomb attacks in North Waziristan due to an agreement with the Pakistani government. The Pakistani military has never publicly acknowledged a peace agreement with militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 11, Philippine government agents in Manila arrested Dr. Eric Chan, alias Eric Uy Garchitorena, accused of defrauding a California health care program of more than $3 million.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 11, South Africa launched a new line of bank notes bearing the image of its first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela (93), on the 22nd anniversary of his release from prison.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, Sri Lanka’s government increased fuel prices. The last night action led to protests across the country.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Syria gunmen assassinated Brig. Gen. Issa al-Khouli in Damascus in the first killing of a high ranking military officer in the capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March. Al-Khouli was a doctor and the chief of a military hospital in the capital. Violence in other parts of the country left at least 11 people dead as regime troops pushed into rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs and shelled the mountain town of Zabadani. Zabadani capitulated to government forces.
    (AP, 2/11/12)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.51)
2012        Feb 11, Turkish warplanes bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 2/12/12)

2012        Feb 12, The 54th Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles. British singer Adele won every award she was up for including Album of the year for “21” and Record of the year for “Rolling in the Deep.”
    (SFC, 2/13/12, p.D1)
2012        Feb 12, DogTV went live on Time Warner Cable and Cox Media. It was produced by Jasmine Group, an Israeli company, which hoped to charge a premium of $4.99 per month for the channel designed to keep dogs company.
    (SFC, 3/5/12, p.D3)
2012        Feb 12, In Northern California authorities unearthed more skull fragments and other human remains, along with clothes, a purse and jewelry, in a well where convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine said there may be 10 or more victims.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, The Afghan Health Ministry said that the director of a medical clinic in Helmand province was found dead after being kidnapped a week ago by unknown gunmen. The provincial government of Helmand province said a roadside bomb killed three civilians in Washir district.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, In Brazil Paulo Rodrigues (51), the editor-in-chief of a newspaper that crusaded against corruption in the rough border region with Paraguay, was shot dead in Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul state, where his Jornal da Praca newspaper and Mercosulnews.com website are based.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 12, Black-and-white turned to gold as silent movie "The Artist" won seven BAFTA awards including best film at a ceremony in London, raising expectations of a strong showing at the Academy Awards. Meryl Streep clinched the leading actress prize for her portrayal of former British PM Margaret Thatcher both as a politician at the height of her power and as a frail elderly lady suffering from dementia, in "The Iron Lady."
    (Reuters, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 12, In CongoDRC a private jet crashed while landing in the eastern city of Bukavu. Presidential aid Augustin Katumba Mwanke (48) was among those killed. There were 2 pilots and 7 passengers on the private jet. Two American crew members also died, as well as two people crushed by the plane as it came down at Bukavu airport.
    (AP, 2/12/12)(AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 12, In Egypt a UN freelance consultant was fatally shot in the head while driving through an upscale Cairo neighborhood in a random daytime shooting. She was a consultant with the women's fund at the United Nations in Cairo and also worked at a medical lab.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, Greek lawmakers approved harsh new austerity measures, 199-74, demanded by bailout creditors to save the nation from bankruptcy as rioters destroyed or seriously damaged 93 buildings, many in the city’s historic center.
    (AP, 2/13/12)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.53)
2012        Feb 12, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh that Iran would always stand by the Palestinian resistance against Israel and warned him against compromisers. Pres. Ahmadinejad said it was Iran’s duty to stand by the Palestinians.
    (SFC, 2/13/12, p.A3)
2012        Feb 12, Israeli unions announced they were ending a general strike on its fifth day, after reaching an agreement with treasury officials that will boost salaries and benefits for contract workers.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, Israeli airstrikes killed Abdelkareem Abu Zeituneh (71), an orchard security guard in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said in a statement that aircraft targeted tunnels and a weapons factory in response to rocket fire on southern Israel.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, In Ivory Coast clashes broke out between the ethnic Agni and the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast (FRCI) backed by ethnic Malinke and continued on to the next day leaving 3 people killed and a dozen wounded.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 12, In Libya clashes erupted between members of the Zwai and Tobu tribes in the town of Kufra and continued into the next day. At least 17 people were killed in the two days of fighting with another 22 wounded.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 12, Malaysia deported Hamza Kashgari, a young Saudi journalist wanted in his home country over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohammed, defying pleas from human rights group who said he faced execution. His tweet: "I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you. "I will not pray for you."
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, Ousted Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed rejected a US call for compromise and rejected a unity government to end political unrest as fresh clashes erupted in the Indian Ocean nation.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, In northwest Pakistan a bomb hidden in a television set exploded in a house on the outskirts of Peshawar, killing at least seven people. Police believed the attack was part of a local feud.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, In South Africa the Impala Platinum worker’s union said the world's number two producer has agreed to take back 17,200 workers who were fired for going on strike.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, In Spain some ten thousands people took to the streets of Madrid in support of Baltasar Garzon, a judge who won global fame for taking on international human rights cases, but has now been barred from the bench for ordering jailhouse wiretaps.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, Sudan and breakaway South Sudan agreed to cooperate in the transfer of more than 300,000 people to the South. The deal allowed South Sudanese to choose where they want to live and set an April 8 deadline for 500,000 people to go back to their homeland or to "normalize" their stay in Sudan.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 12, The Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo adopted a draft resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Syria and called on the UN Security Council to pass a resolution creating a joint peacekeeping force for Syria. Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri threw the terror network's support behind Syrian rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby accepted the resignation of Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Dabi, the head of the Syrian observer mission, and nominated former Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdullah al-Khatib as the new envoy.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, Turkmenistan held presidential elections. The seven candidates running against President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov (54) have all made praise for his leadership a central plank of their campaigns. Berdymukhamedov won a new five-year term by capturing 97 percent of the vote. A Western expert called the vote a democratic sham.
    (AP, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 12, Venezuelans lined up to vote in the country's first-ever opposition presidential primary, choosing a single challenger they hope will have what it takes to finally defeat President Hugo Chavez after 13 years in office. Henrique Capriles (39), governor of Miranda state, easily won the opposition presidential primary.
    (AP, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 12, In southern Yemen al-Qaida-linked militants in Azan and Jaar publicly executed two Yemenis suspected of collaborating with the United States.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 12, Zimbabwe state media said International diamond watchdog the Kimberley Process (KP) has certified Zimbabwe's Diamond Mining Company to sell gems from the violence-tainted Marange fields.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)

2012        Feb 13, President Barack Obama sent Congress a new budget that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade through cuts in government spending and higher taxes on the wealthy. At the same time, he wants to boost spending in key areas such as transportation and education.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, In Michigan opening statements began in the trial of 7 members of the Hutaree militia arrested in 2010 for plotting to overthrow the US government. Since their capture only one of nine charged has agreed to a plea deal. On March 27 a judge dismissed the most serious charges against the 7 defendants.
    (SFC, 2/13/12, p.A4)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 13, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a measure that makes his state the seventh to legalize same-sex marriage, effective June 7. Opponents almost immediately filed a referendum to challenge the new law, meaning voters likely will have the final say.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 13, General Electric Co. said it plans to hire 5,000 US military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the US this year.
    (Reuters, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said the government has signed a long-term partnership with Italy for continued financial support and military training. The agreement states that Italy will continue these efforts after 2014, when the Afghan government is expected to take the lead in securing the country. In the south a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Bahrain security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades as thousands of protesters tried to occupy Pearl Square in the nation's capital ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Gulf kingdom's Shiite-led uprising.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, A police strike in Rio de Janeiro ended just days before the world's biggest Carnival bash. The strike never affected security in the city, the number of officers who adhered to it appeared relatively small and authorities never had to call on army soldiers to patrol streets, as was feared.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 13, Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina said the US inability to cut illegal drug consumption leaves his country with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, a remarkable turnaround for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime with an iron fist.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 13, In India and Georgia assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in near-simultaneous strikes that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. The attacks wounded four people. A hitman on a rented motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to the back of an Israeli embassy car carrying the 42-year-old diplomat as she went to pick up her children from school in New Delhi. The woman, also the wife of the defense attache at the embassy, was left in a critical condition with spinal injuries and was flown to Israel for further treatment. 3 men of Iranian origin were later identified as suspects.
    (AP, 2/13/12)(AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Feb 13, An Indonesian woman died of H5N1 bird flu a day after being admitted to a hospital in Tangerang district on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta. This was Indonesia's third human death from the deadly disease this year.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 13, Many Iranian web users said their access to foreign email services such as Gmail, Yahoo mail and Hotmail appears to have been restored after a four day outage.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, In Iraq a police commander Col. Saad al-Shameri, who for years hunted militants, was ambushed and killed in a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. His driver was also killed.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Israeli settlers from the unauthorized West Bank Migron outpost said they reached a deal with the country's government to allow them to stay put for two more years, despite Israeli Supreme Court orders to evacuate them next month. A spokesman said Israel will build an entirely new settlement on a nearby hilltop to house the evicted Migron dwellers.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Libyan members of a hundred militias announced a new unified military council.
    (SFC, 2/15/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 13, The Malian army said that soldiers and civilians had been summarily executed during a Tuareg offensive in the town of Aguelhok. France condemned the extra-judicial killings of some 82 people in the town on January 24, which the Malian army confirmed. A nomadic community of some 1.5 million people, Tuareg of various tribes are scattered between Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Niger and Mali.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Suspected Nigerian pirates fired on a cargo ship around 110 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria killing the captain and chief engineer. The French navy came to the aid of the cargo ship.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)(AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 13, Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani was charged with contempt by the country's highest court, pleading not guilty to charges over the government's two-year refusal to write to authorities in Switzerland asking them to re-open corruption cases against Pres. Zardari. The charges could see him jailed for six months and disqualified from office.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, In Pakistan 7 men, allegedly held by the feared intelligence services, appeared in court, an unprecedented development following orders from the country's highest court. The 7 men appeared frail, weak, unable to talk and unable to walk properly more than a year and a half after being allegedly arrested. A remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van exploded in Baluchistan province, killing two boys and wounding 17 others including a senior police official.
    (AFP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Anwar Kamal Khan Marwat (64), Pakistani politician and tribal leader, died.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.110)
2012        Feb 13, Military planes flew in tons of emergency food to towns and villages in eastern Romania where thousands have been stranded by blizzards.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, In Senegal four soldiers wee killed by separatist rebels in the country's southern Casamance region.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 13, Across Somalia gun-toting Shebab insurgents staged rallies to celebrate their group's recognition by Ayman al-Zawahiri as a member of the Islamist Al-Qaeda network.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Spain's Supreme Court threw out a case against recently barred magistrate Baltasar Garzon in which he was suspected of improperly receiving money while on sabbatical in New York in 2005-2006. The court cited a three-year statute of limitations on bribery charges. Garzon awaited a verdict in a third case for allegedly overstepping jurisdiction by launching a 2008 probe of right-wing atrocities during and after the 1936-1939 Spanish civil war.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, Syrian rebels repelled a push by government tanks into Rastan, a key central town held by forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime. At least three soldiers were left dead. A sniper shot dead a civilian in Hama.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2012        Feb 13, A clash in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast has left 15 Kurdish rebels and two Turkish soldiers dead.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 13, The United Nations backed the Maldives' new leader's proposal for a national unity government though the ousted leader called for a snap poll to resolve a political crisis.
    (AP, 2/13/12)

2012        Feb 14, Pres. Obama met with Xi Jinping (58), China’s vice president. Jinping was expected to become the next leader of China.
    (Econ, 2/18/12, p.36)
2012        Feb 14, Horizon Lines pleaded guilty to violating oil pollution laws. It accepted a $1 million fine and a $500,000 contribution to SF Bay Area environmental projects. The container ship Horizon Enterprise had discharged oily waste and an inspection at the Port of Oakland in Oct 2011 showed a valve had been opened to prevent meters from recording the discharge.
    (SFC, 2/17/12, p.D6)
2012        Feb 14, Hackers claimed to have broken into Combined Systems Inc.'s website and stolen personal information belonging to clients and employees of the Jamestown, Pennsylvania-based firm, whose tear gas has been used against Egyptian demonstrators. They accused the company of being run by war profiteers who sell "mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop shops around the world."
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Top US Catholic bishop, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, vowed legislative and court challenges to a compromise by President Barack Obama to his healthcare mandate that now exempts religiously affiliated institutions from paying directly for birth control for their workers, instead making insurance companies responsible.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, In Massachusetts 11 more dolphins beached themselves at Cape Cod. Ten were rescued. Over the last month some 178 have stranded in the area and 125 died.
    (SFC, 2/17/12, p.A7)
2012        Feb 14, Snow as deep as 15 feet (4.5m) isolated areas of Albania, Moldova and Romania, and helicopters and army trucks were used to deliver food and medicine, and to transport sick people to hospitals. Officials said 5 Romanians died in the past 24 hours due to frigid temperatures, bringing the total to 79 weather-related deaths since the nation's cold spell began.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Bahraini security forces fanned out in unprecedented numbers as the island nation was marking the one-year anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising against its Sunni rulers. Police arrested some 150 people while dispersing protesters attempting to march on the former Pearl Square.
    (AP, 2/14/12)(AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 14, Bolivian police arrested Julio Edwin Valdez (33), the leader of a gang in El Alto believed to have killed 69 people, whose bodies have been found over the last 13 months. Police arrested 8 members of the band and seized four 14-seat minibuses used to gather victims in early morning commutes.
    (SFC, 2/22/12, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/7jz2fgf)
2012        Feb 14, British Rev. John Suddards' body was discovered by workmen at the vicarage in Thornbury, about 125 miles (200 km) west of London. Police said he was stabbed multiple times in his home. On Feb 19 Kent Police said that suspect Stephen Farrow (47) was detained overnight in Folkestone, near the major port town of Dover. Farrow was also suspected in the murder of Betty Yates, a retired teacher, on January 2. The body of a young man was also found at the house where Farrow was arrested.
    (AP, 2/19/12)(AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 14, China's Premier Wen Jiabao said his country was ready to increase its participation in efforts to resolve Europe's debt crisis, after meeting EU president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso in Beijing.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, An Eritrean opposition party official, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, went missing in eastern Sudan. His party feared he may have been kidnapped by Asmara's security agents.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 14, French police searched an upmarket Paris residence of the son of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema as part of a corruption probe.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, The UN Security Council began a four-day mission in Haiti to review the terms of its mandate and evaluate earthquake reconstruction efforts in the Caribbean country.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, In Honduras a fire swept through a prison in the town of Comayagua in one of the world's deadliest fires in decades. Many of the survivors escaped. 852 people had been crowded into the prison built for half that number. The prisoners whose scorched bodies were carried out piece by piece had been locked inside. Most inmates had never been charged, let alone convicted. The final death toll numbered 362 people.
    (AP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/18/12)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.40)(AP, 2/14/13)
2012        Feb 14, Some 200 Indonesians converged on a Jakarta square to denounce the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), an Islamic vigilante group known for its armed attacks on minorities and moderates.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, US filmmaker Sean Stone (27), son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam in Iran, where he is making a documentary.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, In Iraq 2 separate attacks against Iraqi security forces in Mosul and Baghdad killed three people and wounded 18 others.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Israeli forces razed three temporary structures comprising the Oz Zion wildcat settler outpost near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Italian prosecutors asked the country's highest criminal court to reinstate the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah named a new cabinet with 10 new faces, including the oil and defense ministers, and no women, despite objections from the opposition.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, In Madagascar 10 seven people were killed after Cyclone Giovanna struck land. The toll included six killed when a building collapsed in Alaotra Mangoro.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 14, Mexican officials said they have arrested Jaime Herrera Herrera (43) in Sinaloa state, a man who manufactured methamphetamine for the Sinaloa drug cartel run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, In Nigeria a bomb disposal officer was killed trying to defuse a bomb just minutes after another blast in Kaduna previously hit by a feared Islamist sect. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for another series of bomb attacks targeting two major military bases and a highway overpass that wounded an unknown number of people in Kaduna.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Pakistan announced that it has temporarily allowed NATO to ship perishable food to its troops in Afghanistan, a sign of thawing tensions following American airstrikes last year on Nov 26 that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, A Romania court in Bucharest ruled that former agriculture ministers Decebal Traian Remes and Ioan Muresan took bribes and engaged in influence-peddling. Both were sentenced to 3 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Romania's top court recognized Prince Paul Hohenzollern as the legitimate grandson of former King Carol II, ending a 21-year-legal battle.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 14, Somali government forces backed by the African Union attacked Islamist Shebab rebel posts on the outskirts of the war-torn capital Mogadishu with tanks and artillery.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, In South Korea over one hundred people rallied near the Chinese Embassy to protest China’s state security police for arresting dozens of North Korean defectors who face torture, imprisonment and even death if returned to their homeland.
    (SFC, 2/15/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 14, In Thailand an Iranian man, Saeid Moradi, carrying grenades lost at least one leg in a grenade blast and wounded four civilians in Bangkok after an earlier blast shook his rented house. Mohammad Kharzei, a 2nd man was arrested in Bangkok as he tried to board a flight to Malaysia.
    (AP, 2/14/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 14, Syrian government forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs in what activists described as the heaviest shelling in days. 9 civilians, four defectors and 7 soldiers were reported killed as pro-Assad forces and army defectors battled for hours in the northern town of Atareb.
    (AP, 2/14/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 14, A Tunisian court cleared Libyan former PM Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi (70) on a charge he had crossed illegally into Tunisia as he fled Libya last year.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Uganda officials said they have seized nearly 360 pounds (162 kg) of ivory and other animal parts and products that were being smuggled in and out of the country. Officials said Chinese demand is behind the illegal trade in endangered species and animal products.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, A Ugandan minister raided and shut down a workshop run by homosexual rights activists in Entebbe, days after a draconian anti-gay bill was reintroduced.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 14, Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered opposition electoral officials not to destroy lists of voters following primary elections, a decision that was promptly condemned by opposition leaders who vowed to keep voters' identities secret.
    (AP, 2/14/12)
2012        Feb 14, Zimbabwean police disrupted a Valentine's Day march, by about 200 members of the militant Women of Zimbabwe Arise organization, aimed at promoting peace and love between foes.
    (AP, 2/14/12)

2012        Feb 15, Alabama state officials said they will shut down most of the state’s mental health hospitals by the spring of 2013 in an effort to cut costs and change patient treatment.
    (SFC, 2/17/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 15, US Federal prosecutors added a charge in the corruption case against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. An indictment accused Kilpatrick and pal Bobby Ferguson of extorting $50,000 in June, 2008, from a city contractor who towed vehicles.
    (SFC, 2/16/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 15, Kellogg of Battle Creek, Mich., acquired Pringles in a $2.7 billion, all-cash deal.
    (SFC, 2/16/12, p.D1)
2012        Feb 15, In Wyoming a search and rescue helicopter crashed while attempting to rescue an injured snowmobiler. A volunteer crew member was killed.
    (SFC, 2/17/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 15, A report from Save the Children said 5 children around the world die every minute because of chronic malnutrition. It also said that almost half a billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next 15 years.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Afghan police in Kunar province rescued 41 children from becoming suicide bombers as they were about to be smuggled across the mountains into Pakistan.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 15, In Australia some 3,500 workers from mining giant BHP Billiton's Queensland coal mines began a seven-day strike in what unions said was one of the nation's largest industrial stoppages in a decade.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Bahraini police fired tear gas and birdshot at pro-democracy protesters and arrested dozens in clashes that raged overnight and into early today, as the kingdom marked the first anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Official data showed that Britain's unemployment rate hit a 16-month peak in the three months to December, while the number of people claiming jobless benefits struck the highest total in two years.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, China's top central banker expressed confidence in the euro and pledged to continue buying European sovereign debt, as the Asian giant seeks to shore up support for its biggest trading partner.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Chinese health authorities and state media said 4 workers have died and about 30 have fallen ill from suspected glue poisoning that caused severe nerve damage. The victims worked in Guangzhou city in shoe and bag factories with poor ventilation, most of them illegal, and started falling ill last year after handling poor quality glue.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, In China 15 miners were killed and three others hurt when the mine carriages they were in plunged into a tunnel in Hunan province.
    (AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Feb 15, Authorities said more than 600 people in Eastern Europe have died during a record-breaking cold snap. Officials in the Czech Republic blamed two massive car pile-ups on blinding snow. Authorities in Russia said 205 people have died, while in Ukraine there have been 112 fatalities; in Poland, 107. Authorities said 7 people have died in Romania in the past 24 hours, bringing the total there to 86 deaths.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has added 3,000 more centrifuges to its uranium enrichment effort increasing the total to 9,000, as he unveiled progress in his country's controversial nuclear program. Iran began loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into its Tehran research reactor. Iran also said it was considering cutting oil sales to six EU countries in retaliation to an EU ban on Iranian oil imports that is being phased in as existing contracts expire up to July 1.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, In Iraq gunmen wearing military uniforms seriously wounded a policeman and killed his wife and two children in an attack on his home in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Guards on an Italian cargo ship, the Enrica Lexie, fired at an Indian fishing boat off Kerala state that it mistook for a pirate vessel, killing two fishermen. Indian police took two Italians into custody on Feb 19. Rome warned that the two were soldiers who enjoyed immunity. The 2 Italian marines were granted conditional bail on May 30.
    (AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 2/19/12)(AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        Feb 15, Malaysia police arrested Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, a third Iranian suspect sought after explosive blasts in Bangkok.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Hajah Noraihan, the Malaysian consul to Uganda, said that more than 600 Ugandan girls are currently trapped in Malaysian prostitution rings. Uganda's honorary consul in Kuala Lumpur said that at least three Ugandans have been killed there in the last two years.
    (AP, 2/20/12)(http://allafrica.com/stories/201202150018.html)
2012        Feb 15, Mexican federal prosecutors said they have detained four people in Tlaxcala state, who for almost a decade lured unsuspecting young Mexican women to the United States to force them into prostitution. Police found the mutilated bodies of six men inside plastic bags dumped on a road leading to the tourist city of Cuernavaca, Morelos state.
    (AP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 15, In Nigeria attackers stormed a federal prison with heavy gunfire and explosives, killing one guard and freeing 119 inmates in Koton-Karifi, Kogi state.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 15, Norway's state railroads suspended testing of a new Swiss-made train after five people were injured when it derailed and slammed into a mountainside during a test run.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, In Puerto Rico Barceloneta Mayor Sol Luis Fontanez was arrested in a restaurant parking lot and accused by federal prosecutors of accepting $55,000 in bribes from developers. Fontanez was first elected mayor in 1988.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 15, Senegalese riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters trying to hold a banned march against President Abdoulaye Wade's bid for a third term in office in an election later this month.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Somalia's president asked the United Nations to lift the arms embargo against his country, saying the recent merger between al-Qaida and al-Shabab has made the dropping of the arms ban necessary.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, South Sudan said Khartoum's decision to stop the return of hundreds of thousands of Southerners by barge on the White Nile was a looming disaster, and that alternative means were untenable.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Sri Lanka's army agreed for the first time to probe war crime charges against its troops and investigate allegations of prisoner executions made in a British TV documentary.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Sri Lankan police fired on fishermen protesting fuel price increases near Chilaw, killing one person and wounding three. Police used tear gas and water cannons to stop hundreds of opposition Marxist party activists who tried to march to the center of Colombo to protest fuel prices.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered a referendum on Feb 26 on a new constitution that would allow political parties other than his ruling Baath Party, the centerpiece of reforms he has promised to ease the crisis, even as the Syrian military besieged rebellious areas. The LCC said 13 people were killed in violence around the country, while the Observatory put the death toll at five. An oil pipeline in Homs was attacked.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, United Nations and EU aid chiefs called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's drought-hit Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger), saying it needed $725 million (552 million euros) this year.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, In eastern Venezuela hundreds of protesters blocked streets and burned tires in Maturin to demand clean water after a Feb 4 oil spill polluted rivers and streams that supply local storage tanks.
    (AP, 2/16/12)
2012        Feb 15, In Zimbabwe a provincial governor appointed by President Robert Mugabe suspended the activities of 29 humanitarian organizations, alleging they did not clear their operations with his office.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

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

2012        Feb 17, The US Congress approved legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama's jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, The FBI arrested Amine El Khalifi (29) of Morocco in Washington DC. He was charged by criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against US property. He had a MAC-10 automatic weapon and wore a suicide-bomber vest given to him by FBI undercover agents posing as accomplices in the sting operation. If convicted, he could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison.
    (SFC, 2/18/12, p.A12)
2012        Feb 17, The westbound top deck of the SF Bay Bridge was closed until Feb 21 as work progressed on the new eastern span set to open Labor Day 2013. The bridge reopened the evening of Feb 19 as work was completed ahead of schedule.
    (SFC, 2/18/12, p.A1)(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 17, In Louisiana two barges collided near Laplace spilling oil and leading officials to close a 5-mile stretch of the Mississippi River.
    (SFC, 2/18/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 17, In Angola the Epal water utility in Luanda vowed to repair a burst water main within days, to end severe shortages that have lasted a week across much of the city. Most people in this city of seven million live without running water or electricity.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Budget carrier Air Australia collapsed, stranding thousands of passengers as its domestic flights and international services to Honolulu, Bali and Phuket were all grounded.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Bahrain announced the deportation of four foreign activists for "taking part in illegal demonstrations," bringing to 12 the number expelled over the past week.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 17, In Brazil the globe's biggest Carnival bash opened in Rio. It promised to be an even bigger blowout this year, with 20 percent more tourists expected than in 2011.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, British student Glenn Mangham (26) was jailed for 8 months after admitting to hacking into Facebook between April and May last year. Mangham claimed he had been trying to expose weaknesses in Facebook's security and was not driven by financial motives.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 17, In western China Tibetan Buddhist monk Tamchoe Sangpo set himself on fire at Bongtak monastery in Qinghai province amid a wave of such protests against China's handling of the vast Tibetan areas it rules.
    (AP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 17, Thousands of Egyptians rallied in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, saying that its residents were not behind a deadly soccer riot earlier this month that killed 74 people.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, The EU partially lifted sanctions on Zimbabwe to encourage further progress in political reforms but kept restrictions on veteran President Robert Mugabe.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, In France British PM David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy put recent disputes behind them to unveil a nuclear power deal and renew their own sometimes shaky political alliance. Cameron said the British engineering firm Rolls-Royce will secure a £400 million (481 million euro, $632 million) share in the work to build Britain's first French-pioneered EPR reactor at Hinkley Point in southern England.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, France and Britain pledged to help the Syrian opposition in its struggle against Bashar al-Assad's regime but said conditions were not right for a foreign intervention as in Libya. Pres. Sarkozy urged anti-Assad forces to unite and be better organized.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Germany’s conservative Pres. Christian Wulff resigned over allegedly receiving favors while he was governor of Lower Saxony state. The opposition proposed Joachim Gauck to replace Wulff. A federal assembly was expected to elect Gauck in March.
    (AP, 2/18/12)(SFC, 2/18/12, p.A2)(Econ, 2/25/12, p.64)
2012        Feb 17, In Greece two masked robbers stole artifacts from a museum In Patras. On Nov 23 three men were arrested after tried to sell a gold seal-ring dating back some 3,200 years. All the artifacts were found buried in a field 3 km (2 miles) from the museum.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Feb 17, It was reported that Kolkata, once the capital of British India, is slowly being painted blue -- the favorite color of Mamata Banerjee, the fiery new chief minister of West Bengal, who has ordered a makeover.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 17, Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara was named the new head of West Africa's regional bloc, outgoing chief Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria announced before the close of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, In southern Nepal a mob burned alive Dengani Mahato (40) after accusing her of casting black magic spells in remote Madi village. A shaman and the nine locals suspected of taking part in the crime were arrested on suspicion of murder. Bhakta Bahadur Rumba crushed his three young daughters to death with stones as they slept in remote Faparbari village.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)(AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, In Pakistan a suicide attacker on a motorcycle blew himself up in a market in Parachinar town, Kurram region. 31 Shiite Muslims died and at least 35 people were left wounded. Taliban commander, Fazal Saeed Haqqani, claimed responsibility saying that Shiites had been attacking Sunnis.
    (AP, 2/17/12)(AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 17, In Panama members of the Ngobe-Bugle Indian tribe again blocked the Pan-American Highway after a breakdown in negotiations with the government over new dams.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Senegalese riot police fired tear gas at protesters on a main commercial boulevard in Dakar, after the country's opposition went ahead with a protest in defiance of a government ban. Violence broke out in Tivaouane, seat of Senegal's largest Islamic brotherhood the Tidiane, where the mayor's office was burned down after police hurled teargas into a Dakar mosque.
    (AP, 2/17/12)(AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 17, In Somalia a car bomb exploded inside the compound of a major police building in Mogadishu, wounding at least one police officer.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Sri Lanka police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters in the center of the capital protesting higher fuel prices.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Sudanese police raided student dormitories at Khartoum's main university, beating and arresting hundreds of students in the latest crackdown on youth protesters. Students at the university began protesting in late December to demand compensation for people displaced from their homes by construction of a dam near the city of Dammir. They also have been calling for the right to form a student union and for an end to police violence.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Swiss authorities said they have confiscated $6 trillion in counterfeit US bonds at the request of Italian prosecutors. In Italy eight people were arrested across the country and placed under investigation for fraud and other crimes. The bonds, carrying the false date of issue of 1934, had been transported in 2007 from Hong Kong to Zurich, where they were transferred to a Swiss trust.
    (AP, 2/17/12)
2012        Feb 17, Thousands of Syrians rallied to demand Bashar al-Assad's ouster, as the embattled president's forces unleashed their heaviest pounding yet of Homs in a brutal bid to crush dissent. Nine bodies of unidentified people were found in Homs, said the Observatory, which also reported the heaviest shelling in the city for two weeks. 4 people were killed by security forces in Damascus following protests in the area.
    (AFP, 2/17/12)(AP, 2/17/12)(AFP, 2/19/12)

2012        Feb 18, In Arizona Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu resigned as a volunteer co-chair of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona after he was accused of threatening a former male lover with deportation to Mexico if he talked about their relationship.
    (Reuters, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 18, Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai met with Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric linked to Taliban insurgents. The meeting in Islamabad marked the first public contact between an Afghan official and members of the Afghan Taliban's support network in Pakistan.
    (AP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, African leaders began talks in Benin on insecurity in the Sahel region where fresh violence in Mali has sparked what rights groups say is the area's worst human rights crisis in 20 years.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, A Chinese court sentenced two top former Football Association officials to more than a decade in jail, in a graft scandal that brought the football league to its knees.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, In Djibouti an American reconnaissance plane crashed 6 miles (10km) from the only US base in Africa, killing four service members on board, after returning from a mission in support of the war in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 18, In India a school bus plunged into a river and at least seven people, including 6 children, were killed in the west-coast resort state of Goa. The driver and conductor both jumped from the vehicle as it was falling and were unharmed.
    (AP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, In Iran a trial began in a $2.6 billion dollar banking fraud case with some 32 people involved in taking bribes and financial corruption. At the center of the fraud, which surfaced last September, is a company called the Aria group, which was founded in 2005 with a mere $50,000. In 2011, estimates put its value at more than $3.5 billion.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, In Iraq some 400 members of an Iranian exile group reluctantly moved from Camp Ashraf in the northwest to Camp Liberty, a deserted military base outside Baghdad in what they called a show of good faith that they eventually will be allowed to leave the country peacefully. It was the first group to move of the more than 3,300 members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran who have lived at the camp for three decades.
    (AP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, Latvia voted in a referendum on whether Russian should become the Baltic country's second national language. The Russians and other minorities who organized the referendum admit they have virtually no chance at winning the plebiscite. According to the current law, anyone who moved to Latvia during the Soviet occupation, or was born to parents who moved there, is considered a noncitizen and must pass the Latvian language exam in order to become a citizen. Latvian voters resoundingly rejected the proposal.
    (AP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, In southern Mali rebels entered the village of Hombori and killed a 78-year-old village chief. They also ransacked the village for weapons.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 18, Morocco said it has banned the distribution of the Feb 16 edition of Spain's influential El Pais, as a cartoon published by the newspaper allegedly tarnished King Mohammed VI's name. Earlier this month French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur was banned after printing an image of God.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, In northeast Nigeria gunmen shot dead an Islamic cleric and a local politician in separate attacks.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 18, A Palestinian official in Gaza said Egypt has promised to provide diesel fuel for the Gaza Strip's sole power plant, which went down Feb 14 after running out of fuel.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, Russian police said 17 officers have been killed during a 4-day operation to wipe out several militant bands in Chechnya and Dagestan. At least 20 rebels were reported killed.
    (SSFC, 2/19/12, p.A4)
2012        Feb 18, Somalia's disparate leaders agreed on the basic structure of a new parliament and government to replace the fragile transitional body that has failed to bring peace to the war-torn country. The accord proposed a parliamentary system for anarchic Somalia, with both Puntland and Galmudug recognized as states within a federal system.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 18, Mohammed Wardi (b.1932, Sudan's lead singer, died.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Wardi)
2012        Feb 18, Syrian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people marching in a funeral procession that turned into a protest in Damascus, killing at least one person. The Observatory said two other people were killed, one in Homs who died from sniper fire and another in the north, who was shot by security forces conducting raids. Visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun called on all parties to stop violence. Jamal Bish, a city councilor in Aleppo was reported killed. Syrian authorities freed blogger Razan Ghazzawi, symbol of an 11-month uprising, and six other female activists arrested last week.
    (AP, 2/18/12)(AFP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 18, It was reported that more than 3,000 children in northern Uganda are suffering from a debilitating mystery ailment known as nodding disease. For several years, scientists have tried and failed to determine the cause of the illness. Scientists did not know if the disease is linked to similar outbreaks in neighboring South Sudan and Tanzania.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)
2012        Feb 18, In Uganda the body of Jeff Rice, American television producer, was found at the Serena hotel in Kampala. Police later said he died after taking contaminated cocaine. His assistant, identified as Kathryne Fuller, was found unconscious at the same time. By Feb 25 she was conscious but paralyzed down the right hand side of her body.
    (Reuters, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 18, Pope Benedict XVI brought 22 new Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor, in a greatly simplified ceremony that took account of evidence the 84-year-old pontiff is slowing down. This brought to 125 the number of cardinals under age 80 who are thus eligible to vote in a papal election.
    (AP, 2/18/12)

2012        Feb 19, In Washington state 4 people were killed in avalanches at two ski resorts.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 19, In Afghanistan insurgents beheaded four people in Washer district, Helmand province, on the charge that they were spies. A roadside bomb killed four civilians in southern Kandahar province.
    (AP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, Algerian state news said a roadside bomb has killed four people and wounded 19 east of the capital.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, In northern Ecuador a bus toppled over a cliff killing 27 adults and 2 children near the town of Quajara.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 19, Egypt said it was withdrawing its ambassador to Syria, the latest Arab country to scale back its relations with the embattled regime in Damascus.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, In northern France a coach taking 47 British holidaymakers home from a school skiing trip rolled into a ditch, killing a teacher and injuring 23 people.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iran in the latest push to hold key talks with Iranian officials about how far the country's controversial nuclear program has come. Access to Parchin, a military site suspected of testing nuclear weapon components, was denied.
    (AP, 2/20/12)(Econ, 2/25/12, p.28)
2012        Feb 19, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated his car as a group of police recruits left their academy in Baghdad, killing 20 in the latest strike on security officials that angry residents blamed on political feuding. investigators in the southern port city of Um Qasr said a Shiite mosque that was partially destroyed in an overnight fire was likely an act of sabotage.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, Israeli police arrested 13 Palestinians in the grounds of Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque complex after police and tourists visiting the site were stoned.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, In Mexico a riot broke out at about 2 a.m. at a prison in Apodaca outside of the northern industrial city of Monterrey. 44 people were left dead and some prisoners were missing indicating the riot might have been staged to cover a breakout. Officials the next day said 9 guards have confessed to helping Zetas drug gangsters escape from prison before other Zetas slaughtered rival inmates,
    (AP, 2/19/12)(AP, 2/20/12)(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A3)
2012        Feb 19, In Nigeria a bomb planted in an abandoned car exploded outside a church in the middle of a worship service in Suleja near Abuja, wounding five people amid a continuing wave of violence by a radical Islamist sect.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, In northwest Pakistan a bomb planted at a checkpoint manned by members of a Pakistani militia fighting a radical group similar to the Taliban exploded and killed eight militia members in the Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, In the Philippines gunmen fired two grenades at the Kidapawan city jail and then engaged policemen and guards in a brief firefight before withdrawing. At least one civilian was killed in the crossfire.
    (AP, 2/19/12)   
2012        Feb 19, In Russia hundreds of cars circled central Moscow during an opposition demonstration to demand that PM Vladimir Putin allow free elections. A similar protest in support of Putin a day earlier drew what police said were 2,000 cars.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, A Saudi court acquitted rights activist Said bin Zeghair, who spent five years in detention accused of supporting al-Qaida's ideology. The court cited lack of evidence. Bin Zeghair was first detained in 1995 but was freed after nine years without being charged or tried. Later he was sentenced to five years in prison but was pardoned when King Abdullah ascended to the throne in 2005. He was detained again in 2007.
    (AP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 19, In Senegal protesters demanding the departure of aging Pres. Wade (85) seized control of a three-block stretch in the heart of the capital, erecting barricades and lobbing rocks at police just days before a contentious presidential poll. The state-owned news agency reported two more people have been killed in protests. This brought to six the number of people killed in three weeks of violence before next week's contentious presidential poll.
    (AP, 2/19/12)
2012        Feb 19, In Spain hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in 57 cities in a show of anger over new labor reforms that make it easier for companies to fire workers and pull out of collective bargaining agreements.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 19, South African police said at least 350 people have been arrested after deadly violence during an illegal strike at the world's largest platinum mine run by Impala Platinum. At least 2 miners were killed since violence began on Feb 16. A 3rd death was reported on Feb 24.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)(AFP, 2/20/12)(AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 19, In Sudan Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebels in the Darfur region detained 49 international peacekeepers and three suspected Sudanese intelligence agents for "investigation" after they entered a rebel-held area. The next day Rebels freed all 49 international peacekeepers, but continued to hold three Sudanese.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 19, Syrian security forces flooded a tense neighborhood where a mourner was shot dead in the largest anti-regime rally seen in Damascus, blunting calls for a "day of defiance." Activists said 18 people were killed, with nine in Idlib and six in Homs. This included a Syrian state prosecutor, a judge and their driver in Idlib. Regime forces pounded the flashpoint central city of Homs for the 15th straight day. Leading Syrian businessman Faisal al-Qudsi told the BBC that foreign exchange reserves have tumbled from $22 billion (16.7 billion euros) to about $10 billion.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)(AP, 2/20/12)

2012        Feb 20, The US and Mexico agreed to work together when drilling for oil and gas below their maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (SFC, 2/21/12, p.D3)
2012        Feb 20, In Alabama Savannah Hardin (9) died at Children's Hospital in Birmingham from dehydration and low sodium. On Feb 22 her stepmother and grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, were accused of murder for allegedly killing the young girl by forcing her to run for three hours without stopping as punishment for lying about eating candy bars.
    (Reuters, 2/23/12)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)
2012        Feb 20, In Afghanistan 3 Italian soldiers were killed when their armored jeep overturned in a river in Herat province as it raced to the rescue of another unit blocked by adverse weather conditions. Afghan police opened fire on int’l. troops killing one Albanian soldier. 11 Afghan policemen were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)(SFC, 2/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 20, Algerian newspapers reported that a large cache of weapons, believed to originate from Libya, have been uncovered in the southern desert called In Amenas. They included dozens of Russian-made shoulder-launched missiles that can be used to shoot down airliners.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, The British government staged a "drought summit" to decide what action to take as low rainfall in recent months means large areas of Britain will face drought this year.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, China's Vice President Xi Jinping bade farewell to Ireland after a three-day visit during which Dublin sought to provide Beijing with a financial foothold in the EU.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, In northeastern China an explosion at a steel plant killed 13 people and injured another 17, in Liaoning province's Anshan city.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 20, Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi in a broadcast interview said his bodyguards and other employees are being held in secret prisons and subjected to torture.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party said that the authorities had lifted campaign restrictions ahead of closely watched by-elections, just hours after it made a complaint.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, In Nigeria some 30 people were killed when suspected Islamists opened fire and set off bombs at a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)(AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 20, Senegal's opposition called for a new protest, prompting fears of fresh violence days before polls in which President Abdoulaye Wade's bid for a third term has upset the normally stable nation.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, South Korea conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang's threat to attack.
    (AP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, Sudanese editors said intelligence agents have blocked the publication of articles alleging they bugged the offices of a leading opposition politician. Security officers seized all copies being printed of Al Tayar, which carried on the front page allegations by the Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi.
    (AFP, 2/20/12)(AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 20, Syria's military sent tanks and other reinforcements toward the restive central city of Homs in what appeared to be preparations by President Bashar Assad's regime for an offensive aimed at retaking rebel-held neighborhoods. The Observatory said that shelling of the Baba Amr district killed five civilians. Troops conducted raids in the southern village of Harrah, where at least nine people were detained.
    (AP, 2/20/12)
2012        Feb 20, In southern Yemen gunmen blew up a voting station, one day before the country is to go to the polls to rubber stamp its vice president as the new head of state.
    (AP, 2/20/12)

2012        Feb 21, A US federal grand jury indicted Jacquline Hoegel (55) of American Canyon, Ca., and William Wise (62) of Raleigh, NC, for bilking investors of $75 million while running a nation-wide $129 million Ponzi scheme, which was shut down in March, 2009.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.C2)
2012        Feb 21, Barney Rosset (89), American publisher, died in Manhattan. He was the owner of the avant-garde Grove Press (1951-1991) and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Evergreen Review.
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, p.F1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Rosset)
2012        Feb 21, Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai invited the Taliban leadership to direct talks, while urging Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts towards ending 10 years of war. Demonstrators gathered outside the Bagram US base in Parwan province as word spread that Muslim holy books were burned in a pile of garbage. The US apologized for burning the copies of the Quran. A NATO service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 21, In Bhutan "The Bhutanese," an English-language paper, hit the market for the first time and will initially appear as a bi-weekly. A media revolution has seen more than 10 titles sprout up in the tiny Himalayan nation since the start of democracy in 2008.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 21, Britain’s Deputy PM Nick Clegg unveiled a £126 million fund to focus on the "ticking time bomb" of young people who are not in employment, education or training.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, The Brit Awards cut off singer Adele's speech as she accepted the main prize of the ceremony, a move which prompted the singer to raise her middle finger at the crowd. The organizers apologized in a statement after the event.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 21, Ethiopian troops in battle tanks thrust into rebel-held Somalia regions, sparking heavy fighting as they advanced towards the major Shebab stronghold of Baidoa.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, Greece reached an agreement on a $172 billion in loans through 2014 from the EU governments and the IMF.
    (SFC, 2/22/12, p.A4)
2012        Feb 21, A senior Tata executive said India’s Tata Motors has selected a partner to build an assembly plant for its luxury British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover in China.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, The Times of India said Tsutomi Omori (49), managing director of Olympus Medical Systems in India, was found hanging from iron railings within his luxury apartment complex in Delhi's satellite city of Gurgaon. Police said Omori appeared to have committed suicide late on Feb 19.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, Iran said it views its nuclear activities as a non-negotiable right, but confirmed they will be discussed in mooted talks with world powers aimed at defusing a crisis containing the seeds of a new Middle East war.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned the so-called Tal Law, saying that it failed to encourage more ultra-Orthodox to perform compulsory military service or alternative community service.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 21, Jamaica’s National Security Minister Peter Bunting said Jamaica is developing a new policy to battle crime as gang violence drives the homicide rate higher. He said 165 killings have been reported by police so far in 2012, compared to 135 slayings during the corresponding period last year on the Caribbean island of 2.8 million people.
    (AP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, Libya’s leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil acknowledged that his government is powerless to control militias that are refusing to lay down their arms after ousting Moammar Khadafy. The Swehli militia of Misrata, which also operates in Tripoli, seized Nicholas Davies and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson while they were reportedly filming in the capital. The two British journalists, working for Iran's English-Language Press TV, were being held for illegal entry and possible espionage. On March 18 deputy interior minister Omar al-Khadrawi said the men had committed no crime and were free to leave Libya.
    (SFC, 2/22/12, p.A4)(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17260958)(AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Feb 21, Libyan tribal sources said fierce clashes between two tribes in the remote southeastern desert have killed more than 100 people over the past 10 days. They said at least 113 people from the Toubu tribe and another 23 from the Zwai tribe have been killed in the town of Kufra since fighting erupted on February 12. Control of lucrative smuggling routes was at the root of the conflict.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, Malaysia's Home Ministry said in a statement that bookstores were no longer allowed to sell "Where did I come from?" by British author Peter Mayle pending a review.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, Nepal's highest court jailed a serving government minister for corruption in a first for a nation fighting an ingrained culture of graft. Information and communications minister, Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta (52), was handed an 18-month sentence and an 8.4 million-rupee fine after he failed to account for a vast portfolio of property accrued while in office.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, A Shell oil official said oil companies in Nigeria are battling against a rising theft that is costing them an estimated 150,000 barrels of crude each day.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, The Pakistani navy took delivery of two state-of-the-art, US-made surveillance aircraft nine months after Islamist militants destroyed two similar planes.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan (33), a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group, agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israel that will free him in April.
    (AP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, It was reported that a team of Russian scientists have revived a plant, Silene stenophylla, whose seeds came from a squirrel’s chamber in Siberian permafrost dating back 30k-32k years.
    (SFC, 2/21/12, p.A4)
2012        Feb 21, Africa's top envoy, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, arrived in Senegal amid fresh clashes, with the opposition hoping he can talk 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade out of seeking a controversial third term in weekend polls.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, In Russia Pussy Riot performed a punk rock song in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In the song, the group prayed to the “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin” to “chase Putin out,” in part of the growing protest movement against Vladimir Putin.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Riot)
2012        Feb 21, Syrian forces killed at least 68 people across the country, including 16 in the shelling of neighborhoods in Homs. The International Committee of the Red Cross called for a daily two-hour cease-fire so it can deliver emergency aid and evacuate people who are wounded or sick.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/21/12)(AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 21, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez announced that doctors in Cuba found a new lesion in the same place where a cancerous tumor was removed last year and said he will shortly return to the island to have it surgically removed.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 21, Yemenis voted to instate their US-backed vice president as the new head of state, tasked with steering the country out of a crisis created by an anti-government uprising that has raged for a year. Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was the only candidate. Four people including a child were killed in clashes in south Yemen between security forces and separatists, who seized half the polling stations in the city of Aden to prevent voting.
    (AP, 2/21/12)(AFP, 2/21/12)

2012        Feb 22, Pres. Obama and others took part in the formal groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, scheduled to open in 2015.
    (SFC, 2/23/12, p.A9)
2012        Feb 22, Boston College student Franco Garcia was last seen drinking with friends at a bar near campus. On April 11 his body was pulled from the water of a reservoir near campus.
    (SFC, 4/12/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 22, The top US special operations commander for Africa said  US troops helping in the fight against a brutal rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army are now deployed in four Central African countries: Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic.
    (AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, Abkhazia Pres. Alexander Ankvab survived an assassination attempt. At least one bodyguard was killed and 2 wounded.
    (SFC, 2/23/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 22, The Afghan Interior Ministry said seven people have been killed in clashes between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against the burning of Muslim holy books at a NATO military base.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd attacked a Japanese whaling ship in the Antarctic Ocean by firing paint bombs at it and trying to jam its propeller with ropes.
    (AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Argentina a packed train slammed into the end of the line in Buenos Aires' busy Once station, killing 51 people and injuring hundreds of morning commuters.
    (AP, 2/22/12)(AP, 2/23/12)(AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 22, Australia's foreign minister Kevin Rudd resigned, saying he was unable to continue without PM Julia Gillard's support, paving the way for him to make a leadership challenge.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Mining giant Rio Tinto said it has unearthed a "remarkable" 12.76 carat pink diamond in Australia, the largest of the rare and precious stones ever found in the resources-rich nation.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Occupy London protesters braced for eviction after a court ruled that local authorities can remove their four-month-old camp from outside St. Paul's Cathedral.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, The charity Cancer Research UK said some 157,000 children aged 11 to 15 start smoking every year in England, while almost one million -- or 27 percent of the total -- have tried smoking at least once.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, China allegedly used force to threaten 11 Vietnamese fishermen preventing them from entering the Paracel islands to avoid a storm. A Vietnamese report on Feb 29 said Chinese forces assaulted the fishermen and tried to take their property.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Feb 22, Researchers in northeast India released a report on  the discovery of a new family of legless amphibians, named Chikilidae, in a rare scientific breakthrough.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Indonesian police and military forces opened fire at the Kerobokan prison on Bali island after a second night of riots. The violence was triggered by the stabbing of an inmate during a brawl a week ago. By night inmates had chased away all 13 guards and seized full control of the compound.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)(AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, Iraq's Interior Ministry announced the capture of Waleed Khalid Ali, accused as a top leader of the Ansar al-Sunna insurgent group linked to al-Qaida. The remains of US Staff Sgt. Ahmed al-Taie were turned over to Iraqi authorities. He had been abducted on October 23, 2006, during a visit to his wife and family on a Muslim holiday. He was killed within a year.
    (AP, 2/23/12)(AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 22, Israel gave preliminary approval to a plan to build 600 new homes in a settlement deep inside the West Bank, a move that drew rebukes from the United Nations and Palestinians.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Kashmir at least 16 Indian soldiers on duty in the mountains were killed and three others were missing in massive avalanches.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, A Libyan military court declared itself incompetent in the first trial of alleged loyalists of the toppled regime of Moamer Kadhafi.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Mali a girl was killed and several others wounded when the government’s army bombed a refugee camp in the country's north, an area gripped by a Tuareg rebellion.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Mexico 3 inmates were killed at the Topo Chico prison, a few miles away at from the Apodaca prison, where 44 prisoners, who belonged to the Gulf drug cartel, were bludgeoned and stabbed to death on Feb 19 by inmates from the rival Zetas cartel. Gunmen opened fire on a group of taxi drivers waiting at a taxi stand outside a shopping center in Monterrey, killing five.
    (AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Montenegro US Army Black Hawk helicopters began dropping food, medicine and livestock feed to people stranded in the central mountains as villagers were hit by the country’s heaviest snowfall in 60 years.
    (SSFC, 2/26/12, p.A4)
2012        Feb 22, In Myanmar thousands came to the diamond-studded Shwedagon Pagoda for the return of an annual festival that was banned for more than 20 years by the former military regime. This marked what is being billed as the 2,600-year anniversary of the temple, which according to legend houses eight strands of Buddha's hair. A group of 12 monks are to take turns chanting nonstop until the full moon on March 7, when the celebrations end.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Nepal was reported to be in the midst of an energy crises. The nation produced a paltry 688 megawatts a year and imported petroleum products worth 80 billion rupees ($1 billion) a year.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Nigeria said it has renewed oil licenses which will let US energy giant ExxonMobil operate 3 big fields that produce about 500,000 barrels of crude a day for 20 years.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Nigeria gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead 2 policemen watching over a highway in Lapai, Niger state.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, A Pakistani government official said 17 health workers have been fired for allegedly participating in a CIA scheme to confirm the presence of Osama bin Laden in a northwestern town.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Russia expressed "serious concern" about the humanitarian situation in Syria and said it backed an International Committee of the Red Cross call for a daily two-hour truce that could provide help to civilians.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Somalia truckloads of Ethiopian and Somali troops captured the strategic city of Baidoa from Al-Qaeda allied Shebab insurgents, who vowed to avenge their loss. The blow to the insurgency coincided with the UN Security Council boosting the strength of an African force in Mogadishu by more than 5,000 troops and came on the eve of conference in London aimed at reviving peace efforts.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, South Sudan said it has expelled the Chinese head of the country's largest oil firm Petrodar, a China-Malaysia-owned company, on charges of colluding with former civil war foe Sudan to "steal" millions of barrels of its oil.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, The Sudan Liberation Army faction of Minni Minawi attacked a government position at Alawna, south of the North Darfur state capital of El Fasher. Rebels later claimed that a dozen government soldiers were killed. An official said 10 civilians were the victims.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 22, Sudan's Al Tayar newspaper editor said the country’s intelligence agency has suspended publication of the paper, which tried to report allegations the agency spied on an opposition political party.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Syria veteran American war correspondent Marie Colvin (57) of Britain's Sunday Times and freelance French photojournalist Remi Ochlik (28) were killed while fleeing a bombardment in the besieged rebel city of Homs. Freelance photographer Paul Conroy and journalist Edith Bouvier of Le Figaro were wounded. 24 others were also killed in Homs. Syrian citizen journalist Rami al-Sayyed, who provided live footage on the Internet from Baba Amr, was also killed.
    (AP, 2/22/12)(AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, Tunisia's court of cassation threw out a ruling banning pornographic websites.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, The UN nuclear agency acknowledged renewed failure after a trip to probe suspicions of covert Iranian nuclear weapons work. Their statement was issued just hours after an Iranian general warned of a pre-emptive strike against any foe threatening the country.
    (AP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, Zambia opposition lawmakers walked out of parliament, saying President Michael Sata and his government had been violating the constitution.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)

2012        Feb 23, President Barack Obama apologized over the burning of Korans at a US airbase in Afghanistan, where three days of protests have killed 14 people, including two American soldiers.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 23, California officials said about a third of an estimated 50,000 hens at A&L Poultry, west of Turlock, died after about two weeks without feed, and most of the rest are being euthanized because of their weak condition.
    (www.modbee.com/2012/02/23/2083371/turlock-poultry-farm-owner-likely.html)
2012        Feb 23, A Cameroon park official said nearly 500 elephants have been killed in Bouba Ndjida National Park in less than two months by poachers from Sudan and Chad.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 23, Chad's supreme court confirmed victory for President Idriss Deby Itno's ruling party in the country's first local elections.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 23, In China the United States and North Korea resumed talks delayed by the death of North Korea's longtime leader Kim Jong Il two months ago, with the US envoy saying he and his counterpart covered US food aid and other topics.
    (AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 23, Fifteen Cuban migrants were rescued and one died after the group tried to swim to two tiny islands just west of Puerto Rico. The migrants had jumped into the water as federal agents and Dominican Navy officers approached a makeshift boat that had departed from the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 23, In Egypt Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a leading Islamist and presidential hopeful, suffered a concussion after a carjacking attack on a highway to Cairo.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 23, The Greek Parliament approved a massive bond swap that would wipe €107 billion ($142 billion) off the country's privately-held debt, as new projections showed the economy will suffer the worst contraction in Europe this year.
    (AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 23, In Iraq A rapid series of attacks spread over a wide swath of Iraqi territory killed 55 people, targeting mostly security forces in what appeared to be a vicious strike by al-Qaida militants bent on destabilizing the country. 225 were wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq said in an Internet message that it targeted security forces and government officials in "revenge for the elimination and torture campaigns that Sunni men and women face in the prisons of Baghdad and other cities."
    (AP, 2/23/12)(AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 23, Human rights activists said more than 20 traditional chiefs of Namibia's nomadic Himba people have appealed to the UN to stop construction of a huge dam in their area. Their ancestors migrated from the Great Lakes region of central Africa about 200 years ago, and they have survived with their traditions despite wars and droughts. About 18,000 Himbas live in northwestern Namibia, with another 9,000 just across the border with Angola.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 23, In Nigeria gunmen on four motorcycles shot dead 4 policemen on foot patrol in Kano. 15 suspects were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 23, In Pakistan a dozen people, including 2 children were killed in a blast at a Peshawar bus terminal for passengers wanting to travel to the lawless border regions.
    (AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 23, Somali and int’l. participants at a conference in London agreed to develop a federal system in Somalia based on 5-6 zones of influence.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.58) 
2012        Feb 23, Syrian forces launched a massive bombardment of rebel districts of Homs. Across the country, at least 16 people were killed in attacks by security forces in rebellious areas.
    (AP, 2/23/12)

2012        Feb 24, In West Virginia a judge approved a settlement in a class-action suit by residents of Nitro who said Monsanto had polluted their area by burning dioxin wastes left over from the production of Agent Orange.
    (SFC, 2/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 24, In Afghanistan anti-US protesters tried to storm a US consulate and march on NATO headquarters in Kabul as violent demonstrations over the burning of Korans pushed into a fourth day, pushing the death toll to 24 people.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Angola's state oil company Sonangol announced it is withdrawing from a natural-gas project in Iran due to international sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, A British legal filing indicated that fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov (48), accused of embezzling at least $5.0 billion (3.2 billion pounds) from his former Kazakh bank BTA, is believed to have fled Britain on a coach bound for France to escape a jail sentence for contempt of court.
    (Reuters, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Christopher Tappin (65), a retired British businessman, arrived in the United States after failing to overturn an extradition order. He was accused of plotting to sell missile components to Iran.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, The Interamerican Court of Human Rights condemned the Chilean government for denying Magistrate Karen Atala custody of her three daughters because she is a lesbian. Atala filed a complaint with the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights in Nov. 2004 after Chile's Supreme Court decided to give custody of her daughters to her ex-husband because she is lesbian.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Feb 24, Greece launched its official offer for a massive bond swap designed to knock euro107 billion ($142 billion) off its debt held by banks and other private investors.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Haitian PM Garry Conille abruptly resigned his post, giving the country a new political crisis that is likely to distract the government and further delay efforts to rebuild from the devastating January 2010 earthquake. His resignation was thought to have stemmed from disagreements with Pres. Martelly and his inner circle.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Israeli warplanes launched an early morning strike at a Gaza target, hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel. Palestinian Talat Ramia (25) was shot and killed as he hurled exploding fireworks at Israeli forces in al-Ram.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)(AP, 2/25/12)(AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 24, Japan said some areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was wrecked last year by a massive tsunami will likely remain permanently off-limits.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, The UN said clashes between the army and Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have forced 126,400 people to flee their homes since mid-January and called for $35.6 million (26.5 million euros) to cover the needs of those displaced by the escalating conflict.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, In New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble Discoverer in a bid to prevent it sailing to the Arctic, where it has been contracted by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell to conduct exploratory drilling. On Feb 27 police arrested Lawless along with five other Greenpeace activists.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 24, In Nigeria suspected members of the Boko Haram sect gunned down five worshippers inside a mosque as evening prayers ended in Kano. Gunmen suspected of being Boko Haram Islamists killed a dozen people when they razed a police station after failing to storm a jail in Gombe city.
    (AFP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 24, Pakistan publicly called on the Taliban for the first time to engage the Afghan government in US-backed peace talks, a potentially significant move that could help pave the way for a settlement to end the decade-long war. Suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades attacked a police station, killing four officers in the second attack in as many days in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Militants attacked troops deployed in Khyber tribal district and the ensuing fighting left three soldiers and seven militants dead. Hundreds of Pakistani activists took to the streets, chanting "Death to America", demanding that their leaders resign and setting fire to a US flag over the burning of Korans in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Russia welcomed the appointment of Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League envoy for the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate ceasefire to evacuate wounded from the city of Homs.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Serbia and its one-time province of Kosovo reached agreement on two key issues that will significantly enhance Serbia's chances of becoming an official candidate for EU membership next week. The agreements allow Kosovo to represent itself in international conferences and spell out the technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders and border crossings.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, In southern Somalia a US military drone missile strike killed four Al-Qaeda allied Shebab rebels, as the extremists were squeezed on three fronts by regional forces.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 24, Syrian government troops shelled rebel-held areas in central Syria, killing at least 22 people. Thousands of people in dozens of towns across Syria staged anti-regime protests under the slogan: "We will revolt for your sake, Baba Amr," referring to the besieged Homs neighborhood that has become the center of the Syrian revolt. The Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent evacuated seven Syrians wounded in shelling by regime forces as well as 20 sick women and children. They were taken to Homs' Al-Amine hospital.
    (AP, 2/24/12)(AP, 2/25/12)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 24, The Tanzania-based UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda referred fugitive suspect Fulgence Kayishema's case to Kigali, the second such handover after initially refusing to do so on account that Rwandan courts could not guarantee fair trials.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, In Turkey doctors at Hacettepe University transplanted two arms and two legs on Sevket Cavdar (27).  He had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was accidentally electrocuted. The world's 1st quadruple limb transplant soon failed due to tissue incompatibility.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 24, Tunisian police wielding batons beat back several dozen pro-Syrian protesters trying to enter the venue of an international meeting on the Syria crisis. The US secretary of state and other leading Western and Arab officials were in Tunis for the "Friends of Syria" meeting aimed at increasing pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime over its bloody crackdown on the opposition.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Zimbabwe's national airline suspended all its flights indefinitely, after the latest revival effort collapsed this week. The struggling carrier battled against debts reported in December at $140 million.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)

2012        Feb 25, In Afghanistan 2 American members of NATO forces were shot dead in the interior ministry in Kabul. Five people were reported killed in the attack, taking the five day death toll from protests over the burning of Korans at a US-run military base to 29. Six Afghan soldiers were killed and 16 others wounded while trying to defuse a roadside bomb.
    (AFP, 2/25/12)(AP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 25, Bahamas’ PM Hubert Ingraham took part in the opening of the national stadium in Nassau. It was designed and paid for by China, and built mostly by migrant Chinese laborers.
    (Econ, 3/10/12, p.49)
2012        Feb 25, It was reported that Brazilian Sen. Joao Ribeiro will be tried by the Supreme Court for allegedly keeping over 30 workers in “sub-human” condition on his Amazon ranch in Para state.
    (SFC, 2/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 25, A fire at Brazil's research station in Antarctica killed two navy personnel and forced the evacuation by helicopter of 44 people. The people at the station at the time of the fire were transferred to Chile's Eduardo Frei station.
    (AP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 25, India was taken off a list of polio endemic countries by the World Health Organization, marking a massive victory for health workers battling the crippling disease.
    (AFP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 25, In Italy a Milan court ended a corruption trial against Silvio Berlusconi, ruling that the statute of limitations had run out on the case and essentially handing Italy's former premier another victory in a long string of judicial woes he has faced. He was accused of paying a British lawyer David Mills $600,000 to lie during two 1990s trials to shield the politician and his Fininvest holding company from charges related to his business dealings.
    (AP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 25, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed two police officers in separate attacks in Kaduna and Maiduguri.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 25, Dozens of Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli forces in a Jerusalem suburb, the second day of violent confrontations in the holy city.
    (AP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 25, In Spain Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma and son-in-law of King Juan Carlos, arrived at a courthouse on Palma de Mallorca island, to face corruption charges. He was suspected of using his high-profile status to win contracts from regional governments for a nonprofit foundation he ran, then subcontract the work to companies he also oversaw, sometimes charging the public ridiculously inflated prices and stashing at least some of the income in overseas tax havens.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 25, Syrian government forces resumed their shelling of Homs' Baba Amr district, and attacked elsewhere, killing at least 16 civilians across the country. The Red Cross made a new attempt to bring out people trapped in Homs. Activists said at least 89 people were killed  across the country.
    (AP, 2/25/12)(AFP, 2/26/12)(SSFC, 2/26/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 25, In Tunisia more than 3,000 protesters rallied in Tunis to call for the country's moderate Islamist government to resign after accusations that ruling party activists had defaced union offices. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that Washington would help Tunisia rebuild its economy and cement democracy.
    (AFP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 25, In southern Yemen a car bomb outside the gate of a presidential compound in Mukalla killed 26 people hours after the country's new president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, was formally inaugurated and vowed to fight al-Qaida. Former Pres. Saleh returned to Yemen for the inauguration following medical treatment in the US. Two Yemeni soldiers died as the result of a gun battle that erupted when troops moved in to dismantle a tent camp of southern militants in the port city of Aden.
    (AP, 2/25/12)(AFP, 2/25/12)(AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Feb 25, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez arrived in Cuba for urgent surgery to remove a tumor he says is probably malignant.
    (AP, 2/25/12)

2012        Feb 26, Hollywood gave its best film award to the silent French movie "The Artist." It also collected Oscars for its star Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius, as well as for musical score and costume design. Meryl Streep won as Best Actress for playing former British PM Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Veteran Christopher Plummer made history by becoming the oldest winner ever at age 82 with his role as an elderly gay man in "Beginners."
    (Reuters, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Los Angeles the Iranian film “A Separation” won an Oscar for best foreign film. Director Asghar Farhadi's movie explores troubles in Iranian society through the story of a marriage in collapse.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Los Angeles Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won her country's first Oscar for a filmmaker for "Saving Face," a short documentary about acid attacks on women, and those who help them recover.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Florida Trayvon Martin (17) of Miami was shot dead by George Zimmerman (28), a white Neighborhood Watch captain, after he took a break from watching NBA All-Star game television coverage to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks. He was visiting his father and stepmother in a gated townhome community called The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, 20 miles north of Orlando. On April 11 Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. An autopsy report released on May 17 said Martin was shot through the heart at close range. Medical examiners also reported a low level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, when they tested Martin's blood and urine. It was also reported that Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head.
    (Reuters, 3/7/12)(http://tinyurl.com/74n7rwe)(AP, 4/11/12)(AP, 5/17/12)
2012        Feb 26, In West Tennessee one man was killed and 19 other people were injured early today when gunmen opened fire at the Karma Lounge in downtown Jackson.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, In northern Afghanistan protesters angry over Quran burnings by American troops lobbed grenades at a US base in Kunduz province and clashed with police and troops in a 6th day of violence that left 7 American troops wounded and two Afghans dead.
    (AP, 2/26/12)(AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Brazil the Anglican bishop for the northeastern state of Pernambuco was killed along with his wife. Edward Robinson Cavalcanti (68) and his wife Miriam (64) were stabbed to death in their home in the city of Olinda. Their adopted son was the chief suspect. The son was hospitalized after he tried to commit suicide by drinking poison.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 26, Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid hit British news stands, replacing the defunct News of the World with a pledge to meet high ethical standards after a "challenging" chapter in its history. Inside, an editorial titled "A new Sun rises today" said the newspaper was appointing a so-called Readers' Champion to deal with complaints and correct errors, while also vowing that its journalists would be ethical.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Canada a passenger train derailed near Burlington in southern Ontario, killing at least 3 VIA Rail employees.
    (Reuters, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 26, Colombia's main rebel group said it is abandoning the practice of kidnapping and will soon free its last remaining "prisoners of war," 10 security force members held for as long as 14 years.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, Israeli defense officials confirmed $1.6 billion in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to Azerbaijan.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, A Jordanian government official said more than 80,000 Syrian refugees have fled the nearly 11 months of violence in their homeland and settled in neighboring Jordan.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Malaysia thousands rallied in Kuantan against an Australian miner's rare earths plant in the biggest protest yet over fears it will produce radioactive waste harmful to them and the environment.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, Authorities in Morocco banned the Spanish-language daily newspaper El País from distributing its February 26 issue because of an excerpt it featured from the French book “Le Roi Predateur” (The Predator King) by Catherine Graciet and Eric Laurent. The book described how the king has quintupled his wealth in his 11 years on the throne.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.58)(http://tinyurl.com/7jwkfnm)
2012        Feb 26, Chandra Bahadur Dangi (72) of southwestern Nepal was declared the shortest man ever documented after being measured by Guinness World Records officials. Dangi stood just 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) tall.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Nigeria a suicide bomber detonated an explosives laden car outside a packed church during Sunday service in Jos, killing three people and injuring dozens. Gunmen shot four people dead and wounded six in a rural area of the central state of Kaduna.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)(AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Russia thousands of protesters held hands to form a 16-km (10-mile) human chain encircling central Moscow to keep up the pressure on PM Vladimir Putin as he prepares to extend his rule for six more years.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, Senegal held elections. Voters booed Pres. Wade so loudly when he went to cast his ballot that his bodyguards whisked him away. The opposition was split between 13 candidates. Wade was dealt a humiliating blow and forced into a run-off election after failing to secure an outright majority for a disputed third term. Final results on March 6 showed Wade won 34.81 percent of votes, followed by Sall with 26.58 percent.
    (AP, 2/26/12)(AP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)(AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Feb 26, A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 shook southwestern Siberia, the second to hit the area in two months. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, In Sudan rebels in a "revolutionary front" aimed at toppling the Khartoum regime claimed their first joint attack against government forces. The offensive happened at Jau, a disputed area in an oil-rich region on the poorly defined border. Rebels later said 150 government soldiers were killed in the attack along the disputed border.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 26, Syria held a referendum on a new constitution. Western leaders called it a farce. The Local Coordination Committees (LCC) said attacks by government soldiers killed 55 people, most of them in Homs. On Feb 28 the Interior Ministry said the charter won 89.4 percent of votes cast with a turnout of 57.4 percent.
    (SFC, 2/27/12, p.A3)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 26, Syrian activists said Emirati authorities have cancelled the residencies of dozens of Syrians for taking part in a Feb 10 protest against their regime outside the consulate in Dubai.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 26, Yemeni troops killed five suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an artillery attack in the southern city of Zinjibar. In the nearby town of Loder security forces arrested four Al-Qaeda-linked militants. Tribesman captured a fifth Al-Qaeda suspect who was in possession of an explosive belt.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)

2012        Feb 27, Colorado’s sec. of state said enough signatures have bee collected to allow a measure for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use to go before voters in November.
    (SFC, 2/28/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 27, In Ohio a shooting at Chardon High School outside Cleveland put the school on lockdown. The alleged shooter, identified as T.J. Lane (17), killed one student and wounded three others. Two soon died from their wounds bringing the death toll to 3.
    (AP, 2/27/12)(AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 27, WikiLeaks said it was publishing a massive trove of leaked emails from the U.S. intelligence analysis firm Stratfor, shedding light on the inner workings of the Texas-based think tank.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, In eastern Afghanistan a Taliban suicide car bomber targeting NATO troops at Jalalabad airport killed 6 civilians, an Afghan soldier and 2 local guards, the 7th day of violence over the burning of the Koran at a US airbase. 4 insurgents were killed by a rocket that they were trying to fire into an Afghan-run military base in the east of the country. An Afghan official said severe cold weather has killed 35 children in the past two days in northeastern Badakhshan.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, Australia’s PM Julia Gillard defeated Kevin Rudd, her former foreign minister, 71 votes to 31 in a ballot of Labor Party lawmakers, ending Rudd's attempt to recapture the job Gillard took from him in an internal party coup in 2010.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, James Ibori (49), former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state, pleaded guilty in a British court to charges of money-laundering, conspiring to defraud and obtaining a money transfer by fraud.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said he would drop two controversial lawsuits against El Universo newspaper and the authors of the 2010 book  "The Big Brother."
    (SFC, 2/28/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 27, European Union foreign ministers said they were increasingly appalled by the Syrian government's ruthless campaign of repression against civilians, and imposed new sanctions in hopes of pressuring the regime to change course.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba named Raymond Ndong Sima (56) as the country's new prime minister following a resounding victory for the ruling party in general elections amid an opposition boycott. This marks the first time in Gabon's history that a prime minister is not from the majority ethnic Fang region of Libreville, but rather from the north of the country, home of some key opponents of the region.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, Indonesia's top court upheld a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, Iraqi Kurdistan said it has granted refugee status to 30 Kurdish Syrian troops who defected to the region in the first such instance in the revolt against Bashar al-Assad's regime.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, The Italian cruise ship Costa Allegra, from the same fleet as the tragedy-struck Costa Concordia, went adrift off the Seychelles with more than 1,000 people on board following a fire. A French fishing ship soon began towing the Allegra to the Seychelles. The ship reached the Seychelles on March 1 with all passengers and crew safe.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 27, Elpida, a Japanese maker of DRAM memory chips, filed the biggest bankruptcy claim of any Japanese manufacturer sine WWII.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, p.84)
2012        Feb 27, A Mexican judge ordered authorities to investigate the killings of women in the suburbs of Mexico City, reviving a sensitive issue related to a former governor who is a leading candidate in the presidential race. The ruling was not revealed until March 6.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Nepal at least 3 people were killed and 7 wounded in an explosion near government offices in Kathmandu, in the first bomb attack in the Nepali capital for three years. An organization calling itself the United Ethnic Liberation Front (UELF) claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 27, Nigerian immigration services said they have repatriated around 11,000 foreigners mainly from Niger and Chad over the past six months to curb a growing Islamist insurgency. Gunmen in the north killed three policemen when they hurled explosives and opened fire on a police station in Jama'are, Bauchi state.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 27, Russian state television reported that security forces have uncovered a plot to assassinate PM Vladimir Putin and have arrested suspects linked to a Chechen rebel leader known for other terror attacks. The suspects were arrested in Ukraine's Black Sea port city of Odessa after an accidental explosion Jan. 4 while they were trying to manufacture explosives at a rented apartment.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Somalia an explosion killed three people at a football match in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, Off Somalia's coast, 2 hostages were killed as the Danish warship HDMS Absalon intercepted a cargo vessel that had been hijacked by pirates. 17 suspected pirates were found along with 18 hostages. In July Danish military prosecutors say a Danish soldier "very likely" caused the death of the two hostages, but that the soldier would not be prosecuted since anti-pirate operations are inherently fraught with deadly risks.
    (AP, 2/28/12)(AP, 7/3/12)
2012        Feb 27, South Korean legislator Park Sun-Young (55), who has staged a week-long hunger strike outside China's embassy, vowed to fast until death unless Beijing ends its policy of repatriating North Korean refugees.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, South Sudan signed a ceasefire with the largest of several rebel groups which threaten the stability of the world's newest nation. The agreement was with the former rebels of George Athor, in which they agreed to the amnesty laid down by President Salva Kiir. Athor was killed by government forces last December.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Spain Baltasar Garzon (56), the embattled superstar judge known for taking on high-profile international human rights cases, was acquitted on charges of overstepping his jurisdiction by launching an investigation into right-wing atrocities during and after the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Sri Lanka thousands of people joined government-backed protests across the country against a proposed UN Human Rights Council resolution on alleged rights abuses during the country's civil war.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Sudan rebels fighting along the disputed border with the breakaway south said they had seized the key area of Taruje, near the southern border, clearing a path for refugees fleeing the fighting.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, Musa Ndlangamandla, the sacked chief editor of the Swazi Observer newspaper, said that he has fled to South Africa in fear of his life after receiving a tip-off that police wanted to arrest him on terror charges. He was fired in January after he published interviews with leaders of banned pro-democracy groups in his daily column.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Syria Red Cross teams reached Hama for the first time in more than a month, delivering food and other goods to the central Syrian city battered by a military crackdown on the anti-government uprising. Syria says voters have approved a new constitution in a vote that the West has dismissed as a "farce" meant to justify deadly crackdowns on dissent. The Britain-based monitoring group reported more than 100 people killed across Syria, including 11 members of the security forces, and 68 civilians.
    (AP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Yemen aides to Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the ousted president plans to go into exile in Ethiopia, as pressures mounted on him to depart the country for fear of sparking new cycles of violence.
    (AP, 2/27/12)

2012        Feb 28, In the US Republican primaries Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, won 41% to Rick Santorum's 38% in Michigan. Romney won Arizona with 48% to Santorum's 26%, with 76% of the vote counted.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 28, In Texas Dr. Jacques Roy of Rockwell and 6 associates were arrested and charged with recruiting homeless people, among other, as part of a $375 million home health care fraud scheme.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 28, William Hamilton (b.1924), theologian and proponent of the death of God movement, died in Portland, Oregon.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hamilton_%28theologian%29)
2012        Feb 28, A coalition of environment groups called for the world's largest marine reserve to be declared in Antarctica's Ross Sea to prevent "industrial scale" fishing ruining the pristine ecosystem.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, Argentina's Industry Minister Debora Giorgi called on firms importing British products to buy substitute goods elsewhere, amid rising tension over the disputed Falkland islands.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 28, British police and bailiffs cleared an anti-capitalist camp from outside St Paul's cathedral in London, ending a four-month protest which resonated with Britons angered by huge bonuses awarded to bankers during an economic slowdown.
    (Reuters, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In China riots in the volatile region of Xinjiang left at least 12 people dead.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In China an explosion at a chemical plant near Shijiazhuang city, capital of Hebei province, left 25 people dead and 46 injured.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Feb 28, A Colombian high court unseated Viviane Morales, the country's chief prosecutor, on the grounds that she was improperly elected. Her marriage to an ex-congressman tied to drug lords had cast a shadow over her tenure.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In Colombia 7 oil workers were seized in Arauca, on the border with Venezuela. The FARC and the ELN were active in the area.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, p.48)
2012        Feb 28, Cuban doctors successfully extracted a tumor from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's pelvic region and he was stable and recovering with family at his side.
    (AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 28, In Egypt all three judges pulled out of the trial of 43 pro-democracy workers, including 16 Americans, throwing into question the case that has ripped US-Egypt relations.
    (AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 28, Egyptians voted the Shura Council, a feeble upper house of parliament. Voter turnout shrank to 6.5%.
    (Econ, 3/10/12, p.58)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shura_Council)
2012        Feb 28, The EU announced the withdrawal of its envoys from Belarus, hours after Belarus asked the head of the EU's delegation in Minsk and the Polish ambassador to leave and said it was withdrawing its own from Brussels and Warsaw. The tit-for-tat followed EU sanctions passed a day earlier on Belarus over repression of the political opposition.
    (AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 28, Paris-based Interpol said 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.A4)
2012        Feb 28, The French Constitutional Assembly struck down a draft law that would have criminalized the denial of the (1915-1919) Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 28, Greece’s Parliament approved cutbacks of $4.31 billion aimed at bringing the 2012 budget in line with targets.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 28, In Guatemala a civilian helicopter crashed in bad weather, injuring three aboard in northern Peten province. A Guatemalan air force helicopter sent to help went down soon afterward, killing its 10 crew and passengers.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, Iran’s head of the central bank said Iran will accept gold for trade payments, along with agreed currencies of other nations. The remarks suggested Iran was broadening its payment system in the face of increasingly tough financial sanctions imposed by the West over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 28, Israeli forces engaged in a firefight overnight with gunmen who infiltrated from Egypt's Sinai peninsula, killing one.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, Lesotho PM Pakalitha Mosisili resigned from the faction-riven ruling party that he led in power since 1998 to join a new movement.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In Nigeria assailants attacked Gamboru Primary School just after dawn and then, just over 3 miles (5 km) away, razed a newly renovated, secular coeducational school to the ground in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, Armed pirates opened fire on a cargo ship in an attack off the Nigerian coast, kidnapping the captain and chief engineer and robbing the crew before escaping. The assault targeted a Dutch-owned, Curacao-flagged, refrigerated cargo ship anchored near the coast.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 28, In northern Pakistan gunmen wearing military uniforms stopped a convoy of buses, ordered selected passengers to get off and then killed 16 of them in a grisly sectarian attack in the remote Kohistan region. The Jandullah faction of the Pakistani Taliban, one of the country's deadliest and best organized militant groups, claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In Pakistan a Chinese woman was shot dead with a male companion in Peshawar. They were killed by gunmen on motorbikes while walking in the Kohati bazaar.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In southern Russia at least 8 people were reported killed and 12 injured after a section of a nine-story apartment building collapsed following a natural gas explosion.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In Somalia gunmen shot down Abukar Hassan Kadaf, the head of the Somaliweyn radio station in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, Activists of the Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page said that Baba Amr was bombarded for the 25th straight day by regime forces. At least five civilians died in Baba Amr. Five Syrian soldiers were killed in fighting against deserters in the southern province of Daraa. Wounded British photographer Paul Conroy (47) escaped overnight from Homs to Lebanon. 13 Syrian activists were killed trying to help Le Figaro journalist Edith Bouvier and Conroy and to bring in aid to Baba Amr. Bouvier remained trapped in Baba Amr.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)(AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 28, A Thailand court sentenced media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul (64), one of the kingdom's most controversial political figures, to 20 years in prison for corporate fraud. Sondhi is the founder of the royalist "Yellow Shirt" protest movement.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 28, In Zimbabwe Richard Mubaiwa (31), a member of the country’s Central Intelligence Organization, was accused of demanding $10,000 from the head of the scandal-plagued national football association to protect him from assassination.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)

2012        Feb 29, Former Maryland resident Majid Khan (32), captured in March 2003, pleaded guilty to helping al-Qaida plot attacks from his native Pakistan, reaching a plea deal with the US government that limits his sentence 25 years. Lawyers said the deal could put the Guantanamo prisoner and his family in jeopardy.
    (AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, A US judge in Washington, DC, dismissed a lawsuit against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse alleging he was responsible for torture by the armed forces, ruling that he has immunity as a head of state. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that while the plaintiffs have "shocking allegations" of abuse, the case cannot go forward under the US Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Feb 29, A five-count indictment was returned in Washington accusing Australian David Levick of knowingly skirting a federal trade embargo with Iran and plotting to export the technology without the required authorization. Prosecutors said Levick and his company, ICM Components, Inc., ordered materials on behalf of an unnamed representative of an Iranian trade company. The export scheme spanned about two years starting around March 2007.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Feb 29, In NYC federal charges were brought against a fraud ring that involved 10 doctors and 105 firms that conspired to steal over $250 million from insurance companies. The case centered on no-fault insurance claims.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.A7)
2012        Feb 29, At least 16 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and South. 13 people were killed including 6 in Harrisburg, Illinois, 3 in Missouri, 3 in Tennessee and one in Kansas.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/7hrqnq4)
2012        Feb 29, Arizona executed inmate Robert Henry Moormann (63) for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother in 1984 while he was out of prison on furlough for another crime, despite a spate of last-minute appeals over his mental disabilities.
    (AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Davy Jones (66), the lead singer of The Monkees, died after suffering a heart attack in Indiantown, Fla.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.C6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Jones_%28actor%29)
2012        Feb 29, Britain accused Argentina of pursuing a "policy of confrontation" over the disputed Falkland Islands after the country's industry minister called for a block on British imports.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Britain withdrew its diplomatic staff from Syria because of a growing risk to their safety.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Feb 29, In Britain, the world's oldest running nuclear reactor shut down at Oldbury-on-Severn after 44 years of operation, starting the countdown to 2025, by when a new nuclear station is expected to open on a site just a few hundred meters away.
    (Reuters, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, China's cabinet ordered new air-quality standards to measure the most dangerous form of particulate matter, following a public outcry over worsening air pollution.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Egypt announced that 7 American pro-democracy workers, accused of instigating unrest, are free to leave the country. 9 other Americans up for trial had had already left the country. Altogether 15 NGO suspects left the country after each defendant had paid two million pounds (roughly $330,000/247,000 euros) in bail.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.A2)(AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Feb 29, In Haiti thousands of supporters of two-time President Jean-Bertrand Aristide rallied in the capital on the eighth anniversary of the former leader's ouster. The demonstrators accused current President Michel Martelly of not doing enough to improve their lives and pressed for the departure of the country's UN peacekeeping mission.
    (AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, India's home minister said that police had foiled a major attack by suspected militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group who were caught with explosives at a rail station. It was not disclosed when the men were detained.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Israeli troops raided two private Palestinian TV stations before dawn, seizing transmitters and other equipment. The military said one of the outlets, al-Watan TV, is a pirate station whose frequencies interfered with legal broadcasters and aircraft communications.
    (AP, 2/28/12)
2012        Feb 29, In Japan construction of the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest communications tower and second-highest building, finished. It was two months late because of the earthquake and tsunami that struck last March. Broadcasting was scheduled to begin May 22.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.45)
2012        Feb 29, In Kuwait around 30 opposition MPs filed a request to form a parliamentary panel to investigate the allegations with powers to interrogate the finance minister, as well the former premier and central bank governor. The government used its constitutional right to demand delaying the formation of the panel for two weeks, saying it wanted to study the request.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Malian soldiers battled Tuareg rebels in violent clashes in the country's north-west around the town of Tessalit.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Heavily armed gunmen fired on an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria. The Panamanian-flagged, Nigerian-owned vessel thwarted an attempted boarding by taking evasive action.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Feb 29, North Korea's new leadership said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and its uranium enrichment program as part of a deal that includes US food aid for the impoverished nation.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, A Pakistani official said Iran has offered to supply Pakistan with 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day and a $250 million loan to help build a gas pipeline from the Iranian border.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, The Philippines said it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a fresh Chinese warning.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Saudi Arabia said that it would honor a pledge of $3.75 billion in aid to Egypt, after complaints by the Egyptian premier that donor countries were failing to respect their commitments.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Spanish students in Barcelona clashed with police and set fire to garbage containers during nationwide protests against education spending cuts.
    (AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, In Sudan one peacekeeper was killed and three wounded when unknown gunmen ambushed a patrol of the African Union-United Nations mission to Darfur (UNAMID).
    (AFP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 29, Syrian forces launched a ground assault on Homs to crush the last pockets of resistance in the city's rebel-held districts, a security source said, even as Washington worked on a UN Security Council draft demanding humanitarian access.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)

2012        Feb, Universities across America took delivery of the first brood of Raves, an open source medical robot designed for surgery.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, TXp.6)
2012        Feb, In northern California and southern Oregon migrating waterfowl began dropping dead from avian cholera as they gathered in Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. An estimated 10-20,000 birds died from the disease.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb, In Canada Jean Charest, premier of Quebec, announced plans to seek a 60% increase in university-tuition fees over the next 5 years.
    (Econ, 6/9/12, p.42)
2012        Feb, China swung into a huge trade deficit of $31.48 billion this month, as the West's economic troubles hit the world's second-largest economy.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Feb, China increased access to US films from 20 to 34 per year, but only if the additional 14 are shown in 3D or large format.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.50)
2012        Feb, In Ethiopia 20 Motorola Xoom tablet computers were dropped off in Wenchi village by a group called One Laptop Per Child. The tablets were charged from a solar station built by One Laptop. By year’s end all the kids could chant the English alphabet, and some spelled words.
    (AP, 12/24/12)
2012        Feb, German prosecutors entered the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt and found numerous works of modern art masters that included paintings confiscated from German museums during WWII as degenerate art.
    (Econ, 11/30/13, p.51)
2012        Feb, Malev, Hungary’s flag air carrier, went bankrupt.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.73)
2012        Feb, In Nigeria a private security company signed a $103 million deal with the government to patrol the West African nation's waterways against pirates. Former militant leader Government Ekpumopolo, aka Government Tompolo, endorsed hiring Global West Vessel Specialist Agency Ltd. to protect the waterways.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Feb, In Saudi Arabia a royal order stipulated that women who drive should not be prosecuted by the courts.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, p.60)
2012        Feb, In South Africa an alleged police hit squad, known as the “Cato Manor” unit was disbanded after being accused of carrying out scores of assassinations of suspects.
    (Econ, 6/23/12, p.54)(www.allzanews.com/2012/06/20/hawks-arrest-15-cato-manor-cops/)
2012        Feb, In Turkey followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-base imam, were said to have infiltrated Turkey’s judiciary and police force. The Gulenists were reportedly now targeting Turkey’s MIT spy agency.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.61)(http://tinyurl.com/7fde22d)

2012        Mar 1, A US Coast Guard helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay near Point Clear, Alabama. 4 crew members were killed and one remained missing.
    (SFC, 3/3/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 1, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into a law a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
    (SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)
2012        Mar 1, In Ohio an adoptive father was charged with raping three boys in his care and compelling prostitution by hiring the 10-year-old out for sex. He and two other men remained in jail on rape charges.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, Andrew Breitbart (43), the outspoken conservative writer, activist and website operator, died unexpectedly in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, In Afghan 2 American soldiers were killed by Afghan colleagues in Kandahar province, the latest in a series of such attacks after the burning of the Koran at a US base sparked widespread violent protests.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, In Bolivia at least 30 people were injured following two day of fighting between two communities over land for growing quinoa, the Andean "supergrain" whose popularity with worldwide foodies has caused its price to soar. The combatants in Oruro state reportedly used rocks and dynamite against each other.
    (AP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 1, Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulator said 3 people have been arrested and are being held in custody in relation to an insider-dealing investigation.
    (Reuters, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, British police investigating the bribing of public officials by journalists arrested Virginia Wheeler (32), the defense editor of Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun, on suspicion of corruption.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, Chinese state press said Chen Quanguo, China’s top leader in Tibet, has ordered increased controls over the Internet and mobile phones, ahead of upcoming sensitive anniversaries in the restive region.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)     
2012        Mar 1, The European Union formally granted Serbia the status of a candidate for membership in the bloc during their summit in recognition of its government's efforts to round up war crimes suspects and normalize relations with Kosovo, its former province.
    (AP, 3/1/12)(http://tinyurl.com/7scyr3k)
2012        Mar 1, The International Criminal Court said it has issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein (60) for crimes against the civilian population in Darfur.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, In Iraq American gym teacher Jeremiah Small was shot and killed at a school in Sulaimaniyah in the northern Kurdish region. Student Biyar Sarwar (18) pulled out a gun and shot the teacher. Sarwar shot and killed himself as his terrified classmates fled the room.
    (AP, 3/1/12)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 1, In Malaysia Dominic Jude Christopher Bird (32), a truck driver Perth, Western Australia, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur in possession of 225 grams (7.9 ounces) of methamphetamine. He faced a possible death sentence.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 1, Supporters of Maldives' former president prevented the country's new leader from opening Parliament and protested in the streets, three weeks after he took office in a contentious power transfer.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, In Nigeria gunmen shot and killed the four policemen as they were patrolling waterways in Bayelsa. The armed militant group MEND soon claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 1, The Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue filed a complaint after boxer Manny Pacquiao failed to submit tax documents despite three notices and a subpoena.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 1, In the Philippines Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel leader Mohagher Iqbal said that the three commanders on southern Basilan island were suspended for three months after an investigation by Malaysian-led peace monitors found they violated a cease-fire accord with the government. The commanders involved in an October clash that killed 19 soldiers and endangered a years-long cease-fire.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, Russia's top investigative agency said it has launched a probe regarding videos that have shown up on Internet purporting to show fraud taking place during the country's presidential election, even though it hasn't taken place yet.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, Rwandan opposition leader Charles Ntakirutinka vowed to remain critical President Paul Kagame's government as he walked free at the end of a 10-year prison sentence for incitement.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, In South Africa fiery youth leader Julius Malema vowed to keep fighting after the ruling ANC expelled him in a dramatic move seen as clearing an obstacle to President Jacob Zuma's reelection.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, South Sudan officials said Sudanese fighter jets have bombed oil and water wells deep inside South Sudan and its ground troops have crossed into contested oil-rich border regions. Khartoum swiftly denied the claims.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, Syrian rebels retreated from the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs that they had held for months, saying they were running out of weapons and humanitarian conditions were catastrophic after almost four weeks of government bombardment.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, The opposition Syrian National Council said it wanted to organize weapons deliveries to Syrian rebels and was uniting armed factions fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Kuwait's parliament joined the call for arming the rebels, adopting a non-binding resolution urging the oil-rich Gulf state to supply weapons to the opposition and to sever diplomatic ties with Damascus.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, Members of the UN Human Rights Council voted 37 in favor and three against a resolution proposed by Turkey that calls on Syria to immediately stop all attacks on civilians and grant unhindered access to aid groups. Russia, China and Cuba objected to the resolution.
    (AP, 3/1/12)
2012        Mar 1, Hundreds of Yemeni soldiers staged protests at several military institutions across the country demanding the departure of their chiefs, whom they accuse of corruption.
    (AFP, 3/1/12)

2012        Mar 2, US authorities charged 29 people who were conspiring to illegally import counterfeit luxury fashion goods and deadly drugs worth hundreds of millions of dollars from China and Taiwan. Some 20 arrests took place in New Jersey, Florida, Texas, New York, and in the Philippines, as part of an international investigation.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, In California police and federal agents seized 750 pounds of methamphetamine from a San Jose apartment. Street value was estimated at $34 million.
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, p.C1)
2012        Mar 2, A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in the South and Midwest as an early season tornado outbreak left 39 people in 5 states, including 14 in Indiana, 19 in Kentucky, 3 in Ohio and one each in Alabama and Georgia.
    (AP, 3/3/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6u9f2bp)(SFC, 3/5/12, p.A9)
2012        Mar 2, BP reached a partial settlement in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial in which tens of billions are at stake. Terms of the settlement with a committee representing thousands of private claimants such as fishermen and coastal businesses were not released. There was no word on the status of BP's negotiations with the US government.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 2, James Q. Wilson, social scientist (b.1931), died in Boston. His books included “Bureaucracy” (1989). In 1982 he and George L. Kelling introduced their broken windows theory, a criminological theory of the norm setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. It was implemented in NYC under Mayor Giuliani (1994-2001), and led to a plunge in violent felonies.
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, p.C9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.106)
2012        Mar 2, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a NATO convoy in the Kandahar province, wounding seven people including four soldiers.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, Norman St John-Stevas (82), a gay British academic and Conservative politician died.
    (Econ, 3/10/12, p.70)
2012        Mar 2, Danish prosecutors charged four people with terrorism for allegedly planning a shooting attack on a newspaper that had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The 4 men from Sweden were arrested on Dec 29, 2010.
    (AP, 12/30/10)(AP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, Leaders of 25 EU countries signed a new treaty in Brussels designed to limit government overspending. Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy said he would miss deficit targets this year to spare his country from austerity overload.
    (SFC, 3/3/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 2, France said it is closing its embassy in Syria, a day after two French journalists escaped to Lebanon.
    (AP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, In India rampaging lawyers at a court complex in Bangalore, India's software hub, assaulted TV camera crews and pelting onlookers and police with furniture and bottles during a brawl. The journalists said they were attacked because of their coverage of a lawyers' street protest last month against an alleged police assault on a fellow advocate. The brawl erupted during a trial involving a mining fraud in Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the state capital.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 2, It was reported that thousands of male Indonesian civil servants had their monthly pay transferred to their wives' bank accounts this week in a bid by a local government to stop men having affairs.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, Iranians voted in their first national poll since the disputed 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, choosing a new parliament they hope will fix their country's sanctions-hit economy. Overall, the new parliament looked to be virtually entirely conservative, with the previous 60 reformist MPs winnowed down to a bare handful following the boycott of the main reformist blocs in the elections.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)(AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 2, In Ivory Coast a military court put on trial 28 paramilitary police accused of crimes in the period last year when former president Laurent Gbagbo tried to cling to power.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, Kenya launched the construction of a massive port, railway and refinery near a UNESCO-listed Indian Ocean island in a project it bills as the biggest ever in an African nation. Residents of the coastal island of Lamu had protested against the planned port.
    (AP, 3/2/12)(AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, Mozambique's government said it has refused to let mining giant Rio Tinto use the Zambezi River to transport coal to the Indian Ocean for export. For now the Sena railway line to Beira in the center of the country and the Nacala line in the north were the preferred export routes for coal.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, In northern Nigeria gunmen shot dead a soldier in the city of Kano.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 2, Pakistan's ruling party made gains in the country's upper house of parliament in legislative elections. The PPP won 19 seats, increasing its majority to 41 in a much-needed boost for Zardari's weakened administration.
    (AP, 3/2/12)(AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 2, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of a rival insurgent group, killing 23 Lashkar-e-Islam supporters in an outbreak of factional fighting ion the Tirah valley. Lashkar-e-Islam fighters had earlier attacked military post killing 10 soldiers. 23 militants were also killed in the fighting. Fighter jets left at least 15 militants dead in the Orakzai tribal agency.
    (AP, 3/2/12)(SFC, 3/3/12, p.A4)
2012        Mar 2, In Somalia African Union-backed Somali government troops attacked and seized positions of hardline Shebab insurgents in the war-torn capital Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, It was reported that the UN-backed Somali government spent only $1 million on social services despite having $58 million in revenue, according to an unpublished report by Abdirazak Fartaag, a former Somali government official.
    (AP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 2, Syrian activists accused regime forces of carrying out execution-style killings and burning homes as part of a scorched-earth campaign in a restive neighborhood of Homs, while the Red Cross headed to the area following a bloody, monthlong siege to dislodge rebel forces. The Observatory said 10 people were killed in the town of Rastan near Homs when a mortar landed near marchers. The LCC said 16 were killed in the same event, among 52 reported dead nationwide.
    (AP, 3/2/12)
2012        Mar 2, Thai police said they confiscated over 4 million methamphetamine tablets near the border with Myanmar, where much of it is produced.
    (SFC, 3/3/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 2, In Tunisia protesters began camping outside the offices of Wataniya in Tunis, demanding the "cleansing" of the national broadcaster and jeering at journalists. On April 25 they ended their protest after the government promised to address their concerns and asked them to leave.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Mar 2, In Yemen massive crowds gathered across the country, demanding that officers loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh be purged from the country's armed forces.
    (AP, 3/2/12)

2012        Mar 3, In California 5 men from Orange County were charged with mortgage fraud. They had businesses promising homeowners secure loan modifications for an up-front fee. They just kept the fees with no loan modifications.
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, p.A10)
2012        Mar 3, In Washington state Mitt Romney led the Republican primary with 37% of the vote, followed by Ron Paul with 25%, Rick Santorum with 24%, and Newt Gingrich with 11%. None of the state's 43 delegates were awarded.
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, p.A10)
2012        Mar 3, Ralph McQuarrie (b.1929), movie artist, died in Berkeley, Ca. He helped envision the Star Wars films of George Lucas.
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.C3)
2012        Mar 3, In southern Algeria a suicide attack on a police base left 24 people wounded and the bomber dead at Tamanrasset. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa claimed responsibility. The group surfaced in December, when it claimed to be holding three Westerners kidnapped from a Western Sahara refugee camp in Algeria in October.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, Thousands of Australians were ordered to evacuate their homes in Sydney's northwest and elsewhere in New South Wales state as heavy rainfall flooded rivers and waterways.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Chile Daniel Zamudio (24), a gay man, suffered severe head trauma and a broken right leg in a beating in Santiago. A swastika was drawn on the victim's chest by the unidentified assailants, leading to speculation that neo-Nazis may have attacked him. Doctors put him into an induced coma while treating his head trauma.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 3, In northwestern China a Tibetan teenager died after setting herself on fire. The girl, said to be aged between 16 and 19 years old, set herself alight at a vegetable market in Maqu county in Gansu province.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 3, Chinese forces intercepted two Vietnamese fishing boats near the disputed Paracel islands. The Chinese soon demanded 70,000 yuan ($11,000) for the release of 21 fishermen.
    (AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 3, Egyptian lawmakers clashed over who should have the right to draft the country's constitution, in a heated debate focusing on the influence of Islamists on the crucial document and how religiously conservative Egypt will be.
    (AP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, A Cairo court dismissed a complaint against Christian tycoon Naguib Sawaris accused of insulting Islam with a cartoon of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in conservative Muslim garb. Hardline Islamist lawyer and MP Mamduh Ismail said he would appeal.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In eastern Guinea 50 people traveling to a weekly market were killed and 27 others injured when the lorry they were travelling in crashed.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Ireland the heart of St. Laurence O’Toole (1128-1180), the patron saint of Dublin, was stolen from Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
    (SFC, 3/5/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 3, Libyan Islamists and independents formed a new political party, electing Mohammed Sawan as its leader, a Muslim Brotherhood member who was a political prisoner under the regime of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Libya Estonian technician Kaido Keerdo (31) working for Danish church Aid was killed while examining unexploded munitions scattered near a police compound in Ad Dafniyah.
    (www.libyaherald.com/deadly-cluster-bomb-killed-estonian-mine-expert/)
2012        Mar 3, In Nepal 6 people were killed as a fire tore through the main vegetable market in Kathmandu destroying more than 100 stalls.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Nigeria a bombing by suspected Boko Haram extremists killed three people at a political rally.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2012        Mar 3, In Pakistan a policemen was killed and a local lawmaker was among eight wounded in a suicide attack in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhaw province.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In the Philippines a bomb exploded in a commercial district of the southern island of Jolo leaving 2 dead and 13 wounded. The Abu Sayyaf group was blamed.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In southern Poland 2 trains running on the same track collided head-on in a shower of sparks, killing 16 people and injuring 58 in the country's worst train disaster in more than 20 years.
    (AP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Russia Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two alleged members of Pussy Riot, were arrested by Russian authorities and accused of “hooliganism.” belting out an anti-Putin "punk prayer" in front of the church's gilded altar wearing garishly colored balaclavas.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Riot)
2012        Mar 3, In Somalia a car bomb exploded near a military base housing Burundian soldiers from an African Union peacekeeping force in Mogadishu, killing the driver.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, Syrian forces renewed their bombardment of rebellious areas of Homs, as the Red Cross vowed to try again to reach thousands of people stranded in a district overrun by regime troops after a monthlong siege. A suicide car bomb exploded in Daraa, killing at least two people and wounding 20. Human Rights Watch said Syrian forces killed some 700 people and wounded thousands in a 27-day bombardment of Homs, with shells sometimes falling at the rate of 100 an hour. 12 civilians, including five children, were killed when a rocket slammed into a crowd of protesters in Rastan.
    (AP, 3/3/12)(AFP, 3/3/12)(AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 3, Taiwan confirmed that nearly 58,000 chickens had been culled at two farms on the island following the latest outbreak of bird flu, most of them at a farm in central Changhua county. The next day Hsu Tien-lai, the chief of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine tendered his resignation. He had been accused in a documentary of covering up outbreaks of H5N2 bird flu, a less virulent strain of the virus.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Uruguay a South Korean fishing vessel caught fire in the Montevideo port. Two bodies were found near the machine room of the Jung Woo 3 as firefighters continued to extinguish the fire.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Yemen 2 suicide bombers killed a government soldier as they blew up a vehicle at an elite Republican Guard camp in Bayda. At least 16 soldiers were wounded in clashes with Al-Qaeda militants in Zinjibar.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)

2012        Mar 4, ProFlowers of San Diego said it has suspended advertising on the Rush Limbaugh radio show, becoming the 7th advertiser in recent days to do so, due to his comments about Georgetown Univ. law student Sandra Fluke. He had called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified in support of health insurance that covers birth control for women. Within the week 42 advertisers had dropped his show.
    (SFC, 3/5/12, p.A8)(SFC, 3/6/12, p.A5)(ABCNews, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 4, In northeastern Afghanistan an avalanche buried a village of about 200 people in Badakhshan province. At least 50 people were killed with dozens trapped under the snow. At least 145 people were missing and "presumed dead" after an avalanche.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)(AP, 3/7/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 4, China said its military spending would top $100 billion in 2012, a double-digit increase on last year. The figure marks a slowdown from 2011 when spending rose by 12.7%.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 4, In China a widowed mother of four died after setting herself on fire near the restive Kirti monastery in Aba county in Sichuan province, taking to at least 25 the number of such incidents in Tibetan-inhabited areas in the past year.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 4, In the Republic of Congo blasts rocked Brazzaville after a weapons depot caught fire, killing over 200 people, wounding over 1300 and forcing 2,000 to flee their homes. Small detonations continued the next day. The death toll was later set at 223. In May 23 people were charged and detained in connection with a blast.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)(AFP, 3/5/12)(AP, 3/7/12)(AFP, 3/11/12)(AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        Mar 4, In Iran the family of Abdolfattah Soltani (58), a prominent human rights lawyer, was informed that he has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was charged with co-founding the Center for Human Rights Defenders, spreading anti-government propaganda, endangering national security and accepting an illegal prize – a reference to a German human rights prize he was awarded in 2009.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/04/iranian-human-rights-lawyer-jailed)
2012        Mar 4, Israel and Cyprus signed an accord to lay an underwater electricity cable between the Mediterranean nations, the first stage in a bid to transfer power between the Jewish state and mainland Europe. Additional underwater cables are to connect Cyprus and mainland Europe via Greece, which was also part of the agreement signed in Jerusalem. The deal is still subject to final approval by Israel, Cyprus and Greece, that is expected to follow the completion of a feasibility study within a year.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 4, The Libyan national army graduated its first batch of soldiers (225) drawn from the ranks of former rebels in the capital of Tripoli. The newly established 23 of October brigade takes its name from the date when the now ruling National Transitional Council of Libya declared "liberation" of the country from Kadhafi's 42-year-old rule.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 4, Libyan authorities said they have uncovered a mass grave with 163 bodies of rebel fighters and civilians in Bin Jawad, a major battleground in the 2011 civil war. The bodies were those of rebels killed between February and March 2011 in Brega, Ras Lanuf, Bin Jawad and on the outskirts of Sirte.
    (SFC, 3/5/12, p.A2)(AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 4, In Nigeria motorcyclist Mustapha Sani (25) was shot in the head and chest by soldiers at a checkpoint outside a bus terminus. An irate mob lit bonfires and marched through Kano to protest the alleged shooting. Residents have complained of harassment and extortion by security personnel at checkpoints that dot the city following the January 20 coordinated Boko Haram bomb and gun attacks that killed 185 people.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 4, Thousands of North Korean troops and citizens rallied to slam the South Korean leader as Pyongyang again ramped up its hostile rhetoric against Seoul despite a surprise nuclear deal with the US.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 4, In Pakistan Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, the number two commander in the nebulous, umbrella Taliban movement was sacked as deputy chief but will remain within the organization. He was sacked at a meeting presided over by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud at a secret location in the northwestern tribal belt.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 4, Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik said he had formally asked Interpol to issue an arrest warrant for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the Dec 27, 2007, murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto. Pakistani courts have already issued warrants for his arrest over the 2006 death of Akbar Bugti, a Baluch rebel leader in the southwest.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 4, Russians voted in presidential elections expected to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin. The independent elections watchdog agency Golos said it was receiving reports of so-called "carousel voting," in which busloads of voters are driven around to cast ballots multiple times. Putin won more than 63% of the vote according to the nearly complete official returns. The opposition and independent observers said the election was marred by widespread fraud.
    (AP, 3/4/12)(AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 4, In Astrakhan, Russia, Oleg Shein lost his bid for mayor to an incumbent from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. Shein alleged massive fraud and on March 16 began a hunger strike.
    (Econ, 4/21/12, p.69)
2012        Mar 4, Syrian artillery gunners turned their sights on the rebel city of Rastan, killing 7 civilians, as the Red Cross delivered aid to refugees from the battered Baba Amr quarter nearby. The Syrian Observatory reported at least 44 people killed, including 14 members of the security forces who died in clashes with deserters near Daraa.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 4, In Yemen 185 soldiers and at least 25 Al-Qaida militants were reported killed in clashes as militants tried to take army positions in the Kud area of southern Abyan province. 56 soldiers were taken captive. Gunmen killed a senior police official in the southeastern province of Hadramawt. Gen. Mahdi Maqoula, a Saleh loyalist, stepped down. During his last week, ammunition and weapons from a military storehouse in the south disappeared, apparently smuggled out and sold.
    (AP, 3/4/12)(AP, 3/5/12)(AP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/6/12)(AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 4, Zimbabwe state media reported that some 3,000 cases of typhoid have been reported in Harare since the first case was detected in a working-class suburb in January.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)

2012        Mar 5, A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area. It was centered about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco, and was at a depth of 5.5 miles.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the University of Colorado overstepped its authority when the school's board of regents imposed a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, New Jersey state senator Richard Codey posed as a homeless man looking for shelter. He was denied admission to about 25 local shelters because he was not receiving welfare or other government assistance. Goodwill took him in, offering a thin bedroll, a blanket and a spot on a linoleum floor with 20 other men.
    (Reuters, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 5, Disney songwriter Robert Sherman (b.1925), part of a team with brother Richard responsible for numerous film scores and children's songs, died in London. He composed the popular tune featured in Disney theme parks, "It's a Small World (After All)," as well as the score to "Mary Poppins," featuring songs such as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
    (Reuters, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Afghanistan 2 civilians were killed in a suicide attack at a gate to the US military base at Bagram north of the Afghan capital Kabul.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Australia New South Wales officials said Muslim women will have to remove veils to have their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws giving state officials authority to look under religious and other face coverings.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Brazil 30 beached dolphins were rescued by beachgoers. The rescue was captured on video and became an internet sensation.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/mass-dolphin-rescue-witnessed-off-rio-coast-035714671.html)
2012        Mar 5, Canada said it has shut its embassy in Damascus and is imposing fresh sanctions on Syria, banning all dealings with the central bank as part of a campaign to stop President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown against rebels.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, China lowered its growth target to 7.5%.
    (Econ, 3/10/12, p.83)
2012        Mar 5, China said it will send a new envoy to Syria and is ready to support international aid under the auspices of the United Nations or another "impartial" organization.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Egypt the ultra conservative Islamist party al-Nur said Islamist MP Anwar al-Bilkimy has been forced to resign from parliament and from his party after claiming that he was injured in a carjacking, when he had in fact had a nose job.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, Egyptian security officials said the number of weapons smuggled into Egypt across the Libyan border is on the increase, with thousands of weapons flooding into the country. Residents of southern Egypt, where extended families often accumulate large arsenals to protect property and settle feuds, were the main buyers.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, Gambia's Supreme Court upheld a request by the government to lift economic sanctions imposed on Libyan assets during the toppled regime of Moamer Kadhafi. The move restores tens of millions of dollars (euros) in property invested by the Libyan Arab African Investment Company (LAAICO) in Gambia to the ruling National Transitional Council in Tripoli.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, The Institute of International Finance, the group representing private creditors in talks on Greek debt, said a dozen banks, insurers and investment funds holding Greece's bonds will participate in a massive debt relief plan for the country.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, India’s commerce ministry banned the export of cotton.
    (Econ, 3/10/12, p.78)
2012        Mar 5, In western Iraq a gang of gunmen disguised in military-style uniforms and carrying forged arrest warrants killed 27 police, then hoisted the battle flag of al-Qaida in a carefully planned early morning shooting spree in Haditha. 3 attackers were reported killed.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Jamaica a 13-year-old girl, two elderly men and three others were killed during reported shootouts between police and gunmen. Residents of the Denham Town slum in West Kingston blame officers for the killings and the gritty area was put under curfew amid an ongoing security operation to seize illegal guns and fugitives.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 5, Nigerian troops in the northern city of Maiduguri shot dead three suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram sect as they allegedly tried to burn down a school.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5,  Pakistan successfully tested its short range, nuclear capable Abdali missile.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012        Mar 5, Mohammed Abu-Awad (19), a Palestinian man throwing rocks at solders, had his skull smashed by a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier in the West Bank town of Bir Zeit. Abu-Awad was in critical condition.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, Thousands of Russians gathered in Moscow for a massive rally to challenge PM Vladimir Putin's victory in the presidential election. Police at night arrested hundreds of protesters who remained on Moscow's Pushkin Square after an officially approved rally finished.
    (AP, 3/5/12)(AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 5, The Scottish government said Scotland plans to fit all its existing coal-fired power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by 2025 and require new coal stations to be fully equipped with CCS from the turn of the decade.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, Singapore Minister of State for Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin said a mandatory weekly rest day would apply to maids whose work permits are issued or renewed from January 1, 2013.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Somalia a Burundi soldier with the African Union troops was killed and another injured in Mogadishu, when a bomb they were defusing was detonated by Shebab rebels.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, In South Africa a miner escaped from underground mine collapse at the Grootvlei mine near Johannesburg and alerted police. At least 20 illegal miners were killed in the rockfall. A search was called off after 5 days. The mine, owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew and a grandson of Nelson Mandela, had been officially closed but not made secure.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 5, A marketing campaign was launched by the Ugandan advocacy group Invisible Children (www.kony2012.com) to vastly increase awareness about Joseph Kony, a jungle militia leader wanted for atrocities by the International Criminal Court and hunted by 100 US Special Forces advisers and local troops. His Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was operating in Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Yemen unknown assailants shot and wounded a police chief traveling between Aden and the nearby province of Lahij.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)

2012        Mar 6, Five members of Anonymous and Lulz Security were charged in an indictment unsealed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. They included 2 men from Britain, 2 from Ireland and an American. Hector Xavier Monsegur (28), who pleaded guilty in August, served as an FBI informant leading to the new charges. Monsegur’s assistance led to the arrest of hacker Jeremy Hammond in 2013 and allowed authorities to disrupt at least 300 cyberattacks on the US government, US military as well as courts and private companies.      
    (AFP, 3/6/12)(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A7)(SSFC, 5/25/14, p.A8)
2012        Mar 6, A US federal court in Houston convicted R. Allen Stanford (61) of running a $7 billion investor fraud scheme that snared investors from 113 countries. He was first indicted in June, 2009.
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.86)
2012        Mar 6, A lawsuit was filed in Washington, DC, by 8 members of the US military alleging they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 6, Ten US states voted in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries. Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney edged out conservative rival Rick Santorum in the vital battleground of Ohio and won five of the night's other contests. Romney also notched victories in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia and his home-state of Massachusetts, while Santorum won North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich carried his home state of Georgia.
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.18)
2012        Mar 6, Georgia voters lifted a ban on Sunday sales of alcohol in 24 of 27 cities that put the issue on the ballot.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.33)
2012        Mar 6, Dennis Kucinich, a colorful liberal in Congress who tried to have former President George W. Bush impeached over the Iraq war, was defeated in Ohio by a fellow Democratic incumbent in the first of 11 primary races this year pitting members of the US House against each other.
    (Reuters, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 6, In North Carolina a decorated Green Beret leapt from the second-story of his burning home, wrapped himself in a blanket and ran back inside in an attempt to save his two young daughters. Firefighters recovered the body of Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell (36) on the second floor of his Hope Mills home, not far from the remains of 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, Louise White (81) of Newport, RI, claimed last month’s $336.4 million Powerball jackpot.
     (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 6, Afghan President Hamid Karzai endorsed the Ulema Council's “code of conduct” document issued March 3. It allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, Bangladesh's high court ordered police to sue 17 professors for allegedly distorting the country's liberation war history and maligning its founding leader in a school textbook.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 6, In Bangladesh Saudi diplomat Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali was shot and killed on a residential street in Dhaka. Authorities said the gunman and a motive were unknown.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, The limbless and headless torso of Gemma McCluskie (29) was found when a member of the public reported a suspicious object floating close to a market in Hackney, east London. She was a former actress in the BBC's top soap opera "EastEnders" (2001) and had gone missing on March 1. On March 10 Tony McCluskie (35) was charged with killing his sister.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 6, Chinese rights activist Liu Ping (47) went missing after she was detained by security officials in Beijing. She had angered officials with her advocacy of free elections as well as support of labor and women’s rights.
    (SFC, 3/20/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/7jom58l)
2012        Mar 6, The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo headed by PM Adolphe Muzito resigned more than three months after legislative elections.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, In Haiti Venel Joseph, a prominent banker whose son recently pleaded guilty in a US federal bribery case, was shot and killed in Port-au-Prince. Joseph was director of Haiti's Central Bank during former Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide's 2nd term from 2001 to 2004.
    (AP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 6, India's ruling Congress party and its famed Gandhi political dynasty suffered a stinging election setback in crucial state polls. Figures showed Congress winning clearly in only one of five states and suffering a landslide defeat in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populous and politically significant state. Mayawati (56), India's low-caste "Dalit queen" who once saw herself as a future prime minister, was dethroned after a scandal-tainted term running UP.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the government will grant UN inspectors access to a military complex where the UN nuclear agency suspects secret atomic work has been carried out.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, Iraqi authorities arrested four men in Salaheddin province in connection with a shooting spree a day ago that left 27 policemen dead. One of the terrorists blew himself up when they were surrounded.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu left Washington with assurances that the US is prepared to use force to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, just not yet.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, In Libya tribal leaders and militia commanders declared a semiautonomous region. Thousands of representatives of tribal leaders, militia commanders and politicians made the unilateral declaration at a conference in Benghazi. The conference said the eastern state, known as Barqa, would have its own parliament, police force, courts and capital at Benghazi.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, Madagascar authorities said Tropical Storm Irina killed at least 65 people, most of them residents of the Ifanadiana district in the southeast of the island, when the storm passed over the country last week.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, Mexican authorities found 16 bodies in three clandestine graves on the outskirts of Monterrey. Authorities went to the ranch after drug gang suspects revealed the burial sites during questioning. In the border city of Piedras Negras a fierce hour-long battle took place between gunmen and police. One female officer was killed and six people were wounded.
    (AP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 6, Moldova introduced new legislation approving chemical castration for foreigners and nationals convicted of sexually abusing children.   
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 6, In Nigeria unknown gunmen shot dead Adamu Amadu, a senior customs officer in charge of Yobe and Borno states, both recently been rocked by Islamist attacks. Islamists attacked a prison, police station and local government office, wounding at least three police officers in Konduga, Borno state.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 6, In the Philippines a 5.2 earthquake struck leaving 10 people injured. It was centered at sea just two miles (3 km) north of Masbate City on the island province of Masbate.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, South Africa's powerful Cosatu labor federation vowed to rally more than 100,000 protesters against new toll roads around Johannesburg that have angered workers and businesses.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, In South Korea journalists walked out of the state-owned Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) due to government interference. They joined colleagues at Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), already on strike for a month. Journalists claimed to have over 2,600 files pointing to illegal government surveillance carried out between 2008-2010. 
    (Econ, 3/3/12, p.52)(http://tinyurl.com/82ns7pl)(Econ, 4/7/12, p.48)
2012        Mar 6, Talks between Sudan and South Sudan resumed in the Ethiopian capital to resolve a furious oil dispute as tensions remain high between the two nations.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, In Sudan Patrick Noonan, a British aid worker working for the UN World Food Program, was abducted by armed men in the Darfur region. He was released after 86 days.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        Mar 6, Swedish Public Radio said the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) had secret plans since 2007 to help Saudi Arabia build a plant for the production of anti-tank weapons. Construction on "Project Simoom" was yet to begin. It involved the creation of a shell company called SSTI to handle dealings with Saudi Arabia, in order to avoid any direct links to FOI and the government.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 6, Syrian troops shelled Herak and clashed with army defectors holed up inside in violence that killed a 15-year-old boy and five government soldiers. Government forces pounded rebel-held towns and blasted a bridge used by refugees to escape to Lebanon. At least 16 people were killed as regime forces launched a major assault on Herak, a town in the southern province of Daraa.
    (AP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 6, Turkish Airlines started flying into Somalia's war-torn capital, becoming the first international company to fly passenger planes into Mogadishu in more than 20 years. Flights were scheduled for twice a week.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
2012        Mar 6, In southern Yemen unknown assailants shot dead a policeman and wounded four others in the Ataq, Shabwa province. In Daleh province members of the separatist Southern Movement "opened machinegun fire at a police vehicle, wounding three policemen.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)

2012        Mar 7, Apple unveiled a third-generation iPad enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on top of the booming tablet computer market. The new iPad will go on sale March 16 in Canada, France, Germany and the United States at $499, the same price as the previous models, for the most basic iPad featuring wireless connectivity only.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 7, In Afghanistan 6 British soldiers were killed when a massive explosion hit their armored vehicle, taking the British toll in the war against Taliban insurgents to more than 400. In Uruzgan province 9 policemen were killed by Taliban insurgents after a checkpoint guard allowed them to enter a sleeping area.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)(SFC, 3/9/12, p.A3)
2012        Mar 7, In Colombia an accident at a small coal mine, named "El Desespero" (Desperation), killed at least four miners and five others were still missing.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 7, In Egypt the Cairo Criminal Court acquitted policeman Mohammed Abdel-Moneim, who was sentenced to death for shooting 20 protesters on Jan. 28 last year in front of a Cairo police station. The court did not give reasons for its ruling.
    (AP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, Indian police said they had arrested Syed Mohammed Kazmi (50), an Indian journalist working for an Iranian media organization in connection with a bomb attack last month targeting an Israeli diplomat.
    (AP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, Iran's state media said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the creation of an Internet oversight agency that includes top military and political figures in the country's boldest attempt to control the web.
    (AP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, Iranian media reported that Ali Shakouri-Rad, a ranking member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, former lawmaker and a leading reformist from a banned political party has been sentenced to four years in prison for allegedly spreading anti-regime propaganda.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, In northern Iraq 2 bombs exploded in swift succession killing 13 people near a crowded restaurant in Tal Afar. Separate car bombings in Baghdad killed four people and wounded 14 in a Sunni area of the capital.
    (AP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said he would defend national unity "with force" if necessary, after tribal leaders and a political faction declared autonomy for an eastern region.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, In northern Nigeria gunmen attacked a police station and two banks, killing at least four policemen, amid a wave of violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram. A raid was conducted in the northern city of Zaria leading to the arrest of Abu Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping of a Briton and an Italian, and five others.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)(AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 7, Qatar’s official QNA news agency reported that the government has promised to invest $2 billion in Sudan, as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the gas-rich state.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, In South Africa tens of thousands of protesters marched through 32 towns and cities in a protest by the powerful Cosatu labor body, the latest sign of tensions within the ANC-led government.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)
2012        Mar 7, UN's humanitarian chief Valerie Amos arrived in Syria to try to secure aid for battered protest cities, as tanks and troops headed for a rebel bastion in Idlib. Syria's deputy oil minister, Abdo Husameldin, defected to Turkey. His online video emerged the next day, making him the highest ranking civilian official to abandon the regime since the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted a year ago.
    (AFP, 3/7/12)(AP, 3/8/12)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.60)

2012        Mar 8, In California retired El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy Donald Philip Atkinson (50) was arrested for embezzling over $300,000 from his union from 2005-2011. He had served as the president of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Association. On July 30 Atkinson was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/9/12, p.C3)(SFC, 7/31/12, p.C4)
2012        Mar 8, In Pennsylvania John Shick (30) opened fire at a psychiatric clinic at the Univ. of Pittsburgh killing Michael Schaab (25) and wounding 6 others before killing himself.
    (SFC, 3/9/12, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 8, In Egypt a trial against foreign non-profit groups reopened. Robert Becker, the last American facing criminal charges in the trial, appeared in court. 15 other Americans had already left Egypt, but Becker chose to stay and face charges.
    (SFC, 3/9/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 8, The Israeli daily Maariv reported that the United States has offered Israel advanced weaponry in return for it committing not to attack Iran's nuclear facilities this year. In return Israel would agree to put off a possible attack on Iran till 2013.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, Kenya sacked 25,000 nurses taking part in a strike, creating a potentially devastating shortage. The nurses went on strike on March 1 to protest the government's failure to implement a salary increase agreed last year.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 8, Libyan militias, who helped oust Moamer Kadhafi, promised to turn over to the interim government strategic sites, such as airports and border crossings, that they have held since capturing them in last year's uprising.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, In Mexico the bodies of 4 youths, ranging in age from 14 to 21, were found in plastic bags on a Cuernavaca street along with a threatening note from a drug gang. Photos from the scene showed a handless arm lying near the handwritten note.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 8, It was reported that the ecosystem of Xochimilco, the floating gardens of Mexico city, is crashing. The UN World Heritage Site’s last water source was now only wastewater from treatment plants.
    (SFC, 3/9/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 8, Mozambique police stormed a camp of about 300 armed opposition supporters in the north, arresting 20 and wounding two in Nampula.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, In Nigeria a British-Nigerian operation involving 100 troops, military trucks and a helicopter attempted to rescue a pair of British and Italian hostages. At least two hostage-takers were killed in the operation in Sokoto. Italian engineer Franco Lamolinara (48) and his British colleague Chris McManus (28) were shot by their captors. Italy’s PM Monti was only informed by Britain’s PM Cameron once the operation was under way. The two hostages were kidnapped by heavily armed men who stormed their apartment in Kebbi state in May 2011. Nigerian authorities detained five Islamist militants suspected of involvement in the kidnapping.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)(AP, 3/9/12)Reuters, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 8, Pakistan's top court told PM Gilani to ask Switzerland to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, demanding a compliance report be submitted by March 21.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, Pakistan’s interior minister said Osama bin Laden's three widows have been charged with illegally entering and living in the country.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops after stabbing an Israeli soldier in Yatta village in the southern West Bank. Some 50 Palestinian women demanding the release of Hana Shalabi, a hunger-striking detainee, clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank. On March 29 Shalabi agreed to end her hunger strike following an agreement with Israeli authorities under which she will be exiled to the Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)(SFC, 3/9/12, p.A2)(AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 8, South Africa's government insisted it would go ahead with plans to set highway tolls, despite threats of more protests a day after tens of thousands of people marched against the scheme.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, South Africa apologized for barring 125 Nigerians from the country and unveiled new immigration procedures aimed at ending a diplomatic row between the continent's two powerhouses. Immigration officials at Johannesburg's main airport on March 2 refused entry to Nigerians, on the pretext that their yellow fever vaccination cards might be fake.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, Two Syrian generals, a colonel and two sergeants defected to Turkey.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 8, Taiwanese pork farmers pelted police with rotten eggs and animal feces as anger over policies on US meat imports sparked a mass protest. Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Taipei to voice fears that President Ma Ying-jeou's government will lift a ban on US pork treated with ractopamine, a controversial additive used to promote lean meat. Early this week the government announced a plan to lift a ban on ractopamine-treated US beef. But a government guarantee to keep a ban on US pork containing the additive failed to convince the pig farmers.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 8, In Thailand a fire at a high-rise hotel in Bangkok's main tourist district sent smoke billowing through the upper floors, killing at least one foreigner and injuring almost two dozen other people.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 8, Turkey's air force carried out air strikes on border areas of north Iraq.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 8, UNESCO's governing board voted for the UN's educational body to go ahead with a controversial prize financed by Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)

2012        Mar 9, Ohio state regulators said a dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth and announced tougher regulations for drillers.
    (SFC, 3/10/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 9, In Washington state a man stabbed judge and shot a sheriff’s deputy in a courthouse struggle in Montesano. Steven Daniel Kravitz (35) was arrested the next day. The judge and deputy were treated at a hospital and released.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A8)
2012        Mar 9, In Afghanistan the US signed a deal transferring the controversial Bagram prison to Afghan control, marking a breakthrough in negotiations over a strategic treaty between the two nations. The US would maintain a presence at the prison to provide advisory, technical and logistical support for a year. Insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Nangarhar province. Two border policemen and three attackers were killed in the ensuing firefight.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)(AP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Bahrain tens of thousands of anti-government protesters flooded a major highway in one of the largest opposition rallies in months against the Gulf nation's Sunni rulers. Security forces fired tear gas at smaller groups attempting to reach a heavily guarded square that was once the hub of the uprising.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, Barclays Bank said Chief Executive Bob Diamond was paid 6.3 million pounds $10 million (6 million pounds) for 2011, down from 9 million in 2010, and his two lieutenants running investment banking were paid slightly more.
    (Reuters, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Canada PM Stephen Harper said a new pedestrian link, to be operational by 2014, would help give Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport the service it deserves. The new tunnel will eliminate the need for a short ferry ride to the downtown island airport.
    (Reuters, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 9, Germany’s Bild daily proclaimed that a bare-breasted front page blond would be the Berlin paper’s last of more than 5,000 women who have appeared since 1984.
    (SFC, 3/10/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 9, Greece's creditors agreed to take cents on the euro in the biggest debt write down in history. The government said that 83.5 percent of private investors holding its government debt had agreed to a bond swap that would involve them taking a cut in more than half the face value of their investments with softer repayment terms for Greece.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Ireland Paul Begley (46), head of Ireland's largest fruit and vegetable producers, was found guilty of dodging taxes and sentenced to 6 years in prison. He had instructed Chinese food suppliers from 2003-2007 to produce false invoices labeling garlic as apples avoiding some $1.8 million in taxes.
    (SFC, 3/10/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 9, An Israeli airstrike struck a vehicle in Gaza. The airstrike tore apart the blue sedan of militant commander Zuhair al-Qaissi and killed his son-in-law, Mahmoud Hanini, himself a top PRC commander. Another low-ranking Gaza militant also died. Al-Qaissi was the commander of the militant group behind the abduction of Gilad Schalit. Hours later Israeli military killed two more militants that it said were about to launch rockets. Gaza militants in response unleashed a barrage of rockets toward Israel's southern border communities. Some three dozen were fired.
    (AP, 3/9/12)(AFP, 3/9/12)(AP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 9, Japan said its Antarctic whaling fleet has killed less than a third of the animals it planned to because of sabotage by activists, as it announced the end of the season's hunt. Whalers killed 266 minke whales and one fin whale, well below the approximately 900 they had been aiming for when they left Japan in December.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Kenya hundreds of nurses marched through the capital in a demand for better pay, even after the government sacked all 25,000 taking part in the strike.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, Kiribati President Anote Tong said that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati's entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, The Libyan transitional government won possession of a plush London mansion belonging to a son of the late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. The house, in the exclusive Hampstead Garden Suburb district of north London, was worth in excess of £10 million ($15.7 million, 12 million euros).
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Mexico drug criminals set 25 Guadalajara city buses and other vehicles on fire in 16 different places, spreading fear throughout Mexico's second-largest city.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, Mexican authorities found the remains of 167 people in a southern Mexican cave on the Nuevo Ojo de Agua ranch in an area frequently used by Central American migrants traveling north. Forensic experts believe the remains are at least 50 years old.
    (AP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Nigeria Abu Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping of a Briton and an Italian, died following bullet wounds sustained during a raid in Zaria 2 days earlier.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Pakistan a US drone killed at least eight militants when it fired two missiles on a vehicle in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan. Taliban militants armed with guns and rockets ambushed a Pakistani military convoy, killing 7 soldiers in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan. 9 militants were also reported killed in the attack.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Pakistan team leader Gerfried Goschl, climber Cedric Hahlen and high altitude porter Nisar Hussain, part of an expedition to Gasherbrum-1, the highest peak in the mountain range on the Pakistan-China border, went missing.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Panama Michel Smith, a fugitive wanted in Canada for 22 murders, was detained in the Playa Coronado tourist region. Canadian police have been looking for Smith, suspected of ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, since a massive 2009 gang sweep in the province of Quebec.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 9, Russia said it opposed an "unbalanced" Washington-backed UN draft resolution on Syria because it failed to call for a simultaneous halt in violence by the government and rebels.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, A South African court cleared the way for the world's top retailer Wal-Mart to take its first foothold in Africa by dismissing a government bid to set aside its $2.2 billion takeover of local chain Massmart.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, Sri Lanka issued a directive imposing censorship on security-related mobile phone messages despite the withdrawal last year of tough emergency laws following the end of its separatist war with Tamil rebels.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 9, Sri Lanka’s army said 3 soldiers were found shot dead after an argument between them in the Tamil-majority Jaffna peninsula.
    (AFP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, The leader of Syria's main opposition group, Burhan Ghalioun, rejected calls by UN envoy Kofi Annan for dialogue with President Bashar Assad's government, saying such talks are pointless and unrealistic as long as the regime massacres its own people. Activists said at least 26 people were killed across Syria today.
    (AP, 3/9/12)
2012        Mar 9, In Ukraine Oksana Makar (18) was invited by two young men, ages 21 and 23, to their friend's apartment, where the three men allegedly gang-raped her, tried to choke her to death, wrapped her in a sheet, took her to a construction site, dumped her in a pit and set her on fire. After surgery 55% of her skin was gone, her kidneys were completely burned, and one of her arms and both her feet had to be amputated. The suspects were arrested the next day, but two of them were released soon after. The two men who were released are the sons of former government officials. On March 13 the two men were arrested, and all three suspects were charged with attempted murder. Makar died of her injuries on March 29. Murder was added to the rape chargers against the suspects.
    (http://tinyurl.com/798q68z)(AP, 3/29/12)

2012        Mar 10, Rick Santorum won the Republican caucuses in Kansas picking up 33 of 40 delegates. Mitt Romney won 7 of 12 delegates in Wyoming.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A12)
2012        Mar 10, In Los Angeles, Ca., a 340 ton granite boulder arrived at the LA County Museum of Art under the direction of earth artist Michael Heizer.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.38)
2012        Mar 10, A 70-foot fishing trawler from Oregon, the Lady Cecelia, reported distress off the Washington state coast. All 4 crewmen were missing and believed drowned.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A8)(SFC, 3/12/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 10, Afghan officials said 5 top Taliban leaders held by the US in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, told a visiting Afghan delegation they agree to a proposed transfer to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar. The US has not yet agreed to the transfer but is considering it as an incentive for the Taliban to participate in peace talks.
    (AP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 10, Arab and Russian foreign ministers meeting in Cairo called for an end to the violence in Syria "whatever its source," as they struggled try to find common ground on ways to resolve the deadly conflict. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said that it was time to send Arab and foreign troops to Syria.
    (AFP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 10, In southwest China a Tibetan teenager set himself on fire and died on the sensitive anniversary of the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in 1959. The 18-year-old monk was from the restive Kirti Monastery and self-immolated in Aba town in Sichuan province.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 10, Jean Giraud (b.1938), French cartoonist aka Moebius, died overnight in Paris.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.C3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Giraud)
2012        Mar 10, In India charismatic politician Akhilesh Yadav (38) was chosen to take power in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and politically key state, after dealing a stinging electoral humiliation to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi.
    (AFP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 10, Iraqi security and hospital sources said at least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo" clothes and haircuts. Officials and human rights groups said Iraqi teenagers widely perceived to be gay are being brutally killed in Baghdad with Shiite militias distributing lists of targets warning of further assaults.
    (Reuters, 3/10/12)(AFP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 10, Israeli aircraft killed 15 militants in 10 airstrikes overnight. So far, militants have fired more than 95 rockets. The Israeli military said its air defense systems intercepted some 25 rockets before they landed.
    (AP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 10, The crew of an Italian tanker was evacuated by helicopter after the ship ran aground off Sicily in storm-tossed seas, and took on water in its engine room.
    (AP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 10, In Kenya a grenade attack blamed on Somali Islamist militia killed six people and wounded 42 at the Machakos bus terminus in Nairobi. 3 more people died of their wounds over the next two days. Four grenades were thrown only yards apart from a car driving past the busy terminal. 4 people were soon arrested.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)(AP, 3/12/12)(AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 10, Myanmar state media reported that a new law has gone into effect giving workers the right to form unions and stage strikes.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A4)
2012        Mar 10, In Pakistan at least six people were killed in a day-long gun battle between militants and government troops in the northwestern Khyber tribal district.
    (AFP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 10, In Russia more than 20,000 protesters streamed down a central Moscow avenue to denounce Vladimir Putin's presidential election win, but the crowd's relatively small size compared to recent protests suggested the opposition movement has lost some momentum.
    (AP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 10, Slovakia held elections. The Smer-Social Democracy party of former PM Robert Fico was the clear winner with 44.4 percent of the vote, or 83 seats in the 150-seat Parliament, with votes from all 5,956 polling stations counted.
    (AP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 10, In Somalia an offensive by Islamist Shebab fighters on Ethiopian troops left at least 23 people dead including 17 al-Shabab fighters and 6 Ethiopian troops.
    (AFP, 3/10/12)(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A4)
2012        Mar 10, In South Sudan some 100,000 cows were stolen over the last 2 days as cattle raiders from the Murle community in Jonglei state attacked the ethnic Lou Nuer living in neighboring Upper Nile state. The ethnic clashes over cattle rustling killed more than 200 people, and hundreds more were abducted.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 10, Syrian troops pushed ahead with a new assault on the northern region of Idlib. 17 civilians and four regular army troops were killed in clashes in Idlib province. 28 people were reported killed nationwide. UN envoy Kofi Annan met with Pres. Assad in Damascus trying to bring a halt to fighting and arrange talks between the two sides. Assad told Annan that any political dialogue was doomed to fail "as long as there are armed terrorist groups that work to spread anarchy and destabilize the country." The opposition as well has rejected dialogue, saying it is impossible to talk to Assad's regime.
    (AP, 3/10/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 10, Turkish journalist Adem Ozkose (34) and cameraman Hamit Coskun (21) reported from Idlib as Syrian forces with tanks and artillery were preparing to move against poorly armed rebels there. They were not heard from again until May 5 when they called their families while under Syrian detention. On May 11 Iran, acting as diplomatic go-between between Syria and Turkey, negotiated their release.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        Mar 10, In central Yemen airstrikes killed 18 Al-Qaida-linked militants. Separate strikes targeted militants in the south.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A4)

2012        Mar 11, F. Sherwood Rowland (b.1927), 1995 Nobel prize winner in chemistry, died in Orange County , Ca. He had warned of Earth’s thinning ozone layer and crusaded against the use of man-made chemicals that harmed the atmospheric blanket.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 11, In Afghanistan an American soldier opened fire on villagers near his base and killed 16 civilians. 9 children and 3 women were among the dead in Kandahar province. A US service member was detained at a NATO base as the alleged shooter. The soldier was transferred to Kuwait on March 14 and on to the US on March 16. On March 16 the soldier was identified as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (38) of Lake Tapps, Wa.
    (AP, 3/11/12)(AP, 3/16/12)(Reuters, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 11, El Salvador held mid-term elections. The leftist party led by Pres. Mauricio Funes lost four seats, leaving the conservatives as the biggest bloc in the legislature.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 11, An Egyptian military tribunal acquitted an army doctor of a charge of public obscenity filed by a protester who claimed she was forced to undergo a virginity test while in detention.
    (AP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 11, In France a non-commissioned officer, dressed in civilian clothes, was shot dead in the street in Toulouse at point blank range.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Honduras Fausto Hernandez Arteaga (54) of Radio Alegre de Colon was killed in Saba, Colon province. He was director of the station's "Voice of the News" program. 19 journalists have been killed over the last two years in Honduras.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 11, India reversed its ban on cotton exports in a swift U-turn just six days after the policy announcement was greeted with outrage from farmers.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Iraq gun and bomb attacks north of Baghdad killed eight people, including Adnan Hezbar, the bodyguard of the mayor of Tarmiyah, along with four of Hezbar’s female relatives. In Baquba a roadside bomb set off in front of a popular cafe killed two civilians and wounded another. A bomb attached to a motorcycle also exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in Saadiyah, killing one soldier.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 11, Israeli war planes carried out four strikes, killing three people, including a school boy and a 60-year-old man who medics said was a civilian. Israeli Defense ministry figures said that militants had fired 124 rockets at Israel since March 9, including 68 Qassams and 44 longer-range Grads. In response the air force carried out 26 air raids, 15 of which targeted militants who were in the act of firing on Israel.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Mali Tuareg rebels seized control of the Tessalit military base while the army said they had only made a strategic retreat.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Nigeria a suicide bomber blew himself up outside St Finbar’s Catholic church in Jos, killing 7 attending mass. 4 suicide bombers, including two that drove the car and two on a motorcycle that escorted the car, were also reported killed. Soldiers opened fire to disperse a crowd of onlookers killing at least 3 more people. Gunmen later in the day shot dead three Christians in Jos.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)(AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral near the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 30 others. The blast went off after mourners had offered prayers for a local woman.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 11, In the Philippines Daily Tribune reporter Fernan Angeles (41) was beaten and shot six times with a pistol by unidentified men near his home in Pasig city, a suburb of Manila. He appeared to have been suspected of leaking information about a drug syndicate's operation to authorities.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Russia a law took effect in St. Petersburg which, in part prohibits "the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors. Gay rights activists said it would criminalize even reading, writing or speaking about gay, lesbian, or transgender people. Violations carry hefty fines up to $16,700.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7pwa2zk)
2012        Mar 11, Senegal's opposition joined forces in a mass rally to block 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade from landing a third term in office and back challenger Macky Sall.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Spain hundreds of thousands of people across the country took part in demonstrations called by trade unions to protest the government’s tough new labor reforms.
    (SFC, 3/12/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 11, In Syria international peace envoy Kofi Annan said he handed over a set of "concrete proposals" aimed at defusing the Syrian crisis during a second round of talks with President Bashar al-Assad. 20 bodies were discovered in the Dbeit district in Idlib. A massacre in Homs left 26 children and 21 women, some with their throats slit and others bearing stab wounds in the Karm el-Zaytoun and Al-Adawiyeh neighborhoods of Homs. Four civilians were killed in government shelling and 10 soldiers were killed when their checkpoint was attacked by defectors in Idlib province.
     (AFP, 3/11/12)(AFP, 3/12/12)(AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 11, In Taiwan thousands of protesters took to the streets calling on the government to shut down the island's nuclear power plants, citing the painful lesson of Japan's 9.0-magnitude earthquake one year ago.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)
2012        Mar 11, Hackers claiming to belong to the Anonymous Internet freedom group posted video messages on Facebook pages of Tunisian Islamists, threatening reprisals over their efforts to introduce Salafist laws.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)

2012        Mar 12, The Obama administration blocked a new law in Texas requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot, citing a concern that it could harm Hispanic voters who lacked such documents.
    (Reuters, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals court rejected the 22-year prison term for Ahmed Ressam, who has admitted to plotting to explode bombs at the Los Angeles Airport at the dawn of the new millennium, saying his sentence was too light.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.C2)
2012        Mar 12, SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in connection with an incident in which he allegedly inflicted a bruise on his wife.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 12, The SF Bay Area city of San Bruno, Ca. agreed to accept $70 million from Pacific Gas & Electric as a settlement for the suffering caused by the September, 2010, gas pipeline explosion in a residential neighborhood.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 12, In Benicia, Ca., the first electric Coda sedan rolled off an assembly line. It was largely built in China and priced at $37,250.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.D1)
2012        Mar 12, The Afghan parliament demanded that a US soldier who went on a shooting spree and killed 16 villagers in their homes should be put on public trial in Afghanistan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called into question Berlin's planned pullout from Afghanistan in 2014 as she visited the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, In northeast Afghanistan an avalanche struck two remote villages and 45 people were feared trapped in the snow.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, In Albania a Tirana court issued guilty verdicts for 19 defendants for the March 15, 2008, explosions that left 26 people dead, sentencing them to between one and 18 years on charges of gross mismanagement and related offenses. 9 others were cleared. Murder charges initially brought against them were dropped.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, In Bangladesh over 100,000 opposition supporters gathered in Dhaka to demand the government step down and hold elections.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, Belgium launched a bid in the UN's highest court to force Senegal to bring Hissene Habre, dubbed "Africa's Pinochet", to trial for crimes against humanity or to extradite him. The former Chad president was offered safe haven in Senegal after his overthrow in 1990.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, The British government launched a scheme to help homebuyers borrow up to 95 percent of the value of a new property, to boost the flagging housing market and construction industry.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, Egyptian police said 10 people were killed when the soil caved in on them as they were illegally digging for ancient treasures under a house in the village of Arab al-Manasra, north of Luxor.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, In western Ethiopia an attack by gunmen on a public bus left 19 people dead and eight others injured.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 12, French police raided the home of L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and seized a computer as part of a probe involving suspected illegal party financing and tax evasion.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 12, In Guatemala Pedro Pimentel Rios (54), a former member of the elite Kaibiles Corp team of the Guatemalan military, was sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in the killings of 201 people in a December, 1982 massacre.  Rios was extradited from the United States last July.
    (AP, 3/13/12)(SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 12, India's cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines cancelled nearly a fifth of its flights, including at least one international route, after its staff staged a strike over unpaid wages.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, In Iraq gunmen killed eight people in an attack on a jewelry shop in Baghdad. Gunmen also carried out two separate attacks in Tarmiyah, 45 km (30 miles) north of Baghdad. Three policemen were killed in an attack carried out after midnight by unknown gunmen on the municipal headquarters. Gunmen also attacked a police patrol in Tarmiyah this morning, not far from the first attack, killing two more policemen.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian civilians and two militants in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel in escalating fighting that defied international truce efforts. Masked members of Islamic Jihad's military wing demanded Israel cease fire first and stop targeting militants.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, Kenya said it will avail 4,660 soldiers to the African Union force in Somalia, where it already has troops fighting the Al Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, The UN and humanitarian group Oxfam said more than six million people in Niger need immediate help as the country faces a persistent food crisis due to drought and a number of other factors.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, In northern Nigeria attackers shot dead a policeman, a soldier and three bystanders at a checkpoint in the town of Mubi.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 12, In Pakistan a remote-controlled bomb ripped through a passenger van, killing two people and wounding 14 others in a suspected sectarian attack near Sadda town in the tribal region of Kurram.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, The Syrian army launched a new assault in the restive northern province of Idlib and the city itself. Security force gunfire killed at least two people in the Idlib town of Maaret al-Numan and in the Hazzan area. SANA reported that an "armed terrorist group" blew up a pipeline that transports diesel from the central province of Homs to the nearby region of Hama, setting it on fire.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)(AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, Four Turkish journalists were freed from jail, a year after they were detained in a case that has raised fears for press freedom in the country. Two pledged to immediately tackle sensitive subjects again, including the killing of an ethnic Armenian journalist.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 12, UN-Arab League peace envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, held talks with top Qatari officials after a weekend trip to Damascus where he urged leaders to end the bloodshed there.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 13, Republican presidential primaries were held in Alabama and Mississippi. Rick Santorum won both state. Newt Gingrich placed second in both contests with narrow leads over Mitt Romney.
    (SFC, 3/14/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 13, It was reported that the chytrid fungus has spread to nearly 600 species of frog and has probably driven over 200 species to extinction. SF State Univ. biologist Vance T. Vredenburg called it the “worst population crash of animals in history.”
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.A10)
2012        Mar 13, In Afghanistan gunmen attacked a memorial service for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier, shooting dead a member of the Afghan military and wounding a policeman in a hail of gunfire. About 400 university students chanting "Death to America -- Death to Obama" took to the streets of Jalalabad, in the first protest against the US army sergeant's killing spree.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, An Algerian court sentenced the head of Al-Qaeda's north African offshoot to death in absentia for a string of 2007 attacks, including a deadly bombing at the prime minister's office. Abdelmalek Droukdel, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM), and eight co-defendants were sentenced to death for premeditated murder, membership of a terrorist group and attacks using explosives.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, Argentina’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that any rape victim can get an abortion.
    (SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 13, In Bahrain vandals smashed the windows of one of country’s oldest Shiite mosques and ransacked offices and prayer areas, making sure to pull down some framed parchments with Quranic verses. Shiite clerics claim at least 38 mosques and affiliated sites, such as charity offices, have been destroyed since the revolt began in February 2011.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 13, In Bangladesh a ferry packed with about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and capsized in the Meghna River, killing 142 people and over a dozen more missing.
    (AP, 3/13/12)(AP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 13, In Belgium an arsonist attack on a Shiite mosque left imam Abdallah Dadou (46) dead. Authorities attributed the attack to tensions between Shiite and Sunni communities.
    (SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 13, In Brazil federal prosecutors said that they are filing criminal charges for the first time related to crimes committed by government representatives during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship. Prosecutors argued that kidnappings and the hiding of bodies so the victims were never found are "permanent crimes." Since such crimes continue to the present, they fall outside the 1961-79 period covered by the amnesty law.
    (SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)(AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 13, Some 3,000 people gathered in Liverpool, England, for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.79)
2012        Mar 13, British chip designer ARM unveiled what it said was the world's most energy-efficient microprocessor design that will help devices ranging from fridges to medical equipment to parking meters to communicate with other devices.
    (Reuters, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, In Colombia oil tankers carrying oil from the Ombu field in Caqueta came under fire from guerrillas leaving 2 civilians dead.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.44)
2012        Mar 13, Israel halted its airstrikes against Gaza Strip militants and rocket fire from the Palestinian territory ebbed as an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire ending 4 days of clashes appeared to be taking effect. At least 24 Palestinians, including at least four civilians, died in cross-border fighting since March 9.
    (AP, 3/13/12)(SFC, 3/13/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 13, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio as prime minister, a prominent member of a rival party which had backed his 2010 election bid.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, Japan said it had won approval from Beijing to buy Chinese government bonds for the first time, in a move aimed at binding Asia's two biggest economies and traditional rivals closer together.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, Japan, the EU and the US brought a case to the World Trade Organization (WTO) alleging that China was exporting too little of tungsten, molybdenum and 17 rare earth elements.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.86)
2012        Mar 13, In northern Nigeria suspected sect members shot dead two policemen in Kano. Soldiers killed one of the assailants during the attack.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, In Pakistan American drone-fired missiles hit a vehicle traveling on the Afghan border, killing six militants from a group known to have signed a nonaggression pact with the Pakistani army. Two commanders from the network led by Maulvi Nazir were among the dead in the attack in the Birmal district of South Waziristan.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, A Pakistani court jailed Naseem Ahmed (42) for life for burning a Koran. The Muslim man said he would appeal the sentence, professing his innocence and saying he had no idea that a Koran was among a pile of books he set alight.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 13, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Russia will abide by existing contracts to deliver weapons to Syria despite Pres. Assad's yearlong crackdown on the opposition.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, Russian and South Korean scientists signed a deal on joint research intended to recreate a woolly mammoth, an animal which last walked the earth some 10,000 years ago.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, Somalia's Shebab rebels banned the aid group Save the Children from operating in regions under their control. It accused Save the Children of distributing expired porridge to children, as well as corruption and failing to comply with the rules laid down by the Al Qaeda-linked group.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, South African wildlife dealer Jacques Els (39) was sentenced to eight years in jail over 38 horns cut off sedated rhinos. Els was arrested in 2010 after buying the horns for 760,000 rands ($100,000, 77,000 euros) from game farm manager Tommie Fourie who drugged the animals and cut off their trademark spikes. Els claimed the horns were removed from the animals "to protect them from poaching."
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 13, In Switzerland a bus carrying Belgian students returning from a ski holiday crashed into a wall in a tunnel near Sierre, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds and six adults. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 13, The Syrian army recaptured the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, a major base that military defectors had held for months. An international rights group, meanwhile, said the regime was mining the border with Turkey. The LCC and the Observatory said that bodies of six people were found today near the village of Maaret Shoureen in Idlib province.
    (AP, 3/13/12)
2012        Mar 13, The Zimbabwean government and mining firm Zimplats reached an agreement to transfer a 51 percent stake to local investors, as required by the country's controversial "indigenization" policy.
    (AFP, 3/13/12)

2012        Mar 14, Chicago-based Encyclopedia Britannica said it is shelving its print edition after 244 years in favor of it Web-based version.
    (SFC, 3/15/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 14, In San Francisco owners of the Fairmont said they have reached an agreement to sell the Nob Hill hotel to Woodridge Capital Partners of Los Angeles, for some $200 million. Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels and Resorts would continue to manage the property.
    (SFC, 3/15/12, p.D1)
2012        Mar 14, In California Abel Gutierrez (27), an Iraq war veteran, shot his sister (11) and himself to death in their Gilroy apartment. The body of his mother was found on March 22 about 20 miles from Gilroy off Pacheco Pass Highway.
    (SFC, 3/16/12, p.C1)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.C2)
2012        Mar 14, In southern California a Latino boy (15) was attacked as he walked home from school in Palmdale. 7 black teenagers, ages 13-16, were arrested the next day for suspected assault and committing a hate crime.
    (SSFC, 4/1/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 14, In Ohio John Mallett stabbed 4 people in a random assault in and outside a trade school in Columbus. In 2013 he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
    (SFC, 6/11/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/kcwszoq)
2012        Mar 14, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb attack killed 8 civilians in Helmand province as US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited troops in a military camp in the southern Afghan province. An Afghan interpreter crashed a truck while speeding toward Marines waiting for Panetta to land. The interpreter died of his wounds the next day. A motorcycle bomb blast in Kandahar city shortly before the Helmand attack killed at least one Afghan security officer and wounded two others.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 14, An Algerian court sentenced seven people to death in connection with a string of bombings carried out by Islamists in 2007. They included Fateh Bouderbala, considered to be the Algiers AQIM chief.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, The Azerbaijan national security ministry said it has arrested 22 Azeri citizens on suspicion of plotting attacks on the US and Israeli embassies in Baku on behalf of neighboring Iran.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, British PM David Cameron his wife Samantha arrived at the White House for an official visit mixing talks on global threats with the formal flourishes of a state dinner.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement that the number of unemployed people climbed by 28,000 over the period, the smallest increase for almost one year as the unemployment rate hit the highest level for almost 17 years.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Britain launched a website and Facebook page for Iranians, harnessing the power of social media to try to evade Iranian censorship and take its message directly to the people.
    (Reuters, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 14, British scientists warned that research into debilitating diseases is under threat from a refusal by ferry operators and airlines to transport laboratory animals into the country.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, China national legislature enacted new safeguards for criminal suspects in amendments for the revised Criminal Procedure Law. The legislature upheld the right of police to hold certain suspects in secret residential locations for up to 6 months. Nearly 8% of the delegates abstained or voted against the legislation.
    (SFC, 3/15/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 14, Colombia's ambassador to Peru resigned after prosecutors ordered his arrest for alleged criminal association with far-right militias. Jorge Visbal (59) is wanted for criminal conspiracy for activities from 1998-2004, when he was president of Colombia's National Ranchers Federation, the chief prosecutor's office said in a communique.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, The International Criminal Court convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga of using child soldiers, a verdict hailed as a legal landmark in the fight against impunity for the world's most serious crimes.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Fiji's military commander Frank Bainimarama disbanded the Great Council of Chiefs, a leadership tradition on the Pacific island nation since 1875.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, In eastern India Maoist rebels kidnapped two Italian tourists in central Orissa, in what is believed to be the first abduction of foreigners by the left-wing militants. Officials identified the kidnapped Italians as Paolo Bosusco and Claudio Colangelo. The rebels released Colangelo on March 25. Bosusco was released on April 12 after local officials agreed to release five rebels from prison.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)(AP, 4/12/12)
2012        Mar 14, India's beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines said it had curtailed its overseas flights to avoid losing further cash as it struggles to keep flying amid mounting operational difficulties.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a defiant and at times mocking defense of his economic and political management in an unprecedented interrogation by a largely hostile parliament. It was the first time an Iranian president was summoned before parliament to answer questions about his rule since the founding of the Islamic republic in 1979.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, In Kenya tens of thousands of nurses agreed to end a two-week strike after talks with PM Raila Odinga, who revoked their mass dismissal during the standoff. It was agreed that all the issues raised by the health workers would be addressed exhaustively.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Malawi riot police patrolled the streets of Blantyre and Lilongwe as a leading rights group defied a ban and opened a meeting on political and economic reforms. The government has accused the Public Affairs Committee of holding the meeting to call for the resignation of President Bingu wa Mutharika, whom the group accuses of mismanaging the economy and trampling on democratic freedoms.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Censu Tabone (b.1913), former Malta President (1989-1994), died. In 1989 he hosted a US-Soviet summit that declared an end to the Cold War.
    (AP, 3/14/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%8Aensu_Tabone)
2012        Mar 14, In central Nigeria a police helicopter crashed and burst into flames in Jos, killing four policemen on board, including a senior officer.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, A Palestinian boy accidentally struck by a bullet when militants fired in the air during a funeral died of his injuries. The boy was marching in the funeral procession for a Gaza militant on March 12 when he was struck in the head by an errant bullet.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, In Peru thousands of illegal gold miners battled police for control of Puerto Maldonado, a regional capital in the Amazon basin. At least 3 people were killed by gunfire. A gold rush has swelled Madre de Dios state with about 40,000 small-scale miners who are scarring virgin rain forest as they extract gold particles from river beds and alluvial plains. Mercury is used to bind the gold together in nuggets.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Pres. Assad of "inertia" and said Russia's hugely controversial policy on Syria was not aimed at defending his regime.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Saudi Arabia said it has closed its embassy in Damascus and pulled out its diplomats and staff as Syrian President Bashar Assad steps up attacks against the opposition.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 14, In Somalia a suicide bomber blew himself up at the compound of President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, killing at least 5 people, in an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab rebels.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, Two prominent Syrian dissidents said they have quit the main opposition group that emerged from the year-old uprising against the regime in Damascus, predicting more would soon abandon what one of the men described as an "autocratic" organization. Amnesty International said that Syrian security forces routinely torture people detained during the uprising. 37 people were reported killed in violence across Syria, 20 of them in Daraa.
    (AP, 3/14/12)(AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 14, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) filed suit against Scott Lively of the Abiding Truth Ministries at a Massachusetts court, claiming he pushed Ugandan officials to crack down on homosexuals.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 14, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin charged that companies controlled by former PM Yulia Tymoshenko and former PM Pavlo Lazarenko transferred money to pay the killers of Yevhen Shcherban, who was shot to death in 1996 at Donetsk Airport with his wife and an aide.
    (AP, 3/14/12)
2012        Mar 14, In Yemen suspected Al-Qaeda militants were reported to have kidnapped a Swiss woman. She was abducted in Hodeida (on the Red Sea coast) by armed men who moved her to Shabwa province.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 14, Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti warned the government could shut down, as new diamond sales from the controversial Marange fields are falling far short of expectations.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)

2012        Mar 15, In New Hampshire a federal judge declared a mistrial in the case of Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Rwanda woman who became a citizen in 2003. She was accused of lying to obtain her citizenship by denying her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
    (SFC, 3/16/12, p.A8)
2012        Mar 15, New research reportedly showed a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds. A study, titled "Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds," was published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology journal, and provided insight into colony collapse disorder.
    (ABCNews, 3/15/12)(Econ, 3/31/12, p.89)
2012        Mar 15, Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded NATO troops immediately pull out of rural areas in the wake of the killing of 16 civilians. The Taliban broke off talks with the US. Karzai also said he now wants Afghan forces take the lead for countrywide security in 2013, a year ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, Bahrain riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets at protesters, who were marking the first anniversary of the deployment of a Saudi-led military force in Bahrain.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, Britain jailed 2 men who had posed as good Samaritans to steal from an injured Malaysian student, Asyraf Haziq Rosli (21), an infamous incident caught on camera during riots in London last year. Reece Donovan (22) was sentenced to a total of five years in jail for robbery, violent disorder and burglary offences. John Kafunda (22) was sentenced to three and a half years for robbery and nine months for violent disorder.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, Chilean police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a march by thousands of students, the first protest this year by student groups whose demonstrations demanding education reform paralyzed major cities in 2011.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 15, In China Bo Xilai (62), the Communist Party secretary in Chongqing, was removed from his post. Critics had said his anti-corruption had parallels with the Cultural Revolution that gripped China from 1966-1976.
    (SFC, 3/16/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 15, In China Xu Ming, one of the richest people in China, was detained by a powerful body which investigates corruption within the ranks of the ruling Communist party. His company Shide Group sponsors a Chinese football club.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Mar 15, Cuban police evicted 13 dissidents from a church they had been occupying for two days demanding that Pope Benedict XVI air a list of grievances during his upcoming trip to the island. Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega called for the ouster.
    (AP, 3/15/12)(SFC, 3/17/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 15, Egypt's top prosecutor charged 75 people in connection with the deadly Feb 1 soccer riot last month in the Mediterranean city of Port Said in which authorities said fans were thrown to their death off the stadium walls and others killed by explosives as they tried to flee.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, Ethiopian forces entered archrival Eritrea and carried out what a government spokesman described as "a successful attack" against military posts.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, European Union nations agreed to ban financial transfers such as SWIFT payments to hundreds of Iranian firms and individuals blacklisted by the bloc over Tehran's contested nuclear drive.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, France rejected weapons requests by the Syrian rebel forces, saying that arming the Syrian opposition could lead to catastrophic civil war.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 15, In southern France a gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three uniformed paratroopers at a bank machine in Montauban, killing two and critically wounding the other. Four days earlier, a gunman on a motorbike shot and killed another paratrooper in Toulouse, about 50 km (30 miles) away. The same caliber of weapon was used in both attacks.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 15, Gabon students demanding the payment of scholarships funds and police clashed in Libreville, leaving three people wounded.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, In Guinea-Bissau soldiers and para-military troops were the first to vote in presidential elections, three days before the rest of the country.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, In Iraq Amir Sarbut Zaidan al-Batawi (33), the bodyguard of Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, died while under government detention. Authorities later said he died of kidney failure.
    (AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 15, Israeli aircraft and Gaza rocket squads traded strikes across the border as the Israeli prime minister blamed Iran for the violence from the Palestinian territory. A female Israeli soldier was stabbed on Jerusalem's light rail, and police apprehended a Palestinian suspect at a Jerusalem crossing into the West Bank.
    (AP, 3/15/12)(AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, Kashmir scientists at Sher-i-Kashmir University said they have cloned a rare Himalayan goat, hoping to help increase the number of animals famed for their silky soft undercoats used to make pashmina wool, or cashmere.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, CH. Karchang, a Thailand construction giant, officially began work on the $3.5 billion dam at Xayaburi in northern Laos. A December agreement by the Mekong River Commission had called for further study on the environmental impacts of the dam.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.43)(Econ, 9/7/13, p.40)
2012        Mar 15, Libya's stock market opened with a yawn, the first day of trading since the fall of Moamer Kadhafi, with turnover of less than $10,000. The LSM index closed at 1,473 points.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, In Morocco a minister in the Islamist government called for a change to a law allowing a rapist to marry his victim after a teenager forced into such a union committed suicide. Amina al-Filali (16) drank rat poison last week in Larache, near Tangiers in the north, after being forced to marry the man who raped her.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, Mozambique's Cahora Bassa dam denied cutting power to Zimbabwe, which had claimed the state-owned company had pulled the plug over unpaid bills totaling around $75 million.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, In Nigeria gunmen raided a mainly Christian village in Kaduna State, killing 10 people, including a pastor and injuring four others.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 15, A Norwegian military plane crashed killing all five people on board during an exercise in northern Sweden. Four men and one woman, all Norwegians, were on board the C-130 heading from Evenes, on Norway's Arctic coast, to the Swedish city of Kiruna.
    (AP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 15, In Pakistan Swiss couple David Och and Daniela Widmer, held captive for nearly a year by the Taliban, turned up at an army post close to the Afghan border, claiming to have escaped from their captors. Taliban commanders said a ransom was paid in exchange for their release.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, In Puerto Rico a vintage cargo plane loaded with bread crashed in a lagoon near the international airport, killing the airline's owner and another crew member.
    (AP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, South Korean author Kyung-sook Shin won Asia's most prestigious prize for literature for her novel "Please Look After Mom," about a family's guilty soul-searching after the disappearance of their elderly mother.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, A long-delayed free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect, winning praise from the two countries' leaders and prompting rallies by supporters and opponents.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, In Syria 23 mutilated corpses were found near Mazraat Wadi Khaled, west of the city of Idlib. The regime's bloody crackdown entered its second year to a rising world outcry. Violent clashes broke out overnight as rebels attacked army posts in the eastern region of Deir Ezzor (Deir el-Zour). State television showed tens of thousands of people waving Syrian flags and Assad's portrait in cities including Damascus, the second-largest city Aleppo and Latakia. Tanks and snipers besieged opposition areas, including the southern city of Daraa. At least 34 other people were killed in violence, mostly in Idlib province bordering Turkey.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)(AP, 3/16/12)(AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 15, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said Syria has planted landmines near its border with Turkey along routes used by refugees fleeing the regime's deadly crackdown on dissent. The foreign ministry said Around 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, flocked into Turkey in the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)
2012        Mar 15, Zambian ex-president Rupiah Banda denounced the dissolution of his former ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy as an attack on freedom and accused the new administration of persecuting him. The Movement for Multiparty Democracy, whose 20-year rule came to an end in September, was dissolved by the chief registrar of societies for owing 390 million kwacha ($75,876) in registration fees dating back to 1993.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)(AFP, 6/26/12)

2012        Mar 16, In Washington, DC, actor George Clooney and several members of the US Congress were handcuffed and arrested outside Sudan's embassy as they demanded an end to an offensive they fear will cause thousands to starve.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, In Oakland, Ca. charges were filed in US District Court against Balvinder Singh Chadha (45), former manager of postal vehicle service operations in Oakland, for illegally billing over $4 million for steering contracts to a truck-leasing company he ran with his wife (39). On April 3 he and wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.C8)(SFC, 4/7/12, p.D3)
2012        Mar 16, In California Sierra LaMar (15) was last seen at her home in Morgan Hill getting ready for school. On May 21 police arrested Antolin Garcia-Torres (21) in connection to the missing teen. His DNA was found on clothing in LaMar's bag recovered shortly after her disappearance.  In Feb, 2014, Garcia-Torres was charged with murder.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.C2)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.C8)
2012        Mar 16, In Georgia hot-air balloon pilot Edward Ristaino (63) ordered 5 skydivers to jump from his balloon at 4,000 feet as a sudden storm approached. The storm sucked up Ristaino’s balloon to some 17,000 feet. His body was found 3 days later about 8 miles from where the skydivers landed.
    (SFC, 3/20/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 16, A New Jersey jury found former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi guilty on all counts for using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay sexual encounter in 2010. Clementi's case gained national attention when he committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge Sept. 22, 2010.
    (SFC, 3/17/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 16, Cincinnati, Ohio, was ranked No. 1 in a list of American cities with the most bedbugs. It retained the rating in 2013.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ka8hyrl)(SFC, 8/21/13, p.A8)
2012        Mar 16, The new iPad went on sale in Canada, France, Germany and the United States at $499, the same price as the previous models, for the most basic iPad featuring wireless connectivity only. 3 million were sold over the next 4 days.
    (AFP, 3/8/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.71)
2012        Mar 16, Afghan Pres. Karzai angrily accused the US of not sharing information about how an American soldier allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghans in two villages.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, In Afghanistan a Turkish helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Kabul, killing 12 Turkish soldiers and two Afghan civilians.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, In Brazil Judge Joao Matos ruled that kidnapping charges filed earlier this week against retired army Col. Sebastiao de Moura would go against Brazil's 1979 amnesty law.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Britain’s Environment Agency said Indonesia has asked Britain to take back 1,800 tons of waste after inspectors found liquid and illegal mixed waste in containers marked as "scrap metal."
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, In southwestern China Lobsang Tsultrim (20), a Tibetan monk, set himself on fire before being beaten and dragged away by Chinese security forces by the Kirti monastery, Sichuan province.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 16, In Denmark a psychiatric patient (47) stabbed a doctor and two nurses at the at Odense University Hospital, then surrendered after a 10-hour standoff with police. The doctor and one of the nurses were in critical condition.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Hundreds of Egyptian activists rallied in Cairo, lambasting a recent military tribunal ruling that cleared a military doctor of charges he forced a "virginity test" on female activists.
    (AP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 16, El Salvador's government said it will be giving $50-per-month pensions to thousands of elderly former leftist rebels who fought in the country's 1980-1992 civil war.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, The Eritrean government said that an attack on its military outposts by neighboring Ethiopia was carried out with the help of the US and meant to divert attention from a decade-old border dispute between the two countries.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Germany's top federal appeals court ruled that a Berlin museum must return to Peter Sachs (74), a Jewish man from the US, thousands of rare posters that were seized from his father by the Gestapo, saying that for the institution to keep them would be perpetuating the crimes of the Nazis.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, India boosted military spending by 17% to $40 billion for the coming year as it seeks to counter China's rapid military build-up and its traditional rival Pakistan.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Nearly 1,500 Latvians paid tribute to soldiers who fought in Nazi Germany's Waffen SS divisions, while nearby Russians held a counter protest to recall war crimes committed against Jews and other minorities.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, In Libya backers and opponents of federalism clashed in the eastern city of Benghazi with guns, rocks and knives, amid conflicting reports on casualties.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Moldova's Parliament elected Nicolae Timofti (65), a judge with a European outlook, as president. This ended nearly three years of political deadlock.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Myanmar signed an agreement with the International Labor Organization to end forced labor by 2015. The main problem involved adults and youngsters pressed into working for the army.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, North Korea announced plans to blast a satellite into space on the back of a long-range rocket, a provocative move that could jeopardize a weeks-old agreement with the US exchanging food aid for nuclear concessions. North Korea also invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to return, three years after expelling its nuclear monitors
    (AP, 3/16/12)(AP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 16, In the Philippines a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern island of Dinagat and left at least 45 people injured, most of them shoppers who panicked and rushed in a stampede for the exits.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Russia said it has encouraged the Syrian government to cooperate with Kofi Annan, the envoy charged with trying to help end the violence there, and urged the West to do the same with the Syrian rebels.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Syrian troops clashed with army defectors in several areas near Damascus in the first significant battles there since President Bashar Assad's forces regained control of the suburbs weeks ago. 7 people were reported killed in overnight fighting in Dmeir and Qatana, also in the Damascus region. Activists called for rallies across Syria to demand immediate military intervention. Two more generals fled Syria to Turkey and linked up with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's regime
    (AP, 3/16/12)(AFP, 3/16/12)(AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 16, The Gulf Cooperation Council announced that all six of its member states were closing their Damascus embassies after having last month withdrawn their ambassadors.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, In Tunisia several thousand men and women demonstrated outside the parliament to demand the inclusion of Islamic law in the country's future constitution.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 16, Turkey urged its citizens in Syria to return home, saying some consular services will be halted in Damascus next week.
    (AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 16, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home nearly three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba, saying he is praying for life and is confident he will survive and triumph in his re-election bid.
    (AP, 3/16/12)

2012        Mar 17, NYC police broke up an Occupy Wall Street rally at Zucotti Park and detained 73 people.
    (SFC, 3/19/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 17, Belarus state television reported that both Vladislav Kovalyov (26) and Dmitry Konovalov (26) had been put to death, which in Belarus is done with a shot to the back of the head. Two men were convicted of carrying out a deadly subway bombing last year in Minsk. Belarus is the only country in Europe that still puts people to death, and rights activists claim that around 400 people have been executed since the 1991 Soviet collapse.
    (AP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 17, In China Tibetan farmer Sonam Thargyal (44) fastened cotton padding to his body and doused himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire in Tongren, a monastery town in western China's Qinghai province. He had been close friends with a monk who survived a self-immolation attempt on March 14, also in Tongren. The monk, Jamyang Palden, was believed to be alive but critically injured.
    (AP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Colombia 11 government soldiers were killed in Arauca state in an attack blamed on the FARC.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 17, East Timor voted for a new president. Incumbent Jose Ramos Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1996), faced off against 11 other candidates. Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres, of the traditionally strong leftist Fretilin party, won with 29% of the vote, followed by former military chief Jose Maria Vasconcelos, aka Taur Matan Ruak, with 25%. A runoff was scheduled for mid-April.
    (AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/19/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.42)
2012        Mar 17, In Egypt Pope Shenouda III (b.1923), the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church since 1971, died. He led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims.
    (AP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 17, John Demjanjuk, a retired US autoworker, died in the southern Bavarian town of Bad Feilnbach. He was convicted last May of being a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp despite steadfastly maintaining over three decades of legal battles that he had been mistaken for someone else. His conviction helped set new German legal precedent, being the first time someone was convicted solely on the basis of serving as a camp guard, with no evidence of being involved in a specific killing.
    (AP, 3/17/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.98)
2012        Mar 17, Guinean police arrested dozens of people in Conakry and sealed off access to a stadium where opposition groups planned to rally in a call for clean elections in July. At least 15 people were injured when opposition supporters stoned the headquarters of the Guinean ruling party.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 17, A senior Iranian military commander, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, urged Afghans to use force to kick American troops out of their country, hinting that "new resistance groups" could launch attacks on US interests in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Iraq wearing a US Army uniform and flanked by Iraqi lawmakers, an American citizen announced that he was being released from more than nine months of imprisonment by a Shiite militia that for years targeted US troops. US-issued military and contractor ID cards identified him as Randy Michael Hultz (59). He said the kidnappers were from the Promised Day Brigade, a branch of the Mahdi Army, a militia controlled by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
    (AP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Ireland an estimated 500,000 people crowded into central Dublin to view the St. Patrick's Day parade, a focal point for Irish celebrations worldwide.
    (AP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 17, Ivory Coast in a ceremony started a month of mourning and "purification" after post-election violence a year ago left about 3,000 people dead.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 17, Malawi's leading rights activist John Kapito, who was detained by police for possession of foreign currency, was released on bail. Police conducted a two-hour search at his home looking for guns and T-shirts he had printed that had words promoting the overthrow of the government.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 17, Mauritania arrested Abdullah al-Senoussi, Moammar Ghadafi's former intelligence chief, accused of attacking civilians during the uprising in Libya last year and the 1989 bombing of a French airliner. The International Criminal Court, France and Libya all said they want to prosecute al-Senoussi.
    (AP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Nigeria respected cleric Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, who was mediating in peace talks between the government and the Boko Haram Islamist sect, announced he was quitting the talks, accusing the government of insincerity.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 17, Pakistani acid attack victim Fakhra Younus (33) jumped from the sixth floor of a building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment. She had endured more than three dozen surgeries since May 2000 to repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided life was no longer worth living.
    (AP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Syria twin car bombs struck intelligence and security buildings in Damascus, killing at least 27 people and wounding nearly 100. A third blast went off near a military bus at the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Damascus, killing the two suicide bombers. On March 21 an Islamist group called the Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings.
    (AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/18/12)(AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Taiwan Lin Mei-heng (31) posted messages on Facebook saying she wanted to take her life after growing suspicious that her boyfriend was having an affair. 9 of her friends attempted to dissuade her from taking her life, but none alerted the police. She was found dead the following day by her boyfriend at her flat in a suburb of Taipei.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 17, Thailand billionaire Chaleo Yoovidhya (89), the co-founder of energy drink Red Bull and the second richest man in Thailand, died. Chaleo had founded T.C. Pharmaceuticals. In the 1970s, it formulated an energy drink prototype called Krathing Daeng, or Red Bull in English. He co-founded a company with Austrian marketing whiz Dietrich Mateschitz in 1984, who helped turn Red Bull into a global brand. Mateschitz had become aware of "tonic drinks" while traveling in Asia. They started selling the drink in Austria in 1987.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/17/12)
2012        Mar 17, In Venezuela the daughter of Chilean diplomat Fernando Berendique was shot to death by police at a road checkpoint. The young woman (19) was hit by three bullets after her brother tried to evade an illegal unmarked roadblock.
    (AP, 3/18/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.48)
2012        Mar 17, Yemeni security forces and unknown gunmen clashed in the southern port city of Aden, wounding two policemen and a civilian. A day earlier a member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) was arrested in the same district.
    (AFP, 3/17/12)

2012        Mar 18, Mitt Romney won all 20 delegates in the Puerto Rico Republican presidential primary.   
    (SFC, 3/19/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 18, In China Ling Gu, the son of a loyal aide to President Hu Jintao, was killed in a Ferrari accident which initially garnered only minimal coverage in China's state media. Two young women were also injured. A report on Sep 3 said Ling was half-naked when the crash occurred and his two passengers were naked or half-dressed, suggesting they had been involved in some kind of high-speed sex game.
    (AP, 9/4/12)
2012        Mar 18, German lawmakers elected Joachim Gauck (72), a former Lutheran pastor and advocate of civil rights, as the new president.
    (SFC, 3/19/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 18, Guinea-Bissau began voting for a new president, an office nobody has held for a full five-year term. Chronic instability here has fed a booming cocaine trade. Ex-military intelligence deputy chief Colonel Samba Diallo was shot dead by men in military uniform in the capital hours after polls closed in a presidential vote. He was accused of involvement in a 2009 bombing that killed the country's then army chief.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 18, Indonesia police fatally shot five men who were suspected of planning robberies of money changers, jewelers and other targets on the resort island of Bali so they could fund terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 18, In Indonesia at least 10 members of one family were killed, as their minivan spun out of control after colliding with a moving train and flipped over in a nearby rice field in West Java province.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 18, Israeli troops wounded a six-year-old Palestinian boy when they opened fire east of the town of Rafah.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 18, In Libya a clash erupted in Tripoli between a militia and residents of the Abu Selim neighborhood, a pro-Gadhafi stronghold, killing at least one person.
    (AP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 18, In Mexico gunmen ambushed and killed 12 police officers on a road leading out of the town of Teloloapan. Another 11 officers were wounded. They had been sent to search for the bodies of 10 people whose severed heads were found in southern Guerrero state.
    (AP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 18, Pakistani planes bombed the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, killing 26 militants. An official at least 25 militants and four soldiers were killed in Bara, a restive town in Khyber tribal district in gunfights between March 12 and today. Four militants and one soldier were killed when militants stormed a security forces check point in Miranshah.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)(AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 18, In Syria an explosion ripped through a residential neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo. State news said it was a "terrorist bombing." Two people were reported killed and 30 wounded. The opposition faced a harsh security crackdown aimed at preventing rallies marking one year since the first nationwide demonstrations of the country's uprising.
    (AP, 3/18/12)
2012        Mar 18, The king of Tonga George Tupou V (63), who brought democracy to the impoverished South Pacific island nation, died in Hong Kong. Next in line was his younger brother, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.43)
2012        Mar 18, In Turkey thousands of Kurds massed in Diyarbakir and Istanbul to celebrate the Kurdish new year (Nowruz). A Kurdish politician and Turkish policeman died as riot police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
    (Econ, 3/24/12, p.54)
2012        Mar 18, In Uruguay murder charges were filed against two male nurses and a female nurse was charged with covering up a crime in a case involving more than a dozen deaths at two hospitals in Montevideo.
    (AP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 18, In central Yemen two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead Joe Schrum (29), an American teacher working at a language institute. He was shot in his car in Taiz city.
    (AP, 3/18/12)(SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)

2012        Mar 19, Apple Corp. said it will reinstate a dividend, absent since 1995, and begin a $10 billion share buyback program. Shares closed at $601.10.
    (SFC, 3/20/12, p.D1)
2012        Mar 19, UPS under Scott Davis announced that it would buy TNT Express, a Dutch company, for $6.8 billion.
    (Econ, 3/24/12, p.67)
2012        Mar 19, Australia’s parliament passed a mining tax on profits from coal and iron ore.
    (Econ, 3/24/12, p.41)
2012        Mar 19, Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court was rocked by the second resignation of an international judge in recent months. Laurent Kasper-Ansermet of Switzerland said in a statement his authority to investigate possible third and fourth cases at the tribunal had been constantly blocked by his Cambodian counterpart.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, In China Lobsang Tsultrim (20), a Tibetan Buddhist monk, died in detention. He set himself on fire on March 16 in Aba town, a flashpoint for such protests.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 19, An Egyptian military court acquitted Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman, overturning a death sentence in a new trial. The trial also acquitted several other former militants including Sayyed Imam Fadl, once the spiritual leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and mentor of Ayman al-Zawahiri.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, EU nations backed a complete ban on removing shark’s fins before throwing them into the sea to die. 75 million sharks were said to be killed annually for their fins, with the EU being the biggest exporter.
    (SFC, 3/20/12, p.A3)
2012        Mar 19, In France a gunman burst into a Jewish school in Toulouse shooting dead Jewish rabbi Jonathan Sandler (30), his two sons and another child in the third such deadly attack in a week. The next day police identified Mohamed Merah (b.1988), a French petty criminal of Algerian origin, as the killer. Special forces him cornered in a building. Merah had spent time in Pakistan and Afghanistan and claimed to be an Al-Qaeda operative.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pakkrd9)(AP, 3/19/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)(Econ, 3/1/14, p.2014)
2012        Mar 19, In southern India police arrested nearly 200 activists who were protesting the start of work at a long-stalled nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu's Koodankulam region. Engineers resumed working the next day on one of two 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors after the local government gave the green light for the resumption of the Russia-backed project.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 19, In India G.D. Agrawal (80), a former professor of environmental engineering who is also known as Swami Gyan Swaroopanand, was hospitalized in Varanasi during a hunger strike to protest against pollution and dams in the holy Ganges river. He has refused food and water since March 8.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, Israeli passed a new law that bans the showing overly thin models from local advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders.
    (AP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 19, Myanmar released the senior leader of the ethnic Karen National Union rebel group, Mahn Nyein Maung, from Yangon's Insein prison under a presidential pardon. He was arrested last year by Chinese authorities, who deported him to Myanmar, where he was sentenced last week to 20 years in jail.
    (AP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, In Norway an avalanche killed 5 people and one person was dug out alive after Swiss and French skiers were buried on Sorbmegaisa mountain.
    (SFC, 3/20/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 19, Pakistani military assaulted suspected militant hide outs outside Miranshah, but the attack left three civilians dead and 15 wounded.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, In Somalia several mortars hit houses as families slept in Mogadishu. A father, mother and two children were killed in one house. Another round killed two other civilians. An additional 12 people were wounded.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, Somalia's national theatre reopened in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu for the first time in 20 years with the president voicing hope it would mark a watershed in the long quest for peace.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, South African officials said 135 endangered rhinoceros have been killed by poachers so far this year, about a third of the number killed during all of 2011.
    (AP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, In Syria rare gunbattles between security forces and rebels broke out in an upscale Damascus neighborhood where embassies are located and senior officials live. It was one of the most serious confrontations in the tightly controlled capital since the anti-government uprising began a year ago. At least 4 people were killed.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, A UN report said Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of natural springs in the West Bank, limiting or preventing Palestinian access to much-needed water sources.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 19, Six Zimbabwean activists, arrested a year ago at a meeting to discuss the Arab Spring uprisings, were convicted of inciting public violence. They faced up to 10 years in prison. They were among 45 activists arrested in February 2011 while watching a video of the protests that toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. On March 21 the court decided not to imprison the 6 activists, and sentenced them instead to 420 hours of community service and a fine of $500 each.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)(SFC, 3/22/12, p.A2)

2012        Mar 20, Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary with 47% of the vote compared with 35% for Rick Santorum, 9% for Ron Paul and 8% for Newt Gingrich.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 20, Afghans celebrated their solar-based new year.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Mar 20, In northern Australia a devastating "mini-tornado" tore through the city of Townsville, ripping roofs off houses, snapping trees in half and injuring 13 people.
    (AP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, Russian banker German Gorbuntsov (45) was shot outside his home in east London and was put into a medically induced coma. Hew was days away from giving evidence to an investigation into the attempted murder of a former business associate. His lawyer believed the attack was connected to an assassination attempt on Gorbuntsov's partner and co-owner of Konvers Group, Alexander Antonov, in 2009. A bank he owned in Moldova, Universalbank, was closed down in February and he was wanted there for financial crimes. The Kommersant business daily wrote that Gorbuntsov said he himself was a victim of a raider attack that caused him to lose his stake of more than 70 percent in Universalbank.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)(Reuters, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 20, A Egyptian court in Cairo gave suspended one-year sentences to 11 policemen accused of killing 22 protesters and wounding 44 others during last year’s uprising that ousted Pres. Mubarek.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 20, In India 15 people were killed when a train collided with an overcrowded taxi minivan at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, Iran ushered in its Persian New Year with a symbolic cannon blast from its flagship destroyer, and speeches from leaders vowing to fix an economy suffering under Western sanctions.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, In Iraq a torrent of bombings and shootings ripped across 20 towns and cities, targeting police and Shiite pilgrims and killing 52 people with 255 wounded.
    (AP, 3/20/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.48)
2012        Mar 20, Kenya wildlife officials said fires raging across Mount Kenya may have been set by poachers trying to create a diversion from their illegal attacks on animals.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 20, Malawi police arrested an opposition lawmaker who is the son of ex-president Bakili Muluzi, after his supporters torched a police station over the weekend.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, In northern Mali an Islamist group led by a Tuareg rebel fighting for autonomy claimed control of the country's vast northeast, while also vowing to free dozens of prisoners.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, ECOWAS, a 15-member West African bloc, said it has called on rebels in northern Mali to lay down their arms and said it would "take all necessary measures" to support the country's government.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, In Mexico a 7.4 magnitude earthquake was centered near the border between the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. It damaged hundreds of homes and sent thousands of people fleeing from swaying office buildings, yet even after 10 aftershocks there were no reported deaths. 2 people injured in Guerrero state died on March 22.
    (AP, 3/21/12)(AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 20, In Nigeria a spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram ruled out further talks with the government after preliminary, indirect contacts aimed at ending scores of deadly attacks. Abul Qaqa said the government could not be trusted.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 20, In Nigeria the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a UN Foundation-led initiative, launched a campaign aimed at preventing deaths due to toxic smoke from rudimentary cookstoves.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, A Pakistani parliamentary commission demanded an end to American drone attacks inside the country and an apology for deadly US airstrikes in November as part of a review of its near-severed relations with the United States.
    (AP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, Russia said it is ready to support a UN resolution endorsing Kofi Annan's plan for settling the Syrian crisis, signaling it is prepared to raise the pressure on its old ally.
    (AP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, In Somalia Al-Qaeda-allied Islamist gunmen seized Dhusamareb, a key central, driving out the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa, an Ethiopia-backed force who follow Somalia's traditional Sufi branch of Islam. Shebab fighters also fired mortar bombs at the presidency in Mogadishu as their commanders called for more attacks on the government. The pro-government militia later in the day wrested back Dhusamareb in fierce clashes both sides claimed killed several of their rivals.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, South Africa’s Supreme Court ruled to allow a review of a 2009 decision by the National Prosecuting Authority that dropped charges of corruption, racketeering, tax-evasion and money laundering against Pres. Zuma.
    (Econ, 3/24/12, p.49)
2012        Mar 20, Human Rights Watch accused some in Syria's armed opposition of carrying out serious abuses, including the kidnapping and torture of security forces, in a sign of the growing complexity of the year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad. Fresh clashes broke out in the capital and security forces killed at least 30 people, all but two of them civilians, in violence elsewhere across the country. Syrian soldiers backed by tanks seized the eastern city of Deir el-Zour from rebels.
    (AP, 3/20/12)(AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, Thousands of Tunisians gathered in defense of liberty as they marked Independence Day amid fears of a widening divide between secular and religious groups in the newly democratized nation.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 20, In Yemen all but two members of former Pres. Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) walked out of a 34-member cabinet meeting. Opponents in the new coalition government soon accused members of Saleh’s party of trying to hamper political transition in the country. Three Filipino sailors were kidnapped in Mahrah province.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.A4)

2012        Mar 21, The US Supreme Court ruled for the first time that defendants have a right to be told of plea deals by prosecutors and to competent advice from a lawyer on whether to accept and offer to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 21, In southern California Shaima Alawadi (32), a woman from Iraq, was found by her daughter (17) unconscious on the dining room floor of her home in El Cajon. She was taken to the hospital and put on life support, but she was taken off life around 3 p.m. on March 24. Police investigated her death as a possible a hate crime. On Nov 9 police announced the arrest of her husband, Kassim al-Himidi, on suspicion of her murder. On June 23, 2014, Kassim al-Himidi was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for his wife’s fatal beating.
    (ABCNews, 3/25/12)(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)(SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)
2012        Mar 21, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suspended  Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, charging him with official misconduct. Vicki Hennesy was sworn in as interim sheriff.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 21, The MSC Fabiola, a 1,201-foot-long supersize container ship, sailed in to the San Francisco Bay. It became the largest ship to dock at a North American port.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 21, Arysta LifeScience Corp. of Japan canceled its registration to sell the controversial methyl iodide pesticide in California. The pesticide was intended for strawberry fields and had been approved for use in the state in 2010.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.C1)
2012        Mar 21, It was reported that warm weather in Colorado was enabling the mountain pine beetles to churn out an extra generation of bugs each year with potentially devastating effect.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A10)
2012        Mar 21, Safeway said it will stop selling fresh or frozen ground beef containing the filler known as “pink slime.” Supervalu Inc. also said it will stop carrying products with the filler.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 21, Australian zoo officials said 4 rare white rhinoceroses have died in recent weeks at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales after displaying mysterious neurological problems such as stumbling.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, A Bangladesh court ordered authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed, the Koran and other religious subjects.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Brazil charged 17 Chevron and Transocean executives with environmental crimes for an oil leak at the Frade field off Rio de Janeiro’s coast last November.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.D1)
2012        Mar 21, The British government unveiled its latest annual budget. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne cut personal income taxes but aimed new levies on the wealthy, taking a political gamble while pledging to stick to his government's tough austerity plan. He cut a 50% income tax band for the highest earners to 45%, from next year on. Osborne also raised the income tax threshold by more than previously announced to 9,205 pounds ($14,300), taking more poorly paid people out of the tax net.
    (Reuters, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, British hostage Judith Tebbutt (57), captured in Kenya on Sep 11, 2011, ago by gunmen who killed her husband, was released in central Somalia and flown out to Nairobi.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, The Chinese government said that lawyers are now required to swear allegiance to the Communist Party, a move criticized by prominent human rights lawyers who have defended the authoritarian government's critics.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Colombian troops killed 39 FARC rebels, most of them in a bombardment of a guerrilla camp in northeastern Arauca state. Other rebels were reported killed in the past two days in operations in Arauca and other parts of the country. 12 alleged rebels were also captured during the military operations.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Colombian police captured FARC midlevel leader William Alberto Asprilla (62) in neighboring Venezuela. He was said to be wanted for his role in the kidnapping and killing of three Americans in 1999. Asprilla, also known as "Marquetaliano," was detained while on the road between Caracas and the nearby port of La Guaira with the alleged cooperation of Venezuelan authorities.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 21, In Dominica two California men on a gay cruise of the Caribbean were arrested on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship on suspicion of indecent exposure and "buggery," a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. The next day John Robert Hart (41) and Dennis Jay Mayer (43) of Palm Springs pleaded guilty. Chief Magistrate Evaline Baptiste ordered the men to pay a nearly $900 fine after calling them "rogues and vagabonds." They made no comment after the hearing and police drove the men to the airport after they were released.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 21, Estonia legislators passed measures to make human trafficking a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A)
2012        Mar 21, European Union anti-trust regulators approved British government plans to provide pension relief and slash the debt of Royal Mail Group as part of its privatization.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, In France 3 police officers were wounded in a predawn raid while trying to arrest Mohamed Merah, a 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent. The gunman was suspected of killing three Jewish children, a rabbi and three French paratroopers in recent days.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, In France a package bomb exploded at Indonesia’s embassy in Paris. French investigators soon confirmed that the main suspect is Frederic C. Jean Salvi, who is believed to have studied for several years with Islamic militants in Indonesia.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 21, Greece’s Parliament approved the new int’l. bailout deal, which will give the country an additional $227 billion in rescue loans.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 21, In Iraq assailants killed a Shiite mother and her three children after breaking into their house in a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, wanted by Baghdad on terror charges, released photographs showing his bodyguard, Amir Sarbut Zaidan al-Batawi, was tortured before his body was handed to his family. A senior Iraqi general and a judicial spokesman, however, said Batawi died of kidney failure and other conditions after refusing treatment. Investigators reportedly filmed Batawi confessing to criminal activity on January 14.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 21, Japan's foreign ministry said it would close its embassy in Syria, citing deteriorating security conditions amid a brutal crackdown on anti-government protestors.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Laos said it is ending gambling in the former casino enclave of Boten on the Chinese border because of worries about crime. The decision will not affect another casino in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, which is on the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, A Libyan spokesman said the Mauritanian government has given their agreement for the extradition of former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi to Libya so he can be judged by a fair process. Mauritania denied the claim.
    (AP, 3/21/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Nigerian troops ambushed and killed 9 gunmen who had attacked a police station and a bank in the north of the country. 2 gunmen who were taken alive in Tudun Wada.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 21, The UN Security Council passed a statement urging Syria’s Pres. Assad and the opposition to implement "fully and immediately" envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan. The Syrian National Council, the main opposition group, dismissed the UN statement, saying it offered "the regime the opportunity to push ahead with its repression in order to crush the revolt. Activists reported shelling by government in forces in hotspots including the central province of Homs, and fighting between army defectors and soldiers in Damascus suburbs.
    (AP, 3/21/12)(AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 21, Vietnamese police seized five tons of frozen pangolins and iguanas that were destined for the cooking pot in China.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 21, In Yemen suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer, by cutting his throat after kidnapping him at Mukalla, capital of Hadramawt province. The decapitated body of Lt. Col. Farag Said Ben Qahtan was found in was found in farmlands following a gunbattle between the kidnappers and security forces trying to rescue him.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(AP, 3/23/12)

2012        Mar 22, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the West will subsidize Afghan security forces by more than $4 billion a year after US-led troops leave in 2014, implicitly accepting a cut in the planned size of his military. Western officials said no final agreements had been reached. In Kandahar a suicide car bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint outside a police station, killing two children nearby.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, Australia police captured Malcolm Naden (38) just after midnight at a remote house near the town of Gloucester. The former slaughterhouse worker has been charged with the 2005 strangling death of a cousin and other violent crimes.
    (AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, Britain’s ruling Conservatives were pilloried as a party pandering to millionaires and slapping a "Granny Tax" on pensioners in a budget they defended as a spur to economic growth.
    (Reuters, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, Deaths from liver disease have risen 25 percent in England in less than a decade, mainly due to increased alcohol consumption, a study revealed. Alcohol-related liver disease accounted for over a third (37 percent) of the deaths, according to the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network report.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, China said it will abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within five years and try to spur more citizens to donate.
    (AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, In China 17 miners were trapped in a northeast colliery following a gas blast that left five dead in Liaoning province. Last week, 13 people died after a capsule plunged into a pit at an iron ore mine in eastern China after a steel rope holding it broke.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 22, A dispute between Egypt and Gaza's Hamas government has produced the worst energy crisis here in years: Gazans are enduring 18-hour-a-day blackouts, fuel is running low for hospital backup generators, raw sewage pours into the Mediterranean Sea for lack of treatment pumps and gas stations have shut down. The Gaza power plant shut down on Feb. 10 and has been mostly offline since.
    (AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, In France Mohamed Merah shot at police with a Colt .45 handgun and was killed with a bullet to the head as he jumped from a balcony following a 32-hour siege in Toulousse.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, The Indian government scrapped plans to hike most rail fares, underscoring the Congress-led coalition's growing difficulties in implementing tough policy decisions.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, India said it has barred its airlines from complying with the EU’s carbon taxation scheme, with the government saying no Indian carrier would share emissions data with the EU. The EU has directed Indian carriers to submit emission details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012. China decided last month to ban its airlines from complying with the EU directive. Over two dozen countries, including Russia and the United States, have opposed the EU move, calling it a violation of international law.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 22, In Indian Kashmir a suspected rebel died and 25 by-standers were injured when explosives that he was carrying in his car detonated by accident.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, In Ireland the Mahon Tribunal published a 3,270 page report on corruption in the planning process in Dublin. It said corruption was endemic up to the late 1990s.
    (Econ, 3/31/12, p.62)
2012        Mar 22, Libya restored full diplomatic relations with Iraq and plans to send an ambassador to Baghdad more than eight years after cutting off ties.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 22, In Mali rebel soldiers calling themselves the National Committee for the Establishment of Democracy seized control of the capital overnight because of the government's "inability" to tackle terrorism and put down a Tuareg-led insurrection in the north. The coup sparked wide international condemnation and calls for reinstatement of the elected government of President Amadou Tomani Toure. Captain Amadou Sanogo declared a national curfew as the rebels announced all borders had been closed until further notice. The World Bank and the African Development Bank said they were suspending development aid to Mali.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 22, The hacker group Anonymous in Mexico crashed at least two of the websites for Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit, claiming the papal visit is a political move to support the conservative National Action party.
    (AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, In northwest Pakistan a bomb hidden inside a radio exploded on a military base in South Waziristan, killing a paramilitary soldier and his 10-year-old son as they were listening to the Asia Cup cricket final between Pakistan and Bangladesh. 3 other children were wounded.
    (AP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 22, Russia’s Lukoil signed a $1 billion deal with South Korea's Samsung Engineering to develop Iraq's second-biggest oil field, in which the energy giant has a majority stake.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, Saudi Arabia media reports said single men in Riyadh will be able to visit shopping malls during peak hours after Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz  eased restrictions aimed at stopping harassment of women.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, In Syria fierce clashes erupted with a busload of fleeing civilians among dozens killed. The army attacked a string of towns, while rebel fighters struck military posts in several provinces and announced a command structure to coordinate hit-and-run strikes in and around Damascus.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan on urged UEFA to award his country the right to host the 2020 European football championships.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, Ugandan police restricted the movements of opposition leader Kizza Besigye after a police officer died in a violent clash a day earlier between his supporters and the police.
    (AP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, UN envoy Michael von der Schulenburg called on the impoverished Sierra Leone government to explain why it imported several million dollars worth of assault weapons last January for a police paramilitary wing. A leaked shipping bill indicated the arms included machine guns and even grenade launchers.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution urging Sri Lanka to conduct a credible investigation into alleged war crimes committed during its battle against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 22, Yemeni navy ships shelled suspected al-Qaida positions in the southern province of Abyan, killing 29 militants around Zinjibar.
    (AP, 3/23/12)

2012        Mar 23, President Barack Obama selected Jim Yong Kim (52), the president of Dartmouth College, to lead the World Bank. The Korean-American is known for his work in fighting disease in impoverished countries. Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo were also nominated.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, The Obama administration said it would resume military aid to Egypt.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 23, The US military filed charges against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales including 17 counts of premeditated murder, more than half of them children, during a march 11 shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, In Sacramento, Ca., Frederick Salyer (56), the former owner of SK Foods, pleaded guilty to running the company as a racketeering enterprise that bribed purchasers, fixed prices and doctored lab tests of moldy tomato paste. Salyer served as CEO from 1999-2009, when the company filed for bankruptcy. Salyer was arrested in Feb, 2010, during a brief return to the US from Andorra. In 2013 he was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $3.45 million.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.D5)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.E3)
2012        Mar 23, In California Sandra Jessee (61) was sentenced to life in prison for the August 13, 1998, murder of her 3rd husband. She had him murdered to avoid paying for his cancer treatment and to collect insurance money.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/7wx9dol)
2012        Mar 23, California border patrol officials found 13 pounds of methamphetamine in the gas tank of a car being towed through a checkpoint in Temecula. Another 38 pounds of the drug were found in the panel of a car at the same checkpoint on March 25.
    (SSFC, 3/25/12, p.A10)
2012        Mar 23, In San Francisco the bodies of 5 people were found in a row house at 16 Howth Street near City College. On March 25 police arrested Binh Thai Luc (35) on suspicion of the five murders.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 23, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill demanding that the federal government relinquish control of public lands in the state by 2014.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 23, Afghan police in Kandahar province seized two tractor-towed trailers with at least 17 tons of explosives insurgents were planning to use for improvised explosive devices. The shipment was coming from Quetta, Pakistan, and the drivers were killed in the operation. An Afghan civilian was killed when a NATO vehicle collided with another driven by a local resident in Lashkar Gah.
    (AP, 3/24/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 23, Australian police said they have smashed a child porn ring and arrested 14 men, including fathers, after hundreds of thousands of images and videos were seized, some depicting toddlers. Police raided more than a dozen properties across the country over the past week after a tip-off by Interpol, which linked the men to a child exploitation network in Germany.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, Britain’s PM David Cameron announced that the government will introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England and Wales to tackle binge-drinking.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, In Britain a group of 35 Nigerian villages sued Royal Dutch Shell PLC claiming that the company’s slow response to two spills in 2008 left their delta region soaked in crude oil.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 23, In China Li Mengnan (17) randomly attacked medical staff with a fruit knife after accusing a doctor of refusing to provide treatment for a chronic spinal condition. He killed the intern, Wang Hao (28), and injured three others before trying to kill himself. On Oct 19 Mengnan was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 10/19/12)
2012        Mar 23, Egyptian officials reached an agreement with Israel to permit the transfer of fuel to enable Gaza's sole power plant to function. Some 450,000 liters of fuel were delivered to the crisis-hit Gaza Strip through Israel's Kerem Shalom border crossing.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, El Salvador’s El Diario de Hoy newspaper reported that leaders of the Barrio18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs have reached a truce to reduce the country’s homicide rate. The government of Pres. Mauricio Funes brokered the truce between the Barrio18, led by Carlos Mojica Lechuga, and the Mara Salvatrucha streets gangs.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A2)(Econ, 2/8/14, p.16)
2012        Mar 23, In India Maoists seized Orissa politician Jhina Hikaka (37) as he was being driven through a hilly area, 450 km (280 miles) from state capital Bhubaneswar and stuffed his car with Maoist propaganda posters.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, In India health activists blamed the government for inadequate tuberculosis treatment and the spiraling number of drug-resistant cases. An estimated 99,000 cases of drug-resistant TB were being added each year.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 23, In northern Iraq 19 detainees, including two men sentenced to death and members of Al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sunna, escaped from Al-Tasfirat prison in Kirkuk.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)(AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated against what they charged was "procrastination" on reform in the country, as opposition Islamists vowed to continue their protests.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, Mali's Tuareg rebels vowed to press on with an campaign to seize the north as coup leaders faced a global backlash with Europe suspending aid and African security chiefs calling an emergency meeting. The AU suspended Mali until the return of a constitutional order and sent a joint delegation with the West African regional bloc ECOWAS.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Mexico as part of a pilgrimage that will also take him to Cuba. He denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and urged Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism. The faithful lined more than 20 miles (32 km) of the pope's route from the airport into Leon shouting the ultimate welcome: "Benedict, brother, you are now Mexican!"
    (AP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, Norwegian fertilizer giant Yara International said it had uncovered "unacceptable payments" in Switzerland in connection with a corruption probe into its activities in Libya. The company asked last year for an external investigation after discovering possible financial misdeeds committed before October 2008 in connection with the creation of its Lifeco joint venture in Libya.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, In northwest Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of  rival group Lashkar-e-Islam, killing at least five people in Akakhel town in the Tirah valley of Khyber district.
    (AP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, Abdullahi Yusuf (78), former president of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (2004-2008), died in a hospital in Dubai. He rose from a guerrilla warrior to president of Somalia only to watch his administration crumble under a ferocious Islamic insurgency.
    (AP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, In South Africa Julius Malema (31), the radical youth leader whom the ruling ANC is trying to rid itself of, repeated a call for the expropriation of white-owned farms at the press club in Pretoria after receiving its Newsmaker of the Year 2011 award.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, Syrian government forces fired machine guns and mortars in fierce clashes with rebel army defectors in a town near the Turkish border. EU foreign ministers imposed sanctions on the wife and three other close relatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The LCC said a total of at least 18 people were killed throughout the country. Tens of thousands of Syrians braved tear gas and gunfire to protest across the country, vowing to storm the capital Damascus to oust President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, PM Yingluck Shinawatra said Thailand will spend more than $70 billion on infrastructure over the next five years as she outlined the challenges facing the country after last year's floods.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, Turkish police detained two people of Iranian descent after an attack on the Iranian embassy in the capital Ankara. The suspects are said to have carried out the attack because of slow processing of their visa applications by the embassy.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, Turkish forces killed 15 female Kurdish rebel fighters in Bitlis province.
    (SSFC, 3/25/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 23, Uganda charged 53 people with treason over an alleged rebel plot to overthrow the government.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution urging Libya's new rulers to probe all alleged abuses, but threw out a Russian proposal calling for a halt to arbitrary detentions.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 23, In Yemen tens of thousands of protesters across the country demanded that ex-Pres. Saleh be stripped of immunity from prosecution and be put on trial the deaths of demonstrators opposing his rule.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A2)

2012        Mar 24, Rick Santorum won Louisiana's Republican primary. He walked away with at least eight of the 20 delegates up for grabs, while Mitt Romney came in second. While Louisiana has a total of 46 delegates at stake, just 20 were in play. The rest will be determined at the state convention in June.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, In Washington, DC, atheists gathered on the National Mall for the Reason Rally. Organizers claimed a crowd of at least 20,000.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAd72Gkfd4k)
2012        Mar 24, Former Vice President Dick Cheney (71) had a heart transplant, after five heart attacks over the past 25 years and countless medical procedures to keep him going.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, In West Virginia a fire at a home in Charleston left 8 people dead including 6 children. A another child died due to burns the next day.
    (SFC, 3/26/12, p.A4)
2012        Mar 24, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb detonated by remote control killed five people, including a former Afghan senator and tribal leader who worked to foster peace and development. In the east a NATO service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury. Eight Afghan security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 3/24/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, Chechnya's first lady, Medni Kadyrova, displayed her Islamic fashion collection to a captivated audience in Dubai, faithful to the politics of her husband who has sought to impose Islamic dress codes in the Caucasus republic.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament and senate began meeting to elect a panel to draft a new constitution amid calls by liberal groups for protests against Islamist influence over the charter.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, Egyptian soldiers and police clashed overnight with thousands of angry soccer fans in a Suez Canal city over the suspension of their club following a deadly riot last month. One teenager was reported killed with a gunshot to the back.
    (AP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, Guatemala's Pres. Otto Perez Molina proposed that the United States and other "consumer" countries pick up the tab for the cost of drug seizures. He said the US has a "responsibility" because it has one of the highest rates of drug use.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, Iraq detained 22 policemen after 19 inmates, including two men on death row, escaped from a prison in the northern city of Kirkuk a day earlier.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, It was reported that New Zealand scientist Sir Paul Callaghan (64) has died after a long battle with bowel cancer. He gained international recognition for his work in molecular physics.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, In Nigeria suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect set off a suicide car bomb during a military raid on their hideout in the northern city of Kano.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, Pakistani officials said at least 7 soldiers and 22 militants died in clashes between government troops and militants in South Waziristan and the Orakzai district over the past 24 hours.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, In Pakistan Kamran Khan (13), who was top of his class four years running in the northwestern town of Shabqadar, doused himself in kerosene after an argument with his mother over a new uniform. He suffered more than 50% burns and died five days later.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Mar 24, In central Somalia hundreds of heavily armed Ethiopian troops advanced into Dhusamareb with the aim of attacking the main stronghold of the Al Qaeda-linked Shebab militia in the region.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, South Africa launched a plan to diagnose tuberculosis in the country's gold mines, where the disease's incidence is the highest in the world.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, Syrian troops launched raids on several rebel towns that left at least 20 people dead after raging overnight firefights with army deserters. Fighting in Saraqeb left 2 rebels and 9 government troops dead. 14 people were reported killed in Homs province.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 24, In Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi (85), the man who steered the country in the aftermath of its January 2011 revolution, came out of retirement to criticize the Islamist-led government and galvanize a secular opposition.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 24, In southern Yemen suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have killed Major Kamal al-Ashwal and wounded two soldiers in an ambush east of the city of Huta.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)

2012        Mar 25, Pres. Obama met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a nuclear security conference in South Korea. Obama other key allies considered providing Syrian rebels with communications help, medical aid and other "non-lethal" assistance.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, In Michigan the bodies of two women, Abreeya Brown (18) and Ashley Conaway (22), were discovered in shallow graves on Detroit’s west side. 5 men were soon charged in their abduction and slaying.
    (SSFC, 4/8/12, p.A10)
2012        Mar 25, "Titanic" director James Cameron (57) made a solo submarine dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, the deepest point in the world's oceans. On Jan 23, 1960, a two-man crew aboard the US Navy submersible Trieste, then the only humans to have reached Challenger Deep, spent just 20 minutes on the bottom.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)(Econ, 3/31/12, p.90)
2012        Mar 25, Afghan officials said the US paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier on March 11.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, Gabor Rakonczay arrived in Antigua after canoeing across the Atlantic Ocean in 76 days. He had left Lagos, Portugal, on December 21, 2011.  
    (SFC, 3/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 25, Four people died when their small plane crashed shortly after taking off from a tiny airport in the Bahamas en route to Florida.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 25, In Belarus several thousand people joined an anti-government rally calling for the release of political prisoners and for European-style democracy.
    (SFC, 3/26/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 25, British Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas, a senior member of David Cameron's Conservative party, resigned after he apparently offered access to the British premier in return for party donations of £250,000.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since a huge quake devastated the area two years ago. There were no reports of major damage or deaths due to quake-related accidents.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 25, Twenty people from DR Congo drowned when their boats capsized while crossing the river border with Zambia enroute to a soccer game.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 25, Egypt's newly empowered Islamists have tightened their grip, giving themselves a majority on a 100-member panel tasked with drafting a constitution that will define the shape of the government in the post-Hosni Mubarak era. The panel will have nearly 60 Islamists, including 37 legislators selected the day before by parliament's two chambers.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, Hong Kong held elections for a new chief executive. Only 1,200 people, handpicked from the populations, were eligible to vote. Henry Tang Ying-Yen was favored to win. Self-made millionaire property consultant Leung Chun-ying (57) won the leadership election with 689 votes.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, p.58)(AFP, 3/25/12)(SFC, 3/26/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 25,  Bertie Ahern (60), former Irish PM (1997-2008), announced he has resigned from the Fianna Fail party rather than be expelled over an investigation into secret payments he received while in office, but vowed to clear his name.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, France handed down preliminary murder and terrorism charges against Abdelkader Merah alleging he helped his brother Mohamed plan recent attacks against Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers.
    (SFC, 3/26/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 25, Malian soldiers repelled a fresh attack by Tuareg rebels in the north following a coup as the junta struggled to restore order after ousting the west African nation's president. Mali's foreign minister and 13 others being detained by the junta that took over Mali started a hunger strike.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)(AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, In Mexico tens of thousands of people gathered to attend the highlight of Pope Benedict XVI's visit: an open-air Mass in the shadow of the Christ the King monument in Guanajuato state.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, In Nigeria 3 suspected members of Boko Haram were killed overnight in the northern city of Maiduguri in a shootout with soldiers deployed to crush the Islamist sect. About 20 gunmen had attacked a police station with rifles and explosives.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, The Palestinian Prisoners' Club reported that around 30 Palestinian prisoners have taken up hunger strikes across the Israeli prison system. The club said Israel is holding some 700 members of the Palestinian security services, along with 27 Palestinian lawmakers, 24 of them from Hamas.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, Russian spacecraft controllers intentionally plunged a defunct communications satellite, called Express-AM4, into the ocean. The $265 million satellite was launched into the wrong orbit on Aug 18,2011, and had been languishing in space ever since. The company Polar Broadband Systems Ltd. tried in vain to save and recycle the Russian satellite.
    (SPACE.com, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 25, Senegalese voted in a run-off election in which incumbent Abdoulaye Wade (85) is fighting off a mass opposition effort to foil his controversial bid for a third term. Opposition candidate Macky Sall won the vote. Wade conceded defeat just hours after results showed his opponent winning.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)(AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 25, Six South African rugby players from a local club in Port Elizabeth drowned after a rip-current pulled 21 people out to sea. 7 lifeguards rescued 15 people.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 25, Syrian forces attacked flashpoint areas, carrying out raids and clashing with rebels as President Bashar Assad's allies in Russia said the country may be facing its last chance for peace. The LCC reported five troops and three mutinous soldiers killed in the southern town of Nawa.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, In Tunisia at least 8,000 Islamists staged a mass demonstration in central Tunis in the latest show of force to demand the adoption of Islamic law in the north African country.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 25, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in Cuba to begin radiation therapy treatment one month after undergoing surgery that removed a cancerous tumor.
    (AP, 3/25/12)

2012        Mar 26, The United States dropped Argentina from its system of trade preferences, citing the South American country's failure to pay court-ordered damages of $300 million plus interest to two US companies.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In Colorado a state-prescribed burn went out of control and destroyed dozens of homes near Denver and left 2 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 26, Vermont police in  Barnet found the body of Melissa Jenkins (33), a boarding school teacher. She had disappeared a day earlier leaving her SUV running and 2-year-old child unharmed inside. On March 28 Vermont snowplow driver Allen Prue was accused with his wife Patricia of luring the teacher from her home by pretending their vehicle had broken down, strangling her, stripping her and throwing her body into the Connecticut River.
    (SFC, 3/27/12, p.A5)(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 26, In Afghanistan a member of the Afghan national army opened fire at entrance gate to the British headquarters at Lashkar Gah city, killing the two British service personnel. The assailant was killed by return fire. A joint Afghan and coalition force in Faryab province killed Makhdum Nusrat, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
    (Reuters, 3/26/12)(AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Mar 26, Britain’s PM David Cameron bowed to pressure to disclose his own contacts with wealthy donors after a newspaper sting caught a top fundraiser for his party offering meetings with the premier in return for big contributions.
    (Reuters, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, Britain’s Financial Services Authority handed Coutts, the private bank which counts the queen as a client, an £8.75-million fine for failing to ensure it was not handling laundered money.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, British video games retailer GAME collapsed into administration, placing more than 5,500 jobs at risk, becoming the latest victim of tough economic conditions. GAME's international divisions were operating as normal.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, Ontario's highest court struck down a national law that outlaws brothels but upheld an effective ban on street prostitution, a partial victory for those arguing Canada's laws put sex workers in harm's way.
    (Reuters, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In the CAR British safari driver David Simpson was arrested after he reported the discovery of the bodies of 13 people by a small-scale gold mine at the Ngungunza mining site. Simpson was released after five months of incarceration.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)(AP, 8/27/12)
2012        Mar 26, Colombia's military killed 36 rebels in a pre-dawn bombing of a guerrilla camp in the Meta state municipality of Vista Hermosa, a traditional stronghold of the FARC.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Santiago, Cuba, in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island's longtime communist leaders to push through "legitimate" reforms their people desire, while also criticizing the excesses of capitalism.
    (AP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 26, In Egypt two prominent liberal politicians pulled out from a panel tasked with drafting a new constitution after Islamists won a majority of seats on the body. The 100-member panel selected over the weekend includes nearly 60 Islamists and only six women and six minority Christians.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In Egypt 3 people were killed and a dozen others injured when a tugboat engine exploded in the Suez Canal. More than 10 people were injured by the fire. Movement in the vital waterway was not affected.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In France former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was handed preliminary charges alleging he was involved in a French prostitution ring.
    (SFC, 3/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 26, India's defense minister ordered federal investigators to probe revelations by the country's top military officer that he had been offered a $2.8 million bribe to clear a procurement deal. Army Chief General V.K Singh told the Hindu newspaper that a lobbyist for an unnamed military equipment supplier had offered him the cash incentive to approve the purchase of 600 sub-standard vehicles.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In India Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi lit himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi, just ahead of a visit by China's president. Yeshi sustained burns on 98 percent of his body and his condition was critical. Jamphel Yeshi died on March 28.
    (AP, 3/26/12)(AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 26, Israel cut working relations with the UN Human Rights Council and said it will bar a UN team from entering Israel or the West Bank for a planned investigation of Jewish settlements.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki said oil has been struck in the northwestern Turkana region after exploratory drilling by Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil. Commercial viability was yet to be established.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, Malians marched in Bamako to protest against the junta while Tuareg rebels threatened to capture a key northern city, piling political and military pressure on the coup leaders.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said it has decided to close down its embassy in Damascus due to security concerns.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In Pakistan Mansoor Mukhtar (37), a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the largest political party in Karachi, was shot dead late today when gunmen burst into the home where he was sleeping. His brother also died and his sister-in-law was wounded in the attack.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 26, Saudi King Abdullah ordered the donation of petroleum products to neighboring Yemen that should cover the impoverished country's needs for two months.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 26, In central Somalia Ethiopian forces seized El Bur, the main regional base of the Al Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. Shebab rebels in Mogadishu killed two civilians at a camp for the displaced near the presidential compound, which they targeted with mortar bombs.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, Somali pirates seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the first hijacking within Maldivian territory. The MV. Eglantine was seized off the north-western Hoarafush island in the Indian Ocean atoll nation. The Bolivian-flagged vessel was freed on April 2, and continued on to Iran with its sugar shipment.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)(AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Mar 26, South African rights activists began a legal bid to compel South Africa to investigate and prosecute citizens of neighboring Zimbabwe suspected of crimes against humanity.
    (Reuters, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In South Korea leaders or top officials from 53 nations gathered in Seoul for a summit on nuclear security. President Obama said the United States would further cut its own nuclear stockpiles, as he warned North Korea and Iran to back down over their atomic plans.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, A Spanish court dropped a rape probe against a Saudi prince who is one of the world's richest people, saying his accuser's allegations are inconsistent and do not stand up. The ruling cleared Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (57) and was released today by a court in Palma in Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. The drugging and sexual assault of a young Spanish model was alleged to have occurred aboard a yacht moored at the island of Ibiza in the wee hours of Aug 12, 2008.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 26, Sri Lanka said it will not implement all proposals from its civil war commission because the panel went beyond its mandate. A UN rights council has called for the report's implementation.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, Syrian troops shelled rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs. The LCC said 19 people were killed in Syria, nine of them in Homs. The Observatory said 10 people were killed, including five in the Homs shelling. The government banned military aged males 18-42 from traveling outside the country.
    (AP, 3/26/12)(SFC, 3/27/12, p.A3)
2012        Mar 26, Turkey closed its embassy in Damascus and recalled its ambassador as relations between the former allies continued to deteriorate.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, A top official in Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda Party says Islamic law will not be enshrined in the country's new constitution, preserving the North African nation's civil state.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)

2012        Mar 27, US Pres. Barack Obama and Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed to rescue a troubled anti-terror alliance on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Seoul.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, The Obama administration set the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants.
    (SFC, 3/28/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 27, The California Judicial Council voted to kill a $2 billion computer system linking the state’s 58 county courts. Over $500 million was already spent in a launch effort.
    (SSFC, 4/1/12, p.C1)
2012        Mar 27, Adrienne Rich (b.1929), American feminist poet, died in her Santa Cruz, Ca., home after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
    (SFC, 3/29/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 27, Arab officials gathered in Baghdad this week for a series of meetings. Their agenda of tourism, tackling water security and organizing regional responses to natural disasters was overshadowed by the crisis in Syria.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, Brazil’s Tourism Ministry said it is asking more than 2,000 websites to remove sexual content that promotes Latin America's biggest country as a sex tourism destination.
    (AP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, Britain’s Health and Socal Care Act 2012 received Royal Assent. It increased competition, gave the NHS greater autonomy, and put more decisions about care in the hands of local doctors.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_and_Social_Care_Act_2012)(Econ, 3/29/14, p.60)
2012        Mar 27, British Royal Mail announced that stamp prices will shoot up to record highs of 60p for first class and 50p for second class effective April 30.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, A cloud of explosive natural gas boiling out of the North Sea from a leak at Total's abandoned Elgin platform forced wider evacuations off the Scottish coast as the French firm warned it may take six months to halt the flow.
    (Reuters, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, In Chile Daniel Zamudio, a young gay man, died following a March 3 attack in Santiago. Attackers had brutally beaten him and carved swastikas into his body. The suspects included Raul Alfonso Lopez (25); Alejandro Axel Angulo Tapia (26); Patricio Ahumada Garay (25); and Fabian Mora Mora (19). On Oct 28, 2013, Garay was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 3/29/12)(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A2)
2012        Mar 27, In Egypt liberal and leftist parties announced that they have pulled out of a panel drafting Egypt's new constitution, accusing Islamists of monopolizing the process that will deliver the country's post-revolution charter. Cairo's Administrative Court began looking into the legitimacy of the constitutional panel after lawsuits were filed by several legal experts who argue that the constitution cannot be drafted by those whose role it will define.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, In India Maoists insurgents killed 12 paramilitary officers and injured 28 others in a landmine blast in Maharashtra state, marking the rebels' third high-profile strike this month.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A2)(Econ, 3/31/12, p.50)
2012        Mar 27, In Indonesia thousands protested nationwide to reject the government's plan to hike the subsidized fuel price, with sporadic violence breaking out and injuring several people.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, In Israel Shaul Mofaz, a former military chief and defense minister, captured 62% of the votes the race for Kadima Party chief, trouncing Tzipi Livni, who took 37%.
    (AP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 27, An Israeli army game caused a melee at a home in the West Bank village of Rammun. 3 brothers including Rashad Shawakha, stood to defend their home. Rashad was wounded by two intruders posing as Arabs ands died of his wounds on April 2.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Mar 27, In Jamaica some 60 protesters who gathered outside the security ministry in a rare street demonstration to demand an end to police shootings. A March 16 raid in the poor Cassava Piece neighborhood Diane Gordon, a mother of two, was fatally shot in the head on the street as she returned from a child's wake. Police said Gordon was killed during a shootout between officers and gunmen, but residents deny there were gunmen in the area. There have been roughly 50 police killings in Jamaica so far this year, nearly 30 of them in March.
    (AP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, In Mali the military junta lifted a curfew imposed after its coup 5 days earlier. Coup leaders presented a new constitution consisting of 69 articles. The first part appeared to be lifted from the country's current constitution, including the guarantees of free speech, liberty of movement and freedom of thought. The middle and final sections set out the role of the military committee now controlling the country, which calls itself the National Committee for the Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State. ECOWAS in an emergency meeting again demanded the immediate restoration of constitutional order in Bamako.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)(AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 27, Pakistan was reported to have banned India's James Bond, outlawing a high-octane Bollywood action flick in which an Indian secret agent thwarts Pakistani spies from detonating a nuclear bomb in Delhi. Agent Vinod grossed $9.7 million on its opening weekend. It showed an Indian agent jetting around the world, dodging assassins to save his country from nuclear armageddon plotted by rogue Pakistani spies and terrorists.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, In Pakistan gunmen and arsonists went on the rampage in Karachi, killing at least eight people and setting dozens of vehicles alight. The unrest was sparked by the murder of a party worker and his brother the previous evening.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, In Pakistan Sobia Bibi (25), a mother of one child, was doused with petrol and burned alive in a dispute with her husband's family. Her 90-year-old mother-in-law was among those later named as suspects in Narowal district, northeast Lahore.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Mar 27, In South Korea world leaders including US President Barack Obama called for strong steps to combat nuclear terrorism, wrapping up a 53-nation summit overshadowed by North Korea's planned rocket launch.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, South Sudan said Sudan's military bombed oil fields in the town of Bentiu.
    (AP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, Spanish police arrested a suspected member of al-Qaida, identified as M.H.A. M.H.A. – born in Jordan with Saudi citizenship, who was key to the terror group's Internet propaganda and recruiting operations.
    (AP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, In Sudan 3 people were killed, including one apparently shot dead by government troops, in a dispute over a market in the Darfur region.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 27, Swiss authorities said five out of every 1,000 deaths in Switzerland now involve assisted suicide, with women more likely to die this way than men.
    (AP, 3/27/12)
2012        Mar 27, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad toured the flashpoint Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs. A spokesman for UN envoy Kofi Annan said Syria has accepted his 6-point plan to end the bloodshed in the country. Syrian security forces reportedly killed 10 people as the regime pushed to retake areas still under rebel control.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)(AP, 3/27/12)

2012        Mar 28, US undercover federal agents attempted to buy a grenade launcher in Richmond, Ca. The sellers planned to rob the suspected illegal arms dealers and a gunbattle erupted. Otis Mobley Jr. and 2 accomplices  were arrested. On May 16, 2013, Mobley (23) was sentenced to 9½ years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.A9)(SFC, 5/17/13, p.A7)
2012        Mar 28, In New York a dispute over the estate of Brooke Astor, who died in 2007 at age 105, ended with a settlement that freed $100 million for charities and cut half the amount going to the son convicted of bilking her.
    (SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 28, Earl Scruggs (b.1924), bluegrass banjo player, died in Nashville. He helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music. His “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” with guitarist Lester Flatt was used as the getaway music in the film “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967).
    (SFC, 3/29/12, p.C5)
2012        Mar 28, In Afghanistan a NATO supply convoy came under attack in Farah province. 37 people were reported killed, including 28 Taliban attackers.
    (SFC, 3/30/12, p.A3)
2012        Mar 28, Human Rights Watch said hundreds of Afghan women were languishing in prison for so-called moral crimes, which included running away from home and having sex outside marriage. The group estimated a total of 400 women were in prison and girls in juvenile detention facilities having been accused or convicted of offences including "running away", which is not a crime under the Afghan penal code.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, A collection of about 100 African films went online, offering rentals for $5 to view classics from directors like Senegal's Ousmane Sembene and Egypt's Youssef Chahine. The African Film Library was 3 years in the making, sponsored by South African satellite television service M-Net, which digitally remastered the movies and placed them online for rental.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, In Cuba tens of thousands of people massed in Havana's Revolution Plaza for Pope Benedict XVI's Mass on the final day of his visit. The Pope demanded more freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba and preached against "fanaticism" in an unusually political sermon. Shortly after the Mass, Benedict met for about half an hour with Fidel Castro.
    (AP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, In Egypt members of a controversial panel tasked with drafting a new constitution elected Muslim Brotherhood member Saad al-Katatni, currently the speaker of parliament, to head the committee.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, Fiji's military regime said it had seized control of national carrier Air Pacific from Australia's Qantas because it did not want foreigners to own or control Fijian airlines.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, Hong Kong's court of appeal overturned a Sep 30, 2011, landmark ruling that opened the door for thousands of foreign maids to claim residency saying the High Court could not override the government's authority to decide who can live in the city and who cannot.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, A coalition of environmental groups warned that some 200 critically-endangered orangutans in a protected area of Indonesia’s Aceh province will be wiped out by the end of the year if land clearing in Tripa Swamp is not stopped.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, In Iraq Arab foreign ministers met in Baghdad to debate a draft resolution calling on Damascus to end violence and hold talks with the opposition.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, Italy seized more than 1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) of assets controlled by the Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi's family including stakes in top companies, land and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 28, Libyan government spokesman Nasser al-Manaa said 3 days of clashes between tribes in the southern town of Sabha have killed more than 70 people. The clashes erupted in the city center when the Toubou refused to hand over to local authorities one of their men accused of killing a member of the Bussif tribe.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, In Mali thousands marched in support of the coup leaders, who sought to quell fears they plan to cling to power by promising democracy and ruling out taking part in elections.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, In northeastern Nigeria suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram bombed a police station and freed more than a dozen prisoners, while three of the attackers were killed in Damagun in Yobe state. Two gunmen shot dead a police inspector in Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 28, In Poland former intelligence chief Zbigniew Siemiatkowski was charged with exceeding his powers related to a secret CIA prison in Poland during his tenure (2002-2004). Former CIA officials have told the AP that a prison in Poland operated from December 2002 until the fall of 2003, and that prisoners were subjected to harsh questioning and waterboarding in the village of Stare Kiejkuty. Intelligence officials, aviation reports and human rights groups have said "black sites" were based in Afghanistan and Thailand as well as Poland, Lithuania and Romania.
    (SFC, 3/29/12, p.A2)(AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 28, Puerto Rico's police chief Emilio Diaz Colon, a retired National Guard general, quit less than a year after being appointed to lead a department that federal agents have accused of corruption, illegal killings and civil rights violations.
    (AP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, Syrian activists said government forces have captured the northern town of Saraqeb from rebels after four days of fighting in which more than 40 people were killed and homes were burned down. 3 Syrian soldiers were killed in clashes with rebels in the central province of Homs.
    (AP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, Tunisia's interior ministry banned demonstrations on the capital's main avenue which has become a hub of protests since the fall of strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in January last year.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 28, A Tunisian court convicted Jaber Majeri (Jabeur Mejri) and Ghazi Beji for posting images of the prophet purportedly being intimate with one of his wives. They were sentenced to 7½ years in prison and fined $800. An appeals court in June upheld the conviction. Beji had fled to Europe and was sentenced in absentia. On Feb 4, 2014, artists from a dozen countries launched an online campaign called "100 drawings for Jabeur" in support of Mejri.
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/lfr52jj)(AFP, 2/4/14)
2012        Mar 28, A Ugandan court charged the country's main opposition leader Kizza Besigye with an offence linked to the killing of a police officer during a rally last week.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)
2012        Mar 28, Yemen's Saudi Arabia's deputy consul, Abdullah al-Khalidi (Abdullah Mohammed Khalifa al-Khaldi), was seized by unknown gunmen outside his home in southern port city of Aden.  Al-Qaida's Yemen branch claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)(AP, 5/26/12)

2012        Mar 29, The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a state law banning sexual contact between teachers and students 18 or older.
    (SFC, 3/30/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 29, In San Francisco bicyclist Chris Bucchere (36) hit pedestrian Sutchi Hui (71) in the Castro district. Hui died of her injuries on April 2. In 2013 Bucchere cut a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter. On Aug 15, 2013, he was sentenced to 3 years probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
    (SFC, 4/7/12, p.C2)(SFC, 8/16/13, p.D5)
2012        Mar 29, Cafe Press Inc. of San Mateo, Ca., a popular online retailer of personalized products, went public with its initial public offering priced at $19 a share.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7dhse9z)
2012        Mar 29, In California the SF-based Save the Redwood League donated Four Corners, a 164-acre property in Mendocino County, to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, made up of local native Indian groups.
    (SFC, 4/28/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 29, In Pennsylvania the bodies of Charles (81) and Adrienne Snelling (81) were found in their home in Trexlertown. Charles killed his wife and himself. He had written in the NY Times last December about his love for his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife.
    (SFC, 3/31/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 29, In southern Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Brazil riot police in Rio de Janeiro used pepper spray and tear gas to chase some 200 protesters away from a celebration by retired soldiers marking the 1964 coup that established Brazil's long military dictatorship. A recent study by the Brazilian government said 475 people were killed or "disappeared" by agents of the military regime.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Bulgaria Massud Barzani, the leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan, sought investment in the region's farming, health and construction sectors during a meeting with PM Boyko Borisov.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, China executed three arsonists held responsible for the deadly May 1, 2012, hotel fire, that killed 11 people and injured more than 30 others.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Colombia a 10-year-old ethnic Wayuu girl gave birth via Caesarean section. Under Colombian law, any sexual relations with a child age 14 or younger is a crime punishable by at least 9 years in prison. Under Colombia's 1991 constitution the Wayuu have jurisdiction.
    (AP, 4/10/12)
2012        Mar 29, Egyptian political parties reached an agreement to boost their representation in a disputed constitutional panel dominated by Islamists. 14 parties, including the main Islamist ones, supported the compromise and five opposed.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, Equatorial Guinea warned that French firms would face the consequences if Paris did not scrap an arrest warrant for the son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. A day earlier the ruling Democratic Party (PDGE) said the country's first son, also the party's vice president, could not be judged by a French court.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, The European Parliament voted through the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
    (Econ, 4/7/12, p.83)
2012        Mar 29, France barred a group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices in Sunni Islam, from entering the country to attend a conference. The clerics had been invited by the French Islamic Union to speak  April 6-9 at a congress in Le Bourget near Paris. Police detained 19 people as they launched a crackdown on suspected Islamist extremists in cities around the country.
    (AP, 3/29/12)(AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 29, Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist Adlene Hicheur went on trial in Paris for allegedly plotting terror attacks in France. Police arrested Hicheur, a researcher studying the universe's birth, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), in October 2009 after intercepting emails he wrote. He stood trial charged with criminal association as part of a terrorist enterprise.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, Gambians began voting in parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition which has accused the ruling party of abusing the system to tip the poll in its favor. The election only took place in 23 of the 48 constituencies as the remaining 25 parliamentary seats held by the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) went unopposed due to the boycott.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Honduras at least 13 people died during an uprising by armed inmates at the San Pedro Sula prison, one of them decapitated and the others killed by a fire started by the rioters.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 29, Thousands of Indonesians rallied nationwide against a planned fuel price hike they say will cause great hardship. Parliament was expected on March 30 to approve raising the fuel price by a third.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Iraq 10 of 22 leaders of the Arab world showed up at an Arab summit in Baghdad. Qatar's prime minister said the lower representation was to protest what he called the Baghdad government's marginalization of Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority. The summit is the first held by the Arab League since the Arab Spring revolts began sweeping through the region more than a year ago.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In the Ivory Coast Rodrigue Dadje, the lawyer for the firebrand ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo, was arrested at Abidjan airport after several months abroad. She faced a raft of charges including threatening national security.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Mar 29, Japan resumed its use of capital punishment after a 20-month break, with an unapologetic government minister signing death warrants for three multiple murderers.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, asked the Japanese government for a capital injection of $12 billion in a bid to avoid insolvency.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, A bid by ECOWAS to seek a return to democratic rule in Mali fell apart when the team turned back mid-air after a pro-coup demonstration in Bamako airport.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, Pakistan sacked Doctor Shakeel Afridi, a government surgeon recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden, amid calls for him to face treason charges.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen killed six people in a pair of attacks, one of which targeted local employees of a UN agency in Baluchistan province's Mastung district.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Puerto Rico Hector Pesquera (65), a former director of the local FBI office, was nominated to lead the island's troubled police department.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 29, Russia's top investigative agency filed new charges against police officers accused of torturing detainees amid growing public outrage over police brutality. Kazan resident Sergei Nazarov (52) died earlier this month of injuries suffered when officers sodomized him with a champagne bottle. Four officers charged in Novokuznetsk were accused of causing a detainee's death by asphyxiation by putting a gas mask on him and cutting off his access to air. 
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, Human rights Watch said pro-government Somali militia are torturing and executing civilians in two southern towns of the war-torn nation where Ethiopian troops recently ousted Islamist rebels.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, South Korean activists burned pictures of Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda and scuffled with police in a protest against Tokyo's claims to disputed islands. The demonstration was sparked after Japan's education ministry this week announced the results of its review of a school history book reasserting Japan's claim to islets, known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, Spain’s National Court handed fines of about $1,170 to each of three members of the Ardor de Estomago (Heartburn) rock band for insulting King Juan Carlos.
    (SFC, 3/30/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 29, Swedish Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors resigned after weeks of controversy over revelations Sweden planned to help Saudi Arabia build an arms factory.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Syria gunmen struck in the heart of Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a stronghold of support for President Bashar Assad, killing two army colonels at a downtown roundabout in an attack that state media blamed on terrorists. Rebels attacked an army truck in Hama province killing two soldiers. Activists said security forces killed at least 11 civilians across the country.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced his country's unwavering support for Tehran's nuclear ambitions in a meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Turkey relies on Iran for 30% of its oil imports, and has refused to go along with sanctions imposed by the US and Europe, saying it will observe only UN-mandated restrictions on Iran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran strongly supports reforms in Syria under Pres. Assad, but visiting Turkish PM Erdogan said Assad can't be trusted and must step down.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)(AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 29, In Venezuela Pres. Chavez appeared on state television at an early morning meeting with aides after his plane touched down shortly before midnight. He said this week's 5-day treatments for cancer have been the first of five rounds.
    (AP, 3/29/12)

2012        Mar 30, The US government agreed with Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania to cut red tape and speed up consideration for wind farms in the Great Lakes.
    (SFC, 3/31/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 30, Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot. The jackpot rose to $656 million as more sales were totaled.
    (AP, 3/31/12)(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 30, In Florida two people were fatally shot and 12 others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on mourners at a funeral in Miami.
    (SSFC, 4/1/12, p.A7)
2012        Mar 30, In Ohio Jessica Rae Sacco (21) was found dead in her apartment in Urbana. She had been stabbed, suffocated and dismembered in a bathtub before some of her remains were taken across the state line to Kentucky. 5 people were soon arrested including her on-and-off boyfriend. Matthew Puccio (25) was among five people charged in connection with the death of Sacco. Puccio said he met her through Facebook while looking for new friends and that he met two of his alleged accomplices at a library just three days before the killing.
    (SFC, 4/2/12, p.A5)(AP, 4/8/12)
2012        Mar 30, Four giant card-payment processors and large US banks that issue debit and credit cards were reported hit by a data-security breach after third-party services provider Global Payments Inc discovered its systems were compromised by unauthorized access.
    (Reuters, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 30, An Afghan policeman shot to death nine of his fellow officers as they slept in a village in Paktika province, an eastern Taliban stronghold. He then took their weapons, piled them in a pickup truck and sped away. A motorcycle bomb parked by the side of a road exploded, killing an Afghan police officer and wounding another in Sangin district of southwest Helmand province. A NATO service member died in a southern roadside bomb explosion.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Afghanistan the bodies of a boy (15) and a girl (12) were discovered in wasteland in the Esfandi area of Ghazni province. They were killed in an acid attack. Witnesses claimed it was because of their friendship.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 30, Australian artist Tim Storrier won the 91st Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney for his painting “The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch).” The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, Bangladesh police arrested two school teachers on suspicion of staging a drama containing blasphemous remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. Violence erupted the next day as up to 7,000 Muslims shouted slogans and set ablaze the house of the drama's director, who has fled the remote area.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 30, Amnesty International blasted a Brazilian verdict by an appeals court as "outrageous" and called it an "affront to the most basic human rights. The Superior Court of Justice ruled this week that a man accused of having sex with three 12-year-olds couldn't be convicted of rape because of extenuating circumstances, including the fact the girls had previously worked as prostitutes.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In China two Tibetan monks, identified as Tenpa Darjey and Chimey Palden, set themselves on fire in the western city of Maerkang in the latest in a wave of self-immolations protesting against Chinese rule.
    (AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 30, The UN refugee agency warned that attacks by the renegade Lord's Resistance Army were on the rise and forcing thousands of people to flee. Since March 6, 13 new attacks were recorded in northwest CongoDRC, displacing 1,160 people in the region.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Egypt dozens of anti-military activists tore down a wall in central Cairo erected by the military in December to end bloody clashes with protesters.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Fiji flash flooding cut highways and forced evacuations, with residents sheltering from rising waters on rooftops as authorities scrambled to find rescue boats. The flooding left at least 5 people dead.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)(SFC, 4/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 30, Indonesian police killed two suspected terrorists in a raid on the outskirts of Jakarta. Anti-terror police confiscated a revolver, explosive materials, several books about jihad and documents outlining a bank robbery.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Mali Tuareg separatist rebels and an allied armed Islamist group entered the strategic town of Kidal, 1,000 km (620 miles) from the capital. Embattled coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo asked for help to halt advancing Tuareg rebels and Islamist fighters. Panic spread following the threat of financial sanctions by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
    (AFP, 3/30/12)(AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, Mauritius President Anerood Jugnauth, who has been in open conflict with PM Navinchandra Ramgoolam, said he was resigning to join the opposition. Jugnauth will be replaced by Vice President Monique Ohsan Bellepeau, who is in the same party as the PM.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, Prosecutors in northern Mexico said 8 people have been arrested for allegedly killing two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman in ritual sacrifices by the cult of La Santa Muerte, or Saint Death. The first of the three victims was apparently killed in 2009, the second in 2010 and the latest earlier this month in Sonora state.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Nigeria suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram used bombs and gunfire to attack a police station and rob a bank in northeastern town of Askira Uba, with four people feared dead.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Northern Ireland IRA dissidents launched a violent protest against the convictions of Brendan McConville (40) and John Paul Wootton (20) in the March 9, 2009, killing of Constable Stephen Carroll. Masked men hijacked and burned a van and two cars in Craigavon, the town southwest of Belfast where Carroll was killed and McConville lived. Police urged drivers to avoid the area.
    (AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Pakistan dozens of militants attacked a paramilitary checkpoint overnight, killing two soldiers and sparking clashes which left up to 21 of the militants dead in the Orakzai tribal district. A US drone launched a missile attack on a militant compound in North Waziristan, killing four insurgents. The blast destroyed five shops including a bakery, three grocery shops and a telephone kiosk.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, Thousands of Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank as hundreds more gathered by Jerusalem's Old City to mark Land Day. This annual event commemorates the deaths of six Arab Israeli protesters at the hands of Israeli forces during mass demonstrations in 1976 against plans to confiscate Arab land in northern Israel. Protester Mahmoud Zaqout (21) was killed at the border in Gaza.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)(SFC, 3/31/12, p.A3)
2012        Mar 30, Philippine police rescued some 300 badly injured pitbulls and arrested seven South Koreans after busting a massive online dog fighting syndicate at a two-hectare farm in the city of San Pablo. 20 of the dogs needed to be euthanized. 9 more were euthanized Apr 3 and dozens more are likely to be because there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from reappearing in underground arenas.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)(AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Mar 30, A flare on Total's Elgin platform off Scotland's east coast was extinguished, diminishing the looming threat of an explosion. Total said it is preparing to sink two relief wells to stop the gas leak at the North Sea platform in parallel with a plugging operation.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)(Reuters, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 30, Somali government troops backed by African forces said they took control of one of the Islamist rebellion's last strongholds, sparking intense clashes on the outskirts of Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, Sudanese troops fought deadly battles with rebel fighters in the strategic village of Talodi, close to the border with the newly independent south.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, Fresh clashes between Syrian soldiers and rebels erupted across many parts of Syria as UN envoy Kofi Annan urged the government to lay down its weapons first to immediately end the nation's yearlong crisis. The Local Coordination Committees said 15 people were killed across the country, including eight who died in the town of Quriya in the eastern Deir el-Zour province. Thousands across the country held demonstrations calling for Assad's ouster as they emerged from mosques following Friday prayers.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, Venezuelan regulators shut down four radio stations for allegedly operating without licenses, including one run by a brother of Monagas governor, Jose Briceno, on the outs with President Hugo Chavez. Briceno's falling out came this month after the governor accused National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello of trying to seize control of the governor's office.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
2012        Mar 30, In Yemen unmanned US drones targeted al-Qaida positions inside Shabwa province killing four militants. Al-Qaeda members sabotaged a southern gas pipeline after eight people, including suspected Al-Qaeda members, were killed in an air strike and a shooting.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)(AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 30, Zimbabwe's education ministry said it is investigating how school text books donated by the U.N. children's agency wind up in the hands of bookstores and street vendors.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)

2012        Mar 31, In Kentucky riot police used pepper spray in small amounts for crowd control as thousands of rowdy fans swarmed into the streets near the University of Kentucky campus, overturning cars and lighting couches ablaze after a victory over cross-state rival Louisville in a Final Four matchup.
    (AP, 4/1/12)
2012        Mar 31, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb in the Gizab district of Uruzgan province killed two local council members and an Afghan policeman.
    (AP, 4/1/12)
2012        Mar 31, Millions of people switched off their lights for Earth Hour in a global effort to raise awareness about climate change that will even be monitored from space. Newcomers to the Sydney-led initiative, now in its sixth year, included Libya, Iraq and the International Space Station, which will watch over the event as it rolls across the globe.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)

2012        Mar 31, Bahraini security forces fired tear gas during clashes with protesters who gathered after authorities acknowledged that gunfire earlier in the day killed Ahmed Ismail (22) during anti-government demonstrations.
    (AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, China’s official Xinhua news agency said authorities have closed 16 websites for spreading rumors of "military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on there. China made a string of arrests and punished two popular microblogs after rumors of a coup linked to a major scandal that brought down a top politician.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, Cuba said it will honor an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week's Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island's 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will be permanent will have to wait.
    (AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, Five Egyptian Copts, including two teenage girls, were crushed to death at the tomb of their spiritual leader Pope Shenuda III who died last week. Monastery officials had allowed visitors to visit Shenuda's tomb, prompting a rush to the desert monastery.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, In Iraq unknown gunmen shot dead a member of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia forces along with his wife and son north of Baghdad in Diyala province.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, Amnesty International urged Jordan to free six political activists charged with insulting King Abdullah II, saying that at least three of them were beaten during interrogation. The men were arrested and charged by military prosecutors in mid-March after a demonstration in the southern city of Tafileh. Jordanian security forces arrested 12 activists for insulting the country's King Abdullah II in a rally in Amman.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)(AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, Libya's transitional government head Abdel Rahim al-Kib announced that a ceasefire deal has been struck between tribes at Sabha. At least 16 people were killed in tribal clashes in the southern desert oasis of Sabha. Toubou fighters, who had been pushed back several km south of Sabha, launched a counter-attack early today in a bid to re-enter the city. The toll reached 147 dead and 395 wounded in six days.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)(AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, The Libyan ministry of defense enlisted more than 8,000 former rebels who will be trained in the protection of borders and strategic sites including the nation's vital oil installations.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, The IMF again pressured impoverished Malawi to devalue its currency, which is trading on the black market at nearly double the official exchange rate.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, In Mali Tuareg rebels attacked the strategic northern city of Gao, a day after they took the provincial capital of Kidal. Junta head Captain Amadou Sanogo ordered the army "not to prolong the fighting" in Gao, a move that left the main northern town open to the rampant rebels.
    (AP, 3/31/12)(AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, In Nicaragua businessman Henry Farinas and six others were accused of trafficking, money laundering and ties to organized crime. Farinas was the apparent target of an attack that claimed the life of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral last year.
    (AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, Nigerian troops clashed with suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram in a raid on an alleged hideout, leaving 11 dead, including a soldier and policeman in the Okene district of Kogi state. Suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram attacked three police stations in Yobe state, burning two of them.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)(AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Mar 31, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents staged the most deadly attack in years, killing 14 people and wounding 340 with car bombs that targeted shoppers just before lunchtime in Yala city. Five people were killed and dozens injured in a fire at a hotel in Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)(AP, 4/1/12)
2012        Mar 31, Tunisia's Religious Affairs Minister Nourredine al-Khademi said the country will take stock of the hundreds of mosques now in the hands of ultra-conservatives. He estimated that about 400 of more than 5,000 mosques had fallen under the sway of Salafist extremists.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Cuba for another round of cancer treatment.
    (AP, 3/31/12)
2012        Mar 31, In Yemen Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a surprise attack on a government army base in al-Mallah town in southern Lahij province, setting off clashes that left 28 soldiers and 12 militants dead before air strikes forced the militants to retreat.
    (AP, 3/31/12)(AFP, 4/3/12)

2012        Mar, Washington state began auctioning the licenses to 167 liquor stores it runs. By June 1 it will be out the liquor business altogether.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.33)
2012        Mar, The 10-member ASEAN group plus China, Japan, and South Korea (ASEAN+3) agreed to the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization (CMIM) to come to each other’s aid in liquidity crisis.
    (Econ, 4/7/12, p.52)
2012        Mar, French public debt stood at 90% of GDP and was rising. Public spending was at 56% of GDP and the country had not balanced its books since 1974.
    (Econ, 3/31/12, p.15)
2012        Mar, Moroccan security forces began demolishing some of an estimated 44,000 homes built illegally over the past year.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.57)
2012        Mar, In Northern Ireland Sean Kelly and three others were arrested in in a County Tyrone forest near an IRA firing range. In 2014 Kelly pleaded guilty to charges that he helped run an Irish Republican Army firearms training camp and plotted a possible attack on a prison governor. The others continued to deny any involvement.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2012        Mar, In Norway Mullah Krekar (56), Iraqi founder of the Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, was sentenced to five years in jail for issuing death threats against a former government minister and others. In July Krekar, whose real name is Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad, faced three new charges of inciting terrorist acts, threatening witnesses in a case against him and criminal damage.
    (AFP, 7/12/12)
2012        Mar, In Pakistan the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) in Dera Bugti tried and executed 6 young men that they accused of siding with Pakistan.
    (Econ, 4/7/12, p.50)
2012        Mar, In Senegal days after former President Abdoulaye Wade left the presidential palace accusations surfaced that Wade and his inner circle had made off with nearly all the cars in the government's garage, as well as art, furniture and other assets belonging to the state.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        Mar, South Sudan’s People's Liberation Army, tasked with carrying out a disarmament campaign among feuding ethnic groups, embarked on a disarmament campaign. By the end of May more than 10,000 weapons were taken. Aid groups and community members later alleged that the SPLA was killing and torturing members of the Murle, who appear to be ostracized by most other tribes in South Sudan in part because they received military support from leaders in Khartoum.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        Mar, In Sri Lanka Ravindra Udayashanta, a town council chairman, alerted his supporters and police when a suspicious white van pulled alongside him at a Colombo park and four men got out, pretending to exercise. Soon a gunbattle began. At gunpoint the 4 men acknowledged they were Sri Lankan government soldiers. In August the citizen journalism Web site www.groundviews.com said that 58 people have disappeared over the past nine months. In at least 22 of those cases, witnesses saw the victims forced into white vans.
    (AP, 8/22/12)

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