Timeline 2017 January - March Return to home2017 Jan 1, In
California new laws went into effect that included an increase in
the minimum wage from $10 and hour to $10.50 an hour for businesses
with 26 or more employees.
(SSFC, 1/1/17, p.A10)
2017 Jan 1, In Illinois a new
law took effect that mandated an hour of training for stylists,
barbers, cosmetologists, hair braiders and nail technicians for
abuse training as part of their licensing process.
(SFC, 1/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 1, In NYC three new
subway stations opened to the public on the Second Avenue line.
(SFC, 1/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 1, In Texas an
accidental pesticide poisoning left four children dead. Phosphine
gas was likely released when a father used a garden hose to wash
away a pesticide under a mobile home.
(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 1, The Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation brought into force a policy on research
that it supports calling for the research, when published, to be
freely available to all. On March 23 the foundation announced that
it will pay the cost of putting such research in one particular
repository of freely available papers.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.69)
2017 Jan 1, In Bahrain a prison
break led to the death of a police officer and the escape of ten
inmates convicted on terrorism charges, setting off a manhunt across
the tiny island nation.
(AP, 1/1/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.40)
2017 Jan 1, In Brazil a
rebellion began late today at the Anisio Jobim prison complex in
Manaus. By the next day 57 people were killed in the riot sparked by
a war between rival drug gangs. Many of those slain were beheaded or
dismembered. An estimated 225 inmates escaped and only 48 were
recaptured. Officials later said members of the FDN, Familia do
Norte (Family of the North), organized the massacre seeking to wipe
out the Sao Paulo-based rival Comando da Capital (PCC).
(Reuters, 1/2/17)(AP, 1/3/17)(AP, 2/22/17)(Econ,
2017 Jan 1, British economist
Anthony Atkinson (b.1944)) died. His 40 books included: “Inequality:
What Can Be Done" (2015).
(Econ, 1/7/17, p.57)
2017 Jan 1, In Burundi a gunman
killed Emmanuel Niyonkuru (54), the country’s environment and water
minister early today, the first senior government figure to be
murdered in nearly two years of political violence.
2017 Jan 1, In China new
regulations went into effect regarding the country’s salt industry,
easing a monopoly that has existed in some form for more than 2,000
2017 Jan 1, In northern China
heavy smog caused hundreds of flights to be canceled and highways to
shut, disrupting the first day of the New Year holiday.
2017 Jan 1, China’s state news
agency Xinhua reported that a court in the eastern province of Anhui
has handed out sentences of up to 20 years in jail for 67 people
involved in a mafia-style gang that engaged in gambling, extortion
2017 Jan 1, In Congo DRC rival
groups agreed a deal for hauling the country out of a perilous
political crisis. Under a landmark accord, the country's contested
president, Joseph Kabila, who under the constitution should have
left office on December 20, will stay in power until elections are
held at the end of 2017. During this period a so-called National
Transition Council will be set up, headed by opposition leader
Etienne Tshisekedi, and a prime minister will be named from
2017 Jan 1, Denmark police
arrested Chung Yoo-ra (20), an equestrian competitor and the
daughter of Choi Soon-sil, a central figure in a South Korean
influence-peddling scandal that led to President Park Geun-hye's
impeachment. She will face extradition proceedings following her
arrest on an Interpol request from Seoul.
2017 Jan 1, Gambian security
agents closed three private radio stations near the capital, Banjul,
amid an escalating political crisis triggered by President Yahya
Jammeh's refusal to accept his election defeat.
2017 Jan 1, In Hong Kong nearly
5,000 people marched in a New Year's Day protest against an attempt
by the semi-autonomous Chinese city's government to disqualify four
2017 Jan 1, In Indonesia a
massive fire erupted in a boat carrying hundreds of local tourists
to an island north of Jakarta, leaving at least 23 dead and 17
injured. Another 17 people were missing and 194 were rescued
following the blaze on the Zahro Express.
2017 Jan 1, A top commander
said Iraqi forces have retaken more than 60 percent of eastern Mosul
from the Islamic State group since the battle for the city began in
2017 Jan 1, The Israeli
government ruled that it would not release to their families the
bodies of Hamas militants killed during attacks on Israelis but
would instead bury them.
2017 Jan 1, In Italy a bomb
squad officer in Florence lost an eye and had to have a hand
amputated after a suspicious package he was examining exploded
2017 Jan 1, Malta took up the
rotating presidency of the EU Council of Ministers.
(Econ, 1/14/17, p.49)
2017 Jan 1, Hundreds of irate
Mexicans marched in Mexico City to protest a steep rise in gasoline
prices. The protests erupted into looting in several parts of the
(AFP, 1/2/17)(SFC, 1/5/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 1, In Mexico at least
five people were killed over the New year’s weekend in Acapulco
including three men found decapitated.
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 1, In Morocco more
than 1,000 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between
Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in a violent assault that
saw one officer lose an eye. Two managed to get through, but were
2017 Jan 1, In Poland new
legislation went into effect that removed previous requirements for
private landowners who want to cut down trees to apply for
permission, pay compensation and plant new trees. The legislation
reportedly led to a massacre of trees across the country.
(SSFC, 4/16/17, p.C14)
2017 Jan 1, In Slovakia train
and railway station patrols set up by a far-right parliamentary
party became illegal as of today. The People's
Party Our Slovakia had launched the unarmed patrols in April
following a violent incident on a passenger train, claiming the
state was unable to keep people safe.
2017 Jan 1, South Korea's
impeached Pres. Park Geun-hye broke a month-long silence over her
alleged role in a corruption scandal, publicly denying charges of
wrongdoing and saying that the accusations against her were
"fabrication and falsehood."
2017 Jan 1, Syrian government
warplanes resumed their bombardment of the rebel-held Wadi Barada
valley northwest of Damascus after nearly 24 hours with no air
raids. A monitoring group and rebels said Russian- and
Turkish-backed ceasefire largely held in other areas on its third
2017 Jan 1, In northwestern
Syria an air raid late today struck several cars killing at least
eight people, including al-Qaida-linked fighters and a senior
commander with a Chinese Islamic militant faction. The dead included
a senior al-Qaida commander known as Khattab al-Qahtani, who was
from the Gulf region and fought for the group in Afghanistan. Abu
Omar al-Turkistani, a top commander with the Turkistan Islamic
Party, and a Syrian al-Qaida commander known as Abu Muatasem
al-Deiri, were also killed.
2017 Jan 1, In Turkey 39 people
were killed and dozens wounded when a gunman stormed the popular
Reina nightclub in Istanbul and sprayed bullets at revelers
celebrating the New Year. The gunman was later identified as an
Uzbek jihadist with the IS code name of Ebu Muhammed Horasani. In
2020 Albulkadir Masharipov of Uzbekistan was sentenced to life in
(AFP, 1/1/17)(AFP, 1/8/17)(SFC, 9/8/20, p.A2)
2017 Jan 1, In Yemen an air
strike hit a house in Marib, killing five members of the same
family. Four civilians, including three children, were killed in
rebel bombing that targeted residential areas in the southwestern
city of Taez.
2017 Jan 2, US House
Republicans voted 119-74 in a secret caucus meeting to eviscerate
the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in
2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers following
several bribery and corruption scandals.
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A5)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 2, A powerful storm
across the US south left four people dead when a tree fell on their
mobile home in Rehobeth, Alabama. A woman in Georgia and a man in
Florida were also killed.
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A4)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A12)
2017 Jan 2, In the SF Bay Area
electric bus maker Proterra of Burlingame raised $140 million in its
latest funding round. The company said it has sold more than 300
buses to transit agencies across North America.
(SFC, 1/3/17, pad)
2017 Jan 2, In Maine Sister
Frances Carr, the last lifelong Shaker, died in Sabbathday Lake. The
offshoot of Quakers had begun in England in the 1740s.
(Econ, 1/14/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 2, Afghan Pres. Ashraf
Ghani suspended Abdul Razaq Wahidi, his minister for
telecommunications and information technology, while he is
investigated over a levy on mobile telephone charges. At least one
police officer was killed by a roadside bomb in Logar province. A
Taliban ambush in the northeastern Badakhshan province killed at
least four police. In Takhar province a Taliban fighter was killed
while planting a mine.
(Reuters, 1/2/17)(AP, 1/2/17)(AP, 1/3/17)
2017 Jan 2, Britain's
government announced plans to build 17 new towns and villages across
the English countryside in a bid to ease a chronic housing shortage.
2017 Jan 2, British police shot
and killed Mohammed Yassar Yaqub of Huddersfield (27) during an
operation in which five other people were arrested.
2017 Jan 2, John Berger
(b.1926), influential British art critic and prize-winning author,
died in France. The self-declared revolutionary had controversially
backed the far-left Black Panthers. He won the 1972 Booker Prize for
Fiction for his experimental novel "G.", set in pre-World War I
Europe. His “Ways of Seeing" (1972) spawned a BBC series and ushered
in a political perspective to art criticism.
(AFP, 1/3/17)(SFC, 1/3/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 2, In Chile a large
fire burned 150 homes in the historic port city of Valparaiso.
2017 Jan 2, Beijing and other
cities across northern and central China were shrouded in thick
smog, prompting authorities to delay dozens of flights and close
2017 Jan 2, In Congo DRC a
regional official said at least six people have been hacked to death
in the troubled northeast in two attacks last week in Irumu
territory blamed on Ugandan rebels. A civil society leader in Ituri,
reported that 14 people were killed in the attacks, which took place
in the villages of Saboko and Bialee.
2017 Jan 2, In Croatia around
50 migrants staged a protest in Zagreb claiming they have suffered
attacks by unknown assailants.
2017 Jan 2, A senior Egyptian
judge arrested on corruption charges was found dead in his cell
having hanged himself. Wael Shalaby, a deputy chief justice in the
country's administrative courts system, resigned Dec 31 shortly
before he was arrested and was charged the following day with taking
2017 Jan 2, India's top court
prohibited politicians from using religion and caste to garner
votes, a verdict that could force political parties to change their
strategy in upcoming elections.
2017 Jan 2, India and Sri Lanka
agreed to release fishermen in each others' custody, a move that is
likely to ease tensions between the countries which have held
fishermen captive for crossing territorial waters.
2017 Jan 2, Iranian state TV
reported the country's coast guard has detained 21 fishermen and
their three boats from neighboring Arab nations for straying into
its territorial waters and fishing rare species.
2017 Jan 2, In Iraq a suicide
bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling
market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed
by the Islamic State group. Three smaller bombings elsewhere in the
city killed another seven civilians and wounded at least 30.
2017 Jan 2, A court in Kuwait
sentenced father Salem Buhan (26) and mother Amira Hussein (23) to
death after finding them guilty of torturing their three-year-old
daughter until she died. They were arrested in May and accused of
beating and torturing the girl until she died and then keeping her
body in a freezer for a week. The ministry said the couple were drug
2017 Jan 2, In Somalia a
suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a security
checkpoint near Mogadishu's international airport, killing at least
2017 Jan 2, Syria's army
advanced as it battled to capture a rebel region that is key to the
capital's water supply, launching strikes and artillery fire
threatening a fragile nationwide truce.
2017 Jan 2, Ten Syrian rebel
factions suspended talks on new peace negotiations, accusing
President Bashar al-Assad's regime of violating a four-day-old
ceasefire with attacks near Damascus.
(AFP, 1/3/17)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 2, In eastern Thailand
a van and a pickup collided and caught fire on a highway, killing 25
people in Chonburi province.
2017 Jan 2, Ukraine reported a
one-third drop in its use of natural gas and general energy savings
that will be cheered by its financial backers from the IMF.
2017 Jan 2, In Yemen an air
strike by the pro-government Saudi-led coalition killed five Shiite
rebels when it targeted a convoy of three vehicles in Marees, in the
southern province of Daleh. Six other insurgents were killed in a
similar raid on two vehicles in Al-Makhdara, in the central province
of Marib. Shelling by government forces killed three more rebels in
the same area of Marib. Air strikes across several regions killed
two civilians in the western province of Hodeida.
2017 Jan 3, President-elect
Donald Trump announced he has nominated Reagan-era lawyer Robert
Lighthizer, described as an advocate of greater protectionism, as US
2017 Jan 3, US House
Republicans scrapped their plan eviscerate the Office of
Congressional Ethics, after the move drew a public backlash and a
Twitter scolding from Pres.-elect Donald Trump.
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 3, Ford Motor Co. said
that it is canceling plans to build a $1.6 billion car plant in
Mexico and will instead invest $700 million to increase production
(SFC, 1/4/17, p.C1)
2017 Jan 3, In Minnesota a
federal appeals court ruled that a program for keeping sex offenders
confined after they complete their prison sentences is
(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 3, Toyota began moving
hundreds of jobs out of its northern Kentucky headquarters as part
of a nationwide consolidation of the company's operations.
2017 Jan 3, Albania suspended
the reopening of schools after the New Year's break because of
frigid weather and concern about the spread of flu.
2017 Jan 3, Haitian officials
said an electoral tribunal has rejected claims that massive voter
fraud marred the November presidential election victory of
first-time candidate Jovenel Moise.
2017 Jan 3, Imprisoned Iranian
human rights activist Arash Sadeghi ended a 71-day hunger strike as
his detained wife won a temporary release from prison, a day after
his case sparked a rare unauthorized protest in Tehran.
2017 Jan 3, In Iran two
pipelines were reportedly bombed in Khuzestan province. The next day
the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz claimed
responsibility. Iranian Interior Ministry spokesman Salman Samani
denied the claim.
2017 Jan 3, Moldova's new Pres.
Igor Dodon stripped the ex-president of Romania of his
recently-acquired Moldovan citizenship, saying he obtained it
illegally. Traian Basescu and his wife Maria were awarded
citizenship of the troubled ex-Soviet republic, formerly part of
Romania. Dodon favors closer relations with Russia, while Basescu
has called for the reunification of Romania and Moldova.
2017 Jan 3, Mozambique's Renamo
opposition party said it had extended a ceasefire by two months to
allow talks with President Filipe Nyusi's government, raising hopes
for a nascent peace process.
2017 Jan 3, Nigerian anti-drug
officers said they found 9.15 kg (20 pounds) of cocaine worth $4.7
million "factory-packed" inside a new pair of shoes that arrived at
Abuja airport on a flight from Brazil.
2017 Jan 3, In Romania Sevil
Shhaideh, poised to become the country's first female and Muslim
prime minister, was offered a job as deputy premier after the
country's president declined to nominate her for the top government
2017 Jan 3, Taiwan strongly
objected to the deportation from Vietnam to China of four Taiwanese
nationals suspected of telecommunications fraud, saying the move was
carried out under pressure from Beijing.
2017 Jan 3, Turkmenistan said
that it has restricted natural gas deliveries to Iran over unpaid
debts. Iranian state media have put the figure demanded by
Turkmenistan at around $2 billion.
2017 Jan 3, In southern Yemen
pro-government forces attacked al-Qaida militants, killing 15
jihadis but losing 11 of their own troops.
2017 Jan 3, In southern Yemen
at least three soldiers were killed in clashes with al Qaeda
militants in Shuqra in an operation launched by the internationally
recognized government of President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi.
2017 Jan 4, Pres.-elect Donald
Trump chose Jay Clayton, a Wall Street attorney, as his nominee to
head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
(SFC, 1/5/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 4, In Chicago a
federal jury convicted Hobos gang boss Gregory “Bowlegs" Chester,
alleged hit man Paris Poe and four others for racketeering
(SFC, 1/5/17, pea)
2017 Jan 4, In Kentucky former
LaRue County High School principal Stephen Kyle Goodlett (36) was
indicted in Louisville on federal charges of possessing and
transporting child pornography. He had admitted to investigators
that he has a pornography addiction and downloaded images from
phones confiscated from students.
2017 Jan 4, In Massachusetts
about $20 million in cash was found hidden inside a box spring in a
Westborough apartment. It was seized as part of a wide-ranging
investigation into the TelexFree internet telecom company that
authorities say was actually a massive international pyramid scheme.
Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha was charged with conspiring to commit
money laundering. TelexFree filed for bankruptcy in 2014, its assets
frozen, and its two principals were indicted on federal charges of
wire fraud and conspiracy.
(AP, 1/6/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, pea)
2017 Jan 4, In Nevada Faraday
Future’s FF91 was unveiled during a press event for CES17 in las
Vegas. The company was backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting.
Production was scheduled to start in Nevada this year with first
deliveries in 2018.
(SFC, 1/5/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 4, Macy’s said it will
move forward with 68 store closures and eliminate more than 10,000
jobs following a disappointing holiday shopping season.
(SFC, 1/5/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 4, In China Chen
Zhongshu, the land and resources chief of Panzhihua city in Sichuan
province, allegedly shot and injured two leaders of the city as the
pair held a meeting in a conference center, and later killed
2017 Jan 4, In southern China a
man armed with a kitchen knife stabbed 11 children at a kindergarten
in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, seriously wounding three, the
latest such attack in recent years.
2017 Jan 4, Czech authorities
said they had detected highly-contagious bird flu at two small
poultry farms and in dead swans in the first such cases in a decade.
2017 Jan 4, Egypt released
political activist Ahmed Maher (36), a leading figure in the 2011
revolt that toppled the government, after he completed his jail
term. Maher was the founder and spokesman of the April 6 protest
movement, one of the main groups that campaigned for more freedom
under longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.
2017 Jan 4, In France former
Kosovar PM Ramush Haradinaj was arrested at Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
airport on a Serbian warrant. He faced possible extradition to
Serbia to face war crimes charges.
2017 Jan 4, French customs
officials intercepted 70 kg of Captagon, dubbed the "jihadists'
drug", at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, a first for France.
Another 67 kg of the drug were found at the airport in February.
Captagon, a type of amphetamine, is one of the most commonly used
drugs among fighters in the Syrian war.
2017 Jan 4, The Gambia's army
chief reaffirmed his loyalty to Pres. Yahya Jammeh despite the
threat of a regional military intervention if the strongman refuses
to step down.
2017 Jan 4, Indian officials
said police have rescued nearly 200 children, most of them under the
age of 14, who had been found working in a brick kiln in the
southern state of Telangana in one of the biggest operations in the
2017 Jan 4, In India a
24-year-old housemaid died in hospital, two weeks after she was
admitted with multiple fractures and injuries. She had said she was
abused by her New Delhi employers after being lured to the city with
the promise of a job.
2017 Jan 4, The UN said more
than 2,000 Iraqis a day are fleeing Mosul, several hundred more each
day than before U.S.-led coalition forces began a new phase of their
battle to retake the city from Islamic State.
2017 Jan 4, The Israeli
government said China has agreed for thousands of migrant
construction laborers to work in Israel in a bid to alleviate a
2017 Jan 4, Israel released
billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz from house arrest without
charge, following his detention over bribery allegations involving
BSGR in Africa.
2017 Jan 4, Israeli Sergeant
Elor Azaria, who shot dead a Palestinian assailant lying wounded and
motionless on the ground in the occupied West Bank last March 24,
was convicted of manslaughter in one of the most polarizing cases in
2017 Jan 4, Italy vowed to
increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been
rejected, after a riot in a reception center sparked by the death of
a young woman.
2017 Jan 4, Niger said around
20 more members of the jihadist group Boko Haram have surrendered.
About 50 Boko Haram fighters have now given themselves up since
2017 Jan 4, Pakistan's Supreme
Court asked the police to look into allegations that a 10-year-old
girl working as a maid was tortured by her employers, an influential
judge and his wife, after disturbing photographs of the girl,
purporting to show her badly beaten and bruised, circulated on
social media. A day earlier the girl's parents announced they have
"forgiven" the judge and his wife, apparently after reaching a
2017 Jan 4, In Pakistan four
campaigners of the Civil Progressive Alliance of Pakistan (CPAP)
activist group went missing.
2017 Jan 4, Palestinian
fisherman Mohammed Al-Hissi (33) disappeared after colliding with an
Israeli navy ship off the Gaza coast.
2017 Jan 4, In the southern
Philippines more than 100 suspected Muslim rebels stormed a jail
before dawn allowing 158 inmates to escape. Six inmates were killed
in firefights with police and eight others were caught and returned
(SFC, 1/5/17, pea)
2017 Jan 4, Romania's
Parliament approved a left-leaning government led by Sorin
Grindeanu, who vowed to stop thousands of Romanians emigrating,
build highways and encourage the consumption of local produce.
2017 Jan 5, US Pres.-elect
Donald Trump selected former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to lead the
office of the Director of National Intelligence.
(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 5, America's top
intelligence official said that Russia undoubtedly interfered in the
US 2016 presidential election but stopped short of using the
explosive description "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call
isn't within the purview of the US intelligence community. Senior US
officials said the CIA has identified Russian officials who fed
material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party
leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir
Putin through third parties.
(AP, 1/5/17)(Reuters, 1/6/17)
2017 Jan 5, The US State and
Treasury department said Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden,
and Ibrahim al-Banna, a leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
(AQAP), have been added to the US counter-terrorism blacklist, a
move to keep them from using the US financial system.
2017 Jan 5, In Chicago four
people were charged with hate crimes in connection with a video
broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man
(18) being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to
drink from a toilet.
(SFC, 1/6/17, pea)(SFC, 1/7/17, pea)
2017 Jan 5, Mercedes-Benz said
it is recalling nearly 48,000 SUVs in the US to fix a sensor problem
that could stop the front passenger air bag from inflating in a
2017 Jan 5, Argentine
firefighters struggled to control a series of wildfires that have
devastated nearly one million hectares (2.5 million acres) of the
country's famous pampas. The largest was started by a lightning
strike on New Year's weekend and was now 10 km across.
2017 Jan 5, Bahrain announced
that it has restored the power of its domestic spy service to make
some arrests, reversing a key reform recommended in the wake of the
crackdown that followed the country's 2011 Arab Spring protests.
2017 Jan 5, Bahrain's
prosecution extended by two weeks the detention of Shiite opposition
leader Nabil Rajab over spreading "false information" about the
2017 Jan 5, Brazilian President
Michel Temer said the country will build new prisons in every state
to relieve overcrowding after a "horrific" riot that left 56 inmates
2017 Jan 5, The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said women in the Lake Chad basin,
where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, have
been forced to sell sex to survive due to an insurgency by Boko
Haram fighters that has driven millions from their homes and left
children to starve.
2017 Jan 5, Cyprus' biggest
bank said it has fully repaid 11.4 billion euros ($11.9 billion) of
emergency cash it received to stay afloat during a 2013 banking
crisis that forced the island to need a multibillion euro rescue
deal from its eurozone partners.
2017 Jan 5, Egypt’s Interior
Ministry said one suspect was killed and three others arrested in a
police raid in connection with a bomb attack that killed six
policemen in Cairo on December 9. Those arrested in the raid on the
outskirts of Cairo belonged to a militant group called the Hasm
Movement, which claimed responsibility for the attack.
2017 Jan 5, French authorities
started slaughtering ducks in the main foie gras-producing region to
try to contain a dangerous form of bird flu.
2017 Jan 5, Guyana narrowly
passed a bill late today that allows officials to raid the
commercial bank accounts of business owners who owe a large amount
of unpaid taxes.
2017 Jan 5, In Haiti Guy
Philippe (48) a key figure in the 2004 ouster of then-President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide and later ran for president himself, was
arrested. He had been indicted in 2005 on US cocaine trafficking
charges but managed to elude capture.
2017 Jan 5, An Indonesian
government minister clarified that the country was suspending only
part of its military cooperation with Australia, as that country
promised its investigation of an alleged insult of Indonesian
beliefs was nearly complete. Australian Defense Minister Marise
Payne said the issue began in November, after an Indonesian military
officer raised concerns about teaching materials and remarks made at
an army language-training facility in western Australia.
2017 Jan 5, Iraqi forces
launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the
Syrian border, piling further pressure on the jihadists' crumbling
2017 Jan 5, In Iraq several
attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 27 people including a
suicide car bombing in a commercial area in central Baghdad that
killed at least 11 civilians.
(AP, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 5, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a second time as part of a
probe into whether he illegally accepted gifts from wealthy
2017 Jan 5, Namibian
plaintiffs, including some from New York, sued Germany over a
genocide carried out by German colonial troops in the early 1900s,
in which more than 100,000 people were killed. They sued under the
Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 US law often invoked in human rights
2017 Jan 5, Nigerian soldiers
found one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly
three years ago wandering in the bush with her baby near the Islamic
extremist group's forest stronghold. More than 200 of the girls
(AP, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 5, A Nigerian official
said three teenage girls suspected of planning a triple suicide bomb
attack in a town frequently targeted by Boko Haram have been shot
dead. The girls were intercepted at Bakin Dutse village, some five
km from Madagali.
2017 Jan 5, Philippines’s
police chief Ronald dela Rosa said security forces had effectively
broken the backbone of Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP) with the
killing of its leader, Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, and the arrest of his
three AKP colleagues.
2017 Jan 5, In Sri Lanka
hundreds of opposition supporters and farmers protested the
government's plan to lease a southern seaport to a
Chinese-controlled joint venture in exchange for the heavy loans to
build the port.
2017 Jan 5, A Swiss insurance
agency ruled that an Uber driver is an employee for whom the company
must pay social security contributions, dealing a blow to the US
ride-hailing platform that says drivers are independent contractors.
2017 Jan 5, In Syria at least
ten people were killed in a car blast in the coastal province of
Latakia where two Russian bases are located.
2017 Jan 5, In Syria the Jabar
citadel on the banks of Lake Assad was taken by the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance.
2017 Jan 5, Thailand’s Interior
Ministry said flooding in the south has killed at least five people,
disrupted transportation and spoiled tourists' holidays at one of
the country's most popular resort islands.
2017 Jan 5, Two senior Turkish
military officers were jailed for life for involvement in July's
failed coup attempt that killed almost 250 people, marking the first
conviction related to the putsch.
2017 Jan 5, In western Turkey a
car bombing outside a courthouse in Izmir killed two people. The
Kurdish PKK militant group was suspected. Turkish police shot dead
two assailants. A day later police detained 18 people in connection
to the attack.
(Reuters, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 5, Zimbabwe's wildlife
agency said it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation
and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare
activists that such sales are unethical.
2017 Jan 6, Attorneys confirmed
that Shilo Heavenly Quine (57), a California inmate, had become the
first US inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. In
1980 Quine and an accomplice had shot and killed Shahid Ali Baig, a
father of three, stealing his car and $80 during a drug and alcohol
rampage in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/9/17, p.D2)
2017 Jan 6, In Florida US Army
National Guard veteran Esteban Santiago (26) of Anchorage, Alaska,
shot and killed five people and wounded six at the Fort Lauderdale
airport. He opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun that he
appears to have legally checked on a flight from Alaska. In May,
2018, Santiago pleaded guilty to 11 of 22 counts. Santiago avoided a
death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 1/7/17)(SFC, 5/23/18, p.A6)(SFC, 8/18/18,
2017 Jan 6, In southern Texas
three duck hunters went missing. Their bodies were recovered the
next day near Matagorda Bay.
(SFC, 1/9/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 6, In Afghanistan
unidentified gunmen killed eight members of the Hazara minority who
were working as miners in the northern province of Baghlan.
2017 Jan 6, In Bangladesh Nurul
Islam Marzan was one of two people killed in a shootout early today
in Dhaka. Marzan was suspected of being one of the leaders of the
July 1, 2015, attack on a popular cafe in Dhaka that left 20 people
dead. Saddam Hossain, an accomplice of Marzan, was also killed.
(AP, 1/6/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 6, Brazil was hit by
its second explosion of grisly prison violence this week, as inmates
beheaded and mutilated their rivals at the Monte Cristo Farm
Penitentiary (PAMC) in Roraima state, leaving 31 inmates dead.
(AFP, 1/6/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 6, In Bulgaria
snowstorms paralyzed traffic and cut electricity to hundreds of
thousands of people. In Romania atomic energy producer
Nuclearelectrica was forced to shut down its No. 1 reactor.
2017 Jan 6, Canada posted its
first trade surplus in more than two years, driven by record exports
to countries other than the United States.
2017 Jan 6, Blizzards swept
parts of Europe, causing at least nine deaths, closing roads and
resulting in traffic accidents, travel delays and medical
evacuations. In Poland, the cold was blamed for five deaths in 24
hours. Ukraine officials reported that four people had died from
effects of the cold in the Lviv region near the Polish border.
2017 Jan 6, In southwestern
France workers wearing masks and protective clothes gassed thousands
of ducks, in a massive cull that was ordered in an attempt to
prevent a spread of the H5N8 bird flu virus.
2017 Jan 6, In Ivory Coast
disgruntled soldiers demanding salary increases and the payment of
bonuses seized control of Bouake city and launched mutinies in Daloa
(Reuters, 1/6/17)(AP, 1/6/17)
2017 Jan 6, Lebanese group
Hezbollah said a temporary ceasefire has been agreed in a rebel-held
area near Damascus which Syrian government forces and their allies
are trying to recapture from insurgents.
2017 Jan 6, In Libya the
captured spokesman of the Revolutionary Shura Council of Benghazi, a
coalition of armed groups controlling two remaining militia
strongholds in Libya's second largest city, confirmed during
videotaped interrogations the killing of Wissam Ben Hamid, leader of
militia groups in the eastern city of Benghazi, in an air strike
nearly a month ago.
2017 Jan 6, In Mexico a gunman
shot and wounded an official from the US consulate in the western
city of Guadalajara. On Jan 8 prosecutors said the alleged gunman, a
US citizen, has been arrested.
(AFP, 1/8/17)(SFC, 1/9/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 6, Mexican police
confirmed that two people in Hidalgo have died following
confrontations with police over gasoline price hikes. This raised
the death toll in the protests to six.
(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 6, In Mexico two men
were shot to death on a beach in the once-glamorous Pacific coast
resort of Acapulco.
2017 Jan 6, Russia's military
said it has begun scaling down its deployment to Syria, as the
regime intensified its bombardment of a rebel-held district home to
the capital's main water source.
2017 Jan 6, In Syria an air
strike killed Sheikh Younes Shoueib, a member of Jabhat Fateh
al-Sham group and its shura council, and his son. The group accused
the US-led coalition of carrying out the strike.
2017 Jan 6, Thai authorities
warned of flash floods across the south as torrential rains lashed
the region leaving at least eight people dead, delaying flights and
disrupting holidays during peak tourist season.
2017 Jan 7, US Pres.-elect
Donald Trump called for a closer relationship between the US and
(SSFC, 1/8/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 7, Oliver Schmidt, a
former Volkswagen US executive and champion of "clean diesel," was
arrested in Florida. He headed VW's US Energy and Environmental
Office in 2014 and 2015 before returning to live in Germany. He was
charged with defrauding the United States in the cover up cheating
of US emissions tests.
2017 Jan 7, Beijing announced
that China's foreign exchange reserves fell by $320 billion last
year, as authorities sought to support the yuan against a soaring
dollar which is encouraging capital outflows.
2017 Jan 7, Heavy snowfall and
below-freezing temperatures continued to sweep across the European
continent causing more than a dozen deaths. In Poland two men died
of cold, bringing the nation's death toll from winter weather to 55
since Nov 1.
(AP, 1/7/17)(AP, 1/8/17)
2017 Jan 7, Ghana's new
President Nana Akufo-Addo (72) pledged to cut taxes to boost the
economy at his swearing in ceremony, whilst also promising to
protect the public purse by getting value for money on services.
2017 Jan 7, Iraqi government
troops made fresh progress in their push against IS inside the
northern city of Mosul, dislodging militants from new areas and for
the first time reaching the nearest point to Tigris river that
divides the city since the operation began in mid-October.
2017 Jan 7, In Ivory Coast
gunfire broke out at a military base in Abidjan, as unrest triggered
by soldiers demanding wage increases and bonuses appeared to spread.
2017 Jan 7, In Pakistan Samar
Abbas, president of the Civil Progressive Alliance of Pakistan
(CPAP), an anti-extremism activist group, went missing. This was
days after four other campaigners disappeared in a way that has
alarmed supporters of free speech.
2017 Jan 7, Philippine security
forces a foreign national and his female companion who were
suspected of being connected to a militant group supporting Islamic
State. The foreigner, believed to be Pakistani, was identified as
2017 Jan 7, Mario Soares (92),
Portugal's former president (1986-1996), died in Lisbon.
2017 Jan 7, In Saudi Arabia
Taie bin Salem bin Yaslam al-Saya'ari died alongside another
extremist in a shootout with officers in Riyadh, wearing a suicide
bomb vest and clutching a machine gun.
2017 Jan 7, In South Korea
hundreds of thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Seoul
demanding impeached Pres. Park Geun-Hye's immediate removal and the
salvaging of the April 16, 2014, sunken Sewol ferry which left more
than 300 dead.
2017 Jan 7, A South Korean
Buddhist monk (64) set himself on fire to protest the country’s
settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. The
monk suffered third-degree burns.
(SFC, 1/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 7, In Sri Lanka at
least 21 people were injured in violent clashes between government
supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to
take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will
have a major stake.
2017 Jan 7, In Syria at least
48 people were killed when a tanker truck bomb ripped through the
center of a busy commercial district of Azaz, a rebel-held town
along the Turkish border.
2017 Jan 7, Turkey ordered the
dismissal of almost 8,400 civil servants and the closure of over 80
associations, including sports clubs, in the latest round of purges
after the July failed coup.
2017 Jan 7, Turkish PM Binali
Yildirim commenced a two-day visit to Iraq, the first since the two
governments quarreled over the presence of unauthorized Turkish
troops in northern Iraq.
2017 Jan 7, In Turkey a heavy
snowstorm paralyzed life in Istanbul, with hundreds of flights
cancelled and the Bosporus closed to shipping traffic.
2017 Jan 7, Yemeni government
forces launched operation "Golden Spear," to drive Huthi rebels from
all of Yemen's Red Sea coast. At least 55 Huthis were killed in
fighting and 72 others wounded. Clashes over the next 24 hours also
killed 13 loyalist forces.
(AFP, 1/8/17)(AFP, 1/9/17)
2017 Jan 8, The US military
vowed to increase the scope and complexity of its European training
exercises to deter Russian aggression, as more US tanks, trucks and
other equipment arrived in Germany for a big buildup on NATO's
2017 Jan 8, A US Navy destroyer
fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels after
they closed in at a high rate of speed near the Strait of Hormuz.
2017 Jan 8, SeaWorld in San
Diego hosted its last killer whale performance, the culmination of
its promise to phase out the decades-old show after criticism of its
treatment of the captive marine mammals.
2017 Jan 8, In California the
Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Tree State Park fell due to rain
and soggy ground. A hole in the base of the giant sequoia had been
enlarged in 1881 and cars began passing through in 1920. The 32-foot
diameter tree was about two thousand years old.
(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A10)
2017 Jan 8, In the northeastern
US a snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow in areas of southern
New England. 19.5 inches fell on East Bridgewater, Mass.
(SFC, 1/9/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 8, Brazilian
authorities confirmed that four more inmates have died in a
penitentiary rebellion in the city of Manaus, as the overall death
toll from a week of bloodshed in Brazilian prisons approached 100.
2017 Jan 8, Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani (82), former Iranian president (1989-1997) died in
hospital in Tehran after suffering a heart attack. In 2003 Forbes
magazine put his personal wealth at over $1 billion.
(Reuters, 1/8/17)(Econ, 1/14/17, p.82)
2017 Jan 8, In parts of Europe
blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted, prompting Pope
Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing
2017 Jan 8, In eastern France a
bus skidded off a slippery stretch of Route 79, killing four
Portuguese passengers and leaving more than a dozen injured.
2017 Jan 8, In Haiti 11 people
died at the scene of a bus and truck crash outside of the
northwestern town of Port-de-Paix. Another nine people were declared
dead after being transported to hospitals in Gros Morne and
2017 Jan 8, Iraqi special
forces battling Islamic State reached the eastern bank of the Tigris
river in Mosul for the first time in a three-month, US-backed
offensive to capture the city from the militants. In Baghdad, a
suicide attacker killed 9 people when he drove an explosives-rigged
car into vegetable market in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim eastern
Jamila district. A few hours later, a suicide bomber wearing an
explosive vest blew himself up at a market in another mostly Shi'ite
district, Baladiyat, killing seven. Three additional bombings around
Baghdad killed seven more people.
(Reuters, 1/8/17)(SFC, 1/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 8, Ivory Coast
soldiers ended a two-day mutiny in the second city Bouake and other
key areas after reaching a deal on their demands for pay rises,
housing and faster promotion.
2017 Jan 8, In Mexico police in
Sonora state fought a pitched three-hour battle to free a border
rail crossing at Nogales that had been blocked by people protesting
a 20% gasoline price increase.
2017 Jan 8, In Nigeria five
suicide bombers trying to infiltrate the northeastern city of
Maiduguri and died in explosions that killed at least three
2017 Jan 8, Pakistani media
said the country’s recently retired army chief Raheel Sharif has
been appointed to lead a new Saudi-military alliance to fight
2017 Jan 8, Pakistani police
said 13 people have been killed in a head-on collision between a car
and a passenger van in the eastern province of Punjab.
2017 Jan 8, A Palestinian
rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting a popular
tourist spot in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding at least 15
people. The driver was killed. An Israeli soldier fired on the
attacker and distributed video of him saying he shot after realizing
it was not an accident.
2017 Jan 8, In Syria a car bomb
exploded in a government-held area outside Damascus, killing at
least five people and wounding 15. The al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham
Front claimed the attack.
2017 Jan 9, In Florida Orlando
police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton (42) was killed after approaching
suspect Markeith Lloyd (41), wanted in the December killing of his
pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon (24). Officer Norman Lewis was
killed in a motorcycle crash during a massive manhunt for Lloyd, who
was captured on Jan 17.
(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A7)(SFC, 1/18/17, p.A5)(SSFC,
2017 Jan 9, In Kentucky Garry
Morrison (51) killed his mother and his girlfriend inside his rural
home near Morehead. He then set his home on fire and died from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound as deputies responded.
(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 9, Angolan health
officials said they had recorded the country's first two cases of
the Zika virus, a French tourist (two months ago) and a resident in
the capital Luanda (last week).
2017 Jan 9, Bosnian Serbs
celebrated a controversial holiday in defiance of the country's
other ethnic groups, its constitutional court and the international
community. On Jan 9, 1992, Bosnian Serbs declared the creation of
their own state in Bosnia.
2017 Jan 9, In England a
24-hour strike by London Underground station staff shut down much of
the city’s subway network.
(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 9, The Czech Republic
said it has approved a plan for Czech and Slovak air forces to
cooperate in protecting air spaces over the two neighboring
countries that once formed Czechoslovakia. Slovakia's government had
already approved the deal.
2017 Jan 9, In Egypt militants
attacked a police checkpoint in the northern Sinai Peninsula using a
stolen garbage truck packed with explosives, killing at least eight
people and setting off clashes with security forces. The Islamic
State’s local affiliate soon claimed responsibility.
(AP, 1/9/17)(SFC, 1/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 9, French police
arrested 17 people in relation to the robbery last Oct 3 in Paris of
more than $10 million in jewels from Kim Kardashian West.
(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 9, A Gambian foreign
ministry source said President Yahya Jammeh has fired 12 ambassadors
after they called for him to step aside and allow opposition leader
Adama Barrow to take power.
2017 Jan 9, Iraqi special
forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul, pushing
militants from another eastern district and edging closer to army
2017 Jan 9, Israeli authorities
charged two Palestinians, arrested last month, with helping to
smuggle hundreds of cameras to the Gaza Strip for the Islamic
militant group Hamas and others.
2017 Jan 9, Italy's
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement voted to cut its ties with the
anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and to hook up instead with the
Liberals in the European Parliament. The liberal group rejected the
request, ending a short-lived courtship.
(Reuters, 1/9/17)(AP, 1/9/17)
2017 Jan 9, Ivory Coast's PM
Daniel Kablan Duncan resigned along with his government, a day after
the end of a short-lived army mutiny that raised security fears in
the world's top cocoa producer. The resignation was standard
procedure as it follows legislative elections in December. Ivorian
state employees meanwhile began a five-day strike to protest against
pension cuts ranging from 30 to 50 percent and a plan to raise the
retirement age from 55 to 60.
2017 Jan 9, Japanese drugmaker
Takeda Pharmaceutical said it will buy US cancer drug developer
Ariad Pharmaceuticals in a $5.2 billion deal that the companies
expect to close by the end of February.
2017 Jan 9, Northern Ireland's
power-sharing government was on the brink of collapse after Deputy
First Minister Martin McGuinness, the leader of Sinn Fein, announced
he was resigning. The announcement ramped up pressure on First
Minister Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, to
step down over her handling of a botched renewable energy scheme
that wasted public funds.
2017 Jan 9, In North Korea
seven miners were initially trapped after the collapse at the Unryul
mine, a leading iron ore producer in the country's southwest. One
miner was rescued 10 days later but six others were found dead.
2017 Jan 9, Pakistan's military
says it has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched cruise
missile for the first time, giving it a "credible second strike
2017 Jan 9, Pakistani
opposition lawmakers called for an investigation into the
disappearance of four social activists last week, including a
prominent university professor who often spoke out over
disappearances of fellow campaigners.
2017 Jan 9, Turkish Airlines
canceled 277 domestic and international flights to and from
Istanbul's two airports due to heavy snow.
2017 Jan 9, UAE media reported
that the United Arab Emirates has ordered the removal from a
textbook of the term "Persian Gulf" for the waterway that is the
subject of a bitter naming dispute with Iran.
2017 Jan 10, President Obama
bid farewell to the nation in a wide-ranging speech that urged
Americans not to abandon a sense of unified purpose and defended
many of his presidency’s accomplishments.
2017 Jan 10, The board of
directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced that their
new museum would be built in the Exposition Park of Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/11/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 10, The Archdiocese of
Boston and the New England Historic Genealogical Society announced
that they were teaming up to create an online database of hundreds
of thousands of Roman Catholic Church documents to help people trace
their family histories.
(SFC, 1/11/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 10, In North Carolina
Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for the June 17, 2015, killing of
nine black church members during Bible study in Charleston.
(SFC, 1/11/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 10, The United States
blacklisted British Ghanaian jihadist Alexanda Amon Kotey, a
surviving member of the notorious Islamic State kidnapping cell
popularly known as "The Beatles," as a global terrorist threat.
Kotey is still thought to be at large somewhere in or near the IS
stronghold of Raqa, in eastern Syria.
2017 Jan 10, In Afghanistan two
large bombings near government offices in Kabul killed at least 38
people, including civilians and military personnel. Earlier in the
day, a suicide bomber on foot struck in the southern Helmand
province, killing at least seven people. In Kandahar province five
UAE officials were among 12 people killed when explosives hidden in
a sofa detonated inside the governor's compound. The spate of
attacks killed a total of 57 people.
(AP, 1/10/17)(AFP, 1/11/17)(AFP, 2/15/17)
2017 Jan 10, In Albania three
men in their 50s froze to death, and municipal authorities took
several hundred homeless people to heated shelters.
2017 Jan 10, Argentina said it
has struck a deal with labor unions and energy companies aimed at
attracting investment to the Vaca Muerta shale deposit in
southwestern Neuquen province, one of the world's biggest
unconventional hydrocarbons deposits.
2017 Jan 10, In Bosnia three
people in remote parts of the country froze to death, while nearly
50,000 in the central town of Zenica lost their home heating due to
a malfunction in a boiler at the ArcelorMittal steel mill, which
provides thermal power to households.
2017 Jan 10, British Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC that "I would like to see some
kind of high-earnings cap" to reduce inequality. He said that it
should kick in at a level "somewhat higher" than his own 138,000
pound ($167,000) annual salary.
2017 Jan 10, UKIP founder Nigel
Farage said Farage said that all differences with 5-Star had been
resolved and that Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has
backtracked from plans to quit the UKIP grouping in the European
2017 Jan 10, Cameroon’s
government said its troops have in recent weeks killed some 100 Boko
Haram fighters and freed "hundreds of hostages" held by the group.
2017 Jan 10, China's top
economic planner pledged to continue cutting steel and coal
production, which have been a source of trade friction with many
2017 Jan 10, A Congolese police
source said opposition leader Okombi Salissa (55), who
unsuccessfully challenged President Denis Sassou Nguesso (73) at the
polls, has been arrested. Salissa has sought to stop Nguesso from
returning to power in March.
2017 Jan 10, Rival Cypriot
leaders returned to the negotiating table in Geneva to press on with
an ambitious bid to end decades of conflict, with talks centered on
the island's future system of government.
2017 Jan 10, In Czech Rep. the
wife of former Czech PM Petr Necas was convicted of leaking a
classified document and received an 18-month suspended sentence.
Jana Necasova — Jana Nagyova at the time — leaked the content of a
2012 report by the country's BIS spy agency to Ivo Rittig, a
2017 Jan 10, EU anti-trust
regulators cleared the French government's massive restructuring of
troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva.
2017 Jan 10, A European court
rejected an appeal by a Turkish-born couple who were fined in
Switzerland for keeping their daughters out of mixed-gender,
mandatory public school swimming lessons for reasons linked to their
2017 Jan 10, Former German
President Roman Herzog (82) died. He served as chief justice of
Germany's highest court before winning the presidency in 1994.
2017 Jan 10, In Hong Kong Clare
Hollingworth (b.1911), a British war correspondent, died. She was
the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the
beginning of World War II.
(AP, 1/10/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.78)
2017 Jan 10, In Iceland new
center-right coalition announced it had agreed to make conservative
Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson the country's next
prime minister, 10 weeks after a snap election. The Independence
Party formed a coalition with the smaller Reform and Bright Future
parties holding 32 of 63 seats in Parliament.
(AFP, 1/10/17)(SFC, 1/12/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 10, Iraqi forces
pushed Islamic State fighters back further in Mosul in a renewed
effort to seize the northern city and deal a decisive blow to the
militant group, though progress was slow in some districts.
2017 Jan 10, Israeli troops in
the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian who attacked them
during an overnight operation to arrest suspected militants at the
Al-Fara refugee camp. A Palestinian rights group said the man was
shot in his home at point blank range.
2017 Jan 10, Italian police
announced the arrest of a London-resident nuclear engineer and his
sister on suspicion of running a cyber snooping operation targeting
politicians, public bodies and companies. Media cited charge sheets
which identified them as Giulio Occhionero (45) and his sister
Francesca Maria Occhionero.
2017 Jan 10, Kazakhstan’s
National Anticorruption Bureau said former economy minister Kuandyk
Bishimbayev (36) has been arrested on suspicion of bribery. He was
dismissed from his ministerial post by President Nursultan
Nazarbayev in late 2016 after just a few months in office.
2017 Jan 10, Morocco faced an
unprecedented political deadlock after the Islamist PM Abdelilah
Benkirane broke off talks on forming a coalition government
following three months of fruitless effort.
2017 Jan 10, Palestinian
leaders called for prayers at mosques across the Middle East this
week to protest plans by President-elect Donald Trump to move the US
embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
2017 Jan 10, In Poland six
people died over a 24-hour period as temperatures plunged across
Europe, bringing the toll of hypothermia deaths in the country to 71
2017 Jan 10, Romania announced
six more deaths in recent days as temperatures plunged across
2017 Jan 10, Gunmen in Syria
abducted Shiraaz Mohamed, a South African freelance photographer who
was traveling with aid workers to the border with Turkey.
2017 Jan 10, In Tanzania at
least 12 people drowned when a boat capsized near a coastal town. At
least 27 others were rescued.
2017 Jan 10, In Turkey a man
suspected of trying to force his way into a police station in
Gaziantep, a city near the Syrian border, was shot dead.
2017 Jan 10, The United Arab
Emirates announced plans to invest 600 billion dirhams ($163
billion) in projects to generate almost half the country's power
needs from renewables.
2017 Jan 10, Zimbabwe wildlife
park rangers killed two poachers in Hwange National Park.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 11, The US and five
other world powers approved Iran importing as much as 130 tons of
2017 Jan 11, President-elect
Donald Trump angrily denounced the publishing of claims he had been
caught in a compromising position in Russia and attacked US
intelligence agencies over the leak of the information. President
Vladimir Putin's spokesman said the Kremlin has not collected
compromising information about Trump.
2017 Jan 11, In Illinois Corey
Walgren (16), an honors student at Naperville North High School,
jumped to his death from a five-story parking deck after being
interviewed by school officials about a video he had made of having
sex with a classmate. In 2019 the city of Naperville approved a
$125,000 settlement to the Walgren family.
(SFC, 9/13/17 p.A8)(SFC, 9/2/19, p.A6)
2017 Jan 11, Texas executed
inmate Christopher Wilkins (48) for the killing of two men in 2005
over a drug deal.
(SFC, 1/12/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 11, Thirteen funds and
five firms managing over 2 trillion pounds ($2.4 trillion) launched
an online tool at the London Stock Exchange called the Transition
Pathway Initiative. It allows asset managers to check what companies
have done to prepare for a low-carbon economy.
2017 Jan 11, Aid agencies said
dozens of migrants are at risk of freezing to death in Europe after
heavy snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures hit Greece and the
Balkans. The UN Missing Migrants Project has recorded 11 migrant
deaths in the Mediterranean since the start of the year. The recent
cold snap was blamed for at least 73 deaths.
(AP, 1/11/17)(SFC, 1/12/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 11, In Cameroon four
young suicide bombers were killed in the restive Far North province,
located just across the border from the epicenter of Boko Haram's
insurgency in Nigeria.
2017 Jan 11, Arthur Manuel
(b.1951), a leader of Canada’s indigenous “First Nations," died.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.78)
2017 Jan 11, An Egyptian court
upheld an earlier ruling to freeze the assets of Mozn Hassan and her
group, Nazra for Feminist Studies, as well as Mohammed Zaraa and
Atef Hafez, both of the Arab Organization for Criminal Reform.
2017 Jan 11, In Germany the
spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, begun in
2007, hosted its first concert, several years behind schedule and
far over the original budget. The cost to taxpayers climbed from an
initially planned 77 million euros in 2003 to 789 million euros
(AP, 1/11/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.71)
2017 Jan 11, The Israeli
military said the Palestinian militant group Hamas has chatted up
dozens of Israeli soldiers online using photos of young women and
Hebrew slang to gain control of their phone cameras and microphones.
2017 Jan 11, Kazakhstan's
veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev (76) gave the green light for
constitutional reforms that could dilute the sweeping powers he has
amassed as president and force his eventual successor to share power
with other institutions.
2017 Jan 11, Eastern Libyan
military commander Khalifa Haftar was given a tour of a Russian
aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, a show of Kremlin support for
the faction leader who opposes Libya's UN-backed government.
2017 Jan 11, Norway began
shutting off FM radio signals and planned to have all of its radio
networks only on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) by the end of the
(SFC, 1/11/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 11, Hamas detained
Gaza comedian Adel al-Mashwakhi (32), just hours after he posted the
one-minute clip with the title, "Hamas, it's enough!"
2017 Jan 11, Officials said
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies
to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who
cannot obtain them, in a move expected to be opposed by the Roman
2017 Jan 11, Poland's
parliament was paralyzed as liberal opposition MPs refused to end an
unprecedented protest against what they say are anti-democratic
actions by the government.
2017 Jan 11, Puerto Rico's
newly elected governor signed his first law — one aimed at boosting
the US territory's economy via public-private partnerships.
2017 Jan 11, In northern Syria
airstrikes in Idlib province killed at least 10 suspected
al-Qaida-linked militants. Airstrikes resumed on a Damascus suburb
despite the cease-fire, killing at least one woman and injuring
2017 Jan 11, In Venezuela
Tareck El Aissami (42), Pres. Maduro's new hardline vice-president,
announced the arrest of opposition lawmaker Gilber Caro saying he
was caught with a rifle and explosives.
(AFP, 1/12/17)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.30)
2017 Jan 11, In southern Yemen
a car bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda seriously wounded a senior
security official and killed one of his guards in Loder, Abyan
province. Heavy fighting continued to rage near the strategic Red
Sea strait of Bab al-Mandab in western Yemen, leaving dozens dead
(AFP, 1/11/17)(AP, 1/11/17)
2017 Jan 11, Zimbabwe wildlife
park rangers killed one poacher in the Hurungwe safari area.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
awarded Vice-Pres. Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
nation’s highest civilian honor.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, The Obama
administration repealed a measure granting automatic residency to
virtually every Cuban who arrived in the United States, whether or
not they had visas, ending a longstanding exception to US
immigration policy. This also stopped Cuban doctors who defect from
a third country from getting fast-track entry to the US.
(Reuters, 1/13/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.28)
2017 Jan 12, Pres. Obama added
roughly 6,000 acres to the California Coastal national Monument.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.D1)
2017 Jan 12, The United States
blacklisted 18 senior Syrian officials it said were connected to the
country's weapons of mass destruction program, after an
international investigation found Syrian government forces were
responsible for chlorine gas attacks against civilians.
2017 Jan 12, The US government
EPA accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose software in some of
its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit
more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act. Fiat Chrysler
quickly issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.
(AP, 1/12/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.10)
2017 Jan 12, US troops and
tanks began streaming into Poland as part of one of the largest
deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War. The Atlantic
Resolve mission will see more than 3,000 American soldiers and heavy
equipment deployed in Poland and nearby NATO partners Estonia,
Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary on a rotational
2017 Jan 12, US Senate
Republicans took the first major step toward repealing the
Affordable Care Act, approving a budget blueprint that would allow
them to gut health care without the threat of a Democratic
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, The US federal
government’s Drought Monitor pronounced 42% of California drought
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 12, James Mattis,
President-elect Donald Trump's pick for US defense secretary,
accused Russia of trying to break up NATO and said China was
destroying trust with its neighbors.
2017 Jan 12, Human Rights Watch
on issued a sharp warning that the rise of populist politicians in
the United States and Europe threatened modern rights movements and
potentially even Western democracy.
2017 Jan 12, UCSF announced a
$500 million donation from the Helen Diller Foundation, the biggest
gift in campus history, to recruit students and faculty for “High
risk, high-reward" research.
(SFC, 1/12/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 12, In Baltimore a
huge house fire killed six children.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, Novelist and
filmmaker William Peter Blatty (89) died in Maryland. His books
included “The Exorcist" (1971).
(SFC, 1/14/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, Albania’s Serious
Crime Court sentenced former Peshkopi mayor Shukri Xhelili to 32
months in jail after he was found guilty of having fondled and
kissed a 20-year-old woman in his office while she resisted, then
taken her to a hotel room in Tirana and promised a pay rise in
exchange for sexual favors.
2017 Jan 12, Dozens of flights
at London's Heathrow Airport were canceled amid forecasts of snow
and strong winds in Britain.
2017 Jan 12, Human Rights Watch
said in a report that Egypt has banned public criticism and peaceful
opposition, and that security forces routinely torture detainees and
forcibly disappeared hundreds last year.
2017 Jan 12, Iraqi forces
joined flanks in northern Mosul and drove back Islamic State
militants in the southeast in a renewed push that has brought them
closer to controlling the eastern half of the city.
2017 Jan 12, In Libya
self-declared PM Khalifa Ghwell said his forces have seized at least
three ministries in the capital and is declaring a return of his
government after what he described as a yearlong failure of PM Fayez
Serraj, the current UN-backed premier.
2017 Jan 12, In Pakistan
journalist Muhammad Jan (37) was shot and killed while returning
home by unidentified assailants. He had worked for the Urdu-language
daily Qudrat and was teaching at a school.
2017 Jan 12, Thousands of
Palestinians participated in a demonstration in the Gaza Strip to
protest chronic power cuts during the cold winter season.
2017 Jan 12, Poland's main
opposition party ended its weekslong blockade of parliament,
stepping back in what had been a bitter standoff with the populist
2017 Jan 12, In Romania two
tigers were among a number of animals that died when a fire broke
out at an animal shelter which houses animals retired from the
2017 Jan 12, Turkish lawmakers
brawled and threw chairs as parliament approved three more articles
in a hugely controversial bill bolstering the powers of President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2017 Jan 12, Human Rights Watch
in an annual report accused the Ukrainian government and
Russian-backed separatists of holding dozens of civilians in
arbitrary detention in Ukraine's industrial east, where fighting has
killed more than 9,600 people since 2014.
2017 Jan 12, In Venezuela the
son of Raul Baduel, a retired general turned critic of Pres. Maduro,
said authorities had revoked the parole of his father who served six
years in jail for corruption.
2017 Jan 13, The Obama
administration moved to lift the trade embargo against Sudan in
response to the east African nation's recent cooperation in helping
to tackle terrorism. The lifting of the sanctions slapped on Sudan
by the Clinton administration will however be delayed by 180 days to
encourage Sudan to do more to fight terrorism and improve its record
on human rights.
2017 Jan 13, US Environmental
Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy finalized a determination that
the landmark fuel efficiency rules instituted by President Barack
Obama should be locked in through 2025, a bid to maintain a key part
of his administration's climate legacy.
2017 Jan 13, The US
Environmental Protection Agency denied $1.2 billion in claims for
economic losses stemming from a 2015 toxic wastewater spill
accidentally triggered by the agency at a defunct Colorado mine,
that fouled waterways in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
2017 Jan 13, The US Justice
Dept. announced Chicago police have violated the constitutional
rights of residents for years following a yearlong investigation.
(SFC, 1/14/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 13, The US attorney’s
office in Detroit announced that Japan-based Takata has agreed to
plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in
fines and restitution for a years-long scheme to conceal a deadly
defect in its automotive bag inflators.
(SFC, 1/14/17, p.D1)
2017 Jan 13, It was announced
that Moody’s Corp. of NYC has agreed to pay almost $864 million to
settle federal and state claims that it gave inflated ratings to
risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial
(SSFC, 1/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 13, Former Jerusalem
Post chief editor Ari Rath (92), who advocated the peaceful
coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians, died in Vienna.
2017 Jan 13, Lord Snowdon
(b.1930), born as Antony Armstrong-Jones, the society photographer
and filmmaker who married Britain's Princess Margaret and continued
to mix in royal circles even after their divorce, died.
2017 Jan 13, Canada must "phase
out" Alberta's oil sands and end the country's dependence on
hydrocarbons, PM Justin Trudeau said.
2017 Jan 13, In Ecuador at
least 19 people were killed and more than a dozen injured when a
long distance passenger bus collided with an off-duty school bus
along a highway near the Pacific coastline.
2017 Jan 13, Egyptian police
reportedly killed 10 Islamic militants in a shootout in al-Arish.
However, the residents said six of those killed had been in police
custody since October.
2017 Jan 13, Hungary's
right-wing PM Viktor Orban said he has defied Brussels by
reintroducing the systematic detention of migrants arriving in the
country in response to recent "terror" attacks in Europe.
2017 Jan 13, Ivory Coast's
government and rebel troops reached a final deal at talks in Bouake,
at the close of a tense day which saw outbreaks of gunfire at
barracks across the country.
2017 Jan 13, A Mexican federal
judge ordered a drug lord convicted in the 1985 killings of a US
Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a Mexican government pilot
to pay relatives of the victims nearly $1 million in compensation.
The order was directed at Ernesto "Don Neto" Fonseca Carrillo,
co-founder of the Guadalajara cartel, for the case of the
kidnapping, torture and killing of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki"
2017 Jan 13, In northeastern
Nigeria three female suicide bombers killed at least six people and
injured 14 in a crowded market in the town of Madagali. Gunmen
kidnapped five students and two staff, including a Turkish national,
from an international school in the southern state of Ogun.
(Reuters, 1/13/17)(Reuters, 1/14/17)(SFC,
2017 Jan 13, Peru’s Pres. Pedro
Pablo Kuczynski said ten treatment plants will be constructed on
rivers emptying into Lake Titicaca to cleanup uncontrolled
(SSFC, 1/15/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 13, Saudi Arabia's
highest-ranking cleric warned of the "depravity" of cinemas and
music concerts, saying they would corrupt morals if allowed in the
2017 Jan 13, Sweden pledged to
end a surge of gang violence in the southern town of Malmo as the
latest in a string of shootings left a 16-year old boy dead. Over
the past two weeks alone, the town has seen five shootings, of which
two were fatal.
2017 Jan 13, Syria's army and
its allies advanced near Damascus. The region's governor said rebels
had let engineers enter a damaged pumping station that supplies most
of the capital's water.
2017 Jan 13, In Yemen at least
12 Houthi fighters died in fresh clashes in Dhubab.
2017 Jan 14, A SpaceX Falcon 9
successfully blasted off from California carrying a payload for
Iridium Communications Inc. The rocket’s first stage soon landed
upright on a droneship south of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
(SSFC, 1/15/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 14, Feld
Entertainment, the owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Circus, said it will close forever in May after 146 years of circus
(SSFC, 1/15/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 14, California
historian Kevin Starr (b.1940) died. He was best known for his
mammoth series of history books: Americans and the California
(SFC, 1/16/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 14, The leaders of
Australia and Japan agreed to boost cooperation between their
militaries, as Japan tries to shore up security ties throughout the
Asia-Pacific region amid concern over China's growing military
2017 Jan 14, Unilever, a
British-based consumer goods maker, said all of its plastic
packaging would be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by
2017 Jan 14, In China Beijing's
Mayor Cai Qi said the air quality target for 2017 is to keep PM2.5
at an annual average of around 60 micrograms per cubic meter, more
than double the acceptable standard set by the World Health
2017 Jan 14, In China linguist
Zhou Youguang (b.1906) died. He is considered the father of modern
China's Pinyin Romanization system.
(AP, 1/14/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.72)
2017 Jan 14, In Iceland Birna
Brjansdottir (20) went missing after a night out with friends. Her
body was found in Selvogsviti, 58 km (36 miles) from the capital on
the other side of the country after a weeklong search. She was
reportedly strangled before being thrown into the ocean where she
(AP, 1/25/17)(AFP, 2/7/17)
2017 Jan 14, In India Sunil
Rastogi (38), a tailor, was arrested by police investigating sexual
assaults on three girls aged between nine and ten in eastern Delhi
in January and December. Rastogi confessed to abducting "hundreds"
of girls since 2004 -- luring them with new clothes, and taking them
to secluded places such as derelict buildings, where he would
sexually assault and rape them.
2017 Jan 14, In eastern India
at least 19 people drowned and others were missing after their
overcrowded boat capsized in a river near Patna, Bihar state. The
next day five more bodies were recovered from the Ganges river after
as rescuers ended search operations.
(AP, 1/14/17)(Reuters, 1/15/17)
2017 Jan 14, Iraqi government
troops retook the eastern edge of a third bridge in Mosul and a
cluster of buildings inside Mosul university.
2017 Jan 14, Only four people
survived the sinking of a migrant ship carrying around 100 people
that went down 30 miles (49 kilometers) off the Libyan coast. Around
180 people were presumed to have died in the first major migrant
boat disaster of 2017 in the Mediterranean following interviews with
a handful of survivors.
(AP, 1/15/17)(AFP, 1/17/17)
2017 Jan 14, Malawi’s
agriculture minister said armyworms have destroyed 2,000 hectares of
crops in Malawi, spreading to nine of its 28 districts in the last
2017 Jan 14, In the Philippines
Islamist militants allied with Islamic State freed a South Korean
cargo ship captain and a Filipino member of his crew held captive
for more than three months on a southern island.
2017 Jan 14, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb
extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of
kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an
attack "collateral damage."
2017 Jan 14, A Saudi Arabia
soldier was killed by cross-border fire from Yemen amid the
kingdom's campaign against Shiite rebels there.
2017 Jan 14, Serbia launched
provocative train service to Kosovo's Serbian north. Because the
central Kosovo government has no real control over the predominantly
ethnic Serb north and that region's borders with Serbia, it has
appealed to the European Union to "stop this illegal train".
2017 Jan 14, In Syria the
Islamic State group launched one of its fiercest assaults yet on the
besieged city of Deir Ezzor, leaving more than 30 regime fighters
and jihadists dead.
2017 Jan 14, A Thai air force
pilot died when his fighter jet crashed at an air show during the
country's Children's Day.
2017 Jan 14, Ukrainian
government forces and the pro-Russian separatist rebels fighting in
eastern Ukraine accused each other of disrupting a fragile truce
declared late December.
2017 Jan 14, In Yemen an
overnight air strike by a pro-government Arab coalition on a rebel
assembly in Zaydiya, in Hodeida province, left nine Huthis dead.
Five pro-government fighters were killed in overnight clashes around
Dhubab and 14 others wounded.
2017 Jan 15, US resident Senad
Cejvan (31) was reported extradited to the Dutch Caribbean island of
Saba to face charges in the April 2015 killing of Kavya Guda (24) an
American medical student.
2017 Jan 15, An Afghan official
says that at least six Afghan civilians were killed when their
vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province.
2017 Jan 15, Bahrain executed
three Shi'ite Muslim men convicted of killing three policemen in a
2014 bomb attack, the first such executions in over two decades,
drawing condemnation from foreign officials including Shi'ite power
2017 Jan 15, Brazilian police
entered the Alcaçuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande
do Norte where authorities expect the death toll from a riot to rise
from the current 10. Members of rival drug gangs apparently started
the clash a day earlier.
2017 Jan 15, Prince Charles,
long a critic of man-made climate change, published the book
"Climate Change" with Tony Juniper, a former Friends of the Earth
director, and Emily A, a Cambridge University climate scientist.
2017 Jan 15, Ramzan Kadyrov,
the hardline pro-Moscow head of Russia's Northern Caucasus Republic
of Chechnya, said that more than 50 suspected militants were
detained in the biggest sting operation of recent years.
2017 Jan 15, Armed Congolese
rebels crossed back overnight into the country from their longtime
refuge in Uganda. At least 200 former members of M23, an ethnic
Tutsi group defeated by the Congolese army three years ago, took
over a village in North Kivu province.
2017 Jan 15, Egypt said it will
make further "significant" cuts to energy subsidies, raise taxes and
seek more international financing as it pursues economic reforms
2017 Jan 15, In France
representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive
stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the
Palestinians attended the conference.
2017 Jan 15, In eastern India
at least six people were killed in a stampede during a Hindu
2017 Jan 15, Indonesia and
Japan said they have agreed to step up maritime security and start
discussions on a major railway project to link the Southeast Asian
nation's capital and second-biggest city.
2017 Jan 15, Iraqi special
forces swept through the campus of Mosul University to clear it of
any remaining Islamic State militants after taking full control of
2017 Jan 15, Jordan's King
Abdullah reshuffled his cabinet but retained Hani Mulki as prime
minister, granting him more scope to tackle the threat of Islamist
militants and to press ahead with unpopular IMF-mandated reforms to
cut spiraling public debt.
2017 Jan 15, South Sudan’s
Minister of Information Michael Makuei said that Dec. 15th was the
expiration date for the deployment of peacekeepers to bolster the
existing 12,000 UN troops. He said a new resolution is needed for
the additional troops. Makuei also announced that President Salva
Kiir has created four new states in South Sudan bringing the total
number to 32.
2017 Jan 15, Sudan extended a
ceasefire for six months in the war-torn regions of Darfur, Blue
Nile and South Kordofan.
2017 Jan 15, Syrian government
forces shelled a village in a rebel-controlled area near Damascus,
killing at least 12 civilians and injuring several others who were
taking shelter in a banquet hall. In eastern Syria, Islamic State
group militants kept up their offensive on government-held areas of
the contested city of Deir el-Zour, attacking a military air base
from several fronts.
2017 Jan 15, Turkey's state-run
news agency said nine Turkish colonels have been detained in
northern Cyprus as part of the investigation into the movement
allegedly responsible for a failed coup in July.
2017 Jan 16, US motor giant
Ford announced the recall of 4,500 1.6-litre Kuga cars in South
Africa after nearly 40 incidents in which vehicles were reported to
have burst into flames.
2017 Jan 16, In Florida three
men working on a Key Largo road project collapsed and died after
trying to rescue a man stuck while working in a drainage manhole.
(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 16, US astronaut
Eugene Cernan (b.1934), the last man to walk on the moon, died in
Houston, Texas. Cernan, James Lovell and John Young were the only
three astronauts to voyage twice to the moon.
(Reuters, 1/17/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 16, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 26 people, including a politician and three officials of
an elite security battalion, to death in the grisly, politically
motivated killings of seven people in 2014. Nur Hossain, the main
suspect, was found guilty of hiring members of his Rapid Action
Battalion to kill his rival to establish supremacy in local politics
(AP, 1/16/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 16, Brazilian
authorities said a new uprising has broken out at the Alcaçuz prison
where 26 inmates were killed by a rival gang faction over the
2017 Jan 16, British company
Rolls Royce, in a deal with American, British and Brazilian
regulators, agreed to pay £671 million to settle allegations that it
had in the past secured sales with bribery of officials in six
countries in schemes that lasted more than a decade.
(Econ, 1/21/17, p.54)(Reuters, 5/8/20)
2017 Jan 16, An Egyptian court
ruled against the government's attempt to transfer two Red Sea
islands to Saudi Arabia, an embarrassment for President Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi that could deepen tensions with his onetime Gulf patron.
2017 Jan 16, India's election
commission backed Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, in
his battle with his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav, for control of
their party, a feud PM Narendra Modi wants to exploit in a crucial
2017 Jan 16, In southern India
police arrested an American man (42) in Hyderabad on suspicion of
circulating child pornography on the internet.
2017 Jan 16, Iraqi forces
battling the Islamic State group in Mosul retook the Nabi Yunus area
where the jihadists levelled one of the city's most well-known
shrines in 2014. Two other neighborhoods in eastern Mosul were also
retaken from the IS.
2017 Jan 16, Israeli border
police shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian youth as violence erupted
near the town of Bethlehem between a crowd of stone-throwing
Palestinians and Israeli troops.
2017 Jan 16, It was announced
the Italy’s Luxottica, a maker of fancy specs, will merge with
Essilor, a French producer of eye lenses.
2017 Jan 16, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe promised Vietnam six new patrol boats during a visit to the
Southeast Asian country, which is locked in a dispute with China
over the busy South China Sea.
2017 Jan 16, In Libya forces
loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar retook a district in Benghazi from
jihadists after fighting that killed nine soldiers in two days.
2017 Jan 16, Lithuania said it
plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia's
highly militarized Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent
2017 Jan 16, In Mexico at least
five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were
wounded early today when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in the
Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival in
Quintana Roo state.
2017 Jan 16, Mozambique, caught
between a scandal over hidden debt that has prompted an aid cut-off
and a commodity price slump, said it would miss a $60 million
2017 Jan 16, In Nigeria three
suicide bombers, including a child, exploded at dawn at the
northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing a university professor
and another child. The bombers also died.
2017 Jan 16, Oman said it has
accepted 10 detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of
President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink
the facility he promised to close.
2017 Jan 16, A court in
Pakistan sentenced a mother to death for burning her daughter alive
as punishment for marrying without the family's consent. Zeenat
Rafiq (18) married Hassan Khan and eloped to live with his family a
week before she was killed last June 8.
2017 Jan 16, Fuel from Qatar
arrived in the Gaza Strip, helping ease a crippling power shortage
that has sparked rare demonstrations against the territory's Hamas
rulers who responded with a crackdown on protesters.
2017 Jan 16, Low-cost Saudi
carrier flynas signed an $8.6-billion deal with European plane
manufacturer Airbus to purchase 80 A320neo single-aisle jets.
2017 Jan 16, In South Korea
special prosecutors accused Lee Jae-yong, the only son of Samsung’s
chairman Lee Kun-hee, of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. Three
days later a court rejected a request for his arrest.
(Econ, 1/21/17, p.53)
2017 Jan 16, In Syria the
Islamic State continued its fiercest assault in a year against a
besieged government enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, trying to
cut it off from a nearby military air base. The Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said that at least 82 people had been killed.
2017 Jan 16, In Turkey
Abdulkadir Masharipov, the Uzbek gunman who carried out the New
Year’s attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub, was detained in
2017 Jan 16, In southeastern
Turkey a roadside bomb in a pre-dominantly Kurdish city killed three
policemen and wounded three others.
2017 Jan 16, A Turkish cargo
jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport, killing at least 37
people including 4 crew members. Most of the dead were residents of
a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog.
23 of 43 houses in the village were destroyed.
(Reuters, 1/16/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 16, The UN
humanitarian aid official in Yemen said that the civilian death toll
in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000
2017 Jan 16, Lawyers at a UN
court urged Turkey to release Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay, who is being
held in connection with July's coup attempt, saying his detention
was delaying a Rwandan politician's conviction for genocide.
2017 Jan 16, Former Yugoslav
army general Vlado Trifunovic (78) died in Serbia. His treason
conviction by Serbia's wartime nationalist leadership became a
symbol of the senselessness of the 1990s' Balkan conflict.
2017 Jan 17, Pres. Obama
commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning (29), who has served
seven years of a 35-year sentence for disclosing hundreds of
thousands of classified documents on US military and foreign policy.
Manning was set to go free on May 17.
(SFC, 1/18/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 17, Pres. Obama
announced over 270 grants of clemency. Those pardoned included
baseball sluggers Willie McCovey (79) and Duke Snyder (d.2011), who
both pleaded guilty on July 20, 1995, to tax fraud.
(SFC, 1/18/17, p.A9)
2017 Jan 17, The US Office of
Foreign Asset Control imposed sanctions against Bosnian Serb leader
Milorad Dodik, blocking access to his assets and banning any US
national from doing business with him.
2017 Jan 17, In San Francisco
the Golden State Warriors held a ground-breaking ceremony for their
new Mission Bay $1 billion Chase Arena.
(SFC, 1/18/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 17, In the SF Bay Area
Gin Lu Shwe (70), a former Cupertino school board member, was
reported missing. His body was found on Jan 25 in the foothills of
Tulare County. Christopher Ellebracht (38), a one-time handyman for
Shwe, was arrested on Jan 22.
(SFC, 1/31/17, p.C2)
2017 Jan 17, Brazilian police
used rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a renewed clash between
drug gangs in the Alcaçuz prison where 26 inmates were butchered by
rivals in recent days.
2017 Jan 17, Britain will quit
the European Union's single market when it exits the bloc, PM
Theresa May said, in a decisive speech that quashed speculation she
would seek a compromise deal to stay inside the world's biggest
2017 Jan 17, British American
Tobacco announced that will take over Reynolds American Inc. for $49
billion to create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco
company. It would seek to capitalize on growing demand for
electronic cigarettes in the US and traditional ones in developing
countries. BAT already owned 42% of Reynolds.
(AP, 1/17/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.51)
2017 Jan 17, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia's policy of refusing to allow
Americans to adopt Russian children was discriminatory, a decision
Moscow said it would appeal.
2017 Jan 17, The EU said
Lithuania can use EU funds to install surveillance systems on its
border with Russia's militarized Kaliningrad exclave but not to
build a fence.
2017 Jan 17, Gambian Pres.
Jammeh declared a state of emergency, after refusing to hand power
to opposition leader Adama Barrow who won an election on Dec. 1.
2017 Jan 17, An Indian court
sentenced 39 people to 10 years in prison each for buying and
selling girls in Karnataka state, signaling a rare victory for
prosecutors in a country where fewer than two in five trafficking
cases ends in a conviction.
2017 Jan 17, In Iran five
memorandums of understanding were signed at a ceremony attended by
Syrian PM Emad Khamis and Iranian VP Eshaq Jahangiri in Tehran. Iran
will be granted a license to become a mobile service operator in
Syria under agreements to expand economic ties between the
2017 Jan 17, In Iraq a car bomb
blast in southern Baghdad killed at least seven people and wounded
2017 Jan 17, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian who had tried to stab a soldier at a
checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
2017 Jan 17, In Ivory Coast a
mutinous soldier was killed in Yamoussoukro, as fresh trouble
erupted after troops took to the streets, firing shots in the air
and terrifying residents.
2017 Jan 17, Lithuania signed
an agreement with the United States formalizing the presence of US
troops in the small Baltic country bordering Russia and Belarus.
2017 Jan 17, Malaysian,
Australian and Chinese authorities ended today the deep-sea search
for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 without any trace being
found of the plane that vanished in 2014 with 239 people on board.
2017 Jan 17, In Mexico gunmen
attacked the state prosecutor’s office in Cancun killing four
(SFC, 1/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 17, Moldova's new
Pres. Igor Dodon, who is visiting Russia on his first trip abroad,
voiced hope for rebuilding "strategic" ties with Moscow and hinted
that the ex-Soviet nation could eventually shelve a trade pact with
the European Union.
2017 Jan 17, It was reported
that Morocco has offered Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh asylum in
return for accepting election defeat and stepping down.
2017 Jan 17, A Nigerian Air
Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists
mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing at least 76 refugees and
wounding more than 100 in northeast Rann. Estimates later rose to as
many as 236 people killed in the botched air strike.
(AP, 1/17/17)(Reuters, 1/18/17)(AFP, 1/21/17)
2017 Jan 17, Senior Romanian
intelligence official Florin Coldea announced his retirement after a
businessman indicted on wide-ranging corruption charges claimed he
had a close relationship with the officer.
2017 Jan 17, In in Davos,
Switzerland, the annual World Economic Forum opened. Chinese
President Xi Jinping gave the opening address urging the world to
"say no to protectionism" and warning that "no one will emerge as a
winner in a trade war.
2017 Jan 17, In Syria Russian
warplanes carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets south of
al-Bab in coordination with Turkey.
2017 Jan 17, Thailand's
Eastern Special Development Zone (ESDZ), a special economic zone,
was setup for three provinces in eastern Thailand. Collectively,
these provinces occupy an area of 13,266 square km (5,122 sq mi).
2017 Jan 17, Ukraine said it
has filed a case against Russia at the United Nations' highest
court, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly
funding separatist rebel groups in eastern Ukraine. Kiev also is
seeking compensation for deadly incidents including the 2014
shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
2017 Jan 17, The UN said
Somalia risks slipping back into famine, as worsening drought has
left millions without food, water or healthcare in a country
crippled by decades of war.
2017 Jan 17, The Vatican
demanded that the leaders of the Knights of Malta, a worldwide
Catholic chivalric and charity group, cooperate with an inquiry into
alleged irregularities ordered by Pope Francis.
2017 Jan 17, In Yemen a rocket
fired by Houthi rebels killed six civilians, including women and
children, when it hit an area in southern Taiz province.
2017 Jan 18, The US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 2016 was the
hottest of modern times -- the third year in a row to break records.
2017 Jan 18, Oklahoma Attorney
General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead
the Environmental Protection Agency, said he would honor the
Congressional intent and timetables of the U.S. Renewable Fuel
2017 Jan 18, In northern
Afghanistan Taliban bomb maker Kamal Khan inadvertently killed
himself and his four sons overnight, while building a cache of
roadside bombs in Sar-i-Pul province.
2017 Jan 18, Bosnian Serb
leader Milorad Dodik said he was proud of being blacklisted by the
United States for obstructing a 1995 peace agreement and called on
Bosnian authorities to declare the US ambassador persona non grata
2017 Jan 18, In Brazil a
heavily armed military police force entered the Alcacuz prison
without violence. Authorities said they were transferring 220
inmates to other prisons to avoid more clashes.
2017 Jan 18, The first direct
freight train service from China to Britain arrived in London,
another leg in Beijing's plans for closer trade ties with Europe
along a modern-day Silk Road.
2017 Jan 18, The International
Monetary Fund said that Egypt is making progress with its economic
reform program, although it will still take time to improve living
standards in a poor country beset with rocketing inflation.
2017 Jan 18, A court in
southwest France gave the go-ahead for the extradition of Stephen
Carruthers (43), a suspected pedophile arrested on Jan 8, who is one
of Britain's most wanted fugitives.
2017 Jan 18, Gambia's
parliament has passed a resolution to allow President Yahya Jammeh
to stay in office for another three months, as the veteran leader
showed no sign of preparing to hand over power and Senegal moved
soldiers towards the border.
2017 Jan 18, Iraqi commanders
said their forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the
Islamic State group, three months after a huge offensive against the
jihadist bastion was launched.
2017 Jan 18, In Israel
demolitions in the Arab Israeli village of in Umm al-Heiran, that
activists say has been targeted by racist policies, sparked violence
in which a policeman and his alleged attacker were killed.
2017 Jan 18, Israeli nuclear
whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu was convicted of violating the terms
of his release, more than a decade after completing an 18-year jail
term. Vanunu was convicted of meeting with two US nationals in
Jerusalem in 2013 without having permission to do so, and will be
sentenced in two months.
2017 Jan 18, In Italy four
powerful earthquakes, magnitude 5.1-5.7, reverberated through the
Amatrice area still recovering from deadly tremors last year. More
than 130,000 homes were without electricity.
2017 Jan 18, In Italy the
four-star spa Hotel Rigopiano in the central Abruzzo region was
struck by an avalanche following earthquakes in the region. At least
30 people were missing, including at least two children. By Jan 21
rescuers found 11 survivors, but 24 people remained missing. By Jan
26 the final death toll reached 29 as all remaining bodies were
pulled from the rubble.
(AP, 1/19/17)(AFP, 1/20/17)(Reuters,
1/22/17)(SFC, 1/27/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 18, Ivory Coast's main
port of Abidjan, was shut down when angry security forces began
firing into the air during protests by mutinous troops.
2017 Jan 18, In Libya US B-2
bombers carried out air strikes against Islamic State camps outside
of Sirte. More than 80 Islamic State fighters were reported killed.
2017 Jan 18, It was reported
that nearly a million people are hungry and in urgent need of food
aid in the Madagascar area, according to the World Food Program
2017 Jan 18, In Mali at least
60 people including five suicide bombers were killed when a vehicle
packed with explosives detonated inside a military camp in Gao.
(Reuters, 1/18/17)(SFC, 1/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 18, A new Mexican poll
by Grupo Reforma showed President Enrique Pena Nieto's approval
rating has fallen to a historic low of 12 percent.
2017 Jan 18, In northern Mexico
a teenage student (15) suffering from depression opened fire at an
American school in Nuevo Leon state, injuring three students and a
teacher then shooting himself in the chin in what state officials
called an unprecedented attack that was caught on video. The shooter
died at a hospital.
(Reuters, 1/18/17)(SFC, 1/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 18, In Morocco Sheikh
Sidi Hamza al-Qadiri al-Boutchichi (95), head of one of the
country’s biggest Sufi orders, died in Oujda.
2017 Jan 18, Puerto Rico police
Chief Michelle Hernandez ordered police to stop releasing
information including the location of a crime, a suspect's criminal
background and the amount of drugs seized or money stolen in certain
2017 Jan 18, Russian
authorities said they have extended US intelligence leaker Edward
Snowden's Russian residency permit by three years.
2017 Jan 18, Senegal presented
a draft resolution to the UN Security Council seeking support for
ECOWAS efforts to press Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to step down. At
least 26,000 people have fled Gambia into Senegal fearing President
Yahya Jammeh's decision to stay in power.
(AFP, 1/18/17)(AP, 1/18/17)
2017 Jan 18, Syria and Russia
signed an agreement allowing Russia to significantly expand its
naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartus and keep using it
for 49 years.
2017 Jan 18, Turkey's
parliament embarked on a second round of voting on a contentious
package of constitutional amendments that would give President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan's office new executive powers.
2017 Jan 18, In Venezuela
Eliannys Vivas (9) died of diphtheria. Her death and a wider
outbreak of diphtheria, showed how vulnerable the country is to
health risks amid a major economic crisis that has sparked shortages
of basic medicines and vaccines.
2017 Jan 19, The Obama
administration passed the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices
rule that required an increase in the amount of space required for
livestock and poultry, provide more access to the outdoors and
outlaw the use of subtherapeutic antibiotics. On Dec. 15 the Trump
administration scrapped the rule.
(SSFC, 12/24/17, p.L9)
2017 Jan 19, It was revealed
that Steven Mnuchin, Pres.-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be Treasury
secretary, failed to disclose nearly $100 million of his assets on
Senate Finance Committee disclosure documents and failed to mention
his role as a director of an investment fund located in a tax haven.
(SFC, 1/20/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 19, The documentary
film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" premiered at the
Sundance Film Festival. It was directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
and starred Al Gore, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
(http://tinyurl.com/mwd79dv)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.74)
2017 Jan 19, Miguel Ferrer
(b.1955), film and TV star, died at his home in Santa Monica. His
films included “Robocop" (1987). He was currently playing Assistant
Director Owen Granger on the CBS series “NCIS: Los Angeles." Miguel
was the son of Academy Award winner Jose Ferrer (1912-1992).
(SSFC, 1/22/17, p.C15)
2017 Jan 19, In Hawaii four men
and two women moved into a man-made dome for the next eight months
as part of a human behavior study that could help NASA plan for
sending astronauts on a mission to Mars.
(SFC, 1/20/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 19, Belgian media said
a local court has handed out prison sentences of up to eight years
for a group of 14 people convicted of falsifying documents used by
Islamist militants in attacks in Paris and Brussels.
2017 Jan 19, In Brazil images
on Globo television showed prisoners at the Alcacuz Penitentiary in
the yard, throwing rocks at each other and setting up barriers.
Injured inmates could be seen being carried away.
2017 Jan 19, In Brazil a plane
crash killed Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki just weeks before
he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed
accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries.
Four others were also killed. The crash was likely to delay, though
not derail, the "Car Wash" investigation, the largest corruption
investigation in Brazil's history.
(AP, 1/20/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.30)
2017 Jan 19, In Bulgaria Rumen
Radev took his oath of office as president, preparing the way for
him to formally take over the post from Rosen Plevneliev on Jan 22.
2017 Jan 19, The European Union
said it has given Zambia about $69 million to expand electricity
supply in the continent's second biggest copper producer, which
faces a power deficit that has hit mining and agriculture.
2017 Jan 19, In France it was
announced that aircraft-engine company Safran has agreed to buy seat
and cabin manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace in a deal worth 8.5 billion
euros ($9.1 billion).
2017 Jan 19, Gambian
president-elect Adama Barrow was sworn in at the country's embassy
in Senegal, as African troops massed at the border to force
incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his election defeat.
2017 Jan 19, German lawmakers
legalized cannabis use for medical purposes for people with serious
diseases such as certain cancers and multiple sclerosis.
2017 Jan 19, In northern India
a truck loaded with sand collided with a school bus early today,
killing at least 24 young children in Uttar Pradesh state.
2017 Jan 19, In Iran at least
20 firefighters were reported killed when the 17-storey Plasco
building, Tehran’s oldest high-rise, collapsed following a fire.
Altogether at least 30 people were killed. Habibollah Elghanian, a
prominent Iranian-Jewish businessman, had built the structure. He
was arrested for ties to Israel and sentenced to death and executed
after the 1979 Islamic revolution. On Jan 27 the final death toll
was put at 26 including 16 firefighters.
(AFP, 1/19/17)(Reuters, 1/20/17)(SFC, 1/20/17,
p.A6)(SSFC, 1/22/17, p.A4)(AP, 1/27/17)
2017 Jan 19, University
lecturers in Kenya began a strike over pay, joining doctors who
walked out in early December, crippling the country's healthcare.
2017 Jan 19, A Kosovo court
sentenced seven Albanian citizens on charges of terror,
participating in terror groups and recruiting for Islamic terror
groups in Syria. The defendants received prison sentences ranging
from 2 ½ to 4 ½ years.
2017 Jan 19, Mexican drug
kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was extradited to the US on
charges he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization
during a decades-long criminal career.
2017 Jan 19, Police in southern
Mexico found the dismembered bodies of a 2-year-old toddler and a
woman in plastic bags in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state. Earlier this
week the severed heads of six men were found in a plastic bag on the
roof of a sport utility vehicle in Chilpancingo, with six headless
2017 Jan 19, In Pakistan
hardline religious protesters of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah
threw stones at supporters of five missing activists in Karachi, and
demanded that police charge the missing men under a blasphemy law
that carries a mandatory death sentence.
2017 Jan 19, International aid
workers opened a new desalination plant in the Gaza Strip, bringing
some relief to a territory where 97 percent of the water is
undrinkable. The plant will initially produce 6,000 cubic meters of
water a day. In all, the population uses 150,000 cubic meters a day,
most of it from a depleted coastal aquifer.
2017 Jan 19, Poland's interior
minister defended a decision to post photos of some anti-government
protesters to illustrate the country's "zero tolerance for breaches
of the law," but opposition lawmakers called it an act of "political
revenge" intended to intimidate government critics.
2017 Jan 19, Puerto Rico's
governor reversed an order by the US territory's police chief that
sought to greatly limit the release of public information about
2017 Jan 19, In Saudi Arabia
six British nationals were reported killed and several more injured
in a road crash as they traveled to Medina.
2017 Jan 19, Slovenia said it
will allow hunters to kill 93 brown bears and up to 8 wolves this
year in order to keep those animal populations from growing. Last
year hunters killed 83 bears and 4 wolves.
2017 Jan 19, At Davos,
Switzerland, PM Theresa May unveiled her vision for Britain after
Brexit, describing its future role as a defender of free trade and
globalization in a speech intended to ease concerns among the global
2017 Jan 19, In Syria shells
slammed into the city of Aleppo, killing two people as thousands of
government supporters gathered in a main square nearby to celebrate
last month's capture of the city's eastern neighborhoods from
rebels. The Islamic State killed 12 people in Palmyra by shooting
and beheading them.
(AP, 1/19/17)(SFC, 1/20/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 19, In Syria US
warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp killing more than 100
militants in Idlib province.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 19, Turkey’s
government extended emergency for another three months.
(Econ, 1/21/17, p.41)
2017 Jan 20, President Obama
signed his final bill. It codified the Presidential Innovation
Fellows Program. The program, which he created in 2012. Its mandate:
bring top tech talent to Washington to address a range of issues
facing federal government programs, from transparency to technology
2017 Jan 20, Donald Trump was
sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, ushering in a
new political era that has been cheered and feared in equal measure.
Washington DC was rocked by violent protests against the
businessman-turned-politician, with black-clad anti-establishment
activists smashing windows, setting vehicles on fire and fighting
with riot police who responded with stun grenades.
(AFP, 1/20/17)(Reuters, 1/21/17)
2017 Jan 20, In Washington, DC,
at least six journalists were charged with felony rioting after they
were arrested while covering violent protests that took place just
blocks from the inauguration parade of Pres. Trump. The journalists
were among 230 people detained in the anti-Trump protests.
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 20, As Pres. Trump
delivered his inauguration speech Michael Flynn, Trump’s national
security advisor, sent a text to a business partner that a joint
plan between Russia and Flynn’s business allies to build nuclear
power plants in the Middle East was “good to go."
(SFC, 12/7/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 20, John Albers (17)
was shot and killed by police as he backed a minivan out of his
family's garage. Officers were responding to a report that he was
making suicidal comments on social media. Albers was shot 13 times.
In 2019 his mother reached a $2.3 million settlement with the city
of Overland Park.
(http://tinyurl.com/ybsrqdh7)(SFC, 1/16/19, p.A5)
2017 Jan 20, In Louisiana
Sylvester Holt shot and killed Simone Veal (32) and police Officer
Michael Louviere (26), who had tried to intervene. Holt then shot
and killed himself following an hours-long standoff on a New Orleans
bridge. Holt had been romantically involved with Veal.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A17)(SSFC, 1/22/17, p.A10)
2017 Jan 20, The Michigan
School Reform Office said that 38 state schools are failing and
subject to closure.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 20, Montana reached a
$25 million settlement with more than 1,000 victims of
asbestos-related disease over claims that health officials failed to
bring attention to the hazards of a contaminated mine in Libby. The
mine was closed in 1999.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 20, Sheldon Adelson’s
Las Vegas Sands Corp. agreed to pay $6.96 million to US authorities
to end a more than five year corrupt practices investigation of the
firms’ former relationship with a consultant in China and Macao.
This was in addition to a $9 million payment made in April to settle
a US SEC investigation that found some payments to the consultant
were not properly authorized or documented.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A8)
2017 Jan 20, In northern
Afghanistan two people, including a police commander, were killed in
an explosion after a sticky bomb was attached to the commander's car
in Balkh province. Taliban insurgents stormed a police checkpoint in
the northeastern province of Kapisa, killing three policemen. A day
later Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a text to
journalists, accused government forces of killing six civilians in a
January 20 attack in Kapisa.
(AP, 1/20/17)(AP, 1/21/17)
2017 Jan 20, In Australia a man
(26) deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing four and injuring
more than 20, in the center Melbourne. Police eventually rammed the
car and shot the driver in the arm, before dragging him from the
vehicle and arresting him. Police said the incident was not
2017 Jan 20, In central China
at least 12 people were killed after a hotel was buried in a
landslide in Nanzhang county, Hunan province.
(AP, 1/20/17)(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 20, Gambia's army
chief General Ousman Badjie said that he recognized new President
Adama Barrow as the new commander-and-chief and would not fight a
regional force poised to depose Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to
2017 Jan 20, Germany said its
diplomats have helped broker a ceasefire between the Syrian
government and rebel forces in a mountainous valley near Damascus, a
deal designed to restore water supplies to the capital.
2017 Jan 20, In Iraq the
Islamic State blew up a landmark hotel in western Mosul in an
apparent attempt to prevent advancing Iraqi forces from using it as
a base in their offensive to capture the city.
2017 Jan 20, In northern Italy
a bus carrying Hungarian students home from a school ski trip to
France slammed into a highway barrier and burst into flames just
before midnight, killing at least 16 people. 39 others survived, but
some were seriously injured.
2017 Jan 20, Kosovo’s Deputy PM
Hajredin Kuci said that the government wanted to modernize its
property system and foster greater equality and prosperity in the
Balkan country. This will, for the first time, clearly define formal
ownership and encourage women to inherit and own land in their own
2017 Jan 20, Mexico’s national
Immigration Institute said it put 91 Cubans on a federal police
airplane and flew them back to Cuba after the Cuban government
accepted their return.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 20, Police in Peru
arrested former transport official Edwn Luyo as part of a massive
graft scandal implicating Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and
several regional governments. Luyo headed the committee that awarded
Odebrecht a contract in 2009 to build Lima's elevated metro.
2017 Jan 20, A South Korean
court said that the government had broken the law during the 1960s
and 1970s by detaining prostitutes who catered to US soldiers and by
forcing them to undergo treatment for venereal diseases. The court
ordered the government to pay 57 plaintiffs $4,240 each in
compensation for physical and psychological damage.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 20, The Syrian
government and experts said Islamic State militants have destroyed
parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic
monument known as the Tetrapylon in the historic town of Palmyra.
2017 Jan 20, In northern Syria
the Islamic State group killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded
nine others in a car bomb attack in the village of Sulfaniyeh, near
2017 Jan 20, In Turkey rocket
attacks hit the Istanbul police headquarters and the offices of the
ruling AK Party. There were no reports of casualties.
2017 Jan 20, UN human rights
envoy Yanghee Lee ended a 12-day visit to Myanmar with a bleak
evaluation of the government's ability to deal with the problems
facing the country's ethnic minorities. She said the situation there
2017 Jan 20, In Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed a local military instructor for
Al-Qaeda in southern al-Bayda province.
2017 Jan 21, Large crowds of
women, many wearing bright pink knit hats, poured into downtown
Washington to march in opposition to US President Donald Trump.
Legions of women flooded parks, streets and city squares from Sydney
to Paris to Philadelphia, marching in solidarity as a show of
empowerment and a stand against Donald Trump.
(Reuters, 1/21/17)(AP, 1/21/17)
2017 Jan 21, William Norris
(89), a retired judge of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals
(1980-1997), died in Los Angeles. His 1988 ruling on gays in the
military paved the way for gay rights.
2017 Jan 21, In Mississippi
four people were killed when a tornado hit the Hattiesburg area.
(SSFC, 1/22/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 21, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said that he is requiring health insurance companies to
cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception
at no cost to women.
(SSFC, 1/22/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 21, In northeastern
Brazil military police took control of Alcacuz prison after fighting
between rival gangs had left 26 inmates dead, the latest in a spate
of violence in the country's penitentiaries.
2017 Jan 21, Representatives of
Libya's neighbors meeting in Cairo warned the North African nation's
main rival factions against seeking to settle their differences
through military force, as Egypt announced that efforts were
underway to bring their leaders together to chart a "joint vision"
for the country. The representatives came from Libya, Egypt, Sudan,
Algeria, Chad, Niger and Tunisia as well as the UN envoy to Libya.
2017 Jan 21, In Egypt eight
people were killed after a shell landed on a house in southern
Rafah, in the north of Sinai.
2017 Jan 21, Gambia’s defeated
leader Yahya Jammeh announced that he has decided to relinquish
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 21, In India a train
crash late today killed 39 passengers in Andhra Pradesh state.
2017 Jan 21, Authorities in the
Netherlands and Spain arrested five male and two female suspects,
all Dutch nationals, over the last 245 hours over the robbery of $72
million in jewelry, one the world's biggest ever heists, from
Amsterdam's airport in 2005.
2017 Jan 21, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded in a market in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal
region, killing at least 24 people and wounding at least 50. The
Taliban claimed responsibility.
(AP, 1/21/17)(AFP, 1/22/17)
2017 Jan 21, A group of Russian
hackers claimed to have shut down the website of the African Cup of
Nations soccer tournament in a protest at organizers holding it in
Gabon, where Pres. Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed
elections last year.
2017 Jan 21, Russian security
forces in Dagestan tracked down and killed two suspected militants
in the village of Vperyod, Kizlyar region.
2017 Jan 21, Two Saudi men blew
themselves up during a gunbattle with security forces in Jeddah. One
man was later identified as Khaled al-Serwani, linked to an attack
in 2015 that killed a worshipper at a Shi'ite mosque in Najan. The
2nd man, Nadi al-Medhiani, had served time in prison after fighting
abroad and had ties to a militant suspected of involvement in
attacks claimed by Islamic State.
2017 Jan 21, South Korean
prosecutors arrested President Park Geun-hye's culture minister and
her former top presidential adviser over allegations that they
blacklisted artists critical of the government. Culture Minister Cho
Yoon-sun and ex-presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon had
allegedly drawn up a list of some 9,500 artists and cultural figures
to be excluded from government funding programs.
(AP, 1/21/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.34)
2017 Jan 21, Spanish police
said they have arrested 16 people, including Dutch, Spanish,
Colombian, Brazilian, Belgian, Chilean and Moroccan citizens, on
suspicion of forming a criminal organization, and trafficking in
arms and drugs.
2017 Jan 21, In Syria a car
bomb blast killed at least seven civilians at the Rukban camp for
displaced Syrians by the border with Jordan.
(AFP, 1/21/17)(SSFC, 1/22/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 21, In Syria six
Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in
Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.
2017 Jan 21, Turkey parliament
adopted a block of constitutional amendments intended to cement
Pres. Erdogan’s grip over the country.
(Econ, 2/4/17, p.46)
2017 Jan 21, Turkish
broadcaster Haberturk said prosecutors have issued arrest warrants
for more than 400 people, including soldiers and security officers,
in 48 provinces across the country following July's failed coup.
Zulfukar Sukru Kanberoglu of the TMSF fund was one of 367 people
dismissed from state institutions under the latest four decrees,
which also reinstated 124 civil servants.
(Reuters, 1/21/17)(Reuters, 1/23/17)
2017 Jan 21, In Yemen two
suspected US drone strikes in the al-Soumaa district of killed Abu
Anis al-Abi, an al-Qaida area field commander, and two others, who
were riding a motorcycle.
(AFP, 1/22/17)(SFC, 1/23/17,
2017 Jan 22, In Florida Mark
Baumer (33) was killed on Highway 90 while walking barefoot across
the US to raise awareness about climate change.
(SFC, 1/24/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 22, James Stephen
Boggs (b.1955), artist and trickster, died in Tampa, Fla. He is best
known for his hand-drawn depictions of banknotes.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._S._G._Boggs)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.78)
2017 Jan 22, In Georgia (US) 14
people died in weekend tornadoes and thunderstorms, with seven dying
in Cook County in the southern part of the state.
2017 Jan 22, The Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey police said they have arrested Alesandel
Rodriguez of New Jersey for avoiding tolls nearly 900 times owing
unpaid fees of more than $56,000. An investigation found some 888
(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 22, In Texas one
person was killed and five others injured after two men robbed a
jewelry store in San Antonio. One robber was wounded and the 2nd was
arrested later that night.
(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 22, The documentary
film “Plastic China" premiered at the Utah Sundance Film Festival.
Director Jiu-liang Wang captured a Chinese countryside covered
almost entirely in imported plastic.
2017 Jan 22, China’s state
planner ordered the closure of 111 golf courses, after a multi-year
campaign to tackle illegal development in the sector. A further 18
golf courses have been ordered to return illegally occupied land,
and 47 have been told to stop construction.
2017 Jan 22, Equatorial
Guinea's opposition denounced the government's decision to welcome
exiled Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who flew to the Central
African nation over the weekend after 22 years in power. A special
adviser to Gambia’s Pres. Barrow accused Jammeh of plundering state
coffers for $11 million and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo
plane prior to his departure.
(AP, 1/23/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)
2017 Jan 22, Egypt's National
Defense Council extended the military's participation in a Saudi-led
operation in Yemen. It did not specify how long the extension would
2017 Jan 22, French left-wing
voters cast ballots in a nationwide presidential primary aimed at
producing a Socialist candidate strong enough to confront formidable
conservative and nationalist rivals in the April-May general
2017 Jan 22, In Gambia West
African troops were seen approaching the capital, Banjul, as they
sought to secure the country and allow new President Adama Barrow to
take office. Dictator Yahya Jammeh fled Gambia overnight en route to
Equatorial Guinea as the regional force was poised to remove him.
(Reuters, 1/22/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)
2017 Jan 22, In Germany the
agriculture ministers of the G20 leading economies said greater
global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water
supplies to secure food production.
2017 Jan 22, In India lawmakers
in Tamil Nadu state passed an emergency order allowing bull-taming
festivals (Jallikattu) to resume after a court ban on the
traditional events led to mass protests. The Supreme Court had
banned Jallikattu in 2014 and upheld the ban earlier this month.
(Reuters, 1/23/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.36)
2017 Jan 22, In northeastern
India rebels ambushed a patrol vehicle in Assam state, killing two
paramilitary soldiers. An ongoing government counterattack has
killed several rebels. Rebels participating in the attack included
the United Liberation Front of Assam and groups from neighboring
2017 Jan 22, An Iranian appeals
court confirmed a five-year jail sentence for British-Iranian aid
worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security charges. She works for
the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a London-based charity that is
independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters
2017 Jan 22, Iraqi forces
retook two areas from the Islamic State group in Mosul, sealing
their control of the east bank three months into an offensive to
reclaim the city. Army Col. Sabhan Hasan al-Jubouri died in fighting
on the eastern bank.
(AFP, 1/22/17)(Reuters, 1/22/17)
2017 Jan 22, In Israel the
municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval for the
construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a
hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major
West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the
presidency of Donald Trump.
2017 Jan 22, Masaya Nakamura
(91), the "Father of Pac-Man," died in Japan. He founded Namco, part
of Bandai Namco, the Japanese video game company behind the hit
creature-gobbling game in 1955. Pac-Man, designed by Namco engineer
and video game maker Toru Iwatani, went on sale in 1980, at a time
when there were few rival games, such as Space Invaders.
2017 Jan 22, In Romania
thousands marched through Bucharest and other cities to protest a
government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners which critics
say could reverse the anti-corruption fight.
2017 Jan 22, Police in Spain
said that 75 people have been arrested and more than 3,500 stolen
artifacts and pieces of art seized in a joint operation with 17
other European countries that dismantled an int’l. cultural goods
(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 22, In Sweden teenager
and two men in their 20s were arrested in the city of Uppsala, after
police received tips about a rape and live streaming in a closed
Facebook group from users.
2017 Jan 22, In Syria US-led
coalition jets conducted 14 air strikes near Deir al-Zour.
2017 Jan 22, In Taiwan
thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants
protested a plan to reform the pension system outside of the
Presidential Office in Taipei, as a national conference to discuss
reform was held in the Office. Pensions for the armed forces wee
expected to go bust in 2020; for private sector workers in 2027; for
teachers in 2030; and for civil servants in 2021.
(Reuters, 1/22/17)(Econ 5/20/17, p.34)
2017 Jan 22, Turkish
authorities said they have captured two men believed to be among
those responsible for rocket attacks on the Istanbul police
headquarters and the offices of the ruling AK Party on Jan 20. One
of the assailants was captured by police early today, while the
other was shot dead later in the day in the northwestern province of
Tekirdag. Police identified them as a members of the outlawed
Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C).
2017 Jan 22, In Yemen three
suspected members of al Qaeda were killed by what local officials
said they believed were two separate US drone strikes in the
al-Soumaa district of southern al-Bayda province. Clashes killed at
least 66 people over the last 24 hours, as pro-government forces
pushed to oust rebels from a key stretch of coastline.
(Reuters, 1/22/17)(AFP, 1/22/17)
2017 Jan 23, US President
Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Trans Pacific partnership.
(Reuters, 1/24/17)(SFC, 1/24/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 23, US President
Donald Trump's administration asked the Environmental Protection
Agency to temporarily halt all contracts, grants and interagency
agreements pending a review. Trump also signed an executive order
temporarily halting all government hiring outside the military.
2017 Jan 23, President Donald
Trump signed an executive action reinstating the so-called Mexico
City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations
that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government
2017 Jan 23, Bobby Freeman
(b.1940), San Francisco’s first rock ’n’ roll teen star, died at his
home in Daly City. His 1958 song “Do You Want to Dance" reached No.
5 on the Billboard singles chart. The song became known as “Do You
Wanna Dance" and was performed by a number of other musicians
including the Beach Boys.
(SFC, 2/15/17, p.D4)
2017 Jan 23, South Dakota Rep.
Mathew Wollman (R) resigned after admitting that he had sexual
contact with two interns. He said both interns were over 21 and that
the sex was consensual.
(SFC, 1/24/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 23, London's mayor
issued a "very high" air pollution alert for the first time, as
cold, windless weather allowed emissions across the whole of
southeast England to build up over the weekend.
2017 Jan 23, US-based Liberty
Media, controlled by billionaire John Malone, closed its $8 billion
deal to acquire Formula One. Former boss Bernie Ecclestone was named
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.54)
2017 Jan 23, In China Xu Xiang,
an investor who pumped up stocks, was found guilty of market
manipulation. He was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail and
fined $1.6 billion, a record in China for economic crimes.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.38)
2017 Jan 23, The bodies of 10
people believed to be Indonesian migrants were found washed ashore
in Malaysia not far from a capsized boat. 2 Indonesians were
2017 Jan 23, Iraq's PM Haider
al-Abadi ordered an investigation into violations of human rights
and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and
paramilitary forces battling the Islamic State group to retake the
city of Mosul.
2017 Jan 23, In Kazakhstan
indirect 2-day talks began in Astana between the Syrian government
and rebels. The talks were hosted by Russia, Turkey and Iran.
(Reuters, 1/23/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.39)
2017 Jan 23, In Northern
Ireland Sinn Fein named Michelle O'Neill to succeed Martin
McGuinness and lead the Irish nationalist party into elections in
March, marking a shift towards a generation not directly involved in
decades of conflict.
2017 Jan 23, Lawmakers in the
Krakow region of Poland, considered the area with the dirtiest air
in the country, approved an anti-smog plan that calls for replacing
the most polluting heating stoves by 2023.
2017 Jan 23, Spanish police
said a pan-European crackdown on illegal arms trafficking has
resulted in 664 guns being seized and 245 people with arrests in
Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, the
Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden.
2017 Jan 23, In Syria Russian
jets pounded Islamic State in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor,
seeking to thwart a full-blown assault by the militants against the
last district in the region still held by the Damascus government.
2017 Jan 23, In Tanzania
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Pres. John Magufuli to
take action against the network of an exiled cleric he blames for
last year's failed coup.
2017 Jan 23, Uganda said it had
returned dozens of former combatants of a Democratic Republic of
Congo rebel group to a military camp after they tried to sneak back
to their own country in disguise last week.
2017 Jan 23, Pope Francis
blasted the "money stained with blood" and "evil power" wielded by
Italian organized crime as he met the heads of the country's
2017 Jan 23, Venezuela's
opposition parties launched a new round of protests aimed at forcing
President Nicolas Maduro from power and ending 18 years of socialist
rule, but they fell well short of the massive demonstrations of the
2017 Jan 23, In Yemen forces
allied with the internationally-recognized government seized control
of Mokha, a strategic Red Sea port after waging an assault against
Shiite rebels. Emirati-led troops marched into Mokha port and set
their sights on Hodeidah.
(AP, 1/23/17)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.42)
2017 Jan 24, Pres. Trump signed
executive actions to accelerate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access
pipeline projects and to decree that American steel should be used
for pipelines built in the United States. Trump invited Keystone
builder TransCanada to resubmit its application to the State
Department for a presidential permit to construct and operate the
(Reuters, 1/24/17)(SFC, 1/25/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 24, FBI Director James
Comey said the Pres. Trump has asked him to stay on as head of the
law enforcement agency.
(SFC, 1/25/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 24, An unknown author
wrote an FBI note about the bureau's investigation of National
Security Adviser Michael Flynn, questioning whether the goal was
"Truth/Admission" or "to get him to lie." This was the same day of
Flynn's White House FBI interview. The note was only made public in
late April, 2020.
(CBS News, 4/30/20)
2017 Jan 24, Michigan state
environmental officials said Flint’s water system no longer has
levels of lead exceeding the federal limit.
(SFC, 1/25/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 24, Afghanistan’s
attorney general ordered the arrest of nine employees of VP Rashid
Dostum in connection with allegations of kidnapping and torturing a
(SFC, 1/25/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 24, A top Bangladesh
official said his country has begun planting one million palm trees
nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by
lightning strikes every year.
2017 Jan 24, The UK Supreme
Court ruled that PM Theresa May must give parliament a vote before
she can formally start Britain's exit from the European Union,
giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending
2017 Jan 24, An Estonian
defense official said his country is experimenting with the idea of
cyberconscription, a move that gives draftees with tech skills the
chance to work shoring up their military's electronic
2017 Jan 24, EU security
commissioner Julian King says Europe faces a growing threat of
cyber-attacks from criminals and those plotting to destabilize the
28-nation bloc politically.
2017 Jan 24, Heavy pollution
enveloping much of Europe prompted emergency measures across the
2017 Jan 24, French Interior
Minister Bruno Le Roux said that his government has requested blocks
for 834 websites and that 1,929 more be pulled from search engines'
results as part of the fight against "child pornographic and
terrorist content". He also said French authorities ordered the
blockage or removal of more than 2,700 websites in 2016.
2017 Jan 24, The board of
state-run Electricite de France voted to start the process of
closing the two reactors at the 39-year-old Fessenheim plant, near
the German border.
2017 Jan 24, Gambia's
parliament revoked a state of emergency imposed last week by former
President Yahya Jammeh shortly before he fled into exile, as the
tiny West African country slowly recovered from its political
2017 Jan 24, At least 15
Haitian migrants drowned in the Turks & Caicos Islands after
their small and crowded boat capsized near the British Caribbean
territory. 69 people were on the boat.
(AP, 1/25/17)(AP, 1/27/17)
2017 Jan 24, Hong Kong said it
would release the nine Singaporean armored vehicles it seized in
November on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, easing
tensions between China and Singapore.
2017 Jan 24, Israel announced
plans for 2,500 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the
second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office
signaling he would be less critical of such projects than his
2017 Jan 24, A Jerusalem court
reached a plea bargain with a former chief rabbi of Israel that will
have him serve time for corruption. Yona Metzger will serve 3.5
years in prison and pay a $1.3 million fine.
2017 Jan 24, In central Italy a
helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed into a
mountainside and killed all six people aboard in the Abruzzo area.
2017 Jan 24, Japan successfully
launched its first military communications satellite. The Kirameki-2
is designed to upgrade its network in the face of China's
increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea's missile
2017 Jan 24, In Kazakhstan
Russia, Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring
parties and agreed to monitor its compliance. On the ground rebels
faced continued fighting on two fronts, which could undermine the
2017 Jan 24, In Mozambique
Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on leader Filipe Nyusi to
take action against the exiled cleric he blames for last year's
2017 Jan 24, Pakistan
successfully tested a new nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile
that is able to deliver multiple warheads and evade radar detection.
2017 Jan 24, The Russian
military says its bombers have struck Islamic State positions in the
province of Deir el-Zour in the third such raid in four days.
2017 Jan 24, Saudi Arabia
warned that the Shamoon computer virus, first reported in 2012, has
returned with at least one major petrochemical company apparently
affected. The original infection was blamed on Iran.
(SFC, 1/25/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 24, In Somalia at
least four soldiers were killed and five wounded when a roadside
bomb that Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it planted
exploded outside a military camp in Afgoye near Mogadishu.
2017 Jan 24, In northwest Syria
heavy fighting erupted between the jihadist group Jabhat Fateh
al-Sham and Free Syrian Army factions who were represented at the
2017 Jan 24, In Thailand Briton
Tony Kenway was the victim of a gangland-style slaying in the resort
town of Pattaya.
2017 Jan 24, Turkey said it
would not hand over al-Bab to Syrian forces after driving out
Islamic State. The Turkish-backed rebels are closer to doing so than
the Syrian army, having already reached the town's outskirts.
2017 Jan 24, Uzbekistan’s
Supreme Court said it has granted a mass amnesty to 39,748 convicted
prisoners and detainees awaiting trial. The amnesty was passed by
parliament last October and entered force this month.
2017 Jan 24, Pope Francis
demanded the obedience of the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta
and his resignation. The next day Vatican said that it is taking
over the embattled Knights of Malta after its leader Mathew Festing
(67) defied Pope Francis in a dispute over condoms.
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A2)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.63)
2017 Jan 25, President Donald
Trump announced he would seek a probe into what he calls widespread
voter fraud in the election that brought him to power, hammering
away at allegations widely dismissed as baseless. Trump also ordered
the Dept. of Homeland Security to allocate funds for building a wall
along the Mexican border.
(AFP, 1/25/17)(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 25, It was reported
that the Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data
from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) undergo
review by political appointees before they can be released to the
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 25, Mary Tyler Moore
(80), star of 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died at her
home in Greenwich, Conn.
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 25, The San Francisco
Board of Education voted to remove Columbus Day from the academic
calendar and replace it with Indigenous People’s Day.
(SFC, 1/27/17, p.D2)
2017 Jan 25, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average passed 20,000 for the first time.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.61)
2017 Jan 25, Britain’s PM
Theresa May announced that the government would publish a white
paper setting out its approach to Brexit.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.49)
2017 Jan 25, The EU's executive
arm said Bulgaria and Romania must do more to meet European Union
standards on crime, corruption and judicial reform.
2017 Jan 25, The EU unveiled
plans to increase training for the Libyan coast guard as part of new
measures to stop African migrants leaving for Europe in a feared
2017 Jan 25, French
investigators launched a preliminary probe into claims the wife of
presidential candidate Francois Fillon earned 500,000 euros
($538,000) for a suspected fake job as his parliamentary aide.
2017 Jan 25, German police
carried out dawn raids against far-right suspects accused of
plotting attacks on refugees, Jews and police officers, and detained
2017 Jan 25, In Iraq local
residents said Islamic State fighters have taken up sniper positions
in buildings on the west bank of the Tigris river ahead of an
expected government offensive into that side the city. Iraqi forces
estimated the number of militants inside Mosul at 5,000-6,000 at the
start of the battle, and have said 3,300 have been killed in the
2017 Jan 25, Hundreds of
Italians whose homes were devastated in a series of deadly
earthquakes protested in Rome at the slow pace of government aid as
the death toll from the Jan 18 avalanche-hit hotel rose to 24.
2017 Jan 25, Jamaica’s Usain
Bolt lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals when the International
Olympic Committee stripped Jamaica of their 4x100m relay win at the
2008 Beijing Games after relay teammate Nesta Carter, who ran the
first leg of the race, was found to have tested positive for banned
2017 Jan 25, Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev said he will delegate some of his sweeping
powers to the Central Asian nation's parliament and cabinet, a move
that could facilitate an eventual political transition.
2017 Jan 25, Kuwait hanged
seven prisoners in a mass execution that included a royal family
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 25, Libyan troops
routed Islamic militants from a key area they controlled in
Benghazi. The two-year campaign to push militants out of Benghazi
was led by Khalifa Hifter, who is not recognized by the UN-backed
government in Tripoli.
2017 Jan 25, Philippine troops
launched airstrikes and ground assaults that reportedly wounded one
of Southeast Asia's most-wanted militant suspects who is trying to
establish a new base for an alliance backing the Islamic State
group. Isnilon Hapilon managed to flee from a camp in Butig town in
southern Lanao del Sur province. Two days of airstrikes killed 15
Muslim militants linked to the Islamic State group.
(AP, 1/27/17)(AP, 1/29/17)
2017 Jan 25, In Poland hundreds
of students are gathering in downtown Warsaw and other cities to
protest the country's populist government, with a range of demands
that includes better ties with the European Union and protecting the
2017 Jan 25, Poland's state-run
defense firm PGZ said it has signed a memorandum of understanding
with French military shipbuilder DCNS that could allow them to work
together on building submarines in Poland.
2017 Jan 25, In Somalia 28
people were killed when Al-Shabaab fighters attacked the popular
Dayah in Mogadishu, setting off two car bombs and opening fire on
security guards. 4 al-Shabab attackers were also killed.
(AFP, 1/25/17)(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 25, Syrian government
forces and their allies drove Islamic State militants out of several
villages northeast of Aleppo over the last 24 hours. One Turkish
soldier was killed and five were wounded in a clash with Islamic
State militants near al-Bab.
2017 Jan 25, In Syria six
long-range Russian bombers struck Islamic State targets in Deir
2017 Jan 26, Steve Bannon,
Pres. Trump’s chief White House strategist, said the media is the
“opposition party" and “should keep its mouth shut and just listen
for a while."
(http://tinyurl.com/j64qmxa)(SFC, 1/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 26, The Bulletin of
the Atomic Scientists warned that comments by US President Donald
Trump on nuclear weapons and climate change have helped make the
world less safe, moving its symbolic "Doomsday Clock" 30 seconds
closer to midnight.
2017 Jan 26, It was reported
that employees from more than a dozen US government agencies have
established a network of unofficial "rogue" Twitter feeds in
defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to
muzzle federal climate change research and other science.
2017 Jan 26, Scientists said
they have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step
toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals
to transplant into people.
2017 Jan 26, Johnson &
Johnson said it will buy Swiss drugmaker Actelion in a $30 billion
deal that both secures promising research and bolsters the product
portfolio controlled by the US health care giant.
2017 Jan 26, Mike Connors
(b.1925), TV and film actor, died in in Los Angeles. He starred as a
hard-hitting private eye on the TV series “Mannix" (1967-1975).
(SFC, 1/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 26, In Ohio Gabriel
Taye (8) hanged himself in his bedroom with a necktie. It was later
reported that school surveillance video showed a bully knocking Taye
unconscious two days before his suicide.
(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 26, In Texas Terry
Edwards (43) was executed for a fatal 2002 robbery in in Dallas that
left two Subway employees dead.
(SFC, 1/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 26, Austria's new
Pres. Alexander Van der Bellen called for a tolerant and diverse
nation free of ideological and racial hatred in an inauguration
speech that embraced the ideal of a united Europe.
2017 Jan 26, In Austria 14
people were arrested as some 800 police investigating possible
members of the Islamic State jihadist group carried out raids in
Vienna and Graz in the south. the raids reportedly focused on the
network of Ebu Tejma, a Muslim preacher from Bosnia jailed for 20
years last July in Graz for recruiting young IS fighters.
2017 Jan 26, Brazilian police
issued an arrest warrant for businessman Eike Batista, famous for
amassing and then losing a multi-billion-dollar fortune.
2017 Jan 26, Britain’s
Conservative government introduced a long-awaited bill to start the
country's exit from the European Union and gave the House of Commons
less than two weeks to consider it.
2017 Jan 26, Britain’s High
Court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell cannot be sued in London over oil
spills in Nigeria, in a setback to attempts to hold British
multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries' actions
abroad. The court also said the claimants should be able to use
2017 Jan 26, German geologist
Kay Holtzmann, contracted by the Dutch-British multinational Royal
Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary, wrote a letter to the Bodo
Mediation Initiative saying the company "fiercely opposed"
environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of
Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of
the worst oil spills in the West African nation's history.
2017 Jan 26, Chile’s government
said forest fires in the central regions of O'Higgins and El Maule
have killed 9 people over the past week, displaced thousands and
destroyed entire villages. A state of emergency was in effect and by
early February the death toll reached 11.
(AP, 1/26/17)(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 26, China released a
new list of items banned for export to North Korea, ranging from
wind tunnels to plutonium, following a new round of United Nations
sanctions and complaints from US President Donald Trump that Beijing
was not doing enough to pressure its communist neighbor.
2017 Jan 26, French skipper
Francis Joyon smashed the record for the fastest sail around the
world by more than four days and he won the Jules Verne Trophy.
2017 Jan 26, An aircraft
carrying Gambian President Adama Barrow arrived in the capital
Banjul, days after his predecessor Yahya Jammeh fled into exile
under pressure from regional forces.
2017 Jan 26, Germany's
Parliament extended the country's training mission in northern Iraq
for another year.
2017 Jan 26, In Germany more
than 15,000 turkeys were being culled after the new bird flu subtype
H5N5 was confirmed on a north German farm.
2017 Jan 26, Greece's Supreme
Court ruled against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers who
fled to Greece in July after a failed coup attempt in Turkey, a
decision which angered Ankara and further strained relations between
the two neighbors. Turkey issued an arrest warrant for the eight
former army officers.
(Reuters, 1/26/17)(AFP, 1/26/17)
2017 Jan 26, In Indonesia a
deputy chairwoman of the independent Corruption Eradication
Commission, Basaria Panjaitan, announced that Constitutional Court
Judge Patrialis Akbar and 10 other people were caught "red-handed"
in an anti-graft sting.
2017 Jan 26, Israeli officials
gave final approval to 153 east Jerusalem settler homes, adding to a
sharp increase in such projects since US Pres. Donald Trump took
2017 Jan 26, In Kashmir two
separate avalanches buried a military post and swept away a patrol
in Gurez, burying a total of 21 Indian soldiers. Seven soldiers were
rescued. Over the next two days the remaining 14 bodies were
recovered. Five of the rescued soldiers died on Jan 30.
(AP, 1/27/17)(SFC, 1/28/17, p.A2)(AP, 1/30/17)
2017 Jan 26, In Libya Yousuf
Mubarak Welayti, an Emirati national detained since 2015 on spying
charges, was found dead after militiamen stormed the detention
center where he was being held and killed him.
2017 Jan 26, Lithuania and
Poland said they would not allow the United States to locate new
secret prisons on their soil if President Donald Trump chooses to
reinstate an old CIA program that detained and interrogated
terrorism suspects abroad.
2017 Jan 26, Mexican President
Enrique Pena Nieto said he had scrapped plans to meet Donald Trump
next week after the US president tweeted Mexico should cancel the
meeting if it was not prepared to pay for his proposed border wall.
2017 Jan 26, Pakistan's
television regulator banned well-known talk show host Aamir Liaquat
Hussain for hate speech, after he hosted shows accusing liberal
activists and others of blasphemy, an inflammatory allegation that
could put their lives at risk.
2017 Jan 26, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to South Korea after policemen
last October killed, one of its citizens, then said he wanted to
hang rogue police and send their heads to Seoul. The police accused
of kidnapping and killing Jee Ick-joo were anti-narcotics officers.
2017 Jan 26, Puerto Rico's new
governor signed a labor reform bill that targets the private sector
and aims to stimulate the island's economy amid concerns that it
infringes on workers' rights.
2017 Jan 26, Romania’s High
Court of Cassation and Justice gave Alina Bica, the former chief
prosecutor for the agency that investigates organized crime and
terrorism, a 3 ½-year sentence for aiding a wrongdoer. The former
head of the tax authority, Serban Pop, received five years for
influence trafficking. Businessman Horia Simu received a 4-year term
for buying influence.
2017 Jan 26, Sudanese
opposition leader and ex-prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi (81) returned
to the country more than two years after he fled abroad.
2017 Jan 26, Syrian
Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said six other rebel factions had
joined its ranks in northwestern Syria in order to fend off a major
assault by a powerful jihadist group. Fateh al-Sham, once allied
with al Qaeda and formerly known as the Nusra Front clashed with
fighters from Ahrar al-Sham and Suqour al-Sham in the northern rebel
stronghold of Idlib province.
2017 Jan 26, In northeastern
Tanzania a massive mound of earth collapsed early today at a
Chinese-owned gold mine in Nyarugusu village, burying at least 13
workers, including a Chinese national.
2017 Jan 26, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to keep the UN peacekeeping force in
Cyprus for another six months and urged Greek and Turkish Cypriots
"to grasp the current opportunity" to reunite the divided
2017 Jan 27, President Donald
Trump made his debut as a statesman, welcoming British PM Theresa
May as the first foreign leader to visit his White House. In their
news conference Trump said that his defense secretary’s opposition
to torture will override his own belief that enhanced interrogation
(AFP, 1/27/17)(SFC, 1/28/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 27, President Donald
Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from
Muslim-majority countries. A US federal law enforcement official
said any non-U.S. citizen from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya,
Somalia or Yemen is now barred from entering the United States.
2017 Jan 27, President Donald
Trump called and pressured Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto to stop
saying publicly that his government would never pay for a wall along
the southern US border. Pena agreed to stop talking about the wall.
(SFC, 8/4/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 27, The SEC said
Joseph Meli (42) and Matthew Harriton (52) persuaded at least 125
investors in 13 states to contribute a total of $81 million towards
their ticket re-selling business. Almost $2 million was diverted for
personal expenses and at least $48 million of incoming funds was
used to pay make Ponzi payments to earlier investors. In a parallel
action by the US attorney’s office in the Southern District of New
York Meli and Steven Simmons (48) of Connecticut were arrested on
charges of conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud for
participating in an alleged Ponzi scheme in a hedge fund.
(SSFC, 1/29/17, p.A9)
2017 Jan 27, In Washington
state King County police detectives shot and killed Mi'Chance
Dunlap-Gittens (17) in sting operation in a Seattle suburb. Chance
was hit at least 8 times before a fatal shot to the back of his
head. Dunlap-Gittens and a 16-year-old companion, DaJohntae Richard,
had been deceived by sheriff’s detectives into believing the van
contained a teenage prostitute and her pimp who wanted to buy
several bottles of illicit alcohol. An internal revue later cleared
the officers of wrongdoing. In 2020 King County agreed to a $2.5
million settlement with the boy's family.
2017 Jan 27, Oscar-nominated
British actor John Hurt (77), known for his roles in "Elephant Man"
and "Harry Potter", died in Norfolk after a battle with pancreatic
(AFP, 1/28/17)(SSFC, 1/29/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 27, Two Iraqi men with
visas to enter the United States were detained at New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport, hours after Pres. Trump's executive
order put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United
States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other
2017 Jan 27, It was reported
that Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, leader of the Afghan Taliban,
recently replaced "shadow" governors in 16 of the country's 34
provinces. A list named another eight provincial-level officials,
including one whose job will be to offer technical support for major
attacks on urban areas.
2017 Jan 27, It was reported
that Belgium has sealed an agreement with France and the Netherlands
to draw up passenger lists and introduce passport checks on Thalys
and Eurostar international rail services.
2017 Jan 27, Brazilian
construction company Odebrecht said it was willing to sell off its
remaining projects and businesses in Peru as it faces a massive
graft inquiry and calls from the government to leave the Andean
2017 Jan 27, Britain's biggest
retailer Tesco agreed to buy wholesaler Booker for Â£3.7 billion in
a surprise play to become the nation's top food business, slash
costs and take on German-owned discounters.
2017 Jan 27, Xiao Jianhua
vanished after crossing the Hong Kong border to China. In 2016 The
Hurun Report, a China rich list founded in 1999 by Rupert Hoogewerf
in Britain, named Xiao Jianhua as China’s 32nd wealthiest man with a
fortune of $6 billion.
(Econ, 2/4/17, p.38)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.38)
2017 Jan 27, Colombian rebel
leader Pastor Alape warned that criminal gangs are attempting to
take over coca-growing regions being abandoned by the guerrillas to
expand cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine.
2017 Jan 27, Croatia's Jewish
community boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony
after authorities failed to remove a plaque bearing a World War II
Croatian pro-Nazi salute from the town of Jasenovac, where tens of
thousands of Jews, Serbs and Roma perished in a wartime death camp.
2017 Jan 27, The European
Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on steel products from China
and Taiwan to stop them flooding Europe's struggling steel market.
2017 Jan 27, The European Union
prolonged for a year sanctions against dozens of Tunisians,
including ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, accused of
illegally using state funds.
2017 Jan 27, Moroccan
authorities said they had arrested seven suspected militants linked
to Islamic State and seized weapons and explosive belts.
2017 Jan 27, In Nigeria armed
jihadists from the Islamic State-supported Al-Barnawi faction of
Boko Haram launched a midnight attack on troops in the village of
Kamuya. At least three Nigerian soldiers were killed. Boko Haram
claimed it killed five soldiers.
2017 Jan 27, The World Food
Program said around 1.8 million people are at risk of starvation in
northeast Nigeria, victims of an Islamist insurgency that is
undermining efforts by the WFP.
2017 Jan 27, Pakistani police
said they filed a criminal case against the parents of slain social
media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, alleging they were bribed to change
their testimony to protect one of two sons facing trial in her
suspected 'honor killing'.
2017 Jan 27, Senior Hamas
leader Ismail Haniya returned to Gaza after five months abroad.
Haniya had left in September to perform the Muslim hajj pilgrimage
in Saudi Arabia, returning via Gulf countries and Egypt, where he
sought to mend frayed relations.
2017 Jan 27, In Somalia the
al-Shabab extremist group attacked a Kenyan military base early
today. Kenya's military said nine soldiers were killed and that more
than 70 al-Shabab extremists were killed. Al-Shabab said 51 Kenyan
soldiers were killed.
(AP, 1/27/17)(SFC, 1/28/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 27, Spanish rescuers
pulled nearly 300 people from two rubber boats in waters off the
Libyan coast and were looking for 100 more believed to be on another
boat missing since Jan 22.
2017 Jan 27, Thai police said
they have arrested a gang of wedding crashers led by a Buddhist monk
who scammed couples by pretending to be officials with royal links
and demanding money for their prestigious presence at nuptials.
2017 Jan 27, A Thai military
court halved the sentence for Burin Intin from an original 22 years,
8 months for two offenses because he pleaded guilty to the lese
majeste charge as well as to violating the Computer Crime Act by
posting illegal content.
2017 Jan 27, Turkey's top
diplomat threatened punitive measures against Greece, including
scrapping an agreement on the return of migrants, after the Greek
Supreme Court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish officers who
escaped from their country by helicopter after the failed coup
2017 Jan 28, US Pres. Donald
Trump elevated his chief strategist Steven Bannon to full membership
in the National Security Council and downgraded the director of the
national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
(SFC, 1/30/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 28, President Donald
Trump told Japan's PM Shinzo Abe that the United States is committed
to ensuring Japan's security.
2017 Jan 28, Pres. Trump had an
hour-long discussion with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. The White
House said it was a significant start to improving relations between
the US and Russia.
(SSFC, 1/29/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 28, Immigration
lawyers sued to block Pres. Donald Trump's order halting the entry
of refugees and foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim
countries to the United States, saying numerous people have already
been unlawfully detained. A Department of Homeland security
spokeswoman said people holding so-called green cards, making them
legal permanent US residents, are included in President Donald
Trump's executive action.
2017 Jan 28, NY federal judge
Ann Donnelly granted a stay to prevent deportations of people with
valid visas detained on entry to the US following President Trump’s
executive order barring refugees.
(http://tinyurl.com/hvm7wwa)(SFC, 1/30/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 28, Bharati Mukherjee
(76), Indian-American writer, died at NY Univ. Hospital. Her books
included “The Tiger’s Daughter" (1972).
(SFC, 2/3/17, p.D3)
2017 Jan 28, PM Theresa May
said Britain did not agree with US President Donald Trump's curbs on
immigration after coming under criticism from lawmakers in her own
party for not condemning his executive order when initially
2017 Jan 28, China marked that
start of the lunar Year of the Rooster as families reunited for
festivities, fireworks and food.
2017 Jan 28, France and Germany
expressed mounting alarm at key decisions by US Pres. Donald Trump
in his first week in office, saying they raised many issues of
2017 Jan 28, Gambian President
Adama Barrow said that every aspect of his tiny west African state
would need an overhaul after ex-leader Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule,
but that its dread secret police would remain.
2017 Jan 28, Germany confirmed
that high-ranking Turkish soldiers, who worked at NATO facilities in
Germany but were suspended after the failed coup in Turkey in July,
have requested asylum. Der Spiegel and broadcaster ARD reported that
about 40, mostly high-ranking Turkish soldiers, have requested
2017 Jan 28, Iraqi special
forces Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil said French officials tested a
chemical from Mosul this week and confirmed it was a mustard agent.
It was found alongside a cache of Russian surface-to-surface
2017 Jan 28, In India the BW
Maple, with a total capacity of 82,000 cubic meters of liquefied
petroleum gas, was half full when it collided near Chennai with the
Indian ship Dawn Kanchipuram. Days later port authorities impounded
the two ships and detained their crews after the collision caused an
oil spill affecting marine life and local fishing.
2017 Jan 28, In Madagascar at
least 47 people, including 10 children and a newly-wed couple, were
killed when a truck carrying a wedding party and guests veered off
the road and plunged into the Mananara river.
2017 Jan 28, Thousands of
Mongolians stood in frigid weather for the second time this winter
to protest the government response to smog that routinely blankets
2017 Jan 28, It was reported
that heavily-armed police are guarding the streets of Podgorica, the
capital of Montenegro, after a spike in gangland violence rattled
the Balkan country, which is on the brink of joining NATO.
2017 Jan 28, The Dutch
government announced that it is putting 10 million euros into an
int’l. fund to finance access to birth control, abortion and sex
education for women in developing nations after Pres. Trump cut US
funding for such services.
(SSFC, 1/29/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan 28, In Nigeria gunmen
believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a convoy of
motorists along a recently secured highway. At least 15 trucks laden
with food were seized when the Islamists struck at the Korowaso
forest. More than 20 people were feared dead.
(AP, 1/29/17)(AFP, 1/30/17)
2017 Jan 28, In Russia over
2,000 people rallied in St. Petersburg to protest plans by the city
authorities to give the landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral to the
Russian Orthodox Church amid an increasingly passionate debate over
the relationship between the church and state.
2017 Jan 28, In Spain hundreds
of protesters rallied in Barcelona over what they considered an
out-of-control tourism boom that has damaged their ability to live
and work in the northeastern Spanish city. A soaring tourism
business has fueled higher prices for rent and property sales,
leaving many of the city's 1.6 million residents priced out of the
2017 Jan 28, Swedish
photographer Lennart Nilsson (94) died. His pictures of fetuses
developing in the womb illustrated a 1965 book was translated into
2017 Jan 28, Syria's army
entered Ain al-Fijeh, a key water pumping station outside the
capital, for the first time in four years after a deal with rebels.
2017 Jan 28, Several Syrian
Islamist factions including al Qaeda's former branch in the country
said they were joining forces, as clashes between jihadists and more
moderate rebels raged on in northwestern areas.
2017 Jan 28, In Turkey British
PM Theresa May signed a $125 million defense equipment deal with
Turkey and promised to push for more trade between the NATO allies,
but cautioned Ankara on human rights following last year's failed
2017 Jan 28, UAE state news
agency WAM reported that the air force of the United Arab Emirates
has shot down an Iranian-made drone in Yemen.
2017 Jan 28, UN sanctions
monitors reported to the world body's Security Council that the
Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has carried out attacks in Yemen
that "may amount to war crimes".
2017 Jan 28, A military
official said Yemeni government forces have advanced into the Red
Sea town of Mokha but Shiite Huthi rebels are still putting up
fierce resistance. At least 19 rebels were reported killed and 23
wounded over the last 24 hours.
2017 Jan 29, President Trump
and Saudi Arabia's King Salman came to an agreement to support safe
zones in Syria and Yemen while strengthening efforts to fight the
spread of Islamic terrorism.
2017 Jan 29, A global backlash
against US President Donald Trump's immigration curbs gathered
strength as several countries including long-standing American
allies criticized the measures as discriminatory and divisive.
2017 Jan 29, An American
Airlines flight arrived in Miami from Bogota, Colombia. It was
flagged for maintenance and sent to Tulsa where seven bricks of
cocaine were found in the nose gear.
(SFC, 1/31/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 29, In Bahrain an
off-duty policeman was shot dead in what the interior ministry
called a "terrorist act".
2017 Jan 29, In Canada a
shooting at a Quebec City mosque killed six people. Alexandre
Bissonnette and Mohamed el Khadir were soon identified as suspects.
One was arrested at the scene of the attack and the second called
911 from his car, saying he was armed but wanted to cooperate with
police. PM Justin Trudeau called it an act of terrorism.
2017 Jan 29, China’s Xinhua
news agency reported that the national audit office found that 17.6
billion yuan ($2.56 billion) earmarked for water pollution
prevention work in 2016 was not effectively used.
2017 Jan 29, In Dagestan
Russian security forces killed three suspected militants during a
firefight in the town of Khasavyurt.
2017 Jan 29, In Egypt Hazem
Salah Abu Ismail, an Islamist former presidential hopeful, was
sentenced to five years in prison for inciting his supporters to
"besiege" a Cairo court in December 2012. Five other defendants
received the same jail terms, while another 13 were sentenced to 10
years in prison in absentia.
2017 Jan 29, In France more
than 1.3 million voters took part in the runoff vote organized by
Socialists to pick their candidate for the presidential election, a
higher turnout than at the same time in last week’s first round.
Benoit Hamon (49) won the party nomination with almost 59% of the
(Reuters, 1/29/17)(SFC, 1/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 29, In Germany the
bodies of six teenagers were found dead in a garden house following
a Saturday night party near the southern city of Wuerzburg.
Investigators later said they all died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
(AP, 1/29/17)(AP, 1/31/17)
2017 Jan 29, Haiti held a final
round of legislative contests that close a repeatedly derailed
election cycle that started in 2015.
2017 Jan 29, Iran test-launched
a medium-range ballistic missile that exploded after 630 miles
2017 Jan 29, Iraqi
parliamentarians said they will lobby against new travel limits to
the United States by Iraqis, arguing both countries need to uphold
their fight against Islamic State (IS).
2017 Jan 29, Twenty-two people,
mostly Chinese tourists, wore life vests and formed a human chain at
sea to drift more than 10 hours before they could be rescued off
Malaysia's coast after their boat sank in turbulent waters. Three
bodies were recovered, and six other people from the boat were
2017 Jan 29, In Myanmar a
gunman killed a legal adviser for the ruling National League for
Democracy, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he
walked out of the Yangon airport. The gunman was arrested after he
killed Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar's Muslim minority, and
wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing. The
suspect was identified as Kyi Linn (53) from Mandalay. A second
suspect, Aung Win Zaw (46), was detained in Kayin State on January
30. On Feb 25 a senior security officials said the assassination was
the result of a personal political grudge and not part of a bigger
conspiracy by the military.
(AP, 1/29/17)(AFP, 2/4/17)(AP, 2/25/17)
2017 Jan 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte accused the United States of risking
regional stability by building permanent arms depots in his country,
and threatened to respond by scrapping a security treaty between
2017 Jan 29, Philippine
military Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said the body of the
suspected Indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre Mohisen,
was recovered by troops along with three dead Filipino followers of
militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the
hilly outskirts of Butig town in Lanao del Sur province.
2017 Jan 29, In Romania
thousands of people marched through Bucharest and other cities to
protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners.
2017 Jan 29, In Rwanda 30
individuals, claiming to be members of the M23 Congolese militia
group, were apprehended saying they sought refuge and were fleeing a
Congo army offensive.
2017 Jan 29, Syrian
state-controlled TV said rebels have begun to evacuate Barada Valley
as part of an agreement to surrender the capital region's primary
water source to government control.
2017 Jan 29, In northern Syria
a Turkish soldier was killed in clashes with Islamic State militants
2017 Jan 29, Dmitry Markelov
died from shrapnel and bullet wounds while on a clandestine mission
in Syria for the Russian state. In 2019 his wife decided to go
public because she and her daughter were unable to access state
benefits they would be entitled to as dependents of someone killed
2017 Jan 29, Three Ukrainian
servicemen were killed when pro-Russian rebels attacked government
positions in Avdiyivka, cutting off power supplies to the eastern
2017 Jan 29, Yemeni medical and
military sources said the bodies of at least 90 Huthi rebels were
taken to a hospital in the Red Sea city of Hodeida, which is
controlled by the insurgents, while 19 dead soldiers were taken to
the southern port city of Aden following clashes over the last 24
2017 Jan 29, In central Yemen
elite US forces launched a dawn raid against Al-Qaeda in Bayda
province, killing at least 14 suspected jihadists in an operation in
which an American soldier also died. Nearly 30 others, including
women and children, were also killed.
(AFP, 1/29/17)(AP, 1/29/17)
2017 Jan 30, US President
Donald Trump fired top federal government lawyer Sally Yates after
she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House
and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven
2017 Jan 30, Pres. Trump signed
an executive action aimed at cutting regulations for small
businesses. White House officials called the directive a "one in,
two out" plan, requiring government agencies requesting a new
regulation to identify two others they will cut. Trump also denied
his recent immigration order was to blame for the chaos at the
nation's airports over the weekend.
2017 Jan 30, Researchers said
nearly one in four US children suffers from chronic bullying at
school, a problem that may lead to poor academic performance and low
confidence over time.
2017 Jan 30, In Los Angeles
County bicyclist Agustin Rodriguez (46) was killed in a hit and run
that dragged him several hundred feet. Suspect Andrea Dorothy Chan
Reyes fled the scene and the country. She was arrested in Australia
in 2018 and in 2020 was returned to the US to face trial.
2017 Jan 30, Harold Rosen (90),
a driving force in the development of modern satellite
communications, died at his home in Los Angeles County.
(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.C13)
2017 Jan 30, General Motors Co
(GM) and Honda Motor Co Ltd said they will jointly produce hydrogen
fuel cell power systems in the United States from around 2020, to
cut costs and ramp up output in the hope of increasing take-up of
the zero-emission cars.
2017 Jan 30, Argentina changed
its immigration law to make it easier to deport foreigners who
commit crimes and to prohibit individuals with criminal records from
entering the country.
2017 Jan 30, Austria's
coalition government promised to ban Muslim face-covering veils and
to restrict eastern European workers' access to the labor market, in
a package of policies aimed at countering the rise of the far-right
2017 Jan 30, Bosnia indicted
Visnja Acimovic (44), known as 'Beba', a Bosnian Serb woman for
taking part in the killing of 37 Muslim Bosniak prisoners of war in
the eastern town of Vlasenica in June 1992. The bodies were found in
a mass grave in 2000.
2017 Jan 30, The head of
Brazil's Supreme Court validated 77 plea bargains with officials
from a construction giant targeted by a major corruption probe, a
step that is likely to significantly widen investigations into top
politicians and businessmen.
2017 Jan 30, In Brazil fallen
tycoon Eike Batista (60) was arrested at Rio de Janeiro's airport
after returning to face corruption charges. He personified Brazil's
economic boom and once boasted he'd become the world's richest man.
2017 Jan 30, Chad's foreign
minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was named as the new AU Commission
chairperson, beating four others to succeed South Africa's Nkosazana
2017 Jan 30, In Greece a
migrant was found dead in his tent on Lesbos island, the third death
there in a week, raising alarm about the grim living conditions in
2017 Jan 30, Iraq's lawmakers
backed a non-binding "reciprocity measure" that would bar Americans
from entering Iraq in retaliation for Pres. Donald Trump's banning
of Iraqis and citizens of six other majority-Muslim countries from
traveling to the US.
2017 Jan 30, Former Israeli
chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was found guilty of taking bribes on
multiple occasions, as well as fraud and obstructing justice. He
faced three-and-a-half years in prison and a fine $1.3 million.
Metzger stepped down in July 2013 after 10 years in office.
2017 Jan 30, Italian police
said they had dismantled a major people smuggling network
responsible for trafficking hundreds of people across Europe.
2017 Jan 30, Mexico’s medical
oversight agency reported the seizure of almost 47,000 Chinese-made
HIV testing kits in Veracruz that it said could give false negative
2017 Jan 30, Myanmar police
arrested Myint Swe in southeastern Karen state. Police alleged he
hired the suspected gunman, Kyi Lin, who was arrested right after he
shot Ko Ni in the head at close range at the Yangon airport on
Sunday and tried to flee.
2017 Jan 30, Norway's Lutheran
Church voted in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its
pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with
several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.
2017 Jan 30, The Philippine
police chief stopped the use of the national police force in
anti-drug operations and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units
after the president's brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue
officers to kidnap and kill a South Korean man for money.
2017 Jan 30, In the Philippines
Iris Mittenaere (23), a dental student from Lille city, France, won
the Miss Universe crown in a pageant, saying her triumph will make
the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to
put more underprivileged children in school.
2017 Jan 30, It was reported
that historians in Poland have put online what they say is the most
complete list of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz
concentration camp in hopes some of them can still be brought to
2017 Jan 30, Puerto Rico's
governor signed a fiscal emergency law that in part aims to pay some
of the US territory's nearly $70 billion public debt.
2017 Jan 30, Syria warned of
safe zones for civilians that US President Donald Trump has
expressed interest in creating, saying it would have to come in
coordination with the Syrian government, otherwise it would be
unsafe and violate the Arab nation's sovereignty.
2017 Jan 30, In Syria six
long-range Russian bombers launched an air strike against Islamic
State positions in Deir al-Zor province, destroying two command
points and several arms storehouses.
2017 Jan 30, In Ukraine a
sudden surge in clashes between government forces and Russian-backed
rebels killed at least six people despite a tattered truce in
Ukraine's war-scarred east.
2017 Jan 30, In central Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed two al-Qaida militants in Shabwa
2017 Jan 30, Yemeni rebel
"suicide" boats attacked a Saudi warship on patrol in the Red Sea,
killing two sailors in what the Saudi-led coalition called an
escalation of the nearly two-year-old war.
2017 Jan 31, President Donald
Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch (49) for a lifetime job on the US
Supreme Court, picking the federal appeals court judge to restore
the court's conservative majority and help shape rulings on divisive
issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and
2017 Jan 31, US Republicans
delayed indefinitely planned Senate committee votes on President
Donald Trump's picks to be Health and Treasury secretaries after
Democrats boycotted the session and demanded more information on the
two nominees' past financial behavior.
2017 Jan 31, A US official
confirmed that the United States has provided Syrian fighters
battling the Islamic State group with armored vehicles for the first
time. A US-backed alliance of Syrian militias said it saw signs of
increased US support for their campaign against Islamic State with
President Donald Trump in office, a shift that would heighten
Turkish worries over Kurdish power in Syria.
(AFP, 1/31/17)(Reuters, 1/31/17)
2017 Jan 31, Peter Navarro,
Pres. Trump’s senior trade advisor, declared the Transatlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a half-negotiated trade pact
between the EU and America, to be dead.
(Econ, 2/4/17, p.21)
2017 Jan 31, US federal energy
regulators approved construction of Energy Transfer Partners LP's
Rover natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Ontario.
2017 Jan 31, A group of
professional cheerleaders in the SF Bay Area sued the NFL demanding
higher wages and fair labor practices.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.D1)
2017 Jan 31, Missouri executed
Mark Christeson (37) for his role in the murder of Susan Brouk and
her two children in 1998.
(SFC, 2/1/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 31, In Pennsylvania
Daniel Dimitri (50) was killed in Philadelphia by a speeding police
officer. Adam Soto was soon fired and in 2019 he was ordered to
serve three to twelve months in county jail for killing Dimitri
while drag racing with another officer.
(SSFC, 1/13/19, p.A8)
2017 Jan 31, Afghan forces said
they were holding off a Taliban offensive in Helmand province, as
reinforcements and air support arrived. Both sides reported heavy
fighting as Taliban militants attacked government positions in
Sangin district. In the northeast the Taliban shot and killed Amir
Begum, a woman accused of adultery in the Yumgan district.
(Reuters, 1/31/17)(AP, 2/1/17)
2017 Jan 31, The African Union
readmitted Morocco after a 33-year absence, deferring the issue of
Western Sahara for another day.
2017 Jan 31, An Austrian court
sentenced three Afghan asylum seekers to prison over the gang-rape
of a woman at a train station last April.
2017 Jan 31, The management of
Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, in the Austrian Alps, said that
they've been repeatedly targeted by cybercriminals. One recent
infection with ransom software — on Dec. 6 — resulted in a complete
shutdown of hotel computers.
2017 Jan 31, Brazil said
unemployment hit a record 12 percent between October and December,
even as the economy is forecast to slowly exit deep recession.
2017 Jan 31, Britain passed a
law that posthumously pardoned thousands of men convicted under
now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws, and many more still alive can
now apply to have their criminal convictions wiped out.
2017 Jan 31, In Cameroon an
armed group attacked a UN technical team working along the border
between Nigeria and Cameroon, killing five people and wounding
several near the border town of Kontcha.
2017 Jan 31, Colombian FARC
rebels gathered in demobilization zones to start a historic
disarmament process to end Latin America's last major armed
2017 Jan 31, The Congolese army
said armed fighters belonging to the former M23 rebel group had
captured four crew members of a military helicopter which crashed in
eastern Congo DRC last week, and that three died after being
2017 Jan 31, Czech Foreign
Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said hackers have breached dozens of email
accounts at the Foreign Ministry in an attack resembling one against
the US Democratic Party that the former Obama administration blamed
2017 Jan 31, The Islamic State
group in Egypt claimed that its fighters killed and wounded 20
Egyptian soldiers in four days of clashes in northern Sinai.
2017 Jan 31, The Cairo
Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), a non-government
organization, published a 95-page report saying Law 10 of 1914, or
the Assembly Law was repealed by parliament in 1928.
2017 Jan 31, Germany began
sending tanks and other equipment to Lithuania as part of a NATO
mission to beef up the defense of eastern Europe and send a signal
of resolve to Russia, which has denounced the build-up as an act of
2017 Jan 31, Iran said it would
never use its ballistic missiles to attack another country and
defended its missile tests, saying they are neither part of a
nuclear accord with world powers nor a UN Security Council
resolution endorsing the pact.
2017 Jan 31, Israeli
authorities said that nine Venezuelan Jewish converts will be
allowed to move to Israel in light of the humanitarian crisis in
Venezuela, reversing an earlier decision to keep them out.
2017 Jan 31, Italian police
arrested three citizens on suspicion of smuggling helicopters and
surface-to-air missiles into Libya and Iran between 2011 and 2015 in
violation of international embargoes.
2017 Jan 31, Kenya extradited
Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha to the US. They had been arrested by
Kenyan police over two years ago after allegedly handing over 99kg
of heroin and 1kg of methamphetamine to people working for America’s
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.45)
2017 Jan 31, Pakistani
supporters of Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed staged small protests and
condemned the United States, after police detained the accused
architect of an attack on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166
people in 2008.
2017 Jan 31, The Philippine
Supreme Court prohibited a group of police officers from entering a
slum community to prevent them from threatening villagers who have
accused them of ruthlessly killing four residents in an anti-drug
2017 Jan 31, Poland's
government-affiliated history institute said it had new evidence
that Lech Walesa, who led protests and strikes that shook communist
rule in the 1980s, had been a paid informant for the secret police
in the 1970s.
2017 Jan 31, Portugal's Supreme
Court ruled that missing British girl Madeleine McCann's parents
can't sue for libel a former detective Goncalo Amaral, who published
a book, “The Truth of the Lie" (2008), alleging they were involved
in their daughter's disappearance in May 2007.
2017 Jan 31, Romania’s
government passed an emergency decree that in effect decriminalized
official misconduct resulting in financial damage of less than
$200,000. Within an hour more than 10,000 protesters were on the
streets. The decree was rescinded on Feb 5.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.39)
2017 Jan 31, Russia sources
said Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev, who worked for the cyber
wing of Russia's FSB domestic intelligence service until their
arrests in December, are accused of cooperating with the CIA. Ruslan
Stoyanov, head of the investigation unit at Moscow-based
cybersecurity giant Kaspersky, was also reported detained.
(AP, 1/31/17)(AFP, 2/1/17)
2017 Jan 31, In Sierra Leone
human rights defender Abdul Fatoma appeared on a radio show in which
he challenged the government and the anti-corruption commission to
do more to make authorities accountable, in a system that he says
answers only to itself. He was later arrested, bailed without
charge, and summoned twice to parliament to answer questions, yet
denied an audience when he showed up.
2017 Jan 31, Slovenia’s
national Statistics Bureau said that the number of overnight stays
by American tourists has jumped by 10 percent in 2016 when compared
to 2015. The tourism boom was partly because it is the native
country of US first lady Melania Trump.
2017 Jan 31, In South Sudan
fresh clashes broke out around Malakal, the latest turn in the
struggle for the capital of the oil-producing Upper Nile region.
2017 Jan 31, Switzerland said
it would lift its 40-year ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood
but will still prohibit donations from those who have had sex in the
2017 Jan 31, Turkey arrested
two MPs from the main pro-Kurdish party, including its chief
spokesman, the latest move in a crackdown on the group ahead of a
vote on changing the constitution.
2017 Jan 31, Ukrainian forces
and Russian-backed rebels were locked in fighting for a third
straight day at a flashpoint town that left thousands shivering
without power and sparked renewed EU concern about security in its
2017 Jan 31, The UN children's
agency (UNICEF) launched an appeal for $3.3 billion to help 48
million children caught up in crises worldwide amid fears of a
funding cut from top donor the United States.
2017 Jan, Pres. Donald Trump
created the Victim Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, known by
its acronym VOICE, by executive order during his first week in
2017 Jan, The US approved
marabu, an artisanal charcoal made from the marabu weed, as the
first legal import from Cuba in more than 50 years.
(Econ 6/3/17, p.30)
2017 Jan, According to the
Oxfam charity the world’s eight richest men owned as much wealth
($426 billion) as half the world’s population combined ($409
(Econ, 1/21/17, p.63)
2017 Jan, News broke that Peter
Thiel, an Internet billionaire and advisor to Pres. Donald Trump,
had a New Zealand citizenship and a $10m-lakeside estate there.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.71)
2017 Jan, Bahrain held some
2,600 political prisoners, many of them children.
(Econ, 1/21/17, p.39)
2017 Jan, Bangladesh revived a
much-criticized 2015 plan to move new and old refugees from Myanmar
to the island of Thengar Char - which floods at high tide -
surprising aid groups who were not consulted and consider the
2017 Jan, In Brazil Joao Doria,
the new mayor of Sao Paulo, helped paint over 70 panels of street
art along Avenida 23 de Maio dating back to 2015. The move sparked a
protest and the mayor promised a museum of street art to showcase
authorized, privately funded murals by artists chosen by an
(SFC, 3/25/17, p.A4)
2017 Jan, China’s government
admitted that Liaoning province had faked its fiscal data from 2011
to 2014. About half of the province’s legislators have been removed
for obtaining their positions through fraud.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.63)
2017 Jan, China expelled 32
South Korean Christian missionaries this month. Some 1000 South
Korean missionaries worked in China.
2017 Jan, China’s city of
Shenzhen and Hong Kong agreed to develop the Lok Ma Chau Loop as an
innovation and technology park.
(Econ, 4/8/17, SR p.12)
2017 Jan, In Haiti
overcrowding, malnutrition and infectious diseases that flourish in
jammed quarters have led to an upsurge of inmate deaths, including
21 at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary just this month.
2017 Jan, In Jordan retired
Maj. Gen. Mohammed Otoom (63) was detained for protesting on social
media against the government’s planned price hikes and its purported
failure to go after corrupt officials.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan, In Kenya Aggrey Idri
Ezibon, a member of a South Sudanese opposition group, and Dong
Samuel Luak, a human rights lawyer disappeared in Nairobi. In 2019 a
report by the UN Security Council panel of experts said multiple
credible sources suggested that the two men were likely killed by
South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS) officers on Jan. 30,
2017, on a farm owned by President Salva Kiir.
2017 Jan, Nigeria seized OPL
245 oil block, labelling it the proceeds of a crime. In 2011 Eni and
Shell had paid $1.3 billion for the block. Prosecutors alleged that
over $500 million ended up in front companies for former Pres.
(Econ, 3/4/17, p.54)
2017 Jan, In South Africa
poachers cut through fences at an animal park and decapitated and
chopped the paws off three male lions, possibly for use in
traditional healing rituals.
2017 Jan – 2017 Feb, In China
some 140 people died of avian influenza. Officials later said a tiny
genetic change in the H7N9 strain has allowed the virus to more
easily infect humans.
(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.C14)
2017 Feb 1, The Trump
administration condemned Iran for its recent test of a ballistic
missile saying it was putting Tehran “on notice" and threatening
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 1, President Donald
Trump warned in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he
was ready to send US troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless
the Mexican military does more to control them.
2017 Feb 1, The US Army Corp of
Engineers said it had taken initial steps to review requests to
approve the final permit to finish the controversial Dakota Access
pipeline, which has been the focus of protests for months.
2017 Feb 1, San Francisco
police announced a suspension of collaboration with FBI
counterterrorism efforts. The city’s two-officer Joint Terrorism
Task Force had been established in 2007.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A12)
2017 Feb 1, In Colorado Joshua
Cummings (37) walked up to Denver transit Officer Scott Von Lanken
(56) and shot him from behind in the neck. Von Lanken was killed and
Cummings was taken into custody.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 1, Texas Rep. Gov.
Greg Abbott blocked funding for the first time over sanctuary cities
after Austin’s Sheriff Sally Hernandez said she would stop honoring
all immigration holds in her jails following Pres. Trump’s
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 1, It was reported
that Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or
buy back nearly 80,000 polluting diesel cars in the United States,
the latest move in its attempt to draw a line under its diesel
2017 Feb 1, In southern
Afghanistan an insurgent rocket attack killed a civilian in Lashkar
Gah, Helmand province. In eastern Khost province, five policemen and
three small children were wounded when a police vehicle hit a
remotely detonated roadside bomb. In eastern Nangarhar province six
civilians and a border police officer were wounded when a sticky
bomb attached to a police vehicle went off in the provincial capital
2017 Feb 1, British MPs voted
498 to 114 to honor the Brexit referendum and invoke Article 50. The
Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats opposed the bill.
(Econ, 2/4/17, p.49)
2017 Feb 1, In Egypt the price
of two key staples, sugar and cooking oil, were modestly increased
for ration card holders as TV talk shows and newspapers went abuzz
after reports emerged that the country's parliament's speaker and
his two deputies are using state funds to buy cars worth hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
2017 Feb 1, The EU and Mexico
said they would accelerate free trade talks amid a wave of
protectionist threats by US President Donald Trump.
2017 Feb 1, Embattled French
presidential candidate Francois Fillon said he would run in France's
upcoming election despite fake job allegations targeting his wife
that have put his campaign on the rocks.
2017 Feb 1, A German court
ordered German-Turkish author Akif Pirincci to pay a fine of 11,700
euros ($12,490) for incitement over a speech he gave at an
anti-Islam rally. Pirincci was a speaker at a rally staged in
Dresden in October 2015 by a group called the Patriotic Europeans
against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA. He described
asylum-seekers as "invaders" and lamented that the Nazi's
concentration camps had been closed.
2017 Feb 1, Germany's
government approved the use of ankle bracelets to monitor extremists
considered potentially dangerous as it moves to get tough on
suspected jihadists after the Berlin truck attack.
2017 Feb 1, Germany arrested
Tunisian asylum-seeker Haikel S. (36) on suspicion of planning an
Islamist attack. He was also wanted in his homeland over a deadly
2015 assault on a Tunis museum favored by Western tourists.
2017 Feb 1, Guyana said it has
secured nearly $80 million from Britain to pave part of a 350-mile
(560-km) jungle highway that is expected to increase trade with
2017 Feb 1, Hungary’s PM Viktor
Orban granted 2.4 billion forints ($9 million) in the budget to the
renovating and building of Russian Orthodox churches, the day before
he received Russia’s Pres. Putin in Budapest.
2017 Feb 1, In northern India a
six-story tannery building under construction collapsed, killing at
least five workers and possibly trapping up to 50 others in Kanpur
city, Uttar Pradesh state.
2017 Feb 1, In Israel rightist
protesters scuffled with Israeli police carrying out a court order
to evict settlers from the illegal Amona outpost in the occupied
West Bank, hours after the government announced more construction in
2017 Feb 1, Italy launched a
new fund to help African countries control their borders, in the
latest of a slew of measures pushed by the European Union to stop
migrants reaching Europe.
2017 Feb 1, Libyan sources said
around 70 soldiers from the forces of commander Khalifa Haftar have
been sent to Russia for treatment, in one of the first overt signs
of cooperation between Moscow and one of Libya's armed factions.
2017 Feb 1, In Mexico the body
of Juan Ontiveros, a human rights activist and member of the
Tarahumara indigenous group, was found in Guadalupe y Calvo. His
brother escaped the attack and later told authorities it arose from
a conflict between members of two families.
2017 Feb 1, In the Netherlands
a major computer malfunction crippled traffic at Amsterdam's
Schiphol airport for hours, causing delays or cancellations of more
than 100 flights at one of Europe's largest transportation hubs. The
outage was caused by faulty hardware.
2017 Feb 1, In the Philippines
Communist rebels said they were ending a six-month cease-fire
effective Feb 10 accusing the armed forces of encroaching on rebel
territory and reneging on a promise to release jailed comrades.
According to the army three unarmed soldiers were waylaid and
murdered by Communist guerrillas.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A2)(Econ, 2/11/17, p.31)
2017 Feb 1, Romania’s top
judicial watchdog announced a court challenge on to a government
decree decriminalizing some graft offences in what critics say is
the biggest retreat on reforms since the country joined the European
Union a decade ago.
2017 Feb 1, Serbia introduced a
lockdown for migrants in their refugee center outside Belgrade after
an alleged attack against a woman walking with her children.
2017 Feb 1, Slovakia’s PM
Robert Fico Slovakia introduced a new police unit to fight terrorism
and far-right extremism.
2017 Feb 1, A South African
government investigation revealed that at least 94 mentally ill
patients died after authorities moved them last year from hospital
to unlicensed health facilities that were compared to "concentration
2017 Feb 1, In South Africa
workers and managers in the chicken industry marched to the office
of the EU delegation in Pretoria, alleging their livelihoods are in
jeopardy because of allegedly illegal dumping of EU chicken meat in
the local market.
2017 Feb 1, In Syria air
strikes hit Red Crescent offices in the northwestern city of Idlib
after midnight, injuring several staff and causing extensive damage.
2017 Feb 1, Ukraine government
forces and Russian-backed separatists exchanged mortar and rocket
fire for a 4th day around the flashpoint eastern town of Avdiivka
that sits just north of the rebels' de facto capital Donetsk. The
Ukrainian military said three of its soldiers had died overnight
while the rebels said as many civilians had been killed. The bodies
of seven soldiers killed in the fighting were brought to Kiev.
(AFP, 2/1/17)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.44)
2017 Feb 1, Zimbabwe started
levying a 15 percent value-added tax on basic foodstuffs, dealing a
further blow to cash-strapped consumers already battling to survive
in an ailing economy.
2017 Feb 1, Zimbabwean pastor
Evan Mawarire was arrested at Harare airport as he returned to the
country after several months abroad. He had led a surge of protests
last year against President Robert Mugabe's authoritarian
2017 Feb 2, US ties with ally
Australia were strained over a reported acrimonious phone call
between their two leaders. Australia's PM Malcolm Turnbull insisted
that a deal struck with the Obama administration that would allow
mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the
United States was still on, despite President Donald Trump dubbing
the agreement "dumb" and vowing to review it.
(Reuters, 2/2/17)(AP, 2/2/17)
2017 Feb 2, The US Treasury
Department said it will allow companies to do some transactions with
Russia's Security Service (FSB), despite cyber-sanctions put in
place by former President Barack Obama.
2017 Feb 2, The US military
said 11 civilians were killed in four separate air strikes by the
US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria between
Oct. 25 and Dec. 9.
2017 Feb 2, Delaware
authorities ended a nearly 24-hour hostage standoff at the
2,500-prisoner James T. Vaughn Correctional Center after guard, Sgt.
Steven Floyd (47), was killed. Floyd was one of four staff members
taken hostage. One inmate said they were demanding better education
and rehabilitation programs.
(SFC, 2/3/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 2, In Pennsylvania the
Punxsutawney Phil groundhog saw his shadow and predicted six more
weeks of winter.
(SFC, 2/3/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 2, Belarus said it
suspected Russia was trying to restore a formal border zone between
the two countries, a move it said flouted agreements on freedom of
movement and trade and raised questions about Moscow's real intent.
2017 Feb 2, Bolivian President
Evo Morales inaugurated the $7 million Museum of the Democratic and
Cultural Revolution in his native village of Orinoca.
2017 Feb 2, Brazil's Supreme
Court named Justice Edson Fachin to oversee cases against
politicians caught in a giant corruption probe after the previous
judicial pointman Teori Zavascki was killed in an air crash.
2017 Feb 2, British PM Theresa
May's government published its blueprint for Brexit after winning a
first parliamentary vote on a bill that would empower her to start
pulling Britain out of the EU.
2017 Feb 2, In eastern China 9
people were buried in the collapse of a group of homes. Four homes,
each between four and five stories tall, tumbled in the city of
Wenzhou, Zhejiang province.
2017 Feb 2, Congo DRC’s
opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi (84) died in Brussels, where he
had been flown for medical treatment January 24 just as talks were
scheduled to end the nation's months-long political crisis.
2017 Feb 2, American Airlines
formally opened an office in Havana, and an executive said the
company will move ahead with its plans for Cuba despite uncertainty
over what President Donald Trump's administration will bring.
2017 Feb 2, European Union
lawmakers sealed an agreement to allow Georgian citizens into
Europe's passport-free area without visas for short stays.
2017 Feb 2, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia violated the rights of opposition
politician and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny by breaking
up demonstrations and detaining him on seven occasions between 2012
2017 Feb 2, In France an
identity check degenerated in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.
A man (22) was severely injured after allegedly being sodomized with
a police baton. One police officer was soon charged with rape and
three others with assault.
2017 Feb 2, Guyana sentenced to
death two men for a 2008 massacre in which nine civilians and three
police officers were killed. Prosecutors said Dennis Williams and
Royden Williams were part of a group that went to the jungle
community of Bartica to steal from gold miners and wound up killing
the 12 people.
2017 Feb 2, In northeastern
India hundreds of protesters marched in the Nagaland state capital
after setting ablaze half a dozen government buildings to protest a
court decision. The protesters opposed a court ruling that would
reserve 33 percent of seats for women in local municipal elections.
2017 Feb 2, Israeli police
forced hardline Jewish settlers from the barricaded synagogue of the
wildcat Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank, completing an
emotive battle to evict residents.
2017 Feb 2, Residents in
northern Kenya said armed cattle herders have been flooding onto
farms and wildlife conservancies in their drought-ravaged area,
leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been killed and
a tourist lodge torched.
2017 Feb 2, Nigeria’s
government said it will soon pay all the overdue cash stipends it
owes former militants who signed up for an amnesty in 2009 in the
Niger Delta oil hub.
2017 Feb 2, Warsaw's mayor
harshly denounced a government plan to enlarge the Polish capital to
incorporate 32 neighboring municipalities, describing it as the type
of power grab one expects in an authoritarian state like Belarus or
2017 Feb 2, Romania's PM Sorin
Grindeanu insisted that the government will press ahead with decrees
decriminalizing certain corruption offences, defying the country's
biggest protests since the end of communism.
2017 Feb 2, Kremlin critic
Vladimir Kara-Murza (35) was hospitalized after collapsing in
Moscow. On Feb 7 his wife said he suffered from "acute poisoning" by
an unknown substance, two years after a suspected poisoning nearly
2017 Feb 2, In Sudan Mudawi
Ibrahim Adam (58), a prominent human rights activist and engineering
professor at the University of Khartoum, started an indefinite
hunger strike. He was arrested in December by security forces as
part of a crackdown on opposition leaders and activists.
2017 Feb 2, Syria's military
said it had captured a string of towns and part of a key highway
from the Islamic State group in the northern province of Aleppo.
2017 Feb 2, Thai media
organizations protested a bill that would require journalists to be
licensed and would establish a council that can penalize news
outlets for violating professional standards. The bill was submitted
today to a military-appointed body tasked with reforming the Thai
2017 Feb 2, Wildlife
anti-trafficking organization Freeland said that almost three tons
of scales from endangered African pangolins, hidden in sacks, were
seized last December at Bangkok's main airport. The haul was worth
more than $1 million dollars on the illegal market, and represented
as many as 6,000 dead animals. The scales were sent from Kinshasa in
Congo, via Turkey with a final destination listed as Vientiane,
2017 Feb 2, In Turkey German
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to uphold democracy as the
country heads toward a critical referendum on boosting the powers of
the presidency, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took
offense at her reference to "Islamist terror," saying the words
cannot be placed together.
2017 Feb 2, Ukraine's Pres.
Petro Poroshenko appealed for more global pressure against Russia on
as Moscow-backed rebels and government forces clashed around a
frontline town for a fifth day in a surge of fighting that has
claimed a reported 21 lives.
2017 Feb 2, The United Nations'
highest court ruled that it has the authority to adjudicate in a
maritime boundary dispute between Kenya and Somalia over stretches
of the Indian Ocean potentially rich in oil and gas.
2017 Feb 2, In southern Yemen
suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed six policemen and their jihadist
group was targeted in a raid likely carried out by the US Navy.
2017 Feb 3, US stock market
shares climbed as Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order
asking the Treasury to conduct a 120-day review of America’s
financial regulations. Trump’s eighth executive order listed seven
core principles for regulating America’s financial system.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.11)(Econ, 2/11/17, p.57)
2017 Feb 3, US President Donald
Trump's defense secretary warned North Korea of an "effective and
overwhelming" response if it chose to use nuclear weapons, as he
reassured South Korea of steadfast US support.
2017 Feb 3, Seattle-based US
District Judge James Robart issued a court ruling that blocked Pres.
Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries.
2017 Feb 3, The United States
said it has moved a Navy destroyer to off the coast of Yemen to
protect waterways from Houthi militia aligned with Iran, amid
heightened tension between Washington and Tehran.
2017 Feb 3, The US Treasury
sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities under its Iran sanctions
authority, days after the White House put Tehran "on notice" over a
ballistic missile test and other activities. Trump administration
officials said sanctions were only the initial steps in response to
Iranian provocative behavior.
(Reuters, 2/3/17)(SFC, 2/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 3, In northern
Afghanistan eight police officers, all members of the same family,
were killed after a colleague working with the Taliban drugged and
shot them at a checkpoint in Faryab province.
2017 Feb 3, Veteran Angolan
President Jose Eduardo dos Santos announced he will not run in
August elections, signaling the end to 37 years in power and naming
his defense minister as the candidate to succeed him.
2017 Feb 3, Belarussian
President Alexander Lukashenko said a Russian move to create border
zones near his country's frontier looked like a political attack and
that Moscow had threatened to halve oil supplies to Minsk.
2017 Feb 3, China’s central
bank raised a series of short-term interest rates.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.63)
2017 Feb 3, Police in
southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least eight
members of Bundu dia Kongo (BDK), a separatist religious sect,
escalating tensions in a normally peaceful part of a
2017 Feb 3, Ethiopian officials
said nine Yemenis deported from the United States in the wake of US
President Donald Trump's travel ban were flown to Ethiopia, then
taken to neighboring Djibouti.
2017 Feb 3, EU leaders met in
Malta to discuss how to slow migration and recommit to their union
following Britain’s decision to leave and a perceived threat to the
bloc from US Pres. Donald Trump.
(SFC, 2/4/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 3, A French soldier
shot and wounded a man armed with a machete and carrying two bags on
his back as he tried to enter the Paris Louvre museum in what the
government said appeared to have been a terrorist attack. The
attacker was shot four times after slightly injuring a soldier
patrolling the nearby underground mall. An Egyptian Interior
Ministry official confirmed the next day that the attacker is
Egyptian-born Abdullah Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy (28).
(Reuters, 2/3/17)(AP, 2/4/17)
2017 Feb 3, Iran said it had
barred a US wrestling team from the Freestyle World Cup competition
in retaliation for an executive order by President Donald Trump
banning visas for Iranians.
2017 Feb 3, Malaysia’s PM Najib
Razak dispatched a ship with thousands of tons of food and emergency
supplies for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, but it was unclear where
the bulk of the aid would be delivered.
2017 Feb 3, Mexico began a
90-day consultation on what its NAFTA negotiating position should
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.27)
2017 Feb 3, Mexico's health
ministry confirmed the first case of a Zika-related severe birth
defect known as microcephaly.
2017 Feb 3, The Norwegian
security service said nine personal civil-servant email accounts
have been targeted by hackers in "spear-phishing" attacks believed
to be associated with Russian intelligence. No classified
information was taken.
2017 Feb 3, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif inaugurated one of the first highway sections of his
government's planned $11.5 billion spending plan on roads intended
to expand trade and speed up economic growth.
2017 Feb 3, A lawyer said
Pakistan has denied identity cards to the family of Shakeel Afridi,
the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama
bin Laden in 2011, blocking college enrolment for his children.
2017 Feb 3, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has scrapped a six-month
cease-fire with communist rebels and asked several rebel leaders who
were freed for the negotiations to return to prison or face arrests
(AP, 2/4/17)(SFC, 2/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 3, In the Philippines
environment secretary Gina Lopez ordered 23 of the country’s 41
mines to close permanently and another five to suspend operations
indefinitely for alleged environmental violations.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.33)
2017 Feb 3, Polish police
raided the Monitoring Center on Racist and Xenophobic Behavior and
the private homes of some of its board members, seizing computers.
the group has exposed ties between local officials, prosecutors and
right-wing groups in Bialystok.
2017 Feb 3, Rwanda's government
approved the dismissal of 200 police officers implicated in
2017 Feb 3, Serbia blamed
Kosovo for the collapse of European Union-mediated talks as tensions
escalated in the Balkans amid reports of troop movements and war
2017 Feb 3, South Africa's
department of agriculture said that scientific tests have confirmed
the presence of the invasive fall armyworm in the country's maize
2017 Feb 3, In northwestern
Syria unidentified air strikes killed at least 12 Islamist rebel
fighters in Idlib province.
2017 Feb 3, Clashes between
Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed rebels left two more dead in the
flashpoint town of Avdiivka and five others elsewhere in bloodshed
that has prompted the US to condemn Russia's "aggressive" stance.
2017 Feb 3, The United Nations
removed the name of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan warlord,
from its Islamic State group and al-Qaida sanctions list.
2017 Feb 3, The UN human rights
office said Myanmar's security forces have committed mass killings
and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned their villages since
October in a campaign that probably amounts to crimes against
humanity and possibly "ethnic cleansing".
2017 Feb 3, Zimbabwean protest
leader Evan Mawarire was remanded in custody by a court in Harare on
Friday after police arrested him on charges of subverting the
government and inciting public violence.
2017 Feb 4, President Donald
Trump said he respects Vladimir Putin, and when an interviewer
called the Russian leader "a killer," Trump said the United States
has many of them.
2017 Feb 4, US authorities
suspended President Donald Trump's controversial ban on travelers
from seven Muslim countries, following a court ruling that blocked
2017 Feb 4, It was reported
that Louis Marinelli, leader of the “Yes California" campaign to
make California its own country, has partnered and received
financial support from the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, a
Kremlin-supported political group. Marinelli was reported to be
living and teaching in Russia.
(SFC, 2/4/17, p.A1)
2017 Feb 4, Damien Chazelle
(32) won the top honor at the Directors Guild of America awards for
his work on “La La Land."
(SFC, 2/6/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 4, Penn State student
Timothy Piazza (19) died two days after falling several times with
toxic levels of alcohol following a Feb 2 Beta Theta Pi fraternity
pledge ceremony. Friends failed to summon immediate help. 18
fraternity members faced criminal charges. On Sep 1, 2017, a judge
threw out involuntary manslaughter charges and felony assault counts
and ordered 12 fraternity members to stand trial on lesser counts.
Piazza had been given at least 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes. In
2019 three former Penn. State fraternity members were issued minimum
jail sentences of one to three months.
(SFC, 5/6/17, p.A6)(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A9)(SFC,
11/14/17, p.A7)(SFC, 4/4/19, p.A6)
2017 Feb 4, In northern Albania
a hydrogen gas explosion at chromium mine in Bulqiza killed three
2017 Feb 4, In Brazil police in
Espirito Santo state went on strike. During the ten day strike 143
people were murdered as all hell broke out in Vitoria, the state
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.30)
2017 Feb 4, In Britain several
thousand people demonstrated outside the US embassy in London
against President Donald Trump and his temporary ban on refugees and
nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the
United States. Thousands marched in London demanding that the
British government withdraw its invitation to Trump for a state
(Reuters, 2/4/17)(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 4, China issued its
first strategic plan for territory development and preservation,
outlining the protection of arable land reserves and islands. The
plan demanded the retention of 1.825 billion mu of arable land by
2030, an area equivalent to about the size of South Africa.
2017 Feb 4, France's far-right
National Front detailed 144 proposals for party leader Marine Le
Pen's election bid, including leaving the euro and a vote on EU
2017 Feb 4, German weekly
magazine Der Spiegel sparked controversy at home and abroad with a
front cover illustration of US President Donald Trump beheading the
Statue of Liberty.
2017 Feb 4, The Guyanese
government said it has lifted a 19-month ban on scrap metal exports
while it drafts new operating regulations after complaints about
buyers raiding everything from tombs to security grill work and
manhole covers. A black market in scrap metal emerged since the
trade was banned in June 2015.
2017 Feb 4, In Italy dozens of
the illegal fliers appeared mysteriously around Rome picturing a
stern-looking Pope Francis, a list of accusations against him, and
the words "Where's your mercy?".
2017 Feb 4, James Ibori, who as
governor of oil-rich Delta State became one of Nigeria's richest and
most powerful men, returned to the country after serving a sentence
for corruption in Britain. Ibori served half his 13-year sentence
after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and
2017 Feb 4, In northern
Pakistan at least 13 people were killed in an avalanche that buried
five homes following heavy snowfall in the town of Chitral.
2017 Feb 4, The Philippines'
Catholic Church assailed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs
for creating a "reign of terror" among the poor, in sermons read out
at services that will be repeated to congregations across the
country on Feb 5.
2017 Feb 4, The leaders of
Romania's coalition government suggested it could back down on its
emergency decree to decriminalize official misconduct as thousands
of citizens took to the streets in protest for the fifth consecutive
2017 Feb 4, Alexei Navalny,
Russia's most prominent opposition figure, opened his first regional
office for a presidential bid, despite an imminent court verdict
that could bar him from running.
2017 Feb 4, In Syria an
alliance of US-backed Kurdish-led militias started a new phase of
its campaign against the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, aiming to
complete its encirclement and sever the road to militant strongholds
in Deir al-Zor province.
(Reuters, 2/4/17)(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 4, In Taiwan a bill
banning the euthanizing animals in shelters came into effect. This
followed the tragic suicide last year of Chien Chih-cheng, a vet
burdened with the task of putting down animals.
2017 Feb 4, The Turkish
military said it has hit 59 Islamic State targets and killed 51
militants in northern Syria as part of its ongoing incursion.
2017 Feb 4, In Ukraine Lugansk
People's Militia commander Oleg Anashchenko died when his automobile
exploded. Militia spokesman Andrei Marochko accused Ukrainian
special services of causing the explosion.
2017 Feb 4, Pope Francis named
a top Vatican archbishop as his new envoy to the troubled Knights of
Malta and gave him "all necessary powers" to help the religious
order reform its constitutions and elect a new leader.
2017 Feb 4, Polisario Front
chief Brahim Ghali said "all options are open" for Western Sahara's
independence struggle and voiced hope for renewed talks with Morocco
after its readmission to the African Union.
2017 Feb 4, The leader of
al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen released an audio recording in which
he describes President Donald Trump as the "White House's new fool"
and said a Jan 29 US raid against the group killed 25 people,
including 11 women and children.
2017 Feb 5, President Donald
Trump drew fire from Republicans and Democrats alike, after he
defended a softer stance on Russia, playing down political
assassinations and Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
2017 Feb 5, The 9th US Circuit
Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied the Justice Department's
request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump's
ban on accepting certain travelers and all refugees.
2017 Feb 5, In Texas Tom Brady
led the New England Patriots on five straight scoring drives that
equaled 31 straight points. The last touchdown wrapped up a 34-28
victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the first-ever overtime in the
Super Bowl's 51-year history.
2017 Feb 5, Afghan officials
said more than a 100 people have been killed in a series of
avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around the country,
including 50 in one village, warning the death toll could rise still
2017 Feb 5, The website of
Austria's parliament was brought down for 20 minutes. A Turkish
hackers' group, Aslan Neferler Tim (ANT), or Lion Soldiers Team,
whose website says it defends the homeland, Islam, the nation and
flag, without any party political links, claimed the attack.
2017 Feb 5, China’s state news
agency Xinhua cited mayor Cai Qi as saying Beijing will intensify
its battle against choking air pollution this year and aims to cut
coal use by 30 percent.
2017 Feb 5, In eastern China a
fire at the Zuxintang foot massage parlor killed 18 people and
injured two others in Tiantai county, Zhejiang province.
2017 Feb 5, Egypt's top Islamic
authority rejected the president's suggestion for legislation that
would invalidate the practice of men verbally divorcing their wives.
2017 Feb 5, Iran lifted a ban
on US wrestlers, allowing them to take part in the Freestyle World
Cup later this month in the Iranian city of Kermanshah. Media said
the ban was lifted after the "discriminative restrictions" on
Iranian nationals traveling to the US was suspended by a US federal
2017 Feb 5, Israel's Supreme
Court gave a small group of settlers in the occupied West Bank a
brief respite from a demolition order, giving them until March 5 to
2017 Feb 5, Italy's premier
emphasized the significance of NATO and outlined a new agreement
between Italy and Libya to fight human trafficking during a phone
call with U.S. President Donald Trump.
2017 Feb 5, In Japan about 200
protesters marched through the streets of Tokyo's Shinjuku district
carrying banners to protest a hotel chain under fire for books its
president wrote denying the Nanjing Massacre in wartime China ever
happened. APA group founder and president, Toshio Motoya, has placed
books of his revisionist views on history in every room of the
company's 400-plus APA Hotels.
2017 Feb 5, A 50-meter concrete
wall in the northern Kosovo city of Mitrovica was pulled down
following an agreement between the government and the country's
ethnic Serb minority. The Serbs, who do not recognize Kosovo as a
state, started constructing the wall in December, saying it was to
protect against a landslip.
(AP, 2/5/17)(Reuters, 2/5/17)
2017 Feb 5, Morocco’s Deputy
Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said his country will "never
recognize" Western Sahara's independence despite rejoining the
African Union after a decades-long dispute over the territory.
2017 Feb 5, Myanmar police
arrested a Buddhist monk in northern Rakhine state after finding
400,000 pills of methamphetamine in his car. A search of his
monastery turned up 4.2 million pills along with a grenade and
(SFC, 2/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 5, The Philippine
government derided Catholic bishops as "out of touch" after they
used weekend sermons to attack a war on drugs they said had created
a "reign of terror" for the poor.
2017 Feb 5, Romania's
government repealed an emergency decree that decriminalizes some
official misconduct following massive demonstrations and
condemnation from abroad. Protests still raged on for a sixth
(AP, 2/5/17)(AFP, 2/5/17)
2017 Feb 5, Somalia's al-Shabab
extremist group killed four men accused of spying for the CIA and
the Kenya and Somali governments. The killings were carried out in a
public square in Jamame, Lower Jubba region.
2017 Feb 5, Turkish police
detained 448 suspected Islamic State group members in nationwide
raids just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub
claimed by the jihadists.
2017 Feb 5, Ukraine's military
says two soldiers were wounded in fighting with rebels in the
separatist east, but that artillery attacks were significantly lower
after a week in which fighting surged.
2017 Feb 6, San Francisco’s
Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim announced a deal to make City
College of San Francisco free of charge to all city residents.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.C1)
2017 Feb 6, In Florida
ex-convict Joseph Schreiber (32) pleaded no contest to torching the
Islamic Center of Fort Pierce last Sep 11. He was sentenced to 30
years in prison.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 6, In Mississippi four
people were shot and killed following an argument at a nightclub in
Yazoo City. Briddell Barber (27) was soon arrested and charged with
four counts of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 6, Missouri Rep. Gov.
Eric Greitens signed a bill making his state the 28th right-to-work
state banning union fees and dues.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 6, Fadi Yassine (42)
of Lebanon made a court appearance in Brooklyn, New York and will be
transferred to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to face charges of conspiring to
violate the Arms Export Control act. He was arrested in connection
with a scheme to smuggle guns purchased in Iowa to his country.
2017 Feb 6, The indigenous Sami
people of Europe's Arctic north, formerly nomadic reindeer herders
in Lapland, celebrated their national day with hundreds of events
across the Nordic lands. The Sami settled with their reindeer herds
9,000 years ago in Europe's Arctic and now number 70,000 people
spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
2017 Feb 6, Australian church
data showed that seven percent of Catholic priests working in
Australia between 1950 and 2010 were accused of child sex crimes but
few were pursued, as hearings began over allegations dating back
2017 Feb 6, Queen Elizabeth II,
the world's longest reigning sovereign, set a new record as the
first British monarch to reach her sapphire jubilee, with 65 years
on the throne.
2017 Feb 6, Cambodian police
said they arrested a Japanese man and two Cambodians last week
suspected of tricking Cambodian women into working in the sex trade
2017 Feb 6, The EU’s top
diplomats vowed to uphold sanctions against Russia for destabilizing
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 6, French presidential
candidate Francois Fillon apologized for the "error" he made in
hiring his wife as a parliamentary aide and denied she was paid for
a fake job.
2017 Feb 6, In India Cyrus
Mistry, the boss of Tata until last October, was finally booted out
of the company. Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the boss of Tata
Consultancy Services, took over as chairman on Feb 21. Mistry’s
family held an 18% stake in Tata Sons, the main holding company.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.54)
2017 Feb 6, Israel’s parliament
passed a new law legalizing dozens of Jewish outposts built on
private Palestinian land.
2017 Feb 6, The World Bank
approved $200 million for repairing Lebanon's unsafe roads.
2017 Feb 6, A Myanmar patrol
boat opened fire on Bangladeshi fishermen. Nurul Amin (26) was
killed, one fisherman was wounded and another went overboard but
swam to safety when a Myanmar navy vessel approached their boat at
speed in the Naf river which forms the border in that area.
2017 Feb 6, Hundreds of
Nigerians marched to protest poverty and corruption as President
Muhammadu Buhari's prolonged absence abroad for medical tests raised
political and economic tensions.
2017 Feb 6, In Pakistan Afghan
diplomat Mohammad Zaki Abdu was shot and killed by his security
guard inside the consulate in the port city of Karachi.
2017 Feb 6, A Palestinian
rocket launched from Gaza struck Israel, causing no casualties or
damage, in a rare attack that drew Israeli air strikes against
Palestinian militant targets.
2017 Feb 6, Peruvian
prosecutors opened a formal investigation into suspicions that
former president Alejandro Toledo took $20 million in bribes from
Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, which is at the heart of a
2017 Feb 6, South Sudan’s Pres.
Salva Kiir said that soldiers who rape civilians should be shot,
trying to mollify citizens outraged by abuses by security forces and
quell growing international anger over attacks.
2017 Feb 6, Syrian government
forces advanced on the northern Islamic State-held city of al-Bab,
cutting off the last supply route that connects it to militant
strongholds further east towards Iraq.
2017 Feb 6, Tanzania’s
President John Magufuli told security forces to crack down on the
drugs trade and said no one should be spared, even if they are top
politicians or their relatives.
2017 Feb 6, Turkey said it has
now detained nearly 750 suspects in a police operation against the
Islamic State group.
2017 Feb 6, Yemen's Shiite
rebels said they have "successfully" fired a ballistic missile at
Riyadh for the first time, vowing more attacks on the Saudi capital.
2017 Feb 7, VP Thomas Pence
cast his vote to confirm charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as US
education secretary breaking a 50-50 Senate tie.
(SFC, 2/8/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 7, US federal
prosecutors said Jermine Prosper (39), native of Guyana, was
sentenced last week to five years in federal prison after pleading
guilty to smuggling dozens of guns. He had legally purchased about
50 guns in the Atlanta and smuggled them in shipping barrels to
Guyana, where they were sold on the streets.
2017 Feb 7, The US Army said
that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to
cross under a Mississippi River reservoir in North Dakota.
(SFC, 2/8/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 7, In northern
California the Dept. of Water Resources discovered a large amount of
debris coming out of the concrete-lined spillway of the Oroville
Dam. Release of water was stopped and engineers found a massive
crater in the spillway.
(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A19)
2017 Feb 7, Massachusetts Sen.
Elizabeth Warren (D) was rebuked by the Senate for a reading a 1986
letter by Coretta Scott King that dated to Alabama Sen. Jeff
Sessions’ failed judicial nomination. The Senate was debating
Sessions’ nomination for attorney general.
(SFC, 2/8/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 7, Richard Hatch
(b.1945), former star of the TV series “Battleship Galactica"
(1978-1979), died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.D3)
2017 Feb 7, In Afghanistan 22
people were killed in a bomb blast outside the Supreme Court in the
center of Kabul, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of
attacks on the judiciary. The Islamic State soon claimed
(Reuters, 2/7/17)(Reuters, 2/8/17)
2017 Feb 7, Brazilian federal
troops began to reestablish control over the state of Espirito
Santo, where scores of people are reported to have been killed since
the police went on strike. Police stopped patrolling on Feb 4 and
criminals quickly ran amok.
2017 Feb 7, Brexit Minister
David Jones told the House of Commons that Parliament would get to
approve the deal "before it is concluded" and before the European
Parliament votes on it.
2017 Feb 7, Colombia opens
peace talks with its last active rebel group, the ELN, seeking to
replicate its historic accord with the FARC guerrillas and deliver
"complete peace" after 53 years of war.
2017 Feb 7, The European Union
appointed 19 international judges to a special court that will
prosecute ethnic Albanian rebels for crimes during and immediately
after Kosovo's war for independence (1998-2000). The Kosovo
Specialist Chambers judges come from 12 EU countries and the United
States and Canada.
2017 Feb 7, Former French
president Nicolas Sarkozy was ordered to stand trial in an inquiry
into alleged campaign finance fraud during his failed 2012
2017 Feb 7, Gangs of French
youths torched cars and bins in a showdown with police in a north
Paris suburb overnight in a grim reminder of the simmering tension
that sparked weeks of more serious rioting in the area a decade ago.
It was the third night of tension since four police officers were
suspended pending an inquiry into accusations they had used
excessive force on Feb 2 while arresting a 22-year-old man there,
including shoving a baton into his anus.
2017 Feb 7, Jovenel Moise (48)
was sworn as Haiti's 58th president, ending a protracted electoral
crisis that had created a vacuum of power in the impoverished,
disaster-prone Caribbean nation.
2017 Feb 7, Ivory Coast special
forces troops fired in the air in towns in the north and south of
the country, weeks after soldiers and security forces mutinied over
pay in the west African nation. They appeared to be angling for a
deal with the government along the lines of one struck with mutinous
soldiers in January that offered some of them large one-off lump sum
2017 Feb 7, US superstar
Madonna adopted twin girls in Malawi, raising to four the total
number of children she has adopted from the southern African nation.
2017 Feb 7, Nigerian troops
saved the life of a young woman strapped with explosives and killed
another suicide bomber, apparently primed by Boko Haram Islamic
extremists to attack the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
2017 Feb 7, Palestinian Pres.
Mahmud Abbas called a new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish
outposts built on private Palestinian land an "attack against our
2017 Feb 7, Peru's attorney
general announced he would seek the arrest of former President
Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) on charges of laundering of assets and
2017 Feb 7, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte berated 228 policemen accused of a variety
of offenses, threatening on national television that he would send
them to a southern island to fight militants dreaded for beheading
2017 Feb 7, Romania's President
Klaus Iohannis told lawmakers the country is in a "fully-fledged"
political crisis, after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against a
government measure that would weaken the country's anti-corruption
2017 Feb 7, In Syria air
strikes on Al-Qaeda's former affiliate killed 26 people including 16
civilians in Idlib city. The headquarters of Fateh al-Sham Front and
the surrounding neighborhood were battered by at least 10 strikes at
2017 Feb 7, Amnesty
International accused Syria's government of hanging up to 13,000
people at a notorious prison over five years in a "policy of
extermination", between 2011 and 2015. The damning report was titled
"Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at Saydnaya
2017 Feb 7, Tanzania’s deputy
minister of health said he has ordered the arrest of three men
accused of promoting homosexuality.
(SFC, 2/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 7, Thailand’s PM
Prayuth Chan-ocha said that Somdej Phra Maha Muniwong (89) has been
appointed by King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun as the 20th
supreme patriarch of the Buddhist order. His predecessor died in
2013 at age 100.
2017 Feb 7, Thailand's cabinet
approved measures worth $1 billion to help farmers in its flood-hit
2017 Feb 7, A Thai court
sentenced Australian Antonio Bagnato (28) to death for the murder of
a countryman who was an alleged confederate in a drug smuggling
gang. He was found guilty of killing former Hells Angels member
Wayne Schneider in November 2015 after he and accomplices beat and
kidnapped the victim from his luxury villa in the Pattaya resort
2017 Feb 8, Rep. Sen. Jeff
Sessions was confirmed as Pres. Donald Trump’s attorney general.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 8, Former Alabama Gov.
Don Siegelman (70) was released from a federal prison where he was
serving a six-year sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.
He will serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 8, In Louisiana some
31 people were reported injured after six tornadoes tore through New
Orleans and other parts of the state, pounding across highways and
streets and leaving trees, power lines and homes leveled.
2017 Feb 8, Maine indicted
Ronald Paquin (74), a former Roman Catholic priest, on 29 counts of
sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. Paquin had spent more than a
decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 8, In North Carolina a
3-judge panel temporarily blocked a new law requiring state Senate
confirmation for Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet members. The law was
passed in the waning days of Rep. Gov. Pat McCrory.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 8, In Ohio Reagan
Tokes (21), an Ohio State Univ. student, was last seen leaving work
at a Columbus restaurant. Her nude body was found the next day near
a park entrance in Grove City. On February 11 DNA evidence led
police to arrest convicted sex offender Brian Golsby (29).
(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A8)
2017 Feb 8, In Afghanistan at
least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) were killed as they carried supplies to areas in
Jowzjan province hit by deadly snow storms. Islamic State gunmen
were suspected. Two Red Cross staff members were kidnapped. On Sep
5, 2017, the Red Cross said the two kidnapped staff members have
(Reuters, 2/8/17)(Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017 Feb 8, A Brazilian
zoologist said an outbreak of yellow fever has claimed the lives of
more than 600 monkeys and dozens of humans in the Atlantic
rainforest region, threatening the survival of rare South American
2017 Feb 8, Colombia's chief
prosecutor said that suspicions of illegal campaign contributions to
President Juan Manuel Santos are based on testimony of a rancher
Otto Bula, connected to the leader's opponents, who has been jailed
for allegedly channeling bribes on behalf of the Brazilian Odebrecht
2017 Feb 8, The head of
Estonia's foreign intelligence service said that Russia was "the
greatest source of a threat" to Estonia in cyberspace because
Estonia is a member of both the EU and NATO. He also said Estonia
has teamed up with the US Secret Service ahead of its first EU
presidency to train local officials to handle cyber threats.
2017 Feb 8, In Austria interior
and defense ministers from 15 European countries agreed to come up
with new measures to ensure that the overland route from Greece
remains shut for migrants seeking new lives in other EU nations and
those trying to bring them in illegally.
2017 Feb 8, The Czech
government said it has decided to double its quota for Ukrainian
workers, due to an acute labor shortage as the economy continues to
2017 Feb 8, In Greece hundreds
of firefighters in uniform took to the streets of Athens, saying
roughly one third of their jobs are at risk due to hiring
restrictions placed on the public sector by Greece's international
2017 Feb 8, In Iraq hundreds of
supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad
to demand electoral reform ahead of a planned provincial vote in
2017 Feb 8, Israeli and
Palestinian rights groups petitioned the Supreme Court asking it to
strike down a new law allowing expropriation of private Palestinian
land for Jewish settlers.
2017 Feb 8, Mexican electoral
authorities annulled the results of town council elections in San
Juan Achiutla, Oaxaca, because married women had been prevented from
voting. Achiutla officials had argued that married women don't
perform community work and thus can't vote.
2017 Feb 8, In the Philippines
as many as 15,000 people were left homeless after a huge fire
engulfed an overcrowded slum in Manila, destroying thousands of
homes and sending residents fleeing with their few possessions.
2017 Feb 8, Romania's defiant
PM Sorin Grindeanu easily survived a no-confidence vote even as his
government continued to face nationwide protests over its efforts to
weaken anti-corruption laws.
2017 Feb 8, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny accused the Kremlin of trying to block him
from running in next year's presidential election after a court
found him guilty of embezzlement. A court in Kirov found Navalny
guilty of embezzlement in relation to a timber firm called Kirovles,
and gave him a five-year suspended prison sentence.
2017 Feb 8, The Russian embassy
in Nigeria said seven Russian sailors and a Ukrainian have been
kidnapped in Nigerian waters from the BBC Caribbean, a cargo vessel
flagged in Antigua and Barbuda.
2017 Feb 8, In Somalia members
of the upper and lower houses of parliament elected former PM
Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as president.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 8, Syrian government
jets bombed a rebel-held district of Homs city in the west of the
country, killing at least nine people.
(Reuters, 2/8/17)(AP, 2/8/17)
2017 Feb 8, Turkey said Syrian
rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of
the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria.
2017 Feb 8, Turkish presidency
sources said President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump
agreed in an overnight phone call on joint action against Islamic
State in the Syrian towns of Raqqa and al-Bab, both held by the
2017 Feb 8, In eastern Ukraine
Mikhail Tolstykh (36), the military chief of a self-proclaimed
Russian-backed Donetsk republic, was blown up with a grenade
launcher. Rebels blamed Ukrainian security services.
(AFP, 2/8/17)(Econ, 2/11/17, p.38)
2017 Feb 8, Senior UN officials
said more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims may have been killed in a
Myanmar army crackdown, suggesting the death toll has been a far
greater than previously reported.
2017 Feb 8, The UN appealed for
$2.1 billion to provide desperately needed aid to millions of people
in war-ravaged Yemen this year, warning the country could soon face
2017 Feb 8, Pope Francis issued
a stinging criticism of atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya
minority, saying they had been tortured and killed simply because
they wanted to live their culture and Muslim faith.
2017 Feb 8, Zimbabwe's
Constitutional Court dismissed a case against President Robert
Mugabe (92) lodged by an activist who accused the aging leader of
violating the southern African country's supreme law during protests
2017 Feb 8, Zimbabwean protest
leader Evan Mawarire was released on bail by a court in Harare after
police arrested him on charges of subverting the government and
inciting public violence.
2017 Feb 9, President Donald
Trump reaffirmed Washington's long-standing "one China" policy in a
call with Beijing's leader.
2017 Feb 9, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate a temporary travel ban
on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, but
the government planned to fight back on multiple legal fronts.
2017 Feb 9, Alabama’s attorney
general Luther Strange was sworn in as the new interim Republican
senator and will serve until November 2018, when a special election
will be held to fill the seat for the remainder of Jeff Sessions’
term, which ends in January of 2020.
(SFC, 2/10/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 9, In Arizona the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Guadalupe Garcia
de Rayos, an immigrant mother in Phoenix, to Mexico. Seven
protesters were arrested.
(SFC, 2/10/17, p.A8)
2017 Feb 9, In Louisiana an
explosion and fire at a Phillips 66 pipeline station in Paradis left
two employees hospitalized and one missing.
(SFC, 2/11/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 9, In Missouri Frank
Ancona (51), the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group, was fatally shot.
His wife Melissa (44) and stepson Paul Edward Jinkerson (24) were
soon charged with his murder. On April 19, 2019, Malissa Ancona was
sentenced to life in prison following a deal in which she pleaded
guilty to 2nd-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.
(SFC, 2/22/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/21/19, p.A6)
2017 Feb 9, The Federal
Aviation Administration canceled all inbound and outbound flights at
John F. Kennedy Airport amid a winter storm that barreled its way
through the northeastern United States. More than 3,500 flights were
canceled across the region.
(Reuters, 2/9/17)(SFC, 2/10/17, p.A9)
2017 Feb 9, In Washington state
an electrical failure at the 32-acre West Point Treatment Plant,
next to Seattle’s largest park, resulted in catastrophic flooding
and damaged an underground network of equipment. This led to a raw
sewage flow into the Puget Sound that continued to Feb 16. Damages
were estimated at $25 million.
(SFC, 3/27/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 9, In southern
Afghanistan 22 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed
during a joint operation against Taliban insurgents carried out by
US and Afghan forces in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
2017 Feb 9, The top US
commander in Afghanistan said he needs several thousand more
international troops in order to break a stalemate in the long war
with Taliban insurgents, signaling the matter may soon be put before
President Donald Trump.
2017 Feb 9, The Native American
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a last-ditch legal challenge to
block the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project after the
company constructing it won federal permission to tunnel under the
2017 Feb 9, In Brazil more than
100 people have been reported killed, with schools and businesses
closed and public transportation at a standstill, as a six-day
strike by police in the state of Espirito Santo showed no signs of
2017 Feb 9, A British
immigration tribunal upheld a government decision to strip four men
of citizenship. They had been convicted of grooming girls for sex in
a case that fueled racial tensions. They now faced deportation to
2017 Feb 9, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said that China has taken steps to end its
once-widespread practice of harvesting organs from executed
prisoners but that it's impossible to know what is happening across
the entire country.
2017 Feb 9, Egyptian police
closed down the Al-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of
Violence, an organization that treats victims of torture and trauma.
2017 Feb 9, The European Union
announced aid worth 225 million euros ($240 million) for Gambia as
President Adama Barrow warned that the nation was "virtually
bankrupt" due to economic mismanagement by the former regime.
2017 Feb 9, A French court
threw out a complaint by a federation of Catholic families that
dating site Gleeden's business model is illegal and anti-social
because it encourages extramarital affairs.
2017 Feb 9, French carmaker PSA
Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, said it has been
referred to prosecutors over its diesel emissions.
2017 Feb 9, Germany reported
the world’s largest current-account surplus of about €270 billion
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.40)
2017 Feb 9, Some 450 German
special commandos made 12 coordinated raids and arrested two men
suspected of planning an imminent Islamist attack in Goettingen.
2017 Feb 9, German neo-Nazi
Maik Schneider (29) was sentenced to eight years jail for the August
2015 arson in the high school sports hall in Nauen that had been
designated to house refugees. He received an additional term of one
year and six months for other xenophobic crimes.
2017 Feb 8, Ljubisa Beara (77),
a Bosnian Serb commander convicted of war crimes over the 1995
Srebrenica massacre, died in a German prison.
2017 Feb 9, Hungary said it
plans to hold migrants in border camps made up of shipping
containers while their asylum requests are settled.
2017 Feb 9, In central Israel a
Palestinian (18) opened fire and stabbed shoppers with a screwdriver
near a busy open air market wounding at least six people in Petah
2017 Feb 9, Kenya's High Court
blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp
-- the world's largest -- and force Somali refugees to return home.
2017 Feb 9, A study by Mexico’s
government and independent experts was released indicating the
number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27
percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from historically
2017 Feb 9, In Myanmar
production at Hangzhou Hundred-Tex Garment Company in Yangon was
halted. Workers had demanded a better performance review system and
healthcare coverage. Later in the month hundreds of workers stormed
the Chinese-owned factory making clothes for Swedish fashion
retailer Hennes & Mauritz. They damaged facilities including
textile machinery, computers and surveillance cameras.
2017 Feb 9, NATO alliance
deputy head Rose Gottemoeller said all 28 member allies fully
support Ukraine as it faces the worst upsurge in fighting against
pro-Russian rebels in two years.
2017 Feb 9, In Nigeria more
than 700 people took to the streets in Abuja to protest against the
government's economic policy in a sign of mounting public anger in
the oil producer grappling with recession.
2017 Feb 9, In northern Nigeria
Boko Haram killed one person and abducted a seven-year-old boy from
the village of Kaumutaiyahi near Chibok.
2017 Feb 9, Panamanian
prosecutors took law firm partners Ramon Fonseca Mora and Jurgen
Mossack into custody and searched their offices. The Mossack-Fonseca
firm has been accused of setting up offshore accounts that allowed
the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht to funnel bribes to
multiple countries. On April 21 Mora and Mossack were released on
(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/23/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 9, A Serbian court
rejected an extradition request by Montenegro for Nemanja Ristic, a
suspect in an alleged pro-Russia plot to overthrow the small Balkan
2017 Feb 9, In northern Syria a
Russian warplane "accidentally" hit a building on with Turkish
soldiers inside, killing at least three troops and wounding 11 near
al-Bab. Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government
forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, the first confrontation
between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area.
(AP, 2/9/17)(Reuters, 2/10/17)
2017 Feb 9, Turkish officials
said police have detained four Islamic State group suspects who were
allegedly planning to carry out a "sensational" attack and seized 24
suicide attack belts during an anti-terror operation in Gaziantep.
2017 Feb 10, President Donald
Trump and PM Shinzo Abe opened two days of talks looking to cement a
decades-old alliance between Japan and the United States that has
been under strain because of the Republican's positions on trade and
2017 Feb 10, White Tennessee
police Officer Josh Lippert (32) fatally shot Jocques Clemmons (31),
a black man who was carrying a gun, following a traffic stop in East
Nashville. Witnesses later said Clemmons was shot in the back while
running away. No charges were filed against Lippert.
2017 Feb 10, In Virginia
Mohamed Jalloh (27) was sentenced to 11 years in prison for
attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. He had
admitted traveling to Africa to join the Islamic State group and had
pleaded guilty last October.
(SFC, 2/11/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 10, Ford Motor CEO
Mark Fields said Ford will invest $1 billion over the next five
years in Argo AI, a months-old company specializing in machine
learning by former leaders of self-driving teams at Google and Uber.
(SFC, 2/11/17, p.D1)
2017 Feb 10, US investment firm
Blackstone said it is buying London-based Aon's technology-enabled
benefits and human resources assets in a deal valued at up to $4.8
2017 Feb 10, In Angola a
stadium stampede killed at least 17 and injured scores during a
domestic soccer league match between host side Santa Rita de Cassia
and Recreativo de Libolo in the northern town of Uige. The host team
blamed the stampeded on police error. The death toll soon climbed to
2017 Feb 10, In Brazil Public
Safety Director Andre Garcia said 703 military police officers in
Espirito Santo have been charged with the crime of revolt. Military
police patrol Brazil’s cities and are barred by law from going on
(SFC, 2/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 10, British police
said 794 pounds (360 kg) of cocaine with a street value of up to 50
million pounds ($62 million) have washed up on beaches in eastern
2017 Feb 10, In Canada the
Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board announced it has given Will
Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, an absolute discharge, meaning he
is no longer subject to monitoring. Baker, a diagnosed
schizophrenic, killed Tim McLean (22), a carnival worker who was a
complete stranger to Baker, in 2008. A year later he was found not
criminally responsible due to mental illness.
2017 Feb 10, The Islamic State
group in Egypt claimed to have executed five men it accuses of
spying for the army, which is battling the jihadists in the Sinai
2017 Feb 10, French
anti-terrorist police arrested four people in Montpellier, including
a girl (16), suspected of preparing an "imminent" attack.
2017 Feb 10, Hong Kong police
arrested a man, surnamed Cheung (60), for arson after a fire
engulfed a subway train, injuring 17 people and triggering the
evacuation of the Tsim Sha Tsui station during rush hour.
2017 Feb 10, In Iraq at least
five people were killed and 19 wounded in two suicide bombings that
hit an army position and a restaurant in eastern Mosul.
2017 Feb 10, Italy adopted
measures to accelerate the asylum process, easing pressure on
shelters and speeding deportations of those whose appeals are
2017 Feb 10, Libyan security
officials said Islamic State militants have shifted to desert
valleys and inland hills southeast of Tripoli as they seek to
exploit Libya's political divisions after defeat in their former
stronghold of Sirte.
2017 Feb 10, East Libyan forces
lost a Mi-35 combat helicopter near the central town of Zalla. Two
crew members were killed. It was not clear if the helicopter had
been shot down or crashed because of a technical fault.
2017 Feb 10, The head of
Lithuania's state tourism agency resigned after admitting her agency
promoted the Baltic country in an international social media
campaign by using landscape photos taken in other countries.
2017 Feb 10, Amnesty
International urged Myanmar's government to suspend operations at
the Letpadaung mine copper mine, jointly owned by its army and a
Chinese state enterprise, until its impact on human rights and the
environment is properly addressed.
2017 Feb 10, In northern
Nigeria at least eight soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram ambush
in the Mafa area east of Maiduguri.
2017 Feb 10, Seven Pakistani
fishermen, who remained jailed in Yemen for over a decade, returned
home following efforts by the ICRC and Pakistan's Ministry of
2017 Feb 10, Peruvian police
launched a manhunt for ex-president Alejandro Toledo, once hailed as
an anti-corruption champion, after a judge ordered his arrest over
accusations he took $20 million in bribes.
2017 Feb 10, A Philippines
court granted protection to families of five people killed or
wounded by police and the right to access police case reports, in
the first successful legal challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte's
deadly crackdown on drugs.
2017 Feb 10, In the southern
Philippines a magnitude 6.7 nighttime earthquake killed eight people
and injured more than 120 in Surigao del Norte province. The number
of people killed was later reduced to four.
(AP, 2/11/17)(AP, 2/12/17)(AP, 3/5/17)
2017 Feb 10, South Africa’s
Pres. Zuma said state utility Eskom would sign new renewable energy
contracts, angering coal transport workers who say such contracts
will lead to 30,000 job losses in the coal industry.
2017 Feb 10, Swedish banking
group SEB issued its first green bond, raising 500 million euros
($532 million) for loans to low-carbon projects.
2017 Feb 10, In southern
Thailand Sama-ae Doloh, a sub-district chief in Pattani province,
was fatally shot by heavily armed men who stopped him on his way to
work. In neighboring Narathiwat province, two people were fatally
shot by five masked men at a rubber trading store.
2017 Feb 10, In Turkey police
used tear gas to disperse protesters trying to enter Ankara
University to denounce a government decree that dismissed 330
academics. At least five protesters were detained.
2017 Feb 10, The United Nations
received a notice from Gambia's reversing its withdrawal from the
International Criminal Court.
2017 Feb 10, Yemeni government
forces took full control of the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha after
weeks of deadly fighting with Shiite rebels and their allies. UNHCR
spokesman William Spindler said that 34,000 people have fled their
homes in Yemen after fierce fighting erupted in the port towns of
Mokha and Dhubab on the Red Sea.
(AFP, 2/10/17)(AP, 2/10/17)
2017 Feb 11, In Connecticut the
Yale Univ. Pres. Peter Salovey said a residential college in New
Haven commemorating John Calhoun, the 19th century white supremacist
statesman from South Carolina, will be renamed for Grace Murray
Hopper, a computer scientist and Navy rear admiral.
(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A8)
2017 Feb 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a
bank in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. A local official said that an
American military air strike killed a number of civilians in a
recent bombing in Sangin district north of Lashkar Gah.
2017 Feb 11, In Brazil military
police in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo rejected a
return-to-work agreement aimed at ending a strike that has paralyzed
several cities and led to an outburst of violence in which more than
130 people have reportedly died. More than 3,000 federal troops now
patrolled the streets.
2017 Feb 11, London's Sotheby's
auction house opened the "Erotica: Passion & Desire" show of
over 150 titillating items to explore the varied attitudes to nudity
and sex across eras and continents ahead of an auction for the next
2017 Feb 11, Sam Rainsy, the
self-exiled leader of Cambodia's opposition party, he would resign
his post, a shock blow to a movement struggling to unseat the
country's authoritarian premier. Rainsy has led the Cambodia
National Rescue Party (CNRP) since its creation in 2012 and has
spent over a year in France to avoid several lawsuits.
2017 Feb 11, In China EHang, a
drone-making startup, performed a 1000 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)
formation light show named “Meteor Sky" at the Guangzhou city center
on the sky of the famous Canton Tower.
2017 Feb 11, In France some
15,000 people marched in the eastern city of Strasbourg demanding
that Turkey release Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan, as
Europe's Kurds held their biggest annual gathering.
2017 Feb 11, In France 37
people were arrested in the Paris suburbs when clashes erupted after
a protest over the Feb 2 assault of a young black man allegedly
sodomized with a police truncheon.
2017 Feb 11, Millions of voters
in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, cast their ballots in
a contest seen as a key test for Narendra Modi halfway through his
first term as prime minister.
2017 Feb 11, In Indonesia tens
of thousands gathered at the national mosque in Jakarta for mass
prayers urging people to vote for a Muslim governor of the city as
the country prepares for regional elections next week.
2017 Feb 11, Indonesian
officials said up to 40,000 people were caught in severe flooding
following days of torrential rain in West Nusa Tenggara province.
The death toll from landslides on Bali resort island rose to 13.
2017 Feb 11, In Iraq six
demonstrators and one policeman were killed in clashes between
security forces and protesters loyal to prominent Shi'ite cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr who had gathered in Baghdad to demand political
(AFP, 2/11/17)(AP, 2/12/17)
2017 Feb 11, The Iraqi air
force carried out a strike on a house where Islamic State leader Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be meeting other commanders. It
published the names of 13 Islamic State commanders it said had been
killed in the air strike, but the list did not include Baghdadi.
Three other Islamic State positions in western Iraq were targeted in
the same wave of air strikes, killing 64 fighters.
2017 Feb 11, In New Zealand a
new pod of 240 whales swam aground at a remote beach just hours
after weary volunteers managed to refloat a different group of
whales following an earlier mass stranding. In total, more than 650
pilot whales have beached themselves over two days on Farewell Spit
at the tip of the South Island. About 350 of the whales were dead,
100 were refloated by volunteers and more than 200 managed to swim
(AP, 2/11/17)(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 11, North Korea
launched a missile from an area called Panghyon in its western
region just before 8 a.m. (2300 GMT Saturday). It flew about 500 km
(300 miles). Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe called the launch "absolutely
intolerable" and said North Korea must comply with UN Security
Council resolutions. Pres. Trump speaking alongside Abe said that
the USA is behind Japan, our great ally, 100 percent.
2017 Feb 11, A top Philippine
official said police have sacked nearly 100 policemen since the
start of the year because they were found to be drug users.
2017 Feb 11, In Poland hundreds
of protesters with flags and banners marched in downtown Warsaw
against the ruling party's plan to enlarge the capital by
incorporating 32 neighboring municipalities.
2017 Feb 11, Police in Sicily
confiscated four olive companies, farmland, villas and other
property that anti-Mafia prosecutors contend belong to the business
empire of Italy's top Mafia boss, who has been on the run for more
than 20 years.
2017 Feb 11, South Sudanese Lt.
Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka resigned while telling President Salva
Kiir "you have disgraced yourself" by subjecting the conflict-torn
country to ethnic bias and "unacceptable cycles of violence."
2017 Feb 11, Spain’s PM Mariano
Rajoy was reelected as the leader of the conservative Popular Party
for a 4th term.
(SFC, 2/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 11, In northern Syria
Turkish troops and Syrian rebels entered the Islamic State-held town
of Al-Bab, as government forces moved closer to the jihadist
bastion. one Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded in
clashes with IS fighters.
2017 Feb 12, British
singer-songwriter Adele won five Grammys at the 59th annual Grammy
Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 2/13/17, p.C1)
2017 Feb 12, Singer Al Jarreau
(b.1940), winner of seven Grammy Awards, died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 2/13/17, p.D4)
2017 Feb 12, In northern
California authorities ordered at least 188,000 people living
below Lake Oroville to evacuate, shortly after
engineers spotted a hole in the spillway that was eroding back
toward the top.
2017 Feb 12, In Florida a small
plane carrying three people went missing late today seven miles
south of Cedar Key.
(SFC, 2/14/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 12, Brazil’s state's
Department of Public Safety said in a statement that nearly 900
military police officers are on duty in Espirito Santo. On a normal
day, around 2,000 officers would be patrolling. Families and friends
of the police officers continued their protest outside barracks,
demanding higher pay for the officers.
2017 Feb 12, Hollywood musical
"La La Land" picked up five British Bafta movie awards, at a glitzy
London ceremony charged with filmmakers' political messages.
2017 Feb 12, Cambodia's main
opposition party named Kem Sokha as its acting president after
exiled leader Sam Rainsy resigned unexpectedly in the face of a
possible ban ahead of elections.
2017 Feb 12, Germany’s
parliamentary assembly elected former foreign minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier (61) as the new head of state. He vowed to stand up to
simplistic populist rhetoric.
(AFP, 2/12/17)(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 12, Greek soldiers
successfully defused a World War II bomb in Thessaloniki, after
evacuating tens of thousands of people from the area.
2017 Feb 12, Iraqi forces
thwarted an attempt by around 200 jihadist fighters to flee their
bastion of Tal Afar towards Syria, west of the city of Mosul.
2017 Feb 12, An Israeli court
ordered Haifa Chemicals to shut down the country's largest ammonia
tank, which has been a point of contention for years, with residents
and environmental groups warning it is a major health hazard.
2017 Feb 12, In Kashmir a
protester was killed and dozens of others wounded as government
forces fired at demonstrators demanding an end to Indian rule
following a gunbattle that killed four suspected rebels, two
soldiers and a civilian.
2017 Feb 12, The chairman of
Pakistan's senate says the body will not welcome any US delegation,
member of Congress or dignitary in Islamabad after the US failed to
issue a visa to the senate's deputy chairman, a member of the
right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam political party, to attend a meeting
at the United Nations.
2017 Feb 12, Peru’s Pres. Pedro
Pablo Kuczynski asked US Pres. Donald Trump to extradite former
Peruvian Pres. Alejandro Toledo on suspicion of taking bribes from
the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
(SFC, 2/13/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 12, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not stand in the way of his
minister's decision to close several mines in the southern
Philippines after he saw the damage they had done to the
2017 Feb 12, Somaliland said
the United Arab Emirates can establish a military base in its
territory. The UAE government in January submitted a formal
application seeking permission from the Somaliland government to
open a military base in the port town of Berbera. Ethiopia and
Djibouti opposed the plan.
2017 Feb 12, Supporters of
Spain's Podemos party handed Pablo Iglesias a clear victory in a
battle for the far-left party's direction, re-electing him as leader
and backing his call to return to the streets as a protest movement.
2017 Feb 12, Swiss voters
approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants
to become citizens, crushing rightwing nationalists who had stoked
fears about granting nationality to more Muslims.
2017 Feb 12, Syria's opposition
announced its 21-member delegation, including 10 rebel
representatives, for a new round of UN-sponsored peace talks in
Geneva scheduled for February 20.
2017 Feb 12, Turkey's president
said his troops and allied Syrian fighters have reached the heart of
the Islamic State stronghold of al-Bab in northern Syria and will
eventually march on the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa.
2017 Feb 12, Turkmenistan voted
with a massive announced turnout in a presidential vote expected to
tighten strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov's hold over the
gas-rich Central Asian country. Berdymukhamedov won with 98% of the
(AFP, 2/12/17)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.33)
2017 Feb 12, Yemeni security
officials said inter-militia fighting has flared up at the airport
in the southern coastal city of Aden, with a government-allied
helicopter gunship firing on fighters in the area, killing three.
2017 Feb 13, Former banker
Steven Mnuchin was sworn in as US Treasury secretary, following a
Senate vote deeply divided along party lines.
2017 Feb 13, Michael Flynn
resigned from his position as President Trump's national security
adviser after weeks of confusion and speculation over reports that
he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his
contacts with Russia.
2017 Feb 13, The US Department
of Treasury labeled Venezuela’s VP El Aissami a drug "kingpin,"
accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea, and having
links to drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia. The United States also
sanctioned Samark Lopez, a man it termed El Aissami's frontman.
Aissami’s assets reportedly included three lavish apartments in the
Four Season complex of Miami and a Gulfstream jet.
(Reuters, 2/14/17)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.30)
2017 Feb 13, In northern
California emergency crews prepared loads of rock to be dropped by
helicopters to seal the crumbling Oroville Dam spillway that
threatens to inundate communities along the Feather River.
2017 Feb 13, Aileen Clarke
Hernandez (b.1926), civil rights activist and the 2nd leader of NOW
(1970-1971), died in Orange County, Ca.
(SFC, 3/2/17, p.D1)
2017 Feb 13, In New England
some 675 US flights were canceled, scores of vehicle crashes
reported and schools and government offices shuttered as the third
winter storm in five days slammed the area.
2017 Feb 13, DuPont and
Chemours Co said they had agreed to pay about $671 million in cash
to settle several lawsuits related to the leak of a toxic chemical
in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as
PFOA or C-8, used to make Teflon, has been linked to cancer and
2017 Feb 13, Scientists said
shrimp-like creatures living in the deepest parts of the oceans
contain high levels of man-made toxins.
2017 Feb 13, Canada’s PM Justin
Trudeau met with US Pres. Trump at the White House ahead of a
roundtable discussion about women in the workplace. Ivanka Trump,
the president's daughter, was involved in recruiting participants
and setting the agenda for the roundtable.
2017 Feb 13, In CongoDRC more
than 100 people were killed in clashes between Congolese soldiers
and militia fighters mainly armed with machetes and spears in
clashes that began Feb 9 in the Dibaya area of Kasai-Central
2017 Feb 13, Mostafa el-Abbadi
(88), Egyptian scholar, died. He was the man behind the recreation
of the Great Library of Alexandria, which opened in 2002.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.86)
2017 Feb 13, In the French Alps
at least four skiers were killed in an avalanche near the resort of
Tignes. Rescuers said they are trying to dig out five others from
the snow with shovels.
2017 Feb 13, Georgia's Orthodox
Church was rocked after police announced the arrest of a priest over
a suspected poisoning plot targeting a high-ranking Church figure.
Prosecutors said they caught archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze with sodium
cyanide on February 10 as he boarded a plane to Berlin, where
Patriarch Ilia II (83) was awaiting a gallbladder operation.
2017 Feb 13, Seijun Suzuki
(93), Japanese B-movie director, died. His prolific output from
gangster films to fantasies influenced international filmmakers
including Quentin Tarantino.
2017 Feb 13, A Kenyan court
jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that
has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. The seven doctors were
released on Feb 15 in an effort to encourage negotiations to end the
(AFP, 2/13/17)(AP, 2/15/17)
2017 Feb 13, In Malaysia Kim
Jong Nam (46), the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,
was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical
workers before he died en route to a hospital that he had been
attacked with a chemical spray, later identified as the VX nerve
agent. South Korean media said North Korean female agents killed him
using poisoned needles. Jong-Nam had reportedly travelled using a
fake passport under the name of Kim Chol.
(AP, 2/14/17)(AFP, 2/14/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.29)
2017 Feb 13, A Pakistani judge
banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying
they are against Islamic teachings.
2017 Feb 13, In eastern
Pakistan a suicide bomber plowed a motorcycle into a group of police
escorting a protest rally in Lahore, killing 15 people and wounding
nearly 60. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway Taliban faction, claimed the
(AP, 2/13/17)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.32)
2017 Feb 13, Hamas elected in
secret Yahya Sinwar, a hardline member of the Palestinian Islamist
movement's armed wing, as its new Gaza leader, indicating a tougher
stand against longtime adversary Israel.
2017 Feb 13, Former Panamanian
Vice-President Ricardo Arias Calderon (83) died. He had served under
President Guillermo Endara after President Manuel Noriega was ousted
in a 1989 military invasion.
2017 Feb 13, Romania's
Parliament agreed to hold a referendum on public support for
fighting official corruption.
2017 Feb 13, Syrian jihadists
seen as close to Islamic State battled a rival hardline Islamist
faction in northwestern Syria.
2017 Feb 13, In Taiwan a bus
carrying tourists on a trip to view cherry blossoms flipped over on
an expressway ramp in Taipei, killing 32 people and injuring many
2017 Feb 13, A Tanzanian court
sentenced a married couple to 20 years in jail each for illegal
possession of 210 pieces of ivory from 93 poached elephants. Peter
and Leonida Loi Kabi had pleaded not guilty.
2017 Feb 13, The UN said more
than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their
humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's
2017 Jan 14, Pres. Donald Trump
asked FBI Director James Comey to shut down the federal
investigation into former national security advisor Michael T.
Flynn, the day after Flynn resigned.
(SFC, 5/17/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 14, Pres. Donald Trump
issued major disaster declarations to enable federal funding for
California to aid spillway damage on the Oroville Dam and help the
with widespread effects of January’s storms.
(SFC, 2/15/17, p.A10)
2017 Feb 14, US ambassador
Deborah Malac said the United States will give over $25 million in
humanitarian aid to Uganda, to help the nation cope with a huge
influx of refugees fleeing conflict in east Africa.
2017 Feb 14, In Texas storms
packing heavy rains, lashing winds and tornadoes hit the Houston
metropolitan area, ripping roofs off homes, blowing windows out of
frames and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.
2017 Feb 14, Mazda said it is
recalling about 174,000 small cars in the US because the seats can
change angles suddenly, making the vehicles hard to drive.
2017 Feb 14, Brazilian
President Michel Temer issued a decree to deploy 9,000 soldiers in
Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan area until Feb. 22, one week before
Carnaval ends. The soldiers are to help out amid police officers'
strike threats and riots led by anarchists during state legislature
votes on austerity measures as the annual Carnaval celebrations take
2017 Feb 14, The government of
China awarded Pres. Trump valuable rights to his own name in the
form of a 10-year trademark for construction services.
(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 14, In China residents
in an oil town near the border with Russia protested against a
planned aluminum plant over pollution fears.
2017 Feb 14, In central China a
gas explosion at the Zubao Coal Mine in Hunan province killed at
least nine people. The official death toll climbed to 10 after
investigators found a miner who had been listed as "injured".
2017 Feb 14, In China three
attackers with knives killed five people and injured another five
before being shot dead by police in a remote oasis town in Xinjiang
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.38)(Econ 5/6/17, p.42)
2017 Feb 14, Congo police made
a pre-dawn raid on a separatist group in Kinshasa, killing four
people but failing to arrest Ne Muanda Nsemi, a self-styled
religious prophet and leader of Bundu dia Kongo (BDK).
2017 Feb 14, In the Dominican
Republic two journalists were shot dead during a live 103.5 FM radio
broadcast in San Pedro de Macoris.
2017 Feb 14, Human Rights Watch
said the huge newly-built Ethiopian Gibe III dam is cutting off the
supply of water to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.
2017 Feb 14, Seven Hong Kong
police officers were convicted of a lesser charge in the assault of
pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang, whose videotaped beating during
the height of 2014 pro-democracy protests sparked outrage.
2017 Feb 14, India's top court
upheld the corruption conviction of Sasikala Natarajan, the head of
the ruling party in Tamil Nadu state, ending her chances of becoming
the southern state's next chief minister.
2017 Feb 14, An Italian court
convicted a Moroccan-born man and his wife on charges of
international terrorism in connection with an Islamic State plot to
carry out attacks in Rome during the Holy Year in 2016. Abderrahim
Moutaharrik, and his wife, Salma Bencharki were sentenced to six
years and five years in jail, respectively.
2017 Feb 14, In Japan Toshiba
Corp.'s chairman resigned after the company logged such massive
losses in its nuclear business that it must sell its lucrative
computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up.
2017 Feb 14, In northern
Kashmir four Indian soldiers and four militants were killed in
gunbattles in Bandipora district, in the second outbreak of violence
between security forces and separatists in three days.
2017 Feb 14, In Luxembourg a
passenger train and a freight train collided, killing one person and
injuring several more.
2017 Feb 14, Malian television
said hundreds had fled villages close to the city of Macina after
clashes between Fulani herders and Bambara farmers over the weekend.
The death toll from the armed confrontation had risen to 20 from 13.
2017 Feb 14, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly with the CIA chief in the West
Bank, as they expressed concern over the Trump administration's
suggestion that a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel is
2017 Feb 14, In the Philippines
environment secretary Gina Lopez cancelled 75 mining projects on the
grounds that they would harm ecologically sensitive areas.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.33)
2017 Feb 14, In northwestern
Syria two days of fighting left 69 fighters dead, including 39 from
the Levant Liberation Committee and 30 dead from Jund al-Aqsa,
including four suicide attackers who blew up vehicles that they were
2017 Feb 14, Turkish PM Binali
Yildirim said Turkey-backed rebels have largely taken control of
Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State militants, but a war monitoring
group said the jihadists still controlled most of the town.
2017 Feb 14, Turkey's President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi Arabia's top leadership during a
visit to further strengthen ties as part of a Gulf tour ahead of
Syria peace talks.
2017 Feb 14, Venezuela's
powerful vice president called his blacklisting by the United States
on drug charges an "imperialist aggression" in the first bilateral
flare-up under new US President Donald Trump.
2017 Feb 14, Police in Vietnam
stopped hundreds of protesters from marching to present compensation
claims against a steel plant over a toxic spill last year.
2017 Feb 15, President Donald
Trump and PM Benjamin Netanyahu renewed the US-Israel partnership in
defiance of international pressure for a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shortly before Trump was to welcome
Netanyahu to the White House, a senior US official briefed reporters
that Washington would no longer insist that any peace deal lead to a
recognized Palestinian state.
2017 Feb 15, US President
Donald Trump's defense secretary warned NATO allies that they must
honor military spending pledges to ensure the United States does not
"moderate" support for the alliance.
2017 Feb 15, White House chief
of staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Director James Comey and deputy
director Andrew McCabe to dispute media reports that Donald Trump's
campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence
agents during the election. This request became public on Feb 24.
2017 Feb 15, The US Justice
Dept. sided with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) to provide a narrower definition of who is a
fugitive from justice, saying the term should only apply if those
people had fled a state to avoid prosecution. This cleared the way
for some people with outstanding arrest warrants to purchase guns.
(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 15, US fast-food
executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for labor secretary
under Pres. Donald Trump.
(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 15, Algeria's military
forces killed 5 suspected extremists in an operation around Bouira,
one of the country's last Islamic militant holdouts.
2017 Feb 15, Gay rights
campaigners protested outside the Church of England's General Synod
in London as Anglican bishops from around the world prepared to vote
on a report ruling out accepting gay marriage.
2017 Feb 15, US troops deployed
in Bulgaria and armored vehicles and heavy equipment are to arrive
by the end of the week under a planned NATO operation to support its
Eastern European allies.
2017 Feb 15, The European
Parliament backed a contested EU-Canada free trade deal, facing down
protests by activists and Donald Trump-inspired calls for
protectionism. It also voted for a plan to raise the cost for firms
to produce carbon.
(AFP, 2/15/17)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.62)
2017 Feb 15, German airline
Lufthansa said it has struck a deal to solve a bitter labor dispute
with pilots that over five years has cost it an estimated half a
billion dollars and more than a dozen strikes.
2017 Feb 15, India launched the
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, built by the Indian Space Research
Organization, carrying a record 104 satellites, 88 of which were
made by Planet, a San Francisco-based company founded in 2010.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.57)
2017 Feb 15, Indonesia held
local elections. In Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian of
Chinese descent also known as Ahok, won with 43% of the vote,
forcing him into a runoff against Anies Baswedan on April 19.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.33)
2017 Feb 15, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani visited Oman and Kuwait for talks to improve
relations with Gulf neighbors, strained by the conflicts in Syria
2017 Feb 15, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in a Shiite majority
neighborhood of Baghdad, killing at least 15 people.
2017 Feb 15, Malaysian police
arrested a woman in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the
North Korean leader's exiled half-brother who South Korean spies say
once begged his sibling to spare his life. The woman had checked
into local hotels under the Vietnamese name of Doan Thi Huong.
(AP, 2/15/17)(Reuters, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 15, Moldova's
intelligence agency said it has broken up a suspected extremist
Islamic group that was spreading propaganda online and whose members
had illegal weapons.
2017 Feb 15, Montenegro's
parliament voted to strip two pro-Russian opposition MPs of their
immunity over alleged involvement in a foiled coup last October, but
a prosecutor ruled the pair would not be arrested.
2017 Feb 15, Tropical storm
Dineo hit the coastline of Mozambique. At least two people were
killed and in and further casualties were expected.
2017 Feb 15, North Korean
officials spent hours trying to talk Malaysia out of conducting an
autopsy on Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, who was murdered at
Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13.
2017 Feb 15, In northwestern
Pakistan two suicide bombings killed at least six people in Peshawar
following an almost three-month-long lull in the volatile region.
(AP, 2/15/17)(AFP, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 15, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte supported his environment minister's
decision to cancel nearly a third of contracts for undeveloped
mines, saying it was based on law.
2017 Feb 15, In Serbia several
thousand people joined renewed protests in Belgrade over the shady
demolition last year in an area marked for a United Arab
Emirates-financed real estate project.
2017 Feb 15, UAE state media
said Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, its ambassador to Afghanistan,
has died of wounds sustained in a January 10 bombing in Kandahar
that also killed five other UAE officials.
2017 Feb 15, The UN children's
agency launched a $110 million appeal to help two million acutely
malnourished children across Sudan, including hundreds of thousands
living in conflict areas.
2017 Feb 15, Pope Francis
insisted that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any
economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that
conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a
$3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.
2017 Feb 15, Venezuela
suspended CNN in Spanish after a report by the network alleging
government workers sold passports to members of a Middle East terror
(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 15, In Yemen at least
one Saudi-led airstrike in Arhab, 25 miles from the rebel-held
capital of Sanaa, killed at least five people.
2017 Feb 16, A number of US
cities held “A Day Without Immigrants" actions in response to Pres.
Trump’s policy on immigration.
(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A7)
2017 Feb 16, A jury convicted
former Georgia National Guard sergeant of fatally shooting an
off-duty police officer outside a restaurant in Griffin nearly three
years ago. Michael Bowman faced a possible death sentence following
the Troup County jury's verdict in the May 31, 2014, killing of
Griffin police officer Kevin Jordan.
2017 Feb 16, Parts of Maine and
New Hampshire received more than a foot of wet, heavy snow.
Eastport, Maine, recorded 69 inches of snow over a 10-day period.
Andover, Maine, had 79 inches of snow on the ground, the 2nd highest
level recorded in the state.
(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 16, In Texas Harris
County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that Houston would
decriminalize possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana,
beginning March 1.
2017 Feb 16, In Afghanistan at
least 12 civilians were killed and three others wounded when their
vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the eastern Paktika province. The
Islamic State group launched an attack on security posts killing 17
soldiers in the Dih Bala district in eastern Nangarhar province.
Soldiers reportedly killed 21 IS fighters.
(AP, 2/16/17)(AP, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 16, Albanian police
said they have arrested a man who allegedly had 1.25 metric tons
(1.38 tons) of dried cannabis hidden under his house. Police say the
drugs were going to be smuggled into Italy.
2017 Feb 16, In Benin four
Christian priests from an anti-voodoo cult were arrested and charged
for their suspected role in five deaths during prayers held last
month in anticipation of the end of the world.
2017 Feb 16, In southeastern
Brazil two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least nine
people and injuring 46 near the city of Teodoro Sampaio west of Sao
2017 Feb 16, China's Ministry
of Public Security said it is banning carfentanil and three similar
drugs as of March 1, closing a major regulatory loophole in the
fight to end America's opioid epidemic.
2017 Feb 16, A feud over
Cyprus' troubled history led to the abrupt halt of reunification
talks between the ethnically split island's rival leaders, with
confusion and much finger pointing over who walked out on whom.
2017 Feb 16, Egypt swore in
nine new ministers to the cabinet of PM Sherif Ismail, along with
five new governors, including the country's first female governor.
2017 Feb 16, France's
parliament approved a bill criminalizing websites that carry
purposely false information with the aim of dissuading women from
2017 Feb 16, In France the
Troadec family -- Pascal and Brigitte, both aged around 50, their
son Sebastien (21) and his sister Charlotte (18) – were last seen in
Nantes. Bloodstains found in the house in a suburb of Nantes later
matched the DNA of three of the four missing persons. On March 5 the
sister and brother-in-law of Pascal Troadec were remanded in
(AFP, 2/28/17)(AFP, 3/5/17)
2017 Feb 16, In Germany foreign
ministers from 20 of the world's leading nations (G20) met in Bonn
to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises
against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries over
the direction of US foreign policy.
2017 Feb 16, In Germany a union
representing ground staff has called on its members to go on strike
at Berlin's two airports, leading to the cancelation of some 210
2017 Feb 16, Greek authorities
seized 1.3 tons of marijuana in a truck crossing into the country
from Albania, a major illegal drugs producer.
2017 Feb 16, In Iraq a car
packed with explosives blew up in southern Baghdad, killing at least
55 people and wounding more than 60, in the deadliest such attack in
Iraq this year.
(Reuters, 2/16/17)(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 16, In Italy taxi
drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin staged wildcat strikes to protest
proposed legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing
2017 Feb 16, In Kazakhstan
Syrian government officials sat face-to-face with rebels for the
second time in three weeks, as diplomats stepped up efforts to lay
the groundwork for UN-brokered peace talks next week.
2017 Feb 16, Malaysian
authorities announced two more arrests in the Feb 13 death of Kim
Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's half-brother. Siti Aisyah (25)
of Indonesia and her boyfriend were arrested as suspects in Nam’s
2017 Feb 16, Myanmar's
government said the military has ended its four-month
counterinsurgency operation in troubled Rakhine state, where it had
been accused of rape, torture and other abuses against Muslim
Rohingya minority residents.
2017 Feb 16, NATO said it had
received a new and detailed request from Libya's UN-backed
government to train and develop its military, depleted by years of
conflict and facing an Islamist militant threat as well as division
among Libyan militias.
2017 Feb 16, Dutch artist and
illustrator Dick Bruna (89), creator of beloved children's character
Miffy the white rabbit, died in Utrecht. Miffy, the white bunny with
two dots for eyes and a cross for her mouth, was inspired by a
rabbit seen hopping around the garden during a family seaside
holiday in 1955.
2017 Feb 16, In southern
Pakistan 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated
explosives at the Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the town of
Sehwan Sharif. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 2/16/17)(AFP, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 16, Portugal's
attorney general's office said prosecutors are bringing charges of
corruption, money-laundering and forgery against Angolan Vice
President Manuel Vicente as part of an investigation in Lisbon.
Vicente is suspected of bribing a Portuguese magistrate to favor him
in two investigations.
2017 Feb 16, The Saudi Arabian
Interior Ministry said authorities have arrested 18 suspects
belonging to the Islamic State group, including bomb makers.
2017 Feb 16, In Saudi Arabia a
three-day Comic-Con event opened in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. The
festival of anime, pop art, video gaming and film-related events
attracted a largely youthful crowd of thousands. On Feb 23 the
government's General Authority for Entertainment said organizers of
the event would be penalized for an unspecified violation.
2017 Feb 16, In Somalia two
civilians were killed in an al-Shabab mortar attack outside the
presidential palace during a handover ceremony for the country's new
leader, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo.
2017 Feb 16, In Syria four
Russian servicemen were killed when they their vehicle was struck by
a roadside in the center of the country. The loss raised the total
Russian combat casualties so far in Syria's war to 27.
2017 Feb 16, A Swedish court
sentenced Haisam Omar Sakhanh (46), a Syrian refugee, to life
imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven
government troops in Syria.
2017 Feb 16, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Zimbabwe is likely to be the
country hardest hit by an outbreak of armyworms that is destroying
crops and threatening food security in southern Africa.
2017 Feb 17, The US Senate
approved former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt, a climate change
skeptic, has been an ardent critic of the agency for years.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A7)
2017 Feb 17, Craig Deare, whom
Pres. Donald Trump appointed a month ago to head the National
Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was escorted out of
the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington. A day
earlier Deare had slammed the Trump administration for its policies
on Latin America, specifically its rocky start to relations with
2017 Feb 17, A powerful Pacific
storm blew into southern California killing at least two people.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A9)
2017 Feb 17, Prof. Theodore
Lowi (b.1931), Cornell political science scholar, died in Ithaca,
NY. His books included “The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic
of the United States" (1969), “The Politics of Disorder" (1971) and
“American Government: Incomplete Conquest" (1976).
(SSFC, 2/26/17, pp.)
2017 Feb 17, In Afghanistan
Taliban forces stormed several Afghan security posts in eastern
Kunar province, killing five police officers. Taliban attacks on
security posts in Nangarhar province 17 soldiers. 21 militant
fighters were also killed.
(AP, 2/17/17)(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 17, Algeria's military
forces killed 9 more suspected extremists in an ongoing operation
around Bouira, one of the country's last Islamic militant holdouts.
2017 Feb 17, Bosnia's
prosecution office brought charges against Kemal Causevi, a former
head of the country's tax authority, over accepting close to 1
million euros ($1.1 million) in bribes to defraud the state of
customs revenue. Two men who owned several trade companies were also
2017 Feb 17, Mayor Sadiq Khan
said motorists in London who own old polluting vehicles are to be
hit with a new charge from October, two days after the EU ordered
Britain to cut air pollution.
2017 Feb 17, In Egypt at least
five soldiers were killed and two injured by a roadside bomb in the
restive Northern Sinai.
2017 Feb 17, Finnish lawmakers
rejected a petition from more than 100,000 people demanding the
repeal of a law allowing same-sex marriage effective on March 1.
2017 Feb 17, Donald Tsang (72),
a former leader of Hong Kong (2005-2012), was convicted of
corruption over a luxury apartment in mainland China intended for
2017 Feb 17, Indonesia's
national police chief said Siti Aisyah, the Indonesian woman
arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North
Korean leader's half-brother in Malaysia, was duped into thinking
she was part of a comedy show prank.
2017 Feb 17, In Iraq the
Islamic State group attacked a battalion of state-sponsored militia
southeast of Tikrit, killing at least eight militia members.
2017 Feb 17, In Iraq US-led
military coalition forces destroyed a building in the main medical
complex of western Mosul that was suspected of housing an Islamic
State command center. The IS soon disputed the assertion, saying in
an online statement that the strike killed 18 people, mostly women
and children, and wounded 47 others.
2017 Feb 17, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he would shelve his additional role as
communication minister after police questioned him over allegations
he negotiated a deal for good press coverage with a newspaper owner.
2017 Feb 17, In Kazakhstan
seven army soldiers died in an avalanche in the ex-Soviet republic's
southern mountains. Rescuers saved 16 other soldiers who had been
trapped by the avalanche.
2017 Feb 17, Malaysian police
arrested a North Korean man, identified as Ri Jong Chol (b.1970), in
connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged
half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Malaysia performed
a second autopsy on Nam after the first proved inconclusive and a
diplomatic spat over his body escalated.
(Reuters, 2/18/17)(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 17, In northern Mexico
five suspects and a taxi driver were killed in two shootouts between
drug cartel gunmen and marines in the border city of Reynosa.
2017 Feb 17, In Montenegro
dozens of women who braved cold weather to spend a night outside
government headquarters to protest cuts in state aid for mothers of
three or more children dispersed and agreed to meet a government
delegation next week.
2017 Feb 17, In Morocco
hundreds of migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at
Ceuta, days after Morocco warned the EU of fresh migrant trouble
following a row over a trade deal.
2017 Feb 17, Mozambique
disaster officials said Cyclone Dineo has killed seven people,
injured 55 and affected hundreds of thousands across southern
2017 Feb 17, Nigerian troops
and civilian self-defense fighters repelled multiple suicide bombers
in Maiduguri. Nine bombers and two civilians were reported killed.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 17, North Korea said
it would "categorically reject" the post mortem conducted by
Malaysia on one of its citizens who died in Kuala Lumpur this week,
and demanded that the body of Kim Jong Nam be released immediately.
2017 Feb 17, Pakistani forces
said they had killed more than 100 "terrorists" after 88 people died
in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a Sufi shrine
which stoked fears of a fresh surge in militancy.
2017 Feb 17, In Peru a gunman
killed five people and injured nine at a shopping center in Lima.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.30)
2017 Feb 17, The Philippines'
former justice secretary, a senator and prominent critic of
President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown, was charged
by prosecutors accusing her of receiving bribes from detained drug
lords. Sen. Leila de Lima denied the charges. When she was a top
human rights official, de Lima tried unsuccessfully to have Duterte
prosecuted when he was still a city mayor for unlawful deaths
occurring during his deadly anti-drug crackdown.
2017 Feb 17, Polish
environmental groups filed a complaint with the European Union
against national and local authorities for failing to fight lethal
levels of smog. Antiquated coal-fired power plants generate nearly
all of Poland's electricity, giving it some of the most toxic air in
the 28-member EU. Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said
pollution does not shorten people's lives.
(AFP, 2/17/17)(Reuters, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 17, South Korean
authorities arrested Lee Jae-yong (48) a vice-chairman at Samsung
Electronics, for alleged bribes worth $36 million to win government
support for a smooth company leadership transition and a contentious
merger of two Samsung companies.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 17, South Sudan's
labor minister Gabriel Duop Lam resigned and declared allegiance to
rebel leader Riek Machar, making him the second top official to quit
in the war-torn country this week.
2017 Feb 17, In South Sudan
Khalid Ono Loki, the former head of military courts, resigned
alleging corruption and a military fractured along ethnic lines. It
is the third top official in a week to leave while criticizing the
government of President Salva Kiir.
2017 Feb 17, The Spanish
government said it had approved the extradition of 269 "Chinese
citizens" as part of a year-long investigation into an Internet
fraud ring operated from several Spanish cities, including Madrid
2017 Feb 17, Spain‘s Princess
Cristina was found not guilty of being an accessory to fraud but her
husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in
2017 Feb 17, Thailand’s PM
Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that a government committee has approved
construction of an 800-megawatt coal power plant near pristine
beaches on the Andaman Sea.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 17, Turkey's military
said it was close to taking Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State, but a
war monitor said the jihadists still controlled 90 percent of the
town itself and that shelling and air strikes had killed dozens of
civilians in recent days. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
Turkish shelling and air strikes had killed 45 civilians, including
18 children, during the past 48 hours.
2017 Feb 17, In Turkey
publishers closed down Girgir magazine, established in 1972 and a
once top-selling satirical magazine, following a Moses cartoon that
was deemed to be offensive to Jews and Muslims.
2017 Feb 17, In Turkey a car
bomb exploded near the lodgings of judges and prosecutors in the
mainly Kurdish town of Viransehir in Sanliurfa province. 26 people
were soon detained following the attack.
2017 Feb 17, Uganda warned that
its resources are strained by the more than 400,000 refugees who
have poured into the country in recent months from South Sudan's
2017 Feb 17, The UN World
Meteorological Organization said the extent of sea ice in the Arctic
and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, while
concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a January
2017 Feb 18, Omar Abdel Rahman
(b.1938), the Egyptian jihadist spiritual leader linked to the 1993
World Trade Center bombing, died at the Federal correction Complex
in Butner, N.C., While serving a life sentence.
(AFP, 2/18/17)(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A10)
2017 Feb 18, Clyde Stubblefield
(73), a former drummer for James Brown, died in Madison, Wis. His
short solo on Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer" was sampled on
more than 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat on for countless
(SFC, 2/20/17, pp.)
2017 Feb 18, In Argentina a
passenger bus has flipped over on an Andean highway, killing 19 of
the 42 people aboard.
2017 Feb 18, In Belgium one
person died and 27 were injured, three seriously, when a train
derailed shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels.
2017 Feb 18, China announced
that it will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea
for the rest of this year (including coal for which customs
applications have been made but not yet processed). China will
suspend all imports of coal from North Korea starting Feb. 19 as
part of its efforts to implement UN sanctions against the country.
(AFP, 2/18/17)(Reuters, 2/19/17)
2017 Feb 18, Thousands of
Gambians gathered at Independence Stadium to witness the official
inauguration of President Adama Barrow and celebrate the country’s
independence anniversary. Barrow said orders have already been given
for all those detained without trial to be released.
2017 Feb 18, In western
Guatemala an 83-year-old woman and her disabled son were murdered in
Flores Costa Cuca, prompting calls for the army to patrol the
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.30)
2017 Feb 18, Kenyan officials
said police have arrested two Kenyans who were deported from Turkey
on suspicion of training with the Islamic State organization in
2017 Feb 18, Tens of thousands
of Malaysians rallied in Kuala Lumpur to support the adoption of a
strict Islamic penal code, a proposal religious minorities fear
could infringe their rights.
2017 Feb 18, Pakistani
authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan,
halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and
increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody
suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan.
2017 Feb 18, In the Philippines
thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in Manila for a "show of
force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in
President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.
2017 Feb 18, The Kremlin
announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order
for Russia to recognize passports and other documents issued by
separatist rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine. Russian lawmaker,
Vladimir Dzhabarov, said the measure does not formally recognize the
rebel authorities as legitimate.
2017 Feb 18, Russia's Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said after meeting with his Ukrainian, German
and French counterparts in Munich that a Feb. 20 ceasefire between
Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists has been agreed.
2017 Feb 18, In Saudi Arabia
one person was killed and three others injured as a result of an
Aramco oil pipeline leak in the east of the kingdom.
2017 Feb 18, South African
President Jacob Zuma (74) said that the state's anti-graft agency,
the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), was owed almost 390 million
rand ($30 million) by government departments and called on them to
repay the debt.
2017 Feb 18, In Spain thousands
of protesters marched in Barcelona to demand that Spain's
conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees
from war-torn countries like Syria. Spain has taken in just 1,100
refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to accept.
2017 Feb 18, Sri Lankan police
arrested an army officer and two soldiers over the alleged
abduction, assault and illegal detention of journalist Keith Noyahr
in 2008, during the war against separatist rebels.
2017 Feb 18, Syrian warplanes
bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, killing at least
two people and raising the death toll from nearly two weeks of air
strikes there to more than 20. Warplanes also hit
insurgent-controlled areas in Deraa in southern Syria during a
series of heavy raids over the last day.
2017 Feb 18, In northern Syria
a US-backed predominantly Kurdish force captured the village of
Jawees in an ongoing move to close in on the Islamic State de facto
capital of Raqqa.
(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 18, Taiwan said it
"deeply regrets" a Feb 17 decision by the Spanish government to
deport to China around 200 Taiwanese nationals suspected of telecom
2017 Feb 18, Hundreds of
Venezuelans marched to demand the release of opposition leader
Leopoldo Lopez, the annual demonstration taking on added urgency
after President Donald Trump met with the activist's wife and his
administration slapped drug sanctions on the country's vice
2017 Feb 19, In Florida a
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched space station supplies
from NASA’s launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
(SFC, 2/20/17, p.A7)
2017 Feb 19, In Massachusetts
hundreds scientists, environmental activists and their supporters
rallied in Boston to protest what they see as increasing threats to
science and research in the US.
(SFC, 2/20/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 19, In Abu Dhabi
Australia's Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne and Sheikh
Mohammed, who is also Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed
Forces, met on the sidelines of the biennial International Defence
Exhibition and Conference (IDEX). The two agreed to consider a
10-year defense plan that could include more than 1 billion
Australian dollars ($767 million) in sales to the UAE.
2017 Feb 19, In Colombia a
bombing in Bogota killed a police officer and seriously wounded
several others. ELN rebels later claimed responsibility.
2017 Feb 19, Ecuador held
elections choosing between a candidate who vowed to continue
President Rafael Correa's populist platform or one of several more
conservative contenders who pledge to attack corruption and cut
taxes to stimulate the Andean nation's flagging economy. Ruling
party leftist Lenin Moreno was just shy of a first-round victory and
faced ex-banker Guillermo Lasso in a runoff on April 2.
(AP, 2/19/17)(SFC, 2/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 19, French activists
demonstrated in Paris and other cities against corruption amid a
presidential campaign marked by a fake jobs investigation and other
2017 Feb 19, Gambian police
arrested 51 people in a former stronghold of ex-president Yahya
Jammeh for harassing followers of new leader Adama Barrow, amid
lingering tensions following Jammeh's flight into exile.
2017 Feb 19, Thousands of
Georgians rallied in the capital in support of Rustavi-2, the
country's opposition-minded television station, that they suspect is
about to be transferred to a more government-friendly owner.
2017 Feb 19, In Iraq US-backed
Iraqi forces launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State
militants from their remaining stronghold in western Mosul. Save the
Children warned that around 350,000 children are trapped in western
(Reuters, 2/19/17)(AFP, 2/19/17)
2017 Feb 19, Italy's ex-prime
minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the center-left Democratic
Party (PD), triggering a leadership battle as the country's ruling
party grapples with the threat of a split.
2017 Feb 19, Kuwait's supreme
court sentenced a top bureaucrat to 10 years in jail for joining and
fighting with the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.
2017 Feb 19, Malaysian police
said four North Korean suspects in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the
estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, fled
Malaysia on the day he was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport and
apparently killed by a fast-acting poison.
2017 Feb 19, The Mongolian
government and envoys from the International Monetary Fund said that
they and other partners have agreed on terms for a more than $5
billion loan package to the north Asian country to help get its
economy back on track. The IMF agreed to lend Mongolia $440 million
over three years to help it avoid default and rebuild its reserves.
(AP, 2/19/17)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.32)
2017 Feb 19, Hamas military
courts in Gaza sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly
spying for Israel and upheld the sentences of three others.
2017 Feb 19, The Philippines'
Bureau of Immigration arrested Cody Dean Turner. The convicted
American pedophile, wanted by US authorities for a string of crimes,
will be deported for being an undocumented and undesirable alien.
2017 Feb 19, In Somalia a car
bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu, killing 39 people and
injuring around 50.
2017 Feb 19, In Sri Lanka at
least 11 people were killed and 24 others rescued after the boat
they were traveling in capsized off of the southwestern coast.
2017 Feb 19, Syrian government
forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus's outskirts,
pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16
2017 Feb 19, The United Arab
Emirates (UAE) awarded 4.5 billion dirhams ($1.2 billion) in
military procurement deals, part of a total of 20 billion dirhams
worth of purchases it expects to make at an arms fair this week.
2017 Feb 19, The United Arab
Emirates' main state oil company said it has signed a deal giving
China National Petroleum Company an 8 percent stake in a major
onshore oil project. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said CNPC
will pay an initial $1.77 billion for the concession operated by the
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations, also known as
2017 Feb 20, US Pres. Donald
Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security
advisor to succeed the disgraced Mike Flynn.
(SFC, 2/21/17, p.A4)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.22)
2017 Feb 20, Angola's likely
next president Joao Lourenco declared war on graft in the
notoriously corrupt country, as he starts to shape his public image
ahead of elections due in August.
2017 Feb 20, Bangladesh's
foreign minister called on the international community on to address
Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, tens of
thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its
mainly Buddhist neighbor.
2017 Feb 20, In France Vjeran
Tomic (49), a criminal known as "Spiderman," was jailed for eight
years for stealing five paintings in 2010 worth 100 million euros
($106 million) from a Paris museum.
2017 Feb 20, Greece agreed to
compromise on new bailout reforms in a bid to break a deadlock with
its EU-IMF creditors that has sparked fears of a new Grexit crisis.
Greece agreed to legislate new reforms to come into effect in 2019.
In return, Greece's creditors agreed to send their bailout
inspectors back to Athens next week for further talks to complete a
long overdue review of Greece's progress in its bailout program.
(AFP, 2/20/17)(AP, 2/24/17)
2017 Feb 20, Police in Guinea
fired tear gas as hundreds of students armed with stones and sticks
demonstrated in Conakry over strikes by teachers that have blocked
them from going to classes for weeks. The government late today
signed an agreement with the country's two largest teachers' unions,
ending strikes that closed schools since the beginning of the month.
Teachers would have to wait until September for salary increases.
(AP, 2/20/17)(AP, 2/21/17)
2017 Feb 20, Iraqi forces
backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern
Mosul and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold
in the city's west bank.
2017 Feb 20, Jamal al-Harith
(50), a former Guantanamo Bay detainee released in 2004, died in a
suicide bomb attack on Iraqi-led coalition forces near Mosul. He was
a Muslim convert from Manchester, England, born as Ronald Fiddler.
(http://tinyurl.com/zjw8622)(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 20, At least 74 bodies
of African migrants washed ashore in western Libya, the latest
tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking
route to Europe.
2017 Feb 20, In Libya 13
African migrants suffocated inside a shipping container while being
transported over four days from the central town of Bani Walid to
Khoms. The dead were among 69 migrants, many from Mali, who were
packed into the container.
2017 Feb 20, In Morocco more
than 350 migrants stormed the Spanish border at Ceuta, days after
one of the largest rush of arrivals over the frontier in more than a
2017 Feb 20, Norway said it has
joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to
replace shortfalls left by US President Donald Trump's ban on
US-funded groups worldwide providing information on abortion.
2017 Feb 20, Pakistani
airstrikes killed "dozens" of militants in the Wucha Bibi area of
North Waziristan along the Afghan border.
2017 Feb 20, Philippine retired
policeman, Arturo Lascanas, said that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte had
operated a "Davao death squad".
2017 Feb 20, Portugal's
government says it has paid back to the IMF half the money it
received from the institution as part of a bailout in 2011.
2017 Feb 20, A Portuguese court
ordered police to extradite former CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa to
Italy, where she is due to serve a four-year prison sentence. De
Sousa was among 26 Americans convicted for kidnapping suspect Osama
Moustafa Hassan Nas, also known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street on
Feb. 17, 2003.
2017 Feb 20, Vitaly Churkin,
Russia's envoy to the United Nations, died suddenly in New York, one
day before turning 65.
2017 Feb 20, South Sudan
declared famine in some parts of the country, with more than three
years of war leaving nearly five million hungry in what aid groups
called a "man-made" tragedy.
2017 Feb 20, Syrian government
forces escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining
shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message"
just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva. At least 7 people
were reported killed.
2017 Feb 20, In northern Syria
11 members of the same family were killed on as Turkey-backed Syrian
rebels advanced on the town of Al-Bab held by Islamic State
2017 Feb 20, Turkey dismissed
227 more judges and prosecutors as part of investigations into last
July's failed coup, meaning close to 4,000 members of the judiciary
have now been purged.
2017 Feb 20, In Uganda the
African Gold Refiner, primarily owned by a Belgian investor, was
launched amid concerns about the source of its minerals.
2017 Feb 20, Ukraine's military
accused pro-Moscow rebels of breaking a new ceasefire deal barely
hours after it came into effect, as Western powers warned Russia
over its actions in the former Soviet state. One soldier was killed
and another wounded in fighting in the country's separatist east
despite the new truce that started at midnight.
2017 Feb 21, The
Washington-based Syria Institute accused the Syrian government of
depopulating Sunni-majority areas in Homs as it fights to
consolidate its power.
2017 Feb 21, In California
former Kenneth Arrow (95), a former Stanford professor and Nobel
prize winner in economics (1972), died at his home in Palo Alto.
(SFC, 2/22/17, p.A12)
2017 Feb 21, A federal judge
ruled that Texas cannot cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned
Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by antiabortion
activists in 2015.
(SFC, 2/22/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 21, Restaurant Brands,
created by the 2014 merger of Burger King and Tim Horton, said it is
buying fried chicken chain Popeyes for $1.8 billion.
(SFC, 2/22/17, p.C2)
2017 Feb 21, Yahoo announced a
$350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to
Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal
information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.
2017 Feb 21, Kenneth Arrow
(b.1921), 1972 Nobel Prize winning American economist, died.
(Econ, 3/4/17, p.62)
2017 Feb 21, In Australia a
light plane crashed into a shopping mall shortly after takeoff in
the city of Melbourne. The Australian pilot and four American
tourists were killed including Russell Munsch, a founding Texas law
firm partner who had litigated some of the most prominent bankruptcy
cases in the US.
2017 Feb 21, An Austrian court
approved a US extradition request for Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro
Firtash, suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian
2017 Feb 21, Azerbaijan's Pres.
Ilham Aliyev (55) appointed his wife Mehriban (52) as the first vice
president of the, the person next in line in the nation's power
2017 Feb 21, Bahraini lawmakers
voted to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in
military courts. Between February 9 and February 19, police arrested
20 residents of Shiite villages, aged between 20 and 65 and
including four women, in what the government described as a
crackdown on "terror cells".
(AP, 2/21/17)(AFP, 2/22/17)
2017 Feb 21, Chinese police and
media reports said a prefecture in restive Xinjiang region has
ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software.
An official said the policy was needed so that drivers "can be
tracked wherever they go" and residents had until June 30 to comply.
2017 Feb 21, Authorities in
southwest Germany authorized a ban on older diesel cars from driving
in the city of Stuttgart starting next year.
2017 Feb 21, Ghana's President
Nana Akufo-Addo said that he inherited an economy reeling from huge
fiscal deficits, rising inflation and high unemployment despite an
IMF program designed to stimulate growth.
2017 Feb 21, Israeli Sergeant
Elor Azaria, who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian
assailant on March 24, 2016, was sentenced to 18 months'
imprisonment, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage
after one of the most divisive trials in Israel's history.
2017 Feb 21, Investigating
magistrates in Italy froze millions of euros worth of assets
belonging to prominent banker Giampietro Nattino, who they believe
used the Vatican bank and another Holy See financial department for
2017 Feb 21, Thousands of
Italian taxi drivers protesting legislation they say will favor Uber
clashed with riot police, intensifying a weeklong cab strike that
has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin.
2017 Feb 21, The Mexican
Institute of Industrial Property, or IMPI for its initials in
Spanish, approved three Trump trademarks. A fourth was granted last
Oct. 6, about a month before the US election. The new approvals,
valid through 2026, list the trademark owner as the company DTTM
Operations LLC, with an address in the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue
in New York.
2017 Feb 21, Dutch lawmakers
voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, a move
that could bring to an end a key paradox of the relaxed Dutch policy
on marijuana and hashish.
2017 Feb 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a group of suicide bombers with grenades and assault rifles
struck outside a courthouse, killing six people in the town of Tangi
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The attack was claimed by a Taliban
2017 Feb 21, Philippine Senator
Leila de Lima, a staunch critic of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, urged the
Cabinet to declare the president unfit to rule, describing him as a
"sociopathic serial killer" because of his war on drugs and
allegations he once ran a hit squad.
2017 Feb 21, Romanian MPs voted
to definitively shelve a controversial decree that had sought to
water down anti-corruption legislation but ended up unleashing the
nation's biggest protests in a quarter-century.
2017 Feb 21, In South Africa
Susan Howarth died, two days after an attack at her farm. Her
British husband, Robert Lynn, survived and has said he was burned
with a blowtorch and slashed with a knife by assailants demanding
money. Three suspects were being held without bail. Their next court
appearance was set for March 10.
2017 Feb 21, Swedish police
began investigating a riot that broke out overnight in a
predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested
a suspect on drug charges.
2017 Feb 21, In Turkey Figen
Yuksekdag, the co-chair of the opposition pro-Kurdish party, lost
her seat in parliament after an appeals court confirmed her
conviction on terrorism-related charges. The party has appealed to
the European Court of Human Rights seeking the lawmakers' release,
so that they may be allowed to campaign ahead of a referendum on
expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.
2017 Feb 21, Ukraine's Pres.
Petro Poroshenko called for new sanctions against Russia over its
decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in
eastern Ukraine, while the Kremlin accused Ukraine of denying vital
documents to people in the rebel regions.
2017 Feb 21, UNICEF said nearly
1.4 million children are at "imminent risk" of death in famines in
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
2017 Feb 22, The US Supreme
Court sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a
patent infringement case that limits the international reach of US
patent laws. The justices ruled unanimously that the company's
shipment of a single part of a patented invention for assembly in
another country did not violate patent laws.
2017 Feb 22, More than 6,000
e-mails were made public that showed close ties between Scott
Pruitt, the new administrator of the EPA, with major oil and gas
producers, electric utilities and political groups tied to the Koch
brothers and their efforts to roll back environmental regulations
during Pruitt’s tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma.
(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 22, In Kansas a
racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar
left Srinivas Kuchibhotla of India dead and two other men
hospitalized. Adam Purinton (51) used "racial slurs" before he
opened fire as patrons of Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe watched
the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television. Ian
Grillot (24) ran at the gunman to stop him from fleeing and was shot
in the hand and chest. On June 9 a federal grand jury indicted
Purinton on hate crime charges. On August 8, 2018, Purinton was
sentenced to three consecutive life terms.
(AP, 2/24/17)(SFC, 3/29/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 6/11/17,
p.A11)(SFC, 8/8/18, p.A4)
2017 Feb 22, In North Dakota
opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline burned structures in their
camp near Cannon Ball as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a
government deadline to get off of federal property.
(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 22, A navigation error
forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space
Station (ISS), following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA's
historic moon pad. The delivery was completed the next day.
(AP, 2/22/17)(SFC, 2/24/17, p.A12)
2017 Feb 22, Amnesty Int’l.
released a 408-page annual report of rights abuses and named US
Pres. Donald Trump, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Turkish Pres. Recep
Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte among leaders
“wielding a toxic agenda" that dehumanizes entire groups of people.
(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 22, The British
government announced that Cressida Dick (56) is to be commissioner
of the Metropolitan Police, making her the first woman to serve as
Britain's most senior police officer.
2017 Feb 22, Ian Stewart, the
partner of British children's author Helen Bailey, was convicted of
killing her and dumping her body in a cesspool in a financially
motivated murder. The body of Bailey (51) was found last July in a
cesspool under the garage of the home she shared with Stewart. The
next day Stewart was sentenced to at least 34 years in prison.
(AP, 2/22/17)(AP, 2/23/17)
2017 Feb 22, A British national
was arrested at a London airport on suspicion of staging a
cyber-attack on Deutsche Telekom last November that knocked around a
million German households offline.
2017 Feb 22, China announced
plans to have 50,000 football academies by 2025 as part of an
ambitious blueprint to grow into a soccer superpower.
2017 Feb 22, The government of
CongoDRC said that it was opening an investigation after video this
month showed soldiers massacring civilians in central Kasai
(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 22, In Egypt militants
killed a Coptic Christian man and burned his son alive, then dumped
their bodies on a roadside in el-Arish. Three other Christians in
Sinai were killed earlier, either in drive-by shootings or with
militants storming their homes and shops.
2017 Feb 22, France and Germany
won backing from the European Union's executive for proposals to
tighten security across Europe, which include giving more powers to
governments to monitor frontiers with other EU states.
2017 Feb 22, Haiti’s President
Jovenel Moise and two legislative leaders agreed upon the nomination
of Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant as prime minister.
2017 Feb 22, Iraq's
government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite
militiamen, launched a new push to capture villages west of the city
of Mosul from Islamic State militants.
2017 Feb 22, In Niger at least
15 soldiers were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists near the
village of Interzawane close to the border with Mali.
(SFC, 2/24/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 22, In northeastern
Nigeria at least seven soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack
on military positions in the town of Gajiram.
2017 Feb 22, Pakistan said it
will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in
the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of PM Nawaz Sharif
had long rejected because of opposition among its Islamist
2017 Feb 22, In Puerto Rico
thousands of public university students went on strike to protest
looming budget cuts amid a deep economic crisis.
2017 Feb 22, Federal officials
in Puerto Rico indicted three doctors and the owner of a medical
equipment company in a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.
2017 Feb 22, Russia's highest
court overturned the conviction of Ildar Dadin, a jailed opposition
activist, and ordered him released more than a year after he was
sent to prison. In December 2015 became the first person to be
convicted of breaking a new law against protesters.
2017 Feb 22, Russia
successfully launched a cargo ship to the International Space
Station (ISS) from Kazakhstan.
2017 Feb 22, Somalia's new
Pres. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was inaugurated, promising his
people that the era of al Shabaab and other Islamist militant groups
was over. He called on al Shabaab's thousands of fighters to
surrender, promising them "a good life" if they did.
2017 Feb 22, A South African
court ruled that the government's decision to withdraw from the
International Criminal Court (ICC) without parliament's approval was
2017 Feb 22, The Syrian army
and its allies took a small district on the outskirts of Aleppo from
2017 Feb 22, Turkey’s defense
ministry officials said they will allow female soldiers to wear a
headscarf with their uniforms, marking a symbolic shift for a
military that has traditionally seen itself as a guardian of state
2017 Feb 22, In Geneva WTO
Director-General Roberto Azevedo said that the required two-thirds
of member states have ratified the first multilateral trade
agreement reached under the World Trade Organization since it was
created over a generation ago.
2017 Feb 22, Yemen's President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi said that Saudi Arabia has earmarked $10
billion in aid for the reconstruction of provinces retaken from
Shiite Huthi rebels.
2017 Feb 22, In Yemen Major
General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei, second-in-command of Yemen’s army, was
killed outside the strategic the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha when
a missile fired by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement hit an army
2017 Feb 23, President Donald
Trump said he wants to ensure the US nuclear arsenal is at the "top
of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its
2017 Feb 23, It was reported
that agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) in southern Virginia had used shadowy cigarette
sales to funnel millions of dollars into a secret bank account to
finance undercover investigations and pay informants in an effort to
catch cigarette smugglers.
(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A12)
2017 Feb 23, Albania's main
opposition Democratic party boycotted parliament in their street
protest calling for free and fair elections, saying they don't trust
the left-wing government to hold the June 18 parliamentary elections
fairly and want a caretaker cabinet instead.
2017 Feb 23, Albanian police
said they have launched a nationwide operation to try to prevent the
planting of cannabis.
2017 Feb 23, Australia's
highest-paid public servant announced his resignation, two weeks
after the revelation that he made 5.6 million Australian dollars
($4.3 million) last year sparked a public furor and created a
political headache for the government. Lebanese-born former banker
Ahmed Fahour said he was leaving because Australia Post had
transformed from a traditional mail service to a parcel and
e-commerce business during his seven years at the helm.
2017 Feb 23, Storm Doris
slammed into the British Isles causing flight disruptions at
Europe's busiest air hub and train cancellations. One person was
2017 Feb 23, A Cambodian court
sentenced prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny to 2 1/2 years in
prison on charges of committing violence at a protest she helped
lead outside of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence in March 2013.
Vanny said all the protesters in the incident were women, and were
so weakened by a long walk to the prime minister's house that they
were in no shape to beat up government security forces, and in fact
were beaten by them.
2017 Feb 23, Congo's army said
has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they
re-entered the country's east. Fighting near Rutshuru began a day
earlier and by today the army had captured 68 former M23 rebels and
39 others surrendered.
2017 Feb 23, In Egypt suspected
Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian man and stabbed his
daughter to death inside his home in el-Arish, northern Sinai, the
seventh such killing in a month's time in the restive region.
2017 Feb 23, Hundreds of French
high-school students staged an unauthorized anti-police rally,
blocking the entrances to a dozen schools in Paris in the latest in
a series of protests over the Feb 2 alleged rape of a young black
man with a police baton.
2017 Feb 23, Iraqi forces
thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist
stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran
the region in 2014.
2017 Feb 23, An Israeli court
ordered Nael Barghouti, a senior Hamas member, to complete his life
sentence, after the man was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of
inmates for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas.
2017 Feb 23, An Israeli fighter
jet shot down a drone belonging to the Islamist group Hamas that had
taken off from the Gaza Strip.
2017 Feb 23, In the disputed
region of Kashmir three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed when
rebels ambushed soldiers in the southern Shopian area.
2017 Feb 23, In Libya fighting
erupted between two rival armed groups in eastern Tripoli after one
accused the other of kidnapping four of its members.
2017 Feb 23, The Mexican
government made clear to visiting US emissaries that it will not
accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances.
2017 Feb 23, The International
Boundary and Water Commission notified the Tijuana State Public
Service Commission of a sewage spill from Mexico's Tijuana River. US
officials believed it had started at least two weeks earlier and
dumped roughly 143 million gallons (541 million liters) of sewage
into the Pacific Ocean. The spill polluted 20 miles (32 km) of
coastland from the areas of Rosarito in Mexico to Coronado in
2017 Feb 23, In Pakistan an
explosion in a building under construction ripped through a market
in an upscale neighborhood in Lahore, killing ten people. Officials
later said it was most probably an accident caused by a gas leak,
not a bomb.
(AP, 2/23/17)(Reuters, 2/24/17)
2017 Feb 23, In the Philippines
an arrest warrant was issued for Senator Leila de Lima (57), but she
dodged police and sought refuge in the Senate. She has spent nearly
a decade trying to link Duterte to death squads that have allegedly
killed thousands of people.
2017 Feb 23, The South African
government called for calm after a wave of xenophobic violence in
which dozens of shops and houses owned by immigrants have been
torched and looted.
2017 Feb 23, Spain's National
Court has sentenced Rodrigo Rato, a former head of the International
Monetary Fund, to 4 ½ years in prison for misusing a Spanish bank's
corporate credit card during his 2010-12 leadership of Bankia.
2017 Feb 23, Syrian jets bombed
rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Deraa and Hama provinces and insurgents
fired rockets at government targets, just as peace talks were set to
resume in Geneva.
2017 Feb 23, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters were still present in
parts of Al-Bab and that rebels were in control of less than half of
it. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said they had fully captured the
town of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat
for the jihadists after weeks of heavy fighting.
2017 Feb 23, Syrian peace talks
under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva, 10
months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn
country. The UN's Syria envoy met rival negotiators, but even
getting them into the same room appeared uncertain as hopes remained
slim for a breakthrough.
(AP, 2/23/17)(AFP, 2/23/17)
2017 Feb 23, UN aid agencies
and donor countries gathered in Oslo for a two-day meeting to raise
emergency aid for millions of people threatened by famine in the
Lake Chad region, which comprises northeast Nigeria, northern
Cameroon, western Chad and southeast Niger.
2017 Feb 24, In Afghanistan at
least 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander were
killed in an ambush by Islamic States group militants in northern
2017 Feb 24, In Bangladesh
thousands of people marched in Dhaka to demand a Lady Justice
statue, installed last December, be removed from the Supreme Court
complex. Islamists oppose idol worship and consider the Lady Justice
2017 Feb 24, Revelers across
Brazil began Carnival celebrations, taking to the streets to dance,
drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic
angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.
2017 Feb 24, Egyptian airport
officials said that authorities are more than doubling the cost of
entry visas for foreign visitors starting next week. It was reported
that inflation reached almost 30 percent in January, up five percent
over the previous month, driven by the floatation of the Egyptian
pound and slashing of fuel subsidies enacted by President
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in November.
2017 Feb 24, France's centrist
presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (39) gave the first clear
outlines of his economic program, promising a mix of public spending
cuts and fresh investment to stimulate sluggish growth.
2017 Feb 24, Guatemala's
immigration office ordered the expulsion of a ship run by a Dutch
nonprofit organization that performs free abortions onboard in
international waters. The ship, operated by Women on Waves, travels
the globe offering abortion services to women in countries where the
procedure is illegal.
2017 Feb 24, Guyana said it is
investigating allegations that the Chinese embassy has been using
its diplomatic status to bring in tax-free goods from China and
distribute them to local merchants.
2017 Feb 24, Iraq's PM Haider
al-Abbadi said he had ordered the Iraqi air force to strike Islamic
State positions inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks
2017 Feb 24, Iraqi forces
entered west Mosul neighborhoods, a key stronghold in the shrinking
"caliphate" of the Islamic State group, which replied with deadly
suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria.
2017 Feb 24, Italian police
said nearly 100 staff at the Loreto Mare hospital in Naples have
been questioned in connection with a widespread absenteeism scandal,
including a doctor who skived off to play tennis.
2017 Feb 24, Malaysian police
said sometime in the hours after poisoning Kim Jong Nam, the
half-brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began
to vomit. It was apparently an early indication of the immensely
powerful toxin that was used in the killing: the chemical warfare
2017 Feb 24, In Norway fourteen
donor countries, with the US conspicuously absent, pledged $672
million in emergency aid for people threatened by famine after eight
years of Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad region, but the sum is
just a fraction of what the UN says is needed.
2017 Feb 24, A Pakistani court
acquitted Mohammad Ishaq, an Islamic preacher who was sentenced to
death four years ago on charges of blasphemy. In 2013 a citizen had
accused him of claiming in conversation to actually be God.
2017 Feb 24, Hundreds of
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West
Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried
out by a far-right Jewish settler.
2017 Feb 24, Leila de Lima,
Philippine senator and staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's
war on drugs, was in police custody following her high-profile
arrest for drugs offences that she described as a vendetta that
would fail to silence her.
2017 Feb 24, Slovenia
introduced a law on same-sex partnership that grants legal rights to
gay unions but does not allow them to adopt or undergo in-vitro
2017 Feb 24, South African
police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday
as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in Pretoria,
while President Jacob Zuma condemned anti-foreigner violence and
appealed for calm. Police said 136 people had been arrested in the
past 24 hours.
2017 Feb 24, In Syria an
Islamic State car bomb killed 51 people in the village of Sousian
held by rebels. A second blast took place 2 km south of Sousian
(Reuters, 2/24/17)(AFP, 2/24/17)
2017 Feb 24, Two Turkish
soldiers were killed while clearing mines in the town of Tadef south
of al-Bab, Syria.
2017 Feb 24, In Yemen a suicide
bomber killed eight people at the entrance to the Najda Army Camp in
Zinjibar, Abyan province. Twenty rebels and six tribal fighters were
killed in heavy fighting near Walad Rabi district, Baida province.
Nine other rebels died when tribal fighters ambushed their convoy in
the Sawmaa region.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2017 Feb 26, The United States
called on Russia to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine,
accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting
2017 Feb 26, The 89th Academy
Awards were held in Hollywood. Actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty
wrongly announced the top Oscar went to "La La Land," instead of
"Moonlight," after they were handed the wrong envelope. Moonlight
was based on a semi-autobiographical play by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
(AP, 2/27/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.70)
2017 Feb 26, At the Hollywood
89th Academy Awards the film "The White Helmets," a focus on the
Syrian Civil Defense, won the best documentary award.
2017 Feb 26, In California Evin
Olsen Yadegar (46) of Modesto was shot and killed in Ripon as she
attempted to evade police officers after a low-speed chase following
a battery report. In 2018 Deputy Justin Wall was charged with felony
(http://tinyurl.com/yavdzdo6)(SFC, 7/18/18, p.D1)
2017 Feb 26, In Philadelphia a
visitor to the Jewish Mount Carmel Cemetery discovered more than 100
headstones vandalized. This came less than a week after a Jewish
cemetery in suburban St. Louis reported more than 150 headstones
(SFC, 2/27/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 26, Bill Paxton (61),
TV and film actor, died from complications due to surgery. His films
included “Apollo 13" (1995) and “Titanic" (1997).
(SFC, 2/27/17, p.D3)
2017 Feb 26, Joseph Wapner, the
California judge who presided over the TV hit “The people’s Court"
(1981-1993) died at his home in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 2/27/17, p.D3)
2017 Feb 26, In Afghanistan
Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada issued a statement
calling on Afghans to plant more trees. The Afghan Public Health
Ministry has said up to 4000 citizens die each year in Kabul due to
illnesses brought on or exacerbated by air pollution.
2017 Feb 26, In eastern Algeria
a suicide bomb attack hit a police station in the city of
Constantine. Police said two officers were injured. The Islamic
State jihadist group soon claimed responsibility.
2017 Feb 26, Australia and
Indonesia said that full military ties between the two countries had
been restored, after Indonesia’s military suspended cooperation in
January because of "insulting" teaching material found at an
2017 Feb 26, In Belarus about
3,000 people demonstrated across the country against an unpopular
new labor law that targets the unemployed. Many people were unhappy
with a so-called "anti-sponging" law that forces citizens to pay the
equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not
register with nation's labor exchanges.
2017 Feb 26, Gerald Kaufman
(86), the longest-serving lawmaker in Britain's House of Commons,
2017 Feb 26, Cambodian cabinet
spokesman Phay Siphan posted remarks on Facebook this weekend saying
US President Donald Trump's attacks on the media are an inspiration
to his own country to observe limits on freedom of expression.
2017 Feb 26, China’s police
ministry said more than 800 people have been arrested in a crackdown
on unlicensed banking operations as Beijing tries to stem outflows
of money from the country.
2017 Feb 26, Egyptian
Christians fearing attacks by Islamic State group militants fled the
volatile northern part of the Sinai Peninsula for a fourth day,
after a string of sectarian killings there sent hundreds packing and
raised accusations the government is failing to protect the
2017 Feb 26, In Germany the
bodies of a woman (76) and a man (81) were discovered dead at a
house in Koenigsdorf, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Munich. On
March 120 police said they have arrested a Polish national woman
(49) and were seeking her brother, Robert Pludowsk (43), in
connection with the killing.
2017 Feb 26, In northeastern
India at least 16 people were killed and 50 injured when a truck
taking them to a church service overturned after hitting a concrete
barricade on a highway in Meghalaya state.
2017 Feb 26, Iraqi forces
battled jihadists in west Mosul, aiming to build a floating bridge
across the Tigris to establish an important supply route linked to
the recaptured east bank.
2017 Feb 26, In Kyrgyzstan
hundreds of people protested after authorities detained a prominent
opposition leader on fraud and corruption charges that his
supporters say are politically motivated. Omurbek Tekebayev was
arrested early today after arriving at the main airport outside the
capital Bishkek on a flight from Vienna.
2017 Feb 26, In Pakistan the
show, "Pakistan First with President Musharraf", debuted on Bol TV,
a channel that recently ran afoul of government regulators when one
of its hosts was accused of hate speech. Musharraf now lived in
Dubai and faced several criminal cases at home.
2017 Feb 26, In the Philippines
13 people facing drug charges escaped from a police detention
facility in Manila after sawing through iron bars.
2017 Feb 26, Thousands of
Russians marched through Moscow shouting slogans such as "Russia
will be free!" and "Putin is war!" to mark two years since
opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.
2017 Feb 26, Russian opposition
activist Ildar Dadin was released from his jail in the remote Altai
region in southern Siberia after Russia's Supreme Court annulled his
2½-year sentence last week because of procedural violations.
2017 Feb 26, Saudi King Salman
arrived in Malaysia to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at
boosting economic ties with Asia.
2017 Feb 26, Saudi Arabia
launched a parallel equity market designed to boost small and medium
enterprises. It closed up 20 percent, the maximum allowed in a
2017 Feb 26, In Spain Chinese
telecoms giant ZTE unveiled what it said is the world's first
smartphone compatible with the lightening-fast 5G mobile internet
service on the eve of the start of the Mobile World Congress.
Networks expect to have 5G up and running by 2020.
2017 Feb 26, Shamael al-Nur
(36), a Sudanese female journalist and critic of government
policies, said that she is under fire from hardliners who have
accused her of "insulting Islam" in one of her columns. Nur has
written that Islamic regimes were increasingly busy with "matters of
virtue and women's dress rather than health and education issues".
2017 Feb 26, The Syrian army
and its allies made a sudden advance into areas held by Islamic
State in northwest Syria, as the jihadist group retreated after
losing the city of al-Bab to Turkey-backed rebels. Government
warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of
Homs, killing at least three and wounding dozens. A top al-Qaeda
official was reportedly killed in an airstrike in Idlib province.
(Reuters, 2/26/17)(AP, 2/26/17)(AP, 2/27/17)
2017 Feb 26, Syrian activists
called for the Assad government to engage in serious talks on
political transition and for the United Nations to strengthen the
fragile ceasefire as violence engulfed parts of the country.
2017 Feb 26, In northwestern
Syrian a Hellfire missile fired by a CIA drone killed senior
al-Qaeda leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri (59), a son-in-law of Osama
bin Laden, while he was riding in a car near Idlib.
(Reuters, 2/3/17)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.24)
2017 Feb 26, Pope Francis
became the first pontiff to visit an Anglican church in Rome.
2017 Feb 27, In southern
California former teacher Robert Ruben Ornelas was sentenced to 190
years in federal prison for traveling to the Philippines to have sex
with young girls and videotaping the encounters.
2017 Feb 27, In southern
California a small plane heading to San Jose crashed shortly after
taking off from Riverside Municipal Airport killing three of five
people onboard. Two homes were destroyed in the crash.
(SFC, 2/28/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 27, In Detroit, Mi.,
Japanese auto parts maker Takata pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed
to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect
blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the US.
(SFC, 2/28/17, p.D3)
2017 Feb 27, It was reported
that laboratory mice exposed to Enterovirus D68 often developed
sudden –onset paralysis in one or more limbs. The virus has hit more
than 200 US children with polio-like paralysis since 2014.
(SFC, 2/27/17, p.A1)
2017 Feb 27, An Afghan
policeman turned his rifle on his colleagues at a checkpoint in
southern Helmand province killing 11 of them before fleeing.
(SFC, 3/1/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 27, China’s latest
combat drone flew for the first time. The Wing Loong II can carry up
to 1,058 pounds of bombs and missiles. State media said it was
expected to become a leading export.
(SFC, 3/2/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 27, Egyptian police
arrested 22 people after hundreds went on a rampage in the coastal
city of Port Said to protest death sentences for 10 residents for
their part in a deadly 2012 soccer riot.
2017 Feb 27, The EU extended
its arms embargo and some targeted sanctions against Belarus for
another year after it saw insufficient progress to end them.
2017 Feb 27, EU member states
approved visa-free travel for Georgia, after agreeing safeguards to
prevent any upsurge in arrivals from the former Soviet satellite.
2017 Feb 27, Germany's Interior
Ministry said a new report showing more than 3,500 attacks in 2016
on migrants and their homes is "alarmingly high and cause for
concern." Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth said
authorities are prosecuting the crimes aggressively and the numbers
are now falling.
2017 Feb 27, A German court
convicted two illegal street racers who caused a deadly high-speed
car crash of murder and handed them life prison terms in a landmark
ruling. Hamdi H. and Marvin N. were each sentenced to maximum jail
terms for the Feb 1 tragedy near Berlin's landmark KaDeWe shopping
2017 Feb 27, Hungary said it
has begun building a second fence on its border with Serbia to stop
migrants from freely entering the country.
2017 Feb 27, Iraqi forces
pushed deeper into western Mosul, gaining control of a neighborhood
along the Tigris River and the foot of one of the city's five
bridges amid intense clashes with Islamic State militants.
2017 Feb 27, Israeli aircraft
carried out a series of strikes in Gaza, wounding at least four
people, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory hit an
empty area in southern Israel.
2017 Feb 27, Malaysian PM Najib
Razak said that oil major Saudi Aramco will invest $7 billion in a
mammoth oil processing hub in Malaysia, making it the single largest
investor in the Southeast Asian country.
2017 Feb 27, In the Philippines
four senators, who supported a staunch critic of leader Rodrigo
Duterte's war on drugs, lost important positions in the Senate.
2017 Feb 27, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants posted a video of the killing of Jurgen Kantner
(70), an elderly German captive, after a deadline for a $600,000
ransom passed. Kantner and a companion were taken captive in
November while sailing on a 53-footer yacht near Sabah.
2017 Feb 27, The Somali
government warned of a looming famine. The UN humanitarian office
said five million Somalis, out of a population of ten million, need
(SFC, 2/28/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 27, In Somalia a huge
overnight fire engulfed Mogadishu’s main market, killing at least
2017 Feb 27, South Africa
deported 97 Nigerians for various offences following a series of
raids, amid heightened bilateral tensions over anti-immigrant
violence in South Africa.
2017 Feb 27, South Korean
police said four of the eight North Koreans, identified as suspects
in the Feb 13 assassination of Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia, were agents
from North Korea’s Ministry of State Security.
(SFC, 2/28/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 27, In northwestern
Spain some 120 guests ate, drank, danced and even set off fireworks.
But when desserts arrived, they drove away in the blink of an eye,
leaving behind unpaid bills amounting to thousands of euros. On
March 7 authorities said one man from Romania has been detained as
police investigated a trail of similar incidents.
2017 Feb 27, In Sri Lanka
gunmen opened fire on a prison bus near Colombo, killing five
prisoners and two warders on their way to court in what was believed
to be a gangland dispute.
2017 Feb 27, Syrian government
or Russian airstrikes on the rebel-held Idlib province killed at
least 11 people. Government forces seized territory from the Islamic
State group on several fronts in the country's north.
(AP, 2/27/17)(AFP, 2/27/17)
2017 Feb 27, The United Nations
refugee agency said more than 31,000 South Sudanese refugees -
mostly women and children - have crossed the border into Sudan this
year, fleeing famine and conflict.
2017 Feb 27, The UN World
Health Organization (WHO) issued a list of the top dozen bacteria
most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out
of treatment options. They included Pseudomonas aeruginosa and
(AP, 2/27/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.65)
2017 Feb 28, President Donald
Trump addressed Congress for the first time, selling his policies
and laying out the case for a $54 billion boost in military spending
and cuts in domestic programs and foreign aid. “Above all we will
keep out promises to the American people." Trump called for
repealing the Affordable Care Act and slashing regulations at the
FDA. He also called for dramatic changes in immigration, education
and health care. Trump also signed an executive order mandating a
review of “Waters of the United States" (WOTUS), a rule aimed at
protecting small streams and wetland ds from development and
(AFP, 2/28/17)(SFC, 3/1/17, p.A1)(SFC, 3/1/17,
p.A5)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.24)
2017 Feb 28, US VP Mike Pence
administered the oath of office to Wilbur Ross (79), a day after the
Senate voted to confirm him as commerce secretary.
(SFC, 3/1/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 28, Tornadoes and
storms killed at least three people and destroyed homes in Illinois
and Missouri. Tornado spotters reported at least 23 twisters in
Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee and Indiana.
(Reuters, 3/1/17)(SFC, 3/2/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 28, Austria's
intelligence services confirmed a news report that they have tracked
down a US-based Turkish hacker who attacked several government
websites. A Turkish activist, identified as Arslan A., directed the
attacks from his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
2017 Feb 28, In Canada Pres.
Donald Trump’s two eldest sons attended the grand opening of their
company’s new hotel and condominium tower in Vancouver where they
were greeted by protests.
(SFC, 3/1/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 28, Chinese
authorities said that Ismael Arciniegas (72), a retired Colombian
journalist, was killed by lethal injection after a last-ditch
diplomatic effort by Colombia to save his life failed. He was
arrested in 2010 trying to smuggle four kg of cocaine into China in
exchange for $5,000.
2017 Feb 28, China and Russia
vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have imposed new
sanctions on Syria for using chemical weapons against its own
(SFC, 3/1/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 28, In Egypt top
Muslim and Christian clerics from the Middle East gathered in Cairo
for a two-day conference on promoting co-existence, as sectarian
conflict continues to ravage the region. The leading religious
authority in Sunni Islam lashed out at supporters of abortion
rights, sexual reassignment and globalization, saying they aim to
"annihilate all Abrahamic religions."
(AFP, 2/28/17)(AP, 3/1/17)
2017 Feb 28, In Germany a man
(24) killed his grandmother in Muellrose, then ran over and killed
two police officers as he fled from them in Brandenburg state. The
man was arrested short time later.
2017 Feb 28, In Iraq hundreds
of civilians fled through the desert to escape fighting and
privation in Mosul, joining thousands of others who left their homes
amid dire conditions in the city's west.
2017 Feb 28, The Italian
foreign ministry said in a statement that an inspection had found
"irregularities" in granting visas at its consulate in the Iraqi
city of Irbil and that the head of the visa section has been
replaced. Visa-seekers, including Syrians, Arab and Kurdish Iraqis,
had allegedly paid as much as 10,000 euros ($10,600) for visas
instead of the actual 90-euro ($96) fee.
2017 Feb 28, In Lebanon a
civilian was killed and four wounded in fierce clashes that rocked
Ain al-Hilweh, the country’s largest Palestinian refugee camp for
the sixth day.
2017 Feb 28, A Lithuanian court
jailed a Russian citizen and one of its own nationals for spying for
Moscow. The former Lithuanian captain pleaded guilty and was handed
a five-year sentence. The Russian citizen, who pleaded innocent, was
sentenced to 10 years and six months.
2017 Feb 28, In Malaysia oil
giant Saudi Aramco signed a $7 billion deal to take a 50 percent
stake in a mega Malaysian oil refinery project, in a pact expected
to help Saudi Arabia increase trade in Southeast Asia.
2017 Feb 28, The Philippines'
main antinarcotics agency signed an agreement with the military to
harness troops in President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug
crackdown after he barred the national police force from carrying
out the campaign to cleanse its ranks of rogue personnel.
2017 Feb 28, Somalia's new
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared a national disaster for
a drought that threatens millions of people and is creating fears of
a full-blown famine.
2017 Feb 28, South Korean
special prosecutors indicted Samsung's de facto chief on bribery,
embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that
has toppled President Park Geun-hye. Yonhap news said Samsung would
scrap its Future Strategy Office and devolve power to individual
affiliates as part of broad reforms.
(AP, 2/28/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.52)
2017 Feb 28, South Korea’s
Lotte Mart supermarket chain signed a deal allowing America to build
the THAAD anti-missile system on land owned by the company. The
company’s businesses in China were adversely affected with sudden
tax and safety inspections and a scarcity of buyers.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.41)
2017 Feb 28, Syrian government
forces and their allies from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah
reached the outskirts of Palmyra in their push to drive Islamic
State militants from the ancient town.
2017 Feb 28, The UN said nearly
1,500 children have been recruited by Yemen's warring parties,
mostly the Shiite Huthi rebels, since March 2015.
2017 Feb, The US Dept. of
Homeland Security set up the fake Univ. of Farmington in Farmington
Hills, Mi., in a sting operation to expose immigration fraud. In
2019 authorities charged eight recruiters of enlisting at least 600
people to enroll in the school to maintain student visa status and
remain in the US.
(SFC, 2/1/19, p.A9)
2017 Feb, Maryland’s highest
court ruled that people can’t be held in jail because they can’t
(Econ, 4/15/17, p.26)
2017 Feb, Two aides of
Pres. Donald Trump staged a raid on the Manhattan office of Dr.
Harold N. Bornstein, who had served as Trump's personal doctor of 36
ears. This followed an interview with the NY Times in which
Bornstein said that Trump took a drug to promote hair growth. All of
Trump's medical files, including handwritten records and printed lab
results, were removed.
(SFC, 5/2/18, p.A6)
2017 Feb, In North Carolina
officers fired at and killed Kenneth Lee Bailey (24) after he ran
from a house where officers had come to arrest him. Bailey had
violated terms of his pre-trial release on armed-robbery charges.
State criminal investigators found empty bullet shells and a handgun
near where Bailey fell. In September a prosecutor said no charges
would be filed because the officers were afraid for their lives.
(http://tinyurl.com/y77h9lzx)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb, In Wyoming a new
supercomputer began critical climate change research at the National
Center for Atmospheric Research in Cheyenne. About 70 percent of its
costs came from the National Science Foundation.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A11)
2017 Feb, Scientists reported
that the deepest ocean trenches are loaded with pollutants.
Amphilopods, a type of crustacean, captured in the Mariana trench
off Guam and the Kermadec trench off New Zealand had levels of
polychlorinated biphenyls, once widely used in electrical equipment,
that were almost off the scale.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.67)
2017 Feb, Amazon, the fifth
most valuable firm in the world, reported higher profits but lower
revenues. 92% of its value was due to profits expected after 2020.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.18)
2017 Feb, The Afghan government
announced that its forces have killed Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a
Taliban leader repeatedly captured and released by Pakistan.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.33)
2017 Feb, Brazil’s only
aircraft carrier, never battle-ready, was mothballed.
(Econ 7/8/17, p.31)
2017 Feb, Parks Canada
reintroduced a herd of plains bison to the country's oldest national
park in Banff, Alberta.
2017 Feb, A sophisticated
hacking group that pursues Chinese government interests broke into
the website of a private US trade group. The hackers left a
malicious link on web pages where members of the National Foreign
Trade Council (NFTC) register for upcoming meetings, according to
researchers at Fidelis Cybersecurity and a person familiar with the
2017 Feb, Authorities in
Democratic Republic of Congo expelled a filmmaker and researcher
working for Greenpeace following a trip to forest communities
affected by industrial logging.
2017 Feb, Egypt opened the
Rafah border crossing to the Gaza strip to commercial traffic.
(Econ, 4/22/17, p.42)
2017 Feb, Unemployment in Japan
fell to 2.8%, the lowest rate since 1994.
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.63)
2017 Feb, In Malaysia Pastor
Raymond Koh, who ran a charity that helped the underprivileged, was
kidnapped by masked men in Kuala Lumpur. In 2019 the country's human
rights commission said he was probably abducted by agents of Special
Branch, a police intelligence unit.
2017 Feb, In Mali Gloria
Cecilia Narvaez, a Colombian nun, was kidnapped by the al
Qaeda-linked Macina Liberation Front, near the border with Burkina
Faso. She was freed in 2021.
2017 Feb, Russia’s state-owned
Rosneft signed a cooperation agreement with Libya’s National Oil
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Feb, Singapore’s Supreme
Court upheld the conviction and fining of three activists who took
part in a protest about the management of the Central Provident
Fund, a compulsory savings scheme administered by the government.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.40)
2017 Feb, Trinidadian state
security officials launched intensive surveillance and monitoring of
the country's homegrown Islamist movements. Security officials and
terrorism experts believed that as many as 125 fighters and their
relatives have traveled from Trinidad and Tobago to Turkey and on to
IS-controlled areas over the last four years, making the country of
1.3 million people the largest per-capita source of IS recruits in
the Western Hemisphere.
2017 Feb, Turkish authorities
arrested Deniz Yucel, a journalist for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper,
on charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and
inciting the public to violence. Yucel, a dual Turkish and German
national, was initially detained after he reported on emails that a
leftist hacker collective had purportedly obtained from the private
account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey's energy minister and Erdogan's
2017 Feb, In Ukraine a small
group of irregulars and volunteers blocked railway traffic across
the line of control halting freight between separatist territories
and the rest of Ukraine. Pres. Poroshenko opposed the blockade but
support for it soared and the government joined them imposing a
trade and energy blockade on the occupied territories. separatists
responded by seizing control of all the coal mines and steel and
chemical plants owned by Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine richest oligarch.
(Econ 5/27/17, p.46)
2017 Feb, Uzbekistan released
Muhammad Bekjanov (63), editor of the opposition newspaper Erk,
following 18 years in prison. Bekjanov later said he was subjected
to such harsh torture that he forgot the names of his daughters, but
was kept alive by the support of human rights groups.
2017 Feb, Vatican-based
Cardinal Raymond Burke, the most outspoken critic of Pope Francis,
spent two days in Guam presiding over the trial of Archbishop
Anthony Apuron, who was accused of molesting altar boys.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.62)
2017 Feb, In Yemen Saudi and
Emirati-backed forces fought each other over control of Aden’s
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.42)
2017 Feb, Zimbabwe appealed to
international donors for $100 million to help those affected by
recent floods. Since December, southern floods have killed 246
people, injured 128 and left nearly 2,000 homeless.
2017 Mar 1, The Washington Post
reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former US senator,
received Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in his office in
September. A 2nd encounter was in July at a Heritage Foundation
event that was attended by about 50 ambassadors, during the
Republican National Convention. During sworn testimony at his Senate
confirmation hearing in January, Sessions responded to a question
from Democratic Senator Al Franken that he did not "have
communications with the Russians" during the course of the
2017 Mar 1, Former Montana Rep.
Ryan Zinke was sworn in as US interior secretary.
(SFC, 3/2/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 1, US federal
prosecutors announced racketeering charges against seven Baltimore
police officers alleging illegal stops, thefts and fake reports.
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 1, Tom Pritzker,
chairman and president of the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation,
announced that Catalonia-based architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem
and Ramon Vilalta have won the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
2017 Mar 1, In Oregon a house
fire in the small town of Riddle left four children dead.
(SFC, 3/2/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 1, The DJIA rose above
21,000 for the first time and closed at a record 21,115.55. All four
major US stock exchanges reached record highs.
(SFC, 3/2/17, p.C2)
2017 Mar 1, US salmonella
illnesses linked to turtles began to infect people. According to the
US Centers for Disease Control some 37 people across 13 states were
diagnosed with salmonella until August 3.
(SFC, 8/30/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 1, In Afghanistan a
pair of near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings struck Kabul,
targeting a sprawling police compound and offices of the country's
intelligence agency and killing 16 people.
2017 Mar 1, The UN's World
Meteorological Organization published the highest temperatures on
record in three Antarctic zones, setting a benchmark for studying
how climate change is affecting this crucial region.
2017 Mar 1, Austrians became
eligible to receiving up to 4,000 euros ($4,300) in rebates to help
offset the higher price of an electric vehicle. Neighboring Germany
introduced a comparable premium last year.
2017 Mar 1, British Land said
Chinese property magnate Cheung Chung Kiu has agreed to buy its
London's distinctive "Cheesegrater" skyscraper for £1.15-billion.
2017 Mar 1, Gustav Metzger,
Germany-born British inventor of auto-destruct art, died in London.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.90)
2017 Mar 1, In Cambodia migrant
worker Oeut Ang said he fired shots that killed Kem Ley last July
because he was upset over the $3,000 he was owed. Kem Ley's
relatives believe the suspect isn't telling the whole truth and that
the government may have masterminded the killing.
2017 Mar 1, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said it has noticed changes in the bird flu virus
now spreading in China, but says the risk of the disease spreading
easily between people remains low. It also said scientists have
identified genetic changes suggesting the viruses are resistant to
Tamiflu, the recommended treatment for the illness, in about 7
percent of recent cases.
2017 Mar 1, Colombia's FARC
rebels begin disarming under a historic peace deal, beginning the
delicate transition from guerrilla army to political party after
more than half a century at war.
2017 Mar 1, In CongoDRC
Congolese, Tanzanian and French workers were abducted from Canada’s
Banro Mining Corp.'s Namoya gold mine. Rebels of the Rahiya
Mutomboki group demanded $1 million in ransom for the five workers.
The Tanzanian was soon released. The French man and three Congolese
were released on May 27.
(AP, 3/2/17)(AP, 5/28/17)
2017 Mar 1, It was reported
that a network of schools in Ethiopia linked to Muslim cleric
Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup
attempt last year, is changing ownership to a group of educators
2017 Mar 1, Indonesia and Saudi
Arabia signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as
the kingdom's monarch visited the world's most populous
Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century.
2017 Mar 1, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan agreed to
improve ties, including in the fight against terrorism, on the
sidelines of an economic cooperation summit in the Pakistani capital
2017 Mar 1, Macedonian
President Gjeorge Ivanov said he cannot give a mandate to form a
government to the leader of the Social Democrats who won a
parliamentary majority by getting the support of ethnic Albanian
2017 Mar 1, A Malaysian court
charged two young women, accused of smearing VX nerve agent on the
estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, with murder.
2017 Mar 1, Nepal said it has
forced 2,500 old vehicles off roads in Kathmandu, part of a fight
against alarming air pollution levels that have hit nine times World
Health Organization (WHO) limits.
2017 Mar 1, A Norway appeals
court ruled that Norway did not violate the human rights of mass
murderer Anders Behring Breivik by isolating him in jail,
overturning a lower court ruling from last year.
2017 Mar 1, A Palestinian broke
into a home in a West Bank settlement near Hebron and stabbed an
Israeli, who then shot and killed the intruder.
2017 Mar 1, Polish European
Parliament lawmaker Janusz Korwin-Mikke told the European parliament
that "women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they
are smaller, they are less intelligent." Two days later in Warsaw he
said it is a "20th-century stereotype that women have the same
intellectual potential as men," and that the stereotype "must be
destroyed because it is not true."
2017 Mar 1, Human Rights Watch
said that Poland is endangering asylum-seekers fleeing persecution
in the Russian province of Chechnya and elsewhere by returning them
summarily to Belarus.
2017 Mar 1, In Portugal
American ex-CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa won a last-minute reprieve
from a Lisbon court and will no longer be extradited from Portugal
to Italy, where a court convicted her of taking part in the
kidnapping of a Muslim cleric. The court ruled that Sabrina de Sousa
must be released immediately since Italy had cancelled its detention
and extradition request for her.
2017 Mar 1, Puerto Rico's Gov.
Ricardo Rossello submitted a fiscal plan that rejects austerity
measures sought by a federal control board and instead proposes
alternative ways to boost revenue and cut spending amid an economic
2017 Mar 1, In Somaliland DP
World, a Dubai-based port operator, began working from Berbera’s
beachside hotel. Three weeks later the UAE revealed plans for
25-year lease of air and naval bases alongside.
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.42)
2017 Mar 1, In South Africa
thousands of coal truck drivers descended on Pretoria to protest
against the country's renewable energy program, after President
Jacob Zuma expressed support for the sector last month.
2017 Mar 1, Prosecutors in
Madrid launched an "urgent" investigation into a conservative
association that chartered a bus displaying a large,
anti-transgender message to tour Spain, drawing widespread
2017 Mar 1, In northern Syria
the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels attacked villages held by
US-allied militias near the city of Manbij. Russian-backed Syrian
government forces and their allies recaptured the historic Palmyra
citadel, on the city's western outskirts, from Islamic State
2017 Mar 1, In Ukraine a fifth
of a million phone users in the rebel-controlled eastern city of
Donetsk were cut off from the rest of the country. Russian-backed
rebels in eastern Ukraine said they are taking over 40 factories and
coal mines. They include those owned by tycoon Rinat Akhmetov, whose
foundation has been the largest provider of humanitarian aid to a
(Reuters, 3/1/17)(AP, 3/1/17)
2017 Mar 1, UN investigators
said both sides in the battle for Aleppo committed war crimes,
including Syrian government aircraft that "deliberately" bombed and
strafed a humanitarian convoy, killing 14 aid workers and halting
relief operations. Their report said Syrian and Russian forces
conducted daily air strikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo between
July and its fall on December 22, killing hundreds and destroying
2017 Mar 1, Marie Collins, a
leading member of a group advising Pope Francis on how to root out
sex abuse in the Catholic Church, quit in frustration, citing
"shameful" resistance within the Vatican.
2017 Mar 1, A UN official said
fighting around Yemen's port of Mokha has forced some 45,000 people
from their homes, with many facing continued uncertainty and the
threat of further displacement.
2017 Mar 2, Several
congressional Republicans called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions
to recuse himself from investigations into alleged Russian meddling
in the US presidential election after it emerged he met last year
with Russia's ambassador but did not disclose the contacts in Senate
testimony. Sessions became the second high-ranking member of the
Trump administration to take a hit over conversations with Russia's
envoy to the US, recusing himself from any probe that examines
communications between Trump aides and Moscow.
(Reuters, 3/2/17)(AP, 3/3/17)
2017 Mar 2, US VP Mike Pence
swore in retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of housing and
former Texas Gov. Mike Perry as energy secretary.
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 2, The Kansas Supreme
Court ruled that the state’s spending on public education was
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 2, US federal
prosecutors announced they have captured members of the MS-13 street
gang who killed three Long Island high school students last year
with a machete and baseball bats.
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 2, In Nebraska a
prison riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution left two
inmates dead. About 40 inmates refused to return to their cells
after staff members reported a fire to one of the housing units.
(SFC, 3/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 2, Snap, the parent
company of social media Snapchat, closed at $24.48, a 44% jump over
its IPO price of $17. The company had started in 2011 as Picaboo.
The securities sold had no voting power so all the power stayed with
co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.C1)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.53)(Econ,
2017 Mar 2, In Afghanistan a
suspected US drone strike killed Qari Abdullah, a top commander of
the militant Haqqani network. He was the man who in 2014 accompanied
US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he was handed over to US
2017 Mar 2, An Austrian court
found eight Iraqi nationals guilty of gang-raping a German tourist
on New Year's Eve, 2015, and sentenced them to prison terms of
between nine and 13 years.
2017 Mar 2, Nations and
philanthropists pledged close to $200 million for family planning at
an international conference in Brussels that aimed to make up for
the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on US funding to groups
linked to abortion.
2017 Mar 2, Canada adopted a
military doctrine that explicitly acknowledges soldiers’ right to
use force to protect themselves, even when the threat comes from
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.28)
2017 Mar 2, Croatia's
conservative government formed a council to deal with the country's
previous pro-Nazi and Communist regimes in a bid to overcome the
deep divisions that still exist over the Balkan nation's past.
2017 Mar 2, The Czech Republic,
Hungary, Poland and Slovakia urged the European Union to boost the
role of national parliaments under a planned overhaul of the bloc's
2017 Mar 2, In Egypt German
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi held
talks on ways of slowing migration to Europe, including tightening
control over borders.
2017 Mar 2, Egypt's top appeals
court found Hosni Mubarak innocent of involvement in the killing of
protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule, in
a final ruling that could see the former president walk free.
2017 Mar 2, In Italy three
skiers were killed in an avalanche in the northern Alps. Another
five people were injured at Plan de la Gabba.
2017 Mar 2, In southern Italy
two African workers were killed late today after fire broke out at a
camp housing hundreds of migrants who pick fruit and vegetables near
(Reuters, 3/3/17)(AP, 3/3/17)
2017 Mar 2, Northern Ireland
began voting in snap elections to resolve a political crisis fuelled
by bad blood and Brexit. The DUP and Ulster Unionists won only 38
seats in the 90-member Assembly The pro-British Democratic Unionist
Party narrowly remained the largest party following the closest-ever
election for the provincial assembly. If the conservative and
pro-British Democratic Unionist Party and the socialist and
pro-Irish republican Sinn Fein cannot resolve their differences
within three weeks of the vote, the assembly's executive could be
suspended and the province fully governed from London.
(AFP, 3/2/17)(Reuters, 3/4/17)(Econ, 3/11/17,
2017 Mar 2, Kurdish forces
seized an oil facility in Kirkuk to send a message to the Iraqi
government to build a refinery.
2017 Mar 2, Mexican journalist
Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead in Ciudad Altamirano while in a
hammock at a car wash waiting for his car to be serviced.
2017 Mar 2, Nigeria filed
criminal charges of corruption against oil multinationals Royal
Dutch Shell and Eni over the $1.1 billion sale of one of Africa's
richest oil blocks. Malabu Oil, secretly set up by former Oil
Minister Dan Etete, was awarded OPL 245 while he was oil minister.
Nigeria's government got only $210 million from the deal.
2017 Mar 2, Nusrat al-Islam,
officially known as Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin', was
formed in Mali as an umbrella coalition of four al-Qaida-aligned
2017 Mar 2, Pakistan announced
plans to bring its militancy-wracked tribal areas into the
mainstream political fold by ending a de facto system of direct rule
that critics said suppressed development and fuelled extremism.
2017 Mar 2, Pakistan said it
will conduct its first census in 19 years. The 70-day data-gathering
campaign will start March 15.
2017 Mar 2, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed two men on a motorcycle in a
village near the Afghanistan border.
2017 Mar 2, It was reported
that the shores of Peru’s Lake Titicaca, South America's largest
lake, are littered with dead frogs, discarded paint buckets and bags
of soggy trash and that the water itself contains toxic levels of
lead and mercury. Untreated sewage water drains from two dozen
nearby cities and illegal gold mines high in the Andes dump up to 15
tons of mercury a year into a river leading to the lake.
2017 Mar 2, Russian opposition
politician Alexei Navalny accused PM Dmitry Medvedev of controlling
a property empire including mansions, yachts and vineyards financed
by oligarchs through a network of shadowy non-profit organizations.
2017 Mar 2, In Somalia at least
57 al-Shabab members were killed after African Union troops from
Kenya and Somali forces attacked one of its camps outside Afmadhow.
2017 Mar 2, In South Africa
emergency workers dug through rubble in Johannesburg after part of
the Charlotte Maxeke hospital's roof collapsed, reportedly trapping
2017 Mar 2, South Sudan
announced it would increase work permit fees for foreign workers
from the $100-$300 range to between $1,000 and $10,000 per year,
depending on the qualifications of the worker. International aid
agencies on March 10 warned this would worsen a humanitarian crisis
in the famine-hit country. In early April South Sudan suspended the
plans to charge foreign workers a $10,000 work permit fee, after
criticism that it would create a huge expense for aid organizations.
(AFP, 3/11/17)(AP, 4/3/17)
2017 Mar 2, A Madrid judge
banned a bright orange bus emblazoned with an anti-transgender
message from driving through the Spanish capital on the grounds that
it was discriminatory and could provoke hate crimes.
2017 Mar 2, In Sudan Bakri
Hassan Saleh, a former army general and top aide to President Omar
al-Bashir, was sworn in as the country’s first prime minister since
the post was scrapped in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.
2017 Mar 2, Sweden reintroduced
compulsory military service, seven years after abandoning it, to
respond to global security challenges including Russia's assertive
behavior in the Baltic Sea region.
(AFP, 3/2/17)(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 2, Syrian troops
backed by Russian jets completed the recapture of the historic city
of Palmyra from the Islamic State group. Fighters of the US-backed
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced they would cede several
villages to the government as part of a deal brokered by Russia to
avoid conflict with Turkey.
2017 Mar 2, Syrian warplanes
carried out eight air strikes in a rebel-held district of the mostly
government-controlled city of Homs. The air strikes killed two
civilians and wounded more than 24 people in al-Waer, as
UN-sponsored peace talks continued in Geneva.
2017 Mar 2, In western Ukraine
eight miners died when a methane gas explosion tore through a pit in
the western Lviv region.
2017 Mar 2, The United States
carried out 25 air strikes in Yemen targeting al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula in al-Maraqisha, a rugged mountainous area where
al Qaeda militants took refuge last year.
(Reuters, 3/2/17)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.24)
2017 Mar 3, In Florida Circuit
Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that Miami-Dade County violated the US
Constitution when it agreed to jail people slated for deportation.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez allowed county jails to hold
immigrants awaiting deportation after Pres. Trump threatened to cut
federal funding from sanctuary cities that did not cooperate with
federal immigration authorities.
(SFC, 3/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 3, A DC federal
appeals court ruled that wolves in Wyoming should be stripped of
Endangered Species Act protections and management given to the state
rather than the US government, a decision that opens the door for
hunting of the animals.
2017 Mar 3, California Gov.
Jerry Brown's finance department decided that the state's $64
billion high-speed rail project is ready to lay some track.
2017 Mar 3, In Afghanistan at
least eight civilians, including four children, were killed in an
attack late today in western Farah province. Family members said
they were hit by an airstrike.
2017 Mar 3, Colombia’s human
rights watchdog said a total of 120 civil leaders have been killed
in Colombia in the past 14 months.
2017 Mar 3, The 28-nation EU's
executive Commission said that it and the US Food and Drug
Administration have endorsed an accord that updates a 1998 agreement
on manufacturing practices. It means that EU and US regulators will
be able to rely on each other's information on premises that make
medicines or their ingredients.
2017 Mar 3, In France charities
expressed outrage as the mayor of the port Calais, which has
symbolized Europe's refugee crisis, signed a ban a day earlier on
gatherings that could stop aid groups distributing meals to migrants
2017 Mar 3, Chancellor Angela
Merkel said Tunisia had agreed to take back 1,500 rejected Tunisian
migrants from Germany, after an attack by a Tunisian on a Christmas
market in Berlin which killed 12 people.
2017 Mar 3, German carmaker
Mercedes said it is recalling about 1 million cars and SUVs
worldwide because a starter part can overheat and cause fires.
2017 Mar 3, Former Haitian
Pres. Rene Preval (b.1943) died. He was the only leader of the
country to win and complete two terms (1996-2001 and 2006-2011).
(SFC, 3/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 3, Hungary’s Opimus
Group, a major print and online media company, said Lorinc Meszaros,
a close ally of PM Viktor Orban, has acquired an ownership stake in
the company, adding weight to suspicions that the company's closure
of the largest opposition newspaper last year was politically
2017 Mar 3, In Iraq thousands
of civilians fled Mosul overnight as government forces advanced
north of a sprawling military base near the city's airport. Seven
people, among them five children, were reported hospitalized over
the past two days near Mosul with injuries from chemical weapons.
(AP, 3/3/17)(AFP, 3/3/17)
2017 Mar 3, In Iraq rival
Kurdish groups clashed in the northwestern Sinjar region. The YBS, a
local affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), said the
fighting began when the Peshmerga Rojava tried to seize its
positions in Khanasor. The YBS accused Turkey of instigating the
2017 Mar 3, In Ireland
government-appointed investigators announced the finding of a mass
grave containing the remains of babies and young children from the
1950s at a former Catholic orphanage. Excavations since November at
the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam,
County Galway, had found an underground structure divided into 20
chambers containing "significant quantities of human remains." 800
children had died as residents of the facility, which closed in
2017 Mar 3, East Libyan forces
said they carried out air strikes and clashed with rival factions
close to major oil terminals as they sought to fend off the latest
challenge to their control of the ports. Libya's National Oil
Corporation (NOC) held an urgent meeting to review crude loading
schedules and emergency measures to protect oil facilities after
clashes around the major terminals of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf.
(Reuters, 3/3/17)(Reuters, 3/4/17)
2017 Mar 3, The Libyan Coast
guard rescued 115 refugees and reported that 25 others have gone
(SFC, 3/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 3, Malaysian officials
said they have deported Ri Jong Chol, a North Korean man, who was
released from custody after police found insufficient evidence to
charge him in the Feb 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of
North Korea's leader.
2017 Mar 3, Pakistani police
said about 1,300 suspected militants have been arrested in a sweep
of hideouts in Punjab province. Another 36 militants died in
shootouts with police and in paramilitary operations since the
two-week sweep began last month.
2017 Mar 3, Lazar Stojanovic
(73), a Serbian film director and an anti-war activist during the
1990s, died in Belgrade. His film "Plastic Jesus" was banned in the
1970s because of its criticism of totalitarian regimes. Stojanovic
was sentenced to three years in prison, while the film was released
2017 Mar 3, South Sudan said it
has arrested four soldiers after residents accused the army of
beating and raping civilians in a small village near the capital
2017 Mar 3, Tanzanian President
John Magufuli ordered the confiscation of passports belonging to
foreign employees of an Indian infrastructure company. The 29
billion shilling ($13 million) water project in the southern town of
Lindi was expected to be finished in March 2015 but was still
2017 Mar 3, In Thailand former
Air Vice Marshal Chitpong Thongkum, a former palace medical adviser,
was jailed for five and a half years for insulting the monarchy and
other charges, a day after another disgraced aide to the new king
was charged in a separate case.
2017 Mar 3, Turkey accused
Germany of scandalous behavior in cancelling rallies of Turkish
citizens in two German towns due to be addressed by Turkish
ministers and said Berlin provided a "shelter" for people committing
crimes against his country.
2017 Mar 3, Ukrainian state
agencies sought to detain Roman Nasirov, the head of the tax and
customs service, over the alleged embezzlement of around $75 million
- a potentially landmark case after patchy anti-graft efforts from
the Western-backed authorities. Television footage from the previous
evening showed an apparently unconscious Roman Nasirov being
stretchered into an ambulance and taken to Kiev's Feofania hospital.
2017 Mar 3, In Ukraine dozens
of sex workers and human rights campaigners gathered in Kiev
demanding the legalization of prostitution in the post-Soviet state.
2017 Mar 3, The UN said Sri
Lankan security and police forces are reportedly still committing
rape and torture, and the country must investigate and prosecute
those involved as well as those implicated in past wartime
2017 Mar 3, Yemeni officials
said US jets carried out dozens of airstrikes on al-Qaida targets in
Yemen overnight and in the past 48 hours in one of the lengthiest,
sustained operations inside this conflict-torn Arab country.
2017 Mar 3, Two Zimbabwean
journalists were arrested over a newspaper report that described
President Robert Mugabe as "in bad shape" when he flew to Singapore
for what officials called a scheduled medical check-up.
2017 Mar 4, Pres. Donald Trump
claimed that Barack Obama had tapped his phones and that it was up
to Congress to investigate the matter.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.27)
2017 Mar 4, It was reported
that about 62,000 people, who were held at Colorado’s Aurora
Detention Facility, have joined together in a lawsuit saying they
were required to work for as little as $1 a day.
(SFC, 3/4/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 4, In New York a man
in Schenectady threw gasoline on his wife and set her on fire.
Elizabeth Gonzales died the next day. Antonio Bargallo (69) was
taken into custody.
(SFC, 3/7/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 4, US Customs officers
arrested Juan Carlos Luperon as he carried 10 pounds of cocaine
taped to his legs at NYC’s Kennedy Airport following his arrival
from the Dominican Republic.
(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.A9)
2017 Mar 4, Bahrain said it has
arrested 25 suspected members of a terror group allegedly backed by
Iran on the island nation.
2017 Mar 4, China said it will
raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, continuing a
trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional
tensions over the South China Sea and other issues.
2017 Mar 4, Senior Chinese
government adviser Luo Fuhe warned that the country's internet
censorship is hampering scientific research and economic
development, in a rare public criticism of a sensitive policy that
the government has vigorously defended.
2017 Mar 4, Iran said the
six-year prison term of Ahmad Montazeri, son of Ayatollah Hossein
Ali Montazeri, has been suspended after approval by the country's
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei following a request by a top
2017 Mar 4, Jordan hanged 15
death row prisoners including 10 convicted prisoners with ties to
Islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since
2003. It was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in at
least a decade.
2017 Mar 4, East Libyan forces
carried out air strikes around major oil ports as they sought to
regain control of the area from a rival faction. Strongman Khalifa
Haftar conceded the loss of Ras Lanuf's main airfield to forces led
by Islamists of the Benghazi Defence Brigades.
(Reuters, 3/4/17)(AFP, 3/4/17)
2017 Mar 4, Malaysia expelled
North Korea's ambassador for refusing to apologize for his strong
accusations over Malaysia's handling of the investigation into the
killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother.
2017 Mar 4, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen killed attorney Mohammed Jan Gigyani in
northwestern Shabqadar town. Gigyani was a prominent lawyer
affiliated with the secular Qaumi Watan political party.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of Pakistani Taliban militants
claimed responsibility for the killing.
2017 Mar 4, Somalia's PM Hassan
Ali Khaire announced that 110 people have died from hunger in the
past 48 hours in a single region as a severe drought threatens
millions of people across the country.
2017 Mar 4, Spanish police
arrested 24 members of a Colombian drug ring seeking to establish a
network for the wholesale distribution of cocaine.
2017 Mar 4, Syrian government
forces supported by Russian air power and artillery seizing eight
more northern villages today and around 90 villages since
mid-January. Tens of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled the
ferocious fighting against Islamic State group jihadists over the
past week. At least 11 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded
in air strikes on the village of Oqayrabat village, Hama province,
that a monitor said were likely carried out by Russia.
2017 Mar 4, A Syrian military
jet crashed in Turkey’s southern border province of Hatay. The pilot
was rescued after a nine hour search and had "a few" broken bones
and was receiving treatment at a local hospital, but wasn't in
2017 Mar 4, The United Nations
announced aid worth $5 million (4.7 million euros) to help people
affected by the humanitarian crisis in the violence-wracked Kasai
region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2017 Mar 4, The annual report
by a UN panel of experts on North Korea said North Korean weapons
barred by UN sanctions have ended up in the hands of UN peacekeepers
2017 Mar 5, US agriculture
officials said that tens of thousands of chickens have been
destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak. 30
other farms within a six-mile radius were being quarantined.
(AP, 3/6/17)(SFC, 3/6/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 5, It was reported
that US federal authorities have approved a plan to move nearly
1,500 desert tortoises from California’s Marine base at Twentynine
Palms so that the marine Corps can use the area for training with
tanks and live ammunition.
(SSFC, 3/5/17, p.A11)
2017 Mar 5, Gladys Hansen
(1925), San Francisco historian, died. Her books included “Denial of
Disaster" (1989) in which she showed that the 1906 San Francisco
earthquake left 3,000 – 4,000 people dead as opposed to the official
count of 478.
(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.C12)
2017 Mar 5, In Afghanistan at
least five members of the Afghan security forces were killed early
today when their checkpoint came under an insurgent attack in
northeastern Kunduz province. 18 insurgents were killed by
airstrikes in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.
2017 Mar 5, Azerbaijan and Iran
agreed to work towards completing their portion of a planned freight
railway route from Europe to South Asia.
2017 Mar 5, Bahrain's
parliament approved a constitutional change allowing military courts
to try civilians.
2017 Mar 5, Britain agreed to
arrange 10 billion pounds ($12.3 billion) in loans to finance
infrastructure projects in Iraq over a 10 year period, in a program
that would only benefit British companies.
2017 Mar 5, Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang pledged to make the country's smoggy skies blue again and
"work faster" to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for
heat and electricity at the opening of the annual National People's
2017 Mar 5, China's top
economic official trimmed the country's growth target and warned of
dangers from global pressure for trade controls as Beijing tries to
build a consumer-driven economy and reduce reliance on exports and
2017 Mar 5, Anti-India protests
erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following a fierce gunbattle in
which two rebels and a counterinsurgency policeman were killed.
2017 Mar 5, The Iranian
judiciary said on authorities have arrested an Iranian-American on
charges of defrauding people seeking US residence of $2.6 million.
2017 Mar 5, Iraqi forces
battled the Islamic State group in hours of heavy clashes in west
Mosul. The number of people who fled fighting in the area topped
45,000. At least six suicide car bombs dispatched by militants were
destroyed before reaching troops.
(AFP, 3/5/17)(SFC, 3/6/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 5, Japan's ruling
party approved a change in party rules that could pave the way for
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become the country's longest-serving
leader in the post-World War II era.
2017 Mar 5, In central Japan a
helicopter conducting a mountain rescue exercise crashed with nine
local officials aboard. At least three people were feared dead.
2017 Mar 5, In Panama a bus
carrying farmworkers went off a highway in Anton killing 18 people
and injuring 37 others.
(SFC, 3/6/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 5, A Sudanese court
sentenced three human rights activists to a year each in jail after
convicting them of publishing fake reports or spying. Khalafalla
Al-Afif, Midhat Hamdan and Mustafa Adam were arrested on May 23 last
year after security agents raided their office in Khartoum.
2017 Mar 5, The UN said tens of
thousands of civilians have fled offensives against the Islamic
State group in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to
keep what remains of their territory.
2017 Mar 5, In Yemen the United
States launched a new wave of air raids against Al-Qaeda, as
jihadists fled from towns being targeted to mountainous areas.
Suspected al Qaeda militants opened fired on a military checkpoint
in the southern province of Abyan, killing six troops and a
(AFP, 3/5/17)(Reuters, 3/5/17)
2017 Mar 5, Zimbabwean junior
doctors called off a three-week strike saying the government had
partially met their demands, a day before a one-day walkout by other
public sector workers.
2017 Mar 6, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed a revised executive order temporarily banning people
from six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,
Syria and Yemen). The revision would become effective on March 16.
(SFC, 3/7/17, p.A1)(Econ, 3/11/17, p.29)
2017 Mar 6, US House
Republicans unveiled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to overhaul
Obamacare and Pres. Trump endorsed it.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.28)
2017 Mar 6, Researchers said 11
of 27 species of Hawaii’s reef fish are experiencing some level of
(SFC, 3/7/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 6, In North Carolina
Oliver Funes Machada (18), reportedly an illegal immigrant from
Honduras, beheaded his mother (35). In 2018 he was judged not guilty
by reason of insanity.
2017 Mar 6, CSX appointed E.
Hunter Harrison (72), a veteran railway executive, as CEO. Harrison
had announced his departure from Canadian National (CN) on Jan 18.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.63)
2017 Mar 6, IBM released the
first commercial program for universal quantum computers. Various
startups have released their own quantum software.
(Econ, 3/11/17, TQ p.10)
2017 Mar 6, Afghan officials
said they have ordered the Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), a
network of schools regarded with suspicion by the Turkish
government, to be transferred to a foundation approved by Ankara.
2017 Mar 6, Bahrain's
government filed a lawsuit to dissolve the secular Waad political
party, the second-such organization it has targeted in the last year
as part of an intense crackdown on opposition in the island nation.
2017 Mar 6, The European Union
approved plans for a military headquarters to coordinate overseas
security operations. The facility will initially run three
operations: civil-military training missions in Mali, the Central
African Republic and Somalia.
2017 Mar 6, The European Union
said it has cleared Hungary to build two nuclear reactors with
Russian help after Budapest made commitments to safeguard
competition in the energy sector.
2017 Mar 6, French carmaker PSA
announced the acquisition of General Motors' European subsidiary,
which includes the Opel and Vauxhall brands, for 1.3 billion euros
2017 Mar 6, The French-made
Peugeot 3008 was voted European car of the year on the eve of the
opening of the Geneva motor show.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.63)
2017 Mar 6, Greek authorities
said they have seized more than half a million illegally made
amphetamine pills, their largest haul to date and thought to be
destined for the Middle East.
2017 Mar 6, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth time in a corruption
investigation that has prompted political rivals to start looking to
a "post-Bibi" Israel.
2017 Mar 6, In Kenya the body
of rancher Tristan Voorspuy was found 190 km (118 miles) north of
Nairobi. He was shot dead while inspecting some of his lodges, which
had been burned by attackers. 379 pastoralist herders were soon
arrested for invading ranches that led to the killing of the British
farmer. Samson Lokayi (25), suspected of involvement in the death of
Voorspuy, was arrested on March 12.
(AP, 3/6/17)(AFP, 3/14/17)
2017 Mar 6, In Kenya one of
Africa's oldest and largest elephants was killed by poachers in
Tsavo National Park. Two poachers believed to be responsible for the
killing were soon apprehended.
2017 Mar 6, In Myanmar some 30
people died in clashes between ethnic rebels and security forces
after fighters from the predominantly ethnic Chinese Myanmar
National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) launched a pre-dawn attack
on police posts in the capital of the northeastern Kokang region,
2017 Mar 6, Nepali police shot
and killed at least three ethnic Madhesis in the country's restive
southern plains as they tried to disrupt an opposition rally
organized by the Communist Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) party that
opposes any change to the country’s post-monarchy charter.
2017 Mar 6, Nigeria’s former
Adamawa state governor James Bala Ngilari was jailed for five years
after being found guilty of corruption related to procurement of
cars while in office.
2017 Mar 6, North Korea fired
four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 km (620 miles)
on average, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims
as its exclusive economic zone. The EU condemned North Korea for
firing four banned ballistic missiles and said it would consult with
Japan and international partners on how to react.
2017 Mar 6, North Korea said it
has ordered Malaysia's ambassador out of the country in a
tit-for-tat after Malaysia expelled North Korea's envoy over the
death of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport.
2017 Mar 6, Palestinian
militant Basil al-Araj (31) was killed in a shootout with Israeli
forces in the West Bank. Police said he headed a group planning
attacks against Israeli targets and collected weapons for the group.
2017 Mar 6, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating a joint
command to mobilize 21 state agencies behind his bloody war on
drugs, prioritizing "high-value" targets and going after all levels
of the illicit trade. The order was published on March 10.
2017 Mar 6, Retired Philippine
police officer Arturo Lascanas testified that President Rodrigo
Duterte and his men were linked to nearly 200 killings that the
officer and a "death squad" carried out when Duterte was mayor of
2017 Mar 6, Russian and South
African communications officials pledged to work on collaborative
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Mar 6, South Korea
received the first components of THAAD, an American anti-missile
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.41)
2017 Mar 6, In Syria US-backed
militias cut the last main road out of Islamic State-held Raqqa,
severing the highway between the group's de facto capital and its
stronghold of Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Mar 6, In Thailand a
statement from the Royal Palace said King Vajiralongkorn
Bodindradebayavarangkun has approved stripping the honorary title
from Phra Dhammajayo (72), head of the Dhammakaya sect, because of
the criminal charges against him.
2017 Mar 6, Turkish security
forces launched one of their largest "anti-terrorist" operations in
recent years in the restive south-east against Kurdish militants.
2017 Mar 6, Ukraine’s deputy
foreign minister accused Russia of financing terrorism by shipping
arms, ammunition and funds to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine
and of discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean
(SFC, 3/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 6, In Yemen the United
States carried out at least one new air strike on al Qaeda
overnight. Two boys were killed in a drone strike while walking on a
road in al-Bayda province used by al Qaeda militants who have been
subject to repeated strikes by US forces in recent days. Three
suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a separate strike in
Qifa in the same province.
(Reuters, 3/6/17)(Reuters, 3/7/17)
2017 Mar 6, In Zambia eight
people died and 28 were injured in a stampede during food handouts
at a youth center in the capital, Lusaka.
2017 Mar 6, Zimbabwe's
government agreed to pay outstanding cash bonuses, bringing an end
to a brief sit-in protest by public workers.
2017 Mar 7, The US Justice
Department said the Chinese firm ZTE Corp. has agreed to plead
guilty and pay the United States $892 million for violating
sanctions against Iran. ZTE Corp. had illegally shipped sensitive
US-made equipment to Iran.
2017 Mar 7, WikiLeaks published
thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central
Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic
release that appears to expose intimate details of America's
2017 Mar 7, In Mississippi a
freight train hit a tour bus in Biloxi killing at least four people.
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 7, Texas executed
Rolando Ruiz was executed for the 1992 contract killing of Theresa
Rodriguez (29) orchestrated by her husband and brother-in-law.
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 7, Thousands of
stranded Afghans and Pakistanis returned home as Pakistan
temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last
month after a wave of militant attacks.
2017 Mar 7, In Argentina
thousands of banner-waving trade unionists marched through Buenos
Aires to protest job losses and inflation.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 7, British PM Theresa
May sacked Michael Heseltine (83), a senior figure in her
Conservative Party, from various advisory roles for rebelling
against the government in a Brexit vote in the House of Lords.
2017 Mar 7, Cambodia’s drug
czar said authorities have arrested more than 4,800 people in a
two-month-old campaign against drugs and that number could more than
2017 Mar 7, Europe’s top court
ruled that EU member states are not obliged to grant humanitarian
visas to people who want to enter their territory to apply for
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A3)
2017 Mar 7, A European Union
court struck down a 2013 decision by EU regulators to block a
planned takeover of Dutch-based package delivery company TNT Express
by United Parcel Services Inc.
2017 Mar 7, In France poachers
broke into the Thoiry Zoo overnight and shot a 5-year-old rhinoceros
named Vince three times in the head. They used a chain saw to remove
the animal's ivory horn.
2017 Mar 7, Hungary's
parliament approved the systematic detention of all asylum-seekers
in container camps, in a move that PM Viktor Orban said will make
all of Europe safer from terror attacks.
2017 Mar 7, An Indian court
sentenced university professor G.N. Saibaba and four others to life
imprisonment on charges of belonging to a banned communist rebel
group and recruiting others to join them. Saibaba, arrested in 2014,
is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. He has
denied the charges.
2017 Mar 7, Iraqi government
forces fighting to drive Islamic State from western Mosul recaptured
the main government building, the central bank branch and the museum
where three years ago the militants had smashed statues and
2017 Mar 7, The Kenyan
government ordered striking medical staff to go back to work and
said it had withdrawn an offer of a 50 percent pay hike after the
workers' union became inflexible in their negotiations.
2017 Mar 7, National Olympic
Committee of Kenya (NOCK) executives, led by two-time Olympic
champion Kip Keino, defied the IOC at a meeting and refused to make
changes to their constitution.
2017 Mar 7, Kosovo's Pres.
Hashim Thaci asked parliament to transform the country's lightly
armed security forces into a regular army, a move immediately
denounced by Serbian leaders who refuse to recognize Kosovo's
2017 Mar 7, Lesotho's deputy
prime minister said the king has dissolved parliament and will
shortly set an election date, days after PM Pakalitha Mosisili lost
a confidence vote in the assembly.
2017 Mar 7, Libya's eastern
parliament voted to withdraw its support for a UN peace deal and
Government of National Accord. The body voted to annul its previous
acceptance of a presidential council and the UN-backed government
currently led by PM Fayez al-Serraj in Tripoli. East Libyan forces
carried out a fifth day of air strikes against a rival faction that
overran the major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf.
(AP, 3/7/17)(Reuters, 3/7/17)
2017 Mar 7, The International
Organization for Migration said fighting between rival
people-smuggling gangs on Libya's Mediterranean coast has killed 22
2017 Mar 7, In Macedonia
vandals damaged a museum dedicated to the Albanian alphabet, amid
increasing political tension over the official status of the
Albanian language in the country. Three parties of the Albanian
minority, a quarter of Macedonia's population, demanded that
Albanian should become Macedonia's second official language as their
price to join in any coalition.
2017 Mar 7, Cyclone Enawo
slammed into Madagascar. The Indian Ocean tropical storm packed
winds up to 300 kph (185 mph). At least 38 people were killed and
some 50,000 people driven from their homes.
(Reuters, 3/8/17)(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 7, Myanmar's
government urged ethnic rebel groups to join talks to achieve a
nationwide peace agreement even after one of the groups raided a
government-controlled town in an attack a day earlier that killed
five policemen and five civilians, including a schoolteacher.
2017 Mar 7, North Korea closed
its borders to Malaysians who want to leave the country, spurring
Malaysia to issue a retaliatory order and drawing hundreds of
ordinary people into an increasingly bitter diplomatic battle over
the killing of an exiled member of North Korea's ruling family. 11
Malaysian citizens were prevented from flying home.
(AP, 3/7/17)(Econ, 3/11/17, p.40)
2017 Mar 7, Russia’s Culture
Ministry said children under age 16 won't be able to go to the new
Disney film "Beauty and the Beast" in Russia because it includes a
2017 Mar 7, Senegalese
authorities arrested Khalifa Sall, the mayor of the capital Dakar, a
potential rival to President Macky Sall (no relation) in elections
expected in 2019, on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs
2017 Mar 7, In Turkey the top
generals of the Turkish, Russian and US military met in Antalya in a
bid to step up coordination in Syria and avoid clashes between rival
forces in the fight against IS.
2017 Mar 7, A Ukraine judge
ordered Roman Nasirov, the country’s top tax official, to be jailed
or pay a hefty bail pending his trial for suspected embezzlement.
2017 Mar 7, UN Sec.-Gen.
Antonio Guterres urged int’l. support to alleviate Somalia’s
worsening hunger crisis.
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 7, The United Nations
said South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court
has been revoked, stalling what would have been the first-ever
departure from the tribunal that pursues the world's worst
2017 Mar 7, A new United
Nations report described South Sudan as teetering on the edge of
genocide and experiencing ethnic cleansing, a stark portrayal of a
nation whose crises now include famine.
2017 Mar 8, US federal
prosecutors said a Massachusetts fishing magnate known as "The
Codfather" has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of evading
fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.
2017 Mar 8, Wildfires in
Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas left 6 people dead along with
some 2,500 adult cattle and 1,000 calves.
(SFC, 3/9/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 8, Some one million
Michigan homes and other buildings were without power after high
winds caused what is believed to be the biggest outage in the
2017 Mar 8, RadioShack filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just
over two years, putting the future of the nearly 100-year-old
electronics retailer in doubt.
2017 Mar 8, US-based Mercy
Corps, one of the largest humanitarian organizations delivering aid
to Syria, said Turkey has ordered it to immediately shut down its
2017 Mar 8, In Afghanistan
gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Kabul,
killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens in an attack claimed
by the Islamic State group. A day later the death was raised to 49.
(AFP, 3/8/17)(AP, 3/9/17)(Reuters, 3/9/17)
2017 Mar 8, Britain’s
Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget announced an increase in tax
for the self-employed, who self-employed make up around 15% of the
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.56)
2017 Mar 8, Britain's BBC
announced it is ending its shortwave transmissions from Thailand
after 20 years of operation because it failed to reach agreement
with Thailand's military government on a renewal of its operating
2017 Mar 8, China's foreign
minister said that North Korea could suspend its nuclear and missile
activities in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military
drills, in an unusually public proposal that analysts said showed
Beijing's growing alarm over the tensions.
2017 Mar 8, China approved 38
trademarks for President Donald Trump, saying it followed the law in
processing the applications at a pace that some experts view as
2017 Mar 8, Zeid Ra'ad
al-Hussein, the top UN rights official, said three mass graves have
been discovered in central Democratic Republic of Congo, where
hundreds have been killed since July in clashes between security
forces and a local militia.
2017 Mar 8, The UN warned that
fighting in Colombia in recent weeks has displaced some 913 families
in areas formerly dominated by leftist rebels in four provinces
along the Pacific Ocean.
(SFC, 3/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 8, The leaders of
Cyprus' Christian and Muslim faithful banded together in a pledge to
work with authorities and help end violence against women and girls
on the ethnically divided island.
2017 Mar 8, The European
Anti-Fraud Office said that from 2013 to 2016, criminals evaded
customs duties with false invoices and wrong declarations upon
arrival in the UK The textiles and shoes shipped from China were in
fact destined for black market sales on the European mainland.
2017 Mar 8, The European
Union's police agency said an international operation has dismantled
a crime network smuggling live eels to China, describing it as the
EU's biggest success in recent years against trafficking in
2017 Mar 8, The European Union
said it has fined six makers of car air conditioning and
engine-cooling components a total 155 million euros ($163 million)
for their involvement in supply cartels.
2017 Mar 8, Bavaria's state
office of criminal investigation said Germany’s police have raided
over 120 apartments and business premises across the country in an
investigation into a suspected online crime ring.
2017 Mar 8, In Guatemala a fire
ripped through an overcrowded home for abused children following an
escape attempt from government-run Hogar Seguro (Safe Home) Virgen
de Asuncion home for youths. 19 people died at the scene, mostly
girls, and another 20 died later in local hospitals.
(Reuters, 3/9/17)(AP, 3/11/17)(AP, 3/12/17)
2017 Mar 8, Iceland on
International Women's Day said it will be the first country in the
world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of
gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. Iceland wants to
eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022.
2017 Mar 8, Iraqi forces saw
off an overnight Islamic State counter-attack near Mosul's main
government buildings and took full control of the last major road
leading west to the militant-held town of Tal Afar.
2017 Mar 8, Kenya's state
sector doctors, who have been on strike for three months, said they
would not resume work after a government order the day before, and
would wait for the conclusion of court-supervised resolution of the
dispute. Authorities said they would hire foreign doctors to get
public hospitals running again after talks failed to end a strike
that has crippled healthcare for 94 days.
(Reuters, 3/8/17)(AFP, 3/8/17)
2017 Mar 8, Lebanese security
forces raided several money transfer shops in the country's capital
on suspicion they funneled money to the Islamic State group.
2017 Mar 8, Nigeria's capital
was cut off by air, as Abuja airport closed for at least six weeks
for repairs, forcing flights to divert and lengthening travel times
2017 Mar 8, Kim Han Sol (21), a
man claiming to be the son of the slain, estranged half-brother of
North Korea's leader, said he was lying low with his mother and
sister, in a video posted online by a group that said it helped
rescue them following the murder a month ago. His location was not
2017 Mar 8, In Pakistan more
than 2,000 students from Islamic seminaries rallied in Islamabad,
urging the government to take stern action against all those people
who are posting blasphemous content on social media.
2017 Mar 8, Pakistani
authorities hanged five "hardcore terrorists" after they were found
guilty of carrying out attacks in the country. The convicts belonged
to the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
2017 Mar 8, Poland cautioned
other European Union countries that extending Donald Tusk's mandate
as chairman of EU leaders against Warsaw's will would undermine the
2017 Mar 8, Spain’s Interior
ministry said police have found a large stash of explosives near the
town of Irun, which they suspect belong to the Basque separatist
2017 Mar 8, Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir pardoned 259 rebels captured in fighting with
government forces, including dozens who had been sentenced to death.
His order came three days after a prominent insurgent group freed
dozens of prisoners, mostly soldiers, it had captured in fighting
with government forces.
2017 Mar 8, In Syria warplanes
bombed a rebel-held area east of Damascus where Russia declared a
ceasefire until March 20 less than 24 hours earlier.
2017 Mar 8, The UN nuclear
agency's 35-nation Board of Governors backed the agency's chief,
Yukiya Amano (69), for a third term as director general after he ran
unopposed on a platform of continuity in dealing with issues like
Iran's nuclear program.
2017 Mar 9, US Homeland
Security Secretary John Kelly said Illegal border crossings declined
40 percent from January to February, crediting executive actions by
President Trump for the reduction.
2017 Mar 9, Wikileaks said it
will turn over all the details it has on the CIA’s alleged hacking
arsenal so that tech companies can patch holes and fix
vulnerabilities in their technology before the activist group makes
the code publicly available online.
(SFC, 3/10/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 9, Former New Jersey
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer Arnoldo Echevarria was
convicted of accepting cash bribes and sex from immigrants in
exchange for employment authorization documents.
(SFC, 3/11/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 9, Scientists said
they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and
gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the
wild apes in three decades.
2017 Mar 9, Belarus Pres.
Alexander Lukashenko suspended collection of a fee from the
unemployed which had sparked an unusual wave of protests throughout
the authoritarian country.
2017 Mar 9, European Union
leaders confirmed Donald Tusk for a second term as council
president, overcoming weeks of strong opposition from his native
2017 Mar 9, The Ile de France
region passed a new rule obliging laborers on public building sites
to use French, copying action taken elsewhere in France to squeeze
out foreign workers.
2017 Mar 9, In Germany an
axe-wielding attacker, Fatmir H. (37), wounded nine people in a
bloody rampage at a railway station. The Kosovan national had been
diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of high anxiety
and self-harm. In September he was committed to a psychiatric ward.
(AFP, 3/10/17)(AFP, 9/22/17)
2017 Mar 9, In Germany Marcel
Hesse (19) gave himself up to police late today in Herne. He
admitted to killing a child (9) and a 22-year-old acquaintance,
citing frustration over a rejected bid to join the German army and
the recent loss of his internet connection. Hesse had stabbed the
boy 52 times with a folding knife and allegedly boasted about the
murder in a video clip he published on the darknet.
(AP, 3/10/17)(AP, 9/8/17)
2017 Mar 9, Guam lawmakers
unanimously passed the measure raising the legal age to use or
purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 stating Jan. 1, 2018. Within
weeks the measure lapsed into law after the governor took no action.
2017 Mar 9, In Italy an
overpass collapsed onto the A14, the main Adriatic coast highway,
crushing a car and reportedly killing two people inside.
2017 Mar 9, Mexican authorities
said three police investigators have been found dead after being
abducted in the municipality of Maltrata, Veracruz state, a region
plagued by drug violence.
2017 Mar 9, Moldova's
parliament accused Russia's intelligence service of intimidating
politicians, following an investigation into alleged money
laundering by Russian officials.
2017 Mar 9, North Korea
guaranteed the safety of Malaysians banned from leaving the country,
as two Malaysian UN employees left the isolated state in a possible
sign that diplomatic tensions had begun to settle. Nine other
Malaysians were believed to still be stuck there after the two
countries' diplomatic relations broke down over the Feb 13 killing
in Malaysia of the estranged sibling of North Korea's leader.
(Reuters, 3/9/17)(AP, 3/9/17)
2017 Mar 9, Pakistan shut its
porous border with landlocked Afghanistan after opening it for two
days, saying the measure was necessary to save Pakistanis from
attacks from militants operating inside Afghanistan.
2017 Mar 9, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte pleaded for help from mayors in Muslim
parts of the south to deal with Islamist militants, and threatened
to impose martial law there if the problem is not tackled.
2017 Mar 9, Top Puerto Rico
legislators said they will provide some financial relief to
islanders who invested in government bonds and face deep losses amid
an economic crisis and ongoing defaults.
2017 Mar 9, It was reported
that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has dismissed 10 senior law
2017 Mar 9, Spain's National
Court found German Cardona Soler (46), dubbed the "mini-Madoff" in
reference to jailed US conman Bernard L. Madoff, guilty of fraud,
money laundering, document falsification and criminal association.
Soler was sentenced to more than 13 years in jail for running a
pyramid scheme that swindled 350 million euros ($372 million) from
over 180,000 investors in Europe, the United States and Latin
2017 Mar 9, In Syria air
strikes, believed to belong to the US-led coalition against the
Islamic State militants, killed 23 civilians, including eight
children, in countryside around the northern city of Raqqa.
2017 Mar 9, Thai transport
officials said that services using private vehicles to transport
passengers, such as Uber or Southeast Asia's GrabCar, are illegal
because the vehicles aren't registered for public transport. The
government said it plans to introduce its own cellphone app, TAXI
OK, for passengers to call government-endorsed taxis featuring GPS
tracking systems and closed-circuit cameras
2017 Mar 10, President Donald
Trump's revamped travel ban faced its first major legal setback,
after a federal judge halted enforcement of the directive that would
deny US entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already
2017 Mar 10, Acting US deputy
attorney general Dana Boente called the 46 remaining US attorneys
who had been appointed under President Obama and requested their
resignations, effective immediately.
2017 Mar 10, The Pentagon faced
a burgeoning scandal as more pictures of naked female service
members apparently shared without their consent by male colleagues
have turned up on secret social media sites.
2017 Mar 10, The US 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled 2-1 that Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t protect against workplace
discrimination based on sexual orientation.
(SFC, 3/14/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 10, A panel of federal
judges in the Western District of Texas ruled 2-1 that three
Congressional districts must be redrawn. The two judges who sided
with the plaintiffs found that the way in which these three
districts were drawn amounted to an unconstitutional dilution of the
2017 Mar 10, Robert James
Waller (77), author of “The Bridges of Madison County" (1992), died
at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas. The book was turned into a
movie in 1995 with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and grossed $182
(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.A11)
2017 Mar 10, In southern
Afghanistan eight local policemen were killed by their colleagues
late today after they were poisoned in their base in Zabul province,
in the latest so-called "insider attack". The Taliban claimed
responsibility for the incident.
2017 Mar 10, In Austria four
planned Turkish political meetings were canceled in the latest signs
of unease across Europe over a series of campaign events to rally
support among expatriate Turks for President Tayyip Erdogan.
2017 Mar 10, Prominent Bahraini
Dr. Ali al-Ekry, jailed for five years in connection with the 2011
Arab Spring uprising for democracy, was released from prison.
2017 Mar 10, A Congolese court
in Beni sentenced to death nine rebels of the Allied Democratic
Forces, for crimes against humanity. Two others were acquitted.
(SFC, 3/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 10, Iraqi special
forces battling the Islamic State group pushed deeper into west
Mosul, where a commander said jihadist resistance is showing signs
of weakening under repeated assaults. The Islamic State released
dozens of prisoners held in jails in the districts of the northern
Iraqi city of Mosul that remained under its control.
(AFP, 3/10/17)(Reuters, 3/11/17)
2017 Mar 10, Fugitive Italian
mobster Giulio Perrone, who had been living in Mexico under a false
identity, was jailed in Rome after being extradited from Mexico. He
had been tracked down by Italian police on Facebook.
2017 Mar 10, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe announced that Japan is ending its peacekeeping mission in
troubled South Sudan after five years. Abe said Japan would not
renew the mission after the current rotation returns in May.
2017 Mar 10, The International
Olympic Committee said it has frozen all cash funding for sport in
Kenya as it battles the national Olympic body over its governance.
2017 Mar 10, Kosovo police
arrested two people after finding counterfeit currency valued at
about 2 million euros.
2017 Mar 10, Mexican officials
said authorities have found more than 250 human skulls in hidden
graves in the eastern state of Veracruz. They had been discovered by
mothers searching for their missing children. The bodies were found
over a six-month period, with the first discovered in August near
the city of Veracruz by the volunteer collective known as El
Solecito, formed by relatives of those who have disappeared.
(AFP, 3/11/17)(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A3)
2017 Mar 10, Mexican
prosecutors said six bodies were found this week around the twin
resorts of Cabo san Lucas and San Jose del Cabo at the southern tip
of the Baja California peninsula.
(SFC, 3/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 10, Nigeria’s
President Muhammadu Buhari returned home after nearly two months'
medical leave in Britain but did little to quell fears about the
state of his health by saying he would not start work again
2017 Mar 10, Romania's health
minister said thousands of people have caught measles in an ongoing
outbreak in the country, which has claimed 17 lives. Around 3,400
people had contracted the disease since the outbreak began in
2017 Mar 10, Saudi police said
Mustafa Ali Abdullah al-Madad, wanted by security forces for his
involvement in a number of terror crimes against the citizens and
security personnel, has been killed in the governorate of Qatif.
2017 Mar 10, South Korea's
Constitutional Court removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from
office in a unanimous ruling over a corruption scandal that has
plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened an
already-serious national divide. About 30 protesters and police
officers were injured in the violent clashes near the court.
2017 Mar 10, South Korea-based
LG Electronics launched its new G6 smartphone.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.19)
2017 Mar 10, South Sudan's
President Salva Kiir said he had pardoned two senior government
officials and promised to release other political prisoners, as his
rule faces surging resistance, warfare and famine.
2017 Mar 10, Spain reported a
case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called mad
cow disease, on a farm near the city of Salamanca.
2017 Mar 10, A court in
Thailand sentenced Jumpol Manmai, a former high-ranking police
officer and aide to the country's king, to three years in prison for
dereliction of duty and land encroachment.
2017 Mar 10, In Turkey seven
people were killed including four Russians when a privately-owned
helicopter crashed in Istanbul after hitting a television tower.
2017 Mar 10, The UN accused
Turkish security forces of committing serious abuses during
operations against Kurdish militants in the southeast after a
ceasefire collapsed in July 2015.
2017 Mar 10, The UN warned that
the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of
World War II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and
famine in four countries (northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan
2017 Mar 10, A Vatican
spokeswoman said in a statement that Pope Francis has sent 100,000
euros ($106,090) to the poor in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo.
2017 Mar 10, A naval mine
suspected to have been planted by rebels hit a Yemeni coast guard
vessel in the Red Sea, killing two sailors.
2017 Mar 10, In Yemen an
airstrike by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition on the Khokha market
in the western province of Hodeida killed 22 civilians.
2017 Mar 11, In the SF Bay Area
David Brian Stubblefield of San Bruno shot and killed his neighbor,
Benjamin Roybal (77), following an argument over the cost of a space
heater. Stubblefield then used a chainsaw to dismember Roybal. In
2018 Stubblefield (51) pleaded no contest and faced a 40-year
to life sentence.
(http://tinyurl.com/ycuwf8z4)(SFC, 3/27/18, p.C1)
2017 Mar 11, In eastern
Afghanistan gunmen attacked a military air base in Khost province.
One was killed, while two others were still holding out. The
interior ministry said that over the past 25 hours, security forces
had killed 51 armed militants in counter-terrorism operations across
2017 Mar 11, In Brazil Watila
Santos (38) died from yellow fever in Casimiro de Abreu, 93 miles
(150 km) from Rio de Janeiro. Around 30,000 of the city's 42,000
people were soon vaccinated.
2017 Mar 11, In Ethiopia at
least 30 people were killed and dozens more hurt in a giant
landslide at the Koshe landfill, country’s largest rubbish dump, on
the outskirts of Addis Ababa. The death toll soon climbed to 72.
(AFP, 3/12/17)(AFP, 3/14/17)
2017 Mar 11, Narendra Modi's
party won a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, India's most
populous state, in a massive vote of confidence for the prime
minister halfway into his first term. The BJP won 311 of the total
2017 Mar 11, In eastern India
Maoist rebels ambushed a paramilitary patrol in Chhattisgarh state,
killing 11 policemen.
2017 Mar 11, Iraqi paramilitary
forces announced that they had discovered a mass grave at Badush
prison near Mosul containing the remains of hundreds of people
executed by the Islamic State group in 2014.
2017 Mar 11, Italian riot
police moved in to quell violent protests in Naples sparked by the
first major rally in the southern city by the anti-immigrant
Northern League leader.
2017 Mar 11, The Netherlands
barred Turkey's foreign minister from landing in Rotterdam in a row
over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish emigres, and
President Tayyip Erdogan retaliated, branding his NATO partner a
"Nazi remnant". Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said family
minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya will travel to the Dutch city of
Rotterdam by land. Dutch authorities expelled Kaya for seeking to
woo the vote of expatriate Turks for a key referendum at home.
(Reuters, 3/11/17)(AFP, 3/12/17)
2017 Mar 11, Saudi teenager
Waleed Talal Ali al-Areed was shot dead during a security raid in
the predominantly Shiite village of al-Awamiya. The Interior
Ministry said he was wanted by police and was killed in a shootout
with security forces.
2017 Mar 11, In South Korea
opponents of ousted leader Park Geun-hye (35) rallied in Seoul to
demand that she be arrested, a day after she was thrown out of
office over a corruption scandal involving the country's
2017 Mar 11, Spanish police
said they have freed a 16-year-old girl who was being advertised by
an alleged prostitution ring as a virgin and have made seven
arrests. The ring was based in the southern resort town of Marbella.
2017 Mar 11, In Syria twin
blasts hit the center of Damascus killing at least 40 people. Two
suicide bombers carried out the attack. The next day the death toll
was soon raised to 74. The Levant Liberation Committee said it was
responsible for the two suicide attacks. The former Al-Qaeda
affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front also claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 3/11/17)(AFP, 3/12/17)(SFC, 3/13/17,
2017 Mar 11, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 300 families of Islamic State
group fighters have fled the jihadists' self-proclaimed capital of
Raqa over the last 24 hours, as rival forces advance on the city.
2017 Mar 11, Turkish
journalists and opposition lawmakers protested in Istanbul against
the detention of reporters, as a crackdown on the media has
accelerated after the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip
2017 Mar 11, Ukraine's army
reported two soldiers killed in clashes with Russian-backed rebels
in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours. A rebel spokesman in the
self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said that one of its
fighters had been killed.
2017 Mar 12, In eastern
CongoDRC UN officials Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida
Catalan, a dual national of Chile and Sweden, disappeared along with
four Congolese citizens while traveling in the Kasai region. On
March 27 the bodies of Sharp, Catalan and a Congolese were found in
the region. They had been investigating an armed conflict in the
region between government forces and the Kamuina Nsapu militia. Jose
Tshibuabua (1964-2019) was charged with murder after Reuters and
Radio France Internationale (RFI) revealed in December 2017 that he
had been working as an intelligence service informant at the same
time he and several family with ties to the militia met the
investigators to help them plan their fatal trip.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A4)(AP, 3/28/17)(AFP,
2017 Mar 12, In Georgia at
least 21 people, including 11 police officers, were left injured
during a night of rioting in Batumi, the country’s second-largest
city. The confrontation reportedly started after police ticketed a
motorist the previous day for a traffic violation, sparking an
argument that attracted people nearby.
2017 Mar 12, In Haiti a bus
plowed into a crowd in Gonaives early today killing at least 34
(SFC, 3/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 12, An Iraqi commander
of the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said government forces
have retaken around 30 percent of west Mosul from Islamic State
2017 Mar 12, In Iraq two
investigators for Sallyport Global were fired abruptly and flown out
of Iraq. They had been looking into timesheet fraud allegations and
were set to interview company managers, whom they considered
suspects. The company was paid nearly $700 million to secure an
Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets, but turned a blind eye to alcohol
smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex
trafficking and terminated the investigators who uncovered the
2017 Mar 12, Moroccan
authorities arrested Kassim Tajideen, deemed by Washington a top
financier of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, and planned to
extradite him to the United States.
2017 Mar 12, In New Zealand a
powerful storm caused flooding, landslides and blackouts, leaving
thousands of homes in Auckland without power.
2017 Mar 12, Officials said the
Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed to resume
peace talks and restore separate cease-fires after an escalation of
2017 Mar 12, South Africa's
ruling ANC published a policy paper calling for an end to corruption
and division within the party as it battles to reverse declining
2017 Mar 12, In southwest
Tunisia Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint in Kebili, killing
a policeman and wounding three others. Two militants were also
killed in an exchange of fire during the attack.
2017 Mar 12, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on international organizations to "raise
their voices" against the Netherlands after it escorted a minister
out of the country and prevented another one from landing in the
2017 Mar 13, The US
Congressional Budget Office concluded that 14 million more Americans
will be uninsured in 2018 compared with current law under the health
plan proposed by House Republicans.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.30)
2017 Mar 13, Two former Penn
State administrators pleaded guilty to mishandling child-sex
allegations against Jerry Sandusky, more than five years after the
scandal rocked the university and led to the downfall of football
coach Joe Paterno.
(SFC, 3/14/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 13, Intel said it will
buy Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, in a deal
signaling the US computer chip giant's commitment to technology for
(AFP, 3/13/17)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.65)
2017 Mar 13, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a bus in downtown Kabul during rush hour. At
least one woman was killed and 19 others wounded. Two Afghan
policemen were shot and killed on the outskirts of Kabul while
warming themselves around a fire. Taliban extremists cut off the
hand and foot of Ghulam Farooq, a suspected thief, in public in
(AFP, 3/13/17)(AP, 3/14/17)
2017 Mar 13, In northern
Bangladesh unknown assailants shot and hacked to death a Sufi
spiritual leader and his adopted daughter.
2017 Mar 13, Burundi’s health
minister said about 700 people have died from malaria in Burundi so
far this year. He said authorities have registered 1.8 million
infections in a rising epidemic.
2017 Mar 13, Egypt's President
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned more than 200 people convicted and
jailed for their participation in illegal protests. Former Pres.
Hosni Mubarek was ordered free from detention.
(AP, 3/13/17)(SFC, 3/14/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 13, In Ethiopia gunmen
from South Sudan killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 in Gambella's Gog
and Jor areas.
2017 Mar 13, The EU said it has
prolonged for six months until Sept. 15 a blacklist of Russian and
Crimean individuals and firms accused of undermining Ukraine's
integrity and independence.
2017 Mar 13, Hungarian
lawmakers re-elected President Janos Ader to his largely ceremonial
post, ensuring another five-year term for a supporter of populist PM
Viktor Orban's government.
2017 Mar 13, In Hungary nearly
100 migrants began a hunger strike at a detention center, demanding
that they be allowed to leave the Bekescsaba camp on the Romanian
2017 Mar 13, Iraqi forces said
that they have taken more territory from jihadists and were
searching for militants and bombs on the edge of the Old City as
they press an offensive in west Mosul. An airstrike hit a
residential area in Mosul. Scores of residents were later reported
(AFP, 3/13/17)(AP, 3/24/17)
2017 Mar 13, Several hundred
Palestinians marched in an anti-government protest, calling for the
resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and criticizing his security
coordination with Israel. Separately, Palestinian journalists staged
a sit-in nearby to protest the violent dispersal of an
anti-government protest by Palestinian riot police a day earlier.
2017 Mar 13, President Rodrigo
Duterte said he has told the military to assert Philippine ownership
of a large ocean region off the country's northeastern coast where
Chinese survey ships were spotted last year.
2017 Mar 13, A prosecutor said
Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of Michael Karkoc (98)
from Minneapolis, Minnesota, after confirming he was a Nazi unit
commander suspected of ordering the killing of 44 Poles during World
2017 Mar 13, Scottish First
Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanded a new independence referendum in
late 2018 or early 2019, once the terms of Britain's exit from the
European Union have become clearer. Britain’s PM Theresa May chided
Sturgeon for demanding an independence referendum, saying the
Scottish National Party (SNP) had "tunnel vision" on breaking away
from the United Kingdom.
2017 Mar 13, Slovakia’s PM
Robert Fico said he would revoke an amnesty law passed by former PM
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.45)
2017 Mar 13, In Somalia a
suicide car bomber detonated near a hotel in Mogadishu, killing at
least six people and injuring four others. The al-Qaida-linked
Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 13, Pirates operating
off the coast of Somalia hijacked the Aris 13 oil tanker, marking
the first time since 2012 that a commercial vessel has been captured
by Somali pirates. Eight Sri Lankan crew members were taken captive.
2017 Mar 13, South Africa and
Nigeria said they would launch a jointly run "early warning" system
to track and deter xenophobic attacks against Nigerian migrants.
2017 Mar 13, A South Sudanese
military spokesman said rebels have kidnapped eight locals working
for a US charity and are demanding aid deliveries as ransom.
2017 Mar 13, In Spain a court
in Barcelona ruled that former Catalonia regional government chief
Artur Mas is to be banned for two years from holding public office
for going ahead with a vote on the region's independence despite a
ruling against it.
2017 Mar 13, A Syrian official
said opposition fighters will be allowed to leave the last
rebel-held neighborhood in the city of Homs under a Russia-backed
deal signed today. The deal is to be carried out within six to eight
2017 Mar 13, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of
more than 321,000 people since the start of the war six years ago
and more than 145,000 others had been reported as missing.
2017 Mar 14, US President
Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
discussed opportunities for new economic programs and investments
between the two countries during a meeting.
2017 Mar 14, Two pages of Pres.
Donald Trump’s tax return from 2005 were made public and showed he
paid $38 million in federal taxes on income of $150 million.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, US Navy Adm. Bruce
Loveless was among nine high-ranking military officers arrested
across the country in a burgeoning bribery scandal involving a
Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, The US federal
government revoked the tax-exempt status of the National Policy
Institute, a group run by Richard Spencer, because it failed to file
tax returns for three consecutive years. Spencer popularized the
term “alt-right" and is a leading figure in the fringe movement.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, Hundreds of
Twitter accounts were hijacked amid the ongoing diplomatic feud
between Turkey and two European nations, Germany and the
Netherlands. Most if not all high-profile accounts soon returned to
2017 Mar 14, Winter Storm
Stella dumped snow and sleet across the northeastern United States,
forcing airlines to ground flights and schools to cancel classes.
Airlines canceled about 5,700 flights across the United States.
Airports in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia
were hit the hardest.
(AP, 3/14/17)(AFP, 3/14/17)
2017 Mar 14, John Van de Kamp
(81), former California Attorney General (1983-1991) died at his
home in Pasadena.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 14, In the SF Bay Area
two Fremont police detectives shot at a moving car in Hayward
killing pregnant passenger Elena Mondragon (16). Police had been
tracking her boyfriend, an armed robbery suspect, who was driving
the car. In 2018 her family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit
against the Fremont police department.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.D1)
2017 Mar 14, Texas executed
James Bigby (61) for the 1987 killing of a father and his infant
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
suspected NATO airstrike on the funeral of a Taliban commander
killed 29 insurgents in the eastern Paktika province.
2017 Mar 14, Canada's Pearson
International Airport canceled more than a hundred flights as a late
winter storm brought more snow to southern Ontario, forcing several
colleges to suspend classes.
2017 Mar 14, The former
campaign manager for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
acknowledged for the first time that Odebrecht, a scandal-tarred
Brazilian construction company, illegally paid costs related to
Santos’ 2010 campaign.
2017 Mar 14, The European
Union's top court ruled that companies may bar staff from wearing
Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under
certain conditions, setting off a storm of complaint from rights
groups and religious leaders.
2017 Mar 14, The European
Parliament suspended Polish lawmaker Janusz Korwin-Mikke for 10 days
after he said during a March 1 debate that women should earn less
than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent.
2017 Mar 14, EU lawmakers
backed more ambitious recycling targets, setting Europe on track to
drastically reduce reliance on landfill sites to dispose of waste
2017 Mar 14, EU lawmakers voted
to toughen the bloc’s gun laws and close loopholes exploited by
attackers in France.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 14, French
presidential candidate Francois Fillon was put under formal
investigation by magistrates on suspicion of embezzling state funds.
2017 Mar 14, The small western
German state of Saarland said it is banning political campaigning by
foreign politicians saying internal Turkish conflicts have no place
2017 Mar 14, German authorities
banned the German-speaking Islam Group Hildesheim, known by its
German acronym DIK. It had long been on authorities' radar as a
magnet for radicals.
2017 Mar 14, Berlin's airports
remained paralyzed after ground staff extended a strike, stepping up
pressure in a dispute over pay that has already caused the
cancellation of more than 1,000 flights since March 10.
2017 Mar 14, In India the body
of an Irish woman (28) was found by a farmer on an isolated beach
near Canacona village in the western beach state of Goa. She had
been raped and strangled. A local criminal was arrested the next day
and faced rape and murder charges.
2017 Mar 14, Iraqi forces said
they have recaptured Mosul train station, once one of the country's
main rail hubs and the latest in a series of key sites retaken from
2017 Mar 14, The Irish Coast
Guard said one person died and three were missing after a Sikorsky
S-92 helicopter crashed off the coast of Ireland during a rescue
2017 Mar 14, Israel ordered the
closure of an office in Arab East Jerusalem as it was suspected of
being funded by the Palestinian Authority and involved with
monitoring the sale of Palestinian property to Jews.
2017 Mar 14, In northern Israel
a fireworks warehouse went up in flames, killing two people,
injuring at least two more and setting off a series of loud
explosions in a village near Netanya.
2017 Mar 14, In Israel an
elderly man burnt nurse Tova Kararo (56) at a clinic after
apparently being dissatisfied by the treatment he had received in
Holon. Kararo died after the man poured flammable fluid on the nurse
taking care of him.
2017 Mar 14, In Kenya thousands
of public hospital doctors agreed to end a 100-day strike after the
government and union members signed a deal in Nairobi to address pay
and other issues in dispute.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 14, A Libyan military
spokesman says hundreds of forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa
Hifter have seized major oil facilities at Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra
from Islamist-allied militias.
2017 Mar 14, Malaysia said that
the body of Kim Jong Nam, the brother of North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un killed last month, has been embalmed and that about 50 North
Koreans whose work permits have expired will be deported.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A3)
2017 Mar 14, Montenegro's
former PM Milo Djukanovic called on the European Union to stop
Russia's "destructive" influence in the Balkans.
2017 Mar 14, RIA news agency
reported that President Vladimir Putin has approved a decree
allowing some troops from Georgia's breakaway region of South
Ossetia to be incorporated into the Russian army.
2017 Mar 14, Russian-led peace
talks on Syria were derailed as rebels backed by Turkey boycotted a
third round of meetings in Kazakhstan and the Kremlin indicated
there were international divisions over the process.
2017 Mar 14, In Saudi Arabia
gunfire broke out this evening when police tried to stop a
suspicious car near the central hospital in Qatif. Someone in the
car started shooting, mortally wounding one of the officers. The
2017 Mar 14, In South Sudan
gunmen killed two people and wounded three when they attacked a
humanitarian convoy in the center of the country.
2017 Mar 14, The UN Independent
International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said Syria's air force
deliberately bombed water sources in December, a war crime that cut
off water for 5.5 million people in and around the capital Damascus.
The UN investigative commission also said it believes government
forces deliberately bombed a school complex in the country's
northern countryside in October, killing 21 children.
(Reuters, 3/14/17)(AP, 3/14/17)
2017 Mar 15, United States
charged two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers with
masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts, the
first time the U.S. government has criminally charged Russian spies
for cyber offences. The indictment named the FSB officers involved
as Dmitry Dokuchaev and his superior, Igor Sushchin, who are both in
Russia. The alleged criminals involved included Alexsey Belan and
Karim Baratov, who was arrested in Canada a day earlier. Belan was
arrested in Europe in June 2013 but escaped to Russia before he
could be extradited to the US.
2017 Mar 15, The US Federal
Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the 2nd time in three
months. The short-term rate was raised by a quarter point to a range
of 0.75% to 1%.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 15, A federal jury in
Chicago convicted South Korean CEO Heon Seok Lee of defrauding
municipal governments into using federal money on
wastewater-treatment equipment they were falsely told was made in
2017 Mar 15, US District Judge
Derrick Watson of Hawaii issued a ruling granting a temporary
restraining order on Pres. Trump’s travel ban.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 15, A group of 17
Republicans in Congress signed a resolution vowing to seek
"economically viable" ways to stave off global warming, possibly
putting them on a collision course with President Donald Trump who
has called climate change a hoax.
2017 Mar 15, Former Los Angeles
County Sheriff Lee Baca (74) was convicted of obstructing an FBI
investigation into corrupt and violent guards.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 15, In Louisiana three
people were found shot to death and a fourth fatally stabbed at an
apartment complex in Matairie, a suburb of New Orleans.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 15, In western Austria
three people were killed when their ski touring group was swept away
by an avalanche in the Tyrol region. A fourth person was missing.
2017 Mar 15, Brazilian civil
servants, rural workers and labor confederations staged nationwide
demonstrations against President Michel Temer's pension reform plan,
with hundreds of protesters occupying the premises of the finance
ministry in Brasilia.
2017 Mar 15, In Cambodia Sok An
(66), a deputy prime minister who was one of PM Hun Sen's closest
political and personal allies, died.
2017 Mar 15, Cameroon said
regional forces had rescued the hostages, who were held in villages
by the jihadist group, in an operation along the Nigeria-Cameroon
border. On March 17 a man purporting to be Abubakar Shekau, the
leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, denied in a
posted video that 5,000 people held by the group had been freed by
West African forces earlier in the week.
2017 Mar 15, China wrapped up
its annual National People’s Congress. On its final day it passed
legislation titled the General Principles of Civil Law.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.42)
2017 Mar 15, The European Union
gave its blessing to AT&T's proposed $85 billion purchase of
Time Warner, saying that it raises no competition concerns in
Europe. The deal still needs approval from US regulators.
2017 Mar 15, In Germany three
men and a woman were sentenced to prison terms between three and
five years for forming the so-called Oldschool Society in August
2014, a far-right terrorist group with a plan to bomb refugee homes
as a tactic to scare migrants into leaving the country.
2017 Mar 15, Indonesia's
government said that a British-owned cruise ship must pay
compensation for the destruction of coral reefs in a popular tourist
area known for its extensive marine biodiversity. The 4,200-ton
cruise ship M.V. Caledonian Sky ran aground in the waters of Raja
Ampat in West Papua province last week, causing extensive damage to
the coral reefs.
2017 Mar 15, Kenya announced
that it will ban all plastic bags, becoming the 2nd African country
to do so after Rwanda. Earlier efforts by Kenya in 2007 and 2011
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.41)
2017 Mar 15, Forces loyal to
Libya's UN-backed unity government seized the headquarters of a
rival militia in a third day of intense fighting for control of
2017 Mar 15, Millions of Dutch
flocked to the polls in a test of the "patriotic revolution"
promised by far-right MP Geert Wilders. PM Mark Rutte's conservative
VVD party won the elections with 33 seats. Wilders increased his
bloc from 15 in 2012 to 20. The Denk party, catering to Dutch
Muslims, won three seats.
(AFP, 3/15/17)(AP, 3/16/17)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.59)
2017 Mar 15, New Zealand
approved a law that declared the Whanganui River to be a legal
person, in the sense that it can own property, incur debts and
petition the courts. Days later an Indian court declared the Ganges
and Yamuna rivers to be people too.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.34)
2017 Mar 15, Pakistan launched
a national census, the country's first in 19 years.
2017 Mar 15, Eleven Philippine
legislators who voted against a bill to re-introduce capital
punishment lost key posts in the country's Congress, in an apparent
follow through of a threat by the house speaker to purge obstacles
to the draft.
2017 Mar 15, Romanian
authorities extradited Chilean fugitive Rafael Garay. He was accused
of embezzling almost a billion dollars.
2017 Mar 15, In Sierra Leone a
709-carat diamond was presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Pastor Emmanuel Momoh found the diamond in Yakadu village in the
country's diamond-rich eastern Kono District. It was among the 20
largest diamonds ever found. In October the stone was taken by a
sales team from the National Minerals Agency to Antwerp, Belgium, to
meet sales agents, auction houses and potential buyers.
(AP, 3/16/17)(AP, 10/3/17)
2017 Mar 15, In Syria two
suicide bomb attacks killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens
more in Damascus, in the second such spate of bombings in the Syrian
capital in five days. Sixteen lawyers were among the dozens killed
in the suicide attack that struck the main judicial building in
(Reuters, 3/15/17)(AP, 3/16/17)
2017 Mar 15, Turkey said its
red meat association has ordered a consignment of prize Dutch cattle
to be sent back to the Netherlands, saying it no longer wants to
farm the cows due to the diplomatic crisis between the countries.
2017 Mar 15, Human Rights Watch
said 155 people, including 15 children, were killed in fierce
fighting that erupted last Nov 26 in western Uganda between security
forces and a tribal king's palace guards.
2017 Mar 15, Ukraine's Security
and Defence Council approved the suspension of all cargo traffic
with separatist-held territory.
2017 Mar 16, Pres. Donald
Trump’s preliminary budget was released. It included 18% cuts to
federal funding for the National Institutes of Health and the
elimination of the Community Development Block Grant Program, which
helps fund the Meals on Wheels program. It also cut funding to the
State Dept. and spending on foreign aid by 28%.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/19/17, p.A6)(Econ,
2017 Mar 16, US District Judge
Theodore Chuang of Maryland granted a preliminary injunction in a
lawsuit against Pres. Trump’s travel ban from the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Immigration Law Center.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 16, Philip Choy, an
expert on the history of Chinese in America, died at his home in San
Francisco. His books included “The Architecture of San Francisco
(SSFC, 3/19/17, p.C3)
2017 Mar 16, James Cotton
(b.1935), pioneering harmonica player, died in Austin, Texas. He
helped established the harmonica as an integral part of modern
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 16, British PM Theresa
May rejected a call for a referendum on Scottish independence before
Britain leaves the European Union — a move condemned as a
"democratic outrage" by Scotland's nationalist leader.
\2017 Mar 16, A bill
authorizing Britain to start its exit from the EU received royal
assent and became law.
(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, Scientists at
Britain's Newcastle University received a license to create babies
using DNA from three people to prevent women from passing on
potentially fatal genetic diseases to their children — the first
time such approval has been granted.
2017 Mar 16, In China Saudi
Arabia's King Salman oversaw the signing of deals worth as much as
$65 billion on the first day of a visit to Beijing.
2017 Mar 16, Ethiopia's
military rescued six children kidnapped by South Sudanese raiders in
a cross-border attack, but dozens of others remain missing and
soldiers are pursuing the gunmen to recover them.
2017 Mar 16, The European Union
called for the United Nations to send an international fact-finding
mission urgently to Myanmar to investigate allegations of torture,
rapes and executions by the military against the Rohingya Muslim
2017 Mar 16, The European
Parliament rejected a call to ban Arctic oil and gas exploration, in
a symbolic vote seen as a barometer for future moves by Brussels to
regulate to protect the region.
2017 Mar 16, The European
Parliament overwhelmingly approved a law requiring firms to ensure
they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other
areas that end up funding warlords.
2017 Mar 16, European security
watchdog OSCE prolonged its monitoring mission to Ukraine by one
year until March 2018. The unarmed, civilian mission with more than
700 international observers seeks to reduce tensions and report on
the situation on the ground.
2017 Mar 16, The European
Commission agreed to send Ukraine 600 million euros ($643.20
million) to help its finances, ending months of delays over EU
conditions linked to the loan.
2017 Mar 16, In Paris, France,
a female employee of the International Monetary Fund suffered
injuries to her face and arms when a letter bomb addressed to the
world lender's European representative blew up as she opened it.
2017 Mar 16, In southern France
Killian Barbey (16) was arrested with a cache of weapons after a
shooting at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school in Grasse that
left eight people injured including the head teacher.
(AFP, 3/16/17)(AP, 3/17/17)(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, The militant Greek
group Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for a parcel
bomb mailed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. The
parcel had been intercepted by the German finance ministry's mail
department. On March 20 Greek counterterrorism officers uncovered
eight more similar parcel bombs.
(Reuters, 3/16/17)(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, In India Farook
Hameed (31) was murdered in Coimbatore, allegedly by members of a
Muslim radical group, for having repudiated Islam and declaring
himself an atheist. Six people were soon arrested in the case.
(http://tinyurl.com/n22lnau)(Econ 7/22/17, SR
2017 Mar 16, An Indonesian
court sentenced people-smuggling kingpin Abraham Louhenapessy, known
as Captain Bram, to six years in jail for organizing a trip for
migrants to New Zealand in early 2015.
2017 Mar 16, Iraqi government
forces besieged Islamic State militants around Mosul's Old City,
edging closer to the historic mosque from where the group's leader
declared a caliphate nearly three years ago.
2017 Mar 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he would honor his commitment to build a new
settlement in the occupied West Bank, the first in two decades.
2017 Mar 16, It was reported
that a group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexican city
of Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating
them after they staged a hunger strike to demand their release.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, In Pakistan Umer
Tanveer killed his newlywed bride three days after their wedding in
Lahore by suffocating her with a pillow. Tanveer had married his
paternal cousin under family pressure but was interested in another
woman who lived in Dubai. Tanveer initially denied killing Hira but
then confessed to the crime.
2017 Mar 16, In the Philippines
Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte alleging violations of the constitution, bribery and
corruption, And the betrayal of the public trust with actions that
included extra judicial killings and his failure to declare huge
bank deposits as required by law.
(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 16, Qatar said a new
government body set up to handle complaints from migrant workers
seeking bosses' permission to leave the Gulf nation received
hundreds of claims over two months and rejected more than a quarter
2017 Mar 16, In Romania some
1,000 police officers protested in Bucharest to demand higher
salaries, saying tens of thousands of officers are earning the
minimum wage or less.
2017 Mar 16, Somali pirates,
who had seized an oil tanker, opened fire on naval troops from the
semiautonomous state of Puntland sparking clashes between the two
sides. The pirates were continuing to receive reinforcements while
regional forces mobilized nearby. The pirates released the ship and
its crew late today.
(AP, 3/16/17)(SFC, 3/17/17,
2017 Mar 16, A military vessel
and a helicopter attacked a boat packed with Somali refugees late
today killing at least 42 people including women and children in the
Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. The refugees, carrying official
UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan. 80 survivors
were brought to hospitals in Hodeidah. Shiite rebels accused the
Saudi-led air coalition of carrying out the attack. A confidential
UN report later said the attack was most likely carried out by the
(Reuters, 3/17/17)(AP, 3/17/17)(SFC, 3/18/17,
2017 Mar 16, South Korea-based
Hyundai said it is recalling nearly 978,000 cars in the US because
the front seat belts could detach in a crash and fail to hold
2017 Mar 16, In Spain taxi
drivers in Barcelona and Madrid went on strike to urge authorities
to protect their regulated service against companies like Uber and
Cabify, which offer cheaper services.
2017 Mar 16, In Syria a
suspected US airstrike late today struck the Omar Ibn al-Khattab
Mosque in the Jeeneh district in Aleppo province, killing at least
38-49 people and wounded many others. On June 7 the US military said
an investigation has found that the strike was legal and caused only
one civilian casualty.
(AP, 3/17/17)(SFC, 6/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, Turkish police
detained two suspected members of the Islamic State group who were
allegedly planning a "sensational attack" similar to the massacre at
an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's night.
2017 Mar 16, The United Arab
Emirates said one of its soldiers has been killed while serving in
the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
2017 Mar 17, US Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson directed US diplomatic missions to identify
"populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening
for visa applicants in those groups. In cables dated March 10 and
March 15, Tillerson had issued detailed instructions to consular
officials for implementing Trump's travel order, which was due to
take effect on March 16.
2017 Mar 17, In San Francisco
George Martinez (44) was killed as he celebrated his birthday in the
Mission District. In 2019 two members of the MS-13 street gang were
convicted of executing Martinez. The gang members mistook Martinez
for a rival gang member.
(SFC, 12/21/19, p.C1)
2017 Mar 17, Results were
published of a $1 billion study on Repatha, a cholesterol drug made
by Amgen, that indicated the drug can make cholesterol tumble and
cut the risk of heart attack and stroke. The list price for the drug
was $14,523 a year.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 17, In Afghanistan a
suicide truck bomber struck a military checkpoint, killing one
soldier and wounding 10 in Khost province. Another suicide bomber
elsewhere in the country killed the brother of a local religious
leader he had targeted for assassination.
2017 Mar 17, An avalanche in
Austria's western region of Tyrol killed two people.
2017 Mar 17, In Bangladesh two
policemen were wounded in the apparently botched attack when a man
blew himself up at an elite forces camp near Dhaka's international
airport. The Islamic State Group soon claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 17, Brazilian federal
police raided dozens of meatpacker offices, including industry
giants JBS SA and BRF SA, following a two-year investigation into
alleged bribery of regulators to subvert inspections of their
plants. "Operation Weak Flesh" had already uncovered about 40 cases
of meatpackers who had bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook
2017 Mar 17, Former British
Treasury chief George Osborne was appointed editor of the Evening
Standard newspaper, touching off a torrent of criticism about
whether a sitting lawmaker should be able to run a London-based
2017 Mar 17, Security forces in
Congo Republic said they have killed around 15 rebel fighters during
a military operation in the restive Pool region.
2017 Mar 17, The Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said governments
need to do more to create growth that benefits everyone, and the US
should spend more on roads, highways, bridges and airports.
2017 Mar 17, Txetx Etcheverry,
a prominent figure in the French Basque community, said the Basque
separatist group ETA will complete its disarmament by April 8.
2017 Mar 17, Brazilian federal
police raided dozens of meatpacker offices, including industry
giants JBS SA and BRF SA, following a two-year investigation into
alleged bribery of regulators to subvert inspections of their
plants. "Operation Weak Flesh" had already uncovered about 40 cases
of meatpackers who had bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook
2017 Mar 17, In China poultry
trading in Hunan’s provincial capital of Changsha went into effect.
An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu virus originated from a farm with about
29,760 infected birds. Over 170,000 birds were culled as a result.
At least 162 deaths have been reported since last October.
2017 Mar 17, The European Union
re-imposed a fine on 11 air cargo companies totaling $835 million
after the original decision was thrown out by a high court on a
2017 Mar 17, A visit of
Segolene Royal, the French minister of ecology, to French Guiana was
cut short after masked demonstrators from the collective stormed
into a regional conference on biodiversity she was attending in the
department's capital city of Cayenne.
2017 Mar 17, In Germany a G20
official said opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and
others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs
to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance
and central bankers meeting.
2017 Mar 17, In Iraq an
airstrike hit the residential area in Mosul for the 2nd time in four
days. Many residents were later reported killed. US officials
acknowledged the airstrike on March 25 that witnesses said killed at
least 100 people. On May 25 the US military acknowledged the bombing
saying it set off explosive materials that militants had planted
inside causing the structure to collapse.
(AP, 3/24/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A6)(SFC, 5/26/17,
2017 Mar 17, Israeli warplanes
struck several targets in Syria overnight, prompting retaliatory
missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two
countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
2017 Mar 17, Japan’s Maebashi
district court held the government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co.
(TEPCO) liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the
Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay more money to dozens
out of the thousands of people who fled radiation released during
the March 2011 disaster.
2017 Mar 17, Kenya's President
Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the military to deploy to the volatile
counties of Baringo and Laikipia in the Rift Valley to calm deadly
violence fueled by drought that affects roughly half the country.
2017 Mar 17, In Libya gunmen
opened fire at demonstrators protesting against militias in Tripoli.
2017 Mar 17, Morocco’s MAP
state news said King Mohammed VI has named Saad Eddine El Othmani of
the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) as the country's
new prime minister and asked him to form a government.
2017 Mar 17, SWIFT, a messaging
network for cross-border payments, suspended services for four
remaining North Korean banks. Earlier this month SWIFT was obliged
to exclude three North Korean banks that were under UN sanctions.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.63)
2017 Mar 17, In Peru El
Nino-fueled flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving
some communities cut off from roads. This year's El Nino shut down
northern Peru's sugar-cane business.
(AFP, 3/18/17)(Econ., 10/10/20, p.72)
2017 Mar 17, The Philippines
said it would strengthen its military facilities on islands and
shoals in the disputed South China Sea and announced initial plans
to build a new port and pave an existing rough airstrip.
2017 Mar 17, Portugal's
attorney general granted investigators another extension to conclude
their 2 1/2-year investigation into former PM Jose Socrates (59),
who is suspected of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud.
Socrates was the center-left Socialist prime minister from 2005 to
2017 Mar 17, South Africa's
Constitutional Court ordered the government to pay social grants on
April 1 via its current service provider, seeking to end a fiasco
that had threatened the payment of benefits to 17 million people.
2017 Mar 17, In South Korea US
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said US policy of strategic
patience with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has ended,
warning that military action would be "on the table" if Pyongyang
elevated the threat level.
2017 Mar 17, In St. Lucia Derek
Walcott (87), a Nobel-prize winning poet, died. He was known for
capturing the essence of his native Caribbean and became the
region's most internationally famous writer.
(AP, 3/17/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.82)
2017 Mar 17, In Tanzania Dar es
Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda stormed into the offices
of the Clouds FM Media Group with six armed men to demand the airing
of a muckraking video aimed at undermining a popular local pastor
with whom Makonda has a dispute.
2017 Mar 17, In Uganda senior
police official Andrew Felix Kaweesi was shot and killed in his car
along with two other officers as he left his home in Kampala.
President Yoweri Museveni condemned the killing and directed the
immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and
along the highways.
(AFP, 3/17/17)(Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017 Mar 17, In Yemen 22 people
were killed in an attack on a mosque during prayers inside a
military base in Marib province.
2017 Mar 18, Rock 'n' roll
legend Chuck Berry (b.1926) died at his home in the St. Louis area.
His 1958 hit "Johnny B. Goode" was so influential and recognizable
that the US space program chose it to represent rock music for
potential extraterrestrial listeners on the Voyager spacecraft.
(AFP, 3/18/17)(SSFC, 3/19/17, p.A9)
2017 Mar 18, In Angola about
200 demonstrators protested under heavy police surveillance in
Luanda against a draft law criminalizing all abortions.
2017 Mar 18, Bangladesh police
in Dhaka shot dead a suspected militant on a motorbike carrying a
bag with improvised explosive devices.
2017 Mar 18, CongoDRC’s UN
mission said government forces have targeted civilians, including
women and children, resulting in numerous deaths in central Congo
this week and are restricting United Nations peacekeepers' access to
2017 Mar 18, In Egypt Salem
Salmy al-Hamadeen (aka Abu Anas al-Ansari), a leader in Islamic
State's Egyptian affiliate, was killed in an air raid.
2017 Mar 18, Meeting in Cairo
representatives of the United Nations, European Union, Arab League
and African Union supported efforts by Libya's unity government to
assert control over Tripoli after days of fighting with rival
2017 Mar 18, In France a man
was shot to death after attempting to seize a soldier's weapon at
the Orly Airport. He was soon identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a
39-year-old born in France. Judicial sources said he became a
radicalized Muslim when he served a prison term several years ago
(AP, 3/18/17)(Reuters, 3/19/17)
2017 Mar 18, In Germany finance
chiefs of the world's top 20 economies (G20) pledged to finalize new
banking regulations, easing concerns that the new US administration
would pull out of a long-delayed global accord known as Basel III.
The G20 dropped a pledge to fully oppose trade protectionism, amid
pushback from the government of US President Donald Trump.
(Reuters, 3/18/17)(AP, 3/18/17)
2017 Mar 18, In Germany around
9,000 Kurdish supporters demonstrated in Frankfurt against Turkish
President Tayyip Erdogan and an April referendum that would give him
sweeping new powers.
2017 Mar 18, India’s PM
Narendra Modi picked Hindu hardliner Yogi Adityanath to lead Uttar
Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, after his party won a
landslide victory last week. Adityanath has been accused of inciting
violence against India's Muslim minority.
2017 Mar 18, In Iran the Fars
semi-official news agency reported that Faezeh Hashemi, the
outspoken daughter of Iran's late President Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, has been sentenced to six months in prison for
"spreading lies against the judiciary".
2017 Mar 18, Elite Iraqi forces
said they were battling house by house in the Old City of Mosul,
inching towards the mosque where the Islamic State group proclaimed
its "caliphate" in 2014.
2017 Mar 18, The Israeli
military carried out the airstrikes early today against two Hamas
targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a projectile that
landed in an open field. No militant group has claimed
responsibility for the firing.
2017 Mar 18, In Nigeria three
suicide bombers suspected to be members of Boko Haram detonated
explosive devices strapped on their bodies late today, killing at
least four people in Maiduguri.
2017 Mar 18, In Poland hundreds
of people, braving the winter cold and rain, protested in Warsaw
against plans by the conservative government to curb the power of
local governments and to subject the judiciary to the ruling party's
2017 Mar 18, Russian
authorities said Vladimir Evdokimov (56), a former top space agency
official, has been found dead with two stab wounds in a prison where
he was being held on charges of embezzlement. He had been jailed in
December on charges of embezzling 200 million rubles ($3.1 million)
from the MiG aerospace company.
2017 Mar 18, In South Africa
burglars targeted Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's offices early
today, stealing 15 computers containing sensitive information about
250 judges. His court had severely criticized the ANC government.
2017 Mar 18, South Sudanese
rebels kidnapped four oil workers including a Pakistani national, in
a bid to force their Chinese and Malaysian consortium to leave the
2017 Mar 18, In Syria nearly
1,500 people, mostly civilians, left the last opposition-held
district of Homs under a controversial Russian-supervised deal to
bring the city under full government control.
2017 Mar 18, Thai police
uncovered a plot to assassinate the country's prime minister after
seizing a weapons cache at a house belonging to red shirt leader
Wuthipong Kochathamakun, who has been on the run since the military
2017 Mar 18, Turkish media said
authorities have detained 740 people for suspected links to the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) over the last three days.
2017 Mar 18, Rima Khalaf, a UN
undersecretary-general, resigned after refusing to withdraw her
report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
She had authored a recent report that accused Israel of establishing
an "apartheid regime." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas soon
informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine
Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her "courage and
support" for the Palestinian people.
2017 Mar 19, The SpaceX Dragon
cargo ship returned from the ISS and parachuted into the Pacific
with some 5,000 pounds of completed experiments and used equipment.
(SFC, 3/20/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 19, Uber Pres. Jeff
Jones stepped down after six months on the job. At least six key
executive and high ranking employees have left the world’s most
valuable startup in the past nine weeks.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.55)
2017 Mar 19, In Chicago a girl
(15) went missing. She was found two days later and taken to a
children's hospital for treatment. Her alleged gang rape had been
broadcast on Facebook Live. On April 1 police arrested a 14-year-old
boy in connection with the gang rape.
2017 Mar 19, Jimmy Breslin
(b.1928), NYC columnist and best-selling author, died at his home in
Manhattan. His books included “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot
Straight" (1969), based on the life of gangster Joey Gallo. In 1971
it was adopted into a movie.
(SFC, 3/20/17, p.A10)
2017 Mar 19, A US drone
airstrike in Afghanistan killed Qari Yasin, a Pakistani militant and
al-Qaida leader, accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus
carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.
(Reuters, 3/21/17)(AP, 3/25/17)
2017 Mar 19, An Afghan soldier
opened fire inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding
three US soldiers before being shot dead. Taliban insurgents
attacked a district headquarters in the Kandahar province using a
suicide car bomb. Six police were reported killed and five others
were wounded in the assault. In Zabul province an army operation
killed 13 Taliban and wounded 11 others. Two Afghan soldiers were
killed and three others were wounded by a roadside bomb during the
operation. Two Taliban commanders were killed in an apparent US
drone strike in the Barmal district of the eastern Paktika province.
Another 10 insurgents were killed in a separate drone strike in the
Dand-e Patan district of neighboring Paktia province.
2017 Mar 19, Canadian teacher
Maggie MacDonell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize during
a ceremony in Dubai.
(SFC, 3/20/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 19, It was reported
that a Chinese court has sentenced the police boss of Guta district
of Jinzhou City, Liaoning province, to 17 years in prison for his
part in a bribes-for-projects scandal, proceeds from which were used
to buy two homes in Australia, according to court documents.
2017 Mar 19, In Ghana 20 people
were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming
in at the base of a waterfall near Kintampo, crushing and drowning
people enjoying a day out at a popular beauty spot.
(Reuters, 3/20/17)(AFP, 3/21/17)
2017 Mar 19, In Guatemala
jailed Barrio 18 gang members rioted and took several guards hostage
to demand the return of 250 of the gang's members who had been
recently transferred to another juvenile detention center.
2017 Mar 19, In India Yogi
Adityanath (44), hard-line Hindu religious leader, took the oath of
office as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state.
2017 Mar 19, Iraqi forces
backed by helicopter strikes engaged in heavy fighting with
jihadists on the outskirts of the Old City as they pressed an
offensive to recapture west Mosul.
2017 Mar 19, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu backed out of an agreement to establish a new
broadcasting authority, creating a coalition crisis with one of his
key partners that could lead to early elections.
2017 Mar 19, In Lebanon
demonstrators in central Beirut hurled empty water bottles at PM
Saad al-Hariri when he tried to calm hundreds of people protesting
against proposed tax hikes.
2017 Mar 19, Lebanon's main
Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, handed his political authority to his
son Taymour, extending the tradition of dynastic politics that plays
a big part in the country's sectarian government. The event marked
the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Walid Jumblatt's
father, Kamal Jumblatt.
2017 Mar 19, In Myanmar
hundreds of hard-line Buddhists in Rakhine state protested against
the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the
persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community. Rakhine, one of the
poorest states in Myanmar, is home to more than 1 million stateless
2017 Mar 19, A Hamas military
court sentenced two Palestinians to death for drug smuggling in the
Gaza Strip, in the first punishment of its kind in the enclave. A
third suspect was sentenced to hard labor.
2017 Mar 19, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the prospect of the International
Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on
drugs, saying he would not be intimidated and his campaign would be
unrelenting and brutal.
2017 Mar 19, Russia concluded
an agreement with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to set up a
military base in northwestern Syria. Russia will be training YPG
fighters, who control the area, as part of the fight against
2017 Mar 19, In Spain a few
thousand people rallied in Barcelona to protest the regional Catalan
government's push to break away from the rest of the country.
2017 Mar 19, In Syria fierce
clashes broke out in Damascus after insurgents infiltrated
government-held parts of the eastern side of the city through
2017 Mar 19, The IMF and
Ukrainian authorities said the International Monetary Fund has
postponed a decision to disburse more aid to Ukraine in order to
assess the impact of an economic blockade Kiev imposed on
2017 Mar 20, The United States
criticized the UN Human Rights Council, saying addressing the human
rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories as
part of its agenda exhibited the group's "long-standing bias against
2017 Mar 20, FBI Director James
Comey confirmed that the bureau is investigating possible links and
coordination between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump
as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year's
2017 Mar 20, US Pres. Donald
Trump asked Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, and
Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the national Security Agency, to
help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible
coordination between his campaign and the Russian government. Coats
and Rogers refused to comply.
(SFC, 5/23/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 20, The US Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency issued the first of planned
weekly reports tallying each time local officials declined to hold
foreigners eligible for removal long enough to be picked up by
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.27)
2017 Mar 20, In New York
City James Jackson (28), a white supremacist, fatally stabbed
Timothy Caughman (66) with a sword after stalking a number of black
men. Authorities later said Jackson had intended to incite a race
war. In 2019 Jackson pleaded guilty to six counts including murder a
hate crime charge.
2017 Mar 20, Chuck Barris
(b.1929), a popular game show creator and producer, died at his home
in Palisades, NY. His creations included “the Dating Game"
(1965-1973) and “The Gong Show" (1976-1978). He penned the song
“Palisades Park," which was turned into a 1962 hit by Freddie Canon.
He also wrote included “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a spy
comedy that was tuned into a film (1962).
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.D4)
2017 Mar 20, David Rockefeller
(101), US banker and philanthropist, died. He headed Chase Manhattan
Bank from 1969 to 1981.
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.82)
2017 Mar 20, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb late today targeted a checkpoint in southern
Helmand province, killing at least six members of an intelligence
unit near Lashkar Gah. Seven other were wounded.
(AP, 3/21/17)(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 20, Belarus Pres.
Alexander Lukashenko said Western intelligence agencies are using a
"fifth column" to cause unrest and threaten the stability of his
2017 Mar 20, British mobile
phone giant Vodafone said it will merge its Indian unit with Idea
Cellular to create India's largest telecoms operator, to help fend
off the Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio, whose recent arrival has
shaken up India's ultra-competitive mobile network market.
2017 Mar 20, A Czech zoo
started sawing off the horns of its 21 rhinos to protect them from
poaching after the killing of a rhinoceros in France earlier this
2017 Mar 20, East Timor held
elections. Former guerrilla leader Francisco Guterres and Antonio da
Conceicao, the minister of education and social affairs were the
front runners. Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres received 57 percent of
the vote. His main rival, Antonio da Conceicao, got 32 percent.
(SFC, 3/21/17, p.A4)(AP, 3/25/17)
2017 Mar 20, The European Union
said it is slapping sanctions on four high-ranking military
officials in Syria over the use of chemical weapons in the war-torn
2017 Mar 20, French Pres.
Francois Hollande said world donors pledged more than $75 million to
an historic UNESCO-backed alliance to protect cultural heritage
sites threatened by war and the wave of ideological-driven
destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants.
2017 Mar 20, In French Guiana
demonstrations started when workers from Endel-Engie, an engineering
firm, and EDF, the local utility, blocked roads outside Kourou to
prevent the launch of a rocket from the Guiana Space Center as they
protested high living costs and neglect from Paris.
(Econ, 4/22/17, p.44)
2017 Mar 20, In Guatemala three
policemen were killed late today and seven officers wounded in
attacks on police across the country, hours after a bloody gang riot
in a juvenile detention center was put down in Guatemala City.
2017 Mar 20, Hungary's defense
minister inaugurated a small military base on the country's southern
border for soldiers patrolling to prevent the entry of migrants.
2017 Mar 20, Iraqi forces
battled Islamic State group fighters to push into Mosul's Old City
where thousands of civilians remained trapped under jihadist rule. A
car bombing in Baghdad killed 27 people.
(AFP, 3/20/17)(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 20, Japan and Russia
agreed to step up work toward resolving a longstanding territorial
dispute through cooperation in a range of areas.
2017 Mar 20, Japan-based
Softbank bought a $300 million stake in WeWork, a trendy
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.58)
2017 Mar 20, Norway jumped to
top spot in the World Happiness Report despite the plummeting price
of oil. Denmark fell to second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland and
2017 Mar 20, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif ordered the reopening of the country's border with
Afghanistan, ending a protracted closure that has cost businesses on
both sides millions of dollars and deepened tensions between the two
2017 Mar 20, A Polish court has
convicted a lawyer, identified only as Stanislaw Sz., of spying for
Russia and handed him a four-year prison term.
2017 Mar 20, A Russian group of
reporters said they have uncovered details of a complex system in
which $21 billion were allegedly transferred illegally out of the
country through a network of banks. The reporters in Moscow had
obtained bank records that show that funds were transferred
worldwide via 112 bank accounts in Eastern Europe.
2017 Mar 20, Serbian police
said they have seized over a ton of marijuana and arrested six
suspected traffickers. Police said the marijuana was packed in
Kosovo and was bound for western Europe.
2017 Mar 20, Sri Lanka’s
Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Mount Lavinia
magistrate's court that Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who was the country’s
defence secretary during his brother's rule, directed a secret unit
which is accused of assassinating former Sunday Leader editor
Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2009.
2017 Mar 20, Uruguay's Pres.
Tabare Vazquez said his country is pulling its soldiers out of a UN
peacekeeping mission in Haiti, where they have served since 2004.
The mission will end this month and the roughly 250 soldiers will
return home in early April.
2017 Mar 20, Pope Francis met
with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Francis begged forgiveness for
the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during
Rwanda's 1994 genocide, and told Rwanda's president that he hoped
his apology would help the country heal.
2017 Mar 20, Some 60 Venezuelan
soldiers crossed the border into Colombia and raised their national
flag in a camp they set up. They withdrew on March 23 after Pres.
Juan Manuel Santos called his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro
2017 Mar 21, Pres. Donald Trump
signed a bill authorizing $19.5 billion for NASA and updates the
agency’s mission to add the exploration of Mars.
(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 21, The United States
imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices bigger than
cellphones on planes coming from 10 airports eight in
Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa, in
response to unspecified security threats. Britain soon followed with
similar measures to become effective on March 25.
(Reuters, 3/21/17)(AP, 3/22/17)
2017 Mar 21, The family of
former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran a decade
ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment, filed a lawsuit against the
Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false
denials" to torture his loved ones.
2017 Mar 21, Arkansas Gov. Asa
Hutchinson signed legislation ending the state’s practice of
commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same holiday as
slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Jr.
(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 21, Bosnia and Russia
signed an agreement to settle Moscow's $125 million Soviet-era debt
to the Balkan country. In 2003, Russia took over the responsibility
for the Soviet Union's debt to the former Yugoslavia estimated at
2017 Mar 21, Brazil's federal
police raided the offices of people close to several prominent
senators in the latest phase of a sweeping, three-year corruption
2017 Mar 21, Brazil’s
agriculture ministry said Hong Kong has banned all meat imports from
Brazil, another blow from a police investigation into corruption
among health inspectors and the alleged selling of rotten products
by some meatpackers.
2017 Mar 21, A legal officer at
Cambodia's Customs Department said Cambodia has suspended the export
of human breast milk by Utah-based Ambrosia Labs Ltd., a business
pioneered last year by former Mormon missionary Ryan Newell. On
March 28 the ban was made permanent.
(AP, 3/21/17)(AP, 3/28/17)
2017 Mar 21, Canada-based
Ivanhoe said it plans to develop the Kamoa-Kakula copper deposit in
Congo DRC, calling it the biggest copper discovery ever.
(http://tinyurl.com/u77c2w6)(Econ, 3/11/17, p.62)
2017 Mar 21, EgyptAir said it
has received instructions from US transport authorities imposing
restrictions on electronic devices carried by incoming travelers and
will bring them into effect on March 24.
2017 Mar 21, A German court
convicted three 17-year-olds of participating last April 16 in a
bomb attack on a Sikh temple that was motivated by hatred of other
religions. They were given prison sentences ranging between six and
2017 Mar 21, In Germany the
G20's outreach organizations for business (B20), think tanks (T20)
and civil society groups (C20) urged the Group of 20 leading
economies in a joint statement to take fast and fundamental action
to counter rising temperatures.
2017 Mar 21, Haiti’s Chamber of
Deputies voted to approve Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant as prime minister.
2017 Mar 21, Israel's Shin Bet
security agency said that it had arrested Muhammad Murtaja, a
Palestinian employee of a humanitarian program run by the Turkish
government, on suspicion of diverting funds to militants.
2017 Mar 21, In Italy Don Luigi
Ciotti, an anti-mafia priest campaigner, kicked off a day of
national protest against organized crime, urging Italians to resist
the mob and denouncing recent threats against him as cowardly.
2017 Mar 21, Martin McGuinness
(66), the Irish Republican Army commander who laid down his arms to
become a key architect of Northern Ireland's peace, died, prompting
tributes from allies and former enemies alike.
(Reuters, 3/21/17)(Econ, 3/25/17, p.82)
2017 Mar 21, In Somalia a car
bomb exploded at a military checkpoint near the presidential palace,
killing at least six people. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 21, Syrian rebels
stormed a government-held area in northeastern Damascus for the
second time in three days, the opposition's first such large scale
foray in over four years inside the capital.
2017 Mar 21, In Syria a US
airstrike leveled a school near the IS-held city of Raqqa, where
some 50 displaced families had sought refuge. The Britain-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 33 bodies had been pulled
from the rubble.
2017 Mar 21, In Turkey tens of
thousands of people celebrated the New Year festival of Newroz in
the overwhelmingly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, even as police killed
a man who claimed to be carrying a bomb.
2017 Mar 21, The UN said more
than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko
Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the
2017 Mar 22, The US White House
acknowledged that Paul Manafort, Pres. Donald Trump’s former
campaign manager, had worked for a Russian billionaire to advance
the interests of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. Manafort had signed a
$10 million contract in 2006 with Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin
ally, in a business relationship that lasted to at least 2009.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 22, The US FDA said it
has received reports of nine deaths and more than 350 cases of a
rare blood cancer linked to breast implants.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, Arkansas Gov. Asa
Hutchinson signed a gun rights measure into law that will allow
concealed weapons at state colleges, some bars, government
buildings, and even the state Capitol effective September 1.
(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, In Oakland, Ca.,
Redwood City-based Impossible Foods held a ceremony to open its
67,000 square-foot factory for the production of vegetarian burgers.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 22, An estimated
17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada went on strike to
protest the handling of work assignments. Technicians and call
center workers returned to work the next day following an agreement
on work assignments.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.C1)(SFC, 3/24/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 22, Joanne Kyger (82),
a leading poet of the San Francisco Beat generation, died in
Bolinas, Ca. Her almost 30 collections of poetry began with “The
Tapestry and the Web" (1965).
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.D3)
2017 Mar 22, A federal judge
blocked a Louisiana law that prevents people without birth
certificates from marrying.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, In Massachusetts
Barry Cadden (50), former head of the New England Compounding
Center, was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud over a
2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people across the country
and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs. On June 26 Cadden was
sentenced to nine years in prison.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A8)(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, In northern
Wisconsin a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at
three locations. A police officer and two bank employees and an
attorney were shot and killed. Suspect Nengmy Vang was in custody.
Attorney Sarah Quirt Sann was his wife’s divorce lawyer. On April 1
Vang died of his wounds.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A8)(SFC, 3/24/17, p.A8)(SFC,
3/25/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 22, Save the Children
said more than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of
school this year due to growing instability and the forcible return
of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 22, Austria's interior
minister doubled the payment for some migrants who voluntarily
return to their home countries to 1,000 euros ($1,080).
2017 Mar 22, British police
shot and killed Khalid Masood (52) outside the Houses of Parliament
in London after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a
"terrorist" incident. Masood had just driven an SUV into a crowd of
pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring
approximately 40. Investigators soon carried out at least six raids
on addresses in London, Birmingham, and elsewhere. 12 people were
arrested over the next few days. Police on April 1 said all 12 have
been released. On April 7 police said a 4th victim in the attack had
died. Andreea Cristea (31) of Romania was knocked into the river
when Masood drove his rented SUV into pedestrians. She died two
weeks later, making her the 5th victim of the attack.
(AFP, 3/22/17)(Reuters, 3/23/17)(AP,
3/24/17)(Reuters, 4/1/17)(SFC, 4/8/17, p.A2)(AP, 5/13/17)
2017 Mar 22, Thames Water, one
of Britain's biggest water companies, was handed a record 20 million
pound ($25 million) fine for pumping sewage into the River Thames,
killing wildlife and spreading sickness among livestock and people.
2017 Mar 22, Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang arrived in the Australian capital, Canberra, on a mission to
expand bilateral ties.
2017 Mar 22, China's largest
real estate developers launched a green index to manage their
cement, steel and iron suppliers as the world's second-largest
economy steps up its fight against climate change.
2017 Mar 22, In central China
two students died and more than 20 others were injured in a stampede
during a morning bathroom break at an elementary school in Puyang
county, Henan province.
2017 Mar 22, The France-based
World Water Council said nearly a third of people from sub-Saharan
Africa do not have access to safe drinking water. It said clean
drinking water is available to less than 50% of the people in
Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 22, In Germany
thousands of gay men prosecuted and jailed under an arcane 19th
century law were due to get compensation after the government passed
a draft bill to quash their convictions. Germany decriminalized
homosexuality in 1969.
2017 Mar 22, An Indian
court sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison for
triggering an explosion in Ajmer, a Muslim pilgrimage center in
Rajasthan, that killed three people and injured more than a dozen in
2017 Mar 22, In Syria US
aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind
Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on a strategic town
belonging to the extremist group outside its de facto capital,
2017 Mar 22, British police
shot a suspected attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London
after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a "terrorist"
2017 Mar 22, In Iraq Islamic
State militants shelled areas recaptured by government forces in
western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting. Heavy mortar
fire killed at least five civilians and wounded more than 20 in
Mosul Jadida and Rifak districts.
2017 Mar 22, In southern Italy
police in Calabria detained Santo Vottari (45), a fugitive mobster,
who authorities say is the boss of an 'ndrangheta crime clan
involved in a feud that culminated in a 2007 gangland-style massacre
2017 Mar 22, It was reported
that villagers in northern Kenya have begun to burn piles of animal
carcasses, hoping to head off an outbreak of disease as their
livestock starve to death in the region's worst drought in five
2017 Mar 22, At the Hague
International Criminal Court judges sentenced former Congolese VP
Jean-Pierre Bemba to a year in jail and fined him 300,000 euros for
bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial in an unprecedented
case before the ICC.
2017 Mar 22, In northeastern
Nigeria at least four suicide blasts rocked a camp for migrants
fleeing Boko Haram insurgents, killing at least three people and
2017 Mar 22, The International
Red Cross appealed for $400 million to help some 20 million people
facing famine or the risk of it in four conflict-ridden countries:
Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria.
(AP, 3/22/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.39)
2017 Mar 22, North Korea's
latest missile launch ended in failure.
2017 Mar 22, Norway granted
political asylum to a group of Turkish military officers based in
Norway who had refused to return home after the failed July 15 coup
2017 Mar 22, Pakistani troops
clashed with militants during a raid in a tribal region near the
Afghan border, with two soldiers and five "terrorists" killed. A
local Pakistani Taliban commander was among those reported killed in
the Orakzai tribal region.
2017 Mar 22, Romanian rail
workers staged a walk-out after unions and management failed to
agree about wage hikes. More than 150 trains were affected by the
2017 Mar 22, Tensions between
Russia and Ukraine spread to the May Eurovision Song Contest after
Kiev banned Russian contestant Yuliya Samoilova (27) from entering
the country over a past performance in Moscow-annexed Crimea.
2017 Mar 22, The Syrian army
sent reinforcements to face a major rebel offensive in Hama
province, as insurgents pressed an attack in a western area
critically important to President Bashar al-Assad.
2017 Mar 22, Turkey fired into
Kurdish-controlled Syria after saying one of its soldiers was killed
in Hatay province by a sniper from across the border in Afrin.
2017 Mar 23, California air
quality officials approved rigorous curbs on methane emissions at
oil and gas production plants.
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 23, Police in
Sacramento, Ca., found the bodies of two children and two adults at
a house on the 1100 block of 35th Ave. A suspect was arrested in San
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.D4)
2017 Mar 23, Utah’s Rep. Gov.
Gary Herbert said he plans to approve a measure lowering the state’s
blood alcohol limit to .05% from .08%.
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 23, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters captured the strategic district of Sangin in the
southern province of Helmand after security forces pulled out,
leaving the district center to the insurgents. In Kunduz province an
Afghan officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine
(Reuters, 3/23/17)(AP, 3/23/17)
2017 Mar 23, In Argentina a
judge ordered former president Cristina Kirchner (64) to stand trial
on charges of financial mismanagement.
2017 Mar 23, A Bahraini court
sentenced three Shi'ite Muslim men to death after they were
convicted on charges of terrorism and involvement in 2014 bomb
attacks that injured a number of police officers.
2017 Mar 23, Bosnian and
Croatian police said they had arrested 13 people suspected of
smuggling at least 100 migrants from Turkey into the European Union.
2017 Mar 23, In Chad Frenchman
Thierry Frezier was kidnapped in a remote region near the border
with Sudan's Darfur region early today.
(Reuters, 3/23/17)(Reuters, 5/7/17)
2017 Mar 23, In Egypt Islamic
extremists killed 10 government soldiers in fighting in a central
part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid on a
militant hideout. Troops killed 15 extremists and took seven
prisoners in the raid.
2017 Mar 23, An Egyptian court
ordered a renewed corruption probe into ousted president Hosni
Mubarak, who has been cleared for release after almost six years in
2017 Mar 23, German authorities
detained Afghan migrant Abdullah P. in the southern state of
Bavaria. He was believed to have taken part in an attack on a
military convoy about a decade ago in which at least 16 US and
Afghan soldiers were killed.
2017 Mar 23, Indonesian police
killed a suspected radical and detained three during a
counter-terrorism operation in an industrial area just hours away
2017 Mar 23, Israeli police
arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in
a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and
other institutions in the US, marking a potential breakthrough in
the case after an international manhunt with the FBI.
2017 Mar 23, Kenya, a pioneer
in mobile money, began selling the first ever government bonds via
mobile phone, allowing anyone from teachers to shop owners to invest
and fund infrastructure projects.
2017 Mar 23, In Mexico
Miroslava Breach Velducea (54), a journalist for the national
newspaper Le Jornada, was gunned down outside her home in Chihuahua.
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/21/17, p.E7)
2017 Mar 23, In the Philippines
suspected Abu Sayyaf militants took captive two Filipino cargo ship
crewmen from a cargo ship off Basilan province.
2017 Mar 23, Rwandan
prosecutors charged a dual Rwandan-British citizen of treason,
accusing her of forming an armed group and conspiring to unseat the
president. Violette Uwamahoro, the wife of an opposition party youth
organizer, was arrested in Kigali on February 14, days after
arriving from Britain to attend a family funeral.
2017 Mar 23, A 6,800-ton South
Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface nearly three years after it
capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern
coast. More than 300 people died when the Sewol sank on April 16,
2017 Mar 23, Spain’s Proactiva
Open Arms group found five bodies near two capsized boats. A day
later the group said it feared hundreds of migrants may have died
off Libya's coast as it recovered one more body in the area.
2017 Mar 23, Syrian government
forces besieged Deir Hafer, the last Islamic State stronghold in the
northern province of Aleppo, weeks after launching an offensive to
retake the entire province.
2017 Mar 23, Tanzania's
information Minister Nape Nnauye was fired after he criticized an
ally of Pres. John Magufuli who had stormed into a television
station on March 17 accompanied by armed men.
2017 Mar 23, In Ukraine former
Russian parliamentarian Denis Voronenkov (45) was killed by an
assailant who was armed with a pistol and later died in hospital
after being shot in the chest and head by Voronenkov's bodyguard.
Voronenkov was key witness in a treason case against former leader
Viktor Yanukovich. Ukraine soon identified the assailant as Pavel
Parshov (28) and said he had been trained in Russia by Russian
(Reuters, 3/23/17)(AP, 3/24/17)
2017 Mar 23, In Ukraine fire
and explosions caused the detonation of ammunition in several sites
at a military base at in Balaklia in the Kharkiv region. One woman
was found dead in a home that was hit by a shell. Ukraine suspected
the Russian military or its separatist rebel proxies were
responsible and cited a possible drone attack.
(AP, 3/23/17)(AP, 3/24/17)
2017 Mar 23, Pope Francis
signed canonization decrees making five more child saints: two
Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to
them in Fatima 100 years ago and three Mexican adolescents who were
killed for their faith in the 16th century.
2017 Mar 24, US President
Donald Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone
XL pipeline, cheering the oil industry and angering
environmentalists who had sought for years to block it.
2017 Mar 24, US President
Donald Trump put his reputation as a dealmaker on the line in a
high-risk vote on an embattled Republican health care plan. Trump
faced the biggest blow yet to his young presidency as his bid to
repeal Obamacare went down in flames at the hands of rebel
(AFP, 3/24/17)(AP, 3/24/17)
2017 Mar 24, The United States
State Department said it has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign
companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to
Iran for its missile program or for violating export controls on
Iran, North Korea and Syria.
2017 Mar 24, The US government
to issue a travel warning for French Guiana in South America. Large
protests have spread throughout the territory, blocking roads to
neighboring Brazil and Suriname.
2017 Mar 24, A US immigration
judge in Chicago granted asylum to Singaporean blogger Amos Yee
(18), saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the
Southeast Asian city-state. On September 26 Yee was released from
custody after his bid for asylum was upheld.
(Reuters, 3/25/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.33)(SFC,
2017 Mar 24, US federal
prosecutors said the American University of Beirut, a recipient of
US government aid, has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a civil
lawsuit over accusations that it assisted three organizations linked
to the militant group Hezbollah.
2017 Mar 24, Kentucky’s
Gov. Matt Bevin signed SB17, a “religious liberty bill" into law.
The measure allows student organizations at high schools and
colleges, under the guise of expressing religious viewpoints, to
discriminate against LGBT students..
(http://tinyurl.com/y7anya9b)(Econ 7/8/17, p.26)
2017 Mar 24, New York-based
Transparentem said hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries in
Bangladesh, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to
companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands.
A British Medical Journal study, published this week, found that
Bangladeshi tannery workers as young as 8 frequently have untreated
rashes and infections, as well as asthma and other lung problems.
2017 Mar 24, Former Penn State
Pres. Graham Spanier (68) was convicted of hushing up complaints in
2001 of child sex abuse by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
(SFC, 3/25/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 24, The World Health
Organization said 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines
in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to
eradicate the disease on the continent.
2017 Mar 24, In Bangladesh a
suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the
international airport in Dhaka, the second such incident in a week.
2017 Mar 24, In Bosnia Efeta
Veseli (56), a woman wanted for war crimes she allegedly committed
against Serb civilians during the country's 1992-95 war, was
extradited from Switzerland and handed over to authorities at
2017 Mar 24, Bulgarian
nationalists blocked for several hours the three main crossing
points with Turkey to prevent coaches bringing in thousands of Turks
with Bulgarian passports to vote in March 26 elections. Later in the
afternoon police put an end to the protests after caretaker PM
Ognyan Gerdzhikov called for the blockade to be lifted.
2017 Mar 24, In Chechnya six
Russian soldiers were killed after successfully repelling an assault
on a military facility at Naurskaya. The Islamic State militant
group claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 24, Chinese Internet
giant Tencent paid $1.8 billion for a 5% stake in the US-based Tesla
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.59)
2017 Mar 24, In central China
accidents at two neighboring gold mines in Henan province killed 11
2017 Mar 24, In CongoDRC
Kamuina Nsapu militants decapitated 42 police officers after an
ambush in Kasai province. The fighters spared the lives of six
police officers because they spoke the local Tshiluba language.
(Reuters, 3/25/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 24, In Egypt Hosni
Mubarak (88), the former autocrat toppled during the 2011 Arab
Spring, was freed from the military hospital where he spent much of
the past six years in detention.
2017 Mar 24, In Japan Le Thi
Nhat Linh (9) disappeared on her way to school. Her naked body was
found two days later. Autopsy results showed that the Vietnamese
girl had been choked to death. On April 14 police arrested real
estate salesman Yasumasa Shibuya (46) on suspicion he abandoned the
girl's body in Aiko City. He headed a neighborhood initiative to
watch over children walking to and from school.
2017 Mar 24, The International
Criminal Court at The Hague awarded $250 dollars as "symbolic"
damages to each victim of former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga,
a sum swiftly dismissed as meaningless by those who lost homes and
loved ones in a militia attack on their village 14 years ago.
2017 Mar 24, A court in Niger
freed fifteen civilians accused of complicity in an attempted putsch
against President Mahamadou Issoufou in December 2015.
2017 Mar 24, Hamas official
Mazen Faqha (38) was shot dead by an unknown gunman at his home in
the Gaza Strip. Israeli media said Faqha was responsible for cells
of Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank. On May 11 Hamas said it has apprehended
the killer of Mazen Fuqaha and that he carried out the assassination
on Israel's orders.
(AFP, 3/25/17)(Reuters, 5/11/17)(Econ, 4/22/17,
2017 Mar 24, In southern Poland
14 men and women in their twenties slaughtered a sheep and took
their clothes off at the former Nazi German death camp
Auschwitz-Birkenau. The group, including six Poles, four Belarusians
and one German, staged an "artistic performance" at Auschwitz aimed
at protesting the wars in Ukraine and Syria. The individuals used a
drone to film the incident. Police detained all those involved. In
2019 the man who killed the sheep, Adam Bialiatski, was sentenced to
a year in prison for animal cruelty and desecrating a site of
memory, while a second man, Mikita Valadzko, was given eight months.
Nine other participants were ordered to pay fines.
(AP, 3/24/17)(AP, 5/28/19)
2017 Mar 24, Puntland police
said pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as
a base from which to attack larger ships.
2017 Mar 24, President Vladimir
Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le
Pen in the Kremlin, bestowing a level of international recognition
that has so far eluded her in the countdown to France's presidential
2017 Mar 24, In Syria US-backed
local forces fighting Islamic State reached one side of the Tabqa
dam, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Raqqa, one of the top prizes in
their campaign to drive the jihadist group from Raqqa city.
2017 Mar 24, In Syria an air
attack late today struck a prison run by militants, killing at least
16 people including prisoners and prison staff in Idlib city. Some
people were killed by gunfire as prison guards chased detainees who
tried to flee after the attack.
2017 Mar 24, In 2018 the OPCW
said sarin was likely used as a chemical weapon in an attack in
Syria at Ltamenah, Hama province.
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A2)
2017 Mar 24, Tanzania's
President John Magufuli warned the country's journalists that there
were limits to their press freedom.
2017 Mar 24, Five children were
among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's
2017 Mar 24, The United Nations
human rights office said an average of 100 civilians a month are
dying in Yemen's war which enters its third year this weekend, most
killed by the Saudi-led coalition's air strikes and shelling.
2017 Mar 25, In the SF Bay Area
the first day of full service opened at the new Warm Springs BART
station in Fremont.
(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 25, In Nevada a
gunman, later identified as Rolando Cardenas (55), opened fire on a
double-decker bus on the Las Vegas Strip, killing one person and
wounding another before finally surrendering.
(AFP, 3/26/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A8)(SFC, 3/27/17,
2017 Mar 25, Sydney's Opera
House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness to mark Earth Hour,
as global landmarks began dimming their lights to draw attention to
climate change. Conservation group WWF started Earth Hour in 2007.
2017 Mar 25, In eastern
Bangladesh six people, including two policemen, were killed in
explosions near a building in Sylhet. The Islamic State claimed
(AP, 3/26/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 25, Belarus
authorities detained some 400 people during an attempt to hold a
street protest in the capital Minsk, amid rising public anger over
falling living standards and an unpopular tax on the unemployed.
(Reuters, 3/25/17)(AP, 3/26/17)
2017 Mar 25, Thousands of
people marched through London to protest against Britain leaving the
European Union, just four days before PM Theresa May launches the
start of the formal divorce process from the bloc it joined 44 years
2017 Mar 25, Bulgarian
nationalists kept up their protests at the Turkish border against
Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey who are coming in to
vote in Bulgaria's election.
2017 Mar 25, China’s official
Xinhua news agency reported that China has captured 2,566 fugitives
who had fled to more than 90 countries and regions and recovered 8.6
billion yuan ($1.25 billion) of illicit funds from 2014 to 2016.
2017 Mar 25, China prevented
Feng Chongyi, an associate professor at the University of Technology
Sydney, from returning to Sydney because he's suspected of
endangering national security. Feng had been wrapping up a
three-week trip researching human rights lawyers. Chinese
authorities have staged a wide-reaching crackdown on human rights
lawyers across the country since July 2015. On April 1 Feng Chongyi
was allowed to return to Australia.
(AP, 3/26/17)(AP, 4/2/17)
2017 Mar 25, In southern China
an operation platform collapsed at a power plant under construction
in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, killing nine people.
2017 Mar 25, Three Egyptian
soldiers were killed in an explosion that hit their armored vehicle
in the northern Sinai peninsula. Another officer managing a
checkpoint was killed by sniper fire.
(Reuters, 3/25/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 25, On the 60th
anniversary of the founding of the EU, 27 European leaders signed a
document in Rome enshrining a pledge to give member nations more
freedom to form partial alliances and set policy when unanimity is
out of reach.
2017 Mar 25, Hong Kong
pro-democracy activists and hundreds of supporters marched ahead of
a vote for the city's next leader which they reject as a sham.
2017 Mar 25, In India one
person was killed and about 14 injured when violence erupted
following a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in PM
Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat.
2017 Mar 25, In Italy a woman's
body was found stuffed in a suitcase that was floating at a marina
in the Adriatic port of Rimini.
2017 Mar 25, In Japan a
Vietnamese man held in an immigration detention center died, drawing
fresh attention to conditions in the country's detention system. Van
Huan Nguyen (aka Nguyen The Hung) was one of more than 11,000
refugees that the country took in over the three decades to 2005 in
the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Nguyen had complained of pain
throughout his detention for a week before his death. The death was
the 13th in Japan's detention system since 2006.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(Reuters, 3/28/17)
2017 Mar 25, In Kyrgyzstan
about 250 people had gathered in Bishkek to demand the release of
Sadyr Japarov, who was arrested when trying to enter the country
earlier in the day. Supporters tried to break through a police
cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters, but
police turned them back with flash grenades. Dozens were arrested.
Japarov had lived the past few years in Cyprus after serving a
prison sentence for organizing a 2013 protest that turned violent.
2017 Mar 25, Maldives’ former
President Mohamed Nasheed said that he has signed an agreement with
his one-time archrival and former strongman to try to restore
democracy in the archipelago state.
2017 Mar 25, Mali's main Tuareg
separatist factions said they would boycott talks with the
government next week on implementing a nearly 2-year-old peace
accord that has been riven by quarrelling.
2017 Mar 25, In Mexico about
100 journalists and free-speech supporters demonstrated to protest
the March 23 killing of reporter Miroslava Breach gunned down in the
northern state of Chihuahua.
2017 Mar 25, Pakistan said it
has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where
it says militants have launched cross-border attacks.
2017 Mar 25, Philippine
soldiers rescued one of two Filipino cargo ship crewmen taken
captive just two days ago by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants. Aurelio
Agacac, the ship captain, was freed in the remote village of
Basakan, Basilan province.
2017 Mar 25, In the southern
Philippines at least four people were killed and 23 others wounded
in a grenade attack that appeared to be unrelated to terrorism. The
attacker was arrested following the blast in Busbus village near the
domestic airport in Sulu province's Jolo town.
2017 Mar 25, In South Sudan six
aid workers working for the Grass Roots Empowerment for Development
Organization (GREDO), were killed in an ambush while traveling from
the capital Juba towards the town of Pibor. The death toll soon rose
to seven after the driver, David Kim Choop, also died.
(Reuters, 3/27/17)(AFP, 3/27/17)(SFC, 3/28/17,
2017 Mar 25, In Syria
airstrikes hit a main street in the Damascus suburb of Hamouriyeh
killing at least 16 people and wounded more than 50. Airstrikes in
Idlib province hit several towns and villages as well as the
provincial capital the carries the same name. Syria's army and its
allies retook a village near Hama, as the government tried to turn
back a major insurgent offensive.
(AP, 3/25/17)(Reuters, 3/25/17)
2017 Mar 25, In 2018 the OPCW
said chlorine was likely used as a chemical weapon in an attack in
Syria at and near Ltamenah Hospital, Hama province.
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A2)
2017 Mar 25, In Yemen 16 rebels
were killed and 24 wounded over the last 24 hours in air raids by a
Saudi-led coalition targeting the insurgents on an air base and arms
depot in the east of the rebel-held Hodeida province.
2017 Mar 26, Joe Harris (89),
American commercial illustrator, died at his home in Stamford, Conn.
He created a cartoon rabbit to help sell the Trix cereal in 1959. He
later designed cartoon characters for the Rocky & Bullwinkle
(SFC, 4/6/17, p.D3)
2017 Mar 26, In Ohio one person
was killed and 16 others wounded early today in a shooting at the
packed Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati. One hospitalized man faced
murder charges. On March 30 police arrested Cornell Beckley (27) on
(AFP, 3/26/17)(SFC, 4/1/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 26, In eastern
Bangladesh two suspected militants were killed in an ongoing
military raid on a building in Sylhet where armed militants were
2017 Mar 26, Belarus police
arrested about 30 demonstrators in Minsk who were demanding to know
the whereabouts of friends and relatives detained in the breakup of
a mass protest.
2017 Mar 26, Bulgarians voted
for the third time in four years in an early election. The strongly
pro-EU GERB was seen taking 96 of parliament's 240 seats, leaving it
short of a majority and certain to seek a deal with the third-placed
United Patriots, an alliance of three nationalist parties expected
to take 27 seats. GERN leader Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle
to build a stable coalition government.
(AP, 3/26/17)(Reuters, 3/27/17)
2017 Mar 26, China's Premier Li
Keqiang arrived in New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that
both countries are pushing to expand free trade.
2017 Mar 26, An Egyptian court
sentenced 56 people to prison terms of up to 14 years over the
capsizing of a boat that killed over 200 people last September 21.
2017 Mar 26, In France Shaoyo
Liu (56), a Chinese man, was shot and killed in his home by a
plainclothes police officer. The killing prompted angry
demonstrations the next day from the Asian community in Paris'
multicultural northeast where the killing occurred. Liu’s daughter
said her father was cooking dinner when she heard a loud knocking
and that police broke down their door and shot him as he held
(AP, 3/28/17)(AP, 3/29/17)
2017 Mar 26, Carrie Lam, a
Beijing-backed civil servant, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next
leader, replacing Leung Chun-ying. She was chosen from among several
candidates by a 1,200-person "election committee" stacked with
pro-Beijing and pro-establishment loyalists.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 26, Indonesian farmer
Akbar (25) failed to return home from a trip to the family's
plantation on Sulawesi Island. His body was found the next day
inside the belly of a giant python.
2017 Mar 26, Iran sanctioned
what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support
terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians
want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier
announced by the US. The list included ITT Corp., missile-maker
Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp. Denver's Re/Max Holdings
Inc., a real estate company and truck maker Oshkosh.
2017 Mar 26, Iran's central
bank said it will appeal Luxembourg's decision to freeze $1.6
billion of its assets, which the US is claiming as compensation for
victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2017 Mar 26, Iraq's military
said that 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that
Islamic State had booby-trapped in west Mosul, but there was no sign
the building had been hit by a coalition air strike. Witnesses and
local officials that said as many as 200 bodies were pulled from the
building after a March 17 coalition strike targeted IS militants and
equipment in the Jadida district.
2017 Mar 26, Kenyan troops in
Somalia killed 31 Islamist al Shabaab militants in a raid on two of
their bases in the southern Somali region of Jubbaland.
2017 Mar 26, Hamas shut the
crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel after blaming the Jewish
state for the assassination of one of its officials in the
2017 Mar 26, Russian police
detained dozens of protesters across the country, including
opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the
streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation
of PM Dmitry Medvedev. Riot police arrested more than 1,000 people
in Moscow alone.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.43)
2017 Mar 26, In Syria the
Islamic State group ordered residents to evacuate the city of Raqqa
following reports that a dam contested by US-backed forces upstream
on the Euphrates River could collapse.
2017 Mar 26, In Syria a Kurdish
and Arab Syrian militia backed by the United States said it has
captured the town of Karama and the capture of the Tabqa air base,
28 miles west of Raqqa. They planned an assault on the Islamic State
stronghold of Raqqa in early April.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(SFC, 3/27/17,
2017 Mar 26, Tens of thousands
of Yemenis protested in the capital Sanaa against the Saudi-led
military intervention as it marked its second anniversary.
2017 Mar 27, The White House
confirmed that Jared Kushner, president Donald Trump's son-in-law
has, volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence
Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and
2017 Mar 27, The United States,
Britain and France were among almost 40 countries that did not join
talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the UN.
2017 Mar 27, In Oakland, Ca. an
early morning fire killed three people at a large transitional
housing building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. One person remained missing.
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 27, National Football
League (NFL) owners voted 37-1 to approve the Oakland Raiders’ move
to Las Vegas.
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 27, Michigan and the
city of Flint agreed to replace thousands of home water lines to
settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water.
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 27, In Bangladesh a
special anti-terrorism unit managed to kill the last four Islamic
militants in Sylhet. Police had cordoned off the area on March 24.
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 27, French energy
company Total announced the launching a multi-billion-dollar
petrochemical joint venture in Texas as it tries to profit from the
"business-friendly environment" under the current US administration.
2017 Mar 27, French Guiana
faced a nationwide strike over crime and economic difficulties, amid
protests that have paralyzed the French territory in South America,
halted flights and a rocket launch and prompted a US travel warning.
2017 Mar 27, In Germany thieves
broke into Berlin’s Bode Museum before dawn and made off with a
massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of
dollars. In 2018 prosecutors indicted four young men for the theft
of the "Big Maple Leaf" coin.
(AP, 3/27/17)(SFC, 10/18/18, p.A2)
2017 Mar 27, Fraport Greece
said the European Union is clearing a 280 million euro loan from the
European Investment Bank to the company, which won the tender to
upgrade and operate 14 regional Greek airports.
2017 Mar 27, Lufthansa
announced a code-sharing deal with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific
under which the German airline and its Swiss and Austrian Airlines
units will offer new connections to Australia and New Zealand.
2017 Mar 27, Hong Kong police
launched a fresh round of arrests of student leaders and other
prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement"
2017 Mar 27, Israeli police
arrested more than 20 Jewish ultra-Orthodox suspected sex offenders
whose alleged crimes were known to their insular communities but
concealed from the authorities.
2017 Mar 27, In central Japan
an avalanche killed seven high school students and a teacher who
were among a group of almost 50 on mountain climbing training.
2017 Mar 27, In Mali former
rebels and opposition parties boycotted a national summit enshrined
in the country's 2015 peace deal, laying bare divisions with the
government and armed groups it relies on for security.
2017 Mar 27, In Mexico a priest
was shot to death in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.
2017 Mar 27, In the northern
Netherlands two people were killed when a train hit a car at a rail
crossing near Harlingen.
2017 Mar 27, The foreign
minister of Nigeria visited Poland an effort to develop economic,
military and security ties with the fast-growing economy in central
2017 Mar 27, In Pakistan a
special 3-day anti-polio drive was launched in Islamabad after
traces of the virus were found in the city's sewage system.
2017 Mar 27, Hamas authorities
partially reopened the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel,
after a one-day closure following the assassination of one of the
2017 Mar 27, Qatar PM Sheikh
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said his country will
invest £5 billion in Britain within five years in a boost for the
2017 Mar 27, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days behind bars and fined
after staging the biggest anti-corruption protests in years, an act
branded a "provocation" by the Kremlin.
2017 Mar 27, Saudi Arabia cut
taxes on oil companies in a major move that could attract
investments in its energy giant Aramco, expected to be offered to
investors in 2018.
2017 Mar 27, In Syria hundreds
of rebels left their last bastion in Homs city, resuming an
evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a
Russian-backed deal with the government.
2017 Mar 27, Thailand's
broadcast regulator ordered television channel Voice TV to suspend
its over-the-air broadcasting for a week for what it called biased
reports affecting national security. The station is controlled by
the family of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a 2006
army coup and is in exile to avoid a prison term for corruption.
2017 Mar 28, US President
Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo a slew of Obama-era
climate change regulations that his administration says is hobbling
oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed
to take to court. Trump signed an executive order to review and
revise Obama’s flagship energy policy, the Clean Power Plan, which
has never been implemented.
(Reuters, 3/28/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.22)
2017 Mar 28, The US Supreme
Court voted 5-3 to reverse a Texas appeals court ruling that said
Death Row inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled
in the 1980 murder of a Houston grocery store clerk.
(SFC, 3/29/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 28, The US FDA
approved Dupixent, developed by Sanofi of Paris and Regeneron
Pharmaceuticals of New York, for moderate or severe eczema. The
initial price was listed at $37,000 per year. The FDA also approved
Genentech’s Ocrevus, the first drug for an aggressive kind of
(SFC, 3/29/17, p.C2)(SFC, 3/30/17,
2017 Mar 28, Tech giant Amazon
expanded its global reach with the announcement of a deal to buy
Dubai-based Souq.com, the Middle East's largest online retailer.
2017 Mar 28, Wells Fargo said
it has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit
over up to two million accounts that its employees opened for
customers without getting their permission.
(SFC, 3/29/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 28, In Australia
Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the far north of Queensland as a
category 4 storm. It was soon downgraded to category 2.
2017 Mar 28, In Bangladesh at
least four people died and several remain missing after a ferry
carrying about 80 passengers capsized the Panguchi River. At least
18 people remained missing.
2017 Mar 28, Britain's new
12-sided £1 coin with the symbols of England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland goes into circulation on the eve of the launch of a
Brexit process that has put national unity in doubt.
2017 Mar 28, London and Paris
signed a business agreement, to be launched in 2018, to cooperate in
attracting visitors and companies.
2017 Mar 28, Canada’s
prestigious Gairdner Award went to UCSF researcher David Julius for
his work on how pain is perceived by receptors in human nerve
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 28, The Danish branch
of the ride-sharing service Uber said it is shutting down its
services in Denmark due to a proposed law that toughens standards
2017 Mar 28, The central
European Visegrad Group (Czech Rep., Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)
rejected a European Union policy that calls for all member states to
receive migrants, protesting suggestions that the level of their
compliance could be linked to the availability of EU funds to them.
2017 Mar 28, A French court
sent Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted
criminals, back to jail for his third life sentence after convicting
him of a grenade attack 42 years ago on a Paris shop that killed two
2017 Mar 28, A Gambian boy (16)
was rescued by a Spanish frigate after a rubber boat packed with 147
migrants sank in the Mediterranean shortly after leaving Libya a few
days earlier. The sole survivor was transferred to an Italian Coast
Guard ship. 140 others disembarked at a different port March 30 and
several identified the boy as having been on the same boat. Aid
groups said this reduced the death toll to five.
(Reuters, 3/29/17)(Reuters, 3/31/17)
2017 Mar 28, German prosecutors
announced an investigation into claims that Turkish agents are
spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen in
2017 Mar 28, Iceland became the
first country to introduce legislation requiring employers to prove
they are paying men and women equally.
(SFC, 3/31/17, p.C2)
2017 Mar 28, In Kashmir three
civilians were killed and 28 other people were injured in anti-India
protests that erupted following a gunbattle between rebels and
government forces that killed a rebel.
2017 Mar 28, Former rebels in
Mali reversed a decision to boycott a national reconciliation
conference after receiving assurances from the government.
2017 Mar 28, In northern Mexico
inmates rioted at a psychiatric block in a prison, broke into a
prison pharmacy and took drugs that caused the deaths of two of them
in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon state. Disturbances had begun earlier this
week as inmates protested a new program to inspect visitors with a
type of X-ray machine to prevent contraband being smuggled into the
2017 Mar 28, In Mexico Rev.
Oscar Lopez Navarro was abducted late today outside his residence by
people who had been following him in the city of Tampico.
2017 Mar 28, Montenegro became
set to become NATO's 29th member following the US Senate's
2017 Mar 28, Air Koryo, North
Korea's national carrier, connected Pyongyang with the northeastern
Chinese city of Dandong on a twice-weekly inaugural flight.
2017 Mar 28, Thousands of
students at the Univ. of Puerto Rico went on a one-week strike to
protest multimillion-dollar cuts prompted by an economic crisis.
2017 Mar 28, Romania’s former
tourism minister Elena Udrea was handed a six-year sentence for
bribery and abuse of office connected to a boxing gala that she
organized in 2011. Former chairman of Romania's Boxing Federation
Rudel Obreja received a five-year sentence for tax evasion. Udrea's
assistant received three years for complicity to bribery.
2017 Mar 28, In South Africa
celebrated anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada (87), a Robben
Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in
the struggle against white rule, died in Johannesburg.
2017 Mar 28, In Syria the
Islamic State group launched a counter-attack to fend off a
US-backed advance around the Tabqa airbase near the jihadists'
stronghold Raqa. The SDF held back the attack and managed to seize
some ammunition and rocket stores.
2017 Mar 28, Thailand
authorities escalated their effort to collect taxes they say are due
from ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, posting a bill for 17.6 billion
baht ($503 million) at the house where he lived before fleeing into
exile in 2008 to avoid a prison term for conflict of interest. A
lawyer for Thaksin contended that under the law in existence at the
time of the 2006 sale, the shares were exempt from tax.
2017 Mar 28, Yemeni troops
captured a senior leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
during an early morning raid in the southeastern Hadramawt region.
They detained three others and killed two more.
2017 Mar 29, Pres. Donald Trump
signed a directive declaring parts of Somalia an “area of active
hostilities," where warzone targeting rules will apply for at least
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 29, Melania Trump
helped present the Sec. of State’s Int’l. Women of Courage awards to
13 women from around the world.
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 29, In Hawaii US
District Judge Derrick Watson issued a 24-page order blocking the
government from suspending new visas for travelers from six
Muslim-majority countries and from halting the U.S. refugee program.
He had temporarily blocked Pres. Donald Trump's revised travel ban
hours before it was set to take effect.
2017 Mar 29, In San Francisco
the homeowner’s association of the sinking Millennium Tower sued the
public agency building the Transbay Transit Center next door and
others for more than $200 million in damages. The structure has sunk
16 inches and tilted two inches since it was completed in 2009.
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.D6)
2017 Mar 29, Alexei Abrikosov
88), Russian-born physicist and Nobel Prize winner (2003), died in
(SFC, 4/5/17, p.D6)
2017 Mar 29, In Oklahoma and
Texas six people were killed and nearly 200,000 customers were
without electric power after overnight storms brought tornadoes,
torrential rain and hail to large parts of the states.
(Reuters, 3/29/17)(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A12)
2017 Mar 29, In southwestern
Texas a small shuttle bus carrying church members home from a
retreat collided with a pickup truck killing 13 people in Uvalde
County. The pickup driver, Jack Dillon Young (20), said he had been
texting while driving.
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A12)(SFC, 4/1/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 29, Westinghouse
Electric Co. the US nuclear unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., filed for
bankruptcy protection in NYC.
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.C6)
2017 Mar 29, A Bahrain court
sentenced two people to death over a 2015 bomb attack that killed
two police officers and wounded six others. The court handed down
lengthy sentences to 11 others, including former lawmaker Hassan
Isa, a senior member of the main Shiite opposition Al-Wefaq group,
which was dissolved last year. He and ten others received sentences
ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment.
(AP, 3/29/17)(Reuters, 3/29/17)
2017 Mar 29, In Bangladesh as
many as eight militants blew themselves up with a grenade north of
Dhaka rather than surrender to officers who had cornered them in
their hideout in Nasirpur.
2017 Mar 29, Theresa May sent a
six-page document to the EU summit chair to trigger a two-year
countdown to withdrawal from the EU.
2017 Mar 29, A privately-owned
Twin Squirrel chopper failed to arrive in Dublin as scheduled after
taking off from Luton airport near London. Mountain rescuers the
next day found five bodies with the wreckage of a helicopter in
2017 Mar 29, The mayors of
Paris and London announced a new scheme for monitoring emissions
from vehicles, aimed at improving air quality in the two capitals.
2017 Mar 29, In China a French
national was assaulted in Shanghai with a knife days after police in
Paris shot a Chinese man dead in his home, triggering protests in
parts of the French capital and demands by Beijing for an
2017 Mar 29, Indonesian
residents in a neighborhood of Banda Aceh, reported two men, aged 23
and 20, to police for having gay sex. If found guilty, the men will
be the first to be caned for gay sex under a new code implemented
two years ago.
2017 Mar 29, Italy's parliament
gave final approval to a law outlining comprehensive standards of
care for unaccompanied migrant children arriving in Italy, including
a strict prohibition of turning them away at the border.
2017 Mar 29, A court in Ivory
Coast acquitted former First Lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against
humanity and war crimes charges linked to her role in a 2011 civil
war that killed about 3,000 people. She had already been tried and
convicted in March 2015 of offences against the state and sentenced
to 20 years in prison.
2017 Mar 29, In Jordan the
22-member Arab League looked to overcome divisions and "foreign
interference" on regional crises including the devastating wars in
Syria and Yemen as they met for an annual summit in Sweimeh. Arab
leaders re-launched a peace plan that offers Israel full ties in
exchange for Palestinian statehood.
(AFP, 3/29/17)(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 29, Israeli
paramilitary police officers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who
tried to attack them with a knife outside Jerusalem's walled Old
2017 Mar 29, Luxembourg claimed
the legal right to host the London-based European Banking Authority
after Brexit. PM Xavier Bettel made his case in a letter to EU
Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission head
2017 Mar 29, Malian security
forces said two soldiers and a civilian were killed. A new jihadist
alliance, the "Group to Support Islam and Muslims" (GSIM), led by
Iyad Ag Ghaly of Islamist organization Ansar Dine, soon claimed
2017 Mar 29, South Korea-based
Samsung introduced the Galaxy S8, its first major smartphone release
since some of its Note7 smartphones spontaneously caught fire.
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.C3)
2017 Mar 29, In Syria a bomb
blast hit a passenger bus in the government-held city of Homs at
noon, killing five people and wounding six.
2017 Mar 29, In southern
Thailand a gunbattle at a police checkpoint resulted in the deaths
of two gunmen in Narathiwat province.
2017 Mar 29, Tunisia's former
PM Mehdi Jomaa launched a new political party which he said would be
non-ideological and could "restore hope for Tunisians" frustrated by
the country's transition.
2017 Mar 29, Ukraine's National
Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) searched the offices of the central
bank as part of an investigation into allegations that central bank
officials abused their position to benefit third parties.
2017 Mar 29, The UN said a
malaria outbreak has killed more than 4,000 people in Burundi this
year, a significant increase over the 700 cited by the country’s
health ministry on March 13.
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 29, Venezuela's
Supreme Court ruled that it can take over responsibilities assigned
to Congress. Earlier this week, the high court also moved to place
limits on lawmakers' immunity from prosecution. Opponents of
President Nicolas Maduro said it's part of an attempt to install a
dictatorship in the South American nation.
2017 Mar 30, SpaceX launched
its first recycled rocket. The Falcon 9 hoisted a broadcasting
satellite into the sky from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
(SFC, 3/31/17, p.C2)
2017 Mar 30, In Chicago five
people were killed in separate shootings in the South Shore area. A
drive-by shooting in the same area killed another two people.
(SFC, 4/1/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 30, In Atlanta, Ga., a
fire caused a portion of I-85 to collapse. Basil Eleby was arrested
the next day in connection with the fire.
(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 30, North Carolina’s
Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill rolling back the state’s “bathroom
bill" to end a yearlong backlash over transgender rights that has
cost the state dearly in various business projects, conventions and
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A12)
2017 Mar 30, In Argentina port
workers in Greater Rosario suspended plans for a 24-hour strike
after a truck driver ran over and killed a protester.
2017 Mar 30, Ethiopia's
parliament approved a four month extension of a state of emergency
that was first imposed in October to quell nearly a year of
2017 Mar 30, The European Court
of Human Rights (ECHR) accused Greece of failing to protect migrant
workers who had been subject to "forced labor" and shot at by
security guards when they protested over unpaid wages. It ordered
Athens to pay 16,000 euros each to the workers whose case had
triggered outrage across the country.
2017 Mar 30, Volkswagen AG said
it has agreed to pay $157.45 million to settle environmental claims
from 10 US states over its excess diesel emissions, as the world's
largest automaker looks to move past the scandal.
2017 Mar 30, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet approved a plan to create
Israel's first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than
20 years despite international concern over the issue. Netanyahu
also ordered limitations on settlement expansion in territory
Palestinians claim for a state.
(AFP, 3/30/17)(AP, 3/31/17)(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 30, Italian police
arrested three Kosovans in the lagoon city of Venice after one was
caught on a phone intercept proposing they bomb the famed Rialto
bridge while others lauded the recent attack in London. A minor was
2017 Mar 30, A Lithuanian
university says a scholar has discovered a missing copy of the
country's 1918 Independence Act in the archives of Germany's foreign
ministry in Berlin. The document was apparently sent in 1918 to
inform Germany it could no longer control the territory that was
occupied by German Empire troops. The original was kept in Kaunas
but disappeared in 1940 when Soviet Russia occupied the country.
2017 Mar 30, Malaysia said it
has agreed to release the body of Kim Jong Nam to North Korea in
exchange for the return of nine Malaysians held in the North's
2017 Mar 30, In Nigeria Boko
Haram jihadists raided the village of Pulka near border with
Cameroon and kidnapped 18 girls. Jihadists outside Dumba killed a
herdsman who had tried to escape after refusing to pay protection
money. They shot dead 50 of his cattle and took four women from his
family along with the rest of his herd.
2017 Mar 30, In Pakistan a
suspected militant killed Saleem Latif, a lawyer from the country's
minority Ahmadi sect, over blasphemy allegations. Security forces
arrested the attacker following the killing in eastern Punjab
2017 Mar 30, In Paraguay the
annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) opened
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.30)
2017 Mar 30, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden tirade against the
country's leading newspaper and TV network and threatened to
humiliate them and their owners, whom he accused of distorting news
of his anti-drug crackdown.
2017 Mar 30, Visa requirement
between Russia and South Africa were scrapped allowing up to 90 days
of trouble-free travel.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Mar 30, South Africa’s
President Jacob Zuma late today fired the Finance Minister Pravin
Gordhan in a Cabinet reshuffle, intensifying a rift in the party
that took power after the 1994 end of white minority rule as well as
concerns about corruption at top levels of government.
2017 Mar 30, In Syria Russian
warplanes pounded rebel-held areas north of the city of Hama in an
escalation of air strikes, as government forces fought to reverse
the insurgents' biggest assault in months.
2017 Mar 30, In southern
Thailand an army ranger was found shot dead. Five gunmen opened fire
at a police station in Narathiwat province, killing a policeman and
wounding three others in the latest killings in a region troubled by
violent Muslim separatism.
2017 Mar 30, Uganda’s military
said Michael Omona, a key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has,
surrendered to Ugandan forces. A day earlier the US indicated it was
pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most
2017 Mar 30, The UN refugee
agency said the number of Syrians who have fled their country after
six years of civil war has surpassed the 5-million mark.
2017 Mar 30, Venezuela's
Supreme Court took over legislative powers from the
opposition-majority National Assembly, a dramatic tightening of
leftist President Nicolas Maduro and his allies' grip amid a
devastating economic crisis.
2017 Mar 30, Zambia’s Pres.
Edgar Lungu said a Chinese bank will help finance the construction
of 2,000 homes for local military personnel who face a critical
shortage of housing.
2017 Mar 31, A US federal judge
approved an agreement for Pres. Donald Trump to pay $25 million to
settle lawsuits over his now defunct Trump University ending nearly
seven years of legal battles. In 2018 a federal appeals court in San
Francisco upheld the settlement.
(SFC, 4/1/17, p.A9)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.D2)
2017 Mar 31, Richard N. Bolles
(b.1927), author of “What Color Is Your Parachute" (1970), died in
Danville, Ca. The former Harvard physics major and Episcopal priest
wrote the book as a guide to help readers understand themselves.
(SFC, 4/4/17, p.D1)
2017 Mar 31, NYC Mayor Bill de
Blasio vowed to begin a ten-year process to shut down the Rikers
(Econ, 4/15/17, p.26)
2017 Mar 31, Pop artist James
Rosenquist (83) died in NYC. “F-111" his best known work was made in
1964-1965 as a protest against US militarism.
(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.C11)
2017 Mar 31, Belarus police
searched the offices of a Polish satellite TV channel that has given
extensive coverage to a recent wave of anti-government protests.
2017 Mar 31, Tens of thousands
of Brazilians returned to the streets to protest reforms backed by
President Michel Temer's conservative government.
2017 Mar 31, In southern
Colombia mudslides late today claimed at least 16 lives and injured
some 65 people following recent torrential rains. The mudslides were
caused by the rise of the Mocoa River and three tributaries. On
April 7 Colombian officials formally abandoned the search for
survivors as the death toll stood at 314.
(AFP, 4/1/17)(AP, 4/2/17)(AFP, 4/5/17)(AP,
2017 Mar 31, In France hemmed
in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims unrolled rugs
and mats and prayed outdoors in the busy streets of a Paris suburb
to protest the closure of their prayer hall.
2017 Mar 31, A German court
convicted a Moroccan-born man, identified only as Souhayl M. (19),
of raping a 90-year-old woman and sentenced him to 5 ½ years in
prison. The victim was attacked last October just after she visited
2017 Mar 31, Hungarian PM
Viktor Orban said the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest,
founded by financier George Soros, had "cheated" in awarding its
diplomas and violated Hungarian laws. Hungarian scholars and
teaching organizations have come out in support of CEU, saying it
was one of the preeminent centers of thought in the country and
deserved to be saved.
2017 Mar 31, Japan's whaling
fleet returned home after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic,
achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research
2017 Mar 31, Hundreds of
Mongolians protested in Ulaanbaatar over the alleged theft of
government funds deposited in offshore accounts. Opposition
politicians and activists demanded the return of what some said is
$17 billion in funds plundered by ruling party politicians and their
2017 Mar 31, In Pakistan a
powerful car bomb exploded near a minority Shiite Muslim place of
worship in the northwest town of Parachinar, killing at least 24
people and wounding over 70 others. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway
faction of Pakistani Taliban militants, claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 31, Palestinian Hatem
al-Maghari returned overnight to his family in Gaza after 17 years
in an Israeli jail. He had been arrested and convicted of murder
after the brutal lynching of two Israeli soldiers in 2000, but was
released this week after new evidence emerged. He was still found
guilty of aggression against a soldier and not preventing an offence
and sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison, but with time
already served was released immediately.
2017 Mar 31, In Paraguay
protesters stormed and set fire to the Congress after the Senate
secretly voted for a constitutional amendment that would allow
President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election.
2017 Mar 31, Teachers across
Poland staged a strike to protest a sweeping overhaul of the
education system by the populist government that will see middle
schools eliminated this fall.
2017 Mar 31, Russian
prosecutors moved to block calls on social networks for more street
protests in Moscow and other Russian cities following a wave of
rallies that have cast a new challenge to the Kremlin.
2017 Mar 31, The Scottish
government formally asked British PM Theresa May for a second
referendum on independence, deepening a constitutional crisis
sparked by the Brexit vote.
2017 Mar 31, Somali pirates
seized an Indian cargo ship and 11 crew members. The "Al Kausar" is
the third vessel to be hijacked in less than a month off Somalia’s
2017 Mar 31, South Korea's
embattled former President Park Geun-hye was jailed in a scandal
that has set off a political firestorm and led to the arrests and
indictments of dozens of high-profile figures.
2017 Mar 31, The Stella Daisy
cargo ship being used by a South Korean shipping company went
missing in seas near Uruguay with 16 Filipino and 8 South Korean
crew members. Two Filipino sailors were rescued on April 1.
(AP, 4/1/17)(AFP, 4/2/17)
2017 Mar 31, Swedish
prosecutors investigating a suspected gang rape and its broadcast
via Facebook Live said they had received a copy of the footage from
the US social media company.
2017 Mar 31, Credit Suisse
issued a brief statement saying that local authorities had made
"visits" to its offices in Amsterdam, Paris and London in connection
with unspecified client tax issues. The European Union judicial
agency Eurojust said it had helped coordinate cross-border
investigations in a major tax evasion investigation involving
millions of euros and spanning several European countries and
(AP, 3/31/17)(Reuters, 3/31/17)
2017 Mar 31, In Turkey a court
in Istanbul released singer Atilla Tas and 20 others from jail
pending an outcome of their trial on terrorism charges. Five of them
will remain in prison while two of the defendants are at large and
being tried in absentia.
2017 Mar 31, In Turkey
Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed leader the pro-Kurdish People's
Democratic Party (HDP), said he has begun a hunger strike to protest
2017 Mar 31, Leaders of
Turkmenistan and Belarus attended the launch of a huge potash
fertilizer plant worth more than $1 billion. The plant in Garlyk,
built near huge potash deposits, was built by Belarus.
2017 Mar 31, Venezuelan
security forces violently repressed small protests that broke out in
Caracas after the government-stacked Supreme Court gutted congress
of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation from
foreign countries and even from the government's top prosecutor.
2017 Mar, Ransomware software
dubbed Wanna Cry was leaked on to the Internet. The method it used
had been discovered years ago by the US National Security Agency
(NSA). Only after the theft did the NSA inform Microsoft of the
flaw, leading the firm to rush out a fix.
(Econ 5/20/17, p.13)
2017 Mar, Eric Conn (56), a
Kentucky lawyer, pleaded guilty to stealing from the federal
government and bribing a judge of $550 million in federal disability
benefits. Conn, once one of the country's top disability lawyers,
was given a 12-year prison term. On June 2 Conn cut off his
electronic monitor and escaped to Mexico. In October it was reported
that Conn had help in carrying out the escape plot hatched a year
(AP, 10/17/17)(Econ 6/24/17, p.24)
2017 Mar, A Pennsylvania judge
ruled that Allentown-based, long-term care insurer Penn Treaty
American Corp. was insolvent. This left health insurers across the
country on the hook for the company’s losses. Analysts estimated the
company’s long-term liabilities near $4 billion, but assets at only
about $700 million.
(SFC, 8/14/17, p.D1)
2017 Mar, Brazil’s
environmental agency, IBAMA, ordered the suspension of two JBS meat
packing plants and 13 others in southwest Pará state for buying
cattle raised on pastures cleared by slashing and burning the
forest. It fined the company 24 million reais ($7.7 million). JBS
denied purchasing livestock from ranchers on land blacklisted by
IBAMA and won an injunction from a federal judge allowing its plants
to continue buying cattle. The agency appealed the ruling.
2017 Mar, In Brazil the
howler-monkey population in Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais states
was reported to be crashing. Doctors suspected this was due to
yellow fever. Since December 371 human cases have been reported, a
third of them fatal.
(Econ, 3/18/17, pp.)
2017 Mar, China’s government,
under pressure from the US and the UN, agreed to make four variants
of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, illegal. Illicit fentanyl first
started to appear in the 1980s.
(Econ 5/20/17, p.13)
2017 Mar, The Chinese TV show
“In the Name of the People," a 55-part series about China’s battle
against corruption, began broadcasting.
(Econ 5/13/17, p.68)
2017 Mar, Chi-Med, a biotech
firm in Shanghai, received positive results in a late-stage trial of
Fruquintinib, its drug for colorectal cancer.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.68)
2017 Mar, China was now the
11th biggest donor to the Int’l. Development Association (IDA), the
arm of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.
(Econ, 3/25/17, pp.)
2017 Mar, In Europe some 62,000
asylum seekers were stranded in Greece. Another 7,000 were stranded
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.57)
2017 Mar, Iceland lifted
remaining controls on capital outflows, set up during the financial
crisis of 2007-2008, allowing pension and investment funds to invest
their money abroad. Controls on inflows were tightened.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.77)
2017 Mar, India slipped a new
rule into the annual budget bill that frees taxmen to raid or seize
any property at any time with no need to explain why.
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.34)
2017 Mar, In Iran masked goons
arrested 12 administrators of popular social-media news channels.
(Econ, 4/15/17, p.41)
2017 Mar, In Iraq American
officers estimated that as few as 500 Islamic State fighters
remained in Mosul.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.45)
2017 Mar, In Japan a man (23)
died of suicide while working at Tokyo’s new Olympic stadium. In
October Japan’s labor standard office ruled that his death stemmed
from overwork (karoshi) and that his family was eligible for
government compensation. The man had recorded 190 hours of overtime
in the month before killing himself.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar, In Lithuania Evaldas
Rimasauskas (48) was arrested at the request of US authorities, who
accuse the man of wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated
identity theft and conning Google and Facebook out of over $100
million. The companies say they recovered most of the money.
2017 Mar, Russia’s Ministry of
Justice asked the Supreme Court to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Christian denomination. Members in Russia numbered about 170,000.
(SFC, 4/5/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar, Tanzania’s Pres. John
Magufuli imposed a ban on the export of gold and copper
(Econ 6/17/17, p.61)
2017 Mar, In Thailand Vivat
Yodprasit, dubbed the "Popcorn Gunman," received a 37-year, 4-month
sentence for murder, attempted murder and illegal possession of
weapons, halved from the original term because of his confession to
police for opening fire with an assault rifle concealed in a sack
during a political confrontation in February 2014. However, he
recanted his confession in court, claiming he had been tortured. On
June 27 a court ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict
Yodprasit in the shootings.
2017 Mar, United Nations
satellite images showed at least 18,000 structures have been
destroyed in the Yei area of South Sudan, one of the most
significant caches of evidence of widespread destruction in the
country's civil war.
2017 Mar, The UN said 7 million
of Yemen’s 27 million people are going hungry and that the country
is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.40)
2017 Mar, In Venezuela former
general Raul Baduel was charged with treason two days before
completed a sentence for illicit enrichment.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.36)