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1308        Feb 25, Edward II was crowned King of England.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

1336      Feb 25, The Knights of the Cross sieged the Pilenai Castle in Samogitia. The defenders burned all their goods and committed suicide.
    (LHC, 2/25/03)

1418      Feb 25, At the Constance church synod the Orthodox Metropolitan of Kiev and Lithuania, Gregory Camblak, proposed a union between the Orthodox and Catholic church.
    (LHC, 2/25/03)

1536        Feb 25, Jacob Hutter (d.1536), Anabaptist evangelist from South Tyrol, was burned as a heretic in Austria. He had founded of a "community of love" in 1528, whose members shared everything.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.13)(

1570        Feb 25, Pope Pius V issued the bull Regnans in Excelsis which excommunicated Queen Elizabeth the First of England. This absolved her subjects from allegiance. Elizabeth responded by hanging and burning Jesuits.
    (TL-MB, p.22)(AP, 2/25/98)(HN, 2/25/99)(MC, 2/25/02)

1601        Feb 25, Robert Devereux (b.1566), 2nd earl of Essex, was beheaded following a conviction of treason. His plan to capture London and the Tower had failed.
    (,_2nd_Earl_of_Essex)(HN, 2/25/99)

1642        Feb 25, Dutch settlers slaughtered lower Hudson Valley Indians in New Netherland, North America, who sought refuge from Mohawk attackers.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1707        Feb 25, Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni (d.1793) was born in Venice. "He who talks much cannot always talk well."
    (AP, 6/1/98)(AP, 2/25/07)

1713        Feb 25, Frederik I (b.1657), King of Prussia (1701-13), died.

1728        Feb 25, Peter II Alekseyevich (1715-1730) was crowned as czar of Russia.

1751        Feb 25, The 1st performing monkey exhibited in America was in NYC.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1778        Feb 25, Jose Francisco de San Martin (d.1850) was born in Argentina. He liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru. Protector of Peru (1821-1822).
    (, 10/09, p.8)

1779        Feb 25, Fort Sackville, originally named Fort Vincennes, was captured by Colonel George Rogers Clark in 1779. Col. Clark led a force of some 170 men from Kaskaskia to lay siege to Fort Sackville in January, and received Hamilton‘s surrender on February 25. With the surrender of Fort Sackville, American forces gained effective control of the Old Northwest, thereby affecting the outcome of the Revolutionary War. The fort, which Clark described as “a wretched stockade, surrounded by a dozen wretched cabins called houses," was located near present-day Vincennes, Indiana.
    (HNQ, 7/24/00)(AP, 2/25/08)

1781        Feb 25, American General Nathanael Greene crossed the Dan River on his way to his March 15th confrontation with Lord Charles Cornwallis at Guilford Court House, N.C.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1791        Feb 25, President George Washington signed a bill creating the Bank of the United States.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1793        Feb 25, The department heads of the U.S. government met with President  Washington at his Mt. Vernon home for the first Cabinet meeting on record.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(MC, 2/25/02)

1803        Feb 25, The 1,800 sovereign German states united into 60 states.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1804        Feb 25, Thomas Jefferson was nominated for president at the Democratic-Republican caucus.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1815        Feb 25, Napoleon left his exile on the Island of Elba, intending to return to France.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1831        Feb 25, The Polish army halted the Russian advance into their country at the Battle of Grochow.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1836        Feb 25, Samuel Colt patented the first revolving barrel multi-shot firearm. This allowed the shooter to fire 5 or 6 times before reloading.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(AH, 2/06, p.15)

1837        Feb 25, Cheyney University was established in Pennsylvania through the bequest of Richard Humphreys, and became the oldest institution of higher learning for African Americans. It was initially named the African Institute. However, the name was changed several weeks later to the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY). In subsequent years, the university was renamed Cheyney Training School for Teachers (July 1914), Cheyney State Teacher’s College (1951), Cheyney State College (1959), and eventually Cheyney Univ. of Pennsylvania (1983).

1841        Feb 25, Pierre Auguste Renoir (d.1919), French painter, was born. He was an Impressionist painter, father of Jean Renoir, and founder of the French Impressionist movement. He was the son of a Paris tailor and began his career as a porcelain painter in the Sevres china factory. His paintings included “Luncheon of the Boating Party," “Self-portraits" (1875 & 1899) and “Sleeping Girl With a Cat" (1880). [see 1894, J. Renoir]
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(WSJ, 8/13/96, p.A9)(DPCP 1984)(HN, 2/25/99)

1850        Feb 25, Doro Eldengge Huwangdi (b.1782), the Daoguang emperor, died. He was the 8th emperor of the Manchurian Qing dynasty and the 6th Qing (1820-1850) emperor to rule over China.

1856        Feb 25, Charles Lang Freer, U.S. art collector, was born.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1859        Feb 25, The "insanity plea" was 1st used to prove innocence.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1862        Feb 25, Congress formed the US Bureau of Engraving & Printing. Greenbacks were introduced.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1862        Feb 25, Confederate troops abandoned Nashville, Tenn., in the face of Grant's advance.
    (HN, 2/25/98)
1862        Feb 25, The ironclad Monitor was commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1863        Feb 25, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) was created as a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury by the National Currency Act. The OCC was charged with responsibility for organizing and administering a system of nationally chartered banks and a uniform national currency. It was passed to create a market in government bonds needed to finance the Civil War. The act required that bank notes issued by commercial banks be uniform in appearance and that 90% be backed by collateral consisting of US Treasury securities. [see 1881-1890, currency decline] Prior to the Civil War virtually the only currency was local and issued by banks. The government issued "greenbacks" to finance the Civil War." The 1863 NCA was superseded by the National Bank Act of 1864.
    (,11/24/95, p.A-8)(WSJ, 6/27/96, p.B1)(Wired, 10/96, p.143)(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)

1865        Feb 25, General Joseph E. Johnston replaced John Bell Hood as Commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Arthur Fremantle made a breathtaking tour of the Confederacy. Within three months he had met most of the top Confederate leaders, including Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, Joseph Johnston and Jefferson Davis.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1870        Feb 25, Hiram Revels (Sen-R-MS) was sworn in as the 1st black member of Congress.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1879        Feb 25, Congress passed the 1st Timberland Protection Act.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1885        Feb 25, US Congress condemned barbed wire around government grounds.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1888        Feb 25, John Foster Dulles was born. He served as Secretary of State to President Eisenhower (1953-1959).
    (HN, 2/25/98)(MC, 2/25/02)

1894        Feb 25, Meher Baba, spiritual leader, was born.
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1899        Feb 25, Paul Julius Reuter (b.1816), founder of the British news agency that bears his name, died in Nice, France. In 2003 Brian Mooney and Barry Simpson authored "Breaking news: How the Wheels Came off at Reuters."
    (AP, 2/25/99)(Econ, 11/1/03, p.81)

1901        Feb 25, [Herbert] Zeppo Marx, comedian, actor (Marx Brothers), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1901        Feb 25, United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan Charles Schwab and Andrew Carnegie. Morgan combined Federal Steel and Carnegie Steel to form US Steel. It was the biggest corporate merger of the time. As president of US Steel Schwab acquired the Bethlehem Steel. In 1904 Schwab resigned his position at US Steel to run Bethlehem Steel.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)(WSJ, 5/12/03, p.A6)(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.A15)

1904        Feb 25, J.M. Synge's play “Riders to the Sea" opened in Dublin. [see Jan 25]
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1905        Feb 25, Adele Davis, nutritionist, was born.
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1908        Feb 25, The 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opened. The McAdoo Tunnel was completed March 8, 1904, but only officially opened on this date.
    (PCh, 1992, p.655)(MC, 2/25/02)

1910        Feb 25, The Dalai Lama fled from the Chinese and took refuge in India.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1911        Feb 25, A rare snowstorm hit San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 2/20/11, DB p.46)

1913        Feb 25, Jim Backus, actor (Mr. Magoo, Thurston Howell III-Gilligan's Island), was born in Cleveland.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1913        Feb 25, The 16th Amendment to the constitution was adopted, setting the legal basis for the income tax. The amendment, proposed by Congress at the urging of Pres. Taft, established a corporate tax. Churches and other religious organizations were exempted from federal taxation. Cordell Hull, author of the Revenue Act of 1913, said: “Of course any kind of society or corporation that is not doing business for profit and not acquiring profit would not come within the meaning of the taxing clause."
    (HN, 2/25/98)(WSJ, 3/11/98, p.A20)(AH, 4/07, p.31)(

1914        Feb 25, John Tenniel (b.1820), English illustrator, died. He is best remembered for his illustrations in Lewis Carroll's “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and “Through the Looking-Glass."

1917        Feb 25, Anthony Burgess, English writer (A Clockwork Orange), was born.
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1918        Feb 25, In San Francisco John Riondozzo, a rock cod fisherman living at of 514 Chestnut Street, was shot by a Fort mason sentry after a boat in which he and four other fisherman failed to heed an order to move out of a 100-yard limit off a transport dock. Surgeons said Riondozzo would die.
    (SSFC, 2/25/18, DB p.50)

1919        Feb 25, Oregon introduced the first state tax on gasoline at one cent per gallon, to be used for road construction.
    (HN, 2/25/98)(AP, 2/25/98)

1926        Feb 25, Francisco Franco became Generalissimo of Spain.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1926        Feb 25, Poland demanded a permanent seat on the League Council.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1928        Feb 25, Larry Gelbart, writer, producer, actor (Oh God!, M*A*S*H), was born.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1928        Feb 25, Bell Labs introduced a new device to end the fluttering of the television image.
    (HN, 2/25/98)
1928        Feb 25, In Mexico Toribio Romo Gonzalez (b.1900), a Catholic priest, was killed during the Cristero War. He was canonized as a saint on May  21, 2000, by Pope John Paul II, and later came to be regarded as the patron saint of migrants.
    (, 7/17/14, p.D2)

1932        Feb 25, The German state government of Brunswick, in which the Nazi Party participated, appointed Adolph Hitler of Austria to a minor administrative post this month and on this day gave him German citizenship. Hitler was thus able to stand against Hindenburg in the forthcoming Presidential election.

1933        Feb 25, The 1st genuine aircraft carrier was christened: USS Ranger.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1937        Feb 25, Basia Johnson, maid, was born. She later inherited the Johnson & Johnson fortune.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1937        Feb 25, Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), was born in Austin, Tx.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1940        Feb 25, A hockey game was televised for the first time, by New York City station W2XBS, as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at Madison Square Garden.
    (AP, 2/25/00)

1943        Feb 25, George Harrison (d. Nov 29, 2001) of the Beatles was born.
    (SFC, 11/30/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A2)
1943        Feb 25, U.S. troops retook the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, where they had been defeated five days before.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1944        Feb 25, U.S. forces destroyed 135 Japanese planes in Marianas and Guam.
    (HN, 2/25/02)

1948        Feb 25, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia in a coup d’etat.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A6)

1950        Feb 25, The comedy-variety program "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and, later, Howard Morris, debuted on NBC-TV. The show’s writers included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen.
    (AP, 2/25/00)(MC, 2/25/02)
1950        Feb 25, George Richards Minot (b.1885), physician (Nobel-1934), died.
    (WUD, 1994 p.913)(Internet)
1950        Feb 25, In Czechoslovakia Josef Toufar (b.1902), a Catholic priest was tortured to death by investigators after the secret police claimed he staged a fake miracle in his church in Cihost where a cross began to move for no obvious reason during a Mass.

1952        Feb 25, French colonial forces evacuated Hoa Binh in Indochina.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1953        Feb 25, General de Gaulle condemned the European Defense Community.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1956        Feb 25, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev harshly criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow. Stalin was secretly disavowed by Khrushchev at a party congress for promoting the "cult of the individual." [see Feb 14, 23]
    (AP, 2/25/98)(HN, 2/25/01)

1957        Feb 25, Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded "That'll Be the Day."
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1957        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court, in Butler v. Michigan, overturned a Michigan statute making it a misdemeanor to sell books containing obscene language that would tend to corrupt "the morals of youth."
    (AP, 2/25/07)
1957        Feb 25, Supreme Court decided 6-3 that baseball is the only antitrust exempt pro sport.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1957        Feb 25, Nobosuke Kishi (1896-1987) began serving as prime minister of Japan. He continued for 2 terms to Jul 19, 1960. It was later reported that Kakuei Tanaka won his first cabinet job by handing Kishi a small backpack filled with ¥3 million.
    (Econ, 1/12/13, p.37)(, 6/11/16, p.41)
1957        Feb 26Nobosuke Kishi (1896-1987) began serving as prime minister of Japan. He continued for 2 terms to Jul 19, 1960. Kekuei Tanaka soon won his first cabinet job by giving PM Kishi a small backpack filled with ¥3 million.

1961        Feb 25, Paul Bikle climbed to record 14,100 meters (8.8 miles) in a glider.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1961        Feb 25, John F. Kennedy named Henry Kissinger national security adviser. Years later, Kissinger was President Nixon's envoy for secret negotiations with North Vietnam. About this time Kennedy also named Adlai Stevenson as ambassador to the UN.
    (HN, 2/25/98)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A19)

1962        Feb 25, Maria Ludovica De Angelis (b.1880) died in Argentina. She helped expand hospital services for children. In 2004 she was beatified by Pope John Paul VI.
    (AP, 10/3/04)

1964        Feb 25, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1969        Feb 25, In Vietnam Navy Lt. Bob Kerry (25) took part in a SEAL raid in the Mekong Delta where over a dozen women, children and old men were killed in the village of Thanh Phong. Kerry received a Bronze Star for the raid and later strongly regretted his actions. Soon after the raid Kerry lost a leg at Hon Tam Island and was later awarded a Congressional medal of Honor. In 2001 Kerry, former Gov. and Senator from Nebraska, made public his participation in the raid. In 2001 Bui Thi Luom of Thanh Phong, the only survivor from her hut of 16, said 20 people were killed "Only civilians, women and children." Kerry described the event in his 2002 memoir "When I Was a Young Man." In 2002 Gregory L. Vistica authored: "The Education of Lieutenant Kerry."
    (SFC, 4/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 4/27/01, p.A3)(SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A12)(SFC, 6/1/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 1/23/03, p.D14)

1970        Feb 25, Mark Rothko (b.1903), painter, committed suicide in NYC. He was born in Dvinsk, Russia, which is now Daugavpils, Latvia, and his family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1913. His work moved to abstraction in the 1940s. The execution of his will provoked a long drawn out court case. His daughter charged the executors and the owner of Rothko’s gallery with conspiracy and conflict of interest, and won. A 1998 show was accompanied by the book "Mark Rothko" by Jeffrey Weiss with contributions by John Cage, Carol-Mancusi-Ungaro, Barbara Novak, Brian O’Doherty, Mark Rosenthal and Jessica Stewart.
    (WSJ, 6/4/98, p.A16)(SFEC, 6/7/98, BR p.4)(AP, 11/11/03)(

1971        Feb 25, "Oh, Calcutta" opened at the Belasco Theater.
    (, 11/3/96, DB p.38)

1973        Feb 25, The Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music" opened at Broadway's Shubert Theater.
    (AP, 2/25/98)
1973        Feb 25, In Northern Ireland Gordon Gallagher (9) stumbled across an IRA bomb while playing in his backyard in Londonderry. In 2012 The IRA admitted responsibility and apologized for killing the boy after his parents called publicly for Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander in Londonderry, to tell them who planted a bomb in their children's play area and why.
    (AP, 2/24/12)

1975        Feb 25, Elijah Muhammad (b.1897 as Elijah Poole), US leader of the Detroit-based Nation of Islam and Black Muslims, died in Chicago. His son W. Deen Mohammed (1933-2008) was soon elected supreme minister of the Nation of Islam.
    (, 2/13/97, p.6D)(SFC, 2/28/00, p.A3)(SFC, 9/11/08, p.B5)
1975        Feb 25, In Tennessee Marcia Trimble (9) disappeared while delivering Girl Scout cookies in her Nashville neighborhood. Her body was discovered on Easter Sunday and evidence led police to believe that she had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death. In 2009 Jerome Barrett (62) was convicted of 2nd-degree murder based on DNA testing. He was already serving a life sentence for the 1975 rape and murder of a Vanderbilt Univ. student.
    (SSFC, 7/19/09, p.A13)(

1976        Feb 25, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may ban the hiring of illegal aliens.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1980        Feb 25, Robert Hayden, American poet and educator, died in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hayden had studied under W.H. Auden at the Univ. of Michigan. In 1976 Pres. Gerald Ford appointed him the 1st African-American consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, a post that later became known as Poet Laureate.
    (, Fall/02, p.7)
1980        Feb 25, A military coup took place in Suriname. Desi Bouterse seized control of Suriname five years after the country gained independence from the Netherlands. He stepped down in 1987 under international pressure but briefly seized power again in 1990.
    (, 7/5/08)

1983        Feb 25, Tennessee Williams (71), playwright, was found dead in his NYC hotel suite.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
1983        Feb 25, A 10-year-old girl, Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville in DuPage County, Ill., was raped and murdered. Rolando Cruz was convicted and served 10 years on death row before a sheriff's officer recanted on his story and exonerated Cruz. In 1999 7 prosecutors and sheriff's deputies went on trial on charges of conspiracy to frame an innocent man. Cruz, a small-time criminal, started out as an informant in the case. Charges against 2 prosecutors were dismissed and 4 sheriff's officers and a prosecutor were acquitted in 1999. In 2005 convicted killer Brian Dugan was indicted by a DuPage County grand jury, a full decade after an expert concluded DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A6)(SFC, 4/7/99, p.A5)(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A7)(AP, 2/25/06)

1984        Feb 25, In Cubatao, Sao Paulo, Brazil, an explosion from a gasoline leak in a pipeline burned a nearby shantytown with than 500 deaths.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)

1985        Feb 25, Edwin Meese III was sworn in as US Attorney General.

1986        Feb 25, President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election. Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency. Pres. Ferdinand Marcos was forced from office after 20 years of rule. He was accused of accumulating billions of dollars during his rule. The Marcoses fled to Hawaii and Imelda Marcos left behind her 5,400 shoes.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1986)(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)(AP, 2/25/98)

1987        Feb 25, US Supreme Court upheld affirmative action with a 5-4 vote.
1987        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled that California cannot bar gambling on Indian tribal land. This win by the Cabazon tribe opened the door to Indian gambling nationwide. By 2015 almost half of America’s 566 Native American tribes and villages operated casinos.
    (SFC, 5/11/04, p.B8)(WSJ, 9/27/05, p.A1)(, 1/17/15, p.32)

1988        Feb 25, Chicago gave the Cubs baseball team the right to install lights and play up to 18 night games.
1988        Feb 25, Panama's civilian president, Eric Arturo Delvalle announced the dismissal of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega as commander of the country's Defense Forces. The next day, Panama's National Assembly voted to oust Delvalle.
    (AP, 2/25/98)

1989        Feb 25, President Bush left Japan, where he had attended the funeral of Emperor Hirohito, and arrived in China for a three-day visit.
    (AP, 2/25/99)

1990        Feb 25, Enver Hadri, a human rights leader, was allegedly shot in the head by Veselin Vukotic and two other men while he was stopped at a traffic light in Brussels, Belgium. Hadri had papers on him incriminating former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in assassinations. All three gunmen were believed to be hitmen working for the Yugoslav secret service. Veselin was arrested in Spain in 2006.
    {Belgium, Murder, Yugoslavia, Serbia}
    (AP, 2/27/06)
1990        Feb 25, Nicaraguans voted in an election that led to an upset victory for opponents of the ruling Sandinistas. Daniel Ortega, communist president of Nicaragua, lost to Violeta Chamorro.
    (WSJ, 3/12/96, p. A-16)(AP, 2/25/98)

1991        Feb 25, During the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 2/25/98)
1991        Feb 25, Iraqi leader Sadam Hussein ordered his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.
    (SSFC, 12/2/18, p.A13)

1992        Feb 25, Natalie Cole won seven awards at the 34th annual Grammys, including best album for "Unforgettable."
    (AP, 2/25/02)
1992        Feb 25, President Bush won the South Dakota Republican primary, Bob Kerrey the Democratic primary.
    (AP, 2/25/02)
1992        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled prison guards who use unnecessary force against inmates may be violating the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment even if they inflict no serious injuries.
    (AP, 2/25/02)
1992        Feb 25, The Republic of Mali proclaimed a new Constitution.
    (AP, 4/1/12)

1993        Feb 25, President Clinton ordered the Pentagon to mount an airdrop of relief supplies into Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (AP, 2/25/98)
1993        Feb 25, Kim Young-sam (1927-2015) began serving as the 7th president of South Korea and continued to 1998.
    (Econ, 11/28/15, p.37)

1994        Feb 25, In the Hebron massacre, Jewish settler Dr. Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinians praying in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and killed 29 people. Some 100 others were wounded. Surviving Palestinians killed him before he could reload.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A12)(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A8)(MT, Fall/03, p.15)
1994        Feb 25, At the Winter Olympics in Norway, Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the gold medal in ladies' figure skating while Nancy Kerrigan won the silver and Chen Lu of China the bronze; Tonya Harding came in eighth.
    (AP, 2/25/99)
1994        Feb 25, Jersey Joe Walcott (80), boxer, died.

1995        Feb 25, Former President Jimmy Carter wound up a 54-hour visit to Haiti, denying he'd been given a chilly reception by Haitians whom he'd helped save from a potentially bloody U.S.-led intervention.
    (AP, 2/25/00)
1995        Feb 25, In Oklahoma store manager Richard Yost was beaten to death with a baseball bat and placed in the freezer of his supermarket in Tulsa. Three men were later executed for the murder and a 4th was convicted to life in prison.
    (AFP, 1/10/14)(

1996        Feb 25, A 12-mile tether connecting a half-ton satellite to the space shuttle “Columbia" broke loose as it was almost completely unreeled.
    (AP, 2/25/01)
1996        Feb 25, In Hanford, Ca., Tracy Rene Conrad (11), went to the Galik home to play with the sons of Duane Galik Sr. Her body was found a month later stuffed in a pottery kiln and sexually abused. Duane Galik Sr. went on trial for the murder in 1997.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A18)
1996        Feb 25, Cambodian Dr. Haing S. Ngor (55), academy award winner for the 1984 film "The Killing Fields," was shot and killed in front of his home in Los Angeles. In 1998 three Chinatown gang members, Oriental Lazy Boyz gang, were convicted by separate juries in the murder. Jason Chan (20) was sentenced to life without parole. Tak Sun Tan (21) was sentenced 56 years to life. Indra Lim was sentenced to 26 years to life. In 2004 a judge ruled to overturn the convictions. In 2005 a federal appeals court reinstated the convictions.
    (WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 7/7/96, p.B12)(SFC, 4/1/98, p.C2)(SFC, 4/17/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A3)(SFC, 7/8/05, p.B2)
1996        Feb 25, In separate attacks 2 Palestinian suicide bombers blew up a bus in Jerusalem and a soldiers hitchhiking post in the coastal city of Ashkelon. 23 Israelis were killed, as well as 2 Americans and a Palestinian. More than 80 people were wounded. Hamas took responsibility.
    (WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-15)(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)

1997        Feb 25, A jury in Media, Pa., convicted multimillionaire John E. du Pont of third-degree murder, deciding he was mentally ill when he killed world-class wrestler David Schultz. Du Pont was sentenced to serve 13- to 30-years in prison.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
1997        Feb 25, China's elite bid a final farewell to Deng Xiaoping, the country's last major revolutionary leader.
    (AP, 2/25/98)
1997        Feb 25, In China in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang province, Muslim Uigher separatists set bombs that killed as many as 5 and wounded 27.
    (SFC, 2/26/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/26/97, p.A1)

1998        Feb 25, At the Grammy Awards, Bob Dylan won best album and best contemporary folk album for "Time Out of Mind" while Shawn Colvin won song and record of the year for "Sunny Came Home."
    (AP, 2/25/99)
1998        Feb 25, The Supreme Court threw out a 16-year-old government rule that allowed company credit unions to accept members from other companies.
    (AP, 2/25/99)
1998        Feb 25, The US Congress for the first time reversed Pres. Clinton’s line item veto and restored 38 military projects.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A3)
1998        Feb 25, In Georgia the UN prisoners were freed and the leader of the kidnapping group escaped.
    (WSJ, 2/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 25, Harlan H. Hatcher, President Emeritus of the Univ. of Mich., died at age 99. He wrote several books on the history of the Great Lakes region.
    (MT, Sum. ‘98, p.6)
1998        Feb 25, From Peru it was reported that the country was abandoning its campaign of sterilizing women.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A8)
1998        Feb 25, In South Korea Pres. Kim Dae Jung, once South Korea's leading dissident,  began his office. His political opposition blocked his choice for prime minister.
    (WSJ, 2/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)(AP, 2/25/99)
1998        Feb 25, In Sierra Leone Bo was captured by Nigerian-led peacekeeping troops. The city was reported badly damaged with many dead.
    (WSJ, 2/26/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 25, In Switzerland the first legal brothel opened in Zurich.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A13)

1999        Feb 25, A 100-page summary of a 3,600 page report by the UN mandated Historical Clarification Committee was released. It indicated that the US government and US corporations played a key role in maintaining the right-wing military governments during most of the 36 years of civil war in Guatemala. The report documented a genocide against Mayan Indians with a death toll of some 200,000. The Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (UNRG) was responsible for 3% of the atrocities. The Guatemalan Army was blamed for 93% of the human rights abuses.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A1,17)(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/13/99, p.A13)
1999        Feb 25, A jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for chaining James Byrd Jr., a black man, to a pickup truck and dragging him to pieces in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A3)(AP, 2/25/00)
1999        Feb 25, Glenn Seaborg, Nobel physicist, died at age 86. He and Edwin Mullen discovered plutonium in 1940 and together received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1951. In 2002 Eric Seaborg completed his father’s autobiography: “Adventures in the Atomic Age."
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A1,19)(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.M2)
1999        Feb 25, In Colombia 3 Americans were kidnapped.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 25, Cuba cut phone service to AT&T and MCI WorldCom for $19 mil in unpaid bills. The phone companies were withholding payments pending a lawsuit by relatives of 4 Cuban Americans, whose aircraft were shot down in Feb 1996.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 25, In Ghana Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II, the king of the Ashanti people, died at the palace in Kumasi. The Asantehene was born Matthew John Kwaku Adusei-Poku and ascended to the Golden Stool to become the 18th King of Ashanti in 1970.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A19)
1999        Feb 25, In Iran Pres. Khatami supported 50 candidates that hard-liners attempted to disqualify from local elections.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.E3)
1999        Feb 25, In a move that threatened to revive a strain on U.S.-Israeli relations, Israel's Supreme Court blocked the extradition of American teenager Samuel Sheinbein to the United States to face charges stemming from a slaying in Maryland.
    (AP, 2/25/00)
1999        Feb 25, South Korea granted amnesty to 1,508 people including a convicted North Korean spy jailed for 41 years. Civil rights were also to be restored to 7,304 people out on parole.
    (WSJ, 2/23/99, p.A1)

2000        Feb 25, The US sharply criticized China for a marked deterioration in human rights.
    (SFC, 2/26/00, p.A10)
2000        Feb 25, A jury in Albany, New York, acquitted four white New York City police officers of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo.
    (AP, 2/25/01)
2000        Feb 25, It was reported that the number of HIV infected people in the Caribbean region ranged from 500,000-700,000. Cases in Haiti were estimated to be 330,000 and 150,000 in the Dominican Republic
    (SFC, 2/26/00, p.A10)
2000        Feb 25, Journalist Andrei Babitsky turned up alive. He was held by Russians in a detention center in Makhachkala, Dagestan.
    (SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A20)

2001        Feb 25, The Chinese-language film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" became the most lucrative foreign movie in US history, but tanked in China.
    (SSFC, 12/30/01, p.D2)
2001        Feb 25, US Sec. of State Colin Powell met separately with Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat seeking to re-establish Middle East cooperation.
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A1)
2001        Feb 25, The commander of the U.S. submarine that struck and sank a Japanese trawler off Hawaii expressed his "most sincere regret." Cmdr. Scott Waddle stopped short of an apology.
    (AP, 2/25/02)
2001        Feb 25, In Indonesia Borneo Dayaks extended their area of burning and beheading of Madurese across Central Kalimantan. 118 Madurese were slaughtered near Parenggean when police bolted in fear of armed Dayaks.
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A10)(SFC, 2/28/01, p.A10)
2001        Feb 25, In Northumberland, England, over 800 pigs were destroyed and burned due to foot-and-mouth disease. New cases appeared at a cattle and sheep ranch in the southwest.
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A10)
2001        Feb 25, In Moldova Communists made strong gains in parliamentary elections. They won 70% of the seats and would name the next president.
    (WSJ, 2/26/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/27/01, p.A1)
2001        Feb 25, Russian military officials promised to investigate a recently discovered grave in Chechnya that contained 11 to several score Chechens with many of the bodies mined. 48 bodies of men, women and children were found with gun shot wounds. They had been dumped over the course of a year.
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A10)(SFC, 3/3/01, p.A12)

2002        Feb 25, In NYC after a 35-year plot to accept bribes and cheat the city out of tax revenues, 16 tax assessors were arrested and charged with altering values of over 500 properties worth some $8 billion.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A5)
2002        Feb 25, Former NBA star Jayson Williams was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Costas "Gus" Christofi, a limousine driver at Williams' estate in Alexandria Township, N.J. A jury convicted Williams in 2004 of trying to cover up the slaying; it acquitted Williams of aggravated manslaughter but deadlocked on a lesser charge of reckless manslaughter.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2002        Feb 25, Two women, Israeli (Tamar Lifshitz) and a Palestinian (Maysoun Hayek), gave birth after being shot in separate incidents. The Palestinian’s woman’s husband was shot to death as they drove to a hospital in Nablus. The Israeli woman’s father was killed in an ambush along with another man. 4 Israelis were killed at a bus stop in Jerusalem by a gunmen who was killed.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A11)(WSJ, 2/26/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 25, NATO offered Russia a modified membership, with no veto power over political or military policies.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 25, In Venezuela Gen. Roman Gomez became the 4th military officer to call for Pres. Chavez to step down.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 25, In Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai, presidential candidate, was charged with treason for allegedly plotting to assassinate Pres. Mugabe.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A6)

2003        Feb 25, Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said Iraq was showing new signs of real cooperation, but President Bush was dismissive, predicting Saddam Hussein would try to "fool the world one more time."
    (AP, 2/25/04)
2003          Feb 25, A US Army Black Hawk helicopter on night training crashed in the Kuwaiti desert, killing all four crew members.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 25, In Alabama 4 job seekers were killed at an employment agency following an argument over a CD player.
    (WSJ, 2/25/03, p.A1)
2003          Feb 25, In southwestern Afghanistan assailants gunned down Habibullah Jan, a district administrator in Nimroz province, as he left a mosque in Dilaram.
    (AP, 2/26/03)
2003          Feb 25, Striking government workers brought much of Algeria, but not its lucrative oil fields, to a halt, with no public transport and few flights. Suspected Islamic extremists fired machine guns at cars at a roadblock, killing 12 people.
    (AP, 2/25/03)(AP, 2/26/03)
2003          Feb 25, In Chile a judge indicted 2 former commanders of the once feared secret police in the 1974 assassination in Argentina of a former army commander opposed to then-Pres. Augusto Pinochet. Gen. Manuel Contreras and Brig. Pedro Espinoza were charged with homicide. 3 others, Gen'ls. Raul Iturriaga, Jose Zara, and Iturriaga's brother, Jorge, were also indicted.
    (AP, 2/26/03)
2003          Feb 25, China issued its first group of long-term residency permits to 46 foreigners, letting them live in the country for up to five years.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 25, Iraq provided new information about its weapons and reported the discovery of 2 bombs, including one possibly filled with a biological agent.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 25, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the Gaza Strip, and a Hamas activist was critically wounded in an explosion in his home.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 25, In Kenya Pres. Mwai Kibaki ordered the release of 28 death row inmates and commuted the death sentences of another 195 inmates to life in prison, following his campaign pledge to reform Kenya's prison system.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 25, In Malaysia a summit of 116 developing countries suspicious of US military dominance united behind calls to give Baghdad more time to disarm.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 25, In Mexico a court upheld the conviction of an Egyptian man,  Abdel Latif Sharif, for one of the first in a series of murders of women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, but lowered the man's prison sentence to 20 years.
    (AP, 2/26/03)
2003          Feb 25, In Nigeria cars and buses ground to a halt in Africa's leading oil-producing nation, gripped by its worst fuel shortage since military rule ended four years ago. Nigeria, with a population of 120 million people, consumes 300,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Panic buying followed a recent strike.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 25, In South Korea Roh Moo-hyun took power as president.
    (AP, 2/25/03)

2004        Feb 25, The Mel Gibson film "Passion of Christ" premiered on Ash Wednesday.
    (SFC, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, Alan Greenspan proposed that the US government scale back Social Security and Medicare benefits to avoid future deficit problems.
    (SFC, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled that states may withhold scholarships from students preparing for the ministry.
    (SFC, 2/26/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 25, A US State Dept. report criticized Russia's human rights record in Chechnya citing reports of government involvement in "politically motivated disappearances."
    (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 25, The annual TED conference, founded in 1984, began in Monterey, Ca. The Sapling Foundation (b.1996) bought the conference in 2001. TED sprung from an observation by Richard Saul Wurman of a powerful convergence between technology, entertainment and design.
    (SSFC, 2/07/04, p.E5)
2004        Feb 25, It was reported that a biologist had confirmed the sighting of a real Michigan wolverine, about 200 years after the species was last seen in the state that uses the small but ferocious animal as its unofficial nickname.
    (AP, 2/25/04)
2004        Feb 25, In Afghanistan gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying Afghan aid workers east of the capital, killing five and wounding two others.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 25, Two American soldiers were killed when their Kiowa helicopter crashed in a river west of Baghdad. Witnesses indicated that it was shot down. Gunmen assassinated the deputy police chief in Mosul.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, Israeli security forces raided four branches of Palestinian banks, seizing $6.7 million they said was sent by Iran, Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas to fund Palestinian militants.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, In Peru meat and produce markets in Lima received smaller shipments during the second day of a strike by cargo truck and passenger bus companies.
    (AP, 2/25/04)
2004        Feb 25, The head of Doe Run Peru, a US-owned smelter in Oroyo, Peru, admitted that lead poisoning of children by the facility's emissions was a serious problem, but said his company would not be able to significantly reduce the contamination until 2011.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(
2004        Feb 25, In northern Uganda massive street protests after a massacre by rebels turned violent, with mobs beating rival tribesmen and burning houses and police shooting into the crowd. At least nine people were killed.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

2005        Feb 25, Kansas police arrested Dennis Rader, a 59-year-old city worker at his suburban home in Park City. They believe he is the notorious BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killer who terrorized Wichita throughout the 1970s. He resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)(AP, 2/25/06)
2005        Feb 25, Hall of Fame basketball coach John Chaney was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Philadelphia’s Temple Univ. for ordering rough play by one of his players during a game against Saint Joseph's.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2005        Feb 25, Bank of America reported the loss of computer tapes containing personal information on 1.2 million federal employees including some US Senate members.
    (SFC, 2/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 25, The Walt Disney Co. agreed to sell the Anaheim Mighty Ducks hockey team to billionaire Henry Samueli and his wife, Susan, for $75 million.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2005        Feb 25, Peter Benenson (83), founder of Amnesty International (1961), died in Oxford, England. Amnesty Int’l. won a Nobel Prize in 1977.
    (SFC, 2/28/05, p.B3)(Econ, 3/5/05, p.85)
2005        Feb 25, Argentina’s debt swap offer, to cover a total debt of $102.6 billion, closed. Argentina planned to issue $35.2 billion in new bonds to those who accepted the swap. Owners of 76% of the 2001 defaulted bonds accepted the swap losing 65% of their investment. In 2008 a proposal was in the works to settle with the remaining holdouts.
    (WSJ, 3/28/05, p.A14)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.49)
2005        Feb 25, Brazil’s government awarded a disputed patch of Amazon rainforest to a sustainable development project championed by the slain American nun Dorothy Stang.
    (AP, 2/26/05)
2005        Feb 25, President Alvaro Uribe on authorized the extradition to the US of a female commander with Colombia's largest rebel group who was allegedly a chief of finances for the armed organization.
    (AP, 2/25/05)
2005        Feb 25, In Congo militiamen in the volatile Ituri district ambushed UN troops. 9 Bangladeshi peacekeepers were killed in what was the 4th deadliest attack on UN troops in Africa.
    (AP, 2/25/05)
2005        Feb 25, Atef Sedki (75), former PM of Egypt (1986-1996), died. He helped steer Egypt toward a market-oriented economy.
    (AP, 2/25/05)
2005        Feb 25, French Finance Minister Herve Gaymard quit over his handling of a scandal about his state-paid luxury flat that rocked a conservative government as it forces unpopular cost-cutting measures on a restive nation.
    (AP, 2/25/05)
2005        Feb 25, Sima Bakhar, Mrs. Israel, won the Mrs. World 2005 pageant at Amby Valley, 140 kilometers ( 87 miles) north of Bombay, India. Forty-one contestants from across the globe participated in the pageant, held first time in India.
    (AP, 2/25/05)
2005        Feb 25, In Iraq a roadside bomb blast killed three US soldiers and wounded eight others north of Baghdad. Saboteurs blew up an oil pipeline in northern Iraq. In Mosul the body of Raiedah Mohammed Wageh Wazan, a female Iraqi television presenter kidnapped last week, was found dead from 4 gunshots to the head.
    (AP, 2/25/05)(AP, 2/26/05)
2005        Feb 25, In the Netherlands diamonds and jewelry valued at $72 million (67 million euros) were taken during the hold up of a KLM armored car in a high-security portion of Schiphol airport. Part of the loot was quickly recovered from a getaway car, but diamonds worth $43 million remained missing. In January, 2017, seven suspects were arrested.
    (AP, 1/21/17)
2005        Feb 25, A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of young Israelis waiting outside the Stage nightclub near Tel Aviv's beachfront promenade just before midnight, killing at least four other people, wounding dozens.
    (AP, 2/25/05)(SFC, 2/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 25, Gapminder was founded in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling. It is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.
    (, 12/11/10, TQ p.26)
2005        Feb 25, In Togo Faure Gnassingbe, whose predecessor — his father — had been Africa's longest-serving leader, stepped down as a result of almost unprecedented African resolve against an old-style coup d'etat.
    (AP, 2/26/05)
2005        Feb 25, The Zimbabwe government accused the independent Weekly Times of violating its operating license and ordered it to shut down.
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)

2006        Feb 25, A senior US diplomat said the US will continue to give humanitarian aid to ease the plight of the Palestinians despite militant group Hamas's victory in elections.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Rhode Island Brown University announced it will stop investing in companies that do business in Sudan because the country has been accused of genocide.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, It was reported that researchers in SF had discovered a new virus, dubbed XMRV, inside tumors of some men with prostate cancer.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 25, The population on Earth was projected to hit 6.5 billion people.
2006        Feb 25, It was reported that there were 691 billionaires worldwide, compared with 423 in 1996.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, Survey p.3)
2006        Feb 25, Darren McGavin (83), TV and film star, died of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital. His 5 TV series included “Mike Hammer" and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker."
    (AP, 2/26/06)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B8)
2006        Feb 25, An Afghan court found Asadullah Sarwari (64), a communist-era intelligence chief, guilty of ordering hundreds of killings and sentenced him to death.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Afghanistan hundreds of inmates, including convicted al-Qaida and Taliban militants, waving knives and wielding clubs made from furniture overpowered guards and took control of parts of Policharki Prison, a high-security prison in Kabul.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Bangladesh a 5-story building undergoing renovations collapsed in the Tejgaon district of Dhaka, crushing tin-roof homes in a surrounding shantytown. At least 18 people were killed and more were feared trapped.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 25, British police said two men were arrested near Maidstone in Kent in southeast England in connection with what may be Britain's biggest bank robbery.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Canada's Clara Hughes celebrated her Olympic Games 5000m speedskating gold medal by revealing that she was going to donate every penny she has in her bank account to charity. Hughes will donate 10,000 dollars to the Right to Play organization which aims to encourage disadvantaged youngsters to improve themselves through sport.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, China Xinhua News reported that an orphanage director and nine other people in Hengyang had been sentenced to prison for buying and selling scores of infants who were adopted by foreign parents. Another 22 officials were fired in the case in Hunan province.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, China warned of the threat of a massive avian flu outbreak among birds in the country as it reported two new human cases, a girl in eastern Zhejiang province and a woman farmer in neighboring Anhui province.
    (Reuters, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, In southern Colombia leftist rebels killed 9 people in an attack on a passenger bus that defied a guerrilla-imposed traffic ban.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, India reported an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in a 2nd state. At least two infected chickens were discovered at a farm in the Utchal area of Gujarat.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Indonesia's Papua province protesters obstructing access to a mine owned by a unit of US firm Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. called off their blockade.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Indonesia raised its death toll due to the H5N1 strain of bird flu to 20 after tests confirm that a woman (27) had succumbed to H5N1 in Jakarta on Feb 20.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Iraq leaders of rival factions held an emergency meeting and agreed to condemn sectarian violence.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 25, A car bomb exploded in Karbala, a Shiite holy city, killing 5 people. In Buhriz 13 members of one Shiite family were gunned down northeast Baghdad. The surge of attacks killed at least 30 people despite heightened security aimed at curbing sectarian violence following the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine. The government extended the daytime curfew for a second day in Baghdad and the flashpoint provinces of Babil, Diyala and Salaheddin, where the shrine bombing took place. The bodies of 14 Iraqi police commandos were found near a Sunni mosque in southern Baghdad. Gunmen fired on the funeral procession of correspondent Atwar Bahjat and bombed an Iraqi military patrol that was escorting mourners. At least three people were killed and six injured.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Riots broke out in Dublin, Ireland, as republican demonstrators mounted a counter-march to a scheduled loyalist rally. Damages were estimated at $12 million.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.48)(
2006        Feb 25, In Indian Kashmir Thousands of Shiite Muslims held noisy demonstrations for a third straight day to protest the bombing of a revered shrine in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Apolo Anton Ohno upset favored South Korean Ahn Hyun-soo to win the gold in the 500-meter short track speedskating event at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2006        Feb 25, In Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller, a Cabinet minister was positioned to become Jamaica's next prime minister and first female head of government, after narrowly beating a former Rastafarian in internal elections to head the country's ruling party.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Mexico mining officials said there was little hope of finding any of miners alive from the Feb 19 gas explosion at the Industrial Minera Mexico mine near San Juan Sabinas.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 25, In northern Nigeria 35 were killed and five were injured when two buses collided head-on and caught fire at Kwarna-Jagga in Jigawa state.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 25, Portugal and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) signed an accord that could lead to technology partnerships in the Iberian nation.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Uganda government President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni "officially approved" the establishment The Lake Victoria Free Trade Zone, also known as the Ssesamirembe Eco-City. In 2008 China announced a commercial investment in the LVFTZ. As of 2015 there was little evidence of development.
2006        Feb 25, Uganda’s election commission declared that President Yoweri Museveni (62) overwhelmingly won re-election in the first multiparty elections in 25 years. The national electoral commission counted ballots at each polling station and immediately announced the results. Adding up those results, the opposition and local media also produced a total count starkly different from the official total. They suggested that fraud was occurring at a national center where the total vote was tallied. Museveni and his National Resistance Movement dominated state-run radio and television and used state resources to campaign.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Zimbabwe Arthur Mutambara, a former NASA researcher, was elected as president of a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He vowed to unite his divided party against the regime of Robert Mugabe which he accused of creating chaos in the country.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)

2007        Feb 25, Martin Scorsese's mob epic "The Departed" won best picture at the Academy Awards and earned the filmmaker the directing prize that had eluded him throughout his illustrious career. Forest Whittaker won for best actor in "The Last King of Scotland"  and Helen Mirren took the best actress trophy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen." Alan Arkin won the best supporting actor award for his role in “Little Miss Sunshine." Jennifer Hudson won the best supporting actress award for her role in “Dreamgirls."
    (AP, 2/26/07)(SFC, 2/26/07, p.D1)
2007        Feb 25, In Detroit Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan stressed religious unity during what was billed as his final major speech, saying the world was at war because Christians and Muslims were divided.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2007        Feb 25, In Bangladesh at least six prominent political figures were arrested as they appeared before an anti-corruption panel to explain how they amassed wealth far in excess of their income.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, In Brazil gunmen killed five people in a Sao Paulo slum in what police suspect was a drug-related crime, bringing to 21 the death toll from attacks this month in South America's biggest city.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, State news media reported that Cuba has opened an experimental wind farm, hoping alternative energy sources can one day ease occasional power shortages while reducing the island's dependence on oil.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, PM Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor told a cheering crowd in his hometown that he will run in April's presidential elections, vowing to help return peace and stability to the troubled nation.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Four imprisoned Guatemalan policemen were killed in their cells, days after being arrested in connection with the deaths of three Salvadoran politicians. Rioting inmates also took the warden and other prison officials hostage.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 25, Guinea's powerful union chiefs called off a crippling strike after the president agreed to appoint a new prime minister in an attempt to end simmering unrest that has killed scores of people this year. Conte later appointed Lansana Kouyate as prime minister, from a list approved by union leaders.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 9/29/09)
2007        Feb 25, In India a 6-day national meeting of Indian sex workers started in the city of Kolkata to press demands for labor rights and legal recognition as entertainment workers.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Levina 1, a charred Indonesian ferry, sank while investigators and journalists were on board inspecting the damage from a fire last week. At least one cameraman drowned and three other people were missing. The death toll from the Feb 22 fire continued to rise.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Iran’s Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would proceed with its nuclear program, comparing its nuclear drive to a train that has no reverse gear or brakes. Iran said it had successfully launched its first rocket into space for research purposes. The rocket reached an altitude of 150 kilometers (93 miles) but did not stay in orbit.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(AFP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, A suicide bomber struck outside a college campus in Baghdad, killing at least 41 people and injuring dozens. Earlier, two Katyusha rockets hit a Shiite enclave in southern Baghdad, killing at least 10, and a bomb near the fortified Green Zone claimed two lives. A separate car bombing in a Shiite district in central Baghdad killed at least one person and injured four. In Mosul US troops killed two gunmen in a raid and captured a suspected local leader of the insurgent group al-Qaida in Iraq. Iraqi and US troops killed 10 militants and seized six weapons stashes in raids in Diyala province.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Feb 25, Dozens of Israeli jeeps and armored vehicles poured into Nablus overnight, placing large areas of the city under curfew and conducting house-to-house arrest raids in one of the largest West Bank military operations in months.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, It was reported that Libya, 30 years after officially proclaiming itself socialist, is gradually opening up its banking system with a string of privatizations in the works and the establishment of foreign banks. In late January, the Central Bank of Libya announced its intention to sell a minority stake in one of the north African country's five state-owned commercial banks, Sahara Bank, to a "leading international financial institution."
    (AFP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Heavy rains from a cyclone sparked more flooding in Mozambique, worsening a humanitarian crisis that has already killed 45 people and forced 140,000 from their homes.
    (Reuters, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, In Nigeria riot police were deployed to quell communal clashes that have claimed several lives in the southern oil-rich Ogoniland.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Thieves in Oslo, Norway, stole a work of art by Jan Christensen called "Relative Value." It had pasted bills worth $16,300 on a sprawling 7-by-13 foot canvas.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 25, Pakistan PM Shaukat Aziz told foreign ministers from seven key Muslim states meeting in Islamabad that a joint push by the Islamic world is needed to end the turmoil in the Middle East.
    (AFP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, In eastern Pakistan at least 11 people were killed and more than 100 people injured by sharpened kite strings, stray bullets and other accidents at the annual two-day Basant kite-flying festival. Five of those who died were hit by stray bullets, including a 6-year-old boy who was struck in the head.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 25, Senegal held elections. President Abdoulaye Wade, seeking another five years in office, declared he was confident of winning the election outright and would avoid a runoff in the ballot to decide who will lead one of Africa's most stable democracies.
    (AP, 2/25/07)               
2007        Feb 25, Pirates hijacked a cargo ship delivering UN food aid to northeastern Somalia, at least the third time since 2005 that a vessel contracted to the United Nations has been hijacked off the country's dangerous coast.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Vietnamese officials and state media said police have accused Nguyen Van Ly, a prominent dissident Catholic priest, of disseminating propaganda intended to undermine the communist government. Van Ly founded Bloc 8406, which called for democracy, in 2006.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.49)

2008        Feb 25, In Connecticut 5 former insurance company executives were found guilty of a scheme to manipulate the financial statements of the world's largest insurance company, American International Group Inc.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, Visa Inc. said its initial public offering later this year could raise up to $19 billion, making it the largest in US history. Visa will offer 406 million shares at $37 to $42 per share.
    (AP, 2/25/08)(SFC, 2/26/08, p.A1)
2008        Feb 25, The Taliban threatened to attack mobile phone facilities in Afghanistan, alleging that the technology was being used at night to pin-point the Islamic rebels' hideouts. 7 insurgents were killed in two separate clashes in Helmand province. A rocket fired by insurgents in the Kajaki region of Helmand province killed five Afghan civilians.
    (AFP, 2/25/08)(AP, 2/27/08)
2008        Feb 25, In Argentina the body of Paul Alberto Navone, a retired army officer, was found dead of a gunshot in an apparent suicide. He had been called to testify about the fate of twins born to a political prisoner in 1978.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
2008        Feb 25, Czech PM Mirek Topolanek said he will complete a deal on missile defense this week in Washington, and attributed Russian opposition to the project to lingering frustration over the collapse of the Soviet Union. During his visit Topolanek signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow Czechs to apply for a US visa waiver online.
    (AP, 2/25/08)(Econ, 3/8/08, p.61)
2008        Feb 25, In Guatemala President Alvaro Colom announced that a new panel will work to declassify military documents that should shed light on killings, torture and other human rights violations during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, A roadside bomb killed four Shiite pilgrims and wounded 15 south of Baghdad in at least the third fatal attack on people traveling to one of their sect's most sacred gatherings. A suicide bomber in a wheelchair talked his way into Samarra’s operations center and blew himself up, killing the deputy commander, Abdul Jabbar Rabeia. Gunmen opened fire on a police convoy in Mosul. Four officers were killed in the attack.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, The New York Philharmonic arrived in a snowy Pyongyang to play the symphony "From the New World" in an overture to thaw still frozen ties from the Cold War era between the United States and North Korea.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, In Pakistan a suicide bomber hit a car carrying Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Ahmed Baig,  the army's surgeon general, in Rawalpindi, killing him along with at least seven other people. Gunmen opened fire and hurled grenades at the office of a British-run aid group in northwest Pakistan, killing at least four local staff and wounding 10 others.
    (AP, 2/25/08)(AFP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, Thousands of Filipinos took to the streets and flocked to churches in a fresh wave of nationwide protests on the anniversary of a 1986 grass-roots revolt, calling for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, Up to 2,000 Serb protesters rallied against Kosovo's independence in the new nation's tense north, a few setting fire to EU flags in what has become a daily challenge following the country's secession from Serbia.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, South Africa announced that it was reversing a 1995 ban on killing elephants to help control their booming population, drawing instant outrage from animal-rights activists.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, In South Korea former businessman Lee Myung-Bak took office as president, promising greater prosperity both for his own nation and for impoverished North Korea if it scraps its nuclear drive.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 25, Turkey's military said it had killed 41 more separatist Kurdish rebels in clashes in northern Iraq, raising the reported guerrilla death toll in a cross-border operation to 153.
    (AP, 2/25/08)

2009        Feb 25, Attorney General Eric Holder said US and Mexican authorities have arrested 750 people over 21 months in an anti-drug sweep that included 52 members of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel. The crackdown culminated 50 overnight raids. It investigated crimes in the United States, Mexico and Canada, netted some 59 million dollars in cash, 12,000 kilos (12 tons) of cocaine, 544 kilos (1,200 pounds) of methamphetamine and 1.3 million Ecstasy pills.
    (AFP, 2/25/09)(WSJ, 2/26/09, p.A6)
2009        Feb 25, A Federal Grand Jury returned a single count indictment charging Kody Ray Brittingham (20) of Camp Lejeune, NC, with threatening the President-Elect of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 871, which has a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. In August Brittingham pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill Pres. Obama and armed robbery. Brittingham was arrested in mid-December on an unrelated armed robbery charge and, as a result, separated from the service on Jan 3. But a search of his barracks also turned up a journal containing white supremacist material and a plan to kill Obama.
    (, 12/6/09, p.A18)
2009        Feb 25, US Interior Sec. Ken Salazar put the brakes on leases, created under the Bush administration, on federal land for oil-shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. He said the Bush royalty rates would shortchange taxpayers.
    (AP, 2/26/09)(WSJ, 2/26/09, p.A6)
2009        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled that the Summum group does not have a right to erect the “Seven aphorism" of its beliefs in Pleasant Gove City, Utah, park just because the Ten Commandments are displayed there.
    (SFC, 2/26/09, p.A6)
2009        Feb 25, The FBI arrested money managers Paul Greenwood (61) of North Salem, NY, and Stephen Walsh (64) of Sands Point, NY, on charges of conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud. They ware accused of misappropriating at least $553 million.
    (WSJ, 2/26/09, p.A1)
2009        Feb 25, In Florida Pablo Josue Amador (53), a Cuban immigrant and piano teacher, shot and killed wife, Maria (45), and their youngest daughters, Prescilla and Rosa, 14 and 13, before killing himself. A teenage son escaped the shootings and called police.
    (AP, 2/26/09)
2009        Feb 25, In Afghanistan a remote control bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in Kandahar city as a convoy of soldiers was passing. Two Afghan bystanders were killed, and eight people, including five soldiers, were wounded. A roadside bomb killed 3 British soldiers in Helmand province. A 4th died from wounds sustained in a firefight.
    (AP, 2/25/09)(WSJ, 2/26/09, p.A1)(AFP, 2/26/09)
2009        Feb 25, Mutinous Bangladeshi border guards opened fire at their headquarters in the capital and seized a nearby shopping mall, injuring several people in an insurrection apparently sparked by pay disputes. They agreed to surrender after the government said it would grant them amnesty.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Danish and Chinese warships stopped pirates attacking two different vessels off Somalia's coast.
    (AP, 2/26/09)
2009        Feb 25, An Estonian court convicted a former top security official of treason for passing domestic and NATO secrets to Russia, the Baltic country's biggest espionage scandal since the Cold War. Herman Simm (61), the former head of security at the Estonian Defense Ministry, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison. Russia’s foreign service (SVR) had recruited Mr. Simm on his holiday in Tunisia in 1995.
    (AP, 2/25/09)(Econ, 2/28/09, p.56)
2009        Feb 25, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said that it would invest a record 7.0 billion euros this year in the former Soviet bloc to combat an economic crisis in eastern Europe.
    (AFP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, In Paris an auction of art works owned by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent concluded with dazzling sales of nearly $500 million. Two rare bronze sculptures that disappeared from China nearly 150 years ago and demanded back by Beijing, sold for millions. The Chinese businessman, who bid $15.1 million, later refused payment.
    (AP, 2/26/09)(Econ, 3/7/09, p.92)
2009        Feb 25, A 24-hour strike by Greek civil servants disrupted services across the country, forcing public hospitals to accept only emergency cases and airlines to cancel at least 68 flights.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, A UN survey said homicides in Honduras had more than doubled from 2,155 in 2004 to 4,473 in 2008.
    (SSFC, 3/1/09, p.A4)
2009        Feb 25, In India police charged Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the man they say is the lone surviving gunman in last year's Mumbai attacks, with "waging war" against India and included two Pakistani soldiers among 37 others charged.
    (Reuters, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Iranian and Russian technicians conducted a test run of Iran's first nuclear power plant, a major step toward launching full operations at the facility.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Iraqi authorities ordered the mid-flight return of a plane carrying a Sunni lawmaker accused of directing a private terror cell, forcing him back to Baghdad hours before parliament lifted his immunity and cleared the way for his arrest. Mohammed al-Dayni faced allegations he masterminded a string of attacks that include a 2007 suicide bombing inside the parliament building and mortar strike on Baghdad's Green Zone. Al-Dayni was picked up by his personal security contingent before government security arrived. He was later believed to be in Syria where he appeared on a cooking show.
    (AP, 2/25/09)(SFC, 2/26/09, p.A2)(AP, 5/30/09)
2009        Feb 25, A passenger bus plunged into a river in the Indian part of Kashmir, killing at least 33 people.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Kenya announced its first polio infection in 20 years, after a 4-year-old girl was diagnosed with the disease along the country's remote border with Sudan.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, In Lebanon 3 men jailed for more than three years in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri were set free on bail, days before an international tribunal was to begin trying the case. Brothers Mahmoud and Ahmed Abdel-Al, a member of a pro-Syrian Sunni Muslim fundamentalist group, were detained in 2005. Syrian Ibrahim Jarjoura, was arrested in 2006 on suspicion he gave false evidence and misled the investigation.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Macao passed its own version of “Article 23" legislation, which provided sweeping but vague language banning sedition, but had failed to pass in Hong Kong.
    (Econ, 3/21/09, p.43)
2009        Feb 25, In Martinique vandals burned cars and looted stores overnight, as violence spread to a second French Caribbean island in protests over high prices, low pay and alleged neglect by officials in Paris.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Mexico’s government said it will deploy extra troops and federal police to Ciudad Juarez across the border from Texas, where the police chief recently bowed to crime gang demands that he resign.
    (AP, 2/26/09)
2009        Feb 25, Nigerian teachers in the country's southwest launched an indefinite strike to press demands for better pay.
    (AFP, 2/26/09)
2009        Feb 25, Pakistan's Supreme Court barred main opposition leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif from holding office and contesting elections, sparking political turmoil in the nuclear-armed nation. The court also turfed his younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, out of Punjab’s provincial parliament and his post as its chief minister.
    (AFP, 2/25/09)(Econ, 2/28/09, p.47)
2009        Feb 25, Militants in Gaza launched rockets at southern Israel and Israeli planes attacked smuggling tunnels as a stable truce between the two sides remained elusive. Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad said he is seeking $2.8 billion in foreign aid for rebuilding Gaza Strip. The rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah agreed to release each other's loyalists from detention, seeking to lower tensions during reconciliation talks.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Russian news agencies quoted Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky as saying that his office has exposed an attempt by military officers to smuggle $18 million worth of stolen Russian weapons to China via Tajikistan.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Russia issued a DVD and a thick book of historical documents to dispute claims that the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s amounted to genocide. It was argued that the Stalin-era famine was a common tragedy across Soviet farmlands.
    (SFC, 2/26/09, p.A2)
2009        Feb 25, Rwandan troops began pulling out of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a controversial joint operation with Congolese troops against Rwandan Hutu rebels.
    (AFP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Saudi police were reported to have clashed with Shiite pilgrims over several days near a cemetery in Islam's second-holiest city, leading Shiite Cleric Sheik Nimr al-Nimr  to appeal to the king to put a stop to the "insults" of the religious police. Shiites make up a small minority of the country's 22 million people. Following the incendiary sermon, more than 35 people were arrested in a government crackdown and al-Nimr went into hiding.
    (AP, 2/25/09)(AP, 4/1/09)
2009        Feb 25, In Sierra Leone an international court modeled after the Nuremberg tribunal convicted 3 top rebel leaders of crimes against humanity. Revolutionary United Front leader Issa Sesay and one of his battlefield commanders Morris Kallon were found guilty on 16 of 18 counts, including mutilation, terrorism, rape, forced marriage, sexual slavery and the enlistment of child soldiers. Commander, Augustine Gbao, was found guilty on 14 of the 18 counts. On April 8 Sesay was sentenced to 51 years in prison, Kallon to 40 years, and Gbao to 25 years.
    (AP, 2/25/09)(WSJ, 4/9/09, p.A10)
2009        Feb 25, In Somalia an artillery shell killed two schoolchildren in Mogadishu during the second day of fighting between AU peacekeepers and Islamist insurgents. The death toll in the worst fighting for weeks reached 81.
    (AP, 2/25/09)(Reuters, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Spain is open 'in principle' to accepting prisoners from the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, In Sri Lanka troops fought on the outskirts of the last town under rebel control. Aid groups estimated that more than 200,000 people were trapped in a small strip of rebel-held territory.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many in serious condition.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Standard and Poor's said on it had cut Ukraine's credit ratings to a level indicating vulnerability to default, amid worries over whether Kiev will receive the next slice of a vital IMF loan.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 25, Uzbek President Islam Karimov said he would allow the US to transport non-military supplies through his country as part of a new supply route to Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/25/09)

2010        Feb 25, President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies argued for sweeping health care overhaul in an extraordinary live-on-TV summit with Republicans who want far more modest changes.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In California Rick Ray Liles (51) shot and killed deputy Joel Wahlenmaier (49) in Minkler, Fresno County, during an investigation of arson blazes in the village. Liles took his own life in the gunbattle at his mobile home.
    (SFC, 2/27/10, p.A7)
2010        Feb 25, In California Chelsea King (17) failed to return from a run at a San Diego park. On Feb 28 John Albert Gardner III (30) of Lake Elsinore man was arrested for investigation of murder and rape. King’s body was found buried on March 2 in a shallow grave on the south shore of Lake Hodges. On April 16, 2010, Gardner pleaded guilty to the murder of King and Amber Dubois (14), who had vanished in February, 2009. On May 15 Gardner was sentenced to life in prison for attacks on King and Amber Dubois (14).
    (AP, 3/3/10)(SFC, 4/17/10, p.A5)(SFC, 5/18/10, p.A4)
2010        Feb 25, In Texas a copy of the 1939 comic book, Detective Comics No. 27, in which Batman makes his debut, sold at a Dallas auction for more than $1 million, breaking a record set just three days earlier by a Superman comic. A copy of the first comic book featuring Superman, a 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, sold on Feb 22 for $1 million.
    (AP, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while US-led troops worked to root out final pockets of militants.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Algeria a police official shot dead Colonel Ali Tounsi, the national police chief, during a blazing row in his office in central Algiers.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Bangladesh a fire started at the seven-storey Garib and Garib Sweater factory in the industrial town of Gazipur. Witnesses said the exit gates on the top floor were locked at the time. The fire started on the 2nd floor of the factory, trapping scores of workers. Police say 14 women and 7 men were killed and around 40 people injured.
    (AP, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, Prosecutors in England and Wales received fresh guidelines on assisted suicide that reduce the likelihood of people facing criminal charges for helping ailing loved ones to die.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, Rajib Karim, a British Airways computer specialist, was arrested at his BA desk in Newcastle. On Feb 28, 2011, he was convicted after a trial at Woolwich crown Court in London of plotting with US-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to blow up an airplane. He pleaded guilty to helping produce a terrorist group's video, fundraising and volunteering for terror abroad, but insisted he never planned an attack in Britain. On March 18, 2011, Karim was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (, 2/28/11)(AP, 3/18/11)
2010        Feb 25, In Canada Kim Yu-Na (19) of South Korea, achieved her country's first Olympic figure skating title with a resounding victory in the Pacific Coliseum.
    (AFP, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, Canada's ice hockey women celebrated a gold medal win by taking to the ice afterwards drinking beer and smoking cigars.
    (Reuters, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Canada police found the body actor Andrew Koenig (41) in a wooded area in Vancouver. He had played Boner in the 1980’s TV sitcom “Growing Pains."
    (SFC, 2/26/10, p.A13)
2010        Feb 25, In China the People’s Daily reported that 62 workers had been poisoned in a poorly ventilated factory in Suzhou run Wintek, a Taiwanese manufacturer that makes products for firms including apple and Nokia.
    (Econ, 3/6/10, p.83)
2010        Feb 25, In China at least 29 people were injured and hundreds of buildings damaged in a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in southwestern Yunnan province.
    (AP, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Egypt Ahmed Mostafa (20), an engineering student, was detained and charged with publishing false news and "tarnishing the military's image" after blogging about a student forced to leave the military academy to make room for a candidate from a wealthier family. A military tribunal later agreed to suspend proceedings in return for an apology.
    (AP, 3/7/10)
2010        Feb 25, India and Pakistan held their first official talks since the 2008 Mumbai siege, with both sides saying they wanted to rebuild trust shattered in that attack but acknowledging that the meeting was just a first step toward a renewed peace process.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In India a Hindu newspaper said India's best-known painter M.F. Husain (94), who went into exile after death threats from Hindu hardliners, has been granted Qatari citizenship, sparking new soul-searching about his persecution at home. Husain, known as the "Picasso of India," had angered hardline Hindus by portraying Hindu deities in the nude or in a sexually suggestive manner.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Iraq Saleh al-Mutlaq, a top Sunni lawmaker who just last week pulled his party out of the upcoming election, announced that his National Dialogue Front would contest the crucial March 7 vote.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi turned up the heat in his country's dispute with Switzerland, calling for jihad over a recent Swiss ban on the construction of minarets.
    (AFP, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Mali at least 15 people died in a stampede in a Timbuktu mosque during services celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Mexico 4 suspected cartel gunmen were killed outside the city of Matamoros after they attacked an army patrol on a highway.
    (AP, 2/26/10)
2010        Feb 25, Mozambique's health minister, Leonardo Chavane, said 36 people have died this year from a cholera outbreak in the northern and central parts of the southern African country. he said the situation is worrying because new cases are being reported daily and are complicated by rumors that health staff are spreading cholera rather than fighting it.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, Pakistan’s government confirmed the arrest of Afghan Taliban leader Maulavi Abdul Kabir. The paramilitary Frontier Corps killed 25 militants near the northwestern district of Darra Adam Khel during a joint 2-day operation with police.
    (SFC, 2/26/10, p.A4)(AP, 2/27/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Russia the Moscow City Court said in a statement that 12 mostly underage neo-Nazis who called themselves "White Wolves" have been charged with 11 murders and one assault since April 2007. Nine ultranationalists were sentenced to up to 23 years in jail for 6 hate-motivated killings and one assault.
    (AP, 2/25/10)(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A2)
2010        Feb 25, In Rwanda French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy visited with pres. Paul Kagame too cement improved diplomatic relations following years of acrimony, recriminations and diplomatic standoffs over events surrounding the 1994 genocide. He said France made serious errors of judgment over the genocide, and those responsible for the killings should be found and punished, including any who might be residing in France.
    (Reuters, 2/25/10)(AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Sudan the head of the most heavily armed Darfur rebel group ordered the release of 50 Sudanese government personnel following the signing of a peace deal. The move followed the government's release a day earlier of 57 fighters of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement, some 50 of whom had been condemned to death for their part in an unprecedented assault on Khartoum in 2008. A Darfur rebel group accused the Sudanese army of attacking its positions a day earlier, the same day that the president declared the Darfur war over. Aid workers said 100,000 people had fled the surge of fighting.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)(Reuters, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, Syria and Iran defended their strong ties and dismissed US efforts to break up the 30-year-alliance, saying America should not dictate relationships in the Middle East.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In Arusha, Tanzania, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), found lieutenant colonel Ephrem Setako (60) guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and murder. "The Chamber found that Setako ordered the killings on 25 April 1994 of 30 to 40 Tutsis at Mukamira military camp in Ruhengeri prefecture and around 10 other Tutsis there on 11 May 1994."
    (Reuters, 2/25/10)

2011        Feb 25, President Barack Obama signed an executive order freezing assets held by Gadhafi and four of his children in the United States.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, US officials said authorities have arrested close to 700 people in an ongoing US-led international crackdown on Mexican drug cartels.
    (AFP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, The US returned to Russia a trove of historic archive documents dating back to Catherine the Great that were stolen after the Soviet breakup. Some of the documents returned were stolen from archives in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s. Russian authorities have accused Vladimir Feinberg, a Russian antiques dealer in Israel, of stealing the documents and have been unsuccessful in obtaining his extradition.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Daly City, Ca., 9-year councilwoman Margarita Gomez (56), pleaded guilty to two felony counts of insurance fraud. She planned to resign on Feb 28. On May 3 Gomez was sentenced to 6 months in jail ordered to pay $64,000 in restitution.
    (SFC, 2/26/11, p.C3)(SFC, 5/4/11, p.C2)
2011        Feb 25, In Bahrain tens of thousands of anti-government protesters filled Manama in an attempt to boost pressure for sweeping political concessions before possible talks to end nearly two weeks of demonstrations and clashes in the strategic Gulf island kingdom.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, A Brazilian court suspended work on the $11 billion Belo Monte dam project citing environmental concerns.
    (SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 25, In Brazil Ricardo Jose Neis sped his car through a pack of more than 100 pro-cycling activists in the city of Porto Alegre. At least 40 people were injured. Prosecutors soon asked for his preventive detention on charges of attempted homicide.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Feb 25, China widened its Internet policing after online calls for protests like those that swept the Middle East, with social networking site LinkedIn and searches for the US ambassador's name both blocked. Access to LinkedIn resumed on Feb 26.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, China dropped the death penalty for more than a dozen nonviolent crimes and banned capital punishment for people over the age of 75 in largely symbolic moves that are not expected to significantly reduce executions.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, UN officials said at least 40 people have been raped in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 2/26/11, p.A2) 
2011        Feb 25, In Egypt tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square, trying to keep up pressure on Egypt's military rulers to carry out reforms and calling for the dismissal of holdovers from the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, The French film industry awarded the coveted Cesar award for best movie to "Of Gods and Men" ("Des Hommes et des Dieux") by Xavier Beauvois, a masterful drama based on the real-life tragedy of seven French monks abducted and beheaded during Algeria's civil war in 1996. Director Roman Polanski won Best Director for "The Ghost Writer," and "The Social Network" won Best Foreign Film.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Iraq thousands marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces in cities across the country, in the largest and most violent anti-government protests here since political unrest began spreading in the Arab world several weeks ago. The "Day of Rage" clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the city of Mosul and town of Hawija left 8 dead and dozens wounded. At least two people were killed and 14 others injured in riots in Anbar province. One person was killed in Tikrit and another in Kalar. In a bid to head off protests, Iraq slashed politicians' pay, increased food funds for the needy and delayed a planned law that would raise import tariffs and, thus, prices of goods in markets. 2 teens died of their injuries the next day. Altogether at least 19 people were killed.
     (AP, 2/25/11)(AFP, 2/25/11)(AP, 2/26/11)(SFC, 2/26/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 25, Polls opened in Ireland in a national election. Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny (59), Ireland's longest-serving parliamentarian, looked almost certain to be the next prime minister. Fine Gael won 76 seats; Labor won 37 seats. Fianna Fail lost 58 seats, dropping from 78 to 20.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(Reuters, 2/26/11)(AFP, 2/27/11)(AP, 3/6/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.58)
2011        Feb 25, Italian police arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Pope Benedict XVI for converting a Muslim journalist in Italy to Catholicism.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Libya militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi opened fire on protesters streaming out of mosques in Tripoli, demanding the regime's ouster, witnesses said, reporting at least 5 killed. Across rebellious cities in the east, tens of thousands held rallies in support of the first Tripoli protests in days. Libyan diplomats at the UN in Geneva declared they were defecting to the opposition, delivering another blow to Gadhafi's flailing regime as international pressure built over his violent attempt to cling to power. Pro-Gadhafi troops with tanks attacked the Misrata Air Base east of Tripoli that had fallen into rebel hands. They succeeded in retaking part of it in battles with residents and anti-Gadhafi army units and up to 27 people were said to have been killed. 11 members of Libya's Arab League mission said they have resigned en masse because of Gadhafi's use of force against his opponents.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(Reuters, 2/25/11)(AP, 2/26/11)(AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 25, Mexican police discovered the bodies of 3 people, missing since Feb 7, related human rights activist Josefina Reyes, who was killed last year in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In northwest Pakistan militants blew up at least 11 tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan and shot dead four people.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Panama customs director Gloria Moreno de Lopez said that nearly a half ton (421 kilos) shark fins were found at Panama's international airport in a shipment labeled as dried fish. She says the container originated in Ecuador and was bound for New York City.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, Somalia's president said that government forces are gaining ground after a week of fighting against al-Qaida-linked militants who had for years confined his administration to a few blocks of the capital.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Spain said it will lower highway speed limits, cut train ticket prices and use more biofuel under an emergency energy-saving initiative because of soaring oil prices brought on by the unrest in Libya.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Thai authorities displayed a ton of illicitly smuggled African elephant ivory and rhino horns seized at Bangkok's airport, a haul described as a victory for better international intelligence sharing among wildlife officials.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Tunisia tens of thousands of people filled the streets of central Tunis in what they called a "day of rage," calling for the resignation of PM Mohamed Ghannouchi, a former ally of the ousted president.
    (Reuters, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Yemen tens of thousands of people gathered in a main square in Sanaa for prayers that later turned into mass protests to press demands for the US-backed president to step down. Security forces in Aden opened fire on demonstrators wounding at least 19 people.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(SFC, 2/26/11, p.A5)

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

2013        Feb 25, C. Everett Koop (96), former US Surgeon General (1981-1989), died at his home in Hanover, NH.
    (SFC, 2/26/13, p.A4)
2013        Feb 25, In Pennsylvania an inmate assaulted and killed a guard with a homemade weapon at the Canaan federal penitentiary.
    (SFC, 2/27/13, p.A4)
2013        Feb 25, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien (74), resigned following allegations he behaved in an inappropriate way with priests, and said he would not take part in the election of Pope Benedict's replacement. O'Brien said he had tendered his resignation some months ago.
    (Reuters, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, In China a Tibetan monk set himself on fire in protest against Chinese    rule near dozens of pilgrims who had gathered for prayers to mark the end of the Tibetan New Year festival in Gansu province. Another had set himself ablaze a day earlier at a monastery in Qinghai province. Both died. A third monk was taken to a hospital after setting himself alight in a separate incident.
    (AP, 2/26/13)
2013        Feb 25, In Colombia thousands of coffee workers began blocking roads in 10 provinces over falling incomes from leaf rust and falling coffee prices.
    (Econ, 3/2/13, p.38)
2013        Feb 25, A judge in the Dominican Republic ruled that Martha Heredia (22), the winner of a TV talent show, can be held in jail for up to a year while authorities investigate her alleged involvement in drug smuggling. She was arrested at a Dominican airport on Feb 20 as she was about to board a flight to New York. Police allege she had 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) of heroin stuffed in the heels of three pairs of platform shoes.
    (AP, 2/26/13)
2013        Feb 25, Israel and the US carried out a successful test of the next-generation Arrow 3 missile defense system, for the first time sending an interceptor into outer space, where it could destroy missiles fired from Iran.
    (AP, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, Italians voted for a second day in a national election. Italy faced political paralysis as near-complete results in crucial national elections showed no clear winner and raised the possibility of a hung parliament. Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) won no less than 163 of 945 elected members.
    (AP, 2/25/13)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.50)
2013        Feb 25, Jordan said it has no official word from Saudi Arabia about one of its citizens, youth activist Khaled Natour, apprehended by authorities there 50 days ago.
    (AP, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, Mexico's central bank said that Mexican corporations invested about $25.6 billion last year in buying up foreign plants and companies, more than twice the $12.6 foreigners invested directly in Mexican firms. An official confirmed that was the first time in recent memory that outflows exceeded inflows.
    (AP, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, Park Geun-hye began serving as South Korea's first female president and returned to the presidential mansion where she grew up with her dictator father.
    (AP, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, In southern Pakistan a blast at a Sufi shrine killed two people in Shikarpur.
    (AP, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
    (AP, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, Syria’s foreign minister Walid al-Moallem said his country ready to hold talks with the armed opposition trying to topple President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 2/25/13)
2013        Feb 25, In Turkey German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Turkish leaders amid growing frustration in Turkey over its slow-moving EU membership and a perceived reluctance by European nations to crackdown on Turkish militants operating in their nations.
    (AP, 2/25/13)

2014        Feb 25, California authorities said police officers in King City had taken part in a scheme in which over 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were impounded and later sold when owners could not pay fees. Four officers were arrested in the case. The arrests, which also included a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police department launched in September when a visiting investigator — there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the community didn't trust its police department.
    (SFC, 2/26/14, p.A6)(AP, 2/27/14)
2014        Feb 25, Jim Lange (1932), former TV game host, died in Mill Valley, Ca. His shows included “The Dating Game" (1965-1978), “Hollywood Connection," “$100,000 Name That Tune" and “The Newlywed Game."
    (SFC, 2/28/14, p.D2)
2014        Feb 25, British police arrested former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and three other people in the latest in a string of detentions linked to suspected terror offences relating to Syria.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Canada-based BlackBerry said it will release a low-cost phone in Indonesia in April and plans a broader release of a phone that restores a beloved row of control keys with a track pad.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, A Chinese state-run newspaper, the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily, reported that man in a smog-ridden northern city has become the first person in China to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Croatia's trade unions, representing both public and private sector employees, staged a nationwide two-hour strike, firing a warning shot against the government's plan to make labor rules more flexible.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Egypt's interim Pres. Adly Mansour named construction magnate Ibrahim Mehlib  to replace Hazem el-Beblaw. Mehlib had led Arab Contractors, Egypt's biggest construction company.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Members of the European Parliament voted through the world's toughest carbon dioxide standards for new cars, prompting a cautious welcome from environmental campaigners.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Ghana's Pres. John Dramani Mahama was heckled by opposition lawmakers while he outlined plans to boost the country's economy, as a free-falling currency sparks frustration over living costs.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, In Guinea secondary school student Moussa Mara was hospitalized after being kicked in the stomach during a football match in his neighborhood. Conakry doctors reportedly demanded 300 euros ($410) from his family to treat the boy, but they were unable to pay. Classmates stumped up the cash but Mara died on the operating table.
    (AFP, 2/27/14)
2014        Feb 25, In Iraq attacks, including a suicide bombing near the Anbar provincial council headquarters in Ramadi, killed 12 people.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Japan’s government published a draft energy plan which put nuclear power at the core.
    (Econ, 3/8/14, p.43)
2014        Feb 25, The website of Tokyo-based Mt. Gox was returning a blank page today. The disappearance of the site follows the Feb 23 resignation of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group seeking legitimacy for the currency, and a withdrawal ban imposed at the exchange earlier this month.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Malawi President Joyce Banda (63) faced calls to resign, after an audit revealed $32 million dollars of state funds had been stolen by corrupt officials between April and September of 2013.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)(Econ, 5/24/14, p.44)
2014        Feb 25, An independent human rights group presented evidence directly implicating the Myanmar government in abusive and discriminatory policies targeting members of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, In northeastern Nigeria gunmen from the Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school early today, killing 59 people, many of whom died in flames as the school was burned to the ground in Buni Yadi, Yobe state.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)(Reuters, 2/26/14)
2014        Feb 25, The Norwegian defense group Kongsberg says it has been charged with corruption relating to its activities in Romania. The charges were linked to deliveries of communication equipment to Romania from 1999 to 2008.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Pakistan said that work on a pipeline to import gas from Iran cannot proceed because of sanctions imposed by the United Sates and the European Union on Tehran.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Pakistani military jets and helicopter gunships killed nearly 25 insurgents in the latest tribal area strikes.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, In the Republic of Congo a former minister under ousted president Francois Bozize, Patrice Edouard Ngaissona -- who calls himself the coordinator of the mostly Christian "anti-balaka" (anti-machete) militia, was arrested along with two aides and transferred to Brazzaville.
    (AP, 2/27/14)
2014        Feb 25, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for a week by a court for resisting arrest at a protest over the convictions of activists for attacking police at a 2012 rally against President Putin.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, In South Africa 5 illegal miners were found dead in an abandoned shaft near Johannesburg.
    (Reuters, 2/26/14)
2014        Feb 25, In Syria Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the Nusra Front, called on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group to agree to arbitration by religious scholars to end more than a year of feuding which has turned violent in some areas.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Thailand announced a slump in trade figures with the biggest drop in imports in more than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests extended their economic toll.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, In Thailand an accident at a hospital construction site near Bangkok killed at least 11 people and injured 18 others.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned leaked recordings of him and his son allegedly discussing how to hide large sums of money as a "vile attack" by rivals, as calls mounted for his beleaguered government to resign. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse several hundred people protesting against the government at an Ankara university.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)(Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, A Ugandan newspaper published a list of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.
    (AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 25, In Zimbabwe a petrol bomb hit the home of top opposition official and former finance minister Tendai Biti, the second such attack in three years.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)

2015        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to throw overboard a Florida fisherman’s conviction under an evidence-tampering provision of a federal white collar crime law for disposing of undersized red grouper fish while he was under investigation. Fisherman John Yates was convicted in 2011 on two of three charges, including one under the so-called anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley law. The case began in August 2007 when federal and state officials measured fish on Yates's commercial fishing boat, named the Miss Katie, that they suspected were undersized.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled that the North Carolina state regulatory board, made up mostly of dentists, violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening procedures.
    (SFC, 2/26/15, p.A12)
2015        Feb 25, A US federal appeals court said Almaz Nezirovic, a former Bosnian prison guard living in Virginia, is eligible for extradition to face war-crimes charges.
    (SFC, 2/26/15, p.A7)
2015        Feb 25, Former Guatemala President Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004) was released from a US minimum security facility in Colorado and returned to his home county. In 2014 he pleaded guilty in federal court to a conspiracy charge saying he had accepted $2.5 million in bribes to continue to recognize Taiwan diplomatically during his presidency.
    (SFC, 2/26/15, p.A7)
2015        Feb 25, The US-based TJX Cos., owners of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other chains said it would hike worker hourly pay to at least $9 beginning in June.
    (SFC, 2/26/15, p.C3)
2015        Feb 25, The Austrian parliament singled out Islam as a faith by passing a law that restricts its adherents' religious activities. The new “Law on Islam" bars outside funding of Islamic religious communities, forces small mosques to close within a year, and requires imams to preach in German.
    (CSM, 2/26/15)
2015        Feb 25, A Bangladesh court issued an arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia, the opposition leader whose political feud with PM Sheikh Hasina has dominated the country's politics for more than a decade.
    (AP, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, In Bosnia appeals judge Azra Miletic was arrested on suspicion of taking a bribe. Two other people, whose sentences for organized crime and drug-dealing had been greatly reduced on appeal, were arrested on the same grounds. One was a former police officer.
    (Reuters, 2/26/15)
2015        Feb 25, Cyprus signed a deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls on the island.
    (AP, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, The EU unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between its 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers.
    (AP, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, France outlined plans for a broader dialogue with its Muslim minority after the faith's official council proved unable to deal with the challenges presented by Islamist radicalization.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, French police arrested three Al Jazeera journalists for illegally flying drones in Paris.
    (SFC, 2/26/15, p.A2)
2015        Feb 25, In Iraq and Syria the US and its partner nations launched 15 air strikes against the Islamic State with six in Iraq and nine in Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, New Zealand reported that it will be sending 143 troops to Iraq tasked with protecting 16 Kiwi soldiers training Iraqi forces.
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.A4)
2015        Feb 25, Philippine President Benigno Aquino called for autonomy for a Muslim region to end an insurgency there despite widespread misgivings after Muslim rebels killed 44 policemen.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, Philippine troops, backed by artillery fire and assault helicopters, battled about 300 Abu Sayyaf rebels in fighting that left 2 soldiers and 5 militants dead.
    (AP, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, Somali pirates released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years. They were sailors of the FV Prantalay 12 vessel, seized by Somali pirates on April 18, 2010.
    (AP, 2/27/15)
2015        Feb 25, The South African government raised taxes and scaled back spending plans in its annual budget as it wrestled with stalling growth, rising debt, power blackouts and rampant unemployment.
    (AFP, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, In eastern Ukraine a long-awaited truce took hold at last with the army reporting no combat fatalities for the first time in weeks, but the news did nothing to halt a currency collapse that forced the central bank to ban most trading.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)
2015        Feb 25, In Yemen armed men from the newly dominant Houthi group took over a special forces army base in Sanaa in clashes that left at least 10 people killed.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)

2016        Feb 25, US authorities said a group of people in Puerto Rico, who made more than $100,000 a year, received Medicaid coverage as part of a $10 million health care fraud scheme. FBI agents arrested eight people as part of the continuing fraud investigation, including three employees with Puerto Rico's Health Department. Five others were accused of recruiting Medicaid participants in exchange for bribes ranging from $10 to $30 a person.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, In Alabama Greg Gunn (58), a black man was shot multiple times by white police officer Aaron Smith following an altercation that occurred when Gunn was stopped while walking home around 3 a.m. from a neighborhood card game. On March 2 Officer Aaron Smith (23) was charged with murder. On Nov 18 a grand jury indicted Smith on murder charges.
    (, 3/3/16, p.A4)(SSFC, 11/20/16, p.A10)
2016        Feb 25, In Kansas a gunman killed 3 people and wounded 14 others at a lawnmower factory before being gunned down by police in the latest mass shooting to rock the United States. Cedric Ford (38) wrked at Excel Industries, located in Hesston, a community north of Wichita.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)
2016        Feb 25, Romas Sakadolskis (68), prominent Lithuanian journalist, passed in NYC. He had a lengthy career at the US radio station Voice of America.
2016        Feb 25, In Argentina teachers extracted an agreement from the government for a 30% salary increase. Other unions were demanding pay raises at least as big.
    (Econ, 3/5/16, p.31)
2016        Feb 25, A delegation of five African heads of state arrived in Bujumbura at the start of a two-day visit to push for talks to end Burundi's deep political crisis.
    (AFP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, Well-known Chinese rights lawyer Zhang Kai appeared on state television confessing to crimes after a months-long disappearance, the latest case in China's widening crackdown on dissent. He had represented a group of Christians who were detained for suspected financial crimes last year after they resisted the demolition of crosses.
    (Reuters, 2/26/16)
2016        Feb 25, In southern Egypt a court convicted four Coptic teenagers of contempt for Islam after they appeared in a video mocking Muslim prayers. Three were sentenced to five years in prison each while the fourth was referred to a juvenile facility for being under the age of 18.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, The European Parliament called on the EU to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, In Greece a clampdown at the Macedonia border led to massive crowds waiting on the border. About 2,800 people were there and only 100 were allowed to cross in the morning.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad, killing at least 15 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, In Jamaica the opposition narrowly won parliamentary elections, defeating the party led by the first female prime minister to govern the largest English-speaking country in the Caribbean. Preliminary results from the Electoral Commission showed the Jamaica Labor Party capturing 33 spots in the 63-seat Parliament.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
2016        Feb 25, A Libyan militia loyal to the Islamist-backed government in Tripoli says it has arrested Mohammed Saad al-Tajouri, the city of Sabratha's IS leader, and killed dozens of IS members in a gunbattle.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, A UN human rights report documented thousands of cases of beheadings, arbitrary detention and torture involving electrocution and beatings with pipes and cables in an increasingly lawless Libya, where impunity has grown since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi nearly five years ago.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, In northern Myanmar 14 members of the Pat Jasan organization, a grassroots anti-drug organization whose members were on a march to destroy opium poppies in farmers' fields, were wounded when they were attacked with automatic weapons and hand grenades.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, NATO envoys set out how ships already sent to the Aegean will pass reconnaissance to Turkish and Greek coastguards and the EU border agency Frontex, as well as returning to Turkey any migrants in distress that NATO crews rescue.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, In Russia explosions at a coal mine in the far north Komi region killed four miners, and a further 26 were missing at the Severnaya coal mine. On Feb 28 emergency services said the 26 miners have died and rescue operations have been halted after a third blast underground killed 6 rescue workers.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)(AFP, 2/28/16)
2016        Feb 25, The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed four people and injured eight others in a mortar attack near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, In South Africa protesting students burned down several buildings at a university overnight, forcing administrators to close the campus and telling students to leave.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
2016        Feb 25, Syrian government troops backed by Russian airstrikes recaptured a town in Aleppo province from Islamic State militants in a key advance just two days ahead of a US and Russia-engineered cease-fire.
    (AP, 2/25/16)

2017        Feb 25, Donald Trump announced he will skip the annual White House correspondents' dinner on April 29, the first US president to do so in 36 years. The tradition began in 1921 in which journalists invite the US president for a light-hearted roast. Richard Nixon, who despised the media, skipped the event in 1972. Ronald Reagan missed the event in 1981 when he was recovering after being shot in an assassination attempt.
    (AFP, 2/26/17)(SSFC, 2/26/17, p.A10)
2017        Feb 25, In Atlanta the Democratic Party’s 447 National Committee members elected former Obama labor secretary Tom Perez to be their new party chair. Perez became the first Latino to hold the post. Perez tapped runner-up Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as deputy chair.
    (SSFC, 2/26/17, p.A11)
2017        Feb 25, In Louisiana Neilson Rizzuto (25) was arrested after he plowed into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans while intoxicated. 21 people were hospitalized.
    (SFC, 2/26/17, p.A4)
2017        Feb 25, In Texas Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Lizana (35) was sentenced to three months of confinement, one month of hard labor and given a dishonorable discharge following his conviction of misconduct with eight women.
    (SFC, 2/27/17, p.A4)
2017        Feb 25, The Afghan Interior Ministry said 38 militants, including 23 IS fighters, were killed in separate operations conducted by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar and Helmand provinces over the past two days. Two students were reported killed when a mortar struck a school's classroom in Laghman province.
    (AP, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, Albanian police sued the leader of the country's opposition Democratic Party for allegedly inciting calls for violence. A day earlier Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha urged "citizens to violently react against state institutions," a crime that, if proven, carries up to a three-year jail sentence.
    (AP, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, Five Azerbaijani soldiers were killed during fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan and neighboring Armenia traded blame for the outbreak of violence.
    (AP, 2/25/17)(Reuters, 2/27/17)
2017        Feb 25, Britain’s tallest man Neil Fingleton (36), a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in "Game of Thrones," died of heart failure.
    (AP, 2/27/17)   
2017        Feb 25, Egyptian state news said a Cairo has court acquitted one of deposed President Hosni Mubarak's closest aides in a retrial in a corruption case. Zakaria Azmi, Mubarak's former chief of staff, had been sentenced to seven years in prison in 2012 and fined 36.4 million Egyptian pounds ($6 million) on charges of making illegal gains.
    (Reuters, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, France said it will send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol on Feb 22 killing 16.
    (AFP, 2/26/17)
2017        Feb 25, In Germany a student (35) rammed his car into a group of pedestrians, killing one person and injuring two others in Heidelberg. The accused was shot and wounded by police after fleeing the scene on foot while wielding a knife.
    (AFP, 2/26/17)
2017        Feb 25, Iran announced plans to buy 950 tons of uranium ore from Kazakhstan over three years and said it expects to get Russian help in producing nuclear fuel.
    (Reuters, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled jihadists inside west Mosul. Shifa Gardi, a female reporter working for Iraqi Kurdish channel Rudaw, was killed by the explosion of a roadside bomb during the fighting in Mosul. Four bombs went off near a minor pipeline from an oilfield close to the northern city of Kirkuk. One member of the Kurdish security forces was killed.
    (AFP, 2/25/17)(Reuters, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, Israel's military fired tear gas across the border into Lebanon, breaking up a small Lebanese protest against cameras installed there.
    (AP, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, In Libya a ceasefire went into force in Tripoli after two days of fighting between rival gunmen injured nine people and forced residents to cower indoors.
    (AP, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, Palestinian authorities recovered the bodies of three workers who had inhaled toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt.
    (AP, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, In southern Romania thousands of people turned out for a pro-government rally in the town of Targoviste, hoping to boost the popularity of the center-left government following massive anti-corruption protests.
    (AP, 2/25/17)
2017        Feb 25, In Syria a suicide assault on two security service bases in of Homs killing at least 32 people, including General Hassan Daabul, a top intelligence chief.
    (AFP, 2/25/17)(SSFC, 2/26/17, p.A8)
2017        Feb 25, Thailand's military junta removed the chief of the department responsible for overseeing Buddhist affairs and replaced him with a police officer, amid a stand-off between officials and monks at the country's largest temple.
    (Reuters, 2/25/17)

2018        Feb 25, In Nevada a British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from her injuries, bringing the total number of deaths from the Feb. 10 crash up to five.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 25, The Jornal do Brasil, an emblematic Rio de Janeiro daily founded in 1896, returned to print after eight years of exclusively digital production.
    (AFP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 25, The ruling party of Cambodian PM Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in today's elections for the country's Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In the Central African Republic a UNICEF employee and five other education workers were killed in an attack as the group traveled to the northeastern town of Markounda near the Chadian border.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 25, It was reported that China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In Congo DRC a policeman shot prominent activist Rossy Mukendi of the Collective 2016 citizen's movement in Kinshasa. Mukendi soon died of his wounds and the policeman was arrested.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)(AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 25, An Iraqi judiciary spokesman said a local court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State. All the verdicts are subject to appeal.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called an unprecedented attack on Christians in the Holy Land.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, Jordan's King Abdullah II approved a Cabinet reshuffle, replacing ministers in key domestic portfolios such as interior, labor and the economy at a time continued economic downturn.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In southern Mexico Dulce Rebaja Pedro, a state assembly candidate in Guerrero state, was killed just days after another office-seeker was shot to death in the same city. A state policeman was also killed, and both bodies were found in a truck on a highway outside the city of Chilapa. Rebaja's aunt was also found dead in a well at her son's home.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 25, North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol, making a rare visit to South Korea, said that his country was willing to open talks with the United States.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak (27) and his girlfriend were found dead at his home in Velka Maca, 65 km (40 miles) east of the capital Bratislava. Kuciak was working on a story about the activities of Italian mafia in Slovakia and their links to people close to PM Robert Fico. On Feb. 28 Kuciak's news website published his last, unfinished story.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)(AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 25, In South Korea Russian hockey players won their first hockey gold medal since 1992 with a 4-3 win over Germany.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In South Korea the overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In Syria new regime air strikes and heavy clashes shook the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war. At least seven civilians were killed in strikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, bringing the total number of dead in the week to 527, including 129 children.
    (AFP, 2/25/18)

2019        Feb 25, The United States imposed sanctions on four pro-Maduro state governors as it ramped up pressure on Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro, whose election Washington sees as illegitimate.
    (Reuters, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, San Francisco's District Attorney George Gascon announced that his office will wipe out more than 9,000 marijuana-related convictions in cases dating back to 1975.
    (SFC, 2/26/19, p.A1)
2019        Feb 25, Kim Vincent Avis (55), aka Ken Gordon-Avis, reportedly vanished after going for a nighttime swim in treacherous waters in Monterey, Ca. Detectives soon began to suspect a hoax. Avis was wanted on 24 counts of rape in Scotland. In July he was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Feb 25, US-led scientists said evidence for man-made global warming has reached a "gold standard" level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures.
    (Reuters, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, In Afghanistan a NATO drone strike mistakenly killed nine members of a government-backed militia in Ghazni province.
    (AP, 2/26/19)
2019        Feb 25, In Argentina several assailants entered the Buenos Aires home of Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich and beat him, identifying him as the chief rabbi of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, one of the country's most prominent Jewish groups.
    (AP, 2/26/19)
2019        Feb 25, The British government said it plans to ban Lebanon-based Hezbollah as a terrorist group, accusing the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, Britain's Labor Party said it would back a second public vote on Brexit if the House of Commons rejects its alternative withdrawal plan later this week.
    (SFC, 2/26/19, p.A3)
2019        Feb 25, The European Union opened the door to Britain postponing its exit from the 28-nation bloc beyond the March 29 deadline, saying it would be a "rational solution" given the political crisis in the UK.
    (AFP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, Paris prosecutors dropped a rape investigation targeting filmmaker Luc Besson (59) because of a lack of evidence.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, In Germany prosecutors fined automaker BMW 8.5 million euros ($9.66 million) for lax oversight in installing defective engine software that led to excessive diesel emissions in 7,965 cars.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, In eastern India hundreds of indigenous people waved flags and shouted slogans to protest against an order to evict more than one million indigenous families accused of encroaching on forest lands.
    (Reuters, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a US-educated veteran diplomat who helped craft the pact that curbed Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, gave no reason for his decision to quit when he announced it on Instagram.
    (Reuters, 2/26/19)
2019        Feb 25, An Iraqi government source said 14 French nationals accused of fighting for the Islamic State group have been transferred to Iraq by US-backed forces squeezing the jihadists' final Syrian bastion. Since Feb. 21, 280 Iraqi nationals accused of fighting alongside IS have been transferred to Iraqi authorities.
    (AFP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, In Italy Gianni Alemanno, a former mayor of Rome (2008-2013), was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in the infiltration of organized crime into the capital. He immediately vowed to appeal.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, Niger hosted leaders of 17 countries on the rim of the Sahel (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan) as talks began on a nearly $400-billion plan to help the fragile region cope with climate change.
    (AFP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, Serbia's defense ministry took delivery of four Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, In Spain MWC Barcelona, the world's biggest mobile industry trade fair, opened. A global battle between the US government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir issued decrees giving security forces powers to search buildings, restrict movements of people and public transportation, arrest individuals suspected of crimes related to the state of emergency and seize assets or property during investigations. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters in Khartoum against a state of emergency imposed by Pres. Omar al-Bashir to end rallies against his rule.
    (AFP, 2/25/19)(AP, 2/26/19)
2019        Feb 25, In Switzerland the international boxing association (AIBA) said it has approved new uniforms for female boxers to wear for religious reasons. Hijabs and full body form-fitting uniforms have been designed.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, In eastern Syria evacuations from the last pocket of territory held by the Islamic State group continued amid a standoff between the militants and the US-backed forces besieging them. An estimated 300 IS militants were besieged in Baghouz.
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the international arms control system is facing collapse and urged Russia and the US to stop the imminent demise of a crucial nuclear treaty.
    (AFP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, The United Nations' highest court ruled that Britain carved up Mauritius illegally when it agreed to end colonial rule and must "bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible".
    (AP, 2/25/19)
2019        Feb 25, Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Cambodia for a 2-day visit to strengthen already close bilateral ties.
    (AP, 2/25/19)

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