Timeline 2016 (C) July - September Return to home2016 Jul 1,
California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed six bills related to gun
(SFC, 7/2/16, p.A1)
2016 Jul 1, In New Jersey Local
54 of the Unite-Here union walked off the job at the Carl
Icahn-owned Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic city.
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 1, A US federal judge
blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex
marriage moments before it was set to take effect.
(SFC, 7/2/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 1, In Tennessee 4
young children were fatally stabbed in Memphis and their mother,
Shanynthia Gardner (29), was taken into custody.
(SFC, 7/2/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A8)
2016 Jul 1, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked local police check points in Kandahar
province late today, killing 5 policemen. 4 insurgents were killed
in the battle, which took place in Maiwand district.
2016 Jul 1, Austria's highest
court ordered a rerun of the country's presidential election, giving
a right-wing euroskeptic candidate a second chance at the office
after his narrow loss last month.
2016 Jul 1, In southwest
Bangladesh a Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in the latest
attack blamed on radical Islamists.
2016 Jul 1, In Bangladesh
Islamist militants stormed a busy restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic
area late today, ordered all Bangladeshis to stand up before they
began killing foreigners. 20 hostages were killed, including at
least 9 Italians and 7 Japanese inside the restaurant, before
security forces stormed the building and ended a 12-hour standoff.
Two policemen and 6 gunmen were killed during the police operation.
One militant was captured. Bangladesh police shot dead the pizza
chef of the restaurant, mistakenly thinking he was one of the
militants. On August 4 British national Hasnat Karim and Univ. of
Toronto student Tahmid Hasib Khan were arrested in Dhaka on
allegations of involvement in the attack. On Jan 13 police detained
Jahangir Alam, one of the men behind the attack. About 50 suspected
militants were killed in shootouts following the attack, including
Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, said to be
the main planner.
(Reuters, 7/2/16)(Reuters, 7/3/16)(Reuters,
7/5/16)(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A3)(Reuters, 1/14/17)
2016 Jul 1, Canadian media
reported that Canada will deploy 1,000 soldiers in Latvia to one of
four battalions NATO is assembling in Eastern Europe in response to
Russia's annexation of Crimea.
2016 Jul 1, Chinese President
Xi Jinping urged the 88-million-strong Communist Party to embrace
its Marxist roots as he delivered an emphatic call for ideological
discipline and a vigorous defense of party rule on the party's 95th
2016 Jul 1, China's securities
regulator said it would ban initial public offerings (IPOs) by
companies which have violated environmental protection rules over
the previous 36 months.
2016 Jul 1, In southwest China
10 people were killed in a mudslide and 12 others remained buried
under debris in a mountainous region of Guizhou province.
2016 Jul 1, In northern China
an overnight sleeper bus fell off an expressway into a ditch after a
tire burst, killing 26 people at the Baodi section on the
2016 Jul 1, The European Union
extended its economic sanctions on Russia until the end of January
next year in a widely expected decision after EU leaders called for
more progress in bringing peace to eastern Ukraine.
2016 Jul 1, Paris banned old,
exhaust-belching cars from its streets in a war on air pollution
that environmentalists hope will also drive dirty vehicles from the
centers of other European cities. Any car registered before Jan. 1,
1997, will be barred from the city's streets from Monday to Friday,
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2016 Jul 1, Yves Bonnefoy
(b.1923), France's most famous contemporary poet, died. The
celebrated translator of Shakespeare had poems translated into 30
2016 Jul 1, A new report from
Guam's public auditor said the island received more than $550
million from the federal government in fiscal year 2015.
2016 Jul 1, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kongers took to the southern Chinese city's streets for an
annual pro-democracy protest march, as tensions persisted over the
high-profile case of a bookseller secretly detained in the mainland.
2016 Jul 1, In northern India
torrential rains triggered heavy floods and landslides that poured
down hills in Uttarakhand state, killing at least 18 people and
destroying dozens of homes. At least 25 people were missing in seven
villages in Pithoragarh.
2016 Jul 1, In Indonesia major
palm oil producers and traders, including Wilmar and Cargill ditched
a "no deforestation" private agreement, saying the government's
recent efforts to strengthen its certification standards were
2016 Jul 1, In Iran tens of
thousands of people marched in Tehran as part of the al-Quds day
rallies held each year on the last Friday of Ramadan. Some
protesters trampled the Israeli flag and also chanted "down with the
USA." Similar rallies took place across the country.
2016 Jul 1, A leading Italian
newspaper reported that former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs,
"The Last Conversations," that no-one pressured him to resign but
alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence
decisions. It is due to be published on Sept. 9.
2016 Jul 1, In northern Kenya
suspected al-Shabab gunmen killed at least 6 people when they shot
at two buses traveling in Mandera County.
2016 Jul 1, Amnesty
International published "horrifying" accounts by migrants of
exploitation and sexual abuse in Libya, including Christians who
were abducted by Islamic State group militants and forced into
2016 Jul 1, Myanmar security
forces in Hpakant, Kachin state, were unable to control attackers
armed with sticks, knives and other weapons as they burned down a
mosque. The mosque's leaders had reportedly failed to meet a June 30
deadline set by local authorities to tear down the structure to make
way for construction of a bridge.
2016 Jul 1, It was reported
that Namibia has told two North Korean companies that their services
are no longer needed in the southern Africa country while UN
sanctions against Pyongyang remain in place over its nuclear and
2016 Jul 1, In Nigeria
kidnappers seized Alfred Nelson-Williams, Sierra Leone's deputy high
commissioner, as he was on his way to Kaduna from Abuja. They
demanded a $40 million ransom in the first kidnapping of a diplomat
from the west African country in more than half a century. The
diplomat was freed on July 5 but it was not clear whether or not a
ransom was paid.
(AFP, 7/2/16)(SFC, 7/2/16, p.A2)(Reuters, 7/6/16)
2016 Jul 1, Palestinian Sarah
Tarayreh (27) was killed when she pulled out a knife and threatened
an officer at a checkpoint near the flashpoint West Bank city of
Hebron. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a family traveling in a
car in the West Bank, killing an Israeli man and wounding his wife
and two teenage children.
2016 Jul 1, In Romania
organized crime prosecutors said they have found more than 2.3 tons
of cocaine stashed away in banana crates on ships with a street
value of 625 million euros ($694 million). A Bucharest court ruled
that the Moroccan suspected leader of the smuggling ring, as well as
four Lithuanians and a Colombian, be arrested for 30 days.
2016 Jul 1, Russian
whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was cleared by track and field's world
governing body to compete as a neutral athlete in the European
championships and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 800-meter runner
had provided evidence to the World Anti-Doping Agency of widespread
cheating in Russia that led the IAAF to bar the country's track and
field athletes from international competition, including the Rio
2016 Jul 1, In Russia an Il-76
plane with a crew of 10 disappeared while on a mission to fight
forest fires in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. Wreckage of the plane
was found on July 3 along with 8 bodies.
(AP, 7/1/16)(AP, 7/3/16)
2016 Jul 1, In Saudi Arabia
eighteen pilgrims were injured in a stampede near the Grand Mosque
in Mecca as Muslims gathered in large numbers to mark the Night of
Destiny, one of the high points of the holy fasting month of
2016 Jul 1, Serbian police, in
a bid to reduce the number of illegal weapons, offered an amnesty
over surrendering or registering illegal weapons until November.
2016 Jul 1, A Syrian warplane
crashed northeast of Damascus and its pilot was captured by Jaish
al-Islam rebels in Jeiroud.
(Reuters, 7/1/16)(AP, 7/2/16)
2016 Jul 1, Taiwan's military
mistakenly fired a supersonic anti-ship missile that hit a Taiwanese
fishing boat, killing one and injuring three people.
2016 Jul 1, Military-ruled
Thailand said it will buy three submarines worth around $1 billion
from China a move that signals warming ties with the regional
superpower as relations with the United States cool.
2016 Jul 1, A Turkish official
said Mehmet Sirin Kaya, a mastermind of the February 17 suicide
attack against military personnel in Ankara, has been killed in
counter-terrorism operations in the Lice district of Diyarbakir
2016 Jul 1, in southern Yemen
US Central Command (CENTCOM) killed 2 al-Qaida operatives in an air
(SFC, 7/9/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 2, The Washington
Wizards agreed to pay Ian Mahinmi $64 million over four years,
according to a person familiar with the deal.
2016 Jul 2, In Florida 5 people
were killed and 25 injured when a bus carrying farmworkers collided
with a tractor-trailer on US 98 in the state’s Panhandle.
(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A8)
2016 Jul 2, Elie Wiesel (87),
holocaust survivor, author of 57 books and Nobel Peace Prize
laureate (1986), died at his home in NYC.
(Reuters, 7/3/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.78)
2016 Jul 2, Michael Cimino
(77), director of the Oscar-winning Vietnam War film "The Deer
Hunter" (1978), died at his home in Beverly Hills. His films
included "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), “Heaven’s Gate" (1980),
"Year of the Dragon" (1985), "The Sicilian" (1987), "Desperate
Hours" (1990) and "The Sunchaser" (1996).
2016 Jul 2, Afghan Taliban
leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada called for an end to foreign
forces' "occupation" of Afghanistan as a preliminary step to a
settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a
country riven by decades of war.
2016 Jul 2, In Afghanistan at
least 2 civilians were killed after a suicide bomber on a motorbike
targeted a local tribal elder in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. In
southern Kandahar province unknown gunmen shot and killed 7
2016 Jul 2, Australia held
general elections. PM Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal Party-led coalition
needed 76 of 150 seats to form a government. On July 10 Turnbull
finally claimed victory for his conservative coalition. The
incumbent Liberal/National coalition secured 76 seats in the
150-seat lower House of Representatives.
(AP, 7/2/16)(AP, 7/10/16)(AFP, 7/11/16)
2016 Jul 2, An estimated 40,000
people marched through London, waving European flags and chanting
"We love you EU" to voice their opposition to Britain's stunning
vote to quit the bloc.
2016 Jul 2, In northern China a
coal mine flooded and trapped 12 miners.
2016 Jul 2, In Finland eight
Cuban volleyball players were arrested following allegations that a
woman was raped at a hotel where the team was staying in Tampere,
170 km (105 miles) north of Helsinki. Two were later released. On
June 30, 2017, a Finnish court of appeal cut the prison sentences of
five Cuban volleyball players jailed for aggravated rape in the
southwestern city of Turku.
(AP, 8/29/16)(AFP, 9/20/16)(AFP, 6/30/17)
2016 Jul 2, Michel Rocard
(b.1930), former French prime minister (1988-1991) under François
Mitterrand, died in Paris. He created the Revenu minimum d'insertion
(RMI), a social minimum welfare program for indigents, and achieved
the Matignon Accords regarding the status of New Caledonia.
2016 Jul 2, Israeli troops
locked down the occupied West Bank's most populous city Hebron and
surrounding villages after two Israelis were killed in Palestinian
2016 Jul 2, The Israeli
military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early today in
response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli
border town of Sderot.
2016 Jul 2, In Italy US Staff
Sgt. Halex Hale (24) was last seen at a friend's cookout in Sacile,
near Aviano Air Base north of Venice. His body, clad in a swimsuit,
was found on July 12 in a river in Sacile.
(AP, 7/10/16)(AP, 7/12/16)
2016 Jul 2, In northern Serbia
5 people were killed and another 22 were wounded when a man entered
a cafe in the village of Zitiste and opened fire with an assault
rifle. Z.S. killed his estranged wife and a another woman, before
firing at others in the cafe with an assault rifle he illegally
2016 Jul 2, In Syria government
airstrikes killed 43 people in a rebel-held area where militants had
captured and killed a government fighter pilot. 7 medical personnel
were among those killed in the town of Jeiroud (Jayrud).
(AP, 7/2/16)(AFP, 7/2/16)(AFP, 7/3/16)
2016 Jul 2, Syria's al
Qaeda-linked Nusra Front abducted Mohammad al Ghabi, the commander
of the Western-backed Jaish al-Tahrir brigade, and a number of his
aides in a house raid in Kfr Nubl in Idlib province. Jaish al Tahrir
has about 4,000 well trained fighters.
2016 Jul 2, Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Syrians could eventually be granted
Turkish citizenship "if they want it", in remarks which were met
with anger from opposition politicians and social media users.
2016 Jul 3, Noel Neill
(b.1920), film and TV actress who played Lois Lane in the “Superman"
movie serials and on TV, died at her home in Tucson.
(SFC, 7/6/16, p.D6)
2016 Jul 3, In Louisiana a
drunken driver, Tracy Govan (44), sideswiped a police car at a
traffic stop on I-55 in Sterlington killing Officer David Elahi and
injuring two others.
(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 3, Chinese authorities
said three days of heavy rain in southern China have left 50 people
dead and another 12 missing and destroyed thousands of homes, as
areas along the Yangtze River braced for more floods. The death toll
soon rose to 128 with damages to more than 1.9 million hectares of
crops and direct economic losses of more than 38 billion yuan ($5.70
(AP, 7/3/16)(Reuters, 7/5/16)
2016 Jul 3, In China protest
against an incinerator in Lubu town, Guangdong province, turned
violent and police were injured as people attempted to break into
2016 Jul 3, In Germany tens of
thousands took part the the annual gay pride parade in Cologne.
(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 3, An Indian official
said at least 40 people were feared dead following a weekend
downpour that triggered flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand
2016 Jul 3, In Iraq at least
115 people were killed in a suicide blast in the Karada district of
Baghdad. Another 5 people were killed in a Shiite neighborhood east
of Baghdad. The death toll from the truck bombing in the Karada
district continued to rise to at least 186 as more human remains
were recovered. The Health Ministry put the toll at 292.
(AP, 7/4/16)(AP, 7/4/16)(AP, 7/7/16)(Reuters,
2016 Jul 3, The Israeli army
attacked two Syrian military targets on the Golan Heights after
stray Syrian fire damaged the security fence along the demarcation
2016 Jul 3, Israeli firms
announced that a consortium led by US firm Noble Energy has approved
a $265-million project to sink a new well in the Tamar natural gas
field off Israel.
2016 Jul 3, In Libya a car bomb
exploded overnight in one of the busiest districts of Benghazi,
killing at least 2 police officers and wounding seven other people.
2016 Jul 3, A court in the
Maldives barred a group of journalists from working for their newly
formed media organization for two years, threatening its closure in
a move they criticized as an assault on media freedom in the
archipelago nation. The journalists had launched Mihaaru news two
months ago after the country's oldest and most reputed news
organization, Haveeru Media Group, was shut down as a result of
court arbitration of an ownership dispute.
2016 Jul 3, Myanmar's
bitterly-divided Rakhine State saw mass protests as thousands of
Buddhists, including monks, demonstrated in a show of opposition to
a government edict referring to Muslim communities in the restive
2016 Jul 3, In northern
Pakistan heavy monsoon rains overnight triggered flash floods that
killed at least 30 people in the Chitral district.
(AP, 7/3/16)(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 3, Philippine police
seized about 180 kg (400 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine worth
900 million pesos ($19.2 million).
2016 Jul 3, Turkey delivered
humanitarian aid and other non-military products to Gaza. The
Panama-flagged Lady Leyla landed in the Israeli port of Ashdod with
11,000 tons of supplies, including food packages of flour, rice, and
sugar, as well as 10,000 toys.
(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 4, US intelligence
group SITE said a regional branch of al Qaeda has urged Muslims in
India to revolt and carry out lone wolf attacks.
2016 Jul 4, In San Jose, Ca.,
police fatally shot Anthony Nunez on his front porch. In 2019 a
federal jury awarded his family $2.65 million in damages and
determined that the two officers who killed him violated his civil
rights. Nunez had been depressed and tried to shoot himself the day
(SSFC, 7/7/19, p.C1)
2016 Jul 4, San Diego police
found the body of a homeless man. A day earlier another body of a
homeless man was found burned under a highway. Police soon released
grainy images of a suspect taken from a convenience store camera.
Over the next two days two more homeless men were attacked in the
city. On July 7 police arrested Anthony Alexander Padgett (36) in
connection with the murder and attempted murder of the sleeping men,
some of whom were set on fire. A third victim died on July 10.
Padgett was released on July 11 due to lack of evidence.
(SFC, 7/6/16, p.A6)(SFC, 7/7/16, p.A6)(SFC,
7/11/16, p.A4)(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A12)
2016 Jul 4, In NYC Joey
Chestnut downed a record 70 hot dogs to regain the Mustard Yellow
Int’l. Belt at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 4, Twitter suspended
the account of Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has
carried out a series of attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria in the
last few months which pushed the country's crude production to
2016 Jul 4, Albania's main
opposition Democratic Party made a criminal complaint against PM Edi
Rama, accusing him of illegally funneling $80,000 to US President
Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 in return for a
photograph of the two men together.
2016 Jul 4, Leading Brexit
campaigner Nigel Farage (52) stepped down as leader of the UK
Independence Party as the shockwaves from Britain's decision to quit
the EU continued to reverberate.
2016 Jul 4, London Stock
Exchange Group shareholders voted overwhelmingly for a merger with
Deusche Boerse, operator of the Frankfurt exchange, despite concerns
it could be scuppered by Britain's EU exit.
2016 Jul 4, In China Ling
Jihua, former top presidential aide and consummate Chinese political
insider, was sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes,
illegally obtaining state secrets and abusing his power in a
downfall set off by an alleged cover-up of his son's death in a
2016 Jul 4, The European
Commission ordered seven Spanish football clubs including Barcelona
and Real Madrid to give back to the government a total of around 70
million euros ($78 million). The commission said state funding gave
them an unfair advantage over other clubs, and breached EU rules.
2016 Jul 4, Billionaire French
industrialist Serge Dassault (91), of aviation and software giant
Dassault Group, went on trial for allegedly stashing millions of
euros in tax havens.
2016 Jul 4, In Fiji a New
Zealand couple found a cloth bundle containing a severed head while
strolling along a popular beach. Similar tied bundles had washed
ashore in late June at Natadola Beach contained two pairs of feet.
Police believed the victims in the unsolved murder case were Russian
couple Yuri and Natalia Shipulin, who went missing from their farm
on the main island of Viti Levu last month.
2016 Jul 4, Iranian film
director Abbas Kiarostami (b.1940) died in Paris. He was later
buried in a private ceremony in northern Tehran. He wrote and
directed dozens of films including "Taste of Cherry" (1997), which
won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
2016 Jul 4, Iraq executed 5
convicted terrorists in Baghdad. A string of bombings in Baghdad
killed 16 people.
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A3)
2016 Jul 4, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu started his four-nation tour of Africa with a visit to
2016 Jul 4, An official said
Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied
West Bank, in a move likely to further raise tensions following a
series of Palestinian attacks.
2016 Jul 4, Israel forces
demolished the West Bank homes of two assailants’ families who
killed an Israeli citizen last December. Four Palestinian youths
were wounded in clashes with troops demolishing the homes.
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 4, Italian police
arrested 25 Eritreans, 12 Ethiopians and an Italian who they said
belonged to an organization that had smuggled thousands of migrants
into Europe from Africa.
2016 Jul 4, In Japan fourteen
inmates in an immigration detention center launched a hunger strike
over what they call "inhumane conditions" including poor medical
care, drawing fresh attention to the country's detention system.
2016 Jul 4, Hundreds of Kenyans
including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators
peacefully protested against what they said are pervasive killings
linked to police, as a court ordered three police officers be held
for two weeks on charges they murdered three men.
2016 Jul 4, In Mexico 11
tourists were killed in a bus crash south of Tulum, Quintana Roo
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 4, Nigeria’s central
bank dismissed the management of Skye Bank, the country’s eighth
biggest lender by assets, amid concerns that it had failed to keep
thick enough buffers of capital to absorb losses on bad debts..
(Econ, 7/23/16, p.57)
2016 Jul 4, In Nigeria
suspected militants blew up a pipeline in the southern Batan and
Makarava areas of Delta State. Militants from the Niger Delta
Avengers said in a short statement on their website that they
carried out the attacks.
2016 Jul 4, In Saudi Arabia a
suicide bomber carried out an attack near the US Consulate in the
city of Jiddah (Jeddah). The attacker died and two security men were
lightly wounded. A suicide bombing in Medina killed 4 people.
Another suicide bombing took place near a Shiite mosque in Qatif.
Body parts of three people were found.
(AP, 7/4/16)(AP, 7/5/16)
2016 Jul 4, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13,000 civilians have
fled the Islamic State bastion of Manbij since the launch of a
US-backed offensive there.
2016 Jul 4, Turkey charged
thirteen suspects, including three foreign nationals, in connection
with the June 28 suicide assault.
2016 Jul 4, In southern Yemen
US Central Command (CENTCOM) killed 2 al-Qaida operatives in a drone
strike in Shabwa province.
(SFC, 7/9/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 4, In Zimbabwe a
protest by taxi drivers against a police crackdown turned violent
when residents joined in and hurled rocks at police, who fired
teargas to disperse the rioters. Drivers accused police of seeking
to raise money for their operations by imposing hefty fines on their
2016 Jul 5, US FBI Director
James Comey said the agency would not recommend criminal charges
against Hillary Clinton for her use of an unsecured home server to
handle classified emails as secretary of state.
(SFC, 7/6/16, p.A8)
2016 Jul 5, NASA celebrated a
key triumph as its $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped
into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the
2016 Jul 5, A federal judge
ruled that Kansas cannot cut off Medicaid funding for two Planned
(SFC, 7/6/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 5, In Louisiana about
200 protestors took to the streets of Baton Rouge after Louisiana
police Officer Blane Salamoni shot and killed Alton Sterling (37), a
black man, outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store. In 2017 the
Dept. of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it will
not file charges in the case. Toxicology results later showed that
Sterling had a number of drugs in his system at the time of
confrontation. In March, 2018, the state's attorney general ruled
out criminal charges against the two white officers involved in the
case. Officer Salamoni was fired on March 30, 2018.
(SFC, 7/7/16, p.A8)(SFC, 5/3/17, p.A4)(SFC,
3/28/18, p.A6)(SFC, 3/31/18, p.A6)
2016 Jul 5, Chevron, Exxon
Mobil and its other partners said they will spend $36.8 billion to
develop more oil in Kazakhstan in a venture called Tengizchevroil.
2016 Jul 5, The Bank of England
relaxed commercial banks' capital requirements to boost lending to
businesses and households, and warned that financial stability risks
"have begun to crystallise" after Brexit.
2016 Jul 5, Police in the
Central African Republic said clashes between rival rebel factions
have left at least 10 dead and 25 injured in Bambari.
2016 Jul 5, In northeastern
Congo DRC suspected rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF),
a Ugandan Islamist group, hacked to death at least 9 people in a
village near Oicha.
2016 Jul 5, France's government
forced approval of a contested labor bill in the lower house of
Parliament without a vote — for a second time — because of
resistance from the left and right.
2016 Jul 5, Dozens of French
farmers protested against the presence of bears in the Pyrenees
mountains, after a flock of 125 sheep took fright and fell to their
death in a ravine over the weekend. brown bears were reintroduced to
the area 20 years ago after disappearing in the early 1990s.
2016 Jul 5, An Indonesian
suicide bomber believed to be a supporter of the Islamic State
militant group attacked a police station in the city of Solo,
killing himself and wounding a police officer.
2016 Jul 5, Iran’s
Revolutionary Guard killed two Kurdish insurgents who have been on
the run since last week. They were part of a larger group, 11 of
whom were killed in clashes with Iranian forces last week in Iran's
western Kurdistan province.
2016 Jul 5, Iraq said
government forces have now seized all villages in the Haj Ali area
and reached the eastern bank of the Tigris, around 60 km (40 miles)
south of Mosul.
2016 Jul 5, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu met with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on
counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security on
the second leg of his Africa tour.
2016 Jul 5, In Italy Amedeo
Mancin, described as a local soccer club hooligan, beat Emmanuel
Chidi Namdi of Nigeria in the north-central town of Fermo when he
tried to defend his wife after Mancin insulted her with a racial
slur and started to drag her. Namdi was bludgeoned, fell into a coma
and died the next day.
2016 Jul 5, Japan and the US
announced that they will reduce the number of civilians working on
American military bases who receive immunity from Japanese
2016 Jul 5, New Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte named five active and retired police
generals as protectors of drug syndicates, and sacked those still in
2016 Jul 5, Spanish police
arrested 11 people and searched 20 town halls across the country in
the latest corruption and fraud investigation. The raids were part
of a parallel probe into the alleged practice by Convergence — one
of the region's ruling parties — of charging businesses a commission
in exchange for awarding public works projects.
2016 Jul 5, Turkey’s Dogan news
agency reported that seventeen people including 11 Russians have
been charged over the Istanbul airport attack, bringing to 30 the
total number charged in connection with the suicide assault.
2016 Jul 6, Pres. Barack Obama,
saying the security situation in Afghanistan remained precarious,
said he will keep US troop levels there at 8,400 through the end of
his administration rather than reducing them to 5,500 by year's end
as previously planned.
2016 Jul 6, The United States
sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time,
citing "notorious abuses of human rights".
2016 Jul 6, Minnesota police
Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile (32), a black man, at a
traffic stop in St. Paul. Castile, an elementary school cafeteria
worker, soon died in a hospital. Protesters gathered peacefully at
the scene of the incident and at the state governor's residence,
chanting anti-police slogans and demanding action from the governor.
On June 16, 2017, Yanez was acquitted of 2nd degree murder charges.
In November the St. Anthony City Council voted to pay $775,000 to
Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, and her daughter. Reynolds
was in the car and streamed the shooting’s aftermath live on
(CSM, 7/7/16)(SFC, 5/31/17, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/18/17,
p.A8)(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2016 Jul 6, The US Consumer
Product Safety Commission said over 500,000 hover boards are being
recalled following dozens of reports of fires and spewing smoke from
(SFC, 7/7/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 6, Former Fox News
anchor Gretchen Carlson filed sexual harassment charges against
Roger Ailes (76), the founder and head of Fox News.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A7)
2016 Jul 6, The African Union
said it plans to pull its soldiers out of Somalia where they are
fighting jihadists by December 2020.
2016 Jul 6, In Brazil Several
thousand people demonstrated in Rio de Janeiro, calling for a
"boycott" of the Olympic Games less than a month ahead of an event
plagued by a financial crisis and crime. Most of the protesters were
teachers who have been on strike for three months demanding payment
of back wages.
2016 Jul 6, Former British PM
Tony Blair voiced "sorrow, regret and apology" after Sir John
Chilcot’s 2.6m-word damning report on the Iraq war, but said he did
not mislead parliament and did not regret toppling Saddam Hussein.
(AFP, 7/6/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.14)
2016 Jul 6, EU lawmakers
endorsed plans for a new border and coast guard agency to
helps manage thousands of people trying to reach Europe for
sanctuary or jobs.
(SFC, 7/7/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 6, In France Karim
Mohammed-Aggad, the brother of one of the Islamist attackers who
killed 130 people in Paris, was sentenced to nine years' jail for
traveling to Syria to train as a militant fighter.
2016 Jul 6, Georgia and the
United States signed a security deal in Tbilisi designed to shore up
the former Soviet republic's defenses against Russia as it waits to
2016 Jul 6, In Greece most
workers on the the Athens public transport system walked off the job
in a 24-hour strike to protest privatizations that are part of the
country's international bailout conditions.
2016 Jul 6, In Iran "armed
bandits" killed four border guards in an ambush near the Pakistani
border. Several of the gunmen were reported killed or wounded.
2016 Jul 6, Israel relaunched
the bidding process to build 42 new homes in the in Kiryat
Arba settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian
stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli last week.
2016 Jul 6, Italian police
arrested 11 people accused of crimes linked to public events,
including last year's Milan Expo, and channeling money they
collected to the Sicilian mafia.
2016 Jul 6, Japan’s Nintendo
video-gaming firm released Pokemon Go, an app for smart phones, in
American, Australia and New Zealand. The Pokemon franchise began as
a video game in 1996.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.54)
2016 Jul 6, Kenyan motorcycle
taxi drivers burned a police post as thousands demonstrated across
the country against extra-judicial killings linked to police that
rights activists said is pervasive.
(SFC, 7/7/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 6, In Libya a car bomb
killed 11 soldiers in Benghazi as they held evening prayers on the
first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
2016 Jul 6, Philippine troops
fought about 200 Abu Sayyaf gunmen for five hours In Basilan
province. Clashes resumed the next day.
2016 Jul 6, Romania's
Constitutional Court ruled that mayors who are handed suspended
prison sentences for corruption must resign.
2016 Jul 6, In South Africa
Oscar Pistorius (29), a world-famous disabled Olympian, was
sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of girlfriend
2016 Jul 6, In Spain a
Barcelona court sentenced soccer star Lionel Messi and his father to
21 months in prison for tax fraud, with both sentences likely to be
2016 Jul 6, The Free Syrian
Army rebel alliance said it would respect a 3-day Eid holiday
ceasefire, but only if government forces also abided by it, accusing
the government of having already violated the truce.
2016 Jul 6, In Turkey 2 Syrians
accidentally blew themselves up while handling explosives in a house
in the southern border town of Reyhanli.
2016 Jul 6, In Ukraine several
thousand trade union activists marched through the streets of Kiev
to the country's parliament to protest an upcoming hike in utility
2016 Jul 6, Yemeni troops
backed by a Saudi-led coalition recaptured an army headquarters
adjoining Aden airport from suspected jihadists after a suicide
bomber killed 10 soldiers.
(AFP, 7/6/16)(AP, 7/6/16)
2016 Jul 6, The Vatican said
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Brazilian Bishop Aldo
di Cillo Pagotto of Paraiba who was accused of turning a blind eye
to suspected pedophile priests in his diocese.
2016 Jul 6, In Zimbabwe riot
police patrolled through the capital Harare as a call for a national
strike against President Robert Mugabe's economic policies closed
businesses and crippled the public transport system. The protest was
led by Evan Mawarire, whose hashtag #ThisFlag has caught the
nation’s imagination. Zimbabweans stayed at home and foreign banks
and most businesses in the capital shut down operations in one of
the biggest protests against high unemployment, corruption, and
acute cash shortage.
(AFP, 7/6/16)(Reuters, 7/6/16)(Econ, 7/30/16,
2016 Jul 7, The US government
gave tentative approval for scheduled commercial airline service to
Havana from 10 American cities, advancing President Barack Obama's
effort to normalize relations with Cuba.
2016 Jul 7, The United States
said it was returning about $1.5 million to Taiwan that came from
the sale of US properties the government alleges were bought with
the proceeds of bribes paid to the family of former Taiwan President
2016 Jul 7, The US State
Department said the US will provide nearly $23 million in additional
humanitarian aid to help people affected by the crisis in eastern
2016 Jul 7, A US government
regulator said Elizabeth Holmes, the head of blood-testing startup
Theranos, would be barred from owning or running a laboratory for
two years. In June Walgreens ended its three-year partnership with
Theranos following news of flaws in the company’s blood testing.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.55)
2016 Jul 7, Maryland
prosecutors dropped a misconduct charge in the bench trial of Lt.
Brian Rice in the case of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19, 2015,
from injuries suffered while shackled in a Baltimore police van.
Rice still faced other charges.
(SFC, 7/8/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 7, In Dallas, Texas,
Micah Johnson (25), a US Army reservist who served in Afghanistan,
gunned down 5 officers before being killed in a standoff with
police. Seven more officers were wounded in the attack that ended
when police used a robot bomb to kill Johnson, who told them he
wanted to kill white officers. Police took three people into
(Reuters, 7/8/16)(AFP, 7/9/16)
2016 Jul 7, Australia's
greyhound industry was reeling after New South Wales, the country's
most populous, state banned the sport following a string of scandals
including "live baiting" and the slaughter of tens of thousands of
2016 Jul 7, In Bangladesh
militants attacked police guarding the country's biggest festival
marking the end of Ramadan, killing 3 people and wounding 14 in
Kishoreganj town, days after Islamic State claimed a major attack in
the capital. Two attackers were reported killed and three arrested.
2016 Jul 7, Brazilian police
seized documents and questioned suspects to investigate Panama's FPB
Bank in connection to a sweeping graft probe of political corruption
at state-run companies.
2016 Jul 7, Britain jailed four
former Barclays bankers for manipulating the key inter-bank Libor
interest rate, with the highest sentence being 6.5 years.
2016 Jul 7, Five men were
crushed to death when a concrete wall collapsed at a metal recycling
site in Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city.
2016 Jul 7, A British court
awarded a £53 million (62 million euro, $69 million) divorce
settlement to Christina Estrada (54), a former model, who had
demanded £196 million from Sheikh Walid Juffali (61), her
Saudi billionaire husband, including £1 million a year just for
2016 Jul 7, Cambodia dismissed
accusations by anti-corruption pressure group Global Witness that PM
Hun Sen and his family have amassed $200 million in business
interests including some with links to land grabs and environmental
(Reuters, 7/7/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.31)
2016 Jul 7, Cambodia said
tourists showing cleavage or wearing skimpy clothes will be banned
from the famed Angkor temple complex, after a slew of photos emerged
of scantily-clad visitors at the sacred site.
2016 Jul 7, France-based
Danone, the world’s largest yogurt maker, agreed to buy WhiteWave
Foods, a natural-food group, for $12.5 billion.
(Econ, 7/9/16, p.53)
2016 Jul 7, The German
parliament passed a landmark "no means no" rape law, broadening the
definition of sex crimes and making it easier to deport migrants and
refugees who commit them.
2016 Jul 7, In Iraq a triple
suicide attack late today near a Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad
killed 37 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
2016 Jul 7, In Kazakhstan a
Russian space capsule was launched beginning a two-day trip to the
International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule carried Russian
Anatoly Ivanshin, NASA's Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi of Japan’s
space agency JAXA.
2016 Jul 7, The Niger Delta
Avengers attacked more oil infrastructure in southern Nigeria,
ignoring a call for unity from Pres. Muhammadu Buhari.
2016 Jul 7, Philippine troops,
backed by rocket-firing helicopters and artillery fire, killed up to
9 Abu Sayyaf extremists in fighting after the new military chief
warned of a "shock and awe" offensive to wipe out the militant group
known for its brutality.
2016 Jul 7, The Philippines
ordered the suspension of operations at two nickel ore mines for
environmental violations and halted the issuance of exploration
permits as a nationwide crackdown led by a new mining minister
2016 Jul 7, Poland's parliament
rushed through legislation governing the Constitutional Tribunal, an
attempt to address international concerns about the rule of law a
day before Pres. Obama and other Western leaders arrive in Warsaw
for a NATO summit.
2016 Jul 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin signed into law a package of controversial
anti-terror amendments dubbed "Big Brother" measures by critics that
may cost internet companies billions.
2016 Jul 7, Russian officials
said at least 7 militants and one law enforcement officer have been
killed in clashes in Dagestan in the North Caucasus region.
2016 Jul 7, In South Korea Shin
Young-ja, the daughter of the founder of the Lotte Group
conglomerate, was arrested on charges including breach of trust and
2016 Jul 7, In South Sudan 5
government soldiers were killed in a shootout late today between
opposing army factions in the capital. The UN mission reported an
attack on a senior official in the Tomping area of Juba.
2016 Jul 7, The Syrian army
advanced within firing range of the rebels' sole supply route to
Aleppo in heavy fighting despite its announcement of a ceasefire for
the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Saudi-backed rebel group Jaish al-Islam
(Army of Islam) said four of its fighters were killed trying to stop
the army from cutting the Castello Road, the only route into
rebel-held areas of Aleppo.
2016 Jul 7, In Taiwan an
explosion hit a commuter train in Taipei injuring at least 24
(SFC, 7/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 7, A Vatican court
declared it had no jurisdiction to prosecute two journalists for
having published confidential information. A Vatican monsignor and
an Italian communications expert were convicted for having conspired
to pass documents to the journalists.
(SFC, 7/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 8, US President Barack
Obama expressed concern about the state of democracy in Poland,
publicly rebuking a right-wing government that has paralyzed the
constitutional court and taken steps to control state run media.
Obama shared his worries with Polish President Andrzej Duda in a
one-on-one meeting before the opening of a NATO summit in Warsaw.
2016 Jul 8, Ten US states sued
the federal government over rules requiring public schools to alow
transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms conforming to
their gender identity.
(SFC, 7/9/16, p.A11)
2016 Jul 8, Thousands of
protesters marched in US cities late today, one day after a black
extremist shot dead five cops who were protecting a peaceful march
against police brutality in Dallas, Texas.
2016 Jul 8, In Pennsylvania
Grace Packer (14), the adopted daughter of Sara Packer, was raped
and smothered to death in a “rape-murder fantasy" shared by the
mother and her boyfriend Jacob Sullivan. The couple dismembered the
body in October and it was found by two hunters in Luzerne County on
Oct 31. On Jan 6 Sullivan began confessing to the murder.
(SFC, 1/9/17, p.A12)
2016 Jul 8, Austrian President
Heinz Fischer ended his term, temporarily leaving official duties in
the hands of the country's three parliamentary presidents pending a
rerun of elections to succeed him.
2016 Jul 8, Bangladeshi
teenager Zakir Hossain Shawon (18), who police say was a suspect in
last week's deadly attack on a Dhaka café, died in custody. His
family insisted he was a hostage and alleging torture by security
2016 Jul 8, PM David Cameron
announced that Britain is lifting a ban on women serving in
frontline combat roles in the army.
2016 Jul 8, President Raul
Castro told Cubans to brace for tough times because the
Communist-run country must cut spending and energy supply as it
deals with a cash crunch and reduced oil imports from ally
2016 Jul 8, El Salvador
authorities said they have arrested five police officers and five
civilians for alleged ties to a death squad that killed as many as
40 gang members in the eastern part of the country. According to
prosecutors, a group of businesspeople, whose identities were not
released, had brought together national police in some towns to
offer them money in exchange for killing gang members.
2016 Jul 8, Indian PM Narendra
Modi took his Africa tour to South Africa, seeking to boost trade
between two countries.
2016 Jul 8, Indian security
services Jammu and Kashmir state shot dead Burhan Wani (22), a
militant known for his calls to arms on social media and leader of
Hizb-ul Mujahideen, one of a number of groups fighting Indian
control of the Muslim-majority region.
2016 Jul 8, In Indonesia a
military helicopter crashed into a house in a village near the city
of Yogyakarta, killing 3 of the six people aboard.
2016 Jul 8, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi fired Baghdad's security chief following a recent series of
2016 Jul 8, Mongolia's
parliament appointed Jargaltulga Erdenebayar (42), a former finance
minister, as the new prime minister amid near-flat growth and
2016 Jul 8, Leaders of the NATO
military alliance met in Warsaw and began a landmark summit that
will order ambitious actions against a daunting array of dangers to
the security of their nations and citizenry, including a rearmed and
increasingly unfriendly Russia to Europe's east and violent Islamic
extremism to the south. Finland and Sweden joined NATO leaders at
the top table for the first time as Russia's military build-up
pushed the two countries closer to the western military alliance.
(AP, 7/8/16)(Reuters, 7/8/16)
2016 Jul 8, In Nigeria a
suicide bomber killed at least 9 people and injured around 12 others
in an attack on a mosque in Damboa, Borno state, during early
2016 Jul 8, Nigerian militants
said they have blown up a crude oil pipeline belonging to Italian
oil company Agip in Bayelsa state.
2016 Jul 8, In Pakistan
national hero Abdul Sattar Edhi (92), the founder of the country's
largest welfare organisation, died in Karachi.
2016 Jul 8, South Korea and the
United States said they would deploy an advanced missile defense
system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea, drawing
a sharp and swift protest from neighboring China.
2016 Jul 8, In South Sudan at
least 115 soldiers from rival factions were killed in gunbattles in
the capital Juba as gunfire erupted near the state house where
President Salva Kiir and vice president Riek Machar, former rivals,
were meeting for talks.
2016 Jul 8, In Spain six
foreigners, including three Americans, were among seven people gored
in a hair-raising second running of the bulls at Pamplona's San
2016 Jul 8, In northwestern
Syria airstrikes on a village killed 23 people and wounded dozens in
Darkoush, Idlib province, despite a declared 3-day truce. Syrian
rebels fired a rocket barrage on residential areas in the government
side of Aleppo, killing 44 according to state media.
(AP, 7/8/16)(AP, 7/9/16)
2016 Jul 8, In Syria militants
shot down a military helicopter near Palmyra, killing 2 Russian
pilots on board.
2016 Jul 8, Super typhoon
Nepartak hit Taiwan, driving thousands of people from their homes,
disrupting power supplies and grounding more than 600 flights. The
storm caused at least 3 deaths and more than 300 injuries.
(Reuters, 7/8/16)(Reuters, 7/9/16)
2016 Jul 8, Tanzania's High
Court raising the legal age of marriage for girls to 18 and ruled
that two sections of the 1971 Marriage Act, that allow girls to
marry at 15 with parental consent and 14 with the permission of a
court, are unconstitutional.
2016 Jul 8, Turkish fighter
jets struck Kurdish militant targets in southeastern Hakkari
province and northern Iraq. The Turkish Army reportedly "neutralized
17 separatist terror organization members" in Hakkari province and
two militants in Van province.
(Reuters, 7/8/16)(AP, 7/9/16)
2016 Jul 9, Thousands of people
rallied in cities across the US to protest killings by police
(SFC, 7/11/16, p.A4)
2016 July 9, In Missouri an
off-duty police officer shot and killed Tyler Gebhard (20), who had
broken into his home after throwing a 50-pound planter box through a
window. The officer and Gebhard had argued online over the Black
Lives Matter movement.
(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A5)
2016 Jul 9, Sydney H. Schanberg
(82), a former correspondent for The New York Times, died in
Poughkeepsie, NY. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage
of the genocide in Cambodia in 1975. The film "The Killing Fields"
(1984) was inspired by the story of the survival of his assistant.
2016 Jul 9, In Afghanistan
Taliban commander Omar Mansoor, aka Umar Naray, was killed in an
airstrike in Nangarhar province. He was responsible for the 2014 on
a Pakistani school that left more than 130 children dead.
(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 9, Thousands of
Bosnians raised their hands in prayer as a truck bearing 127 coffins
passed through the capital on its way to Srebrenica, where the newly
identified victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II
will be buried July 11 on the 21th anniversary of the crime.
2016 Jul 9, British lawyers
signed a letter saying: Our legal opinion is that the June 23
referendum is advisory." The letter was signed by 1054 prominent
2016 Jul 9, In China the
remains of super typhoon Nepartak made landfall in eastern Fujian
province, bringing high winds and heavy rain, and forcing the
relocation of hundreds of thousands of people.
2016 Jul 9, In India’s Jammu
and Kashmir state at least 9 protesters died as crowds angered by
the killing of a separatist militant clashed with armed police,
torching buildings and blocking streets. Over 20,000 people had
gathered for the funeral of Burhan Wani, killed a day earlier.
(AP, 7/9/16)(Econ, 7/16/16, p.33)
2016 Jul 9, Gunmen kidnapped
three Indonesian members of a tugboat crew off Malaysia's eastern
state of Sabah. Four other crew members were left behind by the
kidnappers who came in a speedboat.
2016 Jul 9, Iraqi government
forces recaptured an air base in Qayara from the Islamic State
group, a victory hailed by the prime minister as a key step ahead of
the long-awaited operation to push the militants from the northern
city of Mosul.
2016 Jul 9, In central Mali
unidentified gunmen killed 2 soldiers in the Koro region near the
border with Burkina Faso.
2016 Jul 9, In Mexico a series
of attacks by gunmen in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state, killed 15
people over the last 24 hours.
(SSFC, 7/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 9, NATO allies agreed
to help fund Afghan security forces to the tune of around $1 billion
annually over the next three years, despite public fatigue in
Western countries about their involvement in the long-running
2016 Jul 9, The Pacific island
of Nauru held elections, with international observers invited to
monitor the polls for the first time in more than a decade after
criticism over human rights in the world's smallest republic. 67
candidates vied for support from just under 8,000 registered voters
for the 19 seats in parliament.
2016 Jul 9, North Korea fired a
ballistic missile from a submarine but according to South Korea it
appeared to have failed soon after launch.
2016 Jul 9, In Spain a man from
Valencia died after being gored in a late-night bull run near the
southern town of Alicante. Two men were gored and 12 others injured
in the more popular morning bull-run race in Pamplona.
2016 Jul 9, Syria's military
said it would extend its own cease-fire for three days, even as
pro-government forces advanced against rebels in the north. Syrian
regime forces repelled a fierce assault by opposition fighters
seeking to reopen their only supply route into Aleppo city, killing
at least 29 rebels.
(AP, 7/9/16)(AFP, 7/10/16)
2016 Jul 9, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish militants carried out a car bomb attack on a military
outpost and then opened fire on the facility, killing two soldiers
and a civilian and wounding dozens in the town of Cevizlik.
2016 Jul 10, Barack Obama met
Spain's King Felipe in Madrid, during a symbolic but abbreviated
first presidential trip to Spain in the wake of America's latest
spasm of violence.
2016 Jul 10, Seth Rich
(b.1989), an American employee for the Democratic National Committee
(DNC), died after he was fatally shot in the Bloomingdale
neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Police suspected he may have been
killed in an attempted robbery.
2016 Jul 10, In southern
California the driver of an SUV struck and killed 3 women (16-20)
and then fled the scene in Santa Ana.
(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 10, In Chicago weekend
violence left 43 people shot, 4 of them fatally, bringing the year’s
homicide number to at least 344.
(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 10, In northwestern
Nevada 2 federal firefighters were killed when their vehicle crashed
while returning from a patrol for lightning-sparked wildfires.
(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 10, In Cambodia Kem
Ley (45), a well-known critic of the government, was shot dead in
what police said was a personal dispute over money. He was killed at
a gas station in Phnom Penh. His attacker, identified as Oeut Ang,
was soon arrested. Ang’s wife later said her husband was too poor to
have loaned any money. Opposition parties suggested a political
conspiracy behind the killing.
(AP, 7/10/16)(AP, 7/12/16)
2016 Jul 10, Following a
two-day meeting in Shanghai trade ministers from the G20 nations
called on their governments to roll back anti-trade measures that
have become more pervasive than any time since 2009.
2016 Jul 10, Chinese officials
in Fujian province said at least 2 people were dead and 17 others
missing after Typhoon Nepartak battered the coast with heavy rain
and strong winds that toppled homes and triggered landslides. On
July 18 news media reported that the government has fired three
officials in Fujian province after tropical storm Nepartak killed 83
people and left 19 others missing.
(AP, 7/10/16)(AP, 7/18/16)
2016 Jul 10, In Germany more
than 120 police officers were injured and 86 demonstrators were
detained during leftist riots overnight in Berlin. Activists had
called for the demonstration to protest against police operations at
buildings taken over the squatters in the eastern part of the city
2016 Jul 10, Iranian news
reported that unknown gunmen in western Iran killed two people and
injured a lawmaker and a local governor after opening fire on their
2016 Jul 10, In Israel the
finds from some three-decades of excavation unearthing a Philistine
cemetery went on display at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in
Jerusalem. Their presence between 1200 and around 600 BC is evident
on a thin coastal strip running from present-day Gaza to Tel Aviv.
2016 Jul 10, Israel's
government approved nearly $13 million in financing for the West
Bank settlements of Kiryat Arba and within Hebron.
2016 Jul 10, Japan's ruling
coalition was a clear winner in parliamentary elections, paving the
way for PM Shinzo Abe to push ahead with his economic revival
policies. PM Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party won 56 of 121 upper
house seats up for grabs. Coalition parnter Komeito won 14 seats.
(AP, 7/10/16)(SFC, 7/11/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 10, The death toll in
India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state rose to 20 as clashes
between Indian troops and protesters killed 4 protesters and a
police officer, despite a curfew imposed in the to suppress
anti-India anger following the killing of a popular rebel commander.
2016 Jul 10, The Islamic Jihad
militant group said one of its tunnels in Gaza has collapsed,
killing a militant who was inside.
2016 Jul 10, Portugal beat
France 1-0 in extra time in Paris to win the European Championship
for its first major soccer trophy.
2016 Jul 10, The residence of
South Sudan's vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar was
attacked by forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. Kenya Airways said
it was suspending flights to Juba due to uncertain security.
2016 Jul 10, In Spain
bullfighter Victor Barrio (29) was fatally gored at the Teruel
bullring, the first professional matador to be killed in the ring
2016 Jul 10, In Tanzania
visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi and President John Pombe Magufuli
signed five agreements, including one to provide credit $92 million
to improve water accessibility on the island of Zanzibar.
2016 Jul 10, A Thai journalist
was detained by police in Ratchaburi province while reporting on the
New Democracy Movement, a group opposed to the military government.
Three activists of the group were also detained. Taweesak Kerdpoka
was the first journalist to be arrested under a new law that makes
it illegal to criticize the planned August 7 referendum on a new
2016 Jul 10, In Turkey two
Kurdish militant bomb attacks ripped through a military outpost and
an army vehicle, killing 5 members of the armed forces in Hakkari
2016 Jul 11, US Defense
Secretary Ash Carte announced that The United States is stepping up
its military campaign against Islamic State (IS) by sending hundreds
more troops to assist Iraqi forces in an expected push on Mosul, the
militants' largest stronghold, later this year.
2016 Jul 11, The US Department
of Defense announced the transfer of Yemeni national Mansur Ahmad
Saad al-Dayfi and Tajik national Muhammadi Davlatov to Serbia,
leaving 76 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.
2016 Jul 11, In Michigan jail
inmate Larry Darnell Gordon (44) wrested a gun from an officer
killing 2 bailiffs and injuring two others before he was fatally
shot by other officers.
(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 11, It was announced
that Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta have sold their Ultimate Fighting
Championship (UFC) to a group led by WME-IMG, an American talent
agency for $4 billion and retained a minority interest. The
Fertittas had purchased the UFC for $2 million in 2001. The Abu
Dhabi government continued to own 10%.
(http://tinyurl.com/jv6sasd)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.51)
2016 Jul 11, British Home
Secretary Theresa May (b.1956) became the country's
leader-in-waiting after her sole remaining rival unexpectedly
withdrew. PM David Cameron welcomed the development and said he
would offer his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on July 13.
(AP, 7/11/16)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.18)
2016 Jul 11, British veteran
Labour MP Angela Eagle announced a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn as
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.46)
2016 Jul 11, Indian authorities
struggled to contain street protests by Kashmiris defying patrols
and a stringent curfew after at least 25 people died in clashes that
followed the killing of a top rebel leader.
2016 Jul 11, Indian PM Narendra
Modi Monday held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in
Nairobi and agreed to further expand investment ties between the two
countries and diversify trade.
2016 Jul 11, Iran detained
Robin Shahini of San Diego who travelled there to see his mother who
was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He received an 18-year
prison sentence for "collaboration with a hostile government". On
Feb 15, 2017, Shahini began a hunger strike to contest his
incarceration. After two weeks he was released on bail.
2016 Jul 11, Israel's
parliament adopted a law seen as targeting left-wing groups critical
of the government by forcing NGOs that receive most of their funding
from foreign states to declare it.
2016 Jul 11, Nigeria said
gunmen believed to be nomadic Fulani herdsmen have killed scores of
villagers in Benue State in a long-running conflict over grazing
rights. Nigeria's Channels television put the number of dead at 81
in the past two weeks after attacks on farming villages in the Logo
and Ukum areas of the state.
2016 Jul 11, North Korea said
it has told the United States it will sever the only channel of
communication between them, at the United Nations in New York, after
Washington blacklisted leader Kim Jong Un last week for human rights
2016 Jul 11,The Philippine
military said government troops have killed 40 Abu Sayyaf extremists
and wounded 25 others in two battlefronts in the first major
counterterrorism offensive in the south under the new president.
2016 Jul 11, In Portugal 3
people died in an accident involving a Hercules C130 military cargo
plane at the Montijo military airport.
2016 Jul 11, Puerto Rico
authorities said they have seized $2.7 million worth of cocaine off
the territory's north coast. They also arrested two people and were
looking for one fugitive.
2016 Jul 11, Romania's
President Klaus Iohannis signed into law legislation obliging
supermarkets to sell at least 51% locally-produced meat, fruit, eggs
2016 Jul 11, South African
police said twin brothers Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie (23),
arrested on terrorism charges over the weekend, were plotting to
blow up the US embassy in Pretoria and Jewish institutions, and
planned to join the Islamic State.
2016 Jul 11, South Africa's
telecoms regulator ordered the public broadcaster to reverse its May
26 decision to stop airing footage of violent protests, a policy
which critics said amounted to censorship.
2016 Jul 11, South Sudan's as
President Salva Kiir ordered a ceasefire after a new day of heavy
fighting in the capital Juba that sent thousands of people fleeing
and threatened a return to civil war. Five foreigners were raped and
their local colleague murdered at the Terrain Hotel in Juba as Pres.
Kiir's troops won a three-day battle over opposition forces loyal to
ex-Vice President Riek Machar. Lt. Col. Luka Akechak, the unit
commander at the hotel, later became one of more than a dozen South
Sudanese soldiers standing trial in a military court. Akechak was
found dead in October 2017 following medical treatment in Juba.
(AFP, 7/11/16)(Reuters, 10/20/17)
2016 Jul 11, In Syria rebels
launched an attack against government positions in Aleppo in
response to an offensive that cut a road leading into the
opposition-held sector of the city. State television said 8 people
had been killed and that the bombardments had brought down
2016 Jul 11, Taiwan's major
state-run banks froze withdrawals from nearly 1,000 ATMs following
the theft of more than T$80 million ($2.5 million) from dozens of
First Bank's ATMs supplied by Germany's Wincor Nixdorf. On July 17
police said three out of 16 foreign suspects have been arrested, one
from Latvia and two from rom. Police said the remaining 13 suspects,
including two from Russia, have left Taiwan.
2016 Jul 11, Thai journalist
Taweesak Kerdpoka and four activists were charged under a draconian
law banning criticism of the junta's new constitution which will be
voted on in a referendum next month.
2016 Jul 11, Thai country
singer and political activist Thanat Thanawatcharanon, known by his
stage name Tom Dundee, was sentenced by a military court to more
than three years in jail for insulting the monarchy, adding to a
7½-year sentence a criminal court imposed on him earlier for the
2016 Jul 11, Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his plan to give Syrian refugees
Turkish citizenship in comments published today, arguing the country
has ample space after a backlash against the suggestion.
2016 Jul 11, Human Rights Watch
said Turkey's government is blocking access to independent
investigations into alleged mass abuses against civilians in
southeast Turkey, where security forces are fighting Kurdish
2016 Jul 11, Venezuela's
President Nicolas Maduro said that Citibank NA, planned to shut his
government's foreign currency accounts within a month, denouncing
the move by one of its main foreign financial intermediaries as part
of a "blockade."
2016 Jul 12, Human Rights Watch
urged an end to "forced anal examinations" with a report documenting
them in eight countries, mostly in Africa, saying the practice is
based on flawed ideas about supposedly proving homosexual conduct.
The report drew on interviews with 32 men and transgender women
subjected to the exams in eight countries that ban same-sex conduct:
Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda and
2016 Jul 12, In Australia
Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov (65) launched his 184-foot-tall
balloon in western Australia state in an effort to complete a
21,000-mile solo flight around the world in less than 13 days to
beat a 2002 record set by Steve Fossett.
(SFC, 7/13/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 12, Austria's
government moved to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born to
prevent it becoming a site of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis, and the
country's Interior Minister said he wanted to tear it down.
2016 Jul 12, The Cameroon-based
NGO Support Service for Local Development Initiatives (SAILD) warned
that a rise in Chinese companies operating in Cameroon’s timber
sector, combined with weak law enforcement, have fueled a surge in
illegal logging that is fast depleting the nation's forests.
2016 Jul 12, A Chinese civilian
aircraft successfully carried out calibration tests on two new
airports in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
2016 Jul 12, An Egyptian court
sentenced six policemen to up to seven years in prison over the
death of detainee Talaat Shabeeb last November in Luxor. Seven
policemen were acquitted. The court also ordered the Interior
Ministry to pay 1.5 million Egyptian pounds ($170,000) to the man's
2016 Jul 12, The EU launched a
controversial deal with the United States aimed at curbing
government spying on the personal internet infomation of European
2016 Jul 12, India's PM
Narendra Modi called an emergency meeting over escalating anti-India
protests in Kashmir, where at least 29 people have died in clashes
and hospitals are struggling with hundreds of injured.
2016 Jul 12, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb ripped through an outdoor vegetable and fruit market in
al-Rashidiya, a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad,
killing at least 12 people.
2016 Jul 12, Ireland’s Central
Statistics Office revised up GDP growth in 2015 from 7.8% to 26.3%.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.42)
2016 Jul 12, In Italy at least
27 people were killed in a head-on collision between two passenger
trains in the southern Italian region of Puglia.
(AFP, 7/12/16)(Reuters, 7/13/16)
2016 Jul 12, Malawi began a
massive project to move 500 elephants, by truck and crane, to a
sanctuary for the threatened species.
2016 Jul 12, In Mali at least 3
people were killed and 32 left wounded after a protest in Gao turned
(SFC, 7/13/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 12, A Malta-based
Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) rescue ship recovered the bodies
of four migrants and rescued around 400 survivors from an
overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean between Italy and
2016 Jul 12, In Myanmar the
Sangha Council, a state institution that oversees Buddhist monastic
discipline, declared that it did not recognize Ma Ba Tha, an
influential Buddhist nationalist group, as a member of the country's
2016 Jul 12, An international
tribunal at The Hague rejected China's extensive claims in the South
China Sea in a landmark ruling that also found the country had
aggravated the regional dispute and violated the Philippines'
maritime rights by building up artificial islands that destroyed
coral reefs and by disrupting fishing and oil exploration. China
immediately rejected it.
2016 Jul 12, "Move on
Pakistan", a largely-unknown political party founded in 2013, placed
posters overnight begging the country’s powerful army chief to
launch a coup.
2016 Jul 12, Spanish police
said they have arrested 11 people, mostly Russians and Ukrainians,
in an operation targeting foreign organized crime gangs involved in
money laundering. Those arrested allegedly ran a network of
companies through which they channeled money from Cyprus and the
British Virgin Islands to buy real estate in Spain.
2016 Jul 12, The head of
Syria's main opposition coalition said hundreds of thousands of
civilians in rebel-held areas of Aleppo risk starvation, accusing
Damascus of trying to besiege the city into submission.
2016 Jul 12, Taiwan said it
does not accept an int’l. tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea,
saying the decision on Itu Aba, Taipei's sole holding in the
disputed Spratly Islands, had "seriously impaired" its territorial
(Reuters, 7/12/16)(Econ, 7/30/16, p.32)
2016 Jul 12, The UN launched a
global appeal for $952 million to fund Sudan's humanitarian needs,
most of it to help people affected by the deadly conflict in Darfur.
2016 Jul 12, Zimbabwean Baptist
minister Evan Mawarire, a leader of the biggest protests against
Pres. Robert Mugabe in a decade, was charged with inciting public
violence. In a video recorded before his arrest he urged supporters
to go ahead with demonstrations.
2016 Jul 13, A US Judge in
Mississippi sentenced Genoveva Farfan (44) of Los Angeles to eight
years in prison for her role in a cybersecurity scheme after a
Mississippi woman reported she’d been scammed. Farfan was among 20
people indicted in a probe involving losses of $6.5 million.
(SFC, 7/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 13, In the SF Bay Area
Antioch resident Adan Katami (38) was shot to death in Hayward.
Deputies soon arrested the gunman and his suspected getaway driver.
Authorities later said Tikisha Upshaw (37) of San Leandro had
orchestrated the killing with Berkeley resident Wessley Brown (38),
who hired Johnny /Wright Jr. (46) and Chariot Burks (25) of Memphis
to carry out the shooting. Katami and Upshaw had been business
associates in the illegal pot trade.
(SFC, 12/29/16, p.D4)
2016 Jul 13, Outgoing British
PM David Cameron urged his successor Theresa May to keep Britain
close to the European Union, even as she embarks on the monumental
task of ending four decades of membership.
2016 Jul 13, New British PM
Theresa May chose former London mayor Boris Johnson, known for his
gaffes and buffoonery, as foreign minister.
2016 Jul 13, In Burundi Hafsa
Mossi, a former minister in President Pierre Nkurunziza's
government, was "shot by criminals" in Bujumbura. She was a member
of the East African Legislative Assembly.
2016 Jul 13, Canadian priest
Amer Saka (51), a clergyman of the Baghdad-based Chaldean Catholic
Church, was arrested in Canada for stealing more than half a million
dollars (US$400,000) intended for the resettlement of Syrian
refugees, and then gambling it away.
2016 Jul 13, China warned other
countries against threatening its security in the South China Sea
after an international tribunal handed the Philippines a victory by
saying Beijing had no legal basis for its expansive claims there.
2016 Jul 13, Two Chinese
civilian aircraft landed at two new airports on reefs controlled by
China in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The aircraft
then returned to the southern Chinese island province of Hainan.
China also said it had completed four lighthouses on disputed reefs
and was launching a fifth.
(Reuters, 7/13/16)(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 13, The Solar Impulse
2 landed in Cairo for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered
plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world.
2016 Jul 13, El Salvador’s
Supreme Court overturned a 1993 amnesty law that had protected
military, paramilitary and guerrilla fighters from facing justice
for abuses during the country’s 12-year civil war.
(SFC, 7/16/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 13, The French weekly
Canard Enchaine reported that Pres. Francois Hollande's hair is kept
perfectly groomed at a cost of of 9,895 euros ($10,900) a month.
Canard Enchaine also reported that in addition to his salary, the
hairdresser was entitled to a "housing allowance" and other "family
2016 Jul 13, Greek authorities
recovered 4 bodies and rescued six people after a boat full of
migrants overturned off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos.
2016 Jul 13, In Iraq three
bombings in Baghdad killed at least 12 people, including a suicide
bombing in a mainly Shiite neighborhood that had been attacked the
2016 Jul 13, Officers with
Israel's paramilitary border police were confiscating an
arms-manufacturing machine when a car accelerated toward them.
Security forces fired toward the car, killing Anwar
al-Salaymeh (22). Another Palestinian was taken to hospital, and a
third Palestinian was detained for questioning.
2016 Jul 13, In Italy convicted
Cosa Nostra "boss of bosses" Bernardo Provenzano (b.1933), who
reputedly led the Mafia's powerful Corleone clan, died in Milan. He
was captured in 2006 in Sicily following decades of hiding in the
2016 Jul 13, Malaysia's central
bank cut interest rates for the first time in seven years to bolster
a slowing economy amid fears of greater volatility in global growth.
2016 Jul 13, In the Maldives
senior diplomat Mohamed Asim became foreign minister after his
predecessor resigned last week to protest the resumption of the
2016 Jul 13, Nepal's former
Maoist rebels joined forces with the largest opposition party to
lodge a motion of no-confidence in PM K.P. Oli, but the impoverished
Himalayan country's increasingly isolated leader vowed to fight on.
2016 Jul 13, Human Rights Watch
said foreigners employed as maids in Oman can face physicdal and
verbal abuse while entrapped in conditions that near slavery. Its
report alleged that the United Arab Emirates acts as a gateway for
maids trafficked into the sultanate.
(SFC, 7/14/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 13, In Pakistan Hafiz
Saeed (66), a founding member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group,
accused the US of giving India free reign to crush anti-Indiaian
protests in Kashmir. The US has put a $10 million bounty on Saeed.
(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 13, In central Romania
anti-mafia police broke up a human trafficking gang which forced
dozens of kidnapped victims including children into beggary and
slavery, rescuing five people in the town of Berevoesti. 38 members
of an extended Roma family in the village of Gamacesti were formally
(Reuters, 7/13/16)(AP, 7/14/16)
2016 Jul 13, In Spain an
American was gored and five other runners were injured in the
next-to-last running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.
2016 Jul 13, Zimbabwe's state
prosecutor charged pastor Evan Mawarire with attempting to overthrow
the state via his Internet video campaign that inspired rare
protests this month against President Robert Mugabe.
2016 Jul 14, US officials said
that a good Samaritan has rescued four migrants but that 13 Cubans,
one Colombian and one Dominican are still missing. They were aboard
a boat traveling from the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten to
the US Virgin Islands.
2016 Jul 14, The former head of
Afghanistan's main intelligence agency released documents which he
said showed that Pakistani intelligence services helped leaders of
the Taliban and the feared Haqqani network in 2014 and 2015.
2016 Jul 14, Amnesty
International said authorities in Cameroon have arbitrarily arrested
more than 1,000 people as part of their fight against Islamist
militant group Boko Haram and dozens have died of disease or been
tortured to death.
2016 Jul 14, In France a truck
attack in Nice left at least 84 people dead including ten children.
The attacker drove a heavy truck at high speed into dense crowds as
a fireworks display to mark France's Bastille Day national holiday
came to an end. The attacker was soon identified as Mohamed
Lahouaiej Bouhlel (31), a Tunisian living in the city. Five suspects
were soon arrested for alleged roles in helping Bouhlel.
(AP, 7/15/16)(Reuters, 7/15/16)(SFC, 7/22/16,
p.A2)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.40)
2016 Jul 14, Hong Kong’s
government ruled that candidates for territory legislature elections
in September must sign a declaration acknowledging that Hong Kong is
an “Inalienable part" of China.
(Econ, 7/23/16, p.35)
2016 Jul 14, In Kenya a
suspected recruiter for the Somali militant group al Shabaab shot
dead at least 4 policemen at the Kapenguria police station where he
was being held after he snatched a weapon from a guard.
2016 Jul 14, In Kuwait a decree
issued by Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Sabah set the
minimum wage for domestic workers at 60 dinars ($200) a month and
also granted domestic staff a raft of other rights. The decree also
requires employers to pay overtime for any extra hours worked.
2016 Jul 14, A Dutch court
sentenced a Turkish-born man (44) to 30 days imprisonment for
calling the country's king a "murderer, rapist and thief," in a rare
use of a law against insulting the monarch. He has spent two weeks
in pretrial detention and will not have to serve any prison time.
2016 Jul 14, In the Netherlands
Mark Langedijk (41), a long-term alcoholic, chose to end his life by
lethal injection saying he could no longer go on.
2016 Jul 14, Philippine
soldiers killed 11 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom
Fighters on Mindanao island. A 15 year-old girl was caught in
crossfire and killed.
2016 Jul 14, Qatar Airways
announced an agreement to purchase a 49-percent stake in Italy's
second largest carrier, Meridiana.
2016 Jul 14, Russia said it has
has conducted more than 50 air strikes since July 12 against Islamic
State (IS) jihadists near the Syrian city of Palmyra. Six Tupolev
bombers flew out of an airbase in Russia today and conducted strikes
east of Palmyra, near the cities of Arak and Sukhna, as well as in
the Homs region.
2016 Jul 14, In Slovenia
a small US-registered plane crashed in the west of the country,
killing all 4 people on board.
2016 Jul 14, In Syria Islamic
State fighters brought down a government jet near the eastern city
of Deir al-Zor. A series of airstrikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo
city killed at least 12 people. An international aid convoy reached
the besieged town of al-Waer in the central Homs province, bringing
aid to 75,000 people.
(Reuters, 7/14/16)(AP, 7/14/16)
2016 Jul 14, Vietnam protested
China’s recent activities in the disputed Sotuh China Sea.
(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 15, The US released
once top secret pages from a 2003 congressional report into the 9/11
attacks that questioned whether Saudis, who were in contact with
hijackers, knew what they were planning.
(SFC, 7/16/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 15, The US Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Herbalife has agreed to a $200
million settlement for consumer relief along with requirements to
restructure it business practices.
(SFC, 7/16/16, p.D1)
2016 Jul 15, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that US officials have wrongly
allowed the Navy to use sonar at levels that could harm whales and
other marine animals.
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.C1)
2016 Jul 15, San Diego police
arrested Jon David Guerrero (39) following an attack on a homeless
man. Police believed Guerrero was responsible for the five attacks
since July 3 that killed three homeless men.
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A13)
2016 Jul 15, Florida murder
suspect Dayonte Resiles (21) disappeared after bolting from a
courtroom in Broward County. On July 17 officials said he received
help from his girlfriend and three others as part of a plot that had
been planned during jailhouse calls and visits. Two more accomplices
were soon arrested. Resiles was arrested on July 20 in West Palm
(AP, 7/17/16)(SFC, 7/21/16, p.A7)
2016 Jul 15, GOP front runner
Donald Trump named Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
(SFC, 7/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 15, Albania's ruling
Socialists said they will accept any changes the opposition
Democratic Party make to a judicial reform package, provided they
are amenable to the European Union and the United States.
2016 Jul 15, Brazil said it has
deported the Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist Adlene Hicheur after
rejecting a request for an extension to his work visa. He was
convicted in 2012 for his involvement in a French terror plot. Local
press reports said Hicheur had been deported to France.
2016 Jul 15, British PM Theresa
May visited Scotland and met with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in
Edinburgh seeking to dampen speculation about another Scottish vote
for independence, while insisting she is willing to listen to
proposals about Scotland's future relationship with the European
2016 Jul 15, Britain listed the
East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), aka Turkestan Islamic Party
(TIP), as a terrorist organization. This pleased China, which had
demanded Western support for its fight against a group it says seeks
to split off its western region of Xinjiang.
2016 Jul 15, State media said
China aims to launch a series of offshore nuclear power platforms to
promote development in the South China Sea, days after an
international court ruled Beijing had no historic claims to most of
2016 Jul 15, Chinese
prosecutors said a human rights lawyer and three activists have been
indicted on subversion charges.
2016 Jul 15, In eastern China 8
people in Longkou city, Shandong province, were killed when the
construction elevator they were in plummeted from an apartment
2016 Jul 15, Egypt launched a
program of having Muslim clerics read a standardized
government-written sermon at Friday prayers, a move by the state to
tighten control over religious discourse.
2016 Jul 15, The Supreme Court
in Guinea-Bissau upheld the nomination of PM Baciro Dja, bolstering
President Jose Mario Vaz in a power struggle with rival and former
PM Carlos Correia.
2016 Jul 15, Thousands of
Iraqis defied warnings from authorities and rallied in the heart of
Baghdad, renewing pressure on the government to carry out reforms
targeting corruption and sectarianism.
2016 Jul 15, Rescuers saved 366
migrants from rickety boats trying to cross the Mediterranean to
Italy but at least 20 people were reported to have drowned. The
survivors were mainly from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea and
2016 Jul 15, Japanese messaging
app Line rocketed in its Tokyo trading debut after an eye-popping
jump in NY a day earlier, as investors cheered the year's biggest
technology share sale.
2016 Jul 15, In Kashmir
widespread anti-India protests and clashes erupted in dozens of
places, even as authorities prevented tens of thousands of people
from offering prayers in big mosques with a lockdown in place for a
seventh straight day.
2016 Jul 15, North Korea
presented to media a man it alleges is a South Korean spy who tried
to enter the North to kidnap children. Detainee Ko Hyon Chol (53)
said he apologized for a crime he called "unforgivable." He was
arrested May 27 on an island in the Amnok River which runs along the
border between North Korea and China.
2016 Jul 15, Pakistani fashion
model and social media star Qandeel Baloch, real name Fauzia Azeem,
was strangled by her brother Waseem in what appeared to be an honor
killing in Multan, Punjab province. Her social media photos had
challenged social norms. Waseem was arrested on July 17 and
confessed to killing his sister. In 2019 Waseem was found guilty of
murder and sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 7/16/16)(Reuters, 7/16/16)(AP,
7/17/16)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.32)(SFC, 9/28/19, p.A2)
2016 Jul 15, South Koreans
protesting against a plan to deploy a US missile defense system in
their district blocked a minibus carrying PM Hwang Kyo-ahn for
several hours. A day earlier the government announced that the
southeastern county of Seongju had been chosen as the site for a
Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) battery aimed at
countering what it sees as the threat from North Korea's missile and
2016 Jul 15, Turkey foiled a
coup attempt by a faction of the army against President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan's rule. 161 people, not including the putschists, were
reported killed in the coup attempt, with 2,839 soldiers detained on
suspicion of involvement. More than 230 people were killed among
them 145 civilians who had taken to the streets to confront the
(AFP, 7/16/16)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.14)
2016 Jul 15, In Turkey Gen.
Zekai Aksakalli ordered Sgt. Omer Halisdemir to kill Brigadier
General Semih Terzi, one of the suspected coup ringleaders. By
shooting Terzi dead outside special forces headquarters in Ankara,
Halisdemir broke the putschists' chain of command although he was
subsequently killed by the plotters.
2016 Jul 15, The UN said at
least 300 people were killed and 42,000 fled their homes this month
during the July 8-11 intense gun battles in Juba, South Sudan. The
dead included two Chinese peacekeepers.
(AFP, 7/15/16)(Reuters, 7/29/16)
2016 Jul 15, UNESCO put four
new sites on its World Heritage List. The new sites, announced in
Istanbul, include China's Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural
landscape, Iran's ancient aqueducts known as Qanat, and India's
archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara. The World Heritage
Committee also selected Micronesia's artificial islets of Nan Madol
and simultaneously placed it on the List of World Heritage in
2016 Jul 15, Zimbabwe delayed
paying its soldiers for a second successive month, underlining the
worsening economic crisis that has triggered recent protests.
2016 Jul 16, In Arkansas Bonnie
Brown (b.1938), one of the three siblings that formed the Browns
singing group, died in Little Rock. Their songs included “I Take the
Chance" (1957) and “The Three Bells" (1959).
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A16)
2016 Jul 16, Nate Thurmond
(74), Basketball Hall of Famer, died in San Francisco. The 6-foot-11
Mr. Thurmond played 11 of his 14 seasons with the SF Warriors.
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A1)
2016 Jul 16, In NYC Andrew
Esquivel (21), an MIT student working as a summer intern, was killed
early today after off-duty police officer Nicholas Batka (28) hit
four pedestrians while driving intoxicated in Brooklyn’s
(SFC, 7/19/16, p.C2)
2016 Jul 16, In Texas an inmate
killed corrections officer Mari Johnson (55) near the kitchen of the
Robertson Unit in Abilene.
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A10)
2016 Jul 16, In Afghanistan
Zarah, a pregnant girl (14) from central Ghor province, died in a
Kabul hospital after being tortured and burned by her in-laws.
2016 Jul 16, In Bangladesh
police in Dhaka arrested three people and another a day later,
including a university professor, for failing to register
information about tenants renting property who attacked a cafe in
the city on July 1, killing 20 people.
2016 Jul 16, In Egypt a
group of Muslims attacked and torched houses of Christians in the
village of Abu-Yacoub, also in Minya, following a rumor that a
Christian intended to turn a kindergarten into a church. Security
forces arrested at least 14 people.
2016 Jul 16, Israel arrested
engineer Waheed Borsh, who has worked for the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) since 2003, and indicted in a civilian
court on August 90. He was the second humanitarian worker charged by
Israel in the past week for aiding Hamas.
2016 Jul 16, South Africa's
MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power, revealing
1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were
2016 Jul 16, In Syria air raids
on rebel-held districts of Aleppo killed at least 25 civilians
including children. Government troops regained control of Kinsabba
in Latakia province.
(AFP, 7/16/16)(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 16, Turkish
authorities imposed a security lockdown at the Incirlik air base in
the southern province of Adana. Many international flights to Turkey
were cancelled despite efforts by the Ankara authorities to get life
back to normal following an abortive coup attempt. NTV reported that
Turkish authorities have arrested 10 members of the Council of
State, the country's top administrative court, and were searching
for 140 members of the court of cassation in a probe related to the
failed overnight coup. NTV also reported that authorities have
removed 2,745 judges from duty.
(AFP, 7/16/16)(Reuters, 7/16/16)
2016 Jul 16, Turkish military
helicopter landed in Greece carrying eight officers seeking asylum
after a coup bid. Greece arrested all eight men.
(AFP, 7/16/16)(Reuters, 7/16/16)
2016 Jul 16, Yemen's government
resumed talks in Kuwait with Shiite Houthi rebels despite its
earlier threats to boycott the process.
2016 Jul 17, US Vice President
Joe Biden unveiled a series of agreements between the US and
Australia to create an "unprecedented" international research
database of cancer patients as he kicked off a three-day visit in
2016 Jul 17, The US-led
coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group resumed air strikes
from a Turkish air base that were suspended after a failed military
2016 Jul 17, In Florida David
Owens (29) entered the Parrish Medical Center and fatally shot
patient Cynthia Zingsheim (88) and employee Carrie Rouzer (36) in an
apparent random shooting. Owens was tackled by security guards as he
(SFC, 7/18/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 17, In Louisiana ex-US
Marine and Iraq war veteran Gavin Long (29) shot and killed Baton
Rouge police officers Matthew Gerald, Montrell Jackson (32) and East
Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola. Three other
officers were wounded and Long was killed in a gunfight. Long had
searched online for the officers involved in the July 5 shooting
that killed Alton Sterling.
(AFP, 7/18/16)(SFC, 7/1/17, p.A6)
2016 Jul 17, In Wisconsin a
domestic violence suspect opened fire on a Milwaukee police officer
who was sitting in his squad car early today, seriously wounding him
before fleeing and apparently killing himself shortly afterward. The
suspect, a 20-year-old man from the suburb of West Allis, had two
felonies on his arrest record.
2016 Jul 17, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked security outposts on the Sangin district
center, Helmand province, but faced fierce resistance from Afghan
forces and were pushed back as US warplanes conducted at least two
air strikes over the next 48 hours. Dozens of militants were
reported killed in the fighting.
2016 Jul 17, The African Union
opened a summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali. The renewed fighting
in South Sudan dominated discussions.
2016 Jul 17, In Armenia 31
armed supporters of a jailed opposition leader attacked a police
station in Yerevan, killing one officer, wounding three and taking
several others hostage. They demanded the release of Jirair
Sefilian, who was arrested last month. The opposition group repeated
its call for the government to resign.
(AP, 7/17/16)(AP, 7/31/16)
2016 Jul 17, A court in Bahrain
ordered al-Wefaq, the country's main Shiite opposition group, to be
dissolved deepening a crackdown on dissent.
2016 Jul 17, Cameroon said 11
hostages were freed following 16 months of captivity, after having
been abducted by a militia group from the Central African Republic.
Two hostages died while in captivity.
2016 Jul 17, In Egypt a Muslim
mob attacked the families of two Coptic priests with knives and
batons in the village of Tahna al-Gabal late today. Family member
Fam Khalaf (27) was killed and the father of one of the priests was
2016 Jul 17, Police in India
said at least 19 people died and six others were blinded after
drinking toxic bootleg liquor. Another 50 people fell ill after
consuming the home-brewed liquor on July 15 and were being treated
in hospitals in Etah district in Uttar Pradesh state.
2016 Jul 17, Authorities in
India's portion of Kashmir shut down printing presses and
temporarily banned newspapers from publishing in a sweeping
information blackout after days of anti-India protests left dozens
of people dead in the volatile region. A strict curfew continued for
the ninth straight day.
2016 Jul 17, Israeli police
arrested a Palestinian man (20) carrying pipe bombs and knives in
his bag at a light railway station in Jerusalem during the morning
2016 Jul 17, Two Israeli
soldiers were killed and three injured after a grenade one of the
troops was holding exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
2016 Jul 17, In Libya 3 French
special forces soldiers were killed. Officials in Libya later said
the Islamist militia shot down a helicopter near Benghazi. The
deaths provided the first confirmation that France has troops in the
country where the Islamic State group has several bases.
2016 Jul 17, Malaysia Airlines
struck a deal to settle damages claims for most victims of its MH17
flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine two years ago.
2016 Jul 17, Morocco asked the
African Union (AU) to readmit it to an organisation it left in 1984,
as it steps up efforts to win support from member states for a plan
offering conditional autonomy to the disputed territory of Western
2016 Jul 17, In South Africa
philanthropist Bill Gates delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual
Lecture ahead of Mandela Day and said that his foundation will
invest another $5 billion in Africa over the next five years.
(SFC, 7/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 17, South Korean
authorities arrested senior prosecutor Jin Kyung-joo for allegedly
pocketing millions of dollars following shady stock transaction
deals with a leading online game maker.
2016 Jul 17, Pro-Syrian
government forces reached the only main road into the rebel-held
part of Aleppo, further tightening their control around opposition
areas of the main northern city.
2016 Jul 17, The Turkish
government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the
failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice
minister saying that 6,000 people had been detained in the
investigation, including three of the country's top generals and
hundreds of soldiers.
2016 Jul 17, Caravans of
Venezuelan families drove for hours on bandit-plagued highways to a
checkpoint on the Colombian border where they'll be able to cross
and hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.
This was the second weekend in a row that the socialist government
has opened the long-closed border connecting Venezuela to Colombia.
2016 Jul 17, Dozens of
Vietnamese who gathered for an anti-China protest in central Hanoi
were taken away by authorities as they tried to rally support for an
international tribunal's ruling rejecting Beijing's claims in the
South China Sea.
2016 Jul 18, The US Republican
National Convention opened in Cleveland. Melania Trump delivered a
heartfelt defense of her husband and his bid to be the next
president of the United States before thousands of rapt convention
delegates. But unmistakable similarities in remarks about her
guiding values and a speech given by Michelle Obama at the 2008
Democratic convention soon came to light.
(AP, 7/18/16)(AFP, 7/19/16)
2016 Jul 18, Baltimore police
Lieutenant Brian Rice was acquitted of manslaughter and two other
charges in the April 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray,
dealing prosecutors another setback in their efforts to secure a
conviction in the highly charged case.
2016 Jul 18, Florida police in
North Miami shot and wounded Charles Kinsey (47), a black therapist,
even as he had his hands in the air after trying to help an autistic
patient (27) in the middle of a street.
(SFC, 7/22/16, p.A8)
2016 Jul 18, Billy Name, born
in 1940 as William Linich Jr., died in upstate New York. He had met
Andy Warhol in 1959 and became his lover, muse and court
(SFC, 7/25/16, p.C4)
2016 Jul 18, An unmanned Space
Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) rocket blasted off from Florida to
send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, then turned
around and landed itself back at the launch site.
2016 Jul 18, NASA officials
said Taiwan is building a $47 million lunar lander as part of the
first ever moon-mining project. Chung-shan Institute of Science and
Technology (CSIST) will build the lander. The NASA project Resource
Prospector and aims to be the first mining expedition on another
2016 Jul 18, In Afghanistan
hundreds of Taliban began attacking the Qalay-i-Zal district in
Kunduz province. A day later they had not yet been completely pushed
2016 Jul 18, Armenian
authorities called on gunmen holed up in a police station in the
Yerevan to lay down their arms and release four people they were
2016 Jul 18, In Azerbaijan the
ANS TV station was ordered to provisionally stop broadcasting for a
month because authorities said its reporting ran counter to "a
strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Turkey." On July 29 the
Court of Appeals in Baku ordered the local private television
station to close because of its coverage of the attempted coup in
2016 Jul 18, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced three militia members to death for
carrying out killings and other serious crimes during the country's
independence war against Pakistan 35 years ago. Five other
defendants were sentenced to life in prison. Only two of the
defendants were in the docks. The others were tried in absentia.
2016 Jul 18, British lawmakers
voted to replace the country’s four aging nuclear-armed submarines
with new vessels.
(SFC, 7/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 18, It was announced
that ARM Holdings, a British Cambridge-based tech company, would be
sold to Japan’s SoftBank for £24 billion.
(Econ, 7/23/16, p.44)
2016 Jul 18, An independent
Canadian investigator said Russia operated a state-dictated doping
system during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other events, in a
report likely to lead to demands for Russia to be completely banned
from the Rio Games.
2016 Jul 18, China’s Southern
Weekly newspaper reported that a total of 313 HIV-positive people
have been contacted by callers claiming to be government officials
offering financial allowances in exchange for their banking
information. The bank details were used to steal money from their
accounts, while those who identified the offer as attempted fraud
were threatened with the online publication of their details.
2016 Jul 18, The EU announced a
further 500 million euros ($553 million) for farmers to help reverse
the plunge in prices shaking a dairy industry hit by overproduction
and a Russian embargo.
2016 Jul 18, In Germany a
17-year-old Afghan refugee wielding an axe and a knife went on a
rampage on a train running between Treuchtlingen and Wuerzburg in
Bavaria, seriously injuring four members of a tourist family from
Hong Kong. When he began to attack officers with an axe, Riaz A. was
shot dead by police. The Islamic State group soon claimed
(AFP, 7/19/16)(AP, 7/19/16)
2016 Jul 18, India's top
environmental court ordered authorities to remove all diesel
vehicles at least 10 years old off the capital city's streets in a
bid to help clean New Delhi's polluted air.
2016 Jul 18, Police in eastern
India said at least 8 paramilitary soldiers were killed in an attack
by Maoist rebels.
(SFC, 7/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 18, Indonesia began
re-vaccinating nearly 200 children who received fake versions of
imported inoculations from a drug-counterfeiting ring broken up last
month after operating for more than a decade.
2016 Jul 18, Indonesia's most
wanted Islamic militant, Abu Wardah Santoso, was one of two
militants killed in a shootout in the jungles of Sulawesi island.
The other was an extremist known as Mochtar.
2016 Jul 18, Clashes erupted in
the West Bank as Israel's military demolished the home of a
Palestinian accused of involvement in a February attack outside
Jerusalem's Old City that killed a policewoman.
2016 Jul 18, A Palestinian
stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank before being shot. The
soldiers were lightly wounded.
2016 Jul 18, In northern Italy
a court in Ivrea convicted former Olivetti executive Carlo De
Benedetti and 12 others of manslaughter and other offenses over
workers' deaths or illnesses blamed on asbestos exposure. The
industrialist received a 5-year-2-month prison term. He will not be
jailed while his appeals are heard.
2016 Jul 18, In Kazakhstan 3
police officers and one civilian were killed in armed attacks on a
police station and a security building in Almaty. Police said they
have disarmed and arrested two attackers.
2016 Jul 18, In South Africa
more than 18,000 scientists, campaigners and donors opened a major
AIDS conference in Durban, issuing stark warnings that recent gains
in the fight against the disease were under threat.
2016 Jul 18, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 21 civilians were killed in US
coalition raids, 15 of them in a northern district of Manbij and
another six in Al-Tukhar.
2016 Jul 18, Turkey launched
fresh raids and sacked almost 9,000 officials in a relentless
crackdown against suspects behind an attempted coup that left over
300 people dead, as Western allies warned against reinstating the
death penalty. Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said a total of 232
individuals were killed during the failed coup attempt. He put the
total numbers of detentions since July 15 at 7,543, including 6,030
(AFP, 7/18/16)(TIME, 7/18/16)
2016 Jul 18, In Turkey an
unknown assailant shot deputy mayor Cemil Candas of Istanbul's Sisli
district in the head and he was in a critical condition.
2016 Jul 18, In Yemen 2 suicide
bombers tried to ram vehicles laden with explosives through two
military checkpoints near the government-held port city of Mukalla,
killing at least 10 people.
2016 Jul 19, The US government
announced a settlement with the Navajo Nation that will clear the
way for cleanup work to continue at abandoned uranium mines in the
four corners area.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 19, Writer-director
Garry Marshall (81) died in southern California. His work included
the TV hits “Happy Days" and “Laverne & Shirley" and the films
“Pretty Woman" (1990) and “Runaway Bride" (1999).
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A9)
2016 Jul 19, In Kansas City,
Kansas, police Capt. Robert Melton was shot and killed while
searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting. The alleged shooter
was soon caught.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 19, In Michigan a
judge dismissed all charges against Davontae Sanford (23) of
Detroit, who had been locked up for eight years for a murder
conviction for four 2007 slayings that were eventually linked to a
professional hit man.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 19, In Afghanistan the
Taliban launched multiple attacks including on a strategic tunnel in
the Hindu Kush mountains that links the capital, Kabul, with the
country's north and south.
2016 Jul 19, A British court
ordered disgraced Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova (38) to repay
organisers of the London Marathon almost £400,000 (476,000 euros,
2016 Jul 19, Chinese state
newspapers began criticizing scattered protests against KFC
restaurants and other US targets in an apparent attempt to head off
large-scale street demonstrations sparked by an international
tribunal's ruling that denied Beijing's claim to virtually the
entire South China Sea.
2016 Jul 19, Authorities in
southern France detained a man who stabbed a woman and her three
daughters at an Alps resort, apparently upset at what they were
2016 Jul 19, India's top court
ordered Rahul Gandhi, a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, to express
regret or face defamation charges for blaming the country's top
Hindu nationalist organization for the 1948 assassination of
independence leader Mohandas Gandhi.
2016 Jul 19, In India a police
officer was killed during clashes in Una, 340 km (210 miles) from
Gujarat's main city, Ahmedabad, where tannery workers were attacked
by self-styled hardline Hindu cow protectors.
2016 Jul 19, Authorities lifted
a three-day publication ban in the Indian-controlled portion of
Kashmir, but newspapers delayed print runs due to uncertainties
about the media restrictions.
2016 Jul 19, The Iraqi Cabinet
announced a two-day mandatory official holiday for all government
workers as temperatures soared above 123 degrees Fahrenheit.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 19, In Libya a
French warplane bombed positions of Islamic militias outside the
eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least 16 fighters and
destroying the militias' weapons. The bombing came in retaliation
for the July 17 killing of members of the French special forces by
2016 Jul 19, In central Mali an
attack on an army base killed at least 17 soldiers and wounded more
than 30 in the city of Nampala.
2016 Jul 19, Morocco's Interior
Ministry arrested 52 people suspected of being part of a cell linked
to the Islamic State group.
2016 Jul 19, The IMF slashed
its growth forecast for the Nigerian economy this year, saying a
combination of plunging oil revenues and weakened investor
confidence will push it into recession.
2016 Jul 19, North Korea fired
three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest
of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced US
missile defense system in the country.
2016 Jul 19, The Philippine
Supreme Court dismissed a plunder case against former President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after
nearly five years of hospital detention. The case involved the
alleged misuse of 366 million pesos ($7.8 million) from the state
lottery agency, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
2016 Jul 19, Romania's PM
Dacian Ciolos launched a national anti-corruption strategy in a bid
to crack down on widespread corruption that plagues every walk of
2016 Jul 19, The Russian
intelligence agency FSB said it is conducting a probe of several
top-ranking crime investigators on suspicion of collusion with
2016 Jul 19, Clown Dimitri
(80), a beloved Swiss clown and mime, died in Borgnone. He had
studied under Marcel Marceau and spread smiles from Broadway to
Congo with a traditional style that shunned modern, high-tech
2016 Jul 19, In Syria children
were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led
coalition near a village held by the Islamic State group. The
civilians had apparently been mistaken for jihadists and were bombed
while fleeing fighting in Al-Tukhar, Aleppo province. 12 civilians
were reported killed in strikes on the rebel-held town of Atareb.
2016 Jul 19, In Taiwan a tour
bus carrying 24 visitors from China burst into flames on a highway
near Taipei, killing all 26 people on board. On July 29
investigators said the driver, identified only by his surname Su,
was drunk when the accident happened.
(AP, 7/19/16)(AFP, 7/29/16)
2016 Jul 19, The Tanzanian
government admitted that it has banned imports and sales of sexual
lubricants in its latest move targeting the gay community. It
estimated that 23 percent of men who have sex with men in Tanzania
are living with HIV/AIDS.
2016 Jul 19, Turkey’s education
ministry said 15,200 state education employees have been suspended
after last week's attempted coup. Turkey's High Education Board
ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities.
(AFP, 7/19/16)(Reuters, 7/19/16)
2016 Jul 19, Turkey's central
bank cut a key interest rate for the fifth month in a row, days
after an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
triggered concerns over the country's economic outlook.
2016 Jul 19, WikiLeaks released
nearly 300,000 emails from Turkey’s AK Party dating from 2010 to
July 6 this year. Obtained before the attempted coup, the date of
their publication was brought forward "in response to the
government's post-coup purges". In response Turkey blocked access to
the WikiLeaks website.
2016 Jul 19, Ukraine said 7
government troops were killed in the past 24 hours during fighting
with pro-Russian separatists, making July the deadliest month for
the Ukrainian military in nearly a year after a sharp increase in
2016 Jul 20, The US government
moved to seize more than $1 billion in assets purchased with money
that it believes was stolen from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund
overseen by PM Najib Razak. US investigators alleged that more than
$3.5 billion had been misappropriated from 1MDB and that hundreds of
millions had been paid to PM Najib Razak.
(SFC, 7/21/16, p.A2)(Econ, 11/19/16, p.33)
2016 Jul 20, US Rep. Mark Takai
(49) of Hawaii died in Honolulu of pancreatic cancer.
(SFC, 7/22/16, p.D5)
2016 Jul 20, A Michigan TV
station reported that the US Justice Department and Environmental
Protection Agency will fine Enbridge Inc $62 million for a 2010 oil
spill that released crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.
2016 Jul 20, Rhode Island Gov.
Gina Raimondo signed legislation banning the use of bullhooks to
train elephants, making her state the first to do so.
(http://tinyurl.com/hrewt2q)(SFC, 7/22/16, p.A7)
2016 Jul 20, A Texas voter
identification law, considered the strictest in the nation, was
struck down in a federal appeals court that ruled it discriminated
against minorities and the poor. The court ruled it must be changed
before the November elections.
2016 Jul 20, Southwest Airlines
was forced to cancel more than 700 flights because of a faulty
router that brought its systems down for 12 hours. Some 2,300
flights were cancelled over the next 24 hours.
(http://tinyurl.com/gmta4ek)(Econ, 8/13/16, p.46)
2016 Jul 20, SpaceX delivered
more than 2 tons of supplies to the International Space
Station including a space station docking port needed for future
2016 Jul 20, Paleontologists
reported the naming of Murusraptor barrosaensis, a new species of
megaraptorid dinosaur discovered in 2001 in Argentina’s northwestern
Patagonia. It was found in tock dating back 80 million years.
2016 Jul 20, In Bangladesh a
senior officer with the police-led Rapid Action Battalion (RAB),
which is involved in counter-terrorism, said a list of 260 young men
missing for over a year has been compiled from reports from families
and intelligence tip-offs.
2016 Jul 20, A British nuclear
submarine collided with an unspecified merchant vessel off the coast
of Gibraltar, forcing it to dock in the disputed territory.
2016 Jul 20, Monitoring groups
Resolve and Invisible Children said kidnappings in Central Africa by
the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) hit a six-year high in the first
half of 2016 just as Uganda threatened to roll back its involvement
in an operation to hunt down the rebels. Their report said the LRA
has abducted 498 civilians between January and June of this year.
2016 Jul 20, In China 5 people
died when a seaplane they were traveling in crashed into a bridge in
Shanghai on its maiden flight to Zhoushan, an island in the eastern
province of Zhejiang.
2016 Jul 20, A Czech court
sentenced US citizen Kevin Dahlgren to life in prison for stabbing
to death a family of four of his relatives whom he had been visiting
2016 Jul 20, Czech police said
an international law enforcement team has broken up a gang that
allegedly produced amphetamines to distribute on the black market in
Sweden. Police said seven suspected members of the group have been
arrested in a joint operation by Czech, Swedish and Hungarian
2016 Jul 20, The French
government forced a divisive labor bill through Parliament without a
vote for third and final time.
2016 Jul 20, In India
protesters from the low-caste Dalit community blocked roads and
attacked government buses in PM Narendra Modi's home state in a
third day of demonstrations over the flogging of four men accused of
skinning a cow. Opposition lawmakers disrupted parliament to protest
against the floggings in Gujarat and demanded that PM Modi apologize
to the victims.
2016 Jul 20, Police in northern
India said that they have arrested two men for raping a young woman
for the second time in three years. The woman told police that she
was gang-raped again on July 13 because she was unwilling to
withdraw the case.
2016 Jul 20, Government forces
in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir removed dozens of black
and Pakistani flags hoisted by residents observing a "black day" to
protest the killing of a top rebel leader.
2016 Jul 20, Iraqis endured the
hottest day so far this year, with temperatures soaring up to 51
degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) in Baghdad and as much as 53
degrees Celsius (127 Fahrenheit) in the southern part of the
2016 Jul 20, Israel's
parliament passed a charged bill that would allow the assembly to
oust a sitting lawmaker deemed to be inciting against the state.
2016 Jul 20, Israel said that
it and the Republic of Guinea renewed diplomatic ties after 49
2016 Jul 20, The Italian coast
guard coordinated five separate rescue operations that saved 567
migrants. The bodies of 21 women and one man were found in a pool of
fuel at the bottom of one smuggler’s boat.
2016 Jul 20, In Pakistan Samia
Shahid (28), a dual British-Pakistani citizen, was murdered during a
visit to her family in their village in Punjab province. Her husband
later branded her death an "honor killing" and called for the UK and
Pakistani governments to ensure his wife received justice. A
forensic examination later concluded that Samia Shahid, 28, of
Bradford was killed by asphyxiation.
(AFP, 7/29/16)(AP, 8/4/16)
2016 Jul 20, Romania's
Constitutional Court ruled that a request from an anti-gay group to
change the constitution to state that marriage is a union between a
man and a woman is constitutional. Any change would need to be
approved by two-thirds of lawmakers.
2016 Jul 20, Saudi Arabia's top
clerics renewed a religious edict that warns against playing Pokemon
— this time as the wildly popular mobile phone application "Pokemon
Go". First issued in 2001 when the game was played with cards, the
decree says Pokemon violates Islamic prohibitions against gambling
uses devious Masonic-like symbols and promotes "forbidden images."
2016 Jul 20, Syrian rebel
group Nour al-Din al-Zinki Movement, which has received US
military backing, said it is investigating the beheading of a young
child in Aleppo after video footage circulated showing the boy being
killed by a man activists identified as a member of the group.
2016 Jul 20, Five Taiwanese
fishing boats set sail for Itu Aba, Taiwan's sole holding in the
South China Sea, in protest against a court ruling that deems it a
rock rather than an island, limiting its rights to surrounding
2016 Jul 20, Turkey’s
government declared a state of emergency for at least three months.
State-run Anadolu news agency said the country's defense ministry
has sacked at least 262 military court judges and prosecutors. An
investigation was launched on all military judges and prosecutors as
authorities continued with a crackdown on people suspected of
backing a failed military coup, which the government has blamed on a
(AP, 7/20/16)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.14)
2016 Jul 20, Turkish
broadcaster NTV said Turkey’s military has carried out air strikes
against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in
northern Iraq, killing 20 militants.
2016 Jul 20, Ukrainska Pravda
journalist Pavel Sheremet (44) died in an explosion in Kiev as he
got into his car to drive to work to anchor a talk show on a local
radio station. The Belarusian-born Sheremet irked officials in
Belarus and Russia before he moved to Ukraine, where he said there
were fewer hurdles to independent reporting.
2016 Jul 20, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint in Aden, killing 4
soldiers and wounding six.
2016 Jul 20, Zambian police
arrested 28 opposition supporters on suspicion of rioting and making
petrol bombs. The UPND said in a statement they were only empty
2016 Jul 20, In Zimbabwe tens
of thousands gathered to show their support for 92-year-old
President Robert Mugabe in the capital, Harare. The massive turnout
was organized by Mugabe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, in response to
recent anti-government demonstrations and a nationwide strike
protesting a rapidly declining economy.
2016 Jul 21, In Cleveland,
Ohio, Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination.
He electrified the National Convention by delivering the speech of
his life, promising to restore security, clamp down on immigration
and put America first.
(AFP, 7/22/16)(SFC, 7/22/16, p.A1)
2016 Jul 21, In the SF Bay Area
Noah Winchester (31), a former black Peninsula police officer, was
arrested and charged with 22 felony offenses related to the assault
of five females since 2013.
(SFC, 7/22/16, p.D1)
2016 Jul 21, In the SF Bay Area
a suspicious four-alarm fire destroyed the Millbrae Community
(SFC, 7/22/16, p.D1)
2016 Jul 21, The National
Basketball Association (NBA) decided not to host the 2017 All Star
Game in Charlotte, N.C., because of a state law regarding gendered
bathroom use that many consider discriminatory. A new location for
the games was not yet announced.
2016 Jul 21, In Afghanistan
Kunduz lawmaker Abdullah Qarluq said the Taliban has taken complete
control of Qalay-i-Zal and also 98 percent of Dasht-i-Archi. Afghan
security forces' deaths were put at 11 for both army and local
2016 Jul 21, A Bangladesh court
handed a seven-year jail term to the son of main opposition leader
Khaleda Zia in a case of money laundering, scrapping an acquittal by
a lower court. Tarique Rahman (51) was also fined 200 million taka
2016 Jul 21, In Canada a heavy
oil and diluent leaked from Husky's Saskatchewan Gathering System
pipeline, flowing into the North Saskatchewan River, which supplies
drinking water to several communities in the western province.
2016 Jul 21, A Greek court
sentenced eight Turkish military officers, who fled last week's
failed coup, to suspended two-month prison terms. The officers have
requested asylum and will remain in police custody until their cases
on that issue are heard in August.
2016 Jul 21, Hong Kong
convicted three student leaders of leading or encouraging the
massive pro-democracy street protests that unsettled the southern
Chinese city on September 26, 2014.
(AP, 7/21/16)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.34)
2016 Jul 21, Iran's official
IRNA news agency said authorities have arrested 40 suspects linked
to the discovery of an underground tunnel in the country's far east,
near the Pakistani border. The subterranean tunnel was discovered
two nights ago and was reportedly meant for carrying out attacks and
2016 Jul 21, Kuwait recorded a
temperature of 129F degrees. If verified it would be the Earth's
hottest temperature on record outside of Death Valley, California,
and the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere.
2016 Jul 21, In Libya 14
unidentified bodies were found and brought to the Benghazi Medical
Center by members of the Red Crescent. The bodies bore shots to the
head indicated they were executed.
2016 Jul 21, Former Philippine
president Gloria Arroyo was released from detention following nearly
five years in a military hospital after the Supreme Court dismissed
2016 Jul 21, Qatar said it
would give $30 million to help pay the salaries of thousands of Gaza
Strip public sector workers left without a full wage package since
2016 Jul 21, Russia lost its
appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a
decision which could add pressure on the IOC to exclude the country
entirely from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro.
2016 Jul 21, Human Rights Watch
said members of Rwanda's security forces are arresting beggars,
street children, sex workers and other "undesirables" who are
arbitrarily detained in centers described as harsh and inhuman.
2016 Jul 21, The Swiss-based UN
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the earth is on track
for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than
2016 Jul 21, In Syria
government air strikes and shelling killed at least 43 civilians,
including 11 children in several rebel-held areas.
2016 Jul 21, Nearly 40 Syrian
soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed when rebels blew up a
tunnel under a government position in Aleppo city.
2016 Jul 21, The head of the
opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the
US-led air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of
dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city
of Manbij are investigated.
2016 Jul 21, Turkey said it
will follow France's example in suspending temporarily the European
Convention on Human Rights following its declaration of a state of
2016 Jul 21, Zimbabwean war
veterans turned on their long-time ally President Robert Mugabe,
describing him as a dictator in a jolting rebuke underlining
political maneuvering over his succession and mounting anger over
2016 Jul 22, In southern
California a fast-moving wildfire broke out and soon forced hundreds
of people to flee from their homes in the drought-parched foothills
northwest of Los Angeles. By July 24 it had blackened some 20,000
acres and threatened homes and commercial structures.
2016 Jul 22, A Florida judge
said that bitcoin is not real money. The ruling meant that no
specific license is needed to buy and sell the crypto-currency.
2016 Jul 22, American Atheists
Inc. and two Kansas City members filed suit against Kansas City,
Mo., over the city’s planned use of $65,000 in tourism tax dollars
to aid an upcoming Baptist convention.
(SFC, 7/27/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 22, In northern
Indiana 14 dogs were found dead after air conditioning failed in a
truck they were housed in for a dog show.
(SFC, 7/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 22, WikiLeaks released
nearly 20,000 emails from a 17-month span that appeared to have been
obtained by someone who hacked into the accounts of seven top
Democratic Party officials.
(SFC, 7/25/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 22, In Afghanistan a
suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in Kabul killed at least 80
people and wounded more than 200. The attack was the deadliest to
hit Kabul in 15 years of civil war. The Hazaras were marching for a
major regional power line to be routed through their home province.
2016 Jul 22, The Afghan
military launched a major offensive in Nangarhar province hours
after a suicide bombing in Kabul that killed at least 80 people.
(SFC, 7/27/16, p.A3)
2016 Jul 22, President Francois
Hollande said France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its
fight against the Islamic State group, but ruled out any troop
deployment in the country.
2016 Jul 22, IMF chief
Christine Lagarde was ordered to stand trial in France over a
massive state payout to a colourful tycoon when she was French
2016 Jul 22, In Germany
teenager David Ali Sonboly (18) went on a shooting spree at a
shopping center in Munich. He shot dead 9 people in a gun rampage
before turning the gun on himself. Police later said he was
"obsessed" with mass killers like Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders
Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State group. Police
later said he had been preparing for the shooting for a year.
(AFP, 7/23/16)(AFP, 7/24/16)
2016 Jul 22, The Indian air
force lost contact with a transport plane carrying 29 people to
islands in the Bay of Bengal.
2016 Jul 22, Two more people
died in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as anti-India protests and
clashes with government forces persisted despite a strict curfew in
place for a 14th straight day.
2016 Jul 22, In Kenya a court
in Mombasa convicted Feisal Mohamed Ali of possessing ivory. He had
been accused of leading an ivory smuggling ring. Ali was arrested in
Tanzania in December 2014 over illegal elephant tusks weighing more
than 2 tons.
2016 Jul 22, Libyan forces said
they had edged further into the center of Sirte as they sought to
recapture the city from Islamic State, following heavy fighting
until late the previous evening that left dozens dead.
2016 Jul 22, A Dutch court
convicted four men in absentia for travelling to Syria to join
extremists, including the Islamic State group, and sentenced them to
six years in prison. All four suspects were believed to be in Syria,
where some 260 Dutch citizens have gone to fight in recent years.
2016 Jul 22, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif pledged an "era of development" in Pakistan-controlled
Kashmir after his party won 31 of 41 seats in the local legislative
assembly. Sharif urged a crowd of supporters in Muzaffarabad, the
capital of Pakistan-held Kashmir, not to forget the sacrifices of
people living in the Indian-controlled side.
2016 Jul 22, It was reported
that days of heavy snowfall in Peru have killed some 50,000 alpacas.
Sheep were also reported dying in large numbers in the high Andean
(SFC, 7/22/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 22, Poland's
parliament eased some restrictions on the constitutional court in a
move the government said addressed concerns that the ruling party
had undermined the rule of law but the opposition said the changes
did not go far enough.
2016 Jul 22, Romania's Court of
Appeal has upheld prison sentences for eight people for money
laundering and embezzlement worth 83.5 million euros ($92 million).
Sorin Ovidiu Vantu was sentenced to six years and two months in
prison. Trade union leader Liviu Luca was sentenced to six years in
prison for misusing the funds of Petromservice, a petroleum-facility
maintenance company. The court also confirmed sentences for six
other former company employees to prison terms.
2016 Jul 22, In Serbia hundreds
of migrants from the Middle East and Asia marched through Belgrade
on their way to Hungary and announced a hunger strike to underline
their demand for passage to western Europe.
2016 Jul 22, Singapore banned
the distribution and possession of Al Fatihin, a newspaper linked to
the Islamic State militant group, after government officials
repeatedly warned against terror threats.
2016 Jul 22, South Korea's
central bank said North Korea's economy shrank 1.1 percent last
year, in its first contraction in five years.
2016 Jul 22, In northern Syria
sporadic clashes between Islamic Sate militants and US-backed
fighters erupted in the IS-held town of Manbij after the extremists
ignored a 48-hour offer from the day before to leave the besieged
town without a fight.
2016 Jul 22, The United Nations
refugee agency said more than 26,000 people have fled South Sudan to
Uganda this month.
2016 Jul 22, The UN World
Tourism Organization signed an agreement with Turkey to help the
country boost its ailing tourism sector, which has suffered due to a
string of bombings and a failed coup.
2016 Jul 23, In Afghanistan a
suicide attack on peaceful protesters in Kabul killed 81 people. The
protesters were mainly Hazaras. The Islamic State claimed
2016 Jul 23, A drug bust in
Chile resulted in the haul of cocaine worth more than €11 million
($12 million) that was bound for Spain. Three suspected traffickers
were arrested, two of whom are confirmed Spanish nationals.
2016 Jul 23, In China Siberian
tigers at the Badaling wildlife World in Beijing mauled a woman to
death and wounded another when they stepped out of their carin an
(SFC, 7/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 23, In El Salvador
four inmates at a prison were murdered amid a fight between inmates,
members of the Barrio 18 gang, at a facility in the city of
2016 Jul 23, El Salvador's
president says he has begun talks with political parties on a new
"national reconciliation" law. Earlier this month, the country's
Supreme Court overturned an amnesty law enacted in 1993 covering
crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war.
2016 Jul 23, In Madagascar a
house fire broke out during a party. 38 people including 16 children
were killed as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof.
2016 Jul 23, In southern
Mexico a mayor, a town councilman, two other town employees and a
local resident were shot to death in San Juan Chamula, Chiapas
state. Prosecutors said a crowd of about 35 people demanded to speak
with Mayor Domingo Lopez Gonzalez about funding for public works
when shots rang out, killing him and the other four.
2016 Jul 23, Turkey pushed on
with a sweeping crackdown against suspected plotters of its failed
coup. Using new emergency powers, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
cabinet decreed that police could now hold suspects for one month
without charge, and announced it would shut down over 1,000 private
schools it deems subversive.
2016 Jul 23, Turkey said it
has detained Hails Hanci a senior aide to the US-based cleric
Fethullah Gulen, whom it blames for the coup attempt aimed at
ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hanci was described as a
"right-hand man" of Gulen and responsible for transferring funds to
him. Gulen has denied being behind the failed coup.
2016 Jul 23, In Turkey Muhammed
Wisam Sankari, a gay Syrian refugee, went missing. His body was
found mutilated and beheaded two days later in central Istanbul.
2016 Jul 24, Democratic
national leader Debbie Wasserman, D.-Fla., announced that she will
step down at the end of the convention week following leaked
internal party e-mails.
(SFC, 7/25/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 24, In East Oakland,
Ca., Alberto Juarez (40) was shot and killed and three others were
wounded at a block party on the 9200 block of Holly St. In
2018 Honario Hernandez Meza (29) of Woodland, Ca., was sentenced to
16 years in prison following a plea agreement.
(SFC, 8/9/18, p.D1)
2016 Jul 24, Chris Froome (31)
became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France three
2016 Jul 24, British border
agents moved in to help French officials deal with gigantic backups
for travelers trying to cross the English Channel into France. The
delays come at the start of the British holiday season when tens of
thousands of vacationers head to continental Europe.
2016 Jul 24, In Cambodia tens
of thousands joined the funeral procession of Kem Ley, a prominent
government critic, whose July 10 murder in broad daylight has raised
suspicions of a hit job in country with a long history of political
2016 Jul 24, Southeast Asian nations
failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea after
Cambodia blocked any mention to an international court ruling
against Beijing in their statement.
2016 Jul 24, In China G20
finance officials promised to protect the world economy from the
shockwaves of Britain's EU referendum and to boost sluggish growth.
G20 envoys also rejected trade protectionism, an issue that has
risen in prominence as US Republication presidential candidate
Donald Trump stirred unease with talk about restricting access to
2016 Jul 24, China's Ministry
of Commerce said that it has imposed anti-dumping duties on steel
imports from Japan, South Korea and the European Union. Imports of
grain-oriented electrical steel, used in the manufacture of large
generators and electricity transformers, will be charged duties
ranging from 37.3 percent to 46.3 percent. The duties will continue
to be levied for five years. The ministry said an investigation has
found that underpriced steel was hurting Chinese industry.
2016 Jul 24, In China the
Beijing municipal branch of the national Cyberspace Administration
ordered some of China‘s biggest internet companies to stop
publishing independent reports on politically sensitive topics.
(Econ, 7/30/16, p.34)
2016 Jul 24, Southeast
Asian nations failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South
China Sea after Cambodia blocked any mention to an international
court ruling against Beijing in their statement.
2016 Jul 24, In Germany
Mohammed Daleel, a Syrian asylum seeker (27), wounded 15 people,
four of them seriously, near a cafe in Ansbach when he set off a
bomb in his rucksack, killing himself. He had reportedly made a
video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group. A Syrian
asylum-seeker (21) killed a woman and injured two people with a
machete in the city of Reutlingen.
(AFP, 7/24/16)(AFP, 7/25/16)
2016 Jul 24, In India an
Israeli tourist (25) was raped after she accepted a car ride while
traveling in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Police
soon arrested two of six men and a search was on for the other
2016 Jul 24, Iran destroyed
100,000 satellite dishes and receivers as part of a widespread
crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are
morally damaging. General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran's Basij
militia, warned of the impact that satellite television was having
in the conservative country. 70% of Iranians violate the 1994 law
and own satellite dishes which can gather television programming
2016 Jul 24, In Iraq a suicide
bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people
in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad. The bombing struck near a
checkpoint in the Kadhimiyah area, home to a major Shiite shrine,
also wounded at least 29 people.
2016 Jul 24, Nepal's PM Khadga
Prasad Oli resigned shortly before he was to face a confidence vote
in parliament that he expected to lose, further aggravating
political instability in the Himalayan country.
2016 Jul 24 It was reported
that Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all agencies
directly under his watch to open their records to the public as part
of his promise to crack down on corruption and promote transparency
in government. Legislation was still needed to ensure other branches
of government will do the same.
2016 Jul 24, In Switzerland the
International Olympic Committee held showdown talks on whether to
ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping. The IOC said it
was up to each international sports federation to decide if Russians
could take part in Rio.
(AFP, 7/24/16)(AFP, 7/25/16)
2016 Jul 24, In Syria rockets
rained down on several Old Damascus neighborhoods killing at least 8
people and wounding 20 others. Government air raids struck five
medical clinics in Aleppo province.
(AFP, 7/24/16)(SFC, 7/25/16,
2016 Jul 24, In northern
Thailand about 100 macaques tore up voter lists publicly posted
ahead of the August 7 referendum on a proposed constitution.
2016 Jul 24, Ukraine said six
government soldiers were killed in the east by rebel separatists
over the last 24 hours.
(SFC, 7/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 24, Zimbabwe war
veterans decried Mugabe's "dictatorial tendencies" and vowed to
withdraw their support if he seeks re-election in 2018.
2016 Jul 25, In Philadelphia,
Penn., the Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start
Monday, with a major internal row over leaked emails playing havoc
with nominee Hillary Clinton's bid to present a united front against
2016 Jul 25, The FBI said it is
investigating how thousands of Democratic National Committee emails
were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton's campaign maintains was
committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump. It was later reported
that two teams of Russian hackers were at work. One nick-named Fancy
Bear was thought to be linked to military intelligence. The other,
code-named Fancy Bear, was believed to be linked to another part of
the Russian security aparatus.
(AP, 7/25/16)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.29)
2016 Jul 25, In Florida 2
youths were killed early today and as many as 16 other people
injured in a shooting outside a nightclub in Fort Myers as parents
were picking up their children from a "teen night" event.
2016 Jul 25, The United States
announced $127 million in aid for southern African countries where
the worst drought in decades is affecting millions of people,
stunting children and tempting some farmers to eat their grains
instead of saving them as seed for the next crop.
2016 Jul 25, Verizon and Yahoo
announced a $4.83 billion deal to buy Yahoo’s core Internet
business. This did not include the firms properties in Asia or its
portfolio of patents.
(SFC, 7/26/16, p.D1)(Econ, 7/30/16, p.49)
2016 Jul 25, Ten members of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a watered-down
rebuke against China for territorially expanding in the South China
Sea. This amounted to less than a slap on the wrist, and exposed the
deep divisions in a regional body that prides itself on unity.
2016 Jul 25, Austrian police
said that an international operation has smashed an alleged
people-smuggling ring suspected of illegally bringing more than
1,000 people from Hungary into western Europe over the past year.
2016 Jul 25, Azerbaijan's
highest court approved an initiative by President Ilham Aliyev to
extend the head of state's term of office to seven years from five,
a step his critics see as illegal and undemocratic.
2016 Jul 25, British
prosecutors unveiled the extra charges against Stephen Port (41),
who already faced murder charges in connection with the discovery of
four bodies near Port's home in Barking, east London, between June
2014 and September 2015. They accused Port of nonlethal attacks on
eight other men involving six criminal counts of poisoning, seven of
rape and four of sexual assault.
2016 Jul 25, In Canada the
provincial government of British Columbia declared that foreign
buyes must pay a new 15% tax on any residential purchase. The move
was counter to the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and
Protetions Agreement whi htook force in October 2014.
(Econ, 8/6/16, p.60)
2016 Jul 25, In Canada
Abdirahman Abdi (37), a mentally ill man, died after being
hospitalized in critical condition following his arrest. Witnesses
told local media he was beaten by Ottawa police officers who
responded to calls of a disturbance.
2016 Jul 25, A Chinese military
court sentenced Guo Boxiong (74), a former top general, to life in
prison for taking bribes.
(SFC, 7/26/16, p.A3)
2016 Jul 25, Colombia’s Health
Ministry said the number of cases of the virus have been falling
steadily to as few as 600 per week compared to more than 10 times
that amount at the outbreak's peak in February.
2016 Jul 25, Congo Republic
opposition leader Paulin Makaya was sentenced to two years in prison
for his role in protests against a referendum proposing a third term
for President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
2016 Jul 25, Greek authorities
declared a state of emergency on the Aegean island of Chios, which
has been engulfed by a wildfire raging out of control.
2016 Jul 25, Guyana's
government said it will create a special unit to crack down on
corruption cases linked to the previous administration.
2016 Jul 25, In Indonesia
organizers of a recent poll on rape said more than 90 percent of
cases go unreported, highlighting the country's "deafening silence"
around sexual violence as victims fear being blamed.
2016 Jul 25, In Iraq a suicide
car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a
crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad. In Baghdad, separate bomb
explosions rocked three commercial areas, killing 9 people and
(AFP, 7/25/16)(AP, 7/25/16)
2016 Jul 25, Officials and
rights groups said Israeli authorities have advanced plans for 770
new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, drawing condemnation
from Palestinian leaders and the United Nations.
2016 Jul 25, In Mauritania only
a handfull of Arab officials gathered in a tent in Nouakchott, in
the most poorly attended Arab League summit in years, a sign of the
2016 Jul 25, New Zealand PM
John Key announced a plan to completely rid his country of rats and
some other nuisance animals, including possums and sloats, by 2050.
(SFC, 7/26/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 25, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist
guerrillas effective immediately and asked the rebels to do the same
to end decades of deadly fighting and foster the resumption of peace
talks as part of his first state of the nation address before
2016 Jul 25, Five Saudi border
guards were killed in clashes in Najran with armed groups seeking to
enter from Yemen.
(Reuters, 7/25/16)(SFC, 7/26/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 25, In Serbia about
150 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, started a hunger
strike in a field on the border with Hungary to demand passage to
the European Union.
2016 Jul 25, Spanish health
officials said a woman has given birth to a baby boy with
microcephaly associated with the Zika virus, the first detected case
in the country.
2016 Jul 25, Syria's regime
intensified air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo province as a
UN envoy prepared to meet US and Russian officials to try to revive
2016 Jul 25, Hundreds of
Tunisian demonstrated in the capital to protest against a bill being
discussed in parliament to grant amnesty to people accused of
2016 Jul 25, Turkish Airlines
said it has terminated the contracts of 211 employees, joining a
government purge of people suspected of links to a US-based cleric.
Turkey also ordered the detention of 42 journalists, drawing fire
from the European Union.
(AP, 7/25/16)(Reuters, 7/25/16)
2016 Jul 25, Ukrainian
nationalists blocked a religious procession from entering Kiev,
calling the marchers "agents of Moscow" and pelting the believers
who were carrying Orthodox icons and crosses with eggs. The
nationalists claimed that the procession is a ruse to sow discord in
Ukraine. Police the next day barred the procession from entering
Kiev, after finding ammunition planted along the planned route.
2016 Jul 25, Military sources
in Yemen said at least 80 pro-government and rebel troops have been
killed in fighting since last week in the northwest near the border
with Saudi Arabia.
2016 Jul 26, Hillary Clinton
made history by becoming the first woman nominee of a major-party
for president of the United States.
(SFC, 7/26/16, p.A1)
2016 Jul 26, In California the
Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which ignited on July 22 in
Garrapata State Park, grew to almost 20,000 acres and was only 10%
contained. By July 31 it swelled to 40,000 acres and was 18%
(SFC, 7/27/16, p.D1)(SFC, 8/1/16, p.C2)
2016 Jul 26, Sandy Pearlman,
producer and lyricist for Blue Öyster Cult, died in Novato, Ca. He
produced and co-produced albums for the band from 1972-1988. In 1975
he and Murray Krugman produced one of the earliest albums considered
to be punk rock: “The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!"
(SFC, 7/29/16, p.D4)
2016 Jul 26, In Pennsylvania
Humberto Martinez (32), a man with a lengthy criminal history, died
following a scuffle with police officers. A year later his family
sued Pittsburg and its police department for wrongful death.
(SFC, 7/27/17, p.D2)
2016 Jul 26, LeEco, a Chinese
technology company, agreed to buy US televisioon maker Vizio for at
least $2 billion.
(SFC, 7/27/16, p.C1)
2016 Jul 26, In Abu Dhabi Solar
Impulse 2 made history as the first airplane to circle the globe
powered only by the sun, opening up new possibilities for the future
of renewable energy.
2016 Jul 26, In Afghanistan a
US drone strike in southern Nangarhar province killed Hafiz Saeed
Khan, top Islamic State group leader. Khan had previously been a
Tehrik-e Taliban commander, but last year pledged loyalty to IS
leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
2016 Jul 26, Australia’s PM
Malcolm Turnbull said that he would launch a Royal Commission after
graphic footage emerged of teens being tear-gassed and stripped
naked at a youth detention center in the Northern Territory.
2016 Jul 26, Bangladesh police
raided a den of suspected Islamic militants in Dhaka, killing 9 men
and seizing explosives, revolvers and black flags.
2016 Jul 26, In Egypt film
director Mohammed Khan (b.1942) died. His realism shed light on the
country's urban landscape since the 1980s. His 2013 film “Factory
Girl" addressed Egypt's rigid class society.
2016 Jul 26, In France two
attackers took hostages inside a church during morning Mass in the
small Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, killing Father
Jacques Hamel, (85) by slitting his throat before being shot and
killed by police. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for
the attack. The attackers were soon identified as Adel Kermiche (19)
and Abdel Malik Petitjean (19).
(AP, 7/26/16)(AFP, 7/28/16)
2016 Jul 26, Germany signed an
agreement to lend 50 million euros ($55 million) to Albania to help
it build a power line with neighboring Macedonia.
2016 Jul 26, In Germany a
patient shot a doctor in a university clinic in Berlin before
killing himself. Police said there were "no signs at all" of a link
with Islamist militancy.
2016 Jul 26, In northeast India
local authorities in Assam state said more than 1.2 million people
have been hit by floods which have submerged hundreds of villages,
inundated large swathes of farmland and damaged roads, bridges and
telecommunications services. At least 7 people were reported killed.
(Reuters, 7/26/16)(AP, 7/26/16)
2016 Jul 26, Iran's government
said it would cap salaries for public officials as it seeks to
dampen a scandal over exorbitant pay that has threatened to derail
President Hassan Rouhani's re-election hopes. The payslips of
executives at several public companies were leaked in May, showing
that many earned over 100 times more than the average worker.
2016 Jul 26, In Iraq the Babil
Provincial Council approved a decision allowing authorities to
demolish homes of convicted militants and banish their families from
2016 Jul 26, Israeli
authorities destroyed 11 Palestinian homes in an area on the
outskirts of Jerusalem divided from the city by Israel's separation
wall. Authorities alleged the owners did not have building permits.
2016 Jul 26, Israel police said
said that 56 suspected members of the "La Familia" group of Beitar
Jerusalem fans were arrested in an overnight raid. Stun grenades,
firecrackers and other banned pyrotechnics were confiscated. An
undercover agent who had infiltrated the group over the past six
months led to the breakthrough.
2016 Jul 26, In Japan Satoshi
Uematsu (26) went on a stabbing rampage near Tokyo at the
Yamayuri-en facility for the mentally disabled where he had been
fired, killing 19 people. Months earlier he had given a letter to
Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people
should be put to death. This was Japan's deadliest mass killing in
decades. In 2020 a court sentenced Uematsu to hang for the killings.
(AP, 7/26/16)(SFC, 3/17/20, p.A2)
2016 Jul 26, Malawi police
arrested Eric Aniva who said he was hired by families to have
sex with more than 100 young women, including children, in what was
described as ritual cleansing. Aniva told media he was HIV-positive.
2016 Jul 26, In Mali jihadist
leader Mahmoud Barry, aka known as Cheikh Yahya, was arrested near
the Wagadou forest. His group was one of two that claimed
responsibility for the July 19 attack on an army base that killed at
least 17 soldiers.
2016 Jul 26, In Morocco a girl
was visiting the Zoological Garden of Rabat with her family,
admiring three elephants when one picked up a stone, then tossed it
more than 10 meters (yards) over a huge ditch and a wooden barrier
toward the visitors. The girl was struck in the head and died hours
2016 Jul 26, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen killed two army soldiers in a hit and run attack
in the southern port city of Karachi.
2016 Jul 26, Paraguayan
authorities got a surprise when they raided the jail cell of Jarvis
Chimenes Pavao, a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell, and found a
three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference
room and plasma TV. Pavao had allegedly planned to use the plastic
explosives to blow a hole in the prison walls and escape.
2016 Jul 26, In Somalia at
least 13 people were killed in twin bombings near UN and African
Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport. The jihadist Shabaab
group claimed the bombings as a suicide attack.
2016 Jul 26, South Sudan's
President Salva Kiir installed Taban Deng Gai as the new first vice
president to replace opposition leader Riek Machar, who fled into
hiding this month amid clashes with government forces. Loyalists to
Machar alleged a conspiracy to remove him.
2016 Jul 26, Syrian government
forces called on opposition fighters in Aleppo to drop their weapons
and surrender to authorities as they captured new ground on the
northwestern edge of the city, tightening the siege on rebel-held
parts of the metropolis where some 300,000 people live.
2016 Jul 26, Turkey detained
prominent journalists and two top generals serving abroad in a
widening of the relentless legal crackdown after the July 15 coup
that has caused growing alarm in the West.
2016 Jul 26, Two Turkish
soldiers were killed in separate incidents involving Kurdish
militants in the Kurdish southeast region.
2016 Jul 26, The Vatican and
the Bank of Italy signed a key cooperation agreement aimed at
regularizing their relations and ending years of Italian mistrust
over Holy See finances.
2016 Jul 27, In Philadelphia
President Barack Obama implored Americans to help Hillary Clinton
beat Donald Trump, warning the 2016 race was not just about
politics, but the nature of US democracy.
2016 Jul 27, Donald Trump said
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000
(Hillary Clinton) emails that are missing. I think you will probably
be rewarded mightily by our press." A day later he retracted the
statement saying he was being sarcastic.
2016 Jul 27, Jack Davis
(b.1924), Mad magazine illustrator and movie poster artist, died in
St. Simons Island, Ga.
(SFC, 7/29/16, p.D3)
2016 Jul 27, In Saipan
community members and an environmental group sued the US Navy over a
plan to turn the islands of Pagan and Tinian in the Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands into live-fire testing sites.
(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 27, Maryland
prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore
police officers who were still awaiting trial in the April 2015
death of Freddie Gray. Three other officers were already acquittted.
A mistrial was declared for a 4th officer when a jury deadlocked.
(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 27, A US federal judge
ordered John Hinckley (61), who tried to assassinate president
Ronald Reagan 35 years ago, to be freed from a psychiatric hospital
to live full-time with his mother.
2016 Jul 27, In China a court
in Shenzhen sentenced four people, including Hong Kong magazine
publisher Wang Jianmin and editor Guo Zhongxiao, to prison on
charges of running an illegal business after they reportedly sent
copies of their sensitive political magazines to mainland China.
(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A3)
2016 Jul 27, The European Space
Agency (ESA) announced that Earth bid a final farewell to robot lab
Philae, severing communications after a year-long silence from the
pioneering probe hurtling through space on a comet.
2016 Jul 27, The European
Commission gave Poland three months to boost the powers of its
Constitutional Tribunal, stepping up pressure on Warsaw's
eurosceptic government to respect the EU's democratic standards.
2016 Jul 27, India signed a
contract to buy four maritime spy planes from Boeing Co for about $1
billion, aiming to bolster the navy as it tries to check China's
presence in the Indian Ocean.
2016 Jul 27, In Iraq militants
unleashed a series of attacks in and around Baghdad, killing at
least 18 people.
(AP, 7/27/16)(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 27, Israeli forces
fired anti-tank missiles at a house in the West Bank after a
shootout overnight, killing a Hamas member accused of the July 1
deadly attack on Miki Mark (48), a father of ten.
(AFP, 7/27/16)(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 27, A Kuwaiti court
sentenced Shiite lawmaker Abdulhameed Dashti, a strong supporter of
Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to 14 years and six
months in absentia for remarks deemed highly offensive to fellow
Gulf states Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Dashti has been living
overseas for the past four months.
2016 Jul 27, Mexico’s Interior
Secretary said the government will comply with a judge’s order to
release drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo (86) to serve out the
last nine of of his 40-year sentence at home.
(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 27, A Nepalese home
ministry official said flash floods and landslides swept through
villages, killing at least 58 people over two days.
2016 Jul 27, Pope Francis
landed in Poland at the start of 5-day visit to join young Catholics
for World Youth Day.
2016 Jul 27, Romania’s National
Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and University Certificates
voted 37-10 to strip former PM Victor Ponta of his doctorate after a
council upheld a verdict that he plagiarized his thesis.
2016 Jul 27, In Spain
pro-independence parties governing Catalonia approved a resolution
in the regional parliament to press ahead with secession. Spain’s
caretaker government said it will take legal action the parliament
(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 27, Spanish police
arrested two Moroccan brothers in the northern city of Girona and
charged them with helping to fund Islamic State's operations in
Syria and Iraq.
2016 Jul 27, In Syria a large
truck bomb blast claimed by Islamic State targeted Kurdish
security forces and killed at least 48 people and wounded scores
more in the northeastern city of Qamishli. Government air strikes
and artillery fire killed at least 16 civilians on in rebel-held
neighbourhoods in the east of Aleppo city.
(Reuters, 7/27/16)(AFP, 7/27/16)
2016 Jul 27, Thai police
captured a Japanese lawyer who altered his appearance through
plastic surgery to escape arrest for an alleged stock share
manipulation scheme more than a decade ago. Yasuo Tsubaki (62) was
sought by Japanese authorities for securities fraud amounting to
more than 12 billion yen ($116 million) from 2001-2005.
2016 Jul 27, Turkish
authorities issued warrants for the detention of 47 former
executives or senior journalists at the Zaman newspaper, which was
associated with the US-based Muslim cleric who the government says
is behind Turkey's failed July 15 coup.
2016 Jul 27, In Ukraine
thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims reached the center
of Kiev and finished their procession to the city's most revered
monastery after their march was disrupted a day earlier.
2016 Jul 27, In Venezuela a
union leader said some 50 animals have starved to death in the last
six months at the Caricuao zoo in Caracas, due to chronic food
shortages that have plagued the crisis-stricken South American
2016 Jul 27, Thousands of
Zimbabweans rallied in support of President Robert Mugabe, days
after war veterans called the 92-year-old a corrupt dictator,
highlighting maneuvering over the ZANU-PF leader's succession and
anger over growing hardships.
2016 Jul 27, Zimbabwe police
arrested Douglas Mahiya, a senior official from the country’s war
veterans' association, after it accused President Robert Mugabe of
"dictatorial" behaviour in a shock rupture with the 92-year-old
leader. The association's secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda, was
also taken from his rural home in Gokwe, after being summoned for
2016 Jul 28, At the Democratic
convention in Philadelphia, Pa., Hillary Clinton became the first
woman to accept a major party’s nomination for president.
(SFC, 7/29/16, p.A1)
2016 Jul 28, In southern
California a Marine Corps fighter jet crashed during a training
mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms. Maj. Richard Norton
(36) was killed.
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/31/16, p.A11)
2016 Jul 28, In southern
California two police officers were shot, one fatally, after a late
night stop turned into a gunfight in San Diego. Jesse Gomez (52) was
soon arrested for the murder of officer Jonathan DeGuzman (43).
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/31/16, p.A10)
2016 Jul 28, Washington DC
prosecutors said they will not retry Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran
immigrant charged in the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy, due to
unforeseen recent developments.
(SFC, 7/29/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 28, Chicago police
fatally shot and killed Paul O’Neal (18), a suspected car thief. On
August 5 a video was released showing officers firing into a stolen
vehicle, then handcuffing the blood-covered suspect following a foot
(SFC, 8/6/16, p.A5)(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A10)
2016 Jul 28, In Ohio a girl
fatally shot her father in the head as he slept to stop him from
abusing her family in Warren.
(SFC, 8/6/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 28, Dakota Lions Sight
& Health, a South Dakota-based eye and tissue bank, said it
isn't responsible for injuries caused by infected corneas that were
shipped to the Palestinian territories.
2016 Jul 28, In Texas a Fort
Worth police officer shot and paralyzed David Collie (33), a black
man, as he walked away from the officer. A police dash cam video
showed the encounter with Collie posing no immediate threat. Collie
was charged with aggravated assault but a grand jury declined to
(http://tinyurl.com/gusy73z)(SFC, 12/29/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 28, Australian
officials confirmed that data recovered from a home flight simulator
owned by Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the captain of Malaysia Airlines
Flight 370, showed that someone had used the device to plot a course
to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to
2016 Jul 28, Cambodia's Phnom
Penh Municipal Court fined self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy
for defaming Heng Samrin, a former president (1979-1992) and a
senior member of the country's ruling party, adding to legal woes
hurting his party's ability to operate.
2016 Jul 28, An Egyptian court
convicted Hesham Genena, the country's former top
anti-corruption official, of "spreading false news," sentencing him
to a year in prison and a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,250)
which, if paid along with an additional 10,000 pounds, will allow
him to avoid incarceration.
2016 Jul 28, French President
Francois Hollande confirmed that a National Guard would be formed
from existing reserve forces to better protect citizens facing
2016 Jul 28, In India a
shopkeeper of the Brahmin caste axed to death a couple from the
lower Dalit caste for not promptly paying a meager debt of 15 rupees
(22 cents) for groceries in Mainpuri town, Uttar Pradesh state. The
couple left behind five children.
2016 Jul 28, India's upper
house of parliament passed a bill late that would give state
governments more than 60 billion rupees ($895 million) a year to
conserve and protect forests and wildlife. Analysts and activists
said the bill ignores the importance of indigenous people in
conserving land and tramples on their rights.
2016 Jul 28, In Kenya
four schools were set on fire. Over the last three months 117
schools have been partially burnt by arsonists. The government said
the burning schools are retribution from a "cartel" formerly linked
to the country's exam-setting body, which used to profit handsomely
from selling papers and answers.
2016 Jul 28, Libya's
UN-brokered presidency council announced the reopening of the
country's vital oil terminals after 18 months of closure despite
threats by a rival military commander that his forces could target
tankers entering Libya's territorial waters.
2016 Jul 28, Nepalese
authorities said flash floods and landslides have killed at least 68
people in the past three days with another 15 missing.
2016 Jul 28, In Nigeria Boko
Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy in Borno state. Three civilians
including a UNICEF employee and contractor for the International
Organization for Migration were wounded, along with two of the
soldiers escorting the humanitarian workers. The UN in response
suspended its missions outside Maiduguri, where it says a half
million people are starving. A day later UNICEF said it was
returning to full operations in the area.
(AP, 7/29/16)(AFP, 7/30/16)
2016 Jul 28, In Oman the Azamn
(al-Zaman) newspaper editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Maamari and his
deputy Yousef al-Haj were jailed two days after the paper published
an article accusing public officials of corruption and interfering
in judicial decisions.
2016 Jul 28, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to withdraw a ceasefire order
he gave three days ago after suspected communist rebels killed a
government militiaman and wounded four others in an attack a day
2016 Jul 28, Portuguese police
seized about 2 metric tons (2.2 tons) of Moroccan hashish from a
boat and arrested a Spaniard (46) during a night-time operation on
the country's southern coast.
2016 Jul 28, Portuguese public
health workers began a 48-hour strike to pressure the government
into extending a new 35-hour week to more staff.
2016 Jul 28, Russian President
Vladimir Putin fired the governor of the Kirov region, Nikita
Belykh, a month after he was jailed on a charge of accepting a
2016 Jul 28, Russian PM Dmitry
Medvedev accepted the resignation of Andrei Belyaninov, the
head of the customs agency, several days after investigators
searched his home and founds hundreds of thousand dollars stashed in
2016 Jul 28, Syrian
pro-government forces tightened their grip around Aleppo, and the
governor of the area said they would open corridors for civilians to
escape the besieged, rebel-held districts of the city. Militants
retook the northern village of al-Bouweir from the Syrian Democratic
Forces and killed 24 civilians there.
(Reuters, 7/28/16)(AP, 7/29/16)
2016 Jul 28, In Syria at least
28 people, including seven children, died in air strikes on the
village of al Ghandour in the countryside north of Manbij city. The
US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants conducted air
strikes in the area in the last 24 hours.
2016 Jul 28, In northern
Ukraine three people died, including a NATO representative, in an
explosion while a missile was being unloaded from a vehicle at a
2016 Jul 28, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said some 23 million farmers in
drought-hit Southern Africa need urgent help to prepare for the next
planting season with only a few weeks left before it begins. It said
Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have
reported more than 640,000 drought-related livestock deaths. Farmers
and cattle herders in 10 countries have requested assistance:
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
2016 Jul 29, The United States
military said it was preparing for the biggest land return in
Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its
presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for
the murder of a local woman. The US Army said it would hand back 15
square miles to the Japanese government.
(Reuters, 7/29/16)(Econ, 8/13/16, p.20)
2016 Jul 29, In northern
California a medical transport plane enroute to Oakland, Ca.,
crashed in Humboldt County killing all 4 people onboard.
(SFC, 8/2/16, p.C2)
2016 Jul 29, In Michigan six
current or former state employees were charged with misconduct and
other crimes in the Flint water crisis, bringing to nine the number
of public officials facing prosecution in the case.
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 29, Agriculture
officials said genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or
commercial production in the United States has been found growing in
a field in Washington state, posing a possible risk to trade with
countries concerned about engineered food.
2016 Jul 29, It was reported
that a new study of male honeybees shows that the insecticides
thiamethoxam and clothianidin, both from the neonicotinoid family of
insecticides can significantly reduce the drones’ ability to
(SFC, 7/29/16, p.A7)
2016 Jul 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked a series of police checkpoints as part of
a larger assault in the Kanashin district. Control of the Kanashin
district, which borders Pakistan and major poppy-producing
districts, put the "Taliban in control of 60 percent of Helmand
2016 Jul 29, In Angola the
separatist Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC)
said that 9 Angolan soldiers had been killed in the region.
2016 Jul 29, Chinese regulatory
authorities conditionally approved Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch
InBev’s giant takeover of SABMiller, clearing one of the last major
hurdles for the $103 billion deal to go ahead. AB InBev has agreed
to a series of concessions to win the authorities' green lights,
including selling SABMiller's 49 percent stake in Snow Breweries,
China's biggest beermaker.
2016 Jul 29, The European Union
said that it had set definitive anti-dumping duties on certain
Chinese steel bars at rates higher than initially proposed,
following a 2015 investigation prompted by complaints from European
steelmaking association Eurofer. The announcement drew an immediate
response from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, which said the EU
"unfairly" set new tariffs based on higher profit margin targets for
2016 Jul 29, Air France
cancelled 10 percent of its long-distance flights, during a period
of high traffic due to summer vacations, because of a strike by
2016 Jul 29, German automaker
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand said it will build a new manufacturing
plant in Hungary by the end of the decade, investing 1 billion euros
($1.11 billion) and creating 2,500 new jobs.
2016 Jul 29, Guyana's finance
minister said the country will bar graduates of its public
university from traveling outside the country until they settle
their student debt, in a bid to collect on some $25 million in
2016 Jul 29, Indian police in
Bihar state arrested Hindu nationalist leader Dayashankar
Singh on charges alleging he insulted a senior female politician by
describing her as "worse than a prostitute." Singh was expelled last
week from PM Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party for making the
remark against Mayawati, a leader representing millions of
2016 Jul 29, India’s government
said persistent heavy rains have caused widespread disruption in
major cities and severe floods in the rugged northeast have killed
at least 12 people.
2016 Jul 29, In India a portion
of a 13-story building under construction in the western city of
Pune collapsed, killing at least 8 workers.
2016 Jul 29, In northern
India a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were gang-raped off
a busy highway near the town of Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh state,
after their car was stopped by a gang of men. 15 suspects were soon
2016 Jul 29, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir authorities re-imposed a curfew to prevent
a protest march to the main mosque in Srinagar, but fresh street
demonstrations and clashes still occurred at more than two dozen
places amid outrage over the killing of a top rebel leader earlier
2016 Jul 29, Indonesia executed
four people convicted of drug crimes despite international protests
and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others who got an
unexpected reprieve are put to death.
2016 Jul 29, In Ireland
three former senior bankers were sent to prison for their roles in
concealing the loss of billions in deposits at the defunct Anglo
Irish Bank, the biggest accounting fraud in Irish corporate history.
2016 Jul 29, Nicaragua's top
electoral authority decimated the country's political opposition by
unseating practically all of its remaining lawmakers in congress as
President Daniel Ortega prepares to seek a third term.
2016 Jul 29, Niger said it has
extended a state of emergency in the southeastern region of Diffa
for three months after a series of attacks by Boko Haram.
2016 Jul 29, Nigeria’s army
said its troops backed by a regional force have recaptured the
northeastern town of Damasak where Boko Haram killed more than 200
and abducted hundreds of children two years ago. The Chad-based
MNJTF comprises troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and
2016 Jul 29, In Pakistan Kosar
and Gulzar Bibi, aged 22 and 28, were shot dead by their brother
Nasir Hussain (35) as they prepared to marry men they had chosen
themselves in Punjab province. Hussain fled the scene.
2016 Jul 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte gave communist guerrillas an ultimatum to
declare their readiness to match his truce declaration following a
rebel attack that killed a government militiaman.
2016 Jul 29, Scottish police
said 77 people have been charged following a six-week operation
against online child abuse. Police found more than 30 million
pictures of young people being abused during the operation.
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 29, In Senegal the
Extraordinary African Chambers ordered Chad's ex-dictator Hissene
Habre to pay more than 4,700 victims at least $17,000 each for
abuses suffered during his time in power. The tribunal has already
frozen some of Habre's assets. The defense has 15 days to appeal the
2016 Jul 29, South Korean
prosecutors indicted fellow senior prosecutor Jin Kyung-joon for
allegedly pocketing millions of dollars from shady stock transaction
deals with an online game maker.
2016 Jul 29, Aid agencies urged
Syria's regime to end the siege of rebel-held east Aleppo as
residents cowered indoors afraid to use what some described as
"death corridors" to flee the city.
2016 Jul 29, Turkey’s Interior
Minister Efkan Ala said authorities have detained more than 18,000
people following the July 15-16 failed coup attempt.
2016 Jul 29, In Turkey 8
government soldiers were killed in a clash with Kurdish militants at
a checkpoint in the southeastern Hakkari province. A subsequent
operation against the Kurdish rebels left eight Kurds dead.
2016 Jul 29, The UN Security
Council agreed to send a contingent of 228 United Nations police to
Burundi to control the continuing violence and to protect human
rights in the East African nation.
2016 Jul 29, In Vietnam screens
displaying flight information at two major airports were hacked to
contain distorted information about the South China Sea and insult
Vietnam and the Philippines.
2016 Jul 30, In Connecticut
nine members of a Puerto Rican military unit that served in several
wars were honored with Congressional Gold Medals. The segregated
military unit, known as the Borinqueneers, fought in World War I,
World War II and the Korean War.
2016 Jul 30, In Maryland heavy
rains caused waist-deep flooding in Ellicott City, a suburb of
Baltimore, damaging homes and businesses and pushing cars through
the streets and leaving 2 people dead. 6 inches of rain fell in
Ellicott City within two to three hours.
(Reuters, 7/31/16)(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 30, In New Jersey
Franklin Osgood (61), a former police officer in Providence, R.I.,
shot and killed himself following a highway chase with state
authorities. His wife, Mary Jo Osgood, was found dead in the
(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 30, In central Texas
16 people were killed when a hot air balloon crashed in a fiery
blaze on a rural field outside the town of Lockhart, one of the
deadliest such accidents in history.
2016 Jul 30, In Washington
state 3 people were killed and another injured at a suburban Seattle
home when a gunman attacked a gathering of young adults from Kamiak
High school. A suspect (19) was soon arrested.
(SSFC, 7/31/16, p.A11)
2016 Jul 30, In Angola clashes
with the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC)
broke out near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Over the next two days 2 rebels and 17 Angolan soldiers were killed
in two incidents in the oil-producing province of Cabinda.
2016 Jul 30, In Armenia
one of the gunmen locked in a protracted siege with police in
Yerevan shot an officer dead, hours after authorities issued an
ultimatum to resolve the hostage drama.
2016 Jul 30, Belgium charged
Nourredine H., with planning to commit murder in a terrorist attack
and released his brother, Hamza H., after a series of house searches
the previous evening.
2016 Jul 30, In Burundi more
than 1,000 people participated in a government-backed demonstration
in the capital, Bujumbura, to protest France's proposal passed by UN
Security Council to deploy UN police to the country.
2016 Jul 30, Doctors in
Honduras said six women have delivered babies with the birth defect
microcephaly in just three days, raising fresh concerns about the
spread of the Zika virus. Honduras has detected 27,869 cases of Zika
2016 Jul 30, India's army said
that two rebels and two soldiers were killed in an overnight
gunbattle close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between
India and Pakistan, as a curfew continued to be enforced in parts of
2016 Jul 30, Indian authorities
tried to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages
after a week of heavy rain killed at least 52 people and uprooted
tens of thousands of others from their homes in the states of Assam
in the remote northeast and Bihar in the east.
2016 Jul 30, In India 32 people
were killed by lightning in the eastern state of Odisha.
2016 Jul 30, In Mexico the
Guerrero state public safety agency said 7 members of a family,
including two minors, were shot dead in the municipality of
Tepecoacuilco de Trujano. Michoacan state prosecutors' office said 9
burned bodies were found inside an SUV in the municipality of
Cuitzeo in an area with pipelines run by state oil company Petroleos
(Reuters, 7/30/16)(AP, 7/30/16)
2016 Jul 30, Pakistan arrested
at least 12 staff of its national carrier following the discovery of
6 kg (13.23 lb) of heroin in the toilet of an aircraft bound for
2016 Jul 30, In southern
Pakistan a roadside bomb has exploded near a vehicle carrying
paramilitary rangers, killing a security official and wounding three
officers and five civilians. A spokesman for the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar
militant group, claimed responsibility.
2016 Jul 30, In northwest
Pakistan flash floods triggered by monsoon rains swept away a bus
carrying a wedding party, killing people 27 people in the Landi
Kotal tribal region.
2016 Jul 30, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte called off a weeklong cease-fire after
communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to
declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline he had imposed.
2016 Jul 30, Russia's
intelligence service said that the computer networks of 20
organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have
been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and
coordinated attack. The agency did not say who it suspected of being
behind the attacks.
2016 Jul 30, Russian President
Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone on a visit to Slovenia,
shaking hands and honoring dead soldiers as he tested Western
resolve in maintaining crippling sanctions against the Kremlin for
its role in Ukraine.
2016 Jul 30, In Scotland around
3,000 people rallied in Glasgow demanding a second referendum on
Scottish independence in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU.
2016 Jul 30, Spanish police
said they have arrested three members of a criminal group engaged in
human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of foreign
transsexuals and transvestites.
2016 Jul 30, In Sweden some 45
thousand people, including the prime minister, participated in
Stockholm's annual gay pride parade, walking along streets sprinkled
with balloons and rainbow flags.
2016 Jul 30, In Syria dozens of
civilians left the besieged and battered opposition-held east of
Aleppo city through a "humanitarian corridor" to the government-held
west. Russia's defence ministry announced that four additional
"humanitarian corridors" will be opened from Aleppo, adding that 169
civilians have been able to get out so far.
2016 Jul 30, A senior Turkish
official said the country’s National Intelligence Organisation (MIT)
intercepted encrypted messages sent by followers of US-based
Fethullah Gulen well before the July 15 coup attempt, giving Ankara
names of tens of thousands within the preacher's network.
2016 Jul 30, In Turkey 27
fighters from the Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK, were killed in
Hakkari province when Turkish troops launched an air-and-ground
operation against groups of PKK fighters attempting to infiltrate.
2016 Jul 30, Yemen's government
delegation quit talks in Kuwait with Shiite Houthi rebels, having
agreed to resume them earlier this month.
2016 Jul 30, In Yemen warplanes
of a Saudi-led coalition bombed Houthi fighters seeking to
infiltrate Saudi Arabia, killing tens of Houthi militiamen. 7 Saudi
troops and dozens of Houthi fighters were killed in the heavy
(Reuters, 7/30/16)(Reuters, 7/31/16)
2016 Jul 31, In western
Nebraska 5 people died in a fiery car crash the forced the closure
of I-80 for several hours.
(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 31, In Austin, Texas,
Teqnika Moultrie (30) was killed and three other women were rushed
to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. The shooter was still at
large. A second, separate shooting incident in the area took place
just minutes later. On August 3 Endicott McCray (24) was arrested
outside Atlanta and charged with the murder of Moultrie. Police said
McCray had been trying to settle a score with his brother-in-law.
(AFP, 7/31/16)(SFC, 8/5/16, p.D7)
2016 Jul 31, An Afghan official
said Taliban attacks on the Kanashin district of Helmand province
have killed at least 24 police officers over the past two days. In
northern Jawzjan province, an official described "tough fighting"
after hundreds of insurgent fighters attacked the Qush Tepa district
with 4 Afghan security forces personnel killed.
2016 Jul 31, In Armenia two
more gunmen barricaded inside a police compound in Armenia's capital
surrendered and one more was shot and wounded by security forces who
are trying to end the two-week standoff. Twenty remaining gunmen
also surrendered after security forces used armored vehicles to
enter the compound.
(AP, 7/31/16)(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 31, Bangladesh
disaster management officials in Dhaka said lightning has killed 15
people over the the past two days.
2016 Jul 31, British PM Theresa
May set out a drive to tackle modern slavery, pledging more funding
and a new cross-government taskforce to help stamp out what she
called a "barbaric evil". She made the pledge as a review into the
2015 Modern Slavery Act.
2016 Jul 31, In the Dominican
Republic a storm knocked down power lines near the town of Nagua and
started a fire that killed 6 passengers on a bus.
(SFC, 8/2/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 31, In Germany
thousands of demonstrators from the Turkish community turned out in
Cologne to show their support for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
at a rally that ratcheted up diplomatic tensions between Ankara and
Berlin. Germany is home to around 3 million people of Turkish
origin. A regional court ruled, however, that no messages from
speakers elsewhere, such as politicians in Turkey, could be shown on
a video screen at the rally.
(Reuters, 7/31/16)(AP, 8/1/16)
2016 Jul 31, In India at least
9 people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in heavy
rains in a Mumbai suburb.
2016 Jul 31, India's foreign
minister said the government is providing food aid to thousands of
Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who are not able to buy food after
losing their jobs in the kingdom.
2016 Jul 31, Iraq's Defence
Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said that Islamic State group leaders and
their families have sold their belongings and fled Mosul as Iraqi
forces close in on the northern city.
2016 Jul 31, In northern Iraq
militants attacked a gas facility and oil field in Dibbis killing 5
people. 3 attackers were killed but firefighters were still trying
to extinguish a fire.
(AP, 7/31/16)(AFP, 7/31/16)
2016 Jul 31, Israel's cabinet
approved legislation aimed at loosening the grip of the country's
three largest banks on the credit supply market, despite opposition
by the IMF and a risk that the reform could flood the economy with
2016 Jul 31, In Japan veteran
politician Yuriko Koike (64), fluent in English and Arabic, was
elected as Tokyo's first woman governor.
2016 Jul 31, In western Libya
the mayor of Sabratha said more than 120 bodies of migrants who died
trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have washed up around
his town this month.
2016 Jul 31, Palestinian Rami
Awartani (31), armed with a knife, charged at Israeli soldiers on
the outskirts of of Nablus in the occupied West Bank and was shot
2016 Jul 31, In Poland Pope
Francis encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people at
the end of World Youth Day to "believe in a new humanity" that is
stronger than evil and refuses to see borders as barriers.
2016 Jul 31, In Somalia 6
people were killed in a gun and car-bomb assault on a police
building in the center of Mogadishu. 7 assailants were also left
2016 Jul 31, In southern Syria
a government airstrike on a hospital in opposition-controlled Jasem
put the facility out of service. It was targeted in one of several
airstrikes to hit the town in Deraa province. 6 people were reported
killed in the strikes.
2016 Jul 31, The Islamic State
called on its group members to carry out jihad in Russia in a
nine-minute YouTube video.
2016 Jul 31, Turkey's President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree that introduced sweeping
changes to the military. The government also dismissed 1,389
military personnel, including a top aide to Erdogan, for suspected
links to the Islamic preacher Gulen.
(AFP, 7/31/16)(Reuters, 8/1/16)(SFC, 8/1/16,
2016 Jul 31, In Turkey 4
government soldiers were killed in two separate clashes with
militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
2016 Jul 31 ,
Yemen's internationally-recognized government agreed to extend peace
talks with Shiite rebels for another week, reversing an earlier
decision to quit the negotiations hosted by Kuwait.
2016 Jul, Joohoon Lee, a US
federal Homeland Security agent in Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to
soliciting and receiving bribes of about $13,000 along with other
gifts in return for making “the immigration issue go away" in the
2012 case of a Korean businessman accused of sex trafficking. In
December it was reported that a review by the New York Times showed
that over the last ten years almost 200 employees of Homeland
Security had taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to
protect the nation’s borders.
(SFC, 12/29/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul, In San Francisco the
new 409-unit, 32-story Solaire apartment tower opened at 299 Fremont
(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A14)
2016 Jul, Iowa settled lawsuits
relating to incidents that occurred between 2013 and 2015 in which
white police officers roughed up three black residents in Waterloo.
(SFC, 8/12/16, p.A8)
2016 Jul, Britain convicted
radical cleric Anjem Choudary of inviting others to support the
Islamic State. He faced up to a decade behind bars.
(Econ, 8/20/16, p.47)
2016 Jul, Natasha
Ednan-Laperouse (15), who was allergic to sesame seeds, collapsed on
a British Airways flight from London to Nice after eating a baguette
from the British sandwich chain Pret A Manger.
2016 Jul, Du Daozheng (93),
publisher of the Chinese liberal Yanhuang Chunqiu magazine, said the
government has suspended the 25-year-old journal. It had specialized
in historical critique and was taken over by hardliners. Its feisty
(SFC, 7/21/16, p.A4)(Econ, 10/29/16, p.37)
2016 Jul, Egypt’s government
carried some 7 million employees. By comparison Britain with 80% of
Egypt’s population had under 500,000 employees.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.40)
2016 Jul, French
telecommunications billionaire Xavier Niel opened a coding school in
Fremont, Ca., with free tuition and free housing. It was named 42
USA, an offshoot of a similar school in Paris that opened three
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.D1)
2016 Jul, Germany’s BMW,
Israeli supplier Mobileye and US-based Intel said they were joining
forces to build a self-driving car.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.63)
2016 Jul, In Kenya one hundred
kilos of cocaine, said to be worth around $6 million, were seized
from a shipping container owned by sugar trader Jack Marrian in the
port of Mombasa. Marrian's colleague Roy Mwanthi was also charged.
On March 14, 2019, Kenya’s High Court acquitted the British
aristocrat. The case against Mwanthi was also dropped.
2016 Jul, Moody’s downgraded
Mozambique saying it was very near to defaulting on its government
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.38)
2016 Jul, In Pakistan leading
MQM politician Waseem Akhtar was arrested for numerous crimes
including instigating riots in 2007. In August the city council of
Karachi elected him mayor.
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.27)
2016 Jul, Russian police in
Samara detained American pastor Jim Mulcahy (72), claiming he was
planning to perform a same-sex marriage. Hours later, the American
pastor was fined $30 and ordered to leave Russia within five days.
2016 Jul, In Spain Alejandro
Cao de Benos opened the Pyongyang Café in Tarragona, a small bar
founded to support Kim Jong-Un's strongman rule.
2016 Jul, In Tonga Patricia
Linne Kearney was found beaten to death. Her husband US citizen Dean
Jay Fletcher, accused of the murder, escaped from jail and made his
way to American Samoa where he was arrested and sent to Honolulu.
2016 Jul, Turkey closed 131
media outlets late this month linked to the Gulen community
(Econ, 8/6/16, p.39)
2016 Aug 1, The US launched
multiple air strikes against Islamic State militants in Libya.
(SFC, 8/2/16, p.A3)
2016 Aug 1, San Francisco’s
Mayor Ed Lee signed a $9.6 billion city budget for fiscal 2016-2017.
(http://tinyurl.com/zuds34j)(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.C1)
2016 Aug 1, It was reported
that the 58-story, $350 million Millenium Tower at 301 Mission St.
in San Francisco, completed in 2008, has sunk 16 inches and tilted
two inches to the northwest. Owners alleged that the massive hole
dug next door for the Transbay Transit Center was to blame.
(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A1)
2016 Aug 1, A new law came into
effect for freshmen students at the Univ. of Minnesota requiring
them to be given training on campus sexual assaults within the first
ten days of the school year.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.30)
2016 Aug 1, In Afghanistan a
group of militants, including a suicide truck bomber, targeted a
Kabul guesthouse for foreign contractors early today, killing one
policeman and wounding four.
2016 Aug 1, In Bangladesh more
than 100,000 students linked their hands to form human chains to
protest two attacks last month by suspected Islamist militants.
2016 Aug 1, British drugs giant
GlaxoSmithKline announced that it will form a joint venture with
Google's parent company Alphabet to research and develop so-called
2016 Aug 1, China released Wang
Yu, a prominent human rights lawyer arrested in July 2015, on bail
amid protests outside a northern city court, where supporters of
other jailed lawyers and activists condemned the secrecy surrounding
the government's yearlong campaign against legal activism. Her
release coincided with videos of an alleged confession by Wang
posted on the websites of two Hong Kong media outlets in which she
renounced her legal work.
2016 Aug 1, Uber Technology
Ltd. and its main Chinese competitor said they are combining their
ride-hailing operations in China, ending a costly battle to attract
riders. Didi Chuxing said it would acquire Uber China and operate it
as a separate brand. Uber in exchange will receive a 17.7% percent
stake in Didi.
(AP, 8/1/16)(Econ, 8/6/16, p.49)
2016 Aug 1, In Greece a large
blaze in its third day threatened the small seaside town of Limni. A
hotel was destroyed, along with a holiday home, a restaurant, and a
couple of outhouses on the island of Evia.
2016 Aug 1, India's government
said it plans to evacuate thousands of Indian workers who have lost
their jobs in Saudi Arabia and cannot afford to pay for a flight
home. The workers were mostly employed by Saudi construction
companies and were laid off amid a slowdown in the industry caused
by low global oil prices.
2016 Aug 1, An Indian bank
issued the first ever offshore rupee-denominated bond in London, a
landmark celebrated by officials keen to highlight Britain's
international business prowess despite Brexit.
2016 Aug 1, In India man walked
into the house of a girl (17) in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu state, set
himself on fire and hugged her, all the while saying that he would
not let her live for spurning him. He had stalked her for over a
year and she had said no repeatedly. The girl died three days later.
2016 Aug 1, Indonesian
President Joko Widodo urged citizens to take part in the country's
new tax amnesty and pledged his government will "go all out" to keep
the law behind it from potentially getting blocked in court.
2016 Aug 1, A Malaysian
security law that gives embattled pm Najib Razak sweeping emergency
powers came into force, with Amnesty International warning the
National Security Council Act could be used to trample on human
2016 Aug 1, In Nigeria 5
Islamists were killed as troops thwarted a Boko Haram attack near
the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the epicenter of the seven-year
2016 Aug 1, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday his government would pursue
peace talks with communist guerrillas despite an initial setback
when he withdrew a ceasefire order after the rebels killed a
militiaman in an attack.
2016 Aug 1, In Saudi
Arabia four family members were reported killed by a cross-border
missile from Yemen that struck their home in the southern region of
2016 Aug 1, In northern Syria a
Russian transport helicopter was shot down in opposition rebel
territory. All five crew and officers onboard were killed.
2016 Aug 1, Taiwan's Pres. Tsai
Ing-wen apologized on behalf of the government to the island's
aboriginal peoples for 400 years of conquest and colonization,
saying the facing of difficult historical facts was necessary for
society to move forward.
2016 Aug 1, Turkish special
forces captured overnight eleven rebel commandos who tried to seize
or kill President Tayyip Erdogan during the failed July 15 coup.
2016 Aug 1, Venezuelan
electoral authorities certified that opponents of President Nicolas
Maduro had gathered enough signatures to permit them to conduct a
second petition drive aimed at removing the socialist leader from
2016 Aug 2, President Barack
Obama and Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong held a formal meeting in
the Oval Office with US-Asia relations and the Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade deal involving both Singapore and the United
States on the agenda.
2016 Aug 2, In central
California a chartered bus hit a pole of an overhead sign on Highway
99, splitting the coach partway down the middle. Four people were
killed. In 2017 driver Mario David Vasquez (58) was charged with
(SFC, 8/3/16, p.D2)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.A10)
2016 Aug 2, In southern
California Egypt-born chemist Ahmed Zewail (70), a science adviser
to President Obama, died. He won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work
on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales.
On August 7 Zewail was given a state funeral with military honors in
(AP, 8/3/16)(AFP, 8/7/16)
2016 Aug 2, Delaware's Supreme
Court ruled the state's death penalty statute unconstitutional,
finding it in violation of the Sixth Amendment role of the jury.
2016 Aug 2, David Huddleston
(b.1930), American character actor, died in New Mexico of advanced
heart and kidney disease. His films included included “Blazing
Saddles" (1974) and “The Big Lebowski" (1998). His stage work
include playing Benjamin Franklin in the Broadway production “1776"
(SFC, 8/6/16, p.C3)
2016 Aug 2, In NYC Karina
Vetrano (30) was strangled to death while jogging. Her body was
found five hours later in a marshy park in her Queens neighborhood.
Officials hoped to use familial DNA to find her killer. On Feb 4,
2017, Chanel Lewis (20) was taken into custody after DNA evidence
linked him to the murder. Lewis' trial on Nov. 20, 2018, ended in a
hung jury. On April 1, 2019, Lewis was convicted of murder and
p.A11)(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.A4)(SFC, 11/22/18, p.A8)(SFC, 4/3/19, p.A7)
2016 Aug 2, A new report by the
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the 2015 State
of the Climate, showed record heat absorption by the oceans and the
lowest groundwater storage levels globally.
(SFC, 8/3/16, p.A7)
2016 Aug 2, Australia's central
bank dropped interest rates to a new record low of 1.5% after a
recent run of soft inflation readings.
2016 Aug 2, Brazil's federal
police said they had arrested two people and raided properties over
alleged corruption at building firm Queiroz Galvao, widening a
sweeping investigation (Operation Carwash) focused on state-run oil
2016 Aug 2, In Brazil Olympics
chief Thomas Bach called for a complete overhaul of the anti-doping
system after revelations of state-backed cheating by Russia rocked
preparations for the Rio Games.
2016 Aug 2, A British court
ruled that the state-funded health service (NHS) is responsible for
paying for an HIV-prevention drug that has been called a "game
changer" in the fight against AIDS. The health service said it would
2016 Aug 2, Burundi said it
would refuse to allow United Nations police onto its territory to
monitor the security and human rights situation after the UN
Security Council voted to send 228 officers.
2016 Aug 2, China's Supreme
Court said people caught illegally fishing in Chinese waters could
be jailed for up to a year, issuing a judicial interpretation
defining those waters as including China's exclusive economic zones.
2016 Aug 2, China sentenced
prominent activist Zhai Yanmin (55) to three years in jail with a
four year reprieve for subverting the state, in a case linked to a
crackdown on human rights lawyers.
2016 Aug 2, The German state of
Bavaria said it would sue Volkswagen for damages caused by its
emissions-test cheating scandal, the first regional government in
VW's home country to take legal action against the carmaker.
2016 Aug 2, German authorities
arrested a Tunisian man (36) suspected of killing two other Tunisian
nationals whose remains were found in a Leipzig lake.
2016 Aug 2, Indian officials
said the death toll in flooding from heavy monsoon rains has climbed
to 96, with about a million people taking shelter in government-run
relief camps. A century-old bridge over the Savitri River between
Mumbai and Goa collapsed killing at least 20 people.
(AP, 8/2/16)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.75)
2016 Aug 2, Iran hanged 20
"terrorist" Sunni prisoners, in one of the Islamic republic's
biggest mass executions in recent years. A statement detailed 24
armed attacks between 2009 and 2011, including bombings and
robberies, allegedly committed by the Kurdish militants.
(AFP, 8/4/16)(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Aug 2, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi imposed a travel ban on several parliamentary officials
accused of corruption, but parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi
rejected the order saying this could only be ordered by the
judiciary and calling for everyone to respect both it and the
2016 Aug 2, Israeli lawmakers
approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist
offences" in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians.
2016 Aug 2, Italian financial
police arrested the former CEO of Veneto Banca and seized millions
in cash, shares and property as part of a wide-ranging
2016 Aug 2, Japan's Cabinet
approved a fresh economic stimulus package worth more than 28
trillion yen ($275 billion), PM Shinzo Abe's latest effort to get
the stalling recovery back on track.
2016 Aug 2, Forces loyal to
Libya's unity government said they were advancing inside the
jihadist stronghold of Sirte, following the first US air strikes on
Islamic State group positions in the city.
2016 Aug 2, Mexico’s Michoacan
state Gov. Silvano Aureoles said a mayor and four local police
officers have been arrested in connection with the murder of 10
people who were killed and burned over the weekend. The motive
appeared to be related to a rivalry over street-level drug sales.
2016 Aug 2, The New Zealand
government agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to David
Bain (44), who spent 12 years in jail after he was convicted in 1995
of killing five members of his own family in 1994, but was later
found not guilty at a retrial.
2016 Aug 2, Papua New Guinea's
Supreme Court ordered Australia to present a resettlement plan for
nearly 900 asylum seekers held in what it says is an illegal
detention center on Manus island. Detainees feared the move will
further delay their release.
2016 Aug 2, In Russia the Yamal
regional governor's office said a child has died of anthrax in
Siberia in the first fatal outbreak of the bacterial disease
reported in Russia in 75 years. More than 2,300 reindeer have also
died in the outbreak in the region.
2016 Aug 2, South Korea fined
Volkswagen 17.8 billion won ($16 million) and suspended sales of 80
VW models, alleging the German carmaker fabricated documents on
emissions or noise level tests.
2016 Aug 2, South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir fired five ministers, in a move that removed
figures known for close ties to ex-rebel leader Riek Machar. A
presidential decree showed that cabinet posts including the interior
and petroleum portfolios in the oil-rich state had been filled with
allies of the new vice president, Taban Deng Gai.
2016 Aug 2, A Syrian rescue
service operating in rebel-held territory said a helicopter dropped
containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian
military helicopter was shot down hours earlier. Russia launched
heavy air strikes overnight on the outskirts of divided Aleppo city,
slowing a "last-chance" assault by rebels seeking to break a
(Reuters, 8/2/16)(AFP, 8/2/16)
2016 Aug 2, Turkey’s President
Tayyip Erdogan said the country’s intelligence apparatus will be
restructured following a failed military coup last month because it
was under the control of the US-based cleric blamed for staging the
2016 Aug 2, In Ukraine Nadiya
Savchenko, the servicewoman-turned-lawmaker who spent two years in a
Russian jail, announced a new hunger strike to speed up the release
of other Ukrainian prisoners-of-war, accusing Pres. Poroshenko of
ignoring their plight.
2016 Aug 2, UN agencies said
tens of thousands of people have fled a fresh outbreak of violence
in South Sudan, reporting mass killings, looting and forced
recruitment of child soldiers. At least 9 people were reported
killed over the weekend in the latest clashes on a road in Central
Equatoria state, the region that includes the capital Juba.
2016 Aug 2, Pope Francis
appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons
in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the
2016 Aug 2, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro named Gen. Nestor Reverol as interior
minister. A day earlier US prosecutors announced the indictment of
Nestor Reverol, who once led Venezuela's anti-drug agency and
National Guard, on drug-trafficking charges.
2016 Aug 3, The Obama
administration cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates,
almost all of whom were serving time for nonviolent crimes.
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 3, The United States
and Japan called for the urgent talks after North Korea’s launch of
a ballistic missile that for the first time landed in
2016 Aug 3, The Pentagon said
it will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements
because it was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network.
2016 Aug 3, In New Jersey the
26-year-old Trump Taj Majal in Atlantic City said it will close
after Labor Day eliminating some 3,000 jobs. Current owner Carl
Icahn said he could no longer support the casino which was losing
millions each month.
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 3, Armenia's top
investigative body said that 23 people are now in custody on
suspicion of organizing riots in Yerevan, during a two-week armed
2016 Aug 3, In London Zakaria
Bulhan (19), a Norwegian man of Somali origin, stabbed and killed
retired US teacher Darlene Horton (64). He stabbed five others
before he was immobilized and arrested by police. Bulhan was
suspected to have mental health issues. On Feb 6, 2016, Bulhan
pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility and
guilty to five counts of wounding. On Feb 7, 2016, he was sentenced
to be detained indefinitely at a mental hospital.
(AFP, 8/4/16)(AFP, 8/6/16)(AP, 2/6/17)(AP,
2016 Aug 3, China's state media
reported that the Jade Rabbit lunar rover, which won a large
following on social media, has been retired after a record 31 months
of collecting data from the moon's surface. China’s rover arrived on
the moon on Dec. 14, 2013, aboard the Chang'e 3 lunar lander and was
designed to operate for just three months.
2016 Aug 3, China hosted a
meeting with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The four
countries agreed to set up an anti-terrorism alliance, as China
seeks to boost coordination with neighbors to tackle what it says is
a growing domestic militant threat.
2016 Aug 3, Germany-based
Volkswagen said it will roll out particulate filters in its petrol
engined cars between 2017 and 2022, a step which reduces the
pollution from particulate matter by up to 90 percent.
2016 Aug 3, The digital bitcoin
currency plunged after Hong Kong-based Bitfinex said it had been
hacked. 119,756 Bitcoins, valued at $72 million, were reported
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.C3)
2016 Aug 3, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir tens of thousands of people rallied to
protest the overnight killings of two civilians by government forces
amid a nearly monthlong security lockdown.
2016 Aug 3, Iran state IRNA
news agency reported that Hassan Abbasi, the head of the Center for
Doctrinal Strategic Studies, a think-tank, has been arrested on
charges of "spreading lies" and "creating an atmosphere of
skepticism about the armed forces."
2016 Aug 3, Libyan
pro-government forces battled to seize more territory from Islamic
State group jihadists in their stronghold Sirte but progress was
hindered by mines and snipers.
2016 Aug 3, Nepal's parliament
elected Maoist party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal to lead a coalition
government as the country's new prime minister, a move that will
likely mean the continuation of political instability in the
2016 Aug 3, Nigeria said it has
resumed the payment of allowances to former Niger delta rebels under
an amnesty scheme, after low global crude prices plunged the
oil-rich country into a financial crisis.
2016 Aug 3, The Islamic State
group's newspaper identified a new leader of the group's West Africa
Province, popularly known as Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists, who
promises not to attack mosques or markets used by Muslims. The
Arabic-language newspaper al-Nabaa identified Abu Musab al-Barnawi
as the new "Wali," a title previously used to describe long-time
leader Abubakar Shekau.
2016 Aug 3, A Norwegian court
sentenced two men to prison for affiliation with the Islamic State
group in Syria. Hasan Ahmed was sentenced to six years and Adam
Idrisovich Magomadov to 7½.
2016 Aug 3, Philippine police
commandos clashed with the armed bodyguards of Mayor Rolando
Espinosa Sr. in the central town of Albuera. 6 guards were killed.
Espinosa, linked to illegal drugs, surrendered to national police a
2016 Aug 3, In Russia Yaroslavl
Mayor Yevgeny Urlashov, the only opposition mayor of a major Russian
city, was found guilty of soliciting bribes and sentenced to 12½
years in a high-security prison. Urlashov pleaded not guilty to the
charges and claimed that he had been framed by his political rivals.
2016 Aug 3, South Africans
voted in municipal elections described as the most closely contested
for the African National Congress since it took power in the first
all-race elections in 1994. More than 12 people have been killed
ahead of the vote. After three days the ANC led with the most votes
overall and said it would still try to form coalitions to govern the
municipalities where it lost its majority. Herman Mashaba (57) was
elected mayor of Johannesburg.
(AP, 8/3/16)(Reuters, 8/6/16)(Econ, 9/24/16,
2016 Aug 3, Researchers led by
Evangelos Eleftheriou at IBM’s research lab in Zurich announced that
they had built a working, artificial version of a neuron.
(Econ, 8/6/16, p.64)
2016 Aug 3, Syrian regime
forces bolstered by Russian air strikes recaptured territory
overnight in the battleground city of Aleppo, rolling back the
short-lived gains of a rebel offensive.
2016 Aug 3, Tunisian President
Beji Caid Essebsi named local affairs minister Youssef Chahed (40)
as prime minister-designate tasked with forming a unity cabinet to
tackle major economic and security challenges.
2016 Aug 3, Turkish police
raided the offices of the national science research council, as
authorities widen an investigation into followers of the US-based
cleric accused of masterminding last month's coup attempt.
2016 Aug 3, A Ukrainian
nationalist website published an email archive with copies of IDs
and personal data of Ukrainian and international journalists.
2016 Aug 3, In the United Arab
Emirates a Boeing crash landed in Dubai. All 300 passengers and crew
were safely evacuated from the plane, though one firefighter was
killed on the ground as the plane erupted in flames.
2016 Aug 3, A UN commission
investigating human rights abuses in Syria said the Islamic State
group is still committing genocide and other crimes against the
Yazidi minority in Iraq.
2016 Aug 3, Zimbabwe police
fired tear gas and water cannons to break up anti-government
protests in the capital, Harare, as frustrations grew over a rapidly
2016 Aug 4, In San Francisco a
federal court sentenced Raymond “Shrimp Boy" Chow (56) to life in
prison for racketeering and murder following an 8-week trial.
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A1)
2016 Aug 4, In California
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested on charges that he
supplied alcohol to underage counselors at acity run youth camp and
surreptitiously recorded a group of young people playing strip poker
in Silva’s bedroom in 2015. Silva denied the charges.
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.D1)
2016 Aug 4, New York federal
prosecutors unveiled an indictment charging 46 defendants of crimes
ranging from extortion to illegal gambling throughout the East
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 4, A Pakistani
helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan in Taliban-held territory in
Logar province and all passengers and crew were missing and feared
captured by insurgents. The Afghan Taliban released all five
Pakistanis and one Russian crew member on August 13.
(Reuters, 8/4/16)(Reuters, 8/13/16)
2016 Aug 4, In Argentina pot
banging protests took place across the country as higher energy
bills landed in consumer post boxes.
(Econ, 8/13/16, p.23)
2016 Aug 4, Hurricane Earl,
packing 130 km (80 mile) per hour winds and heavy rain, made
landfall in Central America near Belize City, where officials warned
of likely flooding and damage to homes. Earl was soon downgraded to
a tropical storm.
2016 Aug 4, Britain's central
bank moved to stem the economic fallout from the vote to leave the
European union, approving its first interest rate cut since the
global financial crisis as part of a broader stimulus package. The
Bank of England cut its key rate to 0.25 percent from a previous
record low of 0.5 percent.
2016 Aug 4, China sentenced
Zhou Shifeng, a prominent civil rights lawyer, to seven years in
prison on charges of subversion.
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Aug 4, The European Union
extended its civilian mission in Libya by a year and allocated a
$18.92 million budget for the task.
2016 Aug 4, A German federal
court said a person with a genetic abnormality who identifies as
neither woman nor man can't be entered in Germany's birth register
under an alternative label such as "inter" or "diverse." The
plaintiff planned to go to Germany's highest court, the Federal
2016 Aug 4, Israel's internal
security agency said Mohammed el-Halabi, a senior employee of the
international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip, siphoned off
millions of dollars of the charity's funds and transferred them to
the Islamic militant group Hamas, assisting it in building tunnels
and purchasing arms. El-Halabi was arrested in June as he was
crossing from Israel into Gaza.
2016 Aug 4, Italy's
anti-corruption authority (ANAC) confirmed that it is investigating
Rome's public rubbish management agency as concerns grew that waste
problems plaguing the capital could turn critical.
2016 Aug 4, Aid agencies said
they have delivered a month's worth of food and supplies this week
to more than 75,000 Syrians stuck on Jordan's sealed border, using
cranes to lift bags from the Jordanian side over an earthen barrier
along the frontier.
2016 Aug 4, Kenyan police
charged a British national with trafficking nearly 100 kg (220
pounds) of cocaine that was impounded last week at the country's
main seaport. Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian denied the charge in
court. A Kenyan, Roy Francis Mwanthi, was charged separately with
trafficking the cocaine. It was not clear what happened to a third
suspect, also Kenyan.
2016 Aug 4, A court in
Kazakhstan ordered the release on parole of opposition activist
Vladimir Kozlov, after spending nearly five years in jail accused of
participating in a failed attempt to overthrow the government.
2016 Aug 4, Kosovo's government
ratified a border demarcation agreement with neighboring Montenegro,
despite disapproval from the opposition. The government sent the
deal to the Parliament, which was expected to concur.
2016 Aug 4, Montenegro's police
arrested Vlado Zmajevic (47) suspected of killing at least six
ethnic Albanians, including two women, in a Kosovo village in 1999.
2016 Aug 4, A Pakistani
helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan in Taliban-held territory in
Logar province and all passengers and crew were missing and feared
captured by insurgents. The Afghan Taliban released all five
Pakistanis and one Russian crew member on August 13.
(Reuters, 8/4/16)(Reuters, 8/13/16)
2016 Aug 4, In the Philippines
top broadcaster, ABS-CBN, reported that 603 people had been killed
since Duterte's May election, with 211 murdered by unidentified
2016 Aug 4, South Africa's
opposition Democratic Alliance led in three major cities as votes
were counted in local elections, threatening to deal the biggest
electoral blow to the African National Congress since the end of
apartheid two decades ago.
2016 Aug 4, Tajikistan said it
has meted out jail terms to 170 people convicted of complicity in an
armed attempt by a deputy defence minister to topple President
Imomali Rakhmon last September.
2016 Aug 4, A court in Turkey
issued a formal warrant for the arrest of US-based Muslim cleric
Fethullah Gulen, who the government accuses of being behind the
failed July 15 coup that left more than 270 people dead.
2016 Aug 4, Uganda's Police
raided a night club late today where a Gay Pride event was underway
and arrested at least 15 people, accusing them of staging an illegal
gathering and promoting homosexuality.
2016 Aug 4, The UN refugee
agency said it has received reports that the Islamic State group may
have captured up to 3,000 Iraqis who were fleeing violence and that
12 of them may have been killed.
2016 Aug 5, In Massachusetts
Walter DaSilva of Danbury was arrested in Bridgeport for questioning
in connection with the July 3 killing of his daughter (19) outside
her home in New Bedford. DaSilva was convicted in 2002 for
attempting to murder the teen's mother in Weston.
2016 Aug 5, In Angola fresh
fighting broke out with rebels in the country's oil-producing
Cabinda enclave. Over the next 24 hours the death toll rose to
nearly 40 since a flare-up in the conflict began early this month.
2016 Aug 5, Australia said it
was suspending funding for relief group World Vision's operations in
the Palestinian Territories after allegations its Gaza
representative funneled millions of dollars to the Islamist militant
2016 Aug 5, Brazilian police
arrested Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada (22) for allegedly sexually
assaulting two female cleaners on August 3 in Rio’s Olympic Village.
2016 Aug 5, Rio de Janeiro
hosted a glittering Olympics opening ceremony party, hoping to draw
a line under a turbulent seven-year build-up dogged by recession,
drugs scandals, crime and infrastructure stumbles. Security was
tight after protests by thousands of Brazilians angry at political
upheaval, corruption and the cost of the Games.
2016 Aug 5, British activists
linked to the US-based group Black Lives Matter blocked a road
leading to London's Heathrow Airport and held protests in other
British cities. Officers arrested 10 people.
2016 Aug 5, Cambodian customs
seized more than 600 kg of illegal ivory in a container packed with
corn that had languished unclaimed at a port for two years after
being shipped from Africa.
2016 Aug 5, Denmark's armed
forces said Danish F-16 aircraft have for the first time dropped
bombs in Syria's Raqqa province. Defense Command Denmark said the
raid was conducted in the past week.
2016 Aug 5, Egypt's former
Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, once one of the country's top religious
authorities, survived an assassination attempt. Gomaa is an adherent
of a mystical school of Islam known as Sufism and an outspoken
critic of Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
2016 Aug 5, In Hong Kong over
2,000 people gathered in support of candidates disqualified by the
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.32)
2016 Aug 5, In northeastern
India 5-6 gunmen opened fire on a busy market in Balajan,
Assam state, killing 12 people and wounding several others.
Authorities blamed the outlawed National Democratic Front of
Bodoland (NDFB). One of the gunmen was killed.
2016 Aug 5, Indonesian police
arrested six suspected militants who they believed to be linked to
the Islamic State group and plotting a rocket attack on Singapore.
The six arrested were suspected of having links to Bahrun Naim, an
Indonesian fighting with Islamic State in Syria.
2016 Aug 5, Authorities in
Indian-controlled Kashmir extended a curfew to most of the disputed
Himalayan region in an attempt to prevent an anti-India protest
march to a prominent shrine. Clashes erupted with 2 men killed and
at least 100 civilians injured.
2016 Aug 5, In Iraq officers
and local officials said the Islamic State group has killed several
residents attempting to flee Hawijah, as Iraqi forces prepared for
an operation against the jihadist-held area.
2016 Aug 5, Former Italian PM
Silvio Berlusconi sold the AC Milan soccer club to a Chinese
consortium, after 31 years in charge. The deal valued Milan at 740
million euros ($820 million) and required the investors, led by
businessman Yonghong Li, to spend 350 million euros ($372 million)
over three years on improvements. The buying consortium struggled to
put all the financing in place for its purchase.
2016 Aug 5, Moldova's Foreign
Ministry and its Defense Ministry criticized recent Russian military
exercises (July 27-August 3) held in the Trans-Dniester separatist
region, saying they undermined the sovereignty and territorial
integrity of Moldova.
2016 Aug 5, In Morocco a
four-storey building in the Sbata district of Casablanca collapsed
this evening. It had a cafe on the ground floor that had been
teeming with customers and a doctor's clinic which was also full. At
least 2 people were killed and one remained missing.
2016 Aug 5, Myanmar health
officials confirmed that a measles outbreak is behind the deaths of
more than 30 people, mostly children, in the northern Sagaing
2016 Aug 5, The Palestinian
Prisoners Club said in a statement that 80 prisoners stopped eating
today, joining 325 who have been fasting for the past two days at
various prisons in Israel and the occupied West Bank.
2016 Aug 5, In Russia petition
calling on Pres. Putinto sack PM Dmitry Medvedev, whose comments
about teachers' pay sparked outrage earlier this week, attracted
more than 160,000 signatures. Medvedev was asked by a teacher from
the Dagestan region why teachers are paid half as much as police
officers. He said that teaching is not a job for those seeking to
make a fortune and that teachers could always do odd jobs to
supplement their income.
2016 Aug 5, The Saudi-led
coalition battling Yemen's Shiite rebels announced that the
coalition has committed eight "unintended bombings" and blamed UN
agencies for not coordinating with the coalition, causing civilian
2016 Aug 5, In South Africa
with more than 95 percent of votes counted in municipal elections,
the ruling party ANC appeared to be headed for its biggest electoral
blow since it won power at the end of apartheid 22 years ago. The
party so far has received 54 percent of votes across the country,
its lowest percentage ever, with the Democratic Alliance getting 26
percent. The opposition DA won the symbolic Nelson Mandela Bay
municipality with 47 percent of the vote compared with 41 percent
for the ANC.
(AP, 8/5/16)(Reuters, 8/5/16)
2016 Aug 5, Police in Spain
arrested five alleged members of the Pink Panther gang of jewel
thieves as they tried to flee following a robbery in Barcelona.
According to Interpol the gang has stolen $370 million in jewels in
380 armed robberies between 1999 and 2015.
(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Aug 5, In Syria at least
10 people, including seven children, were killed in air strikes on
the rebel-held Marjeh district east of Aleppo.
2016 Aug 5, Turkey's ruling AK
Party ordered a internal purge of members with links to Fethullah
Gulen, the US-based cleric whom the government holds responsible for
last month's failed coup. Industry Minister Faruk Ozlu said 167
staff from the Scientific and Technological Industry Minister have
2016 Aug 5, In Uruguay defense
minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro (74), one of the founders of
the Tupamaro rebels, died.
2016 Aug 6, In San Francisco
Calvin Riley (20), a graduate of Serra High in San Mateo, was shot
in the chest and soon died while playing Pokemon Go at Aquatic Park.
In 2017 a reward of $110,000 was offered for information leading to
the killer’s capture.
(SFC, 7/11/17, p.C4)
2016 Aug 6, A federal judge in
Miami denied bail to Philip Esformes (47), a businessman accused of
orchestrating a $1 billion Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme while
running assisted living centers in southern Florida.
(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A8)
2016 Aug 6, Dixieland jazz
clarinetist Pete Fountain (86) died in New Orleans.
(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.C3)
2016 Aug 6, In Belgium a
machete-wielding man left two female police officers seriously
injured in Charleroi. The assailant was shot by a third officer and
soon died of his wounds. Belgian prosecutors identified the
assailant as a 33-year-old Algerian, K.B., who had lived in Belgium
since 2012. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 8/7/16)(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A7)
2016 Aug 6, Ivo Pitanguy (90),
a plastic surgeon whose skill drew celebrities to his operating
table from around the world and made him a cultural icon in
beauty-obsessed Brazil, died one day after passing the Olympic torch
for the Rio Games.
2016 Aug 6, In northern France
a fire sparked by birthday cake candles tore through the Au Cuba
Libre bar in Rouen, killing at least 13 people.
2016 Aug 6, Japan issued a new
protest to Beijing after Chinese coastguard ships and about 230
fishing vessels sailed close to what Tokyo considers its territorial
waters around disputed islets in the East China Sea.
2016 Aug 6, In Macedonia at
least 21 people died in flash floods and violent winds in Skopje
during a freak evening storm.
(Reuters, 8/7/16)(AFP, 8/8/16)
2016 Aug 6, In Malaysia Ahmad
Syukri Yusuf (22), charged last year with raping a 14-year-old girl,
faced a retrial after he avoided prison in July by marrying her. The
case has sparked anger from rights groups and calls for a ban on
child marriage and justice for victims of sexual violence.
(AP, 8/3/16)(AFP, 8/6/16)
2016 Aug 6, In Mexico 6 people
died in landslides in the eastern state of Veracruz as what had been
Tropical Storm Earl dumped heavy rains on the region. The death toll
from Earl soon rose to 40.
(AP, 8/6/16)(AP, 8/8/16)
2016 Aug 6, Nigeria said 11
troops have been killed in clashes with gunrunners and bandits in
the violence-wracked north central region. Soldiers and airmen, came
under attack from gunmen during operations to confiscate illegal
weapons from the villages of Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw in Niger State.
2016 Aug 6, Pakistani Federal
Investigation Agency officials arrested Mathew Craig Barrett, an
American citizen, from an Islamabad guest house. Barrett was
deported and blacklisted in 2011 after being found in the area of a
2016 Aug 6, More than 300
Palestinian prisoners halted a hunger strike after Israel prison
authorities agreed to end "humiliating" body searches and return
recently transferred prisoners.
2016 Aug 6, The Philippines
said it would within days send government missions to Saudi Arabia
to help thousands of jobless Filipinos left stranded across the
kingdom after the plunge in oil prices.
2016 Aug 6, Somali Islamist
group al Shabaab shelled residential areas in the town of Baidoa,
west of the capital Mogadishu, hitting a hospital.
2016 Aug 6, In northern Syria
the former Al-Nusra Front, renamed the Fateh al-Sham Front after
breaking from Al-Qaeda, announced that rebels have broken a
devastating government siege of Aleppo after a week of fierce
fighting. Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Arab and
Kurd fighters, took control of Manbij from IS militants.
2016 Aug 6, In eastern Ukraine
Igor Plotnitsky, separatist leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk
People's Republic, was wounded in a car bombing.
2016 Aug 6, Yemen's two
dominant political movements announced a 10-member governing
council, pushing ahead with plans to run the country as UN-sponsored
talks to end a 16-month-old war drew to a close without a deal.
2016 Aug 7, In Kansas Caleb
Schwab (10), the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, was decapitated as
he rode a 168-foot-tall water slide at the Schlitterbahn WaterPark
in Kansas City. In 2018 the water park co-owner Jeff Henry was
arrested. The slide's designer, John Schooley was also arrested.
(SFC, 8/11/16, p.A6)(SFC, 4/5/18, p.A5)
2016 Aug 7, The body of Vanessa
Marcotte (27) of NYC was found in some woods in Princeton, Mass. She
had been out for a run while visiting her mother. In 2017 DNA
evidence from her hands identified Angelo Colon-Ortiz (31) of nearby
Worcester as the suspect in her murder.
(SFC, 4/16/17, p.A7)
2016 Aug 7, Gen. Abdul Raziq, a
senior Afghan police official regarded as one of the country's most
powerful men, said he has banned the use of the Pakistani currency
in the key southern province of Kandahar. Raziq said the currency
ban is in retaliation against Pakistan's protection of the Taliban.
2016 Aug 7, Afghanistan five
gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms abducted an American and an
Australian in Kabul.
2016 Aug 7, In Ethiopia about
50 people were killed in clashes between police and anti-government
demonstrators as protests swept the vast Oromia region and Addis
2016 Aug 7, Iran said it has
executed Shahram Amiri (39), a nuclear scientist convicted of
handing over "confidential and vital" information to the United
States. Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in June 2009 and
resurfaced a year later in the United States. He returned to Tehran
in July 2010, saying he had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two
Farsi-speaking CIA agents in the Saudi city of Medina.
2016 Aug 7, In central Mali
fighting broke out near the village of Tenenkou in the Mopti region
and continued into the next day. Five soldiers were missing after
the clashes with militants, in the latest in a string of attacks on
army and UN forces claimed by the Islamist group Ansar Dine.
2016 Aug 7, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber carried out the attack at the government-run hospital
in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed 53 people and wounded
2016 Aug 7, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked more than 150 judges,
mayors, lawmakers, police and military personnel to illegal drugs,
ordering them to surrender for investigation.
2016 Aug 7, Voters in the tiny
west African archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe went to the polls
to elect a new president, but only one candidate stood in a runoff
the incumbent boycotted as fraudulent. Some 111,000 voters had
originally been due to choose between Evaristo Carvalho, who won
49.8 percent in the first round, and President Manuel Pinto da
Costa, who took 24.83 percent.
2016 Aug 7, In Syria rebels
breached the government siege on opposition neighborhoods in the
city of Aleppo, marking a major military breakthrough that prompted
an intense airstrike campaign.
2016 Aug 7, Thai voters
overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays
the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military
and controlled by appointed, rather than elected, officials.
2016 Aug 7, In Turkey hundreds
of thousands gathered in Istanbul summoned by President Tayyip
Erdogan to denounce a failed coup.
2016 Aug 7, Ukraine’s military
said 3 soldiers have been killed and four others injured over the
last 24 hours in fresh clashes between pro-Russian rebels and
government forces in the war-scarred east.
2016 Aug 7, In Yemen a
Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 9 civilians outside Sanaa this
evening, as forces loyal to the exiled government stepped up an
offensive in the area.
2016 Aug 8, Delta canceled more
than 700 flights and had 2,600 others delayed, some for hours, after
a power outage at its Atlanta headquarters caused many computer
systems to crash. The company later blamed a malfunctioning
power-control system at its data center.
(AP, 8/9/16)(Econ, 8/13/16, p.46)
2016 Aug 8, Walmart announced
that it would acquire Jet.com, a shopping website, for $3.3 billion.
2016 Aug 8, In London and
southern England rail staff began a five-day strike in a
safety row over who opens and closes the doors impacting hundreds of
thousands of train commuters.
2016 Aug 8, In eastern China
residents of in Lianyungang protested for a third day against
possible plans to build a nuclear fuel reprocessing center, as
police banned public gatherings in hopes of preventing more
2016 Aug 8, In Congo DRC armed
groups killed 14 people in a string of overnight attacks in the
strife-torn North Kivu province, an area long shaken by ethnic
2016 Aug 8, Amnesty Int’l. said
Ethiopian security forces shot dead at least 67 people in the Oromia
region over the weekend. An opposition politician said more than 70
people were killed across Oromia with hundreds detained during
(SFC, 8/9/16, p.A3)
2016 Aug 8, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir police said government forces have
arrested more than a thousand protesters over the past two weeks in
an attempt to stem deadly anti-India demonstrations in the Himalayan
2016 Aug 8, Iran detained Xiyue
Wang, a Chinese-American history researcher. In 2017 he sentenced to
10 years in prison after being convicted of "infiltrating" and
sending confidential material abroad.
(AP, 7/17/17)(AP, 8/8/19)
2016 Aug 8, Japan's emperor
expressed concern about fulfilling his duties as he ages, in a
public address that was remarkable for its rarity and its suggestion
that he would like to abdicate.
2016 Aug 8, In Nepal a
helicopter crashed in a mountainous region, killing all seven people
2016 Aug 8, In Nigeria gunmen
dressed as priests killed three soldiers in the oil-producing Niger
2016 Aug 8, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing that targeted lawyers killed at least 74 people in
the city of Quetta.
(AP, 8/9/16)(Reuters, 8/11/16)
2016 Aug 8, Portugal’s National
Civil Protection Authority said that 3,000 firefighters, 1,060
vehicles and 16 water-dumping aircraft are deployed at 515
wildfires, some of which have been burning for days.
2016 Aug 8, Taiwan lodged a
complaint with Kenya over the deportation of five of its nationals
to China after a court acquitted them of charges of running illegal
telecoms operations. A Kenyan magistrate's court acquitted the five
Taiwanese nationals and 35 Chinese citizens on Aug 5 after the
prosecution failed to prove its case against them.
2016 Aug 8, Uganda's government
said it "will continue to suppress" the public activities of
homosexuals and that a rehabilitation program had been developed to
allow them to "lead normal lives again."
2016 Aug 9, The United States
said it delivered $50 million worth of military assistance to
Lebanon's army to help it battle against Muslim extremists near the
border with Syria.
2016 Aug 9, Ernst Neizvestny
(91), Russian-American sculptor, artist, philosopher and defier of
the Soviet regime, died in New York.
(Econ, 8/20/16, p.78)
2016 Aug 9, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb in a crowded in the main market of Mazar-i-Sharif
killed at least two people and wounded 15.
2016 Aug 9, Britain defended
its decision to review a planned $24 billion nuclear power project
at Hinkley Point after criticism from China which planned to help
fund the deal.
(Reuters, 8/9/16)(Econ, 8/6/16, p.9)
2016 Aug 9, A British man who
killed a fellow Muslim because he felt he had disrespected Islam has
been sentenced to at least 27 years in prison. Tanveer Ahmed
admitted to stabbing and beating shopkeeper Asad Shah to death at
his Glasgow convenience store in March.
2016 Aug 9, France said it has
agreed to sell 30 Caracal military helicopters to Kuwait as part of
the countries' strategic partnership. The deal was said to be worth
more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).
2016 Aug 9, Iran said it would
auction off property owned by billionaire Babak Zanjani (41), who
was sentenced to death for corruption earlier this year. He was
accused of fraudulently pocketing $2.8 billion.
2016 Aug 9, Israel demolished
five homes in the occupied West Bank, leaving 27 Palestinians
homeless, more than half of them children. The structures had been
built with EU aid after houses in the village, on the southern tip
of the West Bank, were demolished at least eight times.
2016 Aug 9, In Kosovo an
opposition lawmaker used tear gas to disrupt the work of a
parliamentary commission on a border demarcation agreement with
neighboring Montenegro. The protest was seen on live television.
2016 Aug 9, The Maldives'
parliament passed a law that criminalizes defamation and allows for
jail terms and steep fines for journalists, despite local and
international concern that it will be a setback for freedom of
speech in the country.
2016 Aug 9, A Philippine
historical commission, former human rights victims and left-wing
groups opposed President Rodrigo Duterte's approval of a plan to
bury late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery,
reigniting a politically divisive and emotional debate.
2016 Aug 9, Polish media
reported that authorities have arrested an 80-year-old woman,
identified only as Janina M., who allegedly drugged and then robbed
a string of senior citizen suitors she met through newspaper lonely
2016 Aug 9, South Sudan said it
requested $1.9 billion from the Chinese government to develop oil
fields and infrastructure projects.
2016 Aug 9, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held
their first meeting since the two leaders began healing a bitter
feud over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane.
2016 Aug 9, The United Nations
warned that up to two million people in Syria's Aleppo have gone
without running water for the past four days.
2016 Aug 9, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition warplanes resumed air strikes on the capital for the first
time in more than three months, shutting down the Sanaa airport. A
Saudi-led airstrike killed 14 civilians working on an overnight
shift in Sanaa.
(AFP, 8/9/16)(AP, 8/9/16)
2016 Aug 10, Lt. Gen. Sean
MacFarland, the top US commander for the fight against IS, said
military campaigns in Iraq and Syria have taken 45,000 enemy
combatants off the battlefield and reduced the total number of
Islamic State fighters to as few as 15,000.
2016 Aug 10, General John
Nicholson, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan said Afghan
forces, backed by the United States, have killed an estimated 300
Islamic State fighters in an operation in Nangarhar province mounted
two weeks ago.
2016 Aug 10, Addressing
supporters in Fort Lauderdale Republican candidate Donald Trump
roiled the US presidential campaign once again, with the
jaw-dropping assertion that Hillary Clinton and President Barack
Obama "founded" the IS group.
2016 Aug 10, The US Dept. of
Justice found that Baltimore’s police department had engaged in
unconstitutional practices, including disproportionate rates of
stops, frisks and arrest of black citizens, and use excessive force
against minors and the mentally ill.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.25)
2016 Aug 10, Delta fliers faced
delays, cancellations and more headaches as the Atlanta-based
airline struggled with its computer systems for the third straight
2016 Aug 10, Belize’s chief
justice ruled that Section 53 of the criminal code, which threatened
people who engage in “carnal intercourse against the order of
nature," is unconstitutional.
(Econ, 8/20/16, p.25)
2016 Aug 10, Brazil's Senate
voted to put suspended President Dilma Rousseff on trial for
allegedly breaking fiscal rules in managing the federal budget.
2016 Aug 10, Canadian police
shot dead an alleged Islamic State sympathizer armed with an
explosive device. Canadian broadcaster CBC soon identified him as
Aaron Driver, saying he was shot dead during a police raid in
Strathroy, southern Ontario.
2016 Aug 10, German police
raided the homes and workplaces of three people suspected of trying
to recruit supporters for Islamic State. No arrests were made.
2016 Aug 10, Former Guatemalan
soldier Santos Lopez Alonzo (64) arrived in Guatemala City after he
was deported from the United States. He maintained his innocence in
the face of accusations that he helped massacre more than 200 people
in the small village of Las Dos Erres in 1982 during his country's
grueling civil war.
2016 Aug 10, In India a stream
of cars, motorcycles and pedestrians passed by an injured man struck
by a delivery truck on a New Delhi street, leaving him to die.
2016 Aug 10, In Iraq a fire
ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight,
killing 12 newborn babies. The deadly blaze was likely caused by
faulty electrical wiring.
2016 Aug 10, In Nigeria a
previously unknown group called Delta Greenland Justice Mandate said
it had attacked a crude pipeline belonging to state oil firm NNPC
and local firm Shoreline Natural Resources in Urhobo in Delta state.
2016 Aug 10, In Portugal a
wildfire swept overnight into Funchal, the capital of the Madeira
Islands, killing three elderly people and injuring hundreds as it
burned homes and forced people to flee in panic.
2016 Aug 10, Russia's Federal
Security Service said it had thwarted two armed Ukrainian attempts
over the weekend to get saboteurs into Crimea and dismantled a
Ukrainian spy network inside the annexed peninsula. Ukraine denied
2016 Aug 10, In Turkey Kurdish
rebels attacked soldiers near the border with Iraq, killing four of
them in Sirnak province. Evening bomb blasts in two cities in the
southeast killed 9 civilians and wounded dozens.
(AP, 8/10/16)(Reuters, 8/11/16)
2016 Aug 10, It was reported
that Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the
disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of
striking China's runways and military installations across the vital
2016 Aug 10, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition warplanes launched fresh air strikes on Shiite rebels
across the country after the alliance said it had intercepted two
ballistic missiles fired at southern Saudi Arabia.
2016 Aug 11, In Berkeley, Ca.,
John Fox (66), the owner of bankrupt premium wine store Premier Cru,
pleaded guilty to defrauding customers out of at least $45 million
in what the judge described as a “wine Ponzi scheme." On Dec 14 Fox
was sentenced to 6½ years in prison.
(SFC, 8/12/16, p.D1)(SFC, 12/15/16, p.A10)
2016 Aug 11, In Afghanistan
fighting raged in Helmand after the government rushed military
reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on Lashkar
Gah, the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province.
Officials downplayed fears \the city could fall.
2016 Aug 11, Australia
announced that it plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a
major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds.
2016 Aug 11, Bangladesh police
arrested five members of a domestic Islamist militant group planning
suicide attacks in the capital, Dhaka, as authorities hunted for the
mastermind of a deadly assault last month.
2016 Aug 11, Reverend Roly Bain
(62), Britain’s only full-time clown-priest, died.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.78)
2016 Aug 11, In China an
explosion at a power plant killed at least 21 people and injured
five in Dangyang city, Hubei province.
2016 Aug 11, A Chinese fishing
boat sank after colliding with the Greek-flagged ship off the
Japan-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims. Japanese
coast guard ships rescued six crew members and searched for another
2016 Aug 11, The International
Monetary Fund said that it had reached an initial agreement to lend
$12 billion to Egypt to bolster an economy battered by years of
2016 Aug 11, In France forest
fires raged through parts of the Mediterranean coast, with the worst
in almost two decades burning around Marseille, injuring seven
people and forcing authorities to evacuate thousands from their
2016 Aug 11, An Indian
government panel cleared commercial use for indigenously developed
GM mustard seeds in what would be the country’s first genetically
modified (GM) food crop. Politicians still needed to give final
approvals amid wide-spread public opposition.
2016 Aug 11, In Indonesia a
court ruling found plantation company Sampoerna Agro negligent in
relation to fires on 3,000 hectares of its concessions in Riau in
2014, and handed down fines totaling 1.07 trillion rupiah ($81.62
million), the country's largest ever fine for forest fires.
2016 Aug 11, The top diplomats
from Japan and the Philippines called on China to avoid intimidating
actions and follow the rule of law in disputed waters where Beijing
has defied an arbitration ruling that invalidated its expansive
2016 Aug 11, A Libyan official
said US-backed forces have liberated "70 percent" of the city of
Sirte, the Islamic State group's last bastion there, after seizing
several strategic locations over the past 24 hours under the cover
of US airstrikes.
2016 Aug 11, In the Maldives a
law that criminalizes defamation and allows for jail terms and steep
fines for journalists took effect.
2016 Aug 11, In Nigeria
protesters continued to block the entrance to a Chevron oil depot in
the restive southern region for a third day. A youth and protest
leader said militants blew up another crude pipeline in the Niger
2016 Aug 11, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a security vehicle and wounded 13 people in the
southwestern city of Quetta, days after a suicide bombing at a
hospital killed at least 74 people.
2016 Aug 11, Philippine
officials said the government has suspended operations at two more
mines due to environmental violations in an ongoing audit of the
country's mining sector. The move raised the number of suspended
mines to 10 since a review was launched on July 8.
2016 Aug 11, In the Philippines
a blast from a suspected grenade and gunshots rocked the Paranaque
City jail in metropolitan Manila, leaving 10 inmates dead, including
two alleged Chinese drug criminals.
2016 Aug 11, Poland's
Constitutional Tribunal ruled that parts of a new law governing its
own operation are unconstitutional.
2016 Aug 11, Sri Lanka's
Parliament unanimously approved a bill to set up an office to help
account for thousands of people reported missing during the
country's armed uprisings and clarify the circumstances under which
2016 Aug 11, In Syria doctors
in Aleppo made a heart-wrenching plea for the US to help civilians
hit by fresh fighting despite a promised Russian aid window. Russian
air strikes on the IS bastion of Raqa killed at least 30 people,
including 24 civilians.
2016 Aug 11, Turkish police
detained 17 suspected militants in a sweep in Istanbul that included
a raid on offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party
(HDP), hours after twin bomb attacks hit the mainly Kurdish
2016 Aug 11, Turkey's foreign
minister said two Turkish military attaches in Greece fled to Italy,
others were caught overseas and some diplomats were on the run after
being recalled as part of an inquiry into last month's failed
2016 Aug 11, Turkish jets
raided suspected Kurdish rebel targets across the border in northern
Iraq, following a wave of attacks that killed at least 12 people.
2016 Aug 11, Ukraine's
president ordered the army to be on combat alert on the country's
de-facto border with Crimea and on the front line in eastern Ukraine
following Moscow's accusations that Ukraine sent in "saboteurs" to
carry out attacks in Crimea.
2016 Aug 11, Zambia held
presidential elections following a campaign marred by
"unprecedented" violence that threatened the country's relative
stability and raised fears of further clashes. Early results showed
opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema ahead of his rival President
(AFP, 8/11/16)(AFP, 8/13/16)
2016 Aug 12, Democratic White
House candidate Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax return and
criticized her Republican rival Donald Trump for bucking a
long-standing tradition by failing to do the same.
2016 Aug 12, In San Francisco
Emma Zhou was paralyzed from the waist down after limb fell from a
50-foot Canary Island pine tree in Washington Square Park. In 2018
The SF Board of Supervisors approved a $14.5 million settlement for
(SFC, 10/3/18, p.C5)
2016 Aug 12, Torrential
downpours in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi caused flooding that
killed at least two men, left two people injured and forced
residents to evacuate homes throughout the region.
2016 Aug 12, Lebron James
signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers giving the NBA
superstar $31 million next season.
2016 Aug 12, In Oklahoma
Stanley Vernon Majors (61) gunned down his Lebanese neighbor Khalid
Jabara (37) outside his Tulsa home after bombarding him with racial
insults in a feud that had lasted several years. On Feb. 20, 2018,
Majors was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of
(http://tinyurl.com/y7hmneoc)(SFC, 2/21/18, p.A6)
2016 Aug 12, In Virginia Lisa
Borinstein (52) of Indiana, two of her four children and a foreign
exchange student were among six people killed in a small plane
2016 Aug 12, Staff on the
Eurostar rail service between Britain and mainland Europe started
four days of strike action although the company insisted there would
be minimal disruption to services.
2016 Aug 12, The Chinese
Swimming Association said Chen Xinyi tested positive for the
diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after she finished fourth in the
women's 100-meter butterfly in the Rio Olympics on August 7, missing
a bronze medal by nine-hundredths of a second.
2016 Aug 12, In Congo DRC
security forces in Kasai Central province killed a tribal chief and
militia leader nicknamed Kamwina Nsapu (Kamuina Nsapu), meaning
2016 Aug 12, Fiji's men's
sevens rugby team won the country’s first ever Olympic medal with a
43-7 victory over Great Britain.
2016 Aug 12, India's Supreme
Court handed a reprieve to the auto industry, ruling that new diesel
vehicles can be allowed on the streets of the national capital as
long as a 1 percent "green" tax is paid.
2016 Aug 12, The UN's envoy to
Libya told a newspaper that support for the UN-backed unity
government is "crumbling" amid increased power outages and a
weakening currency that is hitting crucial imports.
2016 Aug 12, Mexican federal
police said they have arrested Luis Reyes Enriquez in a raid in the
Monterrey suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia. Enriquez was arrested in
2007, and spent almost eight years in custody until a judge absolved
him of organized crime and drug charges in April 2015. Prosecutors
appealed that ruling, and a superior court re-instated his
conviction and a sentence of 47 ½ years in prison.
2016 Aug 12, In Mexico a
three-day conference called "ExpoWeed" opened in Mexico City,
promoting home-growing of marijuana. The practice was still not
legal in the country. Activists said the "grow" movement is an
antidote to antidote to Mexico's drug violence.
2016 Aug 12, In Mozambique 6
civilians burned to death in an attack by Renamo rebels, the latest
in a string of violent skirmishes between opposition fighters and
2016 Aug 12, In Nigeria
military helicopters rushed polio vaccines to dangerous parts of the
northeast, where Boko Haram operates and two paralyzed toddlers were
2016 Aug 12, Russian President
Vladimir Putin unexpectedly dismissed his close ally and powerful
chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, in the highest-level change inside the
Kremlin in several years. Ivanov was replaced by his deputy Anton
2016 Aug 12, Lawmakers in St.
Vincent and the Grenadines passed a bill allowing defamation on the
internet to be punished by prison sentences of up to two years.
2016 Aug 12, In northern Syria
Islamic State fighters seized around 2,000 civilians to use as
"human shields" as they fled their stronghold of Manbij.
2016 Aug 12, In Scotland two
Turkish sailors were jailed for a total of 42 years after their
attempt to smuggle a huge haul of cocaine into Europe was thwarted
in April 2015, partly due to some swift international co-operation
between Britain and Tanzania.
2016 Aug 12, In Syria a series
of airstrikes in opposition areas in northern Aleppo province killed
at least 18 people, including children and two hospital staffers,
when the missiles hit an open market in Urem al-Kubra, a women and
children's hospital in Kafr Hamra and the village of Hayan.
2016 Aug 12, In Thailand
attackers using firebombs and homemade explosives struck a series of
popular resort cities and beach towns across the country over the
last 24 hours. At least 4 people were killed and dozens wounded,
including 11 foreigners.
2016 Aug 12, A strong
earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck about 460 km (290 miles)
southwest of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga.
2016 Aug 12, Turkey said
thirty-two of 208 diplomats recalled by the government after a
failed coup last month are still at large and Ankara has received
information that they have fled to various countries.
2016 Aug 12, A major earthquake
with a magnitude of 7.2 struck about 535 km (330 miles) southeast of
the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. There were no immediate
reports of casualties or damage.
2016 Aug 13, In northern
California the Clayton wildfire broke out in Lake County.
2016 Aug 13, Torrential
downpours in parts of Louisiana left at least 3 people dead.
2016 Aug 13, In NYC Imam
Maulama Akonjee (55) and friend Thara Uddin (64) were shot and
killed as they left afternoon prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid
mosque in Queens. Police the next day released a sketch of the
suspect: a dark-haired, bearded man wearing glasses and soon
arrested Oscar Morel (35), a Brooklyn man, following a hit and run
near the crie scene. On August 15 Morel was charged with two counts
of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
(AP, 8/14/16)(AFP, 8/16/16)
2016 Aug 13, Milwaukee police
shot and killed Sylville Smith (23) after he failed to drop a gun.
An angry crowd of at least 200 people took to the streets, torching
at least six businesses, including a gas station and auto parts
store. Looting continued into the next night as police in riot gear
moved in on the Sherman Park neighborhood. On Dec 15 police Officer
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was charged with murder.
(AFP, 8/15/16)(SFC, 12/16/16, p.A10)
2016 Aug 13, In Afghanistan at
least 9 policemen were killed late today in Taliban attacks on
checkpoints in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan, while
another two were killed in the east. 5 insurgents were killed and
three wounded in the ensuing gun battles.
2016 Aug 13, In eastern Congo
DRC at least 36 people were killed late today in a massacre by
suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), near Beni,
North Kivu province, an area that has been shaken by violence since
2016 Aug 13, Authorities in
Indian-controlled Kashmir extended a strict curfew to most parts of
the restive region as separatist leaders called for weekend protests
against Indian rule.
2016 Aug 13, Mothers in east
Mexico searching for missing loved ones said they have found a total
of 28 clandestine gravesites since August 1 with remains of some 40
bodies in the gang-ravaged state of Veracruz.
2016 Aug 13, In Peru more than
50,000 people marched in Lima and eight other cities to protest
violence against woman and what they say is the indifference of the
2016 Aug 13, The Philippines
restarted peace talks with the country's largest Muslim rebel group,
the first under President Rodrigo Duterte aimed at ending decades of
violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
2016 Aug 13, Singapore exploded
in celebration after homegrown swimming hero Joseph Schooling beat
US legend Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly in Rio to win the
tiny republic's first ever Olympic gold.
2016 Aug 13, In South Korea
prosecutors indicted the former chief executive of the South Korean
unit of Swss-based Novartis and five other former and current
managers over allegations they illegally paid doctors 2.6 billion
won ($2.3 million) in return for prescribing the company's drugs.
2016 Aug 13, Fighting flared in
South Sudan late today southwest of the capital between forces loyal
to the president and those backing the opposition, after clashes
last month raised fears of a slide back into civil war.
(Reuters, 8/14/16) (AP,
2016 Aug 13, In Switzerland a
Swiss national man carried out a stabbing and arson attack on a
Swiss train, injuring six others. The attacker and one of the
victims soon died of their injuries.
2016 Aug 13, In northern Syria
US-backed forces seized full control of Manbij near the Turkish
border after the last remaining Islamic State fighters, who had been
using civilians as human shields, left. Clashes and airstrikes
continued across Aleppo province, resulting in at least 49 civilian
deaths. Within ten days of the liberation of Manbij booby traps and
mines planted by retreating jihadists killed 29 people.
(Reuters, 8/13/16)(AP, 8/14/16)(Econ, 4/1/17,
2016 Aug 13, Thousands of
Venezuelans were welcomed to Colombia by a military band early today
as the two countries' borders were officially reopened after being
closed by Venezuela a year ago.
2016 Aug 13, In Yemen 10
children were killed in coalition air raids on a school in Haydan, a
town in rebel-held Saada province. The coalition said the next day
it had bombed a camp at which Iran-backed rebels train underage
2016 Aug 14, In the SF Bay Area
Craig Fletcher-Cooks (20) and Terence McCrary Jr. (22) were shot and
killed during a block party in Oakland in the 300 block of 15th
Street. Four assailants fled the scene.
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.D6)
2016 Aug 14, Lousiana Gov. John
Bel Edwards said as many as 10,000 people were living in shelters. A
weekend of torrential rains left 5 people dead and prompted the
federal government to declare a disaster.
2016 Aug 14, In Brazil American
swimmer Ryan Lochte said he, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James
Feigen were held at gunpoint and robbed several hours after the last
Olympic swimming races ended. That claim started unraveling when
police said that investigators could not find evidence to
substantiate it. Police later said the men, while intoxicated,
vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by armed
guards before they paid for the damage and left.
2016 Aug 14, In Honduras
killers wielding assault rifles shot 8 men to death on the outskirts
of the capital before dawn. Authorities blamed a territorial dispute
between rival street gangs.
2016 Aug 14, Iraqi Kurdish
forces retook five villages east of Islamic State-held Mosul in an
operation launched early today.
2016 Aug 14, Nigerian militant
group Boko Haram published a video apparently showing recent footage
of dozens of school girls kidnapped two years ago, and saying some
of them have been killed in air strikes.
2016 Aug 14, In Peru a shallow,
magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook the southern picturesque Colca
Valley, killing at least 4 people.
2016 Aug 14, In the Philippines
some 1500 Filipinos rallied in stormy weather against President
Rodrigo Duterte's decision to allow dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be
buried in a heroes' cemetery, but Duterte remained firm in his
stance despite growing opposition.
2016 Aug 14, Syria's
rebel-held, northwestern Idlib province came under heavy
bombardment, activists reported, as rebels and pro-government forces
battled for control of the nearby city of Aleppo. Russian air
strikes around Deir Ezzor killed a large number of militants while
destroying two command posts, six arms caches, two tanks, four
armored infantry vehicles and seven all-terrain vehicles with heavy
2016 Aug 14, Thai police over
the weekend found and defused five explosive devices that had failed
to detonate when an as yet unidentified group carried out a series
of deadly bomb attacks on popular tourist spots late last week.
2016 Aug 14, Yemeni
pro-government troops, backed by forces from a Saudi-led military
coalition, seized the small town of Al-Kawd as they advanced in
their offensive to retake territory held by Islamic State and
al-Qaida forces east of the port city of Aden.
2016 Aug 15, The Pentagon
announced that fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention
center have been sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single
largest release of detainees during the Obama administration. They
included 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans. 61 detainees
remained at Guantanamo.
2016 Aug 15, In northern
California Damin Anthony Pashilk (40) was arrested and charged with
arson for starting the massive Clayton wildfire that has destroyed
175 buildings and forced thousands to flee to safety. Pashilk was
suspected of setting "numerous fires" in Lake County over the past
2016 Aug 15, In Lousiana the
death toll from flooding climbed to 7 with as many as 30,000 people
rescued following unprecedented floods in the state.
2016 Aug 15, Pennsylvania’s
Attorney Gen’l. Kathleen Kane was convicted on nine charges
including perjury and conspiracy for illegally leaking documents
from a grand jury proceeding. She resigned the next day.
(Econ, 8/20/16, p.25)
2016 Aug 15, In Afghanistan
Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor, a nephew of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah, was
named leader of the Taliban faction known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah at a
gathering in southern Zabul province. Dadullah was killed in
Khak-e-Afghan district of Zabul last year, fighting with rival
2016 Aug 15, Brazil’s Thiago
Braz won an unexpected gold medal and set an Olympic record in pole
(Econ, 8/20/16, p.25)
2016 Aug 15, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir at least one paramilitary soldier and four
suspected rebels were killed in a series of gunbattles despite a
security lockdown in the disputed region, as India celebrated the
anniversary of its independence from British rule. Ten government
troops were also wounded.
2016 Aug 15, Indonesian
authorities seized 657 critically endangered pangolins, known as
"scaly anteaters," found hidden in freezers and arrested a man (55)
for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws.
2016 Aug 15, In Iran a senior
member of Islamic State was killed this evening in an operation in
Kermanshah province, a largely Sunni Kurdish area, during which
other supporters of the group were arrested.
2016 Aug 15, In Mexico eight
armed men abducted "six or seven" suspected members of the Sinaloa
drug cartel from a restaurant in the heart of the Pacific tourist
resort of Puerto Vallarta early today.
2016 Aug 15, Syrian government
forces repelled a renewed rebel assault southwest of the city of
Aleppo, forcing opposition forces spearheaded by Fath al-Sham,
formerly known as the Nusra Front, to retreat from positions they
seized a daily earlier.
2016 Aug 15, Turkish police
raided offices at three Istanbul courthouses after detention
warrants were issued for 173 judicial personnel as part of an
investigation into last month's failed coup attempt.
2016 Aug 15, Can Dundar, the
editor-in-chief of Turkey's top opposition daily Cumhuriyet,
announced he was stepping down, saying he no longer had faith in the
judiciary after the failed coup. Dundar was believed to be in
Germany. An Istanbul court had in May sentenced Can Dundar to five
years and 10 months in prison for allegedly revealing state secrets
in a story that infuriated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2016 Aug 15, In Yemen the
General People's Congress (GPC) party, headed by ex-President Ali
Abdullah Saleh, declared itself the "highest authority in the state
(which) exercises all the powers vested in the president." The
ruling council was set up this month by the Houthis and their allies
to run the parts of the country they control.
2016 Aug 15, In northwestern
Yemen a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit the Abs hospital operated
by Medecins Sans Frontieres killing 19 people and wounding 24.
Shortly after the deadly raid, MSF suspended operations in several
facilities in the country's north.
(Reuters, 8/16/16)(Reuters, 8/19/16)(AFP,
2016 Aug 15, Zambia's President
Edgar Lungu won 50.35 percent of the vote against 47.63 for
Hichilema in the August 11 election. The vote-counting process took
days and prompted opposition allegations of irregularities. Police
arrested 133 people protesting against the re-election of Lungu
after his main opponent Hakainde Hichilema said the vote was rigged.
(AP, 8/15/16)(Reuters, 8/16/16)
2016 Aug 16, Authorities in
southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 people, after a
wildfire broke out in Cajon Pass to rapidly engulf 15,000 acres
(6,070 hectares) of terrain. The so-called Bluecut Fire erupted in
heavy brush just west of Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las
Vegas and the Los Angeles area, forcing the closure of one stretch
of the highway. In nothern California the Clayton Fire was 35
2016 Aug 16, In Lousiana
ExxonMobil Corp shut a crude distillation unit at its 502,500 barrel
per day (bpd) Baton Rouge refinery as flooding disrupted operations
at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility.
2016 Aug 16, China's Cabinet
announced that preparations to connect the Hong Kong and Shenzhen
stock exchanges are "basically completed." Charles Li, CEO of Hong
Kong Exchanges and Clearing, the city's stock market operator said
the link would likely launched by Christmas.
2016 Aug 16, China launched
Micius, the world’s first quantum communication satellite into space
from the Jiuquan launch base in the northwestern Gobi desert. It was
named after a Chinese philosopher of the 5th century. Experts said
this will push forward efforts to develop the ability to send
communications that can't be penetrated by hackers.
(AP, 8/16/16)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.67)
2016 Aug 16, Iranian security
forces killed 3 Sunni militants linked to Islamic State in
Kermanshah city close to the Iraqi border, confiscating a weapons
cache and belts armed with explosives.
2016 Aug 16, Iran said that it
arrested a British-Iranian last week on suspicion of links to the UK
2016 Aug 16, Government forces
in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and
injured at least 15 others as clashes intensified with anti-India
protesters in the troubled region.
2016 Aug 16, Peru's supreme
court overturned an embezzlement sentence against former president
Alberto Fujimori, although the decision will not alter the 25-year
prison term he is serving for crimes against humanity.
2016 Aug 16, Russian warplanes
took off from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters and
other militants in Syria.
2016 Aug 16, In South Korea an
accidental explosion at a naval base left 3 soldiers dead and
another injured in the southeastern port town of Jinhae.
2016 Aug 16, Turkish police
launched simultaneous raids on 44 companies in Istanbul and had
warrants to detain 120 company executives as part of the
investigation into last month's attempted military coup.
2016 Aug 17, Haitian electoral
authorities released details of a $55 million budget to organize a
redo of an annulled presidential election that will not be
underwritten by the US or monitored by EU observers.
2016 Aug 17, Militants ambushed
an Indian military convoy in Kashmir, killing three personnel, in an
escalation of violence that officials have blamed on separatist
protests that have tied down security forces for more than a month.
Army soldiers and counterinsurgency police officers raided Khrew
village late today and took Shabir Ahmed and around 30 other people
into custody. The body of Ahmed, a young college teacher, was
returned to his family early the next day.
(Reuters, 8/17/16)(AP, 8/18/16)
2016 Aug 17, Two Indonesians
escaped together on Jolo Island, an Abu Sayyaf jungle stronghold,
but fled in separate direction as their captors chased them. They
were among seven tugboat crewmen who were abducted near Philippine
waters in June.
2016 Aug 17, In Nicaragua a
fire began when one of four huge fuel tanks exploded at the Puma
Energy plant in the port of Puerto Sandino, some 70 km (40 miles)
northwest of Managua. A second tank ignited he next day. The oil
spilled contaminated sensitive nearby coastal habitat.
2016 Aug 17, The cruise ship
Caribbean Fantasy caught fire forcing the evacuation of more than
500 passengers and crew. As of August 19 the ferry continued to burn
off Puerto Rico's north coast.
2016 Aug 17, In Rwandan Channy
Mbonigaba, described as a "terror suspect," was shot dead in Kigali
late today after a three-hour shootout with police.
2016 Aug 17, South Korea said
Thae Yong Ho, North Korea's deputy ambassador in London, has
defected with his family to South Korea, making him the
highest-ranking Pyongyang diplomat ever to flee the isolated regime
for the democratic South.
2016 Aug 17, Turkey said it
will release some 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform as the
arrests of tens of thousands of people suspected of links to last
month's attempted coup burden overstretched jails. A car bomb killed
2 police officers and a civilian in Van province.
(Reuters, 8/17/16)(Reuters, 8/18/16)
2016 Aug 17, Venezuelan police
crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a
Caracas city square, as the new interior minister relaunched a
long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most
2016 Aug 18, The US State
Department said it released $400 million in cash to Iran under a
tribunal settlement only once it was assured that American prisoners
had been freed and had boarded a plane. It was the first time the
administration has said publicly that it used the payment as
leverage to ensure the prisoners were released by Iran.
2016 Aug 18, The US Justice
Department filed a brief in a Georgia lawsuit that said holding a
defendant in jail simply because they can’t afford a fixed bail
amount is unconstitutional.
2016 Aug 18, Uber said it is
acquiring Otto, a startup for self-driving trucks co-founded by
Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee. The acquisition cost
2016 Aug 18, In southern
California weary firefighters battled a raging inferno that was
threatening the homes of more than 82,000 people and sent flaming
"firenadoes" tearing across the brush. Governor Jerry Brown declared
a state of emergency for San Bernardino County, just 60 miles (100
km) east of Los Angeles, where the so-called Bluecut Fire was
2016 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
mortar attack killed two people and wounded more than 50 in the
eastern province of Kunar. The shells struck a market where crowds
had gathered to celebrate independence day.
2016 Aug 18, Brazilian cyclist
Kleber Ramos and Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi were disqualified from
the Olympic Games for having failed doping tests. Ramos tested
positive for the banned blood booster EPO Cera while Chen took the
2016 Aug 18, Kimia Alizadeh won
the first ever Olympic medal by an Iranian woman after claiming
taekwondo bronze in Rio.
2016 Aug 18, Prominent Crimean
Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov (59) was incarcerated in a psychiatric
hospital in Simferopol to undergo forced sanity testing. He was
charged with calling for extremism in the Russian-annexed peninsula.
Earlier this month he was forcibly moved from an ordinary hospital
where he was receiving treatment for a suspected heart attack.
2016 Aug 18, Ernst Nolte (93),
German historian, died in Berlin. He had set off a dispute among his
peers by arguing three decades ago that Nazism was a reaction to an
"existential threat" to Germany from the Russian revolution.
2016 Aug 18, In Mauritania
thirteen anti-slavery activists, arrested beween June 30 and July 9
for "rebellion and use of violence," were sentenced to between three
and 15 years in prison, despite criticism of the case against them
by international rights groups. On August 15 they told a court they
had been tortured while in custody.
(AFP, 8/15/16)(AFP, 8/19/16)
2016 Aug 18, The New Zealand
government launched an inquiry into the contamination of a regional
water supply that has left thousands of people sick with vomiting
and diarrhoea. The outbreak of campylobacter bacteria, a form of
gastroenteritis, has affected around 3,000 people on North Island.
2016 Aug 18, Two Palestinian
police officers were slain by criminals the West Bank, who were
killed the next day in a shootout in Nablus.
2016 Aug 18, Aides said South
Sudan's former rebel leader and ex-vice president Riek Machar has
left the country following violent clashes last month and is now in
a "safe" country in the region.
2016 Aug 18, Turkey ordered the
seizure of the assets of 187 businessmen suspected of links to
US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of
masterminding last month's attempted coup. Police detained 10 senior
figures of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front
(DHKP-C), a far-left militant group that has in the past targeted
Turkish and US interests.
(AFP, 8/18/16)(Reuters, 8/18/16)
2016 Aug 18, In Turkey 3 police
officers were killed and 170 people wounded by a car bomb at a
police station in the eastern city of Elazig.
2016 Aug 18, The United Nations
said for the first time that it was involved in the introduction of
cholera to Haiti and needs to do "much more" to end the suffering of
those affected, estimated at more than 800,000 people.
2016 Aug 18, In northern
Vietnam Pham Duy Cuong, head of the Communist Party organization in
Yen Bai province and Ngo Ngoc Tuan, chief of the provincial
legislature, were shot in their offices by fellow officials Do Cuong
Minh, who then shot himself dead.
2016 Aug 18, Medecins Sans
Frontieres (MSF) said it was evacuating its staff from six hospitals
in northern Yemen after a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a
health facility operated by the group killing 19 people.
2016 Aug 19, US Olympic swimmer
Ryan Lochte apologized for his behavior surrounding an incident at a
Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more "careful
and candid" about how he described what happened after a night of
partying with his teammates.
2016 Aug 19, Donald Ainslee
Henderson (b.1928), American epidemiologist, died in Maryland. He
directed a 10-year international effort (1967–77) that eradicated
smallpox throughout the world and launched international childhood
2016 Aug 19, Rev. T. Frank
Kennedy (67), the former director of the Boston College Jesuit
Institute, died of pancreatic cancer. His research helped to revive
the Jesuit religious order's musical tradition. He edited, produced
and professionally recorded four baroque operas associated with the
2016 Aug 19, Montana wildlife
officials closed a lengthy stretch of the Yellowstone River to all
recreational activities at the height of the summer tourist season
following the deaths of thousands of fish this week from a rare but
virulent microbial parasite.
2016 Aug 19, The US Geological
Survey said a 7.4-magnitude quake shook the southern Atlantic Ocean
early today, with an epicenter 195 miles (316 km) from islands
hosting a British Antarctic research station.
2016 Aug 19, In Brazil Cheick
Sallah Cisse was the toast of the Ivory Coast as he won their first
ever Olympic gold medal with a killer kick in the last second of the
men's under-80kg taekwondo final.
2016 Aug 19, In Brazil Usain
Bolt of Jamaica won his 9th gold medal in the 4x100 relay. Three
Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.
2016 Aug 19, Danish lawmakers
decided to send a container vessel, a support ship and 200 staff
members to an international operation to rid lawless Libya of its
chemical weapons arsenal and ship them out of the country.
2016 Aug 19, Indonesia's
disaster agency urged prompt action against slash-and-burn
plantation fires as the annual smoke "haze" begins to drift across
the Malacca Strait to neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.
2016 Aug 19, A Kurdish official
said Syrian Kurdish militia have seized several positions from
government forces in the divided city of Hasaka (Hassakeh). At least
13 people, including children and women, were reported killed as a
result of shelling by the army on Kurdish-controlled areas of
2016 Aug 19, Mexican security
forces pursued several vehicles in the city of Alto Lucero. Eight
bodies were "abandoned" along with 12 vehicles and the scene was
placed under military guard.
2016 Aug 19, In Mexico Jesus
Alfredo Guzman Salazar (29), the son of jailed drug lord Joaquin "El
Chapo" Guzman, was reportedly was freed late today along with five
other men with whom he was kidnapped from a bar in Puerto Vallarta
on August 15.
2016 Aug 19, Mexican writer
Ignacio Padilla (47), a leading member of the so-called "crack
movement," died in a car accident in Queretaro state. The 1996
“crack manifesto" sought to help the country's authors find a voice
beyond magical realism.
2016 Aug 19, In Nepal about a
thousand members of sexual minorities and their supporters paraded
in Kathmandu to demand equality and implementation of their rights
under the country's new constitution.
2016 Aug 19, A Pakistani court
banned construction of the country's first rapid mass transit
system, Chinese-funded metro project, within 200 feet (61 meters) of
historic buildings in the city of Lahore, in a victory for heritage
2016 Aug 19, Russian warships
in the Mediterranean Sea fired cruise missiles at targets near
2016 Aug 19, Spain's
conservative Popular Party signed a deal with the business-friendly
Ciudadanos party that could pave the way for the formation of a new
government and avert a possible third round of elections.
2016 Aug 19, Turkey detained
dozens of academics suspected of backing Fethullah Gulen, the
alleged mastermind of last month's failed coup, while pressing ahead
with raids on businesses linked to the US-based Muslim preacher.
2016 Aug 19, The Turkish
parliament approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a
delay caused by last month's attempted coup. Under the deal, Israel
will pay Turkey $20 million (17.7 million euros) in compensation for
a botched Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in
2010 that left 10 Turks dead.
2016 Aug 20, The US Navy said
the American military has slashed the number of intelligence
advisers directly supporting the Saudi-led coalition's air war in
Yemen, following concerns over civilian casualties.
2016 Aug 20, In Afghanistan the
Taliban seized a district in the northeastern Kunduz province, where
the insurgents briefly overran the provincial capital last year
before being driven out by a counteroffensive. In Kabul a soldier
was killed by a sticky bomb placed on his vehicle.
2016 Aug 20, Brazil claimed its
first Olympic gold in soccer with a win over Germany.
2016 Aug 20, In Canada
Tragically Hip, a group known as Canada's Band, held its final
performance in Kingston. Lead singer and songwriter Gord Downie,
dubbed Canada's unofficial poet laureate and diagnosed with
glioblastoma, was in fine form as he and his bandmates played an
epic 30-song set, punctuated by three encores.
2016 Aug 20, Georgia’s State
Security Service detained five people who were planning to bomb a
section of an oil pipeline carrying Russian gas to Armenia. A sixth
person was detained for failure to report the crime.
2016 Aug 20, India’s PM
Narendra Modi appointed Urjit Patel as head of the Reserve Bank of
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.54)
2016 Aug 20, Japan was hit by a
strong earthquake (6.0) off the northern coast one day after a
magnitude 5.3 hit off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture. There were no
immediate reports of damage or injuries.
2016 Aug 20, Nigeria’s Niger
Delta Avengers' (NDA) said on its website late today that it would
"observe a cessation of hostilities," although not without
2016 Aug 20, North Korean state
media accused diplomat Thae Yong Ho, who defected from Britain to
South Korea, of fleeing to escape punishment for a variety of
crimes, including child rape. KCNA news said “the fugitive was
ordered in June to be summoned for embezzling a lot of state funds,
selling state secrets and committing child rape."
2016 Aug 20, Pakistan army said
its jets and ground forces destroyed six militant hideouts in a
northwestern tribal region, killing 9 "terrorists" near the Afghan
2016 Aug 20, Philippine forces
killed 3 suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group (Ansar Al
Khilafah Philippines), but failed to capture leader Mohammad Jaafar
Sabiwang in a clash near Maasim town in Sarangani province.
2016 Aug 20, Syrian regime jets
pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in the northeast for a second day,
even after the US-led coalition scrambled jets to protect its
military advisers working on the ground.
2016 Aug 20, Turkish PM Binali
Yildirim said Turkey will take a more active role in addressing the
conflict in Syria in the next six months to prevent the war-torn
country being divided along ethnic lines.
2016 Aug 20, In southeastern
Turkey an apparent suicide bombing at an outdoor wedding party in
Gaziantep killed killed 51 people, including 22 children. Turkey
blamed the Islamic State. Bu August 22 death toll rose to 54 and
officials said a child was used as the suicide bomber.
(AP, 8/21/16)(Reuters, 8/22/16)
2016 Aug 20, Hundreds of
thousands of Yemenis marched in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, in
support of Shiite Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali
2016 Aug 21, In Brazil the
curtain descended on two weeks of high drama at the Rio Games as
Tokyo took up the baton and promised to go one better in 2020.
2016 Aug 21, The Rio police
force executed search warrants to seize passports and evidence from
Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and
secretary general Dermot Henihan, who are accused of illegally
selling Olympic tickets.
2016 Aug 21, British police
arrested Laurence former priest Soper (72) for sex crimes he is
accused of committing from 1972 to 1986. He was arrested at Luton
Airport after he was deported from Kosovo.
2016 Aug 21, In Chile tens of
thousands protested against the country’s privatized pension system.
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.24)
2016 Aug 21, In Egypt gunmen
killed an informer and a soldier and injured five other people,
including two civilians, in an attack at a police checkpoint in the
province of Menoufia north of Cairo.
2016 Aug 21, Indian army
soldiers have killed 3 suspected rebels near the heavily militarized
line of control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
2016 Aug 21, In Indonesia a
small wooden tourist boat capsized in rough seas off Bintan island,
south of Singapore. Only two of 17 people survived.
2016 Aug 21, Iraq hanged 36 men
convicted over the 2014 "Speicher" massacre by Sunni jihadists and
allied militants of hundreds of military recruits.
2016 Aug 21, In Libya fighters
of the unity government, backed by US air strikes, recaptured more
ground from jihadists holed up in the center of Sirte. 12 fighters
were killed and 85 wounded in the clashes.
2016 Aug 21, In Madagascar the
bodies of the two French citizens, a man and a woman aged in their
20s, were found on a beach of Sainte Marie with head injuries.
Police soon arrested five suspects.
2016 Aug 21, One of Mexico's
leading investigative journalists published a report saying
President Enrique Pena Nieto plagiarized nearly a third of his 1991
undergraduate law thesis.
2016 Aug 21, Pakistani security
forces reported 6 “terrorists" killed in the remote Khyber region in
a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area.
2016 Aug 21, In central Somalia
at least 17 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in
two explosions in the town of Galkayo. A suicide bomber detonated an
explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government
headquarters while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace. The
Shabaab militant group claimed responsibilty for the blasts.
2016 Aug 21, Ukraine said
Russian activist Roman Roslovtsev, better known for his walks across
Red Square in a President Vladimir Putin mask, has requested
political asylum in their country.
2016 Aug 22, In Texas a woman
was killed after a truck carrying airbag parts made by Japan's
troubled Takata exploded in a massive fireball on a highway in
Maverick County. The woman was in a house 30 feet (9m) away from the
explosion. It appeared that the supply truck was in a road accident
that caused a fire and then the deadly explosion.
2016 Aug 22, Belgian harmonica
player Toots Thielemans (b.1922) died. His illustrious career
included playing with jazz greats like Miles Davis and whose solos
have figured on numerous film scores.
2016 Aug 22, Britain announced
plans to house imprisoned Islamist extremists in separate units from
other inmates, after a review found that some charismatic convicts
were radicalizing the wider Muslim population in prisons.
2016 Aug 22, A Canadian
conservation officer said that authorities have killed nine bears in
three days in Revelstoke, British Columbia. He warned that the death
toll will rise if unsecured trash continues to draw the animals into
residential areas. 23 bears were killed there in 1995, but in recent
years the average annual number had been fewer than seven.
2016 Aug 22, Indian officials
said at least 40 people have died and hundreds of thousands have
been evacuated as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern
India in recent days.
2016 Aug 22, The Kurdish YPG
militia launched a major assault to seize the last
government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of
Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender.
2016 Aug 22, In Japan Typhoon
Mindulle struck near Tokyo, the first in 11 years to come ashore in
the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down a major city
airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide.
2016 Aug 22, Jordan signed
grant agreements for the school program with Britain, the US, Norway
and Switzerland. Donor countries pledged close to $100 million to
help Jordan enroll all Syrian refugee children in the kingdom in
schools next month.
2016 Aug 22, Libya's parliament
passed a 'no confidence' vote in UN-backed government in blow to
efforts to unite country.
2016 Aug 22, Lithuania signed a
deal for German-made armoured vehicles intended to boost its defence
capabilities, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence
of Russia on its doorstep.
2016 Aug 22, A Myanmar court
indicted Hla Phone (38) for insulting the military chief and former
president on social media, under a controversial telecommunications
law that activists have urged the new government to repeal.
2016 Aug 22, At The Hague
Islamic extremist Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi pleaded guilty to
orchestrating the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian
desert city of Timbuktu. Al Mahdi advised Muslims around the world
not to commit similar acts.
2016 Aug 22, In northern
Nigeria a Muslim mob killed 8 people after torching the house of a
man who tried to save a Christian student accused of blasphemy. A
mob of Muslim students in the town of Talata Mafara were enraged
over alleged derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed by their
Christian schoolmate, who they attacked.
2016 Aug 22, Officials said the
Chaman border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains
closed for the fourth consecutive day after Afghan protesters burned
a Pakistani flag.
2016 Aug 22, Peru’s interior
ministry said a so-called "death squad" established within the
Peruvian National Police has executed at least 20 criminals
extrajudicially, amid a growing wave of insecurity in the South
American country. The government identified nine officers, including
a general, who purportedly masterminded the disappearance of at
least 20 civilians since 2012.
(AFP, 8/23/16)(AP, 8/23/16)
2016 Aug 22, Philippine
government and Maoist-led guerrillas opened peace talks in Oslo,
seeking to end nearly five decades of conflict that has killed more
than 40,000 people. Both sides announced ceasefires at the weekend
to buoy the talks.
2016 Aug 22, In Singapore
former Pres. Sellapan Ramanathan (1999 to 2011), widely known as
S.R. Nathan, died at age 92.
2016 Aug 22, Turkish officials
said 2 security force members and 5 PKK militants were killed in
clashes and attacks in three eastern areas over the last 24 hours.
2016 Aug 22, Ukraine said it
has launched a criminal investigation of 20 senior Russian
officials, alleging their involvement in crimes against Ukraine's
2016 Aug 23, President Barack
Obama visited Louisiana to assess flood damage there, days after he
was criticized for not cutting short his vacation on Martha's
Vineyard to view the devastation in the Gulf Coast state.
2016 Aug 23, The NYC
Empire State Realty Trust Inc., which manages the 102-story,
1,454-foot (443-meter) -tall building, announced that the Qatar
Investment Authority has purchased a 9.9-percent stake in the
company for $622 million.
2016 Aug 23, In Australia
visiting Frenchman Smail Ayad (29) shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is
Greatest) as he stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two
people at a backpackers' hotel in in Home Hill, Queensland state.
The dead woman was identified as Mia Ayliffe-Chung (21) from the
English county of Derbyshire. On September 30 British backpacker
Thomas Jackson (30) died of his wounds.
(Reuters, 8/24/16)(AFP, 8/25/16)(Reuters,
2016 Aug 23, Bangladeshi police
arrested Moinul Islam Shamim, suspected of killing publisher Arefin
Deepan on Oct. 31 in his office in Dhaka, as part of a crackdown on
radicals blamed for violent attacks on foreigners, liberals and
minorities. Shamim is a key organizer of the banned group Ansarullah
2016 Aug 23, The European
Commission reimposed anti-dumping duties on three Chinese exporters
of solar modules and cells citing breaches to terms of an agreement
they had reached with Brussels not to sell below a minimum price.
2016 Aug 23, In France a
Sudanese migrant was killed overnight and another injured in clashes
with Afghan migrants outside the port of Calais.
2016 Aug 23, Government forces
in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired bullets and shotgun pellets to
break up protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed
region, injuring at least 14 people.
2016 Aug 23, Iraqi special
forces led an operation aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of
Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul. Islamic
State militants abandoned Qayyarah after setting fire to many of the
region's oil wells.
(AFP, 8/23/16)(Reuters, 8/30/16)
2016 Aug 23, Israel uncovered
an illegal Palestinian weapons manufacturing network in the West
Bank overnight in one of its largest raids during a months-long
crackdown on illicit arms.
2016 Aug 23, Israeli security
forces rushed to the West Bank city of Nablus to rescue 60
ultra-Orthodox Hassids stoned by Palestinians as they visited
Joseph's Tomb in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the
city. Palestinians believe an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yussef Dweikat,
was buried there two centuries ago.
2016 Aug 23, In Myanmar a
statement by the office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi said an
agreement will be signed between her office and the Kofi Annan
Foundation to set up a nine-member advisory commission to resolve
protracted issues in the conflict in Rakhine state.
2016 Aug 23, New Zealand police
said former pharmaceutical executive William Yan (47), who Chinese
authorities accuse of embezzling money and fleeing to New Zealand,
has settled his case for $31 million in a deal that represents an
unusual level of cooperation between the two countries. Police said
the money would be split between the New Zealand and Chinese
governments, with the amount each would get still to be determined.
2016 Aug 23, Pakistan's
paramilitary Rangers shuttered the offices of the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement in the port city of Karachi, Hyderabad and elsewhere in the
country after overnight clashes in Karachi left one person dead and
2016 Aug 23, Palestinian Ahmed
Halawa, the alleged leader of the August 18 attack on security
police, was arrested by police overnight and taken to the city's
Jneid prison. Once there, he was severely beaten by security
personnel, lost conciousness and died.
2016 Aug 23, The Philippines'
national police chief said about 300 of his officers were suspected
to be involved in the drugs trade, warning these personnel will be
removed and charged in court if found guilty.
2016 Aug 23, The police chief
of the Philippines told a Senate hearing that China, Taiwan and Hong
Kong were major sources of illegal drugs, and Chinese triads were
involved in trafficking.
2016 Aug 23, South Korea’s
Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea has laid landmines in
the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas, after the start
of annual US-South Korean military exercises.
2016 Aug 23, Swiss prosecutors
said they've charged three people accused of illegally obtaining
data on at least 133,600 credit cards with computer fraud following
their extradition from Thailand.
2016 Aug 23, A Thai military
tribunal indicted eight people with sedition for running a Facebook
page that mocked the kingdom's junta chief, making them the latest
victims of the regime's crackdown on dissent.
2016 Aug 23, A Thai military
court rejected allegations by two Uighur defendants that they were
tortured in custody to confess to bombing a popular Hindu shrine in
Bangkok last year that left 20 people dead. The court then postponed
the rest of the hearing to next month because no Uighur-language
translator was available.
2016 Aug 23, In southern
Thailand two bombs exploded near a hotel in Pattani, killing one
employee and wounding 29 people.
2016 Aug 23, Turkish media
reported that a military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive
device in southeast Sirnak province, killing two soldiers.
2016 Aug 23, Turkey's artillery
shelled Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria for a
second consecutive day. Two mortar shells fired from Syria hit the
border town of Karkamis. Three rocket shells fired from Syria hit
the border town of Kilis.
(AP, 8/23/16)(Reuters, 8/23/16)
2016 Aug 24, Pres. Obama
designated Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, an
87,500-acre parcel of mountains, rivers, and forests abutting the
eastern edge of Baxter State Park. The land was donated by Burt’s
Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, who has advocated for years to
establish the site as a national park. His executive action, allowed
under the 1906 Antiquities Act, added the unit to the National Park
Service as a national monument, bypassing the need for Congress to
authorize a new national park.
2016 Aug 24, Several tornadoes
plowed through central Indiana, demolishing numerous homes and a
Starbucks cafe in the town of Kokomo and cutting off power to
thousands of Indianapolis-area residents. No serious injuries were
2016 Aug 24, In Afghanistan 12
people, including 7 students and a professor, were killed in an
attack on the American University in Kabul. A car bomb followed by
gunfire, as suspected militants battled into the complex where
foreign staff and pupils were working. By the next morning Afghan
forces killed at least 2 attackers.
(AP, 8/25/16)(Reuters, 8/26/16)
2016 Aug 24, Australia’s New
South Wales parliament in Sydney banned greyhound racing in an
overnight session effective from July 1, 2017.
2016 Aug 24, In Bolivia at
least one person was killed and dozens injured after miners and riot
police exchanged sticks of dynamite and tear gas during a protest to
demand better work conditions.
2016 Aug 24, In Britain 5 men
drowned off Camber Sands beach in southern England. The beach, known
for rip-tides, had no lifeguard.
2016 Aug 24, Colombia's
government and Marxist FARC rebels reached a final peace deal in
Havana to end a five-decade war which once took the resource-rich
country to the brink of collapse. It will now go to a plebiscite
vote on October 2.
2016 Aug 24, In Egypt a
knife-wielding attacker was shot and killed after he stabbed a guard
at the Coptic Virgin Mary church in Cairo's eastern suburb of Nozha.
2016 Aug 24, India said it is
investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene
submarines being built in the country have been compromised, after a
leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. The leak
contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the secret capabilities of
six submarines that French builder DCNS has designed for the Indian
2016 Aug 24, An Indian official
said heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years
with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger
level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from
flooded homes in the north and east. Drowning, electrocution or
injuries from collapsed houses have killed at least 175 people this
2016 Aug 24, Indian government
forces fired shotguns and tear gas in India's portion of Kashmir to
break up new protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the
disputed region, killing a young man and wounding dozens of other
2016 Aug 24, An Israeli soldier
shot dead a Palestinian motorist who had stabbed him and threw rocks
from his car at a military vehicle in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Aug 24, A magnitude 6-6.2
earthquake struck central Italy. 17 deaths were confirmed in
Amatrice alone. The preliminary death toll was 38. The death toll
soon climbed to 290. A Polish geologist said it was caused by the
slow but constant under-surface movement of the African Plate toward
(AP, 8/24/16)(AFP, 8/25/16)(AP, 8/27/16)
2016 Aug 24, In Myanmar a
powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook the
center of the country, knocking glasses off tables and sending
people running out of buildings in Yangon. At least 4 people were
(AP, 8/24/16)(AP, 8/25/16)
2016 Aug 24, In New Zealand
Czech tourist Pavlina Pizova was rescued from a park warden's hut on
the snowed-in Routeburn Track near Queenstown. Her partner had died
almost a month earlier after he slipped down an icy bank and became
wedged between rocks and branches.
2016 Aug 24, A Pakistani lawyer
said imprisoned politician Waseem Akhtar, who is almost certain to
be the next mayor of Karachi, will run the teeming metropolis via
"video link" from his prison cell. Akhtar, a member of the Muttahida
Qaumi Movement (MQM), was arrested last month on suspicion of aiding
2016 Aug 24, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he's willing to allow a resumption of
online gambling in the Southeast Asian nation if correct taxes are
paid and gaming parlor are far from schools and churches.
2016 Aug 24, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants killed Patrick James Aldovar (18) near southern
Sulu province's Indanan town then later abandoned his head in a
neighborhood. Aldovar, seized by the militants on July 16 in Jolo
town, was decapitated after his family failed to pay ransom. After
hearing of the beheading President Rodrigo Duterte ordered troops to
destroy the militants.
2016 Aug 24, South Korea said a
ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine flew about 500
km (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such
a weapon. The missile flew at a high trajectory and has a range of
more than 1,000 km (620 miles) at a normal angle.
(AP, 8/24/16)(Reuters, 8/24/16)
2016 Aug 24, Turkish
counter-terror police launched dawn raids targeting Islamic State
members across Istanbul.
2016 Aug 24, Turkish tanks and
armoured vehicles crossed into the Islamic State group-held border
district of Jarablus with air cover from the US-led coalition in
“Operation Euphrates Shield." The Syrian government and Syrian
Kurdish officials condemned the incursion.
(AFP, 8/24/16)(Reuters, 8/24/16)(Reuters,
2016 Aug 25, In Argentina more
than 20,000 residents of Rosario, population 1.3 million, marched
through the streets demanding action on the city’s rise in murders,
nearly triple the national average.
(Econ, 9/17/16, p.35)
2016 Aug 25, In Bolivia Deputy
Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes (56) was killed on after being
taken hostage by workers who had blocked a major highway in Panduro,
around 160 km (100 miles) from capital city La Paz. Miners lifted
the roadblock the next day.
2016 Aug 25, The Three Seas
Initiative met for their first summit in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Also
known as the Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea (BABS) Initiative, it is a
forum of 12 European Union countries in Eastern and Central Europe
that aims to create a north-south dialogue on a variety of questions
affecting the member states. Members included Austria, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
2016 Aug 25, In Egypt Khaled
Hanafi, the country’s supply minister. He had overseen Egypt’s food
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.43)
2016 Aug 25, Sonia Rykiel (86),
the French fashion designer known as the Queen of Knitwear, died in
Paris after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
2016 Aug 25, Authorities in
eastern India struggled to evacuate more than 100,000 people
stranded in villages after floods intensified, killing more than 300
and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.
2016 Aug 25, In northern Mexico
4 suspected gunmen were dead and seven police officers and two
soldiers injured following a running gun battle near the US border.
2016 Aug 25, Russia launched
large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat
readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic states.
2016 Aug 25, In Singapore the
world's first self-driving taxis, operated by autonomous vehicle
software startup nuTonomy, began picking up passengers. Six modified
Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electrics, carried a driver in
front who is prepared to take back the wheel and a researcher in
back who watches the car's computers.
2016 Aug 25, Thailand's
military government suspended Bangkok Gov. Sukhumbhand Paribatra,
the country's most senior elected official, on allegations of
corruption and misuse of city funds. The order to suspend
Sukhumbhand came hours after he left Bangkok for South Korea's
capital, where he was due to take part in celebrations cementing the
friendship between the two cities.
2016 Aug 25, At least nine more
Turkish tanks entered northern Syria as part of an operation aimed
at driving Islamic State out of the border area around Jarablus and
stopping Kurdish militia fighters from seizing territory.
2016 Aug 25, The UN called for
the creation of an independent international body to investigate an
array of serious violations in war-torn Yemen.
2016 Aug 26, Minnesota's Gov.
Mark Dayton ordered the broadest restrictions yet in a US state on
the use of agricultural pesticides that have been blamed for hurting
bees, fueling concerns that farmers there will not be able to
protect crops from insects.
2016 Aug 26, Belgium-based AB
Inbev said it expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce
— equivalent to thousands of jobs — once it completes its huge
takeover of its closest rival, SABMiller.
2016 Aug 26, China’s corruption
watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, charged
Wang Baoan, head of the National Bureau of Statistics (2015-2016),
with a variety of sins including moral decay and superstitious
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.61)
2016 Aug 26, In Colombia a
judge ordered the arrest of the top ELN leaders for crimes that
include their role in the destruction of oil pipelines. ELN rebels
have yet to meet the government's precondition for peace talks of
releasing all of their hostages and stop all kidnapping.
2016 Aug 26, Hong Kong’s South
China Morning Post reported that Wang Jianping (62), deputy chief of
the joint staff department under the powerful Central Military
Commission, has been taken into custody in Chengdu in southwestern
Sichuan province for violating party discipline. Wang's wife and
secretary were also detained.
2016 Aug 26, A top French court
suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has angered
Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners.
2016 Aug 26, PM Viktor Orban
said Hungary will build a new, "more massive" fence on its southern
borders to defend against a possible surge in the number of
2016 Aug 26, Police in India's
portion of Kashmir arrested Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, one of the key
separatist leaders spearheading protests against Indian rule.
Farooq, already under house arrest, was locked up in a government
facility in Srinagar. A young man was killed and dozens of civilians
were wounded when Indian government forces fired bullets and
shotguns to quell unrest in over a dozen places including Srinagar.
(AP, 8/27/16)(SFC, 8/27/16, p.A2)
2016 Aug 26, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward
their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.
The incident was under review.
2016 Aug 26, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe arrived in Kenya to launch the Tokyo Int’l. Summit on African
Development which 35 heads of state are expected to attend.
2016 Aug 26, In Kenya Francis
Paul, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya
(NOCK), was arrested as investigators probed allegations of
mismanagement and corruption at the Rio Games. His deputy James
Chicha and Stephen Ara Sou, who headed the Kenyan delegation to Rio,
were both arrested at Nairobi airport on their return from the
2016 Aug 26, In Mexico Edgar
Juvanny Parra Zambada (42), the nephew of Sinaloa cartel leader
Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, was shot dead alongside another victim in
the streets of Culiacan, Sinaloa state.
2016 Aug 26, Nicaraguan
officials said the first baby with the birth defect of microcephaly
has been born to a mother infected with the Zika virus.
2016 Aug 26, In Nepal at least
20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when bus drove off a
highway and plunged into the Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang.
2016 Aug 26, In central Norway
323 wild reindeer werre killed by lighting on the Hardangervidda
2016 Aug 26, Philippine Maoist
rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks in a joint
statement with government officials at the end of weeklong talks in
Norway. Government troops killed at least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants,
including an influential commander, in an assault on the extremists
following their beheading of a captive whose family was too poor to
2016 Aug 26, Singapore's air
quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels as winds blew smoke from
fires on Sumatra, where millions of people are already affected by
haze, across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. Six
Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency.
2016 Aug 26, Somalia's security
forces ended an overnight siege of the Benadir Beach restaurant in
Mogadishu by al-Shabab gunmen. The dead included six civilians, two
members of the security forces and two of the attackers.
2016 Aug 26, In South Korea
Lotte Group's vice chairman Lee In-won (69) was found dead as
authorities widened a probe into corruption at the country’s
fifth-largest business group.
2016 Aug 26, In Syria besieged
residents and rebels began leaving the Damascus suburb of Daraya,
beginning an an evacuation to end one of the longest stand-offs in
the five-year war.
2016 Aug 26, Tunisia's
Parliament approved Youssef Chahed (41) as prime minister along with
a new government focused on boosting the economy and fighting
2016 Aug 26, In Turkey 11
police officers were killed and 78 people injured in a suicide truck
bombing in Cizre. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed
2016 Aug 26, Turkish
counterterrorism police conducted simultaneous operations at 20
locations early today, detaining 17 suspected IS members. Police
"liberated" over two dozen students in one of their schools.
2016 Aug 26, Istanbul
inaugurated the $3 billion Selim Bridge, named after the
16th-century Ottoman sultan. The third bridge spanning the Bosphorus
Strait was touted as the world's widest suspension bridge, featuring
10 lanes including two rail lines and spanning over 1,400 meters.
2016 Aug 26, Yemen’s rebel news
media said overnight airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition in the
northern city of Saada killed 11 civilians, including women and
2016 Aug 26, Zimbabwe police
battled anti-government protesters in Harare with batons, tear gas
and water cannons, despite a court order that police should not to
interfere with the demonstration.
2016 Aug 27, The global
fertility rate has crashed from 5.1 babies per woman in 1964 to 2.5
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.10)
2016 Aug 27, Afghan security
forces withdrew from the Janikhail district headquarters of Paktia
province to prevent civilian casualties. At least 5 police officers
were killed and five others were wounded in heavy fighting.
2016 Aug 27, Police in
Bangladesh killed 3 suspected militants, including Tamim Chowdhury,
the alleged mastermind of a major attack on a cafe last July 1 that
left 20 people dead. The militants belonged to the banned group
Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB).
2016 Aug 27, An Egyptian court
ordered the release of rights lawyer Malek Adly. He had been held
without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after
defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
2016 Aug 27, Voting started in
Gabon, where Pres. Ali Bongo Ondimba was trying to overcome a
coalition of high-profile opponents to win re-election and maintain
a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s. Gabon does not
have a runoff system, meaning he does not have to win more than 50
percent of the votes in the first round to win.
2016 Aug 27, Errol Austin, a
captain in an Amerindian village in western Guyana, said land
certificates given to them last year by ex-President Donald
Ramotar's administration, haven't been recognized by the South
American nation's mines and lands commissions.
2016 Aug 27, In Iran Brig. Gen.
Gholam Reza Jalali, head of an Iranian military unit in charge of
combatting cybersabotage, acknowledged Iran's petrochemical industry
had been the target of cyberattacks. He put the blame on imported
and installed components at the facilities.
2016 Aug 27, In Kenya Japanese
PM Shinzo Abe told African leaders that his country will commit $30
billion in public and private support for infrastructure
development, education and healthcare expansion in the continent.
2016 Aug 27, In Malaysia nearly
a thousand protesters marched in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur
calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking government
official who US investigators say received $700 million skimmed from
the sovereign state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). The
unnamed official is PM Najib Razak, who has repeatedly denied any
2016 Aug 27, Moldovan police
fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a
parade to mark the former Soviet republic's independence day.
Figures published this week found that more than a quarter of
Moldova's citizens have emigrated for work, and more than half of
them work in Russia.
2016 Aug 27, In Pakistan a
shootout erupted late today on the edge of Lahore when gunmen tried
to break the militants out of police custody. 4 Islamic extremists,
allegedly involved in a 2009 attack on the visiting Sri Lankan
cricket team, were killed in the shootout with police.
2016 Aug 27, In northern
Paraguay suspected members of the little-known Paraguayan People's
Army killed 8 soldiers in an attack in Arroyito. The group was
blamed last year in the killing of a German couple.
2016 Aug 27, In the Philippines
about 20 heavily-armed fighters of the Maute militant group stormed
the Lanao del Sur provincial jail in Marawi city before nightfall,
disarmed the guards and rescued eight comrades, including three
women. The attack also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from the
2016 Aug 27, In Russia a fire
in a Moscow printing plant killed 17 people. A representative of the
Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia said all the dead were members of its
community. Some 500,000 Kyrgyz citizens worked in Russia.
2016 Aug 27, In Saudi Arabia a
rocket fired from Yemen killed a three-year-old boy in Najran.
2016 Aug 27, South Africa's
wealthy Gupta family, with influential ties to Pres. Jacob Zuma,
said they plan to sell all their business interests in the country
by the end of the year.
2016 Aug 27, Spanish police
said they have arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal
immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits
through fake job contracts as domestic staff.
2016 Aug 27, Turkish
authorities arrested three former top diplomats over the failed July
15 coup, including a senior official who brokered a meeting between
the then premier and the US-based preacher blamed for the plot.
2016 Aug 27, Turkey sent more
tanks into Syria to bolster a military offensive against jihadists
and Kurdish fighters. One Turkish soldier was killed and three more
wounded in a rocket attack by Kurdish militia on two tanks taking
part in the offensive.
(AP, 8/27/16)(AFP, 8/27/16)
2016 Aug 27, Uzbekistan's
authoritarian Pres. Islam Karimov (78) suffered a brain hemorrhage
and was in stable condition in intensive care.
2016 Aug 27, Venezuela sent
opposition leader Daniel Ceballos, who was under house arrest, back
to jail and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid
rising political tension over a campaign to recall leftist President
2016 Aug 27, In Yemen warplanes
from the Saudi-led coalition struck a rebel convoy near a taxi stand
outside Taez late today, killing 7 civilians and 9 insurgents.
2016 Aug 28, In northwestern
Indiana Justin L. Babbs (20), Richard Thomas (23) and Kimberly
Spears (39) were killed in Sumava Resorts, about 35 miles (55
kilometers) south of Gary. In 2018 Derrick Cardosi was convicted of
murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison. His
co-defendant, Sebastian Wedding, pleaded guilty in a deal with
prosecutors and was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
2016 Aug 28, In Hawaii six
scientists completed a yearlong Mars simulation, where they lived in
a dome on a Mauna Loa mountain. NASA funded the Hawaii Space
Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program.
2016 Aug 28, In Louisiana a
Honduran man who had entered the US illegally drove a bus that hit a
fire truck on an elevated highway near New Orleans killing two
(SFC, 8/29/16, p.A10)
2016 Aug 28, In NYC Beyonce
dominated the MTV Video Music Awards as she won eight awards and
awed the audience with a fiery dance medley with an unstated
2016 Aug 28, The Afghan Taliban
appointed Mullah Ibrahim Sadar, once a close ally of Taliban founder
Mullah Mohammed Omar, as its new military chief. His appointment
heralded a commitment to confrontation at a time when multiple
governments are trying to coax the Taliban to the negotiating table.
2016 Aug 28, In central
Afghanistan 2 women and a man were killed while eight others were
wounded, mostly women and children, when a rodside bomb went off
near Ferozkoh, the provincial capital of Ghor province.
2016 Aug 28, In Australia
Sydney police allegedly found 95 kg (209 pounds) of cocaine in the
cabin luggage of Andre Tamine (63), Isabelle Lagace (28) and Melina
Roberce (22), all Canadian passengers on the MS Sea Princess cruise
ship. The haul was valued at 31 million Australian dollars ($23
2016 Aug 28, In southern China
10 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus overturned on a
highway in Nanning, Guangxi Autonomous Region.
2016 Aug 28, Egypt’s government
reimposed it zero tolerance on wheat with ergot, a common fungus.
Most countries allowed grain with up to .05% ergot.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.43)
2016 Aug 28, Gabon's main
opposition candidate Jean Ping claimed victory in weekend
presidential polls, but incumbent Ali Bongo's camp said the call was
"dangerous and illegal" before official results.
2016 Aug 28, In Iraq five
attackers and a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people and injured
16 at a wedding party in the oasis town of Ain al-Tamer 50 km from
Karbala late today. The IS claimed responsiility. All the attackers
were killed by security forces.
2016 Aug 28, In Libya forces
loyal to the UN-backed unity government pushed into the last areas
of Sirte held by the IS group in what was the jihadists' coastal
stronghold. At least 34 Libyan fighters were killed and more than
180 wounded as they closed in on the militant holdouts.
(AFP, 8/28/16)(Reuters, 8/29/16)
2016 Aug 28, Juan Gabriel (66),
Mexico’s greatest modern pop singer, died. He was born as Alberto
Aguilera Valadez and had his first hit in 1971 with “No tengo
dinero" (I have no money).
(Econ, 9/10/16, p.78)
2016 Aug 28, In Saudi Arabia
cross-border shelling from Yemen killed 3 children and wounded nine
2016 Aug 28, Singapore
officials said at least 41 people have been infected locally by the
Zika virus, most of them foreign workers at a construction site.
(AFP, 8/28/16)(SFC, 8/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Aug 28, Turkey's army and
its allies thrust deeper into Syria, seizing territory controlled by
Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign
that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.
2016 Aug 29, The United States
and India signed an agreement governing the use of each other's
land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward
building defense ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime
assertiveness of China.
2016 Aug 29, California
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that bans the use of
bullhooks and other devices to control elephants, the latest victory
for animal rights activists who condemn the practice.
2016 Aug 29, Australian
officials said aid worker Kerry Jane Wilson, kidnapped in
Afghanistan in April, has been freed by Afghan forces after four
months in captivity. Wilson was kidnapped on April 28 in the eastern
city of Jalalabad.
2016 Aug 29, In Belgium several
attackers rammed a car through the gates of the national crime
laboratory in Brussels and then started a fire in what prosecutors
said may have been an attempt to destroy evidence. Five people were
2016 Aug 29, Suspended
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff told senators in emotional
testimony at her trial that voting for her impeachment would amount
to a "coup d'etat."
2016 Aug 29, Zhang Chunxian,
China’s Communist Party chief of Xinjiang, was moved to a new, yet
undisclosed job. He was succeeded by Chen Quanguo.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.39)
2016 Aug 29, In Colombia a
ceasefire between the FARC and the government went into effect,
ending 52 years of warfare.
2016 Aug 29, Egypt's parliament
agreed to establish a value-added tax of 13 percent, in a move
authorities hope will generate much-needed state revenue and advance
a reform program supported by loans from the International Monetary
2016 Aug 29, The Italian
coastguard rescued some 6,500 migrants off the coast of Libya in one
of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.
2016 Aug 29, In western Japan a
shooting at a small construction company in Wakayama killed one
employee and left three others injured. On August 31 suspect
Yasuhide Mizobata ended an 18-hour standoff with police by shooting
himself in the stomach, and was taken to a hospital where he
2016 Aug 29, Kashmir
authorities lifted a curfew imposed in most parts of
Indian-controlled Kashmir as part of a 52-day security lockdown, but
reimposed it later in the day in most of Srinagar, the region's main
city, after anti-India protests and clashes erupted in several
2016 Aug 29, Mexican President
Enrique Pena Nieto fired federal police chief Enrique Galindo over
allegations police summarily executed at least 22 suspected members
of a drugs cartel and killed eight others during a protest.
2016 Aug 29, In Somalia al
Shabaab fighters attacked military bases housing government and
African Union troops south west of Mogadishu late today. One soldier
and 2 al Shabaab fighters were killed in the attack in K-50 and Muri
in the Lower Shabelle region.
2016 Aug 29, Colin Waters,
secretary of the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG), addressed the
Int’l. Geological Congress in Cape Town and said there was good
reason to ringing down the curtain on the Holocene, the present
12,000-year old geological epoch, and recognizing that Earth has
entered a new one, the Anthropocene. Most AWG members put the
turning point at 1964, the high-point of nuclear weapons testing.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.69)
2016 Aug 29, Turkey’s military
said its armed forces carried out 57 artillery strikes on 16
militant targets in northern Syria over the last 24 hours.
2016 Aug 29, In Yemen a suicide
car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in the southern city
of Aden killed at least 54 pro-government recruits who had been
preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to fight Houthi rebels in
2016 Aug 30, Cambodian police
arrested 64 people from mainland China and Taiwan, accusing them of
taking part in an internet scam. They were accused of defrauding
victims in China using phone calls made over the internet.
2016 Aug 30, The EU ordered
Apple to pay a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland,
saying deals allowing the US tech giant to pay almost no tax were
illegal. Apple derided the ruling. Ireland’s tax collection agency,
the Revenue Commissioners, insisted that Apple hasn’t dodged a penny
of lawfully calculated tax in Ireland.
(AfP, 8/30/16)(AP, 8/30/16)
2016 Aug 30, Vera Caslavska
(74), a seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up
against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, died in
2016 Aug 30, Greece's left-wing
government launched an auction for four private national television
licenses, reducing the number from seven after a heated public
debate on corruption in the financially troubled country.
2016 Aug 30, More than 460
migrants and refugees arrived on Greek islands from Turkey, the
highest in several weeks, despite a European Union deal with Ankara
agreed in March to close off that route.
2016 Aug 30, Iran’s state media
reported that authorities have released Omid Kokabee, a man jailed
while home from his graduate studies in Texas. He was arrested in
February 2011 and convicted of having "relations with a hostile
country" and receiving "illegitimate funds." The judiciary will
allow Kokabee to enjoy "conditional freedom" for the rest of his
2016 Aug 30, Israel's military
overnight destroyed the home in Dura of Mohammed Abed Almajid
Mohammed El-Amaira (38), a Palestinian accused of involvement in the
July 1 shooting attack in the occupied West Bank that led to the
death of a rabbi.
2016 Aug 30, In northeastern
Japan Typhoon Lionrock made landfall near the city of Ofunato,
dumping heavy rain and generating high waves that caused flooding
along the Pacific coast.
2016 Aug 30, Kenyan scientist
Andrew Mude (39) won the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field
Research and Application for developing livestock insurance, using
state-of-the-art technologies, for herders in East Africa's
2016 Aug 30, In Kyrgyzstan a
van driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming through a gate
at the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, injuring three people. Only the
suicide bomber died.
2016 Aug 30, Montenegrin police
used pepper spray to stop laid-off employees of an aluminum smelter
from storming the parliament building.
2016 Aug 30, In Somalia a car
bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 5 soldiers
outside the president's palace in Mogadishu and badly damaged two
2016 Aug 30, A South African
school was ordered to suspend allegedly racist hairstyle regulations
after black pupils said they had been called monkeys by teachers for
wearing banned 'afros'.
2016 Aug 30, In Syria top
Islamic State group strategist and spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani
was killed. US coalition forces had targeted Adnani, who had a $5
million bounty on his head, in an air strike in Aleppo province.
(AFP, 8/31/16)(Reuters, 12/5/16)
2016 Aug 30, In Syria retired
Iranian general Ahmad Gholami, died while fighting in Aleppo. He had
served as a senior Revolutionary Guards commander in the Iraq-Iran
war of the 1980s.
2016 Aug 30, Venezuela set to
expel a crew of Al Jazeera journalists who were intending to cover
an opposition march against President Nicolas Maduro.
2016 Aug 31, President Barack
Obama opened a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing
conservation efforts before traveling to Asia. Obama visited Lake
Tahoe to speak at a summit dedicated to the iconic lake's
preservation. He then headed to Honolulu, for a speech to a
gathering of leaders of island nations in the Pacific Ocean.
2016 Aug 31, Australia's PM
Malcolm Turnbull urged his political opponents to allow Australians
to endorse gay marriage through a popular vote instead of insisting
that the divisive issue be put into lawmakers' hands.
2016 Aug 31, Brazil’s Senate
voted 61-20 to impeach Dilma Rousseff, the country’s first female
president, making her join the ranks of nearly 12 million unemployed
in Latin America's biggest country. The Senate also voted against
banning her from politics for eight years, which had been widely
considered automatic with an impeachment conviction.
(AFP, 9/1/16)(Econ, 9/3/16, p.29)
2016 Aug 31, The Coalition for
Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was founded in London. It
planned to build up a bank of candidate vaccines for as many as
possible of the viral diseases that lurk on the edges of human
society. Founders included the Wellcome, the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, the World Economics Forum and the government of Norway.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.67)
2016 Aug 31, Cyprus and Egypt
signed an agreement that paves the way for the upply of gas to the
Arab nation via an undersea pipeline that officials hope will create
a regional energy hub. The first gas through the new pipeline was
expected to reach Egypt sometime between 2020 and 2022.
2016 Aug 31, In France the
Marseille prosecutor's office said it has opened an investigation
into trafficking and importing illegal drugs after workers at a
Coca-Cola factory in Signes opened a shipment of orange juice but
instead found 370 kg of cocaine.
2016 Aug 31, Gabon security
forces killed two people and wounded 19 late today at the
headquarters of President Ali Bongo, as violence erupted after Bongo
was declared the winner of the August 27 disputed polls. Officials
results said Bongo won 49.80 percent of votes against 48.23 percent
for Jean Ping,
(AFP, 9/1/16)(Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016 Aug 31, Israeli
authorities shut down the Palestinian Al-Sanabel radio station in
the occupied West Bank in an overnight operation in Dura over
"incitement" to violence. Five people, including the station
director, were arrested.
2016 Aug 31, In Japan 9 people
were killed when floods inundated an old people's home in the town
of Iwaizumi, taking the death toll from Typhoon Lionock battering
northern parts of the country to at least 11. As of Sep 2 the death
toll reached 14.
(Reuters, 8/31/16)(AFP, 9/2/16)
2016 Aug 31, In Kashmir
protests against Indian rule erupted at many places after
authorities lifted a curfew throughout the disputed region for the
first time in 54 days. A young man was killed and several others
were injured in clashes between rock-throwing protesters and
2016 Aug 31, Kazakhstan said it
had arrested 21 members of radical groups plotting terror attacks in
2016 Aug 31, In Lebanon a bomb
blast on a road in the Bekaa Valley near Zahle killed at least one
person and wounded four other people.
2016 Aug 31, The South Korean
shipping giant Hanjin filed for bankruptcy protection and stopped
accepting new cargo. With its assets being frozen, ships from China
to Canada found themselves refused permission to offload or take
aboard containers because there were no guarantees that tugboat
pilots or stevedores would be paid. 66 ships were left stranded
carrying goods worth $14.5 billion.
(AP, 9/2/16)(Econ, 9/10/16, p.53)
2016 Aug 31, In Yemen air
strikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit a house in northern Sanaa
killing at least 16 civilians.
(SFC, 9/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Aug 31, In Zimbabwe riot
police patrolled Harare and other cities after authorities vowed to
prevent further protests against President Robert Mugabe's
2016 Aug, America’s National
Security Agency (NSA) saw its own hacking tools leaked all over the
internet by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers.
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.69)
2016 Aug, In Oregon Abby
Beckley had 14 tiny worms removed from her left eye. She was
diagnosed Thelazia gulosa, a type of worm seen in the northern US
and southern Canada, but never before in humans.
(SFC, 2/14/18, p.A4)
2016 Aug, Kernel was launched
by American entrepreneur Bryan Johnson with the intent of building
devices for the treatment of neurological conditions and cognition
enhancing brain implants.
2016 Aug, Steve Wynn opened his
$4.2 billion Wynn Palace in Las Vegas.
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.57)
2016 Aug, Intel paid more than
$400 million for Nervana, a three-year-old start-up that was
developing specialized artificial systems ranging from software to
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.54)
2016 Aug, A Botswana based team
led the Great Elephant Census funded by Paul Allen, one of the
founders of Microsoft. The survey suggested that about 350,000
African savannah elephants remained alive, down 140,000 from 2007.
(Econ 6/17/17, p.72)
2016 Aug, The Brazilian
government announced that it would suspend plans for the $9 billion
Sao Luiz de Tapajos hydroelectric dam in the Amazon, citing likely
impacts on indigenous people and the environment. Munduruku chief,
Arnaldo Kaba Munduruku, made a five day journey from the Tapajos
basin of northern Para State to London to win backing to fight on
until the lands around the dam site are legally recognized as
belonging to his people.
(Reuters, 8/19/16)(Econ, 11/5/16, p.29)
2016 Aug, In France Zhang
Chaolin (49) was on his way with a friend to a restaurant in the
suburb of Aubervilliers when three teens attacked them on the
street. The father of two fell and hit his head on a wall, after
being kicked in the chest, and died five days later. In 2018 Two
suspects, who were 17 and 19 at the time of the assault, appeared in
a juvenile court charged with violent robbery causing death and
injury of a racist nature. A third, who was 15 at the time, was
handed a two-year sentence at a separate trial.
2016 Aug, Israel’s agriculture
minister said that local cannabis growers will soon be allowed to
export medical marijuana.
(Econ, 10/29/16, p.42)
2016 Aug, In northeastern
Nigeria an estimated that 240,000 children in Borno state were
suffering from severe acute malnutrition according to UN estimates.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.41)
2016 Aug, A Russian court
sentenced Alexander Belov, a leader of the banned Movement Against
Illegal Immigrants (DPNI) to seven and a half years in jail.
(Econ, 12/10/16, p.53)
2016 Sep 1, President Barack
Obama visited Midway Atoll, the remote coral reef that serves as a
reminder of both modern global climate challenges and the dominance
the United States has held in the Pacific since its World War Two
2016 Sep 1, Florida authorities
said tests have found the Zika virus in mosquitoes from Miami, the
first detected on continental US, confirming local transmission of
2016 Sep 1, An unmanned SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test in Florida, destroying the
Israeli-built and -owned Amos 6 satellite that Facebook planned to
use to beam high-speed internet to sub-Saharan Africa.
2016 Sep 1, Tim Cook, Apple's
chief executive, said his company has put aside "several billion
dollars" to pay tax liabilities in the United States as it
repatriates some of its huge overseas earnings. Apple held nearly
$215 billion in cash and securities outside the US, much of that
generated by its Irish subsidiaries.
2016 Sep 1, In Afghanistan 2
people were killed in a bomb attack in front of the district
governor's office in Logar province. The bomber was on foot and
wearing police uniform. A firefight then broke out and 6 militants
were killed and eight wounded. 2 policemen were wounded.
2016 Sep 1, Australian
scientists unveiled fossils dating back 3.7 billion years. Tiny
structures called stromatolites were found in ancient rock along the
edge of Greenland's ice cap. The earliest evidence of life on Earth
ahead of the Greenland discovery came from near-3.5 million-year-old
stromatolites found in western Australia in 2006.
2016 Sep 1, In Brazil Michel
Temer (75) was sworn in as presient to replace Dilma Rousseff
following a bitter impeachment fight.
2016 Sep 1, The European Union
said that the official announcement of election results in Gabon had
plunged the African country into a "deep crisis" and said that
verification of each polling station result was required. Clashes
across Libreville led to at least 3 deaths and up to 1,100 arrests.
(Reuters, 9/1/16)(Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016 Sep 1, German officials
said archaeologists in Berlin have unearthed a large number of human
bones from a site close to where Nazi scientists carried out
research on body parts of death camp victims sent to them by
sadistic SS doctor Josef Mengele.
2016 Sep 1, Iran said
operations to build two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr with
assistance from Russia will start on 10 September and it will take
10 years for the power plants to be completed.
2016 Sep 1, Malaysia reported
its first suspected case of Zika, a 58-year-old woman believed to
have contracted it in neighbouring Singapore where more than 100
cases have been confirmed.
2016 Sep 1, In central Mongolia
the body of British tourist Steve Nash (53) was found in Arkhangai
province. He had been stabbed in the chest and died of blood
loss. On Sep 14 police announced the arrest of a suspect in the
2016 Sep 1, Pakistan's military
said the Chaman border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan has
reopened nearly two weeks after it was closed in response to Afghan
protesters burning the Pakistani flag at a border rally.
2016 Sep 1, The Pakistani army
announced that it had arrested 309 alleged IS operatives and
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.34)
2016 Sep 1, In Syria opposition
fighters seized several areas in a rapid advance against government
forces in central Hama province, prompting a wave of regime air
strikes. At least 25 civilians, including children, were killed in
the strikes early today as fighting raged in parts of Hama.
2016 Sep 1, A coalition of NGOs
led by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said evidence is growing that Russia
is behind a significant increase in the use of cluster bombs in
Syria. More than 400 people were reported killed or maimed by the
banned munitions in the world last year.
2016 Sep 1, Malaysia reported
its first suspected case of Zika, a 58-year-old woman believed to
have contracted it in neighbouring Singapore where more than 100
cases have been confirmed.
2016 Sep 1, Russia’s new
data-localization law went into effect. It requires that personal
information from Russian citizens is kept in databases located
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.16)
2016 Sep 1, In western Slovenia
a small plane crashed in rainy weather, killing 3 people on board.
2016 Sep 1, Turkey's NTV
television reported that the country’s top judicial board has
dismissed 543 more judges and prosecutors, the latest purge of
officials suspected of sympathizing with those behind a July 15
failed coup. The government's Official Gazette announced that nearly
43,000 people have been expelled from their jobs in public
institutions for alleged ties to terror organizations endangering
national security since the failed coup.
(Reuters, 9/1/16)(AP, 9/2/16)
2016 Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope
Francis proposed that caring for the environment be added to the
traditional seven works of mercy that Christians are called to
perform, taking his green agenda to a new level by supplementing
Jesus' Gospel call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit
2016 Sep 1, Venezuelan
opposition supporters descended on Caracas to press for a recall
referendum this year against unpopular Socialist President Nicolas
2016 Sep 2, Hurricane Hermine
made landfall early today near St. Marks, Florida, 20 miles south of
Tallahassee, dumping heavy rains and packing winds of 80 mph (130
km/h) and leaving tens of thousands of households without power. It
soon weakened to a tropical storm over land and plowed toward the
2016 Sep 2, In Denmark
residents of Copenhagen's semi-autonomous Christiania neighborhood
tore down the area's hashish market after an alleged drug dealer
shot two police officers and a bystander. The 25-year-old gunman
escaped after the attack but was arrested after a shoot-out with
2016 Sep 2, In Gabon soldiers
were deployed in Libreville as residents ventured back onto the
streets, buying provisions and surveying damage after two days of
riots sparked by a disputed presidential election. 2 people died
after overnight post-election violence.
(Reuters, 9/2/16)(AFP, 9/2/16)
2016 Sep 2, The Greek
government said only two of the country's seven private TV stations
survived a landmark license auction that raised 246 million euros
($275 million) for the cash strapped left-wing government. The new
licenses will take effect in 90 days, but the government faced
multiple legal challenges.
2016 Sep 2, Indian PM Narendra
Modi and visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi agreed to
boost cooperation in security and anti-terror efforts calling
terrorism one of the gravest threats their countries face.
2016 Sep 2, In India millions
of public sector workers across the country went on strike to
protest economic reforms, saying the government's plan for raising
the country's minimum wage for unskilled workers did not go far
2016 Sep 2, In Iraq a blast
caused by a fire at a weapons storage depot in eastern Baghdad set
off rockets that hit neighboring districts, killing at least 4
residents and injuring 14 others.
2016 Sep 2, In northwest
Pakistan two bombs killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens
outside a court complex in the city of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province, hours after militants killed 2 people in a Christian
neighborhood in the same region. Both attacks were claimed by
Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a breakaway Pakistani Taliban faction.
2016 Sep 2, In the Philippines
a bombing at a Davao street market killed 15 people. Abu Sayyaf soon
claimed responsibility for the attack but although police said they
were still trying to authenticate the claim. On Oct 7 Defense
Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops have captured three suspects
in the bombing. They were members of Maute, a small and relatively
new Muslim militant group based in southern Lanao del Sur province
that has wanted to align itself with the Islamic State movement.
(Reuters, 9/3/16)(AP, 10/7/16)
2016 Sep 2, A Philippines
foreign ministry official said Southeast Asian countries and China
will establish hotlines and adopt communications protocols to avoid
potential naval clashes in the disputed waters of the South China
2016 Sep 2, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin had a rare meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in
Vladivastok but there was no breakthrough in a territorial dispute
that has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally
ending their WWII conflict.
2016 Sep 2, Scotland's First
Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new survey on
independence, saying the Brexit vote had changed the conditions that
existed when Scotland voted against secession in 2014.
2016 Sep 2, South Korea-based
Samsung Electronics said it is halting sales of its Galaxy Note 7
following battery explosions.
2016 Sep 2, Turkey's Anadolu
state-run news agency said one Turkish soldier was killed and six
wounded in clashes with Kurdish militants. 20 Kurdish fighters were
also reported killed during the clashes in Hakkari province that
included Turkish airstrikes.
2016 Sep 2, Uzbek President
Islam Karimov (78) died after suffering a stroke, leaving no obvious
successor to take over the Central Asian nation of 32 million
2016 Sep 2, In Venezuela scores
of people banged pots and pans and jeered Pres. Nicolas Maduro
during a visit to inspect state housing projects. Authorities
briefly rounded up more than 30 people on Margarita island for
heckling Maduro. Some 500 thousand to one million protesters
gathered in Caracas calling for a recall referendum on Pres. Maduro.
(Reuters, 9/3/16)(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Sep 3, In Oklahoma a 5.6
earthquake, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the
state, rattled the area northwest of Pawnee, fueling growing concern
about seismic activity linked to energy production.
(Reuters, 9/3/16)(SSFC, 9/4/16, p.A8)
2016 Sep 3, Argentina's richest
man according to Forbes, energy mogul Carlos Bulgheroni (71), died
in the United States, where he was hospitalized following a surgical
procedure in June. Bulgheroni, along with his brother Alejandro,
owned Pan American Energy, Argentina's second-biggest oil company,
behind state-run YPF.
2016 Sep 3, In Ethiopia as many
as 23 people died in a fire at the Kilinto prison on the outskirts
of Addis Ababa.
(http://tinyurl.com/hbgnw44)(SFC, 9/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 3, Israel’s PM
Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure from ultra-Orthodox partners,
ordered routine railway repairs scheduled today, the Jewish Sabbath,
to be halted.
2016 Sep 3, Myanmar’s
government ended four days of peace talks with 17 insurgent groups.
Days before the peace talks began Myanmar’s army had attacked Kachin
Independence Army (KIA) positions.
(Econ, 9/10/16, p.32)
2016 Sep 3, Singapore confirmed
26 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections bringing the
tally to 215.
2016 Sep 3, Venezuela named
publicly 18 military commanders to oversee the production and
distribution of food and basic goods in an effort to alleviate
severe shortages affecting the country.
2016 Sep 4, President Barack
Obama met with Myanmar leader Suu Kyi at the White House to discuss
rolling back more of the sanctions that were applied when the nation
was under military rule. Obama said the US will "soon" lift
restrictions on military-owned companies and officials and
associates of the former ruling junta.
(AP, 9/14/16)(AP, 9/15/16)
2016 Sep 4, In southern
Afghanistan at least 38 people were killed when a bus collided with
a fuel tanker and burst into flames in Zabul province.
2016 Sep 4, Chinese President
Xi Jinping urged G20 world leaders to avoid "empty talk" and
confront sluggish economic growth and rising protectionism as their
summit opened Sunday in the scenic city of Hangzhou.
2016 Sep 4, Voters turned out
in force for Hong Kong's most crucial election since the handover
from Britain in 1997. Pro-democracy candidates won 30 of 70 seats in
the Legislative Council, gaining a foothold in the southern Chinese
city's legislature and setting the stage for a new round of
political confrontations with Beijing. Six of the winning Legco
candidates wanted Hong Kong to be more independent from China.
Pro-democracy and environmentalist candidate Eddie Chu won more
votes than any other candidate. Chu soon faced death threats
stemming from his campaign promises.
(AP, 9/4/16)(AP, 9/5/16)(SFC, 9/21/16,
p.A5)(Econ, 9/10/16, p.35)
2016 Sep 4, In the Indian
portion of Kashmir around 100 people were injured as Indian
government forces fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to quell
thousands of protesters who pelted rocks and burned a government
2016 Sep 4, Iranian state TV
reported that the Islamic Republic has appointed its envoy to London
for the first time since 2011.
2016 Sep 4, Israel’s transport
minister, Yisrael Katz, canceled key train routes because of the
delayed repairs. The government dispatched extra buses for some
90,000 affected commuters.
2016 Sep 4, Israeli tank fire
targeted a Hamas post on the Gaza Strip border overnight after
gunfire at Israeli forces in the area, with no injuries reported.
2016 Sep 4, Saudi Arabia said
cross-border shelling from Yemen has killed a Saudi woman and
wounded two other citizens in the southern Jazan region.
2016 Sep 4, Thai police seized
3,155 kg (6,940 pounds) of marijuana from a warehouse in Chonburi.
Police arrested two men from Thailand and Taiwan suspected of
smuggling the marijuana from Laos for shipment to Australia.
2016 Sep 5, Phyllis Schlafly
(92), critic of American feminism, died. Her first book “A Choice
Not an Echo", a 121-page self-published polemic, sold 3m copies and
helped populist Barry Goldwater win the 1964 Republican
(Econ, 9/17/16, p.86)
2016 Sep 5, In Afghanistan twin
bombings near the Defense Ministry in central Kabul killed at least
35 people, including two security force generals, in an attack
claimed by the Taliban.
(AP, 9/5/16)(AP, 9/6/16)
2016 Sep 5, Brazil's federal
police launched an operation to investigate fraud at pension funds
of major state-run companies, carrying out seven arrest warrants,
over a hundred search warrants and freezing assets worth 8 billion
reais ($2.46 billion).
2016 Sep 5, Britain appointed
its envoy to Iran for the first time since 2011.
2016 Sep 5, China's government
said it opposed efforts by certain candidates and organizations in
Hong Kong elections to promote independence.
2016 Sep 5, China agreed to
cooperate more closely with its trading partners on its politically
volatile steel exports as G20 leaders ended a summit with a forceful
endorsement of free trade and a crowded agenda that included the
Koreas, Syria and refugees.
2016 Sep 5, At the G20 meeting
in China Russia and Saudi Arabia announced that they would start
working together to stabilize the market, including limiting output.
2016 Sep 5, Indonesian police
said they had broken up an online male prostitution ring and
identified 148 young men and boys, at least one as young as 13,
offering sexual services.
2016 Sep 5, Iranian state media
reported that police had closed more than 800 clothes shops to stop
them selling "unconventional" women's coats. The coats in question
tended to have nonsensical phrases such as "Keep Calm I'm the Queen"
written on them, but they also had short arms and no buttons in the
2016 Sep 5, Israeli police
opened fire during an alleged car-ramming attack targeting officers
in the Shuafat refugee camp in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem
killing passenger Mustafa Nimr (27). Israel's Channel 10 television
later broadcast video of the incident that appeared to show shots
being fired after the car was stopped, with Mustafa Nimr already on
the ground either wounded or dead.
2016 Sep 5, In Israel a floor
collapsed during the construction of a four-storey underground
parking structure in Tel Aviv. At least 4 people were killed and
three remained missing.
2016 Sep 5, The Italian navy
rescued nearly 500 boat migrants off the coast of Libya and
recovered the bodies of six people who fell out of a leaking rubber
2016 Sep 6, The US Coast Guard
said a south Louisiana pipeline has been secured after some 5,300
gallons of crude oil leaked near Bay Long. The pipeline had been
struck by a dredge doing excavation.
(SFC, 9/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Sep 6, In Afghanistan
militants stormed a building housing an international aid
organization in Kabul, provoking an overnight firefight with
security forces in which three gunmen were killed and six civilians
2016 Sep 6, President Barack
Obama, in the first visit to Laos by a sitting US president, said
the US has a "moral obligation" to help Laos heal and vowed to
reinvigorate relations with a country with rising strategic
importance to the US. Obama announced he would double spending for
unexploded ordnance, committing $90 million over the three years.
2016 Sep 6, A German court
dismissed appeals by 84 Russian athletes seeking to compete at the
Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Another 10 Russians had a similar
application rejected a day earlier as punishment for state-backed
doping in the country.
2016 Sep 6, In Iraq an
overnight car bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, struck a
bustling commercial area of central Baghdad, killing at least 12
2016 Sep 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, during a visit to the Netherlands, said the Dutch
government will assist Israel in improving water and gas supplies to
2016 Sep 6, Italian police said
they had broken up a criminal network that smuggled mostly Syrian
refugees across the Balkans to Western Europe.
2016 Sep 7, A US federal judge
ordered wildlife managers to enlarge habitat protections in Idaho,
Montana and Colorado for the Canada lynx, a rare wild cat that roams
the Rockies and mountain forests of several other states.
2016 Sep 7, The city of
Oakland, Ca., fired four police officers and suspended seven others
in connection with a scandal involving a sex worker (19) from
Richmond who calls herself Celeste Guap. The teenager has said she
had sex with 29 law enforcement officers in the Bay Area in the past
two years. On Sept. 29 Guap, aka Jasmine, filed claims seeking tens
of millions of dollars in compensation from Richmond, San Francisco,
Livermore and Alameda County.
(SFC, 9/8/16, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/16, p.C1)
2016 Sep 7, An Egyptian court
ordered the conditional release of four members of the satirical
street performance group “Street Children," whose selfie-style video
clips mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
2016 Sep 7, In Egypt a train
went off the tracks south Cairo killing five people.
2016 Sep 7, Hong Kong
politician Ken Chow of the pro-business Liberal Party said he was
pressured to bow out of a city election to clear the field for a
candidate favored by the Chinese government, which, if confirmed,
could offer rare evidence of interference by Beijing in city
2016 Sep 7, Iran state media
reported that 8 members of the rebel Kurdish Democratic Party of
Iran (KDPI) have been killed in overnight clashes with security
forces along the Iraqi border in the northwestern province of West
2016 Sep 7, Italian rescuers
brought more than 350 migrants to shore in Sicily, along with the
bodies of five women and two men who had died on the perilous
2016 Sep 7, In Laos the ASEAN
summit issued a mild rebuke of China over its expansionist
activities in the disputed South China Sea, and indirectly urged it
to show restraint and not raise tensions.
2016 Sep 7, Police in the
Maldives raided the office of one of the country's leading news
websites shortly after the broadcast of a television documentary
that accused the country's president of corruption, money laundering
2016 Sep 7, Mexico Pres.
Enrique Nieto Pena accepted the resignation of finance minister Luis
Videgaray Caso (b.1968). The minister had suggested Donald Trump’s
visit to Mexico. On Jan 4, 2017, Videgaray was brought back as
Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
(Econ, 9/10/16, p.27)(Econ, 1/14/17, p.29)
2016 Sep 8, President Barack
Obama put the long-simmering dispute in the South China Sea front
and center on the agenda at the regional ASEAN summit, as it became
clear that most of the other leaders gathered in the Laotian capital
were going to let China off with a mild rebuke over its territorial
expansion in the resource-rich waters. Obama pledged more money to
Laos to remove unexploded American bombs.
(AP, 9/8/16)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.69)
2016 Sep 8, US Banking firm
Wells Fargo was fined $185 million for issuing credit cards without
a customer’s consent, creating fake email acounts to sign up
customers, and charging late on accounts that customers never knew
(SFC, 9/9/16, p.C1)
2016 Sep 8, In Afghanistan the
Taliban pushed into Tirin Kot, the capital of southern Uruzgan
province, triggering fierce clashes and sending all government
officials fleeing from the city.
2016 Sep 8, In Brazil the 2016
Paralympic Games opened in Rio de Janeiro. The theme of the opening
was: “The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart."
2016 Sep 8, China's Ministry of
Finance punished at least five car makers, accusing them of cheating
its program to subsidize electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles,
receiving roughly 1 billion yuan ($150 million) in illegal
subsidies. By the next day it was reported that more than 20
additional car makers, including Nissan and Hyundai, were listed for
breaking rules on green car subsidies, widening a scandal over a
$4.5 billion annual payout program.
2016 Sep 8, An Indian court
sentenced a man to death for killing his neighbor by throwing
sulfuric acid at her for refusing to marry him three years ago. A
Mumbai court sentenced Ankur Panwar after finding him guilty of
killing Preeti Rathi (23). She died of serious burn injuries 30 days
after the attack.
2016 Sep 8, Israeli defense
officials said that the government has begun work on a $530 million
underground barrier along the border with Gaza meant to block Hamas
militants from tunneling into Israel.
(SFC, 9/9/16, p.A4)
2016 Sep 8, In Malaysia former
prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (91) became the founding
chairman of the new “Bersatu" (United) political party. Mohamad and
Muhyiddin Yassin, a former UMNO deputy prime minister, founded
(Econ, 9/17/16, p.39)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.31)
2016 Sep 8, In Syria
unidentified aircraft hit the Army of Conquest meeting late today,
killing Fateh al-Sham Front rebel commander Abu Omar Saraqeb
(Saraqib) and another rebel commander named as Abu Muslim al-Shami.
Last July the former Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front was renamed
Fateh al-Sham Front. The group numbered some 7,000 fighters, mostly
(AFP, 9/9/16)(Econ, 9/17/16, p.56)
2016 Sep 8, In Yemen at least
nine civilians, including four children, were killed in an air
strike by the Saudi-led coalition on a residential building north of
2016 Sep 9, The US Congress
sent Pres. Obama a bipartisan bill that would allow families of
Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. The White
House has signaled that Obama would veto the legislation over the
potential for it to undermine relations with the critical US ally.
(SFC, 9/10/16, p.A7)
2016 Sep 9, In Manhattan a
father-son team of informants testified that they repeatedly lied to
US investigators in order to secretly traffic drugs, even while they
were working on a narcotics probe of two nephews of Venezuela's
first lady. The Mexican-born 34-year-old son, referred to only as
CS-2, said he has earned $400,000 as an informant. The 55-year-old
father, called CS-1, said he has earned about $1 million since 2003.
The nephews of Venezuela's first lady were arrested in November 2015
and were fighting US charges that they worked with others to try to
send 800 kg of cocaine from Venezuela to Honduras for importation
into the United States.
2016 Sep 9, In Argentina former
intelligence agent Francisco Gomez was sentenced to 12 years in
prison for crimes against humanity. In 1978 Gomez kidnapped newborn
Guillermo Perez and raised him as his own while the boy’s parents
languished in jail. Former Air Force chief Omar Graffigna and
ex-Buenos Aires province intelligence chief Louis Tomas Trillo were
sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1978 abduction and forced
disappearance of the parents.
(SSFC, 9/11/16, p.A7)
2016 Sep 9, Cambodian
opposition leader Kem Sokha was sentenced to five months in jail in
the latest faceoff between the government and opposition as
political tensions over challenges to PM Hun Sen's longstanding
autocratic rule show no signs of easing.
2016 Sep 9, The UN said its
peacekeeping force in Congo has evacuated some 300 supporters of
South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar, many of whom were
wounded, acutely malnourished or in life-threatening condition.
2016 Sep 9, The head of Iran's
Hajj Organization accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately barring
Iranians from the pilgrimage and refusing to discuss security
measures despite last year's deadly stampede. Thousands protested in
Tehran for being barred from the annual hajj pilgrimage.
2016 Sep 9, In Iraq a camp
housing members of an Iranian opposition group was officially closed
after the last 280 residents were flown to Albania. The
Mujahedeen-e-Khalq had been based in Iraq since the 1980s, when they
received arms and support from Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq
2016 Sep 9, In Iraq two bomb
blasts, claimed by the Islamic State group, hit just before midnight
outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad killing at least 13
2016 Sep 9, The Dutch
government says it is extending its involvement in a military
training mission in Iraq until the end of 2017.
2016 Sep 9, North Korea
conducted its 5th nuclear test with an explosive yield roughly twice
the previous one. North Korea said it conducted a "higher level"
nuclear test explosion that will allow it to finally build an array
of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons. It was the North's
fifth atomic test and the second in eight months.
(AP, 9/9/16)(Econ, 9/17/16,
2016 Sep 9, Palestinian
Abdel-Rahman Al-Dabbagh (18) was killed during a rock-throwing
protest near the Gaza-Israel border A Palestinian health official
said Israeli soldiers shot him, but the Israeli army said troops
were not responsible.
2016 Sep 9, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte gave Indonesian forces the right to pursue pirates
into Philippine waters saying: “blow them up."
(SFC, 9/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 10, Democrat Hillary
Clinton partially apologized for saying a day earlier that "half" of
Republican Donald Trump's supporters are "racist, sexist,
homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic" people who belong in a "basket
2016 Sep 10, The US and Russia
agreed to a cease-fire in Syria. The 10-day cease-fire was not
slated to begin until the evening of Sept. 12.
2016 Sep 10, In Hawaii the
International Union for Conservation of Nature voted to call on
every country to shut down domestic ivory markets that threaten
elephants. The group has 1,300 members from more than 160 countries,
but no enforcement power.
2016 Sep 10, Scientists in
Argentina uncovered a meteorite they called Gancedo in "Campo del
Cielo" (Field of Heaven) on the border between Chaco and Santiago
del Estero. It was thought to have hit the region about 4,500 years
2016 Sep 10, In China a new
scholarship program, founded in 2013 by Wall Street tycoon Stephen
Schwarzman and intended to rival the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships
and build understanding between China and the world, opened its
doors at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University.
2016 Sep 10, In Finland Jesse
Torniainen (26), a neo-Nazi activist, kicked Jimi Joonas Karttunen
(28) in the chest during a demonstration in Helsinki. Karttunen died
of his injuries six days later. On Dec 30 Torniainen was sentenced
to two years in prison for assaulting Karttunen.
2016 Sep 10, Iran began
building a second nuclear plant with Russian help, in a $10 billion
project which follows Tehran's landmark nuclear deal with world
powers last year.
2016 Sep 10, In Mexico tens of
thousands of people across the country marched to protest against
gay marriage, challenging President Enrique Pena Nieto's proposal to
recognize same-sex marriage throughout the traditionally
2016 Sep 10, In Pakistan gunmen
killed Dr. Zaka Ullah. He was instrumental in an anti-polio drive in
the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2016 Sep 10, South Korea-based
Samsung Electronics urged customers to stop using Galaxy Note 7
smartphones immediately and exchange them as soon as possible. The
company said it had confirmed 35 cases of the phone catching fire as
of Sep 1.
(SSFC, 9/11/16, p.A3)
2016 Sep 10, The Hanjin
container ship Greece, that was stranded off the California coast
for more than a week, began unloading after a judge protected the
global shipping giant from having its assets seized in the US as it
struggles to avoid bankruptcy. The ship was one of four vessels that
were blocked from entering or leaving the port after Hanjin filed
for bankruptcy protection on Aug. 31 in South Korea and the US on
2016 Sep 10, In Saudi Arabia
nearly 1.5 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage to
Islam's holiest sites.
2016 Sep 10, In northern Yemen
Saudi-led airstrikes on a water well reportedly killed 30 people and
wounded 17. The casualties in the village of Beit Saadan included
first responders and children.
2016 Sep 11, Miss America 2017
was crowned in Atlantic City, New Jersey, this evening in a live
televised event on ABC. Savvy Shields, currently Miss Arkansas, won
2016 Sep 11, Voters in Croatia
went to the polls for a parliamentary election.
2016 Sep 11, Iran's former
prosecutor of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, Saeed Mortazavi
apologized for his role in 2009 accidents at Kahrizak detention
center which resulted in the deaths of three political prisoners
including Mohsen Rouholamini.
2016 Sep 11, Forces loyal to
Libyan general and former US citizen Khalifa Haftar, commander of
the elected Council of Deputies military, seized control of the
ports of Sidra, Ra's Lanuf, Brega and Zuwetina.
2016 Sep 11, The North Korean
government called American threats of additional sanctions in
response to its nuclear ambitions "laughable" and "meaningless".
2016 Sep 11, In Syria about 100
people, including at least 28 children, were killed since the United
States and Russia announced a truce agreement a day earlier.
2016 Sep 11, Yemen’s Houthi
rebels and their allies attacked a Saudi post in the border region
of Jizan with artillery, rockets and light arms before taking it
over. Jizan is one of several southern Saudi regions that some
Yemenis claim were illegally annexed by Saudi Arabia in the last
2016 Sep 12, The five-star
Trump Int’l. Hotel opened in Washington, DC, in the Old Post Office
(Econ, 1/14/17, p.77)
2016 Sep 12, Former California
Assemblyman Thomas Calderon was sentenced to one year in prison for
helping his brother, state senator Ron Calderon, hide bribes from an
undercover FBI agent to support tax credits for the film industry.
(SFC, 9/13/16, p.A5)
2016 Sep 12, In the SF Bay Area
police officer Sgt. Doug Ulrich fired four shots at Eugene Craig
(86) during a welfare check at the man's home in Saratoga. Craig had
a gun in hand and refused to drop it. In 2018 the Santa Clara
district attorney's office found the shooting justified.
(SFC, 3/7/18, p.D4)
2016 Sep 12, US-based
Hewlett-Packard said it is buying Samsung Electronics Co.'s printer
business in a transaction worth $1.05 billion. HP Inc. said that it
is the largest print acquisition in the company's history and will
help it go from traditional copiers to multifunction printers.
2016 Sep 12, In southern
Afghanistan two militants stormed into a hospital in the city of
Kandahar, killing at least one civilian before security forces
killed the assailants.
2016 Sep 12, Austria delayed a
re-run of a presidential election as faulty glue on postal ballots
scuppered its second attempt to organize a ballot that could give
the European Union its first far-right head of state.
2016 Sep 12, In Brazil the
Chamber of Deputies stripped the congressional seat from Eduardo
Cunha in a 450-10 vote. He had been accused of numerous corruption
allegations and obstructing justice. Cunha was in his fourth term
and just months ago was considered one of the most powerful men in
2016 Sep 12, A gay Chinese
student activist lodged a suit against the Ministry of Education
over school textbooks describing homosexuality as a mental disorder,
the latest step by China's small but growing gay rights movement.
2016 Sep 12, China's main
border post with reclusive North Korea was packed with trucks
carrying everything from bricks to exhaust pipes, as it re-opened
for business for the first time since Pyongyang angered the world
with its fifth nuclear test.
2016 Sep 12, The Chinese and
Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China
Sea, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces
against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
2016 Sep 12, India's technology
hub of Bengaluru deployed riot police and banned public gatherings
to rein in protests as a water dispute turned violent. The violence
erupted after India's Supreme Court ordered Karnataka state, where
Bengaluru is based, to release 12,000 cubic feet of water per second
every day from the Cauvery river to neighboring Tamil Nadu until
Sept. 20. Police gunfire killed one protester and injured another
after rampaging mobs set fire to dozens of buses, trucks and cars
and attacked shops and businesses in Bangalore and other parts of
the state. Police arrested nearly 400 people for looting and
vandalism after the curfew was imposed to quell violence.
(Reuters, 9/12/16)(AP, 9/13/16)(Econ, 9/17/16,
2016 Sep 12, A government
source said Italy will set up a military hospital and deploy 300
doctors, nurses and soldiers in Libya at the request of the United
Nations-recognized government in Tripoli.
2016 Sep 12, About 10,000
Taiwan tourism operators and workers marched to a square in front of
the presidential hall to demand that the government take steps to
help their businesses, hard hit by worsening ties with mainland
2016 Sep 12, A Vietnamese court
approved a Malaysian request for the extradition of eight
Indonesians suspected of hijacking a Malaysian oil tanker more than
a year ago, and rejected a similar request from Indonesia. The eight
were arrested in June last year when they arrived on Tho Chu island
off Vietnam's southern coast and admitted that they had hijacked the
oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony.
2016 Sep 13, The United States
sent two nuclear-capable supersonic bombers streaking over ally
South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its
recent nuclear test, and also to settle rattled nerves in the South.
2016 Sep 13, Wells Fargo said
it will eliminate all product sales goals following revelations that
some 5,300 branch employees were fired for openign accounts with
(SFC, 9/14/16, p.C1)
2016 Sep 13, In Brazil a fire
began at the Estrada de Alpina slum in Sao Paulo and quickly took
hundreds of homes in its path. The favela is thought to contain
about 500 homes.
2016 Sep 13, Cambodia released
more than 200 nearly extinct royal turtles in muddy waters at a new
breeding and conservation center that was built in hopes of keeping
the national reptile from disappearing.
2016 Sep 13, China's national
legislature expelled 45 deputies representing the northeastern
province of Liaoning over allegations of electoral fraud.
2013 Sep 13, Chinese police
fired rubber bullets at villagers in Wukan, Guangdong province, and
arrested about 70 people in an overnight crackdown to suppress
demonstrations in the fishing village that became internationally
known five years ago for protesting land seizures.
(AP, 9/13/16)(AP, 9/14/16)
2016 Sep 13, Indian and foreign
technology companies including global outsourcing firm Accenture
closed offices and told staff to stay home in the technology hub of
Bengaluru after riots over the diversion of water from a river.
2016 Sep 13, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir two anti-India protesters were
killed and scores were injured in clashes with security forces.
2016 Sep 13, The Israeli
military struck artillery positions in Syria after a projectile from
that country's civil war hit the Israeli-controlled part of the
Golan Heights, but denied a Syrian claim that Syrian forces shot
down two Israeli aircraft.
2016 Sep 13, Israel’s former
Pres. Shimon Peres (93) suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized
in Tel Aviv.
(SFC, 9/14/16, p.A3)
2016 Sep 13, In Italy Tiziana
Cantone (31) committed suicide after failing in a long legal battle
to get a pornographic video removed from the internet. On Sep 16
Italian prosecutors in Naples said they have opened an investigation
into possible charges of instigation to suicide.
2016 Sep 13, In Macao Sheldon
Adelson (83) opened his Parisian Macao, a 3,000-room resort on the
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.58)
2016 Sep 13, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed 2 police officers in Quetta. Another three were
wounded as they foiled a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in the
southern city of Shikarpur.
2016 Sep 13, The Philippines
moved to shore up relations with the United States with guarantees
that a treaty between them would be honored and security ties were
"rock solid", despite President Rodrigo Duterte's railings against
Washington. President Rodrigo Duterte said he won't allow government
forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South
China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his
predecessor reached with the US military earlier this year. Duterte
told his defense secretary to buy weapons from Russia and China
rather than America.
(Reuters, 9/13/16)(AP, 9/13/16)(Econ, 9/17/16,
2016 Sep 13, Somalia hosted
regional African heads of state for a summit that was the first of
its kind since the nation plunged into conflict in 1991. The one-day
meeting in Mogadishu of the Intergovernmental Authority on
Development (IGAD) included Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda
2016 Sep 13, In Spain a small
group of local people and anti-bullfighting activists scuffled and
exchanged insults at a centuries-old Spanish festival in the town of
Tordesillas, where for the first time in its history the gory
killing of a bull was banned and the beast was unharmed.
2016 Sep 13, The World Health
Organization said yellow fever outbreaks in Angola and the
Democratic Republic of Congo are "under control" after a massive
vaccination campaign involving millions.
2016 Sep 14, Human and civil
rights organizations launched a public campaign to persuade Pres.
Obama to pardon Edward Snowden for revealing the National Security
Agency’s mass surveillance programs.
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.A6)
2016 Sep 14, The United States
signed an unprecedented security agreement with Israel that will
give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 14, A US report
released today said that widespread corruption in Afghanistan has
undermined efforts to rebuild the country and urged the US mission
to make anticorruption efforts a top priority.
2016 Sep 14, US Interior Sec.
Sally Jewell gave final approval for a renewable energy development
plan within nearly 11 million acres of public land in California’s
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.D1)
2016 Sep 14, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed five people, including a former warlord, in the
northern Baghlan province. The ambush targeted Samar, who served as
a mujahedeen commander during the 1980s struggle against the Soviet
2013 Sep 14, In China reporters
from two Hong Kong newspapers, the South China Morning Post and the
Chinese-language Ming Pao, were assaulted while conducting
interviews with Wukan villagers and later detained for several
hours. Wukan remained under siege two days after police arrested 13
protesters on allegations that they incited violence and arrest.
2016 Sep 14, In India PM
Narendra Modi and Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghanicalled for
an end to all sponsorship, support and sanctuaries to militants,
including those who have committed violence in the two countries.
India offered a fresh $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan for building
capacity in education, health, agriculture, energy and
infrastructure. They also signed an extradition treaty.
2016 Sep 14, Indonesian police
captured Muhammad Basri, a senior figure from the East Indonesia
Mujahideen militant group, and killed one of the group's members in
a joint operation with the military.
2016 Sep 14, Indonesia said the
country’s highest Islamic council has issued a fatwa on burning land
and forests in an effort to halt the toxic smog that blankets the
region each year.
2016 Sep 14, In Iran a gas leak
and fire at the Mobin Petrochemical Factory that services the South
Pars gas field injured four workers.
2016 Sep 14, South Africa said
rangers in Kruger National Par are killing about 350 hippos and
buffalos in an attempt to relieve the impact of the region's most
severe drought in more than three decades.
2016 Sep 14, Parts of Taiwan
came to a standstill as super typhoon Meranti brought the strongest
winds in 21 years. China issued a red alert for waves as the storm
bore down on the mainland.
2016 Sep 15, Brazil's federal
police said they were conducting search and seizure warrants as part
of an investigation into fraudulent public contracts that includes
loans from the country's massive state development bank BNDES.
2016 Sep 15, The British
government approved the construction of the country's first new
nuclear power plant in more than two decades. The French and
Chinese-backed Hinkley Point plant had prompted high-level fears
about national security.
2016 Sep 15, China launched the
Tiangong 2, its second space station, atop a Long March 7 rocket
from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
(SFC, 9/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 15, In northern China
4 people, including two children, died in a plane crash during an
air show in Hebei province.
2016 Sep 15, In China Typhoon
Meranti swept into Fujian province after hitting Taiwan, leaving a
total of two dead and dozens injured. Meranti killed at least 28
people in China, one in Taiwan and cut power to more than a million
(AP, 9/15/16)(AP, 9/17/16)(SSFC, 9/19/16, p.A5)
2016 Sep 15, Congo DRC Justice
Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said the Democratic Republic of Congo
will form an interim government that includes opposition members, as
part of a deal to set up new elections and break a political
2016 Sep 15, The European Union
said it has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system it
hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical timber that makes
up a substantial part of the country's wood production from being
shipped to the 28-nation bloc.
2016 Sep 15, The European
Union's border agency Frontex said some 23,000 irregular migrants
arrived in Italy in August, most crossing the Mediterranean from
Libya on what has become the main immigration route into Europe.
2016 Sep 15, Deutsche Bank
confirmed that America’s Dept. of Justice had asked for $14 billion
to settle possible claims connected with the underwriting and sale
of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBSS) between 2005 and
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.71)
2016 Sep 15, In India thousands
of indigenous people rallied in the eastern state of Jharkhand,
protesting against the government's proposal to amend decades-old
land laws, saying it would deprive them of their rights.
2016 Sep 15, India detained
Khurram Parvez (39), a leading Kashmiri human rights activist, a day
after it stopped him from boarding a flight to attend a UN Human
Rights Council meeting in Geneva. Parvez has spoken out against the
use of force in an ongoing security crackdown.
2016 Sep 15, In India Tariq
Hameed Karra, a founding member of the People's Democratic Party,
resigned from India's Parliament and from his regional party to
protest a government crackdown in Kashmir that prevented people from
offering Eid prayers for the first time in the troubled region.
2016 Sep 15, In Indonesia 2
foreign tourists were killed and about 20 other people were injured
in an explosion on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the
tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok.
2016 Sep 15, A local Japanese
official said that hundreds of horseshoe crabs -- known as "living
fossils" because they are among the Earth's oldest creatures -- have
been found dead near Kitakyushu city where they lay their eggs.
2016 Sep 15, In Mexico
thousands of protesters marched through Mexico City to demand the
resignation of Pres. Enrique Nieto Pena over a sluggish economy and
a renewed rise in violent crime. Pena’s approval rating had dropped
(Econ, 10/1/16, p.36)
2016 Sep 15, Pakistani police
arrested the father, husband and brother of a woman who was tortured
and hanged alongside her alleged boyfriend in a family courtyard in
eastern Punjab province. Khalida Bibi, a married mother-of-three,
and her alleged boyfriend, Mohammad Mukhtar (21), were murdered in a
so-called honor killing in the village of Mian Channu.
2016 Sep 15, A Pakistani
express train crashed into a freight train killing at least four
people and injuring 93.
2016 Sep 15, It was reported
that private banks in Singapore are sharing with local police the
names of clients embracing an Indonesian tax amnesty. The Monetary
Authority of Singapore (MAS) confirmed in a statement that it has
advised local banks to encourage their clients to use tax amnesty
programs to regularize their tax affairs.
2016 Sep 15, Ocean Tankers, the
Singapore-based owner of the two 74,000 ton ships, the Chao Hu and
the Hong Ze Hu, confirmed that the vessels were being denied
permission to leave the Red Sea port of Hodeida, Yemen's
second-biggest port, which is controlled by the Houthi movement that
also holds the capital Sanaa.
2016 Sep 15, In Uganda two
activists of the self-styled Jobless Brotherhood released ten
piglets outside parliament to protest a decision by MPs to award
themselves $59,000 each on fancy new cars.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.47)
2016 Sep 16, Oklahoma police
Officer Betty Shelby shot a black man who ignored repeated requests
to put up his hands before reaching into an SUV that was stalled in
the middle of a street in Tulsa. Terence Crutcher (40) died at a
hospital following the shooting. Police dash cam video showed
Crutcher with his hands up and no weapon was found at the scene.
(SSFC, 9/19/16, p.A11)(SFC, 919/16, p.A5)(SFC,
2016 Sep 16, A British judge
ruled that Lauri Love (31), man accused of hacking into US
government computer systems and stealing confidential information,
should be extradited to the United States to face trial. Love was
arrested in 2013 on suspicion of computer crimes but has not been
charged in Britain.
2016 Sep 16, Canadian novelist
W.P. Kinsella (81), author of “Field of Dreams" (1982), died in
Hope, British Columbia. The book became the blueprint for the 1989
Oscar-nominated film of the same name.
(SSFC, 9/19/16, p.C2)
2016 Sep 16, In Central African
Republic by militia fighters killed 6 people and wounded several
more in attacks in the central Kaga Bandoro region, the fiefdom of
the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African
Republic (FPRC), an ex-Seleka splinter group, led by Noureddine
(AFP, 9/18/16)(Reuters, 9/19/16)
2016 Sep 16, In northwestern
China the government of Gansu province said that three officials
face possible dismissal and three others have been reprimanded over
the case of Yang Gailan, a villager (28) who axed her four young
children to death and killed herself because she couldn't feed them.
Yang's husband killed himself a week later.
2016 Sep 16, In southern Iran a
soldier killed himself after shooting to death three of his
2016 Sep 16, In Israel three
alleged assailants were killed while carrying out attacks on
Israelis, shattering weeks of relative calm in Israel and the
2016 Sep 16, In Italy Carlo
Azeglio Ciampi (b.1920), former PM (1993-1994) and President
(1999-2006), died. He was a highly respected economist who helped
usher in the euro as treasury minister.
2016 Sep 16, In Kenya angry
protesters marched in Nairobi against plans to build an elevated
railway line over the country's oldest national park, saying the
project will threaten wildlife that includes lions, leopards and
2016 Sep 16, In Myanmar seven
soldiers were jailed for killing villagers in Shan State, a rare
punishment for abuses by the army.
2016 Sep 16, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a Sunni mosque in Ambar, killing
at least 36 worshippers and wounding 28 others.
(AP, 9/16/16)(AP, 9/17/16)
2016 Sep 17, China’s government
raised their alert to "orange" for Typhoon Malakas, just as
southeastern provinces continue to clean up after an earlier,
2016 Sep 17, Colombia's Marxist
FARC rebels said they will continue their fight for social justice
under a peace deal with the government at the opening of the group's
final congress as an armed group.
2016 Sep 17, An Egyptian court
upheld a decision to freeze the assets of several prominent human
rights campaigners. The five activists named in the court ruling
include Gamal Eid and Bahey eldin Hassan, who head two well-known
human rights organizations, as well as investigative reporter Hossam
Bahgat, also the founder of a rights group.
2016 Sep 17, Israel's Iron Dome
missile defence system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria at the
Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights in an apparent rise in
tension between the uneasy neighbors.
2016 Sep 17, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli soldier in the flashpoint West Bank city of
Hebron before being shot dead, the army said, in the fourth such
attack in under 24 hours. Forces at the scene shot the assailant,
resulting in his death.
2016 Sep 17, In Saudi Arabia
unknown gunmen killed two security officers late today in the
eastern city of Dammam, an area heavily populated by Shiites.
2016 Sep 17, Venezuela took
over the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement as only 12 heads of
state arrived for the two days of meetings on the Caribbean island
of Margarita. Venezuela did not respond to a request for a list of
attendees for the 17th meeting of the group.
(Reuters, 9/17/16)(AP, 9/17/16)
2016 Sep 18, In Afghanistan a
US airstrike killed a policeman at a checkpoint outside the Uruzgan
provincial capital of Tirin Kot. A 2nd US airstrike struck the same
area and killed 7 others in what was apparently a
2016 Sep 18, Czech police
detained Oleg Vorotnikov (38), a founding member of the Russian
underground art collective Voina, wanted in Russia over a series of
high-profile stunts that authorities branded insulting and violent.
Vorotnikov was released on Sep 21 and allowed to stay in the
Czech Republic during extradition proceedings. Prague had not yet
received an official extradition request, which must be filed within
(Reuters, 9/20/16)(Reuters, 9/21/16)
2016 Sep 18, A Palestinian
attacker stabbed an Israeli army officer in the chest near a West
Bank settlement and moderately wounded him, before Israeli soldiers
shot the attacker and apprehended him.
2016 Sep 18, In Kashmir a
separatist attack on an army base in Uri near the disputed frontier
killed 18 soldiers. 4 rebels were killed as the soldiers returned
fire. India accused Pakistan of being behind the attack.
(Reuters, 9/18/16)(SFC, 919/16, p.A4)(AP,
2016 Sep 18, In Pakistan two
gunmen on a motorcycle killed 3 soldiers near the northwestern city
of Peshawar. Jamaatul Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Taliban,
claimed responsibility for the attack.
2016 Sep 18, Russia held
elections for a new national parliament. Vladimir Putin won even
greater supremacy over Russia's political system after the ruling
United Russia party took three quarters of the seats in parliament,
paving the way for him to run for a fourth term as president. The
official turnout was 48%.
(AP, 9/18/16)(AP, 9/19/16)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.50)
2016 Sep 18, Moscow said air
strikes by a US-led coalition on the Syrian army threatened the
implementation of a US-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria and bordered
on connivance with Islamic State.
2016 Sep 18, The Syrian
military said one of its war planes had been downed in the eastern
city of Deir al-Zor during an operation against Islamic state, where
the militant group has been under intense air strikes in the past 24
2016 Sep 19, Ahmad Khan Rahami
(Rahimi), an Afghan-born American suspect (28) wanted in connection
with Sept. 17 bombings in New York and New Jersey, was taken into
custody after being wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, New
(AFP, 9/19/16)(SFC, 10/14/16, p.A6)(SFC,
2016 Sep 19, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed into law what he called the nation’s strictest
plan to cut emissions of methane, black carbon and other short-lived
(SFC, 9/20/16, p.A1)
2016 Sep 19, In the SF Bay Area
Otillo Martinez (b.1998) was shot about 50 times at close range
while walking home from work in south Richmond. In 2017 police
Richmond police arrested seven members of the “Team Swerve" gang
linked to three homicides in Richmond, including that of Martinez.
(http://tinyurl.com/yapr7kmx)(SFC, 8/31/17, p.D6)
2016 Sep 19, The Australian
government said it has reached a 39.3 million Australian dollar
($29.6 million) settlement with the owners of Chinese coal carrier
Shen Neng1 to pay for environmental damage to the Great Barrier Reef
caused when the ship went off course in April 2010 and grounded on
2016 Sep 19, Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang said China plans to provide an additional $100 million in
assistance to help deal with the global refugee and migrant crisis
and is also considering setting aside a $1 billion fund for the
2016 Sep 19, In Congo DRC
clashes took place ahead of a huge opposition rally in Kinshasa
demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down. Anti-government
protesters burned the body of a police officer in the Limete suburb
of Kinshasa. By the end of the day at least 50 people were killed.
The government put the death toll at 32.
(AFP, 9/19/16)(Reuters, 9/19/16)(AP, 9/20/16)(AP,
2016 Sep 19, In northeastern
India 2 people were killed and several others were injured as police
tried to stop protests against the demolition of homes on the
periphery of Kaziranga National Park, a rhino sanctuary.
2016 Sep 19, Myanmar rebels and
border forces said at least eight people have been killed and
thousands displaced by recent clashes in the southeast.
2016 Sep 19, Two Palestinians
were killed as they tried to stab Israeli police in the West Bank
city of Hebron. A third Palestinian was shot and wounded after
stabbing and wounding two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem.
2016 Sep 19, In Russia Yevgeny
Zhilin (40), a prominent Ukrainian separatist figure, was fatally
shot in the Gorki-2 neighborhood west of Moscow. Zhilin has been on
Ukraine's wanted list since 2015.
2016 Sep 19, Saudi Arabia said
it has arrested 17 suspected Islamic State sympathizers accused of
plotting attacks on religious officials, security forces, civilian
districts and economic and military targets.
2016 Sep 19, Sudan said an
outbreak of water-borne disease has killed at least 19 people and
sickened scores more in the rain-ravaged states of Blue Nile and
2016 Sep 19, Syria's armed
forces announced an end to the week-long ceasefire brokered by the
United States and Russia, blaming rebel groups for its failure. Two
20-truck aid convoys destined for eastern Aleppo with enough
supplies to feed 185,000 people for a month are still stuck in
Turkey hours after a ceasefire in Syria expired.
(AFP, 9/19/16)(Reuters, 9/19/16)
2016 Sep 19, In Syria a raid on
an aid convoy destroyed at least 18 of 31 vehicles, as well as a Red
Crescent warehouse in Orum al-Kubra in Aleppo province. 20 civilians
were reported killed in the attack.
(AFP, 9/20/16)(AP, 9/20/16)
2016 Sep 20, Curtis Hanson
(71), screen writer and film director, died at his Hollywood Hills
home. His films included “The River Wild" (1994), “L.A.
Confidential" (1997), “Wonder Boys" (2000) and “8 Mile" (2002).
(SFC, 9/22/16, p.D6)
2016 Sep 20, In North Carolina
Keith Scott (43), a black man, was shot and killed by Charlotte
police Officer Brentley Vinson. Scott’s death touched off civil
unrest. Evidence later showed that Scott was armed with a handgun.
On Nov 30 a prosecutor cleared Vinson of any charges.
(SFC, 12/1/16, p.A10)
2016 Sep 20, A Cambodian court
sentenced two Chinese citizens to life in prison after finding them
guilty of producing and trafficking heroin and methamphetamine in
one of the country's biggest drug cases. Deng Yuan Ping (53) and Ly
Yong (42) were found guilty of smuggling 55 kg (120 pounds) of the
illicit drugs worth an estimated $3 million from Laos in June last
year. Two Cambodian men involved in the case also received life
sentences, one in absentia.
2016 Sep 20, China reported
that state-run Baosteel and Wuhan Iron and Steel are to be joined.
Wuhan was reported to be in financial distress.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.64)
2016 Sep 20, In Congo DRC
several people died in a second day of violence with three
opposition HQ buildings torched in fresh clashes between police and
opponents of President Joseph Kabila. Government soldiers in
Kinshasa burned the offices of the opposition FONUS party.
(AFP, 9/20/16)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.49)
2016 Sep 20, Air France
canceled its morning flight to Kinshasa amid an escalation of street
violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital over opposition
claims the president wants to extend his mandate.
2016 Sep 20, Indian soldiers
battled two groups of suspected militants along the highly
militarized de facto border dividing the disputed Himalayan region
of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, leaving one soldier dead.
Indian soldiers killed 8 people trying to cross the disputed border.
(AP, 9/20/16)(Reuters, 9/20/16)
2016 Sep 20, In Indonesia
torrential rains triggered floods and landslides on the island of
Java, killing at least 19 villagers.
2016 Sep 20, Iran sentenced
Nizar Zakka, a US permanent resident detained for a year over spying
allegations, to 10 years in prison and a $4.2 million fine. The
Lebanese citizen has advocated for internet freedom his whose
nonprofit group did work for the US government.
2016 Sep 20, Iraqi forces
launched an operation to retake the northern town of Shirqat from
Islamic State, a stepping stone in their campaign to recapture the
jihadists' stronghold of Mosul before the end of the year.
2016 Sep 20, Jordanians voted
for a new parliament under revised rules that officials say are
meant to strengthen political parties. The opposition Muslim
Brotherhood won 15 of 130 seats. Turnout slumped to 37%.
(AP, 9/20/16)(SFC, 9/23/16, p.A2)(Econ, 10/22/16,
2016 Sep 20, A Palestinian (16)
who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead. An Israeli
aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas.
2016 Sep 20, The United Nations
suspended all aid shipments into Syria after what it said was a
deadly attack on an aid convoy carrying humanitarian supplies.
2016 Sep 21, Pres. Obama met
with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu in New York and expressed
concern about continued settlement construction in the West Bank.
(http://tinyurl.com/jhhq4j5)(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A6)
2016 Sep 21, Two US supersonic
bombers flew over South Korea, with one of them landing at an air
base 40 km (25 miles) south of the capital, the second such flight
since North Korea's Sept. 9 nuclear test.
2016 Sep 21, A boat carrying
around 600 people capsized off Egypt's coast. 160 people survived.
Over the next two days 148 bodies were recovered. The boat was
carrying Egyptian, Syrian, and African migrants. The toll rose to
178 after the boat was raised on September 27.
(Reuters, 9/21/16)(Reuters, 9/22/16)(AP,
2016 Sep 21, Aviation sources
said the United States has started issuing license unblocking the
sale of Western passenger jets to Iran.
2016 Sep 21, Iraq's parliament
sacked Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari over corruption allegations,
a move that risks further destabilizing the major OPEC producer's
fragile economy as it struggles with a massive budget deficit.
2016 Sep 21, Israeli guards
shot and wounded an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl after she
did not stop at a checkpoint. The Israeli defence ministry said the
girl was not carrying a weapon but told officers afterwards that she
had wanted to die.
2016 Sep 21, Italian
prosecutors said they have dropped a money laundering case against
the son of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The allegation that
Bilal Erodogan, 35, was involved in money laundering while studying
in Italy last year was first made by Murat Hakan Uzan, an exiled
member of one of Turkey's richest families and an opponent of the
2016 Sep 21, Sudan said it is
hosting about 400,000 South Sudanese refugees who fled a brutal
civil war that erupted after it broke away in 2011.
2016 Sep 21, Syria’s President
Bashar Assad rejected US accusations that Syrian or Russian planes
struck an aid convoy in Aleppo or that his troops were preventing
food from entering the city's rebel-held eastern neighborhoods,
blaming the US for the collapse of a cease-fire many had hoped would
bring relief to the war-ravaged country.
2016 Sep 21, A Syrian warplane
crashed north of Damascus, but it was unclear if it had been shot
down or came down because of a technical fault. Islamic State
militants said in an online statement that the plane had been shot
2016 Sep 21, In Syria dozens of
air strikes battered Aleppo and its outskirts overnight. An
airstrike killed 5 medics responding to an earlier bombing raid on
the rebel-held town of Khan Touman, a day after an airstrike on a
humanitarian convoy prompted the UN to suspend desperately needed
(AFP, 9/21/16)(AP, 9/21/16)
2016 Sep 21, In Turkey Osman
Nuri Caliskan (41), reportedly mentally disturbed and wielding a
knife, tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara but was shot
before reaching the building.
2016 Sep 21, Representatives of
Ukraine and separatist rebels agreed to pull back troops and weapons
from several areas in eastern Ukraine. The agreement signed in the
Belarusian capital, Minsk, applies to three specific areas and will
be monitored by observers from the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe.
2016 Sep 21, Venezuela’s
election board gave a timetable for a potential plebiscite to happen
in early 2017, meaning that should Maduro lose, the vice-president
would take over under constitutional rules on succession.
2016 Sep 21, A court in Vietnam
sentenced to death, a notorious drugs kingpin and eight associates,
delivering the maximum punishment in a single verdict over the
trafficking of more than half a ton of heroin. Trang A Tang (33) led
a network that trafficked drugs from the infamous Golden Triangle
area of northwestern Laos, northeastern Myanmar and northern
Thailand, and distributed them in Vietnam.
2016 Sep 22, North Carolina
officials declared a state of emergency less than two days after
police fatally shot Keith Scott, a black man, in Charlotte. Governor
Pat McCrory deployed the National Guard and State Highway Patrol
officers to the city.
2016 Sep 22, In Oklahoma Tulsa
prosecutors charged police Officer Betty Shelby with first-degree
manslaughter in the Sep 16 shooting of Terence Crutcher. On May 17,
2017, a jury acquitted Shelby of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 9/23/16, p.A8)(SFC, 5/19/17, p.A7)
2016 Sep 22, Yahoo announced
that at least 500 million customer accounts have been stolen by what
it believed to be a “state sponsored actor." The information was
taken in late 2014.
(SFC, 9/23/16, p.C1)
2016 Sep 22, Afghanistan's
government signed a draft peace deal with warlord Gulbuddin
Hekmatyar, a designated "global terrorist," after lengthy
negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the
Taliban, who have been waging war on Kabul for 15 years.
2016 Sep 22, In China Xia Lin,
a lawyer who defended activists and others involved in politically
sensitive cases, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud
charges, in what is believed to be the harshest penalty handed down
in years against those few willing to take on the ruling Communist
2016 Sep 22, Indonesian
authorities detained a ship carrying an unregistered cargo of nearly
30 tons of fertilizer that may have been intended for use in making
illegal fishing bombs.
2016 Sep 22, Iraqi forces
backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition gained complete
control of the northern district of Shirqat, bringing the military a
step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.
2016 Sep 22, In Russia 8
firefighters were killed as they battled a blaze at a warehouse in
2016 Sep 22, In Syria warplanes
mounted the heaviest air strikes in months against rebel-held
districts of the city of Aleppo overnight, as Russia and the Syrian
government spurned a US plea to halt flights, burying any hope for
the revival of a doomed ceasefire.
2016 Sep 22, In Syria Yaacoub
al-Ammar, a "minister" in the opposition government, was among at
least 12 people killed in a car bomb attack in Daraa province.
2016 Sep 22, In Turkey six
people were wounded when a rocket fired from an area of Syria under
the control of Islamic State hit the border town of Kilis.
2016 Sep 23, President Barack
Obama vetoed a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to
sue the government of Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing
of the terrorists who killed nearly 3,000 people. Obama warned of a
host of unintended and severe consequences if it were enacted.
Democrats and Republicans quickly vowed to decisively override the
2016 Sep 23, A senior Royal Air
Force officer said British Tornado and Typhoon aircraft stationed at
a U.K. air base in Cyprus are pounding Islamic State targets ahead
of a major offensive by Iraqi security forces next month to
recapture the key northern city of Mosul from IS militants.
2016 Sep 23, Six Chinese
agencies announced a coordinated effort to tackle internet and
telecoms fraud, the government's latest bid to get to grips with an
explosion of such crimes it says have led to huge financial losses.
2016 Sep 23, In Congo DRC 3
more people succumbed to their wounds after an attack by rebels in
the northeast raising the death toll to at least 10. A dozen homes
and two military camps were burned near Beni.
(SFC, 9/24/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 23, German security
officials say a cyberattack believed to be directed by Russia
targeted journalists and lawmakers in a sophisticated email phishing
attempt between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15.
2016 Sep 23, India signed a
deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France for around $8.7
billion, the country's first major acquisition of combat planes in
two decades and a boost for PM Narendra Modi's plan to rebuild an
2016 Sep 23, In western India
an angry mob attacked Sangita Ranawasia, a low-caste pregnant woman,
and her family for refusing to clear away a cow carcass because of a
weeks-long strike against such work in Gujarat state. Six persons of
the upper-caste Darbar community were soon arrested for assault.
2016 Sep 23, In Kashmir one
person was killed and dozens of others wounded when Indian
government forces fired live ammunition and shotgun pellets to stop
protests against Indian rule in the disputed region.
2016 Sep 23, Iraq and the UN
signed an agreement aimed at helping the Baghdad government tackle
sexual violence in conflict, an issue that made headlines following
the capture and rape of Yazidi women by Islamic State extremists in
2016 Sep 23, Conservation
groups said Laos has promised to phase out farms that breed
endangered tigers for their body parts, a positive step from a
country believed to be a major hub of wildlife trafficking in Asia.
Wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC said that endangered species
such as pangolins and helmeted hornbills were being openly sold in
Laos and that law enforcement against the illegal trade remained
(AP, 9/23/16)(AFP, 9/23/16)
2016 Sep 23, In Pakistan’s part
of Kashmir a speeding bus plunged into a fast-flowing river killing
at least 24 passengers.
2016 Sep 23, Russian President
Vladimir Putin reshuffled his inner-circle again by giving the
parliament speaker's job to Vyacheslav Volodin, his chief domestic
strategist and the man who oversaw a vote that further strengthened
the dominance of the main Kremlin party.
2016 Sep 23, In Syria missiles
rained down on rebel-held areas of Aleppo causing widespread
destruction, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the
city. At least 27 civilians including several children were reported
killed and dozens wounded in the raids by Russian warplanes and
(AFP, 9/23/16)(SFC, 9/24/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 24, Pres. Barack Obama
opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture in
Washington, DC. It had been approved by Pres. George W. Bush in
(Econ, 1/14/17, p.77)
2016 Sep 24, In southern
California 3 adults were found dead in Fullerton after a child
called police to report that her parents had died. Two children were
(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A11)
2016 Sep 24, Louisiana
accordionist Stanley Dural Jr. (b.1947), head of the Buckwheat
Zydeco band, died in Lafayette of lung cancer.
(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A15)
2016 Sep 24, The African Union,
European Union, UN and the 57 International Organization of La
Francophonie made a joint appeal to the government and opposition in
the Democratic Republic of Congo to exercise restraint amid violent
2016 Sep 24, India's PM
Narendra Modi said he'll work to isolate Pakistan internationally,
accusing India's archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by
2016 Sep 24, Iran's state TV
said the country has started its first web-based national general
2016 Sep 24, In Iraq 12 people
were killed when militants attacked a police checkpoint north of
Tikrit and then detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the city.
One militant was killed at the checkpoint after shooting dead four
police officers in the attack.
2006 Sep 24, In Mexico
thousands marched in Mexico City against same-sex marriage, which
President Enrique Pena Nieto supports, while hundreds of gay rights
supporters rallied nearby.
2016 Sep 24, In South Africa
thousands of conservationists and top government officials went into
talks in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg, for the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to thrash out
international trade regulations on elephant ivory, rhino horn and
hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants.
(AFP, 9/24/16)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.48)
2016 Sep 24, In Spain Asian
cinema dominated awards at the San Sebastian film festival, with
veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's "I am not Madame Bovary"
taking the top Golden Shell prize while Fan Bingbing won the best
actress gong for her role in the same film.
2016 Sep 24, It was reported
that war crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic
State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as
sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes
against humanity but cannot get US or global backing to bring
current detainees before an international tribunal.
2016 Sep 24, Syrian government
forces captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo. A
monitoring group said 49 people were killed. The UN said nearly 2
million people in Aleppo are without running water following an
escalation in fighting over the past few days.
2016 Sep 25, It was reported
that the skies across North America have become increasingly quieter
over recent decades as the bird populations plummeted by 1.5
billion. Domestic cats, farming and logging were all cited as
(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.C14)
2016 Sep 25, In Atlanta,
Georgia, Diane McIver (63) was shot and killed by her husband
as they rode home in a car driven by a friend. Mr. McIver later said
his gun went off accidentally as he awoke in a traffic jamb. Mr.
McIver later faced murder charges following counts of interfering
(Econ 7/8/17, p.27)
2016 Sep 25, American golfer
Arnold Palmer (87) died in Pittsburgh. Palmer first played the
British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up in an appearance that
invigorated a tournament which Americans had been ignoring for
years. Palmer won the British Open, golf's oldest major, in 1961 and
(AP, 9/26/16)(Econ, 10/8/16, p.82)
2016 Sep 25, In Brazil gunmen
killed Ricardo Guimaraes, a retired police captain running for a
post on the city council of Itaborai, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
(SFC, 9/26/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 25, In China the
500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s
largest radio telescope, began working in the mountainous region of
2016 Sep 25, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad, killing 7
and wounding 28.
2016 Sep 25, In Italy
protesters took to small boats in Venice this evening to demonstrate
against huge cruise ships being allowed to pass through the Italian
2016 Sep 25, In Jordan
prominent writer Nahed Hattar was gunned down shortly before
arriving for a court hearing for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive
to Islam. The killer was immediately arrested. On Dec 20 a military
judge sentenced to death a former mosque prayer leader who killed
(AP, 9/25/16)(AP, 12/20/16)
2016 Sep 25, Residents of
Spain's Basque and Galicia regions voted in regional parliamentary
elections, but with few hopes of ending the country's 9-month
political stalemate and avoiding a third round of national elections
in one year.
2016 Sep 25, Swiss voters
granted new powers to the country's intelligence services, allowing
them to track internet activity, snoop on email and tap phones to
better fight spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.
2016 Sep 25, Syrian and Russian
warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo as
government and rebel forces battled for control of the high ground
in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington's Syria
policy in tatters.
(Reuters, 9/25/16)(AFP, 9/25/16)
2016 Sep 26, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all people, including law
enforcement, who leave guns in unattended vehicles to lock them in a
trunk or container that’s not left in plain sight.
(SFC, 9/27/16, p.A10)
2016 Sep 26, In California the
Loma Fire started in the Santa Cruz Mountains and quickly charred
some 1,000 acres. Evacuations were ordered and by nightfall it was
only 5% contained. By Sept. 29 the fire was 34% contained with as
many as 4,147 acres were charred. The 4,474-acre fire was declared
over on October 12.
(SFC, 9/27/16, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/16, p.A1)(SFC,
9/30/16, p.D2)(SFC, 10/14/16, p.D3)
2016 Sep 26, It was announced
that Kansas-based BATS Global Markets, an operator of four stock
exchanges, will be sold to the CBOE options exchange for $3.2
(http://tinyurl.com/hp8ff6l)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.70)
2016 Sep 26, Brazilian
authorities said they have arrested Antonio Palocci, a former
finance minister who was part of the government of ex-President Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva, as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe
involving state oil giant Petrobras.
2016 Sep 26, Colombian
President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko
signed an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter
of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence.
2016 Sep 26, Egypt arrested
three journalists who were conducting street interviews in Cairo
about Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s request for small donations of
spare change to fund development programs. A fourth journalist was
arrested a day later as she interviewed Egyptians with postgraduate
degrees protesting for jobs.
(SSFC, 10/2/16, p.A4)
2016 Sep 26, Italian officials
warned that Switzerland could face consequences after voters in the
border canton of Ticino approved a referendum calling on authorities
to grant preference to Swiss workers over foreigners in employment.
2016 Sep 26, In Jordan
protesters called for the government to resign over its failure to
prevent the murder of Christian writer Nahed Hattar outside an Amman
2016 Sep 26, Morocco adopted
Amazigh spoken by its Berber community as an official language
alongside Arabic, rounding off a reform program launched by King
Mohammed VI in 2011.
2016 Sep 26, Human Rights Watch
said that Pakistan's corrupt and ill-equipped police system
encouraged serious rights violations, including arbitrary arrests,
torture and "encounter killings," in which police stage shootouts to
kill individuals in custody.
2016 Sep 26, In Spain crowds
jeered at former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato when
he arrived at a Madrid court to face trial for his alleged misuse of
company credit cards on extravagant personal expenses. Rato and 64
other executives and former board members from lender Bankia and its
founding savings bank Caja Madrid were accused of illegally spending
12 million euros ($13.48 million) for personal use on so-called
"black cards" between 2003 and 2012.
2016 Sep 26, Hundreds of
Vietnamese fishermen traveled to a small provincial court to sue one
of the country's biggest investors for compensation over an accident
last April at its $10.6-billion steel plant. Formosa Ha Tinh Steel,
a subsidiary of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics, has promised $500 million
in compensation and admitted its steel plant caused massive fish
deaths along a 200-km (120-mile) stretch of coastline.
2016 Sep 27, In southern
California police in El Cajon shot and killed Alfred Olango (38), a
refugee from Uganda, after he drew an object from his pocket that
turned out to be an electronic cigarette device. Olango was
reportedly distraught over the recent death of his best friend.
(SFC, 9/29/16, p.A7)
2016 Sep 27, In Afghanistan at
least 13 army soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on
their checkpoint in Kunduz province. Two of the fifteen soldiers at
the checkpoint had links to the insurgents and facilitated the
(SFC, 9/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 27, China’s state
media said members of what the government calls a cult for causing
deaths, organizing the group and illegally collecting money, have
been jailed, part of a crackdown on what Beijing views as dangerous
religious movements. Yao Xiangzhi, a member of Mentuhui, or
"Disciples Sect" in the central province of Hubei, caused the death
of another cult member by denying him freedom, food and drink for a
week while people prayed for his recovery from schizophrenia.
2016 Sep 27, In Iraq two
suicide bombings in Baghdad killed at least 17 civilians. The
Islamic State claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 9/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 27, Pakistan's Supreme
Court upheld the death penalty against Imdad Ali, a mentally ill man
convicted of murder in 2001, overturning a previous appeal and a
court decision staying his execution.
2016 Sep 27, In Saudi Arabia
activists said thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an
end to the guardianship system that gives men control over the
study, marriage and travel of female relatives.
2016 Sep 27, Syrian government
forces captured a central rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo. The
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11 people
were killed in airstrikes on eastern Aleppo, and that insurgents
shelled the nearby government-held villages of Nubal and Zahraa,
killing a baby girl.
2016 Sep 28, The US House and
Senate voted decisively to override Pres. Obama’s veto and allow
families of the Sept. 11, 2001, victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US
courts for its alleged backing of the attackers. The Justice Against
Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) weakened the long-standing
principle of sovereign immunity. Within a month opponents mounted an
expensive political campaign, including paying American military
veterans to visit Capitol Hill and warn lawmakers about what they
said could be unintended consequences. Saudi Arabia's government
largely payed for the effort.
(SFC, 9/29/16, p.A4)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.28)(AP,
2016 Sep 28, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that eliminates the 10-year state of
limitations on rape.
(SFC, 9/29/16, p.A1)
2016 Sep 28, In South Carolina
a teenager killed his father, Jeffrey Osborne, at home and then went
to a nearby elementary school where he opened fire wounding two
students and a teacher in Townville. On October 1 a coroner reported
that Jacob Hill (6) had died of his wounds. In 2019 Osborne was
sentenced to life in prison without parole.
p.A6)(NY Times, 11/15/19)
2016 Sep 28, Officials said
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India have expressed their
"inability" to attend the summit of the South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) scheduled for November in Islamabad.
2016 Sep 28, In eastern
Afghanistan a US unmanned aircraft strike hit a residential building
early today, killing at least 15 civilians and wounding thirteen in
the Achin district of Nangarhar province.
(AP, 9/28/16)(Reuters, 9/30/16)
2016 Sep 28, OPEC members met
informally in Algiers and agreed to cut oil output for the first
time since 2008.
(Econ, 10/1/16, p.68)
2016 Sep 28, BlackBerry, the
Canadian firm that helped pioneer the smartphone market, said it
will stop making handsets, outsourcing production to an Indonesian
2016 Sep 28, In China Yang
Qingpei argued with his parents over money and killed them. Fearing
he would be identified as the killer, he then murdered 17 neighbors
in the village of Yema. He was arrested the next day in the
provincial capital of Kunming, about 200 km (120 miles) away, a few
hours after the bodies from different households were discovered.
2016 Sep 28, Typhoon Megi made
landfall in China’s southern province of Fujian with winds of close
to 120 km per hour (75 mph). A landslide following heavy typhoon
rains slammed into a village in Zhejiang province, swallowing up
dozens of houses in the villages of Sucun and Baofeng in Suichang
county. At least eight people died and around 19 were still missing.
(Reuters, 9/28/16)(AFP, 10/1/16)
2016 Sep 28, An Egyptian court
sentenced 40 people to life in prison over alleged ties to the
Islamic State group and for helping recruit youth to join the
extremists in Syria and Iraq.
2016 Sep 28, German carmaker
Volkswagen said it has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in
India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that
found child workers were dying in illegal, unregulated mines. At
least seven children were killed since June mining for mica in the
states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The
mineral puts a sparkle in makeup and car paint.
2016 Sep 28, Shimon Peres
(b.1923), Israeli former president and prime minister, died two
weeks after suffering a massive stroke. The Nobel Prize-winning
visionary pushed his country toward peace during a remarkable
2016 Sep 28, Jordan's King
Abdullah swore in a new government headed by Hani Mulki as prime
minister for a second term, with a little-changed cabinet and a
mandate to accelerate economic reforms.
2016 Sep 28, A Dutch-led
inquiry into the July 2014 downing of Flight MH17 over eastern
Ukraine said the Boeing 777 was shot down by a BUK missile system
from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian
separatists, and that the system was brought in from Russia and then
taken back there. Russian missile-maker Almaz-Antey said the BUK
missile was fired from territory held by the Ukrainian army and the
prosecutors' findings were not supported by technical evidence.
(AFP, 9/28/16)(Reuters, 9/28/16)
2016 Sep 28, In South Africa
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
meeting in Johannesburg voted overwhelmingly to ban trade in the
endangered pangolin, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal.
2016 Sep 28, South African
rangers shot and killed three suspected poachers in
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.
2016 Sep 28, Syrian government
shelling and airstrikes in eastern rebel-held Aleppo landed near a
bread distribution center and two hospitals, killing 7 people and
putting at least one of the medical facilities completely out of
2016 Sep 28, Thailand’s coup
leader and prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha promised to turn
Thailand into a developed country by 2036.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.37)
2016 Sep 29, In NYC a thief
swiped an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes, valued at $1.6 million,
off an armored truck in Manhattan. Police later said the suspect is
Julio Nivelo (53) a career thief from New Jersey who has been
arrested and deported to his native Ecuador several times.
(SFC, 12/22/16, p.A5)
2016 Sep 29, IBM announced the
purchase of Promontory, a 600-strong consultancy in financial
services founded in 2001 by Eugene Ludwig.
(Econ, 10/22/16, p.64)
2016 Sep 29, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani signed a peace treaty with a notorious warlord,
pledging to lobby the US and the United Nations to remove him and
his party from terrorist blacklists. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar signed the
agreement via a video link into Kabul's presidential palace.
2016 Sep 29, Cambodia’s
Ministry of Labor, Vocational and Training said in a statement that
the minimum wage for clothing and footwear workers would be raised
by 9.2 percent to $153 a month, effective at the beginning of next
year. The increase falls short of the $171 a month wage proposed by
2016 Sep 29, In China Dutch
artist Daan Roosegaarde opened what he calls the world's largest air
purifier in Beijing, beginning the first leg of a China tour to
raise awareness of environmental problems. The seven-meter-high
(7.66-yard-high) Smog Free Tower, part of the Smog Free Project
started by the artist, creates a bubble of clean air enabling
citizens to experience clean air for free.
2016 Sep 29, In Hong Kong Cheng
Yu-tung (91), the billionaire founder of property group New World
Development Co Ltd, died late today. Cheng had amassed a fortune of
over $16 billion building an empire that spans jewelry, real estate,
hotels, infrastructure and telecommunications.
2016 Sep 29, Indian commandos
carried out a series of lightning strikes along the de facto border
with Pakistan in Kashmir, provoking furious charges of "naked
aggression" from its nuclear-armed neighbor. Pakistan said two of
its soldiers had been killed and nine more wounded in what it
described as small arms fire. Pakistan said eight Indian soldiers
died and that one was captured.
(AFP, 9/29/16)(AP, 9/30/16)
2016 Sep 29, In Indonesia
thousands of union members protested in Jakarta demanding an end to
a campaign that granted tax amnesty saying it rewards the
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.37)
2016 Sep 29, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi asked Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani not to exploit the war
on Islamic State to expand the Kurds' territory.
2016 Sep 29, In Mexico Paolo
Buenrostro, a transgender sex worker, was murdered as she got into a
client's car. Kenya Cuevas grabbed the man and held him until police
arrived, at which point she began recording on her cell phone. The
man was released from custody days later. Cuevas soon quit sex work
and founded Casa de Munecas (house of dolls) to campaign for the
protection of transgender women. From 2013-2016 some 261 transgender
women were slain in Mexico.
(SFC, 9/11/19, p.A3)
2016 Sep 29, Norway's Rafto
Prize for human rights was awarded to Yanar Mohammed of Iraq for her
efforts to help minorities and women subjected to sexual abuse in
the war-torn country.
2016 Sep 29, The Saudi Okaz
newspaper reported that the country’s top religious authority has
urged citizens to support government austerity measures, saying
recent decrees were temporary moves necessitated by public interest.
2016 Sep 29, Thailand’s
government said it has decided to suspend seahorse trade because of
concern about threats to its wild population. The decision was
announced at a meeting in South Africa of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
2016 Sep 29, The United Nations
described a desperate situation in Syria's rebel-held eastern
Aleppo, warning "hundreds" needed medical evacuation and that there
was only enough food aid left for a quarter of the city's
2016 Sep 30, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that redefined rape to include unlawful
penetration by any object.
(SFC, 10/1/16, p.A1)
2016 Sep 30, Police in southern
California released two videos showing an officer fatally shooting
Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb on Sept.
27, and said they hoped showing the footage would ease escalating
2016 Sep 30, In New York Yuan
Xiaopeng, a Syracuse University student from China, was found shot
to death at an apartment complex in suburban DeWitt. Cameron Isaac
(23) and Ninimbe Mitchell (20) were later charged with murder,
robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the
shooting and drug deal robbery.
2016 Sep 30, Five Afghan
soldiers and a police officer were killed in an air strike carried
out by an Afghan military helicopter in Farah province. Inaccurate
information from ground forces was blamed.
(SSFC, 10/2/16, p.A4)
2016 Sep 30, Authorities in
Colombia said a nationwide police raid has nabbed 238 suspected
narcotics dealers and hitmen and dismantled 15 criminal gangs
suspected of enlisting minors and homeless people to sell illegal
2016 Sep 30, It was reported
that slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case
to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly
remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the
country's capital. A 1960 law prohibits the use of land without
permission from the rightful owner, but land rights advocates argue
it has long been invoked in favor of the authorities.
2016 Sep 30, Investigators said
Italian police have found two Van Gogh paintings that were stolen
from an Amsterdam museum in 2002 hidden in a farmhouse near an
organized crime syndicate's Naples-area stronghold. Investigators
seized some 20 million euros ($22 million) worth of assets,
including farmland, villas and apartments, which they say are linked
to two Camorra drug kingpins, Mario Cerrone and Raffaele Imperiale.
2016 Sep 30, In Jordan
thousands of protesters staged a protest in Ammanto to demonstrate
against a $10 billion gas deal between Jordan and Israel.
2016 Sep 30, Pakistan said the
summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
leaders set for Islamabad in November has been postponed
indefinitely, amid rising tension between arch-rivals India and
2016 Sep 30, Pakistani
authorities said unknown gunmen killed six people from the same
family in southwestern Baluchistan province while attackers killed a
police officer in the southern city of Karachi in order to free two
alleged killers he was escorting.
2016 Sep 30, Russian
firefighters battled to extinguish wildfires that have engulfed
forests in eastern Siberia and forced schools to close in its
Irkutsk region. Some two million hectares had been on fire and large
amounts of carbon disgorged by the fires represented an
environmental threat and a danger to local communities.
2016 Sep 30, The Syrian Civil
Defense group and a Syrian monitoring group reported that airstrikes
on rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo have killed at least 12
people. The World Health Organization said fighting in Syria's
besieged eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people since Sept. 23,
including 106 children, and that 846 have been wounded, including
(AP, 9/30/16)(Reuters, 9/30/16)
2016 Sep 30, The UN warned that
around 100,000 people were trapped in the South Sudanese town of
Yei, where they were facing serious shortages of food and medicine.
2016 Sep 30, Trinh Thi Ngo
(b.1931), aka “Hanoi Hannah," broadcaster for the Voice of Vietnam,
died in Ho Chi Minh City.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoi_Hannah)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.90)
2016 Sep, US-based Canadian
writer Gavin McInnes (b.1970) founded the far-right Proud Boys
organization. The group admits only men as members and promotes
political violence. In 2018 the group and McGinnis were banned from
Facebook and Instagram.
2016 Sep, It was reported that
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome afflicts over one million people in America
and 250,000 in Britain.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.68)
2016 Sep, In Florida
authorities in St Petersburg released about 150m gallons of raw and
partially treated sewage into Tampa Bay after flooding from
Hurricane Hermine overwhelmed the city’s ageing wastewater system.
(Econ, 10/22/16, p.26)
2016 Sep, In NYC Daniel
Schreiber and Shai Wininger started Lemonade, an insurer for home
owners and renters. 2,000 policies were sold in its first 100 days.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.68)
2016 Sep, In Utah a new Salt
Lake City atheist group, the Sunday Assembly, began offering
non-believers a church-like service that offers music, readings and
community for those who don't belong to the state's dominant
religion, Mormonism, or other faith groups. There's now more than 70
Sunday Assemblies in the US and around the world.
2016 Sep, Washington state Gov.
Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark agreed to
create the “Cascadia Innovation corridor."
(Econ, 10/15/16, p.32)
2016 Sep, De Beers, the world’s
biggest diamond company, marked the opening of its Gahcho Kue mine
in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.50)
2016 Sep, Wang Jianlin, a
property developer and China’s richest man, called soaring property
prices in many big Chinese cities: “the biggest bubble in history."
(Econ, 10/15/16, p.13)
2016 Sep, Czech national Zdenek
Makar (31) died after a fight in London involving four Britons. One
of them, 29-year-old Raymond Sculley, was acquitted by a jury in
April 2017 of charges of murder and manslaughter.
2016 Sep, Mukesh Ambani,
India’s richest man, launched Jio, a mobile telecoms network. Over
the next six months it won 100 million customers.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.66)
2016 Sep, In Myanmar Aung San
Suu Kyi convened four days of peace talks late this month in
Naypyidaw with representatives of 17 of the country’s 20 insurgent
ethnic groups. The talks achieved nothing but vague promises.
(Econ, 12/24/16, p.49)
2016 Sep, In Russia prison
staff reportedly beat and kicked Ildar Dadin (34) and put his head
down a toilet bowl while he was in an isolation cell. Dadin came to
prominence when he was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence under a
controversial law that punishes repeated participation in
unsanctioned rallies, after he demonstrated against President
Vladimir Putin's rule.
2016 Sep, Saudi Arabia slashed
salaries and benefits for public-sector employees, a sector that
made up two-thirds of Saudi workers.
(Econ, 11/5/16, p.40)
2016 Sep, South Africa became
one of the first African states to adopt a “test and treat" protocol
whereby anyone infected with the HIV virus can get drugs
immediately, instead of waiting for the symptoms of full-blown aids
(Econ, 12/3/16, p.39)
2016 Sep, South Korea first
discovered a hacking attack of its military computer network by
North Korea. In 2017 it was revealed that a vast cache of stolen
data included classified wartime contingency plans jointly drawn by
Washington and Seoul.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A2)
2016 Sep, Turkmenistan opened a
new falcon-shaped airport in Ashgabat.
(Econ, 12/17/16, p.36)
2016 Sep, Vitit Muntarbhorn of
Thailand was appointed as the first UN independent expert on sexual
orientation and gender identity. A year later he informed the
council president about his resignation effective Oct. 31, citing
illness in his household.